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‘Two is better than one’

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‘It Begins’

As much as I disdain Verizon Wireless, I have to admit I’ve always enjoyed their commercials. I hope they sell millions.

Source: YouTube via Engadget

Google Docs now supports mobile editing for iPhone, Android

Nice, basic implementation of a feature that many — including myself — have been (im)patiently waiting for. Thanks, Google!

Source: Google Mobile Blog via Engadget

BoxWave Keyboard Buddy Case for iPhone 4

One of the top complaints about the iPhone that Apple cannot address fully with iOS updates has been its lack of a physical keyboard. When iOS 4 was rolled out in June, Bluetooth keyboard support was enabled and gave iPhone users the option of pairing a hardware keyboard with Apple’s darling. I, particularly, have been waiting for a quality landscape-oriented, slide-out keyboard case to try out — and although solutions exist — none have managed to pique my interest. Enter BoxWave’s Keyboard Buddy Case for iPhone 4.

This thing looks mighty impressive — solid, slim, and stylish. If the ergonomics and balance of the Keyboard Buddy can match its form, it might even be worth its $70 price tag. BoxWave starts shipping its Keyboard Buddy Case on December 14, but those anxious to Droidify their iPhones can pre-order now at the link below.

Source: BoxWave via Engadget

Official Google Voice app lands in App Store

The Beatles and Google Voice hit iTunes on the same day. Hell hath frozen over.

Download here.

Source: Google Voice Blog via TechCrunch

Google Goggles integrated in Google Mobile App for iPhone

It was late this summer that we learned that Google Goggles was coming to the iPhone. With the latest version of Google Mobile App hitting the App Store today, Goggles functionality is finally available for iOS.

Google Mobile App already enabled users to search via voice, current location, or traditional text. Now, with Google Goggles support, the app also allows users to search the web using pictures. Simply tap the camera button in the app and take a snapshot. Google will then do its best to match your picture to relevant search criteria.

The Glif: a kickstand/camera mount worthy of your iPhone 4

It’s no secret that the iPhone 4 takes great pictures and video and is equally adept at viewing them, but I often find myself in positions where I wish I could attach it to a tripod or prop it up. Given the iPhone 4’s beautiful design, however, I am reluctant to pair it with just any accessory. Enter the Glif.

Glif is a ‘labor of love of just two individuals,’ Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost of New York City, who ‘realized the iPhone 4 is literally the best camera we’ve ever owned.’ It is a striking design that derives its name from its unique shape and matches its elegant form with a surprising array of function. Glif doubles as both a camera mount for standard tripods as well as a kickstand that can prop up the iPhone 4 at an angle. Judging by the video, it seems to do both splendidly.

Glif has a $10,000 funding goal on Kickstarter which they surpassed yesterday and have now nearly quadrupled with over 1500 backers. If you would like to contribute, you can still do so here. A pledge of only $20 will get you your very own injection-molded Glif as soon as production starts, not to mention the warm, fuzzy feeling you get funding two guys who had a great idea that is about to become reality.

Sources: The Glif via Gizmodo

Google Voice app GV Mobile + available for free in App Store

GV Mobile + has just been updated to version 1.0.2 — and for a limited time — developer Sean Kovacs is giving it away for free. Thanks Sean!

Source: @seankovacs iTunes link: GV Mobile +

Google Voice apps return to App Store

It’s been a long, thorny road for Google Voice apps in the App Store. When Google initially launched the service, an iPhone app was on many a user’s wishlist. It wasn’t long before developers answered the call, most notably Sean Kovacs with his GV Mobile app. Shortly thereafter, however, Apple inexplicably pulled all Google Voice apps with no notice. Google itself had submitted an official one that has infamously been ‘in review’ for over a year now.

Even after an FCC inquiry into the absence of Google Voice on the iPhone, Apple provided little useful information stating it was still ‘pondering’ the matter. Speculation as to why Google Voice was banned from the iPhone included Apple’s anti-competitive stance towards Google, finger pointing at AT&T, and the App Store guideline that states that submitted apps shall not duplicate existing functionality.

Recently, however, Apple seems to have had a change of heart. Just this month, a controversial ban on third-party developer tools has been lifted and App Store review guidelines are freely available in all their candor. With guidelines in the hands of developers, Sean Kovacs sent an inquiry regarding GV Mobile. He was greeted with a favorable response to resubmit his app for approval. In the meantime, another Google Voice app GV Connect by developer Andreas Amann — in review for over 200 days — has recently been accepted and is available in the App Store for $2.99.

As of this evening, GV Mobile + has been accepted as well and will also retail for $2.99 when it hits Apple’s servers.

One more thing from Sean Kovacs: “I’ll be blowing away some promo codes via Twitter (@seankovacs) once I get them AND if #gvmobile trends on Twitter, I’ll set that bad boy to free for the night.” Thanks, Sean!

Sources: Andreas Amann, Sean Kovacs via TechCrunch, intomobile

iOS 4.2 beta 1 available for developers, brings multitasking to iPad

Apparently, IE9 wasn’t the only notable beta release announced yesterday. With iOS 4.1 going public only last week, Apple has taken the initiative to seed developers with the fruits of its next labor. Announced at Apple’s media event on September 1, iOS 4.2 will be available for all iDevices come November save for the original iPhone and iPod Touch.

iPad owners, however, have a special reason to rejoice over iOS 4.2’s imminent release as it will finally bring the iPad on par with its brethren. That’s right, the iPad will finally get multitasking, folders, a unified inbox, threaded messaging and Game Center, the first four of which have been available for iPhones and iPods Touch since iOS 4.0 was released back in June.

Also coming in iOS 4.2 will be two new wireless services dubbed AirPrint and AirPlay. As their names suggest, AirPrint will enable iOS devices to directly print mail, photos, web pages and more over a wireless network, while AirPlay will allow them to wirelessly stream and share multimedia with other AirPlay supported devices, including but not limited to Apple TV and AirPort Express. Subtler enhancements that have been gleaned in iOS 4.2 include the ability to search within a web page in Safari and the option to use Helvetica in lieu of Marker Felt in the Notes app.

Developers can get in on the action now by clicking the source link below. For the rest of us, though, November can’t come soon enough.

Source: Apple via Gizmodo