Our sister site Apple Matters has just posted a fun piece that sheds some light on some of the darkest reaches of the App Store. Shake Your Booty recently became a vehicle for bashing Apple’s iPhone vetting process, but this seems unfair when there are so many other equally dumb or arguably far stupider apps. This article examines some of the wackiest AND most feeble apps around. For example why are there 50+ fart apps and just as many pick up apps? Read it and laugh, then arm yourself with the stupidest of the stupid.
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.
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Since the App Store’s debut in July of last year, Apple has made available thousands upon thousands of Apps and is now reaching 1 billion App downloads.
It’s only been a few months since the App Store hit half a billion downloads and in the short amount of time since then, Apple is set to double that number. To celebrate the occasion, Apple is giving away prizes along the way including the chance to win a $10,000 iTunes gift card so you can possibly download some more Apps but that’s just wishful thinking. To enter in the competition just download an App between now and the billionth downloaded App. More details can be found on Apple’s page
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Are the security tools in the iPhone not enough or are you worried someone might try to place your personal data on their iPhone thus stealing most of your identity? Fret not, Firmware 3.0 coupled with iTunes 8.1 will allow you to password protect your back ups.
While there is no word on what kind of encryption is used, it’s a step in the right direction for those looking to add another layer of security to their personal data. The feature is enabled in the summary tab by clicking off a small check box. You’ll be prompted to enter your password and confirm it to lock your backup.
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Since Apple enabled Podcast downloads in the mobile iTunes Store, the general census has been pretty hateful towards the nasty 10MB limit which restricted you to downloading said Podcasts over Wi-Fi. Apple changed things up (for the better) and has removed the limit.
Most speculated that the harsh limit of 10MB per episode over the cellular connection was put in place to prevent massive traffic from going through the carrier’s networks ultimately upsetting them. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore as the limit has been removed so you can download any Podcast episode (video included) over the cellular connection without the need to be tethered to a short range Wi-Fi network.
Ironically the 10MB limit for App Store downloads is still in effect.
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In preparation of iTunes 8.1, Apple has updated the remote App for the iPhone and iPod Touch to version 1.2. The update can be downloaded for free from iTunes or downloaded (iTunes Link) from the App Store if you haven’t done so already.
You may have heard a new iPod Shuffle landed today with some comical improvements but the (slightly) more important thing is the inevitable release of iTunes 8.1 which is required for the new Shuffle. Everyone else, you get to enjoy everything of a typical point upgrade plus what Apple has deemed worthy to put in the release notes.
* Speed improvements: iTunes gets a speed boost. Now when it comes to loading large libraries, browsing the iTunes Store, and syncing your devices, iTunes responds faster than before.
* Genius sidebar for movies and TV shows: In addition to music, the Genius sidebar now introduces you to movies and TV shows you might also enjoy.
* Import as iTunes Plus: Automatically import music from your CDs as higher quality, 256-Kbps iTunes Plus files.
Via: The iPhone Blog
The iPhone wouldn’t be what it is (teh AWESOME!) without the iPod functionality. Half the allure of the iPhone is that it is also your iPod, something a lot of people really love. It is also one of the hardest parts of the “iPhone killers” to get right. The iPod is all about software (the difference between and iPod and a portable drive are a few chips, a weird connector and a battery) and the iTunes Store. As some dunderhead once noted: To beat the iPhone you have to beat the iPod.
So far the only thing that has beaten the iPod is the iPhone and it isn’t a total beat down because the iPod is a “pay once and you’re done if you want to be” kind of deal. With that in mind it is interesting to see just how far people will go to make it known they use an iPod. Case in point: Barack Obama. You may have heard of the guy, he recently won the world’s most watched episode of “So you think you can Govern”
Winning that show is tough. People say scurrilous things about you. Out of… more...
The iPod Summary tab in iTunes has offered a nice visual representation of how much space your music, video and photos take up, but other items, including applications have always been lumped together in the “Other” category.
It was rather annoying, wasn’t it? Well, if you have not noticed, iTunes 8 finally added an Apps category so you can see how much space everything you download from the App Store is filling up on your iPhone or iPod touch.
You can see how much of your iPhone or iPod touch’s memory is being used for third-party applications whenever your handheld is connected to your computer. Just select your device from the “Devices” list in iTunes 8, and then click the Summary tab. Now look for the green color strip. This should be your App usage.
By default, iTunes shows you how much space the files and apps on your iPhone or iPod take up. To see more information (like the actual number of files) just click on the capacity bar.
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Does your iPhone have problems? Does it suffer from the embarassing ailments of:
Low battery life?
slow sync times?
That urge to go at the worst times?
Good news friends, the iPhone software 2. update can fix all that. Except for the “frequent urge to go” part. But wait, there’s more!
You get an option to wipe your data after ten failed passcode attempts
a more accurate signal strength display
Now how much would you pay? Well, for the foreseeable future this gotta have update is free, free, free! For iPhone owners anyway. The reaction to the update? Let others go first so you don’t have to:
Fantastic is all I can say about the final result. Finally, I can sync my iPhone like I did in version 1. I added a full album and it only took about 2 minutes to update the iPhone. These stupid 100mb games I bought also don’t crash the iPhone when I try to install them. And they install quickly!
Others haven’t haven’t had such an easy time with the update:… more...