Law in a Flash: Professional Responsibility went from $59.99 to $44.99
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CyDelete is a new application available in Cydia that aims at making your Cydia apps uninstall a breeze. Currently, deleting a Cydia application from your springboard is a 7 step pain in the ass: start Cydia > Manage > Packages > Look for the package > Modify > Remove > Confirm.
By installing CyDelete, you won’t have to go through this process anymore and you’ll be able to uninstall Cydia apps just as easily as you delete App Store apps. Simply hold down the icon, wait for them to start wiggling, and tap the X.
CyDelete is still in beta so it might crash on you every once in a while, but so far, it’s worked perfectly for me.
How do you like this new app?
iInertia went from $4.99 to $0.00
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So it’s been a few days. We’ve been blogging and testing like mad, but we have not really found much else. We’ve just found a few small tweaks in stuff (we’ll be posting underneath now). Remember this is still a beta, so any juicy undocumented features is likely to be hidden until the release. So here we go:
- New Safari features in Settings such as AutoFill (remembers passwords and usernames), and Fraud Warning (warns when you are in a fraudulent site).
- Shake to Shuffle added. Not working great in this beta but it’s there.
- The Stocks icon has been slightly tweaked. Nothing much really.
- Maps features that iPhone users got in 2.2.1 have been added for the iPod Touch (such as street view, etc.)
- Locate Me for the iPod Touch seems improved and more accurate.
- Push Notification (at least for Mobile Me) is working pretty well.
- Most 2.x apps appear to work
- AppStore now installs app from the second page on. You can move the apps to the first page manually though.
- MobileMe now has a “Locate my Device” option. Still not available on me.com
- Mail now has “Load Remote Image” option to prevent spam (shout-out to the readers in the comments for clearing that up).
- Restrictions have been updated and now block “Current Location” and allows setting what content is appropriate.
- SpotLight is working quite well. A bit laggy once in a while but works pretty well.
- The AppStore screenshot browsing method has changed a bit.
- Emoji can still be enabled.
- The 9 page limit is still there. Read More
Category: Healthcare & Fitness
iPump Snow Sports went from $4.99 to $0.99
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It seems there is a hidden easter egg in iPhone 3.0. Upload Video: Read More
What are you? In the past days we have reported speed stats, features, screenshots, and impressions on iPhone 3.0. We tested it on an iPod Touch. But something weird has occurred. And I’m pretty sure Apple is aware of it.
Remember that they said MMS and stereo BlueTooth would not be added to the first generation iPhone due to hardware limitations? Here’s what I say. If you have a first generation iPhone or iPod Touch, 3.0 is bad news for you.
But we also ran this on an iPhone 3G. And it’s completely the opposite of our impressions on 3.0 on the first gen iPod Touch. Though we were not able to run speed tests, or spend much time with it, it is running very well. In fact, the owner of the iPhone 3G said “it’s running better than with any other 2.0 firmware I’ve had installed”. And though he only gave us a short time to play with it, it’s running much smoother than on our old iPod.
Basically, scratch out all our complains and bug reports. Boot Time is much better than the iPod Touch (first gen). It’s only a few seconds slower than 2.2.1 boot time. Copy and Paste although working OK on the iPod is running much smoother on the iPhone 3G. The “Shake to Shuffle” feature we reported was not working well on the old iPod is working OK on the 3G. What’s more, the owner of the phone told us he has yet to have had his phone freeze or reboot (well, he said App Store crashed once). So… this has us puzzled. Basically it seems Apple is pushing the limit on hardware and the old devices can’t really keep up.
So what does this mean? It’s good news for iPhone 3G and 2G iPod Touch owners. Not so good for owners of the old devices. 3.0 is supposed to come out in the summer, so Apple can still improve this. But for now, that’s what’s going on.
I decided to run some tests to see how iPhone 3.0 stood against current 2.2.1. Let me tell you… it’s not looking too good for 3.0!
- Safari is slightly slower on 3.0 than on 2.2.1
- Syncing takes longer than on 2.2.1. Keeps saying “Syncing iPod” for a long time. A really long time.
- Most 2.0 apps work well on 3.0. TTR2 however does not.
- Loading of App Store is slightly slower on 3.0 than on 2.2.1
- Loading of individual app description is a bit slower on 3.0 than on 2.2.1
- App Store crashes. Not a lot but not a bit!
- I sent an email to my MobileMe account. With Push turned on, on 3.0 it took 8 seconds for it to tell me I had a new email. 2.2.1 did this while fetching in 7 seconds.
- Although some are buggy, 3D apps seems to have very slightly improved graphics.
- App Install time on 3.0: about 30 sec ; on 2.2.1: about 17 sec
- Reboot time: on 3.0: 1 minute; on 2.2.1: 45 sec
- Emoji can still be enabled at least through Typing Genius.
These are just some random stats we ran. If you want a test run for a specific function, please request it by leaving a comment below. I’m sure these issues will be fixed in the next beta or in the official release. This beta is mainly for devs to get their apps working on 3.0.
I would like to introduce you to a great site I found to browse App Store applications. It’s called www.AppChimp.com and it is the closest thing to an online version of the official Apple App Store. You may think that after AppShopper, 148Apps, and other similar sites, there is no more room for one more online App Store… Well, you are wrong because App Chimp comes with features that these other sites are missing!
The main reason why I like App Chimp is because it is very similar to browsing the App Store. When you get on the homepage of this online App Store, you are presented with easy to browse sections: categories, latest price drops, high rated apps, top free apps, and top paid applications.
My favorite feature of all has to be the search function which is very powerful. You can browse applications by price range, and you can sort the results by price, by date (date added in the store), and by rating. You can also turn on the “Price Drop Filter” to only show applications that are currently on sale.
Do yourself a favor and try out this App Chimp online App Store and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.
TapArtist [iTunes Link] is a richly featured avatar/picture creator. You get a large library of premade items (hairs, noses, hats, etc) and you can mix and match them on stage. You can move, scale, and color individual components. You can check out what users are making with it (and have it submitted through the app itself) at www.tapartist.com/gallery. Users can download those shared pictures into TapArtist and then edit them. You can save the pictures for your contacts or email them to friends.
It’s a pretty fun app and worth a look for $1.99.
The developer gave us a few promo codes for our loyal readers. It’s gonna be first come first served, so hurry up! Being one of the first to learn about these promo codes giveaways is yet another reason to follow me on Twitter
It’s been pretty crazy for us since iPhone 3.0 was unveiled yesterday and we’ve been blogging and testing like mad men! But hey, we’re not complaining; it’s all we love…
We’ve written several posts about the new iPhone 3.0 within the last 24 hours and I thought it would be nice to do a little recap of everything that’s been said. This post is aimed at making it easier for you to browse through what we wrote about 3.0 so you can access the information you’re looking for more quickly.
- iPhone 3.0 roundup: a summary of the most important new features of OS 3.0 (MMS, copy/paste, push notifications, etc…)
- iPhone 3.0 let downs: 3.0 sure is great, but it’s still missing a lot of features that most smartphones already have
- iPhone 3.0 event video: the full video of the event
- iPhone 3.0 jailbreak: believe it or not but firmware 3.0 can be jailbroken
- undocumented iPhone 3.0 features: some new features that haven’t been documented, and some that have
- exclusive iPhone 3.0 hands on: we got our hands on 3.0, and we’re sharing it with you… screenshots included!
- iPhone 3.0 speed test: see how the beta 3.0 compares to 2.2.1
We’re most likely gonna write a little more about 3.0 within the next few days and we’ll update this post as the news come.
What? You though we were going to sit this one out? Heck no! We too have gotten our hands on the beta iPhone 3.0 firmware. We’ve tested it out on a 1st gen iPod Touch. We though we would post some screenshots (plus we found some stuff it seems other people have not noticed yet). Please keep in mind this is still VERY beta. So here we go:
Same as always. A little bit laggy but like I said it’s a beta. Only the apps screenshots have changed. It’s like cover flow now:
Copy And Paste:
Should have been here since 1.x but we’ll have to forgive Apple. The new copy and paste system works pretty well, especially for being a beta. We tried doing the shake to undo stuff but could not for some reason. Remember it’s a beta.
Now apps install from the second page on. You can install move them to the first screen though if you wish. Sadly the 9 page limit still exists.
Well, here some things have changed. First let’s start with Mail. Mail has an option to “Load Remote Images” which is turned on by default. What is it? We have no idea. Also new is the “Find my iPod Touch” or “Find my iPhone” option for MobileMe users. Supposedly with that option turned on you can find out where your device is at from me.com. We tried it, but that option is still not set up over at me.com.
Not much changed. Landscape email and a search bar:
Again not much, but we now have Shake to Shuffle. Although since this is beta that’s not working too well.
Just showing off Copy and Paste and the landscape mode.
Restrictions have been updated. Now parents can restrict “Location” and they have an “Allowed Content” option.
As we reported earlier, Safari settings have been updated with stuff people have wanted. It now apprently remembers your username and password if you enable it. We’ll try it out later and tell you how it goes.
Spotlight has been added as mentioned in the event. Nothing hidden, just some screenshots of it in action. It works well.
The app that no one uses has been updated . It has graphs, the headlines, is now landscape, everything Apple said at the event.
Not much added. Street View and all the cool stuff iPhone users got in the latest update is being added for iTouch users.
I think we covered everything. If not leave us a shout-out below
Blogs everywhere are reporting new features of iPhone 3.0. What they have not mentioned are the improvements to Safari options. Apple has added stuff people have wanted for a while in Safari, such as:
- Autofill – “Automatically fill out web forms using your contact info or previous names and passwords”
- Fraud Warning – “Warn when visiting fraudulent websites”
Other stuff in 3.0 include:
- Shake to Shuffle – Which appears to only work when you already are in shuffle
- 9 page limit is still present
- Current iTunes sucks with the newest firmware; slow sync. So expect an update.
- Most 2.x apps appear to work
- Minor tweak on the App Store app (apparently the screenshots are now in the page, and you scroll though them like in OS X. We’ll post a screenshot when we get it)
- iPod Touch now has Street View.
- All the other stuff Apple mentioned (they told us a lot this time around)
- Push Notification (at least for Mobile Me) is working pretty well.
Stay tuned for more info.
There are more posts with info but since this is the one for undocumented features I’ll post some stuff here. There’s the easter egg (there’s a seperate post for that). Now:
- The Stocks icon has been slightly tweaked. If you look at the current one in the bottom it’s light and has the months. In the new it’s complete in the bottom (still lighter) and has no months showing.
- Maps for the iPod Touch has all the stuff the iPhone users got in 2.2.1. But also “Locate Me” has improved but is unstable. It puts a pin and a circle around it showing my possible location. The first time the pin landed RIGHT where I was. The second time around the pin landed in the street next to me. So it’s close….
UPDATE - iPhone 3.0 jailbreak and unlock tutorials now available:
- Jailbreak iPhone 3.0 using PwnageTool for Mac
- Unlock iPhone 3.0 using PwnageTool for Mac
- Jailbreak iPhone 3.0 using RedSn0w for Windows
- Unlock iPhone 3.0 using RedSn0w for Windows
With all of the great stuff lined up for us with the 3.0 OS that Apple described today, many 3G owners may find themselves with itchy update fingers. If you find yourself with access to the 3G IPSW for 3.0 via the iPhone Dev Center program, and you are using yellowsn0w, do not update or restore to that official IPSW. You will lose yellowsn0w and find yourself unable to revert the baseband to get it back.
And for those wondering, yes the 3.0 OS is jailbreakable on all devices. It’s just those using 3G yellowsn0w that have to show some restraint and wait for PwnageTool to create a custom IPSW that avoids the baseband update.
Translation: if you have any interest in preserving your ability to use YellowSn0w, wait for the GO from the Dev Team to update to 3.0!
Earlier today, Apple unveiled the new firmware 3.0 that will ship sometimes this summer. While there were a lot of new features announced, I think people are getting a little too excited. Let me explain myself.
Most of these features are old news
First, I think what people are forgetting here, is that most new smartphones now come with all the features showcased during the presentation today. Sure, copy/paste is nice, but my 3 year old BlackBerry can do that. Sure, push notification is great, but my 3 year old BlackBerry can do that. Sure MMS is awesome, but my 4 year old Nokia can do that. Sure allowing developers to create GPS enabled apps that can do turn-by-turn navigation is amazing, but again, my good old BlackBerry would do this 3 years ago… Do you get my point?
My point here is that we are fooled by Apple to believe that what they unveiled today is amazing. It’s not! I said it before and I’ll say it again, all these features should have been on the iPhone since day 1. Why didn’t they do it? Because they are marketing geniuses, and if they give us everything at once, what are they gonna give us next year… Other companies can’t afford to do that because they don’t have the marketing and branding power to do so.
We are getting ripped off!
Now regarding the in-app purchasing… I have to admit that from a developer/commercial stand point, this is a great feature. However, from an end user stand point, this is a complete rip off! As it is currently, when you buy a game in the App Store for let’s say $4.99, you know that you will get updates and new levels for free. Forget that in 3.0! Now you will have to pay for your updates and I think users are gonna get screwed.
There is still a lot missing
All these new features are pretty exciting because that’s what we’ve always asked for, but I think there is still a lot missing: iChat, push Gmail, background multitasking, flash support, and video recording are just a few of the big features I want to see on my iPhone. The Palm Pre does all of that so why can’t the iPhone too?
I don’t want to sound like an asshole but again, Apple is giving us new features one drop at a time and that’s very annoying. The thing is, all these missing features don’t prevent me from being really excited about 3.0 and I am hopeful that it will come with new hardware (aka new iPhone) this summer.
In case you were hiding in a cave for the last week, you probably were like most of us iPhone users, excited about the new iPhone 3.0 software. While I wasn’t invited in Cupertino for the event (what a surprise!), I followed several live coverages at the same time to make sure I wasn’t missing a single thing of what was going on.
In-app purchase, peer-to-peer connectivity, accessories, embeddable maps, push notifications, cut/copy/paste/undo, landscape keyboarding, MMS, new app (Voice Memos), CalDAV / ICS subs, stock enhancements, search and Spotlight… just a few of the more than 100 new features and 1000 new APIs that make up iPhone 3.0.
Let’s have a look at what has been said today.
The conference started with a good old “we’re the shit” kind of introduction showing how great Apple is and how amazing and simple it is to develop applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Not surprisingly, the controversy about the app approval wasn’t part of the presentation…
The App Store is seeing some enhancements and will now be able to support different business models: subscriptions, additional levels, and new content. Magazines will soon be able to sell subscriptions, iPhone developers will be able to sell new levels for their games, and publishers can sell ebooks. This new model is called “in-app purchase”.
While in the game/app, a pop up will ask you if you’d like to purchase more levels (or more accessories. For example, you can buy a new gun for a shooting game). If you say yes, the new levels will download automatically onto the app and into the phone. Everything will be tied to the App Store, and you will obviously be billed for these purchases.
It looks very interesting to me and it completely makes sense. My main concern here is that if I buy a game from the App Store, it’s understood that I get the updates to this game (new levels) for free. Well, it’s not anymore. Yet another way to get a little more money from you.
A new “peer to peer” feature will be available in firmware 3.0. For example, you’re playing a car racing game, a popover panel will show all other iPhones and iPods in the area. Really cool!
iPhone 3.0 will also allow developers to create accessories that talk right to the iPhone. For example, you can give the iPhone an equalizer to a speaker system. Here’s another example: FM transmitter, which would find the optimal broadcast channel and play your music.
This is a BIG one. Apple is now letting developers use Core Location as the basis for turn-by-turn directions. Devs will however have to use their own maps because Apple can’t license Google’s Maps for turn-by-turn directions.
Apple admits that it’s late on this one. They say that it can’t let apps process in the background because it will drain your battery too fast. Instead, they will be offering unified push notification. For example, you’re on Facebook, you quit the app, but it will keep constant connection to Apple’s push service and will push to you 3 types of notifications: badges, audio alerts, and text alerts. This way, you are notified of new activity without draining your battery.
After this presentation, a bunch of iPhone developers went on stage to talk about how they integrated these new features in their new applications. The star here is of course notification. My favorite is the ESPN app which sends you a notification to let you know the latest scores. Pretty neat! A few other apps were demoed as well, such as a medical application that shows a glucose meter communicating to your iPhone app. After this presentation of cool new iPhone apps using the latest firmware 3.0, back on track with more features coming up…
Copy/paste is finally here. It only took Apple a year and a half for this super basic feature and apparently, they’ve been working really hard on it. How hard can that be? If indie developers can do it (Clippy, hClipBoard), why an army of Apple devs can’t? Mystery. Anyways. They demoed the copy/cut/paste feature. Double-tap and it selects the text. There’s a cut/copy/paste bubble. Tap on what you want to do. Grab point shows up, take the drag point, drag it down and select the block of text.
Copy/paste works across all apps. The cool thing is that you can also copy web content. Holding your finger on text grabs a block of text and gives you a copy prompt.
Landscape mode is now available across all apps, including emails, notes and SMS. Yeah! Finally!
A fantastic enhancement made to the SMS app. You can now delete and forward individual text messages. Basic and simple, but it’s good to have it now…
The long awaited MMS support is now available too. You can send and receive photos directly from the SMS app. When you receive a vCard, it can automatically add it to your contacts. If you receive an audio file, it will play it back! You can even send and receive locations over MMS right from maps. It’s all added directly to the existing app.
Apple has created a new application called Voice Memos. Like the name suggests, it lets you record voice notes with the internal mic or with an external microphone. The recordings are editable and shareable. That’s great but I don’t know why Apple developed such an application when there are already plenty of them in the App Store…
The Calendar applications has been improved too and now supports 2 calendar types: CalDAV (supported by Yahoo, Google, etc..) and subscriptions (ICS).
Apple has added the search feature to all its applications, including notes, emails, SMS, iPod. It didn’t stop here and created what I think is a QuickGold killer. They created a new home screen where you can search across all apps, and they call it Spotlight. Like in QuickGold (the jailbreak app that does just this) , simply start typing something in Spotlight and it will return all available information and let you know what type of search result it is (ie. contact, email, etc…).
All these are only a few of the hundred new features in iPhone 3.0. Stereo Bluetooth, A2DP, auto-fill, WiFi auto-login, YouTube accounts, iTunes account creation, encrypted profiles.
The new SDK will be available for everyone in the iPhone developer program as of today. But you, as an iPhone user, will have to wait until this summer to download firmware 3.0. I honestly don’t know if I can wait that long…
Apple enabled 3.0 to work on the original iPhone. The hardware’s changed though: MMS and A2DP won’t be available on the original iPhone. If you’re an iPod Touch user, it will cost you $10 to upgrade (greedy bastards!).
Unfortunately, no announcement was made regarding a new iPhone…
After the presentation, it was time of a Q&A session. I’m gonna write some of the most intersting questions below:
Q: Why did it take so long to get copy and paste on the iPhone?
A: There were a lot of pieces there we cared about, we wanted to spend time on it instead of putting out something that didn’t work right.
Q: Video is a black hole: Flash support?
A: No announcements on Flash. If people use HTML5 with video tags, it’s supported. Certain encodings are already supported, like h.264. We’re adding HTTP streaming for audio and video, codecs and chunking support.
Q: Can users trade files via P2P?
A: It’s possible to stream media across apps.
Q: Where do you stand on data tethering?
A: There are two pieces needed: client-side, where the client needs that support; and carrier-support. We’re supporting tethering in 3.0 — and we’re working with carriers around the world. We don’t have announcements on the when and where, but we’re building it into 3.0.
Q: New iPhone? Netbooks?
A: Nothing to announce today. Nothing to announce today. (Laughter)
Q: Bluetooth on the iPod touch?
A: Bluetooth is a capability we can “unlock” on the latest-gen iPod touch.
Q: App Store applications are still a little mysterious, will you guys be more clear on that?
There are some things we need to check for technically. That it won’t crash, etc., and there are other things we check for, like profanity, pornography, violations of privacy. With over 25k apps and 800m apps, we have a great solution that’s working.
That’s it! Well, that was a lot. Needless to say I’m a little disappointed they didn’t talk about a new iPhone but maybe they will in the next fea months. A big thank you toRyan Block at Gdgt for this fantastic live coverage. Note that all pictures used here were from Gdgt.
So, what do you guys think? Excited? Let us know in the comments!
No… We won’t be there ourselves but we do want to keep you informed. So here is some info on tomorrow’s special event. The times vary depending on where you live:
07:00AM – Hawaii
10:00AM – Pacific
11:00AM – Mountain
12:00PM – Central
01:00PM – Eastern
And here are some sites that will be live blogging the event (links are correct – they will show the info on the event as show time is near).
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Topple is back!! ngmoco has released the sequel to their popular game Topple. Topple 2 sports many new and different features than the original app (which is free in case you want to try it out before buying Topple 2) but keeps the same concept. The app has 30 levels over 6 different worlds. It uses both accelerometer and multi-touch controls. The original app (free) was mainly stacking. Though it was fun the sequel includes new game modes such as upside down mode, balance mode, power tower, and rescue mode. The description pretty much sums the details up: Read More
On Tuesday Apple will hold an event where it will reveal iPhone firmware 3.0. Needless to say that rumors have been flying by like shooting stars but some rumors have been confirmed by Kevin Rose, namely the long awaited copy/paste! Yes, you read me right. Copy/paste will be on the next firmware update.
Recorded live during the shooting of a DiggNation episode (see video below), Rose also mentioned that the iPhone will not have video recording capability at this time. The most interesting revelation to me is that apparently, iPhone 3.0 firmware will do everything the Palm Pre will do, but even better. What does that mean? Will we finally be able to run multiple apps in the background (without having to use the jailbreak app called Backgrounder)? Will we have push email? A mystery that will be revealed this coming Tuesday.
Now some of you who don’t know Kevin Rose may question him. Well, don’t! Rose (founder of Digg, if you didn’t know) has some very good friends at Apple and has always been right when he revealed new iPhone features in the past. Always.
What else would you like to see on the iPhone firmware 3.0?