Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Discovery Channel App for iPhone

TechCrunch has a review of a new Discovery Channel App for the iPhone. It looks to be focused on Discovery Channel fan boys and girls, with links to schedules, news, and video snippets from various shows. If you want to view a full episode of a show, you still have to purchase it from the iTunes Store.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

AC-103 Spectre: iSniper from above

AC-103 is a AC-103 gunner simulation that costs you 99 cents because it is on sale at the moment

This is a fun game that got better when the new update that makes the controls much easier than before. You are a gunner upon a AC-103 Spectre gunship as u fly on mission that involve blowing up tanks, trucks, and foot solders with 25, 40, and 105mm shells. The night vision/infra-red interface makes it a cool looking game and a overall pretty cool app. The only downside is a rare glitch that doesn't end your mission when you win and then the time runs out giving you a mission failure.

I give this a 4 out of 5

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Apple Support Fixed My Phone

After a couple of calls to Apple Support, a solution was found for my problem. Thanks to Kimberly and Barbara from Apple for the help. To fix your phone do the following:
  1. Open up iTunes and take a screen shot of all your applications. You could write them down instead, but I found the screen shot a lot easier.
  2. Delete all the 3rd party applications on your iPhone
  3. Delete all the 3rd party applications in iTunes
  4. Exit iTunes
  5. Empty your Trash. Do a soft reset of your iPhone. (Just for good measure)
  6. Restart iTunes
  7. Download all your applications
  8. Resync your iPhone
If you have purchased applications, don't worry. You won't get charged again. The iTunes store remembers what you have purchased before.

I know its a bit of a pain, but it worked for me. Apparently the 3.0.1 update somehow mangled the application files.

Hopefully this post will help the next poor soul that has this problem.

3.0.1 Broke My iPhone

Well I updated the firmware on my iPhone to 3.0.1 this morning. And much to my dismay, none of the downloaded apps work any more. All the built in applications works just fine. However, when you launch any 3rd party application it crashes. Basically, no 3rd party applications launch any more.

First I Googled the problem and found this discussion on the Apple support forums. So I have tried:
  • Authorize and deauthorize the computer
  • Delete and reinstall an application
  • Reset the iPhone
  • Delete all the applications on the iPhone
  • Delete an app from iPhone and iTunes. Then download the application again and reinstall.
None of this seemed to work so I called the AT&T support number and got iPhone support. The nice support person suggested the deleting all the applications and reinstalling them option. If that doesn't work, restore the iPhone from scratch.

I am trying the install from scratch option at the moment. Tried the delete all the applications from the phone option and that didn't work. I will keep you updated on my progress finding a fix.

It is pretty ironic that after I start a web log devoted to iPhone apps, my iPhone can no longer run any apps. lol.

Update: Apple Support found a solution for me.