Eventful is a useful event discovery app for your iPhone that informs you about concerts, movies, and family and sporting events near you.
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In the past, Apple touted its iTunes LP format for a richer experience than plain audio, similar in concept to the extras found on DVD movies. The release of the Beatles oeuvre on Tuesday was another chance to highlight the format. However, some customers discovered that while they can purchase the content on an iOS devices such as an iPad or iPhone, these mobile players don't yet support the playing of iTunes LP content.
Photos of the month - August 2010
Semantic Technology startup, Siri, releases a Virtual Personal Assistant for the iPhone and simplifies a wide range of tasks for US consumers on the move. Just by speaking to their phone, users can make dinner reservations, check the weather, find movies, flights and more.
As a daily train commuter and a person who travels on airplanes about once a month I do enjoy occasionally watching movies on my mobile phones. The iPhone is great for iTunes rental or purchases, while the Nokia N97 and Nokia 5800 are excellent Amazon Video On Demand devices. According to the Chicago Tribune Blockbuster made a deal with Motorola to bring an OnDemand movie application and service to future Motorola handsets. There are no details yet on when the service will launch or on what phones, but we do know that Motorola plans to release Google Android devices later this year or in early 2010 so the service may launch at that time.
Maybe it's me, but I don't get why everyone seems to be bent out of shape over Apple's decision to block the Palm Pre from synchronizing with iTunes.Here's what's important to remember: iTunes is free software provided by Apple to manage the music - as well as movies, TV shows, apps and so on - that plays on an iPod and iPhone.
The blogosphere is abuzz about about the prospect of an Apple tablet coming in 2010. According to a note written by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster (via Silicon Alley Insider) Apple is developing a tablet-based computer that will be positioned between the iPhone/iPod touch and its MacBook lineup of notebooks:The idea is that it'd be better for surfing the Web, watching movies, and reading books than the iPod or iPhone, but not powerful enough that it would crush notebook sales.
Apple released iTunes 8.1.1 (68MB) via Software Update today which adds support for renting HD movies and provides bug fixes for VoiceOver and syncing with iPhone or iPod touch.
One area of mobile gear that I was asked to include here on the Mobile Gadgeteer blog was portable gaming and I have to admit I haven't written much about this area in the past. I personally own and enjoy playing games on my original Sony PSP. We also have several Nintendo portable gaming devices in my house, including my original Gameboy, Nintendo DS, and DS Lite models. My daughters use the Nintendo DS models quite a bit and enjoy gaming and chatting with each other. I prefer to play games on my PSP and charge it up for gaming and movies when I travel. I just read over on IGN that the PSP 2 may be coming this year.Do you enjoy gaming on the go? If so, do you use your iPhone, PSP, Nintendo DS, or other mobile device?
Here's a cool iPhone trick:Download the free Snappr application for the iPhone and iPod touch (iTunes).Scan the 2D Codes and (the first of it's kind) 1D Barcodes found on books and movies and stuff and get all kinds of price and shopping information.
The TechCrunch post on Joost for the iPhone came across my Twitter feed so I quickly launched iTunes and found the free Joost application. The application started up and looked promising on my WiFi connection, but I found the same issues that TechCrunch did with the application unable to play movies.
With the upcoming iPhone 2.0 release, I will be free from a USB cable to sync my PIM data by using the Exchange ActiveSync utility. However, there are still a couple of reasons cables will be needed and that is for getting movies and podcasts onto my iPhone and to charge my iPhone. Apple can fairly easily solve the media content issue by providing content downloads and transfers over WiFi. The New York Times reports that Apple has filed some new patents that may bring solar charging capability to Apple devices in the future.
My last post on the Microsoft Zune was made back in October of 2007 when the new Zune models were announced. I actually picked up a Zune 30GB classic at Woot for less than US$100, but have to admit after getting my iPhone it has seen very little use. I actually think the Zune has better quality sound output, but it has been so easy to get podcasts, movies, and TV shows onto my iPhone when I travel I haven't given the Zune much of a chance. Today, Microsoft updated the Zune desktop software to version 2.5 that includes gapless playback, smart playlists, new sorting options, multiple-device syncing, advanced song info editing (including the asked for drag-and-drop), and TV show downloads.
Last night I was watching the Oscars (go Ratatouille!) frantically adding movies to my Netflix queue when host Jon Stewart did a bit about his iPhone.
Famed movie director David Lynch may be a fan of technology for making movies, but he is SO a non-fan of watching some of those same movies on iPhone and other phones as well.Here, on the clip I've freeze framed, screencapped and linked to now, David says:"It's such a sadness, that you think you've seen a film on your (bleeping-but I froze the clip just as his lips were forming the f-bomb)) telephone.
Information Week's Paul McDougall reports that NASA's Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) has determined that:The iPhone is not enterprise ready, but:The BlackBerry is. At least the BlackBerry 8800.
While the ringtones on the iPhone for the most part are pretty decent, I prefer to use theme songs from my youth or favorite movies on my devices so I was disappointed that custom ringtone support was not available. Ryan posted the news on Mobility Beat that an inexpensive application is now available that allows you to create custom ringtones. I immediately went over to the Efiko Software site to find out more about iPhoneRingToneMaker and went ahead and purchased it for US$9.95 (50% introductory special). I was a bit skeptical since it seemed just too easy to create a ringtone, but as you can see in the YouTube video below that I shot of the process it really is quite simple.
One thing that I've been remiss at using on iPhone is video. With the exception of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (which I purchased for "reaserch" when the iTunes Store began selling movies) and an episode each of 30 Rock and The Dave Chappelle Show my iPods and now my iPhone have pretty much remained devoid of video content.
Notable headlines:Engadget on how iPhone delay story happened. Techmeme discussion.
iTunes is the master of its domain when it comes to digital music distribution and Apple is even breaking into online iPhone book? of podcasts, music videos, TV show and movies. But there's a virtually untapped new market on the horizon for Apple's venerable music distribution platform: magazines and books.