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3 years ago

Common Twitter, Facebook, and social network terms

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Common Twitter, Facebook, and social network terms

Reading up on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Apple TV and wondering what all those social networking terms are? From follower to friend, RT to like, we've got you -- and every term we can think of -- covered below!

For even more iOS and Apple-related terms see our complete iPhone and iPad glossary and our guide to common Internet, SMS Text, and iMessage slang. And as always, if we're missing anything, add additions and corrections in the comments below!

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3 years ago

iPhone 5 NFC: Yes, no, maybe so?!

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iPhone 5 NFC: Yes, no, maybe so?!

There have been a lot of conflicting rumors this week about the unannounced iPhone 5 and its so far imaginary new NFC feature, including that it wouldn't have said imaginary feature, it would indeed have it, and it would have it and then some. Dizzy yet? You will be...

The Independent first said iPhone 5 (which doesn't yet exist) wouldn't have NFC (which Apple has never announced):

"The new iPhone will not have NFC, Apple told the operators it was concerned by the lack of a clear standard across the industry." Yet Apple is understood to be working on its own NFC proposition, which would link payments through iTunes. It hopes to introduce the technology in a handset likely to be released next year.

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3 years ago

More on AT&T's war on Jailbreak tethering

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More on AT&T's war on Jailbreak tethering

Last night word broke that AT&T was sending SMS messages and email to customers who didn't have tethering plans but AT&T suspected were tethering via Jailbreak apps like MyWi. In their messages, AT&T offers 3 choices:

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3 years ago

iPad 2 tourist photoshop giveaway

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iPad 2 tourist photoshop giveaway

Was Rene out filming something "funny" for TiPb TV, or did he just get caught being a big, dorky iPad tourist? The always awesome @richardlai and @philnickinson clearly think the way I do -- dorky iPad tourist and offer some photoshop evidence to prove it (see after the break).

Which made me wonder -- how many more places could our terrific TiPb nation find a photoshopped Rene? Since a contest is likely the best way to find out, here it is!

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3 years ago

iPhone 5 to have flat metal back, larger screen

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iPhone 5 to have flat metal back, larger screen

9to5Mac says a source at Foxconn -- Apple's Shenzhen based manufacturer -- has sneaked them some details about iPhone 5, namely it keeping the same form factor as iPhone 4 but switching the back glass for metal and bumping up the screen size.

Although some reports claim the iPhone 5 will adopt a curved metal back, our source says models have been floating around with a flat metal back. The material of this metal is unspecified. Our brains say aluminum but our hearts wonder if this could be Liquid Metal.

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3 years ago

New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, March 18

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Friday, March 18

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • CarZen: Research and Buy New Cars: This app is focused on delivering pain-free car research experiences that empowers consumers to make better car-related decisions. [Free - iTunes link]

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3 years ago

UPDATED: AT&T cracking down on jailbroken MyWi users?

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UPDATED: AT&T cracking down on jailbroken MyWi users?

Some AT&T iPhone users, Jailbroken and tethering via MyWi, are getting text messages and e-mails from AT&T that imply they know they are tethering even though they aren't on an official tethering plan. One of our own writers, Andrew was one of those who received the message.

I use MyWi to tether as well but have not received anything yet. (I actually was just tethering today.) I'm not sure how they are detecting MyWi users but I can make some educated guesses.

  1. Since AT&T offers Personal Hotspot under iOS 4.3, they may have access to data they didn't before, and they're choosing to use it in a pretty crappy way. So if you're on iOS 4.2.1 still (almost all jailbreakers are) and they see you're generating traffic that looks like Personal Hotspot, they know you're doing so without a plan.
  2. Like Chris says below, browsers use the wap APN. Tethering uses the ISP APN. As such, larger data is expected through ISP not through WAP. So if AT&T sees a lot of WAP data it may raise a flag.
  3. As several people say in the comments and Twitter, if AT&T sees a TTL reduction that suggests a device like a laptop or iPad in between the connection, it may raise a flag.
  4. They're just going after heavy data users again and trying to bluff them into switching to a tethering plan and losing their unlimited data. Andrew tethers a heck of a lot more than me. I only consume a fraction of what he does. So that's a viable answer too.

Originally Jailbreakers used MyWi because AT&T took a year longer to offer iPhone tethering than international carriers. Since then they've used it to get around AT&T's ridiculous fees for tethering. (Tethering is free on some international carriers as well.)

Hit the jump to read the e-mail AT&T has been sending out as well as to let us know what you think! Anyone else been getting messages from AT&T? Anyone on iOS 4.3 using official Personal Hotspot? Any PDANet users?

UPDATED: AT&T spokesman Seth Bloom told Phone Scoop:

[ModMyi Forums and Phone Scoop]

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3 years ago

iPhone Live 142: Tin foil hats

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iPhone Live 142: Tin foil hats

Severely sleep deprived Rene and Georgia discuss iPhone 5, more white iPhone rumors, iOS 4.3 features and bugs, Bon Jovi, and how we use our iPhones. Plus, your questions answered! This is iPhone Live!

Show notes and all the week's iPhone news after the break!

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3 years ago

Daily Tip: How to clear your browsing history in Mobile Safari

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Daily Tip: How to clear your browsing history in Mobile Safari

Want to find out how to clear your browsing history in Safari? Need to make sure no one has a way of knowing what websites you've visited on your iPhone or iPad? Keeping that special gift you got your friend a secret or any other reason (at TiPb we don't judge). Lucky for you there's a quick and easy way to clear all of your browsing history in Safari so hit the jump to find out how!

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3 years ago

Why Safari got Nitro and Web Clips and UIWebView didn't

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Why Safari got Nitro and Web Clips and UIWebView didn't

As we posted the other day, while Safari in iOS 4.3 got a huge speed boost thanks to the Nitro JavaScript engine, asynchronous mode, and HTML 5 caching, bookmarking a site to the Home Screen (Web Clips) that launch in full-screen mode, or browsing inside an app (UIWebView) didn't. That meant, while web apps on the home screen and web pages embedded in apps were as fast as they were in iOS 4.2, they weren't as fast as Safari in iOS 4.3.

The technical reason for this is because Nitro is using Just-in-Time (JIT) compilation. Daring Fireball says:

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