If you make use of unofficial third-party iPhone applications and would like their presence on your phone to persist, refrain from updating to iPhone software/firmware 1.1.3 when it is released. Early indications are that this update not only disables any previously enacted open reading/writing of the iPhone filesystem (jailbreak) hence disallowing unofficial applications to run, but also makes it -- currently -- impossible to downgrade to previous iterations of the firmware/software that can make use of unofficial applications. As such, updating to firmware/software version 1.1.3 means you'll be waiting for the … Read more
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Good riddance: Facebook has banned the "Secret Crush" application due to reports of its affiliation with a notorious spyware manufacturer.
The social-networking site confirmed the breakup on Monday: "Facebook is committed to user safety and security and, to that end, its Terms of Service for developers explicitly state that applications should not use adware and spyware," a statement from the company read. "We have contacted the developers and have disabled the Secret Crush application for violating Facebook Platform Terms of Service."… Read more
A day after Mark/Space shipped a tool for migrating data from BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm devices to the iPhone, Nova Media has introduced a Mac-only tool that allows data migration from a plethora of mobile phones -- including models from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.
Dubbed "Fone2Phone," the application works with Bluetooth phones using its own connection wizard (based on the company's vast array of iSync phone plug-ins) to cull data which can then be synced to the iPhone. A company statement reads:
"You can choose to select contacts, events, tasks, notes, bookmarks, photos, … Read more
Slightly more than three months after announcing the software in late September, Mark/Space is now shipping its Missing Sync software in an iPhone-compatible edition (Mac-only). The most useful function the tool provides is the ability to move contacts, tasks, events and photos from Palm OS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones to the iPhone. It also has the ability to archive, browse and search iPhone Call Log, SMS text messages and Notes.Migration works by culling data from a Palm, Windows Mobile or BlackBerry device (using a different, device-specific version of Missing Sync, which can be used in trial … Read more
One of the most commonly requested features not available by default on the iPhone is the ability to send text messages (SMS) to multiple recipients. Thanks to a new third-party native application created by Shawn Chain, you can now do just that. Dubbed iSMS, the new application also allows you to view messages by category (Inbox, Sent, Draft) and search text messages directly on the iPhone.
Here's how to use this beefed-up SMS application:If your iPhone isn't yet set up to receive third-party applications, follow our applications guide and make sure you install Community Sources (as instructed). … Read more
While other forays into the procedure for sending files from one iPhone to another have been made, none have make things quite as easy and elegant as the new release of an application called DropCopy, which uses Apple's Bonjour technology to automatically locate other devices on the local network that can receive files. Here's how to use it:
If your iPhone isn't yet set up to receive third-party applications, follow our applications guide and make sure you install Community Sources (as instructed). Next, launch Installer and install DropCopy from the "Utilities" section.
Launch DropCopy, and … Read more
By default, the iPhone allows you to trigger the following actions when the home button is clicked: go the Home screen (Springboard); go to phone favorites; go to the iPod function. Wouldn't it be great, however, if you could double-click the home button and trigger an automatic launch of Safari, the dialing of a specific phone number, or a blank email message? A new native application dubbed "iPhoneHome" makes it possible.
NetSuite's IPO auction has apparently attracted strong interest from investors, as the company prepares to set the final IPO price after market close Wednesday.
The on-demand enterprise applications company, backed by Oracle's Larry Ellison, has raised its pricing range by 46 percent from its initial pricing range of $13 to $16 a share that was announced on December 5.
The range was raised Tuesday to $16 to $19 per share. And it was raised a second time Wednesday to $19 to $22 a share, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
NetSuite could begin trading as early … Read more
Although we're hearing that Apple isn't anywhere close to nailing down specifics for its official iPhone software development kit, due in February 2008, the company has begun recruiting some to-notch talent from the unofficial iPhone application development realm: Lucas Newman of Delicious Monster has been hired by Apple as an "iPhone engineer" according to a post from "Chief Monster" Wil Shipley.
Newman is the author of an avid iPhone developer who worked on the first native iPhone game, Lights Off and helped develop iPhone Atlas develop our initial 5-step native application install guide back … Read more
VNC on the iPhone is a thing of beauty, allowing you to view the screen of and control your Mac or PC. Unfortunately, solutions up to this point have been clunky: Web-based monstrosities that respond poorly even on a fast WiFi connection or native applications that are error-prone when attempting to scroll around the screen or perform any worthwhile control. Now VNSea, a native iPhone VNC client extant for some time, has matured to the point where it is usable.
The change in functionality that affords this new-found usability seems insignificant: "double-tapping on the system status bar will now … Read more