First Look: Touch Poet lets anyone be a poet

February 13th, 2009
No comments


Filed under: iPhone, App Store, iPod touch, First Look

With Valentines Day right around the corner, it would seem that everyone is looking for something to get their loved ones. While most might settle on candy, or other holiday items, would you ever think of writing your special someone a poem? Even if you’ve never written a sentence in your life, you can easily write a poem with Touch Poet [iTunes link] for iPhone.

Touch Poet grabs word snippets from works by Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, and Rudyard Kipling as well as Digg headlines and other news sources. When you tap on the right-pointing arrow in the app, words will be move out from behind the arrow. When you find a word that you want to use, you can drag it up to the top portion. The snippets of paper has a really great physics engine that makes it look as though you are actually touching it. If you don’t like a word, or would like to choose a better word, then you can “throw” the piece of paper in the garbage shoot by tossing it towards the bottom right of the screen. If you can’t seem to find a word that you like, you can input your own words by double-tapping on the bottom of the screen — this will allow you to input your own word.

If you tap the upward facing arrow you will have several options, namely the ability to select the source of your words. From here you can also Twitter your masterpiece or e-mail it straight to your loved one. You can get your hands on Touch Poet by visiting the iTunes App Store. It is currently on sale for $.99 (US) through Valentines Day; after then, it will go up to $2.99.

Gallery: Touch Poet

First Look: Touch Poet lets anyone be a poet originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

First Look: Touch Poet lets anyone be a poet originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 11 Feb 2009 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

TUAW, iPhone

Nothing can go wrong…. Hal 9000 is on the iPhone

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Filed under: Software, Odds and ends, iPhone, App Store, iPod touch

You knew it had to happen. The charming but murderous computer from the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey has made to the iPhone/iPod touch. Hal 9000 [App Store link] awaits you for US $0.99.

It’s basically a still of HAL, with lots of his famous sayings from both 2001 and the 1984 sequel, 2010. The real voice of HAL was Canadian actor Douglas Rain.

Don’t know how MGM, owner of the two films, or actor Rain will feel about their work being appropriated for this app, but sound clips of HAL have been floating around on computers for a long, time. Images of HAL have also been used as desktops and wallpaper on computers and phones.

The author of the program, Jonathan Mulcahy is a Boston Systems Engineer. Not surprisingly, he used to fool around with robotics.

[via VentureBeat]

Nothing can go wrong…. Hal 9000 is on the iPhone originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 11 Feb 2009 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Nothing can go wrong…. Hal 9000 is on the iPhone originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Wed, 11 Feb 2009 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

TUAW, iPhone

WeatherKelly

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Version:

Shows you the weather right on your springboard, and fits well with most themes.

WeatherKelly wants to be your little live weather updater right on your springboard. It may be only specific to me, but the widget couldn’t very well figure out where I was. It was giving me weather for some place on the other side of the world. There are no manual option to select what city it updates for, I assume it either uses the cities entered in the Weather app or uses the GPS. Either way it did not work at all.

Once again, this might only be an isolated issue, but don’t expect it to work 100%.

[Source - ModMyI] Cydia

InstallerApps, iPhone

MobileLog

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Version: 1.0

Call/SMS manager for the iPhone

MobileLog is a comprehensive log of your recent calls and text messages, with the ability to sort by sent/recieved, sent or recieved, or missed calls/SMS. You’re also given the ability to delete specific entires from either logs from within the app.

Since the app is run by an extension, there is a constant daemon running for MobileGate and MobileLog. In the case of MobileLog, this gives it the ability to have notifications for things like missed text messages or calls in the form of vibration or sound alerts.

[Source - iSpazio] Cydia

InstallerApps, iPhone

iPhone Push Notification Server tied to Snow Leopard Server

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Despite licensing the proprietary ActiveSync Exchange Server protocol from Microsoft for use with the iPhone, Apple is building its own Push Notification Server for messaging services in both the iPhone and Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server using open, interoperable standards.

Digg, iPhone

New iPhone App DRM Claims to Thwart Pirates

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Piracy of iPhone applications has become quite a hot topic recently, particularly since ?one-click? cracking apps such as Crackulous have become available to the public. The Kali Anti-Piracy system from Ripdev believes it has the answer, putting pirates on notice that the easy ride to free software is over.

Digg, iPhone

Podcast #76: Dancing with the Woz

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Steve Wozniak’s latest foray in the world of reality TV has made Dancing with the Stars fans of the Mac|Life staff. CSS animation hits the iPhone and Google Latitude kinda freaks us out.

An R&B artist is chosen for our weekly, "Keep or Delete." Each week we download and review the free iTunes song of the week and decide whether we’re going to keep or delete the file. This week’s artist:

read more

MacLife, Uncategorized, iPhone

Review: Days of Thunder for iPhone

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Freeverse and Paramount bring Days of Thunder to the (iPhone’s) small screen. The end result is an entertaining racing game that doesn’t take itself too seriously.








MacWorld, Uncategorized, iPhone

iPhone management tools: Are they enough?

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Apple has no enterprise-class tool for its mobile phone, and analysts doubt that point products from other vendors fill the gap, InfoWorld reports.








MacWorld, Uncategorized, iPhone

Nova Media releases 3G hardware development kit

February 13th, 2009
No comments

Nova Media released a hardware development kit allowing users to simulate 3G
hardware and software solutions.








MacWorld, Uncategorized, iPhone