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3 years ago

iPhone 3GS Recognizing FaceTime URLs?

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iPhone 3GS Recognizing FaceTime URLs?

It seems one sharp reader over at AppleInsider has noticed that the iPhone 3GS does indeed recognize FaceTime URLs under iOS 4. 

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3 years ago

iPhone live podcast #106: Re-revolutionized

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iPhone live podcast #106: Re-revolutionized

iPhone 4 is here and we spend the show reviewing it, from FaceTime to multitasking, Retina Display to camera, and iOS 4 and iOS 4 ready apps! Listen-in!

...because we're done. Week over. That's it. That's all. We need some sleep!

(Feel free to chat away while we're unconscious though, pick any topic above or just talk the night away. We'll be zzzzzzz--)

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3 years ago

iOS 4 updated Apps: Twittelator Pro, GoodReader, Echofon, Reeder, Apple Store Mobile App

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iOS 4 updated Apps: Twittelator Pro, GoodReader, Echofon, Reeder, Apple Store Mobile App

We're still lurking the App Store for signs of apps that have added iOS 4 support and we've found some more good ones. Some apps are only adding compatibility while some really take advantage of the new APIs Apple is offering to developers. Adding compatibility isn't the same as adding new APIs and features to increase not only user experience, but productivity and ease of use.

Read on to see what ones intrigued us this time.

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3 years ago

iPhone 4 cases, iPhone 4 pictures, reception woes, iPhone 4 jailbreak - From the Forums

iPhone 4 cases, iPhone 4 pictures, reception woes, iPhone 4 jailbreak - From the Forums

The TiPb forums are naturally a great place to talk, commiserate, celebrate, get help, and offer advice to your fellow iPhone users. In order to create a new thread of your own or reply to any of the existing threads, you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is easy and free so if you haven’t already head on over and register now!

  • Still on the hunt for a new iPhone 4 case? Look no further than the following thread: iPhone 4 Cases.

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3 years ago

Google CEO: We don't have a plan to beat Apple

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Google CEO: We don't have a plan to beat Apple

Google CEO Eric Schmidt said in a recent interview that they're not in competition with Apple, even while taking a little shot at the company on whose board of directors he sat during the iPhone's development.

We don't have a plan to beat Apple, that's not how we operate," Schmidt says. "We're trying to do something different than Apple and the good news is that Apple is making that very easy."

"The difference between the Apple model and the Google model is easy to understand - they're completely different. The Google model is completely open. You can basically take the software - it's free - you can modify whatever you want, you can add any kind of app, you can build any kind of business model on top of it and you can add any kind of hardware. The Apple model is the inverse."

Which is poppycock, really.

I'm as invested in Google's services as I am Apple's products, but come on. Completely open? Like any company, Google is open in what doesn't make them money and proprietary as heck in what does. Android is open (under the Apache license, not GPL -- which should give the philosophical FOSSies pause) but Google certainly hasn't opened their search or AdWords platforms. Likewise Apple open sources WebKit (which Google uses for their browser) and OpenCL and Grand Central and FaceTime, but keeps their crown jewels equally closed. So enough already with the open stuff. You give me free services so you can mine my data, I sell my soul to you to use them. Deal. Just don't insult my intelligence while doing it.

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3 years ago

Tweetings for iPad - app review and giveaway!

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Tweetings for iPad - app review and giveaway!

Tweetings for iPad is a relatively new Twitter client.  It comes not only for iPad, but iPhone and Mac as well (we'll look at the iPhone version next time).  Tweetings is all around a very full featured Twitter client.  It has everything from unread tweet management, geolocation tagging, now playing, nearby tweets, and even push notifications.

Tweetings has also recently been updated to support iOS 4 and iPhone 4.  The update also fixed a couple bugs including one that really irked me -- scrolling.  It only did it with certain themes but it was irritating nonetheless.  The problem seems to have disappeared since the update.

Read on for a breakdown, pics, and how you can win a free copy of Tweetings for iPad!

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3 years ago

Apple unveiling iTunes cloud services and wireless syncing soon?

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Apple unveiling iTunes cloud services and wireless syncing soon?

BGR is reporting that one of their reliable sources is claiming to know Apple's iTunes is going to the cloud and soon. The source states these cloud capabilities will be broken down into 3 separate groups:

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3 years ago

Apple posts open letter regarding iPhone 4 antenna reception issues

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Apple posts open letter regarding iPhone 4 antenna reception issues

Apple has posted an open letter addressing the widely reported issues surrounding iPhone 4 antenna reception -- how it drops or loses signal when held in such a way that the lower left side is covered.

Short version is, Apple's claiming they are, and historically have been, miscalculating how they display signal strength as bars on iPhone. They repeat that all phones will drop some signal when held in certain place, Nokia, Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone alike, but because of the way Apple was displaying signal strength, the drop appeared far more dramatic on iPhone 4.

For example, if the signal drops two bars when you hold it, and you only really have two bars, you'd see no signal and understand the drop. If you have two bars but Apple is showing you 5 bars, and weighting the calculation far too heavily towards high bars, you could drop 2 bars and really have 0, but iPhone is still showing you 3, 4, or even 5 bars. There in lies epic frustrati

A software update, to be issues within a few weeks, will change the calculation to AT&T's recommended method, and Apple will make the lower signal bars easier to see at the same time. So, in other words, your signal will still drop but it won't look to be as good before it does so.

Apple also reiterates that both they and their customers continue to report that iPhone 4 has better than any previous model, and remind everyone that anyone unsatisfied can return an undamaged iPhone 4 for a refund within 30 days.

While this does seem to address the miss-reporting of signal strength Anandtech found in their tests, and acknowledging that iPhone 4 does get better reception and does drop fewer calls -- when it works -- it doesn't seem to address the higher levels of attenuation seen in raw signals, or some reports that the baseband software wasn't properly adjusting when that attenuation occurred.

A few weeks seems like a long time to push out an iOS 4.0.1 update just to fix signal bar strength reporting, so either Apple is just waiting until their usual late July window for their first update or are working on other bug fixes -- related to the antenna or other issues like the proximity sensor -- we'll have to wait and see.

Full letter after the break.

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3 years ago

In stock: Talon Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4

In stock: Talon Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4

In stock: Talon Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4

Talon Hard Shell Case for iPhone 4 helps keep your device protected while not sacrificing the slim look! This Hard Case from Talon is designed specifically for the iPhone 4 and has cut outs for all of the devices features while leaving the screen exposed for full functionality.

Features:

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3 years ago

iPhone 4 - one week later

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iPhone 4 - one week later

iPhone 4 one week later?Market Research

Early adopters, you've had your iPhone 4 for about a week now so how's it holding up for you? There are some amazing new features, some solid app updates to take advantage of them, and a few bugs to boot. Give us you quick overall take-to-date in the poll up top, and your one-week-later review in the comments below.

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