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With Apple announcing that Macworld 2009 would be its last, rumors began to fly that maybe CES 2010 would get Steve Jobs' attention instead. TiPb still isn't buying that -- given Apple's stated reasons, it makes no more sense for them than Macworld.
However, now word comes that iLounge has begun working with the CEA (the organization behind CES) to create an iPhone (and iPod) "iLounge Pavilion" at CES as a rallying and gathering point for exhibitors -- perhaps in lieu of Macworld 2010.
iLounge seems to feel this is necessary to help proactively preserve and project forward the iPhone and iPod community given the perhaps uncertain future of Macworld.
It seems the iPhone, with its OpenGL and CoreGraphics/CoreAnimation is just begging for some body distortion. We've seen it before (and seen it get rejected before), and it just keeps getting more fully featured. Says the developer, Smells Like Donkey:
everyone assumes that iJiggles is strictly a boob app. It is of course the first thing everyone does with it and it does it well, but it's designed so you can have fun with it on any picture.
Indeed, version 1.1 will include: Smoother and Faster Animations, new "Inflate" feature to further enhance parts of your photos, multitouch interactivity, saving and loading.
Gallery after the break.
(And BTW- TiPb is still waiting for the ladies to get a little pay back with these apps. Maybe in our Forums?)
While conducting a follow-up interview for the upcoming documentary, Objectified, the film makers were able to catch not only a rare glimpse inside Apple's design guru Jony Ive's studio, but managed to snap an almost unheard of picture of the man himself at work. (via Daring Fireball)
This is where the iPhone was designed and prototyped, people. We're talking unicorns being born or Norse dwarves forging Uru hammers or something...
RepairPal, from the website of the same name, leverages the power and convenience of the iPhone to provide highly targeted -- and at times vitally important -- information when and where you need it. Say the developers:
We made this application because it addresses the real world disconnect with auto repair. Many times when your car needs repair, you aren't at the computer. People may end up at an unfamiliar shop in an unfamiliar town so they need something to reassure them that they are not getting ripped off.
We built this for the iPhone because we need to convey a lot of information to the user. Development tools for iPhone allowed us to build an application that is easy to navigate and provide the best user experience. Being able to take advantage of features like GPS makes a lot of sense for our application since people may not always be sure of their location when they are broken down on the side of the highway.
Looking for some repair work? Give this FREE app a try and let us know how it works for you!
As it did the year before, the Smartphone Round Robin needed to go into overtime again this time around -- but we're finished now! If you haven't been following along, here's what you missed: Each of the editors of our five Smartphone Experts sites swapped phones for a week or so, reviewing and leanring what it's like to wear another smarphone user's shoes. The result is the entire series of articles you see linked on this handy page, the Smartphone Round Robin of 2008.
What will you learn there? You'll learn that there was no single smartphone that 'won' the Round Robin -- but that's by design. There's no perfect smartphone out there, but there just might be the perfect smartphone to fit your needs. If you're looking to get a new smartphone soon, think about what you need it do to and then hit up these articles -- you'll find that depending on what each of us care about, we'll give you a useful perspective on whether a given smartphone matches up.
Chad reviewed Air Mouse a while back, and now they've let us know they're back with a 1.5 update that adds some nifty new features, including:
the computer notifies Air Mouse as to which app it's currently running so that Air Mouse can show the correct keys for that app. We plan to make more use of this system in future versions and think that this is the directions that all remotes will be heading in the future.
Also touched on briefly during Apple's Q1 conference call yesterday was the prospect of a low-end iPhone, and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook was quick to dispel hopes of that (and of an iPhone nano?) as well (text via Macworld):
Tim: We're not going to build a low-end voice phone. Our objective is not to be unit share leader, it's to build the world's best phone.