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iPhone GPS Work-Arounds?

November 30th, 2009 by admin

I have just bought my lucky brother the latest 32GB iPod Touch for Christmas. He is about to go to Moscow, Fribourg in Switzerland and Chamonix in France and then, after spending the winter season there is on to Australia after that. So an iPhone is a bit moot at this point.

Magellan iPhone Car KitI was going to get him a GPS locator - but when the needed Russian, Swiss, French and Aussie map DVD’s are added in, it becomes cost prohibitive.

Now, unfortunately, even the latest iPod Touch that I have bought does not have a GPS. And whilst there have been several “work arounds” put on the market in the last few weeks ( the Tom Tom and the Magellan, for example) these have the disadvantage of requiring hardware to attach to the iPod - plus also push the price out of my budget.

Apple does promote the “find yourself” feature of the iPod”

iPod touch finds your location using known Wi-Fi hotspots. It also finds points of interest by keyword: Search for “coffee” and iPod touch shows you cafes nearby.

All well and good. But this feature does have mixed reception from users as it does rely on available WiFi hotspots. And I wonder: “what are WiFi hotspots like in Moscow, Fribourgh and Chaminex??

OK readers - your chance to have a say. If you live in any of these places, or have recently visited there - please share! Let us all know - what are the free WiFi hotspots like there?

Free iPhone Game Called 9000BC, But Only For A Short Time

November 28th, 2009 by admin

9000BC
 

Recently released and now free - for 33 hours - is the cute game called 9000bc. It began life in September priced at $2.99, had a few upgrades - which eventually saw the price pushed to  $4.99 on Nov 25.

But it is currently FREE, folks, so go grab it while the opportunity lasts - as this one is fun.

Or, you can first preview the game in the following official demo:-

The team here at iPhonegizmo  agree that this is a fast paced, creative control game that make it well worth playing.

Iphone Jailbreak Virus A Boon For Apple?

November 25th, 2009 by admin

Unwittingly, the young geek that developed a bug that targets unlocked iPhones, may have just been doing Apple a big favor! After all, Apple have been trying everything in their considerable arsenal to stop people from jailbreaking their iPhones - including trying to make it illegal to jailbreak an iPhone.

Unfortunately for iPhone owners that have unlocked their iPhones,  the computer geek from Down Under released the code for his bug into cyber space. And now - mere weeks later -  another virus  has been developed, also attacking  iPhones that have been jailbroken.

The virus was identified by software security firm Sophos, which has named it “Duh” after a title identified in the software’s own source code. The company has warned jailbroken iPhone users to secure their devices. While the virus has apparently not yet been activated, infected phones are at risk of being used by hackers in order to gain private information, such as bank details, and use the phone’s broadband - possibly sending some user’s charges sky high.

It is not entirely clear how many  iPhones have been jailbroken.   Pinch Media stats (see below) suggest somewhere between 15 and 22% of iPhones have been jailbroken.

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Now Pinch Media provide a lot of statistics for App developers - so that they (the developers) can keep tabs on downloads of their Apps from iTunes.  As a result, they  have been able to show that many Apps are being pirated (see our next post for more on this). But they are also able to show how many iPhones that are downloading Apps, have been unlocked.

Clearly, the number of iPhones that have been jailbroken are a significant thorn is the side of Apple - as they represent potentially lost customers from their iTunes store.

So, as we said at the start, these new bugs may be a problem for people with jailbroken iphones, but they may well be throwing parties over at Apple!

Meanest ‘win an iPhone3GS” Contest On The Internet?

November 19th, 2009 by admin

Is it because he is too young to know any better -  but yet as a multi-millionaire, can do whatever he wants? Or has success made him too arrogant for our own good? Whatever the reason, teen CEO Ed Nash recently had his iPhone App - called Fit or Fugly - approved and launched on iTunes. And whilst the App has been crazily successful, it is based on a rather cruel intent and has facilitated some rather cruel actions.

The App claims to be able to rate the attractiveness of any face - on a scale from 0 to 10! The blurb on the App claims that:

The program uses Fibonacci’s golden ratio which is based on symmetries via key anchor points on a human face - eyes, ears, chin, mouth and nose. Symmetry has been accepted as the measurement to discover a humans attractiveness.

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Sounds nice and scientific doesn’t it (what hapenned to “beauty is in the eye of the beholder?)  And that’s all well and good. Its the use of the term “fugly” that has us a bit bothered. Especially when you consider that Answers claims it is a “Shortening of f#@&ing ugly“!

But the “meanest” title has been earned from the contest launched on the fit and fugly website. The contest invites us to go through several potentially humiliating steps in order to be the winner of the iPhone 3GS!http://www.fitorfugly.com/images/uploads/Gi/nn/c0efdd02651c8c41525f61955155ed5f_small.jpg

The contest requires us to have our face rated by the App and then to PUBLISH the results to their site and let people vote on it. Now you would think that only those rated a 9 or better (the proverbial HBs or HGs)  would put their mugs up there. But not so!! So far the photos uploaded have ratings of 5, 6, 7 and one 9 (with the face largely covered by a hat - so maybe the ratings are not that reliable despite their claims!)

And BTW, when we looked at this contest photo - rated a 5 by the App - we were left wondering: what does it take to get a TEN!

Of course, others may think its a giggle! Or a chance to get all their friends to help them win an iPhone? Or admire the brilliant Branson-like PR being used for this App (nothing like a bit of controversy or poor-taste to get talked about) Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

iPhone Download Wins Presitgous Award.

November 16th, 2009 by admin

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Do you have it? France 24 - the first international news channel to broadcast live for free on the iPhone - has been downloaded, worldwide, 600,000 times.

Now whilst that might signal that it is a popular App, that’s nothing compared to game Apps. So chances are, dear iPhonegizmo fan, that you have NOT downloaded this app - and maybe NOT even heard of it!

So, to fill you in:

Last Friday, France 24 was named winner of the ‘Most Innovative Technology’ category at the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) Media Excellence”

The App has also been given an average of a 3 1/2 star rating by users with over 1/3 of raters (over 900 of them) giving it a massive 5 start rating!

The App is free, as well. The only drawback is that there may be carrier data charges - so check that out! Some users set their iPhone to airplane mode to avoid these charges. That means they are accessing free WiFi. (If you don’t set your iPhone to airplane mode then, even though you think you are using free WiFi, it will still auto select the best quality band width - meaning, often,  your paid service.)

Use Vuze To Get Free iPhones Downloads!

November 14th, 2009 by admin

pbibuild/modules/vuze/overlay-dir/vuze.pngVuze has a great new feature called Devices which converts your downloads to play on Iphones. According to Vuse, they have made the convert-system smart so that we don’t have to be. Just the way we like it!

The simple two-step process is outlined on Vuse and shown below.

Free iPhone Downloads

Try it out - its free! You can download Vuze 4.3 here and/or get the Vuze Toolbar here.

iPhone Jailbreak Security Tip

November 9th, 2009 by admin

Attention all those with a jail broken iPhone! If you have also installed SSH, without changing the default password, then you might be in for trouble.

The iPhone Just Got Rick Rolled.

Because a smart alec Aussie computer geek has gone and created the first iPhone worm (and called it ikee) - and he has been able to do this by targeting of a weakness in the SSH iPhone software - us, the users! Why? Because apparently, not changing the password is:

is the digital equivalent to installing a new door on your house and hanging the key to the lock from the door handle.

And the problem is that SSH is appealing because it allows users to remotely connect to their phone via the internet. So its likely that a large percentage of Australian jail broken iPhones are vulnerable to the worm.

You will know you have the worm if you discover that your iPhone’s  wallpaper has been changed to a picture of British 80’s icon Rick Astley with the accompanying message: “ikee is never going to give you up.”

According to Towns, the worm was created as a practical joke rather than malice. But, as Towns has released the full source code for four different variants, there is the possibility that the worm will spread from Australia! So if you have a jail broken iPhone and have also installed SSH, then you need to change your password, pronto. F-Secure has posted instructions on how to change the root password.

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