Best Buy is currently running a promotion in which members of its Rewards Zone program are able to purchase an iPhone 3G at a discount of up to $100. The offer is limited to customers who were members of the program as of February 21. Regular members are eligible for a $50 discount, bringing the prices for the 8GB and 16GB models to $149 and $249, respectively, while Premier Silver members—those who spent $2,500 or more at the retailer in the last calendar year—receive a $100 discount. The offer is good through February 28.
Logic3 has introduced its new ProDock for the iPod and iPhone. The new docking station features component and composite video outputs and RCA audio outputs for connection to a TV or sound system, an included full function remote control, and a mini USB port for syncing. It will also include an AC adapter for charging the connected iPod or iPhone. Logic3’s ProDock is available now and sells for $75.
Taito has released its classic Space Invaders game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The game offers a faithful recreation of the arcade experience, providing a simulated cabinet mode with on-screen joystick, button, and arcade-style display; touch/drag and tilt controls are also available, along with four different screen modes. In addition, it features bonus extras including materials from the original game’s development. Disappointingly, the game does not include any of the features of Taito’s later, better Space Invaders sequels, including the well-regarded Space Invaders Extreme. Space Invaders is available now from the App Store and sells for $5.
Cambridge SoundWorks has introduced its new MovieWorks HD iPod dock. Designed for connection to a TV and/or home theater, the MovieWorks HD features an integrated dock, DTS surround sound encoding, enabling iPod audio to be heard in surround sound, X-FI Crystallizer technology to help restore detail and vibrancy to compressed music, HDMI, component, and composite video outputs, RCA and Optical audio outputs, a 3.5mm auxiliary input, headphone output, on-screen iPod navigation with included remote, and built-in wireless streaming support for Creative Wireless Receiver units. Cambridge SoundWorks’ MovieWorks HD is available now and sells for $250.
The iTunes Store in Norway inadvertently made former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson’s upcoming album All I Ever Wanted available for a short period over the weekend, well ahead of the scheduled March 10 release date. Edible Apple reports that Norwegian iTunes users noticed that 30 second previews of the album’s songs were available, and soon discovered that full track downloads were available as well. The gaffe is being attributed to an iTunes error, and has since been fixed.
We’re entering our final week of the Vestalife 5&5 Speaker Giveaway, so if you haven’t yet entered, now’s your chance. In our Giveaway of the Month for February, ten lucky readers will win a Vestalife speaker system, with five winners receiving Ladybugs and five receiving Butterfly systems. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on February 28, 2009 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
A hidden dialog box in Apple’s recently released iPhoto ‘09 software suggests the company may be planning to use the iPhone 3G’s GPS to assist users in geotagging their non-iPhone photos. TidBITS reports that an unused dialog box contains text “Activate the location application on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Once selected, any available location information will be transferred to your iPhoto library and associated with the photos in the selected event(s).” Elsewhere, a separate string states, “Select an iPhone or iPod Touch from your list of named devices. Once selected, the appropriate information will be transferred to your iPhoto library and associated with the photos in the selected event(s).”
While further specifics are currently unknown, it appears that users would need to run a program on their iPhone or iPod touch that would log location data as they traveled, then sync with iPhoto ‘09 to geotag photos taken with any camera that does not support geotagging natively. The report suggests that the data might also be used to create more accurate maps, showing the route taken between shots. It is unclear how the feature would work with the original iPhone or iPod touch units, which lack GPS support, whether the application would be allowed to run in the background, and what the drain on battery life may be; the presence of a reference to iPod touch is especially unusual as the device’s Wi-Fi functionality is its only tool for vaguely estimating locations. As with any unannounced feature, Apple may also choose not to implement the idea. [via Infinite Loop]
The Telenor Group has announced that it will soon offer the iPhone in Scandinavia. In a brief message, the company said it has “signed an agreement with Apple to bring iPhone 3G to Sweden, Denmark and Norway in the coming months.” Pricing, plans, and release date have yet to be determined.
SnapMyLife, an online mobile-focused photo sharing service, will on Monday announce a partnership with The Travel Channel to help promote the network’s No Reservations program starring chef Anthony Bourdain. According to SnapMyLife, 95% of its 700,000 members access the site though their iPhones or iPod touches. In the promotion, producers of the show will take pictures on-site during taping, and post the photos to the show’s account on the day each new episode airs, allowing SnapMyLife members to get a “sneak peek” of that evening’s show. SnapMyLife’s iPhone application is available as a free download from the App Store.
Collins America has introduced its new Danglet Wrist & Neck Strap for iPod and iPhone. The Danglet works by plugging into the device’s Dock Connector port, snapping into place with two stainless steel hooking clips. It features an internal stainless steel frame to provide an all-metal mounting hole for the included seven-inch nylon wrist strap and 17-inch nylon neck strap. Available for delivery to the U.S., Canada, and EU countries, the Danglet sells for $15.
Seattle-based alternative rock band The Presidents of the United States of America have released The Presidents’ Music, a new app for the iPhone and iPod touch. The app provides users with streaming access to four of the band’s albums, early “lost” recordings, extras and exclusives, and a direct connection to the band’s blog. Songs include the 1995 hits “Kitty,” “Lump,” and “Peaches,” taken from the band’s Grammy-nominated self-titled debut album. The Presidents’ Music is available now from the App Store and sells for $3. [via Wired]
Namco has released its Tamagotchi: ‘Round the World game for iPhone and iPod touch. Previously released for Click Wheel iPods, the game lets players pick one of four Tamagotchi, and then play one of six missions that take place across three differently-themed planets, each of which features Gaiatchi, or living clouds, plants, geysers and seedlings that populate the planet. Players interact with the Gaiatchi through mini-games and activities such as rock paper scissors, dancing, memory matching, and math puzzles. Tamagotchi: ‘Round the World is available now from the App Store and sells for $6; a Lite version is also available as a free download.
With over 2,400 votes from iLounge readers, our latest poll, “Are you interested in seeing iLounge cover fart and bikini iPhone apps, or should we ignore them?” has ended. Readers were given responses including covering them all, covering only the ones that are especially noteworthy, or ignoring them all, with a separate option for readers who were disinterested or don’t own an iPhone or iPod touch.
Nearly half of all respondents—48%—said to ignore fart and bikini apps, while another 31% said to only cover the ones that are especially noteworthy. Only 15% of readers felt we should cover them all, while another 6% said they either didn’t care or didn’t own an iPhone or iPod touch. Thanks for all your votes!
In light of Apple’s recent comments regarding the legality of jailbreaking iPhones and iPods, our new poll focuses on that very issue. Have you both jailbroken and unlocked your iPhone, or jailbroken your iPod touch? Did you give jailbreaking a try previously, but revert back to a standard Apple install? Or have you stayed away from jailbreaking altogether? Our new poll, “Are you using a jailbroken and/or unlocked iPhone or iPod touch?” lets you answer that question. As always, you can find the iLounge poll in the left hand column of the main iLounge.com homepage. Cast your vote today!
Proporta has introduced its new Wallaby Wallet for the fourth-generation iPod nano. Made from black leather, the Wallaby features a custom pouch for the nano, a section for bills and card slots, lime green contrast stitching and lining, a Velcro closure, and semi-circular cutouts for wrap-around headphone storage. Available now, Proporta’s Wallaby Wallet for iPod nano 4G sells for $37.
During a keynote at the 2009 Mobile World Congress this week, Google vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra demonstrated offline Gmail for the iPhone and Android phones. The updated web application features an improved interface label support, and offline access, which is made possible through HTML5 standards, including App Cache and database support. The app seems to be quite responsive, thanks to the database being kept locally. A video of the demonstration is available in high quality on YouTube; continue reading to view a smaller embedded version. [via Engadget]
Miniot has introduced the iWood cobra for iPhone 3G. Made from two pieces of selected wood, the iWood cobra features dual racing-style stripes running down the center of the case, with the stripes made from maple, and the rest of the body made from either padouk or wenge woods. Other features include open access to all ports and controls, a dock-friendly slide-together design, and the case can be personalized with a custom engraved monogram, message, or logo. Miniot’s iWood cobra for iPhone 3G is available now and sells in padouk/maple for €120, or roughly $152, while the wenge/maple version sells for €140, or roughly $178.
An iPhone 3G owner has recorded a video of his handset using his camcorder’s “night vision” setting, which provides a unique look at the phone. The night vision mode showed stress cracks around the edges of the phone and the camera that are invisible to the naked eye, while providing a direct view of the iPhone’s hidden front sensors, and portions of the inside of the case. The video is available in HD on Vimeo, or continue reading for a smaller embedded version. [via Cult of Mac]
Apple has posted a new iPod touch TV advertisement to its online gallery. Similar to the prior ad which debuted along with the second-generation device in September 2008, the new ad features several iPod touches being used to play games, appearing over top of one another and set on a white background. Games spotlighted during the ad include Rolando, Touchgrind, Real Soccer 2009, and TouchSports Tennis ‘09; the song in the background is “No You Girls” by Franz Ferdinand. The ad also features the text “More Games” and “More Fun,” before finishing with the iPod touch 2G slogan “The funnest iPod ever.” The new ad is now available for viewing on Apple’s website.
AT&T is once again offering refurbished iPhone 3G units for $99. As the company did for a brief time in late December, 8GB models are available for $99, while 16GB refurbs are selling for $199. The prices on refurbished iPhone 3G units have generally been $149 for the 8GB and $249 for 16GB units. As with new iPhone 3Gs, the refurbished units require a two-year contract, and AT&T notes that all refurbished iPhones carry a warranty of 90 days or more and may have “minor scratches.”
Kris Rinne, AT&T’s senior vice president of architecture and planning, said the company hopes to have its Long Term Evolution (LTE) fourth-generation network available by 2011. AT&T had previously said it stay with current HSPA technology for as long as possible, but Rinne, speaking at the Mobile World Congress, said the company is currently looking for LTE vendors. It plans LTE trials in 2010, and hopes to have services commercially available by mid-2011. Verizon is already conducting limited trials of LTE technology.