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6 years ago

iPhone SDK Downloads Top 100,000 in Just Four Days. RIM, Microsoft Watch in Horror

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6 years ago

Thurrott Steps Out of the iPhone Closet - Wait-a-Thon!

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Thurrott Steps Out of the iPhone Closet - Wait-a-Thon!

Longtime Windows pundit Paul Thurrott has always had an interesting relationship with Apple. He has a MacBook, uses iPods, and link baits Apple fanboys every chance he gets.

But the times, they may be a changing! Look no further than the Windows Weekly Podcast, where Thurrott had this to say about Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform efforts when compared to the iPhone (transcribed):

"I have one very callous thing to say myself about the Windows Mobile guys, which is s**w them because, no offense, but seriously, you guys have had - I was there for the first version of WindowsCE, Pegasus I think it was called, and I have watched as they've mismanaged this smartphone market from day one. It has... it has always lagged behind, it's not always been Microsoft's fault - I understand part of it is just the nature of the business - but you know, Apple revolutionized the smartphone business not just with the hardware and the software but also with the way that they're now presenting this stuff to users and updating the system over time, providing new functionality. This is something that doesn't happen with other smartphones and it's the type of thing where I can go to a Microsoft event and they can announce a new version of Windows Mobile, and that thing, I won't see it in a store for another, you know, at the time, 18 months. That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. Yeah, s**w 'em. If a Windows Mobile device was better than an iPhone I would use it, but you would have to show me that device."

Wow. Guess even Balmer hath no fury as a Windows pundit scorn...

While his original iPhone 1.0 review was mixed (or honest, as he claims, in the face of too many softball reviews from others), it slowly improved with firmware 1.3, and now with the beta of 2.0... Well, we'll let iThurrott speak for himself:

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6 years ago

UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock

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UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock

Gizmodo raises the Jolly Roger this morning with news that the scurvy Pwned Project DevTeam has forced the iPhone SDK beta firmware to walk the plank:

  • Jailbreak? Aye.
  • Unlock? Aye Aye.
  • Unsigned Apps? JAR!

Old Install.app applications will need to be updated to the new APIs, but by using a firmware patch rather than hack, DevTeam believes this Jailbreak will be hard for Apple to counter. Prepare to be boarded!

Has the DevTeam got Apple's treasure for good this time or is Cap'n Jobs already coming around, cannons primed? The cat and mouse game continues!

UPDATE: Ars Technica explains:

The new exploit works by taking advantage of the boot loading process on the iPhone, using the AppleImage2NorAccess extension to load a custom firmware to the device in the same way that the standard restore process works. After the patched firmware has been written to the device and restarted, any unsigned app can be loaded and run.

Catch the video after the break!

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6 years ago

Search Icon in Apple SDK Event -- Local Contacts or Exchange Global Addresses?

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Search Icon in Apple SDK Event -- Local Contacts or Exchange Global Addresses?


Image from Engadget Mobile

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6 years ago

Fruit Wars: RIM and Apple to Go Head to Head in Corporate Messaging

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Fruit Wars: RIM and Apple to Go Head to Head in Corporate Messaging

Apple and RIM are on a collision course as the two companies go toe to toe vying for enterprise messaging market share. RIM has long held the corporate high ground with its dominant BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology and ubiquitous handsets. But Apple is sending iPhone to business school, adopting Microsoft Exchange support that is certain to give Apple the competitive advantage it needs to challenge RIM's BlackBerry industrial complex.

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6 years ago

iPhone Win Design Awards

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iPhone Win Design Awards

Ive's name be praised, for Apple Inc. has won eight (count'em - 8!) design awards at CeBIT 2008, including the universe-denting iPhone and its miniscule Bluetooth headset companion.

Also taking home the prize were Apple's iPods Nano, Classic, and Touch, USB and Bluetooth Keyboards, and the all new, aluminum and glass iMac.

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6 years ago

Review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset

I still remember the keynote of keynotes: MacWorld 2007. Towards the end of the iPhone presentation, Steve Jobs showed the Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset. My jaw dropped. Small, light, perfect! I only held off on my purchase due to the slightly inflated price of $129. So in November of 2007 when Apple had their one-day sale event, I picked one up for $99. Here are my thoughts after 3+ months of usage.

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6 years ago

CrackBerry.com Podcast Talks Up iPhone Enterprise Challenge

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CrackBerry.com Podcast Talks Up iPhone Enterprise Challenge

We already told you that Apple threw a brick-stuffed glove down on RIM's foot with their Enterprise plans during the iPhone Software Roadmap event. So it's only natural that it would be the topic du-jour for the next CrackBerry.com Podcast (iTunes link).

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6 years ago

Apple vs. RIM: Lowdown on the "Push" Throw-down!

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Apple vs. RIM: Lowdown on the "Push" Throw-down!

Analysts Rob Sanderson and Shaw Wu step up to the line for two rounds of bare-knuckle Apple vs. RIM enterprise assessments. Brought to us by the always excellent team at Apple Insider, both analysts start us off with the "tale of the (architecture) tape:

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0: 802.1x a Win for Business and Universities

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iPhone 2.0: 802.1x a Win for Business and Universities

When the iPhone and iPod Touch first shipped, many eager big business users and university students snapped up the "breakthrough internet devices" only to find that, because the iPhone and iPod Touch didn't support the 802.1x protocol, they couldn't connect to some very large Wi-Fi networks.

Posts piled up on Apple's Discussion Boards, feature requests and bug reports flooded in (I know I sent one!), and, as of the SDK Roadmap event on Thursday, Apple has listened! 802.1x has been announced for firmware 2.0!

But what is it and why's is it so important?

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6 years ago

When will DocsToGo be ReadyToGo? - App Watch

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When will DocsToGo be ReadyToGo? - App Watch

What does all this SDK talk mean with respect to the popular DataViz products like Documents To Go? Read on, my friends!

Although it's easy to be swallowed up in the sea of information spilling forth from the SDK Roadmap earlier today, and even though I'm still hoping for Stevie J to throw us a bone (like copy/paste ready for download from iTunes? ahem), I'm trying to stay calm. Deep breath. Maybe another piece of good news will help.

One of my favorite apps from my Treo days is DataViz's DocsToGo. I tried to reach DataViz for comment with regard to the SDK release and their plans for bringing their products to the iPhone, but alas, the time-zone gods are against me and all I could come up with was a blurb from their website. Read their statement and glean what you can:

We are currently investigating the opportunity to develop Documents To Go, RoadSync, Passwords Plus and any of our other software titles for the iPhone and would appreciate your feedback.

Here's our feedback: Yes, Please.

After the break, DataViz CEO Dick Fontana talks up the SDK for Fox News. [via] -- "DataViz has a long relationship with Apple which gives Dick reason to be optimistic about the opportunities for DataViz with the iPhone." -- indeed.

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6 years ago

AT&T to Offer "Unlimited" Calling Plan for iPhone. More Dropped Calls in More Places

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AT&T to Offer "Unlimited" Calling Plan for iPhone. More Dropped Calls in More Places

Unlimited calling plans seem to be all the rage these days, with every carrier provision subscribers with "all you can speak" plans. Now even iPhone users will soon be able to gab all they want, and not pay dearly for it in the next billing cycle. According to Engadget, AT&T will be soon offer a special iPhone bundled unlimited calling plan for the low price of just $119.99 a month. Not a bad deal I suppose, if you spend ever waking hour of your day with a cell phone symbiotically attached to your face.

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6 years ago

Spotlight Feature Coming to iPhone? Oh Please Let it Be So!

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Spotlight Feature Coming to iPhone? Oh Please Let it Be So!

Careful observation of one of Apple's presentation slides taken during last week's iPhone SDK event reveals a possible firmware 2.0 feature; SPOTLIGHT!In one slide depicting the Contacts list, a small search icon appears at the very top of the screen. Could this be Spotlight for iPhone? We'll see. It so, I know of many iPhone users who will dance through lawn sprinklers with glee, myself included.

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6 years ago

NIN offers free, mixable, mashable, Creative Commons Music

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NIN offers free, mixable, mashable, Creative Commons Music

SDK news, Wait-a-Thon $100 iTunes Gift Cards, sparkling personalities... can life here at Phonedifferent get any better?? YES!!!

How 'bout some FREE music, compliments of NIN (Nine Inch Nails)?

Following up on Radiohead's release last year, NIN is offering FREE music for download. Titled "Ghosts I - IV", Ghosts I are the first 9 tracks available for free download as high-quality, DRM-free MP3s, including the complete PDF. All you need is a valid email address and presto, you got some free music to carry around with you on your iPhone.

That's not the best part, though, read on...

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6 years ago

Java Support Coming to iPhone. Extra Bold, Black, and Buggy

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Java Support Coming to iPhone. Extra Bold, Black, and Buggy

No term strikes more fear and fluster in a coder than the word "Java", and I'm not talking about the scalding hot cup of Starbucks dark roast you spilled in your lap on the way to work this morning. No, I'm talking about Sun Microsystems's long touted (and lamented) portable programming environment designed to run small applications through virtual runtimes. Java is best known for its ever-reaching marketing slogan "Write once, run anywhere", though veteran developers will tell you the only thing Java truly excels at is crashing.

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