iPhone OS 3.1.3 Software Update available

USB stick your iDevice of choice into iTunes, check for updates, or just wait awhile, and voila! 3.1.3 will peep out. The new software addresses a very small number of bugs such as battery reading accuracy on the 3GS while the rest is still a mystery. If you value your Jailbreak, you might want to sit this one out. The modified iPhone OS which debuted at Apple’s Launch Event last week in the iPad is 3.2. No one is sure how many of its new features will trickle down to the iPad’s older siblings. Unfortunately, it looks as if OS 4.0 may still be two seasons away from greeting its fans. No worries though, users can acquiesce themselves in the iDevices new-found, accurate battery function!

The App Store’s Best Racing game

If RPGs get your brains bending, racers boil your blood. They spin you down the most pristine of roads, the strangest of alien avenues – the wildest of rides. Oftentimes, they are all-out guts-to-glory races to the finish line; they grind your un-manicured fingernails to fine capacitive dust; they simply have no equal for burning calories  and having fun at the same time – at least on the iDevice.

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iPod touch/iPhone remote app for Kleer Wireless devices

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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:

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Tom Tom 1.2 – 1st Gen iPhone and iPod touch compatibility

With the GPS-equipped Tom Tom Car Kit and Tom Tom 1.2, first-gen iPhones and all iPod touches can see the road for you, and mounted to your windscreen, function as proper electronic navigators. The Tom Tom Car Kit costs 119.95$ and included a built-in GPS, line out for music playback, integrated charging circuit, speaker and microphone for live, hands-free telephone calls. Of course, without WiFi, the iPod touch functions only as a GPS.

Tom Tom International BV, TomTom U.S. & Canada, 119.95$, 1.30 GB
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APPointments at the Apple Store – there’ll be an app for that

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If you’ve found it hard to stand on your two (give or take) feet for long at the Apple Store, thank heavens, Apple may have just what you need: an app which will let you browse while the powers that be crunch queue numbers. I may be taking liberty here; Appleinsider mention that the app will actually help you schedule Concierge appointments, Genius Bar drinks, and Pro Care surgery. A welcome step (and timely as my MacBook Pro will be going back for its _third_ surgery in less than 6 months) where users don’t have to bother with as many online steps. This is still in rumour status, but AI reckon that the source is better than spotty, so look for ward to: iQueue – APPointments

EasyPay the iPod touch way unwrapped

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AppleInsider have more scoop on the iPod touch-based EasyPay system which is set to replace the sometimes horrid Windows Mobile-based units currently in use by Apple. The upside, as I mentioned is that Apple maintain the ball and the court; no more will they have to pay outside corporations for maintenance. Using Apple hardware also removes the cupertino one step further from Microsoft hegemony. EasyPay iPod touch systems are made possible via Apple’s OS 3.0 firmware which enabled third-party add-ons. AppleInsider also mention that the hitherto used system is much bigger and bulkier and so to is the Samsung version used at the Microsoft store.

[via AppleInsider]

Contest Alert: Win a 32GB iPod touch from Hexus.net

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The technology website, Hexus, have hacked together a great contest which will be uploading a hefty piece of loot to a lucky end-user: a 32GB iPod touch. The survey is personal: you will be asked the intimate details of your audio setup (eeeek!) which you must divulge. TouchMyApps are in no way affiliated with Hexus, however, this is an amazing opportunity for TMA readers to take part in another great giveaway. And, for the audiophile on a budget, the iPod touch is a great place to start, especially if it comes free! The contest closes on 25 November, so don’t waste time in sharing your bold or beautiful audio setup with Hexus.

Contest Details after the gap.

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Windows Vestiges – Apple Stores say ‘goodbye’ to PocketPC EasyPay devices

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Till now, users have had the luxury of queuing at Apple and paying through crotchety old Windows-based PDA systems. According to AppleInsiders’ sources, however, that is all about to change as Apple roll out iPod touch-based payment systems for the holiday season. EasyPay’s problems with stability and connection quality has been a nightmare for the bustling Apple retail stores and it is time for a change.

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