iPhone Firmware 3.0 Secrets: Video Camera Bared in Software or Slaved to a New iPhone?

30-iphonecameraMacrumors have uncovered an exciting feature that may actually make its way into iPhone 3.0 firmware. Yep, it is the video camera toggle that Apple have left out of the iPhone until now, rather forcing clever coders to come up with other means and other distribution methods to prove that the iPhone ain’t a joke. What’s unsure however is whether or not Apple will grant this feature to current iPhone users or if they will force a hardware upgrade for a piece of code.

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Japanese Beauties – Ukiyo-e and Japanese Art Calendar from Appliya

From the company who brought us the Evangelion app suite that is deeply steeped in fan lore, a pair of historical art applications debuted early this Month. Appliya exhibit Ukiyo-e Beauties and Japanese Art Calendar which each draw inspiration from Japan’s methodical, alluring past: the wood-block print. Appilaya file these apps as utilities, but they would equally fit in as education or reference.

Their unique pairing of apps in the App Store for fans of anime and now Japanese art is a service to aficionados of both visual genres. Ukiyo-e Beauties’ spectacular images can be used to contruct personal calendars with the Japanese Art Calendar utility.
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BeejiveIM – Instant Messaging Anywhere in Review: Sweet Honey Goodness

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I have been on the lookout for instant messaging applications ever since the AppStore came out in July. Instantly messaging has become a necessity for many people around the world including myself. After being disappointed by many IM apps because of their lack of features and/or instability, I finally tried out BeejiveIM.

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MemoryInfo w Free Memory in Review – It Does What It Says

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I enjoy Apps that get straight to the point. This one in particular tells you exactly what it is and what it does in its name. It’s straight forward, no nonsense that we need in these deep and financially murky times. MemoryInfo w/ Free Memory gives you info about your iDevice’s memory and allows you to free memory. It’s just that simple.

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FantaFootball in Review: Shigzeo FC Live and Kickin’

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There are relatively few places in the App Store to go if you want to help your betting game when considering the English Premier League and Italian Serie A. FantaFootball, designed by Andrea Zilio and Enrico Sartorello is a newcomer to Fantasy Football but already impresses in several areas.

Before we begin, what review would be complete without a personal anecdote? Okay, when I was a small lad till the time I was big enough to realise it was an impossibility, I dreamt of earning my cash by playing football. Yup, I thought I would be a talented player. It only took four years of league play and one more year to realise the only money I would be dealing with football would be if I became a bookie. Well, FantaFootball, may at least help me meet my betting goal as it immediately informs me how my my selected squad is doing. It is a Fantasy Football simulator which allows you to choose your lineup and watch how it competes against the established teams as well as other teams of your imagining.

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SaveMyDocs in Review – An Interesting Solution

savemydocs1If you’re one of those brain sucked zombies that views the iDevice platform as religious zealots do, then there is absolutely nothing wrong with it at all. It is complete. It is whole.

If you are of more sober mind and thought, you realize that while it is an amazing system that has pushed the limits of mobile devices, there is still much to be desired. Things such as cut-and-paste and the lack of flash animation while browsing are things that need to be addressed. One other issue is the inability to download files from your safari browser. This is where SaveMyDocs comes in.

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This Fortnight: Traditional and Digital Dictionaries Compared

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In the next couple of weeks, TouchMyApps will compare glamourous new digital dictionaries with traditional hardcovers versions. We will weigh cost, totability, usefulness and possibly acceptance in places of work and school.  If you are a word buff or like me are a word clutz, stay tuned: we were able to tap a few great resources in our quest for the right word.

The Digital Divide:
Wordbook Dictionary
Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
Consise Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus
Concise Oxford English Dictionary
American Heritage Dictionary: Fourth Edition
American Heritage Dictionary Deluxe: Fourth Edition
Roget’s Thesaurus II

Vector Tanks in Review – Old School Has A New Face

vectortanks1There was an old NBA Jam machine in my local deli. Word got around that if you pressed a certain combination of buttons and joystick directions, you would be able to access a small game called Battlezone. As the forefather of Vector Tanks, there is much that is taken from the game: The wireframe graphics, the feel of the controls, the smell of cheesesteaks on the grill (ok, maybe not that one). Yet, Vector Takes take the original formula and kicks it like its 2009… which it is.

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