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6 years ago

Top 10 Reasons Why the Blackberry Compares Worse Than Ever to the iPhone 3G - Wait-a-Thon!

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Top 10 Reasons Why the Blackberry Compares Worse Than Ever to the iPhone 3G - Wait-a-Thon!

[Note: This a a Wait-A-Thon post! Comment on this post -- or any post tagged "Wait-a-Thon" -- for your chance to win a $100 iTunes Gift Card! Note that you must post with a valid and real email address so we can send you your prize -- no switching!]

Back in April, sister site Crackberry.com posted a hypejacking article detailing their "Top 10 Reasons the iPhone was NO Blackberry". Rather than a purely facetious "And thank Jobs for that!", TiPb kept tongue firmly in cheek but responded with the "Top 10 Reasons the iPhone is Incomparable" and a more considered (meaning they didn't let me write it!) 10 Reasons to Ditch Your Blackberry for the iPhone. (Though in my defense, I did think there was something the iPhone could learn from its Blackberry competitor...)

Now, however, as the iPhone 3G and its 2.0 software are poised to take on the enterprise market, where RIM is still clearly the sales (if no longer the mind) share leader, perhaps it is time. So, as Crackberry.com pushes their "Top 10 Reasons the iPhone is STILL NO BlackBerry", let's just strap our business plans on and see if there really is any way the Blackberry can compare to the iPhone 3G.

Read on to find out!

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6 years ago

Woz the Hack? Kathy Griffin Gets iPhone Jailbreak from the Founder!

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Woz the Hack? Kathy Griffin Gets iPhone Jailbreak from the Founder!

If Fake Steve weren't taking some "vacation" time to allow his alter-ego's to move from Forbes to take over Steve Levy's job at Newsweek, he'd no doubt be all over this.

Seems Woz, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in a garage during the age of aquarius (or something), in between Segway Polo matches and paying for hamburgers with uncut sheets of $100 bills, found some alone time with his honey, celebrity funny woman Kathy Griffn, in the back of a limo.

What to do, what to do...

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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, June 14th Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, June 14th 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!

In this week's edition: RIM Flips, Windows Mobile is why Ballmer should quit, and Palm's Centro is a... hit?!

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6 years ago

iPhone Dev Program: 13% Acceptance, 99% Chaos?

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iPhone Dev Program: 13% Acceptance, 99% Chaos?

Paul Kafasis, who along with his fellow Rogue Amoeba's raised some early concerns over the iPhone SDK, is back with a post WWDC status report, and his current opinion? Brokended.

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6 years ago

Updated: Hoax! iPhone 3G in Germany: T-Mobile Rate Plans?

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Updated: Hoax! iPhone 3G in Germany: T-Mobile Rate Plans?

Could these be T-Mobile's iPhone 3G rate plans? I couldn't find them posted yet on T-Mobile's site (and my German is nicht gooden anyway), but reader Germany iPhone User sent us a tip on the image below, so if this is them, then this is them!

Update: Turns out not so much (see comments below).

According to the image, plans come in small, medium, large, and extra large (XL) sizes, from €29 through €89, with 50 to 1000 minutes, free weekends, 0 to 500 SMS, with 500mb of data on the lowest plans, and unlimited on all the rest.

Likewise das cheapen plan will get you an iPhone 3G 8GB for €169 (or 16GB for €249) while einen XL will get you the 8GB free! (16GB for €99)

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6 years ago

Apple Posts iPhone Design Award 2008 Winners

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Apple Posts iPhone Design Award 2008 Winners

Ever since a young Steve Jobs audited a calligraphy class and sparked the taste that has driven modern consumer computing, Apple had prided itself on pixel-perfect design. And this year, for the first time, iPhone Web Apps and (beta) App Store apps were eligible for Apple's WWDC-delivered Design Awards. (Which makes sense, given the iPhone was released less than a year ago...)

According to Apple's Developer Connection, the awards:

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6 years ago

Original iPhone 2G Pulled from AT&T Stores

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Original iPhone 2G Pulled from AT&T Stores

It's official, folks, the iPhone 3G is replacing the original iPhone, aka the "iPhone 2G" (which makes the iPhone 1G the... Newton?). Company-owned AT&T store managers received the word today:

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6 years ago

What if iPhone 2.0 was... 3G Exclusive?!

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What if iPhone 2.0 was... 3G Exclusive?!

There's been some chatter here, and in the blogsphere in general, that the iPhone 3G isn't a compelling enough upgrade for current iPhone users. 3G speed is nice, but not everyone has it in their area. GPS rocks, but Google cell and Skyhook WiFi triangulation is good enough for a lot of location services. And the flush headset jack? Already bought an adapter. So aside from some internals, like rejiggered sensor arrays, better speaker quality, and more radio-friendly plastic back, some just don't feel like the iPhone 3G brought enough new stuff!

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6 years ago

Did Apple Make a Mistake With 3rd Party Apps?

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Did Apple Make a Mistake With 3rd Party Apps?

 

In an article over at Brighthand, Antoine Wright raised an interesting and thought-provoking point, that Apple should have ignored developer's wishes and maintain their web app platform. He believes that Safari, one of the most capable mobile browsers available, could have paved the way for an even better web experience by offering very polished web apps. He lists examples such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and banking sites as those who have created great web apps.

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6 years ago

Rebuke of the iClones: Mossberg Strikes Back!

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Rebuke of the iClones: Mossberg Strikes Back!

Ouch. Seems Samsung and Sprint tried to bring an Instinct to an iPhone fight. At least that's how venerable Wall Street Journal columnist and "D" All Things Digital tech yoda Walt Mossberg made it sound in his iClonic "review" (to be fair, the still unreleased iPhone 3G gets more attention -- and love -- than the unfortunately release-timed Instinct).

How does Mossberg sum up his feelings, some several paragraphs and umpteen iPhone mentions, references, and comparisons down?

If you're a devoted Sprint customer, or want to avoid AT&T, the Instinct is an OK choice. But it's no iPhone.

Watch the video accompanying video after the break!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G's 3rd Sensor? Another Proximity Sensor

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iPhone 3G's 3rd Sensor? Another Proximity Sensor

There have been reports that the iPhone 3G was sporting a third sensor on the face of the phone. Well the details have come out and it's a...second proximity sensor! Yep, no front-facing camera, just another feature we already had.

I assume you are a little disappointed in the news, but for what it's worth, the second proximity sensor will provide better accuracy compared to the original iPhone's one proximity sensor get up. It's supposed to improve the iPhone's face proximity detection and well 2 is better than 1 right?

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6 years ago

Weekly Web App Review: PocketVidz

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Weekly Web App Review: PocketVidz

You know what the iPhone popularized? Not just iCloning. Not just multi-touch. Not just visual voicemail. What I’m talking about is watching video on your mobile device. Youtube was integrated into the iPhone from the beginning and well, most other mobile users were jealous.

But the iPhone has so much more video potential than just Youtube. As popular as Youtube is, there are other video sites out there. Take the webapp PocketVidz for example, they have thousands of videos available for your iPhone, sized and optimized for your viewing pleasure. What is the selection like? Should you try it out?

Read on for the rest of the review!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Canada: It's What They Don't Say That Might Kill It

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iPhone 3G in Canada: It's What They Don't Say That Might Kill It

We mentioned yesterday that the Canadian Government was poised to bring down the DMCA hammer on us humble citizens, handing the reins of power more overtly than ever to Big Media and Big Telco.

Not so, says the Government, listing off ways in which their new bill is mildly less offensive than it's American progenitor, but I'm struck by what they don't mention. Will cell phone unlocking, including iPhone 3G unlocking, be made illegal? And what about DVD ripping? Can I not take a movie I pay money for and put it into iTunes so I can watch it on my new iPhone 3G? And why, to balance the rights you're stripping from Canadians, have you not long ago introduced a bill to prevent GSM monopolies in the telco industry from charging Canadians among the highest prices in the world for data?

How about that?

(Read on for the full text of the Canadian Government's preemptive email blast)

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6 years ago

Tip o' the Week: It's About Time!

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Tip o' the Week: It's About Time!

Time.  There's never enough of it, we're always running out of it, we can't make more of it, and we spend loads of cash on devices to help us manage it.  How often do you use your iPhone to help you manage your time better?  Sure, there's a calendar.  But what about the Clock app?  How often do you use it to set alarms?  What about the stopwatch -- only good for timing your running or swimming laps?  

Speaking of time -- it's time for this week's Tip, so take a little of your time now and read on about using your iPhone Clock!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Italy: Pre-Order Now, No Contract Needed!

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iPhone 3G in Italy: Pre-Order Now, No Contract Needed!

In sharp contrast to how the North Americans have started off, the Europeans (yup, including the UK) seem to be handling the whole iPhone 3G "second coming" with a lot more grace and -- frankly -- customer care. Witness Vodafone on the iPhone in Italy:

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