Archive for February, 2010
In the post-hype wake of the iPad, analysts have generally been keeping things a bit quieter on the “spouting nonsense” front. Lets see if we can’t change that, shall we? Today’s eightball shaker is Katy Huberty with Morgan Stanley, as reported by AppleInsider. Huberty believes the biggest barier to new users adopting the iPhone is the high cost of hardware, followed by AT&T service plan. She told investors, “we expect Apple to launch new iPhones in June that offer both a lower total cost of ownership and new functionality, potentially including gesture-based technology.”
You know what? You can buy an iPhone 3G for $99. That’s really, really freaking cheap. I don’t imagine Apple will be releasing the next generation of iPhone at this price point. Rather, I imagine what will happen is the same thing that happened when the 3GS was released—the older model gets a substantial discount. When the iPhone 4th generation lands, the 3GS will be substantially marked down.
Apple has just finished its annual shareholders meeting, and while most of the contents were fairly boring, some interesting facts have surfaced. Steve Jobs announced that Apple will be opening 25 stores in China, attempting to tap into their huge market—perhaps a risky move considering the lukewarm reception the iPhone received at launch.
Jobs also took time to mention that Apple’s $40 billion cash balance would allow it to take “big, bold” risks. What these risks will entail isn’t clear, though some think Apple will continue its run of purchasing smaller companies and absorbing their talent.
Steve Wozniak hasn’t given up his desire to appear in the spotlight: after hamming it up on “Dancing with the Stars,” he’s going to show his adorable mug at a Roller Derby event on March 6 in San Francisco.
Woz will be on hand when the Bay City Bombers Roller Derby team takes on Thunder at [...]
With limited space on the home screen of my iPhone, only the best apps get any real estate. Well, Apple’s Camera app has had its spot officially usurped by Camera Genius ($1.99). And for good reason.
Published by CodeGoo, Camera Genius is full of extra camera features that leave you wondering, why didn’t Apple [...]
Richard John Jenkins
K12 Education Solutions Engineer
Your cellphone/smartphone (make/model):
I won't leave the house without:
Having clothes on and my iPhone
Blogs I read regularly:
Terry White's of course!
Mac or PC:
Mac for the most part
Laptop or Desktop:
Both – Mac Book Pro and Dells
Sexual Offender Locator (keeping my three kids out of harm's way).
Technology/Gadget that you're most looking forward to that hasn't been invented yet?
Rumors of a tablet Mac. Transporter room from Star Trek. All of Deckard's devices (Blade Runner) he uses to capture replicants, especially the one that checks their irises so I can learn if my wife is one!
What do you wear to work?
Remotely worn out gym shorts and a comfy tee-shirt. In the field my black Adobe tradeshow shirt.
Love is the answer
The one where someone else treats!
What time do you go to bed?:
The moment my kids fall asleep.
Describe your perfect day:
Paint brushes in one hand, glass of excellent red in the other and my kids with my wife at Sea World!
Is it really true if you publish my Tech Profile I get an all expenses paid vacation for two weeks with my wife in Hawaii without my kids!?
Richard, sadly NO
Geeky Gadgets have been given some information from a tipster purporting to have some super-secret information: the UK pricing for the iPad. At present, Apple has not released any details about non-USA pricing for the tablet. Their source only had information on the Wi-fi version:
As always with buying Apple products outside the USA, the price is well above the American sticker value. The UK is hit particularly hard by this, so the ~$80 more they’re being charged for the iPad isn’t exactly unexpected—assuming these numbers are correct.
Unfortunately, Brits don’t get to enter our competition to win an iPad, but if you’re from the USA, why not check out details here?
Sure, texting/swiping/iPhone-ing and driving, in general, isn’t a great idea when it comes to safety on the road. But it’s pretty hard to resist diddling around with your iPhone at the wheel when there are so many apps out there for gearheads and conscientious motorists alike.
We spotted the new AutoPark app when it waltzed into the App Store recently and were pretty amazed at everything the parking-aide app was able to do. So we found—and most certainly narrowed down—a crop of other apps that are just as great, and practically necessities for iPhone owners with motor vehicles at their disposal.
Check out some of our picks of the top automotive apps after the jump!
This parking app pretty much does it all, with features like a meter timer with push notifications, a GPS car finder, and nearby services finder that all work flawlessly to help the avid street parking driver. Enter in the time of when you parked your car and start the meter running in the app, then AutoPark will send you push notifications that give you early warnings of when your meter is about to expire, leaving you time to get back to your car before you get a ticket. The car finder allows you to place a marker on a map of where your car is–with the GPS locating your exact position–allowing you to more easily find your car. At $4.99, this app will probably pay for itself in one day if it helps you avoid those pesky parking tickets.
With many of the same features as the AutoPark app, Parking App takes a step further by alerting drivers of street parking restrictions due to street cleaning or other issues. You can also search parking areas by zones you’ve entered to see if parking is private or zones, which is frankly a godsend for many urban or metropolis drivers constantly on the lookout for a free parking space. Like AutoPark, Parking App has a photos feature that allows you to upload a photo taken on your iPhone of your car or space to even further help you remember where you parked. The app will also sync with Google Calendar to remind you of street parking restrictions (street cleaning!) well before they happen. Ticket: avoided.
Highly dependent on user interaction, GasBag tracks prices of local gas stations via a map within the app. Users enter in prices they’ve seen and paid in real-time, and the results update immediate to help you compare prices and grab the cheapest possible. The app also helps you track your own gas mileage and log your gas expenses.
Gone are the days of car manuals spilling out of your glovebox. Stick with the Car Care app instead, as it works to calculate the fuel economy of your car by make and model, as well as driving data you enter into the app. Car Care will break down the statistics of your car’s performance with graphs of your car’s data. You can also get regular reminders from the app for scheduled maintenance needed to help your car run as smoothly as possible.
While apps like Car Care look at the fuel economy of the make and model of your car to help determine your gas mileage, TripAlyizer attempts to go a step further by utilizing all of the tools on your iPhone to determine your car’s actual fuel economy. With the GPS feature, speaker, and accelerometer, TripAlyizer analyzes your car’s speed, direction, distance traveled, cost per trip, and carbon footprint. The app claims to significantly decrease your car’s carbon footprint by analyzing your driving habits and CO2 emissions and show you how to save a bit on gas by just being a more conscientous driver. Also use the app to save information about your car like your VIN number, mileage, tire pressure, and scheduled maintenance.
Earn (or lose) bragging rights to how awesome your car is by tracking its performance with the Dynolicious app. This app is a performance junkie’s dream come true, as it uses your iPhone’s accelerometer feature to measure things like 0-60 acceleration, quarter mile elapsed time, horsepower, lateral G’s, and other performance metrics. If your car turns out to not quite make the grade, you can track modifications to your car to see how it’s progressing. The app has been tested at major dragstrips, so it’s legit. And you can even share your results with friends on Twitter and Facebook, that is if your car really is all that you’ve cracked it up to be.
The gMeter performance app does much of what Dynolicious does, though at a few bucks cheaper and with a not-so-glamorous interface/design. A notable feature that Dynolicious doesn’t have though? Hands-free auto start that lets you record your car’s performance in the app with just the motion of your car. Because you certainly don’t need to be fumbling around with your iPhone at a time like this.
We only listed one speedtrap app on this list because, frankly, this is the best one available and the only one you need. Trapster detects speedtraps, police checkpoints, and red light and speed cameras to warn you ahead of time before it’s too late and you’re a hundred buck poorer. Check the maps to communication with other users in real-time for early warnings and even get push notifications while the app is closed. The app also has feeds from Google Live Traffic and turn-by-turn directions to help you get to where you’re going.
If there should be any automotive app on your iPhone, it should be a traffic-monitoring app. This one from Traffic.com is extremely efficient in alerting you to traffic jams, congestion, accidents, and construction delays that might disrupt your commute. Watch the real-time map to see how traffic is flowing where you are, or view traffic information in list/data form. You can also save your recently searched routes to easily refer back to them every day. The app also coordinates with Traffic.com, where you can update and save your favorite routes, which will transfer to the app. A free version is available, but users complain of the overwhelming advertising in it. Best pony up the dough and go with the Pro version, we’d say.
IN CASE OF DISTRESS
It’s the end of that lovely season known as winter, and many drivers live in fear of that possibility of an accident out on the road. And though many cities have accident reporting plans in place during bad weather, why not skip a step and take care of all the reporting from your own iPhone? iWrecked allows you to log all details of an accident in the app and created a professional-looking PDF to send to your insurance company afterward. Also take unlimited photos of the damage to your car and easily locate and call towing companies or taxis directly from the app. We hope you never need this app, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?
Though it stands on its own just fine, RepairPal is a perfect companion to the iWrecked app. Also suited to minor breakdowns and emergencies, the app can give you a detailed estimate on repairs based on the make and model of your car, then direct you to a local mechanic to contact. You can also directly contact roadside assistance through the app. This is arguably the best free automotive app available, and, again, though we hope you’ll never need it, it’s probably a good idea to download it and keep this one handy.
Philip Elmer-Dewitt of Fortune has a mole at the Apple shareholders’ meeting today. Not much to report, other than that Steve is in good spirits and cracking jokes, but there is one piece of pretty huge news: Apple is planning to open 25 stores in China, signs that the company sees a lot of untapped [...]
Last week at Mobile World Congress, where more than 55,000 people gathered in Barcelona to see what the coming year holds for mobile phones and computers, Eric Schmidt had the unique opportunity to reflect on achievements in the mobile space, and to discuss what lies ahead – both for the industry and for Google. With the continued growth of smartphone usage — increasing by more than 30% year over year, with mobile web adoption proceeding at a rate that is eight times faster than the equivalent point ten years ago for the desktop, with more than half of the new Internet connections coming from mobile devices — it’s clear that we’re experiencing a fundamental shift in how we access information.
Clearly, the mobile phone is the iconic device of the moment, and we’re encouraging a new rule: Mobile First. When we announce new services for desktop computers, such as real-time search, we will debut an equally powerful mobile version. We will take advantage of this new class of smartphone, which is more sensory, acts as an extension of you, is aware of location, and can hear you, speak to you, take pictures and return information in a matter of seconds. We opened the year with a new model for purchasing a mobile phone, and since then, we’ve also made it possible to see a list of nearby businesses from google.com, developed a web app for Google Voice, made ads more useful by including a clickable local phone number, let you attach location to your Buzz posts, and we’re just getting started. You can look forward to seeing support for more languages in Google Search by voice – German is coming soon. We’re working to make it possible to take a picture of text and translate it to any of the 52 languages supported in Google Translate, and we have lots of other ideas up our sleeves.
Posted by Vic Gundotra, Vice President of Engineering, Mobile