After nearly a year of underground development, Qik has released their first app to the App Store. For those unfamiliar with the company, Qik allows you to stream live video from a mobile phone to Qik's website. Viewers of the live stream can send messages to the streamer which then appear on his or her iPhone, allowing an interactive experience on both ends. Unfortunately due to restrictions by Apple (or more likely AT&T), Qik for iPhone only allows you to upload videos from your camera roll to Qik's website over Wi-Fi. An update is on its way to allow uploading over 3G. Available now for free, Qik for iPhone [App Store] only works with the iPhone 3G S (for obvious reasons). Thanks to Ben for the tip!
After data was discovered on Rogers Wireless internal sales system for an 8GB iPhone 3GS, Rogers was quick to say it was just an error and that there was no 8GB iPhone 3GS they were aware of. Now however, just a few days later, the 8GB iPhone 3GS has reappeared in the system. The alleged Rogers employee that submitted the screenshot says the device will take the $99 slot held by the 8GB 3G.
The Boy Genius Report has received several tips that Rogers (the iPhone carrier in Canada) is beginning to ship an 8GB iPhone 3GS to stores. Pricing has not been confirmed, although screenshots indicate that the 8GB 3GS is meant to replace the 3G version. The screenshots also indicate that the new 8GB 3GS will come only in black as the 3G did at its lower price last year. The transition is likely to take place around the world (not just in Canada), but when and if Apple will make a big deal out of the transition is unknown. Photos after the break!
Jonathan Zdziarski is back, and now he says Apple's encryption on the iPhone for business users is not as good as it should be, and could potentially put company data at risk. According to him, the encryption is so weak that it could be cracked in two minutes using nothing more than some easily available freeware.
9to5 Mac has pointed out an interesting discovery about TomTom's upcoming hardware accessory, the Car Kit for the iPhone, that enhances the functionality of their upcoming iPhone application. The device is intended to make up for the 3GS's shortcomings compared to a dedicated GPS device, but in doing so it makes up for most of the difference between an iPhone 3GS and an iPod touch.
Macworld has discovered that the while the new iPhone 3GS is capable of much faster download speeds, it's upload speeds are comparatively not as fast as they were expected to be. The iPhone 3GS sports 7.2 Mbps HSDPA (downstream) which is quite a bit faster than the 3G's 3.6 Mbps HSDPA, but it was assumed that Apple would also be increasing upstream speeds by finally adding HSUPA, bringing upload speeds to either 1.4 or 1.9 Mbps.
A new app called Tweet Reel is promising to change the way you share video on your iPhone 3GS. Dubbed the TwitPic of video, the iPhone app allows you to record video on your iPhone 3GS and attach it to a tweet to be uploaded, just like other image sharing services do. It also supplies an interface to embed and share videos on the web and elsewhere. It's a little like YouTube, except you can type out the tweet yourself instead of having YouTube generate it for you. You can download Tweet Reel from the App Store for $2.99 (3GS only). [via Mashable]
Apple went a long way with improving camera quality on the iPhone 3GS, making it an impressive device for capturing video, but it's still a phone. As good as it is compared to a jailbroken 3G, it doesn't change the fact that the microphone is in a bad position, the camera is tiny, and it can be pretty shaky. To solve this problem, a young new start-up named OWLE (Optical Widgets For Life Enhancement) is making a 3rd party hardware accessory that enhances the 3GS's video capturing abilities.
The iPhone Dev Team has released a new version of RedSn0w that jailbreaks the iPhone 3GS, as well as 2G, 3G, and iPod touch 2 on OS 3.0. It runs on both Windows and Mac, and has the same instructions for each as previous versions. The problems with Icy and Cydia have allegedly been resolved, and Ultrasn0w should work on the 3GS after you jailbreak with RedSn0w. Mobile Substrate and Winterboard are also now working on the 3GS. BigBoss is hosting the files here: Windows, Mac.
TomTom gave us a peek at their turn-by-turn GPS system for iPhone at WWDC, but we didn't know much about features or pricing. Macworld recently talked with TomTom's Market Development VP to get some answers.