Ever since the iOS 4.2 beta for iPad came out, some people have been a little upset about the hardware orientation lock being changed into an iPhone-like mute switch. There's been talk (hope) of getting a settings option that would allow for the user to choose between orientation lock and mute, but now that's been dashed by an email response purportedly from Apple's top dog himself, Steve Jobs:
In IOS 4.2 for iPad is the switch on the side going to be the mute and not screen orientation lock from now on?
Archetype, the top-selling and critically acclaimed online first-person shooter game for the iPhone and iPod touch, got a major update today with new features and explosive new in-app content. Users now have full access to Game Center to join matches, earn Achievements, and follow Leaderboards, and they have also added many features that users have been requesting. The update is free and in it you will also have access to the DLC (downloadable content) items for an extra $2.99.
Apple shipped 20% more iPhones than RIM shipped Blackberrys during Q3 2010, according to a Strategy Analytics. PC World got a look at the report and says:
With the shipments, Apple grabbed a 15.4 percent share of the market during the period, while RIM finished well behind with a 12.3 percent share. Top dog in the kennel, though, remains Nokia with 26.5 percent of the worldwide market.
There is an endless list of apps that allow you to make video calls with your iPhone 4, and aside from Apple's FaceTime, most of t hese are also compatible with the 3GS, but it can be quite awkward to video call without a front facing camera.
Korean company, PLAYMASS, have produced a new accessory that can solve the problem, iSeeU.
iSeeU clips onto your i Phone 3GS, and flips open to reveal a series of mirrors, that allow you make a video call using the rear facing camera. One neat thing about iSeeU is, you can easily swivel it off to the side to switch the cameras, so that you can still show your friend what the rear facing camera would normally see.
AT&T has been quietly accumulating smartphone units to add to their war chest in anticipation of the iPhone being made available through Verizon in the near future. Bloomberg reports:
AT&T Inc., facing the possible loss of its hold on the iPhone, is adding handsets at an accelerating clip and retraining store staff to help reduce reliance on its top-selling smartphone during the holidays. AT&T clearly has tried to diversify themselves away from the iPhone, and that’s probably the right strategy since they’ve relied so heavily on the iPhone these past few years [...] this handset strategy could shelter them from some customer losses.”
Back in April Apple launched their magical, revolutionary iPad and all this week TiPb's been wondering just how well all that magic and revolution has held up some 6 months later. Rene has already shared his thoughts in an editorial and Chad and Georgia shared theirs during the last iPad live! podcast, but we wanted more.
Here's our original iPad review. Follow on after the break to see how the TiPb writers and Smartphone Expert editors Dieter, Kevin, and Malatesta feel about their iPads... six months later.
Samurai II: Vengeance for iPhone and iPad is the sequel to award winning Samurai: Way of the Warrior. Unlike the first game, Samurai II offers you virtual on-screen controls. These can be moved around the screen to customise the gameplay to your comfort.
With gorgeous retina display graphics, Samurai II offers a beautiful, anime-style hack and slash game that fits in your pocket. You can either follow the Story Mode or fight as many enemies as possible in Dojo Mode.
The game is available as a universal application and will work natively on the iPad and iPhone, and has full Game Centre support with unlockable achievements and leaderboards.
Video after the break! If you try it out, let us know what you think.
It looks like US President Barack Obama will be meeting with Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs today. Business Insider reports:
"President Obama is flying to the Bay Area from Seattle this afternoon. He's speaking at Google exec Marissa Mayer's house in Palo Alto this evening. Before that, says a source familiar with the details, he will have a one-on-one meeting with Steve Jobs."
Super Twario for iPhone turns your twitter account into a retro inspired game. In it, you navigate your character, Twario, by tilting your iPhone or iPod touch, swipe to move faster, and tap to jump. During the course of your game you will run into tweets where you can choose to read them or even reply to them.
But wait...there's more! Not only can you now interact with your tweets via Twario, but this app even has Game Center integration so you can keep track of achievements and see how your Twitter skills rank among your friends and in the world! You get all this and many hours of fun and excitement for $1.99.
Grooveshark is an online music search engine and music streaming service which allows users to search for, stream, and upload music free of charge that can be played immediately or added to a playlist with the option to cache files for offline play.
In the past, an iPhone app was available on the iTunes App Store, but was quickly removed as it appeared to violate Apple's iTunes Store Terms of Service. It has now returned on Cydia for free, however the app requires a VIP subscription ($3/month through Grooveshark). However, the app does allow for 50 free plays before the subscription service is required.
If you're using it, let us know how it's working for you!
The good folks over at Nationwide Network Cellular (Hong Kong) have a brand new metal backing that replaces the standard black glass that comes on iPhone 4. If you tired of having to slap a case on hiding your brand new iPhone 4, if you tired of having to be extra careful when you put your iPhone 4 down, then they might just have your cure for a mere $12.99.
Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Err nope, no we didn't. It wasn't.
This in response to Jobs' statement that TweetDeck (he called it TwitterDeck) recently launched their Android app, and the "daunting challenge" of having to contend with 100 different versions of software on 244 different handsets.
Is Apple currently in the "AP" field testing stage -- the final stage before the product is to be released -- for the much-anticipated and often rumored Verizon CDMA iPhone. One of BGR's sources seems to think so:
For starters, we have been told that iPhone model 3,2 — what everyone is assuming to be the Verizon (or at least CDMA-compatible) phone — just hit the “AP” testing stage. This is the very last stage before retail release; final hardware, almost final software. Here is the odd thing, though… the iPhone 3,2 unit, we have been exclusively told, contains a SIM card slot.
FaceTime over 3G was one of the most popular reasons to Jailbreak, yet with the rush to upgrade to iOS 4.1 now that both Limera1n and Greenpois0n Jailbreaks have been released, users quickly found out that it no longer worked.
Well, Kim Streich has quickly updated 3G Unresictor to fix this issue and bring back FaceTime over 3G. The app allows users to bypass some apps' limitations by tricking them into thinking they are on WiFi, even though they are really on 3G or EDGE. Users can pick and choose which apps they want to 3G un-restrict individually.
Quantas Airways Ltd. has announced they will soon be offering up iPads on its Jetstar flights to try and persuade customers to choose them over competing airlines in the Australia and Asian markets. After a successful trial period, customers will receive an iPad on domestic as well as long-haul Jetstar flights. A Jetstar spokesman said:
We're in the final stages of putting in place what would be a broader roll out across the network. We're in ongoing discussion with the manufacturer around a more integrated network proposition."
From the prodigy tech/hip hop online group Paintless Nights comes the iPhone vs. iPad in Tweet It, another great fun-loving video featuring Apple's iconic and much-loved phone and tablet devices duking it out MJ style.
These are they same guys (and gals) that brought us I'm on a Mac (I'm on a Boat spoof) and The New Dork - Entrepreneur State of Mind, two parody-style videos featuring both Apple products and Social Media -- both also being hilarious, and highly recommended if you're looking for a quick jolt of entertainment before you get a pile of work on your desk to get started on.
The video goes right along with Michael Jackson's hit song Beat It music video -- depicting two gangs going head to head Brooklyn style -- from Thriller, one of the greatest albums of all time. Hey, we all know how much everyone hates Mondays, right? Well here's a little something to throw into today's stress-inducing routine that'll help you start this week out with a bang!
The Cydia Store now has a great extension available for jailbroken iPhone and iPod touch called Fullscreen for Safari that allows for not only toggling Safari into fullscreen mode for completely unobstructed browsing, but also includes multi-touch gestures.
This package costs $1.49 and has functionality and options that will completely change the way you use Safari. You can do things like two finger swipe left/right to switch tabs, two-finger swipe up/down to either open a new tab or close the current tab respectively, and shake to toggle fulscreen mode. (I personally love this function.) To get into fullscreen mode, the developer has defaulted to using a three finger tap anywhere on a page, but I've reassigned that to bring up my bookmarks since I can just shake my iPhone to get it into fullscreen mode.
This Cydia extension is seriously sweet, and I would absolutely consider this a must-have for all iPhone and iPod touch jailbreakers (not yet available for iPad). You can follow the developer, @_Yllier_, on Twitter to keep informed of any updates.
Video after the break and if you have played with Fullscreen for Safari, let us know how you like it!