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3 years ago

Openy

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Openy

Google won't be releasing the source code for Android 3.0 Honeycomb any time soon. (For an excellent overview of why that is and what it means, see Jerry Hildenbrand's article over at our sibling site, Android Central.) What makes this interesting for TiPb is that, for a while now, Google has used the term "open" as a hammer to differentiate themselves from Apple, iOS, and the iPhone. From Eric Schmidt's "completely open" quips to Vic Gundotra I/O smack-talk to Andy Rubin's now-ironic tweet, it's been clear from the start that "open" wasn't a development philosophy for Google so much as a business and marketing strategy. It was a brilliant if disingenuous move that rallied many hardcore free and open-source software advocates to their cause (and platform) and got a bevy of tech writers to skewer Apple for being equally and oppositely "closed".

That it was business and marketing rather than philosophy was fairly clear from the start -- "open" is such a nebulous term to begin with. Open to whom and in what way? Even if we restrict ourselves to open-source, Android was never Stallman-class open, GPL licensed and patent unencumbered. It was never even Mozilla-class open, where the source was freely available even during development phases (most of us couldn't download, compile, and contribute back to Gingerbread before the Nexus S debuted). It was Google-class open, which meant it was only released when it benefitted Google, and only really meant for manufacturers and carriers. We've spoken about it plenty of times here at TiPb, and so has Android Central. (Phil Nickinson and I even did a special podcast on it back in October.)

It's kind of like that popsicle you get at the corner store -- it's not chocolate, it's chocolaty. Android was never open. It was openy.

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3 years ago

iPad as dessert menu

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iPad as dessert menu

La Verita is a delicious little Italian restaurant in Montreal with home made pastries that the waiters show off... on an iPad! From classic tiramisu to espresso creme brule to maple marscapone cheese cake, the only thing better than watching the desserts getting flicked through in the iPad photo app is... the desserts themselves!

We've posted about iPads in restaurants before and many of you weren't too happy with the idea of having them at your tables. So what about having them with your waiters? What do you think of iPads as the next generation dessert cart?

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3 years ago

Cydia 1.1 update now live!

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Cydia 1.1 update now live!

The new Cydia update we've all been anticipating for a while now is ready for your jailbreaking entertainment! Cydia 1.1 can be had by simply launching Cydia and letting the packages refresh. It should then notify you that an upgrade is available. Simply select complete upgrade and let it do its thing!

The new features of Cydia 1.1 are as follows:

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3 years ago

iPaditis - Saturday fun video

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iPaditis - Saturday fun video

iPaditis is either a new plague about to be unleashed on humanity... or a way for the BBC to poke a little fun at those of us who enjoy our iPads. Check out the video below and let me know what you think!

(And yes, BBC really did a video about iPads that's not iPad compatible. Check out our how to watch Flash video tip for work-arounds.)

[BBC, thanks Kerri!]

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3 years ago

Apple airs 5th new commercial – If you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have the Retina Display

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Apple airs 5th new commercial – If you don’t have an iPhone, you don’t have the Retina Display

Apple has aired yet another “if you don’t have an iPhone” commercial, this time focusing on the Retina Display. It highlights photographs, movies, maps and email and how clear they look on the phone with the highest resolution screen!

Official Apple video after the break. What do you think, better than the previous iBooks, iTunes music, App Store, and Game Center spots?

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3 years ago

Daily Tip: How to set up Skype to become your home iPhone, iPad security camera

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Daily Tip: How to set up Skype to become your home iPhone, iPad security camera

Have you ever been out and about with your iPhone or iPad and wished you knew how to just press a button and get a video view of your home? Sure there are home security solutions that can do this -- for a lot of money. But how about on the cheap? Well, if you have an iPhone or iPad 3G and Skype, you can. We'll show you how after the break!

[Thanks to Mickey Papillon for this ninja-level tip!]

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3 years ago

Apple Peel 520 sleeve gives your iPod touch cell services, coming March 28

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Apple Peel 520 sleeve gives your iPod touch cell services, coming March 28

The Apple Peel 520 t has now been confirmed that it will be released in China on March 28, that is next week! Back in July 2010, we heard about an iPod touch sleeve coming out of China called the Apple Peel 520. What's interesting about this particular sleeve is it can give your iPod touch cell services.

The sleeve will allow you to make normal phone calls, send text messages and also use GPRS data services. It also has a battery built in too, to offer some extra juice to your iPod touch when you’re using it. Of course your iPod touch will need to be jailbroken.

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3 years ago

Just get a new international iPad 2? Here's what you need next!

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Just get a new international iPad 2? Here's what you need next!

Did you just get a sweet new international iPad 2? Whether you added it to your collection of iOS devices or you're brand new to the platform, once you're powered up and ready to go... you might just be wondering what you need to know and do next? Don't worry, TiPb has your back!

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3 years ago

Apple releases iOS 4.3.1 for iPhone, iPad

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Apple releases iOS 4.3.1 for iPhone, iPad

Apple has released iOS 4.3.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and as expected, it's a bug fix release. So connect to iTunes, hit Check for Updates, and go get it!

Sorry, updating while in line for iPad 2! Yes, compatibility is the same adios 4.3 so no iPhone 3G, no Verizon iPhone. And if you're jailbroken and want to stay that way, hold off on updating until there's an iOS 4.3.1 jailbreak!

If you notice anything else, let us know!

[Thanks [@daveizzle](http://t

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3 years ago

iPad 2 glass 27% thinner, yet stronger than original iPad?

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iPad 2 glass 27% thinner, yet stronger than original iPad?

Perhaps to save weight, the glass screen of the iPad 2 is 27% thinner than the glass screen on the original iPad yet this new test by iFixYouri shows it might be even stronger. Or to quote them:

“That glass was redonkulously strong!”

The increase in strength seems to come from greater flexibility. They performed a number of tests, including drops, without breaking the glass. Video after the break.

[9to5Mac]

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