Archive for the ‘New App’ Category

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DIRECTV app now available

March 30, 2009

DIRECTV has come out with a great new app that allows you to program your DVR right from your iPhone. With the free app, you can:

– Search for any television show up to 14 days in advance
– Browse programs by channel or date & time
– Get program information instantly, including description, length and rating
– Record a single episode or an entire series
– Program Pay Per View movies to be recorded and ready to watch anytime
– Record to any DIRECTV DVR in your home

When is Time Warner going to get an app like this??

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New Light Writer app

March 26, 2009

From our good friends at Laan Labs (they have no idea who we are) comes a new iPhone app called “Light Writer – POV Effect.” You write a message or get a piece of clipart and then wave your arm around to create “magic.” Ok, so we aren’t entirely sure how this works, but we are curious to check it out. We easily stole from Gizmodo secretly obtained some images.

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Let the Madness begin

March 19, 2009

Today begins March Madness, one of my favorite times of year. I don’t watch much (any) college basketball during the regular season, but when the bracket comes out I am hooked. This is due in large part to the fact that I won a pool my first year by picking entirely on name association. If you’re like me and want to know who is playing at all times, the iPhone has some great options this year.

The CBS March Madness on Demand app lets you watch all of the tourney games live by streaming video on your iPhone. The app costs only $5 but you will need a Wi-Fi connection.

CBS Sports looks OK on the iPhone, but their NCAA section leaves something to be desired. It loads like the regular website and takes a lot of scrolling and resizing to get around. A much better option is the ESPN mobile website at espn.com.

But the best place to get your stats seems to be on Yahoo! Check out m.yahoo.com/ncaa (don’t forget the “m”) and you can get the latest scores, the tourney schedule, and even check out your Yahoo! bracket online.

Who will you be rooting for?
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Everyone can afford “A Personal Assistant”

March 9, 2009

MacWorld tipped us off on a new app, PageOne’s A Personal Assistant, that “attempts to simplify the task of monitoring your digital life by collecting and displaying account information from a variety of services.”

Basically it puts all of your online accounts for services such as banking, movies, travel and social media in one place so you don’t have to go to multiple websites and log in. The simplified version is available for free, but has built-in ads.

The premium version, which goes for $10, offers more services and real-time data for some services such as travel. And if you think putting all of your personal data in one place is asking for trouble, you’re right. So developer PageOnce added passcode locking and the ability to remotely erase all personal information from your phone on the company’s website.
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Watchmen game for iPhone

March 9, 2009

Guess who is absolutely sick of hearing about Watchmen? The next thing these guys will watch is me puking.

Now, it seems that there is a Watchmen game for the iPhone and it retails for less than $1. The game, Watchmen: Justice is coming, allows players to fight in a 3D environment that looks like NYC in the 1970’s. If you like the movie and/or books or comic books or whatever the hell it is, chances are you’ll dig the game.

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Scramble app launches, work productivity tanks

March 4, 2009

Ok, so I don’t really know if that is true. But if “Scramble Live” for the iPhone catches on as quickly as it did on Facebook, I bet people will be spending a lot more time on their phones “checking important emails.”

According to TechCrunch,

The decision to bring Scramble to the iPhone specifically was a good one. After all, its Scramble Facebook app is currently one of the social networking service’s top 25 games with more than 1.2 million monthly active users and its popularity is still soaring. Interestingly, Zynga’s new game lets you compete live with other users on Facebook too and even with other people around you in real time if they have the app installed on their devices as well.

If you rush on over to the app store you can pick up Scramble for the limited launch price of $2.99. Eventually the price will be going up to $4.99.

Zynga's Scramble on Facebook

Zynga's Scramble on Facebook

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Kindle comes to the iPhone

March 4, 2009

According to the New York Times,

Amazon.com will begin selling e-books for reading on Apple’s popular iPhone and iPod Touch.

Starting Wednesday, owners of these Apple devices can download a free application, Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch, from Apple’s App Store. The software will give them full access to the 240,000 e-books for sale on Amazon.com, which include a majority of best sellers.

Amazon doesn’t see the Kindle and the iPhone (or iPod Touch) in competition. Rather, the company thinks the two will compliment each other as people are unlikely to read from their iPhone for a long period of time. The iPhone battery life is not nearly as long as a Kindle’s and the screen is much smaller.

Don’t worry if you have already purchased books for your Kindle, you will be able to upload them for free to your Apple devices. And if you stop reading your book on one device, the automatic bookmark will let you pick up from where you left off on the other. I think it’s a very smart move on the part of Amazon and might even increase their Kindle sales in the long run.

Credit: The New York Times

Credit: The New York Times