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5 years ago

Round Robin: CrackBerry Kevin Cracks the iPhone 3G

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Round Robin: CrackBerry Kevin Cracks the iPhone 3G

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! Full contest rules here!]

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5 years ago

Macworld Fallout: Organizer Talks, Apple Walks, Community Balks

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Macworld Fallout: Organizer Talks, Apple Walks, Community Balks

The news is still fresh (and painful): No Steve-Note at this year's Macworld Expo an no Apple from next year on. Reaction over the intertubes has been fast and in some cases furious. Here's a quick sampling:

  • Paul Kent of Macworld Expo responded with a non-response, which is probably all he really could do: "We look forward to many successful years of Macworld to come."
  • Jason Snell of Macworld Magazine (same parent, different company) thinks it might be better for the show: "And yet every year, those same companies schlep out to San Francisco to announce their next big products—and find their announcements completely washed away by whatever Steve Jobs announced on Tuesday morning. Completely washed away."
  • Jim Goldman of CNBC says the reasons are purely political, not health related: "Apple has been trying to separate itself from Macworld for some time, preferring instead to host its own "special events" a few times a year." (er... um, that sounds more strategic than political, but who are we to analyze people's headlines?)
  • Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo says Apple has always wanted out of Macworld, but thinks no Steve-note is just one more step on Jobs' road to retirement: "The simplest explanation, following previous events, is that canceling MacWorld and having Phil Schiller to present it is just another part of His Plan. This doesn't mean that he is leaving the company tomorrow, however. it is just one more step towards that goal, as I explained back in October."

Read on for more, after the break!

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5 years ago

Official: No Steve-Note at Apple's LAST Macworld

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Official: No Steve-Note at Apple's LAST Macworld

And lo, Steve Jobs opened the 7th seal, and there was silence at Macworld.

Apple just made it official folks, Phil Schiller will be presenting the Keynote, and after that, Apple will no longer be attending Macworld, leaving WWDC as possibly the only show big left for Apple and Steve Jobs.

Is this the end of an era, or the beginning of something new? Does no Steve-note mean no Macworld for anyone? What will this do to expectations? And will it make Apple's "special events" even more special?

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5 years ago

Deal of the Day: AT&T Now Selling Refurbished iPhone 3G's

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Deal of the Day: AT&T Now Selling Refurbished iPhone 3G's

If you were waiting for a price drop to pick up your own iPhone 3G, now might be your only chance. AT&T is now offering refurbished iPhone 3G's on their website. 8GB's are going for $149.99 and 16GB's can be picked up for $249.99. Of course these prices require a 2 year service agreement.

Just a heads up on refurbished devices from AT&T:

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5 years ago

TiPb Video: Dropship for iPhone

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TiPb Video: Dropship for iPhone

Looking for a cool retro-arcade action title from what is shaping up to be a leading game developer/publisher on the iPhone? Than look no further than Dropship ($1.99) [iTunes Link] from ngmoco:)

Premise:

You control a "dropship". You save humans. You pick up cargo and delivery it safely. You do this in a time limit. 

More after the break!

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5 years ago

Review: Sonos ZonePlayer 90 with iPhone Controller App

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Review: Sonos ZonePlayer 90 with iPhone Controller App

Sonos is a "multi-room music system" that lets you wirelessly stream music to any "zone" in your house either independently or synchronized together using a centralized controller. And, oh yeah, that centralized controller can be an iPhone or iPod Touch.

Chad, with the help of his friend, gave us a first look at using Sonos with the iPhone in lieu of its traditional controller, and raised some great pros (total iPhone control of all music, in every room, of your Sonos-enabled home) and cons (iPhone relegated merely to control, and not leveraged for the media-powerhouse it is in its own right as well) about the experience. So great, in fact, that when Sonos offered TiPb a limited-time demo to test it out, I jumped at the chance.

Since I'm not a Sonos user, not an audiophile, and not particularly interested in struggling anymore with complicated setup procedures, I thought it would be ideal to approach this from a new-user perspective, and one used to the iPhone ecosystem where things (often) "just work".

How did it go? Find out after the break!

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5 years ago

Confirmed iPhone 3G Software Unlock Date and a Mac System Update Warning

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Confirmed iPhone 3G Software Unlock Date and a Mac System Update Warning

Well it is now official, the Dev-Team has updated their blog today to let you all know when the iPhone 3G software unlock will be released. Seems as if New Years eve is what they are aiming for.

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5 years ago

Unlocked iPhones Around the World

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Unlocked iPhones Around the World

This past Saturday Apple posted a new support page, a simple list of all the carriers currently selling iPhone 3G's and which ones are locked and which ones are unlocked. As all AT&T customers know, our iPhone's are locked down tight until the Dev-Team can do something about it. I suppose if you were that desperate and crafty you could use this list of unlocked carriers to get yourself one, for a hefty fee of course... and be sure to know how to speak fluent Chinese if you want support for one purchased in Hong Kong or Taiwan. ;)

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5 years ago

MobileMe Updated in Time for the Holidays

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MobileMe Updated in Time for the Holidays

What has the MobileMe team gone and gotten us for the holidays? Why, a slew of pre-New Year updates! Specific to the iPhone:

  • Resolved an issue that could cause some contacts to temporarily disappear on iPhone or iPod touch when syncing with MobileMe over an intermittent network connection; iPhone Software 2.2 is required to take full advantage of this
  • Improves reliability of new email notifications on an iPhone/iPod touch
  • Messages just deleted on iPhone, iPod touch, or a desktop mail application now update more quickly on webmail

And, most importantly to Mac users who previously saw the "push" and "Exchange for the rest of us" labels vanish in a cloud of, er... more like 15 min...

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5 years ago

Steve Jobs Giving Keynote at Macworld... or Not?

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Steve Jobs Giving Keynote at Macworld... or Not?

In 2007 Steve Jobs strode up onto the Macworld stage, rehashed the Apple TV for a bit, then dropped the shot heard around the consumer electronic universe: iPhone.

In 2008, it was Time Capsule, an iPhone OS update, Apple TV Take 2, and the MacBook Air.

And in 2009?

Er... um... we're not even sure he's going to be there, according to Businessweek (via MacRumors):

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5 years ago

iPhone Dev-Team Unlock Update: "Target date is a few days after Christmas :)"

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iPhone Dev-Team Unlock Update: "Target date is a few days after Christmas :)"

For anyone who has been waiting for a software unlock soltution for their iPhone 3G, it looks like you patience will be paying off in a short few weeks. As Dev Team member MuscleNerd stated "Target date is a few days after Christmas".

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile Team Says iPhone Success Validates WinMo?!

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Windows Mobile Team Says iPhone Success Validates WinMo?!

Our sibling site, WMExpert's tells us about all the speculation surrounding code-name "pink", which may have to do with some manner of next generation Windows Mobile stuffs. (We've heard whispers of "rouge" as well, so we're guessing there're some real "Lady Marmalade" skunkworks going on).

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5 years ago

Round Robin: TiPb vs. HTC FUZE Q&A!

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Round Robin: TiPb vs. HTC FUZE Q&A!

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! Full contest rules here!]

So the WinManiacs kicked my butt a bit over the HTC FUZE review. David Pogue was wrong, neither Apple Nuts nor BlackBerry nuts hold a candle to WinMo users scorn. However, I'd counter by saying they were so busy being indignant, they didn't really stop to consider the point of the round robin, or the points raised in the preview or final review. In other words, coming from where we're coming from, iPhone users approaching other devices, we were right, and the enraged WinManiacs... well... read on after the break!

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5 years ago

Return of the iPhone Nano Rumors

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Return of the iPhone Nano Rumors

With Macworld fast approaching, the rumor rate should begin increasing exponential. iTablets will be hot once again, of course, as will the iPhone Nano. Says MacRumors:

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5 years ago

The iPhone Blog Week in Review for December 15, 2008

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The iPhone Blog Week in Review for December 15, 2008

Every week I will be bringing you what I think are the week’s biggest stories and articles. Let’s get started, after the break!

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