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Friday, June 26, 2009

No Place for Porn at Apple App Store

No adult content is allowed on iPhone and now this is official. At least that's what Apple's Tom Neumayr said, according to CNN. "Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography.", says Neumayr.

Interestingly, "Hottest Girls", an adult application, was already approved by Apple when the application hit the App Store. However, the application was quickly removed from the App Store.

To be honest, I don't care much whether adult content is present at the App Store or not as long as there is proper parental control system in place.

One way or another, this will be bad news for developers who are already working on adult applications and I think it would have been nice of Apple if they had warned developers earlier.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Unlocking and Jailbreaking iPhone OS 3.0

Yesterday, when I was just about to head to my bed, I noticed on the Dev Team blog that finally Ultrasn0w had arrived. Half asleep, I decided to give it a try. When I bought my iPhone 3G, it was already unlocked and jailbroken by the shop. So, I'm a rookie in this respect. As promised, I'm writing about my experience with the upgrade process. Hopefully, this post will be useful if you have not upgraded to OS 3.0 yet and plan to do so. Let's start.

Overall, the process went smoothly and took about 40 minutes. As long as you follow a couple of easy steps, you shall have no problems.

STEP 1. The first step is very easy. You just connect your iPhone to your PC, start iTunes and use upgrade your iPhone to OS 3.0. Once this has been done, your iPhone will have OS 3.0 on board. However, as expected your iPhone won't be able to register on your cellular operator. DON'T PANIC. This will be sorted our quickly.

STEP 2. As a step two, you run the redsn0w application. Here is a link for the redsn0w web site I downloaded the app via the official torrent. You are welcome to use any of the numerous mirrors.

This step involves a tricky moment. You shall switch your iPhone in a so called DFU mode. It may take you a couple of tries before you succeed (it took me two). I highly recommend visiting this link You can find a detailed instruction and a video there.

Also, you shall install either Cydia or Icy. In the past, I used to have Cydia and it is very cool. Now, I decided to go with Icy. You select this when you run redsn0w.

One more thing with this process is that you will have to locate the OS 3.0 image downloaded by iTunes. On Windows Vista and Windows 7 you typically find it in this location: "C:\Users\USER\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates" where USER is your Windows username.

STEP 3. Run Cydia or Icy and add the repo As you know, in ultrasn0w the last O before "w" is a digit zero not O. So, keep this in mind.

STEP 4. Search for "ultrasn0w" in Cydia or Icy and install ultrasn0w. Please note that, when you first run Cydia or Icy, it may take a while before the repos are updated.

STEP 5. Reboot your iPhone.

PLEASE NOTE: According to the Dev Team, T-Mobile USA users should disable 3G before using ultrasn0w!!!

So, the process is quite straightforward and simple and generally, you shall not experience any difficulties. If I did this easily, you shall do easily as well. Again, this was a first hand experience from a total rookie :)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TweetDeck - The Best Twitter Client for iPhone?

To admit, I don't use a Twitter client on my desktop computer. This may sound dumb, however, I'd rather stick to a browser and the Twitter web site as is. Generally, I'd rather have everything in browser... well maybe some day.

However, when it comes to iPhone, I really like specialized applications. For example, Facebook has a really cool iPhone version of the site for the Safari browser. Yet, I prefer the standalone application.

I'd been using Twittelator for accessing Twitter from my iPhone for months. I really liked Twittelator, however, it does have some annoyances (well not precisely annoyances but lack of functionality I'd say). But Twittelator is FREE, which makes it a very good and decent app. And here comes TweetDeck. Which is also free and which is a far better application (this is my very personal opinion and I did not intend to offend Twittelator developers in any way :). TweetDeck belongs to a commercial-level software and it's so cool to see this app free.

As I have mentioned above, I don't use any Twitter clients on my desktop, however I've heard that TweetDeck is one of the most popular desktop clients for Twitter.

So, if you have not downloaded TweetDeck for your iPhone, I highly recommend this application.
Sunday, June 21, 2009

Challenge Boredom with Drums Challenge

A while ago I was reading a research report about iPhone applications. According to that report, too many application in Apple App Store are totally useless and aren't worth a penny. To be honest, the game that you will learn in a moment about, belongs to a category, which I used to consider totally useless. However, after playing around with this game, I've really changed my mind.

Drums Challenge developed by MusiGames Studio is played by tapping on a virtual drum kit on an iPhone or iPod Touch and players challenge drummers of different styles such as jazz, blues, funk, rock, metal, punk, Latin and reggae. Each battle takes place when the opponent starts playing a song on the drums. After a sequence of notes is played, the user has to repeat the sequence of drum beats, playing each drum part with the correct timing.

Believe me, Drums Challenge is a really challenging game and entertainment is guaranteed whether you are sitting in a queue at a doctor's reception or traveling or just sitting at home.

Each of the 25 drum battles presents a unique challenge in terms of rhythm, style and music perception. While the player advances, defeating better and better drummers, they receive special drum parts that are then available to use in the freestyle mode. This is another aspect of the application that is really interesting.

Drums Challenge can be purchased exclusively through the Apple App Store for $2.99.

Happy drumming!