New goodies found in iOS 4.3; multitouch gestures for iPad, more

January 12th at 5:17 PM

New goodies found in iOS 4.3; multitouch gestures for iPad, more

Following news that iOS 4.3 beta 1 has been seeded to developers, Apple’s servers are no doubt being hammered by anxious developers looking to explore all the new features. We pinged a few of our dev friends for feedback on new additions they’ve found and here’s what we have so far:

  • Personal hotspot capabilities for GSM devices — as we exclusively reported earlier today
  • AirPlay support for third-party native apps and third-party Web apps
  • Redesigned FaceTime icon
  • Multi-touch gesture support for iPad — “This beta release contains a preview of new Multi-Touch gestures for iPad. You can use four or five fingers to pinch to the Home Screen; swipe up to reveal the multitasking bar; and swipe left or right between apps. We are providing this preview before releasing them to the public to understand how these gestures work with your apps.”
  • Configurable slide switch for iPad — users can now decide whether the hardware switch above the volume rocker on the iPad controls mute or rotation lock
  • iAd full screen banners on the iPad — bigger ads… just what iPad users have been clamoring for

Interestingly, iOS 4.3 appears to also have dropped support for Apple second-generation iPhone — the iPhone 3G — and its second-generation iPod touch. This could make the current build Apple’s final software release for these devices.

UPDATE: Several readers have emailed us to point out that enthusiast blog iSpazio may have uncovered a little gem. References to the following effects have been found in the iOS 4.3 code, and they might be introduced as live video effects for video capture and FaceTime calls:

  • Thermal Camera
  • X-ray
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Normal
  • Tunnel of Light
  • Collapse
  • Turbine
  • Enlarge

Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta 1 to developers for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

January 12th at 4:00 PM

Apple releases iOS 4.3 beta 1 to developers for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

It looks like we won’t have to wait until March for some iOS 4.3 action after all. Just moments ago, Apple made iOS 4.3 beta 1 available through its developer portal. iOS 4.3 has become famous over the last few days as it is rumored to include a Wi-Fi hotspot feature for the GSM-based iPhone — you may notice that the build number of this release looks familiar. We’re in the process of downloading the 682MB update as we type and will be sure to report back with any goodies we find.

Thanks, CDeeRON!


Firefox beta now available for Android and Maemo devices

October 7th at 8:08 PM

Firefox beta now available for Android and Maemo devices

If for whatever reason you feel that the default browser loaded on your Android or Maemo device is not sufficient, you should know that you have options. Opera Mobile is available, the very capable Dolphin browser is available, and now — thanks to a recently released beta — Mozilla Firefox is available. The list of features include:

  • Pinch-to-zoom (Android), double-tap, or use the volume rocker (Nokia N900) to zoom in and out
  • Tabbed browsing in thumbnail view lets you easily see and open the site you want
  • Location-Aware Browsing gives you content and info relevant to your location
  • Find in Page in the Site Menu lets you quickly find text on the webpage
  • Share Page in the Site Menu lets you send content to email, Facebook, Twitter and Google Reader
  • Forget Password in the Site Menu tells a website you no longer trust to forget your private data
  • Add Search Engine in the Site Menu lets you quickly add a new search engine to your Awesome Screen
  • Context Menu lets you Open in New Tab and Share by long tapping and holding a link
  • Smart Tapping lets you tap on links, widgets and other Web content with accuracy
  • Password Manager lets you choose to remember site password to avoid typing

The beta will support the Nokia N900 and any Android device running OS version 2.0 or higher. Hit the read link to download Mozilla’s latest creation, and let us know what you think. More →