Thursday, July 8, 2010

iPossessed 1.3 is a Scary App for iPhone

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GregBeamanApps has released iPossessed 1.2, an update to their app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The demonic application is all in fun, offering users a way to scare people who touch their devices. iPossessed includes a selection of pentagrams, along with frightening voices and screams, which are preset to go off on a timer. With the new updates, users can set their iPhones to vibrate maniacally and they can now post the experience to Twitter.

Users can turn their iDevices into haunted scare machines with just a few tapped selections of spirits, demons and creepy sound effects. They can even employ the "Cry Wolf" mode as bait to lure in unsuspecting victims, who will pick up the device then get their pants scared off.

The scary programming works on a timed delay, allowing for the perpetrator of the ruse to find a comfortable place to watch the fun. Once the joke has been played, the user can issue a tweet to share how it turned out with other iPossessed fans. Although the iPod touch and iPad are supported, it is the iPhone that is able to perform the startling, frantic vibration that is sure to make people jump out of their skin.

iPossessed Features:
* Timer to delay the ritual up to 999 seconds
* 12 demonic and creepy sound effects
* 4 different pentagram colors to represent the various spirits and demons
* Mix and match the spirits and demons being summoned
* Pentagram flares up when spirits or demons speak
* Pentagram can be hidden to give a more innocent appearance
* Post to twitter to tell all your friends how many people you just scared
* "Cry Wolf" mode lets your device appear more innocent to lure someone into picking it up
* Vibration works on iPhones

Users who enjoy raucous fun will love the humor that has been built right into this app. If nothing else, it's a great way for users to keep people from touching their iDevices. Investigate this paranormal application by visiting the Greg Beaman website or the iPossessed page on iTunes. It's a hauntingly good time.

Pricing and Availability:
iPossessed 1.3 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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640*960 Enabled for iPhone 4's

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AppVision has announced that Neon Wallpaper Creator 3.0 has been released, with optimization for the iPhone 4 Retina Display (producing stunning 640*960 images on the iPhone 4, and regular 320*480 images on other devices), APNS notifications of image updates, and other tweaks. The application has now created and served out over 12.5 MILLION individual customized images for iPhones and iPod touches the world over - a very big 'thank-you' to the people who've bought the application to date, created the millions of images, and made the application a continuing success.

In summary, Neon Wallpaper Creator provides the ability to dynamically render customized text on top of an image using a number of image sources:

* 160 static built-in backdrops
* 20 twice-weekly dynamically-updated backdrops
* Photos and images from the Photo Library

Using images from these sources, the application has a number of settings/choices that control the look of the custom text rendered onto the image:

* 30 fonts
* 20 font colours
* 18 font effects (including the original Neon)
* 360-degree rotation
* Variable font size
* Positioning of the text

There are literally hundreds of thousands of combinations to choose from in order to customize the device. Neon also allows the emailing of the customized image straight from the application out to any contact/email address.

Pricing and Availability:
Neon Wallpaper Creator 3.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.

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Rescue Kit 2.0 for iPhone Released

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Sarsoft has released a new version of iPhone application Rescue Kit 2.0. Rescue Kit is the "swiss army knife" for every traveler, driver, hiker or climber. It helps in crisis situations and can solve various tasks, like send current location by SMS or email, can signal SOS, has database of emergency numbers from all countries over the word and much more.

When started, Rescue Kit displays user's current location (latitude and longitude) and it can display also map of this location. This is extremely helpful, when calling for emergency help. Exact GPS location is always welcomed by emergency operators and when serious accident happens, it can even save the life.

"We've created this application after my personal experience with emergency situation", said Jindrich Sarson, director of Sarsoft. "I drove with with my wife in rural area, when I saw car accident. After calling 911, it was not easy to describe exact place, where we are." After this experience, Sarsoft designed application, that can help in various emergency situations, so that checking of current location is only one part of this iPhone application.

It was always possible to call emergency number (911 or 112) from application itself, but in this new version was implemented database of emergency numbers from all countries over the world. Also phone numbers for specific cases are included, so that it is possible to call number by emergency case (like ambulance, fire department, police or so).

* Check current location, using iPhone GPS build-in chip
* Display current location on Map, send current location information to any email or phone number (using SMS) including link to Google Maps, so that the receiver can display quickly sender's position
* SOS flashlight - signal well known worldwide SOS light signal
* Emergency flashlight - multiple color flashing light
* Traffic light flashlight
* Worldwide emergency numbers - displays and calls emergency numbers for all countries over the world

Supported Languages:
* US English, German, France, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Russian

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1 or later (iOS 4.0 Tested)
* 0.5 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Rescue Kit 2.0 is only $1.99 (USD), and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. Review copies are available upon request.

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Fring Gets Face-to-Face Video Calling Over 3G for iPhone 4

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Fring has announced support for face-to-face video calling over 3G using the iPhone 4.

Fring lets you use including MSN Messenger, GoogleTalk, Twitter, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, all through one central profile, using your iPhone and iPod touch's internet capability.

• fring calls over WiFi and 3G
• fring video calls over WiFi and 3G
• Instant Messaging
• Integrated dynamic friends list 
with real-time contact availability
• SIP integration
• Multiple Connection types
• Push notification support for fring, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!, AIM communities

What's New In This Version:
fring changes the way you use your iPhone, again. Richer social communication includes 2-way video calls, multi-tasking, social stream + more!
● 2-way video on iPhone (for OS4). Over 3G and wifi, so you can see your friends wherever you are.
● Multitasking means you are always on and available to your friends. So you can keep fring open in the background, even as you use other iPhone services/apps.
● New Social Stream: Chronologically stream all your twitter, facebook, chats and call updates, all in one place
● A Smarter address book: manage your buddy list, merge contacts

You can download fring from the App Store for free.

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The iPad Effect on Other Devices

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Resolve Market Research has just completed a comprehensive study examining how the iPad is being used and its effect on other devices.

According to Mashable, the study was conducted online across a nationally representative sample, compared technology owners or people that intend to own devices in four different categories: the iPad, smartphones (including iPhones, Androids and BlackBerrys), e-readers and portable video game devices. The study also focused on how users perceive the iPad both before and after owning the device.

Resolve found that the iPad was more likely to replace a future e-reader or mobile gaming device purchase than a netbook or laptop purchase. They also found that the iPad is an important gateway product for Apple with 37% of respondents who owned or were planning to own an iPad saying that it was or would be their first Apple device.

The top iPad perception was "It is a very expensive toy". The top reason for intending the iPad was "Entertainment" and the top reason for rejecting the iPad was "I don't see the need for it".

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iPhone 4 Catches Fire, Slightly Burns Owner [Photos]

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An unlucky customer had his new iPhone 4 catch fire while AT&T tried to troubleshoot the device.

It’s the first time our guy has seen this happen (us too), but the brand new iPhone 4 caught on fire while being hooked up to a computer using the Apple USB cable that accompanied the device. The customer wanted to exchange the iPhone — obviously — for a new, non-charred unit however the AT&T store in question was out of stock. An Apple Store did confirm to our AT&T connection that this did appear to be a defective USB port and not some sort of user error.

When it caught on fire the iPhone bezel became extremely hot, slightly burning the customer's hand. The USB port was slightly melted and the USB cable was badly melted as can be seen in the pictures below...

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PhoneDisk Mounts Your iDevice in Finder [Free]

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Phone Disk, an application that mounts your iPhone, iPod, or iPad directly in Finder, is being offered free until September.

Until September 1st 2010, we're giving away Phone Disk to everyone for free! If you unlock the software before that date, you get free upgrades and can enjoy the full version of the software on that computer with no expiration (just make sure you enter the code before September 1st)! Use the following registration code to unlock the full version Phone Disk: 2H96A-QK7MX-8GEYK1V-ZR6S8

Open, copy and save files directly on device
Preview, open, edit and save images, documents and more directly on the the device. You can even access the device directly through other programs such as a document editing program.

Expands to work with multiple devices
Mount multiple iPhones and iPod Touches simultaneously

Browse the iPhone in Finder
Phone Disk provides seamless integration of iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch file system in OSX's finder

Clean application
Works with or without jail breaking the device. It's simple application that runs in your system tray and won't clutter or slow your computer.

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Next Group of Countries to Get the iPhone 4 on July 28th?

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Movistar has tweeted that they expect to have the iPhone 4 in Spain on July 28th.

Spain is part of the next group of countries to get the new device. Also included is: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Lexembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Apple promised that these countries would get the iPhone 4 in July; however, massive demand, production issues, and possible hardware faults have led to speculation that their timeline has been delayed.

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Parts for Next iPod Touch Already on Alibaba?

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Parts for what might be the next iPod touch have been found on Alibaba.

9to5Mac have posted images of what may be the LCD assembly of Apple's next generation iPod. They were found on Alibaba by a reader and clearly show a hole in the center of the front panel which is likely for the rumored new camera.

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T-Mobile UK Officially Announces iPhone 4 Plans

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T-Mobile UK has officially announced their iPhone 4 plans after they leaked this morning.

The plans range from £25.00 to £60.00 on a two year contract. The later gets you a free 16GB iPhone 4, Unlimited mins*, 500 texts, and 1GB data.

Take a look at all the different plans in the chart below. Still no word on their launch date for the iPhone 4.

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Doctors Use FaceTime Video Calls for Medical Consultations

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At least one pair of doctors have used FaceTime video calling to consult on a patient who risked amputation, according to CultofMac.

In what may be the first documented iPhone 4 medical video consultation, University of Arizona surgeon David G. Armstrong, connected via FaceTime to give with Los Angeles Surgeon Lee Rogers’ a look at a patient who had undergone foot reconstruction at the University’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA). The virtual consult came in handy since Dr. Rogers was attending the American Diabetes Association meeting in Orlando, Florida when he took the “FaceTime” call from Armstrong, who had returned from Orlando to his SALSA clinics a day earlier.

“This really is a game changing tool,” said Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and SALSA director. “While the University of Arizona has had one of the world’s top tele-health systems, the ability to communicate quickly with something that is an afterthought has the potential to alter how we work with our colleagues and patients. Just as with the iPod in music and the laptop in computing, it is not the change in technology, but the change in form factor and ubiquity that alters this landscape.”

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Pirate Bay Hacked, 4 Million Accounts Exposed

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The Pirate Bay has been hacked to expose the user names, e-mail and Internet addresses of more than 4 million Pirate Bay users, according to

An Argentinian hacker named Ch Russo said he and two of his associates discovered multiple SQL injection vulnerabilities that let them into the user database for the site. Armed with this access, the hackers had the ability to create, delete, modify or view all user information, including the number and name of file trackers or torrents uploaded by users.

Russo considered how much this information would be worth to the MPAA or RIAA saying "Probably these groups would be very interested in this information, but we are not [trying] to sell it. Instead we wanted to tell people that their information may not be so well protected."

The Pirate Bay administrators appear to have removed the Web site component that facilitated access to user database.

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New iPod Touch to Get HD Camera, FaceTime Support?

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The next iPod Touch will reportedly come witha 5 MP camera, HD video recording, and FaceTime support.

This information was presented by John Lewis at its Xmas in July even in London. It's based on “noises we’re hearing from suppliers”.

● Likely to be sold as a multimedia device targeted at youth/kids
● Improved 5MP camera so can shoot HD video/upload to YouTube and flash so it can take photos in the dark - social networking
● Accelerometer and Gyroscope, a significant development in developing the gaming credentials of the product
● FaceTime calling over Wi-Fi so you can communicate with friends at zero cost

The update is expected in September when Apple usually refreshes the iPod.

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YouTube Introduces New Mobile WebApp for iPhone

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YouTube has introduced a new mobile website ( for iPhone and Android devices.

● It's really fast.
● The new user interface incorporates larger, more touch friendly elements, making it easier to access videos on the go.
● It incorporates many of the features you've come to expect from, such as search query suggestions, options to create playlists, and the ability to "favorite," "like," or "unlike" videos directly on your device.
● As we make improvements to, you'll see them quickly follow on the mobile website, unlike native apps which are not updated as frequently.

The webapp uses HTML5 to display higher quality video then the built-in iPhone application. You can watch an intro video below...

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Apple Hiring iTunes Fraud Prevention Specialist

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Apple posted a job listing for an iTunes Fraud Prevention Specialist just days before an incident of fraudulent App Store purchases.

The listing has since been removed but 9to5Mac notes that this full time specialist would work to 'cancel fraudulent orders' and 'research and resolve fraud escalations from various sources.'

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iSSH Update Enables Background SSH Connections

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iSSH has been updated with support for multitasking and the ability to keep connections open for up to 10 minutes in the background.

iSSH is a SSH and Telnet emulator of VT100, VT102, VT220, ANSI, xterm, and xterm-color terminals integrated with tunneled a VNC client and an X server.

• Multitasking support - can hold connections open for up to 10 minutes
• Arbitrary port tunneling through SSH
• Tunneled VNC client (or unencrypted using a "raw" connection)
• Tunneled X server
• Support for any non-standard ssh or vnc port
• Multiple simultaneous connections
• iPhone 3.0 cut and paste (double tap in console)
• Nearly every encoding supported
• Reachability notification
• Features a VGA BBS ANSI compatible font
• Portrait and landscape mode
• 53x24 or 80x24 (user configurable on iPad) with scroll-back buffer
• Arrow keys (by pop-up or by toolbar). Ctrl, alt, esc, tab, shift, Fn keys (1-10), ` key, all in combination.
• Keys are highlighted to confirm combination.
• Store any number of connections and configurations
• Command execution on connection
• Transparent keyboard
• Four (six on iPad) selectable monospaced fonts
• Via EDGE, WiFi or 3G
• RSA and DSA key generation and exchange via email, password-connected SSH or pasteboard
• Can support "uninterrupted" connections via GNU Screen and the command option.
• Transfers public keys automatically, without needing to email first.
• Pinch zooming in VNC/X11
• As good or better bluetooth/dock keyboard support than other VNC/RDP and console apps in the App Store! (Please follow iTunes support link for details.)

What's New In This Version:
• Support for multitasking and holding open connections for up to 10 minutes on devices that support multitasking.
• SSH tunnel support
• Rolled out user-configured key pie menu keys into keyboard accessory on iPad
• Misc bug fixes

You can purchase iSSH - SSH / VNC Console from the App Store for $9.99.

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Apple Allows iPhone 4 Flashlight Apps, 13 Already Available

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Apple has decided to allow iPhone 4 flashlight apps after originally saying they were "inappropriate use of hardware".

Michael D'Ulisse of MoreBluSky submitted his flashlight application to the App Store the day following the iPhone 4's release. After a delay in approval he was told the app was "inappropriate use of hardware". He reached to VP Phil Schiller who promised to meet with the App Review department to discuss the situation. Today thirteen flashlight applications have already appeared in the App Store including MoreBluSky's Flashlight - For iPhone 4.

You can purchase most of these apps from the App Store for $0.99.

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Android 2.2 vs iOS 4: Real World Browser Speed Test

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A real world browser speed test shows Android 2.2 barely edges out iOS 4 in loading web pages.

Engadget conducted the tests twice. Once with Flash enabled on Android and once without. With Flash enabled the two were at a tie. Without Flash, Android's browser was able to take a slight lead.

ArsTechnica recently performed some benchmarks which revealed that JavaScript execution in Froyo's Web browser is two to three times faster than iOS 4; however, the javascript improvements haven't made a noticeable difference in page load times.

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