ScreenRecorder for iPhone Released in Cydia [UPDATED: Video Review]

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A great new tool was released in Cydia today, that allows you to record a video capture of your iPhone screen. It is simply called “ScreenRecorder”, and comes from developer Elton Bolzanac. There are some limitations, as video recording is a pretty intense process, but this is a great first version.

Here’s the official description, from Cydia:

This application let’s you take video captures of your screen. This is extremely useful for quick tutorials or demonstrations, or when you want to show proof of a new hack you have accomplished. There are obviously many other uses for this. For example, you could use this like a “Notes” application, but with video instead of words!

Keep in mind that video recording is a very intense process, so crashing is very frequent on videos that have a capture time of more than 45 seconds.

Must be installed with ffmpeg.

Application must be quit in between two captures. (There is a quit button in-app).

New in v1.2:

-No more need for Backgrounder

-Updated to work with ffmpeg from Cydia

-Now has option to delete videos from within application.

Here’a a short video of the app in action:

I have not had a chance to try this out, but I have been waiting for something like this for a long time, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Another great reason to jailbreak your iPhone!

UPDATE: I got to use this app and thought I would share my findings with you. The quality of the video that ScreenRecorder can do, is about the same as using ScreenSplitr with Demo God. Pretty low frame rate. Here’s my video review:

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Final Fantasy I and II Released for iPhone

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Square Enix has released their iPhone ports of their classic games, Final Fantasy 1 and 2.

“Initially released in Japan in 1987, the original FINAL FANTASY amazed audiences with its rich story and stunning graphics.

Players guide the Warriors of Light as they set out on a quest to restore the crystals to their former luster. Its side view battles, choice and promotion of character classes, and sprawling world explored with fantastic vehicles quickly became standards of the series. This game set the stage for all FINAL FANTASY games to come.

This edition also contains the bonus dungeons added to later editions of the game–the Soul of Chaos and the Labyrinth of Time.”

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“The highly anticipated follow-up to the original FINAL FANTASY, released in Japan in 1988.

FINAL FANTASY II features the bitter and beautiful tale of four war-orphaned heroes who become embroiled in the conflict between the hostile Empire of Palamecia and the rebel resistance. Eschewing conventional leveling for a proficiency system that allows players to tailor their characters’ growth, and incorporating a key term memory system that makes dialogue integral to gameplay, this game sparked the spirit of innovation for which the series has become known.

This edition also contains the bonus dungeons added to later editions of the game–the Soul of Rebirth and the Arcane Labyrinth.”

I have only played a few minutes of Final Fantasy I, but I will say, this looks like a nice port of this iconic video game. I can’t wait to play it more. I made a quick video, so you can see some of the gameplay.

Catalog Your Movies with “iCollect Movies”

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I’m a sucker for silly, simple games on the iPhone. I’m always looking for the next “time-killer” app, but when it comes to actual, productive, utility apps, I’m pretty picky.

I’m a movie buff, and have tons of VHS, DVD, HD DVD, and BluRays, and had been thinking lately, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if I could just scan all the barcodes and have my movies cataloged automatically?”. Little did I know, there is an iPhone app that does exactly that.

Developer Hooked In Motion just released version 2.0 of  “iCollect Movies“. This app allows you to scan the barcode of your movies with your iPhone’s camera. It then query’s it database and automatically adds the title, including information like genre, rating, run time, and much more.

Here’s a full feature list:

– Scan in your movies via UPC using the built-in camera.
– Manually type in the UPC.
– Manual entry with no barcode.
– Spiders Google and our own servers for a cover and information about a title.
– If no information is present, take your own picture and type in the details and add it to our server for others to use.
– Use a picture from anywhere on the web for your covers.
– Use a picture from your Photo Library.
– IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes links
– Add it to your library. Sort by Blu-ray, DVD, or customize your filter bar right from the main screen.
– Tab badges allow you to quickly see how many movies you own.
– Sift quickly through your catalog using the index.
– CoverFlow.
– Library view.
– Backup/Restore
– Shake for random movie.
– Sort without The and A option.
– Loan your movies out and keep track of who has what using your contacts list or custom entry.
– See movies you’ve never watched or watched a long time ago using the “Last Watched” feature.
– Entry for purchased value and date.
– Options for Actors, Directors, Regions, Audio, Subtitles, and more!
– Customs which information is displayed in your movie cells.
– Add a movie to a wishlist if you know you want to buy it in the future.
– Email out your wishlists to family and friends for holidays and birthdays.
– Already ordered a movie but don’t have it yet? Add it as a preorder. Add the release date as well.
– Incredible search capabilities. Browse through your library in a whole new way. Want to see all movies you have that star Steve Martin? Easy. Want to see all of your Japanese movies only? Easy.
– Video tutorial for help.
– A LOT more!

Here’s the official tutorial video from Hooked in Motion:

“iCollect Movies” is available now, in the App Store, for $2.99, and coming in March 2010, “iCollect Video Games”. Other similar apps in the works, are iCollect apps for music, books, comic books, Lego, Barbie, Beanie Babies, and wine.

Facebook 3.1 for iPhone Released with Push and Friend Sync

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Facebook have updated their iPhone/iPod Touch application to 3.1. This update includes push notification support, and the ability to sync your Facebook friends info, with your contacts on your iPhone.

You can get push notifications for all of the below, with easy toggles in the Settings app. There is no sound or vibrate when you receive a notification, which I found dissapointing, but you still get the pop up, and the app icon has a badge, displaying the number of “pushes” you have received.

Friend sync let’s you have all you friends latest Facebook profile pics, in your iPhone’s contacts. Also, you can phone you friends directly from Facebook, by tapping the new phone icon the appears next to you friends name, as long as thier number is public, or you already have it.

One thing I was really hoping for with this update, was the ability to watch Facebook video, on my iPhone. Unfortunately, this isn’t avaialble yet. All Facebook videos are still in Flash format, and as we all know, Flash doesn’t work on the iPhone. In order for Facebook videos to work on the iPhone, they would have ot all be re-encoded in MP4 format. That is a ton of work. Just ask YouTube. 😉

You might notice mine looks a bit different than yours. it’s just because I still have the Pre font on there, and the Window Planer enabled. Yours will probably still be all square and Helvetica. 😉

UPDATE: There was an issue with the sync feature, where it deleted some people’s contacts on their phone. This has been resolved with update 3.1.1, available now, in the App store.

iPhone 3G Official Gets Video Recording, with iVideoCamera

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Apple has approved an app that allows video recording on the iPhone 3G and the original iPhone. “iVideoCamera” recording capability, without having to upgrade to the iPhone 3GS. Of course, there are apps for jailbroken iPhones that already do this, but this is the first official release from the App Store to allow this. It is only $.99.

So, does it work? My opinion: Meh… It is great that there is an official solution, but, to be honest, the quality is not that great. Rather than actual video recording, it is more like a timelapse, converted to video, resulting in a choppy, blurry video. Once you are finished recording, it takes approximately 1 minute to convert and save your video. I know 1 minute doesn’t sound long, but when you’re in the moment, it seems like forever.

Outdoors, the video quality is barely viewable. Moving the camera, at all, results in a choppy, stuttered effect. The audio is decent, though. It reminds me of a cheap webcam recording. Maybe that’s the best we can get with the 3G’s camera?

As you can imagine, indoors is much, much worse. Very blurry, and not watchable.

There are some great features, though. You can save videos to your camera roll, but you can also upload your video to YouTube, Facebook, and/or Vimeo, right within the app. Although, you have to log in to your account, on your computer, to name, tag, and describe the videos. Once your video is uploaded, the url of the video is automatically copied to your clipboard, so you can easily share it, via email, Twitter, or however you want. The user interface is very simple and easy to use.

Being an iPhone 3GS owner, I know what kind of video the iPhone is capable, and this doesn’t even compare. The iPhone 3GS video is leaps and bounds above this quality. I’m sure the higher quality camera of the iPhone 3GS has a lot to do with it. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, I would suggest sticking with Cycorder, and don’t pay for this. If you’re completely against jailbreaking your iPhone 3G, then this is the app for you, if you want video recording capabilities.

Push Notifications for Facebook, via Boxcar

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just discovered a new push notification service, for the iPhone, called Boxcar. This all in one app, gives you push notifications for Twitter, Facebook, and email. There are other apps out there that give you push for Twitter and email, but this is the first push notification app, I’ve heard of, that includes Facebook.

Boxcar is incredibly easy to set up. If you don’t already have an account with Boxcar, just type in what you would want your email and password to be, and your account is created automatically. You have the option to add a few services to your account: Twitter, Twitter search, Twitter Trends, Facebook, and email. Choose wisely though, as your first service is free, but any additional services are gonna cost you, via in-app purchasing.

I chose to add Facebook, as I already receive push notifications for Twitter, via SimplyTweet. For Facebook, notifications are sent when someone comments on your status, posts on your wall, comments on a photo of you, or sends you a message. Boxcar polls your Facebook account every 2 minutes, looking for notifications. If it finds any, read or unread, it sends them to you, via push. There are many notification sounds to choose from, none of them being the stock iPhone sounds, so you won’t get confused with other notifications you are receiveing. You can also toggle badge notifications, on or off.

There have been some reports, just in the past week, that Facebook notifications have stopped working. Boxcar is looking into this, and you can get help on their support page, here. At the time of this post, I myself, could not get this to work with Facebook. According to the reports I read, Boxcar worked fine from it’s release date, up until just last week. Boxcar is currently looking into the issue.

UPDATE: Shortly after publishing this, my Facebook notifications did start to work, but I wasn’t receiving all my notifications. This one was someone commenting on a photo I had commented on earlier.

Tap Tap: Metallica Now in the App Store

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screenshot_02Tapulous and heavy metal giants Metallica have teamed up to make one of the best rythm based iPhone games, even better. Tap Tap: Metallica have been unleashed in the App Store, for $4.99. Metallica has been one of favourite bands of all time, since I was a kid, so I’ll definitely be checking this one out. This version of Tap Tap features landscape mode, and an all new, bluetooth battle mode

Here’s the details, from the Tapulous website:

“Built on the wildly popular Tap Tap Revenge 3 platform, Tap Tap Revenge: Metallica features the high quality gameplay that Tap Tap Revenge players have come to expect. Accompanying the Career Mode is a new fast-paced Arcade Mode where players are challenged with bombs and other special objects that make the game more fun than ever before.

Tap Tap Revenge: Metallica also includes a new Bluetooth-based Battles Mode where players challenge friends to a point-by-point battle where they can deploy bombs and other special objects to distract the opposition and secure victory.

Tap Tap Revenge: Metallica was designed with the die-hard Metallica fans in mind, and the game features a unique live action Metallica theme that captures the essence the band is famous for. Users will also have access to a Metallica news feed that provides updates on the band, along with challenge updates and a public battle message board, so users can participate in a true Metallica community.

With this diehard Metallica community in mind, Tapulous is also announcing a one-of-a-kind contest where one lucky fan will get to rock out with Metallica at the sold out Las Vegas stop of their “World Magnetic Tour”. Everyone who purchases Tap Tap Revenge: Metallica will be entered to win the grand prize, which consists of: two tickets, airfare, ground transportation, and an opportunity to meet the band! The concert is taking place December 5, 2009 at 7:00pm PT, from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.”

Here’s the track list, that comes with the game:

– Enter Sandman
– Sad But True
– King Nothing
– All Nightmare Long
– Some Kind of Monster
– Master of Puppets
– Seek & Destroy
– Fuel
– One
– For Whom the Bell Tolls

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