Real Tech Blog have posted an article reporting that Three will not be charging extra for access to their forthcoming LTE Network
Three already offer a high speed DC-HSPDA network as part of their Ultrafast Internet which is available to customers who have compatible handsets without any additional charge to their data plan, and today Three have announced that their forthcoming LTE network will be included in Ultrafast Internet.
No extra changes, no special plans, if your device is compatible it will automatically use the best network type available. This is will be of interest to anyone who is looking to buy an LTE iPhone and plan this year.
Currently LTE plans from other Networks in the UK are expensive and offer limited Data allowances. With Three, depending on your plan, you can be tethering with unlimited data on LTE without any extra cost.
If you are in the UK and thinking about a new LTE iPhone then make sure you consider Three’s Plans.
The iPhone has had many third party peripherals released for it, some useful some not, but which category does the AppBlaster from Apptoyz fall into? Is it a waste of money of a fun tool for iPhone gamers?
The AppBlaster is a well designed and well built plastic double triggered gun with a cradle for your iPhone to sit in a landscape orientation on top of the device. Each trigger activates a separate switch in front of the iPhone which touches the screen with conductive connectors which the iPhone registers as an on screen touch.
This provides a mechanism to simulate a gun system for your iPhone with the handset detecting movement and providing a window on the action, whilst physically being able to hold a physical gun increases the level of interaction for the gamer. Does it work well in practice? While it obviously depends on the App the results can be engaging.
Several Apps are available in the App Store which are compatible with the AppBlaster varying in cost but in this article we are going to look at 3, Alien Attack, Duck Hunter & Marine Sharp Shooter.
Shoot the Aliens
Alien Attack is heavily publicised on the packaging and is an example of how the iPhone technology can be utilised with the AppBlaster to provide an engaging gaming experience. Alien Attack in an augmented reality game, projecting computer generated aliens over the real world environment captured with the iPhones camera. A radar on the bottom of the screen shows the distance and the direction of the alien targets and as you physically move around and change the direction and angle of the gun the on screen environment changes appropriately. Alien Attack may not be the most complex game in the App Store but its fun in short doses and shows the potential of the hardware.
Fantastic Fun in Duck Hunters
Duck Hunter is a take on the classic Duck Hunt lightgun style game, the premise is simple, ducks fly from one side of the screen to the other and you shoot as many as you can as the game gets steadily more difficult. The cartoon style graphics add to the amusement and the occasional upgrade to a machine gun provides a brief alternative and change in pace. The game wouldn’t work very well with just a touch screen but with the addition of the AppBlaster the games rises to a new level and becomes a great deal of fun and a great party game.
Sharp Shooting Action
Marine SharpShooter is a much more serious game and one that requires much more subtlety. Playing the part of a sniper you are set missions to take out enemies from a distance, each scene requires you to shoot several enemies through a telescopic sight, due to the magnification each movement is magnified several times but its impressive how the iPhone can detect very small movements allowing you to make small alterations to your aim. Its these small movements and enemies that shoot back after they become aware of you which makes the game very atmospheric, add in hostage rescue elements and the game play becomes very tense and exciting.
In conclusion many will mistakenly see the AppBlaster as a novelty or gimmick but with the right App it can become a genuinely engaging gaming peripheral.
There are many ways for you to charge your iPhone from speaker docks to basic USB cables but here’s a simple yet stylish solution that can sit on your desk, The Bobine.
The sturdy, shapable stand plugs directly into both your iPhone & a USB port on your computer and is strong enough to support the weight of the iPhone allowing you to position your phone where it is useful whilst charging.
The stands metallic finish looks very stylish and would not look out of place on any desk.
The Bobine allows your iPhone to become a second screen for you desktop, for example your important emails could be displayed on your iPhone whilst you work on your main screen, or your tweets could be viewed on the iPhone whilst you watch a video on your main screen.
We are hoping to bring a full review of stand in a few weeks but in the mean time you can check The Bobine out at http://mobilewardrobe.co.uk/
A Stylish charging stand for your iPhone
Today at a press conference in San Francisco Apple have formally announced its latest flagship phone – The iPhone 5.
Here’s the lowdown on whats new on the iPhone 5 :
1) The Display. The iPhone 5 has a larger screen then previous iPhone models measuring 4″. The new larger retina screen has a resolution of 1136 x 640 with a pixel density of 326ppi, and the screen ratio is almost 16:9 making it better suited for wide screen videos. The taller screen allows for an extra row of icons to be placed on the home screen.
2) The Processor. The processor in the iPhone 5 is the new A6 CPU. Apple claim that the A6 is twice as quick as the processor in the iPhone 4s.
3) The Size of the Handset. The iPhone 5 is significantly thinner then the iPhone 4s at only 7.6mm thick, and weighs only 112 grand.
4) Mobile Data Connectivity. The iPhone 5 supports several mobile data networks to help you get the best out the network in your location. You can connect on LTE, HSPA+, EVDO & EDGE networks.
5) The Camera. The iPhone 5′s Primary Camera is similar to that of the excellent 8mb camera on the iPhone 4S, and the secondary camera is now capable of recording 720p video.
The iPhone 5 now supports Panorama photography as standard.
The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order on the 14th of September.
The iPhone 5 will start shipping on the 21st of September.
The iPhone and iPad become complete with one of the best and most usable virtual keyboards on any mobile device, but there are times when you need to enter a large amount of data where a physical keyboard is more appropriate.
Fortunately it is possible to connect a keyboard to the iPad and iPhone using their Bluetooth interface, turning them into powerful productivity mobile devices. Bluetooth keyboards come in many different shapes and sizes, some even double as carry cases, and generally there prices are reasonable.
To connect a bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone or iPad:
1) Make sure that your keyboard is switched on and then press the connect button to activate it.
2)From your home screen select the Settings App
3) Select the General option
4) Select the Bluetooth Section
5) The Bluetooth Options will now be displayed
6) Make sure that the Bluetooth option is turned on.
7) You should be able to see your keyboard listed in the list of available devices, select it.
8) You will be asked to type a number on the keyboard, simply follow the on screen instructions.
This will now pair your keyboard with your iPhone or iPad so that it will automatically connect in the future.
After you have connected to your keyboard, when you enter a text entry box the virtual keyboard will no longer be displayed on screen, instead you can just type on the keyboard.
There are occasions where you might want to completely wipe your iPhone, perhaps you are selling your iPhone or perhaps you just want to start again and install apps from scratch. The process is easy but make sure you have backed up your important files first, otherwise you might permanently loose them.
To Wipe your iPhone without using your computer:
- Goto the Settings App
- Goto the General Section
- Choose Reset
- Choose Erase all Content and Settings
- Select the option to Erase iPhone
Your iPhone will now erase its contents and settings, and you’ll be left with a clean install.
The iPhone has a wonderful camera for a mobile device, particularly the iPhone 4s with it’s 8 mega pixel camera and impressive sensor. With it’s easy to use interface the iPhone has put easy but powerful photography into everyone’s reach.
Whilst it is a fantastic all round camera the iPhone lacks a hardware zoom option, and the included optical zoo loses a lot of shot clarity, which might make it inappropriate for taking detailed pictures of objects that are a distance away. To try and resolve this problem a number of third party clip on zoom lenses have been released, and to see the quality of results I’ve tested the Eye Scope Zoom Lens.
The Eye Scope Zoom Lens for iPhone
The Eye Scope Zoom Lens comes with a special phone case with a screw connector which allows you to attach the lens over the iPhones camera. The lens has a focus wheel to allow you to fine tune your pictures and it can take a while to set your photos so don’t expect to point and shoot anymore but with a little time you can get impressive results.
The Results can be very Impressive
The lens magnifies the image by 8x and unlike digital magnification keeps must of the detail intact, although if you are recording video you need to be aware that every hand movement is also magnified 8x, so you really need to keep the iPhone still and steady.
The package also comes with a tripod grip which comes complete with a standard tripod adapter which is incredibly handy.
With and With out the Lens
The clip on camera kits are incredibly good value at about £15 and provides a useful tool for those into their photography and need to take photos at distance.
Click here to buy the Eye Scope Zoom Lens 8x Magnification for iPhone 4
We carry smartphones with us everywhere we go, and as Apps become more sophisticated they are becoming genuinely useful and life improving tools, it’s easy to see why more specific and dedicated professional tools are becoming available and here’s a great example, the Intravenous Infusion Controller App.
The Intravenous Infusion Controller App (AKA IV Therapy Helper) can be used by those who do IV therapies to set and check the flow rates during the IV Therapy.
With the app complex manual calculations can be bypassed and the App can directly enter and set various IV orders, such as the flow rate (mL/hr), the drip rate (drops/min), or the total volume (mL) and time(hr, min).
With a comprehensive feature set the Intravenous Infusion Controller App can set flow rates easily and exactly, with the drip time interval displayed on screen along with audio cues to alert you when the treatment time is coming to it’s conclusion.
Estimated IV injection times are calculated helping plan treatments and to help ensure the administration of the proper IV flow rate.
With this App the iPhone becomes easily portable device that can support their ability to determine the correct metrics when it comes to the setting, monitoring and managing of IV flow rates.
If you require an App to assist you with IV flow rates then the Intravenous Infusion Controller App can be found in the Apple App Store or by clicking here.
Jail breaking the iPhone and the Cydia market place is a slightly controversial subject and one which iPhone-experience.com has not covered until now.
As standard the only way to install Apps on your iPhone is through Apples App Store, this brings several advantages, every App has to meet Apples high quality standards and term and conditions therefore the quality of Available Apps is very high, but it also means that many Apps never get released to iPhone users and this includes many Apps which you may find useful eg Emulators & WIFI tethering Apps.
There is an alternative source of iPhone Apps but to get them you need to perform a procedure called Jailbreaking on your iPhone.
Before you perform the Jailbreaking procedure it is advised that you back up your iPhone with iTunes. You can undo the jailbreaking procedure by restoring your device to factory setting.
To perform a Jailbreak on your iPhone:
1) Open the Safari Web browser on your iPhone.
2) Navigate to http://www.jailbreakme.com
3) Click on the Free button
4) Click on on the Install button.
After a very short break your iPhone will be Jailbroken and the Cydia app will be visible on your iPhones desktop.
Cydia works in a similar way to the Official AppStore and can be used to install some really useful Apps.
The Operating system used by most portable Apple Devices is called iOS, and it’s iOS that provides your iPhone with it’s core functionality. Apple frequently update iOS to provide new features or to provide bug fixes, so it’s important to make sure that you are always running the latest version.
If you find yourself needing to check which version of iOS you are running, perhaps to check that you are running the latest version or to make sure you have a required feature then this is the simple process that you need to follow:
1) Open the Settings App on your Device.
2) Select the General Option.
3) Choose the About Option at the top of the list.
4) Scroll down until you see the Version Entry. This is the version of iOS that you are running.