Archive for: ipod touch

Bump 2.2 Released. Brings Music Sharing Into the Mix.

  • November 12, 2010 5:36 pm

Over the last few years, there have been hundreds of thousands of apps that have passed through Apple’s gates and onto the App Store. Of those hundreds of thousands of apps, only a small percentage are actually unique and innovative, with one such app going by the name of “Bump”. It’s a simple app that allows you to tap two phones together to share a wealth of information ranging from calendars to social networking accounts quickly and easily.

And now, Bump 2.2 is available for download bringing with it one very cool new feature. Besides calendars and contact information as well as photo and social networking account sharing, Bump users can now share songs too! When bumping a song to another bump user, said user is presented with the options of either previewing it on YouTube or previewing and purchasing it on iTunes.

It seems like it would be a helpful service in a crowded city environment when you’re always around people and fellow bump users. In my neck of the woods however, things are a bit sparse. Nonetheless, I may just give it a shot. Anyone tried out the new Bump with music sharing yet?

Download: Bump for iOS (iTunes Link)

iPhone 3G Losing AirPlay Support in Upcoming iOS 4.2 Update. #ios

  • November 11, 2010 11:13 pm


In other Apple news tonight: It appears that iOS 4.2 on the iPhone 3G is yet another iOS 4.x update that is getting neutered before gracing the aging handset’s hardware. Besides lacking such great features as multi-tasking, custom wallpapers, and GameCenter, it looks like AirPlay is the latest major feature to get axed. At this rate, why even upgrade to 4.x on the 3G? (That’s the question we’re asking around here at least.)

The odd thing is of course that AirPlay worked fine on several different iOS 4.2 betas on the iPhone 3G up until the latest GM. Whether or not it’s a typical Apple-style “let’s remove basic, promised features and entice people to upgrade” remains to be seen. It’s possible that Apple is working out a few kinks and will re-enable said feature in a future update. But if the general consensus is that nothing was wrong with it up until it was removed, pleasant, optimistic thoughts aren’t exactly leading the way inside my head.

Check out more proof in the digital pudding being documented in a short video over at 9to5Mac.

iOS 4.2 Delayed 1+ Weeks Because of Last Minute iPad WiFi Bug?

  • November 11, 2010 10:32 pm

Bad news bears for iOS 4.2 hopefuls who were planning on staying home from work tomorrow to update their iOS devices to version 4.2 — An apparent WiFi bug affecting the iPad has caused the update to be put on hold. Specifically, the iPad running the latest GM build of iOS 4.2 had a problem in which it would drop any WiFi connection after a few minutes. Supposedly Apple is already on top of it and has a second GM build ready to go for tomorrow. However, it will take several days of extensive testing to make sure any remaining bugs are removed for good, meaning we the people won’t see iOS 4.2 until sometime next week — most likely next Friday.

So no, this weekend won’t be spent pillaging through the inner sanctums of iOS 4.2 on your iPod Touch/iPad/iPhone. But it just gives us something to look forward to next weekend, right?

[Update] Network AirPrint Functionality Removed from iOS 4.2, Cancelled Outright? #airprint

  • November 10, 2010 11:52 am


iOS 4.2 is rumored be dropping this Friday. With it, several new features for iPhone users as well as a mountain of change for iPad users is in store. Unfortunately, one of the main parts of Apple’s latest update appears to be dead and buried. Over the last few days, details regarding AirPrint, and more specifically network printing, have given a rather grim outlook. According to OS X and iOS developers sourced by MacStories, Apple removed all mentions of AirPrint from both online documentation and readme files for Windows and Mac computers. The only documentation still mentioning AirPrint functionality is that of certain HP Printers. Further dousing water on the fire, a reply from an Apple Support Tech to a developer stated that AirPrint for Windows and Mac had been cancelled altogether.

If you’ve managed to pick up a copy of either OS X 10.6.5 beta of iOS 4.2 beta, said feature is still included and still works. The final versions of the software due to be pushed out in the coming days however, won’t. If the rumors are to be believed and Apple is removing it because of inconstant performance and bugs, it’s the lesser of two evils. While having a buggy version of AirPrint might be slightly rewarding, there’s a reason I prefer OS X over Windows…

Update:

AirPrint may or may not have been neutered/pulled as it has been reported over the last 24 hours. A 9to5Mac forum member shot an email off to the man, Steve Jobs himself, inquiring about the rumors of iOS 4.2 and AirPrint. Steve’s reply…

AirPrint has not been pulled. Don’t believe everything you read.

Sounds promising. Though as 9to5Mac points out, Steve’s response is fairly vague. As we stated earlier above, AirPrint for specific printers could still be a go while network/shared AirPrint support is in fact dropped. We should know by the end of the week…

iPad Getting Skyfire Browser!

  • November 9, 2010 9:02 pm


Fans of the popular Flash-to-HTML crunching Skyfire browser on the iPhone (and many other platforms) will be happy to know that the Skyfire team is working on an iPad-specific version. At the time of writing, there aren’t many details to share. Ok, there aren’t any details to share. For a possible release date keep checking back.

So far, my personal experience with Skyfire has been pretty good. The only hiccups were around launch day when the servers imploded under the insane stress placed upon them by countless hundreds of thousands if not millions of users. So stay tuned iPad users, your day is soon coming…

[Update 2] Another White iPhone 4, OS X 10.6.5, iTunes 10.1, and iOS Release Date.

  • November 9, 2010 3:54 pm

Today is a loaded day for Apple OS X/iOS updates. First up, we have a rather tasty rumor by way of MacStories.net whom is claiming iOS 4.2 is officially coming Friday @ 10am PST — this according to a credible source deep within AT&T. On top of that, the source also says that OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 will see the light of day tomorrow, November 10th specifically to prepare hardware for the iOS update later in the week. Backing up the iOS update can be further solidified thanks to an article posted by 9to5Mac, citing a German blog titled “iFun” whom discovered the release date hidden in an URL on Apple’s servers. The date: November 12th — or, this Friday. The iOS update was expected today, but without the first two pieces of the puzzle — the iTunes and OS X updates — an iOS update wasn’t possible as the needed AirPlay/AirPrint support isn’t there.

And in other news: Apple blogger John Gruber tweeted the image you see above — another white iPhone 4. Is it the real deal or merely another fancy decal?

Update:

Yet another fake white iPhone 4. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you. Fool me thrice, yaaa…yaa…whatever…

Update 2:

Well, OS X 10.6.5 came, iTunes 10.1 didn’t and iOS 4.2 isn’t. Blame the iPad and a late-to-the-party WiFi bug for the iOS 4.2 delay. For now, the new release date for iOS 4.2 spans from next Monday-Friday. Basically, sometime before November is over is your safest, conservative bet.

Review: IM+ for iPhone

  • November 9, 2010 4:30 am

Taking a conversation online in the mobile age was at one time a chore. The services and hardware that we had were crude at best. But over the last 5-6 years, the cellphone, and now smartphones, have come quite a ways. What was once a wasteland is now a land saturated with multi-account chat apps. There are literally dozens of different chap apps on iOS alone, with Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, and very soon, Windows Phone 7 all having their own options as well.


So how do you weed through the junk? Continue on and I’ll show you how…

[Update: Price and Release Date Added] ZTE Peel Coming to Sprint with 1GB Contract-Free Data Plan in Tow.

  • November 8, 2010 7:20 am


Many, many months ago, a device by ZTE called the “Peel” surfaced. It’s goal was to bring cellular data to non-cellular devices. The most obvious example of this is an iPod Touch. Simply sliding it inside the hallowed confines of the peel would turn your local-only device into a go-anywhere monster.

Fast forward 4 months and we now have a little bit clearer picture. Specifically, BGR has heard that device is in fact coming to Sprint. The price is still up in the air, however, data plan pricing looks to be somewhat restrictive — $30/month for 1GB of data. The saving grace of it all is that this is a contract-free plan, meaning no feeling of being stuck to said carrier for any amount of time.

Would you forgo the iPhone-carrier relationship in order to spend some quality time with a more casual iPod Touch, Peel-ified hybrid?

Update:

Updated information via BGR: November 14th for $79.99. Overage charges on data are set at $0.05/MB.

GreenPois0n iOS 4.1 Source Code Released.

  • November 7, 2010 11:59 am

Today, the Chronic Dev Team made good on their original promise of open sourcing their popular GreenPois0n iOS 4.1 jailbreak tool. Now, the developers-in-training can hone in their skills on this exploit made popular by Geohot’s Limera1n method. All that is asked of you is that you stay within the guidlines of the General Public License (GNU), and keep it fair and open for all of us. Who knows, some hobbiest hacker may develop the next great jailbreak exploit because of this.

GreenPois0n is compatible with iOS 4.1 on the iPod Touch 2G, 3G, and 4G, as well as the iPad and iPhone 3G/3GS/4G. Download it now! (Github)