Thursday, December 2, 2010

Receive Location-Based Alarms And Messages

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jeTap has introduce GPSNotifier 1.0 for iPhone 4, their app that sounds an alarm and displays a text message when the user arrives at a chosen location. Relying on Apple's new Region Monitoring, an always-on cell tower positioning system, the app and alarm are automatically activated when the device enters any specified alarm zone. Its features include: 64 user-definable alarm locations; proximity sensitivity control; and location entry using the address book, map, or current location. Because it does not make use of standard, satellite-based GPS data, the app does not make any additional power demands on the battery.


GPSNotifier 1.0 is an alarm based not on time, but place. Now, a user can take a to-do like "Call Bob the next time I'm in Tucson," or "Check on lease terms the next time I take the car into the dealer for service," and set an alarm and message on their iPhone 4 that will patiently wait, without running an app or consuming any power, until the user reaches the alarm location. This type of location-based notification has been impractical until recently, because, as Apple advises, "Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life."

With iPhone 4 Apple introduced a new, supplementary positioning system based on a complex algorithm performing continuous positional triangulations between cell phone towers. In metropolitan areas with many such towers, measurements can be highly accurate. And because the iPhone is constantly in "Receive" mode, searching for cell towers, these location coordinates are purchased with practically no cost to the battery. This continuous, background, global positioning system is called Region Monitoring by Apple, and it is the technology that makes GPSNotifer possible.

The app's convenient GUI allows the user to set an audible alarm and text message by entering an exact location, such as a street address, from the address book. Alternatively, the user may go to a map and tap to create a pushpin location, or set the current location. Upon being set, a blue tinted circle indicates the range or proximity of the alarm. In areas with many cell towers a sensitivity setting of "1 mile" or less is appropriate, but in more sparsely populated areas users are encouraged to experiment with settings of "2 miles" or more.

Feature Highlights:
* Enable/disable alarm from the main screen
* Enter location from the address book, current location, or by dropping a pin on the map
* Application is activated using multi-tasking when entering an alarm zone
* Multiple alarm sounds
* Choose alarm proximity sensitivity
* Set, store, edit, enable/disable up to 64 different, location-based alarms

A single tap activates or deactivates the alarm, which can be accessed from the main screen. A deactivated alarm may be stored and re-enabled. The list of alarms may be easily scrolled and edited, and each includes a text label, thumbnail map, and on/off switch. Each location may have its own proximity setting and one of several different alarm sounds.

"GPSNotifier is one of the first apps to employ Apple's new Region Monitoring technology," stated Founder Stephen Lu. "For the first time ever, a smartphone can reliably provide a location-based alert that may not be activated until months later."

Language Support:
* US English and French

Pricing and Availability:
GPSNotifier 1.0 is regularly priced at $1.99, but is currently available at the introductory price of $0.99 (USD) until Dec. 1, through the App Store in the Navigation category. GPSNotifier Lite, limited to setting only one alarm, is available free. Review copies are available upon request.


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NBC Agrees to $.99 TV Show Rentals for iTunes?

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NBC may have finally agreed to $.99 TV Show rentals in iTunes, according to a screenshot unearthed by 9to5Mac.

As you can see in the image above the TV show listing for The Office has $0.99 rental buttons next to the usual $2.99 buy buttons on NBC shows on the iTunes store.

Oh, could Apple have another Photoshop FAIL on their hands? – Doesn’t look like it as photoshopping a screenshot for TV rentals would sort of be pointless…

Currently you can only rent HD TV shows from ABC, ABC Family, Fox, Disney Channel and BBC America for 99 cents an episode.


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HD Photographer Enables Widescreen (720p) Photos on the iPod Touch 4G

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HD Photographer enables the taking of widescreen (720p) photos on the iPod touch 4G with the in-built Camera application. This effectively adds more megapixels to the resulting photos at the cost of losing the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio.

Because of this cost, this tweak also adds a button to the Camera app that toggles the tweak in case you would like to retain the original ratio.

There are no icons installed for this item, and no settings to configure.

You can purchase HD Photographer from the Cydia Store for $.99.







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