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Six iOS apps you need right now

Six iOS apps you need right now

This collection of apps has both old and new offerings, but every one of them is perfect for checking out a brand-new iOS device over the holidays.

If you’re going to be buying (or receiving) a new iOS device over the holidays, you’re going to want to grab the hottest apps to see what the App Store has to offer. But with close to 750,000 apps available, it can be a bit daunting to figure out which ones to choose.

To get you started, I put together a list of apps that include both all-time hits and up-and-coming new software. Each of these is available for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, and give you a sampling of what your new iOS device can do.


PhotoToaster

PhotoToaster
There are a ton of photo-editing apps in the App Store with some made for social networks such as Instagram, and others that offer more features for tweaking your images. But in a sea of photo-editing apps, PhotoToaster is a great place to start.

PhotoToaster has long been a favorite of mine with easy-to-use basic editing tools, tons of effects you can preview by tapping your finger, and other handy tools to enhance parts of your images for the best look possible. When you’re finished tweaking your photo, you can save it, e-mail it, send it via text message or to one of many social networking sites, and even make it into a physical post card.


Angry Birds Star Wars

Angry Birds Star Wars
Angry Birds is easily the most popular game of all time on iOS devices and — once you play this cute and addictive sequel — you’ll immediately see why. The simple concept of flinging birds into structures and causing the most damage possible is easy to understand and enjoy whether you’re 8 years old or 80.

While an Angry Birds game might be an obvious choice for a list like this one, Angry Birds Star Wars really impressed me beyond what I thought it could using more than just a “Star Wars” backdrop. New “Star Wars”-themed bird types, music from the movies, and intricately designed levels make this game an excellent choice, even without the popular gaming franchise that came before it.


Netflix

Netflix
Like the Angry Birds games, Netflix has been available for a long time, but it’s simply way too good to pass up on a new iOS device.

While you only get the limited streaming library from Netflix, having instant access to TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more on your iOS device is amazingly useful. Whether you’re out and about, on a trip, or just want to catch a quick episode of your favorite show, Netflix streams are high definition and smooth for an enjoyable viewing experience.


Fayve

Fayve
While I have already included Netflix in this list, not everyone has a Netflix account. But this new movie-browsing app takes a different angle on movie viewing and discovery that covers most popular online services. Using a carousel-shaped interface, Fayve digs into the movie and TV show libraries of several services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, iTunes, and Redbox, and displays them so you can browse through everything from one app.

Aside from its easy browsing capabilities, Fayve also lets you view a show page for more information, giving you everything from actor bios to movie recommendations. If you want to see everything available to watch on online right now, this app is a great choice.


Google Search

Google Search
Google Search really needs no introduction, but the app for iOS devices has undergone several updates to make it one of the best available for search. Just like on a desktop computer, you’ll be able to enter search terms and use many of the Google apps on your touch screen, but a few mobile-specific features make this app even more useful.

A feature called Google Goggles gives you the power to take a picture of an object or just the bar code, then searches a vast database to give you options to purchase it on the Web or a nearby store. But a recently added feature lets you use your voice to search, and it churns out results even faster than Apple’s Siri. With an already proven search engine and added features for mobile, this app is extremely easy to recommend.


FIFA Soccer 13

FIFA Soccer 13
Coming from a long line of console soccer games, FIFA Soccer has seen a number of improvements over the years to make it the best in the genre. But this “football” game is not just good — it might be the best all-around sports game for iOS ever.

Not only can you play as any of 500 fully licensed teams, with more than 15,000 players, across 30 leagues, the gameplay is silky smooth as you try to make a play for the goal. New skill moves in this latest version are much easier to pull off as you fight your way through difficult defenses in tournaments, championships, and other game modes. If you like soccer or really any team sports, this game is a must download.

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20 Best iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone games this week

Endless Road

Isometric racing game Endless Road drives onto iPhone and iPad

It’s time for our weekly roundup of the best new games for smartphones and tablets, easing down slightly from the chaos of trying to narrow down a longlist of 60 new releases for last week’s post.

As ever, all these games were released in the last seven days. Prices are included, but bear in mind where a game is marked as Free, it’s highly likely to be using in-app purchases. Actually, a lot of the paid games are also using IAP nowadays too.

On with this week’s selection:

Endless Road (£0.69)

This is probably the most visually-interesting game of the week: an isometric racer where you have to outrun a collapsing landscape, dodging traffic and obstacles as you go. As you can see from the screenshot above, it’s got a distinctive visual style through its perspective and use of colour. But the gameplay matches the hipster visuals.
iPhone / iPad

Heroes of Order & Chaos (Free)

Gameloft was inspired by World of Warcraft for its Order & Chaos Online massively multiplayer game for smartphones and tablets. Now it’s spinning that off into what it claims is iOS’ first Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game. The idea being to pick characters and battle enemies alone, or with friends. The Android version hasn’t gone live at the time of writing, but I’ll update the link when it does.
Android / iPhone / iPad

Skylanders Battlegrounds (£4.99)

It’s not been long since Activision’s last iOS Skylanders game – Skylanders: Lost Islands – but now its popular console franchise is back for another bite at the App Store. As the name makes clear, this game is much more focused on battles, as players tear into an evil warlord army. There’s also an optional “Bluetooth Portal of Power” accessory to bring physical Skylanders toys into the gameplay.
iPhone / iPad

Motley Blocks (£1.99)

Square Enix has taken a break from Final Fantasy and other RPG duties to release this 3D rotating-block puzzle game. It sees you matching chains of blocks, earning virtual coins and buying power-ups, with online leaderboards and the ability to create puzzles to send to friends or publish for the wider community to play.
Android / iPhone / iPad

Dragon Slayer (Free)

Publisher Glu Mobile‘s latest freemium game has more fire-breathing giant mythical monsters than you can shake a stick at. Well, cast deadly spells at, really – a stick won’t do you much good here. It’s a magic-based combat with enemies, items and in-app purchases a-plenty.
Android / iPhone / iPad

Transformers (Free)

Card-battler games have been a huge hit in Japan, but they’re going more global – Rage of Bahamut being one popular example. How about applying the genre to Transformers? That’s what Mobage has done on iOS already, and now on Android. It sees you building a virtual card-deck of Autobots or Decepticons, then battling other players over the network.
Android

Avengers Initiative (£3.13)

Here’s another big brand with a fervent fanbase jumping from iOS to Android, although in the case of Marvel’s Avengers Initiative, this is more an Infinity Blade-style brawler rather than a card-battler. Available for a select bunch of devices initially, including Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and Google’s Nexus 7, it sees you fighting as Hulk against a bunch of villains.
Android

Paper Monsters (£0.62)

Crescent Moon’s platform game Paper Monsters won huge critical acclaim on iOS, but now it’s available on Android too. It sees you running and jumping along side-scrolling levels made out of paper, cardboard and other natural materials, with 28 levels to explore and some nifty features to encourage you to replay when you’re done.
Android

Bladeslinger Ep.1 (£1.99)

There’s plenty of buzz around the Bladeslinger game this week, as the first episode makes its App Store debut. It’s a 3D action title using the Unity engine for some eye-popping graphics, as you shoot and punch the living nightlights out of various monsters in an otherwise-deserted town.
iPhone / iPad

Rage of the Gladiator (£0.69)

Rage of the Gladiator started off as a WiiWare game on Nintendo’s console, but is now crossing over to iOS. It puts you in the (studded, blood-stained) shoes of a gladiator, fighting a succession of bosses with weapons and magical finishing moves. Expect beefy 3D graphics and lots of shouting.
iPhone / iPad

Monopoly Millionaire (£0.71)

The iOS-to-Android ports are coming thick and fast, which is a good sign of how publishers are taking Google’s platform more seriously – even if simultaneous releases would be an even better indication. Anyway, this is EA’s latest reboot of board-game Monopoly, which focuses on speeding up the game and throwing in upgrades.
Android

Spy Mouse (£2.29)

This is a Nokia-exclusive, so you’ll have to search for it on your Lumia smartphone – the link above is to WP7 Connect’s story on its launch. Spy Mous is a fun line-drawing puzzler from the clever folk behind the Real Racing and Flight Control games. It sees you guiding a mouse to cheese while avoiding cats in a succession of top-down levels.
Windows Phone (Nokia)

Groove Coaster Zero (Free)

Taito’s Groove Coaster appeared as a paid game on iOS in July 2011, but now it’s been re-released as a freemium title. It’s like a futuristic rollercoaster game powered by music, with tracks available to buy using in-game currency, and some freebies available for people who bought the original version.
iPhone / iPad

Toy Defense (Free)

Have we hit Peak Tower Defence Games point yet? Seemingly not, because they keep on coming. Toy Defense’s twist on the genre is its use of toys as the characters, as you defend your base through 24 levels of enemy onrushes, upgrading units as you go.
Android

Alt-Minds (Free)

Alt-Minds isn’t really a mobile game: it’s a transmedia “interactive gaming adventure” that runs across websites, Facebook, PC/Mac and tablets (the latter being the reason for its inclusion here). The storyline focuses on five mysteriously-disappeared researchers, and is told through a mixture of videos, games and web content. The tablet games focus on puzzles as part of all this.
Android / iPad

Asura Cross (Free)

Here’s a new take on the 2D beat ‘em up genre from Korean publisher Gamevil, which sees you battling a series of foes, upgrading your character’s skills in between fights, and then challenging other players in the game’s Versus mode. An intriguing sign of what may come next for famous franchises like Street Fighter in the freemium/social era.
iPhone / iPad

The Epstein Mysteries (Free)

This is a nice curveball in the week’s releases: a game from The Connected Set made for The New Art Gallery in Walsall, based around the real-life shooting of artist Jacob Epstein’s mistress Kathleen Garman in 1923. The idea being that you listen to witness testimonies, peer at letters and artefacts, and try to find clues in the Gallery itself – the game can be played there, but also at home. It’s the latest interesting glimpse at how museums and galleries can use apps and mobile games.
Android / iPhone / iPad

MegaCity (£0.69)

On iOS, MegaCity was a quirky and inventive puzzler that included elements of city-building games. Now it’s on Android, where it deserves a wider audience. Described as “Tetris meets Sim City”, it makes placing homes, utilities and industrial units a brain-taxing treat.
Android

Littlest Pet Shop (Free)

Gameloft is making a play for cutesy freemium games at the moment, with Littlest Pet Shop following My Little Pony, Wonder Zoo and Monster Life onto the app stores. Here, you (or, let’s be honest, your children – so be on top of your IAP settings) are collecting dogs, cats, bears and other critters, then playing with them in a series of mini-games. The link above is for Android, but here’s the iOS version.
Android / iPhone / iPad

Turn N Run (£0.79)

EA and Chillingo have bagged this week’s Xbox-enabled game launch for Windows Phone, although early indications are that it works on Windows Phone 7 devices, but is encountering some issues on Windows Phone 8. Assuming those get sorted, it’s fun – a port of an existing iOS game that gets you to twist the gameplay world to link up blocks and find your way to the alien hero’s crashed spaceship.
Windows Phone

That’s our selection, but what have you been playing on your smartphone or tablet? Make your recommendations in the comments, or give your thoughts on the games above.

Arms Cartel Global – Game on Iphone

Arms Cartel Global

Description:

WITH A FULL FIVE STAR AVERAGE ON THEIR FIRST GAME, PIXEL ADDICTS NOW BRINGS YOU A BRAND NEW TITLE – ★★★★★ ARMS CARTEL GLOBAL ★★★★★ ★★ Join Over 2 Million Players in The Most Addicting Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game on the iPhone! ★★ Build your way up the ranks to create the biggest Arms Cartel in the world! Visit forum.pxladdicts.com for gameplay tips. ★★ Features ★★ – Beautiful Interactive Maps – Travel to Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and more! – Complete Missions All Over The World To Earn Cash and Buy Premium Weapons. – Hundreds of Weapons & Vehicles to Choose From! – Attack Rival Cartels LIVE! – Over 40 new Real Estate buildings to Own and Earn Cash From! – Receive Notifications for Attacks, Comments, Invites and More LIVE During Gameplay – Truly Amazing Feature (requires push notifications to be enabled) – Build Malls, Stadiums, Casinos & More! – Engage With Other Players to Form Alliances and Destroy Your Enemies. -Rob your rivals’ cities -Compete for the top spot on the Networth chart -Plan Cartel tasks to bring down a rival cartel -Send your cartel members shipments of money and weapons!

What’s New in Version 4.0:

- Do not allow spaces or special characters in username for migrating – Fixed Not being able to reply to comments on iOS6 – Cartel Spy Protection (No one can view your equipment) – Daily Bonus dialog now shows when boss event is going on – View your Daily Bonus status on your profile page – Boss Power Attacks (one low price lasts the whole boss event!) – Send your Clan Members Boss Power Attacks – Fixed issues with clan not showing after creation – Disband Clan

Apple iPad reminds us how brands succeed by transforming experiences

To borrow a line from Scrooge, “I’m as giddy as a drunken man.” With today’s Apple iPad intro, it feels like Christmas. I was glued to Engadget’s live blogfeed of the announcement. Apple is leveraging its iPhone technology in a new tablet format, adding bells and whistles like unlocked, no contract, and cheap 3G data plans, a keyboard dock and the iBookstore. But once again, as we’ve seen in the past with Apple, the whole may be larger than the sum of the parts.

In the tech industry we pay homage to “innovation” as the ultimate springboard for leadership positioning and killer differentiation. Lots of companies make products, but only a few reinvent how we learn, communicate and experience. Remember trying to use a pre-iPod Mp3 player? Mine was a Diamond Rio; frustrated and ticked off are two reactions that come to mind.

Remember how you felt the first time you used an iPod? For me, it was the same feeling I get when I step foot in a new country. Wow, this is someplace different, and it’s cool, and a little scary but I’m happy to be here and I want to discover this new place.

The iPod wasn’t just innovative because of its simple design and intuitive ease of use. The kicker was the iTunes store – it gave us a whole new way to stay on top of music, broaden our horizons, consume and share at far less cost. The entire experience of finding and listening to music was transformed. I used to think it was de rigueur to be able to stay in touch via e-mail on my mobile phone. But now as an iPhone user, I can’t fathom how I was satisfied with a device that made surfing the web painful and offered little else.

The iPhone gives me a broader, more fulfilling experience. While typing is a little less speedy, I now have - in one device – painless Internet, much better viewing, a decent camera, games, nifty video, all the music I love, instant social networking connections, an e-book reader and access to over 140,000 apps. Nice trade-up.

The iPad isn’t perfect (bad name; doesn’t multi-task; no webcam; no widescreen; no GPS) but it may hold similar long-term promise.

If I was a newspaper or magazine publisher, I’d be more hopeful. This device has the potential to help reinvent the publishing industry like iTunes reinvented the music industry. As I watched today’s New York Times demo, it reminded me of the Harry Potter movies where animated video moves across “The Daily Prophet” student newspaper. The iPad features drop down context menus; re-sizing of pages with a pinch; and embedded video inside articles. If the content providers and app developers get onboard with this vision, it could be a reinvention of how we read and learn.

It remains to be seen whether the iPad will make it or die a Newtonian death. The lesson I walk away with is that consumer and B2B brands can endear themselves to their customers – and potentially win – if they focus on innovating customer experiences vs. merely announcing feature-rich products. The former is a benefit-laden differentiation that’s damn hard to disrupt.
(Source :www.beaupre.com/blog)

7 UI Design Resources for iPhone Developers

With the great significance of the large screen on the iPhone / iPod Touch, the graphical interfaces of iPhone apps are more important than on other mobile platforms. In this post, we’ve rounded up several tutorials, links, and resources that you can use in your iPhone user interface design process.

iPhone GUI PSD (Photoshop file)

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teehan+lax – an interactive user interface design agency – has put together a solid Photoshop file (PSD) containing all of the main iPhone UI widgets. It’s a whopping 6 megabytes and includes everything from scrolling lists to the keyboard, labels, browser bars, play controls, phone keypad, and more.

This file is awesome if you want to put together some mock designs for your app. Even if you’re not an iPhone app developer yourself, you could use this to spec out your app before passing it to a developer.. giving you more control over the result.

320480.com has an alternative iPhone interface PSD file for download, if you want some variety.

iPhone GUI stencil for Omnigraffle

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Patrick Crowley has put together the “ultimate stencil” for people designing iPhone interfaces. It’s not for Photoshop like those above, but for Omnigraffle – a popular layout / mocking app on OS X.

Favorites UI Design Walkthrough

favorites1.png

Favorites is an iPhone application by Matt Legend Gemmell that gives you “virtual speed-dial” for calls, SMS and e-mail. He’s put together an article where he details how to designed the user interface for the application.

You’ll want a mug of coffee to hand before reading this article, it’s really, really long, but it’s also really good and packed full of screenshots and examples. Favorites is a very polished app and Matt spills the beans on how he got it that way (of course, some people in the comments section disagree, but that’s also worth reading). An essential read unless you’re dead confident about getting the UI just right in your own apps.

iPhone-Likeness

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Legendary Mac blogger John Gruber has written an essay defining how iPhone applications should be as “iPhone-like” as possible. He brings up some quick and effective tips and tactics you can use to organize your app.

Edward Tufte on iPhone interface design

sparkline-dashboard-on-iphone.jpg

Edward Tufte (pronounced “tufty”) is almost considered a god in the field of information design and presentation. Quite early on in the iPhone’s life, he put together an interesting video with some thoughts on iPhone interface design. Edward Tufte is well worth paying attention to, because even though his ideas are radical, they work and they’re ultimately quite simple. Show information, not glitz.

iPhone and the Dog Ears User Experience Model

If we can make a user experience where things don’t come to a slamming, smashing, halt but instead move and fade as lyrically as a dancer, we’ve just added something to their life.

Back in the early iPhone days of 2007, Kathy Sierra noted how the iPhone provides the user with a soft, “flowing” experience. She elaborates on why this is useful. You need to make sure you’re using these concepts in your app.
( Source: www.mobileorchard.com )

Apple’s iCloud and what it means for wireless data service

MobileMe is effectively gone, replaced by iCloud. iCloud will take over the syncing of mail, contacts, and calendars over multiple iOS devices.(Credit: Donald Bell/CNET)

Apple’s new iCloud services announced at the World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco today will put everything from mobile apps to digital pictures to music in the “cloud,” where users can easily store and access them. But what will this mean for your wireless data bill?

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the iCloud service, which acts as a digital hub that will store and replicate content so that it can be shared among multiple iOS devices, such as iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads.

“Now the (digital) hub is in the cloud,” Jobs said during the keynote presentation, according to CNET’s live blog. “If you get something on your iPhone, like a picture, it goes up to the cloud, and gets pushed down to the other devices automatically.”

What this means for consumers is that they’ll no longer have to connect their iOS devices to a computer to back up information or sync their music. They also won’t have to connect their devices to a computer for software updates. Their iTunes music collection, photos taken on their iOS devices, videos viewed on those devices, iBooks, e-mail, calendar information, and more will all be stored in the Apple iCloud so that users can access them on any iOS device.

Unlike other cloud-based services that may require users to manually upload music, Jobs said that Apple has automated the process to make it easy.

It all sounds great for people with iOS devices, who want access to all their content on any device. But how will all this content travel between the iPhone or iPad and the iCloud? Will this put a big strain on carrier networks, and cost consumers more money on their data plans?

Daily updates could indeed put a strain on already struggling cellular networks. But Apple seems prepared to mitigate this problem by forcing some of the data-intensive activities to be done over Wi-Fi instead of over a carrier’s cellular network.

This is especially important given that many iPhone users may not have an unlimited data plan from AT&T. Verizon Wireless, which began selling the iPhone 4 this year, has also said it plans to get rid of its unlimited data plan and move to a tiered offering.

Experts believe that with Apple’s use of Wi-Fi, plus the low-bandwidth nature of some of the updates, it shouldn’t be a problem for most consumers. For one, much of the data that will be transferred between devices will be contacts, e-mails, calendar updates, and other text-based data that doesn’t gobble up a lot of bandwidth. What’s more, when devices are synched, they’ll be updating only new information.

Secondly, software updates and major data transfers will likely be reserved for Wi-Fi only. Forrester analyst Charlie Golvin was at the WWDC event today, and he said Apple’s daily updates of iOS devices will happen over Wi-Fi only. And the bigger software updates, which will also happen automatically from time to time, will also happen over Wi-Fi and will occur only when devices are plugged in to an electrical source. This is important, because it means the software updates won’t drain the battery. Additionally, iTunes updates and syncing will also happen only over Wi-Fi.

What happens when Wi-Fi is not available? Apple didn’t mention that. And Golvin said it’s hard to say whether Apple will make it possible to do some of these more data intensive transfers over 3G, or in the future, 4G wireless networks.

Other experts speculate that Apple will give consumers a choice in the setting menu how they access the cloud-based content and backups.

“There are several ways that Apple could manage data usage,” said Ross Rubin, an analyst with NPD Group. “For example, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple uploading photos at a lower resolution when on a bandwidth constrained network.”

Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Gartner, said Apple already requires that certain apps that are too large be downloaded via Wi-Fi. And he said he expects the company to give consumers some choice in how they set up their data usage.

“They may give you the option to load your pictures now or to queue them until you get to a Wi-Fi hot spot,” he said. “And you’ll likely have the option to turn off the updates.”

The new iCloud services will be available this fall. So expect Apple to discuss more details about how the service works as the launch date nears.

( Source: news.cnet )

iOS 5 Beta 3 Brings Performance Improvements, Additional Location Controls, Voice Roaming Toggle & More

Apple has just seeded iOS 5 beta 3 to developers of iOS Developer program for iPhoneiPadiPod Touch and Apple TV 2G.

It hasn’t taken much time for folks at It’s All Tech and Cult of Mac to discover the new changes and improvements in iOS 5 beta 3.

Here is a list of the changes and improvements discovered in iOS 5 beta 3 so far:

Performance improvements:

Developers are reporting that iOS 5 beta 3 is a lot snappier than iOS 5 beta 1 and beta 2. For example: Camera app loads a lot faster in iOS beta 3.

Additional Location Controls:

iOS 5 beta 3 brings number of additional location controls for iOS device users such as:

  • Users get an option to enable or disable location services during the setup process as seen in the screenshot below:
  • Users will be able to allow or disallow functions such as cell network searching, diagnostics, iAds, time zone setting, and traffic to make use of iOS device’s location information. Users currently can enable or disable location services at an app level     

    Voice Roaming:

    As of now, users can only disable data roaming to avoid high roaming data charges. iOS 5 will also allow users to disable voice roaming as well.

  • Some minor changes:

    • Safari gets a new Advanced page in the Settings app with options to remove a website’s data and ability to enable Debug console to debug website errors.
    • Toggles to clear cookies and data that were missing in the first two beta versions have been restored.
    • You can now create a mailbox directly in the Mail app.
    • Two new ringtones added for iPhone users: Tweet and Sherwood Forrest.
    • In iOS 5 beta 1, we noticed that Apple has split the iPod app into a Music app and Video app for iPhone users, just like iPod Touch. iOS 5 beta 3 now prompts users to inform them about this change.
    • Music app gets a new Store button, which will take you to the iTunes store.
    • Reminders app gets a new icon.
    • Wi-Fi Sync has been renamed as iTunes Wi-Fi sync.
    • Software update screen in Settings app (Settings –> General –> Software update) now displays the current iOS version number installed on the iOS device.

    Apple hasn’t tweaked the user interface of the Lock Screen notifications that were introduced in iOS 5 beta 2, in case you were hoping that Apple will revert the changes.

    ( Source: http://www.iphonehacks.com )

5 iPhone Apps To Prepare for 2012 Doomsday

OK. We are not exactly believers in 2012 being the last year for this Earth. There are many fear mongers who try to sell you their books and DVDs making up stories out of nothing. But you have to admit that the issue of 2012 and the Mayan calendar are very interesting topics. If you can’t get enough of 2012 books and movies, these 5 iPhone apps can feed your addiction:

Mayan 2012: a cool application that decodes natural time on your phone. It can be quite enlightening for those new to this topic.

13:20:Sync: this app adds the Mayan Dreamspell calendar to your iPhone. Shows you the kin for each day. You can import your contacts and calculate TVP.

Ultimate 2012 for iPhone: have some downtime or just want to get in the mood to watch a scary 2012 movie? Maybe you just want to figure out how many days are left to “the day.” Either way, this app has you covered.

Maya Date: a cool application that lets you create monuments from dates and share them with your friends and colleagues. Great for celebrating special events such as birthdays, anniversaries, and so on.

Mayan Zodiac for iPhone: has interesting information such as who your protector is and what is the energy of your day. Another useful tool for 2012 geeks.

What do you think? Have you already planned what you will be having for breakfast on December 22nd, 2012?

( Source : http://www.iphoneness.com )

Your iPhone Is Tracking Your Every Move

Researchers have discovered that the iPhone is keeping track of where you go and storing that information in a file that is stored – unencrypted and unprotected – on any machine with which you synchronize your phone. It is not clear why Apple is collecting this data.

Data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden came across the file – “consolidated.db” – while they were thinking about the potential trove of mobile data stored on a cellphone and thinking about ways to visualize this data. Allan and Warden will present their findings today at the Where 2.0 conference. While it is not unusual for cellphones to track users’ location, that information is typically kept behind a firewall and it requires a court order for others to be able to access it. This isn’t the case with this particular file, raising serious questions about privacy and security.

Tracking Your Coordinates Since iOS4

The file contains longitude and latitude data, recording the phone’s coordinates along with a timestamp. This recording process seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update, which means that there could be almost a year’s worth of location data stored – literally hundreds of thousands of data points. While the coordinates aren’t always precise, they are nonetheless incredibly detailed. It appears that the location is determined via cell-tower triangulation, but the timing of these recordings varies.

It isn’t clear why the iPhone is tracking this data, although the possibilities for location-based features are endless – location-based advertising, geofencing apps, and so on. Although the iPhone data is stored on back-up files when the phone is synced to another computer, it doesn’t appear that the data is transmitted to Apple. Nevertheless, the iPhone appears to be unique in this type of tracking, and according to Warden, other phones do not record user’s location in the same way; the two researchers have not been able to find comparable tracking systems on Android phones.

Although Google’s Latitude, for example, can track your location and lets you give that information to your contacts, it is something you need to opt in to. With the iPhone, you have no such option. There is no way to delete the file, as it will simply be restored, but you can encrypt your iPhone back-ups to make the information somewhat less accessible.

Your Location Data – Unencrypted, Visualized

And that is another crucial part of this problem: in addition to the existence of the tracking mechanism, the information is incredibly accessible. To demonstrate this, Warden and Allan have created a simple downloadable app that will let Apple users check to see what location information has been stored. The app is fascinating, but also pretty frightening as it demonstrates that anyone with access to your phone or to your back-up files will be able to see where you have been since you installed iOS 4 on your phone.

The Guardian cites Graham Cluley, a senior technology consultant at the security company Sophos as saying, “if the data isn’t required for anything, then it shouldn’t store the location. And it doesn’t need to keep an archive on your machine of where you’ve been.” But rather than ascribing it to any sort of malicious intent he said it’s likely a “cockup rather than a conspiracy.”

Conspiracy or not, it still doesn’t reflect well on Apple’s concern over its users’ privacy. We have reached out to Apple for comment on this file but we have not heard back at the time of publishing

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