Archives for March 2010

Pay at Starbucks (in Target) With Your iPhone

mystarbucksThe Starbucks app is pretty kewl but since this amazing mockup nothing compares. The ultimate Starbucks app is like the one linked to above. It needs the ability to create your order, send it to the store and then be able to either pay right from the app or have them scan your iPhone.

Currently there are two iPhone apps by Starbucks. One is called myStarbucks and it lets you find locations, explore whole bean coffees, find nutrition information, and build perfect drinks. The other app is called Starbucks Card Mobile which, for most people, only let you see your card balance, until now. Previously Starbucks was testing this app in 16 stores located in Silicon Valley and Seattle but now they have opened it up to over 1,000 of their stores located in Target stores. We’ll have to test it out the next time we’re at Target! Here’s a store locator map that will show you what stores are participating in your area:


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Starbucks Card Mobile

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Starbucks Card Mobile

Screenshot & Video Previews of iPad Apps

AppleHere are a few previews of apps coming to the iPad. I’ll try to post some more as they are released. If you find any that are worth sharing, please let us know in the comments.

Game Table

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– Price: $0.99
– Detailed, photo-realistic game tables, boards and pieces
– A virtual deck of cards with the ability to deal, flip and shuffle
– Intuitive controls and gesture recognition
– Checkers, Chess, and cards games
– Multuple Checkers, Chess, and cards table graphics
– Simulated physics
– Free updates
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Opera Posts Countup Since App Was Submitted to Apple

OperaBy the looks of things, and ongoing language from Opera, they aren’t too worried about being rejected from the App Store. They’ve posted a big, huge countup from the time they submitted the Opera Browser to the App Store. I’m guessing Apple doesn’t do so well with kind of attitude and, like the Google Voice App, they may never reject, nor approve the app and leave it in limbo forever…


Visit the official countup page at

iBooks Store May Contain 30,000 Free Books

AppleI haven’t really been excited about the new iBooks Store coming on the new iPad because I just don’t read a lot of books. I read online all the time, just not books. Anyway, this bit of news got me excited about the iBooks Store. Apparently the entire collection of books in the Gutenberg Project will be in the iBooks Store. This includes over 30,000 books that are out of copyright. Some of those books include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and Through the Looking-Glass.


Untethered Jailbreak Preview for iPod Touch, 3GS & Maybe iPad

GeoHotGeoHot has done it again. In the video below, GeoHot shows an untethered iPod touch with a background image on the homescreen. He also holds down the home button to activate voice command to show that it’s newer firmware. Next he reboots the device showing that the jailbreak remains. Since he says on his blog that it will “probably” work on the iPad too, he will probably wait to release it when the iPad comes out so Apple can’t make a fix for it before it’s released.

The jailbreak is all software based, and is as simple to use as blackra1n. It is completely untethered, works on all current tethered models(ipt2, 3gs, ipt3), and will probably work on iPad too.

Don’t ask about a release date. You won’t make it happen any sooner.


DIGG iPhone App Due Out Tomorrow (UPDATED)

diggWe posted about this some time ago when Kevin Rose leaked a little info in a video podcast back in October of last year. Now there is solid info about the app and a release date, tomorrow, March 24th! Once the app is live, we’ll get a link up here. For now, here’s some screenshots:

Download Link Now Available:


Opera Has Submitted Browser to the App Store, Now We Wait… (UPDATED)

OperaOpera has submitted their super fast browser to the App Store and now all we can do is wait. Apple has always said no third party browsers on the iPhone so most predictions are that Opera will be denied. Opera is pretty confident that they will not be rejected so only time will tell. The app is pretty fast, as proven in the video below. The way it works is the browser requests the webpage, Opera’s servers actually download it and then compress it for mobile viewing and then send it to your iPhone. This is how their browser works on other devices and from my experience, which was my phone before my first iPhone, was very positive. Once the app is released we’ll do a full review. Watch for a tweet with the direct link to download once it’s available.


*UPDATE – Found another video*

The iPad: The Future of Comics

NewspaperThis is a hilarious comic from FoxTrot about the iPad and the future of comics. If you know of any other comics that include the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, share them in the comments!


Use Your iPhone on Sprint’s 4G Network

SprintSprint is now advertising their 4G mobile hotspot called “Overdrive” to iPhone users to increase their speeds of their iPhone. This device is pretty sweet but there are some limitations and costs. As a new customer it’s $99 plus The battery only lasts 3 hours. Sprint claims 4G speeds up to 10 times faster than today’s 3G from any other national wireless carrier but they are comparing 3G’s lowest speed of 600k to 4G’s fastest speed of 6Mbps. Also, the 3G connection is limited to 5GB per month where as their 4G is truly unlimited. Now, where do they have 4G? There’s a Map for that!


Here is a list current cities that have 4G coverage at the time of writing this article: Atlanta, Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Las Vegas; Philadelphia; Portland, Ore.;San Antonio; Seattle; Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Austin, Texas; Bellingham, Wash.; Boise, Idaho; Charlotte, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, N.C. (along with High Point and Winston-Salem); Honolulu; Killeen/Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; Midland/Odessa, Texas; Milledgeville, Ga.; Raleigh, N.C. (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Salem, Ore.; Waco, Texas; Wichita Falls, Texas.

Teknologik Theme & Install Instructions

This theme is pretty sweet looking but these types of themes are always a pain to try and get setup correctly so here is a video that guides you through it.

The official forum thread can be found at and new icons and wallpaper at the teknologik posterous site here: Here’s what it looks like along with some users variations found at



Available In: Cydia       Price: Free  

Infinidock: Scrolling Dock

Available In: Cydia       Price: $0.99  

InfinidockI have wanted a hack for this for a long time and I’m so glad to finally have it. I think it’s worth the $0.99. It allows you to add scrolling to your dock. This way not only do the icons on your sprinboard scroll left and right, but the icons at the bottom can do this too, independently. There are even more control in the settings that allows you to choose how many icons are on a page, if it scrolls with snapping like your normal springboard or just slide through them without snapping and paging. Check out our video demos so see what it’s like.


The New iPhone 4G HD Commercial?

YouTubeThis is obviously not official but it’s the clip at the end that gets me pretty excited. I really hope that Apple released the next iPhone to have video chat. It would be a great feature that would blow away competition. I don’t really think Apple will change the overall design of the iPhone to something like this shape and color. I’m hoping for front facing camera, larger megapixel rear camera, a flash, zoom, & 1Ghz processor, better battery and maybe some of the new features of the iPad firmware. Any other features on your wish list?

SpringBoard Rotator Preview

YouTubeSomething the iPhone should have done stock from day one is rotate the homescreen icons when you turn your iPhone horizontally. Finally, Limneos has developed a mod that does just that. It’s not available yet but you can check out the video below for a preview.


iPhone Font

YouTubeSomeone had a little too much time on their hands! Although these are just screenshots and not actual pages on the homescreen, it still is impressive. After using 540 iPhone apps to create letters on the iPhone, it seems they forgot one thing…


Preview of Square, A Credit Card Reader

At first, this little device might be confusing since it plugs into the iPhone’s headphone/microphone jack and it’s not a speaker or microphone; it’s a credit card reader. I’m assuming that it reads the magnetic strip on the card by creating tones/different frequencies and feeds them through the mic port and into the app that’s running. It doesn’t use a battery as far as I can tell either so it must draw power off the headphone jack. This is a bit different than most other readers we’ve seen. Others use the dock connection to connect the card reader. [Read more…]