Tag Archives: iPhone

Mozilla Wants “Firefox Home” on App Store

Firefox wants their own web browser on the App Store following Opera’s recent (approved) success: Opera Mini.

The Mozilla App, dubbed “Firefox Home”, is set to be a weird, almost incomplete browser that is meant to sync your tabs, bookmarks, and history between your iDevice and your computer. It is expected to browse the rest of the web however. It has yet to be approved as of writing. VIDEO after the break:

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iOS 4 Released To The Masses

Here are some of the big features that are coming from the update:

  • Multitasking- Double tap home button for fast-app switching. (ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 3GS)
  • Folders – drag an app into another app to make a folder.
  • Home screen wallpaper – No more blank backgrounds! (sadly it only works on the 3GS)
  • Threaded mail – unified inbox
  • 5x digital zoom – while the photo becomes very blurry, I still rather have it than not have it.
  • Gamecenter – a seperate app that kinda acts as Live or PSN for iPod and iPhone games.
  • iBooks – same app from the iPad.

Apple Unveils iPhone 4.0, Adds Multitasking, Backgrounding, APIs & More

Yesterday, Apple unveiled it’s newest generation of software dubbed iPhone 4.0. Steve gave a keynote and noted these important features:

Multitasking – the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (3rd Gen) will be able to run multiple apps at the same time. By double tapping the home button, users can bring up a dock which shows currently running applications and switch between them. iPhone 3G owners will still be able to upgrade to 4.0, but they will not be given the multitasking feature. The apps are sure to not drain battery life because only certain functions of the app are left running, and entire apps are able to freeze themselves instead of running full steam ahead without you knowing.

Universal Mail – The Mail app has also been redesigned, giving users the power to have one universal mailbox, have multiple Exchange accounts, and threaded messages

iBooks – iBooks will be coming to the iPhone and iPod Touch with the same look and bookstore as are on the iPad. Books can also be synced to your computer back and forth between mobile devices – so you don’t have to re-download them.

Custom Backgrounds – Users can now set a home screen background like the iPad.

Game Center – Apple will attempt to “power up” it’s market-share on gaming by giving users a centralized game center, similar to PSN or Xbox Live, called “Game Center”. It’s a mystery as to what will  happen to apps that already perform this funtion, like “Open Feint”.

iAd – Users will no longer be annoyed by links in apps that lead them outside the app. Instead, Apple’s new “iAd” platform will use new tools to push interactivity and emotion to the max, and give users an enjoyable experience in advertising WHILE keeping them in the application. It’s in the OS Dev Tools, but is not necessarily a part of iPhone OS 4.

5x Digital Zoom – Video equipped devices now have 5x digital zoom. However, 3MP seems a little low for that. 😉

Bluetooth Keyboards – the iPhone and iPod Touch will be able to pair will Apple bluetooth keyboards. (Again, like the iPad)

App Folders – Instead of having multiple home screens (topping out at 11), users can categorize their apps into folders. Now users can view over 2,000 apps, instead of only 11 home screens.

The update will be available for iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3rd Gen. during the summer. The iPhone 3G and older iPod Touches will get the update, but not the multitasking feature. And what about the first iPhone? It seems it’s now  an unsupported update product, much like Tiger. You can still use it, but it will never receive the update. The iPad will get the update sometime during the Fall.

Apple Announces Sneak Peek of iPhone 4.0, Set April 8th

After only a week of launching the iPad, it seems Apple won’t be slowing down any time soon. They’ve just recently announced iPhone OS 4.0, and media outlets will be able to get a sneak peek on April 8th.

It comes as a big shocker to many that Apple is being so quick to release (or at least publicize) another huge product. It is expected that an “Expose-like” multi-tasking interface will show itself, along with a merged inbox concept, improved Phone app, and some sort of gesture improvement. Of course though, there may be one more thing that leaves us stunned.

Weekend Roundup: Windows 7, iRed Alert, and iPhotoshop

Here’s the stories you might have missed:

Apple releases iPhone 3.1.2 update. The update resolves sporadic issues that may cause your iPhone to not wake from it’s sleep, or an issue that may interrupt cellular network services until restart. It also fixed a bug that could cause occasional crashes during video streaming

Steve Ballmer isn’t sure that Windows 7 won’t turn out to be a “Vista”. Ballmer said this during the week: “‘The test feedback (on Windows 7) has been good, but the test feedback on Vista was good,’ Ballmer, 53, said in an interview last week. ‘I am optimistic, but the proof will be in the pudding.'” Yep.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert for iPhone coming in October.

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Control the Allies or the Soviets in 12 levels as you “drag and scroll to gauge the battlefield. Pinch-zoom in and out of the action. Select and move units with a tap.”

Rock Band: iPhone demoed.

Adobe Photoshop for iPhone available now.

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You can crop, adjust exposure, saturation, and tint, among others, with some standard special effects like soft focus, colors and filters like “warm vintage” and pop

Dropbox & Zipcar for iPhone Available Now

Dropbox & Zipcar are now available for iPhone.

Once installed on your device, Dropbox for iPhone provides access to all your Dropbox files, allows you to view any file supported by your iPhone (including documents, photos, music, and video), uploads any photo or video you’ve taken on your device to your Dropbox account, and lets you save any file as a favorite for offline viewing. If you want to share a file in your Dropbox with someone else, the application can generate an email with a link directly to the file.

ZipCar has also finally become available.

ZipCar allows you to find, and rent, and DRIVE rentable cars in major metropolitan areas. The RFID-equipped member card is still needed for the ignition system, and to unlock the car at the start of a session. That’s a bit of a let down, but I guess it does make sense. Once that first step is out of the way, that’s when you can use the iPhone to lock/unlock the car remotely.

Quick Round Up for Tuesday

Here’s the roundup for Tuesday, September 22nd.

Apple adds “iPhone Activation Zones” to it’s stores. Is AT&T no longer needed for the process?

000636-activation_zone_1Google adds support for Gmail Push on iPhone. the introduction of Gmail support into the Exchange ActiveSync mix was announced today. Any phone with Exchange support should theoretically be able to get in on the action. (Theoretically because they are only claiming support for iPhone and WinMo phones)

Intel showed off a 22nm wafer with 2.9 billion transistors in it. Intel says it should be available in 2011.

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