This year’s WWDC debuted a load of eye candy, but iMovie caught my especial attention. It requires the extra power of the fast A4 processor that sits below both the iPad and the iPhone 4. Unfortunately, iMovie looks to work only for the iPhone 4. Things may change – God knows that the iPad should be better for movie editing – but ‘when’ and ‘if’ are somewhat dark. Another puzzling thing: iMovie won’t be able to export projects to the Mac version of iMovie.
I do wish I could lay claim to this post’s genius title. That would of course be unfair to the real genius, Engadget reader, RogueGenius, who may become the walking iPad’s marketing supervisor. I’m sure that roboticist/maker Kazu Terasaki, would be happy to have his iPad in Rogue’s capable hands.
If you really wanted to get in on a little football action before/during/after/in celebration of the big tourney but were thwarted by the 6.99$ price tag, starting this eve right now, you can rejoice. EA have lowered the price of FIFA World Cup™ (TMA Review) to 99 cents and FIFA 10 to 4.99$ (a reduction of ~1/3). So if you’re a fan of the game and are looking for ways to get into the World Cup spirit, now would be a splendid time to pick up these EA titles.
Essential tpe’s Icon Battery pack for iPhone is a freakin’ battery icon-looking battery… for the iPhone! It’s a tongue twister to say, and thanks to a lot of extra juice flowing in its veins, it’ll let you twist your tongue for another 3 hours in 3G mode, or 7 in 2G. Don’t care to talk? Icon’ll grant you music magic for 18 hours, or for the real geek, another 5,5 hours of Wifi internet usage. Granted, it ain’t the most mobile-looking of battery packs, nor as do-it-all as EMVY’s case or Mophie’s Juice, but it’s bootylicious, especially toting the world’s first EL film display for a mobile phone.
“the icon”, was inspired according to the battery icon on iPhone, is designed specifically for the iPhone backup power solution. From “the icon” unique outlook, and able to extend your iPhone talk time up to 3 hours and audio play back up to 18 hours, it will be your best choice for the battery solution, not only outside appearance, but functionally solve the power problem with daily use of the iPhone. Moreover, “the icon” has an innovative design which is using EL film on its front panel to display its power status clearly, which also the world’s first one who use EL lighting film as power indicator. The easy operation is another aspect of “the icon” even though there is no extra button on it. “the icon” would charge your iPhone once you connect to the iPhone, and it will show you the remaining power while you remove it from your iPhone.
The Icon Battery pack isn’t for sale on Amazon (yet), but if you happen to be hopping around Asia, you might find one. Essential tpe store locator.
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If skobbler’s devs have one thing painted in their collective brains at the moment, I reckon it’s “OpenSource for the win!” or some such motto. In the USA, skobbler, the OpenStreetMap-based turn-by-turn navigation/GPS app, is a huge win for what may well be the future of navigation apps: open source mapping. You the customer can also be the mapper, and God only knows that you know your locale better than any Samsung-style megacorp who tries to tell you that they know better. Hell, rather than waiting for the bigwigs to finally update their software, thousands of your mates on a variety of platforms are mapping the world for you.
In case you aren’t in to oil spill-suckers, there is also a pedestrian/bicycle mode. Perhaps its killer feature though, is that the US version comes with no monetary strings attached – at all. Needless to say, skobbler has been a hit in its native Germany and ruffled quite a few feathers in the process, but those feathers probably don’t belong there in the first place.
Screenies and more after the gap:
YouTube user site hirac, has been up to a load of good: his latest project is this lovely Macintosh-to-iPad dock. The 30-pin cable (which enables the media-centric Camera Connection Kit) and speakers remain exposed, but as of yet, a classic keyboard misses out on the fun. For now, DIYers have won the game with the sturdiest iPad dock/stand.
It was bound to happen, right? Google got AdMob through thanks to Apple’s clever competition, iAds. But afterward, Apple pulled the welcome mat from big time advertisers such as Google’s AdMob. While Apple and Google are at it, the devs they represent are caught in a nasty loop. Adverts are their stake, their money, their hard work – a portion that the recent Apple/Google spat is threatening. Competition is good for driving innovation in the hardware/software market, but get over it Apple and Google: the advertising segment isn’t about you, it’s about the developers. Forcing them to take sides will win you an antitrust lawsuit which I hope both of you lose.
Apple: don’t tout your 200 000 apps then bar certain devs from advertising portion on the iDevice because they are represented by AdMob.
Google: quit whining. John Gruber is right: you started it.
It’s time for Big Evil and Big Brother to take the little guy, the dev, seriously. Taking sides in the news is one thing, banning your customers, is another.
Let me rant a bit. I’ve been using a horrible piece of software that cost me 200$ CAD. It’s called Microsoft Office 2008. Today, in the middle of a freelance job, it crashed. Badly. Three files I was using and saving religiously went back to square one. I consider it a mercy though as I was fed up with that job anyway. But Microsoft Office 2008 problems aside, I’ve come across another troubling bit. TMA have made mistakes publishing stuff before. Hell, we’re bite-sized hobbyists. Prankster site, Gawker, however, isn’t. And neither is TechCrunch.
The pair made silly assumptions – headline-making, attention-grabbing assumptions today about Apple.
As if the glorious Conquest wasn’t enough, board-game mongering EA will bring out an official RISK strategy game this summer. Its name? (cue drumroll) RISK (end drumroll… I said end it dammit!). In case you were wondering, you’ll be able to demolish Ukraine with up to 5 other players in WiFi, Bluetooth and everyone’s finger-print smudging favourite: pass ‘n play. EA reckon they’ve got a great soundtrack to accompany the entire thing, something I look forward to testing myself. The release date is somewhat of a secret unless you can suss its debut by the word ‘summer’.
Need pics and info? Just pass the gap:
Apple are losing the battle. Leak after leak, their stronghouse is dripping away. This time, it isn’t stolen hardware; it’s iOS 4 that’s been fed to the wolves. The latest GM release just got out the doors today, so it’s pretty safe to say that Apple haven’t patched the security holes that allowed the original iOS 4 beta to be jailbreaked. Anyway, this jailbreak release isn’t the official badboy – that will be released later this month. If you are some sort of iPhone Jailbreaking freak who knows all the do’s and don’t's, then have at it and let iOS 4 hang with the Spirit of the iPad.
Thanks iPhone DevTeam