A post on the Ustream.tv blog proudly reports that the company has made history with the first live broadcaster app for the iPhone:
Today we are thrilled to announce the availability of the Ustream Live Broadcaster for the iPhone, now available from the official iTunes App Store. This is the first live broadcaster ever available in the App Store, bringing the ability to broadcast live to anyone. From birthday parties, kids’ sports games and baby’s first steps to your latest vacation, this app enables anyone with an iPhone to share important moments with family, friends and more.
Over on Ars Technica, Chris Foresman has a post entitled: "iPhone worm code suggests mobile botnets may be future risk"
Security researchers have analyzed the code and design of recently discovered malware that targeted jailbroken iPhones. The code exists as a proof of concept that smartphones could easily be turned into a mobile botnet capable of stealing sensitive personal data.
Read the full article.
i.TV is one of my favorite apps... The reason is that I hardly ever watch TV. You see, because I'm a cable remote dummy, it takes me forever to find shows/channels. It's great to be able to quickly pull up an easy to navigate listing, even tune in previews and rent movies right from my iPod touch. The app had some recent challenges with stability evidently, and it's top rating suffered as a result (was even pulled from the store at one point). It then took a double-wammy due to a problem with Apple's download services (erroneously sending an old version).
Waze is a neat app that not only offers GPS navigation but also uses "crowdsourcing" to help make available real-time traffic updates. Users can send alerts as they drive so that others can avoid problems. The recently released holiday version of Waze offers a holiday theme with a treasure hunt that gives you the opportunity to win real prizes. According to their press release, they added what they call "road goodies" – small icons worth bonus points – to the map in areas where the waze system has identified map problems.
Note that this is an update to the all-in-one Multiplayer bible published a month ago; see http://www.iphonelife.com/node/1370/ .
There is a LOT to report on - with Christmas approaching, a lot of decent titles have been released or updated to support wireless multiplayer.
1.) The following major titles have received true wireless support: Worms by Team17 and COMMAND & CONQUER™ RED ALERT™ by Electronic Arts; both excellent titles.
2.) Need for Speed Shift by Electronic Arts has been released; a very nice racing game with local multiplayer.
What I would really love to find is a card reader for the iPhone. I want to upload pictures from Sony DSLR camera via the iPhone. I don't want to lug a laptop around when I can do everything else with my uber powerful iPhone.
If anyone knows of one, tell me. If not, tell someone to make it for me!!!
Maybe it will be announced at CES? A girl can dream.
Angry Birds is one of those genre benders that combines the physics fun of a game like Topple with the concept of the castle siege. I’m pretty sure this is the only one you’ll run across that focuses on the war between birds and pigs, however. I’m never quite sure going into a game like this what to expect, but I’m happy to report that Angry Birds is amusing, challenging and above all quite fun.
Pocket Tunes Radio 5.4.4 is now available here on the App Store (just grabbed it myself). This new release includes many improvements, with support for skins, including a fun Christmas skin. There are now several skins available for purchase, and examples can be seen here. You can browse all the skins by tapping on the Pocket Tunes logo from the Now Playing tab in Pocket Tunes Radio.
chicBuds has some pretty cool accessories, recently adding chicBoom to their lineup. chicBoom is a speaker for your iPhone that doubles as a keychain. It's designed with the ladies in mind, and a version for men is coming soon. These tiny speakers come with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that lasts four about four hours of listening before it needs to be recharged. The chicBoom speakers are available online and will soon be available in Office Max stores.
I am a ferocious reader and I absolutely love books. That said, hacking down billions of trees just to make paper seems increasingly irresponsible, and a gradual migration to eBooks is probably inevitable. I've had the Kindle app on my iPhone ever since it came out, and have downloaded and read dozens of books on it. Unfortunately, the shorter battery life of the 3GS compared to my original iPhone means I am using the iPhone less often as a book reader (especially on long flights), but I haven't given up on the concept just yet. So if you like reading books on your iPhone, what's the best way? As is, while I like Amazon and the Kindle app, Barnes & Noble remains a formidable force in the book market and so I decided to check out the Barnes & Noble eReader as well.