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Speck debuts QwickDraw holster for iPhone, iPhone 3G

Speck Products has introduced its new QwickDraw case for the iPhone and iPhone 3G. The new holster-style case features Speck’s spring-loaded Qwick Latch technology that keeps the phone securely locked in the case, yet allows for fast, easy removal. Other features include soft interior lining, a rotating belt clip, and a black, textured outer surface with stitching details. The Speck QwickDraw for iPhone and iPhone 3G is available now and is priced at $30.

Mix: Pandora, Zagat, Smiles, DeskClock

Tim Westergren, founder of Pandora Radio, has revealed that the company has surpassed 2 million registered iPhone and iPod touch users. “We’re hearing all sorts of wonderful feedback from listeners who are using it on their commute, jogging with it, plugging it into home audio systems…you name it,” Westergren wrote in a post on the company’s blog. “And as usual, offering all sorts of great feedback and suggestions. It’s thrilling for us to see the broader vision for Pandora take shape. Our hearty thanks for your continued support and input.” Pandora Radio is available as a free download from the App Store; for more information, see our review. [via Distorted Loop]

Zagat Survey, in association with Handmark, has released its new Zagat To Go ‘09 application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app gives users access to Zagat’s ratings and reviews for over 40,000 restaurants, hotels, nightspots, and shops in over 100 countries. In addition, it provides users with photos, menus, Google Maps, click to call capabilities and functionality that allows users to make instant restaurant reservations. Users can search for establishments around the world using GPS (where available), current address, intersection coordinates, or postal codes (US only). Zagat To Go ‘09 is available now from the App Store and sells for $10.

Sykhronics Entertainment has released its Smiles game for the iPhone and iPod touch. Smiles contains two separate games, Drop and Zen, each of which requires the user to swap different blocks out to make rows of similar blocks, in order to clear blocks away (Drop) or “light-up” rows of blocks in hopes of lighting up the entire board and moving on to the next level (Zen). Altogether, Smiles features 14 game modes, three different themes, and the ability to play in any orientation. Smiles is available now on the App Store for $5; Smiles Drop and Smiles Zen are also available separately for $3 each.

Chilli X, developers of the NightTime and PhotoFrame applications for iPhone and iPod touch, has released its third desktop clock application DeskClock. The app displays the time, day, date, and a monthly calendar on the screen simultaneously, and offers 12- and 24-hour time display modes, multiple color schemes, and auto-lock prevention to keep the device’s display from sleeping while in use. DeskClock is available now from the App Store and sells for $1.

Amazon Mobile iPhone app lets users search via photo has released its new Amazon Mobile application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new application allows users to search and browse products offered by both Amazon and various third-party partners, access Customer Reviews, and make purchases using 1-Click Shopping. In addition, the app offers an experimental feature called “Amazon Remembers.” Users may snap a picture of an item using the iPhone’s camera, and then upload it to Amazon, which then tries to find products similar to the ones in the photos. When the user receives the results, they may purchase the item immediately, or “remember” it for later reference in his/her Amazon account. Amazon Mobile is available now as a free download from the App Store.

Photo of the Week: iPod touch in Rome

This week’s featured photo is from our iPods Around the World gallery, and shows an iPod touch inside the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. 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!


Vlingo launches voice-powered enablement app for iPhone

Vlingo Corporation has announced the release of its new vlingo application for the iPhone. The new voice-powered app enables users to initiate calls, search via Yahoo! or Google, look up locations and search Google Maps, and send Facebook and Twitter status updates, all without typing. Unlike Google’s slightly-controversial implementation of voice search, which used unpublished APIs to automatically prompt for voice search, vlingo uses an on-screen button, which is held down while speaking. A demo video of the application is available online. Vlingo for the iPhone is available now as a free download from the App Store.

Gameloft releases Asphalt 4 for Click Wheel iPods

Gameloft S.A. has released its Asphalt 4: Elite Racing game for the fifth-generation iPod, iPod classic, and third- and fourth-generation iPod nano. Previously released for the iPhone and iPod touch, the game offers 10 different cars and bikes which players can take racing in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, Shanghai, NYC, Dubai, Paris, and Tokyo. In addition, the game offers five different racing modes, and allows the player to tune and customize their cars. Asphalt 4: Elite Racing is available from the iTunes Store and sells for $5.

Apple begins promo code program for iPhone apps

Apple has begun allowing iPhone developers whose iPhone applications have been released on the App Store to hand out up to 50 promotional codes good for a free download of the applicaiton. The codes are currently only redeemable through the iTunes Store in the U.S., by using the “Redeem” link in the App Store. As an example, Sykhronics Entertainment provided iLounge with a promotional copy of its new game Smiles. Prior to the start of this program, it was difficult for developers to offer promotional or review copies of their applications, as they had to rely on ad-hoc distribution methods.

Marantz intros IS301 Wireless Dock for iPod

Marantz has announced its new Bluetooth-capable IS301 Wireless Dock for iPod. The multi-piece system includes a slim handset that attaches to the user’s iPod, a compact base unit for the handset and attached iPod designed for tabletop or on-wall placement, a remote control, and a main connection unit that provides a variety of connections to the user’s home entertainment system, including CAT5 audio and video ports, analog audio output, composite, S-Video, and Component video outputs, an IR flasher input, and a RS232C control input. In addition, because it offers both wireless and extended wired solutions, the system can be used to transmit both audio and video to an entertainment system; the main base unit may also be connected to any device that supports A2DP Bluetooth audio. The Marantz IS301 Wireless Dock for iPod is expected to be available in January, and will sell for $250.

New Apple headphones only partially compatible with iPhone

Apple’s new Earphones and In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are only partially compatible with the iPhone and iPhone 3G, according to a recently-posted Apple support document. The Knowledge Base article titled “Compatibility of wired headset models with iPod and iPhone models” explains that while the remote, microphone, and volume control features of the new headphones are compatible with the 120GB iPod classic, iPod nano 4G, and iPod touch 2G, the volume controls will not work with iPhone or iPhone 3G — only the playback remote and microphone. As previously revealed on the headphones’ product page, earlier iPod models will be compatible with audio only. Both the Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic and In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are available for order now from the Apple Store online, and are listed as shipping in 3-4 weeks and 7-10 days, respectively.

Mix: In-Ear Headphones, iTunes 2008, Brothers In Arms, Star Wars

Apple’s new In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic are now available for order from the Apple Store online. Announced during Apple’s Let’s Rock event in September, the new headphones offer dual drivers, and an in-line control capsule that offers volume, play/pause, and next/previous track controls, as well as an integrated microphone. The In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic sell for $79.

As in years past, Apple has posted a special section of the iTunes store dedicated to the top media of 2008. Both top sellers and editor top picks are listed for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, music videos, audiobooks, and, for the first time, both paid and free apps. Top sellers in paid applications include Koi Pond, Moto Chaser, and Super Monkey Ball, while top free apps include Pandora Radio, Tap Tap Revenge, and Apple’s Remote application. All the top media may be viewed by visiting the iTunes 2008 section of the iTunes Store.

Gameloft has released Brothers In Arms: Hour of Heroes, a new third-person shooter for the iPhone and iPod touch. Users play as a soldier of the 101st Airborne during WWII, performing 14 missions across three campaigns, including Normandy, Ardennes, and Tunisia. In addition to being able to use a wide range of weapons, users will also be able to drive 4x4 vehicles and Sherman tanks. Brothers In Arms: Hour of Heroes is available now from the App Store and sells for $10.

THQ Wireless has released Star Wars Sound Board, a Lucasfilm-licensed app that allows users to replay sound bites from the series. Quotes from characters such as Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and C-3PO are included, as well as sound effects including the lightsaber, R2-D2’s beeps, Chewbacca’s growls, and TIE Fighters flying. Star Wars Sound Board is available now from the App Store and sells for $1.

Apple posts iPhone Configuration Utility 1.1

Apple has released iPhone Configuration Utility 1.1 for Mac OS X and Windows. The utility allows enterprise users to create configuration profiles which can then be used to setup multiple iPhones. Configuration profiles contain “device security policies, VPN configuration information, Wi-Fi settings, APN settings, Exchange account settings, mail settings, and certificates” that allow the devices to work with enterprise systems. iPhone Configuration Utility 1.1 for Mac and Windows is available now as a free download from Apple’s website. [via Mac Rumors]

Boomwave rolls out Bearaphim, Diablo for iPod nano 4G

Boomwave has announced the launch of its Bearaphim and Diablo cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano. Like prior versions, the Bearaphim cases feature molded teddy bear ears on the top and angel wings on the back, while the Diablo cases feature horns on the top and a pointed tail in the rear. Both styles are made from high grade silicone, offer full access to all ports and controls, and include a screen protector and neck strap. The Boomwave Bearaphim for iPod nano 4G is available in black, white, or pink, while the Diablo for iPod nano 4G is available in black, white, or red. Both styles sell for $16 each.

SwitchEasy ships NeoTouch for iPod touch 2G

SwitchEasy has announced that it is now shipping its NeoTouch case for the second-generation iPod touch. Announced in October, the NeoTouch uses three distinct layers — a 0.6mm thick tactile silicone membrane, a GE Lexan H-Frame, and a slip-free polyurethane coated I-Clip — to offer comprehensive protection. Other features include open access to the screen, home button and headphone jack and tactile button covers for the power and volume buttons; NeoTouch also includes two anti-static screen guards, a microfiber wipe, a Universal Dock adapter, a video stand, and a Dock Connector cover. The SwitchEasy NeoTouch for iPod touch 2G is available now in black or white and sells for $30; for more information, see our First Look article.

Mix: Joost, Linux, FormSpring Pro, Wallet

Streaming video service Joost has released its new official application for the iPhone and iPod touch. The application streams video directly to the devices over Wi-Fi, and offers users the ability to browse by category, see “Most Popular” and “Our Picks” listings, and search for specific videos. Similar to, the Joost application is ad-supported, and is now available as a free download from the App Store.

The iPhone Dev Team, known for its efforts towards iPhone jailbreaking and unlocking, has announced that one of its members, planetbeing, has reverse engineered Apple’s hardware drivers, and has released a bare-bones version of Linux that runs on the iPhone and first-generation iPod touch. The release lacks support for the NAND memory, wireless networking, touchscreen, sound, and more, and is more of a proof-of-concept release than a viable alternative to the iPhone OS.

Online form service FormSpring has announced the release of its FormSpring Pro app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The new application allows users to view and collect data, search data, build complex searches and save them for repeated use, upload images from the iPhone’s camera, upload audio using a microphone, and tag form submissions with GPS coordinates. FormSpring Pro requires a FormSpring API key and is available now from the App Store for $10.

Acrylic Software has announced the release of its Wallet application for iPhone and iPod touch. Wallet is a database application for storing and organizing personal information such as serial numbers, web passwords, credit card numbers, and more. Features include 256-bit AES encryption, the ability to create, edit, and remove both groups and entries, searching, and wireless syncing with the Mac OS X version either using MobileMe or via local Wi-Fi. Wallet for iPhone and iPod touch is available now from the App Store and sells for $4.

Thought Out unveils PED3-Auto Car Mount for iPhone, iPod touch

Thought Out has introduced its new PED3-Auto Rotating Car Mount for iPhone and iPod touch. The mount uses a metal and rubber holder to secure the iPhone or iPod touch to a flexible neck, which is then fastened to a base that attaches to the car’s interior via an adhesive AdPad-VHB pad, a suction cup mount, or screw mount, all of which are included. The Thought Out PED3-Auto Rotating Car Mount for iPhone and iPod touch is available now and sells for $50.

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