Apple's App Store approval policies have been strange in the past, but this is bordering on the idiotic. It was reported earlier today that Tweetie 1.3, an update to the Twitter client of choice for the iPhone Alley staff, was rejected from the App Store earlier today. The grounds? Displaying "offensive language" in the Twitter trends search view.
Tomorrow, U.S. President Elect Barak Obama is set to be sworn in as President, and a handful of iPhone apps are hoping to be part of your Obama experience. Change (US Politics) (not to be confused with the Change app) iPhone app from Appible, LLC, released last week, lets you vote on your disapproval or approval of his administration's policies on various issues (which you can change as your opinion changes), as well as view other people's votes on a 3D globe, view news for each issue from Yahoo News, and post comments on them to Twitter (adds the #changeapp hashtag to each post).
Tapulous released their latest app today called Photo Collage. It lets you view photos taken from around the world by other app users, and upload your own. Additional features include viewing just photos from your friends or near your location, keeping a photo gallery, voting on photos, following photostreams, and communicating with them through the Twinkle app. You can get it in the App Store for free.
Yahoo! recently released oneConnect, their new social networking app for mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPod touch. It serves as a sort of address book that integrates the ability to communicate with people through several social networks, including Bebo, Flickr, MySpace, Dopplr, Friendster, Twitter, Facebook, hi5, and YouTube, all from one app.
BrightKite announced on their blog yesterday that the native version of the popular social network has entered private beta testing. The posting didn't offer many clues as to what features would be included in the finished version, although it did note that the app is not yet feature complete. The beta program quickly closed as Apple only allows each developer 100 ad hoc authorizations. Those who made it into the program are required to send information on bugs and possible ways in which to improve the app before its submission to the App Store.
Iusethis, the social network for sharing your software preferences with your friends, has announced that they will now be allowing developers to register with them to make an account so they can submit their apps to their site. Users can then create accounts that let them tag apps that they use, which can be viewed by their friends. You can check it out at iPhone.iusethis.com. (Of course, be sure to have a look at some of our app reviews for our take on some apps we think stand out from the rest.)
Benjamin Ling has announced that Facebook is planning to release a Cocoa framework for the iPhone that will allow app developers to integrate with Facebook Connect, letting them add a social dimension to their applications by integrating them into the Facebook social network. Using this, apps will be able to integrate with the social identity and profiles of Facebook users. This could be a big leap for social networking on the iPhone, but it could also mean some heavy competition for iPhone social network start-ups.
Today Brightkite announced that they have plans to release an iPhone version of their popular social network to the App Store. Although the company has an app currently in the works, they want their first release to be rock solid.
We don’t want to release something that’s not rock-solid. And by rock-solid, we don’t mean crashing, but rock-solid from a usability standpoint. The app should be as easy to use as possible. We have some very ambitious goals concerning the user interface, but getting it just right takes time and we’re just not quite there yet.