October 23, 2008

iPhone bits

I know they’re slightly OT from my usual fare, but you may dig ‘em:

  • Cooliris (formerly known as PicLens), the super cool hardware-accelerated browsing plug-in that I’ve praised many times, now makes a version for iPhone. The power of the little GPU in the phone is incredible, and seeing things like this, I’m inclined to agree with John Gruber: “It is our flying cars.”
  • David OReilly has created the delightful little iHologram, an animated cat that seems to be jumping off the screen in 3D. [Via]
Posted by John Nack at 9:16 AM on October 23, 2008


  • Chris — 12:33 PM on October 23, 2008

    iTunes Store isn’t showing anything for Cooliris, and the download link from their homepage gives me an error in iTunes that it’s not available in the US. Anyone else having trouble downloading it?
    [Hmm–it worked fine for me the other day. –J.]

  • John Eakin — 1:20 PM on October 23, 2008

    Same with me – “not available in the US”
    Too bad. -je

  • Pat — 4:45 PM on October 23, 2008

    I’ve written this little program for the iPhone. It’s called JeoparCalc. It lets you track your score as you play along with the game show Jeopardy.

  • imajez — 5:29 PM on October 23, 2008

    The app I’m waiting for before considering buying an iPhone is Flash for web browsing.
    Any chance of Apple letting you sort this out?
    [If I had any idea, you can bet I couldn’t talk about it. –J.]

  • Pat — 9:39 PM on October 23, 2008

    I couldn’t get Cooliris from the canadian appstore either.

  • Mark Ross — 8:26 AM on October 24, 2008

    If I’m not mistaken, Cooliris has been submitted to Apple but is still being approved and not yet available in the app store. I want the hologram app!

  • Dave — 12:49 PM on October 24, 2008

    To all those wondering, the folks behind Cooliris say they pulled it because of a bug in the phone OS that causes issues with uninstalling it. An update with a built in workaround has already been submitted to Apple and is waiting approval for including in the App Store.

  • imajes — 12:26 AM on October 25, 2008

    “[If I had any idea, you can bet I couldn’t talk about it. –J.]”
    Not even if poked with a really sharp stick? ;-)

  • Efriel — 2:04 PM on October 25, 2008

    does iHologram take much CPU resource and Bandwidth what minimum requirement is for end user.

  • Jenny Lum — 12:51 PM on October 27, 2008

    Thank you so much for writing about us! I hope you and your readers enjoy using Cooliris for the iPhone! We’ll be adding lots more features, so stay tuned!
    Also, just wanted to let you know that we have just released new content in our Discover feature in the Cooliris web client that includes full-length movies and TV episodes (courtesy of Hulu), edgier gossip in “Entertainment News,” a finance focus in the “Business” channel, full-reel tech shows in “Sci-Tech,” and more viral videos in “Around the Web.” Check it out, and get back to us with any feedback you have!
    To the above comments: Cooliris for the iPhone was pulled briefly, but is now back up in the app store!
    Warmest regards,
    Jenny & The Cooliris Team

  • Jenny — 6:20 PM on November 20, 2008

    Hi John!
    Just wanted to give you a quick update on Cooliris! After receiving over 250,000 downloads in the first few weeks, cracking the top ten in Entertainment Apps and getting chosen as a Staff Favorite from Apple, Cooliris for the iPhone has added new, richer features in version 1.2!
    We are pleased to announce YouTube video support. Our latest version offers a slick and easy way to perform YouTube searches on your iPhone. With the recent announcement that YouTube will soon feature full-length movies, Cooliris brings you the fun of theater-hopping anywhere you go!
    You can now also save images from the Cooliris Wall straight to the iPhone’s local camera roll with a unique “photocopier effect”. Turn photos from Flickr, Google or our new Wallpaper Discover channel into a custom background for your iPhone.
    With Video Support, we have introduced several new channels that take advantage of our great content. Entertainment News brings you the latest from E! blogs, Perez Hilton, the Insider, ET and more. You can also watch all the hottest music videos from your favorite artists in the Music channel. If that’s not enough, you can always kill some time with the Cool Videos channel, which has a selection of some of the most popular new videos to grace the web!
    Learn more at http://blog.cooliris.com/2008/11/20/cooliris-for-iphone-v12-now-available/, and find us on the iTunes store at: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=294479487&mt=8, or just search for Cooliris straight from the device. 
    Warmest regards,

  • Performance Impressions Live Music Photography — 5:05 PM on September 05, 2009

    I am happy with Cool Iris off my phone, like the effect but it has limited function

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