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ANNOUNCEMENT: We’ve Moved. Update Your Bookmarks!!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on February 8, 2008

For those of you who, for some reason, had bookmarked http://www.ipodtoucher.wordpress.com instead of http://www.touchpodium.com, we are no longer updating this blog.

We’ve moved to http://www.touchpodium.com (redirecting from http://www.touchpodium.110mb.com), so please update your bookmarks.

This is the final story that will be posted here.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Completely New Touch Podium Blog In The Works… Ready For Tonight Tomorrow Morning.

Posted by Jody Mitoma on February 7, 2008

Touch Podium is getting a complete make-over tonight.

We’re switching over from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. (Google it if you’re not sure what the difference is.)

We will now be hosted on one of the most reliable hosts available, according to many reviews.

Surfing to www.TouchPodium.com should start bringing you to the new blog by later tonight mid-morning, tomorrow (January 8th). NO NEED TO UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS!

The new blog is better in many, MANY ways. 🙂

Also, I’ve still got a few things I need to get done, but cannot until the DNS settings have switched over from this wordpress.com blog, to the new wordpress.org blog.

Stay tuned!

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*The URL will stay the same for both of the above.

– Touch Podium Management

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Keep Up-To-Date With Our RSS Feed On Your Touch

Posted by Eric March on February 7, 2008

Feed me.In case you hadn’t noticed that little RSS icon at the top of the right-hand sidebar, we’ve got an RSS feed wherein you can keep up to date on all the latest iPod Touch news. What you may not know is that you can do this right from your jailbroken iPod Touch (or iPhone) using a little app called Mobile-RSS. Available through Installer on the Code Genocide repo (http://repo.codegenocide.com) and via your personalized Repo.sc repository, or downloadable from its Google Code page, this handy program by Dallas Brown (a.k.a. kdbdallas) is perfect for keeping tabs the latest from all of your RSS-enabled news sites — like us, for instance. Get all the latest headlines as they happen and be the first to get the scoop. Simply add http://feeds.feedburner.com/TouchPodium to your RSS feeds in Mobile-RSS and you’ll get all of the most recent headlines delivered right to your reader whenever you’re connected to the Internet.

If you like Mobile-RSS, consider showing your appreciation to the author via a small PayPal donation. You can find a link on his Google Code page. (No, this is not a paid advertisement. I just think coders that bring us quality apps should be given their props.)

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N-Gage Revival And iPhone SDK Raise Anchor For Mobile Gaming

Posted by Jody Mitoma on February 7, 2008

mobile gaming sdk

Wired had a bit to say about accelerometers, and the iphone’s upcoming SDK yesterday evening. It’s a good write up, so I figured I’d share their post with you all.

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What do accelerometers, the iPhone SDK and touchscreens have in common? They’re the three big things that could see cellphone gaming have its first good year. Even the N-Gage revival finally took off on Monday, opening its doors to public testing after months of delay.

“A lot of people were inspired by what happened with the Nintendo Wii,” said Matthew Turetzky, RealNetworks’ vice president of non-PC gaming, when I spoke to him at a recent trade show. “But touchscreen is the big change, with the iPhone. It’s such a perfect technology for the casual gaming experience.”

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Choosing Headphones: A Guide for the Budding Audiophile

Posted by Eric March on February 6, 2008

It’s all in your headLook, if you love music and listen to your iPod virtually everywhere you go, you probably want to get the best quality sound you can while you’re on the go — within your budget, anyway, right? So which ones should you buy? Cans, buds or IEMs? Active noise cancellation or passive noise isolation? Shure or Etymotic? Sennheiser or Grado? Well, that’s what we’re here to discuss. I’m not going to tell you what to buy, but I will arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about which ones are best for you. None if this is absolutely guaranteed to snag you a top notch pair of cans, but it gets you a lot closer than you would be going in blind. First though, we need to talk about the technology and what it means to your listening experience.

The Terminology
Before we talk about hardware, we need to understand what all of the terms mean so that we can understand what it is we’re looking at when we look at the specs on a set of headphones.

Dynamic Range
This one’s easy. Dynamic range is the range of audio signal that the phones are capable of reproducing. They are typically represented by two numbers, expressed in hertz (Hz) or kilohertz (kHz). A set that lists its dynamic range as 20Hz-20,000Hz means that it is capable of producing low sounds down to 20KHz, and highs up to 20,000Hz, or 20kHz. This is pretty typical for most name-brand phones. Generally speaking, the lower the first number and the higher the second number, the better; we’re looking for the widest dynamic range, and I personally consider 20Hz-20kHz to be my minimum standard. If a pair can exceed that, so much the better.

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Get In Touch With The Touch Podium Staff

Posted by Justin Morley on February 6, 2008

Get in touch with Touch Podium Staff

Here at Touch Podium, we’re working hard to bring you the news as soon as it happens. Of course, this isn’t always possible. If you’ve got something you’d like to see posted on Touch Podium, feel more than welcome to e-mail any of us using the e-mail addresses listed below.

You may also use the e-mail addresses below to leave comments, criticism, concerns or suggestions to make Touch Podium a better place for us all. We want to hear what you’ve got to say, so let us hear it!

The email addresses are as follows:

Jody Mitoma (Owner): jody.mitoma@touchpodium.com
Eric March (Co-Owner): eric.march@touchpodium.com
Justin Morley (Editor): justin.morley@touchpodium.com

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Replace Your Play/Pause, Previous, and Next Buttons With These Beauties

Posted by Jody Mitoma on February 6, 2008

TheAppleTree (previously known as whitneystcharles) of iPodTouchFans recently released a theme she calls iTunes Music Skin: CommercialPlastic.

Here is what she had to say about the theme itself.

I was just kinda messing around with this today to see what I could whip up for the music player. I really like this skin overall… It kind of has a WMP-y look to it. It was difficult to get it working correctly – I found that I had to use play and pause buttons that were the same sizes as the originals, due to the fact that both the movie player and the music player pull their images from the same location. The offsets for each of these is different, however, being that you view video in landscape and music in profile. Ultimately I decided the quickest fix for this would be to include the button image in the Ipod Bar… which turned out being handier anyway, because you don’t have to overwrite the defaults every time you want to change the color of your buttons.

I uploaded the backup files if you don’t like the simple white plastic buttons that I created. I also fixed the problem with the progress bar being an ugly, white transparent color.

This is what it should look like in your video screen:

More color varieties, and instructions on how to install, after the break!

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Get Rid Of Those Annoying Mosquitoes With Your iPod!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on February 6, 2008

mosquito dieDo you go out camping much?

Well, next time you go, don’t forget your iPod Touch! – Not that you would anyway, right?

Now, when you download this specific mp3, you are capable of ridding your camping grounds of all female mosquitoes.

The sound provided above is the perfect pitch to annoy mosquitoes enough to get them to stay away.

Place the provided mp3 on your iPod through iTunes, and have it play on repeat if ever you need to rid a certain area of these pesky buggers.

Now, of course, you would have to bring exterior speakers or a dock to make this work, as the iPod Touch does not have usable speakers.

Here’s that file for you once more: No More Mosquitoes! (So sorry about all the ads on that website!)

Enjoy! 🙂

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Apple Doubles Touch, iPhone Capacities

Posted by Eric March on February 5, 2008

Thirty-Two, Bay-bee!Rather than waiting until September’s keynote and the usual iPod refresh period, Apple has decided to go ahead and release an upgraded iPhone and iPod Touch with double the capacity — and an associated price hike, according to an announcement made today by Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of worldwide iPod and iPhone product marketing. Available immediately, the iPhone is now available in 8GB and 16GB capacities for $399 and $499 respectively, while the iPod Touch is now available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB flavours for $299, $399 and $499 respectively.

The timing is is a bit unusual for Cupertino’s beloved fruit, winter being traditionally reserved for MacWorld and associated Mac and related peripheral line refreshes and introductions. Nevertheless, for those (like me) who griped and whined last September when Steve announced the puny capacities of these otherwise wonderful devices, larger capacity devices are now available far sooner than anticipated. This in itself is good news, but us early high-end adopters might also feel a little bit cheated, first by that whole $20 January Software Upgrade fiasco, and now by suddenly being faced with the idea of trading our 16 gig devices in for the huge storage boost.

Decisions, decisions.

(Source: CNet Crave)

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Touch Podium DISCUSSION BOARDS Now Live!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on February 5, 2008

touch podium discussion forum After wrangling with multiple other forum hosts, I’ve finally managed to find one that seems to be working flawlessly thus far.

The Touch Podium Forums are back up and running, awaiting your registration.

The forums are a great place to ask questions to that you may be unsure of. We (The Touch Podium Management), as well as the other members of the board – I’m sure, will try our best to answer your questions to the greatest extent of our knowledge.

Click here to sign up today!

Hope to see you own the boards. 😀

Also, in case you haven’t noticed already, Touch Podium got a make over yesterday – very late at night. I wasn’t feeling the blue and green “digg.com” looking skin we were using previously.

This wasn’t done purposely, but check out how similar the Touch Podium Blog and Touch Podium Discussion Boards (*once you’ve signed up and logged in) look.

* The Discussion Board theme only changes once you’ve signed up and logged in. I’m not entirely sure why.

Ahh well. Here’s to many more successful Touch Podium months. 🙂


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iPod Touch and iPhone to Run Marathon

Posted by Eric March on February 4, 2008

marathon_touch.jpgNo, not that kind of Marathon. iPod Touch Fans member dmgmantis, a.k.a. Matt, has taken it upon himself to try and port Bungie’s venerable first-person shooter Marathon and its sequel Durandal to the iPod Touch and iPhone. He is helped both by the fact that Bungee has released the entire Marathon game triliogy to Freeware, and by the fact that AlephOne, a Windows and Mac port of the game’s engine, is an open-source project that allows the games to be run on modern hardware with optional enhanced graphics and sound. Using the source code to AlephOne, Matt hopes to be able to bring these two games to the iPod Touch and iPhone — which is good, because we’re tired of waiting for a decent, working Doom. Says Matt:

Decided to get a blog on Blogger, helps my fellow followers see how and what im doing on The Marathon Touch Project.
Yet, im just projecting it and taking a really close looks at the Source code of Aleph One before i go and port this. So far, so good.

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gpSPhone 1.5.0 Released

Posted by Eric March on February 4, 2008

It’s-a New!ZodTTD is trickling out the updates to his coterie of software. First out of the gate is gpSPhone, the seminal (well, only) Game Boy Advance emulator for the iPod Touch and iPhone.

gpSPhone, the Gameboy Advance emulator, has been updated to v1.5.0. New changes in this release includes:

– Added support for both scaled/unscaled landscape and portrait view settings.
– Added support for firmware 1.1.3’s “mobile” user. gpSPhone should run well on 1.1.3 now.
– Added hardware accelerated scaling for better performance and look.

This release should be very stable and slightly faster. You now have the option between portrait and landscape mode. Hardware scaling gives a smoothed over looking picture, which some may prefer, with the advantage of performance.

A big thanks to Exophase, the author of gpSP, for his continued work on emulation. Without him, gpSPhone couldn’t exist.

For public domain ROMs (legal homebrew games) , head to Kojote’s great site: http://www.pdroms.de

Downloads for gpSPhone v1.5.0 can be found by visiting the Download section. It is available at the ZodTTD.com public Installer.app repo.

All you folks who earned your manhood (or womanhood) in the trial-by-fire that is the 1.1.3 jailbreak can now play rousing tournaments of Mario Kart with ease, and the scaling and use of OpenGL should make it a lot prettier.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Zod also has a cool new look for his blog that’s worth checking out.

(Source: ZodTTD)

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Can’t Touch This (Your Handheld is Not a Desktop)

Posted by Eric March on February 3, 2008

I told you, homeboy.Look. The iPod Touch and iPhone are awesome machines. For what they are and what they do, they are powerful, versatile, and chock full of style points in the usual Apple tradition. What we have seen so far on these devices has been nothing short of impressive; many of the games are tons of fun and impressive both visually and technically, to say nothing of some of the cool apps. I have no doubt that many of the apps in the jailbreak scene have sold no small number of Touches and iPhones on their own strengths. However, there is a great deal of misconception about what these little devices are capable of; they ooze so much awesome that it’s hard for some people to believe that they couldn’t play Crysis at full detail while balancing the national budget, accounting for 75% of resolved proteins for Folding @ Home, and picking out Barack Obama’s next suit.

As much as I hate to be the pin to your balloon of pride, I’m afraid I have some bad news: It can’t. Sure, these devices really are little computers, and they really are running OS X, albeit a slimmed down, very limited version of it, but they do not have the same capabilities as that big box next to your desk. It would be far more accurate to think of them as PDAs or SmartPhones, because that’s really the class they are in. (Never mind what Steve said.)

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Jailbreak EASIER With Updated AppSnapp!

Posted by Justin Morley on February 3, 2008

If you are one who does a lot of tooling around and constantly finding yourself restoring to 1.1.1 and starting fresh, there are some new updates to JailbreakMe.com which will be of interest:-Installs the latest version of Installer (3.0)
-Community Sources are now preinstalled
-Automatically OktoPreps (prepares for 1.1.2)
-More improvements listed here

This cuts out a few steps and sure to save a bit of time. The new processing for restoring from and back to 1.1.3 would be:

1. Restore to 1.1.1 in iTunes (shift+click Restore)
2. Jailbreak (visit Jailbreakme.com and click Install)
3. Update to 1.1.2 in iTunes (shift+click Update)
4. Jailbreak 1.1.2
5. Install BSD Subsystem and OpenSSH
5. Run Official 1.1.3 Upgrader from Install

Finally, jailbreakme updates! Now, we are just waiting for a jailbreak from them, too! (May or may not happen?)

source: a modiphone post

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Top Five Things I Wish iPod Touch Had…

Posted by Justin Morley on February 3, 2008

5I was just sitting here, using the iPod touch, and things just kept coming up that I wish that it had. Here is my top five!

1. Flash – So many things use Flash, come on Apple, give it to us!

2. Copy and Paste – So, theres a URL I want to copy and paste from a webpage; can I do it? NO.

3. The Ability To Watch Videos from other places then YouTube – Yes, YouTube is nice, but there are so many other good video host’s that I would love to be able to watch from. Break, Metacafe, etc…

4. In Safari, when you go to another web page, the first one loses its cookies – I’m using Meebo, I go to another web page, and when I come back to it I have to re-login. This makes me SAD!

5. Video camera/Camera – I know this sounds REALLY far-fetched, but I really wish I could record video and take pictures on it. With the biggest screen out of all the iPods, recorded video would look really good, you could email pictures right through it from the Mail application, and you could immediately set it as the unlock screen background!

    If the iPod touch had these features, I’d scream my fangirl scream really, really loud. Not that I have a fangirl scream… *cough*

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