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My thoughts on the new iPhone 3G s [ Part 2. ]

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Last week Apple announced it’s new iPhone at the wwdc09 conference. In My thoughts on the new iPhone 3G s [ Part 1. ] I already gave you an insight on my thoughts of the iPhone 3G s OS3 and it’s updated features. Besides that, Apple also updated it’s SDK with more then 1000 new API’s which will allow iPhone developers to take their stunning application to a new level..

… there is an app for that!

Like the video below already mentions, there are tons of cool iPhone applications that are worth trying and add a big value to the experience. With the new API’s users will be spoiled even more it seems, according to a few demo’s Apple already showcased at the wwdc09 keynote.

Tom Tom GPS application

One of my favourite announcements is the TomTom iPhone application which will turn your brand new iPhone into a full and capable GPS device, giving you all the features a TomTom device has to offer. Route directions, maps, voice directions, .. There is even a handy car kit allowing you to use the application in landscape or portrait, recharge the battery while driving and play your ipod music over the stereo. This all is possible thanks to the new hardware API’s that are implemented in the updated sdk. Really amazing and a big value in my opinion. Not sure how much it will cost but definately worth keeping an eye on!

Bring on the kickass games

With the iPhone 3G s offering a far more better performance, existing games now load 2x faster. With the new sdk graphics API’s, games will even look more stunning than before, making the iPhone the best mobile phone to play high quality games. Where other phones take you back to your nintendo gameboy memories, the iPhone combines a good performance with stunning 3D graphics. One of the new announcements is the ability to implement in-game payments. This offers users the possibility to buy new levels and keep on gaming. A powerful way of making more money out of gaming. I really hope this does not result in games where you can only keep on having a decent experience after buying, buying, .. and buying. It sounds to me that a lot of game developers or companies will try to make the most out of it, trying to create addicted gamers to earn money from.

Notify me?

With the new notifications api, developers are now able to implement reminders or other notifications in their applications. Just like receiving an sms, the iPhone OS3 allows your application to fire off alerts. A very powerful feature that will increase the quality of certain apps heavily! The only thing I am affraid of is the spam-effect we might experience. Apps that fire notifications we do not want to get for instance. Let’s hope developers are not allowed to use this as an advertisement model because that could result in a reason to throw your iPhone trough the window.

Application promotion

Apple proudly announced that there are already over 50.000 applications submitted into the appstore. An amazing number but let’s be honest.. what a mess! They have not discussed or announced a better promotion model. It is a pain in the ass getting your application in a top 20 list, and once get in, you have to keep pushing yourself to stay there. Once you fall out of the list your application gets lost in ‘iphone space’. There is only a little percentage of iPhone developers or companies making real money ( a living ) out of the appstore. Altough it is a very big succes ( for both parties ) compared to other mobile platforms, I was hoping Apple would announce something that helps developers promote their application or optimize the rating system or something. With the new sdk API’s I think we will reach the 100.000 limit very soon, but there has to be a clear overview! There is still some (very difficult) work to do, regarding this topic.

What do you think?

Together with the first part of my thoughts on the iPhone, I hopefully did a decent job updating you on how I see things. Feel free to drop a comment to let me know what you think of the new announcements. Would you buy a new iPhone 3G s?

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June 15, 2009 at 11:09 am

Posted in Apple, Iphone, Mobile

My thoughts on the new iPhone 3G s [ Part 1. ]

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This week Apple announced it’s new iPhone at the wwdc09 conference. Called ‘ iPhone 3G s’ Apple introduces the 3 version of the iPhone, which comes with OS3. If you are interested in watching the entire keynote, go check it out here. For those who are only interested in the new iPhone 3G s features: take a look at Apple’s Guided Tour:


iPhone OS3

Besides it’s updated SDK which allows developers over more than 1000 new api’s ( let’s not go into that for christ sake ) the new iPhone OS3 comes with a bunch of new features, all created to upgrade the iPhone experience. Let’s go over a few of my personal favourites:

MMS
Finally it has arrived, I can’t tell you how much I wanted to send photos and contacts with my iPhone! In the demo they showed of the new cut, copy and paste features, which allows you to cut, copy and paste text and images from everywhere! Browsing a website, selecting text and images and copy this into a new e-mail.. it has never been so easy. I wonder if you can copy and paste it into an MMS as well, but I would be surprised if this would not be possible. I also wonder if we can immediately save images from inside the Safari browser, but I’m affraid this is a no go. Quick work around would be copy and paste it into an email which is sended out to yourself. Then you can save the attachement right to your Library.

Improved Itunes
From now on it is possible to use iTunes not only as a musical shop. Offering the latest movies, which are for sale and also for rent, Apple improves the video experience on the iPhone. For just a few dollars I will stop waisting time on converting movies, just rent a movie and enjoy your flight! I wonder how long a rented movie is available on your iPhone though, but I asume it will be a 5 till 7 day limit.

Compass
Thanks to a built-in digital compass, google maps application can point the way. With a single tap you see in wich direction you are currently facing. No more problems finding out which way you should start your walk or drive.

Video support
I was very surprised that this feature was not implemented from the start, but along with the upgraded 3 mega pixel camera, iPhone 3G s users can now easily shoot video’s, edit them on the fly and share them on youtube or via mms with a single click. One word: finally!

Tethering
This is a feature I really like. With an iPhone 3G s you can share it’s internet connection with a laptop or pc, via usb or bluetooth. Perfect for people who are on the road a lot. Sometimes you just want a desktop experience. Just be easy on this feature if you are traveling, your roaming data plan might kill you.

2x faster
According to the latest benchmarks the iPhone 3G s performs 2x better as the previous iPhones. You might understand now for what the ‘s’ is standing. Lovely to see how quickly an application is launched. The browsing experience is also taken to a whole new level. The new Safari 4 performs a lot faster and better and it’s just amazing to see how quickly a site is launched.

That was it for Part 1, have an eye on my blog because Part 2 will be published soon! Feel free to share your thoughts on the iPhone 3G s or the keynote in general by leaving a comment.

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June 10, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Posted in Apple, Iphone, Mobile

Featured in latest DZone with a Flash lite article

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It has been awfully quit around here the last couple of weeks. I’ve been away for 10 days on a snowboard trip, had a lot of fun btw, and I have been working on the new Boulevart Blog together with my colleague Erlend. This resulted in a minimal amount of free time and forgive me for doing other things than blogging to :) Nevertheless, I thought it would be cool to inform you that during my talk in Amsterdam a while ago, I was interviewed by Hans Frederiks from DZone. Together with Serge Jespers and Lee Brimelow from Adobe, I talked about Flash Lite, the iPhone and mobile in general. I even agreed doing a little photoshoot as you can see in the picture. I still have some work to do if I want to get as tough as Serge but who does not?

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April 29, 2009 at 10:42 am

Posted in Flash Lite, Iphone, Mobile, Press

BE TV: a mobile television guide

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This week, Yannick Compernol launched a first version of Be Tv. This is a mobile television guide for Belgian Channels, including Een, Ketnet, Canvas, VTM, VT4, VijfTV, Vitaya, TMF, JIM, Prime, … He also included other European channels like MTV, BBC1, BBC2, BBC World, ARD, ZDF, WDR, France1, Franc2, CNN, …

A very rich and useful mobile application that offers an answer to ‘what’s on the television tonight’ with one click! I asume Yannick will be working on updates like ‘tagging’ a progam etc.. but it is a very good start. Try it out Be Tv (only available in the Belgian Appstore )

More info: Emmer Inc

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April 3, 2009 at 11:24 am

Posted in Iphone, Mobile

My top 10 iPhone applications

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I’m using an iPhone for a while now and like most iPhone-users I browse through the Appstore a lot. There are several  ‘top 10 iPhone applications’ out there but I thought it would be cool to give you an overview of 10 applications I use daily. Popular or not, I am very happy with these applications mostly because they add value or are just very cool. Let’s have a look and maybe you get inspired to try some of them out as well :)

1) Darkroom (SteadyCam)

Very useful application which helps you taking pictures that aren’t blurry! Via the iPhone’s accelerometer it detects when your device is stable and it immediately takes a picture. Just turn it up, hold still and you have a sharp picture taken in no time. Darkroom is a free application although there is a premium version you can purchase if you like.

2) TwitterFon

For those who don’t know, you can follow me on Twitter ( @thomasjoos ) and using your iPhone to take a quick look at your timeline or fire a quick tweet yourself is cool. There are several twitter applications for the iPhone but TwitterFon suits me the best. Clean, light and an easy to read interface and I have not really encountered any bugs yet. Quickly check your direct messages and @replies. You can even check out the latest twitter trends… This app offers everything I want from a mobile twitter client and I like using it. TwitterFon is a free application, nothing stops you from giving it a try.

3) Facebook

If you are a facebook-user and you have an iPhone, I suggest you try the Facebook application. Quickly update your status, check notifications or write something at your best friend’s wall.. What I really like is that I can quickly and directly add a picture taken from my iPhone. Facebook is a free application so give it a spin!

4) Deezer

Tired of your personal created playlists? If you are in the mood for a particular style and want to discover new stuff, Deezer does the trick. Using its smart radio stations you quickly find yourself streaming music based on a selected genre. I like to hang in my chair, reading a newspaper, blogs or magazines and turn on the jazz channel. Perfect for background music. If you want to listen to one particular artists just use the ‘search’ feature and Deezer will stream one song after another. What I like about this app is that you quickly find the type of music or artists you are interested in and you don’t get bothered with commercials. Seems like the perfect background music if you want to take a break from you own playlists. Deezer is a free application, have a go!

5) Radio.BE

Although this is only relevant for Belgian people, I use this application a lot so definately worth mentioning. Got yourself installed with your iPhone and your headphones or speakers? You no longer need to turn on the radio if you want to listen to Stubru, Radio 1 or Klara. Radio.BE streams all popular Belgian radiostations. It’s a free application and comes in very handy every once and a while.

6) Shazam

If you have not heard of Shazam before you should go online more often. Hearing a song on the radio you like? Asking yourself questions like ” What’s that song called again?” or “Who is the artist of this great song?”. Launch Shazam, have it scanned the song for 10 seconds and it returns all related song info. If the song is available in iTunes you can purchase it directly. I am using it regularly and I see lot’s of iPhone colleagues doing the same. It is a free application but can turn out expensive if you buy 20 songs a day! Music industry crisis? No way :)

7) Remote

Using iTunes to play or stream your favourite music? At work, at home, .. a remote could come in handy right? This applications takes care of that for you. Remote connects to your iTunes library ( via Wifi ) and you can start using your iPhone as a remote. Play, pause, next, previous, … but you are also capable of browsing through your playlist and select the song of your choice. It’s free so maybe a good time to upgrade your coolness level?

8) Memory Stick

It does not always have to be MobileMe, Evernote or any other task/note/information manager right? Memory Stick is a simple application that just acts like a memory stick. Via Wifi you can browse to your iPhone’s ip-adres (or url) and quickly upload files. I use this mostly to backup important documents. It supports pdf, doc, xls, csv, ppt, html, txt, bmp, gif, png, jpg, and a few more filetypes. As you noticed already, you can preview a lot of files with this application. Memory Stick costs €1,59 but it’s worth it in my opinion.

9) Backgrounds

Backgrounds is a free application that guides you through iPhone optimized background photo’s via Flickr. Filter via categories based on genre, popularity etc.. and download cool photo’s in order to change your iPhone’s background.

10) Nimbuzz

Want to go online and have a chat with your friends while waiting for the train, bus, or anything else? Nimbuzz gathers all your online contacts from several networks like MSN, Skype, Facebook, Hyves, ICQ, Google Talk and a lot more. Chatting is not the only option you have here. Using the internet Nimbuzz allows you to call your online contacts, you can share music, pictures and even your location in order to find each other! You can even ‘buzz’ your offline contacts. If they are also using Nimbuzz they will be notified that you want to get in touch. I am using this app mostly to have a quick chat and sharing iPhone pictures with my girlfriend. It’s a free application… download and see for yourself!

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March 4, 2009 at 8:42 am

Posted in Iphone, Mobile

Interviewed by WebDesigner

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In WebDesigner’s 13th edition I got published with an interview as a result of the Max Award we won in Milan. In the ‘Behind The Scenes’ section I’m talking about Flash and the iPhone, Boulevart and my vision on mobile in general. I’m very proud to represent Boulevart in one of the most cutting-edge multimedia magazines in the Netherlands!

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February 11, 2009 at 11:20 am

FITC Amsterdam09 goes Mobile

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Today, FITC has send out a press release in order to inform all attendees that there is a whole range of mobile FITC Amsterdam content available. As some of you know, I kinda have my share in this one:

Toronto, Canada [January x, 2009] — Adobe Max Award08 winner Boulevart is busy putting the final touches on a mobile content package for FITC Amsterdam, a two-day event focused on the art and craft of Interactive design and technology. This is the second year for FITC Amsterdam, which takes place February 22 – 24, 2009 at the Felix Meritis European Centre for Arts and Sciences. The Boulevart team includes Mobile Consultant and Flash® Lite™ expert Thomas Joos, a graduate of the Technical University of West-Flanders.

“Thomas is on the cutting-edge of rich media for mobile and typifies the kind of sharp, young creative minds that make our events a success,” says Shawn Pucknell, Founder and Executive Producer of FITC Amsterdam.

Beginning today, FITC Amsterdam attendees can download mobile screensavers, wallpapers, and a 2009 event guide at http://www.fitc.ca/amsterdam/mobile. All content was developed by Boulevart using Adobe® Flash® Lite™, a powerful runtime engine for mobile and consumer electronics devices.

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You can download the entire press release here. Go and check out fitc.ca/amsterdam/mobile and if you are attending make sure you don’t miss FITC’s mobile boat this year!


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February 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm