Apple has already completed a patch that fixes the PDF-related iOS security hole discovered earlier this week. “We’re aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update,” an Apple spokeswoman told Cnet. It is unknown when Apple plans on releasing the update, or if the same update will also alleviate proximity sensor issues for some iPhone 4 users.
Brightkite has released an update to its social networking app for the iPhone and iPod touch, adding iOS 4 support and several other enhancements. Brightkite 2.8 now provides native iOS 4 support including Fast App Switching and background posting and photo uploads. The new version also allows users to view badges that they or their friends have earned and limit notifications on friends’ checkins to only when they are nearby. New high-resolution icons are now included for the iPhone 4 Retina Display and the post screen now accepts 140 Japanese characters. The update also includes a “cornucopia of bug zaps and feature tweaks” and performance improvements. Brightkite 2.8 is available from the App Store as a free download.
iOS developer Max Weisel has released MiTube, an application for viewing and downloading videos from YouTube on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Although a version of this app named MxTube has been available for jailbroken iOS devices for some time, this represents the first official App Store approved version of the app. MiTube is a universal app and allows users to stream and download videos from YouTube Mobile in any available quality, including HD versions. The application provides a basic YouTube search capability to locate videos and users can choose to stream or download each video in low or high quality, with HD versions where available. Downloaded videos are stored within the app and can be transferred to the user’s PC or Mac over USB via the File Sharing feature in iTunes. MiTube is available from the App Store as a free download.
Update: Sadly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the app has been removed from the App Store.
Vaja is now offering immediate shipping on its Messenger Bag for the iPad, as well as its new Leather Agenda 2 case. The Messenger Bag is made from textured brown leather and features an adjustable leather strap, two main interior compartments, two front flap pockets, a large outer zip pocket, and a cushioned front flap with metal latches for fastening. Unusually for Vaja, the Messenger Bag is available exclusively in a Brownie & Birch color scheme, and is priced at $280. The Leather Agenda 2 is a folio-style padded leather case featuring an embossed interior lining, open access to all ports and controls, and the ability to function as a stand in two different landscape positions. It is available in a variety of different colors and sells for $220. Also new is the company’s Matelasse case for iPhone 4, which retains the flip-style and port access of the company’s iVolution series but adds a quilted front pattern. It sells for $135.
Imangi Studios has released an update to its popular Harbor Master HD game adding a new rewind feature and two additional maps. In Harbor Master HD users must successfully navigate ships to their proper berths and then back out again by drawing pathways on the iPad screen, avoiding other ships in the process. Version 1.3 introduces a rewind feature where users can undo a crash to continue playing the game. At the end of a game, users can choose to rewind, undo the crash and continue playing. Users start out with a fixed number of rewinds available, and earn additional rewinds by playing. Only one rewind can be used per game. Harbor Master HD includes a single playing map with additional maps available via in-app purchase; the latest update adds two new maps: Bermuda Triangle and Kraken Atoll. Harbor Master HD is available from the App Store as a free download.
iPhone developer David Muzi has released an update to his Trackr RSS and web reader app, adding support for local file storage and synchronization of stored files to iTunes over USB. The update also now allows files to be previewed directly within the app and adds new social networking services for sharing links to Facebook, Twitter, Instapaper, Read It Later, Google Reader, Delicious and more. Trackr allows users to read RSS feeds and web sites on their iPhone or iPod touch and download any linked files to either the local device storage or upload them to Dropbox directly from within the app. Users of multitasking-capable iOS 4 devices can also continue file transfers in the background and the application also provides iPhone 4 Retina Display optimized graphics and offline RSS viewing capabilities. Trackr requires an iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4 or later and is available from the App Store for $3.
The iPad has received its safety certification from Chinese regulators, putting it one step closer to seeing a release in China. The China Quality Certification Center gave the iPad China Compulsory Certification earlier this week, reports Network World, but the device will likely need to get the approval of China’s Telecommunications Equipment and Certification Center. “This has been just the first step to get it into the Chinese market,” said Liu Liang, and analyst with iResearch.
iDigital, the Israeli importer of Apple products, has said in a statement that the iPad will be available for sale in Israel in the next few weeks. Reuters reports that iDigital did not give an exact date, but is claiming that any iPads purchased from other electronics chains will be without warranties and full Hebrew language support. “Apple proposes that all those who are interested in buying an iPad should be patient for another few weeks and buy the products through the official Apple representative in Israel,” iDigital said.
The BBC is trialling the iPad at multiple levels of the organization to gauge its ability to reduce paper use and increase efficiency. “We’re seeding the organisation [with the devices]. We put some iPads into production and some into management and other roles to see if people would be able to give up their desktops,” John Linwood CIO with the BBC, told Computing. “On the west coast of the US, paperless meetings are the norm,” Linwood continued. “If you brought paper to a meeting, they’d look at you strangely. If you actually handed out paper they’d get upset.” [via ITP]
Dish Network is planning to launch an update to its iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad app next month that will allow users to watch live TV on their mobile devices. The service will require either a SlingBox or a Dish HD DVR with SlingBox features, but once set up, users will be able to switch channels, and even watch something different than the people watching the connected TVs at home, assuming their boxes have second tuners.
Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security has issued an official warning related to a newly-discovered security hole in iOS that was recently used to enable web-based jailbreaking of the iPhone 4. The agency said that iOS has “two critical weak points for which no patch exists,” specifically one through which opening a malicious website or PDF could give hackers “access to the complete system, including administrator rights.” It is urging users not to open PDF files and only use trustworthy websites until Apple issues a software update; Georg Albrecht, a spokesman for Apple, told the Associated Press that Apple is aware of the reports and are “investigating them.” The warning covers iOS 3.1.2 and later.
City Interactive has released Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple, a new game for the iPhone and iPod touch which combines features of point and click adventure, logic puzzle and hidden object games. In Chronicles of Mystery, the player takes on the role of Sylvie, a young archaeologist who travels to France to visit her uncle, a renowned historian, to find that he has gone missing after a recent discovery of a mysterious underground chapel from the times of the Crusades. Sylvie must embark on a journey to find her uncle and uncover the long-forgotten secrets of the Knights Hospitaller. Players travel through various areas to find hidden objects among the scenery and solve various puzzles such as balancing weights, matching symbols and navigating mazes. The storyline is enhanced by detailed 3D graphics and background music, and the game contains 50 fully-rendered locations, 14 mini-games and a special Hidden World game mode that allows users to play classic hidden object levels. Chronicles of Mystery: Curse of the Ancient Temple is available from the App Store for $4.
Avici Software has released Whiteboard HD, a new multi-functional interactive whiteboard application for the iPad. Designed for use in boardroom, work group and classroom environments, Whiteboard HD allows users to visualize ideas by writing notes, sketching diagrams and recording brainstorming sessions. Users can make freeform drawings or manipulate pre-drawn shapes and lines using standard multi-touch gestures, dynamically place and orient labels and text boxes and select from grid or lined template backgrounds. Images and diagrams can be imported from the iPad photo library and the whiteboard content can be saved to the app’s project manager or shared via e-mail. The application also supports video output through Apple’s iPad VGA Adapter in multiple aspect ratios to external monitors or projectors. Whiteboard HD is available from the App Store for an introductory price of $6 until August 18th, after which the price will increase to $10.
XtremeMac has outed its new case lineup for the iPad. The Tuffwrap is a form-fitting silicone case offering full access to all ports and controls and textured sides for added grip, while the Neoprene Sleeve is a pocket-style case featuring an integrated pocket for cables and a velcro closure; both sell for $40. Also included in the lineup is the Nylon Sleeve, featuring a nylon exterior, soft plush interior lining, and a top zippered closure, and the Tuffshield, an anti-glare, static-cling screen protector. The Nylon Sleeve and Tuffshield sell for $50 and $25, respectively; all four products are available now.
According to a new report from the NPD Group, Android devices were the top selling smartphones by OS in the U.S. during the second quarter. The report states that Android phones accounted for 33 percent of smartphone sales, ahead of RIM/BlackBerry with 28 percent and the iPhone with 22 percent. Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis for NPD, notes that “while the Google-developed OS took market share from RIM, Apple’s iOS saw a small gain this quarter on the strength of the iPhone 4 launch.” Among carriers, Verizon Wireless maintained its lead with 33 percent of the units sold in the U.S., followed by AT&T with 25 percent, Sprint with 12 percent, and T-Mobile with 11 percent. Notably, both this and a Neilsen report from earlier in the week placed Apple in third in the U.S. smartphone market, although the Neilsen report had BlackBerry leading the market, followed by Android; it was measuring new subscribers and not sales.
Logitech has unveiled its new Rechargeable Speaker S715i for the iPod and iPhone. The S715i features eight speakers—two three-inch neodymium drivers, two half-inch neodymium tweeters, and four passive bass radiators—a rechargeable battery that lasts up to eight hours, an included carrying case, a 3.5-inch auxiliary input, and a remote control. Logitech’s Rechargeable Speaker S715i will be available this month and will sell for $150.
Apple has released its third beta version of iOS 4.1 as well as the accompanying SDK. It remains unclear whether iOS 4.1 addresses the iPhone 4’s proximity sensor issue, however, the release does remove support for Apple’s Game Center social gaming network on the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touch, according to Mac Rumors. Both the new iOS 4.1 SDK Beta 2 and pre-release builds are available now for download by paid iPhone developers from the iPhone Dev Center.
This week’s featured photo is from our iPads Around the World gallery, and shows an iPad in front of The Theatre in the historic city of Petra, Jordan. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!
Engineers behind the Altoids box-based iPod and iPhone charger Mintyboost have discovered Apple’s latest way to provide the correct charge to newer iPods and iPhones. According to a lengthy, detailed post and video, they discovered that newer iPhones draw more power than the Mintyboost’s two AA batteries can provide. To get around the issue, the group reverse-engineered a Griffin TuneJuice, and discovered that by using different voltages and resistances, they could signal the attached device to draw less power, thus enabling the two AA setup to power newer devices, although at lower-than-maximum power. More information is available at the above link.
Art in Games has released an iPad version of Air Attack, its top-down air combat shooter. Air Attack HD (iLounge rating: A) provides the same features as its iPhone counterpart with higher-resolution graphics optimized for the iPhone display. AirAttack is an arcade-style top down air combat shooter where the player controls an aircraft flying over enemy territory and scores points by shooting down enemy aircraft, ships, ground vehicles and turrets. The game provides eight missions, 58 different enemy types, numerous upgrades and special weapons and three difficulty modes. Players can choose to control the game using direct touchscreen control, an on-screen joypad or accelerometer-based tilt controls. The game features detailed 3D graphics within lighting and special effects, an orchestral music score and realtime physics. Air Attack HD is available from the App Store for $1. The iPhone and iPod touch version is also available separately from the App Store for $1. A free Lite version is also available.
IndustryWorks has introduced its new Delphi Stand for the Apple iPad. Made from Sapele hardwoord, the Delphi features a adjustable mount that can hold the iPad in vertical or horizontal positions, tilts backwards, and also offers locking swivel functionality for a variety of viewing angles. It is also available with or without an integrated USB charge/sync cable—although both versions feature holes for Dock Connector and speaker access—and also offers access to the speaker, home, and power buttons, as well as the orientation lock switch. IndustryWorks’ Delphi Stand for iPad is available now in natural or black finish and sells for $170-$180.
MusicSkins has debuted its new line of skins inspired by the MTV reality show Jersey Shore. Seven different designs are available, including two cast group designs, four graphic designs, and one design dedicated to cast member Nicole Polizzi, better known as “Snooki.” In addition, each skin is available for a wide variety of Apple devices, including the iPad, iPhone, iPhone 3G and 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod classic, first-, second-, and third-generation iPod touch, fifth-generation iPod, second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-generation iPod nano, and third-generation iPod shuffle. MusicSkin’s new Jersey Shore skins for Apple devices are available now and sell for $15-$20.
Apple has received regulatory approval for the iPhone 4 in South Korea, the country’s Communications Commission said today. Bloomberg reports that the regulator said it granted a certification after reading documents sent by Apple, which included testing conducted locally. Surprisingly, the Commission said Apple filed its application on July 29, just one day before the company had originally planned to launch the device in South Korea. According to a spokesman for iPhone carrier KT, Apple plans to begin sales of the iPhone 4 in Korea within two months.