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6 years ago

The Great App Blacklist Debate

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The Great App Blacklist Debate

Jonathan Zdziarski has found what he believes to be a "call home" URL that the blogsphere has been reporting could/will be used to tell iPhone's (and related Mobile OS X devices) to revoke the certificate of an application, blacklisting -- effectively killing -- it even if it has already been bought and paid for by the end user.

Huhbuwhathe#$%? Zdziarkski explains what he found during a forensic analysis of an iPhone 3G, specifically CoreLocation.

Read about that, the replies, and the whole sordid after the jump!

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6 years ago

PhoneSaber Pulled, but will (ahem) Return

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PhoneSaber Pulled, but will (ahem) Return

MacBox, the developer of PhoneSaber, has given word that they've had to pull the app from iTunes after a request from THQ wireless. The chat: friendly. The news: THQ has the rights to Star Wars IP on mobiles. The result: MacBox had to pull the app.

That's the bad news. Here's the awesome news. THQ is going to work with MacBox to make PhoneSaber not only official, but better with actual 'canon' sound effects. MacBox is hoping the app will remain free, perhaps in a promotional capacity for the actual THQ game, The Force Unleashed.

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6 years ago

Phone different Podcast 24

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Phone different Podcast 24

In this week's (late, but here!) podcast, Mike and Dieter discuss iPhone 2.01, Apps, Jobs, and Mobile Me. Listen in!

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6 years ago

Review: Griffin Nu Form for iPhone 3G

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Review: Griffin Nu Form for iPhone 3G

Unlike the original iPhone which withstood the rigorous tests of sweaty palms, fingerpints, keys, and just daily life with relative ease, the iPhone 3G has some quality and durability concerns that the original iPhone never had. Insert the need for a case. The Griffin Nu Form Case for iPhone 3G ($24.95) is a stylish solution that hopes to offer better grip and protection from the elements while still looking good. How does it perform?

Read on for the rest of the review!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G International: 21 Countries Launching on Aug. 22

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iPhone 3G International: 21 Countries Launching on Aug. 22

20 countries launched the iPhone 3G back on July 11 (okay, zut, France straggled a bit), and Apple hopes to launch some 21 more just 6 short weeks later -- only minus some iTunes authentication failures and supply shortages, no doubt.

From iLounge, we learn who's next:

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6 years ago

Tip o' the Week: Buh-bye, Felty!

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Tip o' the Week: Buh-bye, Felty!

Ahhhh, the good 'ol Felt Marker font of the iPhone Notes app. If it wasn't bad enough that you can't beam a Note or easily transfer Notes from one iPhone to another (to my 3G upgrade horror), to add insult to injury, we're stuck with the Felt Marker font.  Or are we?

Brett Terpstra of TUAW fame has posted a tip here that offers a step-by-step procedure for... sitting down? ... a way to CHANGE the felt marker into something a bit more professional and readable.  Read on for the step-by-step and check out Brett's article as well!

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6 years ago

Blog vs. Blog: Chuq Sheds Light on Daring Fireball/GigaOm MobileMe-nia

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Blog vs. Blog: Chuq Sheds Light on Daring Fireball/GigaOm MobileMe-nia

C'mon. A day without a MobileMe post is like a day without rain. Or something. So after yesterday's John Gruber vs. Om Malik showdown, former Apple insider Chuq Von Rospach has strapped on the gloves and joined the fray -- in impressive fashion.

Says Chuq, after joking that Jobs is likely walking the MobileMe halls with a flame thrower round about now:

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6 years ago

Regarding that 'I Am Rich' App - Use a Credit Card instead of a Debit Card on your Account

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Regarding that 'I Am Rich' App - Use a Credit Card instead of a Debit Card on your Account

Our beloved series of tubes has been going crazy over the "I Am Rich" application from the App store. It's a $999 application that does nothing but prove you've got $999 to blow on an application which displays a red diamond. It's a little funny, as Kottke points out, as a commentary on the iPhone as status symbol.

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6 years ago

App Review + Q&A: FileMagnet WiFi File Transfer and iPhone Viewer

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App Review + Q&A: FileMagnet WiFi File Transfer and iPhone Viewer

I originally bought my first Palm V so I could take some writing with me on the road. I "upgraded" later to a WinMob device in hopes Pocket Office would be a more robust solution, and then again to a Palm Treo, trying a couple high profile "Office" apps out. Confession: none of them really worked. They stripped out style sheets. They converted files to HTML and mangled format, and the feature sets just were never there. I abandoned them shortly after they abandoned me. Mobile editing just isn't there yet.

While I wait for a next generation document editor to (hope beyond hope) prove me wrong, FileMagnet from Magnatism is proving to me the value of the iPhone's built in, format-respectful, Quickview and Quicktime viewers, and added the previously missing -- and tremendously useful -- ability to transfer supported files effortlessly via WiFi, straight from your Mac (with Windows support already in development).

How does this wireless drive-mode, doc viewer hybrid work out? Read on!

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6 years ago

Calvin and Jobs

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Calvin and Jobs

Calvin and Hobbes ties with Bloom County as my all-time favorite strip cartoon. Two Xmas' ago, my friends bought me the fancy collected edition and I spent a week pouring over it. Killer imagination. Killer.

And while notorious recluse and rights reserver Bill Watterson would probably unleash all kinds of fury at the Apple-based, real-world intruding, Silicon Valley send-up, Calvin and Jobs, for those who follow the tech industry, it's unique combination of nostalgia and "inside baseball" humor is compelling.

(Via Gizmodo)

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6 years ago

PwnageTool 2.0.2 to be Released Today

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PwnageTool 2.0.2 to be Released Today

This is fun. It's like a game of cat and mouse between Apple firmware and the jailbreaking community, Apple launches an update and the iPhone-dev team works feverishly to jailbreak said update. This time, they are said to be putting the finishing touches on PwnageTool 2.0.2 which will be able to jailbreak the "snappier" 2.0.1.

Excited much? Well, there still won't be Installer.app because Installer 4 isn't ready for the primetime yet but a new version of Cydia will be there so you can still get some apps. There still is a lot of catching up to do on developing jailbroken apps and it still won't unlock the iPhone 3G, but all in due time. We'll follow up with a link to PwnageTool 2.0.2 when it is released.

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0.1: What's Changed, Vodafone Woes, and Watch out for Airplane Mode!

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iPhone 2.0.1: What's Changed, Vodafone Woes, and Watch out for Airplane Mode!

We told you when iPhone 2.0.1 dropped, we asked you how 2.0.1 was doing for you? And we warned iPwners to stay away. Turns out people running on Vodafone (in the 10 countries they currently supply) might want to consider staying away for now as well. TUAW reports on the problems:

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6 years ago

Blog vs. Blog: Daring Fireball/GigaOm MobileMe-nia!

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6 years ago

iPhone App Development: It's a Living

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iPhone App Development: It's a Living

As Rene just mentioned in the previous post, we're getting sales numbers for various iPhone apps and these sales numbers are very, very promising. John Casasanta of development house Tap Tap Tap hit us up on our tip line about his article on the sales figures at the App Store.

Early on, folks in the Blogosphere were able to get a handle on sales figures simply by checking the download count at the bottom of each page. Apple apparently decided that developers might just want to keep some of that info private, so that was taken down around the same time that Apple started actually delivering real sales numbers to developers. Many of these developers, as Rene mentioned, are just going ahead and publishing these sales numbers despite, as Casasanta says, traditional business instincts to hide exact numbers because they don't want to seem to be bragging or (if things aren't going well), failing.

But these numbers are news because of their sheer size -- it's almost as if developers are compelled to share in the same way we might if we'd, say, won the lottery. "Look, I know it's not nice to brag, but Holy Crap Look At This."

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6 years ago

State of the Apps: Revenue Numbers, Paid and Switch, and the [Redacted] NDA

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State of the Apps: Revenue Numbers, Paid and Switch, and the [Redacted] NDA

The iPhone App Store Avalanche continues, with seemingly dozens of new Apps popping up every day (though no word yet on NetShare or Box Office!), but as busy as things look out front, they're just as busy behind the scenes.

So what's going on? Business. It's booming. (At least if your customers aren't getting error codes -4 or 5002 when trying to access iTunes!) Apple began to report download stats to developers, and some developers have begun to share those stats with the blogsphere.

What do they say? Read on to find out!

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