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Several months after 3rd party Google Voice apps started appearing on the App Store (namely GV Mobile +), Google has now released their own official Google Voice app for the iPhone. With it, users can enjoy all major Google Voice features on their iPhones, including:
- Cheap rates for international calls
- Free text messaging to U.S. numbers
- Voicemail transcription
- Display your Google Voice number as caller ID when making calls
The app also supports push notifications, where it’ll instantly send you alerts whenever a new voicemail or text message is received in your account. If you’re already a user of the Google Voice service (currently only available in the US), be sure to take this official (Free) app for a spin.
Google, Google Voice, 3.1 MB – Free
Pioneer are the latest in a long line of well-known audio/video companies to release a fully iDevice-integrated speaker dock. “Been there, done that”, you say? Think again. Pioneer’s Audition may be another 2.1 device, but comparisons can stop there. Once plugged in, the Audition strips the iDevice’s cheap DAC, processing music digitally instead. Users can also enjoy A2DP Bluetooth audio from their iPod touch 2-3G, iPhones, and other mobiles. That, my friends, is a step up from both the Bose SounDock and the now legendary Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin and the Zeppelin Mini. It’s also got component and composite video outputs and a Bluetooth adapter port.
At 449$, it certainly isn’t cheap, but Pioneer’re obviously aiming pretty high with the Audition’s long feature list.
It is compatible with the following iPods and iDevices:
iPod Classic, iPod Nano (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Generations), iPod Touch (1st and 2nd Generations), iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS
Full spec and more piccies after the gap:
Late last night Apple released iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 3, the 3rd beta of the hotly anticipated iPhone OS 4.0. In addition to bug and stability fixes, the new beta software addresses multitasking kill commands more elegantly than prior versions of the OS.
Not even a full day has gone by and iPhone OS 4.0 has already been jailbroken. Dev Team’s MuscleNerd posted a video showing his 4.0 beta with Cydia installed, along with this tweet:
“Something you’ll only find on JB 4.0: VNC (BTW don’t bother with betas, they’re *very* buggy!)”
Don’t get too excited just yet though. For various reasons, the Dev Team most likely won’t be releasing the 4.0 Jailbreak until it has been officially released by Apple. The big question though is whether iPhone and iPod Touch users will still have a need to Jailbreak their 4.0 devices. With multitasking, folders and a whack load of other new features coming, Jailbreaking may no longer be as appealing (especially for 3GS and iPod Touch 3rd gen owners). Of course, if you want to unlock your phone, Jailbreak is still your only option.
MuscleNerd’s Video after the gap!
Aside from multitasking and folders support in OS 4.0, the mail app on your iPhone and iPod Touch will receive some great new additions. First and foremost is the Unified Inbox. This will mean that users can soon have all their mail in one inbox. That’s right, no more tapping your screen hundreds of times in order to jump to the next email account. For those with multiple accounts, this can save loads of time.
Threaded messages (where emails between all parties are saved in a “conversation” format) will also be part of the new OS. As a Gmail user myself, I’m definitely liking this feature and it should eliminate all the needless vertical scrolling when attempting to find that 10th email from the same sender. And aside from being able to have more than one Exchange account, users will soon be able to open received attachments with a 3rd party app from the App Store. Business users who’re constantly on the road or those who receive lots of files in a particular format will benefit most from this new option. Overall, the new mail enhancements are a much welcomed addition to OS 4.0.
With Copy and Paste and MMS Support now out of the way, Multitasking on the iPhone (non-jailbroken) remains one of the most sought after and desirable features for the next major OS update. While it has been rumored that OS 4.0 will implement some form of multitasking, AppleInsider has just reported that the 4.0 software will indeed allow 3rd party apps to run in the background. To switch between apps, users will experience something similar to Mac OS X’s Expose interface:
Those familiar with the design of iPhone 4.0 said that the user interface will resemble Apple’s desktop Expose feature, in that a key combination — reportedly hitting the Home button twice — will trigger an expose-like interface that brings up a series of icons representing the currently running apps, allowing users to quickly select the one they want to switch to directly. When a selection is made, the iPhone OS zooms out of the Expose task manager and transitions to that app.
When Multitasking does come to fruition for the iPhone, users will no longer have to complain about lagging behind other smart phones that DO support it. So, will Apple eventually cave in and allow for flash on the iDevice? Only time will tell.
iTête à iTête – Interview with Frédéric Aloé from Coladia – We need to do a more casual game on the iPhone
Quite a few high-profile titles have been brought to the iPhone in the last several months. And one such release came almost out of the blue from a company, previously only a player on Mac OS market. I’m talking, of course, about Secret of the Lost Cavern from Coladia – an adaptation of the excellent ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern PC adventure by Kheops Studio. It got a Grab-it rating from me and earned a well deserved spot in our The App Store’s Best Adventure Games. And joining me today is Frédéric Aloé – the founder and CEO of Coladia to talk about the iPhone, iPad and their plans for bringing new and exciting games to the iDevice platform.
The “magical and revolutionary” iPad (no, not that iPad), undoubtedly the most hyped and highly anticipated electronic gizmo in recent memory, now has a confirmed release date: April 3rd.
March 5, 2010—Apple® today announced that its magical and revolutionary iPad will be available in the US on Saturday, April 3, for Wi-Fi models and in late April for Wi-Fi + 3G models. In addition, all models of iPad will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK in late April.
The basic Wi-Fi model will be released first in the US, followed by the Wi-Fi + 3G version in late April. As for the rest of the world (select countries), the good news is that they don’t have to wait long before both models will be made available. Pricing, one of the more attractive aspects of the iPad will be as follows: Base Model (Wi-Fi only) – $499US for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB. The higher end Wi-Fi + 3G Model will sell for $629US for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB.
From our Forum’s iPad discussion thread, it seems that our members are somewhat divided when it comes to getting one or not.Those already with an iPhone and Macbook don’t feel the need for a tablet, while others simply don’t see a reason to take the plunge. So will you be buying an iPad? Feel free to share your thoughts in our forums!
Devs, testers and QA peeps, FoneMonkey, an open source script tester by Gorilla Logic, has been released. FoneMoneky provides “iPhone app developers and testers with the ability to record, edit, and playback user interface tests and fully automate iPhone app testing”- essentially removing the need to manually monitor script testing for simple user interface guides. Adding to its flare, FoneMonkey is open source.
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After the advent of OS 3.0, users could select to encrypt their backup data with a password, yay! Well, hold the party till after this post. Password recovery firm, ElcomSoft, have released a password cracker for the silly Lou who forgot his/her password.
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