App Cubby has some of the more popular apps in the App Store. Whether it’s Gas Cubby for tracking car maintenance, Trip Cubby for capturing mileage information, or Health Cubby for motivating ourselves to get into better shape, the company keeps customers coming back with well-executed and full-featured software.
We talked with App Cubby’s David Barnard at Macworld Expo 2010 to see what’s new from the company. While we won’t tell you about the new and completely different app he has recently submitted to Apple, David told us a lot about the free version of Gas Cubby — Gas Cubby by FRAM — that provides the functionality of Gas Cubby in an ad-sponsored format.
Check out TUAW blogger Steve Sande’s video interview with David by clicking the Read More button.
I stopped by the 4iThumbs booth to check out their product that would purportedly increase my (admittedly dismal) typing speed on the iPhone/iPod touch. It consists of a plastic overlay that puts small ridges between the letters of the standard iPhone keyboard, available in both portrait and landscape formats.
The product comes with some tabs that you affix to the top and bottom of the device, and you can then slip the plastic overlay on and off. You can touch through the overlay and use the phone as usual while it’s attached, although the bumps aren’t terribly comfortable for swiping. There’s a matching set of tabs for the back of the device which can hold the overlay when it’s not in use.
Frog Design is here on the show floor at Macworld 2010, and we stopped by their booth earlier in the week to check out what they’ve been up to on the iPhone. They’re a storied design firm (they worked on the Apple II series back in the day) that is diving headfirst into the App Store, with two apps out already and one more on the way.
We’ve talked about Postcard Express on the site before, but they ran us through the latest version of the app, which has fixed a lot of the problems that users originally had — the picture size has been tweaked a bit, and the geotagging has been updated and smoothed out to work much better.
It wont be long before some newer apps from the iTunes App Store will require you to have the latest iPhone 3.1.3 firmware in order to install a particular app. Earlier this month, Apple released the new iPhone OS 3.1.3 for iPhone and iPod touch which upgraded the baseband to 05.12.01 for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, hence making it impossible to unlock them on the latest firmware with the newer baseband.
If for some reason you have decided to hold off from upgrading to this minor update until the new iPhone OS 3.2 or iPhone 4.0 is available, you can fake your firmware to iPhone 3.1.3 which will make iTunes believe you have the latest firmware installed, hence allowing you to download and install all the apps from the App Store.
Simply follow the steps below to fake your firmware to iPhone 3.1.3. This wont in any way effect your baseband/unlock or anything in real. All it does is change the version number from iPhone 3.1.2 to iPhone 3.1.3.
Step 1: You will need to have a jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch on iPhone 3.1.2 in order to get this to work. Follow our complete step by step guide posted here to jailbreak your iPhone with iPhone 3.1.2 firmware.
Step 2: “Fake 3.1.3” app is available in Cydia on
If you’ve ever had a need to create or edit Microsoft Office documents on your iPhone or any other mobile device, you’re probably familiar with Quickoffice. It’s a solid app that provides a way to transfer documents to your iPhone, open them, make changes, and then save them back to the device. At Macworld 2010, Quickoffice announced some changes to their iPhone product line.
The app now comes in two flavors — Quickoffice Connect [Free, iTunes Link], which is a document viewer, and the full Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite [US$9.99 sale price]. Both apps now have a feature that should make almost everyone happy — integrated access to multiple cloud services including MobileMe, Dropbox, Box.net, and Google Docs.
TUAW editor Steve Sande visited the Quickoffice booth at Macworld Expo 2010 yesterday and was treated to a full demo of the the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite.