This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 3G in front of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!
Three new games have been released for the fifth-generation iPod, iPod classic, third- and fourth-generation iPod nano. Electronic Arts has released Tiger Woods PGA Tour, a golfing simulation game. Users can choose to play as Tiger, other PGA Tour pros, or create their own golfer, using the Click Wheel to navigate through well-known courses such as Pebble Beach, collecting Trophy Balls for in-game achievements. The game offers two modes: practice and tournament, in addition to an isometric camera view for lining up shots, a top-down ball camera, and putting grid views.
Sandlot Games has released Slyder Adventures, a maze-style game starring the company’s spherical character Slyder. The game offers more than 150 levels across four worlds, both exploration and timed game modes, and more than 30 different items to collect. In addition, the game features an alternate accelerometer-based control scheme for users of the iPod nano 4G, and allows users to listen to music from their iPod during play.
Finally, Gameloft has released its Real Soccer 2009 sports title. Players can choose from more than 290 clubs and national teams in 10 different leagues, play in six different soccer stadiums, and select from five game modes, including national leagues and European Club Cup. In addition, the game features real-life players, realistic artificial intelligence, and easy-to-perform special moves. All three games are available now from the iTunes Store, and sell for $5 each.
Scandyna Speakers has introduced its new Pink Dock Pack for iPod. The new speaker pack (pictured), exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue, includes a pink iPod Dock, seven inserts for various iPod models, a 2x15 Watt RMS amplifier, two Micropod SE speakers, stereo line output for connecting a subwoofer, and a remote control. The Scandyna Pink Dock Pack is available now and sells for $300.
Gameloft has released its new Ferrari GT: Evolution game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The racing title lets players choose from 33 authentic Ferrari car models, and race in seven famous cities, including Madrid, Athens, and Rome. The game also offers three control modes and a multiplayer mode, and Gameloft is promising to add an online multiplayer mode in the next update. Ferrari GT: Evolution is available now from the App Store and sells for $10.
Electronic Arts has released its Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Based on the popular board game, Monopoly Here & Now features a world-themed game board, a Wi-Fi multiplayer mode, the ability to save and resume games, “Did You Know?” Chance and Community Chest cards, and more. Players can shake their device to roll the dice or animate the movers, and can use the touch screen to flick and drag property cards, simulating a real-life game experience. Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition is available now from the App Store and sells for $8.
iPhone and Mac OS X developer Craig Hockenberry has posted an open letter discussing the consequences of the proliferation of $1 “ringtone” applications on the App Store. “We have a lot of great ideas for iPhone applications. Unfortunately, we’re not working on the cooler (and more complex) ideas,” Hockenberry writes. “Instead, we’re working on 99¢ titles that have a limited lifespan and broad appeal. Market conditions make ringtone apps most appealing.” He goes on to ask if focusing on lower-priced applications, which can’t financially support longer development cycles, will stifle innovation. “I also worry that this low price point for applications is going to limit innovation on the platform. Sure, apps like Ocarina and Koi Pond are very cool and very cheap. But when are we going to see the utility of the platform taken to another level, like when spreadsheets appeared on the Apple ][ and desktop publishing appeared on the Mac? ...It would be great if the killer app for the iPhone cost 99¢, but given the numbers above I can’t see it being very likely.”
Tunewear has introduced two new cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano, along with a new car charger. The Prie Ambassador for iPod nano 4G is a leather case featuring a removable hook that doubles as a stand, velvet interior lining, open access to the headphone jack, Dock Connector, Click Wheel, and hold switch, and an included Tunefilm screen protector. Available in black or white leather with a variety of stitching colors, the Prie Ambassador for iPod nano 4G is available now and sells for $40. The Prie Slim for iPod nano 4G is a low-profile case made from genuine nappa leather and offering a soft felt interior, a small loop for attaching a carabiner or strap, and open access to all ports and controls. Tunewear’s Prie Slim for iPod nano 4G comes with a Tunefilm screen protector and is available in black only for $25. Finally, the Tunemax Car Charger is a new compact mobile charger featuring a USB port on the end of the charging stem for charging any USB device, such as the iPod or iPhone, and a small blue LED light to indicate when the Tunemax is in use. The Tunemax Car Charger is available now for $25.
iHome has introduced its new iH15W LED Color Changing Stereo System for iPod. The iH15W features a built-in iPod dock on top, two Reson8 stereo speakers, a passive subwoofer, a line input for connecting other audio sources, and four color change settings for the translucent cabinet. Users can select a single favorite color, or let the iH15W cycle through multiple colors. The iHome iH15W is available now and sells for $60.
Contexture Design has announced that it has refreshed its 45 Nano Cases line of iPod nano cases for compatibility with the fourth-generation iPod nano. Made from reclaimed audiocassettes, these limited-edition cases offer open access to the nano’s Dock Connector, headphone jack, hold switch, and Click Wheel, with integrated protection for the device’s screen. Contexture Design’s 45 Nano Cases for iPod nano 4G are available now and sell for $45.
Hoofien, developer of the iPhone and iPod touch virtual trackpad application Snatch, has announced that a Windows version of its Snatch Server software is now available. Previously available for Mac OS X only, the Server application allows Snatch to control computers running Windows XP or Vista. Snatch is available now from the App Store for $8; the Server application is a free download from Hoofien’s website.
Ion-Factory has introduced its new Metal Vest anodized case for the iPhone 3G. Available in gold only, the polycarbonate plastic case features a glossy finish, offers full access to all ports and controls, and includes two mirror-finish screen protectors. The Ion Metal Vest for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $30.
Audioengine has introduced its new W2 Premium Wireless Adapter for iPod. The W2 is a two-piece system consisting of a Dock-connecting wireless transmitter and a USB-charging receiver offering 3.5mm audio output. The system uses a Wi-Fi-based, all-digital, PCM encoded stream sent over a closed network to ensure maximum audio quality and reduce interference. The system can also be expanded with extra receiver modules which the transmitter can “hop” between. Included with the system are the wireless transmitter and receiver, an USB AC power adapter for the receiver, mini-jack to RCA, and standard mini-jack audio cables. The Audioengine W2 Premium Wireless Adapter for iPod is compatible with the iPod classic, iPod touch, and second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPod nano, and is available now for $169.
Following a report stating that Wal-Mart would begin offering the iPhone 3G on December 28, multiple new reports have confirmed the development, while a separate report indicates that the handset will start at $197. Both Bloomberg and the San Jose Mercury News have been able to confirm with multiple Wal-Mart stores that they will soon offer the iPhone. “It’s going to be very soon,” said Mark Blome, store manager of a Wal-Mart in Fremont, CA. “Originally they were going to release it before Christmas, but they can’t get them that fast to us.” Meanwhile, Mac Rumors has received an image from a Wal-Mart training materials and advertising computer, showing a flyer for the iPhone 3G with a price of $197. Neither Apple nor Wal-Mart has yet to make an official announcement on the matter.
Following the discovery of an undocumented iPhone API which allows for the output of video through a Dock Connector-based video cable, Freeverse has created a demo version of its MotoChaser game that runs and displays on a TV. According to Freeverse Producer Bruce Morrison, who found the game ran best on the iPod touch 2G thanks to its faster processor, the game runs at 20 fps (frames per second) through video-out, compared to 26 fps on the device itself, and is “nearly playable,” despite only three hours of development time. A video of the demo in action is available on YouTube. As the API in question is currently unpublished and puts heavy demands on the device’s processing capabilities, it is unclear when or if Apple will make the feature available for use in App Store-approved games.
Bose has announced that it has settled its litigation against Phitek Corporation relating to headphone technology. Bose’s complaint claimed that Phitek manufactured headphones for Audio-Technica and Creative Labs that infringe on Bose patents relating to active noise-reducing headphone technology found in the company’s QuietComfort headphones. As part of the settlement, Phitek has agreed to make changes to its headphones to ensure that they don’t infringe on Bose’s patents.
Ngmoco has announced the release of its Dr. Awesome, MicroSurgeon M.D. game for the iPhone and iPod touch. In the game, players perform microsurgery to isolate and eradicate mutagens that have infected their friends, personalized from the user’s iPhone and iPod touch contacts. Using an accelerometer-guided micro scalpel, players must cut and trap the offending viruses, avoid disruptive virus counter attacks and collect various power-ups to succeed in saving their friends. In addition, an in-game auto-save feature allows players to resume surgeries where they left off. Dr. Awesome, MicroSurgeon M.D. is available now from the App Store and sells for $2.
Comic book website Comixology has announced the release of its new comiXology application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app allows users to browse all shipping comics from labels such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Image, IDW, and many independents, review descriptions and covers for this week, last week and next week, preview pages from many comics each week, “Pull” comic books (free comiXology.com account required), read comiXology articles, discover new comics by checking out comics pulled by other people, and more. ComiXology is available now from the App Store and sells for $5; the app is being sold for $4 during its first week of release.
Amid reports of major companies such as Adobe and Creative Labs abandoning plans for exhibit booths on the showfloor at the upcoming 2009 Macworld Expo, iLounge has confirmed with Belkin that it too has made plans for a smaller presence at the show. Roughly two weeks ago, Belkin’s Melody Chalaban shared with us the news that the company will not have a booth on the floor at this year’s show. “We will have a presence at CES and Macworld by holding private meetings in our suites with our channel partners. The difference is that we won’t be exhibiting on the show floor this year,” Chalaban said. “We’re told that smaller groups of customers and channel partners are traveling to CES and MacWorld this year. And those who are attending have stressed their focus on driving incremental value in FY09. Holding private one-on-one meetings in our suites are more conducive to engage in this type of dialogue.” In addition, we were told that recent layoffs at Belkin did not affect the iPod/iPhone division of the company, and that announcements of new products for 2009 will be forthcoming following the Macworld and CES conferences.
Apple has quietly revealed that the App Store users have now downloaded more than 300 million applications, having passed the 200 million download mark only six weeks earlier. The announcement came in the form of an advertisement run in today’s New York Times, in which Apple touted the more than 10,000 applications now available in the App Store, from games to business programs. The App Store officially launched on July 11 alongside the iPhone 3G and iPhone OS 2.0.
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SwitchEasy has announced the release of its latest case for the second-generation iPod touch, Colors. Made from silicone, Colors offers coverage of the touch’s entire body, save for the headphone jack and screen. The case features a removable Dock Connector cover, a hard resin “jelly bean” home button, and includes two anti-static screen guards, a cleaning cloth, and a squeegee for screen guard application. Available in black, white, red, yellow, brown, and turquoise, Colors for iPod touch 2G is available now and sells for $15. In addition, the company has introduced its new Pure line of screen protectors for the iPhone 3G. Available in Reflect, Anti-Reflect, or Protect (clear) versions, each includes a cleaning cloth and squeegee applicator, and comes with either one (Reflect), two (Anti-Reflect), or three (Protect) screen guards. SwitchEasy’s Pure line of screen protectors for the iPhone 3G are available now and sell for $13 each.
Incipio has introduced its new Lloyd Microphone Adapter for the fourth-generation iPod nano. Lloyd is a Dock-connecting accessory that is made to fit the bottom of the nano and use the device’s built-in audio recording feature. It offers a high-quality built-in microphone, designed to reduce wind noise and breath tones, a built-in headphone jack, and a compact form factor. The Incipio Lloyd Microphone Adapter for iPod nano 4G is available now in black or white and sells for $18.
Tapulous, maker of the popular Tap Tap Revenge game for iPhone and iPod touch, has released Tap Tap Dance, a new music game. Tap Tap Dance requires players to tap on the screen in time to the beat of the song playing, like Tap Tap Revenge, but goes beyond the older title with new gameplay elements such as “tap-and-hold” and “multi-tap,” and is built upon a next-generation, 3D-capable graphics engine that offers an “interactive music video-like experience.” Tap Tap Dance is available now from the App Store and sells for $5.
Majic Jungle Software has released its new FluidTunes application for Mac OS X. FluidTunes uses the iSight camera built-in to most Macs to let the user control iTunes via a Cover Flow-like interface using only their hands. Users can swipe from left to right or vice-versa over the screen to scroll through their music, waving quickly at buttons or covers to activate them. FluidTunes is available as a free download and requires Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.
Photo sharing service Flickr has launched an updated version of its iPhone-friendly mobile interface, adding the ability to view videos directly from the device. The new version of the interface, which is available at m.flickr.com, sports a new interface that makes it easier for users to view their photostreams, sets, and recent activity. In addition, it offers new capabilities such as adding contacts, favoriting images, and changing privacy and permission settings.
Spurred by Justin Harper, a third-year medical student, The Ohio State University College of Medicine has begun supplying all medical students with iPod touch units for educational purposes. “The iPod touch has the potential to positively impact both medical education and the care provided to patients at the bedside,” said Dr. Catherine Lucey, vice dean for education. “The personal digital assistant puts a wealth of information at the fingertips of our students. They can study when they want and where they want. If they are seeing a patient and a question arises, they can find the answer instantly, to share with them.” Over the next two years, each OSU medical student will receive an iPod touch, equipped with specific medical software programs planned by the OSU College of Medicine.
Tag Games has provided iLounge with a preview of it’s upcoming Car Jack Streets game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Based on Tag’s prior mobile title, Car Jack Streets is a top-down Grand Theft Auto-style game in which players must complete a number of missions, jobs, and assignments in order to pay down a massive gambling debt. The game will feature a large urban environment to explore, a wide variety of vehicles to operate, including both cars and helicopters, and will run in real time, utilizing the iPhone’s clock and date to keep track of in-game events. Car Jack Streets is set for an early 2009 release; pricing has yet to be announced.
Logic3 has announced its new i-Station25 speaker system for the iPod and iPhone. Designed to function both vertically and horizontally, the i-Station25 features an integrated Dock, accelerometers to ensure correct L/R sound output regardless of orientation, composite video output for the iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPod nano 3G/4G, iPod classic and iPod touch 1G/2G, TDMA noise reduction, four 40mm full-range drivers with 8 Watts of RMS power, a 3.5mm line input for connecting other audio sources, on-screen volume display on the iPhone or iPod, a power-saving sleep mode, the ability to operate off the included AC adaptor or off 4 AA batteries, and an included remote control. The Logic3 i-Station25 will be available later this month and will sell for £69, or $99 US.
As part of a legal rebuttal to a prior complaint and lawsuit by iPhone customer William Gillis over iPhone 3G issues and possible false advertising based on the “twice as fast for half the price” claim, Apple has stated that “no reasonable person” should have actually believed the slogan. “Plaintiff’s claims, and those of the purported class, are barred by the fact that the alleged deceptive statements were such that no reasonable person in Plaintiff’s position could have reasonably relied on or misunderstood Apple’s statements as claims of fact,” Apple said in its response. Gillis was one of many disgruntled iPhone customers to file suit against the company, and AT&T, in the aftermath of issues surrounding the iPhone 3G’s initial release.
Market research company Gartner has released its third-quarter smartphone findings, showing Apple in the third position in global smartphone marketshare with 12.9% of the market. More notably, however, Gartner also revealed that for the first time, iPhone sales exceeded sales of Windows Mobile devices both worldwide and in North America. Finally, the company said that Apple shipped nearly 7 million iPhones into the channel in the third quarter, but has built up around 2 million units of inventory. The firm said overall smartphone marketshare grew 11.5% year-over-year.
According to a new report, over 550 companies had their applications to Kleiner Perkins’ iFund compromised after they were accidentally published to the web. TechCrunch reports that the data was accidentally published by KPCB’s former hosting provider Meteora Technologies Group in the form of an SQL database file. The file has since been removed, but exposed very detailed information about the companies, including contact information, business plans, financial information, and more.
Web developer Matt Brucker has launched a new site that allows users to search for music and compare prices between several major online music stores. DownloadShopper.com lets users search by Artist, Song, or Album, and compare pricing on the iTunes Store, Amazon MP3, and Wal-Mart, with markings for iTunes Plus tracks as well as pricing for both individual tracks and complete albums. In addition, the site offers a “Hot Deals” section listing free or discounted downloads from all three stores.
Scosche Industries has announced availability of its new reviveLITE combination wall charger and nightlight for iPod and iPhone. Designed to plus directly into the wall, the reviveLITE features a fold-out iPod and iPhone dock, a frosted nightlight that illuminates automatically in low light, and Made for iPod and Works With iPhone certification. In addition, the reviveLITE includes foam inserts for a range of various iPod and iPhone models, and meets Energy Star performance standards. The Scosche reviveLITE for iPod and iPhone is available in black or white, and sells for $40.
Inspired by the iPhone and a previous reader-made iPod coffee table, iLounge readers Tuan Nguyen, Ken Thomas and their associates have created an iPhone coffee table. According to Nguyen, the table is “completely made of corrugate and glued together with white glue,” and features removable, usable coasters built-in. Congrats to Tuan and his friends on their creation — more pictures of the table and coasters are below.