Augmented reality. It's that future tech we've all been waiting for--point your phone at something in the real world, and gain all the cyber knowledge the interwebs can provide. Wondering what species of tree you're looking at? Just direct your iPhone camera to it, and Wikipedia fills you in with a textual overlay.
Of course with the neat comes the not so neat too, so we at Mac|Life have done you the service of sifting out the junk. We've gone through just about every augmented reality app we could find, and here are our four favorites. They may not be the first apps you think of when you think about augmented reality, but they're actually useful. In fact, we'd say they're the best. And, iPhone 4 users, they're all updated for viewing on that gorgeous Retina Display.
Many Apple fans around the world wouldn't be able to go a day without their beloved iPhone, and it appears that South Korea is no exception. Today KT Corporation, the local carrier of the iPhone in South Korea, announced that there have been one million iPhones sold in only 9 months.
We want to believe, we really do. However, with each passing day and every new rumor it gets harder and harder to keep the faith. The iPhone has been shackled to AT&T for so long that fathoming the notion of the handset on another network without jailbreaking is becoming harder and harder. We're sure it will happen eventually, but when? Susquehanna Financial Group believe they may have an answer to this vexing question.
If you prefer to take your daily dose of out-and-about with a hearty helping of headphone-funneled music, you'll know that from time to time, some of the finer points of the great outdoors, such as blaring truck horns warning you of the possible end of your life, might escape your attention. As tired a phrase as it is, we have to say, there's an App for that.
If you're in Paris this week, and are underwhelmed by the centuries of culture, art and architecture muddling up the place, you could do worse than reporting to the 2010 Paris motor show. If you choose to do so, you'll have a chance to take a gander at some of the most advanced transportation technology in the world. If you're an Apple fan (and if you're not, we have to wonder why you're visiting our site: glutton for punishment, perhaps?) you'll want to pay particular attention to some of the wheels brought to the show by BMW and Mercedes. Both companies have opted to use the show to show off prototype scooters that utilize an iPhone not only as a key but also as the only user-interface element outside of the handlebars.
If you're looking for a feel-good story that provides a view into the advantages of paying for a MobileMe account, travel, intrigue kind-hearted airline employees and evil-doers, we'd suggest taking a trip over to CNN's website. They've posted a story that details the epic saga of a young family who, thanks to MobileMe's Find My iPhone service and the actions of a Southwest Airlines manager, were able to recover a forgotten iPad from the other side of the country.
We've talked about augmented reality iPhone apps here before, but Plane Finder AR has to be one of the coolest we've seen yet. This application lets you find planes in the air by pointing the camera one your iPhone (or now, iPod touch) in the air near a plane. When you do, a heads up display will show you information about the plane, including flight number, aircraft registration, speed, altitude and how far away it is.
Everyone wants to get into the smartphone market it seems. First Apple brought the heat with the iPhone which challenged earlier pseudo-smartphones like Blackberry and Palm to step up. Then Google put pressure on Apple with their array of Android-based devices. Now it seems someone else might be wanting to jump in the game.
Now that the weather is turning rainy and colder, it'd be a really good time to catch up on some television, some films, and some gaming. Well, turns out you're in luck with Boxee in the on-deck circle, the all new Apple TV ready to drop, and possibly even Google TV setting up shop. Plus, iPads are expanding to new retail locations, Game Center is taking off big time, and we haven't even hit the holiday shopping season yet. So tuck in to some electronic goodness from your friends at Mac|Life.
If you've spent the last few weeks soaking your pillow to the core with tears shed over not being able to rent episodes of The Vampire Diaries and Smallville for 99 cents on Apple's recently revealed Apple TV refresh, we've got some news for you. Despite what you're feeling right now, Warner Brothers still loves you, just not enough to forgo the boatloads of cash they make off of iTunes episode sales.