Who’s Copying Who?

December 2nd, 2009

An iSpy Cameras reviewer from the UK recently wrote that:

It’s basically a copy of “live cams”

which is interesting since this is what Live Cams 2.4 looked like when it was released on September 9, 2009:

Live Cams 2.4

Here is what iSpy Cameras 1.0 looked like when it was released three days later, on September 12, 2009:

iSpy Cameras 1.0

And this is what Live Cams 2.5 looked like when it was released on September 24, 2009:

Live Cams 2.5

So naturally we beg to differ.

iSpy Cameras can be purchased for $0.99 from the App Store.

Burglar Jailed Thanks To iCam

October 23rd, 2009

iCam user always watchin posted the following review on the US App Store detailing how iCam helped him put a burglar in jail:

icam put a man in jail

After being broken into two nights in a row, I decided to buy a network camera and icam. Only hours after setting up icam I got a motion alert pushed to my iphone. I view the webcam and see a burglar in my shop. I quickly call 911 and informed them of the robbery in progress and was able to give a description of the man doing the robbing. I had a heck of a time explaining how I was able to give a description of the guy and knew of the robbery from 25 miles away. They asked if I could still view the webcam and I had to explain that I stopped viewing the action on my iphone in order to call them using my iphone… Long story short, a thief is in jail today thanks to icam

We love hearing stores stories (Thanks, Alfred!) like these, and are glad that iCam could help. :)

New Release – iSpy 1.0

September 10th, 2009

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest application for the iPhone and iPod touch: iSpy

iSpy allows you to view and control public video cameras from around the world in real-time from your iPhone or iPod touch over WiFi, 3G, and EDGE.

Here is a demo of it in action:

It is available for sale today on the App Store for the special introductory price of $0.99

The Shenanigans Continue

August 4th, 2009

Our last blog post outlined some suspicious looking App Store reviews for our iPhone dice game, iFarkle.

Well it looks like whoever has been doing it (we have our suspicions) has tried to cover their tracks a bit.

We changed iFarkle’s iTunes Application Description to suggest taking any negative iFarkle review that suggested purchasing Three Jacks Software’s “Ten Thousand” with a grain of salt … So now one of two suspicious reviews (the one from codemonkey57 has been edited to no longer mention “Ten Thousand” … The other review (from The Cheesemaker) recommends “Then Thousand” but has upped its rating from one star to two.

Well isn’t that nice of them? :)

Oh, it is also important to note that it seems like editing an App Store review pops it back up to the top of the list when sorted by Most Recent.

Also, our previous blog post also mentioned that these two reviewers’ only other reviews were rating down another competitor of “Ten Thousand” and rating up both of Three Jacks Software’s own software, thereby adding to the suspicion. Well, now both of those users have reviewed a number of other apps to try and hide that fact, but sorting by Most Recent when looking at a user’s reviews seems to sort based on when the review was originally written and not when it was last edited, so ultimately it doesn’t hide a thing.

Stay tuned to see what their next shyster move might be! :D

UPDATE : Apparently our suspicions were correct. Thanks to Google, it appears that codemonkey57 is the developer of Doodle Games, Three Jacks Software.

UPDATE #2 : The negative iFarkle reviews have been removed and it appears as if the account names of codemonkey57 and The Cheesemaker have changed. Strange.

App Store Customer Review Shenanigans

August 1st, 2009

I am sure you’ve all heard stories about companies writing fake reviews on the iPhone App Store, pumping up their own apps whilst rating down the competition.

Well, we received a tip the other day that it looked like Three Jacks Software (the maker of a dice game that competes with our own iFarkle) had been writing bad reviews for both our product and another one of our competitors’.

If you check out the most recent views of iFarkle and Farkle Deluxe there are 1-star reviews from two users, codemonkey57 and The Cheesemaker, that recommend users buy Three Jacks’ Ten Thousand instead. Checking out all of those users’ reviews reveals that they gave both iFarkle and Farkle Deluxe 1 star and gave Ten Thousand (Three Jacks’ game) 5 stars. The only other review both of those users have given is for Three Jacks’ other iPhone application, Doodle Games. (They both rated it 5 stars.)

I would say that our tipster may be on to something.

Next, if you look at all of the reviews for Ten Thousand, they are almost all rating it 5 stars. Well, if you check what those reviewers are also reviewing, you see that Baby Builder 22 has only rated two apps: Ten Thousand and Doodle Games. (Both were given glowing 5 star reviews.) The same goes for Wolfman1973 as well.

Now, granted, they may have had nothing to do with it … There is nothing that ties those accounts to the company itself.

But the evidence really is quite compelling. :)

So what do you think?

Let us know in the comments below.

New Release – iCam 1.2 + Push on Motion

July 21st, 2009

We are pleased to announce that the Push on Motion functionality of iCam 1.2 (which was actually released almost two weeks ago) is now live and available for purchase through iCam for a one-time charge of $0.99.

Push on Motion allows you to receive Push Notifications on your iPhone or iPod touch when Motion is Detected by your iCamSource(s).

Simply tap the price button next to the Push on Motion item in the iCam Options screen to purchase:

Push on Motion In App Purchase

Click below to see iCam 1.2 + Push on Motion in action:

Please note that iCam 1.2 does require iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

New Release – iCamSource 1.2 BETA

May 5th, 2009

Two of the most requested features have now been added to the latest BETA version of the iCamSource:

  • Preliminary video-only support for MJPEG-compatible WiFi and Ethernet network IP webcams.
  • Window now minimizes to the System Tray / Menu Bar.

Please visit the iCam Support page for more information, including the list of currently tested and supported MJPEG-compatible webcams.

If your network webcam is not currently supported, you can either request its addition in this thread of the discussion forum or by e-mailing support.

Thanks! :)

New Release – iVid 1.0

April 29th, 2009

iVid allows you to stream DRM-free iPhone-compatible video files to your iPhone or iPod touch from any number of computers around the world over WiFi, 3G and EDGE. Simply install and run the iVidSource software on your Mac or PC, choose which video folders you want to share, and you’ll be able to have your entire video library available to you in the palm of your hand.

No need to forward or open ports in your router or firewall, either. iVid “just works” with the majority of network configurations, just like our other iPhone application, iCam.

So now instead of disk space on your iPhone, the only limiter you have is bandwidth: If you are connecting via 3G or EDGE or are connected to a slower-than-average WiFi network, your higher-quality videos simply aren’t going to stream fast enough to be watchable. This post in our support forum contains step-by-step instructions for converting your videos for streaming over both WiFi and 3G/EDGE.

For more information on iVid please visit our Support Forum or drop us a line at contact@skjm.com and we will be more than happy to answer your questions.

Thanks! :)

iCam in Latest iPhone TV Ads

April 8th, 2009

iCam made a “cameo appearance” in all three of the new iPhone TV Ads that premiered last night: “Itchy,” “Office,” and “Student.”

Here are some screen grabs from each one (click for full-size):

"Itchy""Office""Student"

We had no idea iCam was going to be in an iPhone TV ad, let alone all three. Very cool, Apple! :)

Source : theAppleBlog

Coming Soon – iVid

March 31st, 2009

I love British comedy television shows. The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Little Britain … The list goes on. Because of this, I have a lot of episodes synced to my iPhone … But not all of them.

The episodes that you buy through iTunes are big: 640×360 and around 300MB each. That’s bigger than they need to be just for the iPhone’s 480×320, because they are also made to be watchable on your computer as well as your Apple TV. So what can you do to fit more on your iPhone or iPod touch?

Well, you could start off by using versions of the videos that are only 480×270. They’ll be smaller than the iTunes downloads, and yet they’ll still look great on your iPhone. Unfortunately you can’t just resize the iTunes videos you’ve paid for because they are restricted by DRM, but hopefully that will change sometime in the not-too-distant future.

For now, your options seem to be limited to either ripping them yourself from your DVD collection or downloading them from the various “other” locations on the Internet. Once you’ve converted your videos into iPhone-formatted files, you’ll be able to fit more episodes on your iPhone than with the larger-format ones … But there is still a limit to how many you can sync at any one time.

This, my friends, is where iVid comes in. :)