Tech Crunch is reporting that Tapulous, the company behind Tap Tap Revenge for the iPhone and Tap Tap Radiation for the iPad, has been acquired by Disney. Details are sparse but according to the leaked information, Bart Decrem, the founder of Tapulous, is expected to join Disney as a VP. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed — anyone care to guess the closing price on this presumably lucrative deal?
Cisco’s annual networking conference, Cisco Live!, is in full swing and the networking giant is unveiling the initial details on several upcoming video-oriented products. For consumer video camera buffs, Cisco is working on a Wi-Fi-enabled version of its popular Flip Video camera. Details are sparse but senior vice president of emerging technologies, Marthin De Beer, did hint that the portable camera may launch in time for the holidays. Cisco is also developing an enterprise-level video transcoding service, called the Media Experience Engine, that would allow companies to internally distribute video to a variety of platforms on the fly. Last but not least, Cisco is planning to release an iOS 4 video client for the Apple iPhone and is exploring opportunities to integrate its technologies into Apple’s FaceTime video conferencing tool. More →
Announced earlier today after months of speculation, Hulu Plus has finally become official. For $9.99 per month, subscribers will be able to watch their favorite shows — including those from seasons past — on a multitude of internet-connected devices. Mobile devices are a go, with iOS devices including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod touch (3rd generation) being the main attraction at this point in time. The best part as far as mobile is concerned is that streaming will work on both Wi-Fi and 3G networks. Several internet-connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players from Samsung already have support for the streaming service, and later on in the year, both Sony and Vizio will introduce support in some of their sets ad Blu-ray players. The PlayStation 3 will support the service “soon”, while the Xbox 360 will play nice come 2011. Hulu Plus will officially launch is July, but if you’re lucky you might just be able snag a preview invite. More →
Complaints are starting to mount from iOS 4 users that are having a difficult time synchronizing their iDevice with their Exchange environments. The bug in question prevents iOS 4 from synchronizing email, calendar, or contact data from a users Exchange server to an iOS 4 device (usually just one of the three data points won’t synchronize, and from the looks of it Calendar is the big one). Apple released a knowledge base article with a potential quick-fix, but a quick gander at the Apple discussion boards tells us that it didn’t quite get the job done. Add this latest snafu to the list of fires Apple is currently trying to extinguish. How about it, anyone having issues with their iOS 4 device synching to an Exchange server?
It’s not like we didn’t expect this, but Apple’s latest handset has been jailbroken and root access has been achieved. This early stage jailbreak utilizes the userland jailbreak method and exploits a hole that has not been closed yet by Apple. Before you start dreaming of all the Cydia apps you can now install, the current jailbreezy contains remnants of Apple’s code and can not be released to the public. Also, Apple’s impending iOS 4.0.1 update may close the hole that is being used to gain root access. In the grand scheme of things, this achievement is really just a preliminary step in a several step process. Everyone will have to sit tight and wait while the devs behind the scenes work their magic on this latest OS from Apple, but we’re obviously thrilled at what’s to come. More →
A circulating rumor suggests that Apple will be releasing an iOS update next week, perhaps as early as Monday, which will take care of the dreadful antenna signal attenuation issue that plagues the iPhone 4. The 4.01 update was referenced in a series of forum posts on Apple’s tech support forums that have since been removed, but not before readers grabbed the pertinent information and relayed it to the rest of the world. Of course, the success of this fix hinges upon the fact that the antenna issue is software-based and easily corrected with a quickly deployed update. If it is hardware-based, then Apple may have a bigger problem on its hands. More →
Much fuss has been made about the iPhone 4’s reception woes, but the evidence continues to mount that suggests the problem is purely the result of a bug in the current build of iOS 4. As proof, a YouTube user has posted a video of his iPhone 3G, held in a similar fashion as the iPhone 4s in the YouTube videos we showed you yesterday, losing signal strength as soon as it is clutched. As this did not happen with iOS 3.0, this suggests a software bug which affects the signal meter the user sees. Even more interesting is the fact that despite displaying a weak signal — and in some cases no signal at all — many users report that the iPhone 4 is still able to make calls as if nothing were wrong. Hit the jump to check out the video then give us your thoughts! More →
Short and sweet was the amount of time it took the iPhone Dev-Team to jailbreak iOS 4, at least as far the previous generation of Apple iHardware is concerned. Adding to yesterday’s release of redsn0w beta, PwnageTool 4.0 was set free this afternoon and promises to jailbreak/hacktivate devices provided a specific set of criteria are met. If you want to get really fancy, you can also use a special version of ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone, but again, this is dependant upon certain things being just so. We’ve got everything you’ll need to get the job done queued up, so don’t be afraid to hit up the jump get get started. Happy jailbreaking! More →
It looks like the rollout of iOS 4 isn’t going as smoothly as Apple would like. Even though the majority of comments we’ve come across have been positive, we’ve been getting a steady stream of bug complaints from readers ranging from extremely trivial to very serious. Many of the bugs remedied easily enough, but some of them seem to have no workaround. Here are the most pervasive complaints:
- Photos synced with iPhoto turn are extremely blurry
- Gmail ActiveSync is no longer functioning (no syncing of email, calendars and contacts) Update from BG: This probably has nothing to do with iOS 4.0 and more to do with Google being overwhelmed.
- Update deletes all contacts, and backups will not restore them
- MMS no longer works
- Push notifications not functioning
- Auto-lock is set at one minute and the option to change this is greyed out
- Update fails and device reboots endlessly
Have you experienced any of these bugs? If so, then we’d love to hear from you. And while you’re at if, if you know any fixes, don’t be shy to help out your fellow man.
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iOS 4 has been available to the masses for only three hours, but we’ve already received a rash of bug complaints from early adopters. According to several of our readers, all photos synced to their device through iPhoto have been down-sampled so much that they’re now very, very blurry. We’ve tested this out on a few devices and have noticed the same thing. Anyone else suffering from this issues?
We know all of you iPhone and iPod touch owners have been hungrily eying iOS 4 since it was announced by Apple on April 7th. Well mere moments ago, Apple delivered on its promise to release the software today, three days before the iPhone 4 goes on sale. So fire up iTunes (hopefully you already have 9.2) and grab the final code. Multitasking and more than 100 other features await you. More →
Just a quick little heads up to anyone who relies upon MobileMe, as the service will be down for maintenance overnight from 1am to 3am ET. Downtime is never fun, but it’s sounding a lot like when Apple’s engineers are done with the update we’ll finally see the beta label shed from the updated webmail portion of Me.com. That, and the release of a Find My iPhone app for devices running iOS 3.0 and up.
Another day, another software update from Apple. Unlike yesterday’s release of OS X 10.6.4, today’s release applies both Mac and PC users as it is iTunes 9.2 that has been released. For most people the performance enhancements will be the big draw, but if you’re planning on picking up an iPhone 4 or upgrading your current device to iOS 4 on Monday, you’ll definitely want to grab iTunes 9.2 while it’s hot. Check out the changelog after the jump and then hit up the read link to grab the new wares. More →