Giant iPhone unveiled in Russia

imageIn St. Petersburg, Russia, a giant iPhone was unveiled as a tribute to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who passed away in October 2011.

The six-foot-tall sculpture, which resembles a black iPhone 4, was brought to life by designer Gleb Tarasov. While the sculpture doesn’t actually work as an iPhone, it does display a photo and video slideshow of Jobs’ life, including important events and well-known speeches.

Apple starts rejecting apps that access device UDIDs

According to several developers Apple has kept their promise and is now starting to decline app submissions that access the UDID of an iDevice. According to sources this will only become more stringent in the near future. Currently Apple has two review teams actively rejecting UDID-accessing apps with all ten teams expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
Continue reading

Apps help create more than 450,000 jobs in the US

One of the biggest subjects throughout the presidential campaign for the Republican candidate has been the jobs that are leaving the United States, well according to new numbers Smartphone applications are helping the industry keep some of those jobs in country. For years, there’s been questions and speculation about just how many jobs Apple’s App Store and similar marketplaces for other mobile and web platforms have created. Well according to new numbers released by TechNet apps have created 466,000 American jobs since 2008.

Of those jobs, the highest percentage (23.8 percent) of the total are located in California. Other app hot spots include New York (6.9 percent), Washington (6.4 percent), Texas (5.4 percent) and New Jersey (4.2 percent).  These numbers include not only jobs created for iOS apps, but also those triggered by the development of apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Facebook.

Perhaps the politicians should spend more time trying to figure out how to keep these jobs in the country, instead of bitching about the jobs that have already left the country.

Those interested can read the whole report here.

App Review: GraviMaze – Gravity Puzzle Solving

If you love logic puzzles then this is just the game for you. GraviMaze the first game developed by hart[dev] has everything you would expect from an amazing App.

According to the iTunes page:

“Challenge your mind with GraviMaze, a gravity-based 2d puzzle game for the iPhone that will turn your brain upside-down.

Bend gravity to your will to collect the treasures of long forgotten mayan temples, but beware of the cunning traps that guard them!”

We were lucky enough to get to trial the game before it was released on the App Store, and after a week of twisting and turning, we can only conclude that this is one addictive game. Unlike other games you don’t actually turn your iDevice, instead you swipe your fingers on the screen to control the world. Pretty much the whole purpose of the game is to get the block from point A to point B. As the levels become more complex so does the steps you need to go through in order to beat the levels.

What makes GraviMaze great is the currently new types of levels that help the gameplay from becoming boring, which sometimes tends to happen with logic puzzles, where the levels end up being repetitive after a few stages.

You can check out the trailer below, GraviMaze can be purchased for an introductory price of $0.99 from the App Store.

Apple announces education event in New York City to take place next Thursday, Jan. 19

Education

Last week Apple sent out invitations for a special event set to take place this Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the theme of the event is an “education announcement in the Big Apple.”

As you can see in the image above, the invitation features a chalkboard-style drawing outlining the skyline of New York, with the addition of the Apple logo in the center.

The event is expected to focus on improvements to the iBooks platform with a main emphasis on education and digital textbook publishing. According to rumors the event will try to combine the iTunes U, a free service Apple provides that gives access to educational content, with iBooks.

Previous reports have said Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was heavily involved in this project, before he passed away this past October. According to biographer Walter Isaacson Jobs told him “that textbooks were one of the products he wanted to reinvent, along with photography and televisions.”

We will keep you updated on where to follow the event over the next few days, so keep checking back.

Apple releases iOS 5.1 beta 3 to developers

Apple has released the third beta of iOS 5.1 to developers. iOS 5.1 beta 2 was released nearly a month ago, but now that the holiday lull is out of the way it’s probably not going to take that long before the next beta comes out.

The beta is available both through over-the-air download and a direct download link on the Apple Developer Center website.

Once released, iOS 5.1 is expected to introduce improvements to Photo Stream and address battery life issues that some users, particularly iPhone 4S owners, have experienced in iOS 5.

How To Fix White Cydia Icon After 5.0.1 / 5 Jailbreak

If you have Jailbroken your iDevice then you might have experienced that the Cydia icon turns white So how to Fix White Cydia Icon After 5.0.1 / 5 Jailbreak ?

This issue is relevant for users of iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod touch 4G, 3G and iPad 1 operating in iOS 5.0.1 / 5.0 and who may have experienced the issue that the Cydia icon turns to white. This might happen while installing certain tweaks or operating in the tethered mode as well. At many times, updating the jailbreaks apps can solve the problems, but certain times the problem may persist. In this scenario, a feasible solution is to reinstall Cydia.

The three methods listed below have been known to work:

Trial A:

Step 1: Open Redsn0w 0.9.9b8 (You can download it from here)

Step 2: Click on “Extas” button
Step 3: Click on “Just boot” button

If Trial A didn’t fix the issue you can follow Trial B

Trial B:
Step 1: Once you have launched Cydia, tap on “Manage”.
Step 2: There you would be able to see an Installed list and an option, “Cydia Installer”.
Step 3: Select it and then modify it by tapping on the “Modify” button.
Step 4: In the final step, all you have to do is to tap the “Re-install button”, and the job is done.

If Trial A and B didn’t fix white cydia icon issue you can follow Trial C.

Trial C:
Step 1: When you launch Cydia, proceed to the “Changes” tab and hit the “Refresh” button. This would prompt Cydia to update all necessary packages.
Step 2: You would get an option demanding an “Essential Upgrade”. In a few minutes duration, all the update procedure would be completed.
Step 3: Once you have confirmed the update, all necessary changes would be completed.When this is completed, close Cydia and your job is done.

Mainland China to get iPhone 4S by Jan. 23

This is great news for the Chinese readers, according to People’s Daily, the official news outlet in China, Apple has been given the green light to start selling their immensely popular iPhone 4s in Mainland China.

The report in People’s Daily reads as follows:

“After obtaining the network entry permit from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT), the iPhone 4S received China Compulsory Certification (3C) for electronic products on December 22, meaning that it has met all the requirements for coming into markets of China”

During the third quarter of 2011 China surpassed the U.S. as the largest smartphone market in the world, China saw 23.9 million units shipped, while the U.S. saw 23.3 million units shipped.

Currently the hottest feature of the iPhone 4s, Siri is only available in English, however it is expected that Apple will introduce support for Mandarin, China’s most popular language, sometime in the first quarter of 2012.

Young programmer gives back to hospital that saved his life


The story behind the new app released byyoung programmer Cameron Cohen is really quite remarkable.

At a mere age of 13 Cameron has already released two successful Apps, however the real story is what motivated him to write these apps and what he does with the money earned through the Apps.

When Cameron Cohen was 11 he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his leg. Since he couldn’t play any of the sports he loved during his 9-month recovery he turned to his other big interest, computers. As he states “I began to read anything about programming that I could get my hands on. I watched Stanford University professors on iTunes, scoured the web for articles on programming and taught myself several different programming languages.”

Determined to somehow give thanks to the hospital where he had received treatment, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Cameron decided to create iSketch, a drawing app, which he sold on the App Store for just $0.99. The app became a huge success and Cohen donated $20,000 from the sales to the hospital. The money was used to purchase computers, iPads, iPods and entertainment for patients to use during their recovery.

Now at 13 Cameron has done it again with the release of his newest app, AnimalGrams, Race against the clock to unscramble words! Once again Cohen states that a significant portion of the proceeds with be donated to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

We wish Cameron the best of luck in the future.

iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak Is Now Available

iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak

Finally the news we have all been waiting for! Following the last month of updates, pod2g has finally released his untethered iOS 5.01 jailbreak through the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team. But sorry chaps, it won’t work on the iPhone 4S or iPad 2. Not yet, anyway.

The iOS 5 and iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak only works on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 3G and 4G, and the iPad 1. pod2g’s working on extending the untether to iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but it could take time.

You can download the new untethered jailbreak from either Chronic Dev Team or The Dev Team. Watch for our jailbreaking guide later today.