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FCC Investigating Google Voice Rejection from Apple's iTunes App Store, AT&T's Involvement

Techcrunch got a hold of a letter sent by the FCC to Apple seeking more information on the rejection of Google's Google Voice app, and removal of third party Google Voice apps already in the iTunes App Store.

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UPDATED: iPhone OS 3.0.1 Now Available Via iTunes

Update: Gizmodo received a statement from Apple regarding the 3.0.1 software update:

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blockquote>We appreciate the information provided to us about SMS vulnerabilities which affect several mobile phone platforms. This morning, less than 24 hours after a demonstration of this exploit, we've issued a free software update that eliminates the vulnerability from the iPhone. Contrary to what's been reported, no one has been able to take control of the iPhone to gain access to personal information using this exploit.

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Apple Officially Warns Against Jailbreaking

Apple has finally gotten around to posting a support article based upon the dangers of hacking your iPhone via the process of jailbreaking. The list of possible side effects are indeed accurate, lets take a look at what is listed:

  • Device and application instability
  • Unreliable voice and data
  • Disruption of services
  • Compromised security
  • Shortened battery life
  • Inability to apply future software updates

The article is then ended with the warning that if you do jailbreak you run the risk of Apple denying you any type of service to your device if needed.

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Top 5 Must-Have Jailbreak Apps: Post iPhone 3.0 Edition

Today TiPb brings you round four of the Top 5 Must-Have Jailbreak Apps series, this one focused on what still makes Jailbreak compelling in a post-iPhone 3.0 world.

Now, all of the Jailbreak experts out there will (or should!) know about all these apps already. The purpose of this article is to give our readers who may not be familiar with the jailbreak community just a little taste of what is out there. So, if you’re still debating whether or not to jailbreak your iPhone, after reading this we are guessing that you will make up your mind one way or another...

All of the following applications can be downloaded via Cydia on your Jailbroken iPhone.

Read on after the jump!

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Nintendo: iPhone May Damage Sales

Warning that its profits may decline, Wii and DS manufacturer Nintendo played the "current economic conditions" card but also laid a new one on the gaming table -- increased competition thanks to Apple's iPhone and iPod touch.

The newly launched Nintendo DSi is seen as a partial response to Apple's new gaming model, according to Electronista, which includes an on-device digital App Store, rather than the cartridge based physical media traditional gaming companies have thus far preferred.

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Regarding that Leaked Black "iPhone" Bezel...

Turns out that leaked black bezel that made the internet rounds prior to the iPhone 3GS' rounds was... actually for a Creative Zii Egg. Says CNET Asia provides the picture, and MacRumors the short version:

The Zii Egg is a multi-touch iPod touch-like device that runs Google's Android operating system. The device, though, bears a strong resemblance to the leaked bezel images, suggesting that it had simply been mislabeled all along.

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Black Hat: SMS Attacks Not Just for iPhones

Technologizer is reporting on the developing story on SMS attacks coming out of today's Black Hat Conference sessions. Seems like while the iPhone is grabbing a lot of attention, almost all GSM phones are said to be vulnerable. Basically, they get around the anti-spoofing security and send data designed to get access and take control of the phone.

On the iPhone specific side, however:

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TiPb Presents: iPhone Live! #21 - Google Voiceless

Join Dieter, Chad, and Rene for iPhone 3.1 Beta 3, Google Voice rejection, iTablet and Verizon rumors, Palm/iTunes escalation, SMS exploits, and all the news and how-tos. Listen in!

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Steve Jobs Pictured at Apple

TMZ caught Steve Jobs leaving the Apple campus. So now, yes, he's been captured on film and all gadget perfectionists everywhere can sleep soundly.

So, our take away is that a) Steve Jobs is a paparazzi level technoceleb. Congrats. b) he was reportedly

Once again everyone here at TiPb wishes him well, and hopes that he's enjoying whatever fourth or fifth gen iPhone is in his pocket and will be revealed to the rest of us in the years to come.

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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Apple Time Capsule Dual-Band Routers + Storage Updated to 1TB/2TB

Stealth update time in Apple-land this morning, as Time Capsule has doubled in storage to 1TB/2TB configurations ($299/$499). The dual-band routers inside the Time Capsule, identical to those in the latest Airport Extremes, support both fast 802.11n networking for modern computers, and simultaneously, 802.11g for mobile devices like the iPhone and iPod touch.

If you've been wanting to go dual-band and have a hankering to hunker down with a 2TB hard drive as well, Apple now has a glossy white option just for you:

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