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Orange drops 'unlimited' iPhone tariff wording

The decision to change the wording was taken to “provide a fair experience for all users of the Orange network and not only provide more transparency on the data allowances customers receive, but… also help [Orange] to provide a sustainable experience for the majority,” an Orange spokesperson told ZDNet UK on Wednesday.
“It’s worth noting that [approximately] 1 percent of our mobile customers use [approximately] 20 percent of our network capacity. Therefore, this move will help us address that imbalance to ensure a fair resource for everyone, with data bundles on offer for those who wish to download more,” added the spokesperson.
In June, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that it was investigating operators’ use of the word ‘unlimited’ when advertising fixed and mobile data plans. Orange’s new tariffs — which are being offered alongside the previous deals — no longer include the term, which Orange had actually used alongside a so-called fair use cap of 750MB per month.
Orange is offering the iPhone 4 on a range of tariffs between £30 and £75 per month, on 18-month and two-year commitments. At £35 a month, customers can choose between having 500MB of data and 600 minutes of talktime, or 750MB and 400 minutes. The maximum data allowance involved in the costlier tariffs is 1GB.

Competitor networks 3, Vodafone and Tesco all offer the iPhone 4 with a flat-rate 1GB data allowance, while O2 and T-Mobile both range between 500MB and 1GB, depending on the price and length of the contract. T-Mobile offers 3GB a month with Android phones.

Orange is also offering the iPhone 4 on pay-as-you-go (PAYG) with an upfront cost of £480, plus a £10 top-up. A monthly £10 top-up will net PAYG customers 250MB data allowance and 300 free texts.

Mappiness: iPhone app measures happiness

The project, led by researcher George MacKerron of LSE’s Department of Geography and Envirnoment, is designed to help the team understand the impact of a person’s surrounding environment. The team believes that  features such as pollution, noise, weather conditions and green space all play a part a person’s overall happiness.

The app beeps users at random times of the day to find out how ‘happy’, ‘relaxed’ and how ‘awake’ they are feeling – as well as their activity, companionship and location.

The application even tracks a users’ location via GPS in addition to monitoring noise levels using the iPhone’s in-built microphone. The data is sent back to a central data store securely and anonymously.

MacKerron said: ‘Tracking happiness through time alone is an idea with history: in the 19th century economists imagined a “hedonimeter”, a perfect happiness gauge, and psychologists have more recently run small-scale “experience sampling” studies to see how mood varies with activity, time of day, and so on.

‘We hope to find better answers to questions about the impacts of natural beauty, environmental problems – maybe even aspects of climate – on individual and national wellbeing.’

Users will be able to observe real-time national happiness levels on the website, http://www.mappiness.org.uk/, alongside maps and timelines drawn out from the response data.

Mappiness is free to download from Apple’s online App Store.

Source: Metro

Leaked Photos Hint at FaceTime for iPod Touch

Rumors are piling up suggesting the next-generation iPod Touch will get FaceTime video chat thanks to a new front-facing camera.
The latest rumblings are based on two photos from an iPhone parts supplier purportedly showing off the LCD panel and bezel for the next iPod Touch. The part features a space at the top that appears to be a perfect fit for a front-facing camera. The photos were obtained by MacRumors.
This is not the first time purported iPod Touch parts have surfaced showing off a space for a front-facing camera; however, what gives these photos a little more credence is that the part is clearly marked “Apple © 2010.” Take a look at this larger version of one of the photos to see the markings. That’s by no means definitive proof, but it does suggest this might be the real thing.
If the rumors are true, the new iPod Touch would be Apple’s second device to get FaceTime after the new application debuted on the iPhone 4 earlier this summer. Unlike the iPhone, however, FaceTime on the iPod Touch would use your contacts’ e-mail addresses instead of phone numbers to call other users, according to MacRumors.
Fresh rumors about revamped and brand new Apple devices are likely to increase over the next few weeks as we get closer to September. Typically, Apple refreshes its iPod lineup and the iTunes software during this time. The company has yet to announce an iPod event date for 2010, but it is widely expected to do so within the next few weeks.
The MacRumors photos come just one day after iLounge said it had learned from an anonymous source about Apple’s plans for new iPods (including a smaller iPod Touch), a 7-inch iPad, and a new iPhone.
Source: PCWorld

Make your own iPad stand using pencils and rubber bands

If you’ve spent all your disposable income on an iPad and have found yourself without the funds to purchase a stand, there’s no need to fret – with a little DIY magic, you can make your own functional, cool, and inexpensive iPad stand with just a handful of pencils and rubber bands.

Julian Horsey of Geeky Gadgets is the mind behind the pencil iPad stand. His crafty design, an expansion on a pencil iPhone stand he designed last year, uses six pencils and four elastic bands that form a triangular base for the iPad to rest on. A single pencil, reinforced by four other pencils, props the iPad upright.

The pencils’ erasers provide protection and friction for the iPad and grip for the stand’s legs, while the metal parts of the pencils that connect the erasers serve as locators for the edge of the iPad. According to Horsey, these metal locators “work like a dream, providing just enough friction to keep the iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation.” He cautions that the metal could scratch your iPad’s edges if it’s not in a case, though he offers work-arounds for that dilemma as well.

You’ll find photos of the stand at Geeky Gadgets, and while assembly instructions aren’t provided, the stand should be easy enough to make on your own with a few reference photos.

Disney acquire Tapulous, the makers of Tap Tap Revenge and Twinkle

The Walt Disney Company has confirmed it has bought app-based music gaming company Tapulous, the company behind the Tap Tap Revenge franchise.

Financial details were not disclosed but as part of the deal Tapulous co-founders Bart Decrem and Andrew Lacy will become SVPs at Disney Interactive Media Group.

Tapulous has over 30m users of its different games and has built bespoke versions of Tap Tap Revenge for acts including Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Nickelback.

It has also launched the motion-based Riddim Ribbon game built around the music of Black Eyed Peas and the Tap Tap Radiation game for the iPad.

It is expected Disney will now move deeper into both mobile and gaming with its music properties such as Hannah Montana and High School Musical.

When asked by MocoNews why his company had acquired Tapulous, Disney Interactive Media Group president Steve Wadsworth said, “Because they have great talent. They have proven success with iPhone games and applications, and they’ve built a big footprint with the applications they have. And they’ve demonstrated an ability to very effectively monetize what they do.”

Last month, Warner Music signed a deal with Tapulous to build bespoke apps around a number of its acts.

Tap Tap Revenge was one of the first apps to allow in-app track purchasing and through this, it has sold over 5m downloads.

iPhone makes it to world's best inventions list

The Apple iPhone has made it to the list of the ‘Most Important Inventions Of All Time’.

The cell phone, ranked eighth in the list, is ahead of both space travel and the combustion engine.

After its launch in 2007, more than 42 million of the gadgets have been sold.

The computer came fifth and Graham Bell’s telephone came sixth just ahead of Sir Alexander Flemming’s discovery of Penicillin.

A total of 4,000 consumers voted to rank some of the major inventions of the last 200 years, in the survey conducted by Tesco Mobile.

“All of the inventions included in this list have changed the world forever,” the Sun quoted Lance Batchelor, chief executive of Tesco Mobile, as saying.

He added: “Whether it be something as small as a paper clip, to something which changed the face of the universe like the combustion engine, these amazing feats have all been recognised as truly great.

“It’s amazing to see how much the iPhone is valued, sitting alongside inventions such as Penicillin in people’s perceptions and being declared a more important invention than miracle gadgets of their own time, such as the compass.”

Spell check made it to 86th, while power steering was placed at 50th and the TV remote control landed in 43rd.

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Apple to charge $1 Million for iPhone Mobile Ads

There are pleanty of different advertisement platforms for the iPhone; AdMob, AdWhirl and many more. However, as you may already know, last month Apple have recently acquired Quatro wireless and turned it into iAd.
However, if you own a small business and want to run an advertisement in an iPhone app, you’d better hold onto you wallet for now.    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is planning to charge upwards of $1 million for ads within iPhone apps this year, and possibly even more than that to be “among the first”.
Apple plans to charge a small group of marketers up to $10 million each at launch, the report said, citing “a person familiar with the matter.”
Existing mobile ad deals tend to run about $100,000 to $200,000, the article quoted unnamed ad executives as saying.

Application to wirelessly sync your iPhone with iTunes

iTunes sync over wifi is a commonly requested feature which should perhaps have already been implemented into the iPhone OS by Apple.  However, it has recently been implemented by a developer to remotely sync photos, music and applications with your iTunes PC/Mac.

This video on YouTube shows the developed application working, it appears to some how emulate a USB connection across WiFi.  iPhoneConnection suspect that Apple may already be working on this technology, or may even adapt this funcality as they previously have done with other Apple features (for example, Coverflow).

According to sources, the developer is to submit his application to the app store for review next week.

Adobe admits defeat to iPhone/iPad

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but Adobe have finally given up all hope for the iPhone/iPod and iPad devices, after being “banned” by Apple.

Recently, Apple changed their developer agreement, prohibiting the use of third party tools to construct iPhone applications (including the heavily invested CS5 iPhone Exporter).

Apple have reason not to include Flash on their devices because it’s now said to be almost obsolete, with the rise of HTML5 to allow video/audio and animation: a feature which is heavily supported in Mobile Safari.

Adobe have said: “We will still be shipping the ability to target the iPhone and iPad in Flash CS5. However, we are not currently planning any additional investments in that feature.”, instead they will focus their attention on the competing smart phone, Google Android.

Opera Mini for iPhone: 1 million downloads in 24 hours

The new addition of the iPhone application “Opera Mini” has seen a surge of downloads from all over the world within the first 24 hours of it’s release on the Apple App Store.

The application took three weeks for Apple to approve the application (which is already available on other mobile platforms, such as Android) and is not the only alternative browser for the iPhone.

Opera have not yet developed a version of the application for the iPad, but claim that the browser will work on the iPad too (it should do, since the iPad OS is virtually identical to the iPhone OS).

We at iPhoneConnection have test driven Opera Mini and have found that it’s super quick in comparison to Mobile Safari. Apparently, the images and scripting are subjected to compression in Opera’s cloud infrastructure, before being dispatched to your handset.