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5 years ago

TiPb at Macworld 2010 -- Day 2 Gallery

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TiPb at Macworld 2010 -- Day 2 Gallery

TiPb has survived another fun day at Macworld 2010 and hosted many more interviews and snapped more photos for you to check out. We are sad our time at Macworld is over, but excited to share exciting things with you over the next weeks. Stay tuned!

Check out the photos after the break, including the Kai from Beejive, Ten 1 stylus for iPhone, mophie with Flow TV, Trexta iPhone cases, Brushes app, David from AppCubby, the Navigon crew, Jobby Gorillapod for iPhone, team TUAW streaming live, MusicSkins, Rogue Amoeba, Hypermac iPod and iPhone charger, Leanna and Rene saying goodbye for this year!

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5 years ago

Smartphone Round Robin Wrap Up: Contest Winners Announced and Some Closing Thoughts!

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Smartphone Round Robin Wrap Up: Contest Winners Announced and Some Closing Thoughts!

6 platforms -- Google Android, RIM BlackBerry, Nokia S60 and Maemo, Palm webOS, Microsoft Windows Phone -- 10 devices, and almost as many weeks later and the final week of the 3rd Annual Smartphone Round Robin brings yours truly back to iPhone!

And I won't lie -- I'm loving it. It's great to be back. All the other platforms have their strengths and highlight a few of Apple's remaining weaknesses, and this is the first year I can honestly say that if there was no iPhone I could find a device on each and every one of them to live and work with. The iPhone, however, remains for me the most fully realized, most user friendly, most consistent, most convergent device on the market.

What has my time away taught me? What have I learned to appreciate more about the iPhone, and what have I come away wishing Apple would straight out steal from the other platforms?

I've already reviewed the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3.x OS before, but now I'm going to take a broader, wiser, look at it again -- and I'm going to do it after the break.

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5 years ago

Google Paying 100 Million a Year for iPhone Search?

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Google Paying 100 Million a Year for iPhone Search?

Silicon Alley Insider claims, according to a source, that Google pays Apple $100 million dollars a year to be the default search engine for the iPhone. Frenemies indeed:

For Apple, that's not a lot of money. But, it's enough that it doesn't make sense for Apple to put considerable resources towards building its own Internet search engine. And, if Apple wanted more money or options, there's Microsoft -- with Bing and a big checkbook.

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5 years ago

Apple (Finally) Secures iPhone Trademark

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Apple (Finally) Secures iPhone Trademark

Patently Apple reports that, more than 3 years after Steve Jobs announced the iPhone on the stage at Macworld 2007, Apple has finally secured the trademark:

iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. – officially as of Feb 09, 2010. The registration number 3,746,840 covers International Classes 9, 28 and 38 which are presented in this report for clarification.

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5 years ago

TiPb at Macworld 2010 -- Day 1 Gallery

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TiPb at Macworld 2010 -- Day 1 Gallery

Rene and I are here at Macworld 2010 and having a blast wandering the Expo Hall. We've interviewed many developers and accessory manufactures and snapped some photos for your viewing pleasure.

Included below are the Microsoft Office for Mac mascots, Armpocket eco-friendly iPhone armbands, Richard Solo battery chargers, QuickOffice, the Smule Mule, Beejive, Flight Control, iTouch capacitive gloves, Blue Microphone Mikey for iPhone, NLU's iPad teaser and BodyGuardz, HP, Ten 1, and more!

Check them out after the break!

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5 years ago

Apple Begins 10K Count Down to 10 Billion iTunes Music Downloads

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Apple Begins 10K Count Down to 10 Billion iTunes Music Downloads

Apple has begun a countdown to it's 10 billionth (that's right, 10,000,000,000) iTunes music download, and to celebrate they're giving away a $10,000 dollar gift card.

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5 years ago

Review: ScreenGuardz Privacy Screens for iPhone

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Review: ScreenGuardz Privacy Screens for iPhone

NLU Privacy ScreenGuardz [$19.99 - iMore Store link] come from the same folks who make BodyGuardz and represents the first -- to my knowledge -- 4-way privacy screen for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

I had the chance to see the ScreenGuardz at CES in January, and was able to test it out throughout Macworld 2010, and it works well. (And yes, they had a picture up for an iPad screen already!)

4-way refers to both vertical and horizontal privacy, meaning that when your iPhone is in portrait or landscape mode, the field of view is obscured to the degree that while you can still see it, anyone sitting next to you trying to spy on you can't. It looks either mostly or completely black to them, depending on the viewing angle.

In terms of drawback, while the view from the front remains clear it does look slightly darker (think Avatar 3D glasses) so you may want to pump up your brightness slightly to compensate. Also, if you want to let the person next to you see your iPhone -- to watch a movie or help with Maps directions, for example -- you're out of luck. There's no such thing as selective privacy!

Application is simple and the case is thin, though you'll feel a slight ridge around the Home button cutout.

If you have sensitive information on your iPhone, or just don't appreciate snoops on the plane, train, or bus (or the desk next to you!) then it's definitely something to check out.

For more, check out the video from Macworld 2010, after the break, where NLU installs a ScreenGuardz on my iPhone (and yes, it stopped Leanna from peeking over my shoulder completely!

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Office Suite Coming to iPad?

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Microsoft's Office Suite Coming to iPad?

According to the gadget website T3, Microsoft Senior Product Manager Mike Tedesco recently let it be known that the Seattle based company is currently toying with the possibility of creating a version of their Office suite for Apple's iPad.

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5 years ago

TiPb Apps #1.1 -- AppCubby talks GasCubby, TripCubby, and HealthCubby at Macworld 2010

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TiPb Apps #1.1 -- AppCubby talks GasCubby, TripCubby, and HealthCubby at Macworld 2010

David Barnard of AppCubby talks to TiPb about GasCubby [$6.99 - iTunes link], TripCubby [$6.99 - iTunes link], and HealthCubby [$6.99 - iTunes link]... and shares his iPad thoughts! at Macworld 2010.

Video after the break!

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5 years ago

Quick App Update: BeejiveIM for iPhone Updated to v3.2

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Quick App Update: BeejiveIM for iPhone Updated to v3.2

BeejiveIM [iTunes Link - $9.99] has always been one of TiPb's favorite IM clients and it continues to impress with the release of version 3.2. This application is arguably one of the finest IM clients currently available for the iPhone and iPod touch and with the following enhancements it's hard for anyone to dispute.

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5 years ago

iPhone made Bill Gates Say "Oh my God", iPad Makes Him Rehash iPod Dismissal

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iPhone made Bill Gates Say "Oh my God", iPad Makes Him Rehash iPod Dismissal

Of course if BNET asks Bill Gates about rival Steve Jobs' latest creation, the iPad, he'll have to dismiss it in public -- to do otherwise wouldn't be in service of Microsoft. What's more telling is his confession about the iPhone (infamously banned at his house) some three years later:

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5 years ago

Gates/Allchin Email: iTunes "Smoked" Microsoft, Caught them "Flat Footed"

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Gates/Allchin Email: iTunes "Smoked" Microsoft, Caught them "Flat Footed"

Former Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, and Windows Vista honcho, Bill Allchin, had an email exchange back in 2003 when Apple launched iTunes and were rather candid about how well Steve Jobs put it together, and how badly Microsoft was caught off guard.

Gates says Microsoft was caught "flat footed". He also praises Jobs and doubts the subscription model Microsoft now uses for the Zune HD:

Steve Jobs ability to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.

[...] With the subscription who can promise you that the cool new stuff you want (or old stuff) will be there?

Allchin was much briefer:

  1. How did they get the music companies to go along?

  2. We were smoked.

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5 years ago

Apple Releases Apple TV 3.0.2 Update

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Apple Releases Apple TV 3.0.2 Update

Apple has released a software update for the Apple TV, bringing their set-top box up to version 3.0.2. No word yet on what it includes -- and I won't be able to test mine until Sunday -- so if you find anything, let us know.

(9to5mac suggests it's to tie in the new wave of photo-related updates)

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5 years ago

FT: Apple to Test $1 iTunes TV Downloads with iPad Launch?

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FT: Apple to Test $1 iTunes TV Downloads with iPad Launch?

Financial Times is reporting that Apple might just be set to test drive $1 iTunes TV downloads as part of their iPad launch in March:

Some television networks agreed to the lower prices after months of negotiations, and having initially resisted Apple’s push. Media executives are under pressure from declining DVD sales and cut-rate rental services such as Redbox, that offer rental DVDs for $1.

Not all networks say they've been approached, and being networks some may still refuse, but if the test is successful they'd be complete idiots not to jump on board (which means, of course, some won't).

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5 years ago

Apple: Want to Stream Video Over 3G? Use HTTP and Have a 64 Kbps Option for the Network

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Apple: Want to Stream Video Over 3G? Use HTTP and Have a 64 Kbps Option for the Network

Apple's latest bulletin via the iPhone Developer News feed highlight how we really might see 3G connected SlingPlayer -- and even Hulu -- on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad without melting the cell towers, courtesy of HTTP Live Streaming:

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