Cologne, Germany – mobivention today is pleased to announce the release of iThemes HD, a theme design app with extensive individualization possibilities for iPhone, iPod and iPad. Through numerous combination opportunities of background images, shelves and icon frames the phone’s menu can be personalized in accordance with the user’s taste. Continue reading…
The iWork Suite on the iOS has now finally found a home on the iPhone and iPod Touch, thanks to the recent universal update. Already considered to be among the most polished productivity apps on the platform, iWork users will no longer have to rely on their iPads when creating or editing documents while on-the-go. Aside from the universal support, the apps also include improved document management, allowing users to easily sort and organize docs into folders. Pages, Numbers and Keynote are sold separately for $9.99, but as always, if you already own these apps, the update can be downloaded for free. Full press release after the break.
Every once in a while, I’ll come across an app in my TMA inbox that stands out from the crowd – either by way of features or uniqueness. One example was GestureMatic, an app that allows you to perform various functions via user-created gestures. And most recently, I came across a 3rd party Web Browser app that’s unlike anything we’ve experienced before on the iDevice — Portal. Using a unique “Portal” button at the bottom of the screen, you tap on it to bring up a 1st gen like iPod click wheel interface, where you can then perform all the actions you’re used to on Mobile Safari…and a whole lot more.
One of the worst kept secrets is now official – the iPhone 4 will finally be making its way to Verizon. Earlier today, Verizon held its own iPhone Event to announce that its CDMA network is now ready for Apple’s most successful iPhone to date. The phone will be available for pre-orders online (for existing customers) starting February 3rd and will go on sale in Verizon and Apple Stores on the 10th. Here’s a quick run down of the Verizon iPhone 4:
- 16GB -$199, 32GB – $299 on 2 yr agreement
- Unlimited data plans for $30
- Runs on 3G network (no support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network)
- Personal Hotspot feature – turns iPhone 4 into wifi hotspot and connects up to 5 devices
- As with other CDMA phones, no voice calls and data usage at the same time
- Phone now has 4 antenna break lines instead of 3
- Mute and volume buttons moved down a notch for new antenna design
While it’s undoubtedly good news that US users will soon no longer have to stick with AT&T’s just to use the iPhone (without unlocking), the fact that voice and data can’t be used together on the CDMA network could be a deal breaker for many. Personally, being able to do both (iOS does support multitasking after all) simultaneously is a pretty big requirement. Still, you can bet that the iPhone 4 will bring loads of business for Verizon. Full press release after the gap.
Verizon’s iPhone FAQ can be found here.
Minsk, Belarus – Happymagenta releases Spyglass 3.0.1, the latest version of the company’s multi-functional augmented reality navigation tool for iOS devices. Spyglass, recently included in the iTunes Rewind 2010: Hot Trends In Apps list, now supports German, Italian, Dutch, French, Spanish and Russian languages. Spyglass makes full use of latest hardware features of iPhone 3GS/4 and iPad Wi-Fi 3G as well as software capabilities of iOS 3.1 and higher. Continue reading…
A week after Skype posted a help guide for making video calls on the iPhone, the Skype app was updated earlier today and users can now finally do just that on their iDevices. With the 3.0 update, you can make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G, and two-way video calls are supported on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen. On the iPad and iPod Touch 3rd gen where there’s no camera, you can only receive the video feed. Here’s the complete run down of what’s new:
- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
- Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
- Additional Data charges may apply
While the quality of the video calls isn’t quite as good as on Facetime, it’s certainly good enough and it does have the added bonus of being able to run on both WiFi and 3G. If you’re a Skype user and have one of the newer iPhones or iPod Touches, be sure to grab this update asap. You can also check out the wacky Skype iPhone video calling promo below.
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It appears that Skype is finally going to allow users to make video calls on their iDevice. In a help page found on Skype’s website earlier this morning (which has since been pulled), a section titled How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone? gave a quick glimpse of what we can expect when the service goes live:
To make video calls with your contacts, you will need an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd generation iPod touch, 4th generation iPod touch or an iPad. Your contacts will only be able to see you if your device has a camera. Make sure your device is running iOS 4.0 or above and that you are using Skype for iPhone 3.0 or above.
The contacts you are calling must be using one of the following Skype clients:
- Skype for Windows version 4.2 and above
- Skype for Mac OS X version 2.8 and above
- Skype for iPhone 3.0 and above
You can make Skype video calls by using a WiFi or 3G connection*. The quality of the video will depend upon the available network conditions.
*Additional data charges may apply. Check with your operator for details.
Aside from Apple’s Facetime, there are plenty of apps that already support video calls, like Yahoo! Messenger, fring: Video Calls + IM and Tango. But seeing how a vast number of people actually rely on Skype to keep in touch with family and friends, video calls via the Skype app won’t come a moment too soon. Take a look at the full help page after the gap.
Road Town, Virgin Islands – Dynamic Systems Group today is pleased to announce the release of Age of Hammer Wars 1.0 for iOS, a sequel to a popular indie-game HammerFight, released on PC in 2009. Action takes place in a unique universe somewhat resembling Earth’s middle ages. With one big difference – land and sky here are ruled by diminutive helicopter machines fashioned from wood and steel. They are used as transport, cargo carriers and battle crafts – everywhere. Continue reading…
Reno, Nevada – jeTap, Inc., today is pleased to release a major update for GPSNotifier for iPhone 4: version 1.5. Their app sounds an alarm and displays a text message when the user arrives at a chosen location. Relying on Apple’s new Region Monitoring, an always-on cell tower positioning system, the app and alarm are automatically activated when the device enters any specified alarm zone. Continue reading…
San Diego, California – newPCgadgets today is pleased to announce a 3 day sale for their very popular Smartphone Coasters. With thousands of satisfied customers already, Smartphone Coasters have quickly become a must-have accessory for iPhone and iPod touch owners. Continue reading…