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3 years ago

Softbank brings NFC payment technology to iPhone 4

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Softbank brings NFC payment technology to iPhone 4

While most have assumed the iPhone 5 will include NFC technology for turning your iPhone into an eWallet, Japanese carrier Softbank has announced they'll be releasing their own NFC payment system for the iPhone 4 ahead of Apple in the form of a sticker you can apply to Apple's flagship smartphone. From Engadget:

Softbank has responded to complaints about the iPhone 4's NFC deficit by introducing a new "seal" for the back of Apple's latest and greatest.

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3 years ago

Samsung to show off Galaxy Player iPod touch competitor at CES

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Samsung to show off Galaxy Player iPod touch competitor at CES

Looks like Samsung, makers of the iPhone-like Galaxy S phone series and iPad-like Galaxy Tab tablet series, will be adding the iPod touch-like Galaxy Player to its North American lineup post-CES:

The most recent version, the YP-GB1, is said to have Android 2.2 (take that, all you Galaxy S phones!), the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor, a 4-inch SCLD touchscreen, 480x800 resolution, 3.2MP rear camera and front VGA camera -- and 8GB, 16GB or 32GB storage. Basically, a Galaxy S sans phone radio.

No word yet on the GalaxyMac.

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3 years ago

How many iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads were opened on Christmas? Ask Facebook and Tapulous

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How many iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads were opened on Christmas? Ask Facebook and Tapulous

How many iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads were opened on Christmas? Check out the Facebook for iPhone download spike above for one datapoint. A second datapoint comes from Tap Tap Revenge 4:

Tapulous tells us that peak Christmas downloads reached 45,000 per hour, and that holiday download traffic is twice the levels of last year.

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3 years ago

Does Apple need an iPhone nano to stop the ultra-cheap Android invasion?

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Does Apple need an iPhone nano to stop the ultra-cheap Android invasion?

Android is already the biggest iPhone competitor and if technology and emerging markets combine to create $100 off-contract Android phones, will Apple need an iPhone nano to keep both user and developer mindshare?

Seth Weintraub at Fortune kicked over this latest Android anthill with an article on how cheaper chipsets and Google strategy could align to make those $100 Android smartphones a reality, shoving the migration from feature phone to smartphone into overdrive. That's interesting in established markets like US and EU, where the idea of walking into a store, laying down very little cash, and walking out with a "good enough" handset, sans additional contract obligations, is a mainstream dream come true. In emerging markets in Asia and Africa, that's the gold mine. Forget a PC on every desk and in every home -- soon it will be a smartphone in every hand.

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3 years ago

Apps that ask to be gifted: smart or obnoxious?

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Apps that ask to be gifted: smart or obnoxious?

You buy a hot new game on super sale, wait for it to download, launch it, get all settled in to play, and then a box pops up saying "GIFT THIS GAME! Go to the iTunes App Store Now. Pull down the "Buy App" arrow and select "Gift This App". No, Thanks. YES." -- is that smart marketing on the part of the game company or an obnoxious intrusion into your gaming?

Fair exchange and helpful reminder for the cheap $0.99 or GIFT THIS GAME! and YES all caps, shouting at you?

When it comes to in-game popups asking you to gift the game, which is it? Smart or obnoxious?

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3 years ago

Daily Tip: How to share a video to YouTube [Beginner]

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Daily Tip: How to share a video to YouTube [Beginner]

New to iPhone and want to learn how to share those videos you have just captured to YouTube? Apple makes it easy to share your videos in a number of ways, including email, MMS, MobileMe, and yes, YouTube. We'll show you how after the break!

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3 years ago

Apple raises Q1 2011 iPhone shipments, includes Verizon/CDMA?

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Apple raises Q1 2011 iPhone shipments, includes Verizon/CDMA?

DigiTimes is claiming that, according to Taiwan based component suppliers, Apple has its iPhone shipment targets for the first quarter of 2011 from 19 million units to 20-21 million units. This would be up from their estimated 15.5 million units shipped in the fourth quarter of 2010. Additionally:

The first-quarter shipment goal for WCDMA iPhones has been adjusted from 13 million units to 14-15 million units, the sources said. The shipment goal for CDMA iPhones, which will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter, is set at 5-6 million units, the sources added.

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3 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 26 Dec 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 26 Dec 2010

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3 years ago

No iPad Live! tonight!

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No iPad Live! tonight!

I hate, hate, hate missing podcasts but what with the holidays this weekend we're just not going to get it done. But fear not! We're going to more than make up for it with a monster, combined, iPhone and iPad Live! Year in Review spectacular this Wednesday.

Apologies to those who were looking forward to tonight,

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3 years ago

redsn0w iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak "backup plan" released to beta testers [updated]

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redsn0w iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak "backup plan" released to beta testers [updated]

The iOS 4.2.1 untethered Jailbreak via redsn0w beta we posted about the other day is now good to go for testers. Again, this is not an untethered Jailbreak release it's just a beta that's buggy but, with testers' help and feedback, should get better and quick. Quoth the Dev Team:

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