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RingtoneFeeder Plus offers ringtone archive access
RingtoneFeeder has announced that it will now offer access to its iPhone ringtone archive. The new service requires an existing annual subscription, and carries an activation fee of $10, which grants full access to all ringtones released by the company. Subscribers receive four ringtones every week: one vocal and one instrumental, plus alternates for each that include an embedded ringing sound.
Stone of Destiny; hidden-object gaming for iPhone
Voodoo Dimention has released an iPhone and iPod touch port of it’s hidden-object game, The Stone of Destiny. In the game, players must use only a map, a book and a list of objects to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of their uncle. The Stone of Destiny takes players around the world searching for artifacts and magical runes that may reveal clues about their uncles whereabouts.
Circulating Trojan file targets iPhone followers
A Trojan attack in circulation is exploiting interest in the iPhone, say researchers with Panda Security. The company identifies the malware as Banker.LKCTrojan, an app which masquerades as a video of the iPhone. The associated file — named “VideoPhone_exe” — specifically operates through a technique called pharming, in which DNS information is sabotaged to redirect a person to a malicious website.
AT&T publishes pro-iPhone, anti-Storm sales guide
A alleged AT&T sales guide, leaked to the public, suggests concern by the carrier over Research in Motion’s latest BlackBerry phone. The guide is said to be a memo circulating inside of AT&T, trumpeting the benefits of the iPhone 3G over the BlackBerry Storm, which AT&T claims will ship through Verizon sometime in October or November. The guide states that the Storm will lack Apple’s proprietary multi-touch technology, as well as Wi-Fi and tri-band HSDPA, the latter allowing 3G data in more areas outside of North America.
Edibles 1.3 adds enhanced food tracking options
Random Ideas has announced a new update to its food journaling application for the iPhone and iPod touch. Edibles allows users to track values important to observing a diet regimen, such as calories, carbohydrates and WeightWatchers points. Users are also capable of setting a “budget” for a value they are tracking, and then follow weekly and daily allowances based on this figure.
Stanford students writing iPhone apps
Back in July, we reported on an iPhone programming course being developed and offered by Stanford University. The course is in full swing this fall, with a reported 80 students signed up. Stanford has also started a project that is beginning to bear fruit in the form of iPhone and iPod touch apps — the Stanford iApps Project.
Cydia Installer Update
This update fixes several bugs related to the crash, the error “Bad Url” certain sources and the display of custom html pages. Adding new sections that combine the best packages and included several new icons and small badges that identify applications that change the system (daemon, exstension, uikit, library, console).
BBC brings radio to iPlayer for iPhone/iPod touch
The UK’s official broadcaster, the BBC, has announced expanded support for the iPhone/iPod touch version of its iPlayer service. As of today the software now supports radio, allowing users to listen to episodes from a variety of programs up to seven days after the original airdate.
iPhone Developer University Program
The iPhone Developer University Program is a free program designed for higher education institutions looking to introduce curriculum for developing iPhone or iPod touch applications. The University Program provides a wealth of development resources, sophisticated tools for testing and debugging, and the ability to share applications within the same development team. Institutions can also submit applications for distribution in the App Store.
Review: X-Plane 9
X-Plane 9 for iPhone / iPod touch isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking for a high-action game, look elsewhere. But if you are a fan of flight simulation software and would like to have the opportunity to “fly” anywhere you happen to be, X-Plane 9 is definitely worth the US$9.99 price tag. Austin Meyer has a reputation for constantly improving X-Plane 9 for Mac, so I’m confident that we’ll see significant upgrades and bug fixes in the very near future.
Summizer, Twitter trends on your iPhone
Summizer (iTunes link) is an app for following trends on Twitter. Similar to a few web apps, it searches Twitter for keywords and allows you to save searches to watch for updates. It’s small, simple and elegant. Use it to find out who’s talking about what, or even who’s talking about you. If you’ve ever used Twitter’s tracking feature (currently disabled), you already know how this works.
Review: Fizz Weather
Fizz Weather is a good general weather app that gives you the basics. If you like the Weather Channel forecasts and maps, you will probably like Fizz Weather, even if the forecasts are a little terse. If you need to know more than “Sunny. Mild.”, you’ll likely be happier with another solution. If you need, want, or rely on local radar, this is also not the app for you.
Apple, AT&T hit with another iPhone lawsuit
Another lawsuit against Apple and AT&T is hitting the courts, with New York resident Jai Sen crying foul over both companies’ advertising of the iPhone 3G, software problems, and cracks in the device’s chassis. The lawsuit comes through the US District Court for the Eastern district of New York, and encompasses a class-action perspective, with other plaintiffs simply referred to as “others similarly situated.”