Tag Archive: iphone


Apple Remote app for iPad

Apple has finally updated their Remote app to version 2.0, and included support for iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4 Retina Display, and for the iPad. It will also support shared libraries for iTunes and, of course, the new Apple TV (2010) that’s just started to hit the streets. AirPlay is also supported, currently for what was previously AirTunes, and no doubt for full on iOS 4.2 video goodness when that’s released as well.

Previous rumors have suggested Apple’s Remote app was the work of a single engineer at the company who had since been reassigned. Whether that was accurate or not, it looks like the release of the new Apple TV was enough to get Remote out of mothballs and onto the iPad, with a new iTunes 10-style icon to boot.

I loved the previous version of Remote, especially for entering passwords and searches — onerous via the infrared remote — so I’m eager to try this one out. If you have already, let us know what you think.

Best Ringtone Maker for iPhone

Custom ringtone makers for the iPhone are the latest group of of apps to suddenly gain approval for the App Store. This correlates directly with Apple’s recent changes to their App Store policies, allowing 3rd party Google Voice appsand other apps that Apple had previously banned or rejected from their mobile app marketplace, or simply left in limbo. Techcrunch reports:

Since the early days of the App Store, applications that allow users to make ringtones from songs on their handsets have either inexplicably sat on hold or were outright denied. And yet, here we are; as of right now, there are no less than 5 different ringtone making apps sitting in the App Store.

Another segment of apps that Apple has confirmed does not directly compete with their own app and service offerings has been revealed.

When we first caught wind of Fring a while back, Skype compatibility was the draw, but as the years progressed and Fring grew some, the VoIP services didn’t exactly get along. Today, the company’s taking matters into its own hands with the not-so-subtly named FringOut, which appears to provide even cheaper calls to landlines and mobile phones than its powerful namesake. Starting on Nokia’s S60 platform and “coming soon” to Android and iPhone, FringOut’s promising as-low-as one-cent-a-minute calls

AT&T has officially launched version 2.0 of its iPhone app for U-Verse TV customers. Now dubbed U-Verse Mobile, it still allows users to manage and schedule DVR recordings on the go, but now has an updated UI, a favorite channels list, and most notably will allow users (with the U399 or U450 packages) to download a limited selection of shows directly to their phone. While that should make it easier to catch up with Lost, Grey’s Anatomy or whatever other shows AT&T makes available while on the subway or otherwise out of streaming reach you won’t be downloading your own DVR recordings, and you won’t downloading any of them over 3G since that’s WiFi only. While AT&T is loudly proclaiming it’s the first to allow downloads, by comparison Dish already lets users Sling whatever they want from its 922 — if they can get it to work right now. Check out the press release and a quick video demo after the break if you’re still not exactly sure how all this will go down, or just go straight to iTunes and grab the free app right now. Blackberry Torch fans should keep an eye out too, since a compatible version is on the way — no word yet on Android or webOS.

Automatic refunds, or so the email says. We’ve been on the receiving end of a deluge of tips this morning pointing out that Apple has begun funneling cash back into its users’ pockets — a most unusual event, to be sure — to live up to its retroactive promise of free Bumpers for all (who buy their iPhone 4 before September 30). If the particular wording is to be trusted, that should mean that even those who haven’t yet bothered to put in a claim, but did purchase a Bumper, will find themselves enriched in due course. Apple estimates this bandaid solution to its antenna problems will cost $175 million in real cash money, but we suspect the biggest price to pay will be in the form of pride and reputation.

Via: Engadget

Headline says it all folks. Obviously the company is going to be getting out in front of this antenna drama (finally).10AM PT, Friday the 16th. Stay tuned for updates.

Colorware douses iPhone 4 in double rainbow, might just solve your reception issues — Engadget.

Phone 4: The duct tape solution

After minimizing the iPhone 4’s antenna issues on its Electronics Blog 10 days ago, Consumers Reportsmade news Monday by announcingthat it could not recommend Apple’s (AAPL) newest smartphone phone after all. It had reexamined the signal attenuation problem and determined that it was real.

Then it did something unusual: It offered a funky, “affordable” workaround.

“Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape or another thick, non-conductive material. It may not be pretty, but it works. We also expect that using a case would remedy the problem. We’ll test a few cases this week and report back.”

And so ConsumerReports.org joins the dozens of sites that have found inexpensive ways to make the iPhone’s so-called Death Grip problem go away. Among the fixes I’ve seen:

  • Electrical tape. I tried this. I didn’t get the doubling of download speeds I’d read about.
  • Nail polish. Didn’t have any handy.
  • Rubber wrist band. This worked like a charm until one of the holes I’d carved into it ripped.
  • Hold it differently. This is Steve Jobs’ suggestion. Not so easy if you are left handed.
  • Apple’s $29 Bumper. These are back ordered. I’m tracking mine through FedEx. It left Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday.
  • Third party cases. They are legion. Perhaps Consumer Reports will do a survey and get back to us.

Via: Apple 2.0

Photo: Consumer Reports

We showed you the Camera A/Camera B iPad apps that allow yout o use your iPhone as wireless, digital camera. However, HDcam seems to be much more polished and is updated and ready to go for iOS 4 and iPhone 4 users.

The picture quality is pretty great, especially with the iPhone 4, and couldn’t be much easier with an automatic connection made between your iPhone of choice and iPad. Currently the app is only available for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 running iOS 4, so 3G owners are, unfortunately, out of luck.

If you tried the app before, you can expect some major enhancements in the latest update including the following improvements:

– 40% faster streaming

– HD images quality improved 30%

– Low-res images quality improved 300%

– Embedded photo gallery

– Fully automatic connection

– Minor bug fixes

You can pick up HDcam for iPad from iTunes now for $1.99.

[via iTunes]

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