Microsoft Proclaims iPhone “Dead”, has Funeral

I wish that was a metaphor, but sadly, it is not. To celebrate the release of the Windows Phone 7 RTM, Microsoft had a parade; complete with floats, bagpipes, balloons, and… hearses? Yes. That is a picture of an iPhone being loaded in a hearse. Not only are they going after Apple, but RIM and Google as well. Here’s a picture of a parader dressed in trash bags carrying a road sign depicting the Android mascot falling off of a cliff. You can view the entire flickr gallery at Trioculu’s photostream. Microsoft plans to announce the release date of their latest mobile OS on October 11th.

It seems Redmond’s arrogance knows no bounds. (I see far too many kilts and capes.)Windows Phone 7 must be one amazing platform.

[Neowin via Engadget]

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FaceTime Desktop Client Coming Soon?

According to the French blog Mac4Ever, iChat will soon be updated with FaceTime support, allowing you to make video calls from a Mac to an iPhone (or iPod Touch). It is unknown what client PC users will get, since there is currently no Windows version of iChat.

Roughly translated:

Apple is preparing to leave FaceTime for Mac and PC, the Mac version coming to settle down in the iChat software.

Apple is really pushing FaceTime, and has featured it as the center piece in many of the latest iPhone commercials. If video calling does become the “must-have” technology of the future, Apple wants to be leading the charge. Plus, FaceTime is supposed to be an “open industry standard“, so it would make perfect sense to introduce desktop support to get full market saturation.

[Mac Rumors]

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Apple Releases App Store Guidelines, Relaxes Restrictions

Apple has relaxed their restrictions on 3rd party developer tools, allowing devs to have more freedom when it comes to choosing which tools to create applications with. This means that Flash CS5 could be used to create iOS apps, so you may see a surge in tower defense games in the coming months. (Note, this does not mean that Flash, the browser plugin, will be allowed.)

In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need.

Additionally, Apple has published firm, albeit blunt guidelines on what they don’t want in the App Store. Basically, they really don’t want anymore fart apps. They also want to reduce the number of pointless duplicate applications. (Oh! Nevermind about those tower defense games.)

Having a full set of guidelines will make it easier for developers to know what is acceptable from the beginning, so they don’t waste time creating an app that will never be released.

The full pdf is available here. (via Google Docs)

Introduction

We have over 250,000 apps in the App Store. We don’t need any more Fart apps. If your app doesn’t do something useful or provide some form of lasting entertainment, it may not be accepted.

If your App looks like it was cobbled together in a few days, or you’re trying to get your first practice App into the store to impress your friends, please brace yourself for rejection. We have lots of serious developers who don’t want their quality Apps to be surrounded by amateur hour.

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iOS 4.1 Bootrom Exploit Found

That was faster than expected. The same day that iOS 4.1 was officially released, an exploit was found by pod2g, laying the foundation for future jailbreaking tools. This exploit is confirmed to work on the latest iPod Touch as well, so you will soon be enjoying all of Cydia’s goodies on your shiny new device.

via MuscleNerd

Crazy timing that @pod2g got latest exploit just as 4.1 went public (lots of work left…keep away from 4.1 for now!)

@pod2g is this exploit valid for ipod touch 4g? just wanted to clarify ive read alot of conflicting stuff

@Darkchaos455 yes IPod4g too

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iPod touch 4G Does Not Have Vibrate

Contrary to a previous post, dozens of confirmations by Apple ‘Experts’ themselves, and some very compelling photographic evidence, it appears that the new device does not have vibrate for notifications or games.

The confirmation of this comes from iFixit’s teardown of the iPod touch 4G, revealing that the alleged vibration motor is in fact the microphone.

On Apple’s side, the page we had originally cited as further evidence of the vibration support has been edited, now reading:

If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you’ll receive an invitation on your iPod touch asking you to join. Simply tap Accept, and the video call begins.

In place of:

If somebody wants to start a video call with you, you’ll receive an invitation — along with a vibrating alert — on your iPod touch asking you to join. Simply tap Accept, and the video call begins.

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Confirmed: iPod Touch 4G Has Just 256 MB of RAM

iFixit has done what they do best, and completely torn apart the iPod Touch 4G. Sadly, the teardown revealed that the latest Touch has only 256 MB of RAM, compared to the 512 MB on the iPhone 4. This shouldn’t stop you from buying one, (Nor should the quasi-IPS display or nigh-one-megapixel camera) but it could become a concern with some of the more intensive games and applications that may be revealed down the road.

@iFixit

Breaking news: the iPod Touch has only 256 MB RAM, same Samsung part markings as iPad.

Hit the source to see the full teardown.

[iFixit]

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iMovie Update Adds iPod Touch 4G Support

Just in the nick of time, Apple has updated the iMovie iOS App to version 1.1, adding support for the latest iPod Touch. You can now record, edit, and export home movies directly from a $229 handheld gadget. Crazy. The application is $4.99, and available through the App Store.

What’s New In Version 1.1

• Compatible with iPod touch (4th generation).
• Ability to split video clips.
• Automatic music looping when video extends beyond music track.

[iTunes]

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VLC Coming to the App Store, Hopefully

An iOS port of the popular media player VLC has been submitted to the App Store for review, and will soon (cross your fingers!) end all your codec woes. At the moment, it will only work on the iPad, but an iPhone/iPod Touch version is in the works. It is backed by VideoLAN, and you can try to get a pre-release by following them on Twitter. Since VLC is open source, the App Store version will be completely free.

@VideoLAN

VLC for iPad is coming! On Sunday, @videolan and @applidium will each send a pre-release version to 5 followers! Please RT

After several month of porting, we are proud to announce the release of VLC for the iPad! This application stands out for two reasons. First, it will be available for free on the AppStore. But that’s not all. VLC is an OpenSource project. We are currently preparing our patches for submission to the main VLC tree. And obviously, we will release our current working tree when the app will hit the AppStore.

If everything goes well, VLC for the iPad should be available next week.

[Applidium]

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iOS 4.1 is Live

Right on schedule, Apple has pushed out the iOS 4.1 update to iTunes. The servers are probably getting slammed, so expect it to take forever.

Here’s what is new in Apple’s latest software update:

  • Proximity sensor, Bluetooth, and iPhone 3G fixes
  • “High Dynamic Range Photos”, which takes 3 pictures, one with highlights, shadows, and midranges, and merges them to produce an HDR photo.
  • HD video uploads over WiFi
  • TV Show Rentals for $.99
  • Game Center

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Google Instant Coming to Mobile Devices

If you haven’t noticed Google newest search feature, you should probably check it out. It offers real time results as you type. Pressing “enter” is so yesterday. For example, you can just type “w” and you will get the current weather report, or type “mo” and get your local movie showtimes. It may take some getting used to, but for me, Google Instant Search is a welcome addition. (It just needs to be integrated into Chrome’s Omnibox.)

Non-US users can enable it via http://google.com/instant/ Thanks Tommm!

Mobile-device-users, never fear, because Google hasn’t left you out to dry. They are bringing this wonderful feature to handhelds this fall. And if you don’t like it, you can easily opt-out. So keep the complaining to a minimum!

@Google

We’re working to bring Google Instant to mobile devices this fall #googleinstant

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