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Lenovo Shows off LePhone's App Store early

Sean Kalinich | Apr 20, 2010 at 7:42 pm CDT

When we were at CES we saw a new Phone from the Lenovo crowd called the LePhone. It was an interesting concept and seemed to be a lot of things the iPhone was not. But still it was and is not an iPhone. However, today we stumbled across an interesting tidbit of information. Lenovo is talking about their app store for the LePhone. This is moving ahead of schedule and could mean that we might see the LePhone a little earlier than we thought.

Of course, the LePhone will only be launching in China to begin with, but we do hope that it will spread and head over to the rest of the world sooner rather than later.


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Homebrew apps come to the Zune HD

Sean Kalinich | Apr 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm CDT

Back when the Zune HD came out one of the things that we lamented was the lack of any type of "jailbreaking" well we have been shown that we have been wrong for some time. It seems that Homebrew for the Zune has been around for some time. It all revolves around the MS XNA Game development platform. There are quite a few games that have been developed for the Zune and Zune HD using this format. However, since there has never been anything like Redsn0w or Blackra1n for the Zune most people are not aware of it.

Gizmodo has an excellent guide for people that want to explore these games and apps. That is if you are not afraid to do a little hands on hacking. We plane to dive into this in the near future to see just how difficult it is. For now you can head over and take a look for yourself.

Homebrew apps come to the Zune HD |

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TweakTown iPhone app - can you make it for us?

Cameron Wilmot | Apr 13, 2010 at 8:03 am CDT

Come on guys, we didn't get any response the first time after posting last week. We have had the idea of making a TweakTown iPhone app that displays our latest content in a format and layout suitable for mobile devices.

Are you an app developer? Do you know someone who is? Help us create a TweakTown iPhone app and in exchange we will give you a new piece of high-end hardware for free for your efforts.

If you or a friend is interested, please contact me. You can find details on this page!

Please let us know!

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TweakTown iPhone latest content app - can you make it?

Cameron Wilmot | Apr 10, 2010 at 11:03 pm CDT

We have had the idea of making a TweakTown iPhone app that displays our latest content in a format and layout suitable for mobile devices.

Are you an app developer? Do you know someone who is? Help us create a TweakTown iPhone app and in exchange we will give you a new piece of high-end hardware for free for your efforts.

If you or a friend is interested, please contact me. Details on this page!

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Apple adds Gift This App option

Shane McGlaun | Mar 23, 2010 at 2:10 pm CDT

I have reviewed several apps over the years for the iPhone and typically, it's a big pain in the rear. It involves an app maker sending me gift cards typically and it's just a hassle.

Apple adds Gift This App option |

Apple has introduced a new feature for the App Store called Gift This App that will help geeks like me and those looking to give a pal an app as a gift. The Gift this App option lets you pay for an app that your pal can download on your dime.

What you do is pay for the app, enter the person's name and email, and they get an email with a link to get the app. The credit card is charge just as it would be if you downloaded the app. This is a cool feature!

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Rock Show app headed to iPad

Shane McGlaun | Mar 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm CDT

Last week the iPad went up for pre-order and according to reports, the thing sold like gangbusters. Apple reportedly moved 120,000 of the things on day one. The iPad will ship on April 3 and we already have an iPad specific app coming.


The app is called Rock Show and allows the iPad user to browse an interactive digital gallery for concert posters from the magical device. The app also allows the user to link directly to the iTunes store to buy the artists music.

The new app was debuted at the SXSW music festival and will be a free download once it is approved. You can sign up at the source link below to be notified when the app is available.

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Amazon offers new details on Kindle Development Kit active apps

Shane McGlaun | Feb 8, 2010 at 11:46 am CST

Amazon is doing very well with its Kindle eReader and the device is one of the most popular readers on the market. Amazon is being forced to up the pricing of the digital books that go along with the reader, thanks in large part to Apple.


Amazon announced a while back that it was launched a new Kindle Developers Program that would allow devs to build active content for the reader. Amazon announced recently that the KDK program was now rolling in limited beta and offered a few more details on the active content the program will produce.

Three pricing options for the content developed with the KDK will be available. The free option requires the app to be under 1MB in size and use under 100KB/user/month of wireless data. A one-time purchase plan will be for apps with data use of no more than 100KB/user/month. A monthly subscription plan will be used for apps that use more data. The largest app size allowed is 100MB and apps larger than 10MB will only be available to upload via USB.

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Google launches Goggles app for easier searching on the go

Steve Dougherty | Dec 8, 2009 at 5:15 am CST

The folks at bit-tech have learned quite a bit about a new app from Google it calls 'Goggles' which has already hit the Android and is said to be due for the iPhone in the near future.

Its purpose is to make for significantly easier information searching when on the go. We're not talking about using a more advanced version of a search field, nor voice recognition for that matter. This works where you can simply use a photo of an item you've taken on your phone; this is then submitted and analysed by Google in such a way that it looks for cover images, recognisable text, barcodes etc. to work out exactly what the image is and then it searches for that item accordingly.

A video demonstration below shows how well it works even though its still in its infancy. The user had taken a photo of the front cover of a book, submitted it using Google's Goggles service and very quickly it reported back reviews and product links all about that book :-

However, bit-tech makes a valid point here. The book was, conveniently, placed in the perfect position for such tricks, of course: on a plain, white, well-lit surface. How well the technology will fair in the real world - where movie posters are unevenly lit, and books are held in your hand against an out-of-focus patterned carpet - is a test which will have to await the launch of the app.

Hard to say how well Google can perfect the functionality of this app; time will tell. But the concept is certainly a great one that will make life much easier when out and about. Check out the source link below for full details.

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New Social Networking Apps available for the Xbox 360

Sean Kalinich | Nov 17, 2009 at 1:36 pm CST

Wow, who would have thought that social networking would force its way into the world of console gaming. Well it has and can be accessed now even on the Xbox 360. Yep that's right, earlier today a few updated (and free) applications were released for the Xbox 360 (and Live Gold subscribers). The fun new stuff includes access to Facebook, Twitter, and a new version of the video marketplace called Zune Video. This last one allows you to view On-Demand 1080P HD video through your Xbox 360. You can even share your viewing with up to seven friends by using voice chat and what they call Avatar Integration.

The last of the new features is pretty nice but has a couple of tiny, little itty-bitty issues. This is Last.FM an internet connected radio stations (like Pandora) this allows you to create your own mix through the use of Bans, and Loves. The tiny problem we talked about is that it cannot run in the background.

In all the new updates, are interesting but I have to wonder how quickly they will lose their luster and become just another un-used thing on your console.

New Social Networking Apps available for the Xbox 360 |

•Facebook - Update your status to share what movie, game or entertainment you're enjoying, connect with friends and view their Facebook stream, status updates and photos on the big screen - all seamlessly integrated and custom-built for Xbox 360. You can even compare your Xbox LIVE and Facebook friends lists to see which of your friends are on LIVE.

• Zune - Zune video on Xbox LIVE offers a full fidelity experience with instant on HD in 1080p and 5.1 channel surround sound. No waiting for downloads or buffering, it's there at the press of a button. You can also share the experience with up to seven friends through voice chat and Avatar integration on the TV screen - it puts a whole new spin on "movie night."

• Twitter - Stay in the know by discovering, posting and replying to Tweets right on your Xbox 360. You can even view friend profiles, trends and conversations, or search to see who's tweeting about your favorite game.

• - Discover more music and explore endless personalized radio stations with on Xbox 360. Skip, "ban" or "love" tracks to create your perfect mix-we've even built in "Gamer Stations" with game-related types of music selected specifically for the gaming community (Available in the U.S. and UK)

In addition to these social features, Xbox LIVE will also be debuting "News and More," a new section of the "Inside Xbox" channel, transforming Xbox LIVE into a full-fledged media portal. With a regularly-updated stream of content from MSNBC, The New Yorker and Dilbert, "News and More"

brings the latest in current events, arts and entertainment right to your fingertips.

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Apple patent app for tablet tech turns up

Shane McGlaun | Nov 12, 2009 at 10:32 am CST

One of those rumors that just won't seem to die is the one about Apple producing a tablet computer. Many of us believe that when the Apple tablet finally breaks cover the thing will be something along the lines of a larger iPhone. A new patent app has turned up today that shows Apple has input methods other than multi touch in mind.

Apple patent app for tablet tech turns up |

The patent app covers a system for pen-based input to a tablet computer that breaks down strokes and phrases. That is fancy talk for recognizing handwriting with digital ink. I would be surprised if multi touch wasn't a prominent feature in any Apple tablet that was introduced.

The patent application reads in part: "Upon the occurrence of an ink phrase termination event, the ink manager notifies the handwriting recognition engine and organizes the preceding ink strokes into an ink phrase data structure...The present invention, in large part, relates to the observation that client applications and handwriting recognition software in pen-based computer systems can make far more accurate ink-related decisions based on entire ink phrases, rather than individual ink strokes."

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