September 24, 2009
Starbucks is testing their new iPhone app that lets you pay using just the Starbucks Card Mobile app on your iPhone/iPod touch. Just enter your card number and your device will display a barcode you can use the same way as your Starbucks Card to make a purchase.
The app is currently being tested in Starbucks stores located in Seattle, WA, Cupertino, CA and Mountain View, CA, conveniently, the homes of digital powerhouses Microsoft, Apple and Google, respectively.
This app is an example of a revolutionary convergence between your wallet and smart phone. As well as a brand intersecting technology to shape consumer loyalty programs. Now the stage is set for Starbucks to employ an innovative digital couponing program. Stay Tuned.
September 23, 2009
I-Phone-Home is a new website dedicated to reporting on iPhone apps that “phone home”, or contact the developer over the Internet, without your consent or knowledge. In one case, it was determined a fairly popular app was phoning home to the developer with your phone number…
Disclaimer: Amnesia Razorfish in no way endorses the jailbreaking of iPhones.
September 17, 2009
A great little augmented reality app for the iphone 3Gs that points you to the nearest and best places to work.
Launches in London soon, then San Fran. Expected to be a global service by late 2009.
September 15, 2009
…or why I won’t be taking William St. tonight.
Lucky commuters in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can now take a quick look at the traffic in Google Maps before deciding if they should wait for it to clear in the pub over the road or not.
Thanks to Intelematics, traffic data is now shown as an optional overlay in all versions of Google Maps. Green, for good. Yellow for average. Red for nasty.
iPhone users rejoice. That greyed out traffic button under the page curl in the Google Maps app is now alive and ready to serve. Apparantly it works on other mobile versions too.
Other cities (read US cities) have had this for a while so it’s nice to be caught up.
To the pub, now, I reckon.
September 15, 2009
This is awesome! Great music, great UX. Check it out.
A streaming radio station and mood-based music discovery tool, Ghostly Discovery is a free app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that lets you listen to the Ghostly International and Spectral Sound catalogs (full songs, nothing less) and share your favorites with friends.
June 15, 2009
Soo cool – a live feed wall of over 3000 popular iPhone apps pulsating each time an app is downloaded.
Check it out!
& make sure you watch the videos.
May 28, 2009
Eliss is a multitouch game for iPhone and iPod touch (available at iTunes store).
Keep up harmony in an odd universe made of blendable planets. Touch-control multiple planets at once, join them together into giant orbs or split them up into countless dwarf planets, and match their size with the squeesars.
I haven’t played it yet, but if the video is anything to go by it’s a must.
Nominated for an IGF Award ‘Innovation in Mobile Game Design’
May 21, 2009
More than just a plugin, WPtouch is an entire theme package for your WordPress website. Modeled after Apple’s app store design specs, WPtouch makes your WordPress website load lightning fast on touch mobile devices, show your content beautifully, all while not interfering with your regular theme.
Find out more…
March 18, 2009
Yesterday, Apple released details about the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 which adds a bunch of new things iPhone owners have been asking for… but leaves a few out.
The next version of the OS, which will arrive mid-year will offer developers “over 1000 new APIs” to work with.
Highlights of the feature-set include:
- Cut, Copy and Paste! – and about time too.
- MMS! – Quite frankly the lack of MMS was embarrassing to me and a source of amusement for those around me.
- In-App purchasing – A cool idea, but a way for iPhone app developers to potentially nickel-and-dime us to death.
- Peer-to-Peer connectivity – LAN games? Sweet.
- Push notifications – Developers will be able to build message, sound and badge alerts into their apps.
- Landscape keyboard available everywhere – Write texts and emails with a larger keyboard.
- Voice memos – No need to buy a separate app for this now.
- System-wide search – Easily find things in your messages, notes, mail and media files.
Sadly, the capability for applications to run in the background and (official) video recording using the camera is still out.
TUAW.com have a feature round-up here.
Apple have also released a video of the full presentation here.
December 30, 2008
U.S. Patent Office has revealed this interesting new patent application from Apple called Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards.
Some movements outlined in the application include a left swipe for deletion of characters, right swipes for a space, and a swipe down in place of the return key.
Of course, these types of gestures are nothing new – Microsoft has had a similar (albeit stylus-based) concept in WinMo for years.
Like with Apple’s multi-touch notebook trackpads, these optional functions could provide advanced users with many useful shortcuts while not steepening the learning curve for novice users.
And you never know it might even open the door for copy and paste on the iPhone 🙂
December 23, 2008
Augmented reality used to mean complicated computers that required users to wear goofy looking helmets. Thanks to the latest mobile devices with high speed cameras and powerful processors, augmented reality is within the grasp of your hand.
Artoolworks is a company which has developed software for apple’s iPhone device which superimposes 3D objects onto real-time video. Moving the iPhone sends signals to the software and in turn moves the virtual imagery. While the current software is very basic, eventually the company hopes to be able to integrate this functionality with far more sophisticated things.
December 16, 2008
“Wouldn’t it be great if a whole font catalogue would fit into your shirt pocket? If you could find a typeface without knowing its name, just by comparing its shapes? If it were possible to e-mail the marketing department your desired typeface for a client presentation while still at the airport?”
FontShuffle is a new application developed by FontShop and Metaquark for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It offers a new way of finding and comparing typefaces, and of composing text samples. The software combines the knowledge of the analogue world with new advanced possibilities of the digital mobile world.
December 12, 2008
Perfect? Nope, but a big step forward.
check out the video:
December 3, 2008
There shouldn’t really be any surprises for anyone who own an iphone or iTouch.
and i won’t bore you with all of the lists, but here are my favourites:
1. BeejiveIM made it to #2 on the top 10 paid social networking list
I am not surprised that it’s there because it’s pretty good, but it’s 16 bucks – people must have too much money
2. “Units” made it into the top 10 for paid and free apps – I know its 2 different programs but why would you pay for something that does the same thing as a free app?
3. “TouchScan”, a 99 cent application that “scans the mind of two people at once and compares the brain waves recorded” by way of a fake on screen fingerprint scanner makes it all the way to #6 – it makes me cry
you can see them all in iTunes if you want.
October 7, 2008
I held off buying an iPhone 3G, partly because I really like my N95 but mainly because the iPhone lacked a few features I use like video calling, MMS etc. The 5800 MusicXpress is the latest challenger so here’s the first look:
What’s good about the Nokia 5800?
– GPS, Bluetooth 2.0
– Flash 9 built in to web browsing (yeahhhhh!)
– Video Calling, VGA res 30fps
– 640×360 screen
– TV out
– 3.2 Mp camera with dual flash Carl Zeiss
– Touch screen (but does not look as good as iPhone
– Accelerometer (for switching landscape / portrait modes)
– Weight (109g)
– Price (est 279 Euros)
– All you can eat music downloads coming soon (here)
– Can’t see any multi-touch in use.
– Nokia just don’t get UI as well as ‘others’ do. It’s still clunky.
– No transitions (moving between any content causes page refresh).
– Fonts + Menus still too big! (This phone has great resolution but Nokia just made everything bigger Argh! Nokia… please – when browsing contacts some of us want the option to not have to scroll through 500 pages of contacts when we could simply see more on one page).
Accelerometer Game on the Nokia 5800:
Q: Should I buy a Nokia 5800 instead of an iPhone 3G?
A: If you want heaps of features then it’s a YES. If you are obsessed with having an eye-candy interface then it’s a NO.
October 2, 2008
That’s the rumor!
Apparantly when the iPhone launched, Mr Jobs wasn’t happy with the performance on the iPhone’s ARM11 processors. Neither was he happy with the feature set of Flash Lite. What he wanted was “something in the middle”.
Adobe listened and this week at the Flash On The Beach conference, Adobe confirmed that an iPhone version of the Flash player is in development.
It’s not known when or even if the application will see the the light of day as Apple most likely in control of the release.
Hopefully Steve will like what he sees and we’ll see something soon.
Read the full story at TechCrunch
August 8, 2008
Bad news if you were saving up the $999.99 to buy Armin Heinrich’s “I Am Rich” iPhone Application as Apple have decided to remove it from their App Store.
- – A shiny red gem in the middle of the screen
From the application’s description page:
The red icon on your iPhone or iPod touch always reminds you (and others when you show it to them) that you were rich enough to afford this… It’s a work of art with no hidden function at all.
Enterprising bugger is Mr Heinrich. Rumour is he sold a few of these before it vanished.