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Today mobile media company ParkVu introduced an interesting Facebook app called "Music WithMe", which allows publishing your music library from iTunes to Facebook. After publishing the tracks it contains may be shared, commented on, liked and discussed by your friends.
To use it properly you should also install a desktop app, which is now available only for Windows (Mac will be supported soon). When the setup will be over the app will show your tracks in its Facebook application
Now adding Flash to your iPhone and iPad is very easy. Apple didn't want Flash to be on their devices. Several hackers created a project Frash - a Flash port for iPhone and iPad. Today it is available as a package in Cydia. To install follow these steps:
This week developers started receiving Microsoft’s test units, which will allow them to test the performance of their apps for WP7 instead of using an emulator. The test smartphones are produced by Samsung and LG and have a Technical Preview version of Windows Phone 7, and guys at NewsGeek decided to compare its browser speed with iPhone 3GS' that runs on iOS 4.
Since the difference in speed is so huge it is noted that both of the phones used 3G network (not Wi-Fi) and iPhone 3GS is a completely finished product, while Samsung's test unit is a prototype with an unfinished OS that is still in development.
Newsgeek also found Internet Explorer in the Windows Phone 7 to be "surprisingly competent and quick" though it was mostly built off of IE7's desktop version.
DevTeam successfully jailbreaked new iOS 4. They updated jailbreak utility redsn0w to version 0.9.5b5-3. Supported devices are iPhone3G and iPod Touch 2G (not MC). New redsn0w is also able to hacktivate iOS 4.0 for iPhone3G.
You can download redsn0w 0.9.5b5-3 here:
For latest version we recommend to use our utilities page.
UPDATE: iBooks issue fixed in new redsn0w 0.9.5b5-4.
- Instant messaging;
- Viewing and commenting friends' status updates and photos from Windows Live, MySpace, Facebook and some other;
- IM notification even if the app is closed;
- Uploading photos from the phone for sharing;
- Accessing Hotmail accounts.
- Synchronizing with iPhone 4;
- Synchronizing and reading ebooks with iPod touch or iPhone with iBooks 1.1 and iOS 4;
- Synchronizing and reading PDF documents as books in iBooks 1.1;
- Organizing apps into folders on iOS 4 home screen via iTunes;
- Improved back-up speed while syncing an iPod touch or iPhone with iOS4;
- Improved artwork appearing speed when exploring media library.
We know how the new iPhone 4 compares to the iPhone 3GS. Now it is time to size it against its fiercest competitors from all the major platforms. Take a look at the results against the HTC EVO 4G, Nokia N8, Palm Pre Plus and HTC HD2:
Garter revealed that Microsoft had only 16,5 million mobile devices sold in 2008, though later Steve Ballmer claimed there were 20 million. That same year Apple exceeded its goal with 11,4 million iPhones. At the beginning of 2010 it was only 8,8 million iPhones and 3,7 million Windows Mobile phones sold.
It is also known that Microsoft will present its Windows Phone 7 (which is incompatible with previous Windows Mobile OS) in the end of this year, which means the company will have a year to gain its goal. Currently the company has no library of apps, no really installed base of users and only two retail stores.
As you remember, recently we reported about new app that allows syncing your iDevices wirelessly. It's called Wi-Fi sync and available in Cydia since Apple didn't approved it. Recently it was updated to version 1.1 to support Windows. You can download it
Because of Apple and Google success on a mobile device market Microsoft is going to conduct "major organizational changes" in its Entertainment and Devices Division that is currently responsible for Xbox, Zune and Windows Phone. It looks like first step has been already taken - the work on the dual-screen tablet named Courier had been canned. This allegedly caused its main developer J Allard to leave the company. Further changes will affect on the team that develops Windows Phone 7 mobile OS. The latter must be introduced this fall.
Nick Wingfield from the Wall Street Journal wrote Microsoft lose its positions mainly because of its Windows Mobile OS that had been criticized much for years.
Microsoft's division of Entertainment and Devices also develops portable media players named Zune. The latest Zune HD received many positive reviews but couldn't rival with tremendously popular iPod touch.
For those who doesn't like iTunes for its restrictions and lockdown on music and files a new solution has been delivered to the BigBoss repository and it’s called PwnTunes.
PwnTunes allows copying files from iPhone or iPod touch to PC just after plugging the sync cable. There is no tethering for only one PC, so you can use your device anywhere you want. Other features include:
- Music files are normally named after the original filenames on the PC and without gibberish encoding.
- Deleting songs and any other type of files directly via USB (iDevice works as USB device)
- Loading cover.jpg/folder.jpg from same folder as cover
- Album name is taken from folder's name if no album ID3 tag found, artist name is taken from parent folder's name if no artist ID3 tag found
The app currently is currently compatible only with Windows (XP/Vista/7), but the developers promise the Mac support to be delivered soon. The price is €9.99. No additional software on PC is required, you just need to launch Cydia on your jailbroken iDevice and install PwnTunes from Data Storage Section. When installed, connect you iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad via USB and the app will ask you to buy License or download it if you have already purchased one.
You may remember our post about "Wi-Fi Sync" app that allows you to sync your iPhone/iPod touch with iTunes via Wi-fi. Well, this week Apple rejected it. But its developer Greg Hughes submitted it to Cydia (an unauthorized source of different software for jailbroken iDevices), and now it is available there for $9.99.
Greg also told Engadget that he talked to Apple representative and he said the case was not about any violations.
"While he agreed that the app doesn't technically break the rules, he said that it does encroach upon the boundaries of what they can and cannot allow on their store. He also cited security concerns."
"Wi-Fi Sync" is currently available only for Mac users, but Hughes promises to release version for Windows.
According to a new report revealed by Silicon Alley Insider on Wednesday iPhone OS 4 may possibly have built-in integration with Facebook. The feature will probably be presented on June 7 at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference conducted by Apple.
An author of the report Dan Frommer says he doesn't have any details on how it works.
"...We also hear that Apple could be integrating Facebook Connect directly into its software developers kit so programmers can more easily add Facebook 'social' features to their apps".
There is also information about bringing Facebook messaging features to the upcoming versions of iPhone OS making it possible to send messages via Facebook Chat as easy as sending an SMS.
An idea of integration with Facebook was already implemented by Google in its OS Android 2.0. Windows Phone 7 is also expected to support strong Facebook connectivity.
NPD Group had recently revealed their new study, which shows that iPhone OS became the second most selling OS last quarter in US. To be precise 28% of all handsets sold were Android phones, and iPhones made only 21%. Research In Motion's Blackberries hold 36 percent of market.
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