Apple issues warning about location-based ads in iPhone apps


Sometimes, Apple's decisions about content in the App Store can be petty and anti-competitive -- like asking developers to remove any mention of Android. But sometimes, they make a call that seems to put users first. This time, it's a request that developers use your location to provide useful information, rather than just serving you location-based ads. Here's the text of the warning to developers, posted in Apple's developer forum:
If you build your application with features based on a user's location, make sure these features provide beneficial information. If your app uses location-based information primarily to enable mobile advertisers to deliver targeted ads based on a user's location, your app will be returned to you by the App Store Review Team for modification before it can be posted to the App Store.'
Developers might balk at the removal of a possible cheap and easy revenue stream, but I think Apple is doing the right thing, here. Apps like Foursquare and Gowalla, which allow business to advertise specials, should be unaffected, because they also your location for checking in, finding your friends, and other important game elements.

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5 Things The iPhone 4G Will Inherit From Apple iPad


The iPad has been launched last week and already, we can expect Apple to look forward to the next massive product launch, the one that will come in June (or July) and which will see the launch of the device is commonly known as the iPhone 4G. And one can be sure that there will be some aspects of the iPad that will trickle down to the iPhone 4G especially as Apple's tablet was given some very special treatment by the engineers at the Cupertino-based company. Here are the five iPad technologies which we think will be adopted by the iPhone 4G when it is launched later this year. (1) A Large Screen The Apple iPhone 3GS kept the same screen size (3.5-inch) as the two previous generations. We can't help but believe that Apple will this time, slightly bump the screen size of its smartphone to match the screen size of its contemporary competitors (like the 4.3-inch size of the HTC Touch HD). We expect it to be at least 4-inch in diagonal). But then, Apple might have to make the iPhone screen more "square" to accommodate for the 4:3 screen size format of the iPad or require that developers do some serious tweaking to their apps

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Skype Calls Over 3G Coming To iPhone "Real Soon Now"


Skype users will soon be able to place calls from iPhones over the 3G network, thanks to an update to Apple's policies, according to a post on Skype's official blog.

Skype for iPhone currently allows Skype-to-Skype and Skype-to-phone calls only through a wireless connection. Until recently, Apple had banned VOIP programs like Skype from enabling calls over the 3G network. The new version of Apple's Software Development Kit, rolled out with the iPad, removes this restriction.

As a result, Skypers will be able to call each other for free from anywhere AT&T's network operates. No firm date has been set for the new feature, but the company promises that it will be available "real soon now".

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New iPhone 4G in 2010: All cell carriers may stock new phone


The new iPhone 4G in 2010 may not follow the same practices that past Apple iPhones followed, this includes the amount of cell carriers you can buy the device on. Business Week are reporting that the iPhone could release on “all U.S. wireless carriers” within the next 18-months.

Following on from Apple’s latest financial results that were extremely impressive, an analyst – Tim Horan at Oppenheimer & Co – believes we could see Apple double or triple the number of iPhones sold over the next 18-months, if they open the device up to all wireless carriers in the United States.

Horan said that Clearwire Corp. should get the iPhone in 2011, Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless in the fall 2010, and T-Mobile USA Inc. as soon as summer 2010. He believes that AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity will end around “mid-2010”.

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Tagcrumbs lands on iPhone – social bookmarking for places


Berlin-based Tagcrumbs wants to be the YouTube for places, although a much more apt comparison might be Delicious. The location-based service, which on the surface competes with usual suspects Foursquare, Yelp, Gowalla and Germany’s own Dailyplaces, enables users to bookmark, tag and share places.

This week Tagcrumbs debuted its iPhone app (iTunes link), which takes advantage of the phone’s GPS capability, making it a snap to begin using the service. Users aren’t even required to sign-up to start discovering new places.

Unlike Foursquare and similar services, however, there’s no attempt to build in any kind of gaming element, users don’t ‘check-in’ and there’s no associated badge of honor. Instead, the model seems more akin to social bookmarking in which the motivation to use the service is selfish as well as social. Places can be bookmarked purely for a user’s own convenience (and even made private) or shared with followers and therefore the wider Tagcrumb community.

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