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Skype for iPhone vs. FaceTime

Posted by arnon_k On January - 3 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Apple will have to add 3G calling to its video chat service if it wants to compete

If you have an iPhone, you’ll want to get the free updated app Skype released Wednesday along with this YouTube video showing how it can be used to see your friends dancing in their underwear.

Skype now supports two-way video calling on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and fourth-generation iPod touch, not just over Wi-Fi networks — which Apple’s (AAPL) FaceTime can do — but over 3G cellular networks as well. That’s a major advance.

FaceTime is still easier to use — Skype’s user interface lacks that Apple touch. But with an installed base of more than 560 million customers and an app that lets you make video calls from anywhere you can make a voice call, Skype’s got a huge advantage — especially if it comes out with a Google (GOOG) Android version at CES next week.

Steve Jobs said he wanted to make FaceTime the industry standard for video chatting, but Wi-Fi-only video calls won’t cut it anymore.

Below: Skype ticks off the improvements offered by the update.

•Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
•Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
•Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
•Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
•Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
•Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
•*Additional Data charges may apply

(CNN) — Lose your iPhone? There’s been an app for that since June, but now it’s free for owners of newer Apple gadgets.

Apple released a new version of iOS on Monday, adding new features to the mobile operating system that drives the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Owners of the iPad, a camera-equipped iPod Touch or iPhone 4 can go to the App Store and download Find My iPhone (yes, that’s the name of it even for nonphone hardware). The service was previously included only as part of Apple’s Mobile Me package, which costs $99 per year.

Once the feature is enabled, the owner of a lost device can see its location on a website, which accesses the phone’s GPS coordinates to show it on a map. You can also have the gadget display a message pleading for whomever finds your property to return it; additionally, you can set a passcode or send a command to wipe personal information from the hardware.

The update also adds the ability to wirelessly print documents and to transmit video or music to an Apple TV or compatible speaker system using a feature called AirPlay.

This software version 4.2 brings the iPad in line with Apple’s other mobile products. With this version, the iPad can now run apps in the background — say, listening to Pandora while surfing the Web. It also unlocks Game Center (Apple’s social network for games), the ability to organize apps into folders and new features for the e-mail client.

Some reports say the update also improves performance on the aging iPhone 3G. Apple’s iOS 4 software created a slew of problems for owners of those phones, sparking a lawsuit.

To install the free software, connect your Apple device using a USB cable to a computer running iTunes.

iPhone’s new app “UGLY METER”

Posted by arnon_k On October - 18 - 2010 9 COMMENTS

Ugly Meter: The 59p iPhone app that tells you how good-looking (or not) you are

It is perhaps the answer to every model agency talent scout’s dream.

A new iPhone app has been launched that claims to be able to tell you how ugly, or not, somebody is.

The Ugly Meter app lets users take a photo of a person’s face and then ‘analyses’ its contours in real-time before displaying a score out of ten. The higher the score, the uglier the face.

Cheryl managed a respectable 4.2 out of ten but still won't be happy with the results....

... but at least she beat her X Factor rival Danni who almost hit the top Ugly score

An on-screen grid helps the user line up the picture for best results and, moments after the picture is snapped the app’s caustic judgment is displayed on the screen.

And when tested on the faces of some of the world’s most glamorous celebrities the results were a little controversial, to say the least.

In a head-to-head battle between fellow X- Factor judges Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue it was the former Girls Aloud star who came out on top.

She scored a respectable 4.2 which prompted the acerbic put down: ‘Wow you’re ugly, is your doctor a vet?’
But Dannii’s face fared even worse, scoring a terrible 9.8 out of ten and was told: ‘You’re so ugly, you could make a glass eye cry.’

While it is obviously just a light-hearted bit of fun, there are some who may take issue with the Ugly Meter’s judgment of curvaceous TV star Christina Hendricks.

Christina Hendricks might be an object of lust to millions but she didn't impress the app

But Angelina Jolie received an almost perfect score and was rated 'hot

Despite the being the object of lust for millions of men across the world, the Mad Men actress’ pale-faced beauty did not impress the gadget’s scanner as she scored an top ‘ugliness’ score of ten out of ten.

However the Ugly Meter was rather more complimentary about Angelina Jolie, who scored an almost-perfect 2 out of ten which earned her the admiring phrase: ‘You’re so hot you make the sun jealous.’

But there was bad news for her husband Brad Pitt, who was beaten by David Cameron. The Prime Minister might not be everyone’s idea of a chisel-jawed hunk but he still managed to outpoint Brad by a single point.

The app costs 99p to download from Apple’s App Store and requires 5.5MB of free space on the iPhone to work.

It was developed by app designers The Dapper Gentlemen.

David Cameron didn't score particularly well - but he can take comfort from the fact that he managed to outpoint Brad Pitt