AT&T issuing update for Motorola Atrix 4G, HSUPA restrictor-plate removed

April 29th at 5:20 PM

AT&T issuing update for Motorola Atrix 4G, HSUPA restrictor-plate removed

Here’s some good news on a Friday afternoon. Over the next few weeks, AT&T will begin pushing out an update for the Motorola Atrix 4G. The software bump — which was first spotted by Droid Matters earlier today — will, most notably, remove the uplink speed restrictions currently present on the dual-core handset. Here is AT&T’s official statement:

Today, AT&T began to deploy an update for the HTC Inspire™ 4G that provides, among other features, the addition of enhanced uplink speed technology. (HSUPA).

An update that adds HSUPA for the Motorola ATRIX 4G has cleared testing and will be deployed soon.

Both updates will roll out to customers of both phones over the coming weeks.  Users will get a message on their device notifying them of an update and to connect to Wi-Fi to download it.  After downloading it, the user needs to only allow the update to automatically install.

There you have it. The handcuffs are being taken off your Motorola Atrix 4G. Enjoy.


Apple relaxing restrictions on iOS third-party development tools

September 9th at 9:00 AM

Apple relaxing restrictions on iOS third-party development tools

Today, in a rather surprising press release, Apple announced that it would be “relaxing some restrictions put in place earlier this year” for iOS developers. The company writes:

We are continually trying to make the App Store even better. We have listened to our developers and taken much of their feedback to heart. Based on their input, today we are making some important changes to our iOS Developer Program license in sections 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.9 […] In particular, we are relaxing all restrictions on the development tools used to create iOS apps, as long as the resulting apps do not download any code. This should give developers the flexibility they want, while preserving the security we need. In addition, for the first time we are publishing the App Store Review Guidelines to help developers understand how we review submitted apps. We hope it will make us more transparent and help our developers create even more successful apps for the App Store.

There you have it. What do you think? Is this a case of Apple taking developer feedback seriously, or are they feeling pressure from a certain, unnamed competitor? More →


Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful

August 27th at 4:01 PM

Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful

Apple strikes again. Normally, when an iPhone/iPod touch app gets updated it’s good news. Woo hoo — new features, new fun! iStat users who updated their app to the latest version that became available this afternoon however, were in for a little surprise… From iStat developer Bjango’s site:

Where did ‘Free Memory’ go?

iStat’s Free Memory function was removed at Apple’s request.

This decision was completely out of our hands. Please note that all other apps with Free Memory appear to have been removed or updated without their Free Memory function too.

This was not taken lightly—we examined our choices, taking a lot of public feedback on board. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused and we do not plan to remove any other features from iStat.

If you choose (and you haven’t already updated), you can continue to run iStat version 1.0. You’ll miss out on new features, but you’ll get to keep the Free Memory feature.

We are very committed to ensuring iStat is the best iPhone and iPod Touch monitoring tool. Free Memory has been removed, but a lot of other useful features will be added in its place.

Garbage. The free memory function found within iStat and other similar applications allowed users to clear out wired and inactive memory, thus reducing drain on battery life and improving device performance without the need for a reboot. To be perfectly frank, it was the only reason we purchased and continued to use iStat. Forgetting about this specific function for a moment, it is completely unfair to both developers and users alike for Apple to approve functionality in an application and then force its removal in later versions. Moreover, it is absolutely unethical. In other industries, this practice is a form of ‘bait and switch’. In the App Store, it’s just another day at the office.