TouchMyApps » bluetooth http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:31:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Casio’s bluetooth G-Shock pairs with iPhone, will alert you of incoming calls and emails http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/05/casios-bluetooth-g-shock-watch-gb6900aa/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/12/05/casios-bluetooth-g-shock-watch-gb6900aa/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 20:20:39 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=71202 Smart watches have been gaining traction over two years and the latest to emerge is Casio’s ever reliable G-SHOCK, or more specially, the GB6900AA Series. Aside from the accustomed features like resistance to shock and water, this Bluetooth 4.0 will pair with an iPhone and G-SHOCK+ app (iPhone 4S and 5) for automatic time sync, alerts for incoming … Read more]]>

Smart watches have been gaining traction over two years and the latest to emerge is Casio’s ever reliable G-SHOCK, or more specially, the GB6900AA Series. Aside from the accustomed features like resistance to shock and water, this Bluetooth 4.0 will pair with an iPhone and G-SHOCK+ app (iPhone 4S and 5) for automatic time sync, alerts for incoming calls and emails, and a Find Me function to help you locate your misplaced/out-of-range iPhone. As for the battery life, thanks to the lower power consumption of BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), users will get approximately 2 years on a single button-cell battery – this is assuming that the bluetooth function is used for 12 hours per day. Impressive.

The GB6900 retails for $180 and is available at select Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Tourneau. Check out the video trailers and specifications after the break.

Main Specs

  • Mineral Glass
  • Shock Resistant
  • 200-meter water resistance
  • Case / bezel material: Resin
  • Resin Band
    • LED Backlight (Super Illuminator)
      Selectable illumination duration, afterglow
    • World time 35 time zones (100 cities + coordinated universal time), city name display, daylight saving on/off
    • 1/100-second stopwatch
      Measuring capacity: 23:59’59.99′
      Measuring modes: Elapsed time, split time, 1st-2nd place times
    • Countdown timer
      Measuring unit: 1 second
      Input range: 1 minute to 24 hours (1-minute increments and 1-hour increments)
    • 5 alarms (daily or one-time)
    • Hourly time signal
    • Mobile link (Function linking using Bluetooth(r) v4.0 wireless communication)
    • Vibrator
    • Tap function
    • Full auto-calendar (to year 2099)
    • 12/24-hour format
    • Button operation tone on/off
    • Power Saving (Mobile Link turns off automatically after a fixed amount of time to save power.)
    • Low battery warning (A warning appears on the display whenever battery power drops below a certain level.)
    • Regular timekeeping: Hour, minutes, seconds, pm, month, date, day
    • Accuracy: ±15 seconds per month
    • Approximate battery operating time:2 years on CR2032
      (Mobile Link used 12 hours a day.) *Incoming call alert: 3 times/day *Incoming mail, other event alert: 10 times/day *Light: Once (1.5 seconds)/day *Alarm: 10 seconds/day
  • Dimensions/weight: 53.2 x 50 x 17.7/64g

Read more about the G-Shock GB6900AA here at gshock.com

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Tip to Game Devs: social networking is gaming wuffie http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/08/tip-to-game-devs-social-networking-is-gaming-wuffie/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/08/tip-to-game-devs-social-networking-is-gaming-wuffie/#comments Mon, 08 Mar 2010 07:59:53 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29141 Game devs, you do a great service to iDevice gamers. You have brought life what once was a barren platform, and you have done it at serviceable price points. In return, I’d like to give you a hint – a supplication really: that you need to heed the desire of gamers by implementing what is … Read more]]>

Game devs, you do a great service to iDevice gamers. You have brought life what once was a barren platform, and you have done it at serviceable price points. In return, I’d like to give you a hint – a supplication really: that you need to heed the desire of gamers by implementing what is fast becoming a gaming necessity: social networking.

As a reviewer and a gamer, my instincts are split between inputs. One, is the necessity of excellent published material, something I’ve already expounded on. Gamers are not flies: we feed and multiply on quality material; publishing buggy, rotten software reflects negatively on any software house. Imagine publishing the best idea, smashing YouTube videos, and grabbing great pre-release press with betas – you’ve pretty much got it made.

But when an app hits the virtual shelves of the App Store and accrues reputation based on its quirks and errors, things go pear shaped. First impressions are the best impressions. Shake your development tree, rid it of bad fruit.

The second input is the addition of social networking functionality. A cheap game can get buy with leader boards where addicted gamers will compete with one another to grab top spot. If, however, your game hovers around or above 3$, it needs to be sent off in style. Think about how the online world and your app world can interact.

Some ideas:

  • news bulletins
  • leader boards
  • cooperative play
  • trading/bartering
  • PVP
  • alliances
  • text/chat
  • file sharing

These are only a few drops in the development bucket, but are incredibly helpful in securing that great first impression and best reviews both at the App Store, and by the online press.

The major reason isn’t because 3$-10$ games need an online component, but because they can and the iDevice advantage is largely coddled in online gaming. Gamers/reviewers are being fed from competitive production houses, some who throw everything, including the kitchen sink into a title. A lot of these new features offer compelling online interaction.

When computer games were composed of very simple graphics, new hardware with bigger and better visuals practically sold itself whether or not it made the game better. The same goes with Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G – these items aren’t necessary to game well, but they are instant wuffie. Implement them, and gamers take notice. Implement them not, and gamers take notice.

Just because you can update your software later isn’t reason to trip off without online support. Iron out the bugs, implement online support, and be set knowing that your app is as ready as it ever will be to rake in the dosh.

Remember, app development isn’t a sinecure – you have to work at it in order to produce a markable return. Iron out the bugs, and implement the features which the iDevice is noted for.

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Unleashing the full power of your A2DP enabled Bluetooth headsets http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/28/unleashing-the-full-power-of-your-a2dp-enabled-bluetooth-headsets/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/28/unleashing-the-full-power-of-your-a2dp-enabled-bluetooth-headsets/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2009 17:17:13 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25335 One of the strange and unexplainable limitations Apple put in place when adding A2DP support to the iPhone OS 3.0 was limiting the mono headsets to the simpler protocol. That is even though you have a state of the art headset that (theoretically) is perfectly capable of playing music, podcasts, etc. on your “Jesus” phone, … Read more]]>

One of the strange and unexplainable limitations Apple put in place when adding A2DP support to the iPhone OS 3.0 was limiting the mono headsets to the simpler protocol. That is even though you have a state of the art headset that (theoretically) is perfectly capable of playing music, podcasts, etc. on your “Jesus” phone, you can’t. You’re limited to the basic handsfree functionality. And only because you have a mono headset (single earpiece).

Well, no more! Jailbreakers – rejoice! Just yesterday a new toggle for SBSettings appeared on Cydia that allows one to turn on full A2DP functionality for the mono headsets (provided they support it of course). The developer we have to thank for is Weydson Lima and the toggle is called (unsurprisingly) Bluetooth Mono SBSettings Toggle.

This toggle requires iPhone OS 3.1 or newer

Allows audio redirection from iPhone to Bluetooth mono headsets. Thus, you can use any app such as Skype, fring, etc with a mono headset. You can listen to music as well. Enable the toggle after Bluetooth is paired to your phone.

I have already downloaded/installed the toggle and can verify that it indeed works as advertised. Go get it!

Note: Our full review of the amazing SBSettings app can be found here

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Reason to Jailbreak #1443: Bluetooth keyboards http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/23/reason-to-jailbreak-1443-bluetooth-keyboards/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/23/reason-to-jailbreak-1443-bluetooth-keyboards/#comments Wed, 23 Dec 2009 12:56:47 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=25087 Among non-vocal jailbreakers, I am probably one of its meakest proponents. I’m not a pirate and not much of a hacker. But when out and about, I would love a better way to enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich and my iPod touch at the same time. Currently, I have to do either one … Read more]]>

Among non-vocal jailbreakers, I am probably one of its meakest proponents. I’m not a pirate and not much of a hacker. But when out and about, I would love a better way to enjoy a cup of coffee, a sandwich and my iPod touch at the same time. Currently, I have to do either one or the other, and in the heat of it all, remember to wipe my greasy fingers. Of all the cryptic messages I have seen on da internets, “Available in the Cydia store before Christmas” has sent heretofore absent chills up and down my spine. In short, Jailbreak your hamstrung iPhone if you long for the more graceful input allowed by external Bluetooth keyboards. Sometime soon, the iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard driver will make quick work of emails, stories, and obtuse SMS messages.

It will debut at the Cydia store in time for Santa to drop something beneath the Christmas tree. Click here for more information.

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iPod touch/iPhone remote app for Kleer Wireless devices http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/10/kleer-wireless-ipod-touch-iphone-remote-app/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/10/kleer-wireless-ipod-touch-iphone-remote-app/#comments Thu, 10 Dec 2009 15:01:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=24537 Kleer, manufacturer of true lossless wireless audio transmission technology, will release an iDevice app designed to interface with products from multiple vendors which benefit from Kleer’s wireless technology. Kleer has the advantage over the other popular wireless solution, Bluetooth, by firing a stronger, higher quality signal to receiving devices, and has unique pairing options. You … Read more]]>

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Kleer, manufacturer of true lossless wireless audio transmission technology, will release an iDevice app designed to interface with products from multiple vendors which benefit from Kleer’s wireless technology. Kleer has the advantage over the other popular wireless solution, Bluetooth, by firing a stronger, higher quality signal to receiving devices, and has unique pairing options. You can read more about Kleer VS. AD2P for the iPod touch, and in TMA’s review of the Cy-Fi Wireless sports speaker which has turned my training sessions into safe, tuneful workouts.

Press Release after the gap:

Press Literature
Kleer, the company behind some of the world’s best- sounding wireless audio devices, today announced they will be demonstrating KleerZone, a wireless music ecosystem, at CES 2010. KleerZone consists of an interoperable collection of typical consumer home audio components—including speakers, headphones and earbuds— representing a wide variety of brands and manufacturers. In addition, Kleer will be unveiling an iPhone®/iPod touch® application that turns those personal music players into wireless home music hubs for Kleer-based receivers, across brands and manufacturers.

KleerZone at CES will feature wireless products from many of Kleer’s consumer partner brands including Sennheiser, Sleek Audio, DigiFi, Cyfi and Ion Audio. Kleer will also present innovative reference designs that can be quickly and easily converted to shippable wireless products by OEM and ODM suppliers.

The KleerZone CES 2010 wireless music ecosystem will consist of fully interoperable:

  • Low-latency wireless home theater and stereo system components consisting of CD, DVD and AM/FM transmitters and speakers, headphones and earbuds from multiple vendors
  • Battery-powered speakers that eliminate all wires since they require neither a power cord nor an audio cable
  • Wireless audio streamed from a PC/laptop to home speakers, headphones and earbuds.

In addition Kleer will be demonstrating an iPhone/iPod touch application that will allow individuals to select and direct music to any Kleer-based receiver in the home, right from the palm of their hand.

“Consumers want to cut loose and eliminate wires. They’re tired of poor quality wireless products that make them walk all over the house to select and hear their music,” said Steve Humphreys, President and CEO at Kleer. “With Kleer your music is always available and the choices for listening are at the touch of a finger—along with CD-quality digital stereo sound that music lovers have come to expect.”

Only Kleer has the high-quality, low-latency, long-distance and low-interference profile required in home audio applications combined with the small size and ultra-low power consumption necessary for portable music players. This makes Kleer the “one stop shop” for consumer electronics brands looking to “cut the wires” on everything from earbuds to speakers to home theater systems. And because Kleer guarantees full interoperability between any wireless home audio or portable audio products using its technology, regardless of brand or manufacturer, consumers will be able to mix and match their music sources and listening devices in the home or on the go.

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The future of iPhone controllers is NOW! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/01/the-future-of-iphone-controllers-is-now/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/12/01/the-future-of-iphone-controllers-is-now/#comments Tue, 01 Dec 2009 11:13:22 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=24074 How to make convenient and easy to use controls for action/arcade games (as well as other genres), is one of the most serious issues facing iPhone developers. Controls can make or break a game and despite the enormous variety of ways to interact with the iDevice (multitouch, accelerometer and even the compass in the 3GS), … Read more]]>

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How to make convenient and easy to use controls for action/arcade games (as well as other genres), is one of the most serious issues facing iPhone developers. Controls can make or break a game and despite the enormous variety of ways to interact with the iDevice (multitouch, accelerometer and even the compass in the 3GS), there is still no adequate replacement for the good old hardwired D-Pad.

Well, soon there may not be a need to reinvent the wheel. While Apple is making developers sweat over implementing workarounds, a small independent group of developers has set off to improve the built-in Bluetooth stack with the BTstack project. Of course it is only available to the Jailbreaking community, but before you slip off to read the latest review, take a minute to see what BTstack can do. With their recent update they have finally implemented full WiiMote wireless support!

ZodTTD, the legendary creator of mame4iphone (multi arcade machine emulator) and psx4iphone (a full-featured Playstation 1 emulator), was contacted by the BTstack team and has compiled a build that should be able allow the use of the WiiMote in iPhone gaming.

And here’s what it looks like:

So that’s it folks! Next on the list is the Holy Grail, the PS3 controller. While the WiiMote has both accelerometer and the D-pad, the buttons are too small for really comfortable gaming – though it’s still much better than overlaid d-pad controls.

So watch for his upcoming update which will make the WiiMote (and possibly the PS3 controller) available to iDevice gamers. And a note to you, Apple – maybe it’s time to rethink the Bluetooth policy? You could make a buckload of additional controls and make the lives of game developers a whole lot easier!

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Cy-Fi Wireless sports speakers in Review – no strings attached http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/11/cy-fi-wireless-sports-speakers-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/11/cy-fi-wireless-sports-speakers-in-review/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2009 04:36:46 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=21223 Just as The Quest ain’t your kid’s RPG, Cy-Fi ‘s iPod and Bluetooth speakers aren’t your average run-to-the-beach bicycle speakers. And, at 159$ for either model (Kleer or Bluetooth) also ain’t your casual, cheap portable speaker. I’ll be honest here, I’ve searched for years for a perfect way to listen to my music whilst riding … Read more]]>

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Just as The Quest ain’t your kid’s RPG, Cy-Fi ‘s iPod and Bluetooth speakers aren’t your average run-to-the-beach bicycle speakers. And, at 159$ for either model (Kleer or Bluetooth) also ain’t your casual, cheap portable speaker. I’ll be honest here, I’ve searched for years for a perfect way to listen to my music whilst riding and tested everything from earbuds to custom earphones. But as you can guess, deafening your ears to the outside is extremely dangerous. Actually, putting anything in your ears while riding is dangerous, no matter how much the trail or road needs the fellowship of music. For this very reason, Cy-Fi’s wireless bicycle speakers simply rock for the serious rider.

Specifications

Model Kleer Wireless (Model 18) Bluetooth A2DP (Model 19)
Compatibility Use cy·fi with your iPod or iPod nano Use cy·fi with your cell phone, PDA or MP3
Sound Enjoy 100% lossless, CD-quality wireless audio via Kleer technology Enjoy wireless stereo sound via A2DP Bluetooth technology
Controls Change the track, volume and playlists settings from your speaker Change the track, volume and playlist settings from your speaker
Mounting Easily mount cy·fi on your bike, boat, backpack, etc., with the provided attachment Easily mount Cy·Fi on your bike, boat, backpack, etc., with the provided attachment
Power over 6 hours Over 5.5 hours
Operating Distance 30 feet (~ 9-10 Metres) 30 feet (~ 9-10 Metres)
Portability Pack cy·fi as a travel speaker – it weighs less than 4 ounces (~ 115 grams) Pack cy·fi as a travel speaker – it weighs less than 4 ounces (~ 115 grams)
Special Features Broadcast your favorite tunes to up to four cy·fi speakers - cy·fi enables you to make hands-free calls (if your phone supports it)
Technology Kleer Wireless

The Setup
Firstly, both models are nearly idiot-proof – though there were a few times where the A2DP model left me scratching my head. In the end, it was my head, not the Cy-Fi model which was the problem. Essentially, if you can apply a tourniquet, you can mount the Cy-Fi: just layer on the rubber runners, clamp the plastic around the handlebars, and twist the bolt. Then, the speaker unit slides onto the bass with a comforting and secure ‘click’. While about the size of an oblong fingerless hand, Cy-Fi’s speaker unit manages to stay stable and a light at 110 grams (4 ounces) which promises to be shock proof and weather resistant. Un-mounting it is almost as easy as clicking eject from the OSX finder sidebar; simply push the small tab down and slide the unit in the opposite direction. The only other handy bit you have to know is how to shove model 18′s Kleer Wireless transmitter into the dock feeder at the bottom of your iPod/iPhone. If you are already a bicycler, just pop the iPod/transmitter or your iPhone into your shirt’s rear food pouch, but I would suggest some sort of perspiration/precipitation-proof protector.

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Cy-Fi’s integration with the iPod/iPhone is exemplary, missing marks in the smallest of areas. But first, let’s get the good stuff out of the way shall we? Once you engage either model (read the manual), the external speaker will work for a variety of media: music, movies, games, etc.. And just as versatile, the unit can be played whilst charging in its own cradle. But, you had better not be watching movies whilst burning down Whistler at 70 k/ph; taking your eyes off the road is dangerous and is why the unit’s big, easy-to-press buttons are so damn comforting. While either unit manages around 6 hours of battery life, your iPod/mobile phone may not. I used both models extensively only to find that my 1G Nano lasted about 3 hours with model 18 and my iPod touch survived the six hours with either model, but was desperately short on juice by the time I got home.

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The interface
Whilst plugged in, the model 18 (Kleer) will automatically load your iTunes library and play the last song which had turned over in your device. Model 19, being Bluetooth, must first be paired, but apart from that, interface differences are minimal apart from phone functions.

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For iPhone users, I would recommend the A2DP version simply because it does everything: plays music, serves as an external speaker for movies and games, and will let you take calls. For the iPod touch 2G, the Kleer is vastly a better-fitting product. Firstly, model 19 did nothing else but raise/lower volume and pause/play. I suspect this has to do with the touch’s own linearity with regard to A2DP networking. With a variety of mobile phones, the Bluetooth unit is a mixed bag: most modern handsets are capable of proper BT interface, but some, like the iPod touch, are not. Regarding the Kleer unit, there are no such problems at all: in all conditions, it simply works with any post-mini iPod. In fact, on my first ride with the iPod nano and model 18 (iPod version), it worked so well that I ran straight into a storm and before my lazy reactions took over, I was riding 22 kilometres home in a stiff rain. The return trip did nothing to the Cy-Fi, but the constant rain, flood sand, and construction debris wrecked havoc with my tyres, and after finding a nice hole to stuff my front wheel into, notched my rim. Miserable, but encouraged by Armin Van Buuren, my return ride was much better than it could have been.

The Experience
Since both units rely on wireless signals, you can probably follow me when I say that nothing is quite ideal. What I mean is that the speakers and transmitter are lovely ideas; in all conditions, they work very well. But, South Korea is livid with the buzz of all sorts of wireless signals from mobile phones to stray internet, and in my area, military communication. For the same reason, my Cateye wireless cyclometre may get retired this year as it often finds some fritz to go on. When pairing my iPod touch with the Kleer version, I’ve yet to experience dropped signal, but it and my Cateye don’t see eye to eye; frequently, the cheap, poor computer loses signal for several hundred metres while model 18 pounds out tunes. The Bluetooth version loses signal sometimes, but not annoyingly so.

If you have an iPhone and are a little more casual a rider, I would recommend the BT version; it simply stuns with the combination of music/handset features. The Kleer version on the other hand, isn’t as flashy a multi-device, but it has a wonderful card up its sleeve: multiple-speaker pairing. You and up to four mates can enjoy the same Armin for your team/club route climbs as long as you remain within 10 metres of each other. For training, the beats are a great way to synchronise heartbeats, breaths and pedal strokes – if you are into that sort of thing. The six-hour battery lasts long enough for almost any normal ride, but a problem with the design is that once batteries go, they are gone. And, because Cy-Fi uses a proprietary connector, there is no way to charge it whilst out and about, so your trips may have to be planned with segregated listening schedules.

And, for the road audiophile, my recommendation goes like this: just enjoy the fact that you have music from a safer source than earphones. Neither unit can show their stuff as you are clipping down the tarmac at 30+. The combination of wind, road noise, other riders, your own breathing, and the slight rattling of the unit on its frame will be enough to lower even the best quality speakers to the level of primary school HiFi: tin-cans and string. But, the 159$ unit does not have those speakers to start with. Music gets loud enough to field a riding pair, but won’t bleed outward too much, nor will it convince anyone that Kleer or A2DP are the perfect audio solutions. That isn’t to say that Kleer’s tech isn’t amazing; I have demoed it on several occasions and been wowed by its technical astuteness, but Cy-Fi is more about the convenience and safety provided with bicycle speakers rather than sound quality. The speakers lack bass and mid-range finesse, but can belt out lossless files and are wonderful companions to the road with any music. While over-amped, and tuned for volume rather than quality, the Cy-Fi still rocks the road. If I really wanted the best sound, I would strap my Sensaphonics 2X-S into my iPod and take the dangers of the road with my morning mouthful of Jinro. After using Cy-Fi, however, I am not ready to go back to earphones of any calibre.

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The Verdict
I have a hard time not making a special award at TMA for the Cy-Fi, but it ain’t the end of the year yet. In South Korea, I see many creatively cobbled speaker setups, but none, not even the best sports-oriented units do what Cy-Fi does. Ease of use, aerodynamics, iPod/iPhone integration, good battery life, hot-swappable, and for their niche, good-sounding, both models are almost perfect. They even play lossless files without tracking or dropping frames. Add to that telephony or team-pairing capabilities, and you have your 159$. Cy-Fi needs a port for charging whilst on the go, and better dampening so that it rattles less on its frame, but otherwise, for the serious bicycler, it is nearly the perfect product. For those with a shopping bike, or who just want to go to the beach and have some tunes, other, cheaper options may be better.

Model 18 and 19 are serious accessories for the serious rider.
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App Summary
Title: Cy-Fi Wireless Sports Speaker Developer: Cy-Fi
Price: $159 App Size:
  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to operate
  • A2DP: take calls
  • Kleer: pair up to 4 bikes to the same iPod
  • Good, but not great sound
  • Weatherproof/shockproof
  • Rattles slightly in its frame
  • Needs on-the-way charging – port for pedal-generator would be great

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Bluetooth Wireless Tennis With Agnieszka Radwanska in Review – Not Just A Clever Name http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/14/bluetooth-wireless-tennis-with-agnieszka-radwanska-in-review-not-just-a-clever-name/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/09/14/bluetooth-wireless-tennis-with-agnieszka-radwanska-in-review-not-just-a-clever-name/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2009 18:23:38 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=19846 When it comes to sports games, tennis is right up my alley. It’s one of those games that seems to just work extremely well regardless of the platform. I’ve been on the look out for one that would be a worthy candidate for my iDevice and was pleased when I saw Bluetooth Wireless Tennis With … Read more]]>

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When it comes to sports games, tennis is right up my alley. It’s one of those games that seems to just work extremely well regardless of the platform. I’ve been on the look out for one that would be a worthy candidate for my iDevice and was pleased when I saw Bluetooth Wireless Tennis With Agnieszka Radwanska.

Unless you are a fan of the game, you probably don’t know who Agnieszka Radwanska is. Don’t worry, I didn’t either. For those who don’t know, she is a Polish tennis star who has achieved numerous titles and accolades during her career. For the purpose of this game she is both your cover girl as well as your coach.

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There are 3 different ways to play: single, multi-player, and tournament. I’ll get into those later, but first off, you should check out the tutorial. The game play is fairly simple but like any game, it always helps to run through the basics at least once. Here you’ll learn how to hit, how to control the ball as well as some of the specialty hits like the “lob” or “drop”.

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After you’ve run through the tutorial it’s time to get your game on. If you want to just get to it then select Quick Play. From there you can select your difficulty level, how many games/sets you want to play and then choose your player and field.

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As you play you begin to realize that although the tutorial was nice and easy, the game itself can be a lot more difficult at times. Trying to get from one end of the court to the other in seconds can be a lot more difficult than you would think. Although difficulty wise its enjoyable. Not so much that you become frustrated and want to quit, but more than enough so that you aren’t getting bored.

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Now if you want to get more into the game, there are the remaining 2 play modes: Multi player and Tournament. In Tournament mode you make your way through a number of players, one after another, until you reach the finals. It was amusing here to see that the players that you are going up against are the names of actual tennis players rather “computer”.

In Multi Player, you find out that when it comes to Bluetooth Wireless Tennis With Agnieszka Radwanska, the game isn’t just a clever name. Earlier, you learned that Agnieszka Radwanska is both your host and guide for the game. Now, its time for Bluetooth. There IS some bluetooth involved. To play multi player you must have your bluetooth activated. Then it will search for iDevices nearby to play against. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find anyone near me to test this out. Personally I think that WiFi would be a better match so that you can look for available online players rather than knocking on neighbours’ doors.

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It would have been nice to have a little more graphical spice: larger players with more detail and loads of colour. But it’s understandable; in order to see all the action, the screens with all that needs to be visible that it’s scaled down a bit. With 8 different players and 600 animation frames each, extensive shadowing (not to mention those oh so familiar grunts and moans that female tennis players are known so well for), you have yourself one amusing little game.

Ridiculously long name aside, this game is really quite good. Aside from the limitations of bluetooth only multiplayer and the limited graphics it’s a good solid tennis title that will keep you entertained for quite some time.

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App Summary
Title: Bluetooth Wireless Tennis With Agnieszka Radwanska (Version 1.0) Developer: Fun and Mobile
Price: $0.99 App Size: 39.3MB
  • Easy controls
  • Immersive game play
  • Quality animation
  • Unique Bluetooth multiplayer
  • No WiFi?
  • Limited graphics

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A2DP – Bluetooth for the iPod touch explained http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/23/a2dp-bluetooth-for-the-ipod-touch-explained/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/23/a2dp-bluetooth-for-the-ipod-touch-explained/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2009 07:20:35 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=14046 Not everything about 3.0 makes immediate sense. However, the great additions of spotlight, landscape mode and cut/copy/paste do. The addition of Bluetooth to the iPod touch in 3.0 is one of those interesting Apple decisions that makes sense, but not immediate sense. I became interested in the topic of A2DP support in OS 3.0 because … Read more]]>

tips-tricks-bt-whatnowNot everything about 3.0 makes immediate sense. However, the great additions of spotlight, landscape mode and cut/copy/paste do. The addition of Bluetooth to the iPod touch in 3.0 is one of those interesting Apple decisions that makes sense, but not immediate sense. I became interested in the topic of A2DP support in OS 3.0 because of this thread at Apple’s Discussion forum. As the ‘baby iPhone’, the touch is really beginning to get its legs. Since 2007, it has been an excellent mid-fielder, but lately, I am inclined to put it forward a bit more. Bluetooth is a protocol that allows for wireless data transfer through specialised radio waves and now, with OS 3.0, even the touch gets that functionality. However, if you have tried to connect your OSX, *NIX or Windows computer to the iPod, you have probably been met with a ‘searching’ message that either never stops or error-exits to the springboard.

Unfortunately, owners of the iPhone 2G and first-generation touch are out of luck: this Bluetooth update affects only the 3G iPhone, 3GS iPhone and iPod touch 2G.

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There is a good reason for that which is both frustrating and eye-opening. A2DP Bluetooth spec is for audio-pairing only. You cannot sync information other than the 1′s and 0′s that congeal in Matrix-like patterns to send audio signals to your Bluetooth headsets. Even with that said, your headset’s mic capabilities are nullified as A2DP in the Touch will support only the audio output, not input. A2DP, or Advanced Audio Distribution Profile spits signal to a receiving Bluetooth device like headphones or speakers. It is very handy as it allows acceptable audio quality without the tangle of cables. I have been using it on and off with my Sony 828 which I bought from Japan over a year ago.

While you get to go cables-free, there are really very few options high-quality A2DP headphones on the market. One of them is the Etymotic Ety8 which is on the pricey side and looks a bit ‘dangly’ to say the least. However, it offers isolation and typical Etymotic Research quality which is second to none. If you don’t have the 200-300$ to spend on a pair of earphones, there are many other A2DP receiving phones on the market that are of varying levels of quality. If you are an adventurous seeker of wireless music, take a look at the Cy-Fi Wireless sports speaker which is great for bicycling and camping (and which I use every ride).

However Bluetooth is still not the best way to enjoy your wireless music. Integrated Bluetooth transmitters are convenient as they don’t require extra dongles or transmission units, but their overall bandwidth and transmission method isn’t quite ideal. If any of you have heard of Kleer Wireless, you are probably more versed with a true quality wireless audio signal.

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Firmware 3.0 Impressions and Overview http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/22/firmware-30-impressions-and-overview/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/22/firmware-30-impressions-and-overview/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2009 16:12:45 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13954 June 17, 2009, Apple birthed a new iPhone firmware which caused possibly one of the biggest server hiccups to date. If you own an iPhone, then you probably encountered the dreaded message,  “iPhone activation servers are temporarily unavailable”. I nearly popped a blood vessel in my eye when I read that error message. Being the … Read more]]>

June 17, 2009, Apple birthed a new iPhone firmware which caused possibly one of the biggest server hiccups to date. If you own an iPhone, then you probably encountered the dreaded message,  “iPhone activation servers are temporarily unavailable”. I nearly popped a blood vessel in my eye when I read that error message. Being the impatient iPod fanboy that I am, I stood in front of my Mac for the next 2 hours clicking the update button to no avail. After what seemed like years (2 hours and 18 minutes to be exact), I was finally prompted by the wondrous message “preparing iPhone for update”. My pleas had been answered.

However, that was only the beginning of my long journey to 3.0. For the next 4 hours, I waited in utter despair for my iPhone to “back up”. Aeons later, my iPhone rebooted with the new OS and a few nice surprises!

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Spotlight
Spotlight was the first notable new feature I ventured forth to discover. Similar to the “master search bar” aka Spotlight on the Mac, this new feature helps you find any user-accessible file contained within your iDevice – even files that exist beyond the page limit. From your home screen, you Spotlight by a simple swipe to the the right. You can access music, videos, e-mails, etc., and launch them from within a search. This became one of my favorite features within only seconds of using OS 3.0 because it saves so much time (especially when looking for those apps I carelessly deleted).

More App Pages
Another great enhancement that 3.0 has brought is installation of two extra applications pages. Apple should allow at least 500 application pages to satisfy our needs, but 11 pages will have to suffice for now.

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Safari
Along with the usual bug fixes and stability improvements, finally, there is an AutoFill feature in Safari. This is rather helpful for remembering your many website logins so you don’t have to (hence the name AutoFill). Also, Safari seems “snappier” ;)

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My luck has hit a new stratosphere!

Copy and Paste
Yet another useful feature to finally make the iPhone OS is copy and paste which allows you to – you guessed it – copy and paste any text (including redeem codes) and even photographs! It isn’t perfect; I found it annoying that the “copy” button would constantly appear and highlight text as I was just trying to scroll down a page. Other than that, this is just another tool that helps iDevice users get up-to-date.

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Shake Functionality
You are now able to shake your iDevice to undo and redo typing. You can also shake to shuffle songs in your music library. If you are an excited jogger like me, your music will constantly and annoyingly shuffle, but luckily, this feature can be toggled on and off in the Settings menu under iPod.

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Random
Apple even went the extra mile to add things that probably nobody will even notice. These include the word “lol”, which now remains in lowercase format rather than automatically being changed to “LOL”. Under the Settings->General->About, you can now see your total number of applications, to prove that you are da’ man! in those arguments that start out with “who has the most apps”? By the way, I always win considering I have over 1,000 applications total in my iTunes library..).

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YouTube
YouTube even got a facelift; you can now log into your YouTube account and view subscriptions and favorites from within the YouTube app, post comments on any video and flag the inappropriate ones. Strangely, the search tab was moved into the middle of the categories section where Bookmarks used to be.

MMS
The new MMS functionality is only open to iPhone 3G and 3GS users which leaves dyed-in the wool iPhone users like myself, out in the cold. MMS allows users to send photos and voice memos to whomever they are talking to. But, AT&T has yet to support MMS so its time again to wait and see.

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Peer-To-Peer Connectivity Via Bluetooth
Yet another feature I was keenly anticipating was Bluetooth P2P. Unfortunately, this feature too, is only open to 3G and 3GS users. The rest of us will just have to make do with WiFi multiplayer and moan on forums about Apple’s stinginess!

Internet Tethering
Not that I was hoping to be able to share internet with my non-existent laptop via USB or Bluetooth… but even if I wanted to, it can’t be done for two reasons. 1) it is only open to 3G and 3GS customers, and 2) AT&T currently don’t support tethering (but I am told to keep an eye out in July). There is also some chatter about it costing a lot (though that may be moot as AT&T dive to pick up their fallen PR image).

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Voice Memos
This new Apple app lets you record, send and edit voice memos, has excellent design and layout and simply rocks. In fact, I find myself using it more than my other 16 recording apps.

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Home Button
Even the home button gets some love. Under Settings->General->Home, you can now assign a specific task when double clicking the home button (such as automatically opening the Camera application). Sweet!

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Buying Via iTunes
Anything on iTunes is now downloadable directly on your iDevice via WiFi (and if not finished in one sitting, via 3G)! This includes movies, television shows, audiobooks, music and of course: apps. However, be warned, downloading a movie can take a couple hours depending on its length and your connection speed. As for myself, the only thing I’ve downloaded thus far is some random podcast that had the entire In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida song by Iron Butterfly (I just couldn’t resist).

In-App Purchasing
Though I have yet to see any apps that utilize this new feature, I’m sure it’s just around the corner (if I recall correctly, Enigmo recently started selling level packs). Developers are now able to sell premium content for their apps, from within the app itself. Expect this content to be anything from extra level packs, to extra characters, bonuses, and updates (if the developer decides to start charging for them).

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Push Notifications
Applications that make use of this new feature, will be able to update users with alerts, even when they’re not using the app. One of the first apps I noticed that used push notifications is Leaf Trombone. Hopefully, IM applications such as AIM and Beejive IM will soon use this feature to show when you receive a new message.

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In Loving Memory Of QuadCamera: 2009-2009

Negatives
It was bound to happen. Where there’s good, there’s always bad. The new 3.0 update brought us many new features but it also has its downsides. After upgrading to 3.0, I noticed a few of my applications started experiencing problems. My beloved, Beejive IM, has now become a warehouse for “bugs” (no pun intended). It seems that half the time, the keyboard doesn’t show up when it’s supposed to. The rest of the time, it stays opened, even when I don’t want it to. However, I can live with these downsides.

What I can’t live with is when an applications become inaccessible. I consider myself an iPhoneographer. I take and edit pictures practically everywhere and all time. To my horror, one of my favorite applications, QuadCamera, has become a useless black screen after 3.0. Unfortunately, QuadCamera is not the only victim. Several applications that serve the same purpose as QuadCamera have also been rendered useless. Evidently, Quadcam sent and update to Apple which is supposed to fix the issue, but Apple has yet to approve it. I can only hope that it will arrive in the next generation or so.

Final Thoughts
I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of all the 3.0 features (e.g. landscape mode in  Stocks and Mail app, stronger parental controls, calender subscriptions, previous picture thumbnail in Camera app, and the ability for developers to tap into the iDevice’s hardware and access music and more from within the application) because there’s seemingly an endless amount. The iTunes AppStore in the iDevice seems to be undergoing random changes: the updates tab has been rolled back to the ancient one found in 2.0. I want it back because it lets me categorize tabs and redeem promo codes from within the app.

Overall, I’m more than pleased with the new additions in 3.0, but am still disappointed that 1G customers like me will miss out on great new features such as tethering and Bluetooth. Unfortunately, for iPod Touch users, there isn’t that much added with the update. Some may be hesitant to pay the ten dollars to update, but with new apps requiring the big bad 3.0, you may be forced to update.

If you are interested in iPhone OS 3.0, check below:
Does 3.0 improve the sound of the iDevice – OS 3.0 100 Plus Hidden Features — Why We should not have to pay for iPhone Software Updates — What do you think of OS 3.0? — WWDC Keynote and OS 3.0 ‘Rundown’

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Say Cheese – The Funnest iPod Ever to get Camera http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/16/say-cheese-the-funnest-ipod-ever-to-get-camera/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/05/16/say-cheese-the-funnest-ipod-ever-to-get-camera/#comments Sat, 16 May 2009 13:13:42 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=10985 While the iPod touch remains a very capable multipurpose PMP, it lacks a few hardware features that some fans crave. Radio is of course a common Apple dropout along with Bluetooth. However, the PMP digital camera made infamous in the likes of Sony’s Hi-MD players may finally be ready for launch in the iPod Touch … Read more]]>

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While the iPod touch remains a very capable multipurpose PMP, it lacks a few hardware features that some fans crave. Radio is of course a common Apple dropout along with Bluetooth. However, the PMP digital camera made infamous in the likes of Sony’s Hi-MD players may finally be ready for launch in the iPod Touch and even the Nano. The significance of this rumour is of course not without its irony as while Sony’s next PSP may be more iPod-like, the iPod is sure to be more Sony-like.

As the iPod Touch and Nano typically see upgrades once per year, we are not likely to see the truth or fiction of this rumour till September or October. The Touch stands to benefit greatly from a camera not only to bring its hardware more inline with the iPhone, but also to allow it to run software that depends on direct input. Also, with the new much-hyped ZuneHD on the horizon, Apple’s next iPod Touch may need a special touch of flare to keep it en vogue.

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