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Google: The Web, Not App Stores, is the Future Of Mobile Development

Speaking to attendees of the MobileBeat 2009 conference in San Francisco yesterday, Google Engineering vice president Vic Gundotra predicted that the Web would prevail as the dominant mobile application development platform despite the huge success o…

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Apple Says No More Promo Codes For Apps With Unfiltered Web Content

TUAW writes that Apple is no longer providing app developers with promo codes if their app is rated for ages 17 and over. The problem is that this not only applies to the slew of adult apps that have been pouring in to the App Store in recent months, but it also includes all applications that provide unfiltered content from the web distributed by other people, which as Marco Arment points out includes Instapaper, all Tumblr and Twitter clients, RSS readers, IM clients, social networking clients, and the majority of eBook readers.

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TuneWiki for iPhone Is Now Fully Armed and Operational

TuneWiki, one of our favorite mobile apps, is finally in the App Store in a non-gimped way with full access to your iTunes library (if you close it, it keeps playing through iPod even, like a fake background app).

You get subtitled lyrics (with translations), music maps showing where people are listening to what, internet radio, video search and you can “blip” what you’re listening to Twitter, Facebook or wherever kids hang out these days. It’s free, and definitely worth checking out. You can also grab it on Android or BlackBerry, if you’re so inclined. [iTunes]

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Apple May Be Blocking Push Notifications in Unlocked iPhones

We don’t have confirmation on this beyond the word of a Czech-based developer who has tested it, but apparently Apple is blocking push notification services in unofficially unlocked iPhones. However, we have tested it and it works.

The developer says the following:

According to technical documentation, every Push application has to request the unique token from the Apple’s APNS servers to identify the device it’s running on. Thanks to that token, APNS servers always know which device is yours. The token can be understood as an IP address — the server has to know where to send the notification and for which application. APNS can also change your token regularly for higher reliability, so it’s critical that the application requests the token again on every start (or when enabling the Push feature) to replace the old one if new token is forced by APNS.

On any unlocked iPhone, the application requesting the token is stuck. APNS does not provide any response at all and the application can either cancel the request completely by automatic timeout or let user wait with the proggress bar forever. Either way, the user will never receive any Push message, because APNS has not provided the token.

However, I have an unlocked iPhone here in Spain and the push notification works perfectly—for example, with AIM. The catch, however, may be that my JesusPhone is using the official Movistar network, not a different one.

Whatever is the case, can Apple legally block these push services to people running iPhones on non-official networks? Would they be interested in doing this on purpose—since unlocked iPhones is such a small percentage of units? Or maybe it’s just a technical glitch?

According to the developer, it doesn’t matter: They argue that Apple has all the right to block services for these users—since they don’t use the official carrier—even while it’s hurting its ratings. However, they are asking Apple to provide a way to inform users with unlocked phones about why they don’t get push services using third-party applications. [Powerybase via AppAdvice via 9to5]

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Apple Touchscreen Netbook to Launch in October at $800?

Taiwanese news site InfoTimes reports [translation] that Apple is slated to debut its long-rumored netbook this October. Taiwanese companies Foxconn, Wintek, and Dynapack have reportedly received orders from Apple related to the manufacturing of the…

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Boxcar: Finally, Twitter Push Notifications That Work

Copyright © 2009 Josh Gard. Visit the original article at http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-software/boxcar-app-review/ .

It’s been more than a month since Apple released the iPhone OS 3.0 update, which introduced push notifications. Push notifications allow an app to notify the user of a new message or other important information via sounds, badges, or alert messages. These push notifications are most useful for messaging apps when timely response is necessary.
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NFL Games Live on iPhone This Year, If You’re a DirecTV Subscriber With Lots of Cash

Copyright © 2009 PatrickJ. Visit the original article at http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/iphone-news/nfl-games-live-on-iphone-this-year-if-youre-a-directv-subscriber-with-lots-of-cash/ .

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When I spotted a headline at Mac Daily News this morning mentioning NFL games live on the iPhone I thought ‘Oh yeah’.  Then I read the details over at Silicon Alley Insider, and that feeling vanished real quick – because here’s how it’ll work if you want some live streamed gridiron action:

First, you’ll need to be a DirecTV satellite TV subscriber. Then you’ll need the $280 NFL Sunday Ticket subscription. And on top of that, you’ll need a $100 Sunday Ticket "SuperFan" subscription. But if you’re already leaning that way, then the iPhone app will be a great addition to your Sunday rituals.

If you’re already have a DirecTV subscription and have the NFL Sunday Ticket, I imagine this is pretty good news – but if you’re like me and you have neither, it just makes me happy that Major League Baseball offers a $9.99 option.  I like following the NFL, but not enough to shell out those amounts – I’ll catch what NBC, CBS and the cable networks offer me.


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Amazon Won’t Let Mobile Apps Use Its Product Info Anymore

Weird play by Amazon—they’ve changed their Product Advertising API so that mobile apps like Delicious Library, which pull product info from it, can’t use it. Its developers were forced to pull it from the App Store.

Delicious Library developer Wil Shipley did ask for permission, but Amazon told him to yank they app or they’d shut him down themselves. So if you never got around to grabbing it, you’re out of luck. And it is specifically on the mobile side that they’re being prickly:

You will not, without our express prior written approval requested via this link , use any Product Advertising Content on or in connection with any site or application designed or intended for use with a mobile phone or other handheld device.

The only rational explanation—insofar as there is one here—is that they want people to use Amazon’s own mobile apps to access their data and check out products, which, in a way, goes along how they’re pushing Kindle as software on multiple platforms. (Software is important to them now, rather than being a dumb data provider, in other words.) I guess they think you’re more likely to buy stuff from Amazon while you’re poking around in their apps. [Alan Quatermain via Twitter via TechCrunch]

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The Cost of Buying Every iPhone App: $144,326.06

Just in case you felt compelled to assemble a collection of every push-to-fart program out there, BustedLoop calculates the price of purchasing all 55,732 available iPhone apps to be $144,326.06. What, Apple, no volume discount? [BustedLoop via Forbes/textually]

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External iPhone Mic Supposedly Gets 10x Better Audio ‘Reception’

Brando’s claiming 10x better audio reception on this external, swivelable iPhone microphone. Even if it doesn’t get 10x better reception, it should get 2x better reception, which is worth $14 for most people. [Brando via Dvice]

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