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Apple launches official iPhone, iPod touch Web apps directory

Apple has launched an official directory of third-party web applications designed for use on the iPhone and iPod touch. This list of applications is broken down into categories such as “Entertainment”, “News”, “Productivity”, “Social Networking”, and more. Featured applications include Facebook, Digg’s iPhone Application, ESPN PodCenter, and others. In addition to the directory, which can be found at apple.com/webapps/, Apple is also offering an RSS feed of the most recent additions to the directory. Other links on the page lead to a feedback page, an explanation of web applications and how to use them, and information on how to create and submit your own web application. Somewhat strangely, the directory does not appear to have been optimized for viewing on an iPhone or iPod touch.

Truphone demos VoIP on the iPhone

Truphone, makers of VoIP solutions for Nokia handsets, today demonstrated the ability to make a call from the iPhone using only the built-in WiFi connection, and without performing a SIM unlock. By executing commands through the terminal — which requires a “jailbreak” of the phone — the company was able to initiate the call from the iPhone, through a WiFi connection, over the internet to Truphone’s servers, then back through the same WiFi system to the receiving handset. “...Our aim is to see Truphone available on all cellular phones with the inherent functionality needed to make VoIP calls. The Apple iPhone is such a phone and we’re pleased to be able to show it working for real,” said James Tagg, Truphone’s CEO. The software is still in beta according to the company, but it hopes to soon have a simplified version that allows for seamless switching between WiFi and SIM use.

Apple announces more iPhone Tech Talks

Apple has announced more iPhone Tech Talks for Apple Developer Connection members. The talks offer “in-depth technical information on how to optimize your Web 2.0 application and content to take advantage of the features and capabilities of iPhone.” The free one-day seminars are scheduled to take place in Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Atlanta in October and November. For more information on the talks or to sign up, visit the iPhone Tech Talks page.

Ambrosia Software releases iToner 1.0.2

Ambrosia Software has released iToner 1.0.2, the latest update to its custom iPhone ringtone application. iToner allows iPhone owners to use any MP3 or AAC audio files they like as ringtones, bypassing Apple’s recent attempts, in the form of iTunes 7.4.1 and 7.4.2, to prevent exactly that, and force owners into using iTunes Store-purchased ringtones. iToner 1.0.2 adds “continued iTunes 7.4.x compatibility, playlist improvements, along with other fixes and enhancements.” A free download 30-day trial of iToner is available; a full license costs $15. iToner requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later.

Free iPhone software SIM unlock released [Updated]

Following Monday’s announcement of commercial sales of iPhone unlocking solutions, intrepid hackers have released a free method for unlocking the iPhone via software. The manual steps were originally released by the iPhone Dev Team, and have been verified to work by iLounge editor Jesse David Hollington. Following this release, a GUI application is in development that will greatly reduce the technical skill required to perform an unlock. After performing the unlock, the iPhone can be used with any SIM from any service provider.

Update: The GUI application originally linked in this story is actually the work of TUAW’s Erica Sadun. We have removed the link to the unfinished GUI application, as Erica, the true developer of the application, plans to release her work through the installer.app package manager for the iPhone once it is ready.

Rogue Amoeba offers free MakeiPhoneRingtone

Responding to Apple’s decision to add a 99-cent ringtone creation tool to iTunes 7.4, third-party developer Rogue Amoeba has released MakeiPhoneRingtone, a Mac OS tool that automates the process of adding your own ringtones to the iPhone for free. “Simply drag and drop AAC ringtones,” explains the company, “and they’ll show up in the iPhone Ringtones tab. Sync your iPhone and they’ll ready for use.”

Rogue Amoeba recommends use of its $32 Fission software for editing down your songs into ringtones, and promises to “do our best to keep MakeiPhoneRingtone working with iTunes updates” if Apple attempts to block homemade ringtone creation. Other audio editing tools, including Audacity, can also be used to edit songs into shorter files for free.

Six Apart announces TypePad for iPhone, iPod touch

Six Apart has announced the release of a mobile version of its TypePad blogging application customized for the iPhone. The application was designed from the ground up to be optimized for the iPhone’s touchscreen interface, letting users create and edit posts, manage comments left on their blogs, and configure settings for sending photos directly from their iPhone. In addition, the TypePad iPhone application is also compatible with the iPod touch. Michael Sippey, Six Apart’s vice president of product, Professional Division, said “Providing a custom-built interface for the iPhone is part of our investment in further enabling on-the-go blogging.” TypePad users can access the application by navigating to http://i.typepad.com on their iPhone.  New users can sign up for a TypePad account at http://typepad.com. Six Apart also announced a plugin to provide a similar iPhone-optimized interface for its Movable Type content management system. Read on for screenshots of TypePad for iPhone.

iToner offers hack-free custom iPhone ringtones

Ambrosia Software has introduced its iToner application, a ringtone manager for the iPhone that allows users to add custom ringtones to the handset without the need for any hacks or modifications. The application features a drag-and-drop interface for the creation of ringtones from MP3 or AAC files. iToner requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 or later and is available as a free demo; a full license costs $15.

DLO launches OpenFM frequency tool for iPhone

DLO has launched its new OpenFM application, a free iPhone-friendly online tool for searching for open FM frequencies. The application, which can be found at dlo.com/openfm, enables users to search for the clearest FM station in their area by city and state or zip code. To provide users with more up-to-date information, OpenFM searches an active FCC-provided database of licensed FM broadcasters. Andrew Green, vice president of marketing for DLO, said, “OpenFM is the perfect companion for any FM transmitter owner, because it gives you real-time access to the best available frequencies in any area, in any state.” In addition to the iPhone version of OpenFM, DLO is also offering a standard web-based version of the application, and plans on releasing an OpenFM widget for both PC and Mac in the coming weeks.

iPhoneBrowser offers GUI-based access to iPhone files

A GUI-based iPhone file browser utility for Windows has been released by an independent developer. iPhoneBrowser features drag and drop support, automatic preview of text, .png, and .jpg files, and the ability to make backups of existing iPhone files, both automatically and manually. The program requires a “jailbreak” of the iPhone before use, as well as the .NET libraries and Manzana.dll. iPhoneBrowser is currently still in beta phase, and is a free download.

iPod Access 4.1 adds iPhone support

Findley Designs has updated its iPod Access utility to version 4.1. The application allows users to transfer music and videos to and from the iPod, features iTunes integration, and is available for Mac OS X and Windows. The new version, free for registered v4.0 users, adds iPhone support, as well as faster iTunes integration and numerous bug fixes, according to application’s website. iPod Access v4.1 is a $9 upgrade for iPod Access v1.x, v2.x and v3.x users, the full version sells for $20.

PopCap launches Bejeweled for iPhone

PopCap Games has launched a custom version of its puzzle game Bejeweled for the Safari browser on the iPhone. This customized version of the game, which can be played for free by visiting the company’s website, has been optimized to take advantage of the iPhone’s unique display and input controls. “We’re excited to be providing the most popular puzzle game of the 21st century to users of the most advanced mobile device yet created,” said Andrew Stein, Director of Mobile Platforms for PopCap. “We wanted to give the hundreds of thousands of iPhone users a fun, fast gaming fix—and at no cost, no less.”

Parliant debuts PhoneValet Anywhere for iPhone

Parliant has introduced PhoneValet Anywhere for iPhone, an iPhone-specific web application that ties in to the company’s PhoneValet Message Center software to offer call history, voice messages, and recordings from your home and office phone lines on the iPhone. PhoneValet Anywhere for iPhone is a $60 server upgrade for existing PhoneValet Message Center 5.x customers. PhoneValet Message Center 5 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher, and sells for $170. [via MacMinute]

NewsGator Mobile for iPhone now available

NewsGator Technologies has released its NewsGator Mobile for iPhone, a web-based RSS reader designed especially for the iPhone. The reader — located at http://m.newsgator.com — automatically recognizes the iPhone, and allows users to read RSS feeds and mark items as read while they’re on the go. NewsGator Mobile for iPhone also supports online synchronization with popular desktop-based RSS readers FeedDemon for PC and NetNewsWire for Mac. A free NewsGator account is required.

Apple announces iPhone Tech Talks for developers

To cater to developers interested in creating iPhone-compatible Web 2.0 applications, Apple has announced iPhone Tech Talks, a series of five day-long developer gatherings in four major U.S. cities, spread throughout the month of August. Starting with an August 2 event at the Los Angeles Marriott, and continuing with events at the Westin San Francisco (24th), Allerton Hotel Chicago (28th), and American Conference Center in New York City (30th, 31st), the events are free to Apple Developer Connection developers and promise assistance in optimizing applications for use on iPhone. Registration is open now.

Leaflets iPhone application site launches

Blue Flavor has launched a new set of web-based iPhone applications, called Leaflets. These small applications offer iPhone-specific interfaces for popular sites and services such as The New York Times, Newsvine, Flickr, Upcoming, as well as interfaces for search, RSS, and a directory of iPhone applications. The Leaflets are also optimized for AT&T’s EDGE network, by reducing the amount of images and other data-intensive interface elements. The applications can be used by visiting getleaflets.com from an iPhone; screenshots and a demo are also available at the site for users visiting on a desktop.

Signal allows iPhone to control iTunes

Alloysoft has released its Signal software, which lets you control iTunes, Winamp, or Windows Media Player with an iPhone or Windows Mobile device via Wi-Fi. The software offers an iPhone-specific interface, which provides a two-way, live-updating view of your media player. Features include the ability to play, pause, and stop your music, browse and search your media library, adjust the volume, rate songs, and more. Signal is available for Mac or PC and sells for $30.

iPhoneDrive opens iPhone for storage

Ecamm network has announced its new iPhoneDrive software for Mac. iPhoneDrive allows owners to use their iPhones for file storage. Features include drag and drop and the ability to copy entire folders to and from the iPhone. “iPhoneDrive is the first Mac application targeted specifically towards the iPhone, and the only way to use it to store files. We’ve added one more use to an already very useful device,” says Ken Aspeslagh, Ecamm Network’s iPhone specialist. iPhoneDrive is available now from the Ecamm website as both a fully-functioning demo and for purchase. It sells for $10.

iPhone apps emerge from iPhoneDevCamp

The first iPhoneDevCamp, held over the weekend, has seen the launch of more than twenty new web-based applications for the iPhone. A complete list of apps from the event is available, including gOffice for iPhone, a word processor designed for iPhone that allows you to save your work as a Microsoft Word document by emailing it to yourself or others. iLounge was a proud sponsor of the event, and we have a full gallery of photos from the camp. In addition, slides from the camp’s keynote presentation (PDF link) are available online for those who are interested. Be sure to check out our iPhone Application Directory for even more apps for your iPhone.

iPhoneDevCamp being held this weekend

iLounge is proud to be an official sponsor of the first iPhoneDevCamp, being held this weekend in San Francisco, CA. The free event is for web designers, testers, and iPhone owners to work together to improve the web experience on iPhone. Attendees will be able to create, optimize, and test new web applications for iPhone, as well as get help with migrating existing widgets to the web for use with the device. Currently more than 350 attendees are expected at the event, which runs from 6:00 p.m. Friday until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. iLounge will provide coverage of the event continuing through “launch day” on Sunday, when you can expect more than a few new additions to our iPhone Software Directory. For more information, see the event’s web site.

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