Items tagged with ipod touch

June 21st came, and iOS 4 arrived with it. The latest version of Apple's smartphone platform brings with it a laundry list of long-desired features, so we have to wonder how many updated immediately? Frequently, as we have said before, it's not a bad idea to wait a while, and let the dust settle, along with the bugs found by early adopters. Certainly, those with jailbroken devices shouldn't update, and they'll lose their jailbreak: they will need to wait for a new jailbreak for iOS 4 to be created. Meanwhile, for those who have decided to "go for it," before you do anything, you should update your iTunes software to 9.2, the latest version. If you haven't done it already, and are anxious to install,... Read more...
As expected, and on the same day iPhone 4 pre-orders went live, Apple on Tuesday launched a new Apple Store application in the App Store. Simply put, it's like any other online retailer's shopping app (think Amazon.com, Overstock.com) but instead focuses on Apple's online store. Apple's press release on the new app implies it is currently only for U.S. customers, with no date given for international support. One of the nice features, and perhaps "really nice" for those attempting to pre-order an iPhone 4, is that the app, known only as "Apple Store," supports easy ordering of iPhone 4s. You can "Buy or reserve a new iPhone with just a few taps." Unfortunately, the famously large failures of AT&T... Read more...
Apple's iPod touch and iPad haven't really been out long enough to determine their long-term place in handheld gaming. Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS lineup are still the go-to handhelds when you think of gaming on-the-go, but there's no doubt that Apple is having at least a small impact on things. The App Store is filled with games, most of which are cheaper than the same titles on Sony's PSP and Nintendo's DS family. Regardless of your own opinions, it's clear that Apple has the attention of the other "major" game makers. Sony has in the past admitted that the iPad wasn't a threat to the gaming realm (possibly something to make themselves feel better), and now Nintendo is opening up with some... Read more...
When it comes to downloading software applications, music, video, and other entertainment content from mobile devices other than home computers, iPhone and iPod Touch users lead the pack. According to the NPD Group’s "Entertainment Trends in America" update, 75 percent of iPhone and iPod Touch users are connecting to the Web to download entertainment content and apps. By comparison, only 19 percent of game console users and 17 percent of Blu-ray Disc (BD) set-top product users are downloading content. “It’s not surprising that Apple users are ahead of others when it comes to downloading Web-based content, given the breadth of the company’s app catalog and the head start... Read more...
Whoa, can it be true? Apparently it is. Of course, we're talking about Opera Mini becoming publicly available on the App Store, marking a huge, huge change in the way Apple handles certain software titles.In the past, Apple has been very quick to strike down any app submission that does "similar things" to apps that come pre-loaded on the iPhone, with a few exceptions. The Weather Channel and WeatherBug both have weather apps approved even though a Weather app arrives on the iPhone and iPod touch, but other than that, most everything else has seen a rejection. Developers have seen e-mail apps rejected due to being too similar to Apple's own Mail app, despite the fact that many users are longing... Read more...
We don't exactly get along with batteries very often here at HotHardware. Most of 'em tend to underwhelm us, and the one's that impress us (Apple's iPad rings a bell) are few and far between. Mophie loves the fact that most handheld devices have paltry battery life results, because that very problem encourages consumers to seek out solutions for extending the life of their favorite gadgets. The company has become somewhat of an icon in the iPhone charging space, with their Juice Pack Air amongst the most highly regarded in the industry. For those who somehow don't have a problem with the battery life of their iPhone (or who just don't own one at all), the Juice Pack Air is a slide-on case that... Read more...
Wow, what a week it has been for Apple. Last Saturday, the company's first tablet launched and sold over 300,000 units on the first day. On Monday, they announced that iPhone OS 4.0 would be explained in detail later in the week. And now, those details are live, and they're substantial to say the least. Apple's CEO Steve Jobs took the stage in California in order to lay out the next generation of the company's iPhone operating system, going on and on about seven "tentpoles" that would boost up a seriously overhauled system. The keynote began with Jobs boasting about the iPad's success; as of today, another 150,000 have been sold, with many Best Buy's out of stock completely. Jobs said that Apple... Read more...
Bang & Olufsen is extending control of home automation and home entertainment to your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad via the new BeoLink application. This new app gives you access to audio and video controls as well as the home automation system. The BeoLink application sends commands via Wi-Fi. The interface is customizable to show the scenes and commands requested by the customer. The app is free and currently available in the App store. Bang & Olufsen Announces BeoLink Application for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Offering total smart-phone integration of home entertainment and environmental controls - even when one is not at home ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bang... Read more...
iPhone users now have another GPS option for their phones. Magellan GPS recently announced the Magellan RoadMate App for iPhone for the United States and Puerto Rico. The app uses the same interface as the company's dedicated personal navigation devices. Feature highlights include:Spoken street name guidanceHighway lane assistIn-app music controliPhone address book integrationPedestrian ModeMost current maps provided by NAVTEQThe Magellan RoadMate App does not have any recurring subscription fees and is available for use on the iPod touch (2nd generation) with the Magellan Premium Car Kit (sold separately). The app is available at an introductory price of $39.99.... Read more...
We've heard "there's an app for that" countless times now, but is there an accessory for that? If "that" is talking about a MIDI interface, well, there is now. Line6--which is well known throughout the guitar and music industry as a high-quality company that products guitars, amps, effects and accessories--has just introduced the MIDI Mobilizer, which is said to be the only one of its kind. It's the most portable MIDI system ever, and it's compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch (all models). When connected to the Dock Connector port, it can be used to play, record and backup MIDI information anywhere; it basically transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into an on-the-go MIDI capsule, which will... Read more...
iLuv has managed to hold their own in the volatile iPod accessory market, and now they're one of the biggest names in the iPod clock market. Amazingly enough, it seems that not everyone has one of these yet, because iLuv just keeps cranking them out. The newest one is a bit different than the others, though, with the iMM190 App Station coming with an iLuv app clock application.The stylish device is available now to U.S. consumers, and when docked (and the app running), users can actually use their iPod touch or iPhone display as a large clock, weather screen or to view loads of other bits of small, web-connected information. In addition to the App, this multimedia speaker dock combines speakers,... Read more...
Since the iPhone OS 3.1.3 update came out, the word has spread far and wide among jailbreakers: don't upgrade! There's no reason to do so, as no new features were added, and a "safe" effective jailbreak couldn't be guaranteed.It is interesting, therefore, to see that Steve Jobs hasn't upgraded his iPhone to 3.1.3, either. 9to5Mac, while confirming the validity of an email from Jobs to a reader, took at detailed looked at the email header. What they saw was (above) that in the X-Mailer section it said: iPhone Mail (7D11) which means he's on 3.1.2.There could be many reasons that Jobs is on 3.1.2. It's quite possible that Jobs simply can't be bothered with syncing his own device and relies on his... Read more...
Matias announced a keyboard that aims to change the way you use your smartphone. As you'll guess from its name, the new USB 2.0 Keyboard + Smartphone Stand features a stand that's built into the keyboard, making it easy for you to use your smartphone apps while at your desk. "This new setup is so convenient," said Edgar Matias, CEO of Matias. "I have all these little apps on my iPod that I use all day. With the new keyboard, they're in easy reach, all the time." As Matias also points out, the keyboard stand allows you to use your iPod for personal use and your desktop PC for business use: "It also lets me keep my personal stuff on my iPod touch totally separate from the work I'm doing on my PC,"... Read more...
As you probably know, Apple is purging apps that are somewhat racy from the App Store, including those, according to a developer, that include women in bikinis. Yet the Sports Illustrated app is still in the App Store, and we smell favoritism.Phil Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing at Apple, pretty much confirmed that in statements he made to the New York Times. He said:“The difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format."Ah, we see. By the way, the Playboy app is still in the App Store as well.While there is obviously some measure of truth to that statement, some of the apps, such as Wobble (demo below), which... Read more...
On Monday, Frolicware announced the availability of a new app, that for people who are in cities without much free parking, could be worth the $4.99 price. It's called AutoPark, and it aims to help you not just avoid parking tickets, but also to avoid forgetting where you parked.Leveraging, quite obviously, the iPhone's GPS capabilities and Push Notifications, AutoPark will not only keep track of the time left on your parking meter, it will let you know when you're approaching its "limits." It will also help you find your car via GPS, if you parked on the street. Parked in a multi-story parking garage, instead? You can enter various information about the location, such as level, slot number,... Read more...
We knew Apple's App Store was popular, but wow. "Popular" doesn't even begin to accurately describe this news. After announcing over 3 billion choices in the App Store, Apple now has something else they can promote when pumping up the store over other alternatives: market share.With the amount of webOS, Maemo, S60 and Android devices growing by the day, one would think that the amount of applications downloaded in stores from those platforms would also be rising sharply. Obviously it's not sharply enough to put a dent in Apple's domination, as new research figures from Gartner has found that in 2009, Apple had a 99.4% piece of the overall app store market.You read that correctly. Nearly 100%... Read more...
iHome introduced a free application for the iPhone and iPod touch called iHome+Sleep. This app provides a full-screen clock display along with weather widgets, the iPod control cluster, and a customizable background image. iHome+Sleep also introduces the Sleep Card, which lets you create multiple profiles for wakeup times, sleep and wakeup sounds, messages, and reminders. iHome claims the iHome+Sleep app will "enhance the modern sleep cycle" with its innovations, which include: Sleep Stats: a running record of the user’s sleep habits, including how many times they snooze, average bedtime, hours of sleep, and many more; Social Media Alerts: Facebook Connect & Twitter integration allows users... Read more...
VoIP provider Vonage revealed applications for the iPhone, the iPod touch, and BlackBerry devices that will provide unlimited international calling to 60 countries. The iPhone and iPod touch apps will let users make unlimited Vonage Mobile calls in the U.S. via a Wi-Fi connection without using up cell phone minutes. For BlackBerry users, the new Vonage Mobile app lets you make unlimited international calls from your BlackBerry from any cellular area in the U.S. Although the apps are free to download, an unlimited international calling plan will run you $24.99 per month. If you're already a Vonage World for Home customer, you'll save $10 per month on Vonage World Home by having both options. The... Read more...
Belkin announced a new Bluetooth Music Receiver that lets you wirelessly stream music from your iPhone or iPod touch through your home's stereo system. After connecting the receiver to your home stereo system using the included cables, you'll need to pair your device to the Receiver wirelessly to listen to, share, and control your music. Like other Bluetooth connections, the Bluetooth Music Receiver gives you a range of approximately 33 feet. The Bluetooth Music Receiver uses Bluetooth v2.0 and can remember up to six paired devices. It is currently available in the US for $49.99 and expected to be available in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia in March 2010. Key features of the Bluetooth Music... Read more...
If you find yourself in an unfamiliar city and feeling a bit under the weather, a new iPhone app may be useful. The new i Need a Doctor (www.ineedadoc.net) app helps you find a nearby physician using powerful databases from two of the most respected doctor-rating services in the United States. As a joint venture between The Paladin Group LLC (the app developer), the health care research organization Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. (www.castleconnolly.com), and the physician rating site DrScore (www.drscore.com), the new app combines information from the companies databases into a real-time, user-friendly application. Ralph DiSibio, CEO of Paladin, LLC, said “The app helps everyone from people who... Read more...
Up until now, TomTom's iPhone GPS application was, well, only for the iPhone. It required iPhone OS 3.0, and for obvious reasons surrounding a physical GPS module, it wouldn't work with the iPod touch. Today, all that changes.TomTom has just released its newest version of the GPS app, and with it comes support for the iTouch. The only stipulation is that a car kit dock be used, since the touch has no internal GPS chip. Thus, TomTom is simultaneously announcing its new TomTom car kit for iPod touch, which does everything the TomTom car kit for iPhone does save for handsfree calling, and it does so for $20 less.The TomTom car kit for iPod touch is listed for $99.95, though it's currently sold out... Read more...
Later this month, Dual Electronics plans to ship one of the first kits that will convert your iPod Touch into a PND (portable navigation device). The GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle will enable the iPod Touch to receive a GPS signal and to use location-based service applications. Dual Electronics' system consists of a snap-on module and a window mount kit as well as a GPS application. The module snaps on to the back of the iPod Touch and has a built-in GPS receiver with a rechargeable battery. The unit also has a built-in speaker to amplify voice prompts and a mini USB port and audio-out jack to connect to a car stereo. The system works with the NavAtlas turn-by turn application (free from... Read more...
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