Items tagged with ipod touch

Whether you think of Apple as makers of the trendiest and best performing mobile products on the planet or view Steve Jobs' 'Evil Empire' with the same contempt that Boston Red Sox fans have for the New York Yankees, Apple's doing well either way. Actually, that's a bit of an understatement. Despite a growing army of Android users, Apple today announced to the world that more than 200 million iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users worldwide have downloaded over 15 billion apps from the App Store. "In just three years, the revolutionary App Store has grown to become the most exciting and successful software marketplace the world has ever seen," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president... Read more...
State Farm has just released an iOS application called Driver Feedback. The app uses your iDevice's accelerometer and GPS to "grade" your driving. It monitors the three driving behaviors that are the riskiest, and thus need to be tracked are hard acceleration, hard braking, and hard cornering. Since we know that iPhone is very good at tracking users, it's an obvious choice, but it would be nice to see an Android version, as well. As you might expect, it's free in the App Store. Just to be clear, State Farm said it does not collect the trip information. Additionally, the data recorded by the app will not impact your insurance rates (particularly since you don't have to be a State Farm customer... Read more...
Good news if you've been annoyed with your mobile Apple device for one reason or another related to the software. Apple this week released its iOS 4.3.2 software update for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (third and fourth generation), and iPad 1 and 2. There are a number of fixes in the update, including one that addresses a FaceTime bug causing freezing problems or displaying random photos from the camera roll. Also fixed in the latest update is the Verizon 3G connectivity issue that a number of iPad 2 users have been complaining about. Prior to the update, CDMA versions of the iPad 2 would fail to find a 3G connection after disconnecting. At that point, the only solution was to reboot... Read more...
You may have forgotten about Google TV. We can't really blame you, nor can we say that Google TV has really been able to gain traction in the market. Google has shown a willingness to push things out into the market without actually knowing how it'll turn out; Android has taken off and become a huge success, while things like Buzz, Wave and Google TV have faltered. That said, GTV is still around in some fashion, and some folks are definitely still using it. And if you're one of those people, this new development is for you. Early on, Google released an Android application that enabled one's phone to be used as a Google TV remote control, but the millions of iPhone users wondering if they would... Read more...
Blue Coat announced the K9 Web Protection Browser for iOS. This free Web browser designed for Apple iPads, iPhones, and Web-enabled iPod Touch devices provides for a family-safe browsing experience. In addition to protecting from content that is not appropriate for children such as pornography, violence, illegal drugs, and gambling, the browser also protects against phishing and malware. The K9 Web Protection Browser uses Blue Coat’s cloud-based WebPulse service to offer users up-to-the-moment protection from objectionable content and threats. The K9 Web Protection Browser is available as a free download from the Apple iTunes App Store. Blue Coat Introduces Free Family-Safe Web Browser... Read more...
NavFree has launched an iOS navigation app, which isn't in and of itself unusual. However, the app is free, and includes 1.6GB of offline data, which is unusual, particularly for gratis. NavFree USA (Europe is coming; U.K. and Ireland are already in the App Store) will also provide crowdsourced monthly map updates, also completely free of charge. An Android version is coming as well. Social networking features allow users to share their position via SMS, Email, Twitter and Facebook, but that sounds a lot like Google Latitude, anyway. There will be add-ons for in-app purchase such as speed cameras, local fuel prices and traffic information. You can see the full press release below. NavFree USA:... Read more...
What's next for 3D? It has taken over the cinema, the gaming world, the television world...what could possibly be next in 3D's crosshairs? What about mobile? In years past, there has been a few solutions for bringing a 3D effect to gaming handhelds, and recently, Nintendo has announced plans for a factory-built 3D handheld. But there are two devices in particular with a huge following, and if someone were to put 3D on those, they'd be in for a profitable treat. Of course, we're talking about the 125 million iPhone and iPod touch units in circulation, and now toy maker Hasbro is promising to bring 3D to both of them. They're the country's second-largest toy maker, and the My3D device is basically... Read more...
Tie fighters have invaded your city, but it's not because of a new George Lucas film. Instead it's the augmented reality video game coming soon to the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4th Generation devices. The game is Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner, developed by Vertigore Games and published by THQ Wireless. The AR portion of the game, as shown above, is for it to include your surroundings into your game insert them into the crosshairs of the Millenium Falcon's blasters. In addition, Star Wars Arcade: Falcon Gunner will include iconic locations from the Star Wars universe, such as the escape from the Death Star, the Battle of Hoth, all with the option of switching between rendered backgrounds... Read more...
Applidium's VLC Media Player is now available on the iPhone and iPod touch, as well as the iPad, which it supported earlier. The new version is now 1.1.0. VLC Media Player allows you to play a variety of video formats not supported natively by iOS. Remember, though, that it takes some powerful hardware for multimedia playback, and thus this app only supports the iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the last two generations of the iPod touch.  Here are the new version release notes: This new version of VLC brings : Runs on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, and the recent iPod touches You can now delete files from the application, without having to go through iTunes Many more extensions are being recognized.... Read more...
It's a typical scenario: your young child is convinced there's a monster under his bed, and showing him Monsters, Inc. doesn't calm him down. That's when you whip out your iPhone and pull up the Monster Meter app. The Monster Meter app is designed to convince your child there are no monsters in his room. There are four monster detection "technologies." Radar – classic radar screen that uses the camera on your device Grid – this scanner also uses the camera on your device Green Meter – playful yet serious meter Metal Meter – more serious looking meter for serious monster finding There is no iPad specific version (as yet), and obviously 1) and 2) above are not going to work... Read more...
Moboclix, which makes it their business to know everything there is to know about mobile applications, claims Apple's App Store now has over 300,000 apps. That number includes both free and paid apps, and is still an impressive number when you weed out all the fart apps, particularly when you consider the ambiguous approval process new software goes through before being added to the App Store. Casting a wet blanket on that number, Fortune points out that a good chunk of those are inactive apps. In fact, Apple's App Store is home to more than 55,000 inactive apps, according to both 148apps and AppShopper, two other mobile software tracking firms. Both of these firms have the actual count of active... Read more...
A pair of enterprising Chinese engineers have developed a case that fits around the iPod touch, turning it into an iPhone. That's all well and good in China, where the long legal arm of Apple isn't going to be able to reach them, but what if the device, called the Apple Peel 520, comes to the U.S.? That question may be answered soon. Pan Lei, 25, and Pan Yong 23, are the Chinese brothers who invented the device. The Apple Peel 520 is a case that includes a circuit board, a battery, dock connector and SIM card. Wrapped around a jailbroken iPod touch, after software is installed, it allows the iPod touch to act just like an iPhone. After all, the iPod touch has been called the phone-less iPhone.... Read more...
As promised, Apple has gone and released its iOS 4.1 software update, giving iPhone and iPod touch users plenty of reason to celebrate. And what about iPad owners? Let's not go there. For owners of the previously two mentioned products, however, iOS 4.1 shuffles a slew of updates and improvements into your device. Among the fixes, the several hundred megabyte download patches up a FaceTime flaw that could allow others to wreak havoc on FaceTime calls. "An issue in the handling of invalid certificates may allow an attacker in a privileged network position to redirect FaceTime calls," Apple said. "This issue is addressed through improved handing of certificates." Several other improvements abound,... Read more...
Nike this week launched its Nike+ GPS App into the App Store, a new piece of software that has grand aspirations of being a digital training tool for athletes. Runners who download the app can use their iPhone or iPod touch to visually map out their runs while tracking pace, distance, time, and calories burned, Nike says. And if you're new to this whole running thing and can't seem to stay motivated, Nike offers instant motivational feedback from athletes like Paula Radcliffe and Lance Armstrong, as well as...Tracy Morgan? That's right, the former Saturday Night Live star and current 30 Rock comedian will apparently help keep you in the mindset to run. "We are so excited to introduce the true... Read more...
Remote-controlled helicopters are not new, but Parrot's AR.Drone Quadricopter is set to make a splash when it goes on sale on Sept. 9th. It will use an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad as a controller, and give a live video feed from two different cameras to the "pilot." Indeed, the AR part of the AR.Drone Quadricopter's name comes from the use of "augmented reality." Meanwhile, quadricopter means what it sounds like: the Parrot AR.Drone Quadricopter (Amazon.com) will have four rotors. The AR.Drone only lasts 12 minutes on a single charge of its batteries. However, unlike the devices will be used to control it, it will have user-replaceable batteries, with a recharge time of 1 1/2 hours. Apple has... Read more...
While Apple CEO Steve Jobs said on Wednesday that iOS 4.1 would be coming to iPhones and iPod touches this coming week, he didn't give a date. It seems the Apple U.K. site's webmaster has put up some different info that in the U.S., with their site giving an exact date: Sept. 8. The U.S. site continues to say "Coming Soon," but we'll assume that rather than making two mistakes (posting a date, and posting a wrong date) that the Sept. 8 is correct. It also makes sense since the new iPod touches will ship on Sept. 8, with iOS 4.1 pre-installed. At any rate, since Jobs sent "next week," and considering Monday is Labor Day, we really only had 4 days to pick from, anyway.... Read more...
If you're looking for an app to show off your iPad, your search is over. At yesterday's Apple event, Epic Games announced a new game for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch called Project Sword, an action RGP being made exclusively for iOS. Minutes later, Epic Games went and released a tech demo as a free app available via iTunes that lets you explore the castle environment in awesome detail. It's called Epic Citadel, and it's an 82.2MB download powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 3 technology. We gave the tech demo a spin and, well, let's just say we're officially excited about the future of gaming on tablets and other mobile devices. Let's forget for a moment that this is only available for iOS --... Read more...
It wasn't worthy of a dedicated press release from Apple today, but it's news nonetheless for the 120+ million iOS users in the world. Apple has today announced iOS 4.1, their first major point update since the iPhone 4's antenna debacle. There's no mention of this release further improving reception issues, but instead, it focuses on all new features to coincide with the release of the newly redesigned iPod touch. The main new features in iOS 4.1 are TV show rental support, HD video upload over Wi-Fi, the ability to take HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos, the inclusion of 'Game Center' and a number of bug fixes (proximity, Bluetooth and iPhone 3G slowness). That's a pretty major overhaul. Users... Read more...
Well, wouldn't you know it. Apple has introduced new iPods at a Fall music event in San Francisco. It's becoming an annual tradition for the market leader in this category, but we have to say that this year's introductions were a bit more spirited than usual. Rather than simply overhauling the iPod touch, which just about everyone expected, the company also stated that the iPod Classic would remain in the family for those that needed the space, the iPod Shuffle has reemerged and the iPod nano has been completely redesigned to look more like a miniature screen with a headphone jack. So, first, the new iPod touch. It's the same basic design as the "old" model, but this time it has a Retina Display... Read more...
Soon, Dish subscribers will be able to watch live television via their mobile devices at no extra cost. In September, Dish Network is planning to launch an app for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and BlackBerry devices that will enable this functionality. An app for Google's Android OS will launch in October. In order to take advantage of the new feature, users will need the mobile app as well as special hardware. One option is Sling Media's SlingBox, which sells for $180 to $300. Alternatively, Dish subscribers could opt to upgrade to Dish's high-definition digital video recorder with SlingBox features. If you choose this latter option you'll need to pay $10 per month for multiple DVR service,... Read more...
Remember the MacBook Air? Yeah, it's been quite some time since Apple has made any mention of its only ultra-thin ultraportable machine, and after it made a huge splash a few years ago in terms of design, the company has really let it age. There haven't been too many spec upgrades along the way, and it seems as if the machine isn't a high priority for Apple at all. Of course, it's a niche device with a small buyer pool, but we guess that's too be expected. But it's about time for an upgrade, don't you think? According to rumors sourced from DigiTimes research, the company is planning to do something beyond just adding Core i3 CPUs and a new GeForce GPU. Apple could be ready to begin production... Read more...
Have you been in the market for a new NAS drive? Can't figure out which one would suit you best? We know it's a crowded market out there, but QNAP has just dropped a bomb on the whole place. If you're an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone user, QNAP has a new offer that may be too good to refuse. They have developed a new QNAP QMobile app that allows iPad, iPod touch and iPhones to remotely stream music, photos and videos from their QNAP NAS server, and we're not just talking about in-home, but anywhere with an Internet connection. The app is launching alongside the QNAP v3.3 NAS management utility update, and it enables streaming from NAS-to-iProduct over 3G or Wi-Fi. This reduces or eliminates the... Read more...
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