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September 17, 2010

Facebook Places location sharing arrives in the UK

by Darren Allan
Facebook has launched its location sharing service, Places, over in this country, following on from its initial unveiling in the States last month. The service allows Facebook users to “check in” to locations and show their friends whereabouts they are in the world. And by the same token, you can see when friends are in your near vicinity when ...



September 13, 2010

Stephen Fry releases autobiography in app form

by Darren Allan
Stephen Fry has released his autobiography today not just in traditional print book form, but also as an e-book, and an app. Fry is famous for his love of gadgetry and in particular the magical devices fashioned by the Apple elves, so it isn't too surprising that he's released a version as an app for the iPhone and ...



September 11, 2010

Microsoft buries iPhone and BlackBerry in Windows Phone 7 parade

by Darren Allan
It's no secret that Microsoft has high hopes its new Windows Phone 7 operating system will help revive the company's mobile fortunes, which have certainly taken a battering of late. But so confident is MS of its success, Engadget reports that it has held a celebration parade for the OS being released to manufacturing in which the company literally buried market ...



September 9, 2010

Tesco produces grocery shopping app for iPhone

by Darren Allan
Want to do your Tesco weekly grocery shop direct from your iPhone? Well, now you can thanks to an app designed just for that purpose. The free to download app will sit alongside the supermarket's existing apps for the Apple smartphone, such as its Clubcard or Store Finder applications. Users will be able to start a fresh order from ...



iOS 4.1 jailbreak exploit found just hours after release

by Darren Allan
As we reported yesterday evening, iOS 4.1 was released with a number of new features, along with security and bug fixes. But within hours of it going live, hackers had managed to find a method which can be used to jailbreak devices running the latest version of Apple's operating system. The Register reports that pod2g, a member of the ...



September 8, 2010

Apple iOS 4.1 now released

by Darren Allan
As was predicted at the start of the week, today Apple has unleashed iOS 4.1, which adds a number of new features and makes some important bug fixes. You can plug in your iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPhone 4 now (or indeed iPod Touch, second-gen or later), and whip the update straight off iTunes to get the goodies. Important ...



Track your running with the Nike+ app for iPhone

by Darren Allan
A new version of the Nike+ app is out for the iPhone, which lets you track your running progress without having one of those little sensors embedded in your Nike trainers. The app requires iOS 4, and uses the accelerometer to determine your pace, and the GPS feature of Apple's smartphone to map out where you've ...



September 6, 2010

Shazam app now comes with iOS 4 support

by Darren Allan
While Apple is busy preparing iOS 4 to be updated on Wednesday, so rumour has it, Shazam has now included iOS 4 support in the latest incarnation of its music discovery app. The update brings iOS 4 support to all versions of Shazam, including Encore, the Red special edition app, and the free version. Shazam users will find the interface optimised with ...



Royal Mail brings out a smartphone readable stamp

by Darren Allan
The Royal Mail has come up with an invention which it has dubbed the world's first “intelligent” stamp. While the stamp isn't actually sentient – it can't lick and attach itself, sprout legs and then seek out the nearest postbox – it's a clever little gummed square in that it can be scanned by your iPhone or Android ...



August 31, 2010

Apple smartphone becomes the iStethoscope

by Darren Allan
The next time you go to the doctor's for a check up, you might find your heartbeat being monitored by an iPhone, not a stethoscope. Well, maybe not, but it seems some medical professionals in more remote areas are finding the new iStethoscope application very useful. According to a report in the Guardian, it has been downloaded by ...



August 23, 2010

Apple patent explores anti-jailbreak options

by Darren Allan
An Apple patent has come to light which revolves around identifying and dealing with stolen iPhones, and also those which have been jailbroken. TechRadar reports that the “Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device” patent, which was filed by Apple back in February, details methods of detecting hacked or jailbroken devices, and measures that could ...



August 18, 2010

Nine nabbed in million pound iPhone scam

by Darren Allan
Nine people have been arrested in raids earlier this morning regarding an alleged million pound plus scam run using Apple's famous smartphone. Those picked up by the police came from a range of cities up and down the country, from London through Birmingham to Middlesbrough. They were all male, save for one woman. The scam was purported to work ...



If you’re happy and you know it, clap your iPhone

by Darren Allan
A new app has been produced for the iPhone which – wait for it, we're not making this up – tracks your happiness level. The free app asks the user how happy he or she is at random intervals during the day. The idea being that it puts this information together with their geographical location, and works out ...



Apple gets funky with Grooveshark and pulls app

by Darren Allan
After a year long battle to get an app for its music streaming service up and running on the iPhone, Grooveshark finally managed the feat earlier this month. But not long after the celebratory party poppers had hit the ground at the Grooveshark offices, Apple pulled the app from its store. This was apparently a reaction to a ...



August 12, 2010

London underground iPhone app gets Boris Bike update

by Darren Allan
Boris riding about London on his bike has become a familiar sight on the TV news. In fact, his biking antics are now so famous, a new cycle rental scheme which has started up in the capital is known informally as Boris Bikes. And now London Cycle Hire information has been made available on the official London Tube ...



August 11, 2010

iPhone users get more bedroom action

by Darren Allan
“I think therefore I am”, Descartes famously said. And equally true in this modern age is the adage “iPhone, therefore I have more sex”. Yes, it seems that iPhone users might have antenna problems, but not when it comes to the bedroom, where they're always at it. So says a slightly dubious survey by dating site OkCupid.com. The site ...



Apple’s new Covent Garden store still attracting queues

by Darren Allan
You probably saw the news that Apple has opened its 28th UK store, in Covent Garden, at the weekend. The Piazza, Covent Garden, was packed out with iPhone and iPad fans on Saturday morning, some of whom had queued overnight to ensure they were one of the first to enter the shop (and receive a free T-shirt). However, it seems ...



August 6, 2010

Apple opens Covent Garden store tomorrow, largest in world

by Darren Allan
Apple is set to open its largest store in the world in London tomorrow, when it throws back the doors at the shop in Covent Garden. It will be a massive affair with a large glass roof, huge arches, oak tables and all the splendour and chic you'd expect from a company which prides itself on its design ...



August 5, 2010

Apple responds to serious iOS vulnerability

by Darren Allan
As we (and plenty of other sites on the net) warned yesterday, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners need to be careful about what websites they're visiting due to a recently discovered security issue in iOS. The problem involves sites (or emails) with PDF content, and the vulnerability (which actually consists of two separate flaws worked in tandem) uses ...



August 4, 2010

Vonage app allows Facebook friends to communicate

by Darren Allan
VoIP outfit Vonage has produced an app on Android and the iPhone which allows Facebook friends to communicate with each other at no cost. The app, which will also work on other Apple devices such as the iPod Touch (and soon the iPad), uses the Voice over Internet Protocol to connect socially networked friends who have installed the program. It's free and ...



iOS4 PDF flaw hits Apple devices

by Darren Allan
If you have an Apple device running iOS4, from an iPhone to iPad, you need to be careful about what websites you're visiting with PDF content. This is because Gizmodo has highlighted a flaw with the PDF format which can be used to malicious ends via the Safari browser in iOS4. Just visiting a website with PDF content will load ...



August 3, 2010

Carphone Warehouse launches Music Anywhere streaming service

by Darren Allan
Carphone Warehouse has launched Music Anywhere, a music streaming service which enables you to access your library of tunes on the go. It's different to the traditional streaming service in that it essentially creates a cloud-based duplicate of the existing music library on your computer, registering which tracks you own and allowing you to access them anywhere. If Music Anywhere ...



July 24, 2010

iPhone users abroad get billed despite turning off roaming

by Darren Allan
Some more work has landed on the desk of Apple's beleaguered PR department, as if they haven't had enough trouble spinning their way out of Antennagate. Reports indicate that some owners of Apple iPhones have been hit with substantial bills for surfing on their handsets abroad, even when they've had roaming charges turned off. The Daily Mail claims that one ...



July 23, 2010

Smartphone sales surge by 43%

by Darren Allan
Smartphones are selling like hot compact and shiny technological gadgets, being up 43% this quarter compared to the same period last year. A record 60 million smartphone units were shifted in the second quarter, according to a Strategy Analytics report authored by Neil Mawston. Mawston commented that: “Healthy operator subsidies, vigorous competition between premium tier vendors and a growing range of lower-cost ...



BBC News app to hit iPhone and iPad today

by Darren Allan
The BBC is finally going to launch an app for Apple's magical tablet and smartphone devices. The Beeb was all set to bring out free apps earlier this year, but the move was halted while the BBC Trust evaluated the impact these might have on the newspaper industry's mobile apps, and whether or not it might be damaging. However, the ...



July 22, 2010

British Airways produces iPhone app for swift check-in

by Darren Allan
British Airways has come up with a new iPhone app this week which is designed to take the pain out of plane travel. Using the app, customers will be able to download their boarding pass and use their smartphone to check-in and confirm their seat on the plane. Although this feature is currently only available on Heathrow to Edinburgh flights. ...



July 21, 2010

Dragon Dictation and Search apps coming to UK iPhones

by Darren Allan
Nuance has announced that it is launching the Dragon Dictation and Search apps in the UK for iPhone users. The app's speech-to-text technology means that with Dictation you can talk rather than type on your iPhone, and Nuance claims this will speed up text creation by a factor of five. Plus it'll make you feel all important and futuristic, ...



July 20, 2010

eBay launches iPhone app

by David Allen
The online auction site, eBay, has launched an app for the iPhone that allows shoppers to virtually try on clothes to see what they would look like in them, before they actually buy the item. The app is free to download and it will offer the virtual try on and a closet to place the clothes in, as well ...



RIM unhappy with Apple Conference reference

by David Allen
During the Steve Jobs Show on Friday night, so many points were covered that the analysing has only just begun to pump out its conclusions. However, quick off the mark is RIM, the maker of the Blackberry device, which has taken exception to the references made by Steve Jobs with regards to the signal reception received by the Blackberry ...



White iPhone not due end of July?

by Darren Allan
During his “Antennagate” press conference last Friday, which was called to deal with the whole iPhone 4 reception issue, Steve Jobs also mentioned the fabled white iPhone 4. He said that the white wonder would be shipping come the end of this month, although given the various stock issues surrounding the launch of Apple's smartphone (which has been flying ...



July 16, 2010

Firefox Home iPhone app approved by Apple

by Darren Allan
Mozilla's Firefox Home app is now available to download on the Apple App Store, after being approved by the Cupertino based company. The free app can be ensconced on your iPhone or iPod Touch, where it links up with your Firefox desktop browser history, bookmarks, and even the tabs you currently have open. It syncs up the data from your ...



July 15, 2010

Open Championship 2010 iPhone app ready for tee-off

by Darren Allan
Apple smartphone owning golf fans will doubtless be interested in The R&A's official Open 2010 app for the iPhone. It's designed to bring coverage of the fairway and green action from St Andrews straight to your handset, and the app features a redesign for the 150th anniversary of the British Open. It brings you live weather updates (rain, rain and ...



July 12, 2010

Ebay produces new iPhone app

by Darren Allan
Ebay has come up with a new app for the iPhone which allows its users to sell items when they're away from home. Vendors will be able to list items for sale in super-swift time, using barcode scanning technology (via the iPhone's camera), and they'll be able to manage items, and organise delivery when sold. The barcode scanning technology sounds ...



Proclaimers app marches onto iPhone

by Darren Allan
If you've just bought an iPhone 4, then what better way to celebrate than buying the new app the Proclaimers have just produced? Well, there are probably a number of other better ways, but fans of the Scottish pop rock duo might want to grab the iProclaimers app anyway. Particularly if they're interested in learning to play the band's five ...



July 6, 2010

T-Mobile price cut makes HTC Desire more desirable

by Darren Allan
T-Mobile has cut its pricing on the popular HTC Desire phone. The move comes in the wake of the iPhone 4 launch, with the company evidently thinking the Desire needed something to keep it an attractive proposition. A price cut to £30 per month (from £35) on a two year plan with the handset free should help do the trick. That comes ...



iPhone 3G crowned as the most recycled phone

by Darren Allan
1.7 million iPhone 4s were shifted in the smartphone's first three days on sale. There's certainly been no shortage of takers for Apple's new baby, and stocks are short across the country. And it would seem that a fair number of the plentiful buyers out there were upgrading from an older Apple handset. Or so the number of iPhones ...



Skobbler sat-nav app hits 72,000 UK downloads on iPhone

by Darren Allan
It's now three weeks since Skobbler, the German created free sat-nav app, was brought out on the iPhone in the UK. And the company says its app has been even more successful in this country than it was in Germany, having been downloaded over 72,000 times thus far. The Skobbler app has been top of the UK free navigation apps ...



June 29, 2010

Apple to give iPhone 4 software update

by David Allen
It looks as if Apple will launch a patch for the iPhone 4, taking the current iOS4 software to iOS4.0.1 in order to fix the much publicised issue with the internal aerial. In the meantime, there are plenty of home made fixes around, although it is not recommended to attempt many of these ideas. The most popular solution is holding ...



June 28, 2010

Nokia takes the pips out of Apple

by Darren Allan
Nokia has had a bit of fun at Apple's expense on the company's official blog page. The latest piece posted today is entitled “How do you hold your Nokia?” and it explores a range of different grips customers can use to hold their phones. None of which degrade the quality of the reception, as with Apple's fourth-gen iPhone and its much talked ...



Amazon Kindle introduces embedded video for Apple devices

by Darren Allan
Amazon has brought the world of embedded video and audio into its Kindle e-books, but not for those using the actual Kindle hardware. Only Apple users on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will get to enjoy the multimedia enhancements for their Kindle apps. The new technology is already being put to use in a range of Kindle books, in ...



OK! produces Celebspotter iPhone app

by Darren Allan
OK! magazine has partnered up with Jeanie Media to produce a celebrity spotting app for the iPhone. The Celebspotter app links content to location via Google Maps, and provides a list of recent celebrity sightings. Users can add celebs they've spotted, or search for famous names and find out which bars, restaurants and clubs they've been spotted hanging out at. And ...



June 24, 2010

Three million iPads sold

by David Allen
Apple never ceases to amaze the consumer and the industry. When Steve Jobs stood up there in front of the Apple faithful to introduce them to the Apple iPad, it was received with open arms in the hall, but soon after there were the rumbles of the media putting it down. But according to figures released by Apple, over ...



June 22, 2010

Windows Live for iPhone launched

by David Allen
Finally, iPhone users can rush over to the apps store and download the Windows Live Messenger iPhone App that has just been released by Microsoft. The free-to-download app will allow the user to sign into their account on the iPhone and carry on their online conversations with their friends, as they would be doing if they were sitting at ...



Apple iPhone iOS4 unleashed

by Darren Allan
As expected, yesterday Apple made the upgrade to its new iPhone operating system available to iPhone 3G and 3GS users, as well as those with an iPod touch. The move came three days ahead of the release of the fourth generation iPhone itself, which comes out sporting the new OS on Thursday. OS 4 comes with a raft of security ...



June 21, 2010

iOS4 set to be unleashed onto Apple iPhone today

by Darren Allan
Apple is set to push out its OS 4 for the iPhone and iPod touch, just ahead of the iPhone 4 launch on Thursday. The new operating system is expected to arrive later this afternoon (if the buzz on the Internet is correct), and will give existing iPhone 3GS and 3G customers some juicy new features to play with. Top ...



June 16, 2010

Free sat nav for iPhone users

by David Allen
Owners of the iPhone can now get their hands on a free sat nav application from Skobbler, the producer of video and audio navigation systems. The system utilises the service offered by OpenStreetMap. This is a navigation service available to all free of charge, which is based on a “Wiki” style interface that allows users to edit maps according ...



June 15, 2010

Apple Store app is launched

by Darren Allan
The Apple Store now has its own app, which is essentially a mobile version of the company's web store. The Apple Store app grants iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users the ability to buy Apple products and accessories, and check stock levels. It also allows you to check where you nearest Apple retailer is, what in-store events might be running, ...



iPhone 4 now on pre-order from Apple at £499

by Darren Allan
You can now place a pre-order for a sim-free iPhone 4 direct from the Apple site. Although as we type, the pre-order page is currently down, possibly due to the amount of people rushing over to check it out. At any rate, the damage is £499 for the fourth-gen piece of iPhone kit, with its improved display, HD video recording ...



June 14, 2010

Telegraph World Cup iPhone app boasts 143,000 downloads

by Darren Allan
The Telegraph has announced that its World Cup app for the iPhone has clocked up some 143,000 downloads and counting. The paper says that it's the third most popular free sports app for the iPhone and iPod touch. All the latest news from South Africa is delivered by the program, along with expert analysis from the likes of Alan Hansen, ...



Skobbler sat-nav available on iPhone in the UK

by Darren Allan
The free German turn-by-turn sat-nav service Skobbler is now available on the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Using a community powered model called OpenStreetMap, Skobbler is the Wikipedia of the sat-nav world, allowing users to update its maps with their latest discoveries. The theory is that its data is always pretty much bang up to date as a result, whereas other ...