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Ultimate Gaming Handheld: Apple iPhone VS. Sony PSP

Everyone loves a big prize fight, whether it's Tito Ortiz vs Chuck Lidell or Brock Lesnar vs Randy Couture or... the iPhone vs the PSP?!

With their recent "Let's Rock" event, Apple made a huge play for the handheld gaming space, but can the iPhone really step into that Octagon and tap out the reigning champions?

Only time will really tell, but that won't stop TiPb from taking a look at each device to see how they stack up. Round 1 starts with the Sony PSP... After the jump!

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iPhone 2.1 Screenshot Gallery

Running 2.1 (5F136) now, and here's what we're noticing: WiFi works fine (tried on Apple and Linksys routers). New icons for connection type (3G/Edge) in the top bar. New blue filled and half-filled dots to describe state of video and podcasts (watched/listened to). Genius Playlists don't seem to work as well as iTunes 8, at least for me, with lots of songs coming back as "not related".

We'll update this post as we discover more (sadly, doesn't look like cut/copy/paste to turn-by-turn this go around!). What have you found so far? Any surprises?

Screen cap gallery after the break!

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Today on the Forums: How's 2.1 Working for You?

Today is a special day for all of us, so why not have a special edition of Today on the Forums?! It's pretty much a no brainer... firmware 2.1! It's finally here and the forums are buzzing!

Have the changes that Apple made improved your iPhone? Let us know how the 2.1 firmware is working for you so far!

Be sure to check out another great thread, strictly for undocumented features of the 2.1 firmware!

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iTunes 8 Vista BSOD Fixed + iPhone 2.1 Breaks MobileMe Push?

Apple has posted a support document to help those users (including many of those here at TiPb) who have been experiencing the dreaded BSOD (blue screen of death) when hooking up an iPhone or iPod to iTunes 8.

The solution? Uninstall iTunes and the MobileMe control panel, and reinstall the new version. Seems most people being affected have HP peripherals or Logitech drivers. I have neither, and my Vista install went fine, but if anyone did have the problem, please let us know if that fixed it!

Meanwhile, a couple of us here at TiPb have noticed that, apres-2.1, our MobileMe email is decidedly less pushy. We're deleting and recreating the account on our iPhone's, but no joy so far.

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Updated: iPhone Firmware 2.1 Now Live!

Update: Chad let's us know that Apple already has an iPhone 2.1 info page up on their website!

Boom! iPhone firmware 2.1 (5F136) weighing in at 237.8MB is now live and available via iTunes. We're downloading now. Will it fix 3G? App crash? Security holes? And will any tasty new features (or even hints of new features?) be hidden inside? Apple says:

iPhone version 2.1 contains many bug fixes and improvements, including the following: 

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Eye-Candy or All-Seeing Eye? iPhone Effects a Security Risk?

Apple has past mastered using animation to aid both usability and fill transitions. An example of the latter is the "shrink" effect used when you hit the home button: whatever's currently on diminishes to nothingness and the home screen icons fly back into place. To do this effect, however, the iPhone takes a quick screen shot, and then uses the built in CoreGraphics/Animation layers to rapidly scale it down.

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MobileMe Control Panel for Windows Now Separate Download

A while back we mentioned how Apple's slipping in of the MobileMe Control Panel was earning the rightful ire of Windows users. Well, it seems Apple has gotten the message, and their news blog now reports:

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Counter Strike: Apple Fires Back at Jailbreakers!

ZOMG! Apple has fought back! The only way Apple can fix the exploit that the iPhone Dev Team has been using to Jailbreak iPhone's and iPod Touch's (check out our forums for more on that) is to fix their hardware, but it seems Apple has figured out a way to program iTunes 8 to detect and prevent the Pwnage exploit.

Apple may have won that battle but they have not won the war. The Dev Team reacted promptly:

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Today on the Forums: Blackberry Storm... iPhone Killer?! 2.1 Firmware Hot or Not?

Today on the forums we have a few hot topics for you to check out:

First let's start off by taking a look at the latest iClone... the Blackberry Thunder/Storm. Do you think it really is a iPhone killer? Make your voice heard and vote in the poll! Next up is a thread started by mikecc and he wants to know if you are using your iPhone for gaming more than anything else? Stay tuned to TiPb in the next few days for more coverage of the iPhone as a gaming platform.

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