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Don’t lie if you didn’t test your mobile app

UTEST.COM provides mobile application testing, so your customers don’t find your bugs and trash your app.

Why It Matters

In this Xtranormal episode, the “App Police” administer a lie detector test to a developer accused of ignoring the importance of real-world testing and feedback for his mobile app.



Got an iPhone 4? You may need duct tape

By John D. Sutter, CNN

July 13, 2010
(CNN) — Has it really come to this?
The most talked-about phone in the U.S. — Apple’s iPhone 4 — has a design flaw that’s best fixed with a sliver of duct tape, according to Consumer Reports.

“It may not be pretty, but it works,” writes Mike Gikas on that nonprofit consumer group’s electronics blog.
The patch — which sounds like it’d be more appropriate for kitchen plumbing than for a phone that retails for $200 to $300, plus an AT&T contract — is supposed to correct an apparent problem with the iPhone 4′s metal antenna.
In a controlled test, Consumer Reports found that people who hold the iPhone 4 in a way that covers up an antenna connector on the phone’s lower left side will experience poorer reception and possibly dropped calls.
But if you slap a piece of duct tape over that antenna connection, the reception problems go away, the group says.
“When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone’s lower left side — an easy thing, especially for lefties — the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you’re in an area with a weak signal,” Consumer Reports says.

“Due to this problem, we can’t recommend the iPhone 4.”
Many others are testing the phone, too, and coming up with wacky solutions for the apparent reception problems.
Justin Horn, of the site WhenWillApple.com, suggests iPhone 4 users should wear a type of oven mitt called the “Ove Glove” when they need to make calls. The thick glove prevents dropped calls, he says.
“This test produced the best results with zero signal loss, even trumping the results I got with the bumper earlier!” he writes, referring to the “bumper” iPhone 4 cases Apple sells on its site for $29.
“Another plus, the Ove Glove is half the price of the bumper.”
Apple did not respond to a CNN request for comment on this story.
On July 2, the company posted a public letter about the iPhone 4, in which it said reception problems were perceived, not real, and that a software update would fix the problem. Essentially, Apple said the formula used to calculate signal strength was flawed, so the number of reception-indicating “bars” on its phones did not correspond with actual phone reception.
“Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place,” the Cupertino, California, company said in the post.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, was more blunt in an e-mailed response to a concerned iPhone 4 owner.
“Just avoid holding it in that way,” he wrote.



Boston commuter ticketed for using dummy in HOV lane

WHDH.COM July 13, 2010


Dummy used in Car

BOSTON — A commuter was ticketed for driving with a mannequin as a fake passenger.

State Police spotted a 23-year-old woman driving with a mannequin on Route I-93 South.

According to police, the woman used the mannequin to get away with driving in the carpool lane in order to avoid traffic.

“It’s bumper to bumper about 10 miles an hour,” said one man.

Police said the giveaway was the mannequin’s arm, because it wasn’t moving at all.

Police are not exactly sure where that driver got the mannequin.

She was given a $35 ticket and the mannequin was placed in police custody.


Brazilian Baby Dancing on Kitchen Table

This Brazilian baby has the moves man!  He dances on the family kitchen table for over 3 minutes in this Youtube video.  Featured on the Today show on June 17, 2010.  Being of German disent myself, I feel qualified to make the following prediction: I am 100% certain there are NO German kids with rhythm anywhere near this one!

Brazilian baby dancing on table

Brazilian baby dancing on table

We dare you to watch this one and NOT be in a fabulous happy mood after!!  It will likely be the highlight of your work week.  He has 15,000 views as of this posting, sure to top one million views!  Gerber, Pambers, Huggies, are you sponsors listening?

- Keven Thibeault


iHusband app remotely activates hubby's iPhone cam and mic

by Keven Thibeault

iWife Screen shots

iWife Screen shots

In January 2010 iPhone app developer David F. Snelling published iWife 1.1 , selling for 99 cents.  It allows users to store images and contact links for their wife or partner.  Basically it was a social networking app allowing only one single contact in your network – your wife.

iWife 1.1

iWife 1.1 (David Snelling)

I was curious so I searched the iTunes store and was surprised to find NO “iHusband“.

We at Logical Design plan to launch iHusband summer of 2010 and suspect there could be a big market for it.  We came up with these compelling features and guess it would sell like shamwows, but maybe not as good as Grand Theft Auto or Chess.

iHusband provides:

  1. Remote stealth installation initiated from wife’s iPhone
  2. Remote activation of husband’s iPhone camera and mic, from wife’s iPhone
  3. Live video and audio feeds from hubby’s iPhone streamed and played on wife’s iPhone
  4. GPS ‘breadcrumb’ display of husbands whereabouts overlaid onto Google Maps
  5. Instant on-demand sync of husband’s call, text, tweet, Facebook activity
  6. Verified schedule summary of games shown at local sports pubs, listed by bowling night, poker night, and fantasy football night.
  7. Warning alarm sounds on wife’s iPhone if husband enters any Best Buy, Guitar Center, Porche DealerApple Store, Casino, or Gentlemen’s club
iHusband in use

iHusband in use


Custom iPad carrying suit for $600

iPad Suit

iPad Suit

WSJ BLOGS June 3, 2010 After the Wall Street Journal published an article on the odd ways people are carrying their iPads around, readers wrote in with other methods–and products–they’ve discovered to tote the device.

For discerning iPad owners for whomScottevest’s iPad jackets are too casual,Mohan’s Custom Tailors says it has designed a custom-made suit with an inner pocket to hold the iPad. Price: $600. New York-based Mohan’s said it came up with the idea after a handful of customers called inquiring about it soon after the iPad’s release. Since announcing the new design last week, it says it has received about 100 calls and scheduled several dozen appointments with customers over the next several weeks.

“Many of the customers are techie men that love new gadgets and want a practical way to carry them,” said a spokeswoman for Mohan.

For iPad users looking for a more utilitarian iPad case and who don’t mind carrying a bag, Totes for Devices has come up with the $49.95 Nimbus Tote, with a clear vinyl pocket on the outside so they can slip their iPads in it for protection and still use it. The bag also comes with straps and can be used to prop up iPads.

The daring and handy can do what filmmaker Jesse Rosten did and attach Velcro to their iPads so they can mount the gadget wherever is convenient for them. Rosten, who created a videoshowing the various ways one could mount their iPads on dashboards, bicycles and walls, said he came up with the idea while riding in the car with his wife.



Google Phone whispers ads in your ear

Google Phone adWith satellite radio, Netflix, and Tivo, you can remove most annoying ads from your life.  Now Google wants to place ads whispered into your actual phone calls!

(this is not true btw, but funny still!)

New Google Phone Service Whispers Targeted Ads Directly Into Users’ Ears

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