Microsoft Releases Bing.com-For iPhone?

9 06 2009

bingiconMicrosoft releases its new search engine called Bing.com that intends to replace the Live.com search and challenges the leading position of Google. Bing.com is now live and you can try it out yourself. But one tip to use the full-featured Bing is that you’ll need to set the country to United States. Otherwise, you may only see a stripped-down version of Bing.com.

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Microsoft’s new search engine is pretty good. The interface is simple with an awesome image as the background, which will change daily. The search is very fast and the search results are much better that in Live.com. I especially found the image search useful. The image search results can be filtered by size, layout, color, style (photograph / illustration) and people.

So, will I switch from Google to Bing.com? For now, the answer is no. The index size of Bing is relatively smaller than that of Google. I still feel more satisfied for the search result returned by Google, just based on a few test searches. And, of course, I already get used to Google’s simple interface.

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And, one thing you and I may concern is whether Bing.com works on iPhone. I launched mobile Safari on iPhone and type in http://www.bing.com. Bing! It directs me to Live Search. Obviously, bing.com is still not iPhone (or even mobile) ready. Anyway, it’s good to see an early start of Bing and you can head to bing.com to test it out.

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Amazon Kindle Store Are Optimizes For iPhone

24 05 2009

kindle_for_iphoneiconAmazon released a Kindle application for iPhone that lets you purchase Kindle-based book and read it on iPhone. If you have read my review on Amazon’s Kindle app, you probably know at that time, the Kindle store is not designed for iPhone. The Kindle app itself is great but the Kindle store is not easily to navigate and definitely drags customers away from purchasing books.

Just take a look at the old Kindle store, will you zoom in and out to shop around? Definitely not.

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Now, Amazon achieves a great milestone for Kindle store, which is now optimized for iPhone Safari. As you launch the Kindle app and tap “Get Books” button, the app will take you to the iPhone-optimized Kindle store. The user experience is much better than the old one. It’s just simpler, less clutter and easier to navigate.

The home screen of Kindle store is pretty simple with just a search box and a few options that let you browse books by categories or look for top sellers. However, you may feel a bit strange when you perform a book search. Instead of displaying the search result inside the app, Kindle app shows the book result in iPhone’s Safari. After that, you can continue to navigate the store in Safari and buy books by using Amazon’s 1-click purchase.

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Once the you purchase a book or download a sample chapter, the book is automatically downloaded right into your iPhone. And, you can immediately start reading it using the Kindle app. The iPhone-optimized Kindle store is a great improvement and definitely can attract more iPhone users to purchase Kindle books. But, it’s still not perfect. What I expect is a seamless experience that I can purchase books right inside in the Kindle app. Probably in a very near future, Amazon will take my request into account and rolls out a perfect Kindle app.





Swine Flu 101: Swine Flu Pandemic Info

22 05 2009

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Price: Free
Size: 0.3 MB
Latest version: 1.1

The best iPhone/iPod Application to get all the latest information on the Swine Flu pandemic.

Features:

*Updates on the swine flu straight from CDC.gov.
*Map of all outbreak cases and corresponding information, updated to the minute.
* Overview of the Swine Flu, Background, Classifications, Signs & Symptoms, Preventions, Treatments , Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Outbreaks.
* Option to open pages in safari, or export link into an Email.


Notes: Internet connection required. iPod Users must use on WiFi only. Content of the application is always updated from the internet.

Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch and minimum requires is iPhone 2.2.1 software update. You can download it via direct iTunes link for free.

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Apple To Release Tablet For $500-$700?

22 05 2009

There’s mounting evidence to suggest Applewill introduce its own tablet-based device that will sell for $700 or less, according to researchers for Piper Jaffray and relayed by AppleInsider.

“Between indications from our component contacts in Asia, recent patents relating to multi-touch sensitivity for more complex computing devices, comments from [chief operating officer] Tim Cook on the April 22nd conference call, and Apple’s acquisition of P.A. Semi along with other recent chip-related hires, it is increasingly clear that Apple is investing more in its mobile computing franchise,” analyst Gene Munster and his team wrote.

More specifically, the analyst said these investments will likely culminate with the launch of a touch-screen tablet with a display somewhere between 7- and 10-inches at a special event sometime in the first half of 2010.

The analyst believes the device will retail between $500 and $700 bridging the gap between the $399 iPod touch and the $999 MacBook. Read more here.

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Protect Your iPhone 3G With iWood Cobra

12 05 2009

Are you searching for iPhone case to protect your iPhone? You probably don’t want to opt for those common plastic cases and wanna stand out from the crowd. Check out iWood Cobra from Miniot, which is company that develops luxury wooden cases for iPhone and iPhone 3G. The iWood Cobra case is made in Holland and fused by two contrasting wood species. It looks spectacular. The wooden case comes with two tones (Padouk/Maple or Wenge/Maple) for your choice.

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Miniot also offers a service for you to personalize the iWood case with a monogram, inscription or logo engraved. You can even make an additional purchase for a wooden dock to match with the iWood case. It’s a luxury iPhone case, so don’t expect it’s offered at the price of those plastic cases. The iWood Cobra case for iPhone 3G is now sold at 120 euros and you can check out more information at Miniot.com.

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Stanford Offers Free iPhone Development Course

8 05 2009

stanford-iphone-prog-courseHere’s your chance to learn all the development skills to create a great iPhone application. Stanford University has been teaching iPhone development course since last year. The university is begins to offer free course materials and lecture videos for anyone who are interested in learning iPhone programming.

The iPhone Application Programming course is originally a 10-week computer science class (from Apr 1 to Jun 3), taught by two Apple employees in School of Engineering. Now, you are free to join the programme by downloading course presentation and lecture video via Stanford’s iTunes U. The lecture video will be available two days after the course meeting. The material that are available to the public is exactly the same as those received by students on campus. However, you’ll not receive any course credits from Stanford. This shouldn’t be the problem for those who just want to learn the iPhone development skills.

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The first lecture was started on Apr 1. The presentation material and lecture video for this lecture is already available for download. It gives a basic introduction to iPhone programming, Objective-C and the development tools. For more information about the course, you can check out:

I have already downloaded the course presentation and is now grabbing the lecture video. Gone back to the old days, I admire I can study at Stanford University. I’m really thrilled that Stanford University offers a free chance for the general public to attend the lecture (virtually).

If you’re planning to create your iPhone application, go ahead to download the course material. Let’s join and study the course together. What do you think about the course? Feel free to leave comment below and share your view.





iPhone OS 3.0:Streaming Bluetooth Music To a Toyota Venza

8 05 2009

You may know that the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 will let you stream audio via Bluetooth A2DP. A tech expert from car.com has tested the iPhone 3.0 Beta and showed how you can stream music from iPhone to the audio system of a Toyota Venza via Bluetooth. That’s really cool. In future, you can throw away the audio adapters.