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6 years ago

Blog vs. Blog: Chuq Sheds Light on Daring Fireball/GigaOm MobileMe-nia

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Blog vs. Blog: Chuq Sheds Light on Daring Fireball/GigaOm MobileMe-nia

C'mon. A day without a MobileMe post is like a day without rain. Or something. So after yesterday's John Gruber vs. Om Malik showdown, former Apple insider Chuq Von Rospach has strapped on the gloves and joined the fray -- in impressive fashion.

Says Chuq, after joking that Jobs is likely walking the MobileMe halls with a flame thrower round about now:

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6 years ago

Regarding that 'I Am Rich' App - Use a Credit Card instead of a Debit Card on your Account

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Regarding that 'I Am Rich' App - Use a Credit Card instead of a Debit Card on your Account

Our beloved series of tubes has been going crazy over the "I Am Rich" application from the App store. It's a $999 application that does nothing but prove you've got $999 to blow on an application which displays a red diamond. It's a little funny, as Kottke points out, as a commentary on the iPhone as status symbol.

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6 years ago

App Review + Q&A: FileMagnet WiFi File Transfer and iPhone Viewer

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App Review + Q&A: FileMagnet WiFi File Transfer and iPhone Viewer

I originally bought my first Palm V so I could take some writing with me on the road. I "upgraded" later to a WinMob device in hopes Pocket Office would be a more robust solution, and then again to a Palm Treo, trying a couple high profile "Office" apps out. Confession: none of them really worked. They stripped out style sheets. They converted files to HTML and mangled format, and the feature sets just were never there. I abandoned them shortly after they abandoned me. Mobile editing just isn't there yet.

While I wait for a next generation document editor to (hope beyond hope) prove me wrong, FileMagnet from Magnatism is proving to me the value of the iPhone's built in, format-respectful, Quickview and Quicktime viewers, and added the previously missing -- and tremendously useful -- ability to transfer supported files effortlessly via WiFi, straight from your Mac (with Windows support already in development).

How does this wireless drive-mode, doc viewer hybrid work out? Read on!

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6 years ago

Calvin and Jobs

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Calvin and Jobs

Calvin and Hobbes ties with Bloom County as my all-time favorite strip cartoon. Two Xmas' ago, my friends bought me the fancy collected edition and I spent a week pouring over it. Killer imagination. Killer.

And while notorious recluse and rights reserver Bill Watterson would probably unleash all kinds of fury at the Apple-based, real-world intruding, Silicon Valley send-up, Calvin and Jobs, for those who follow the tech industry, it's unique combination of nostalgia and "inside baseball" humor is compelling.

(Via Gizmodo)

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6 years ago

PwnageTool 2.0.2 to be Released Today

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PwnageTool 2.0.2 to be Released Today

This is fun. It's like a game of cat and mouse between Apple firmware and the jailbreaking community, Apple launches an update and the iPhone-dev team works feverishly to jailbreak said update. This time, they are said to be putting the finishing touches on PwnageTool 2.0.2 which will be able to jailbreak the "snappier" 2.0.1.

Excited much? Well, there still won't be Installer.app because Installer 4 isn't ready for the primetime yet but a new version of Cydia will be there so you can still get some apps. There still is a lot of catching up to do on developing jailbroken apps and it still won't unlock the iPhone 3G, but all in due time. We'll follow up with a link to PwnageTool 2.0.2 when it is released.

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0.1: What's Changed, Vodafone Woes, and Watch out for Airplane Mode!

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iPhone 2.0.1: What's Changed, Vodafone Woes, and Watch out for Airplane Mode!

We told you when iPhone 2.0.1 dropped, we asked you how 2.0.1 was doing for you? And we warned iPwners to stay away. Turns out people running on Vodafone (in the 10 countries they currently supply) might want to consider staying away for now as well. TUAW reports on the problems:

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6 years ago

Blog vs. Blog: Daring Fireball/GigaOm MobileMe-nia!

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6 years ago

iPhone App Development: It's a Living

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iPhone App Development: It's a Living

As Rene just mentioned in the previous post, we're getting sales numbers for various iPhone apps and these sales numbers are very, very promising. John Casasanta of development house Tap Tap Tap hit us up on our tip line about his article on the sales figures at the App Store.

Early on, folks in the Blogosphere were able to get a handle on sales figures simply by checking the download count at the bottom of each page. Apple apparently decided that developers might just want to keep some of that info private, so that was taken down around the same time that Apple started actually delivering real sales numbers to developers. Many of these developers, as Rene mentioned, are just going ahead and publishing these sales numbers despite, as Casasanta says, traditional business instincts to hide exact numbers because they don't want to seem to be bragging or (if things aren't going well), failing.

But these numbers are news because of their sheer size -- it's almost as if developers are compelled to share in the same way we might if we'd, say, won the lottery. "Look, I know it's not nice to brag, but Holy Crap Look At This."

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6 years ago

State of the Apps: Revenue Numbers, Paid and Switch, and the [Redacted] NDA

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State of the Apps: Revenue Numbers, Paid and Switch, and the [Redacted] NDA

The iPhone App Store Avalanche continues, with seemingly dozens of new Apps popping up every day (though no word yet on NetShare or Box Office!), but as busy as things look out front, they're just as busy behind the scenes.

So what's going on? Business. It's booming. (At least if your customers aren't getting error codes -4 or 5002 when trying to access iTunes!) Apple began to report download stats to developers, and some developers have begun to share those stats with the blogsphere.

What do they say? Read on to find out!

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6 years ago

TiPb Faithful: How's 2.0.1 Treating You?

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TiPb Faithful: How's 2.0.1 Treating You?

So it's been a day since 2.0.1 was made available and we at TiPb would like to know how it's been running on your iPhone. Did this bug-fixer of an update actually fix any bugs? Or are we all getting suckered into believing that the update has made things snappier? Pains in the update process? Backups faster? Apps Crashing? Or are things just less sucky? Maybe you completely avoided the update..anything and everything, we want to know!

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6 years ago

Steve Jobs on MobileMe: Full Email

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Steve Jobs on MobileMe: Full Email

Ars Technica's crack ninja infiltration squad somehow snuck into the Jobspod and snatched up a copy of the full email his Steveness sent out to Apple last night.

Team,

The launch of MobileMe was not our finest hour. There are several things we could have done better:

– MobileMe was simply not up to Apple's standards – it clearly needed more time and testing.

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6 years ago

App Review + Q&A: MagicPad Brings Rich Text and Cut and Paste to the iPhone

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App Review + Q&A: MagicPad Brings Rich Text and Cut and Paste to the iPhone

While Apple waits on manpower/priority celestial alignment to someday enable the long requested cut, copy, and paste functionality in the iPhone OS, Proximi's MagicPad has decided to take multi-touch into their own hands, and provided something far more than what they describe as a proof of concept: a rich text editor which, a few limitations aside, brings Apple's OS future very much into the App Store present.

Text Selection

Apple provides a user experience for insertion point placement that involves tapping and holding your finger down until a magnifying loupe pops up and lets you more accurately position the curser. To zoom in on a photo or fill the screen with a web element, Apple gives you the double tap. Many have wondered what an interface for text selection (the pre-requisite for Rich Text formatting and cut, copy, and paste) could or would look like -- and some have even wondered if getting it "right" was what was delaying the functionality.

MagicPad combined the insertion point placement tap-and-hold with the zoom double-tap, to text select via double-tap-and-hold. And while it may not be what Apple will ultimately term "right", could it be "right now"?

Read on to find out!

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6 years ago

2.0.1 'Fixes' Biggest 'Bug' of all: Jailbreak and Unlock

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2.0.1 'Fixes' Biggest 'Bug' of all: Jailbreak and Unlock

While most of us have installed the 2.0.1 update (or, ahem, are still waiting for a backup we started last night to finish so we can install it), there's a key group of folks that should stay away: Jailbreakers and unlockers. As is always the case when a new update comes out, our advice to these users is to wait and see how the iPhone hacking community responds. Right now, according to iphone-dev , they appear to be responding with a teensy bit of bravado:

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6 years ago

Jobs: Mistake to Launch MobileMe on July 11

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Jobs: Mistake to Launch MobileMe on July 11

While David G. seems to have forgotten his pledge to update us on MobileMe's status late last week, following what can only be called a disasterous launch, Steve Jobs seems to have just dropped the BOOM! on MobileMe's status within Apple.

Ars Technica claims to have seen an email sent out late last night in which Jobs admits:

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6 years ago

iPhone Firmware 2.0.1 "Bug Fixes" Live!

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iPhone Firmware 2.0.1 "Bug Fixes" Live!

Fire up iTunes, hit the Update button, and BOOM! 2.0.1 is live and in prime time. Actually, in 250MB of what Apple's always super-verbose product details says "includes: big fixes".

I'm downloading it as I type this, but Engadget's already gotten their mitts on it, and say things feel snappier.

Have you gotten it yet? Getting it now? Gonna wait and look for error reports first?

Whenever you get your 2.0.1 on, please drop us a note and let us know how it's working (or not!) for you.

And Apple -- thanks much! Now about that 2.1...

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