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5 years ago

Google Announces Buzz; or Will Social Networking Blend?

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Google Announces Buzz; or Will Social Networking Blend?

Our sibling site Android Central let us know that Google has shoved every social media form you can imagine, from Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare, to -- dunno, Friendserjaiku? -- into something called Buzz.

After Google Wave, which came off as WikiChat to us, we're not sure about all this Google-mash, but Phil gives us a pretty good rundown:

For starters, go to buzz.google.com, and you'll be taken to a Web app that lets you see and create Buzz messages. You can see messages from people you "follow" or interact with often, or you can see messages from people nearby.

Personally, I needed one more platform to push my Twitter feed to anyway... What do you think? Want? Will use? Yeahbuwhy?

Videos after the break!

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5 years ago

Contest Reminders: Developer Survey and Round Robin -- Win a 32GB iPod touch, iPhone 3GS!

Contest Reminders: Developer Survey and Round Robin -- Win a 32GB iPod touch, iPhone 3GS!

A couple quick contest reminders as deadlines loom (LOOM I tell you!):

The Developer Survey we mentioned here is still running but will end this weekend. Interpret is putting together an exciting set of data about mobile app development and needs your input. Take the survey here and be entered for your chance to win a 32GB iPod touch. Heck, if that isn't your style, you can also opt for up to $550 to purchase the phone of your choice.

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5 years ago

TiPb at Macworld 2010

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TiPb at Macworld 2010

Macworld 2010's conference portion starts today at the Moscone Center and I'll be heading over in a few minutes. The Expo starts Thursday, and Leanna will be joining me to bring every complete TiPb coverage.

If you're a developer and you're going to be at Macworld, shoot me an email (rene@tipb.com) or ping me on Twitter (@reneritchie) and let me know. If you're a reader, be sure to say hello!

And here's all the Macworld highlights, and a discount code, for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad lovers once again... after the break!

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5 years ago

Notion Ink Adam -- Don't Call it an "iPad Killer"!

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Notion Ink Adam -- Don't Call it an "iPad Killer"!

Notion Ink's Atom is one of the next generation "tablet" style devices that will no doubt be compared head-to-head with Apple's iPad. First, a note to traditional media -- if we never read the phrase "iPad killer" it'll be too soon. We clear?

Second and that said, SlashGear shows off some renders and it looks like the Adam brings some interesting ideas with it.

the Android-based slate using the latest-gen NVIDIA Tegra chipset and Pixel Qi’s innovative low-power display.

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5 years ago

Apple Store Down -- iPad Ordering, New MacBooks, or Just Aperture 3?

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Apple Store Down -- iPad Ordering, New MacBooks, or Just Aperture 3?

The Apple Online Store is down again, and it's a Tuesday, and it's Macworld -- though sadly neither of those two things mean much anymore -- and so our email boxes are flooding with heads-up and excited guesses about everything from iPad pre-ordering going live, to MacBook Pro updates, to... Aperture 3.

Yeah, Aperture 3. Sorry iPad fans and MacBook hopefuls, but Apple has already put up a PR and so far that's it.

We'll updated, of course, if there's anything else.

It is a Tuesday after all, and Macworld...

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5 years ago

Navigon MobileNavigator Goes 3D, Social, and Intelligent

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Navigon MobileNavigator Goes 3D, Social, and Intelligent

And now we can tell you why Navigon is so excited about their new 3D terrain viewing, social media integrated, intelligent routing version 1.5 update to MobileNavigator [$69.00 on sale -- iTunes link] that they've put it on sale and are giving TiPb readers a chance to not only win copies, but get a guided tour at Macworld 2010 on how to use it. Here are the highlights:

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5 years ago

Apple iPad A4 Chip Designed by PA Semi Team... or Not?

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Apple iPad A4 Chip Designed by PA Semi Team... or Not?

Venture Beat claims a "very trusted" source has informed them that Apple's PA Semi team might not have been behind the new iPad's Apple A4 chipset:

PA Semi didn’t do the A4. It was the existing VLSI team. Apple has made custom chips for years like the Northbridges for G4 and G5.

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5 years ago

Apple to iPhone Developers: So... Happy with the App Store?

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Apple to iPhone Developers: So... Happy with the App Store?

TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has started sending developers invitations to take a satisfaction survey with regards to the App Store in general, and the App Store approval process in specific.

Apple asks you to answer with: “Very dissatisfied,” “Somewhat dissatisfied,” “Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied,” “Somewhat satisfied,” “Very satisfied,” or “Don’t know.”

They also ask, “What one thing could Apple do to make the iPhone Developer Program better?” and give you a text box to write anything you want. A few months ago they certainly would have gotten some interesting responses there.

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5 years ago

Rumored 4th Gen Apple iPhone Parts Show Little Design Change

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Rumored 4th Gen Apple iPhone Parts Show Little Design Change

Above is a image that is claimed to belong to the upcoming 4th generation iPhone, courtesy of iPhone repair Web site iResQ. As iResQ points out, there are a few interesting things that stand out in the photo.

  • "The LCD appears to be factory glued to the digitizer which is more similar to the first generation iPhones than the iPhone 3G and 3GS. The digitizer can be separated from the LCD on the 3G and 3GS models, which should be interesting to all, but for the repair folks like us–this means that the 4G screen repair price will be higher since both parts will have to be replaced at once."
  • "The iPhone 4G front panel seems to be about 1/4″ longer than its predecessors."
  • "There is an interesting reflective, mirror-like surface directly above the speaker. This is likely a spot for the proximity sensor. If that’s what is is, it’s in a different location than previous models."

Here at TiPb we are hoping for something more drastic in terms of design changes but based on these latest images it's hard to tell if the "A+" upgrade Steve Jobs promised will hold true. These images may turn out to be bogus or simply be scrapped before the final product is put together. We've seen it happen before with the matte backing.

We are willing to give Jobs the benefit of the doubt on his A+ upgrade for the time being, how about you?

One more image after the break!

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5 years ago

About that "Apple Could Drop iPad Price" Story

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About that "Apple Could Drop iPad Price" Story

The Wall Street Journal today posted a comment from an analyst that Apple will remain "nimble" on iPad pricing and could lower it if demand is less than expected.

Um. Yeah. Okay. Did anyone, especially anyone who ever took Intro to Business 101, ever think anything different? Wait... Apple does.

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5 years ago

Consumer Interest in iPad Dwindling?

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Consumer Interest in iPad Dwindling?

According to a study by Retrevo of more than 1000 randomly selected individuals, it seems as if the consumers interest in Apple's iPad has dwindled considerably since it was announced back on January 26th.

"As we like to say, it’s the apps that sell smartphones like the iPhone and it could very well be those same apps that motivate buyers to run down to the Apple Store and get in line to buy a shiny new iPad. Whether this device becomes a big hit is anyone’s guess but based on this study it sure looks doubtful."

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5 years ago

Dev-Team Releases iPhone OS 3.1.3 PwnageTool for Mac OS X

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Dev-Team Releases iPhone OS 3.1.3 PwnageTool for Mac OS X

If you have a itchy trigger finger when it comes to updating the software on your iPhone then this latest release of the Dev-Teams PwnageTool for Mac OS X is just for you. Now unless you care to have have a supposed more accurate battery indicator there really is no reason to upgrade to the 3.1.3 software but never the less there will be those of you who absolutely feel the need to upgrade.

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5 years ago

Tapulous' Riddim Ribbon with The Black Eyed Peas Now Available in App Store

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Tapulous' Riddim Ribbon with The Black Eyed Peas Now Available in App Store

Riddim Ribbon, featuring the Black Eyed Peas [$2.99 - <a href=http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/riddim-ribbon-feat-the-black/id350897007?mt=8">iTunes link] has just boom, boom, pow'ed its way onto the iTunes App Store.

Created by Tapulous, the developers behind Tap Tap Revenge, it brings the type of high octane, musical, iPhone and iPod touch-optimized gameplay they're famous for but takes it in a whole new direction -- first person front facing racetrack forward!

Bundled tracks: - Boom Boom Pow - I Gotta Feeling - Meet Me Halfway - 8 remixes

Downloadable levels ($0.99): - Tiësto: Louder Than Boom - Tiësto: Escape Me - Benny Benassi: Satisfaction

Also noteworthy:

  • "For a limited time only: purchase the game and get a FREE MP3 download of a Meet Me Halfway remix, downloaded straight to your iTunes!"

Video after the break, and if you try Riddim Ribbon out, let us know what you think!

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5 years ago

75% Chance iPhone Remains AT&T Exclusive iPhone Carrier in 2010

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75% Chance iPhone Remains AT&T Exclusive iPhone Carrier in 2010

Credit Suisse Research analyst Jonathan Chaplin thinks we can expect Apple's iPhone to remain exclusive to AT&T for an additional 12-18 months, long past some people's expectations (and recent rumors). Not only will it remain exclusive, Chaplin says, but the delay will have a major negative impact on Verizon, causing him to lower his rating on Big Red from "Outperform" to "Neutral" and cut his share price target from $32 to $30.

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5 years ago

Quick App: Doodle Army

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Quick App: Doodle Army

If cartoon violence is something you love, then Doodle Army [$0.99 - iTunes Link] might be right up your alley. It provides more comical 2D side-scrolling cartoon action than any other game I've found in the App Store.

The object is simple - keep progressing while disabling all of the attacking stick figures. You start out with four different locations, including Boot Camp, Rice Paddy, Beach Bunker, and Sand Dune. 25 different weapons are at your disposal that will vary by location. Weapons such as a pistol, shotgun, assault rifle, machine gun, grenade launcher, and even flame thrower are all included. You are even given a choice of control style with two different options, shooting at tap/drag or use of an onscreen dial.

At the end of the day, Doodle Army is a pretty decent game for the money. It provides you with some nice variability with the included weapons and landscapes which will help keep your interest in playing. If you are a fan of 2D side scrolling games along with a low price price, Doodle Army is worth checking out.

More screenshots after the break!

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