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by PhilSynowiec at Jul 1, 2010
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Today, Facebook released it's 1.4 Update which includes the following changes:

I've been using it for a few hours and noticed something that ticked me off a little bit. There are still no Push Notifications for the chat feature. This wasn't a problem before since I was using a Jailbroken device with Backgroundr, a Jailbreak app that allows apps to run in the background. With the iOS 4 update this should be a must since they added Fast App Switching.

An icon should pop up telling you that you received a new message in chat. But instead, the app doesn't even update the chat until you reopen it. So much for taking advantage of the backgrounding feature.

Everything else is working fine to my liking and I do love the resolution update.
by PhilSynowiec at Jul 1, 2010
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A reader at MacDailyNews inquired Steve Jobs about HD video uploading on the iPhone 4. Currently it is not possible to upload HD quality video from your to YouTube over the air. But this email swap says that it's coming!

Steve's response:

So, there you have it. I find it easier to just upload videos over the air sometimes. Hopefully this update will come soon.

MacDailyNews
by PhilSynowiec at Jul 1, 2010
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Today, planetbeing(Dev Team), Tweeted today that they are one their way to developer an iOS exploit with the iPhone 4's bootrom. What this means is that the jailbreak would be "immune" to Apple's firmware updates(the Tweet explains it all :)):

In other words, we might be seeing a cure for the T-virus that is Apple's Firmware updates.

Source: ModMyi & planetbeing
by JohnnyApple at Jun 30, 2010
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It has begun.... there has been much talk about the quality (or lack of quality) in regards to the iPhone 4's antenna design. Now a class action law suit against both Apple and AT&T has been filed in Maryland. The lawsuit focuses on the following:

• General Negligence (APPLE and AT&T)
• Defect in Design, Manufacture, and Assembly (APPLE)
• Breach of Express Warranty (APPLE)
• Breach of Implied Warranty for Merchantability (APPLE and AT&T)
• Breach of Implied Warranty of Fitness for a Particular Purpose (APPLE and AT&T)
• Deceptive Trade Practices (APPLE and AT&T)
• Intentional Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
• Negligent Misrepresentation (APPLE and AT&T)
• Fraud by Concealment (APPLE and AT&T)

The lawsuit was filed by Ward & Ward, PLLC and Charles A Gilman, LLC. Generally speaking, it's the lawyers that make out in class action lawsuits while the rest of us get appeased with pennies on the dollar.

Your thoughts?

Source: Gizmodo
by Maura at Jun 30, 2010
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Engadget reports today on a full page Droid X ad placed by Motorola in the New York Times in which it said the following about the new Android-powered phone:

Whatever do they mean?!

As Engadget points out, this follows hot on the heels of Nokia’s recent blog post showing customers the right way to hold their mobile phone and then telling them that they are free to hold their Nokia phone anyway they like.

Of course the ads are all just a bit of a laugh and you can’t blame either Nokia or Motorola for getting their digs in, but Apple really doesn't help its own case by still insisting that all mobile phones have similar reception issues.

Source: Engadget
by DannyBoy at Jun 30, 2010
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AnandTech have done some more scientific testing of the problem and come up with a few interesting results. Turns out the iPhone 4 actually performs slightly better inside a case than a phone like the Nexus One, which has had similar issues crop up, but it's slightly worse when held in the hand, reporting an average signal drop of 20dB. Here's where it gets a little wacky, though: the signal meter in iOS 4 uses a highly compressed range, so that 20dB drop can either leave you looking steady at five bars or drop you all the way to zero, depending on what the actual signal level in the area is. The range of values between one bar and four spans just 23dB, while the range for five bars is 40dB. That means holding the phone in an area with a strong five-bar signal will have no apparent effect -- you can lose 20dB at full signal and still see five bars -- but holding the phone in an area with weaker coverage will easily drop the meter to one bar, since the 20dB signal drop covers almost the entirety of the remaining 23dB scale.

Of course, that's just the on-screen display, which Apple can and likely will tweak in a future iOS update. The real question is whether the reported signal has anything to do with performance, and Anandtech agrees with our general experience, saying that the iPhone 4's improved signal to noise ratio means it actually does a better job of hanging onto calls and using data when there's low signal than the iPhone 3GS. In their words, "this iPhone gets the best cellular reception yet, even though measured signal is lower than the 3GS." However, there's no getting around the fact that we've definitely dropped a couple calls with the iPhone 4 by holding it the wrong way, and Anandtech says the only real solution to the antenna issue will be for Apple to either subsidize free bumpers or add an insulative coating to the antenna band. We'll see what happens -- we've got a feeling an iOS update is on the way.

Source: AnandTech
by DannyBoy at Jun 30, 2010
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Three Apple job postings for iPhone / iPad antenna engineers to "Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices." All three were posted on June 23rd, the same day that we started seeing widespread reporting of the left-handed reception issues.

Interesting :)
by Maura at Jun 30, 2010
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It's been a long time coming, but Konami has finally launched the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch version of Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, featuring realistic soccer gameplay designed to set the new standard for on-the-go-gaming, just as it did for console gaming.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 centers on stunning 3D graphics that recreate the intensity of match-day action. Players can use a variety of all-new, innovative control interfaces to master their soccer skills. Faithfully recreated with existing versions in mind, Pro Evolution Soccer 2010 also features key game modes, including UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League elements.

You can download the game now from the Apple iTunes App Store for $6.99.

Source: Konami
by Maura at Jun 30, 2010
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Boy Genius Report has got its hands on an internal memo to AppleCare staff that tells them how to deal with calls about the antenna and poor reception issue. The memo instructs AppleCare staff to emphasise the fact that the iPhone 4's overall antenna performance is better than that of the iPhone 3GS, to point out to the customer that holding any mobile phone in a certain way can cause reception issues, and to tell the caller that the use of a rubber or plastic bumper may improve wireless performance. The memo ends with a very adamant:

As BGR says, one of the most interesting things about the memo is the fact that there is no mention whatsoever of the rumoured software fault and possible software update, which would imply that the problem is indeed purely a hardware issue.

Source: Boy Genius Report
by iDan at Jun 30, 2010
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Tapulous is adding yet another big name to its roster of signature Tap Tap Revenge games. Following on from the likes of Lady Ga Ga, Metallica and The Black Eyed Peas, rockers Nickelback now have their own dedicated official Nickleback Revenge music game on iPhone/iPod touch. The new game features 11 of Nickelback's most popular songs, including Rockstar, This Afternoon, How You Remind Me and If Today Was Your Last Day.

A premium version of Tapulous' addictive music rhythm game, Nickelback Revenge sets gameplay to the band's biggest hits and integrates Nickelback graphics and content. The game also includes a Bluetooth-based battle mode, which allows players to wirelessly challenge their friends to point-by-point battles. Here's Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger talking about the game:
To celebrate the launch, Tapulous and Roadrunner Records, Nickelback's music label, are running a special promotion, in which the first 2,500 fans to download the game will receive 25 in-game credits that they can put towards the purchase of more music
, plus the chance to win a Gibson Flying V signed by the band.

Fans will also have the chance to "Outplay Nickelback", or beat the band members' highest in-game scores. Players who best Chad, lead guitarist Ryan Peake, bassist Mike Kroeger and/or drummer Daniel Adair will be entered into a weekly draw, with prizes including Dark Horse tour books and premium earphones.

Nickelback Revenge is available now in the iTune App Store for $4.99 here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nickelback-revenge/id378029159?mt=8

By Maura Sutton
Source: http://www.talkiphone.com/be-a-touchscreen-rockstar-with-nickleback-and-tapulous-4441/