Social tagging on the iPhone isn’t anything new but the ways to get the tags are becoming more inventive. In the newest version of social tagging the iPhone is turned into an on the go, hey what is around me device. The application will supposedly scrape information from the web, from others using the application and data generated by the company (Tonchidot). How will all this work?
If you walk through a mall, for example, Sekai Camera tags will show you where you can find something to eat, additional information about a certain product tagged before, or how many are calories in a chocolate bar.
Well, that is good to know. We’ll need an app like this until restaurant owners learn about the miracle of signage. Actually, the application seems pretty cool if it performs as promised. We’ll see.
Pics and more description available at Tonchidot
Gizmodo is reporting that the iPhone is able to play 1080P video. Which is frickin’ awesome cause on a three inch screen if you’re not seeing everything in 1080P you’ll see all kind of jaggies and and the background will look… Wait, wait that isn’t even close to true. There is absolutely no reason to watch 1080P on a screen as small as the iPhone. Most videophiles will tell you that 1080P isn’t really useful until you get to really large screens (50 inches and up).
But the iPhones ability to play 1080 P does have interesting ramifications if iTunes HD is on the way as rumored. Plus, as time goes by and the iPhone’s storage capacity increases being able to hook your iPhone to a TV for hi def playback would be a interesting option. Of course, if you want to do that you’ll need something special from Apple.more...
Michael Dell recently said that some day, in the future, sometime later, definitely not anytime soon Dell may well make something that competes withe the iPhone:
“I think you will see us with small screen devices” Spoke Michael Dell
When asked specifically about smartphones like the iPhone the Right Honorable Mr. Dell said:
“You’ll see us with smaller and smaller devices that have capabilities of the devices you are referring to. Not in the near-term”
Dell’s success at copying small devices made by Apple hasn’t been the best, witness the much hyped then dropped Dell DJ. Recently Dell announced they were coming out with another .mp3 playerc player which will also fail miserably.
iPhone Matters did, in fact, break into Dell research headquarters and were able to snag this shot of the as yet unnamed Dell device:
Check this one out.
I only wish this was the real deal. I hate the white face. The reason it is a fake: the reflection off the screen is misaligned and the box is not worthy of Apple packaging. Why do people feel the need to photoshop pictures of new Apple products? Do they do this to prove how good they are at photoshop? Do they hate Apple and their consumers so much that they feel it is their responsibility to flood RSS readers with junk? Really? This was not even a good attempt.
Do you think the real iPhone will look like this poorly photoshopped mockery? Would you like a camera in the front for video conferencing? Would Apple consider putting a camera there? Please voice off in the comments section.
I love new patents that are filled by Apple. They are so interesting and there ideas are always one-of-a-kind. We have seen everything from a tablet PC, to a solar-powered iPhone, and now a new patent filling for an iPhone that knows when it is going to be disconnected.
That is not all the have up their sleeves. Apple has also filled another patent that allows the iPhone to be a tracking device. The first filing describes methods of providing iPhone or iPod touch users with an “out of range” warning that includes an estimate of an amount of time remaining until the devices are out of range of a WiFi network, thus presenting the user with the option of taking corrective measures.
“If the estimated amount of time until the wireless device projected to be out of range is less than [a] threshold, a tangible warning is issued to that effect,” Apple said. “In this way, warnings are only issued for those situations where the loss of signal would affect the user in the here and now and thereby prevent unnecessary (and potentially annoying) warnings being issued.”
But there… more...
Not so sure about this one, but Unwired reports that one of Apple’s recent filings seems to indicate that it has considered the possibility of an iPhone flip phone, among other dual-screen possibilities.
The patent is described as a “dual sided trackpad,” which would be translucent and boast touch sensitive panels on each side, allowing it to be used both when it’s opened or when it’s covering the main display.
The patent does not stop there. Click the link above to find out more.
I don’t know about you all, but I prefer the “candybar” style rather than a flip…more...
One of the main gripes of the iPhone when first introduced was the lack of a physical keyboard which allowed for tactile feedback. This was very difficult to implement considering the iPhone utilized a touch screen which manipulated the keyboard, any sort of feedback was eliminated altogether. Malcolm Hall and Eve Hoggan, students at the University of Glasgow overcame this limitation and implemented a Haptic keyboard system.
Although the concept exists, the prototype is less than ideal due to the few bugs found that killed the demo experience. However, it is a big first step in the right direction despite this being a prototype. The concept is demonstrated in a text editor but cannot be enabled for other Apps such as Mail, Notes or even Safari.
For the daring, the Haptic demo can be downloaded here.
The mobile version of iCal hasn’t had the greatest start from a non working App at Macworld to a watered down version on the iPod Touch, it lacked many things that made the desktop version of iCal rock. A recent dissection by Erica Sadun shows that Apple may be prepping Task syncing to the iPhone.
A piece of code found in the latest Firmware update points toward possible Task support on the iPhone.
ATE TABLE Task (ROWID INTEGER PRIMARY KEY AUTOINCREMENT, summary TEXT, priority INTEGER, due_date INTEGER, completion_date INTEGER, calendar_id INTEGER);.
Its inconclusive whether or not this will be actually implemented and as we’ve reported before, possible features or Apps aren’t implemented right away just because code on the iPhone says different.
Macbook Air. We all saw Steve introduce it, but what relevance does it have to the iPhone? Steve mentioned that the ultra portable laptop was meant for the wireless world. He backs the wireless properties of the notebook so much, he eliminated the disc drive. This notebook substitutes the CD drive with a feature called remote disc, which allows for the installation of software through another computers shared drive. Complementing the “Wireless” Macbook Air is another device, Time Capsule. Working with Time Machine, this device synchronizes automatically with the mobile version of Leopard, without wires. Apple is pushing the idea of a world without wires.
Apple tests new feature and then incorporates them into more than one product. The iPhone was the first product with true multi-touch, and now the Macbook air includes the same chip in the iPhone. Just as the iPhone has given multi-touch to the Air, the Air could soon bring true wireless to the iPhone.
The iPhone could soon be able to sync wirelessly like we have always wanted. Also new firmware could be downloaded over 802.11. When will we see true wireless on the iPhone? Maybe not until the… more...
A patent recently made available (filed in 2006) shows plans by Apple to implement a mobile ordering system. To what this could be applied is endless and could foster a widespread adoption of wireless payments. To go with this, Phil Lu had created a concept of what such a system would look like.
What’s amazing is that Phil designed this concept long before the patent was publicized. This does not detract from it but is very accurate of what an Apple/Starbucks partnership would entail. The concept created by Phil uses a Semacode to authenticate orders which works as a digital receipt.
As of now, Starbucks is rolling out free Wi-Fi for iPhone and iPod Touch owners to use the iTunes store. it’s possible Apple could expand on this.