The AppAdvice iPhone App Of The Week:
Zombie Swing, Free, Released November 4
Zombie Swing by althi Inc. is a fast-paced action game for the iPhone … with zombies. This one is different, though. Instead of killing the zombies and saving the human race, you are a zombie and you’re trying to infect everyone you can touch.
What is a zombie swing, you ask? Well, you play a zombie whose body is able to detach in two parts, connected only by the intestines. Then you are able to swing his top half around while still running manically through the streets trying to infect the innocent people. The goal is to turn as many people into zombies as you can before you die … again.
Yearly, $.99, Released November 1
Yearly by noidentity gmbh is an app that will help you remember those yearly events, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
The thing about Yearly that drew me in immediately was the interface. Noidentity is the developer behind other beautiful apps (MoneyBook, ListBook, and BudgetBook), so it’s no surprise that they created another stunningly gorgeous interface. The visuals in Yearly are just pixel perfect, and I’m not sure I’d want it any other way.
Yearly serves to help you remember when those annual events are. You would think that this would require use of the default Calendar on your iPhone, but Yearly actually uses the data from your iPhone’s address book instead. That’s right – any date that is associated with a contact in your address book will be put in to Yearly.
Oink, Free, Released November 3
Oink by Milk Inc. is the first app from the new startup founded by Kevin Rose. In short, Oink is an app that allows users to rate and rank things around them, rather than just an overall place.
The biggest thing that drew me into this app (since I learned of its existence) was the interface. Put simply, it’s just beautiful. Everything about it is slick, and it’s also extremely fast. Whenever something is loading, you will be notified by the small bar at the top with a green orb that goes back and forth, and the entire thing just fades away when new data is loaded. I guess this replaces that spinner that we’ve all grown to love (or hate), which is a nice change and much appreciated. Clearly, the folks behind the development of this app didn’t skimp out on detail.
XenoCube SD, $.99, Released November 3
XenoCube SD by Digital Embryo Studios is an entirely new take on your typical match-three puzzle game.
Let’s face it – the iPhone and iPad are great for those match-three puzzle games made popular by the likes of Bejeweled. But ever since, all the match-three games are essentially the same thing, just with different objects to match. That is, until now. It’s time to toss out those cookie cutter match-three games and meet the new kid on the block: XenoCube.
In XenoCube, you have a cube with 9×9 grids on all the faces. You can spin the cube around to your will to match the squares. The objective is to match three or more squares of the same color to score points. When you match four squares, you will get a random power-up that will activate with your next match (they all look awesome too). To progress in levels (up to 32 levels for each mode), you’ll have to fill up the meter at the bottom left. Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, you’ll be in for a surprise when you actually play.
Organizer +, $2.99, Updated October 31
Organizer + by MorrisCooke is a calendar and GPS task list bundle for your iPhone.
Life is hectic, and we end up having tasks that need to be done in certain locations, among other events that we need to take care of. Wouldn’t it be nice to have all of this in one convenient app? Well, now you can, thanks to this nifty app. Meet Organizer+.
When you launch Organizer+, you get a brief introduction screen. The app will fetch data straight from your default iOS calendar, so if you don’t have that set up already, you should do that first. Whenever the app is syncing data with the native calendar, the gear icon in the top left corner will be spinning, so you are aware.
Organizer+ will display your calendar events in three different views: List, Day, and Month. Those that like Week views will have to wait for the next update, as the developers are already working on implementing a week view. You can quickly jump to the current day with the Today button as well.
Shoebox by 1000memories, Free, Updated October 31
Shoebox by 1000memories by 1000memories is a very cool app for bringing your old film photographs to the digital age. So dust off that old shoebox or that crumbling photo album, and find a forever home for the images within.
Start by setting up an account with 1000memories. Once you have an account set up, you can start scanning those old photos. It really could not be easier to do with your iPhone, or any iDevice with a camera running iOS4.1 or later. Simply set your photo down where there is plenty of natural light. Be sure to get all four corners of the photo in the shot. Don’t worry about trying to take the picture straight on; you will fix the perspective in the next step. After taking the photo, you’ll see four dots, which you move to each corner with your finger. The app creates a perfectly cropped, aligned photo.
News360, Free, Updated November 1
The News360 app for the iPhone/iPod touch has been completely redesigned. Version 3.0 of the free news app is available now in the App Store. It offers a number of new features that first arrived to the company’s iPad app by the same name.
First launched in October 2010, News360 offers world, national, and local news from a variety of different sources. The app’s latest release allows users for the first time to customize their news either manually or through the use of social networking feeds. These feeds include Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and/or Evernote.
Square Card Case, Free, Updated November 2
Released to the App Store back in August, the Square Card Case app makes paying for some purchases much more convenient than before. Arriving in v1.1 is a new hands-free feature for those who’ve moved to iOS 5, some additional management options, a few previous feature improvements, and more.
If you have an iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 upgraded to iOS 5, it’s likely you’re already enjoying the tons of new features. What you may not realize is many of the abilities Apple has integrated into their default apps and used to offer new apps can help enhance third-party software. The most relevant of these new core features in regard to the Card Case app is geofencing.
Nosy Bee, $.99, Updated November 4
Nosy Bee by Shamukee is an arcade game with a little bee in a two-dimensional field with walls far away on each side. All the little bee wants to do is fly from one side to the other and collect all the flowers along the way.
You start off sitting on a honey-filled jar, which is a good thing because any contact with the floor or walls will do you damage. More than one or two seconds of contact will see your little bee dead.
There’s another jar on the other side for you to land on and end the level once you’ve collected all the available flowers.
The Best iPhone Apps Of The Week is published each weekend; a companion piece, The Best iPad Apps Of The Week, is published separately.
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One in every 10 citizens of the United States owns an iPhone, according to a report released from comScore, a research firm, today.
“Of the 234 million Americans age 13 and older, 10.2 percent owned an iPhone during the third quarter, earning Apple the #4 ranking among the nation’s top device manufacturers,” said 9to5Mac technology website while referring to the new data.
This marks the first time the iPhone made it past the 10 percent milestone in comScore metrics. Apple saw a 1.3 percent point growth in the June to September quarter.
This makes the feat that much more impressive because the data does not factor in the new iPhone 4S. The iPhone 4S launched in mid-October and saw the highest sales numbers for an iPhone moving 4 million units in just four days.
According to the data, every smartphone manufacturer lost market share during this past quarter with Samsung down to 25.3 percent share of U.S. mobile subscribers.
LG had the second highest amount of market share with 20.6 percent and Motorola came in third with 13.8 percent share. Apple was No. 4 and RIM came in fifth with 7.1 percent.
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Apple grew by 0.8 percent points in the September quarter that allows them to account for 27.4 percent of the smartphone market share in the country.
Google led the pack for platform share with 44.8 percent, up 4.6 percent points from the June quarter. RIM came in at the third position with 18.9 percent followed by Microsoft having 5.6 percent and Symbian at 1.8 percent.
In total, 87.4 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the September quarter.
This makes the U.S. the world’s most important market for smartphones.
Apple’s new CEO is already making small but noticeable changes, from emailing the “Team” to a charitable giving program
Apple CEO Tim Cook is making minor adjustments that might leave a lasting impression on Apple’s culture. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
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When Tim Cook took over as Apple’s CEO in August, he promised he wouldn’t change the company. But Cook is already making subtle tweaks and leaving his “operational mark” on Apple, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Less than a month after Apple founder Steve Jobs’ death, “it looks as if Cook won’t mess much with Apple’s winning formula,” says Damon Poeter at PC Mag, “but he will depart from Jobs’ playbook in a few key areas.” Here are five:
1. There is more communication
Cook has “been more communicative with employees than his predecessor,” says Jessica E. Vascellaro in The Wall Street Journal. He’s sent out a number of emails to the whole company, addressing employees as the “Team.”
2. It is a kinder, gentle Apple
“Cook’s changes so far, though not major, are making the company a pinch, well, nicer,” says Rebecca J. Rosen in The Atlantic. One way Cook has done that, The Wall Street Journal says, is by launching a charitable giving plan for Apple employees. The company will now match employee donations to nonprofits of up to $10,000 in a year. Reportedly, Jobs was opposed to “giving money away.”
3. Cook is more involved in administrative matters
In recent weeks Cook has tackled a number of administrative tasks, promoting some employees and restructuring various departments, Vascellaro reports. He has split Apple’s education arm into sales and marketing divisions to better incorporate them into the rest of the company.
4. There is more transparency
“Steve thought he had all the answers,” analyst Toni Sacconaghi tells The Wall Street Journal. “I am not sure Tim thinks he has all the answers.” Consequently, he has been “surprisingly candid” about certain aspects of Apple — the expansion plan for the iPhone, for instance.
5. This is only the beginning
There’s chatter that Cook might find a way to spend Apple’s $81.6 billion stockpile, says Vascellaro. “Cook seems open to more traditional options for Apple’s cash hoard, such as dividends or a buyback.”
It’s been 15 months since Apple released the iPhone 4. This has left many iPhone, and would-be iPhone customers, anxious for what the company planned to bring next. As we learned recently, the iPhone 4S it is: same body, same screen, same construction, same look as the iPhone 4. To say that some people were disappointed with the 4S announcement would be an understatement.
However, to be fair, beyond the identical exterior lies the hard work that Apple put forth on the inside. An upgraded processor, an improved antenna, and an all-new camera into the iPhone 4S. The other big story, or should we say, the bigger story with the iPhone 4S is the iOS 5 software upgrade and the voice-controlled personal assistant called Siri. iOS 5 offers over 200 new features to Apple’s smartphone platform, most of which are also available to current owners of previous-gen devices.
With the rapid pace at which smartphones are developing these days, many have called the iterative improvements with the iPhone 4S a mistake, as it seems like every other minute a new Android device is out with better, bigger, faster everything. Despite that, the iPhone 4S gently improves on the popular iPhone 4, and it betters what was already one of the best experiences available to a smartphone buyer. Read on to find out what the iPhone 4S is all about and if it’s a worthy upgrade to the vaunted iPhone 4.
Just over a year after enthusiastically telling CNET that U.S. Cellular, the carrier’s CEO has changed her mind.
During the company’s third-quarter earnings call today, Mary Dillon said that U.S. Cellular considered adding the
iPhone to its lineup, but that Apple’s “terms were unacceptable from a risk and profitability standpoint.” Dillon didn’t offer specifics, Fierce Wireless reported, but she added that the potential strain on the carrier’s data network was not a factor.
Though U.S. Cellular’s decision may come as surprising following the arrival of the
iPhone 4S at both Sprint and regional carrier C Spire (formerly Cellular South), Apple has been able to draft carrier agreements that put it in a far stronger position than other handset manufacturers. As J.P. Morgan analyst Philip Cusick told CNET in late August, Sprint pays Apple an estimated $400 to $425 per iPhone. Other manufacturers, however, get a subsidy of $150 for a typical 3G smartphone and $250 for a standard 4G smartphone.
If subsidy wasn’t an issue, Apple may have asked for additional income from every new iPhone contract or demanded that the carrier add capacity or expand its network to more subscribers. Whatever the reason, though, Dillon said that U.S. Cellular may reconsider carrying the iPhone in future.
Tiered data plans
Later in the call, execs said U.S. Cellular would introduce tiered data plans in the first half of next year. Though its smartphone lineup was relatively small just two years ago, the carrier now offers a decent selection of
Android and BlackBerry devices. What’s more, the company said smartphones during the third quarter amounted to 39.9 percent or total sales (up from 23.6 percent the same period last year) and postpaid smartphone customers increased to 26.2 from 12.1 percent.
LTE and financials
As the sixth-largest carrier behind the “Big 4″ (Sprint, Verizon Wireless, ATT, and T-Mobile) and MetroPCS, U.S. Cellular also is the last provider to activate 4G (or “4G-like”) service . During the call, Dillon said that LTE service will roll out to 25 percent of U.S. Cellular’s network by the end of the year and that the carrier will introduce its first LTE devices in the first quarter of 2012.
As for financials, the company reported (PDF) that when compared with the third quarter of last year, net income climbed 62 percent to $62.1 million, total revenue rose 5 percent to $1.11 billion, and that the churn rate was 1.5 percent with a net loss of 23,000 retail customers.
Apple has launched 5 successful iPhones since 2007, and each had extremely positive response. New data from Nielson’s report revealed that Apple is still holding the number one spot for leading US smartphone maker.
Android, however, still leads in the OS game, being named the most popular operating system in the United States. Nielson concluded that 43% of the phones operating in the US run Android OS, with Apple coming in at 28%. Apple has remained at 28% market share since early September, still beating out all other major companies in terms of producing units.
RIM’s Blackberry rolled in third in the smartphone market with 18 percent of the total market share. The data also suggests that adults, ranging from ages 18-44 have made the switch to a smartphone from feature phones while a whopping 62 percent of adults between the ages of 25 and 34 reported ownership of a smartphone.
Apple is continuing to grow its profit margins and is increasing production and sales each quarter. The Cupertino based company narrowly missed the expected 3rd Quarter time frame in 2011 by releasing the iPhone 4S only days after. Apple could have claimed a bigger piece of the market, anywhere from 30% to 31% had the iPhone 4S been included.
Apple was unable to stop hackers at GhostApp.org to release a new jailbreak iphone 4/4S iOS 5 tool. Ghost 5.0 is confirmed for iPhone 4 , iPhone 4S , 3GS jailbreak and unlock up to iOS 5 for any baseband version .
A story in itself. At least since it gives the iPhone and iOS, is the English term “jailbreak” understandable. With each new version of IOS includes Apple vulnerabilities, just so the hacker community to find new exploits. IOS 5, there is currently a tethered jailbreak.
This means that the jailbreak will be performed each time again if the iDevice is restarted. Not very satisfactory. The goal and the desire of each user is the untethered jailbreak jailbreak.
Until this is available for download can take a lot of time into the country. To bridge already exists a so-called semi-tethered jailbreak. This neologism means that the iDevice to reboot still works, but only with limited functionality. An update allows more recently that at least funktioniet Safari. Not really much, but something.
As of today there are developers now iOS 5, an update that various bugs (including problems with the battery life) is to fix. Surprisingly, it was already confirmed that Semitether also works under iOS 5.
Apple seems the update that is not to have closed this gap. Nonetheless: caution when updating when iOS 5 will be released in a few weeks!
IOS is a closed system. That’s always been a big point of criticism, especially when it comes to comparing with Google Android. But of course, almost everyone knows by now that there is a way for applications to open iOS third-party products that are not previously reviewed by
Apple and released: the jailbreak. With each new version of IOS includes Apple open security holes for hackers to make life difficult, yet it usually takes only a few days or weeks, will be released until a new version of IOS jailbreak for download.
Right now it looks like this: the 4s jailbreak for the iPhone and iPad 2 with iOS 5 exists, but has not been published.
Otherwise, yet another so-called Semi-Tethered Jailbreak for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. In short: a tethered jailbreak must be performed each time anew when the iDevice is restarted. The Semi-Tethered Jailbreak is however an intermediate step between tethered and Untethered Jailbreak dar.
The iDevice can in fact be restarted with limited functionality. Until you have a computer and you can not have apps like Safari, Mail and Cydia are used. Phone calls, send text messages and use the in-house apps Apple does it.
Now an update from the BigBoss repository SemiTether appeared in Cydia. This makes it possible that when you restart Safari can also be used. Another step toward Untethered Jailbreak-.
Further, the improved overall stability. So on to Cydia and download the update!
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You didn’t realize that Apple is changing its design philosophy, overhauling its entire product line and doing a massive redesign
for the iPhone 5, which may actually already exist and is only waiting for decent LTE chips.
But you do now, thanks to the seeding of the iOSsphere with rehashed iPhone 5 rumors.
Also this week: the birth of a new rumor, sort of like the birth of a new star, out of the mystery of technology.
You read it here second.
“Sure, people are always anxious to learn about the newest Apple products, but the iPhone 5 will probably have an unprecedented
amount of buzz surrounding it up until release – for the simple fact that many people felt tricked when Apple announced the
4S as opposed to the 5.”
Josh Wolford, WebProNews
iPhone 5 is part of complete, total, Apple product overhaul
It’s amazing how much you can learn from “sources in the upstream supply chain.” A five-sentence, 142-word story in DigiTimes,
filled with little more than speculative generalities, launched a mini tidal wave of “reporting” across the Internet.
Usually DigiTimes cites just “supply chain sources” so the extra adjective lends an air of specificity and therefore, incredibly,
credibility to its latest posting.
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According to these sources, “Apple plans to completely overhaul its product lineups, including iPad, iMac, iPhone and MacBook
Air, in 2012.” The company will finalize its parts ordering for this ambitious project in December, according to the same
sources. DigiTimes doesn’t indicate whether December is the usual time for Apple to finalize parts ordering for the coming
year. The new iPhone and iMac “are unlikely to be revealed until the second half of 2012.”
Though the orders won’t be finalized until December, DigiTimes’ sources also claim that the parts inventory for “the next-generation
iPads” will be enough to build 2 million of these products by the end of 2011.
The one potential news item is that “Apple has asked makers in the supply chain to develop flat panel modules and LED light
bars for two iPad prototypes, codenamed J1 and J2, the sources revealed.” There’s no indication if this is actually part of
the purported 2012 iPad overhaul, or a longer-range product development.
The iOSphere was off and running. GamePro’s headline read “iPhone 5 and iPad 3 Will Release in 2012, Says Report.” Writer Patrick Shaw seemed a bit confused about whether the parts had already been ordered or were in the process of being
ordered, considering that DigiTimes made it clear the orders won’t be final until next month. “I just hope we don’t have to
wait too far into 2012 to see what Apple’s next-gen devices will be all about,” he wrote, apparently missing the 20% of the
DigiTimes story that claimed the iPhone and iMac at least won’t be revealed until the latter half of the year.
International Business Times transmuted DigiTimes’ 142 words into 448 words, leading with the claim that “the highly anticipated redesigned iPhone 5 and
iPad 3 are set to be released in 2012 as a part of Apple’s product overhaul, the DigiTimes has reported.”