Signal app gives jailbreakers more mobile data than many knew existed

Work continues on a rather handy app which helps you find your local mobile phone/cell phone masts and check their power and coverage, though you’ll need to unlock your iPhone to use the tower power app.

In development via the iPhone Dev team, the app will let you unravel which towers you are connecting to and at what power they operate. This could for instance be useful if you are trying to find the best available signal in a poor signal area.

Technical users will probably get a kick out of the breadth of technical data they’ll get from Signal. Lots of numbers and a nice chance to see where on the map the towers are, you may even find some disguised towers.

The app’s called Signal and it costs $5, sold in the Cydia store. It is currently being tweaked to version 1.1, and will include what the iPhone Dev Team describe as “an awesome Easter Egg”.

Signal’ works in any country, impress your friends on any continent, show your inner geek in any language. Are you receiving??


Hurrah! iPad sensation Osmos is coming to iPhone

This is a most mesmerizing and addictive game on the iPad and now it is on its way to the iPhone, too. Osmos has been critically acclaimed, sits consistently in the top sales charts for the iPad and will be out on August 5 for just $2.99. (Mac, Linux and PC versions also available).

App of the day: Gorillaz go gaming

Like music? Like Gorillaz? Has iPad or iPhone? Then three cheers you, becuse Gorillaz: Escape to Plastic Beach the game hit the iTunes Store today!

In the game your job is to get the album of the same name recorded. To achieve this you are band leader, Murdoc, and your job is to fly around on the ‘Doom Glider’ shooting things and avoiding stuff. You get all the music from the album and rather spiffing Jamie Hewlett graphics.

Go get it.

Via: Recombu

BBC News App hits UK today, iPlayer app is coming…

BBC News will launch an iPhone and iPad app in the UK from late this afternoon, the broadcaster has announced, following the BBC Trust’s approval of the Corporation’s release of apps for the platforms.

The free-to-download apps for Apple products were originally due to be made available in April 2010. They are already available outside of the UK, though launch here was delayed while the BBC Trust explored the commercial significance of the deal.

BBC will introduce other apps later this year, including apps for iPlayer and BBC Sport. In future, we can expect apps for Android and other smartphone platforms to appear.

BBC Trustee Diane Coyle, who led the review, said:

“The Apps market is rapidly taking off as more people choose to get their news, sport and other online content while they’re on the move. The Trust has a duty to represent the interests of licence fee payers, who will increasingly expect to access BBC content in this way, but also to listen to concerns raised by industry. In this case we have concluded that while the Apps market is developing quickly and we will monitor the launch of BBC Apps, a PVT is not required.”

According to the report commissioned by the Trust.

Unleashing fiery death from above? There's an App for that

Don’t expect to see this app squeezed in between loving FaceTime chats between, oh, parents and their children at the front lines in any future iPhone advertising, but US defense firm, Raytheon, has its own missile system-focused iPhone app.

No, this app (as yet) doesn’t mean the future of missile command means sitting sipping latte while wearing casual camouflage shorts and sending the ‘Kill Everybody Now” command via your iPhone, but it can’t be too long until even death and destruction get completely virtual (unless you happen to be one of the deathed in any of these interchanges).

Listen up, virtual soldier: Patriot Crew Drill is a multiple-choice game, designed as a refresher tool for missile troops. The idea is to keep Patriot troops on other duties in the loop with how the system works.

The app runs a soldier through the different steps they must go through to assemble and set up the Patriot anti-missile system.

Expect other military iPhone apps from Raytheon in future, the BBC reports.

This isn’t the first military app, that dubious honor belongs to BulletFlight, a snipers app that can help shootists figure out a bullets trajectory using a number of variables. Unlike Raytheon’s, the sniper’s app is available via the iTunes Store.

Firefox Home iOS app released

Fifteen days ago on July 1st, we reported that Firefox had submitted their Firefox Home application to the App Store. Today, Apple has approved the application and it’s now available free of charge for the iPhone. The application requires a Firefox sync account, and when you’re all setup, you’ll get your Firefox history, bookmarks, and the tabs you left open on your computer ready to use on your iOS device.


The app uses Apple’s Safari webkit plugin to view your bookmarks, history, and current open tabs. In case you are wondering, and I’m sure you are, Firefox left out Retina Display and iPad support for some reason. I’m sure they’ll update for Retina soon, but iPad, not so much.  

Clever Fring service has been banned by Skype — boo!

Once again we look back just across a World Cup-fueled weekend haze and recall that nice Fring iPhone app which enabled iPhone 4 users to have jolly little video chats with iPhone, Android or Symbian devices over WiFi or 3G.

A happy time.

The company was really pleased with the take-up of the App, but had to limit use of Skype. Now it looks like Skype is preventing users of Fring from accessing its network, and, indeed, is threatening legal action. Shame!

Fring are very unhappy, saying,