By Hal Goldstein on Tue, 04/07/2009
I actually wrote this post as the game I describe below unfolded!
I start the MLB app that I recently bought from the App store. It’s opening day for the Chicago White Sox, and I click on the game, and glance at my iPod touch screen. It is the top of the eighth with KC leading 2 to 1. As you can see from the screen shot, the White Sox just replaced relievers. There are no outs and the count is 1 and 2. The screen updates with every pitch.
By Jim Karpen on Tue, 04/07/2009
Today is a big day in the iTunes Store, as Apple implemented some changes initially announced a few months ago. Whereas all songs had been 99¢, now some are 69¢ while the latest tunes are now typically more expensive at $1.29. Also Apple has removed the DRM (digital rights management) scheme the limits the number of devices that can play music you purchased. You can now convert purchased music to your preferred format and put it on as many devices and computers as you like.
By Jim Karpen on Mon, 04/06/2009
The free Google Earth for iPhone app already had information specific to particular locations, including Panoramio pictures and Wikipedia articles, giving you an idea what those locations look like and offering more info about them. Now Google Earth for iPhone includes the "Places" layer, which is similar to the desktop version but specifically tailored to the iPhone's screen.
By Timothy Prentiss on Sun, 04/05/2009
Sorry to jump on the horn so often here, but I came across an interesting article in the Sunday New York Times Style section today. How would you like to quit your job and live off your sales through the App Store? Here are some who did:
Well, we can dream, can't we...?
By Timothy Prentiss on Sat, 04/04/2009
PhotoBlasting is the term I use for taking a picture with your iPhone and sending it via e-mail. In my last post I wrote about blasting off a photo to slightly tweak a White Sox fan. I got an out-of-office reply, so the effect wasn't as immediate as I hoped it would be. I'll have to settle for a delayed reaction.
By Jim Karpen on Sat, 04/04/2009
By Jim Karpen on Fri, 04/03/2009
LivingSocial iPhone Apps is an interesting website and, as I understand it, Facebook application that lets you identify your favorite apps, organize them, share them with others — and that gives you recommendations based on your favorites. According to the website, you can link your LivingSocial iPhone Apps account to Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, HI5, and Orkut. Their software places your collection on your profile. They have, amazingly, 19 million users.
By Timothy Prentiss on Thu, 04/02/2009
I've got some Chicago White Sox fans in a fix. My Cubs-fan neighbor let me buy some of his long-time Wrigley Field season tickets. The neighbor wasn't interested in seeing American League teams – as if his Cubs will ever see an AL team when it really counts, in October – so he gave me my choice of interleague games.
I scooped up three to see the Cubs vs. Twins for a Sunday afternoon. My friend and his son are both big-time Sox fans, which in this city (Chicago) usually means they're major Cubs-haters.
By Jim Karpen on Thu, 04/02/2009
i.TV (pronounced eye-dot-TV) has over 2,600 reviews on iTunes so it's certainly gotten a lot of downloads. According to the website, this free app is a TV, movie, and DVD guide for the iPhone and iPod touch that helps you discover, share, and consume media. It gives you access to up-to-date, local TV and movie listings, as well as a catalog of over 100,000 DVD titles. i.TV users can write reviews, rate their favorite shows, and recommend shows to friends via an e-mail alert. You can also view movie trailers and television previews, purchase movie tickets, rent DVDs, manage your Netflix queue, and remotely record your favorite shows to a TiVo DVR.
By Paul Stokstad on Tue, 03/31/2009
The reason there is so much to say is that this is my first post and we are twenty or thirty apps in on the iPhone/iPod migration into our lives via our 5.5 year old boy, Johan. We started out with some games on my iPhone but soon found that I was losing the thing to the kid most of the time and so we got the iPod touch to give me MY toy back.
I would have to do about 20 posts to get you up to speed with where we are... Maybe you can get a lot of that out of my upcoming article in the next issue of iPhone Life.
By Jim Karpen on Mon, 03/30/2009
The news media are reporting that Skype will indeed be released for the iPhone on Tuesday, March 31. An interesting article in the New York Times explains that you won't be able to use Skype via your data connection because AT&T is worried that callers will use Skype rather than their voice minutes, which are more profitable for the carriers. So Apple limits Skype and other IP telephony apps to Wi-Fi. PC World has a detailed overview, including screen shots.
By Nate Adcock on Sun, 03/29/2009
VITO is having an Easter egg hunt contest (requires the Star Walk astronomy program) through April 13th, 2009. Prizes include an iPod Touch, and Apple Store gift cards. Continue reading for the full press release...
*Find the Easter Eggs hidden in Star Walk.*
By Doug Goldring on Sat, 03/28/2009
One of my good friends in the Windows Mobile community is Dom Masters, owner of Mastersoft Mobile Solutions. He has made some phenomenal mobile games, including one of the few good mobile versions of Kakuro. For some time, Mastersoft has talked about bringing their offerings over to the iPhone, and that transition is finally starting to happen. Although it is still in the very early Alpha stages, Mastersoft is hard at work bringing both Sudoku and Kakuro to the iPhone and iPod Touch. So…what does this have to do with you? Well, a game (or games) this big need t