If you haven’t heard of Kairosoft by now, you’re either really ignorant and uninformed, or you just got an iPod Touch or iPhone yesterday. Either way, if you haven’t, you’re just downright crazy! For those that don’t know, Kairosoft is the king of simulation games with hits such as Game
If you're an iPod touch owner, I hope you didn't buy the 3.0 software update, because you can now download it for free. Apple may have realized why charging for the software update is inconsiderate to their customers, because they are now offering it as a free download for all iPod touch users, as it should be. The change was discovered by PocketGamer's Tracy Erickson when he plugged in his iPod touch running the old software. You have to feel bad for those who bought it, though. It really should have been free to begin with, since some games require it to run. Syncing the device running older software should prompt you to update to 3.0 for free. Let's hope this and future updates stay this way.
Ever since my first iPhone, there was always one feature I thought Safari was lacking; the ability to open links in a new page. I mean, Safari for iPhone let you have multiple pages open, but there was never a way to explicitly open a link in a new page! Every competent desktop browser can do this. Thankfully this feature was finally added in iPhone 3.0. To make it work, simply tap and hold a link to bring up a nice little dialogue which allows you to open the link in a new page. Hooray, perfect for Google searching across multiple sites!
Piggy-backing on yesterday's tip, I have yet another Voice Control tip for you guys. Although Voice Control is fairly limited in its abilities, it can read more than just a contact's name. Specifically it can read from the nickname field as well. This means that you can tell your iPhone to "call Dad," instead of having to refer to your father by his proper name.
But wait, it gets even more entertaining! Voice Control will understand just about any nickname you assign to a contact. For example, instead of saying "call Jeff Gamet," I say "call Mr. Cuddles" because he's a cuddly guy. The possibilities are endless, and frankly the comical uses will likely outweigh the practical ones.
According to TUAW, several readers who use Microsoft Exchange email on their iPhones have reported that they're unable to retrieve encrypted messages after upgrading to iPhone 3.1. Under iPhone 3.0, users were able to use an encryption option to retrieve mail, although it wasn't correctly encrypted. iPhone 3.1 corrects the problem by disabling access to encrypted exchange mail on devices other than the iPhone 3GS. This is because the 3GS is the only iPhone OS device that has the proper hardware requirements to handle the encryption.
Web auction site eBay's iPhone application [App Store] has been updated to version 1.4.0, the new version sporting push notifications as well as the ability to purchase items with PayPal directly from the app. According to MacRumors, the new push notification feature can let users know when they have been outbid or when the auction of a watched item is about to end.
A recently discovered iPhone OS 3.0 bug has become the center of attention on a lengthy Apple Discussions Board thread. According to iLounge, the bug appears to pertain only to photos with the name IMG_10000 or higher.
Macworld has stumbled on an interesting bug dealing with how your iPhone deletes (or more accurately, doesn't delete) email. If you use your iPhone for email, chances are you've deleted at least a few messages by now. What you may not know is that just because these messages are no longer accessible in the Mail app, they're not completely gone.
The Facebook crew has announced an update for their Facebook app for the iPhone and iPod touch to be available "very soon". The update is "98% done", and adds 15 new features to the app, including many optimizations for the features available in OS 3.0. It also sports an impressive new interface that should make navigating the app a great deal easier.
Yesterday Apple seeded a beta of iPhone 3.1 to developers to test with their applications. Although not listed with release notes, iPhone 3.1 comes with quite a few noticeable improvements as well as bug fixes. Forum member 370GT pointed out that 3.1 now comes with the option to save edited video as a copy instead of overwriting the original. He also pointed out that the phone vibrates when you start moving icons, and Voice Control now works through bluetooth headsets. We've also noticed that boot time has been greatly improved. Also noted yesterday, MMS is enabled by default in 3.1, although the required service option hasn't been enabled by AT&T.