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5 years ago

Mippin Rejected by App Store for Objectionable Video... Also Found in YouTube App

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Mippin Rejected by App Store for Objectionable Video... Also Found in YouTube App

While we don't want to turn this into the rejected-app-of-the-day column, as an end-cap to the week, and perhaps a chance to test out the theory we proposed earlier in the BargainBin post, we thought we'd pass along one last example of Apple App Store weirdness, via Mippin:

Quite early on in the process they failed us because of rude words in some of the Internet articles we were publishing. Early this week Tweetie was rejected for the same reason- they kicked up such a stink on Twitter that Apple backed down within hours and accepted it. When this happened to us though, 3 weeks ago, we bowed to their greater wisdom and implemented 2 levels of checking for our iPhone application to prevent "objectionable" content getting through. We rate all our 50,000 feeds in Mippin and prevent most if it even getting to the user, then just to be sure we check every word in the article real-time for a list of rude words and if one appears we block the display of the content from the server. We thought this was enough, but this week we got rejected because of a YouTube video - we were amazed at this. In the very amusing video "sxephil" does use one rude word, but in our minds YouTube have allowed this through - its certainly acceptable to them. What's even worse we found the same video through Apple's own YouTube application on the iPhone

Friday the 13th? "Duplicates functionality" coverall? Vestiges of the same Tweetie "Church Lady" reviewer? And will it get to the point where developers can cry "pocket rejection" or "incompetence" when even valid issues are raised by Apple? What do you think?

Comparative screenshots after the break...

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5 years ago

BargainBin Out of "Pocket Rejection" and into App Store

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BargainBin Out of "Pocket Rejection" and into App Store

Brian Kim of Proximi wrote in to tell us that BargainBin, arguably the app that coined the term "pocket rejection", caps off one of the stranger and most memorable weeks in App Store confusion by actually getting out of the pocket and onto iPhones everywhere.

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5 years ago

New SpringBoard! Cut and Paste! Push Notification! Compass! More iPhone 3.0 Rumors!

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New SpringBoard! Cut and Paste! Push Notification! Compass! More iPhone 3.0 Rumors!

Prior to Macworld 2009, Daring Fireball mused openly about how neat it would be for the iPod Shuffle to get voice functionality, and on Wednesday last it did. Now Gruber is reminding us that his "wish-list" for iPhone OS 3.0 includes:

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5 years ago

Friday Fun Video: iPhone vs. Storm. vs. G1

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Friday Fun Video: iPhone vs. Storm. vs. G1

Zara from M0bileChic sent in this video, comparing the Apple iPhone against the BlackBerry Storm and Google Android G1. It's fun, it's fair, and we can't let the CrackBerry.com commenters get the last word in so let her -- and us -- know what you think.

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5 years ago

Sirius to Stream Content to iPhones (Officially)

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Sirius to Stream Content to iPhones (Officially)

Well it is official, Sirius XM will be streaming it's satellite radio content sometime this spring according to CNBC. This announcement has come very quickly after Nicemac announced they were closing shop and this is exactly what we predicted was going on from the first time StarPlayr was "not accepted" by Apple. Mel Karmazin, chief executive of New York-based Sirius said:

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5 years ago

Apps for Less: MobileFiles, Zombieville USA, Days of Thunder

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Apps for Less: MobileFiles, Zombieville USA, Days of Thunder

This has been a good week so far for cheap apps on the App Store. Here are some of the highlights for the week.

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5 years ago

Would You Pay $5 to Watch March Madness on your iPhone over WiFi?

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Would You Pay $5 to Watch March Madness on your iPhone over WiFi?

CBS aims to find out the answer to that very question when it puts a new, March Madness-centric iPhone WiFi streaming app up on the App Store. Will free competition from TV, PC, Mac -- and pretty much every other platform out there -- along with no cell access to video (audio only on 3G and EDGE) make the price tag too high? Or will rabid college hoops fans who can't put their iPhone's down swallow the costs and the radio tether?

Apple Insider says:

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5 years ago

From the Forums: Special iPhone OS 3.0 Edition

From the Forums: Special iPhone OS 3.0 Edition

So Rene just dropped a bomb on all of us announcing that Apple is holding a special sneak peak of iPhone OS 3.0 next Tuesday, March 17th! This is major news in the iPhone world so why not discuss it in our forums? What exactly do you want to see from iPhone OS 3.0? MMS and tethering seem to be two confirmed features, which happens to be big news for a lot of you out there.

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5 years ago

UPDATED! MMS! Tethering! iPhone OS 3.0 Sneak Peek Coming March 17!

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UPDATED! MMS! Tethering! iPhone OS 3.0 Sneak Peek Coming March 17!

UPDATE: BGR is claiming iPhone OS 3.0 will include MMS and Tethering via USB and Bluetooth.

ORIGINAL: Engadget has just posted:

We just got the announcement, iPhone OS 3.0 is coming. Set your clocks, mark your calendars. It's going down March 17th. Apparently, we'll get a sneak peak at the new OS, as well as a look at a brand new version of the SDK.

Gizmodo has the text of the invite up:

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Apple Pulled Genius for Movies and TV Shows from iTunes 8.1?

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UPDATED: Apple Pulled Genius for Movies and TV Shows from iTunes 8.1?

UPDATED: Macworld put in a call to Apple to find some answers, and find them they did:

"The feature isn't live yet, but it will be in the coming days."

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5 years ago

New Metal Gear Solid Touch for iPhone Screenshots

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New Metal Gear Solid Touch for iPhone Screenshots

Konami has released some new shots of Metal Gear Solid Touch for the iPhone and iPod touch and they look... snakey! BGR quotes:

A special ‘Advance Edition’ of Metal Gear Solid Touch containing the first 12 stages of the game is scheduled for release on the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in March of 2009. The final release will follow with eight additional stages of gameplay, and will be available to existing players via a free update on the Apple App Store.

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5 years ago

UPDATED: How-To Enable OBEX Bluetooth File Transfer for Jailbroken iPhones

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UPDATED: How-To Enable OBEX Bluetooth File Transfer for Jailbroken iPhones

UPDATED: iClarified has posted an extensive how-to for getting iBluetooth setup on your jailbroken iPhone so you can enjoy a little Apple-unsupported OBEX Bluetooth file transfer.

If you give it a try, let us know how it works for you.

ORIGINAL: [See comments and then move right along...]

Thanks to Antonioj for the tip and the screen shots, more after the break...

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5 years ago

iTunes 8.1 DJ + Apple Remote for iPhone = Party 2.0?

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iTunes 8.1 DJ + Apple Remote for iPhone = Party 2.0?

One of the new features in Apple's iTunes 8.1, released just today, is iTunes DJ. Replacing the old Party Shuffle atop the Playlists heap, it also integrates with the Apple Remote app for the iPhone for shiny party goodness.

How does it work? At first look, anyone at your party with the Apple Remote app can request songs from your iTunes library, and everyone with the app can vote for which song gets played when. Genius seems to work with it as well.

Jeremy was kind enough to grab us some screenshots, after the break! If you've given it a go already, let us know if you've found anything else in there!

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5 years ago

Wednesday Fun Video: Star Trek iPhone!

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Wednesday Fun Video: Star Trek iPhone!

This... is... allkindsof... awesome! A Star Trek'd to the Next Generation iPhone.

Gizmodo has the details.

Now if it just had a working phaser app...

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5 years ago

iTunes 8.1 and Front Row 2.1.7 Now Available

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iTunes 8.1 and Front Row 2.1.7 Now Available

Ready. Set. Software Update!

Yes, as expected this morning, Apple has released iTunes 8.1 (and Front Row 2.1.7) with support for the new iPod shuffle 4G with VoiceOver, also tied into the updated Apple Remote app [iTunes link] released earlier today for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Anyone got it yet? Is it really faster, stronger, and better for you? Let us know!

[Thanks to Blake for the tip!]

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