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The Ultimate Tribute for Steve Jobs!

December 21st, 2011 by admin

In a tribute based in both gratitude and admiration Hungarian businessman Gabor Bojar has just unveiled a bronze  statue made as a tribute to Steve Jobs.  This is a way of honoring someone that is more suited to the old world - where statuary is a well established way to remember people that are highly esteemed.

It is less likely that we will see this type of tribute in the US -maybe a modern abstract painting? Or a building or bridge (or few)  named  after him?

However, as you Google for pictures or even videos of the statue you will likely come up fairly empty handed! One video of the unveiling shows ONLY the covered statue. It appears that the unveiling is a money earning event with images and videos available only for a price! Techcrunch, for example, have only managed to get a pic of the lower part of the statue!

The above video is great background to the statue -  and for a good pic of the finished statue, check out this Yahoo News link.

Steve Jobs - You Are The Man!

December 15th, 2011 by admin

Steve Jobs Retires

Love him or hate him there is no denying that Steve Jobs is an important iconic figure in the high tech world of consumer gadgets. And with his delivery of every important new innovation from Apple in recent years, he  may well have one of the best known faces around the planet. The newspapers are going wild with the honors they are heaping on this amazing personality. We thought we would like to bring those honorariums - as they are printed - to our readers:

Be A Beta Tester for a New iPhone Game and Get The Game For Free

June 24th, 2011 by admin

Invitation for Beta Testers for Goop!

We thought this looked like a fun invitation (and btw the beta testers get the game for free).

The people over at Fine and Dandy Games are calling for people to sign up as beta testers and help make this cool looking game even better:

We need beta testers and if you have an iPod touch, … iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS, sign up here and we will contact you in about one week regarding beta testing. We’ll respond and let you know if we’ll be able to use your help.

Have a look at the graphics for the game that they are showing on their blog and we think you will agree this looks like another fun game about to hit iTunes:

Fine and dandy Games have already been to the playing public in their determination to develop a game that has strong appeals Back in April they held a contest that got  future players - Goopers? -to help them name the game characters:

So all you game playing enthusiasts - here is your chance to have a say in how the game develops from here.

All you have to do is go to the Fine and Dandy Games website and sign up as a beta player

Selction of Legal Free Music From Various Music Genres

June 3rd, 2011 by admin

The iPhonegizmo team has been out scouring the internet for quality free music that is currently on offer - usually as part of a promo for a new album. We think we offer a great service because there are still quite a few spammy (to downright risky) sites out there that dangle free MP3s as bait to the unwary! So, in addition to the $10 worth of free music we have previously referred readers to - we have another 10 free songs here.

We deliberately looked for a wide range of free MP3s - partly so that we could have something for everyone (we have a very wide audience of readers) and partly to give you a taste of music beyond that which you might normally try. Take for example the free MP3 from the German singer -  we think she has a gorgeous voice and worth listening to despite it being in another language:

Get the free Joy Denalane MP3 here

Other free songs are:

Michael Bennett with She’s So Fine

The Taiga band with Ocean

Rendon with The Song Of Illumination

Thrills Band with If You Want Me To Love Ya

All Else Failed with Did You Think Of Me

Mumford ans Sons with Sigh No More

Voyager with Lost

Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou with The Passing of Time

Collie Buddz with Playback

Our selection covers genres from hard rock, through reggae, soul, folk, pop and rock and roll. Don’t like our cool selection? Then pick your own - you can get ten free songs of your own choice here.

Don’t forget to share your good fortune with your friends by clicking “share” –>

Mailshot Shortly Shooting Shots Again!

May 21st, 2011 by admin

Free Group Email App

Mailshot is a super easy to use App that allows us to send up to 50 emails at a shot to a group of friends or even clients. We have been planning on doing a post about this neat little app for some time.

Now the team here got interested in the App when we were asked by an up-and-coming personal trainer if we knew of any way to send out an email to a small group of people so that he could quickly and easily keep his clients updated. He did not want to learn how to use email clients or even Twitter. He is mobile savvy and anyway his clients tend to be in the older age group and not really Twits!

We were reviewing Mailshot at the time and got him to give it a go. And it was exactly what he needed.

Because we are impressed with this little utility, we were sympathetic when the developers wrote to us asking if we could help them to communicate with existing clients - as they have discovered a BIG problem with iTunes. It turns out that if an App has a temporarily problem, then it is removed from iTunes - with no place holders allowed. So then no-one knows what has happened to it! Here is an excerpt from their email:

“We released a new update (1.40) yesterday which added a lot of new features. Unfortunately within a few hours of the release we learned of a (small) problem … we felt it best to pull MailShot from App Stores worldwide …

Unfortunately there is no way to roll back an update on the App Store, or of even informing customers what has happened …

so we hope that you may be able to let some of them know through your news pages. A fixed version has already been resubmitted to Apple, and we expect to be back on the App Store as soon as it is approved- probably within 5 to 10 working days as Apple are quite quick at the moment.”

Clearly these are good guys. If you have not tried the App then keep an eye out for it and give it a go. It is super easy to use and just perfect for those small email send outs to your club, or for family parties etc. Can’t give you the link as - of course - there is not one at present. We will keep you updated and let you know when it is available again.

And as a further kick in the teeth for this developer, Apple is serving up a similar-sounding app in its place!! That is, when you type in Mailshot, amazingly, iTunes delivers a different-spelled but similar sounding app. It is never usually so “helpful”!!

If you want the real deal then MailShot is the way to go. For more information about the App go to the Mailshot website

A Royal iPhone Wedding!

April 27th, 2011 by admin

A royal wedding seems to get everyone’s heart a fluttering. All that pomp and ceremony - I mean glamor -  around true love at its best…..

And doesn’t the media love it! And travel companies, and wedding planners … anyone who stands to make a buck from the masses of people lining up to watch or participate. And iTunes is no different - if you are in the UK, or Australia or (as it turns out) in Canada. iTunes has the Royal Wedding front-and-center on the iTunes store for these three countries:

A Royal iPhone Wedding!

But iTunes is betting that we in the US are not so interested as  the closest we get to anything UK-ish is “Harry Potter” on the front page!

A Royal iPhone Wedding!

But are American’s really not that interested?

Well, there are 74 royal wedding related apps for iPhoners in UK iTunes store, there are 71 royal wedding related apps in the iTunes Canadian store, and there are over 76 royal wedding related apps available (serious and comedic) in the USA iTunes store.

You work it out!

Some freebies on offer that are worth getting include:

NBC app for the wedding

BBC America’s royal wedding insider app

Hello Magazine app for the Royal wedding And for Canbadians,

And for Canadians, there is the Globe and Mail’s new mobile app bringing the news of the big day for Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Donate via iPhone to the Japanese Disaster Appeal

March 13th, 2011 by admin

The internet has made it possible for the ordinary person to respond generously and quickly to disasters that hit others  - whether near and far.  The Haiti disaster set a new standard for what could be achieved - not just by the quick response teams that train for these type of events and are ever ready to move into disaster zones, but by the ordinary person who can now immediately respond by providing the much needed financial support that such areas need.

Donate to the japane disaster appeal

And we - the ordinary people and companies that have only watched mutely from afar in the past! We have learned how we can use social media for our own form of quick response. This time companies like Google,  Twitter, Microsoft and Apple have all quickly provided communications or donation channels to assist people in the Japanese crisis.

Donate by iPhone

The Japanese Google team were working on Google’s Crisis Response page within minutes of the quake! Within hours Google had its Person Finder Web site set up! Helping people to locate their  missing loved ones or post data on those who had been found is a huge help to the recovery effort.

Many companies are pointing people to the Red Cross for donations.  iPhone users can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Apple is also allowing users to donate to the Red Cross using their iTunes accounts. They assure us that 100% of the donation goes to the Red Cross. You will have to update your iTunes software to iTunes 10 (but you’ve already done that, right?) and then just follow  the  [iTunes link] to donate between $5 and $200 to the effort.

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