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April 15, 2011, 04:43:28 PM
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Source here: https://github.com/kangasbros/BitcoinWatch-iPhone

It's just very simple software for following the mtgox market. Some easily implementable ideas:

- QR Code via Web View and http://tcatm.github.com/bitcoin-js-remote/ for receiving address
- http://zbar.sourceforge.net/iphone/index.html for reading QR codes from other phones and sending bitcoins
- Sending bitcoins via mtgox API is trivial

Currently I don't have very much interest in developing this further, since I highly doubt that Apple will allow any bitcoin related applications to the App Store.


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April 15, 2011, 04:57:11 PM
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Was it rejected, or do you think it will be rejected?

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April 15, 2011, 05:01:23 PM
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Was it rejected, or do you think it will be rejected?

It was rejected, reason "Not useful" or something like that. I can dig it from my email if someone wants to know...

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April 15, 2011, 05:23:40 PM
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Is this associated with BitcoinWatch.com?

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April 15, 2011, 05:30:03 PM
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It was rejected, reason "Not useful" or something like that. I can dig it from my email if someone wants to know...
Huh Huh Huh

This is why the iphone will be relegated to a small minority in the marketplace.

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April 15, 2011, 06:01:50 PM
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I vote everyone who has a developer account submit it and see how many times they will reject it.

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April 15, 2011, 06:05:05 PM
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I vote everyone who has a developer account submit it and see how many times they will reject it.

I vote everyone stop buying iPhones.
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April 15, 2011, 06:20:16 PM
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Is this associated with BitcoinWatch.com?

No, sorry for the name, hope that bitcoinwatch.com guys don't get offended Smiley

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April 15, 2011, 07:06:39 PM
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Was it rejected, or do you think it will be rejected?

It was rejected, reason "Not useful" or something like that. I can dig it from my email if someone wants to know...

because your app takes up soooo much space.
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April 15, 2011, 07:13:18 PM
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Currently I don't have very much interest in developing this further, since I highly doubt that Apple will allow any bitcoin related applications to the App Store.
You could still release the app on an iPhone jailbreak repo?  I have purchased several apps from the Cydia store.

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Just get rid of your iPhone already.
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April 15, 2011, 07:36:17 PM
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lol, what do you recommend I use?  I would like to keep the iPhone around for the games, but I would definitely use another primary phone.

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April 15, 2011, 07:38:18 PM
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lol, what do you recommend I use?  I would like to keep the iPhone around for the games, but I would definitely use another primary phone.

An android.

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April 15, 2011, 07:44:06 PM
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You could still release the app on an iPhone jailbreak repo?  I have purchased several apps from the Cydia store.

Well, if someone wants to do it, go on. Myself I don't see the appeal of the Cydia Store, because it requires jailbreak and therefore is only for small minority of users.

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April 15, 2011, 08:08:00 PM
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You could still release the app on an iPhone jailbreak repo?  I have purchased several apps from the Cydia store.

Well, if someone wants to do it, go on. Myself I don't see the appeal of the Cydia Store, because it requires jailbreak and therefore is only for small minority of users.

Your other option is to stop developing for iOS.

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April 15, 2011, 09:27:30 PM
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I never liked their approach anyway, even on Windows 95 this damn QuickTime would put itself into Start-Up without asking any questions. iPod? I always preferred mp3 players due to the easy of use (just copy files without installing iTunes, ripping them from a CD or whatnot).

Saying that, I like MacBooks. Smiley

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April 16, 2011, 04:51:12 AM
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It was rejected, reason "Not useful" or something like that. I can dig it from my email if someone wants to know...

Please share the email.

It is important that the world sees cases like this, many of them: Apple does not respect your rights to create software. Please write software for any platform that does not reserve the exclusive right to publish or reject your code.
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April 16, 2011, 06:16:40 AM
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Apple does not respect your rights to create software.

Most people have no idea how true this is.  I would also like to see the email.
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I happen to value the fact that the iPhone app store is weeded of apps that are relatively non-useful.  That raises the bar for the apps that are there.  I hate shopping for apps only to find that I wasted my time downloading something that doesn't do much.  BTW, I own both Android and iOS devices and use both regularly.

Make this app do much more than display a chart that could easily be accessed via a web shortcut, and I am sure it will meet the criteria for acceptance.  I don't think there's an Apple conspiracy theory against Bitcoin.  It's just that if there were an app to view every chart out there, the app store would be ten times the noise.  If this app could send bitcoins, read bitcoin QR addresses, manage a wallet (either locally or one on a website), I am convinced Apple would have no problem approving it.

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April 16, 2011, 07:36:33 AM
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I happen to value the fact that the iPhone app store is weeded of apps that are relatively non-useful.  That raises the bar for the apps that are there.  I hate shopping for apps only to find that I wasted my time downloading something that doesn't do much.  BTW, I own both Android and iOS devices and use both regularly.

Make this app do much more than display a chart that could easily be accessed via a web shortcut, and I am sure it will meet the criteria for acceptance.  I don't think there's an Apple conspiracy theory against Bitcoin.  It's just that if there were an app to view every chart out there, the app store would be ten times the noise.  If this app could send bitcoins, read bitcoin QR addresses, manage a wallet (either locally or one on a website), I am convinced Apple would have no problem approving it.

Here is the email:

Perhaps I'll add a few features and try again someday.

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