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Game Center Battleship for iOS with FleetMaster

If you are looking for the perfect Battleship game for iOS it has finally arrived with FleetMaster.  FleetMaster uses Apple’s revolutionary new GameCenter to achieve seamless online multiplayer Battleship with achievements and leaderboards far superior to the official Battleship incarnations created by EA.  The achievements are well done and is one of the best GameCenter implementations to date.

You can get FleetMaster for $0.99 from the App Store here

How to jailbreak iPhone 4 unlock

Users can at long last jailbreak iPhone 4.  Last night Comex released the iPhone 4 jailbreak that allows users to jailbreak their phone easier than ever.  To use it all you have to do is visit http://www.jailbreakme.com on your device and slide your finger across the “slide to jailbreak” control.  This should also work on the iPad, 3GS and 3G.  The iPhone 4 unlock isn’t out yet but should be coming in about 2 days based on reports from the dev team.  They are going to be doing some closed testing of it before they release it in the wild for others to use.

jailbreak iphone 4

jailbreak iphone 4

Beejive IM, the perfect iPhone Adium replacement, Trillian replacement

Most veteran Mac and Windows users are probably familiar with Adium and Trillian for instant messaging.  The two applications allow you to connect to all of your instant messaging accounts through a single application.  This leaves many wishing for an iPhone Adium replacement to use on the go.  Beejive IM (iTunes Link) is the perfect alternative for use on the go.  The application uses an intermediate server to maintain your presence on the verious instant messaging services it supports so it can forward you instant messages via push messages even if the application isn’t running.  The latest version also adds iPhone 4 support making it the perfect iPhone Adium replacement for those on the go.

iPhone Adium Replacement

Beejive IM, the iPhone Adium Replacement

iPhone 4 Unlocked, Public Release Expected Soon

iPhone hackers PlanetBeing and MuscleNerd are reporting that they have the iPhone 4 unlocked.  Information on how to do it hasn’t been publicly released yet but should come soon.

This comes about a week or two after successfully jailbreaking the phone.  The process will need to be streamlined and automated tools will have to be created before anything is available to the public so it may take some time before you can have your iPhone 4 unlocked.

unlocked and jailbroken iPhone 4

iPhone 4 unlocked pic by PlanetBeing

AT&T Completes Nationwide 3G MicroCell (femtocell) rollout

After months of testing AT&T has finally made it’s 3G AT&T MicroCell technology available nationwide.  The device is a miniature cell phone tower that allows your phone to connect to it while in your home and routes your telephone calls through your broadband internet connection.  The device should help those that get horrible reception in their home and have a broadband connection but won’t do much to improve their network outside the home or for those without a reliable broadband internet connection.

The device costs $150 for you to have the privilege of helping to improve AT&T’s sub par network (that you are already paying for monthly) with the AT&T MicroCell.  To top it off it still uses your month cell phone minutes when you route calls over it even though it is using the internet connection you already pay for.  You can get unlimited calling through it if you are willing to pay an extra $20 a month.  The device will also only work with 5 phones and requires that you pair each phone with the device so your friends won’t automatically get better signal when they come over without a fairly complicated setup process to add their phone to your AT&T MicroCell.  Also, don’t plan on moving the device to a friend or grandma’s house because the device has a GPS in it so it knows where it is at all times and will only work at your home.

AT&T should be giving this to their customers for free but at least it will offer some relief for customers that are forced to use their network and get terrible service at home.

The announcement was made today in an e-mail sent to subscribers that expressed interest in the AT&T MicroCell on their site.  For more information on the MicroCell you can visit AT&T’s site at http://att.com/3GMicroCell

AT&T Microcell

AT&T MicroCell announcement

iOS 4 Releases Today

The latest version of Apple’s iOS 4 operating system for the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad will ship at some point later today.  Updates include home screen background images, background processing on the 3GS, iPod 3rd gen and the new iPhone 4 to be released later this week.

It is unclear  when the iOS 4 will be made public, 3.0 wasn’t released last year until around 10am pacific time.

How to access Google Street View iPhone

Most iPhone users don’t realize that Google Street View iPhone is available on their device.  It was added in one of the 3.0 updates to the device fairly quietly without much fanfare.  Despite the lack of attention street view iPhone works very well and is a very nice addition to the iPhone.

Apple did a good job hiding Google Street View iPhone.  To access it you need to lookup a location and click on the white and orange person on the left side of the map overlay.

street view iphone

Google Street View iPhone

You will be taken to street view at that location at which point you can move around the streets like you normally would in street view on the computer.

iPhone 4 sells 600,000 in first day. Apple appologizes

In the first day of pre-orders Apple reports selling 600,000 of the new iPhone 4.  There were lots of ordering problems because AT&T’s system couldn’t handle the load causing frustration for many iPhone fans.  The white iPhone 4 was also mysteriously unavailable for pre-order.  Neither Apple nor AT&T has been willing to comment on the missing white iPhone 4 but most speculation on the internet suggests a supply issue and that it may not be available until much later in the summer.  Apple has already updated the estimated ship date for new orders twice today, they are now estimated to ship July 14th.  AT&T has quit taking iPhone 4 orders completely after the total disaster that happened with their system yesterday.

Official statement from Apple:

Yesterday Apple and its carrier partners took pre-orders for more than 600,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4. It was the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day and was far higher than we anticipated, resulting in many order and approval system malfunctions. Many customers were turned away or abandoned the process in frustration. We apologize to everyone who encountered difficulties, and hope that they will try again or visit an Apple or carrier store once the iPhone 4 is in stock.



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