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6 years ago

App Store Update: More Apps, Less Free, No Demos, Devs Still Daunted?

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App Store Update: More Apps, Less Free, No Demos, Devs Still Daunted?

During Apple's Q3 Conference Call on Monday, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook reported that, like the iTunes Store, App Store is not meant to generate revenue but to drive iPhone and iPod Touch sales. They've added 400 Apps to the 500 available at launch, bringing the total (at call time) to 900, though the percentage of FREE (as in beer, not speech) Apps has fallen from 25% (~125 at launch) to 20% (~180 now). Under $10 Apps remained constant at 90%. Seems like that's the current magic ceiling for many developers. And with over 25 million downloads and counting, they may be right.

What else is going on in App Land? Read on to find out!

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6 years ago

UPDATED: MobileMe Answers? Server Down and Fiber Optic Line Cut?

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UPDATED: MobileMe Answers? Server Down and Fiber Optic Line Cut?

UPDATE: Ask and you shall receive-ish. Apple has posted a Knowledge Base article detailing (part of?) the problem (via Macrumors):

Symptoms Updated: July 22, 2008, 4 p.m. PDT. On Friday, July 18, 2008 (2008-07-18) we experienced a serious issue with one of our MobileMe mail servers. This issue is currently affecting approximately 1% of MobileMe members. Affected members are unable to send or receive email at www.me.com or access email using any email client software such as Mail on a Mac or Microsoft Outlook on a PC. Products Affected MobileMe Mail Resolution We understand this is a serious issue and apologize for this service interruption. We are working hard to restore your service.

Original post after the break...

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6 years ago

MacBook Touch Rumors Cometh... Again!

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MacBook Touch Rumors Cometh... Again!

Can't keep a good iTablet rumor down, can you?

While Windows-based tablets have never successfully penetrated the mainstream market, a vocal contingent have long been clamoring for an Apple Tablet (iTablet, MacBook Touch, Safari Pad, etc.). Modbook rolls their own and Alex Lindsay of PixelCorps/MacBreak Weekly fame contemplated making one himself. Heck, even TechCrunch wants a FrankenLinFox pad!

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6 years ago

iPhone App Avalanche 2

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iPhone App Avalanche 2

If you own an iPhone and haven't browsed the App Store, you don't know what you're missing!  Then again, if you are reading this 2nd App Avalanche, you can get a taste of what's waiting for you in the App Store and maybe, just maybe, you'll not waste another second and start downloading some great apps for your iPhone!

With your iPhone in hand, let's get buried in some apps right now with App Avalanche 2!

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6 years ago

WordPress for iPhone Now Available

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WordPress for iPhone Now Available

For those of you waiting for another blog editor other than TypePad, WordPress users rejoice! WordPress for iPhone is now available from the iTunes store for free! Word came this morning from TUAW that the native app would be available today. You can read more about the application here

This app allows you to manage several blogs, create and edit posts and even upload photos to your blog directly from your iPhone. This is a strong competitor to TypePad's offering, especially since WordPress is free, though they do appear very similar. The one function WordPress for iPhone does this is unique is the ability to preview a post. Check out the gallery below!

Sadly, it's not all wine and roses blog posts and galleries here at TiPb, something about our server isn't sitting right with the app, it crashes on configure. Ah, full size computers: we wish we could quit you.

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6 years ago

MobileMe Windows Control Panel Panic

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MobileMe Windows Control Panel Panic

Another day, another potential problem with MobileMe? Fair enough, some Windows users were made a little hyper-sensitive a while back when Apple included Safari as a pre-selected update alongside Windows iTunes 7.6. An uproar arose, and Apple responded by shifting Safari slightly downward and into its own section.

Now comes word that iTunes 7.7 installed a MobileMe section into Windows Control Panel (similar to the Quicktime section) -- whether you use MobileMe or not.

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6 years ago

Must Read: RIM Developer Eyeing the iPhone

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Must Read: RIM Developer Eyeing the iPhone

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6 years ago

Review: Seidio Slim Rubberized Hard Case for the Original iPhone

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Review: Seidio Slim Rubberized Hard Case for the Original iPhone

The Seidio Slim Rubberized Hard Case for iPhone is available here at the Phone different Store for $29.95.  With so many choices to protect and stylize your iPhone, how does this case measure up?  Read on for the full review!

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6 years ago

Got Jailbreak? Don't Care About TOS? Get iPhone 3G Tethering!

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Got Jailbreak? Don't Care About TOS? Get iPhone 3G Tethering!

Depending on your carrier, their terms of service (TOS), and your willingness to break said terms and face possible consequences including death-by-over-billing, you can now tether you newly pwned/jailbroken iPhone 3G to your laptop to share the mobile 3G internet connection anywhere and everywhere you go (your coverage area, of course, may vary).

The process is a little involved, according to Macrumors (via Cre.ations.net):

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6 years ago

Apple Posts 3rd Quarter Results: Hello Halo Effect?

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Apple Posts 3rd Quarter Results: Hello Halo Effect?

We told you that today's earnings would be thin on iPhone details and that is definitely the case. Apple's just posted their 3rd quarter results and the results are: dizzang!

Dig the full results (minus the legal speak) after the break. Here's the short version: a record number of Macs were sold, just shy of 2.5 million, which works out to about 41% growth year over year, 43% revenue growth. That's ALottaMacs, friends, and it helped Apple hit a quarterly profit of over a billion dollars on $7.46 billion in revenue -- both significant increases over the same quarter last year. Margins were down a hair, but whatev -- Apple's selling Macs, dig?

We can't wait to see what the financial results are for iPhone sales (they'll come next quarter), but we have a sneaking suspicion that numbers like these mean that the just-dandy sales for iPhones 2 quarters ago have translated into quite a few people getting interested in replacing a PC with a Mac. As Mac-users ourselves, we welcome you folks to the fold. Are you a recent switcher? Was it the Halo effect? Is your new iPhone 3G spotting a shiny halo that has you thinking Mac for your next purchase?

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6 years ago

A Sad Un-Re-Boxing: How to Repair Your iPhone via FedEx

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A Sad Un-Re-Boxing: How to Repair Your iPhone via FedEx

My iPhone 3G, 16gb in the white flavor, has hardware issues. As I reported in our forums, it started with the volume-down button not working, and then the issue seemed to spread to volume up, the ringer switch, and the sleep button. A full restore from iTunes didn't save it -- confirmed hardware. Having no Apple Store nearby, I decided to give Apple's phone support a try. Twenty minutes on hold and a few questions later, they sent me a box. The procedure is very simple, read on for the mini-gallery and return process details.

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6 years ago

Got MobileMe Email Problems?

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Got MobileMe Email Problems?

In the continuing saga of the launch that's more and more like a sputter (though hopefully not a full crash and burn, right Apple?), MobileMe is reporting:

1% of MobileMe members cannot access MobileMe Mail. We apologize for any inconvenience.

TUAW is saying that the problem might be (or getting ready to become), larger?

Personally, I'm having NO PROBLEMS whatsoever. Email, fine. Push, fine. Web access, fine.

How about you?

Is the faulty launch making everyone hyperaware and quick to find (and post) problems? Or is MobileMe really cursed by scaling bugs?

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0: Mobile Safari Browser Speed Boost!

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iPhone 2.0: Mobile Safari Browser Speed Boost!

Between the time you click a link and a web page finishes loading on your iPhone, there are many factors that ultimately decide just how fast that process will be, including connection speed (2.5 G EDGE/3G HSDPA/WiFi) CPU speed, and rendering engine. Like desktop Safari, Mobile Safari uses Apple's open source WebKit rendering engine, and it seems like for 2.0, WebKit has gotten its turbo on, especially in handling Javascript. Says Daring Fireball:

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6 years ago

Lightning Review: MLB At Bat

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Lightning Review: MLB At Bat

Masseym drops our latest Lightning Review, for MLB At Bat ($4.99 at iTunes), which we publish today even though masseym clearly was trying to play this Minnesota boy's heart by using a Twins game in his screenshot. We're publishing Lightning reviews of iPhone apps nearly every day, write your review in our forums and you'll get a chance to win a 25% off coupon to our iPhone accessories Store. Click here for full details!

As an avid baseball fan (ok, just the Mets) living in Texas, I was excited when MLB announced their app. I could see the strike/ball/out counts live and then watch highlight clips from anywhere in the world! What an exciting application.

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6 years ago

App Preview: Friend Book Photo Dialing, Contacts, and Management for iPhone

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App Preview: Friend Book Photo Dialing, Contacts, and Management for iPhone

Friend Book envelopes and extends the iPhone's built-in Contacts app. Divided into three parts, a photo contact viewer and manager, a wireless contact exchanger, and photo dialer, it gives contacts some fabulous new abilities, though sometimes at the expense of quirky new constraints.

Note: I grabbed Friend Book pretty much the instant it was released on the App Store. Since then, it's been taken down to address an issue with contact permissions but should return shortly. If any functionality changes in the re-release, I'll update here.

Read on for the walkthrough, after the break!

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