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Google's app engine has been doing a bit of a Katy Perry today, blowing hot n' cold, in and then out, up and then down.
At 6:30 a,m, Pacific time, the engine began to splutter a bit with high latency levels and error rates. It then went into "unplanned maintenance mode" before copping out into read-only mode, leaving developers helpless to update their apps.
In a statement, Google admitted it was having issues, noting "All applications accessing the Datastore are affected," and adding "Our engineering teams are looking into the root cause of the problem."
Not content with looking like a bunch of twits anyway, Google's App Engine team announced it would be keeping developers up to date via twitter, just in case people had nothing better to do than sit around and wait for Google to get its act together. At around 3:15 Eastern time, Google announced its "Datastore read access has been reenabled and the team expects Datastore write access will be reenabled shortly."
Just in time for the bank holiday weekend then. Sigh.
We have an update on the app called "The Hottest Girls", it looks like we spoke too soon on the iPhone Porn app.
We are getting reports that people that paid for and installed the application are no longer able to use it.
Instead of healthy girls in limited clothing they simply get a message that states "This version will no longer work. You should delete this version"
Deleting it does not get you access to a new version as there is not a new versions on the App Store. This means that many are out the $1.99 spent on the app.
After reading about the first ever application that showed real nudity on the Apple App Store I began the countdown to when it was pulled.
Well by my count it lasted a little less than 24 hours before being pulled from the iPhone store, despite the developer's comments that their servers could not handle the downloads, I have a feeling this one is gone until the bare parts get covered up again.
Despite having a new 17+ rating and new parental controls that allow for preventing the children from getting this we see the Apple morality police hard at work protecting you from Pron!
Maybe they should block the YouTube app after all a quick search on the iPhone's YouTube app will yield better porn that this app does.
Read more here
Of course, that once again prompts us to remind everyone that this exact same content is easily accessible through any number of applications on the iPhone, like, say, Safari, and that the App Store's arbitrary and capricious review procedures are an incredible liability to an otherwise dominant platform, but honestly, no one's listening because they'd rather talk about boobs. Good work.
If you are a digital Photographer, Canon is your current flavor of DSLR, and you happen to have an iPhone then there is good news for you!
Someone has figured out a way to use the iPhone as a remote shutter switch for Canon's latest line up of DSLRs.
The new App is being developed by onONe and is currently in the approval process right now.
The system does need a couple of items to work properly. It is not a true remote switch but a client application that talks to software running on a laptop or PC over WiFi. Your Canon DSLR will need to be tethered to the system running the software. You are simply remote triggering the software on the system from your iPhone.
Still this is very cool and will even include a live view for the DSLRs that include video capture.
Read more here.
Okay, if you're wondering how it works, here's a quick run down.
You need either an iPhone or an iPod Touch
You need a supported Canon EOS DSLR [ 1 ]
A laptop or desktop computer running the free companion DSLR Remote Server software
A USB cable to connect your supported Canon EOS DSLR camera to the computer running the free server software
The DSLR Remote app running on your iPhone (or iPod Touch) communicates to the DSLR Remote Server software via a WIFI connection. [ 2 ]
From your iPhone [ 3 ] you can control settings such as shutter speed, aperture and white balance. You can of course fire the camera shutter as well. If you have a Canon EOS DSLR camera that supports Live View [ 4 ] you can even get a live stream of the camera's viewfinder on your iPhone.
There might be a few more App Stores in town for the iPhone. According to a story by the Wall Street Journal there are a few developers that are looking to cash in on the Apps that Apple won't let in.
One of these, The Cydia Store, would require that your phone is jailborken before use. While another Rock Your Phone, would not require modification.
Apple has not commented on this as of yet but they appear to be trying to head some of this off. Last month they filed a paper with the US Copyright Office in an attempt to make "Jailbreaking" Illegal.
The App Store has been a great source of income for Apple as they receive a 30% commission on all sales. This has lead to an estimated $150 million in revenue in 2008.
Read more here.
The upstart sites can carry software programs that Apple's official store won't, since the company tightly controls the kinds of applications it allows. Among the programs that Apple doesn't allow is a free one called Cycorder, which turns the iPhone into a camcorder. Another program, which costs $29, dubbed PdaNET lets people use their iPhones as laptop modems to connect to the Internet.
Jay Freeman, who created Cycorder and is behind the Cydia Store, says he decided to open the store so developers like himself have a way to make money from their efforts. Mr. Freeman, a 27-year-old computer science doctoral student in Santa Barbara, Calif., says he intends to charge developers no more than the commission Apple does for his site's billing services.
A big hurdle the Cydia Store and others face is that the applications they offer typically only work on iPhones that have been modified, or "jailbroken," to allow users to download unauthorized programs.
A new App for the iPhone popped up in the Apple Store over the weekend. While this is not normally big news, as there are apps popping up all the time, what makes this one different is that it was developed by Microsoft.
The new App called Seadragon Mobile is a mobile version of Seadragon used for Microsoft's Photosynth. Photosynth allows a user to create a simulated 3d Panorama of a group of images and is pretty cool software.
Seadragon Mobile will allow mobile users to deep zoom images from a mobile device.
Read more at CNet.
Engineers in the company's Live Labs have released the company's first application for Apple's popular smartphone--even before making it available on Microsoft's own mobile platform.
Seadragon Mobile, which was added to Apple's App Store on Saturday, is a free image-browsing app that allows users to quickly "deep zoom" images while online and is intended to demonstrate what is possible with a mobile platform.
Seadragon is the backbone for Microsoft's Photosynth, which allows users to take a grouping of photographs and stitch them together into a faux 3D environment.
CPU-Z 1.49 has just been released and comes with support for AMD's upcoming Phenom II processor along with new Intel processors quietly released recently.
The developers of the software used to identify and prove system speeds and so, also spent considerable time improve the load speed of CPU-Z according to the release notes, and indeed after testing, it does load up a little quicker. Download it here.
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- AMD Phenom II processor
- New Intel Core 2 models
- Improved loading time
- New online validation process
- New Hall of Fame
What is probably most interesting of all is that with this release of CPU-Z, CPUID has also launched the CPU-Z Hall of Fame website, you can view it right here.
It lists World Frequency Records, World Frequency Records (Intel Core i7 CPU), World Frequency Records (AMD K10 CPU), Highest FSB Reached and much more.
It should end up proving to be a very popular website for enthusiasts and overclockers looking to attain information on current world records.
Apple's WWDC 2008 is well underway and the live coverage from Gizmodo and others is coming in thick and fast.
Just a few moments ago Apple told the 5200 attendees that eBay will have a native iPhone bidding application ready very soon called "Auctions".
You can search (he's searching for Wii Fit), add stuff to your watch list, or even bid for new items. The standard iPhone animations are there, sliding left and right whenever you access an item. There's even a photo view with a touch strip that you can browse through pictures belonging to auctions.
Get more live coverage as it happens over at Gizmodo.