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E-book Readers for iPhone

iPhone is a pretty good device for reading e-books. As an e-book reading device, iPhone has become even more interesting after Amazon released the Kindle application for iPhone. But is Kindle for iPhone the best e-book reading software?

I’ve tried eReader, Kindle for iPhone and Stanza. I find Stanza to be the most functional and useful e-book reader application for iPhone. Stanza is a feature-rich application and a lot of free e-books are available for it, 25,000+ free titles from Project Gutenberg for example.

These three e-book reader application are free. Thus, you can try and decide which to keep on your iPhone. After using these applications, I’ve decided to keep Kindle and Stanza.

From Apple iPhone Blog. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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Using Google Reader? Get Readello

I must admit, I’m a big fan of Google mobile applications (who is not?). Google apps are in the desktop browser and they are in iPhone’s Safari. Sometimes I feel scared by thinking how attached to Google we are (at least I am).

However, yesterday I got an e-mail from Mr. Kevin Rood of Acceletron Corporation, creator of an RSS reader application called Readello. What is so special about Readello? Unlike traditional RSS readers, Readello synchronizes with your Google RSS Reader account. Thus, Readello does not replace Google RSS Reader. Rather, Readello is a perfect companion and if you use the Google RSS Reader, you should get Readello for sure.

As soon as you run Readello, you feel that the application is well organized and you can be syncing with your Google Reader account in less then 20 seconds. Basically, you just provide your account details and you are done. Another good thing about Readello in terms of synchronizing is that you control the age of the feed items.

The only downside is that Readello is not free and costs $3.99. However, according to the developer, the company plans to update Readello on a regular basis and thus possible glitches should be fixed quickly. To admit, I’ve been using Readello for a couple of hours now and I have not found any problems so far.

You can download Readello from the App Store at http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=306094870&mt=8

From Apple iPhone Blog. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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Metal Gear on iPhone – Guaranteed Excitement

Games that are already available on iPhone leave no doubts about the computing power of the wonder device. iPhone games practically feature complexity and detail of graphics and animation equal to those of desktop games just a couple of years ago. To admit, iPhone is the only mobile handset on which I’ve played games and they are really exciting (yes yes I can hear NGage users screaming but come on iPhone is way more powerful).

I believe more excitement will come when Konami releases Metal Gear Solid Touch for iPhone. The company has released new screenshots and they are indeed tempting. Metal Gear on iPhone will feature 20 levels of action. It’s known that the first 12 levels will be released for iPhone and iPod Touch this month. The rest of the levels will follow as a free update for existing owners.

SOURCE: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2009/03/63732259/1

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iPhone for $2.5 Million

Peter Aloisson is an Austrian designer-jeweller who is famous for turning an ordinary gadget into a masterpiece of art and jewellery. Since 1998 he has been releasing diamond-encrusted mobile phones. As for prices, they usually start from 30 grands. The 1.3 million dollar diamond phone was Mr. Aloisson’s craft as well. Do you think 1.3 million is a limit?

Last year, Mr. Aloisson made a 52,000 Euro Nokia E90 Communicator. This time Mr. Aloisson tried his craft on Apple’s wonder device. The iPhone was “customized” with solid 18-carat yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold. The white gold line is encrusted with a total of 139 brilliant cut diamonds of the best quality. However, the best part was saved for the Home button. It features a rare 6.6-carat diamond. What about the price? It’s just 1,790,000 Euros ($2.5 million). WOW!

Well, personally I don’t much like such things, but I guess there are people out there who would not mind giving up big bucks for having an iPhone that glitters!

From Apple iPhone Blog. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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Sorry this Truphone is not for the iPhone

Truphone has been living on my iPhone for a while but to admit I don’t use it frequently. A I have a jailbroken iPhone, I use Siphon for all my VoIP needs.

However, recently, Truphone got an update enabling chatting and calling Skype users. This makes Truphone a really useful application.

Yesterday, I tried updating the application and once the process was complete, I ran the application and I got a weird screen saying “Sorry this product is not for the iPhone”

I guess something went wrong and the App Store installed an iPod version. I have not idea.

From Apple iPhone Blog. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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iSeismometer Turns Your iPhone into a Portable Seismostation

Recently I was browsing the App Store and came across this tiny but cool application called iSeismometer. In a nutshell, this application uses iPhone’s accelerometer to measure seismic data. The application is really easy to use. Just run it and put your iPhone on a table or any other surface. You can tap or slightly shake the surface and see the application in action. It actually measures and tracks seismic data.

The only downfall is that only 10 seconds of data is stored but as the developer mentions, this will be increased in the future releases. Moreover, you can submit the data to the developer website for future retrieval.

All in all, iSeismometer makes your iPhone even cooler toy and if you live in a seismically active part of the world, this iSeismometer is a must to have application. Moreover, iSeismometer is FREEWARE!

You can download it from this link: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=304190739&mt=8

From Apple iPhone Blog. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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iPhone Applications for BlackJack Players

BlackJack is the most widely played casino banking game in the world. BlackJack is exciting, easy to learn and easy to play and more importantly, BlackJack is very favorable to the player compared to other casino games. I must admit, BlackJack is my favorite game and as a matter of fact many games come and go to my iPhone but BlackJack game is always with me.

Edward O. Thorp’s legendary book gave birth to what is known as card counting. You’ve probably seen the movie 21 where Jim Sturgess portrays a brilliant card counter Ben Campbell. So, if you want to master card counting, have some free time and an iPhone of course, then keep on reading.

There are a couple of nice applications for iPhone to help us with card counting. This doesn’t mean that you will go to Vegas, pull iPhone out of your pocket and with some magic movements of your fingers will make a fortune. Not that fast. Using any kind of device to facilitate gambling is banned in Nevada (and in all of the casinos as far as I know). So, if you don’t want to leave the casino without your iPhone, you’d better use these applications at home. AGAIN, YOU ARE STRICTLY ADVISED NOT TO USE ANY OF THESE APPLICATIONS IN A CASINO. So, let’s get started.

The first application that I’d like to mention is TMSOFT’s Card Counter. In my opinion this application is the most comprehensive and feature-rich. It includes the BlackJack basic strategy reference. You can learn popular card systems (Hi-Lo, Zen Count, etc). The application features voice over by Oscar Santana and a ton of other bells n’ whistles. All in all, the application is very good but costs the most $2.99. Hey, who cares about three bucks when this monster application can earn you 50k. 50k of what? I have no idea as I’m merely quoting an anonymous testimonial from the application’s description. Well, if it’s Turkish Liras, then makes no sense. Okay jokes aside, this application is really cool. Download Now

The next application is called Card Counting Practice from Bacon Bear Productions. This application is quite simplistic in comparison to the TMSOFT’s Card Counter but hey there is beauty in simplicity, isn’t it? More importantly, Card Counting Practice will help you to learn card counting and will cost you a buck less. Download Now

CardCount from Splendid is even simpler application. This application lacks practically every feature of the above two applications and this is not a surprise. The main purpose of the application is to help you sharpen your memory. This means that CardCount can be viewed as a supplement to either Card Counter or Card Counting Practice or 21 Strategy. This application will cost you 99 cents. Download Now

And finally here comes one more application called 21 Strategy from Ryan Smith. I really liked this application. Maybe it does not have many bells ‘n whistles but 21 Strategy features everything to help you master the basic strategy and card counting. And the best of all, this application is FREEWARE. Thank you Ryan for this excellent application. Download Now

Again, don’t even think using any of the above applications in a casino and happy card counting!

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PacketVideo Brings Live TV to the iPhone

iPhone is a great multimedia device but soon it will become even better. With the release of the new mobile video application for the iPhone, PacketVideo Brings Live TV to the iPhone. PacketVideo software enables the delivery of operator-branded TV and video services on iPhone for the first time. Mobile operators will offer this application via the iPhone Application Store, under their own brands, and subscribers will be able to view local live television channels and on-demand video clips. Cool!

It is expected that major mobile operators will launch this application within 6-8 weeks. The PacketVideo application is powered by the CORE(TM) software platform that has shipped in more than 320 million mobile phones worldwide. Along with the video streaming and playback capabilities, PacketVideo’s CORE supports the middleware services needed to deliver live and on-demand content, including support for mobile operator TV services electronic program guide (EPG) information.

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Cool Network Applications from MochaSoft

MochaSoft is a really cool company. I guess their software is everywhere. I first started using their software on my Revo device. At different times, I had used there applications on different devices.

Recently, I’ve installed three cool applications from MochaSoft. Mocha VNC Lite, Mocha Telnet Lite and Mocha Remote Desktop Lite. As expected, the applications work like charm. I connected to both a Windows XP machine and a Windows 2003 Server machine with the Mocha Remote Desktop Lite and I was really impressed with the speed and responsiveness of the application. Mocha VNC Lite worked fantastically fast when I connected to a Linux box. Finally, Mocha Telnet Lite performed on par with the other two applications.

As you may guess, there are commercial counterparts of these applications. However, for most of the users the Lite versions offer everything to work comfortably. If you need the full power of the applications, then go for the commercial versions.

You can get these applications from the Apple Store:

Download Mocha Telnet Lite
Download Mocha VNC Lite
Download Mocha Remote Desktop Lite

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Apple Says Jailbreaking is Not Legal

Finally Apple has made the first formal public statement about its legal stance on iPhone jailbreaking. As expected, Apple believes that iPhone jailbreaking is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and infringes on its copyright.

EFF has asked the Copyright Office to recognize an exemption to the DMCA to permit jailbreaking in order to allow iPhone owners to use their phones with applications that are not available from Apple’s store. Apple’s response is pretty obvious. According to the company, few users of jailbroken iPhones actually jailbroke it themselves. Instead, they downloaded software created by other parties to make that happen. Most likely, this is a correct assumption.

The number of users who use jailbroken iPhone is estimated to be in a region of hundreds of thousands. I’ve been using a jailbroken iPhone and I can confirm that after jailbreaking, iPhone becomes a totally different device. Great software is available for jailbroken iPhones and I can’t imagine giving this up. Recording video, using Siphone for VOIP and Backgrounder for multi-tasking enabling your iPhone – are just a couple of great examples of functionality that iPhone gets after jailbreaking. Finally, iPhone is a great device based on a legendary operating system. After jailbreaking we have a total control on the device and while this might not be important for most of the iPhone users, for technology enthusiasts and power users, jailbreaking is important.

Source: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/02/apple-says-jailbreaking-illegal

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iPhone Battery Saving Tips