Better than bleach: SoundClip brings out the brights

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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.

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Shinkansen: iPhone No Go? No Mo…

None of this with the Jesus Phone

None of this with the Jesus Phone

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’.

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iBoobs is back: and Big in Japan

Before you get the idea that I am only on about ‘boobs’, I must deny that I am. However, I just keep finding the same sort of app popping up all over internet. iJiggles admittedly offers some interesting options for things for you to get off your chest but the persistence of a silly idea and then the follower apps is unbelievable. Anyway, this video is made for Japan as iBoobs main views came from the land of the samurai.

Thanks to appbank for the tip.

iPod 2g: Jailbreak Looming?

Just spotted some good news from the youtube about a pending release from the iPhone Dev Team that implicates everyone’s favourite iPod Touch as the target for the next Jailbreak. What does this mean for our sleek excellent sounding pmp? Well, if you like homebrew, alternate video codecs, ports, extra gadgets etc, a jailbraked iPod Touch will certainly be your stew of choice.

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For People and Pervs: iJiggles and Wobble

Yes, you have heard it correctly, the iPhone is the newest and easiest way for peepers to grab thrills from the safety of a 3.5 inch screen.  All that is required is a couple of female friends who don’t mind baring their chests for your private enjoyment or a telephoto lens, camouflage trousers, a tripod, the fall of evening and patience.  iBoobs, a rejected app had the wrong premise:  3D modelled moving breasts attract unwanted attention and get old quickly.  What real pervs need is either  iJiggles or for the less creative Wobble.

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iPhone Nano: on Your Wish-list?

Though there is nothing other than a product listing from XSKN, a case manufacturer, the fabled iPhone Nano is burning up the web.  As the end of the year approaches so too does the hastening of new product announcements and speculation.  Our colleagues at Slide to Play mentioned in a recent article that it would be a “be a logistical and PR nightmare” for Apple to release a product like the iPhone Nano.  I think we can all agree that there would be complications to such a product release, but on the flip side, are there no positives?

 

Several Case designs with mock up iPhone Nano image

Several Case designs with mock up iPhone Nano image

 
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The App Store has Opened the Gates of… Flatulence

Air-o-matic made headlines a little while back when its ‘Pull My Finger‘ app was rejected from the Apple. It wasn’t just any app mind you. It had one mission and one alone: to make farting sounds on the iPhone. Why was it turned away by the App Store that houses more than 10,000 apps? Apple said the reason was for its “limited utility”. Well it seems like they have had a change of heart as Pull My Finger is back at the App Store. Not only is it back, but with a vengeance and is currently sitting at the no. 7 spot of Top Paid apps.

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Good Morning, Vietnam – 3G Unlock

Those who have longed to unlock their iPhone 3G have so far been out of luck. There is the Proxy SIM card method, but it seems to be an imperfect solution (possible physical damage to your iPhone, dropped called etc). The Dev Team’s software unlock is supposed to be close to completion, but who knows when exactly. Well, if you are willing to fly to Asia for this very purpose, look no further. A great article has been written by Dong Ngo of CNET, describing a shop located in Vietnam that will hardware unlock your 3G.

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New Google Speech Recognition App delayed by Apple?

Google was set to release what could very well be one of the most useful apps for the iPhone, a speech recognition tool that would return search results simply based on your speech. Say “movie showtimes” and based on your location, the app will return results of movies closest to you. Basically, instead of typing what you want searched, just say it. It’s that simple. Another cool feature of this updated Google Mobile App is that it uses the iPhone accelerometer. So when the phone is raised to the user’s ear, it will go into “listen” mode.

The supposed release date was set for November 14. Now a day later and still no sight of it at the App Store, there are rumors that Apple may possibly be delaying its release or even blocking it for some reason of their own. Are they planning on releasing their own version of speech recognition? Of course, it is way too early to say for sure what Apple’s plans are for Google’s product, if any at all. Hopefully, the app will be released any minute now so we can all search with our voice, and not just our fingers.

[via computerblog]