iTalk recording application for iPhone and iPod touch

via Popgadget: Personal Tech for Women by Evan on 10/28/08

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iTalk, you talk, we all talk, but now you can record it all on your iPhone, iPhone 3G, and 2nd generation iPod touch. The new Griffin iTalk app turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a compact recording unit. With the two-part download, users can create high-quality recordings, and then transfer the recordings to a Mac or PC.

Pros: Easy user interface and controls, the ability to pause and resume, simple to drag and drop file transfers wirelessly to your computer. Recordings are saved as high-quality AIFF files, playable in iTunes and most other media players. Cons: None.

Download the free app at iTalkSync. Right now, it only works for Mac OS X 10.4 or later, but Griffin promises a PC version soon.

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Timberland and GSI cough up $7 million to settle text spam lawsuit

via Engadget Mobile by Darren Murph on 9/23/08

Not that we haven’t seen victories over SMS spammers before, but this one is sure catching a lot of attention due to the names attached. GSI Commerce and Timberland have reportedly agreed to “establish a fund of up to $7 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought against them for allegedly sending unsolicited text messages to wireless telephone users in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.” The settlement has already received preliminary approval from a judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, and while the aforementioned firms vehemently deny any wrongdoing, they concede that taking this to court would be “burdensome, protracted and expensive.” More expensive than $7 million? Is that guilt we smell, or what?

[Via mocoNews]

iPhone 2.1 software update announced

via Engadget by Thomas Ricker on 9/9/08

Ah, bug fixes galore. Apple just announced firmware 2.1 for the iPhone and iPod touch. “No crashes,” says Steve. He’s calling it a big update with the promise of fewer dropped calls, big battery improvement, and faster backups. Is this a dream? We’ll find out when it’s released this Friday.

P.S. No mention of copy and paste.

iPhone users: Spore Origins now available

via Joystiq by Christopher Grant on 9/9/08
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iPhone users think they have it all – a phone; an iPod; an internet communications device – but up until 3pm yesterday afternoon there was one thing they were all missing: Spore. Okay, there’s two things they’re all missing: copy & paste and Spore.

After what we can only imagine was a grueling certification process, Apple’s army of app-sniffing robots finally approved the handheld version of the everything simulator, dubbed Spore Origins. The 80MB download will run you a cool Hamilton (that’s $10 for the currency-ignorant amongst you). Add some copy & paste and you’ll have it all, iPhone user!

[Via TUAW]

Source – Spore Origins App Store link

Your first look at BeeJive for iPhone: consider every other IM app dead and buried

via Boy Genius Report by The Boy Genius on 8/27/08

If you haven’t dabbled in the goodness that is BeeJive (formally JiveTalk), you are really missing out. Creators of the best IM program for the BlackBerry devices (this isn’t up for debate, ok?), we were ecstatic when we found out they were making an official iPhone application. Let’s start it off by saying MobileChat, Palringo, and yes, even AIM’s official application, sit down. You are done. Finished. Even in its beta state, it’s going to take a whole lot to knock BeeJive off the podium. It’s the most stable IM application we’ve ever used on the iPhone, it supports every single IM service under the sun, and does so in an awesome and clean user interface. Let’s not forget functionality, though. What good is an IM app that never works? We’re pleased to report that BeeJive handles connections with ease. You can specify your timeout time in the settings, and the application will continue to receive messages when the app is closed. As soon as you launch it, your missed messages are there. They even went as far as to include background notification support, so as soon as Apple flips that switch, notification sounds and badges will be pushed to you instantly. Again, this is a beta version, but even now, it’s the best IM application to use. Ok, you’re sold. When can you get it and how much? We’re not able to provide you with a release date or pricing at the moment, but it shouldn’t be too long before you can get your hands on BeeJive’s IM application for the iPhone. Want to check it out? Hit up the gallery for some shots!

Click on over to our BeeJive iPhone application gallery!

iPhone 3G and firmware 2.0: the day after

via Engadget by Chris Ziegler on 7/12/08

So many of you are probably still in your jammies, reveling in the afterglow of yesterday’s purchase, repeatedly opening Maps on your glossy new iPhone 3G and watching in exaggerated wonderment as your location is determined with frightening speed and accuracy. Others might be standing in a line snaking hundreds of bodies long into your friendly local Apple Store, reading this post from the comfort of your Motorola RAZR V3 and realizing that these are some of the last moments you’ll be using a physical keypad. Still others are bemused by the fuss — but whatever your stance on the phone, it’s pretty hard to ignore the buzz that’s floating around in the aftermath of day zero. Here are some of the goings-on we’re tracking:

  • The masses of humanity continue to collect. Massive stock shortages don’t seem to be an issue (yet), but patience is not a virtue we hold dear to our hearts, so we really can’t blame these people.
  • Some buyers are reporting a yellow tint to their screens — probably not enough to notice without another unit side-by-side for comparison, but real nonetheless. Of course, the first iPhone suffered from the occasional crappy backlight, bum touchscreen, or negative black, so we wouldn’t be surprised if a few lame displays made it out of the factory floor for this model as well; we’re following up with Apple on this and we should have more for you later today.
  • We took the iPhone 3G on a decent drive around New York, and found its tracking to be impeccable. In a situation where we might have veered off the path following Google Maps directions, the blue blip kept us right on track. Despite what you’ve read (we’re looking at you, Mr. Pogue), we see no technical reason that the aGPS can’t provide turn-by-turn directions, provided there’s software to take advantage of it.
  • There are some complaints floating around about 3G reception, but it’s been just fine on our review units around the world so far. How’s it treating you out in [your location here]?
  • iphone-dev has a video up of BootNeuter going about its business on a first-gen iPhone that’s been upgraded to firmware 2.0, and the process is looking as slick and painless as ever. Unlockers who haven’t shelled out for the 3G, commence your salivating.
  • MobileMe seems like it’s up for the moment, but don’t breathe too hard lest you bring the whole thing down again.


Update:
We just spoke with Bob Borchers, senior director of product marketing for the iPhone, and he had some very interesting info regarding the “yellow screen” phenomenon we’ve been hearing about. According to Bob (and Apple), the screen’s color temperature has been purposely altered on the new iPhone to produce warmer, more natural tones, sharper images, and deeper blacks. The company says that 1st gen iPhone screens appeared colder and less defined, and they made some adjustments for the new models. In our opinion, what he says is right on — the screens do look better on the iPhone 3G versus the older variety. What do you guys think?

iPhone FAQ Update

via Gizmodo by Jason Chen on 7/3/08

We’ve just added a good bit of information to our iPhone FAQ, including more AT&T details, launch date info, and iTunes details. See all the new stuff below, or just go to the FAQ to see the monster in its entirety.

Is there a difference between buying the iPhone at AT&T and buying it at Apple? Only if you’re a business customer. AT&T says that there’s no difference between regular customers, and both stores can do things like transferring your number from another carrier. See here for more details.

What’s the final pricing information for AT&T’s plans? Here it is below.

What time will the iPhone be on sale on July 11? 8am, so if you really, really want one, you might have to camp out.

What new features are coming in iTunes 7.7, the update that’s coming July 11 along with the iPhone 2.0 software and iPhone 3G? MobileMe stuff, parental controls for games, and various other features like using your iPhone and iPod Touch as an iTunes remote. Click here for video and screenshots.

Wait, did you just say that iPhone will be able to control iTunes? Yup. You’re getting a free remote control App.

Is there a good reason why the enterprise data plan is more expensive than the standard one? A good reason? AT&T says it’s because business customers use more data than consumers, so they charge more.

Is there an upgrade fee for the iPhone 3G on AT&T? Yes. $18, says AT&T.