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Remote 2.0 Now Available in App Store

We can’t think of a better way to start our morning than by hearing the news that a much needed and much anticipated update to Apple’s free Remote app for iOS has finally been made available in the App Store. You may recall that a while back, we let you in on the fact that the first iteration of Remote was built by a single developer, which may well have attributed to why it’s taken so darn long for an update to crop up. No matter whether the 2.0 version of the application was built by the same fellow or a million-strong code monkey army, we couldn’t be happier to see this update make the scene.

It appears that no matter what iOS device you choose to install it on–iPad, iPhone or iPod touch–Remote 2.0’s got something new that you’re going to dig. With the update to the software, we’re not only reciving support for the iPhone and iPod touch’s high resolution displays, but also the ability to run the app on an iPad utilizing all of the tablet’s screen real estate. A clean, crisp user interface! Yes! More than this, Remote 2.0 offers the ability to access any Shared Libraries you may have added to iTunes, as well as total control over an AppleTV, allowing users to tweak features like AirPlay with a few taps and swipes.

If you’re interested, Remote 2.0 can be accessed via the iTunes Store by following this handy link.

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IPA God Source Code Available For Sale, Could Enable App Store Piracy

iOS App Store piracy could be right around the corner for non-jailbroken devices if the source code of a new iPhone app falls into the wrong hands. IPA God recently made the news as an application that allows someone with a non-jailbroken iOS device to pirate (download for free) paid applications from the iTunes App Store. Now that the source code for this application is for sale, allowing anyone to purchase and distribute this application to the masses.

App Store piracy has been around for a while, but it is not widely available to people as the device is required to be jailbroken. IPA God works around this by using an exploit the developers found in iOS 4.1 and 4.2.

According to a forum post on iModZone, the developers will be selling their Twitter account, source code, and instructions for using the application. The auction will go until Tuesday at 12PM EST.

According to one of the developers, “our server is located in China…we host a lot of cracked ipas and cracked Cydia apps for years, so we have no problem about copyright since it’s not existing in China!”

This application could be detrimental for many developers that make a living from the iTunes App Store. If the application makes its rounds, this could steal valuable sales from developers. But there is good news in knowing that the application may not work as described as no one has seen the source code. But that isn’t stopping aspiring purchasers as the current auction price is at £20,000 (,242 USD).

The developers did post a video to YouTube showing the application, but we have to question the validity of the app.

You can read more about this application on Read Write Web.


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Boxee Box Now Available for Pre-Order

If you’ve taken the time to consider the new Apple TV and know in your heart of hearts that the diminutive black puck just isn’t your cup of tea, you might be happy to hear that the Boxee Box is now available for pre-order. For those of our readers that have been around for a while now, you’ll know that many of the Mac|Life staff have a whole lotta love for Boxee‘s do-everything media content software solution. With that in mind, we’re also looking forward to seeing what the company can do on the hardware side of things.

From all reports, the Boxee Box is looking pretty darn good. As with its computer-bound precursor, the Boxee Box will be able to play just about any non-DRM protected media you can imagine, as well as content from streaming media providers like Hulu. To ensure that all of that multimedia goodness is consumable without any stutters, stops or buffering comas, the device is now powered by an Intel Atom. Sadly, unlike Boxee‘s free software, the privilege of owning a Boxee Box comes with a 9 price tag attached to it.

There’s little doubt that these things will be a hot commodity in the days to come. To get yours or learn more, navigate to Boxee’s official site right now.


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App Store Milestone Reached: 250,000 Available


Expect Apple CEO Steve Jobs to make mention of something else in addition to the impending iPod refresh on Wednesday.  Apple hit 250,000 apps available within the App Store over the weekend.  The number continues to grow as well.

Last Saturday, 148Apps had noted that 252,227 apps were currently available for the taking for the iPad and iPhone/iPod touch.

How does that compare to other app offerings out there?  Well, unofficial numbers show that there are currently over 100,000 apps within the Android Store, and a wee bit smaller 9,000 within RIM’s BlackBerry App World.

Other notes of interest that 148Apps discovered, was that apps typically wait about a week before they go live.  Also, the average price that one shells out of an app is about US.67.  Finally, the majority of apps are book apps (don’t mix it up with iBooks), with games closely tagging behind.

via TUAW

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Mozilla Fennec for Android Now Available for Download

For those of you who prefer to rock an Android handset over Apple’s brand of smartphone sexy, prepare to be giddy: Mozilla has announced the immediate availability of Fennec (Firefox) alpha for Android, bringing with it improved performance and responsiveness that even occasional on-the-go users are sure to enjoy. The alpha version of the software marks Mozilla’s second update to Fennec for Android since April and brings us one step closer to the much anticipated beta version of the software.

In an interview with the folks at TechRadar, Mozilla’s representatives stated that a full, bona fide version of Firefox would be available to Android users in the later this year. Currently, the browser’s developers are hard at work crossing their eyes and dotting some tees as they pay close attention to some of the finer details of the software, including how it handles video, zooming and scrolling.

While we wait for that release, there’s no reason why Android loving road warriors can’t add some awesome to their browsing experience right now. The Fennec alpha comes complete with the ability to include add-ons, such as a Twitter client to your browser, for a richer web experience.

For those interested, the Firefox Fennec alpha can be downloaded here.


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