March 2, 2011
Well, well, well… what do we have here? Apple are holding an event at 6PM British Time tonight, presumably to launch the new iPad 2, but it looks like Amazon has been a little eager in getting the new tablet out there and ready to sell.
Your Daily Apple reports that a reader has sent them a screenshot of the new tablet on the German Amazon store.
It has since been taken down, but was listed as coming with a 1.2GHz processor, presumably dual core, and a Thunderbolt port to match.Continue reading »
March 1, 2011
Just as the end of the Harry Potter movies is approaching, gadget makers are starting to implement a technology that will let you do things with just a wave of your hand! The gadget world has realised it’s time to let us play wizard, as Harry Potter is hitting back with his final spell – but this time we’re not just talking about a Magic Wand Remote Control.
Mobile phone manufacturers are integrating another technology protocol that will convert their devices into a magical wand – Near Field Communication (NFC). It’s not anything new: It’s been around for a while. It’s just that the uptake was rather slow.
Very soon, with the likes of the Google Nexus S mobile phone you should be able to make payments, buy tickets, share business cards or even pick up any information from your environment, just with a wave of your phone. The technology has great potential for our modern world.Continue reading »
February 26, 2011
In 2009, the music streaming service LaLa was snapped up by Apple in a typical move from the Cupertino based giants, and as yet nothing has come of it in any way, shape, or form. And today, executives at Apple declared that the move was indeed comparable to insurance, and they have no plans to replace the almost entirely dominant iTunes distribution platform with a streaming service.
However, along with the discontinuing of Apple’s current MobileMe service, there is speculation arising that at last something will become of LaLa, as it becomes the building blocks for a new music streaming service from Apple, allowing iTunes users to upload their iTunes libraries to the ‘cloud’, and access the music from any device connected to the Internet. Of course, this is exactly what LaLa was originally set up to do back in 2007, so it is not altogether unfathomable that it may be the eventuality we are heading for.Continue reading »
February 25, 2011
It may seem like every Tom, Dick and Harry is packing an iPhone 4 or one of the previous generations, however it may surprise you that the iPhone is not top of the smartphone dominance rankings here in the UK. Instead, it has dropped from 3rd to 6th, whilst 3 Android devices storm into the lead.
More specifically, the Android devices in question all come from the same manufacturer. More unsurprisingly, that manufacturer is HTC, with its original HTC Desire, and the Desire HD follow-up in first and second respectively, with the budget offering of the HTC Wildfire following up in bronze medal third place.Continue reading »
February 25, 2011
Star Walk is an app for the iPhone and iPad, created by the same company who brought us Solar Walk. It acts as an interactive astronomy guide, allowing you to hold up your device towards the sky and see where all the stars are in real time on the screen, thanks to the built in GPS and accelerometer of your phone or tablet.
When you first open the Star Walk iPhone & iPad App, you’re presented with a bundle of information regarding when each planet will rise and set in the sky, as well as where the sun will rise and set at your current location.Continue reading »
February 24, 2011
Every now and again, an iPhone or iPad application comes along on the App Store and just blows your mind. The app will be unique, it will have some seriously cool graphics and it will make you want to show it off to as many people as you possibly can. Solar Walk is undoubtedly one of those applications.
The Solar Walk iPhone & iPad App is fairly self explanatory: it takes you on a guided tour of our solar system, allowing you to zoom between the planets (and Pluto), and take a look at detailed information on any planet that you choose, either on the small screen of your iPhone or the larger screen of the iPad tablet.Continue reading »
February 23, 2011
Yesterday, we told you that Apple may be holding its iPad 2 event next Wednesday, on March 2nd. Today, this has been confirmed as Apple contacted a number of technology websites to alert them to the event.
There is lots of speculation over what this new update will bring. Many people are suggesting that we will see a dual core processor, as well as front and rear cameras on the device.Continue reading »
February 12, 2011
The notifications system on the iPhone has long been criticised, and reports emerging this afternoon suggest that the Cupertino company is finally going to redevelop the system. But, the question is more who will actually do it than how will it be done.
You see, the reports continue to claim that Apple is going to employ a third-party developer, who has previously developed apps for the iOS App Store, to develop the notification system. Of course, Apple has a history of buying small companies and incorporating the functionality, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise. The question is, who?Continue reading »
February 10, 2011
Almost synonymous with being a student is drinking, living off no money and reading though large amounts of old textbooks, but it is the last of these that ForeMind’s latest app for the iPhone is hoping to ease.
The ArticleSearch iPhone App essentially allows you perform simultaneous searches for academic articles across a range of sources, which not only saves you the time of having to search on a range of different engines, but also the irritating hassle of having to type all your criteria in every time.
The concept is fairly simple: you start by filling out one field (or a form for a more advanced search) and tap search which will prompt the app to gather results from the libraries, search-engines and databases that you have selected. It then displays the number of results in a nice little ‘test-tube’ graphic so you can easily see where the bulk of the results lie; to then access the specific content – which really is what you want to do – you just tap the relevant tube and the built-in web browser let’s you look at the results list and then on selection the raw text.Continue reading »
Last.FM Becomes Subscription Only For Home & Mobile Devices – Will You Pay Or Move Streaming Music Services?
February 9, 2011
Last.FM has announced that users will now require a £3 / $3 / €3 per month subscription to utilise its mobile applications on devices such as the iPhone and Android smartphones from next Tuesday, February 15th.
The service has always been free with an optional subscription available for ‘premium’ features, however, the free ad-based model that works well on the website, and will continue to do so, has not been as prominent on mobile applications.Continue reading »
February 6, 2011
iDisplay allows you to do just that, turning your tablet in to a second monitor for any Mac or PC that you have. Wirelessly. Simply download the iDisplay app from the app store for £2.99, and then head over to the SHAPE services website to grab yourself the corresponding software for your Mac or PC. The software runs on Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7, as well as Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard for Apple users.Continue reading »
iaPeel Printable Skins For iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 & iPad – Unique Customisation With Any Picture You Want!
January 24, 2011
So why might you be interested in the iaPeel Printable iPhone and iPad Skins? Well, there are a lot of cases out there for the iPhone and iPad devices, most of them are generic looking, and nearly all of them detract from the stunning looks of your Apple product design.
One way around this is to get yourself something like a Gelaskin – a skin/decal for your iPhone or iPad which allows you to still appreciate the general design of the hardware while still adding a bit of personality to it that makes your device stand out from the crowd.Continue reading »
January 21, 2011
For better or worse, our lives are full of various gadgets and gizmos. Most of us have a smartphone such as the iPhone or HTC Desire that stays with us throughout the day, along with an MP3 player and various other USB powered gadgets – what happened to gadgets all merging into one?
Since we have all these gadgets, that is why we need devices such as the Pebble Portable Charger!
As great as this is (and it is) to have our favourite gadgets on the move with us, the only problem is their battery lives are often painfully short with prolonged usage. These things run out of juice a lot, and sometimes we can’t make it home in time to keep them powered up. Therefore the solution is to ensure you have a portable battery charger with you!Continue reading »
January 19, 2011
3D is seemingly everything right now, and quite frankly it’s getting a little boring. But none the less, we have to report on these rumours for the good of tech fans out there who are embracing the 3D surge headed this coming year. So, what is it this time?
Well, it’s Apple’s turn and the iPod Touch. The flagship portable media player, the leading device in the entire industry, in fact, could be going 3D with it’s next iteration.
We have already seen glasses-free 3D technology appearing on namely the Nintendo 3DS handheld console coming soon, and it’s planned that Sharp will be providing some mobile displays capable of showing off the third dimension.Continue reading »
January 12, 2011
If you currently reside in the US, or you’re just someone like myself who tends to keep up with the news from afar as well as on our own doorstep, you will be aware that US cellular network Verizon Wireless yesterday announced that they would be carrying the iPhone 4 from February.
If you weren’t aware of this, the chances are it has no relevance to you anyway, or you just don’t care. However, there was one interesting development yesterday, and that was that the Verizon iPhone would support personal hotspot functionality! Which is essentially the same as what you’ve been able to do on an Android mobile phone tethering for quite a while now, sharing your 3G network to Wi-Fi capable devices.Continue reading »
December 21, 2010
Are you jealous of all those flash-bearing iPhone 4 users out there? No, not that kind of Flash (we know Steve doesn’t like that), but the type of Flash that emits light and makes taking photos in dark conditions easier with your iPhone 3GS or 3G!
Well worry no longer! Some ‘bright spark’ heard your sighs and the solution is ready and waiting to be bought right now in the form of the Beamer iPhone Case.Continue reading »
December 20, 2010
There are a lot of iPhone loving people on this earth, and with millions of users worldwide the device has taken off big time since its initial launch. The only problem for iPhone users, though, is that they look the same as the next iPhone user.
Admittedly, the iPhone is arguably the most good looking phone on the market, but where do you turn when you want to stand out from the crowd? Your first port of call should probably be these insanely cool iPhone Gelaskins over at Firebox!Continue reading »
December 4, 2010
We all know the phenomenon that is ‘the iPhone app’ has taken the mobile world by storm and whilst the concept might not be anything new, mobile apps have literally changed everything we thought we knew about mobile computing. So, it is only natural that they work themselves even further into our every day lives. We have already seen the Mac OS X icon-style cushions and now, behold, the iPhone App Fridge Magnets.
Coming in a pack of 18, including messages, safari, mail, youtube and even stocks, the iOS-style fridge magnets don’t offer anything in the way of typical app functionality, instead they will sit quite happily pinning appalling drawings to the front of your fridge and perhaps make the odd visitor chuckle in a nerd-ish sort of way.Continue reading »
December 2, 2010
What possible benefit would you get from having an iPhone Telephoto Lens and Tripod? Well when I’m out and about, I see a good number of people using iPhones, and snapping the occasional picture when the moment arises.
Strangely, I seldom see people out and about with a Digital SLR camera lining up the perfect shot whenever they can (ok, so there’s one guy who sits in front of me at Old Trafford and never lets go of his beloved Canon camera, but he’s an exception as far as I’m concerned).
This tells me one thing…Continue reading »
November 26, 2010
You already know five things that I’d love to see in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but what about the next version of Apple’s iOS? Admittedly, it will only arrive with the iPhone 5 in 2011, but it’s never too early to start thinking, right?
1. A More Functional Lock Screen
We’re at iOS 4, and we’re still using the same lock screen that we had in the original version of the iPhone OS when the iPhone was first introduced to the world. It serves it’s purpose as a lock screen, but it becomes incredibly tedious when you have to unlock your phone before you can see how many messages or emails are waiting for you.
I’ve been using Element on a jailbroken iPhone for all my notifications, and to go back to a stock version of iOS is pretty painful where the lock screen is concerned. Apple could take a lot of cues from this app and implement them in a future lock screen.Continue reading »