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Converse iPhone app turns your phone into a double-ended language translator

We've all been there - you're trying to communicate with someone who doesn't speak your language and you don't speak theirs, and no amount of charades and gesturing will do the trick. You need a toilet and he's wondering why you're telling him your brother eats flies. Converse is the name of a new app that will soon become available which is claimed to turn your iPhone into a double ended language translator – a multilingual, face-to-face instant messaging conversation. It's one of the most innovative uses of the iPhone's form factor we've yet seen, with both people able to type on a keyboard in their own language at the same time and have the words translated and displayed for the other person. If it works as advertised, Converse is set to significantly reduce communication problems on holidays and business trips. The new app enables an English speaker to communicate with people in 51 different languages and keyboards accommodate non-Latin languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai, Czech, Hebrew and Ukrainian scripts.  Read More

The Finite Elemente Hohrizontal 51 iPod/iPhone dock and shelf

If your residence is cramped for space, so much so that you don’t have any shelves left on which to place your iPhone/iPod dock, then you need one of these. Finite Elemente’s Hohrizontal 51 is a shelf with a built-in dock and speakers that not only provides a special place from which to play your tunes, but also is big enough to house other things – like that vase your mother-in-law bought you as a house-warming gift.  Read More

The Gizmocase holds and protects your iPhone, credit cards, earbuds and more

Is your iPhone 3GS not being taken seriously any more because all your friends have one too? You need a Gizmocase to turn heads (and bottle tops). This groovy silicone skin protects against impact and your phone’s ports and buttons are protected against dust and moisture, helping to prolong the life of your device.  Read More

With the iPad 3G in the wild, the long awaited iPad jailbreak has been released. Spirit is a "userland" jailbreak, meaning it exploits a security hole that affects all devices, not just jailbroken ones. This means Apple is likely to release firmware that patches the exploit very shortly - read on for why this is important.  Read More

Pioneer has announced the forthcoming availability of four new media player docking statio...

Audio and video electronics giant Pioneer has announced four new media player docking stations. Highlights of the "Works with iPhone" certified systems include a 2.1 speaker and subwoofer setup, DNLA networking compliance, Bluetooth connectivity and CD to MP3 ripping.  Read More

 The number of new applications being added each month should broach 10,000 soon source: A...

Android Market is the online software store for Android devices – it's Google's answer to Apple's Appstore on iTunes and for much of its short life (born 22 October 2008), it has been but a pale imitation of the all-conquering iPhone's biggest strength. Just 12 months ago Android Market held less than 3000 apps compared to the AppStore's 35,000 but the marketplace is now beginning to roll, and developers are responding, and with 8,000 + apps added in each of the last two months, the Android Market now holds 50,000 apps and should pass 100,000 by the end of the year.  Read More

A new iPhone app lets you play basic games against a computer or other competitors in an e...

Obesity rates are on the rise in most western countries where sitting at a computer all day (and sometimes into the night) is commonplace. Low activity levels, in many cases, combined with poor diets, have been blamed for almost two-thirds of Americans being overweight or obese. To help address the problem, health researchers have developed an iPhone app designed to monitor your physical activity and motivate you to do that little bit more.  Read More

MiLi Power Skin for iPhone

MiLi has added to its iPhone accessory line-up with the release of what it bills as the "world’s thinnest external battery and protective case for iPhone 3G and 3GS." The slender MiLi Power Skin has a 1,200 mAH battery capacity which can provide up to double the battery life of the iPhone, a pass-through USB/mini-USB for syncing and charging without removing the case and is designed to be easily removed for docking.  Read More

The new iPhone OS has more than 100 new features, but it's not good news for everyone.

Apple yesterday released information about the upcoming revision to its iPhone operating system - iPhone OS 4.0, which is due for release in June. It offers major enhancements like multitasking, the iBooks eBook reader app, a centralized gaming service, performance and battery life improvements. But while the new software will be a boon for iPhone 3GS and iPad owners, as well as buyers of the next-gen iPhone HD expected to debut sometime this year, it seems that iPhone 2G, 3G and older iPod Touch owners might be left behind on the upgrade trail. Oh - and the new developer kit contains another nasty surprise for Adobe.  Read More

Toktumi's Line2 app offers a second line for your iPhone

Conscientious workers face a dilemma when making sure they’re always available for work - either carry around two phones or hand out personal numbers. Toktumi’s $14.95 a month Line2 VoIP app, now in its final stages of development, gives iPhone users the chance to bag themselves unlimited U.S and Canadian calls, cheaper international rates, and a second number that works over 3G, WiFi or Cellular networks.  Read More

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