Rivals Microsoft and Apple have two mobile device platforms with one similar thing in common: both are unable to fully multitask.
For example, the biggest criticism being aimed at the iPhone is simply the inability to write an e-mail and listen to music in the background. You have to turn off the Pandora application for that. The only other way around this problem is hacking into the phone, commonly referred to as jail breaking. This is illegal according to Apple.more →
The results of the smartphone sales race are in. Running the numbers and looking at the charts with Nexus One’s sales figures, things do look a little “slow” off the start for Google. But CEOEric Schmidt’s reports back in February show otherwise.
The Google HTC Nexus One has sold 135,000 units directly from Google since the phone was first launched. During this time period, Verizon sold 1.05 million Android phones while Apple continues to keep pace in the market by selling 1 million units of their original iPhone. The iPhone 3GS continued its market dominance by selling 1.6 million devices in just one week. Apple’s superstar has no reason to slow down and with a new revamped iPhone 4G on the horizon for its loyal customers, one can only assume a continued bright future.more →
It’s not often I get excited about a cellphone cases, but after taking a look at Speck’s latest offering, it’s almost got me wanting an iPhone. Four new artistic cases have been added to the iPhone 3G and 3GS line of Artsprojekt cases, the designs were created by artists of the community and are among the most stylish graphics you will see wrapped around an Apple product. Priced at about $40 each, exclusive to the Apple Store, they are printed on soft but durable frabric infused on Speck’s “road-tested snap-together” hard shells.more →
I’m not much of one to use standalone GPS navigation devices, I can’t even recall the last time I needed one as I prefer to use the free Google Maps application on my Nokia smartphone. But that’s not to say traditional GPS makers aren’t gonna go down without a fight. TomTom, still one of the world’s leading providers of navigation solutions and digital maps, is shifting their focus to the world of smartphones. More specifically, enhancementsfor the iPhone TomTom app.
TomTom’s press announcement explains how full real-time traffic information will be available from the TomTom iPhone app (version 1.3), getting you around those nasty traffic jams rather than taking what is suggested as the fastest route.more →
Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a fighting game iPhone app in the vein of their Soul Calibur series. You play as Spartacus in story mode or select from other gladiators and go head to head in a battle to the death. Story mode attempts to follow the plot of the first few episodes, and faithfully shares in the gore. Little clips from the show are also spliced into cut scenes to tell the story but there are no voices, just subtitles.more →
A leaked legal document distributed by the digital freedom crusaders EFF, discovered the legal red tape Apple binds its iPhone developers by. Truly draconian in nature the contractual documentation that Apple uses with developers for its systems allows it to reject any application developed even if the application meets the iPhone’s requirements.
Absolutely no reverse engineering for the iPhone’s operating system, nor any reverse engineering for the iPhone software development kit is permitted.more →
Hadouken! Sonic Boom! I’ve been big into fighting games ever since I first played Street Fighter II in a smelly old arcade, so this news hits really close to home. If you’re ready to take Ken and Ryu with you on the road, you’ll be glad to hear that Street Fighter IV is now available for the iPhone and iPod touch via the App Store.
Not surprisingly, there are several things missing from the iPhone version of the game compared to its console counterpart. For starters, you don’t get all 19 characters. Instead, you are restricted to just eight world warriors: Ryu, Ken, Guile, Blanka, Chun-Li, Dhalsim, M. Bison, and Abel. I would have liked to see Akuma and Gouken in there, but no such luck.more →
The newest version of The Price is Right video game has just been ported to the iPhone and iPod Touch. A sequel to 2008’s The Price is Right, the popular game already owned by many, so the question now is whether I upgrade to the new version or has the price gone wrong?
The Price is Right 2010 has all of the features and controls of the original Price is Right app, plus several improvements. New games are added such as Golden Road, the avatars now get customizable wardrobes, the look of the game got a huge overhaul, and the prices and prizes are updated for the new decade.more →
Mass Mobile Month is a month long celebration of the innovations in the mobile industry in Massachusetts. In honor of this festival, Swift Mobile has appropriately released an iPhone app called Mobile Month. It is currently free on iTunes, and is perfect if you are attending the celebration. The Mass Mobile Month app acts as […]more →
Scosche, an accessory maker for mobile devices announced Revivelite II. A small, sleek, portable iPhone charger that is equipped with a USB port to allow a second iPod or iPhone to be charged simultaneously.
It has a collapsible iPhone docking station and wall socket prongs for folding up on the go, and includes various foam inserts for different iPod models.more →
The smartphone war just got a little bit more interesting, as Microsoft just launched its first app for the Android OS of their nemesis Google, which makes the app release all the more puzzling. This new app release clouds the landscape of the conflict between Apple, Google, and Microsoft in regard to their respective smartphones.
According to the Washington Post, the app Microsoft released on the Android is Tag, an app also released on the iPhone, Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 platforms.more →
While Apple has already laid the smack down on most iPhone apps that contain nudity or even the implication of nudity, such isn’t really the case when it comes to adultery. Sort of. One of the newest apps to gain approval in the App Store is called TigerText and it seems to be targeted at cheating spouses.
The TigerText iPhone app “allows users to set a time limit on how long a text that they send will hang around after it has been read.” In this way, you can delete and hide those incriminating text messages for good.more →
It seems that the Italians love to conceptualize the future iPhone 4G model that Apple is expected to release mid 2010. Our friends at Mobile Crunch have discovered some beautiful new renderings of an artists work, “Seraphan, a member on Spaziocellulare forum.
He has released his renders of what the iPhone 4G could be, and they are pretty colorful with some nice smooth curves.more →
The military group named DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) based in the Pentagon have recently announced a Request For Information (RFI) seeking iPhone and Android applications, may they be commercial or non-commercial, and to be used specifically for national security.
This request could just be to see who is out there and what they are doing, more of an intelligence operation if anything, as it states “This is an RFI issued solely for information gathering purposes” but that is custom for an RFP so highly unlikely.more →
The latest concept out of ADR Studio is the iPhone Touchlamp. An LED lamp is controlled by your iPhone that is docked within its base, you can choose the intensity and decide which colors the lighting shall cast throughout the room creating an ambient setting.
Of course it will simultaneously change the iPhone as well. This is just a concept and may never be manufactured, but it’s such a simple and smart idea that I am surprised it hasn’t yet.more →