Sure, there’s always a creepy use for everything, but one of the reasons I’ve resisted buying any “real” camera larger than than a smartphone is that I really like the kinds of amazing slices of life you can get from people in public (Check out my random people candids from my first trip to LA here and here) People make so many great faces, but as soon as they know you’re taking a picture, the magic is lost when they smile or run or whatever. That’s where the COVr iPhone case comes in. With a high quality glass mirror angled next to your phone’s camera, you can snap photos with your phone horizontally to the ground, like you’re just-a-checkin-your-texts-la-la-la. That is, if it’s funded on Kickstarter.
Ever since day one of Apple, Steve Wozniak was very much at odds with how Steve Jobs wanted to run the company. Wozniak was all about free and open source, Jobs was about design and marketing and making money. So a couple times a year, Woz makes some comment that completely goes against what Apple is all about now, so it’s not surprising when he recently commented that Apple would be smart to make varieties of iPhone with Android. The problem with that is that Android is becoming less and less open source every day, with only the most basic OS framework as part of the current version, and that’s all mostly from 1.0 or 2.0, everything else is slowly being rolled into the Google Play powered closed-source you-gotta-pay-to-put-it-on-your-phones chunk of code. The future is quickly turning into whose ecosystem you’re buying into and Google’s not giving that away for free.
According to a meeting Apple execs had with people at the FDA, the plans for iOS 8 include health monitoring, such as using tools in the phone’s hardware to monitor how much exercise you’re getting, as well as compatibility with the forthcoming iWatch and third party wearable devices to monitor things like heart rate, blood pressure, etc. iOS 8 will supposedly come bundled with an app called Healthbook to keep track of what lazy fuck you are. Yes, your iPhone is on its way to being a tricorder.
This morning, Facebook announced Paper, a beautifully designed reimagining of Facebook that may make it so you never actually use Facebook’s regular app ever again. In short, FB just blew itself out of the water. Taking design cues from the likes of Flipboard, Medium and Google +, Paper strips the linear nature out of the normal FB feed and gives you a swipe and gesture happy full screen news, photo and video app. Oh, and it’s ad free for right now at least. Oh, and it’s only for iPhone and only in the US, and you can’t get it right now, you’ll have to wait until Monday, February 3rd.
There are plenty of internet meme generation apps out there for iOS and Android and I don’t know maybe Windows phones, but there’s only one imgur and now there’s an official imgur meme generating app for iOS, complete with more memes than I’ve seen in any other similar programs. After the ban of Quickmeme from Reddit thanks to spambots, imgur launched a web meme generator and an Android version last summer, and now iOS users can get in on the hot action.
Just as it did when it was launched for Android, cloud storage service Box is offering 50gb of free storage for iOS users who download their app. The normal free storage amount is 10gb, and this 50 they’re offering never expires. Maybe if you’re looking for an alternative to Dropbox, this might be your thing. And hell, 50gb of free cloud storage ain’t bad.
iOS jailbreakers got a great little Christmas present this morning with evasion7, the first iOS 7 jailbreak release for iOS 7. Evasion7 brings tethering, some useful alternate apps and Bitcoin, something that’s been consistently blocked from the iOS App Store. Right now, all you can get on iOS for Bitcoin are Bitcoin market trackers, but not any wallets. Go forth and jailbreak, but keep in mind, this is a brand new release without a lot of testing, so there will be problems.
For the past couple years, Apple users in Canada and Europe have had Apple’s 12 Days of Christmas to look forward to for some post Xmas freebies, and this year, us lowly Americans can now get in on the action. All you have to so is download the app and wait. On December 26th, every day for twelve days, Apple will be giving away an iOS freebie. Sometimes it’s a movie, an episode of a TV show, books, music, games or apps. Viva la free shit!
If you want to take better pictures with your phone, something closer to a “real” camera, you could grab the Nokia Lumia, but since it’s a Windows phone, you’d probably have to give up on all the apps you use on a regular basis. And yeah, Samsung is coming out with its own camera with an optical zoom, but Apple could slap a slim zoom lens on an iPhone any day of the week. What they’ve been waiting for apparently is to blow your fucking mind, with a camera that fits into an iPhone with shoot now, focus later technology like a Lytro. And this past week, they were finally granted the patent for such a camera, after filing the paperwork in 2011. Now if we could just get an iPad Pro…
Mobile gaming is huuuuge business, and anyone who can make that a better experience for players could stand to make so much money. There have been a slew of snap-on gamepad controllers for iPhones and Android phones, but none have really caught on. Logitech is supposedly entering the market with this big, PS Vita looking thing. It looks nice, it matches the iPhone and it’s got shoulder buttons, which is something many add on gamepads lack. Do you have a mobile phone gamepad? If so, do you like it?
As expected, at today’s big Apple event, there was not one but two new iPhones that hit the red carpet. There’s the iPhone 5S, which will be Apple’s new top of the line iPhone, available in black, silver or gold-champagne, with a fingerprint scanner and some serious guts and the iPhone 5C, a line of candy colored iPhones that are available for $100 with a contract. Also, iOS 7 will be released on September 18.
There’s a hell of a lot to take in, so just read it here