IPhone Apps | The Apple Daily - Part 4

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iPhone 4S Benchmarked – 2x faster than iPhone 4

Recent post on MacRumors shows that a video had surfaced yesterday about the iPhone 4S tested for its capability with a couple of benchmarks. This test includes the new feature “Siri” which was revealed at the launch of “Lets talk iPhone” event at Apple Town Hall in the company’s own campus in Cupertino, California.

It seems that, the people at AppVV got hold of the yet to be released iPhone 4S before its official launch (which is still three days away) and they benchmarked it to compare its performance with other phones. The video they uploaded also shows a setting in Siri – iPhone 4S’ voice recognition feature – called Raise to Speak .

For people who are not familiar with the term ‘Siri’ for them, Siri is a new feature of the iPhone 4S which is a software personal assistant.Which means, Simply by speaking a request in natural language, Siri will perform a task to the best of its ability.

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Official Facebook for iPad App Released

Good news for all the iPad users in the town,the wait is over.Yesterday Facebook app for iPad was officially released,courtesy the universal binary,the app now supports all the iOS based devices,that is iPhone,iPod touch and iPad.

Some of the Features for Facebook for iPad

  •  Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos are high-res and easy to flip through, like a real photo album
  •  Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to move from one screen to another
  •  Play games on the go: Access your favorite Facebook apps and games, wherever you are
  •  Focus on what matters: Zoom in on your friends’ photos, updates and stories
  •  Never lose your place: Share a photo, update your status or send a message without leaving News Feed
  •  See who’s nearby: Check out the Nearby map to see what your friends are up to

So get ready to get the high resolution experience of the Facebook on your iPad with power packed features like pinch gestures and the games and the Facebook messages and chats  and a highly optimized UI for the iPad.

Check out the ScreenShots and Download Link after the break.

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Apple Files For “In App Purchasing” Patent

In App Purchases has been one of the most promising feature for most of the applications running in the app store,an innovative revenue model for the apps which are made available as free for downloads but the in app purchases makes up for the Free App.Apple filed a patent for “In App Purchasing” quite a while ago,that is more than a year and a half way back in april 2010,the same emerged on the   US Patent & Trademark Office’s  yesterday.

The abstract reads,

The present technology provides a purchasing interface within an application that allows users to purchase a product from another source without leaving the application. The application offers a product for purchase, and a user, desiring to purchase the product can provide an input effective to cause a purchasing interface to be displayed. While the purchasing interface, or information presented therein, comes from the product source, which is different than the application source, it is presented in such a fashion that gives the impression to the user that they are purchasing the product directly from the application.

Though this patent has been filed by apple ,a similar patent which is already owned by a company named Lodsys, LLC , customer-based product design module which allows future interaction with customers from inside a service or an application and apple is already paying the company for using the same patent.So this might very well turn into a conflicting situation if at all apple is granted with this patent.

Difference between those two patent’s is that the Lodsys patent is covering a broad area ,but apple uses a more specific area than the actual patent.If at all apple gets hold of this patent,we might see a suing spree from Apple with the competitors like Google and  Microsoft  who are also bringing this concept in their respective application stores like Android market and Marketplace.

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RecognizeMe : Facial Recognition Lockscreen for iPhone

There have been numerous types of Lockscreens for the iPhone till now ranging from simple number based to full fledged gesture based. But a recent lockscreen application blows all of those away.

RecognizeMe, a custom lockscreen for iPhone is the first ever Facial Recognition based security for any consumer mobile device. This ofcourse will require you to have a front facing camera and thus is limited to only the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2.

The application is still in its initial stages and takes some time to compute.

The coolness of this app can only be appreciated via a working video. Check it out:

RecognizeMe retails for 7$ on the Cydia Store.

[Engadget]

Layar – Free Augmented Reality App

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Augmented Reality based applications are fast showing up with mobiles getting equipped with Accelerometers, Digital Compass and GPS.

The iPhone 3GS has a inbuilt Digital Compass which led to such apps showing up in the App Store these days.

Layar is a new AR based App which uses GPS location and internet data to layer information on the screen over live footage.

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NBA Live for iPhone Screenshots – Awesome!

NBA Live is the an upcoming offering in the Sports Game genre by Electronic Arts for the iPhone. EA released a few screenshots to showcase its graphics and gameplay. And let me say that these are one of the best graphics I’ve ever seen on the iPhone.

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SMS Counter Addon

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The default Messages Application in the iPhone is pretty good but theres no way of knowing whether you’ve reached the Word limit for 1 SMS.

To effectively manage this problem, there’s a small hack available that adds a Word count to the Default Messages.App (SMS App).

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iPhone App to Start your Car

iPhone SmartStart

There’s really no limit to what developers can come up with these days for the iPhone. Just when you though that there’s an App for every possible category and task, comes this App which doesn’t fail to amaze you!

Viper SmartStart from Directed Electronics is an iPhone-compatible remote starter capable of warming up or cooling down a car.

SmartStart can be used to remotely lock or unlock the doors, pop the trunk or even sound the car alarm !

“Our customers have consistently told us that the two most important features in a remote starter are range and user interface,” Directed Electronics president Kevin Duffy said in a statement. “We developed the Viper SmartStart in response. Range is virtually unlimited, and iPhone owners can use the elegant touch-screen interface they already carry in their pocket.” Continue Reading…