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Tris: Addictive iPhone Gaming at its Best… and it’s FREE!

August 17, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · 1 Comment 

Tris – available for free from the iPhone App Store and created by developer Noah Witherspoon – is a fantastic iPhone implementation of Tetris – the classic game of falling tetrominoes, and one of the best and most addictive iPhone games to be released to date.

Unless you’ve lived on another planet for the past twenty years, you’re familiar with Tetris. If not, here’s a quick refresher from Wikipedia:

Jailbreakers: Record and Upload LIVE Video from your iPhone with Qik

August 17, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · Leave a Comment 

It’s no secret that for some reason – which us Joe Q. Publics won’t hear about due to the developer-stifling NDA – that there has been a strange absence of video recording applications on the iPhone App Store. Before the iPhone 3G, video recording functionality has long been accessible to jailbreakers through DreamCatcher’s iPhone Video Recorder. Since the 2.0 firmware though, video recording has been absent. Until now! Read on to hear about Qik.com and their amazing live video streaming client for the iPhone.

MobileChat: A Lesson in Using Paying Customers to Alpha Test

August 16, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · Leave a Comment 

A few days ago, we posted a quick article about the brand spanking new (and purportedly first fully-featured) iPhone instant messenger client MobileChat. The idea was to provide you, dear reader, with a review of the functionality of MobileChat and how awesome finally having an IM client that can connect to multiple networks at once would be.

Unfortunately for us – and especially for developer twenty08 – the launch of MobileChat has been somewhat of an epic disaster and a true lesson on why alpha/beta testing and planning are a part of the software development process.

Best Buy Set to Become the USA’s First Independent iPhone Retailer

August 13, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · 1 Comment 

September 7th is the date – Best Buy has confirmed that it will launch the Apple iPhone 3G to 986 of its stores. Here’s the official press release (thanks to the AP)

“We had a lot of work to do, obviously, to get in a position where Apple and AT&T would feel good about Best Buy Mobile carrying it, and that’s what we’ve done in the last 18 months,” said Shawn Score, president of Best Buy Mobile.

Best Buy also resells Apple’s Mac computers and iPod media players. Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the long-standing relationship between the companies was the reason Best Buy would now be able to sell the iPhone.

MobileChat: The Ups and Downs of Launch Day

August 13, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · 1 Comment 

Twenty08′s MobileChat – the newest somewhat full featured IM application to hit the App Store – dropped today, and initial response was good. So good, in fact, that the initial blast of users was enough to completely annihilate Twenty08′s server farm and drop the entire service.

From Twenty08′s official blog:

This is great news for our users and TERRIBLE news for us. While we’re excited that it’s on AppStore. We had no idea that the push behind MobileChat was so big! Our server load is going through the roof as I write this email and we’re quickly beginning to feel the heat.

Apple Sued by Patent Troll for Allegedly Violating up to Ten Patents with the iPhone

August 11, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · 2 Comments 

Apple – the makers of our beloved iPhone – along with Palm and Blackberry maker Research in Motion were sued late last month in the Eastern District of Virginia court. The plaintiff, WiAV Solutions, alleges that Apple et al are in violation of at least 10 patents related to GSM mobile communication technology and AMR voice compression technology.

WiAV is no stranger to recklessly suing companies in the hopes of winning injunctions and damages. A company with no headquarters, no website and no products outside of patent lawsuits, WiAV has turned up on the radar before for similar suits. A quick Google search shows that WiAV has previously threatened patent enforcement litigation on Texas-based American Microsystems (see update below), a manufacturer of handheld wireless barcode scanners.

Attention Windows Jailbreakers! WinPwn 2.0.0.4 for Firmware 2.0.1 has been Released

August 9, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · Leave a Comment 

According to iClarified, WinPwn 2.0.0.4 was released just a short while ago. Click here to download it!

Changes in this release:

WinPwn 2.0.0.4 has been released for the iPhone 2.0.1 firmware and it includes Installer support.

New Features:
- Support for both 1.1.4, 2.0, 2.0.1
- Root partition resize support
- Installer support
- Support for WinXP and Vista 32/64bit.

If you make use of this release, let us know your feedback in the comments. Enjoy!

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IBM to Release Lotus Notes for iPhone… as a Web App?

August 9, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · Leave a Comment 

IBM has pulled the covers off of its upcoming webapp – dubbed IBM Lotus iNotes™ software” or “iNotes- with the goal of allowing you seamless access to your work’s Lotus Notes-based contacts, calendar and email through your iPhone’s web browser.

The only question I have is… why a webapp? With the industry-standard Microsoft Exchange integrated with the Apple iPhone at the firmware level, IBM’s capable engineers owe their clients at least a dedicated iPhone application. Why, you might ask? Simple: PUSH.

PwnageTool 2.0.2 has been Released – Download it Here

August 9, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · 3 Comments 

The iPhone Dev Team have sped things up and released PwnageTool 2.0.2, which can successfully jailbreak the newest 2.0.1 iPhone firmware from Apple. From the iPhone Dev Team’s official blog:

Good Morning!

Did you think we’d sleep? really?

Recommended method for updating is Sparkle (the internal updater inside PwnageTool) or using the Finder to decompress the files, don’t use command line tools to decompress as incorrect use will not preserve permissions, just double click the download above in the Finder.

Ambiance: Using Your iPhone to Escape from it All

August 8, 2008 by Erik MacKinnon · 3 Comments 

Hello readers! Since this is my first post, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Erik MacKinnon – your newest contributor here on iPhone Nuts. I’ve edited and written numerous blogs over the past few years and I jumped at the opportunity to join the fantastic team here. Hopefully you’ll find my posts informative and entertaining! (I’ll aim for the latter.)

Ambiance - Available from the App StoreAmbiance – touted by developer Coneybeare Labs as an “environment enhancer” – is an intriguing new application that has recently hit the iPhone App Store and has burned its way up the rankings to become one of the top paid applications in a matter of three days.

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