Skyfire, a new browser application for iPhone that allows users browse all formats, including Flash, has claimed that in just 5 hours, before they "sold out," their app became the top grossing app and the 3rd highest paid app overall. Since they omitted the words "all time," I'm guessing that they're referring to the in-store ranking features as opposed to overall sales. That being said, for a brand new app to climb that high into the charts in such a short time is fairly impressive.
I've yet to try Skyfire on my own phone yet (possibly a review to come), but I'm intrigued by its ability to decode and re-encode Flash video into HTML5 on the fly. I'm also somewhat surprised that Apple approved it, as I'd expect for them to find some way to keep Flash out of their store at all costs.
Since they've recently pulled the app due to server issues, only to sporadically let users download on a first come first serve basis, it's sounding like this translation process is an intensive one. However, if it works as advertised, it might certainly be worth the $2.99 they're charging. Here's a video demo:
For those of you that, like me, woke up and wondered why some of your clocks were an hour off, today marked the "Fall Back" portion of Daylight Savings Time in the US, where clocks everywhere were officially screwed up.
Though my iPhone did get the memo, it appears that some of my clocks, and more importantly, my iPhone alarm, did not, going off an hour later than it should have. So what's up? Is this an epidemic or is it a plot to keep you from catching the day's NFL games on time?
It turns out that it's an iOS bug, one that fails to adjust the time on your phone's alarm to account for the rolled back time. Apparently, iPhone alarms, unless fixed, will go off an hour later than the official time, which is sure to cause chaos this coming Monday.
How do you fix it? Simple: delete your recurring alarms, and then set them up again. That's it.
Or, you can be like this guy and show up late, missing key meetings, and then try to explain it to your boss. Yeah, you don't want to be that guy.
Though I've yet to learn if this bug is iOS 3 or 4 specific, Apple has confirmed that the bug exists and a patch will be added to 4.2, which is soon to be released.
Along with announcing the new Facebook Deals, which I think is more crap on top of a pile of crap, Facebook has also updated their Android and iPhone mobile apps, adding a new layer of groundwork for Facebook connect, while enabling access to Facebook groups.
In the new updated version of the iOS Facebook app, you can now check in using Facebook places and then look for nearby deals. Obviously, this is a play to compete against a market formerly owned by rival startups Foursquare and Gowalla, whom they seem to be burying as we speak.
Coming from a conference recently and talking to fellow techie friends that love these location based services, I've learned that both Foursquare and Gowalla are now passe, because "everyone's already on Facebook anyway."
Though I'm not a Facebook user, and I have no desire to check in and look for deals on Facebook, it's clear that Facebook is making a surge to integrate their baby, Facebook Connect, in as many ways as possible. What they don't tell you (you have to read the fine print to notice), is that unless you tell them otherwise, they are using your information to beef up their database of offerings so that they can sell more stuff to you, and sell your information to others in the process.
It will be interesting to see how both merchants, and the Facebook public, respond to these new updates. I'm curious, do you use Facebook places to check in? Is deals something that interests you? Let us know in the comments.
According to this story on Wired, a California resident, Bianca Wofford, has become so fed up with the way her phone runs on the new iOS 4 upgrade, that she's taken Apple to court. The suit was filed in San Diego sometime last week, and as usual, Apple still has nothing to say in response.
Listen, I can understand Apple's desire to continually upgrade and improve their software. As a developer, I love the fact that they are always giving me new toys to play with. However, as a 3G owner, I'm also increasingly frustrated by the way my phone responds to simple tasks, often freezing up, and on occasion, freezing up completely.
I also receive countless updates from app customers, complaining that my software doesn't work the same on the 3G as it does on the iPhone 4, a problem that they are right to complain about.
It will be interesting to see where this lawsuit goes, and though I don't expect a happy resolution, I'm confident that this will at least serve as an official notice to Apple that they should consider the implications of backwards compatibility, as well as forward compatibility, when creating new phones and operating systems.
Of course, the real issue here is that most people refuse to upgrade to an iPhone 4 simply because they're waiting to switch to Verizon, meaning they're stuck with a crappy phone and buggy software. What do you think? Does your 3G or 3GS run well on iOS 4+ or is it buggier than ever? Let us know in the comments.
The Wall Street Journal reports that German telecom company, Deutsche Telekom, who owns and manges T-Mobile, is not only losing US customers rapidly, but blaming the iPhone on the way down.
Rene Obermann, CEO, was quoted as saying: "Consumers like T-Mobile but they also want to have the iPhone." He's also claimed that unlike their European lines, the US version of T-Mobile has no chance of getting the iPhone any time soon.
What's scary for them is that even though they've gained customers overall, they've lost over 600,000 "valuable contract customers" over the third quarter, which can only be interpreted to mean that they are selling nickel and dime phones, like pre-paid, and low-end contracts, while losing business, government, and family plan clients.
This is to be expected though as they've been slammed for both their network and their inability to market a phone that rivals the iPhone in popularity. Having neither a popular network, nor a solid line of smart phones, they are in an uphill battle in the US market.
In fact, I don't think I can claim one person in my address book as a T-Mobile customer. I guess pasting Catherine Zeta-Jones all over TV, the Internet, and in print isn't a winning strategy after all. Were I them, I'd focus on dominating the pre-paid cell phone market, where no single company seems to have a clear and/or distinct advantage.
We're excited to announce that iPhone-Developers has officially installed Tapatalk support for the forums. All users who have downloaded the Tapatalk app will now be able to browse and interact on the forums within a native iPhone application.
A branded and customized version of this application may be coming at some point in the future, but for now it is great to have this ability for those who use Tapatalk on a regular bassis.
Full information and instructions are available in the forum thread.