In recent days the iPhone blogs have been buzzing after noticing suspicious activity in the App Store. Over the weekend apps by developer Thuat Nguyen quickly rose to occupy 42 of 50 slots in the list of top apps in the Book category. Either he's a heck of a marketer or -- as bloggers suspected -- some shenanigans were at work. Then some people began reporting app purchases that they hadn't made, and the blog buzz grew. Now Apple has announced that indeed 400 iTunes accounts have been affected. But it's important to note that they said their servers had not been compromised. You can read more on Macworld and the New York Times.
A great article in TidBITs gives all the details on the new HuluPlus service that will soon be available on the iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. It's currently by invitation only, but will be rolled out in the near future. The service will cost $9.95 per month for a subscription. The service will still be free via desktop computer. The subscription version will have more offerings. The TidBITs article explains why, despite the $9.95 cost, this is a good option compared to buying TV programs via iTunes or subscribing to cable TV.
Amidst class-action lawsuits over a faulty antenna, Apple said today that iPhone 4 users aren't really seeing a dramatic drop in signal strength when their hand covers the lower left corner of their phone. Instead, Apple now says that they made a mistake in their formula to calculate signal strength and the bars are overstating the strength — thereby leading to what appears to be a sharp drop.
As you likely know, all iPhone apps must be tweaked in order to take advantage of some of the new features of iOS4, such as multitasking and the high-resolution display of iPhone 4. Now Apple has gathered some of the best apps for iOS4 in a special area of the site titled Awesome iOS4 Apps. At present there's not an obvious way to navigate to this selection of nearly 60 apps other than its appearance in the scrolling marquee at the top of the page.
Sciphone Wallpapers (free) offers over 9,000 wallpapers in a wide variety of categories. AND their listing in the App Store promises that an HD version for iPhone 4 will be available soon. The categories include 3D, Abstract, Animals, Cars, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Fine Art, Food, Funny, Music, Nature, Simple, Space, Technology, Textures, Travel, and many more. New wallpapers are added daily.
There's a lot to like about Seasonality Go ($9.99), a weather app for the iPad. And others must agree, because it's among the top 10 highest-grossing apps (including a stint at number 1). One of the things that sets it apart is all the different ways you can configure it. The app comes with a default interface that is itself quite effective. But you can also add additional screens, choosing from the 7 that they offer. In addition, you can create your own screens, selecting the elements that you'd like to have in your interface.
Steve Jobs is calling it Apple's most successful product launch ever -- 1.7 million iPhone 4's in the first three days. Pretty amazing. That works out to a rate of 7 phones per second. Of course, Apple is having trouble meeting this demand, and is now saying that new orders will take three weeks to ship. You can read a brief report on Macworld, as well as see the press release on Apple's site. I'm expecting mine to arrive tomorrow!
I'll be honest: I've used a jailbroken iPhone. And don't like it at all. It is such a hassle to not be able to keep the software updated, because each new version that Apple comes out with requires that you go through the jailbreaking process again. You can read more about the problems entailed in jailbreaking in this posting from Kim Komando.