iOS Devices July 10, 2010

iOS Devices July 9, 2010

It was only five days ago when the entire “App Store Hacked” phrase was put into play, but here we are, July 9th, 2010, the 2 year anniversary of the App Store. What do we find out today? It appears that more iTunes accounts may have been compromised. Last time was the Books section by a Vietnamese developer, Thuat Nguyen. Today, we get ‘WiiSHii from China, in the travel section. As you can see there are 11,449 Travel apps. This means their apps did not shoot to the top because there are so few apps:


So here we go: WiiSHii has a large set of travel applications for the both the iPad and iPhone. Their apps are very similar, all different editions of each other. They all start with the same name of “GYOYO.” As you can see the screenshot below they have made their way into chunks of the Top Paid iPhone Travel section.


This is very similar to last week’s app farm story. They clearly used some cheating mechanism to get their apps in the top 100. Additionally, Ars Technica reports about a user who was falsely charged for a bevy of apps from the same WiiSHii development company:

UPDATE: The Developer, WiiSHii, has been completely removed from the App Store. Glad we can help Apple keep iTunes clean. Also, that was fast, just like last week’s incident.

Please read the rest after the break:


This seems to indicate that the iTunes App Store may have been manipulated in some shape or form once again. Perhaps it’s time for the iTunes fraud sheriff to step in. 

It was only a matter of time before this would happen, and it did. Introducing iChatr, an app which mimics the infamous Chatroulette, but is exclusive to iPhone 4 owners. The app uses the iPhone 4’s front facing camera to setup random video chats between users. Simply launch the app and you will be greeted by the shining ….*face of some nice stranger. Sick of the new person in your life? Swipe for the next lucky iPhone 4 user.

Also, to hear the human on the other end of the chat, be sure to pop in some headphones. For some reason the developers don’t have the audio feed connecting to the iPhone’s speakers. For those wondering, one way random video chats with older iPhone models doesn’t seem to work.

Oh, and the app is free.


Yesterday we posted a great and in depth article about the new Fring for iPhone, and we featured our experiences about using Skype with it. Today, the company has pulled access to Skype video and voice calling from the application. Although this is temporary, it is a big deal as it is not isolated to iOS but is something occurring across the Fring app ecosystem. 

Readers have reached out to Fring for comment and the company left the following official statement on their website:


This official statement clearly shows the company’s push towards users utilizing Fring’s internal system and not third party’s. We hope Skype and other clients follow in their footsteps and allow video conferencing in their official apps very soon.

Via Mobiture.

The fine folks at Fortune report that YouTube has announced support for ultra high-quality video. The announcement, which came at today’s VidCon 2010 conference, promises video “that you typically see on 25 foot IMAX screens” 

As you can imagine, playing this type of video at home would require some killer setup with a fast computer running a fast Internet connection with an insane video card and display.

To be specific, the full support resolution is 4096 x 3072 which is typically abbreviated as 4K. You can watch a sample video above filmed on RedOne 4K camera.


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