While hardly the first mousing app for the iPhone, iTap, created by Peter Honeder and Florian Pflug of Honeder Lacher Wallner Softwareentwicklung OEG, is to date, the most complete trackpad replacement available in the App Store.
Ten One Design, creator of pogo stylus and pogo sketch stylus for the iPod Touch and iPhone have brought out SoundClip, a new device that passively brightens the sound of the iPhone’s built in speaker. According to them, it is no magic trick, just a bit of good science:
The way SoundClip works isn’t all that hard to understand. The iPhone emits a fair amount of acoustic energy through the speaker. Unfortunately, many of these sound waves are directed down and away from the user. SoundClip reflects them toward you so you can hear them better.
But how does it actually amplify? The dimensions and shape of the conical chamber create a resonance chamber facilitating the attenuation of some frequencies, and the amplification of others. The next part is the trickiest. We tuned the resonance chamber to actually improve the sound from your iPhone, resulting in a frequency response that is flatter, and more natural sounding.
Japan has a huge mobile network that for many users, predicates the PC’s role as superfluous. However, that mobile network makes use of what Apple might call the ‘non-real internet’. If your needs turn you to that ‘non-real internet your user experience is at best turbulent and sometimes laughable. It just won’t do mobile internet with any semblance of reliability. Even some ‘real’ internet pages don’t display correctly, becoming a choppy and unusable mess.
The age old question still remains: what does one do when they must reserve shinkansen tickets from sites like express yoyaku? Answer, hop on a computer or use a phone that can only access the ‘non-real internet’.
This past week, Apple let through another genre of apps that were previously off limits to the App Store: Web Browsers. While the majority of them are either one trick ponies or serve a more specific purpose (hiding your surfing tracks in Incognito), I had a chance to test out iBlueAngel, a web browsing app that attempts to rise above the competition. It is easily the most fully featured of its kind at the moment, with features that include copy and paste, tabbed browsing and even the ability to save current pages for offline viewing.
Project4Pros has just released an anonymous web browser for the iPhone/iPod Touch. For those who have a habit of covering their surfing tracks (maybe you don’t want your girlfriend to know you are secretly ordering her a dozen roses for no good reason or are simply browsing for engagement rings…rrrright) by constantly clearing Mobile Safari’s history, then you may find Incognito rather handy.
On 11 January, 2009, TouchMyApps got an exclusive sneak peak at the great new features of zerogate’s iPhone/iPod Touch App: MeterRead. On the same day and just 22 hours or so later, we got to speak a spoonful with the wise, humorous and sassy father/son duo who make MeterRead. It is long, sometimes convoluted and extremely biased, but I think you will find this team to be witty, clever and ready to storm the app store with more unique ideas.
Black and beautiful: Shigzeo of TMA
Blue – Father (Leonard G. Barton)
Red – Son (Mark E. Barton)
In forging ahead to become a greener company, Apple have redesigned their macbook line to be one of the most recyclable and environment irritant free notebook lines in the world. They are also advancing their recycling system but still have a long, long way to go until they reach green parity with companies who have applied friendly environmental practices for a longer time and to more than just their consumer products.
I am sure we have all experienced slow downs and crashes while using the iPhone or iPod Touch. It could have happened while surfing the web with Mobile Safari or playing that sweet looking but resource hogging game. Regardless of where and when it happens, there is no doubt users feel the frustration with every crash. Enter Memory Status, a fairly simple memory management utility that displays where the iPhone’s resources are being allocated as well as allow users to free up more virtual memory.
Recently, I came across an interesting app that will turn your iPhone into a walkie talkie. PushToTalk, developed by David Fletcher, will allow you connect and communicate with friends and family in a “Push to Talk” and “Over and Out” fashion. For it to work, all parties must have it installed on their iPhone (with 2.2 firmware) and be on a Wi-Fi network for best results.
WiFi Touchpad is a recently released app that turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into a wireless touchpad. According to the App Description:
Need a wireless keyboard/mouse for a presentation, or when you connect your PC to the big screen TV? The WiFi Touchpad is the application for you! It can turn your iPhone or iPod Touch into a wireless touchpad and text input device. Sleek and simple, you can sit back and relax while you control with ease.
You will notice right away that it makes no mention of any Mac support. This is a shame since WiFi Touchpad is easy to use for the most part and works as advertised. Since I am not able to test this out on my Macbook, let’s have a look at how it performed on my desktop with Windows XP.