Archive for May, 2010

Jibbigo: Your Star Trek Universal Translator For iPhone

Calling all Star Trek fans out there: The iPhone 3Gs has a universal translator — Jibbigo. Speak into your iPhone in any of the five supported languages, and the iPhone speaks the translation back.

Jibbigo, by Mobile Technologies, is a bilingual translation app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that translates your speech directly into several different languages. The [...]

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Skype Over 3G Finally Lands


Today Skype released 2.0 for the iPhone, which finally adds the feature we’ve all been waiting for: voice calls over 3G! They’ve added audio enhancements to bolster sound quality, too. However, there is one downside: the calls are only free for a limited time.

Skype-to-Skype calls on 3G are free until at least end of August 2010, after which there will be a small monthly fee (operator charges for data will still apply).

So you might have to start paying to use Skype to make calls over AT&T in a couple of month. Not cool, Skype. Not cool. Fring doesn’t try any of that sort of nonsense.

[via 9 to 5 Mac]

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iPhone 4 Screen Microscopically Analyzed, 960×640 Confirmed

10x0529mbi2b44iphoneCzech website have obtained a screen they claim is from the iPhone 4/iPhone HD, and rather than just run some photos, they’ve done an analysis of it. Putting the part under a microscope, they’re saying it’s an IPS panel, with a pixel density of 960×640, some 4x the current model. That’s around 330 pixels per inch, the highest of any phone on the market, and the iPhone 3GS has around 160 ppi.

This is in line with the assumed specifications of the new device, and not surprising. You can be sure that content on a screen this high resolution will absolutely gorgeous!

[via Engadget]

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Plight of Migrant Workers Blamed For Foxconn Suicides

The rash of suicides at Foxconn are not due to harsh working conditions but the plight of China’s migrant workforce, says an open letter signed by a dozen Chinese sociologists.
The letter blames the string of Foxconn suicides on the social problems faced by China’s vast class of migrant workers.
Originating from poor rural areas, Chinese migrant workers are often rootless and isolated, [...]

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Is Google Working On A Latitude App For iPhone OS 4?


Google’s Latitude is their application for location aware services, including finding your friends and using GPS. Currently, it’s only available for the iPhone as a web app, apparently due to request by Apple. TechCrunch says that Google is considering submitting a Latitude app for iPhone OS 4. The inclusion of multitasking would allow the app to function constantly, and update your location on the go.

Said Google product manager Steve Lee:

“From the start, we’ve made Latitude available across platforms. Supporting iPhone with a great Latitude user experience is extremely important to us, and we’re evaluating the best way to deliver that on iPhone OS 4.0 now, so we don’t have anything to announce just yet.”

If they did submit the app, it would all rely on Apple approving it — something Google has often struggled with.

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Bing To Be Come To iPhone Search?

According to sources at TechCrunch, Bing might replace Google as the iPhone search engine. They claim that Google has been paying $100 million a year for these search rights, but the increasing animosity between the companies has meant Apple is looking to shift to Microsoft.

However, All Things Digital has sources that say this isn’t the case, that Bing might be added as an optional search in iPhone OS, and you could choose which one you like.

Frankly, I find the latter far more easy to believe. I don’t think the war between Apple and Google has progressed to the stage where the most efficient and widely used search engine in the world will be cut out of the operating system.

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AT&T To Offer iPhone Insurance For $14/mo?


BGR is reporting that AT&T is set to add an option for insuring the iPhone, but at a rather shocking price. The new insurance service, called MobileProtect, will start June 6, is designed specifically for the iPhone, and is run by Asurion. The price tag is $13.99/month, plus deductible of   $99 to $199, depending on model, and you have to purchase it within 30 days of buying your iPhone. According to AT&T, “lack of iPhone insurance is a leading source of iPhone related customer complaints.” Somehow, I doubt that.

So you’ll be set back $168/year, plus a deductible, which is a rather high price. So, over a two year contract for a device with a $199 deductible, you would have to pay $534.99 to replace a broken iPhone — even though an unlocked, brand new, top of the line 3GS only costs $699.

AppleInsider wisely points out that a SquareTrade third party insurance only costs $9.99 a month.

The release date of this service, June 6, is the day before WWDC. Make of that what you will.

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Fake Steve Rips BS Claims That Foxconn Suicides Below National Average

Fake Steve tears down bullshit claims that the Foxconn suicides are below China’s national average (see Fast Company, ZDNet, Daring Fireball, Wall Street Journal, Alley Insider and others).
Working together with our colleagues in the PRC’s propaganda ministry we have developed a great new counter-narrative that we’ve been pushing pretty hard in background conversations with friendly hacks. Basically it’s [...]

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Let The Madness Begin With TowerMadness HD For iPad [Review]

TowerMadness is one of the most popular tower defense games on the iPhone, and now makers, Limbic Software, have released a high-definition version for the iPad which boasts stunning 3D graphics, split-screen multiplayer and eight new maps. But how does this version compare to its smaller predecessor?
The story line is the same – evil aliens [...]

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Bruce Lee Enters The iPad

No, you can’t play as one of Bruce Lee’s more credible doppelgangers — the venerable Tekken series’ whip-quick Marshall Law — until Namco gets its act together and releases an iPhone version. But y’know what — nothing compares to the real thing.
Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior — which according to its press release has been given [...]

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