Archives for January 2009
January 31, 2009
Now you can have every member of Congress in your pocket, thanks to Congress+, an app that offers all of the vital information you need to be an effective activist in between congressional elections with yearly updates in 2009 and 2010.
Learn all about who represents you in Congress with photos, district maps, election results, and official bios. View or search by the full Congress, the House or Senate, or search directly for your Delegates, Representatives or Senators.
Gordon Brown's opening speech at the World Economic Forum was rudely interrupted - by his own phone ringing.
"I'm afraid that's my phone", Brown said in embarrassment, and got a laugh from the reporters with "I'm not telling you" when asked who was calling.
What makes the BlackBerry most vulnerable is its lack of cool applications? Asks Craig Phillips The LA Times.
Apple's App Store is jam-packed with 15,000 of them; iPhone and iPod Touch users have downloaded more than half a billion apps. There's a Google Android App Store, and the T-Mobile G1 phone that runs Android comes pre-loaded with a nifty anagram app, perfect for honing your Scrabble skills.
I found another ad, actually several ads - the one captured above is for TV series "24", in another app, this time it's award winning Shazam. Yesterday I reported finding one in a lesser known app called iPage Rank.
The Audiometry app is an effective hearing test that measures your threshold of hearing for sounds of different frequencies.
Find out just how far your ears can hear ranging frequencies. Most of the people should be able to hear up to around 15kHz. From around 17kHz upwards, we get into a range that only the under 20s can hear.
Jason Calacanis on empathy and the Internet in a lenghty thouthful article, following Michael Arrington's post on taking a leave of absence - after being spat on in Munich - the last straw in a long line of abuse, including death threats. Not related to cell phones, but dgital communuities and abuse. A must read.
January 30, 2009
According to the latest results from market researchers ABI Research , Apple more than made its goal of grabbing one percent of the global mobile market in 2008. Despite an expected decline in mobile shipments for 2009, Apple is set "to continue [its] march to the consumer center stage." Arstechnica reports.
When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone to the world in 2007, he mentioned that Apple had set a goal for itself to reach one percent of the mobile phone market share. According to data recently released by ABI Research Inc, Apple passed that goal in 2008, hitting 1.1 percent of the 1.21 billion global mobile phone shipments. That puts Apple at number eight out of the top ten mobile vendors, neck-and-neck with HTC and just ahead of Sharp.
The iPhone is, by far, the most popular mobile-phone gaming platform in the U.S. Out of the top 10 models of phones used for downloading games, four are iPhones, which hold the top three spots as well, according to market research company comScore.
[via PC World]
Using an earpiece stuck to the back of a credit card-sized handset, the phone then can operate without any input other than your voice.
The BBC has a video glimpse of the phone.
The days may be getting gradually longer, but for those who suffer depression from the winter darkness a new scheme which relies on text messaging, could help relieve their symptoms. The BBC reports.
This winter depression is more commonly known as SAD - seasonal affective disorder.
A round up of iPhone apps featured this week in textually blogs:
Coming out soon, a "stress reliever" app. Very Jack Bauer.
Upload PDF files to your iPhone through WiFi.
Cute Origami A how-to-fold step-by-step.
A remote file access service for your iPhone.
A Grand Theft Auto-like gaming app.
An iPhone app that samples decibel noise levels.
Check your Google adSense earnings while on the go.
For AppShopping, a new apps directory.
For real-time sharing of cameraphone pictures and videos.
A Slumdog Millionaire movie app. For suckers. There's nothing there.
At a price of $19.99 it appears that Apple may be looking to combat the low price point $0.99 Apps that are flooding the App Store and providing massive competition for those game developers who are struggling to get their high quality games noticed. iPhone Bang via Pocket Gamer.
This price point would only be available to a select group of developers, most likely those who are already well known in the industry like Sega and PopCap, who have brought high quality products to the store.
Spotted on Uberphones, KDDI’s latest Hitachi Wooo H001 phone with a stereoscopic IPS display which can show you 3D versions of various menus on the phone, and also mobile TV content.
The phone will be available in 3 colors in April, albeit only in Japan.
The company is reported to be hoping that the move will revitalise a business walloped by crumbling PC sales, however it will potentially pit it against iPhone maker Apple.
The first time I've seen this. And it wasn't there yesterday. An add in an iPhone app. It appears on iPage Rank, a free app I'm still trying out because it still has some bugs and has been getting updates.
In case you haven't done this yet, you can take screen shots of your iPhone by holding down the home button and then pushing the top button.
January 29, 2009
In their own words:
Look for files on your remote home or office computer and download those files to your iPhone or iPod touch or email them to a friend or colleague.
The newly released Payback app at $ 6.99 is described an "a Grand Theft Auto-style game", available in 6 languages.
Fingergaming gives it a good review:
Payback includes nearly all of the features and details seen in Grand Theft Auto’s early days, and comes complete with a similar overhead viewpoint. Players will carjack dozens of different vehicles and travel through 11 different cities to complete missions and cause a good deal of general mayhem. Early App Store customers have given positive reviews.
My take? The birds eye view ruins the game, the people are so tiny, you can barely see them. So basically the game is made up of cars and trucks that drive around and blow up (I couldn't even figure out how to "answer the phone" (where is it?) - which gives you your mission). I'm familiar with the highly successful GTA video game, but I'm not a real gamer. So you may want to see for yourself. Check out YouTube demo.
It was trial by instant messenger in Northampton County Court on Wednesday -- at least for the morning. The Morning Call reports.
With the prosecutors' main witness deaf and a sign interpreter unavailable, a jury was forced to endure typed questions and answers for testimony in a case of a man accused of assaulting an Easton woman, then breaking into her apartment a week later.
Although providers of SMS loans charge up to 1,000 percent a year in interest, almost one in every ten Estonians has applied for such a loan, reports Baltic Business News.
It only two years since that the first companies started to offer SMS loans in Estonia this has grown into a business worth at least a billion kroons.
January 28, 2009
Michael Arrington is taking a leave of absence from TechCrunch. He writes that he's put up with a lot of abuse over the years - even death threats on himself and his family, but the last straw was being spat on in Munich yesterday.
Read his post.
In addition to traditional online marketing techniques, advertisers are experimenting with new technologies in an attempt to get the biggest bang for their buck. And one of them is an iPhone app, according to the WSJ.
As part of its effort to promote dog adoption, Mars’s Pedigree has created an iPhone application called “Shake and Bark.”
The app will be available January 30.
There are all sorts of applications available on the App Store these days, and many of Apple's more recent iPhone advertisements are simply demonstrations of various cool third-party apps that users can download. In addition to the new ad posted earlier this week, Apple has added two more app-related advertisements to its iPhone ad page: "Fix" and "Check," both of which show off useful App Store downloads that are meant to make your life easier.
LG Electronics Canada ordered a recall of 129,000 cellphones Tuesday after they were found to broadcast more radio frequencies than is legal.
A statement from Health Canada Tuesday said the LG 150 phones, which have been sold across Canada since January 2007, "do not meet the radio-frequency exposure limits established by the federal government."
Click here For more information on which specific production runs may be affected and How to determine when your phone was manufactured
The United States and Scandinavian countries top the annual rankings on the usage of telecommunications technologies such as networks, cellphones and computers, a report released on Wednesday shows.
Following are the ratings for top 10 "innovation driven economies" measured in the study, scale 1-10:
UNITED STATES 7.71
... Countries in eastern and southern Europe -- including Italy, Spain, Greece, Poland -- took the last spots on the list of 25 developed countries.
Malaysia, helped by good co-operation between the public and private sectors, topped the list for developing countries, with four more countries bypassing last year's leader Russia.
Following are indexes for top 10 "efficiency and resource driven economies," scale 1-10, but not comparable with indexes for innovation-driven economies.
WideNoise is an iPhone app that samples decibel noise levels, and displays them on a worldwide interactive map.
With WideNoise you can monitor the noise levels around you, everywhere you go. You can also check the online map to see the average sound level of the area around you. Do you live in a "sleeping cat area" or in a more noisy "rock concert area"?
Spotted on Core77.
iAdSense is an iPhone app that will go straight to the heart of all compulsive bloggers who are signed up with GoogleAd Sense. You can check your earnings as the day goes by, in one tap (after initially logging into your AdSense account). No doubt it would have been a lot more fun to watch Google earnings go through the roof on your cell phone a couple of years ago - when earnings and click rates were higher - but then again that was before the app store and even before the iPhone.
In their own words:
iAdsense is an iPhone application that enables you to see your Google Adsense earning and produce statistics on your iPhone. It saves time by automating the login process as well as caching the data to be checked offline.
January 27, 2009
I've been trying AppShopping for a little over a week and I love it. I can check out new apps, paid or free, while on the go. It also allows you to check apps with price changes and those that have been updated.
Developed by Olivier Bernal from France, the app will soon have more features such, such as a top 100, a top 50 apps by category and an app history.
Why is it better than just checking the App Store featured on your iPhone? It's much better, because it shows more apps..
A cellphone application which allows farmers in Maharashtra to remotely access their irrigation pumps has earned Pune-based Ossian Agro Automation a place in the finals of the Forum Nokia’s Calling All Innovators Contest to be held in Barcelona, Spain, on 17 February. livemint.com reports.
The remote access eliminates the need to travel, sometimes long distances in inclement weather, to check the power and turn on/off the pumps.
"What can you do with one hand?", the tag line of fictitious ad campaign for wireless operator Arc Mobile, as seen on the first episode of "Trust Me ", a new TV series about the advertising business.
They don't care whether he flirts with strange women, but are testing to find out he is not gay.