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6 years ago

Former Exec Rubenstein Wanted a Physical Keyboard on the iPhone

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Former Exec Rubenstein Wanted a Physical Keyboard on the iPhone

Sramana Mitra has an interesting post up comparing Apple to Palm. Actually, she's been on a tear lately when it comes to Palm and how they've dropped the corporate management ball. She scored a comprehensive interview with former Palm Executive Eric Benhamou, which reads very nicely but is also a clear example of how the problems Palm has now are the direct result of their earlier problems. Basically they followed the exact opposite trajectory that Apple did in nearly the same time period (basically).

Anyway, back to the intersection of the two companies. Mitra writes:

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6 years ago

MacWorld (iPhone) Predictions

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MacWorld (iPhone) Predictions

The Macworld Expo is coming in a little over a week and I'm wondering what it will bring for iPhone users. Macworld will obviously be focusing primarily on, er, Macs, but I'm expecting that there will be iPhone news too. Expecting it enough that, yes, Phone different will be there reporting on the events!

In any case, there's a thread up in our forums started by rener asking about what's coming and it seems like a fun thing to think about on a Friday. I won't touch the Mac rumors (except to say I want the subnotebook), but here's my shot at what I expect iPhone-wise:

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6 years ago

Review: Pacific Rim Leather Jacket for Apple iPhone

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Review: Pacific Rim Leather Jacket for Apple iPhone

The Pacific Rim Leather Jacket is a simple flip-lid style case for the iPhone. It has a clean, elegant look, but is it clean and elegant to use? Read on for our review.

Buy: Pacific Rim Leather Jacket - $39.95

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6 years ago

Apple Patent Confirms 1.1.3 Jiggly Icon Moving Scheme

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Apple Patent Confirms 1.1.3 Jiggly Icon Moving Scheme

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6 years ago

iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Leaked, Ogled, All Over the Internets

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6 years ago

Order Coffee from your iPhone (someday)

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Order Coffee from your iPhone (someday)

Here comes the synergy. Buying songs off the iTunes WiFi store while you're at Starbucks is great and all - but it turns out that most people don't go to Starbucks so they can freely surf iTunes' selections. Instead, Apple has figured out that people go to Starbucks to buy coffee and coffee-flavored beverages (let's face it, calling that mocha-double-frappa-whozit "coffee" is an insult to coffee and whozits). To that end, Apple has cagily filed a patent to allow you to order your coffee without having to actually talk to a human. Forbes describes it best:

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6 years ago

NTT DoCoMo and Apple Hold Hands but Won't Confirm Wedding Plans

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NTT DoCoMo and Apple Hold Hands but Won't Confirm Wedding Plans

iPhone may soon come to the land of the rising sun. Word on the street is that NTT DoCoMo head honcho, Masao Nakamura, has been seen in public holding hands with a certain American wearing faded denim jeans and black mock turtleneck sweater. He confirms today that his company is actively engaged in talks with Apple, but shrugged off questions concerning terms or product release dates.

I'll lay you odds that Apple won't swindle the same lucrative revenue sharing margins out of NTT that they've managed to extract from other wireless carriers, like our very own AT&T. And unless this agreement concerns the upcoming 3G model, iPhone has zero chance of success in Japan, which is a much more tech savvy market that doesn't look kindly on non-HSDPA phones.

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6 years ago

Sell Your Not-iPhone

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Sell Your Not-iPhone

If you bought an iPhone, odds are pretty decent that you replaced another cell phone with it. Odds are also decent that you kept the iPhone over the other cell phone. Maybe you did, maybe you didn't. Well, as it turns out, you can get a real-time price quote for your old cell phone. Just type in whatever cell phone you want to recycle at the website Second Rotation, describe the condition. If they're interested and you like the price, they'll send you a prepaid DHL label. Voila!

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6 years ago

Return of Cheap iPhone Ringtones

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Return of Cheap iPhone Ringtones

With the news of free ringtones from GarageBand comes excellent auxiliary news: if you coughed up dough for iToner for macs or iPhoneRingToneMaker for windows, they both have updates available that now work with iPhone v1.1.2, something previously not possible. (via)

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6 years ago

Consumer Reports Likes iPhone Too

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Consumer Reports Likes iPhone Too

The iPhone showed up at #1 on Consumer Reports' rating of all Smartphones. It's a slim margin of victory, but it's a margin nonetheless. They list it as the only chosen phone in the media category, and list the T-Mobile Wing, the Palm Treo 755p, and the Moto Q9m for office-type uses. For compact smartphones, they advise the Pearl and Centro. (via electronista)

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6 years ago

PC World on Disappointment List

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PC World on Disappointment List

The iPhone is on PC World's "15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007" list. From the brouhaha I've been reading, you'd think that they think the iPhone is a piece of junk. Nothing could be farther from the truth -- they think it's "wildly innovative." What they're largely griping about is how Apple has handled the iPhone to this point:

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6 years ago

David Byrne Interview with Thom Yorke

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David Byrne Interview with Thom Yorke

Wired has an excellent multimedia interview with Thom Yorke, the singer in Radiohead. They cover a vast array of topics from the changing face of the record industry to Radiohead's experiment with In Rainbows, their recent album that they released online. It's a fine interview, well worth your ears and eyeballs.

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6 years ago

Domo Arigato NTT Docomo

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Domo Arigato NTT Docomo

Jobs and other Cupertino functionaries have apparently been flying to and fro in the hopes of securing a carrier for the iPhone in Japan. It sounds like NTT DoCoMo is their first choice, which is interesting as they don't really support a 2.5G network -- NTT DoCoMo's network is pretty much all 3G, so for the iPhone to work on their network, it would have to be 3G. Also apparently in the running is Japan's #3 carrier SoftBank Mobile, who also lacks a 2.5G network.

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6 years ago

Wired's iPhone Clones

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Wired's iPhone Clones

Wired has a quick look at some iPhone clones. Clones is probably an unfair statement, since some of these phones are given the clone moniker just by the fact that they share a similar form factor. They award black turtlenecks to each of the six phones based on how well they compete with the iPhone as a clone based on a weird array of subjective criteria that shifts with each clone.

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6 years ago

*Rolls Dice*: 25% and #2 in North America

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*Rolls Dice*: 25% and #2 in North America

It's true, I did find the linkbait. Whatever the charts mean, the iPhone is selling well in North America. Whether or not it's beating Windows Mobile (which it appears to be) or behind the BlackBerry (which it appears to be), the relevant bit is this: it's a close race, it's anyone's game, and the iPhone is doing spectacularly given the amount of time it has been available.

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