E-Commerce meet my skinny, no-foam iPhone

September 24, 2009

Starbucks iPhone app

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.


Are Your iPhone Apps Phoning Home?

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…

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Disclaimer: Amnesia Razorfish in no way endorses the jailbreaking of iPhones.


Worksnug

September 17, 2009

A great little augmented reality app for the iphone 3Gs that points you to the nearest and best places to work.

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Launches in London soon, then San Fran. Expected to be a global service by late 2009.

See more

Via

@handypearce


Live Australian Traffic Information Added to Google Maps

September 15, 2009

…or why I won’t be taking William St. tonight.

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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.


Ghostly Discovery – Music discovery based on your mood!

September 15, 2009

This is awesome! Great music, great UX. Check it out.

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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.


Amazing App Store hyperwall

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.

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Eliss – Multitouch Game for iphone

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.

Via Computerlove

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’


WPtouch: WordPress on iPhone, iPod & Android

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…

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Details emerge for iPhone OS 3.0

March 18, 2009

image 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.


Multi-Touch Swipe Gestures for iPhone Keyboard

December 30, 2008

U.S. Patent Office has revealed this interesting new patent application from Apple called Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards.

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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 🙂


Augmented reality on the iPhone

December 23, 2008

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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.

http://www.artoolworks.com

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iPhone Font Browser

December 16, 2008

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“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.


Copy and Paste for the iPhone

December 12, 2008

Copy and Paste might finally come to your iPhone. The service, dubbed Pastebud, bypasses the App Store by utilizing two Javascript bookmarks and web services that don’t require any software installation. It brings Copy and Paste between Safari and mail! It is launching soon.

Perfect? Nope, but a big step forward.

check out the video:


Apple announces Top 10 iPhone App downloads of 2008

December 3, 2008

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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.


Nokia 5800 Music Xpress first thoughts Vs iPhone

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:

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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
– MMS
– 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)

What’s Bad
– 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:

Verdict:
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.


City Sense – social media, GPS enabled phone app.

October 2, 2008

LBS (Location Based Services) are relatively untapped at the moment but nice to see some interesting social LBS apps appearing. CitySense (here) have an app showing you where to go based on density of activity in San Francisco. It’s not the first, there have been a few – loopt.com have been offering social GPS tools for a while and even Optus had their GPS friend finder app (which unfortunately was a rip off charging >50c to show you the location of a mate).

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Now that data plans are looking healthier and there are more phones with GPS, all we really need is better batteries – we all know GPS sucks the juice big time making these apps on your phone a little painful to have running. Alternatively it would be easier for us all if telcos could offer triangulated GPRS data to third parties. Yes, I know… privacy issues but nothing that couldn’t be overcome through permission based apps. IMO proprietary systems like CitySense will probably see limited success until the telcos finally switch onto the need and wide ranging consumer potential for LBS.

Credit to Jon Moss (Appleofmyi) for his post (here) on Citysense. Thanks Jon!


Is the iPhone getting Flash?

October 2, 2008

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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


iPhone Versus Rock

September 26, 2008

Not sure where this came from but Rock 1.0 is stacking up pretty well against the iPhone 3G according to this chart. LOL.

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Sony and Nintendo’s unexpected challenger; Super Monkey Ball Sells 300,000 copies on iPhone

August 13, 2008

In the eleven hundredth iPhone post of the day… Fair enough, we’re all pretty sick of hearing about what this miracle device can do. Short of curing cancer there’s not much the little bugger can’t cope with; heck, maybe it can cure cancer if someone builds a Folding@home application (FoldingOnPhone?) for distribution via the AppStore… (The uninitiated can read about Folding@home here.)

As cool as all the technology is, what’s ultimately more important for us digital marketing folk is the viability of the platform when it comes to content distribution (both in pay-for and free categories). Sega’s Super Monkey Ball has just hit the 300,000 mark which, at AUD $12.99 a pop, is a considerable lump of change. It’s enough to make Sony and Nintendo sit up and take notice, particularly as their respective platforms (PSP and Nintendo DS) rely predominantly on physical media for content distribution. Sega US’s President Simon Jeffery agrees. “That’s a substantial business. It gives iPhone a justifiable claim to being a viable gaming platform.”

The phone may not have the controls required for traditional gaming but the quality and responsiveness of the touch screen and accelerometer could do for the mobile games space what the Wii has done for console gaming around the world.

So how do we take advantage of this? As iPhone and iPod touch sales continue to rise, distribution of free, engaging, branded content is an obvious winning formula. Carling’s iPint application is catching on like wildfire and given the size and scale of the application the development overheads would have been low. Investing in development for a platform owned and operated by one company might be a little uncomfortable but these days, shifting focus away from Apple in the digital landscape isn’t a wise move: Apple has proved that, technology aside, the iPhone is a viable distribution platform.

Watch this space.


I Am Rich iPhone App pulled from iPhone App Store

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.

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Features:

  • – 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.