I came across some speed tests on Lifehacker for the free Opera Mini browser. When it comes to loading web pages it's over 4 times faster than Safari. But the testing shows that it's slower than Safari in a couple other respects. The review says this is likely due to Safari's privileged position as the default browser and the fact that this is first version of Opera Mini.
Free Game of the Day is a free app that highlights a free game each day. You download the game app from within the Free Game of the Day app. This is because many of the apps that they make available are ones that you'd normally have to pay for. It's an interesting marketing model: they convince developers to make their game available for a day for free. This brings attention to their game, and downloads soar, boosting their ranking. In the case of the Stair Dismount game, it went from 5,000 daily downloads to 32,000.
This seems to be the real thing. The back story is that the forthcoming iPhone was found in a bar in Redwood City. It was camouflaged to look like an iPhone 3GS. You can read all about it and see two videos on Gizmodo. If this is true, you have to wonder if the guy who lost it has also by now lost his job at Apple. The new phone has a front-facing camera for video chatting, a camera flash, apparently a 960x640 display, and a second microphone. The back is flat, and the whole thing has a bit more of a square shape. The article says they took it apart and it's the real thing.
Well, if you listen to the actual interview you'll see that this article by CNN is a bit of an exaggeration. The prime minister of Norway was stuck in New York, thanks to the volcanic ash that has stalled air traffic. And he was using his iPad to communicate. And for those travelers who are stuck someplace, Lonely Planet is giving away its app city guides until April 22 for the following cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Copenhagen, Istanbul, London, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, and Vienna.
I've seen some radiation protection products that seem to be snake oil. And that was my first impression when someone pointed me to the Pong website. But then I read the article in Wired in which they use some sophisticated technology to measure the radiation — and found that it did actually reduce the level from 1.18 to .42.
HoloToy ($0.99) offers a surprisingly effective 3D experience on the iPhone and iPad.
David Pogue writes about technology for the New York Times, and also frequently makes delightfully creative videos, too. His 5-minute video about the iPad is a lot of fun. He makes it appear that he's conducting an online, interactive "town meeting" attended by people from around the world, to whom he's demonstrating the device. Plus, if you're curious how he was able to do these special effects, see his column about that. It's a heartwarming story.
Be sure to read our blogger Werner's review of this new, free web browser for the iPhone. Opera Mini was downloaded over 1 million times on its first day in the App Store yesterday! That's amazing. It's currently the top download among all categories. The beauty of Opera Mini is that it routes web pages to a server before they get to your iPhone. That server compresses the pages up to 90%, greatly speeding up your web browsing. Plus, it has other great features.
I'll bet this video will spawn a whole new genre: apps for your cat or dog. The video starts slow with the kitten just watching, but then it really seems to get into playing with a couple different apps. It's pretty hilarious.
This is an actual demo of a beta of iPhone 4.0. It's in Polish, but there are occasional subtitles to let you know what's being talked about.