RTR: Recent Theme Releases

This compilation was created by jmwerkus. It includes awesome themes created by our own members, for use on iOS 3.x.x. (With the exception of Flat iOS4, which is compatible with Apple’s latest OS.) Take a look, they are all extremely impressive.

Some of you may remember “Recent Theme Releases” by Manic Nimrod, but as there has not been an update in a while I thought I would continue it.


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iOS Gets Chrome to Phone

The awesome Chrome to Phone Android app has made its way to iOS with an unofficial port, appropriately called Chrome to iPhone, created by our own Tom Lerendu. The application allows you to send any link currently opened in Google Chrome straight to your iDevice, eliminating the need to email yourself links or type them in manually.

Send any link to any iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

  • Setup on multiple installs of Chrome
  • Setup with multiple iOS devices
  • Youtube URL’s open directly in the Youtube app
  • Google Map URL’s open directly in the Maps app

The only caveat: The application needs to be opened (before or after you send the link, it doesn’t matter) for the link to be found, due to limitations in iOS. This is only a minor setback to an overall awesome app, and I recommend all Chrome fans to take a look, it’s a huge timesaver.

Thanks Tommm!

[Chrome to iPhone]

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New Cases Reveal Updated Shuffle/Nano?

Rumors of the iPod Touch 4G and iTV have stolen the spotlight lately, so talk of the iPod Nano and Shuffle has been pretty quiet. But if these case designs are accurate, then maybe one of these all-but-forgotten models will be given an… underwhelming update.

The case is quite small and quite square, with no room for both an LCD and physical buttons, so it fits the Shuffle profile perfectly. There’s also that mysterious rectangular opening, which is too small for either a camera or clip.

If this case is in fact for a next generation iPod Shuffle, I wouldn’t expect much. Although, it does look suspiciously close in size to this mini touchscreen that was leaked last month, so maybe it will be something interesting.

Stay tuned.


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Netflix Streaming Comes to the iPhone and iPod Touch

The Netflix iOS application has been updated to version 1.1.0, adding support for movie and TV streaming to the iPhone and iPod Touch. It works over WiFi or 3G, so you can watch your Instant Queue wherever you are.

The cheapest Netflix plan is just $8.99 a month, which allows you to rent one DVD at a time, and stream as many movies as you want. The Instant Queue doesn’t have the best selection available, but new titles are being added constantly. It’s going to be tough to choose between Hulu Plus, Netflix, and the rumored Apple rentals, so we’ll have to see how each service evolves in the next few months. Just a reminder, you can try Netflix free for one month if you want to test out the system.

Update: There is also a $4.99 Netflix Limited plan that offers 2 DVDs and 2 hours of streaming per month, not bad for lightweight moviegoers. Thanks Jawcl!



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Aggressive Android device pricing a threat to iDevices?

Looks like the hawkers of Android wares, Amazon among them, are starting to compete aggressively on price. Amazon is selling the Samsung Captivate for $0.01 with a 2 year contract. A penny buys you a phone with some pretty beefy hardware, including 1GHz processor, 4 inch screen, and 5 megapixel camera that make it very competitive with the iPhone 4. Many previous-generation handsets, like the Motorola Droid on Verizon, are also free with 2 year contract.  Will Apple continue innovating in software experience and user interfaces fast enough to combat this threat, or will being 1/10000 of the price of the cheapest iPhone be enough to win over customers?

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Apps of the Week 7 – Casual Gaming

It’s that time again, Appman and ChrisL are back with Week 7 of the popular application review series “Apps of the Week”. This week they cover four awesome casual games: Doodle Jump, Ninjump, Top Dog, and Fastar!. Make sure to check it out, and support all their hard work!


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Apple Holding “Special Event” September 1st

We originally thought that the September Apple Event would be held on the 7th, based off the report by Bloomberg and the date the free iPod Touch deal ended, but Apple has just announced that the event will be taking place on September 1st. The sooner the better, because I can’t wait to get my hands on the fourth generation iPod Touch, and see what the iTV has to offer. We may also see and updated iTunes with WiFi music streaming. Only 7 days!


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Texting World Record Smashed By iPhone 4

Remember the fastest texting World Record video that Samsung released, to advertise the Swype keyboard on the Omnia II? Well, there has been a cat and mouse game between phone users trying to shave seconds off each others time typing the following phrase:

“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”.

The original record using the Omnia was 35.54 seconds, then a woman did it in 25.94 seconds on a Galaxy S also running Swype, and now, an iPhone 4 user has unofficially broken the record in 22 seconds. That’s crazy! Touch Fans, now it’s your turn to do even better. Let us know how long (or short!) it takes you in the comments.

[Mac Rumors]

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iPhone Nearing RoboCop Status

Here’s an awesome success story that proves how valuable smartphones can really be.

A man was visiting family hundreds of miles away from his home in Dallas when he received a notification from his iCam iPhone app, alerting him that motion had been detected in his house. He opened the app in time to see a live feed of two burglars throwing a brick through his window, and immediately called the police. A few minutes later, he was able to watch them enter his house in attempt to find the burglars. The thieves are still at large and it’s unknown whether they stole anything, but the iCam app is able to record the video stream, so there is a good chance the police will be able to find them.

The iCam app is $4.99 (plus the cost of  the security cameras themselves, and various cables or electronics you may need), which is a small price to pay to protect your valuables. It’s crazy that a cellphone can practically replace a full home security system, when just a few years ago all they were good for was playing Snake.

It’s just a shame he didn’t have one of these bad boys set up in his foyer.

[Associated Press]

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Next Apple Event to Bring 99 Cent TV Show Rentals?

Bloomberg is reporting that the next Apple Event will be September 7th, and will unveil the refreshed Apple TV (possibly renamed iTV), and fourth generation iPod Touch. In addition to the new hardware, there are rumors that Apple is planning to offer TV show rentals for 99 cents each, from Fox, CBS, and Disney. This would be a huge plus for all iDevice owners who love to watch TV on the go, and would give the iTV a decent foothold in the set-top-box market.

It’s an interesting approach, considering most of the competition offers monthly subscription fees or ad-supported programing, (or both, hmph…) so we’ll have to see how consumers respond to this pay-per-episode system.

The episodes will be available to Apple’s rental service within 24 hours of their air dates and will be commercial-free, one of the people said. Apple plans to hold a San Francisco event Sept. 7, two weeks ahead of the start of the new prime- time TV season, to unveil the service and a refreshed line of entertainment products, two people said.

$.99 cents per episode seems pretty steep, considering you only have a 48 hour window to watch them. Services like Hulu let you watch as much ad-supported programming as you want for only $9.99 a month, and has partnered with more stations to give you a wider variety. For any serious television enthusiast, Apple’s approach could get quite expensive. Which would you choose?

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