Some of the iPhone-related news you may have missed…
If you enjoy Tap Tap Revenge and you’re a fan of Nine Inch Nails, you’re in luck. Tapulous has released Tap Tap Revenge Nine Inch Nails Edition. Featuring 13 tracks picked by NIN frontman Trent Reznor, it’s the first game on the iPhone that had my wife playing through toothbrushing time with the kids.
Ready for Halloween on your iPhone? The App Store provides a quick fix for trick-or-treaters, and the offerings provide a little of each category. I happened to grab a random assortment of freebies (several were temporarily free) themed around Halloween.
Report: Lower income groups lead iPhone sales growth
Lower income groups account for the most significant growth in iPhone sales, showing a 48 percent three month increase in the $25,000 to $49,999 household income bracket, according to a comScore report. Households with income above $100,000 still account for the biggest share of ownership, at 43 percent, but with a growth of only 16 percent across the three month period.
A professionally-developed alternative to Apple’s Safari web browser for iPhone already exists in Opera Software’s labs; Apple’s guidelines for App Store submissions, however, are allegedly keeping it from seeing the light of day.
The second beta of firmware version 2.2 has been out for a few days. It looks like Apple still doesn’t have a fix for devices already prone to the pwnage jailbreak and unlock.
After Apple’s less than flattering stumble during and following the launch of MobileMe, they promised they would put their efforts into fixing it and making it as great as they hyped it to be. Yesterday they posted details on their most recent update to the service in late September.
Mediafour has released new version of XPlay, version 3.1, that adds iPhone and iPod touch drive letter access. This means that, as a Windows users, you can now browse the iPhone and iPod touch directly. Open “My Computer” and the phone and touch are listed with drive letters. You can transfer files back and forth, copying directly to the root of the phone and touch making it a great transfer device.
Critics offer praise, harsh words for iPhone brand
Two new voices have alternately praised and sharply criticized the iPhone as a brand. John Sculley, a former CEO of Apple, describes the iPhone as potentially being bigger than the Mac, mainly as a result of current head Steve Jobs, who Sculley in fact fired. “Jobs’s genius is his ability to use technology to create products that define fundamental cultural shifts,” claims Sculley.
The owner of a Canadian iPhone scam website was convicted for unrelated charges recently. Scott Fredrick Byers, also known as Joshua Trousdale, had been running the scam site iPhoneNow.ca that had been promising iPhones for sale to Canadians before the device had officially been launched there, scamming would-be customers out of a total of $390,000.
Square Enix, the famed Japanese publisher behind all 3,000 Final Fantasy games, is hard at work on Crystal Defenders, a new game for the iPhone based on the FF universe. It’ll be a “defense simulation” game that utilizes the touchscreen, so I’m guessing it’ll have more in common with Final Fantasy Tactics than Final Fantasy XII.
iSkin introduces iSkin fuze case for iPhone 3G
iSkin has released its latest case for the iPhone 3G, the iSkin fuze. The case features a dual-layer design with a soft inner-layer and a hard polycarbonate exterior. The rear of the hard shell is covered with rubber and the front offers a gloss finish. A docking port protector has been integrated, with complete coverage of all device buttons while the silence switch remains unobstructed.
Japan iPhone gets official 1Seg TV tuner
Japanese cell carrier Softbank on Thursday catered to local tastes with the introduction of an official 1Seg TV tuner add-on for the iPhone 3G. Through a custom App Store download, the adapter gives access to the country’s over-the-air digital TV broadcast network over a local Wi-Fi link, allowing residents to watch live shows from the iPhone while leaving the tuner in a bag or pocket.