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PhoneSaber Unleashed to Hit the App Store

Posted September 5, 08 1:00 PM by Jovan Washington

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Remember that quite successful app called PhoneSaber? It’s coming back, but with a new name - PhoneSaber Unleashed.

Many people were sad to see PhoneSaber get pulled from the App Store due to copyright claims by mobile Star Wars rights holder THQ Wireless, but THQ announced today that it will be coming back soon.

Now, I am not a big Star Wars fan, but the app was pretty fun. Unfortunately, I lost the app in a restore and that was after it was removed from the App Store. I was becoming a master Jedi too…

They will be re-launching PhoneSaber under the name PhoneSaber “Unleashed” and will coincide with the launch of the console game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

Fortunately, THQ is still offering it for free, and it will include the real sound effects and music from the movies.

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Enhanced albums coming to your iPhone?

Posted September 3, 08 9:05 AM by Chris Seibold

You’ve heard about Apple’s September 9th event called Let’s Rock. The event has most people convinced we’ll see new nano or an extended version of the Bobby versus Satan Kids in the Hall skit. But it can’t just be a new nano, that would be far too boring. Plus Steve saves nano announcements for times he finds himself on stage with Motorola CEOs.

So there has to be something more to event than Steve whipping out an even smaller nano. Though if he does it like he did the first time it will be pretty cool:

what else could be going on? If you’re a podcast maker or listener you know that you can create enhanced podcasts. You also know that record companies are looking for ways to add value to your music buying experience. Well, that last part isn’t true. Mostly record companies seem to want to complain that they need more money but bands are being smarter and at least one is releasing an enhanced version of their album to increase your enjoyment.

The band is Snow Patrol and their… more...


Facebook App To Get an Update

Posted August 21, 08 10:00 AM by Jovan Washington

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Good news folks. Facebook’s native application is due to get an upgrade in September.

The upgrade should actually make the app reach some sort of feature parity with the web-app version of Facebook, which right now is far superior to the native app.

New features include a revamped profiles view, viewing all notifications in the home tab, friend search and approval, the ability to view your full inbox, and more.

This will probably make the Facebook app even more poular than it is now. Stay tuned…

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Nike+ on the iPhone {Updated}

Posted August 20, 08 1:00 PM by Jovan Washington

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We’ve all known that Nike+ was supposed to come to the iPhone, we’ve just been waiting a bit longer than expected. So what is in store for us? Nike+iPhone=Awesome!

Or a lot of great features and smart implementation, Nike+ definitely uses the iPhone’s technology to its advantage to create a better user experience and offer a better feature set.

Because of the capabilities of the iPhone, a lot of the stuff that Nike+ used to run on the Mac and on the Web are now being run on the iPhone itself.

You’re able to keep track of all the classic stats and maybe even map out your route with GPS. So the iPhone’s sensors and chips are going to be well used by this app.

Looks very promising…

Via: Gizmodo

{UPDATE}
So it turns out that the supposed screenshots that were leaked to iPhone.fr were in fact faked. AppleInsider noticed that the app showed someone using it to listen to a Coldplay song, but Apple doesn’t offer developers a way to play music on the device in any way besides the iPod application. As cool as it… more...

iTunes 7.7 Released

Posted July 10, 08 4:40 AM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Announcements Apple 

Grab it while it’s hot! Apple has released iTunes 7.7. This latest version of iTunes is required for the iPhone 3G, Firmware 2.0, App Store and MobileMe so you pretty much have to get it.

“Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later. Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home — a free download from the App Store.”

Apps have already appeared in the iTunes App Store and can be found and downloaded by searching for their names. There are over 500 apps currently, most of which are free, and one that I have been waiting for—Apple’s free Remote Application!

It is also available and allows you to “control the music on your computer or Apple TV from your iPod touch or iPhone. Play, pause, skip, shuffle. See your songs, playlists, and album art on your iPod touch or iPhone as if you were right in front of your computer. Remote works with your Wi-Fi network, so you can control… more...

MobileMe Coming Sooner Than Expected

Posted July 8, 08 1:00 PM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Announcements Apple 

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Apple has announced that their new MobileMe service will be launch on the evening of July 9th, just before the sales of the first iPhone 3Gs in New Zealand on July 10th at 5AM Pacific Time.

That is great news because I sure would like to try it out. The new MobileMe service will be including web-based email, calendar, address book, photo gallery and storage capabilities, as well as “Push” sync services to between the “cloud,” desktop, and iPhone/iPod touch.

More than likely, iTunes 7.7 will soon to follow if not at the same time as MobileMe opens the doors as iTunes 7.7 is required for the new iPhone 3Gs.

Pricey, however, the MobileMe service costs $99/year, but will be available for $69 with the purchase of an iPhone 3G on July 11th which is a lot better! I am glad I didn’t pre-order. wink

Via: Macrumors

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Google Talk for iPhone

Posted July 3, 08 11:00 AM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Announcements Google 

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I am not a Google Talk user, but for those who are, there is great news!

Search giant Google has announced Google Talk for the iPhone, a new web app that has been designed specifically for the iPhone’s web browser.

The app lets you talk to anyone on your Gmail contacts list that’s signed in or viewing their Gmail on the web. You can try it out by navigating to http://www.google.com/talk on your iPhone or iPod touch.

Trillian needs to hurry out of beta so we can add all these instant messaging clients into one!

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AT&T Videos Help The Confused

Posted July 1, 08 1:00 PM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Announcements Apple AT&T 

AT&T must have been anticipating a lot of calls because they have released a series of videos to answer any questions or reconfirm what you already think you know.

Also, Apple released a iPhone 3G guide that will explore the wonderful features of the iPhone in general and the iPhone 3G.


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AT&T Have Announced Details

Posted July 1, 08 10:00 AM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Announcements AT&T 

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AT&T has announced detailed pricing information for the iPhone 3G plans and will start selling the iPhone 3G at 8am on July 11th.

Plans will now start at $70 for a package that includes 450 minutes and no text messages. The carrier also issued a series of “tips” on how to be “iReady” when the new Apple handset goes on sale at its retail stores.

iPhone 3G will be available for $199 for the 8GB model and $299 for the 16GB model. Both prices require two-year contracts and are available to the following customers:

    *iPhone customers who purchased before July 11

    *Customers activating a new line with AT&T

    *Current AT&T customers who are eligible, at the time of purchase, for an upgrade discount

Existing AT&T customers who are not currently eligible for an upgrade discount can purchase iPhone 3G for $399 for the 8GB model or $499 for the 16GB model. Both options require a new two-year service agreement. In the future, AT&T will offer a non-commitment option for $599 or $699.

Well, there you have it folks. Are you excited? Still… more...

iTunes 7.7 to Have Remote Feature for iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted June 27, 08 1:00 PM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Announcements Apple Downloads 

A reference in the late beta version of iTunes available with iPhone SDK Beta 8 points to a new Apple-made program that will navigate tracks on Macs and Windows PCs from any of Apple’s current handhelds which would be the iPhone and iPod Touch.

I figured an application would come forth like this eventually. I remember a patent a while ago that indicated this feature.

Beyond the new remote functionality, iTunes 7.7 is also known to add an Applications tab to let you specify loading only certain software on the phone, and will be necessary for both iPhone 3G and the MobileMe sync service.

Looking forward to the features to come!

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