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Apple Bans uTorrent Monitoring App

Posted September 3, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageApple has banned another App from entering its App Store. The App in question, uMonitor, allows users to check the status of their Torrent downloads on their computer. However, the App does not allow users to download Torrents on to their phone.

The App was denied after sitting in review limbo for well over four months which is far beyond the normal time frame Apps are usually approved but then again, this App touches a sensitive subject in the tech community: Torrenting. While using the protocol itself isn’t considered illegal, the fact that it has become synonymous with downloading pirated media usually causes concerns. However, Apple assumes you will use the App to abuse a third party’s rights while in reality, it just monitors your current downloads.

A quote from Apple reveals that the Cupertino based company believes that whoever downloads this App would automatically use it to download media that would otherwise require being bought and to infringe on third party rights:

“We’ve reviewed µMonitor and determined that we cannot post this version of your application to the App Store at this time because this category of applications is often used… more...

Nissan Developing Advanced Car Technology Thanks To iPhone

Posted July 29, 09 5:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Concept Development 

imageNissan is working on an iPhone App that will allow users to check their car’s battery levels remotely.

The technology made its debut at the company’s research facility in Yokosuka, Japan. What’s useful about this App is that it will allow users to check their car’s battery level when it’s recharging. Other information will be made available such as how long a charge will take and how much it will cost. The system,which is still in its prototype phase will also enable smarter use of electricity such as starting the AC while connected to a charging station.

A driver returning to their car on a hot or cold day will typically blast the air conditioning or heater as soon as they start the engine and keep it going until a comfortable temperature is reached. That doesn’t pose too much of a problem on a gasoline-powered car but on an electric car it contributes to battery drain, reducing the car’s range.

However if the car is connected to a charger then it makes more sense to start-up the air conditioner or heater while still connected, making use of the electricity from the charging… more...


Augmented Reality Apps Coming To iPhone 3.1

Posted July 26, 09 6:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageAugmented reality is the next new thing to hit the iPhone and Apps are starting to spring up taking advantage of the feature. However, full support won’t come until Firmware 3.1 sometime this fall.

Augmented reality Apps take information from nearby monuments and locations based off of GPS coordinates and superimposes on a 3D render of your nearby location. Apple is holding off on giving developers the go ahead to publish Apps that utilize augmented reality due to the use of an unpublished camera API. The API will be included in the Firmware 3.1 update coming sometime this fall according to a developer who spoke with Apple:

Apple told Acrossair, developer of the Nearest Tube train finder, that the app will be approved for distribution after Apple releases version 3.1 of the iPhone software, which the developer expects will land in early September.

Via: TUAW

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Second Beta Of iPhone 3.1 Available Now

Posted July 14, 09 11:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Development 

Apple has released its second Beta of Firmware 3.1 to iPhone Developers everywhere.

The Beta update recently brought some small improvements to the iPhone such as non-destructive video editing and voice control capabilities for Bluetooth headsets.

Via: TUAW

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iPhone To Receive More Powerful ARM CPU in 2010?

Posted June 18, 09 3:59 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Business Development Hardware 

imageTomorrow Apple is set to officially introduce the iPhone 3GS with an improved 600 MHz ARM CPU but there already talks that a much more powerful will be arriving. However, it won’t arrive for some time.

James Bruce, ARM’s wireless segment manager has confirmed that the company’s follow up to the Cortex A8 (aptly called the A9) will be making waves in major smartphones next year. The obvious speculation is that Apple will incorporate the dual core A9 into it’s next generation iPhone. It wouldn’t be surprising as Apple is keen on accelerating the iPhone’s underlying hardware. More on the CPU:

“What we’ve done on the A9 is actually make it more power efficient than the A8. The dual-core A9 will be coming out on 45-nanometer rather than the (current) 65-nanometer process,” Bruce said. Generally, the smaller the geometries, the faster and more power-efficient the processor is.
Bruce continued. “With the dual-core running at maximum load there’s probably going to be an increase of about 10 to 20 percent in power consumption but in general day to day use you’re actually going to see better battery life.”

Via: Macrumorsmore...

Nike+, Voicover, Radio Tagging For next Generation iPhone Found In iTunes 8.2

Posted June 5, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

iTunes 8.2 was recently made available for download and after some digging around by an AppleInsider reader, strings discovered in the media player’s preference files indicate that Apple is planning something big for its next generation iPhone.

It’s been rumored that Apple will incorporate an FM radio with tagging capabilities for some time but now, more concrete evidence is starting to pop up indicating the feature will be added. AppleInsider reader Will discovered mentions for Nike+, voice over controls and FM radio controls while digging around the newest iTunes build.

While Nike+ hasn’t been supported on the iPhone and instead on its counterpart the iPod Touch, the same implementation could be applied to the next generation iPhone where the radio chip is directly integrated in to the underlying hardware. Voiceover support would directly imitate the iPod Nano and could provide audio controls for your workout routine.

Via: The iPhone Blog

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iTunes 8.2 Breaks Jailbreaking, Palm Pre Sync?

Posted June 2, 09 7:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Apple Development iTunes 

image Apple just released iTunes 8.2 to the masses and as expected, Jailbreaking is currently disabled with the new update but this new version of iTunes could break the Palm Pre’s ability to sync with your media library.

The iPhone Dev Team issued a warning to eager updaters:

This update is one of those that incidentally breaks QuickPwn and PwnageTool.  It doesn’t seem like an anti-jailbreak.  But nonetheless, it will break your ability to re-run QuickPwn or PwnageTool’s dfu-entry.

While a fix is planned, it won’t be made available until Apple publicly releases Firmware 3.0 to avoid any last minutes hassles from iTunes before WWDC. Through the update of low-level USB protocols in iTunes, Jailbreaking and possibly Palm Pre compatibility may break preventing users from syncing their media housed in iTunes on to the device. The later is unconfirmed at this moment.

Via: The iPhone Blog

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Jobs Listing Furthers Hints At Future iPhone Specs

Posted May 21, 09 10:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Development Hardware 

imageApple is looking to hire new Hardware developers for its iPhone team and according to a new job listing,the company may have given more clues about the future architecture of future generation iPhones.

Apple is looking for a developer well experienced with the ARM line of micro processors, specifically someone knowledgeable about NEON, the successor to the ARMv6 processor used in the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The successful candidate will have excellent understanding and knowledge of processor architecture, specifically ARM and its vector unit NEON. Additional Intel SSE or PowerPC AltiVec is also very helpful. Being able to use processor micro-architecture to write and deliver fast routines is an essential attribute.

In addition, Apple is looking for someone who could potentially develop better video processing for the iPhone:

Experience developing embedded image and video processing solutions. Experience developing embedded image and video analysis solutions. Experience working on real-time media and networking applications (WiFi and cellular networks).

Via: The iPhone Blog

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Digital Compass Supplier For iPhone Found?

Posted May 20, 09 5:11 PM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Development Hardware SDK 

imageSpecs have been piling in on what the next generation iPhone will pack, one of them being a digital compass that will of course give you the exact direction you were facing when taking a picture or which way to walk in Google Maps. While it’s all up in the air at this point, Asahi Kasei may be the confirmed magnetometer supplier for the iPhone.

The hint was found in some header files for the newest Firmware 3.0 Beta. Apple Insider has more on the chip:

More specifically, the files identify Asahi Kasei’s azimuth sensor No. AK8973, a 16-pin leadless IC package measuring 4mm square and 0.7mm thick, as the chip that will help future iPhone users determine their direction. It bundles a master clock oscillator.

While we’ll have to wait for the official spec unveiling once Apple introduces the next generation iPhone, it wouldn’t be surprising to see this make it’s way in to the final hardware build. It’s expected APple will unveil the next generation iPhone during it’s annual World Wide Developers Conference just as it did last year with the iPhone 3G.

Via: Macrumors

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Background Processes Could Be Coming To iPhone 3.0 After All

Posted May 16, 09 7:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageThe run around between background processing for select Apps and Push Notification emulating such functionality has been a favorite topic for the rumor mill and even when Apple vehemently denied allowing Apps to run once they’re closed, the hope for having more than one App run at a time didn’t diminish. This time around, Apple may allow background processing on the next generation iPhone thanks to improvements in the underlying Hardware.

It’s rumored that the next generation iPhone will see a small bump to its Hardware specs, the most notable being the jump in RAM from 128 MB to 256 MB according to a Chinese tipster. Secondly, Apple may be considering a special set of designated Apps that can run in the background or continue separate processes (such as downloading or media playback) which could be selected by the user. As of now, the current Beta of Firmware 3.0 only supports Push Notification but once Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference rolls around, we could see more additions to each Beta build.

Via: iPhone Alley

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