Posts Tagged ‘apps’
  • El Jobso on blocking out Flash from iPhone platform: “We’ve been there before…sub-par results”
    by Mike
    Posted April 12th, 2010 at 9:34 am
    It's no secret that Steve Jobs hates Flash and isn't exactly drinking buddies with Adobe's finest developers. The once subtle, behind the scenes battle between Apple and Adobe has of late, erupted into an all out war with both sides. Name calling, finger pointing, and all out "he said she said" tactics have been resorted to. Jobs has gone on the record several times citing his distaste for Flash in general. But a new comment over the recent changes in the iPhone developers policy concerning...
  • Apple shoots themselves in the foot again, rejects Dashboard iPad app as it would “confuse customers”…
    by Mike
    Posted April 9th, 2010 at 4:39 pm
    Each and every time Apple wows me (as they did with the OS 4.0 preview yesterday), they come right back around and punch me in the face. What am I talking about? A rather nifty iPad app that mimicked the style of the OS X Dashboard was rejected for the bullshit reasoning that it "contradicted the iPad's user experience". I know there are some real "bright" people out there but come on Apple. If someone knowingly downloads an app, I'm pretty sure even the rockiest of the bunch could figure ou...
  • Twitter close to revealing new layout?
    by Mike
    Posted April 9th, 2010 at 4:09 pm
    Since Twitter's inception, the main profile page hasn't really changed. Conversely, other aspects of the popular micro-blogging site like the login page have. On top of physical looks, numerous actual features have been added, with the more recent (and prominent) one being geo-tagging. A new posting on Dribble by Twitter's lead designer, Doug Bowman, shows what is a fairly revamped UI -- and a nice one at that I will add. It has that typical Mac-like styling I think. You know, the mu...
  • iPad App Store half broken across the pond.
    by Mike
    Posted April 7th, 2010 at 9:01 am
    UK iPad hopefuls and those who've already ordered and had a device shipped to your door have one slight issue to look forward to -- no mobile App Store. For the time being, iPad users who go to fire up the App Store app on the device will be greeted with a dialog box telling the horrendous tale of no support for their country. The issue is apparently because the App Store on the iPad requires a US-based email address and credit card number. VPN's can fake the first part fairly easy. The ...
  • XDA-Dev Forums releases Android app for those geeky to the core…
    by Mike
    Posted April 7th, 2010 at 12:22 am
    If you're not in the smartphone tinkering scene, you probably haven't the slightest clue what/who/where XDA is. To keep it short: it's a massive collection of nerdy, intellectual knowledge all centered around (mainly) one common brand of smartphone -- HTC. There's been a few exceptions here and there along the way, but over the years, the forums have remained mostly true to their origins. Some hate it. Others admire them for it. Whatever side of the fence you're on, taking a simple stro...
  • Get Fennec for Android now! [Beta] [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted March 30th, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    Love to live on the edge? Want only the best in mobile browsing? Generally speaking, Mobile Safari on the iPhone is bar none, the best mobile browser. Opera Mini and Chrome on Android are both close seconds with everything else falling in somewhere distantly behind. Fennec however is extremely promising though only currently available in "official" form for the Nokia N900. WinMo has it's little dev port as well but that is pretty much dead. Android -- we know it's coming but "late 2010/ear...
  • Opera Mini submitted to App Store for approval. Death march to soon follow?
    by Mike
    Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 am
    iPhone/iPod Touch users who spend a pretty good minute on the web, today is a day to remember, for it is the day in which Opera submitted their iPhone version of Opera Mini to the App Store. The reason for the whole show is simply because, there's a fair chance that the ever so intelligent and common sense filled (/sarcasm) App Store approvers will reject the app. The reasoning if Apple does in fact do so isn't anything new. They'll simply label it as "duplicating functionality" of an app alr...
  • Fennec development for Windows Mobile/Phone canceled!
    by Mike
    Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 6:00 am
    WinMo and Windows Phone users hoping for a little mobile Firefox love thanks to the exceptionally good looking (and performing) "Fennec" will be utterly depressed to the point of no return this morning to learn that the mobile Firefox team has canceled any and all work on the mobile Microsoft build. They chalk it up to Microsoft's new development rules going into Windows Phone 7, namely the restriction on apps running in native code, instead requiring managed code through the likes of Silverlig...
  • RIM promises great things for BBM this week. Get’s all pushy with 3rd party apps.
    by Mike
    Posted March 17th, 2010 at 9:30 am
    Not one, but two morsels of information for BlackBerry users today are ready for your consumption. First up, BlackBerry Messenger. According to RIM, within the next few days, "exciting new things" are coming to the Canadian based platform's "in-house" IM client. For BBM junkies, this is reason to celebrate as BBM isn't exactly the most often updated BlackBerry app, routinely going months upon months between updates. Good stuff. On a wider scale, RIM has also announced that push services a...
  • SpeakLike for Wordpress: Reliable, human-based translations allow you to yak it up no matter where you live.
    by Mike
    Posted March 16th, 2010 at 4:46 pm
    Go to the local county fair and walk around listening to the various languages and dialects you hear. Depending on where you live, the scope of spoken languages can actually be pretty expansive. Then think that no matter how many languages you think you are hearing in your little corner of the globe, it is but a tiny, minuscule drop in the bucket. Now take second to think about the millions of conversations that go on over the internet each and every day, on a much larger scale than your typi...
  • Destination unknown: Simplify discontinuing music streaming apps, changing direction.
    by Mike
    Posted March 15th, 2010 at 9:25 am
    Here's quite a shoker: Popular WiFi and 3G streaming app, Simplify, will be no more in its current form. Per a post on the Simplify company blog, Simplify as we have come to know it will be discontinued and the company as a whole changing direction. What direction are they going exactly? For that, we'll have to play the "wait and see" game with Simplify stopping short of describing any immediate goals on the linked post above. Support for their current apps will continue on for "at least 3 m...
  • iKat brings AR to the next level.
    by Mike
    Posted March 10th, 2010 at 10:58 am
    Last year, AR (augmented reality) was a huge splash in the tech world. The ability to lay over multiple layers of information on top of a real world video feed opened up countless doors for all kinds of services and applications. In the case of iKat (developed with Zentium’s D-Track software), the software overlays a cat on top of the video feed. It may seem pretty basic, but the number crunching required to actually pull it off and have it look decent is pretty involved. This use of AR is...
  • RIAA/labels wanted iTunes LP’s, not Apple.
    by Mike
    Posted March 9th, 2010 at 10:37 am
    Last year when Apple was all jubilant about iTunes LP's, a lot of tech people were left scratching their heads wondering wtf was going on. Over the last few years, Apple has been promoting, marketing, and pushing an entire generation towards all you can eat, cheap music via a-la-carte methods. Albums and "special edition" LP's are a complete 180 from their general philosophy. That confusion was for good reason though. New information via GigaOhm (link currently down) has several industry...
  • The iPad Clutch and Wallet. Finally, some good looking (and functional) iPad accessories.
    by Mike
    Posted March 6th, 2010 at 10:19 pm
    Happy Owl Studios Clutch and and Wallet iPad Cases From a small design team in Venice Beach California comes admittingly one of the coolest iPad cases I’ve seen yet. It’s no understatement to say that iPad accessory makers are going crazy over this latest gadget, and it’s not even coming out until April 3rd! While the iPad may not be the "be all end all" gadget in my personal book of gadgetry, it will no doubt enjoy a high level of popularity with the current "iPhone generation". On th...
  • Better late than never? Sony rumored to finally have “Playstation Phone” in the works.
    by Mike
    Posted March 4th, 2010 at 1:09 pm
    Better late than never they say? But is there a point at which you can be too late? Sony seems to be testing that very belief. Sitting here and gazing into the 2010 calendar -- almost three years after the original iPhone -- Sony is just now getting into the mobile phone biz. I say just getting into because frankly, let's be honest -- SonyEricsson sucks. Their phones suck. That's why no one has gotten excited in them for years. The one recent glimmer of hope was the Xperia X10, but that w...
  • Get your x-rated text on and cover your tracks with “TigerTexts”
    by Mike
    Posted March 3rd, 2010 at 4:46 am
    Do I condone what Tiger Woods did? No. Does that mean we can't have a quick laugh off of a mobile app that plays off of his bad decisions? Why certainly not. Enter the realm of "TigerTexts". First I'd like to highlight the name is brilliant, genius, funny, if even it is a bit brash. But that's beside the point. The real focal point of this app is that texting can be done in "safety". Safety of course meaning that anything and everything you say self destructs after a short time (60 secon...
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