UPDATE: Engadget heard from Drew Herdener, Amazon.com's Director of Communications:
These books were added to our catalog using our self-service platform by a third-party who did not have the rights to the books. When we were notified of this by the rights holder, we removed the illegal copies from our systems and from customers' devices, and refunded customers. We are changing our systems so that in the future we will not remove books from customers' devices in these circumstances.
Good on them for coming clean and changing the policy going forward. Though it would have been nice to have the candor and insight up-front
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Is this a triumph? Portal running on an iPhone? Not really, according to Gizmodo:
The video says the demo was made using the Unity Engine, which means they took some Portal assets and made a small demo with them. They didn't take the full game and squish it onto the iPhone; what you see is probably the entire thing. There's no way the Source Engine is running on the 3G. Maybe the 3GS, but not the 3G.
TUAW reveals that since Promo Codes don't show ratings information, Apple is simply excluding any app that's rated 17+ from the Promo Code system , including any app that embeds a web browser or 3rd party content system which may provide a gateway to a naughty word, the Kama Sutra, or offensive lyrics.
iPhone 3G Made Simple comes by way of Martin Trautschold and Gary Mazo of Made Simple book and e-book fame -- likely familiar names to any of our CrackBerry.com friends -- have put their training talents to work on the iPhone 3G and the result? 376 pages chock full of photos and easy to understand guides.
It's available now in e-book (PDF) for $20 and is coming in August in good old printed form (soft cover). For TiPb readers, however, Martin and Gary are giving away 5 free copies of the e-book!
Either Microsoft thinks it's still April 1, or they really are going to open Microsoft Stores right next door to Apple Stores. Gizmodo provides the quote:
And stay tuned, because we're going to have some retail stores opened up that are opened up right next door to Apple stores this fall. Stay tuned, just stay tuned.
Tuned to what, Comedy Central? We've made fun of this before -- and rightly so -- but it seems Microsoft is again entering a business just because Apple or Google are in it. And is that really sound strategy in anything outside a Hollywood parody? (Starring Will Farrel, 'natch).
In the past 24 hours we have seen major updates to not one but two software unlocks for the iPhone 3GS. Who says competition isn't a good thing and who doesn't love a good old fashion hacker fight? Let's get it on:
In the red corner we have George Hotz along with his fresh version of purplesn0w RC2.
Speaking of iPhone 3GS accessibility features, it looks like Apple is improving them in iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 by adding a new "triple click" option to the home button to toggle VoiceOver, Toggle White on Black, and Ask (which then will pop up a menu offering Turn VoiceOver On, Turn Zoom On, Turn White on Black On).
According to David Pogue in the New York Times, the accessibility features like VoiceOver introduced with the iPhone 3GS make it one of the easiest smartphones for the blind and visually impaired:
First, you tap something to hear it. You can tap icons, words, even the tiny status icons at the top of the screen. As you go, the voice tells you what you’re tapping. “Messages.” “Calendar.” “Mail — 14 new items.” “45 percent battery power.”
Twitbit [$4.99 - iTunes link] is a Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod touch that provides built-in push notification for @mentions and direct messages (DMs).
For those of you still reading -- those didn't immediately jump over to grab it -- what this means is you get all the functionality you've come to expect -- reading, posting, multiple accounts, start and stop following, searching, trends, user profiles, reply chains, etc. etc. and you get any @mentions and DMs pushed straight to you without the need for an extra enabler app (which most other Twitter clients currently require).
The folks at High Order Bit were gracious enough to give us a sneak peak to try out, and I've been using it pretty much non-stop since. And... I've found all the functionality I need and then some. The push works wonderfully as well. So far, so fast.
One thing I particularly liked (but others may not) is that, when you get multiple @mentions or DMs, rather than having the latest obliterate the previous text alert (fix that by implementing a genius stacking system, will you Apple?), Twitbit collates them up. You don't get to see the contents of the latest message, but you do get to see "X new @mentions and X new DMs" (see screenshot below). At least you have some idea of volume.
Of course, iPhone notifications being interruptive as they are, there's still a chance something will pop up while you're watching a movie or playing a game...
Given that limitation, more granularity as to who and what Twitbit pushes would be grand -- and it's likely forthcoming in an update -- but wow are these young upstart devs and apps giving the entrenched Twitter clients a race for their functionality.
If you want an amply functioning Twitter client with built-in push notifications, take a serious look at Twitbit and let us know what you think.