July 19, 2010
With so few games taking advantage of the massive popularity of both the iPhone and Android platforms, it’s great to see that Skies of Glory game app has been released with cross-platform multiplayer capabilities for players on both of these platforms.
Set in World War II, players can test each others flying and combat skills over a 3G connection, meaning that you can play anybody wherever they may be in the world, regardless of whether they’re playing on Android or iOS.Continue reading »
July 16, 2010
Apple has just held a press conference about the iPhone 4 antenna issues that have plagued it since its release nearly a month ago. In it they attempt to put this whole story in perspective after countless posts of the troubles that users are having with the device have been published to the net.
So what’s happened at the conference? Well, first of all, those in attendance were treated to a wonderful rendition of the iPhone Antenna Song (believe me, I wish I was joking), before Steve Jobs came out to present some hard facts.
Facts and Figures
He compared three phones: the Blackberry Bold 9700; the HTC Droid Eris and the Samsung Omnia II, and showed that they all, essentially have the same problem as the iPhone 4. When you hold them in a certain way, you get a big decrease in signal strength, down to 1 or 0 bars.Continue reading »
July 16, 2010
The Firefox Home application for iPhone we’ve been hearing so much about lately has finally made it through Apple’s approval process and in to the App Store.
Available for the iPhone and iPod Touch for free, the Firefox Home iPhone app allows you to take our tabs with you when you’re on the go, so you don’t have to start a whole new browsing session when you leave your desk.
The concept is pretty simple. All you have to do is install the free Firefox Sync add-on for your desktop browser, before creating an account and password which links your tabs between your desktop computer and phone. Then, when you download the Firefox Home app for iPhone and iPod Touch, you simply enter your account information and you’re good to go!Continue reading »
July 15, 2010
It’s no secret that the latest, and supposedly greatest, addition to the massively popular iPhone range has been plagued with problems from day one. Namely, the iPhone 4 antenna has been riddled with issues concerning dropped signal when the user covers a certain area of the phone.
Apple have done their best to play down the issues releasing a series of statements regarding the issues, but with news of an emergency press conference to be held tomorrow, tech blogs worldwide are speculating just why.
Many people believe Apple are on the verge of a mass recall of the iPhone 4, could this really be possible? Customers literally queued all night and day to get their hands on one first, but it seems now they’ll have to rejoin the line and hand it back, something which will no doubt enrage the thousands of early adopters of the new smartphone. Though, this is just a rumour as yet and it is uncertain just what the outcome of the press conference will be, but it is pretty much a given that it will be related to the recent antenna issues, which were thought to be an iPhone 4 software issue.Continue reading »
July 15, 2010
If you love Zath (and let’s be honest here, you love Zath), and want to visit us when you’re away from your desktop or notebook computer, you can easily stay up to date with all our reviews, news and views via our mobile website!
If you just visit our regular URL (zath.co.uk, just in case you can’t see your address bar for some reason right now), you’ll be presented with the mobile version of our website, which gives you access to all of our latest posts, check out all of the categories on the site, just as you can with the full version, and even leave a comment to share your own views with us and other readers. You can even bookmark on sites such as Delicious, Digg and Reddit, as well as tweeting articles you like straight onto Twitter!Continue reading »
July 13, 2010
If you tend to buy a lot of products off the internet, you’ll undoubtedly have to remember to keep track of countless numbers of packages and parcels on their way to be delivered to your door.
The chances are, different packages are being delivered by different couriers too, so if you want to keep track of them all it’s a pretty difficult task! But of course, with every difficult task comes an iPhone app that takes care of it for you, and this is no exception.Continue reading »
July 12, 2010
The game that has been put back more times than I can remember, Gran Turismo 5, is almost upon us on the PS3. From the countless videos and images that I’ve seen it looks very impressive and hope that it plays as well as it looks.
To make the game more appealing, they’ve also added in the Top Gear Test Track to race around, which if you’re a Top Gear fan, you’d love to race around in a “reasonably priced car” or whatever car the Gran Turismo 5 catalogue has available.Continue reading »
July 10, 2010
If you are an Npower customer, you may be interested to hear that there is an official Npower application available for both iOS and Android devices. What would Npower customers do with a mobile phone app, you may ask? Well, in terms of functionality at least, this application isn’t too bad…
After installing it onto my Nexus One, the main screen of the application allows you to choose between various categories. You can access your accounts; take and upload meter readings; view frequently asked questions; obtain contact information and access a few extras too (more on that a little later on).
When using the application for the first time, you’ll want to set up your account, so that you can complete meter readings straight from your phone, making sure you aren’t being overcharged on those bills of yours!Continue reading »
July 9, 2010
Well this is certainly an interesting way to end the day! Apple rumours site Apple.pro have leaked a small, Apple iPhone-styled, touch screen. What’s interesting about that? You may ask. Well, for starters it’s only 3cm square, which equates to just over an inch.
Normally, when an Apple prototype is leaked, it’s linked to a certain product, such as the iPhone 4 or the unibody aluminium Macbook Pro shell. However, no one knows what’s in store for this small device, although we bloggers do love to speculate…Continue reading »
July 9, 2010
MoneySupermarket.com offers countless services to try and help you save money in every sector of the economy. It will compare prices on a whole host of services ranging from the best broadband deals to home insurance, but if there’s one platform you wouldn’t expect to see it on, it would be as an iPhone app.
Nevertheless, that’s exactly where it is right now, in the form of a voucher application which helps you find the best deals around you using your location and displaying offers nearby. There are a number of voucher applications on the App Store already (such as VoucherCloud iPhone app we’ve previously looked at), but this one has a major advantage: it’s an existing service.Continue reading »
July 9, 2010
Not too long ago, Windows Live Messenger was the pinnacle of online communication. Every man and his dog were available on the online service, and you’d seldom come across someone without a Hotmail account. This was, of course, prior to the days of mainstream social networks. When MySpace, Facebook and Twitter came along, MSN Messenger was left in the dark.
However, with a recent re-launch of the Live Messenger platform, Microsoft has attempted to include social aspects for users including status updates and online photo albums. It may still have a way to go until it’s as popular as a service such as Facebook again, but there habe definitely been significant advancements in the past 12 months.
Naturally, it is therefore a logical step forward for Microsoft to release an iPhone application, allowing users to stay online on the go with instant messaging, as well as access to Hotmail inboxes too. After the launch of Bing on the iPhone (but annoyingly not for us in the UK), it came as less of a surprise to see Live Messenger appearing on the App Store, but how does it stack up against the mass of competition in the market? Pretty well, it seems!Continue reading »
July 8, 2010
Alexandr Orlov, the fictitious but unprecedentedly popular billionaire founder of comparethemeerkat.com, has had his own Compare The Meerkat iPhone app since March, and we had a few laughs covering its release not too long ago here on Zath.
The iPhone app, iSimples, has proven extremely popular on the app store here in the UK so now that there is a new update for the app, bringing a host of new features, we thought it would be worthwhile filling you in on the details.Continue reading »
July 8, 2010
It’s been confirmed that Sony are working on a new Playstation concept which was announced by the Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.
It’s possible that this could be the rumoured new Sony PSP 2 that we mentioned a while back which would seem the more likely option as people expect the Playstation 3 to last for another 4-5 years at least. SCE (Sony Computer Entertainment) filed a trademark called ‘Playview’, with the filing listing a few teasers as to what it could be:Continue reading »
July 5, 2010
Due to the nature of the Apple iPad’s impressive touch-screen display, up until now it has been impossible to do any real free hand drawing on the device, as its display isn’t pressure sensitive. However, thanks to the guys at Ten One Design and their incredible iPad software development, by using their Pogo Touchscreen Stylus they have enabled such a feature and intend to share it with developers around the world.
So OK it is never going to be in the same bracket as the likes of the Wacom Graphics Tablet range, but never the less this is a fun, if not necessary inclusion in the development of apps allowing users a lot more freedom in the way they interact with the iPad with a pressure-sensitive drawing tool.Continue reading »
July 4, 2010
Those of us who subscribe to Sky Sports (particularly on Sky HD) would no doubt have preferred to watch the World Cup on said channels.
However, from the 12th July subscribers will have access to bonus material via popular Sky Mobile services, Sky Mobile TV and Sky Player, through which they can access the majority of things aired on the Sky Sports channels.Continue reading »
July 3, 2010
To say that the Hi-Fi/iPod Speaker dock market is competitive would be an understatement to say the least. Electronics manufacturers far and wide have given their all to dominate whichever particular end of the market they occupy. The devices range from portable twin speakers in a £20 package, right the way up to the offerings from the likes of BOSE in excess of £600.
Sony however, have always seemed to sit on the fence. They provide a huge range of products in this market which offer as close to the best of both worlds as you’re going to get. Good looks, reasonable and competitive price and a reputable name. So how does their new range stack up in comparison to its predecessors?
Well, this time around the Japanese giants have put out four new Sony speaker system products which I must say, provide an excellent first impression.Continue reading »
July 3, 2010
Well this is interesting! Apple has released a statement about the iPhone 4 signal issue that has been plaguing owners of the device since its release. They claim that contrary to popular belief, the issue is indeed a software issue, not hardware related as many suspect.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that they’ve gone in to detail about the issue, claiming that “upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength.”Continue reading »
July 2, 2010
It appears that all those rumours of an iTunes streaming service may finally come to fruition soon. Boy Genius Report has been told by one of their ‘reliable Apple sources’ that iTunes will soon be getting the cloud capability that we’ve all been yearning for over the past few years.
According to the post, the cloud capabilities are split in to three categories:
1. Streaming music and movies from Apple’s servers to your computers, devices, etc.
Although the report doesn’t contain too much detail, we can still interpret Apple’s intentions pretty well. From Apple’s point of view, allowing customers to stream content from Apple’s servers to your personal devices is a big selling point, because it may encourage more users to purchase their content from iTunes.Continue reading »
June 30, 2010
Arguably one of the coolest things that the combination of video capture and processing power can give you is AR (or Augmented Reality) which is essentially when the view of reality is modified to enhance your perception of the reality – be that with more information, or the ability to manipulate digital elements in real life.
The snappily named MWL2010 iPhone app is the latest of these, and is one that pushes new boundaries by being the first designed exclusively to run on your iPhone for a live exhibition which in this case is Marketing Week Live 2010 (hence the ‘MWL’ in the name) which was held at Kensington Olympia on 29th-30th June.
This app is special because of the way that it allows users to access a whole new stream of information whilst walking round the expedition by using the iPhone’s image capabilities to find out exhibitors websites, contact numbers and even Twitter feeds simply by pointing their phone at the company’s logo.Continue reading »
June 28, 2010
News has been coming out of the OnLive cloud-based streaming games service thick and fast of late, and if you have been following the services progress then you will know of course that I refer to the announcements regarding the release schedule of the dedicated OnLive micro-console hardware.
But upon the company’s initial unveiling of its plans they discussed the possibility of other, mobile platforms for OnLive gaming, such as the iPhone. However, a new player has stepped into the mix since then; a player much more capable of handling the demands of on-the-go gamers. The Apple iPad.
So it begs the question, how exactly do you go about serious gaming on the iPad? Well, the Onlive fansite, aptly named OnliveFans.com, have featured a video showing a tech demo of the service on the iPad that was recently shown at E3 2010. Of course, as you would expect due to the nature of OnLive, the graphics perform admirably as they would on the most powerful of gaming rigs, as long as you have the necessary network connections.Continue reading »