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AVG Antivirus Coming To The iPhone

Posted July 29, 09 12:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi

imageIn a somewhat ironic move, AVG announced it would be developing an Antivirus App for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The move to bring AVG to the iPhone was announced by the company’s CEO, JR Smith, in a recent interview:

“We can’t add a layer of protection on to the iPhone today, so that’s a lot of the conversation that we’re having with Apple.”

It would be somewhat ironic to develop an Antivirus App for the iPhone since background processes are forbidden by third party developers and that there have been no known viruses for the iPhone’s variant of OS X.

Via: iPhone World

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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is holding off on giving developers the go ahead to publish Apps that utilize augmented reality due to the use of an unpublished camera API.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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Foxconn Employe Commits Suicide Over Lost iPhone Prototype

Posted July 24, 09 6:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageIn a terribly tragic turn of events, a Foxconn employee has committed suicide after losing a prototype of Apple’s 4th generation iPhone.

A 25-year old employee, Sun Danyong, was tasked with shipping prototypes of Apple’s iPhone from Foxconn’s manufacturing plant to Cupertino. However, one went missing and when officials found out, they used brutal interrogation techniques and physical intimidation which supposedly drove the young worker to jump out his 12th story apartment window. Foxconn has since suspended the officials involved without pay and expressed remorse for what has happened but the case is now being treated as murder

On Thursday, July 9th, Sun got 16 prototype phones from the assembly line at a local Foxconn factory. At some point in the next few days, he discovered that one of the phones was missing. He suspected that it had been left at the factory, but couldn’t find it. On Monday, July 13, he reported the missing phone to his boss. Then, that Wednesday, three Foxconn employees searched his apartment—illegally, according to Chinese law. Accusations are flying that Sun was detained and physically abused during the investigation, although this has not been… more...

Apple Blocking Push Notifications On Jailbroken/Unlocked iPhones?

Posted July 14, 09 2:00 PM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Apple Hacks Problems 

image Reports are coming in from users who have either unlocked or Jailbroke their iPhones that Push Notification fails on their device.

Czech iPhone developer, PoweryBase, believes that Apple is blocking Push Notification on iPhones it has not explicitly authorized. The news comes after users who Jailbroke their iPhones were having problems with Push Notification as well. However, a fix has been found and will be released by the iPhone Dev Team.

“We’ve received hundreds of support request in the last few days since NotifyMe appeared on the App Store. Unfortunately, about 80% of them are from the users with unlocked iPhones. They’ve bought the application and are mostly angry, sad or hopeless and the worst part is that we can’t really help them. Push simply does not work reliably or does not work at all on any unlocked device, no matter what Push application is used. We understand that unlocked iPhones break Apple’s and carriers’ bussiness and there isn’t really a way to fight against it.”

Via: The iPhone Blog

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Facial Recognition, Voice Modulation, and Unread Message Alerts

Posted July 9, 09 2:07 PM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Apple Patents 

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Leave it to Apple to creatively think of ways to send me to the edge of my seat! Amongst some of the most recent patents that Apple has submitted, a few caught my eye and just might catch yours as well.

Unwired View has highlighted some pretty cool features that Apple filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

First cool feature: Facial Detection. Like the cool Proximity feature we have today on our iPhones, a camera (mounted on the front I presume) will determine that a user is present. It is rather anoying when you are viewing an article and the screen dims and shuts off. This patent will help with that. It is also suggested that this camera can block or deny access to certain applications using recognition. Our iPhones will know who we are!

The next neat feature that you may find on the next iPhone is voice modulation. At first, I was thinking of ways I could change my voice for conversations with other people while I was on the phone with. That would be fun, but I don’t think that would fly over very… more...

Shortages Of iPhone 3GS’ Expected

Posted July 1, 09 6:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Apple Cult of iPhone Problems 

image Since going on sale, analysts have expected a healthy shipment of iPhone 3GS’ but it seems supply problems may soon plague Apple.

A short while after the iPhone 3GS went on sale, Apple brought back its availability tracker which showed how many units a store had in each color and capacity. According to Macrumors, iPhone 3GS availability is dwindling even further than expected with Apple stores in Alabama, Oregon and Utah being completely sold out of all models. It is unknown when new shipments will arrive but if you’re thinking of purchasing an iPhone 3GS, you better hurry!

Via: iPhones Talk

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Push Notification Problems Apple’s Fault

Posted June 22, 09 8:00 AM by Jovan Washington
Categories: Apple Applications News 

One thing I have been anxiously awaiting is Push notification. Unfortunately, not many of the apps I was expecting to have it, came released with the update, however, I may now why.

According to the developer of Notify Me via AppAdvice, Apple sent him a message apologizing for for the delay of his new update ready to be released for 3.0 goodness.

“Apparently Apple just hasn’t worked out all of the push notification bugs quite yet.  Balogh stated that according to their records, Apple hasn’t even started using NotifyMe yet, which would indicate that the problems have nothing to do with any of the apps in review.  Balogh also stated that in their testing conditions, all push messages with NotifyMe were working “extremely well and right on time,” which creates a bit of confusion as to what the real problem is.  The un-reviewed push-capable apps must be piling up as we speak.”

After several years, you would think the bugs would be worked out. I can also understand that the true bugs don’t come out until actually released, so hopefully they get those worked out soon so we won’t have to wait any longer on Push Notification.… more...

iPhone 3GS Activation Problems Arise

Posted June 20, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi
Categories: Apple AT&T News Problems 

imageMimicking the activation woes that plagued some original iPhone and even 3G customers, the iPhone 3GS seems to be giving some users activation problems.

It appears Apple may have an inadequate amount of servers to deal with new and existing customers looking to activate their iPhone 3GS. While trying to initiate the activation process, iTunes spits out a somewhat vague error indicating users that it will take up to 48 hours for their device to be fully functional. In the mean time, Apple advises users who are facing activation issues to use features of the device that do not require an active cellular connection until AT&T is able to connect users to its network.

Via: iPhones Talk

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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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Apple Will Charge You To Redownload That App

Posted May 31, 09 4:00 AM by Tanner Godarzi

imageAs we loom closer to the public debut of Firmware 3.0 for the iPhone and the new App Store policies that follow, we’re already seeing some of those changes take effect. Notably, Apple’s App review policy is making a drastic change but also a limit is being placed on how Apps can be downloaded.

Previously, you could download an App and redownload it free of cost after you’ve deleted it but now, Apple will be charging you. However, you’re given the option to download said App in iTunes on your computer. The only reasonable explanation is Apple’s fear of “piracy” as iPhone owners could log in to multiple iTunes accounts and download Apps for free that were already bought by their friends in Firmware 3.0.

Via: The iPhone Blog

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