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Japan getting Wii video service, DSi connectivity May 1st

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Japan getting Wii video service, DSi connectivity May 1stIt’s been pretty quiet on the whole Wii video in Japan front, but finally there’s some news. Japanese Wii users will soon be able to try it out for themselves. The service is ready to launch in Japan on May 1st.

It’s being called the “Wii no Ma Channel,” and features advertising from Denstu, both free and paid content. What really caught our eye though, is word that a free DSi app will be launching at the same time. The app will allow you to download video from the Wii to your DS, and do other stuff like download coupons from advertisers, which can be scanned directly from the screen.

Apple App Store hits a billion downloads

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Apple App Store hits a billion downloadsiPod Touch and iPhone owners have been busy over the last nine months. Who would have thought back then that you guys would buy so many apps. Of course it’s hard to resist such gems as the wobbly boob app and iBeer. Obviously it doesn’t take much to get the public’s attention.

Now it’s up to Windows Mobile, Symbian, Android, BlackBerry and the rest to catch up. If we can offer some advice to these other app stores…Games and productivity apps are all good, but put an emphasis on farts, beer and booze. You’ll catch up in no time.

Palm Pre in the wild, running a YouTube app

Posted in Palm by Conner Flynn on April 23rd, 2009

Palm Pre in the wild, running a YouTube appLooks like some photos of the Palm Pre in the wild have cropped up today on Twitter (via lo_toney) and have since been removed. As you can see, the pic above shows it running what looks like a YouTube videos application.

The YouTube video app looks similar to the same app that appears on Palm’s Treo Pro. We have no idea if the pic is real or not, so you tell us what you think.

LeapFrog jumps in with iPhone app

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on April 14th, 2009

leapfrognumberrumble-sbAny parent knows the type of toys LeapFrog makes. The company has a line of educational toys that teach kids of all sorts of things like phonics and math. My kids have a set of refrigerator magnets they play with constantly from the company that teaches phonics. If I hear “every letter makes a sound” one more time I may snap.

LeapFrog is now moving from the refrigerator onto my iPhone with the introduction of the company’s first iPhone App called Number Rumble. The game is a math quiz program that helps kids six to ten years old learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

iPhorest: Plant a tree from your iPhone

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 23rd, 2009

iPhorest: Plant a tree from your iPhoneThis is a pretty neat application. It allows iPhone users to plant a virtual tree from their phone while simultaneously activating the planting of a real tree. Originally showcased at TED, the app is now available to the masses on iTunes.

The real trees are planted by the Conservation Fund, and they will begin with the restoration of a vulnerable wildlife habitat along the Gulf Coast. It’s sponsored by Ecolife Apparel, makers of cotton “green” underwear, and was developed by iPhactory.

Light writer iPhone app lets you write in thin air

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

Light writer iPhone app lets you write in thin airLED vision peripherals have been on the market for some time. ‘Light Writer – POV Effect’ from Laan labs allows you to write in thin air using your iPhone. A few thousand years ago you would have been hailed far and wide as a wizard. Today, people will be amused by such displays for about 5 minutes, before telling you to knock it off.

Just type in your message or select a piece of clipart, wave your arm in the air and do your thing. It’s available for $1 at the app store.

LEDit app for iPhone & iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on March 22nd, 2009

LEDit app for iPhone & iPod Touch LEDit is a led screen ticker emulator app available for both the iPhone and iPod Touch. It seems pretty silly at first, but when you think about it, it’s a pretty useful tool to have. Whether you’re in a noisy place like a nightclub or a silent place like library, you can use it to send others a message instead of yelling or whispering.

Just type in the message and hit the “display message” button and LEDit will scroll the message on the screen. It even vibrates to tell you when message has finished scrolling. You can customize text color, speed and set it to repeat.

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerry

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on March 19th, 2009

Pandora Radio app for BlackBerryThis morning Pandora released its long awaited radio streaming application for BlackBerry. The guys at The BoyGenius Report tested it on a Bold via AT&T. According to them, “it’s everything we’ve been waiting for”.

The performance is pretty good and it has all of the basic features you want, like song skipping, rating a song thumbs up or down, pausing and creating a new station are all there. You can also bookmark a song or artist. T-Mobile won’t support it however for the Storm.

Metal Gear Solid Touch hits App Store

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on March 19th, 2009

mgst-sbOne of the games that drove me to buy my first Sony PlayStation was Metal Gear Solid. I really liked that game, though I didn’t find many of the sequels to be as much fun as the original. One of the hallmarks of the Metal Gear series was that it was a PlayStation exclusive game.

Konami has taken the series outside the Sony fold and is now offering a new title called Metal Gear Solid Touch for the iPhone and iPod touch. The game is available now on the App Store for $7.99. Konami says that the game has been redesigned to take advantage of the controls used on the iPhone and touch.

Sirius XM developing an iPhone app

Posted in Sirius by Conner Flynn on March 12th, 2009

Liberty Media rescues Sirius XMSirius XM recently just barely avoided bankruptcy and so they are on the hunt for profits once more and hoping to regain interest from consumers. CFO David Frear has confirmed that the company is developing an iPhone and iPod touch app.

This could get interesting. We will have to see how pricing works with this app. Perhaps users can get an iPhone subscription only. Or maybe it will be a part of standard subscriptions. The app should launch in the second quarter of the year.

Card counting iPhone app is a felony in Vegas

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on February 17th, 2009

Card counting iPhone app is a felony in VegasWhenever there is controversy regarding an iPhone app, it’s usually Apple who has the problem. In this case it’s Vegas who has a bone to pick with an iPhone app. Nevada gaming officials aren’t happy about a card counting app for the iPhone and iPod touch. Obviously it gives Blackjack players quite an advantage.

In fact using any device to count cards is considered a felony under Nevada laws. Good thing for cheaters that the app has a “stealth mode,” which makes it harder to spot unless you’re really looking for it. Individual casinos have their own policies on cellphones, so you better check first and make sure you know the rules, unless you plan on an extended vacation.

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio app released

Posted in Curve by Conner Flynn on February 4th, 2009

Slacker BlackBerry Storm streaming radio client releasedSlacker has announced a version of it’s free internet radio app for the smartphone, with 100 expert-programmed Slacker stations, over 10,000 artist stations or tons of custom stations. You can even listen to music without a network connection using Slacker’s station caching, which is exclusive to BlackBerry devices

It lets you store your favorite stations on a memory card instead of streaming them over the network connection you’re using. That way you have access to them even when there’s no signal. Slacker claims that it will also reduce battery consumption by as much as 5x.

Android phones get 2D Bar Code reader

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on January 15th, 2009

Android phones get 2D Bar Code readerIt used to be that bar codes were just for use in grocery stores. That’s not the case anymore. Grocery cashiers have hogged all of that swiping bar code glory for long enough. Personal bar code readers, like ScanLife’s latest for Android phones, allows you to quickly visit Web sites, phone numbers or videos.

It’s a shortcut for typing on your keypad or browsing. You can even create your own bar code on ScanLife’s Web site for quick access to functions that you use on a daily basis. The software has been available as a free iPhone app since August, but now you can download it for Android phones as well.

LED Football 2 for iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

LED Football 2 for iPhoneWhile it won’t impress today’s kids who grew up on Madden NFL, this will be a familiar sight to those of us who grew up in the 70s/80s. It’s an updated version of the LED football handheld we all knew and loved. It’s up at the AppStore.

Some new features include running, kicking, punts, field goals and passing. You won’t even have to worry about wear to the plastic buttons or buying a new 9 volt battery. With Passing you have total offense. This is how football was played once upon a time, as blips on a screen.

SeaDragon Mobile: Microsoft’s first iPhone app

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on December 14th, 2008

SeaDragon Mobile: Microsoft’s first iPhone appIt was bound to happen sooner or later, given the iPhone’s popularity. Yesterday, Microsoft quietly added the photo displaying app SeaDragon Mobile, its first-ever iPhone application, to the App Store. Some think that Microsoft Office for iPhone can’t be far behind.

SeaDragon Mobile is basically a demo of Microsoft Live Labs’ photo display platform. Users can use the app to do such things as zoom in on photos with incredible resolution. The app does this by storing different resolutions, and shows you only the portions requested at a given time.