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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, August 2nd Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, August 2nd Edition

Not evil twin to theiPhoneBlog.com Week in Review, not an invasion by Fake Steve, This Week in Smart Phone Schadenfreude brings you all the feel-better news you need about the smartphone world outside Apple’s current media dominator. (Who knew there was such a world? We were just as surprised! Inelegant, interface challenged, keyboardy, crashy, single-touchy place — best not to linger…). Join us as we mock review the big news from last week at our sister sites. Everybody loves sibling rivalry!

This week: Bold, Bull. Bull, Bold. WinMob Can't Count to 20, and Colligan Loves the iPhone

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6 years ago

iPhone Calendar Syncing: 1.x vs. 2.0 vs. MobileMe + Whither the Digital Hub?

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iPhone Calendar Syncing: 1.x vs. 2.0 vs. MobileMe + Whither the Digital Hub?

Mac nerdery stalwart John Gruber over at DaringFireball has put together a very interesting essay about how iPhone Calendar syncing has evolved from firmware 1.x (1.0 - 1.4) to firmware 2.0, and how the current iTunes syncing differs in functionality from syncing via Apple's MobileMe service.

From welcome improvements to frustrating choices, from new methods of use to evolving work-arounds, Gruber ultimately comes to the ultimate question:

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6 years ago

Apple Pulls Box Office from App Store?

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Apple Pulls Box Office from App Store?

Box Office is missing. No, we're not talking about the gross from the latest Eddie Murphy "film", we're talking about the iPhone App. While NetShare remains in its very own little Schrodinger's App box, some carriers' (AT&T, Rogers, etc.) prohibition against tethering and Nullriver's Installer.app/Cydia roots makes the drama at least somewhat fathomable. What about Box Office?

Box Office is (was?) an App that used either manually entered or CoreLocation derived positional information to show you a list of theaters and movies playing within a user-definable radius (e.g. 10 miles). Users could "favorite" certain theaters to bump them to the top, and quickly click through the RottenTomatoes or MetaCrytic reviews, movie information, etc. In other words, it was a useful piece of software in the otherwise incredibly high noise to signal ratio (i.e. CrApps to quality) the initial App Store land rush has given us.

And now it's gone.

Yup. For the last couple days, clicking on the Box Office link returns an iTunes error saying the app is not available in (your country) store. Posting on the MacRumors forums, developer Metasyntactic, claims not to know why it was pulled either (after the jump):

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6 years ago

Apple Extends Exclusivity Contract With AT&T Until 2010?

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Apple Extends Exclusivity Contract With AT&T Until 2010?

We've had our fair share of gripes and complaints about AT&T here at TiPb but we don't give them enough credit for trusting Apple and letting them go wild with the iPhone. Sure, they may be out to squeeze every dollar from their customers, but few carriers would even imagine giving Apple the freedom to create the. best. gadget. ever.

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6 years ago

NetShare Uses Your iPhone's 3G/EDGE For Your Computer (Update 2: Yeah, gone again)

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NetShare Uses Your iPhone's 3G/EDGE For Your Computer (Update 2: Yeah, gone again)

Update: Macrumors lets us know that, strangely enough, it's back in the App Store. It doesn't show up in a search, but you can download it via this iTunes/App Store link.

Update 2: ...aaaand it's gone again, at least in the US. Le Sigh.

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6 years ago

iPhone Restored: How 4.5GB of "Other" Files Ate My Storage!

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iPhone Restored: How 4.5GB of "Other" Files Ate My Storage!

Confession: I had to restore my iPhone 3G yesterday. No, I didn't want to jump on the trend-wagon just to get a build number ending in 7. No, the buggy, sluggy transitions didn't finally get to me. What happened? A huge chunk -- fully 1/4 -- of my 16GB storage was eaten up by what iTunes helpfully classified as "Other" files.

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6 years ago

Review: mophie Juice Pack Battery Pack/Case for (original) iPhone

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Review: mophie Juice Pack Battery Pack/Case for (original) iPhone

In the years before iPhone, my smartphones had replaceable batteries and I usually carried a spare, especially on trips. Inexplicably, the iPhone doesn't afford this "luxury" -- the battery is not user-replaceable and when it's dead, it's dead. If you don't have a charger handy, you are out of luck. This can be particularly frustrating if you are taking a long flight, want to watch a movie on your iPhone's expansive screen, and still have enough juice left to call someone when you get to your destination.

Enter the mophie Juice Pack Battery Pack/Case for iPhone, available now at TiPB store for $99.95. Read on for the full review!

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.1 Beta 2: Push API Unleashed + OS X 10.5.5 Beta + Security Update 2008-005

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iPhone 2.1 Beta 2: Push API Unleashed + OS X 10.5.5 Beta + Security Update 2008-005

iPhone SDK and Firmware 2.1 Beta 1, released to a very small group of developers just last week brought us rumors of direction and speed based GPS (turn-by-turn?), Notification Server API's, and the holiest of holy grails, cut, copy, and paste. Now Ars Technica reports Apple has dropped Beta 2, and while the hints hold true on the Notification "Push" technology, what else will our deep diving developers discover in the coming days? (I'm hoping for video recording!)

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6 years ago

Tip o' the Week: Backup Blues Begone!

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Tip o' the Week: Backup Blues Begone!

I'm an apps guy.  Since the App Store in iTunes rolled out, I've been downloading like a maniac.  I knew there would be consequences, like slower backup during my iPhone syncing.  Then, I synced for the first time after my iPhone was bloated with apps.  A snail crept across the sidewalk faster than the syncing status bar. Seriously?  Am I resigned to syncing my iPhone overnight so, hopefully, it will be ready to go by morning?  Is there someone (or someones) out there who has wrested the baton from Apple's clutches and done what Apple should have in the first place by allowing syncing without backing up??  Read on to find out in this week's Tip!

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6 years ago

TV on the iPhone? Patent Says Yes!

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TV on the iPhone? Patent Says Yes!

Patent filings sometimes clue you in to the direction a company is headed with their devices. Sure, some are crazy and others are ridiculous, but you can get a general sense of what the company is trying to accomplish in those stencil-like drawings and comic-like blurbs.

Well, Apple has filed a patent that strongly hints toward developing an add-on/dongle/hub/dock-type device that will accept AM, FM, HD, or satellite radio along with cable TV, satellite TV, antenna, or IPTV. The multiple connecting devices, as shown in the patent filing, could range from being a dock, a stereo, or even a computer.

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6 years ago

DefCon 2: ZuneDude Gets iPod Touch!

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DefCon 2: ZuneDude Gets iPod Touch!

Steven Smith, infamous for actually buying a Zune has -- Oh, wait... editor's correcting me here... seems he... what? -- actually buying a Zune and tattooing it's irrelevant logo and nonsensical branding onto his body (seriously?) -- has broken up with the derivative little mp3 player of his affection, and splashed the sordid aftermath all over the intertubes.

For Smith, the bottom line was lack of innovation, current and future, in the face of Apple and Sony, and more: Smith thinks Ballmer is getting ready to bail.

Yeahbuwhy are we covering this? It's a warning people. Smith's special form of... er... product enthusiasm may soon be coming our way. See, some non-briefed third party retailer slipped up and sold Smith an iPod Touch. Smith tells iPhoneSavior:

It's super thin and does some really neat stuff like tilting to go into cover flow. I also like watching movies on it. I can go anywhere to get iPod accessories, that's not the case with Zune stuff in Iowa.

Brilliant, salestard, that's only one short step away from an iPhone! Sound red alert and prepare to duck and cover! It's Switchpocolypse now-ish!

See Smith's "it's not me, it's you" video after the break. (Warning, occasional language and fanboy heartache).

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6 years ago

Kevin Rose: AT&T Has to Clear Firmware Updates + Dvorak on Malicious Health Rumors

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Kevin Rose: AT&T Has to Clear Firmware Updates + Dvorak on Malicious Health Rumors

One of the most important aspects of the iPhone is how it's breathed the air of change into long stodgy, backwards thinking mobile cellular providers. We can argue whether its been less effective post iPhone 3G where subsidies have returned, but either way Apple fairly neatly removed the carrier middleman from its usual intrusive position in the smartphone space. App Store is clearly the crowning example thus far, but frequent firmware updates is sometimes likewise cited.

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6 years ago

iPhone App Avalanche 3

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iPhone App Avalanche 3

 

It's the end of July and there's still plenty of summer left, so snow and avalanches are still many months away. Fortunately, any time of year is perfect for an App Avalanche, and there are always new and updated apps in the App Store for your iPhone. It's time for App Avalanche 3!

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6 years ago

iPod Watch: Long Nano's, New Touches, and Multi-Colors, Oh My!

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iPod Watch: Long Nano's, New Touches, and Multi-Colors, Oh My!

The iPhone might be the best iPod ever, but as Steve Jobs keeps saying, if no one else can compete with Apple, Apple will compete with itself. Witness a number of new iPod rumors that have just surfaced.

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6 years ago

Apple Drops iTunes 7.7.1

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Apple Drops iTunes 7.7.1

Apple released iTunes 7.7 just before the iPhone 3G hit on July 11, and now Software Update is ready to serve us up iTunes 7.7.1. What's new in the point release? Apple provides their typical super-detailed notes:

includes fixes to improve stability and performance

Gizmodo points out that this release follows only days after Apple's FairPlay DRM was cracked for iPhone Apps. Coincidence? We'll see.

If you've already installed 7.7.1 -- like I have -- all that remains is to sit back and see if the devs find any interesting strings this time around, or if an even more welcome update -- iPhone 2.0.1 -- follows soon...

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