Long lines, incompetent sales people, and unpredictable weather make acquiring the iPhone an almost impossible feat. Don’t do things the hard way; By the time you’re finished with the whole activation process, you’ll feel too exhausted to even enjoy the new features of your iPhone 3G. Instead, you can spend a little extra money and save yourself the hassle of waiting in line by purchasing an unlocked iPhone 3G directly from the Red Party Crew themselves, China.
So those awesomely unstoppable bags of wacky known as the iPhone Dev Team, who roam through the countryside jailbreaking iPhone and iPod touch firmware, are getting set to release the first PwnageTool for jailbreaking the iPhone 2.0 firmware update that was only unleashed, oh, five days ago.
But the team announced on its blog today that the PwnageTool won't be able to unlock the iPhone 3G to run on other wireless carriers. If you have an iPhone 3G, the tool will jailbreak the handset to run unsupported apps while still maintaining App Store support.
And the team is still working on a "baseband unlock" of the iPhone 3G, as well, so I guess someone should start a pool to see how quickly they get that accomplished. (Those cats are wicked smart, yo.) Read more about it on their bloggy blog.
From its animated opening cut-scene to its dazzling DayGlo-infused tracks, Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D brings console-style racing to the iPhone. If you don’t immediately recognize the name, Crash is the furry, PlayStation-born answer to Nintendo’s Mario—and he’s got the kart-racing cred to prove it.
If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Flintstones, you know full well that cavemen (sorry, cave-people) had cars. Cro-Mag Rally lets you channel your inner Fred or Wilma, racing cutesy stone-age vehicles (Bone Buggy, anyone?) around a variety of cutesy tracks. The result? A cute little kart-style racing game, albeit a flawed one.
The iTunes App Store launched with not one, but three racers vying for the winner's circle that is your iPhone/iPod touch Home Screen. We pit Wingnuts Moto Racer, Cro-Mag Rally and Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3Dagainst each other and learn that accelerometer-based steering doesn't always equal an innovative gaming experience.
Check out the road race for your iPhone/iPod touch after the jump.
If you’re like us, your iPhone bookmarks folder is filled with sites that provide an array of live sports score updates --- MLB.com, NBA.com, NFL.com, Scores Pro, ESPN, et al. Being a sports fan is a full-time business, and iPhone has made it easy to keep on top of our game, whether on the road, at work or at the beach.
And now, thanks to a little-known Web app-turned standalone native app, it’s easier than ever.
Feeling the need for speed? Find another game. Wingnuts Moto Racer will bore you to tears if it doesn’t frustrate you silly first. If that sounds harsh, it’s only because competing racers like Cro-Mag Rally and Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D offer better graphics, more varied gameplay, and fewer interface problems.
Apple enthusiasts, who are also Star Wars fans, will now be able to take the saga with them on the go. Lucas Arts is releasing a version of the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the iPhone 3G. Exciting? You bet, because the game will take advantage of the iPhone’s amazing touch screen features and will be one of the first full-length game titles released for the iPhone.
The game will be a scaled down version of its console counterparts, including the Wii and Xbox 360. The iPhone version won’t follow the third-person perspective, but instead players will travel through a series of static environments similar to that of the Resident Evil franchise. The phone’s accelerometer only changes the aspect ratio, while the touch screen will be used to control the main character (an apprentice of Darth Vader’s, set out to rid the galaxy of Jedis), including his lightsaber swings.
Lucas Arts has a trailer up (console versions only) for those interested in the whole plotline. Gizmodo also has some screen-shots of the iPhone in action. Star Wars Unleashed should provide about 2 to 3 ½ hours of gameplay. It’ll be available through the App Store on September 16, 2008.
Read on the run with eReader. The app is free; the books will cost you.
When boredom strikes, nothing beats a good book at your side. eReader makes it possible, turning any iPhone or iPod touch into the next best thing since the Amazon Kindle. Granted, it doesn’t endow your device with all the Kindle’s features, but it does make reading on the run as easy as swiping your finger.
You camped out in front of your favorite Apple store the night before the iPhone 3G went on sale. You waited in the store as your patience was tested because of a global problem with iTunes that prevented phones from being fully activated. In the end, your endurance was rewarded with a shiny new iPhone. After your new toy joy subsided, perhaps you noticed a glitch or hiccup with your iPhone, well, apparently Apple is already aware of bugs in the iPhones v2.0 firmware and may be currently testing v2.0.1. In fact, version 2.0.1 may have been in development before the current 3G even went on sale.
Web traffic analyzed from server logs by The Boy Genius Report, shows references to iPhones running firmware titled v2.0.1 from the San Francisco and Atlanta areas. Apple HQ is near San Francisco and AT&T is located in Atlanta.
Today's bugs could be replaced by tomorrow's new features.