Happy Birthday App Store!

Another event to celebrate for all those Apple fans out there!

The App Store which was launched on July 11, 2008 will be nearing its first birthday and Apple is making sure it gets the celebration it deserves.

First off, to celebrate this milestone, Apple has dedicated an entire section on the iTunes store where it lists some of the company’s favorite apps for iPhones and iPod Touch. It also lists new apps as well as titles of the top paid apps.

Apple also recently celebrated its one billionth download on the App Store, giving that downloader some pretty cool gifts.

Since its launching, the App store has boasted more than 50,000 applications on its virtual shelves and still counting. Among the applications include crowd favorites such as IM utility BeeJive, ebook reader Stanza, and games such as The Sims 3 and Flight Control.

Pretty awesome for something barely a year old, huh? J

Source:

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/apple-pre-celebrates-app-stores-one-year-anniversary/

iPhone 3G S unlocked

Yes, he did it again.

George Hotz, 19, who was first known to the world as the first person who unlocked iPhone, claims to have developed an application that can “jailbreak” the latest gadget from Apple.

The application – purplera1n – allows third-party software to be installed in the iPhone 3G S which means even those applications not approved by Apple can run in the phone.

This recent development in the hacking world is a big deal because not only does it make the phone more open to more apps, it also shows that overcoming Apple’s built-in security is not an impossibility.

Hotz released the software which can run on a Windows-based computer on July 3, less than a month after iPhone 3G S was made available to the public. This can run on a PC and the latest version of iTunes and an iPhone 3G S running on the latest iPhone 3.0 software. He released a Mac version of the app today.

He is quick to point out to people though, to do a backup before starting the application as this is still a Beta version.

A lot of blogs posts scattered in the internet have confirmed that the application does work, thus testifying to his er..hacking prowess. And so he says, “We release, Apple fixes, we find new holes”.

Source:

http://digital.venturebeat.com/2009/07/05/teen-hacker-releases-windows-and-mac-jailbreaking-programs-for-iphone-3g-s/