App Alert: Tango Video Call for iPhone 4

October 14, 2010 by  
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Tango video calls is an app that allows for users to enjoy the benefits of the front facing camera on the iPhone 4 to make a video call over their cellular 3G network. Tango Features:

  • Free video calling to your friends and family around the world, wherever you are
  • Call between iPhone and other smartphones on 3G and Wi-Fi
  • Populates Tango Contacts automatically from existing phone contact list
  • Invite friends and others by e-mail or text
  • Switch cameras and swap screens to show what is around you
  • Move between video to audio and back to video
  • Simple and easy to use
  • Create an account in less than five seconds – New profile not required

So we’ve got Apple’s own FaceTime, and now FringYahoo!,  Tango and  Skype .


Verizon Wireless to Sell Apple iPad

October 14, 2010 by  
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Apple and Verizon Wireless announced this morning a partnership that would bring the iPad to Verizon Wireless Stores across the U.S. on October 28. While the collaboration won’t see Verizon compatible technology embedded in the iPad, it will bundle the iPad Wi-Fi with a Verizon MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot.

The iPad will be available in three bundles:

  • Apple iPad 16GB + MiFi: $629.99
  • Apple iPad 32GB + MiFi: $729.99
  • Apple iPad 64GB + MiFi: $829.99

As far as data plans for the iPad, Verizon will offer one: Up to 1GB of data for $20 per month.

Industry sources are saying since facing intense competition from phone makers wedded to Google’s Android software, Steven P. JobsApple’s chief executive, finally plans to make the iPhone available on VerizonWireless, the largest wireless carrier in the United States.

Apple patents ‘anti-sexting’ technology

October 13, 2010 by  
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Today the US Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent Apple filed in 2008, which, get this, prevents users from sending or receiving “objectionable” text messages.  The patent’s official title? “Text-based communication control for personal communication device” which actually doesn’t use the pretty ridiculous noun/verb“Sexting,” but come on, we all know what they mean.

The “Sexting” patent background info states that the problem it solves is that there is currently “No way to monitor and control text communications to make them user appropriate. For example, users such as children may send or receive messages (intentionally or not) with parentally objectionable language.”

Here’s the text of the patent, via TechCrunch:

Systems, devices, and methods are provided for enabling a user to control the content of text-based messages sent to or received from an administered device. In some embodiments, a message will be blocked (incoming or outgoing) if the message includes forbidden content. In other embodiments, the objectionable content is removed from the message prior to transmission or as part of the receiving process. The content of such a message is controlled by filtering the message based on defined criteria. The criteria may be defined according to a parental control application. These techniques also may be used, in accordance with instructional embodiments, to require the administered devices to include certain text in messages. These embodiments might, for example, require that a certain number of Spanish words per day be included in e-mails for a child learning Spanish.

It’s not yet understood how it will be implemented in Apple’s iPhone products So far it seems that  it will work with the phone’s built-in text-messaging application. Other texting apps aim to prevent texting while driving and let iPhone users send text messages without incurring charges from AT&T, the mobile carrier that has exclusive rights to the iPhone in the U.S.


Sonic The Hedgehog 4™ Episode I Is Now Available for iPhone

October 7, 2010 by  
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The Hedgehog lover in me is excited now that Sonic 4 is out and available at the iTunes store. Reviews say that it features classic run and jump gameplay at a breakneck pace. It includes 12 zones, closely modeled on 16 bit Sonic game levels. Both score attack and time attack modes are available, and there are a couple special tilt based iPhone exclusive levels.

According to “The game also FEELS like Sonic. It has a classic Green Hills zone. It has a old school Labyrinth zone complete with underwater sections. Mad Gear is based off Metropolis Zone from Sonic 2, including the tube like teleporters and conveyor belts There are enemies and bosses from Sonic 1 such as the enemies that appear then charge towards you and the ones that shoot out of the walls in Splash Hill, which also finishes with a twist on the old school “swinging ball boss” The game’s aforementioned speed and fluidity add to this vibe.”

I am so excited that I about to download now.

source: Appadvice

New App Alert: Zappo App for iPad

October 7, 2010 by  
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Zappos Mobile: Great On The iPad

First the the world’s largest online retailer releases a Kindle app for Apple’s newest device  in April. Now along with the Kindle app and their own Amazon Mobile app, the company has released an app for its shoe store. The Zappos Mobile app was recently released, putting the world’s largest online shoe store on the iPad.

photo 11 300x225 Zappos Mobile: Great On The iPad, which was founded in 1999 grossed over $1 billion in sales in 2009, the year that Amazon purchased the company for nearly $1.2 billion. The name Zappos is derived from the Spanish word zapatos, meaning shoes.

The app is easy to use and fast, even with a 3G connection. You can easily purchase shoes, clothing, handbags, beauty supplies and housewares.

photo 22 300x225 Zappos Mobile: Great On The iPad

Each item is listed by photo and name, with heavy emphasis on the former.

Items that are on sale are easily recognized, with details and reviews. Plus available sizes; up to 10 different photos of the items and colors are easily readable.  The price and stock number are also shown. You can even read more about the item’s brand, which is nice.

The free Zappos Mobile app is available today in the App Store.

iApp To Organize Your Business Cards

September 27, 2010 by  
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Apple Observer readers if you are anything like me you probably take every new business card you receive and log its information into a database of some kind. Insane and time consuming isn’t it?

I have my own system: One black card book for important cards, and a small tin can for more less important ones.

Great news, mobile app developers are trying to break people like me by offering a way to quickly scan and organize business cards. ScanBizCards ($7 on iPhones) and WorldCard Mobile ($6 on iPhones) are now ready and available for downloading.

If you already have CamCard, as your business card management system then you are ahead of the curve.. Reviewers on iTunes, Android’s Market and BlackBerry’s App World have lauded the app for its simplicity and versatility.

The app can scans cards in 12 languages, while others focus on English or, in the case of WorldCard Mobile, English and Chinese. CamCard also allows editing of the card’s image, which will appeal to those who would prefer not to see a coffee, tea or soda stain each time they view an important card.

CamCard renders nearly every letter and number correctly. After the scan, CamCard places the information into a virtual card holder that can be sorted by name. It also includes a search box at the top, a welcome feature that the other apps lacked.

The other apps were good, but over all, CamCard felt more refined.

And for those who cannot bear the thought of spending $7 on an app, CamCard offers free “lite” versions that scans cards but stores only a few.

Double your iPhone 4′s power with Mophie Juice Pack Air Battery

September 2, 2010 by  
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The Mophie Juice Pack for your iPhone 4 is almost here. The word is that it will be available as soon as next week for $79. The Juice Pack Air features pass-through USB charging and sync with iTunes, an integrated 4 LED charge status, and a standby switch the shuts off the juice turning the appendage into a rather attractive (albeit, heavy with a 1500mAh capacity battery), soft-grip case.  I brought one for a friend last year who had an old iPhone and it worked wonders, so it should be a welcome addition for you iphone 4 users.

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