Archive for the ‘Gadgets’ Category

Free iPhone 4 Case from Apple? Yes Please

Check this link over on SimonBlog to see how to go about getting a free iPhone 4 case/bumper from Apple – it’s their way of sorting out the car crash that is the “antennagate” issue.

You’ll need this app: iPhone 4 Case Program app and an iTunes account. As of yet I’m not entirely sure whether it’s exclusive to the US or not – I don’t have an iPhone 4 yet so I cannot verify this but perhaps some Irish iPhone 4 owner can…

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Wifi Sync your iPhone?

MobileMe seems to be the only option to sync your iPhone to your computer without using wires – this costs a bit of money though, check it out here.

But what about those of us who don’t want to fork out the €79 per year? Well the guys at Engadget have come up with an interesting app called Wifi Sync that lets you sync your iPhone to iTunes wirelessly, check out the teaser video here. Engadget will submit this app to Apple by the end of the week and hopefully Apple will approve it!

An Apple of Volcanic Proportions

Seems like the whole world is talking about it…a colossal explosion…the debris that will inevitably fall from the cloud…the heat that certain people will feel…

…no, not Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland…rather the erupting Steve Jobs in Apple-land! Yes we now know that some poor techie lost the iPhone 4 that he was testing…in a pub! And  somehow the guys over at Gizmodo acquired it for 5K and displayed it for the world to see before Mr. Jobs could unveil it himself! Apple have since demanded their prototype be returned – for the full story read it here on FastCompany

What Time is it Mr. Jobs?

Ever wonder why in most pictures officially advertising the iPhone the time is 9:42? And even now with the iPad there is a similar trend showing the time 9:41. Apple-maniacs the world over have been attempting to solve the dated mystery, until now.

Check out this blog post from Secret Lab developer Jon Manning – iPad Day: 9:41 AM

Basically when Jon was visiting an Apple store he bumped into senior VP of iPhone software, Scott Forstall. Manning decided to ask Forstall about the time conundrum and settle the debate once and for all. Forstall replied by explaining that when a keynote is taking place the product reveal always happens around 40 minutes into the presentation.

Bazinga!

A Case of iPad Hype

Someone said on the radio the other day that there hasn’t been this much media hype since the Korean War! In fact, Apple don’t even need to advertise their new gadget because everyone is talking about it! Naturally with 300,000 iPads sold on the first day, those new gadgeteers would need some assurance that their most precious commodity would be protected in some way – check out this nifty case for the iPad

For more info and pictures go to AppleInsider

Multitask your iPhone

Apple will be introducing a multitasking solution through the handset’s 4.0 software update that will allow several party apps to run simultaneously and in the background.

People with a proven track record in predicting Apple’s technological advances tell AppleInsider that the Cupertino-based company has developed a “full-on solution” to multitasking on the iPhone OS but offered no specifics on how the technology would optimize resource conservation and battery life — two of the most critical issues surrounding the matter, alongside security.

Read the full report from Apple Insider here

The system’s phone, SMS, email, iPod, voice recorder, Nike+, and certain other bundled apps can continue in the background while another app is launched. However, third party titles obtained from the App Store (including apps from Apple, such as Remote or iDisk) can not be launched at the same time.

This behavior is prevented by the iPhone OS’ security model, which is designed to close the current app whenever the user returns to the Home screen or accepts an incoming call. This design prevents apps from being able to run in the background without the user knowing, and erasing any real potential for spyware, adware and viruses.

This isn’t a technical problem for the multitasking iPhone OS, but does introduce new issues for users. Because the iPhone OS doesn’t present a conventional windowing user interface, launching multiple apps requires the addition of a new interface mechanism that allows users to intuitively switch between apps without introducing too much new complexity.

Installing lots of background processes will inevitably eat up battery life and performance, so adding multitasking features that are valuable without creating a mess for users to deal with requires solving a variety of non-obvious problems that are very apparent on other mobile platforms that claim to deliver functional multitasking.

Potential solutions include saving the state of and parking the foreground app, or scaling down the execution of a background app, so that multiple app execution does not overwhelm the limited resources available on mobile devices. Either one would allow the user to quickly switch between running apps without seeing much downside. Today’s iPhone OS requires a brief layover to the Home screen before jumping from the current app to launch another one.

More system RAM and faster processors will also help to improve the experience of users who want to quickly switch between multiple apps.

Apple Crackdown

Looks like Apple are coming down hard on a plethora of apps in the App Store. A fortnight ago they went about removing most of the naughty apps (the ones with all the nudity), last week they began removing apps with ‘minimum user functionality’ such as Wi-Fi scanners. The developer of Three Jacks Software was the victim of an Apple crackdown as WiFi-Where was removed due to its alleged use of unpublished APIs within the iPhone OS software development kit. The developer of Three Jacks simply stated that it was ironic that Apple are removing such useful apps when there is so much junk available, WiFi-Where will undoubtedly be available on Cydia for those who are fond of jailbreaking.

An app was rejected earlier on last week due to it containing ‘minimum user functionality’ – this particular app had no other use but to quack like a duck.

This week Apple set its sights on apps that reproduce web content and use a ‘cookie cutter’ formula. As Tech Crunch state in their report, Apple has recently started cracking down on submissions to the App Store that are just “basic applications.” These apps are “little more than RSS feeds or glorified business cards.”

“In short, Apple doesn’t want people using native applications for things that a basic web app could accomplish,” the report said.

It’s yet another change in policy for Apple regarding the App Store – where do they go from here? Are they removing apps that they don’t like, apps that they feel are too competitive for Apple or are they removing all the fun? I, for one, do not want my Mr. T quote app gone.