Archive for October, 2009

“Name Squatters” Raiding the App World

October 10, 2009 1 comment

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What’s in a name?

For an app… everything is in a name. And although name squatting (the process of registering a name that profits or benefits from another person or business), is nothing new in the digital world, we’ve seen how “domain name squatters” have made life incredibly difficult for some business owners. The same thing, unfortunately, is now transpiring in the app development world, a situation brought up this weekend by Andrew Lim at Recombu.

“It turns out that squatters have moved into the app store. They’re worse than domain name squatters though, because you can’t even enter into negotiation with them. You don’t know who they are, or where they are. They take advantage of the fact that a developer can pretend to submit an app, but abandon their submission at the last moment, avoiding the need to actually create an application, but keeping hold of the app’s name. In limbo. Forever.”

There is clearly a growing problem in Apple‘s policy, a posturing that allows individuals to capture unique names (a process required by Apple before an app can be released) but not obligating them to release the app – if there even is one.

Squatting has become very sophisticated in recent years. I know several people who have registered film names and song titles before they became successful (as a result of someone else’s hard work, of course) only to turn around and sell them at a ridiculously huge profit. As a business model, domain squatting can work. And it’s also “fair” in the sense that there is a marketplace for domain names to be sold or traded.

This isn’t true in the app world. As Lim pointed out in his article, good app names could remain “in limbo forever” at the hands of name squatters who “might do something with the name someday.”


So there you have it, it seems that the Apple iPhone app store is open to abuse from app name squatters and encourages legitimate developers to squat in fear of losing out. We have sent an email to Apple asking for a comment and are awaiting a reply. We hope this unfair system is changed soon, otherwise iPhone developers will find it difficult to get good names for their apps.

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Apple releases new iPhone OS 3.1.2 Update.

October 8, 2009 Leave a comment

Apple have just updated the iPhone and iPod touch to OS 3.1.2.  The new update fixes several problems including a sporadic issue that may cause the device not to wake up from sleep, an intermittent issue that may interrupt iPhone cellular network services until restart and it also fixes a bug that could cause an occasional crash during video streaming.

GeoHot has said that this new OS is still vulnerable to blackra1n, his 3.1 jailbreak in progress and this has been confirmed by members of Chronic Dev and the Dev Team.

As usual, iPhone users who need an unlock should hold off from upgrading as the new baseband has not been hacked.  iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 3G users should be mindful  that the new firmware release means OS 3.1 will no longer be signed by Apple and so they may not be able to downgrade from 3.1.2.

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AT&T To Allow Skype Calls Over 3G

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

skypeBloomberg reports today that AT&T have reversed tack under pressure from the FCC and consumers and will allow Skype and other internet based calls to be made over their 3G wireless network.

Apple will enable the calling method “as soon as possible,” Natalie Kerris, an company spokeswoman, said in an interview.

Great news for all iPhone users! Hit the jump to read the full news report.

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Sn0wbreeze: PwnageTool Coming To Windows?

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Two relatively new names on the scene, iH8sn0w, the developer of iReb (a Windows tool for overcoming 16** errors when downgrading or installing custom firmwares), and DarkMalloc are porting the Dev Team’s PwnageTool to Windows, a project that they’ve codenamed ’sn0wbreeze’.  They’ve given a definite deadline of October 12th for release – another date for the calendar.  While ETAs, lack of detail and code-names always make me suspicious we wish them well.  There’s a lot of Windows users out there who’ve been messing about with OSX emulation or hunting around for friends with Macs to build custom firmware, so this will be a welcome addition to the stable of 3.1 jailbreak tools when it’s released.

The Jailbreak Race Is On!

October 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Today’s been a rollercoaster ride.  To summarise: the original iPhone jailbreaker, GeoHot, announced he had discovered  an exploit to jailbreak 3.1 on all devices; Chronic Dev subsequently panicked and staked their claim to this exploit on the iPhone Wiki by revealing full details; GeoHot naturally got angry and said he was stopping work on the 3.1 universal jailbreak as Apple could now rush out a new firmware to patch it out; Chronic Dev’s blog got bombarded with hate mail and they closed down comments (apologising and suggesting that those who wanted civilized discussion head over to iPodtouchFans).  GeoHot has cooled and just edited up his earlier blog post and now appears to be back at work on his 3.1 exploit.

So it looks as though Chronic Dev and GeoHot could be in a race to get their iPod touch 3G 3.1 jailbreak out first.  They both promised all encompassing jailbreaks that will free the full range of devices and GeoHot suggested earlier today that his tool could be out within days while also suggesting a short while ago that Chronic Dev are still weeks away.  If they are fighting it out for the finish line, I know who my money’s on!  Nevertheless, good luck to both and thanks to everyone involved in trying to free 3.1.

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Top 25 apps of 10/1-10/7

October 2, 2009 Leave a comment

These are the top applications for the iphone/ipod touch for the week of October 1, 2009


1.CNN Mobile – $1.99

2. Cartoon Wars – $.99

3. Skee-Ball – $.99

4. I am T-pain – $.99

5. Frogger – $.99

6. AppBox Pro – $1.99

7. Police Radio – $.99

8. F.A.S.T. — Fleet Air Superiority Training – $.99

9. ESPN Radio – $2.99

10. iFitness – $1.99

11. Bejeweled 2 – $2.99

12. Dungeon Hunter $6.99

13. Max Injury – $.99

14. emoji iEmoji icons – get smiley, emoticon keyboard – $1.99

15. iPark it! – $.99

16. ColorSplash – $1.99

17. Knights Onrush – $.99

18. Doodle Jump – $.99

19. SketchBook Mobile – $2.99

20. Best Camera – $2.99

21. Boom Brigade – $.99

22. Pocket God – $.99

23. Offender Locator – $1.99

24. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox – $.99

25. Need for Speed Undecover – $4.99


1. Cartoon Wars Lite

2.World War – 35 Points

3. Ping!

4. MyStarbucks

5. What’s Your IQ?

6.Racing Live

7. Optical Illusions

8. Facebook

9. A Quest of Knights Onrush

10. Unlimited Free Wallpapers

11. Would You Survive?

12. Battery Magic Free

13. Bump

14. Uno FREE

15. Pandora Radio

16. Papaya Farm

17. Word Scramble 2

18. Max Injury Lite

19. Rhapsody


21. Google Mobile

22. Fish food Frenzy Free

23. Dropbox

24. Finger Security

25. TIME Mobile