Archives for March 2009
March 31, 2009
Tomorrow is that day again, the one time of the year you have to doubt everything you read.
In their own words:
With Skype on your iPhone or iPod touch, simply sign into Skype from any WiFi zone, and call friends and family on Skype totally free.
See who’s online and instant message them.
Sign into Skype via 3G, Edge, GPRS or WiFi and check who’s online - then instant message them whenever and wherever the mood strikes.
Guards have intercepted two carrier pigeons carrying mobile phones to detainees at a prison in Sorocaba, 62 miles from Sao Paolo, a spokesman for the state penitentiary system said, reports The Telegraph.
Each pigeon was carrying a small bag containing a mobile phone and charger, she said. The birds were caught on two successive days, last Wednesday and Thursday.
-- Carrier pigeons fly cell phones into jails (June 2008) - "Inmates at the prison in Marilia, Sao Paulo state had been training carrier pigeons to smuggle in goods using cell phone sized pouches on their backs, a low-tech but ingenious way of skipping the high-tech security that visitors faced.
Officials said the pigeons, bred and trained inside the prison, lived on the jail's roof, where prisoners would take their deliveries before smuggling the birds out again through friends and family."
Like Post Secret - an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard - Earth Secrets is a free iPhone app let you discover other people secrets and share your thoughts with the world. There is a rating system based on the number of hugs a secret receives.
Some of the features :
-- Browse secrets over the planet
-- Hug people to express your compassion and sympathy and keep track of their secrets
-- See how many people have read your secret and how many times you have been hugged
-- View secrets, you just have to touch the globe in the zone you are interested in or just click the "next" button.
Previously: - Earth Secrets iPhone app
Touch screen devices like the iPhone are great when you can see them, but not much good if you are blind. Now a new way of presenting Braille characters on a mobile device could be the first step towards a Braille-ready touch-screen phone, reports New Scientist.
In Braille, letters are encoded using a two-by-three matrix in which each character is represented by a different configuration of raised and absent dots at the six locations. To display these dots on a touch-screen device, Jussi Rantala of the University of Tampere in Finland and colleagues used a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, which has a piezoelectric material built into the touch screen that vibrates when an electric signal is applied to it.
Read full article.
As of today, you can now download VIP Access, an iPhone application that will generate a password for your AOL, eBay and PayPal accounts. It’s optional and free to consumers, but if you sign up, no one can get in your account without your user ID, your password, and the six-digit number generated by your phone.
The applications come from VeriSign, which has been offering an identification service based on keychain-sized hardware devices for about three years.
Not available though from the Swiss app store - which proably means not available yet in Europe.
[via Bits Blog]
The Yahoo! app released yesterday brings together Yahoo! as we know it and allows iPhone users to customize the app so that all the content and services are uniquely tailored to their needs and interests.
Includes: news, sports, stocks, movies, RSS feeds, e-mail account, social networks (inclulding Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, Dopplr and LastFM).
Something odd, I can't find it in the (Swiss) app store on my iPhone, Though it appears when I search for Yahoo! But when I click on Yahoo! I get an endless list of other apps.
According to Wired, the iPhone's App Store is becoming an increasingly juicy target for pirates, who have illegally cracked 20 percent of paid applications for free distribution.
Apple's App Store offers about 25,000 paid apps, and iPhone analytics company Medialets estimates at least 5,000 have been pirated. The company also said it has tracked dozens of apps with as high as a 100-to-1 pirated-to-paid ratio.
Read full article.
March 30, 2009
Your First iPhone app is an app to teach you how to make an app.
In their own words:: Ever wanted to learn how to make your first iPhone or iPod Touch app but didn't know how or where to start?
Now, in your spare time, you can browse through 70 pages of helpful step by step instructions for programming your first iPhone or iPod Touch application.
Learn by watching and following the instructions to make your first app which integrates a button and a text label, often a great starting point for making more complicated apps by simply starting with the basics. ...
Sony Pictures Television has just announced an iPhone version of the Ghostbusters game for iPhone, to go with the Xbox 360, Sony PS3 and Nintendo Wii versions.
As more and more layers get added to the Twitter celeb tweeting process (from ghostwriters to this new concierge), you can bet that the distance between fan and celeb will only grow greater, regardless of how many new celebs join Twitter or how many tweets they post.
Zippo and Moderati today announced that their free iPhone app, the Virtual Zippo Lighter, has been downloaded over three million times since its release last October, making it one of the most popular and prevalent branded applications in the App Store’s history. The application is averaging about 100,000 new downloads per week.
It was one of the first apps I downloaded.
More in press release
Every foreign student who wants to study at an American or British University is required to pass an English proficiency test. And the test that is the most required is the TOEFL. Low and behold, there are two TOEFL iPhone apps for students to improve their English skills.
The first for $1.99 is the TOEF Vocabulary. It has more than 6334 terms, 1200 antonyms, a smart test generator and two interesting games to build up your vocabulary.
The second for $ 9.99 is the TOEFL Vocabulary AudioLearn which allows you to listen to a detailed review of over 500 vocabulary words that commonly appear on the TOEFL. Professionally narrated, each word is pronounced, spelled, defined and used in a sentence.
AT&T today announced a fresh new lineup of Nokia and Samsung smartphones with full-QWERTY keyboards, making it easier for customers to send text messages. These new models will be released in next few weeks.
Full reviews and pictures of models on Slashphone.
A former prisoner is suing the UK prison service for compensation after a contraband mobile phone was confiscated and destroyed, reports Cellular News. The UK forbids prisoners from having mobile phones, and a search following a visit from his girlfriend found a mobile phone in the cell occupied by Mark Coleman. The phone was taken away and destroyed - while Coleman was given prison punishments.
However, in a legal action, Coleman is claiming that the prison authorities were wrong to destroy the phone and should have kept it in storage until he was released. Lawyers are claiming that in destroying the phone, the prison service had unlawfully deprived him of his property.
A simple SMS system is revolutionizing medical care in Malawi, where scarce resources and a skeleton hospital staff must serve thousands of people spread over hundred of square miles. The Guardian reports.
Josh Nesbit, an undergraduate at Stanford University in California teamed up with Ken Banks, the founder of Cambridge-based FrontlineSMS – free text message software aimed at charities and NGOs – and created FrontlineSMS:Medic
According to Cnet, a free Skype app will finally be available from the iTunes App Store sometime on Tuesday.
March 29, 2009
Ahh, the wonders of what you can do with your iPhone and how it can help you in ways you would never have imagined, like improving your posture. A new application Upright alerts you when you slouch.
In their own words: - Improve your posture by being alerted whenever you slouch. Upright features a simple and intuitive interface that let's you focus simply on achieving good posture.
Secure Upright in a shirt pocket, on a lanyard, on your neck, or however best works for you. Assume your optimum posture and then just tap to calibrate. Upright instantly begins tracking your posture. Tap again to pause or to re-calibrate. Upright will alert you when your posture is off track. Choose from vibration (iPhone only), sound, or visual alerts. Configure the slouch-sensitivity and time period before you are alerted to create a posture tracker suited to your needs.
Bits Blog writes up 3 iPhone apps that help parents keep an eye on what their children are looking at.
Mobicip is a free, kid-safe browser for iPhones and iPod Touches. It’s browser works exactly like Safari, but bars access to Web sites containing sexually explicit material, graphic violence, Web-based chat clients, e-commerce, social networks and games.
Read full article.
This is potentially huge news for brands that are using Facebook Pages. You can now promote your Page using text messaging – or rather, by simply asking people to text the name of your page (www.facebook.com/yourname) - to Facebook’s shortcode, 32665, to become fans.
Spotted on Tokyomango, a cell phone strap that replicates sensation of opening a can of beer.
The latest in Bandai Gadget's "do it forever" series is the top of a coke or beer can. Basically, researchers spent hours and hours perfecting the sensation of cracking open a can, and then made it into a cell phone strap.
March 28, 2009
Here's a cell phone app that could actually save lives: AT&T Inc. is introducing technology that lets patients monitor their heartbeat and automatically transfer the data to their cardiologists using Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones. SF Gate reports.
The service, offered by MedNet Healthcare Technologies, allows customers who are in AT&T's network range or roaming areas to send the information to a central monitoring center, which then relays the information to their doctor. The service is available for a monthly fee, and doctors must be signed up to use it.
Venice is continuing its drive to help save the city's art heritage by receiving SMS and Internet funding, reports Ansa.it.
The campaign, launched last year, is dubbed SMS, which also stands for Save St Mark's.
The production, called "Così fan Tutte: Defining Women," will be performed by the Underworld Productions Opera Ensemble at Symphony Space in Manhattan on April 29 and 30, and it invites theatergoers to vote by sending text messages from their cell phones. Cast members will then perform the democratically chosen ending.
It's impulse shopping meets car rental. Car2Go, a car-sharing concept from Daimler, will launch in Austin, Texas, in fall 2009. The service will enable members to use their mobile phones to locate and rent one of a fleet of 200 cars near them without advance reservation. Cnet reports.
Registered members can rent cars via their mobile phones and unlock the car with their membership card and pin number. They return the car to "any space not subject to parking fees or restrictions may be used--such as those along the side of the road or within designated parking areas," according to the company's press release.
Related: - Car2Go launches in Germany
March 27, 2009
Shortly before 4 p.m. EDT on Thursday, eight months after it opened with 500 applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, Apple’s App Store passed the 30,000 mark, according to the count maintained by 148appss, which updates its list automatically. Apple 2.0 reports.
That’s up from 28,000 apps nine days ago and considerably higher than the official figure of 25,000 that Apple has been using.
Power generated from flowing blood, simple body movements or a gentle breeze could one day be converted to electricity to charge iPods, cell phones and other personal electronic devices. LiveScience reports.
Researchers reported today they can harvest energy by converting low-frequency vibrations, like simple body movements, the beating of the heart or movement of the wind, into electricity by using zinc oxide nanowires that conduct the electricity. The nanowires are piezoelectric — they generate an electric current when subjected to mechanical stress.
Read full article.
According to TechCrunch, Twitter has confirmed that it has re-launched out-going SMS in the UK on a shortcode, but with only one provider, Vodafone.
So while Vodafone UK customers will be able to receive SMS updates from Twitter for free, and send for free to begin with, users on other networks will have to wait while Twitter negotiates separate deals.
March 26, 2009
As mobile phone usage becomes more commonplace in developing countries, cell phone games are emerging as an entertaining way to increase public advocacy. In India this month the Danish government launched Copenhagen Challenge, a detective game designed to educate Indian school children about climate change. Voice of America reports.
Your mission; free Dr. Kumar from the claws of the fossil fuel mafia and save the environment from total annihilation.
The Dexter iPhone game, after America's favorite serial killer and tv show Dexter, is scheduled to hit the App Store this summer, but after a demo of the game, folks over at Destroctoid were handed Dexter-branded hard-shelled iPhone cases as gifts.
Made by Speck, the hardshell cases come in tiny cardboard boxes and sits snug in a bed of foam splattered in blood. It's unclear if the cases will be made available for the public to purchase.
Related: - Watch the Dexter iPhone game Trailer.