Honestly, I had mixed feelings when my new iMac27 came with that tiny wireless keyboard and the new wireless Magic Mouse. But WOW! The Magic Mouse rocks. It's awesome, terrific, wonderful and the best ever. After a week with the new iMac I cannot imagine ever using another mouse again.
What makes the Magic Mouse so great? It feels like you're using an iPhone! That's because the top of the Magic Mouse is really a Multi-Touch surface with gesture support. So instead of driving a scroll wheel or that funky microball in earlier Apple mice, you scroll exactly like you do on an iPhone. There's the same wonderful precision and, just like on the iPhone, you can scroll with "momentum," i.e. whip up and down pages (or any other direction) and then stop on a dime.
I suppose apps like this have been around for a while, but I hadn't heard of them. And I think it's a really neat idea. The free SportyPal app uses your iPhone's GPS to track your workout — running, cycling, roller-blading, walking, or whatever. The app logs your position, shows it on a map, and logs your movement, distance, speed, and calories burned while working out. You can view your workout in a map view, which shows where you went. And you can view the stats as charts or in summary fashion. Plus, it offers real-time information while you're working out, such as speed/pace, distance covered, and maximum speed.
Gritty, etherial and industrial sounding, are words which come to mind when I listen to the University of Michigan's recent iPhone performance. I love the sound and show (see video below, there are others from previous recitals and practice) which is reminiscent of early Kraftwerk, remember at the time (early 1970's) Kraftwerk's sound was considered abrasive and undisciplined.
In my Web Browsing bible (current version HERE
; I’ll very soon publish a fully rewritten and updated one), I explain why it may be very useful to open Web pages in new windows (“tabs”) on a mobile device:
AT&T Mark the Spot is a free app that lets you help AT&T pinpoint problems with their network. If you have a dropped call, failed call, no coverage, data failure, or poor voice quality, the app uses your GPS location and makes it a snap for you to send AT&T an alert. (If you have a first-generation iPhone, it uses triangulation to pinpoint your location.) Of course, the question arises: if you have no service, how can the app send an alert? There's an option for marking your location and sending the info after the fact when you do have service.
Are you like me and hit the wrong key way too many times when trying to email or text message on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Do you have long nails or wear gloves? If so, you'll want to check out the Pogo Stylus by Ten One Design.
The Pogo Stylus is an ultra-light aluminum stylus with a soft tip that allows electrical charges to transfer from your hand to the screen. Use it to select icons, answer calls, write email and text messages, play games, “draw” on the screen, or surf the web. It’s fun to slide around on the screen without worrying about scratches or finger smudges!
iPhoneSavior.com has an interesting story about how iPhone photography enthusiast Patrick Timney stumbled across an alleged ratings scam in the App store, and how he investigated and gathered evidence which he then submitted to Apple who decided to pull over 1000+ apps made by the accused company from its store.
There have been several games in the App Store that revolve around sheep, and some of them border on wacky. So far, I’d say that Peter Und Vlad takes the cake, at least in terms of story. Unfortunately, the game play is pretty standard line drawing fare, and a couple of design issues make the game not quite as fun as it could be. Still, it’s always nice having another entry in the ever growing library of line drawing games that doesn’t somehow involve vehicles.
This anecdote is too sweet not to share it with you. And it also contains a message...
You might know, I do freelance iPhone application development. And in this particular case I was hired by a company that had sold the whole package like marketing and development to a client, who wanted to have a cookbook made. And obviously I will not disclose who is who. But the players are: me and my company contact who hired me vs. the cook and the designer. But the original contract was between the cook and my company contact, which I will call Mr C. from now on. After quite some back and forth, the design schemes arrived at my desk, containing all the images, the recipes and a description. You must know, that I assemble everything, write the code, and make the final product.