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5 years ago

Snood, Dailyburn, Tap Tap Revenge: Dave Matthews Band, Hitchcock, Plantronics Voyager PRO -- TiPb Picks of the Week

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Snood, Dailyburn, Tap Tap Revenge: Dave Matthews Band, Hitchcock, Plantronics Voyager PRO -- TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

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5 years ago

App Review: Groovemaker Music Creation for iPhone

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App Review: Groovemaker Music Creation for iPhone

GrooveMaker Forum Review by msbaylor. For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!

The GrooveMaker Apps are a new way of creating great music on the go. Intermediate users of electronic music creation will find this app on top of their best music creation apps for the iPhone.

NOTE: This review is a blanket review for all the apps in the GrooveMaker series, having beta tested them all, they all operate in the same basic way (the main difference is the sound loops included in each version). Current versions include:

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5 years ago

TomTom Promo Video Shows Off Car Kit

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TomTom Promo Video Shows Off Car Kit

TomTom insists on teasing us all with the above video yet there is still no mention of pricing or availability. As you can see, this car kit brings a lot more to the table than a simple window mount for your iPhone. With the following extras, you can count on this being a pricey addition to your accessory collection.

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5 years ago

Apple Kicking Themselves They Didn't Buy GrandCentral (Google Voice) First?

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Apple Kicking Themselves They Didn't Buy GrandCentral (Google Voice) First?

Google bought Grand Central and rebranded it Google Voice, now Apple has rejected Google Voice for the iPhone and the FCC is looking into it. Based on the responses Apple had given the FCC, it looks like they might be afraid Google is taking over the iPhone and Google Voice is a big piece of that. So what if Apple had bought Grand Central instead? Or what if that new world-class data center Apple is building will be home to a Google Voice competitor? (Tip of the theoretical hat to Derek in our comments, who delightfully calls such a thing iVoice).

GrandCentral (not to be confused with Apple's upcoming multicore processor handler, Grand Central Dispatch) was an innovative service that gave users a new phone number that could replace any number of other and assorted numbers (one line to ring them all), along with SMS, transcribed voice mail, conference calling, call switching, call screening, etc. It was purchased by Google in 2007 for $95 million, and relaunched in 2009 as Google Voice.

If Apple had bought it instead, they would of course now be spared the headaches surrounding the above mentioned rejection and investigation. But they'd also have a fairly compelling set of services to roll up into the iPhone...

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5 years ago

Apple Afraid Google is Taking Over the iPhone?

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Apple Afraid Google is Taking Over the iPhone?

Techcrunch has an interesting "rebuttal" up regarding Apple's response to the FCC over the rejection of Google Voice. I use the quotes because I think the rebuttal part itself is off-target, while the conclusion is fairly spot on. Worst things first:

[Apple's response] strongly suggests that the Google Voice app replaces much of the core Apple iPhone OS function. This certainly isn’t accurate, and we believe the statement is misleading. More details below, but in general the iPhone app is a very light touch and doesn’t interfere with any native iPhone apps at all.

The crux of their argument is that, while Google Voice provides separate voice dialing, voice mail, and SMS functionality outside Apple's built-in Phone and Messages apps, users are still free to use the built in apps. More specifically, that Google Voice only replaces these things when the Google Voice phone number is used.

Um. Yeah.

Users, at least in part, are going to be replacing the AT&T number with the Google Voice number (likely the reason to get the Google Voice number for a segment of users). Ergo, they'll be replacing the built in Phone and SMS apps with the Google Voice app.

No big deal, though, right? Why should Apple care if people replace Phone and Messages with Google Voice?

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Apple: 8500 Apps to Review a Week by 40 Odd Reviews

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UPDATED: Apple: 8500 Apps to Review a Week by 40 Odd Reviews

UPDATE: Icebike makes a couple great points in the comments:

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5 years ago

Do Other Countries Lose Out on Apps Because of AT&T Policies?

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Do Other Countries Lose Out on Apps Because of AT&T Policies?

Mike Ash (via Marco.org) makes this point following the FCC responses today:

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5 years ago

AT&T To Reconsider VoIP Applications Over 3G? Yeahbuwhat Apple VoIP apps?

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AT&T To Reconsider VoIP Applications Over 3G? Yeahbuwhat Apple VoIP apps?

As part of the responses to the FCC's inquiry into the rejection of Google Voice from the iPhone App Store, AT&T stated the following:

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5 years ago

Apple iPhone is a Restaurant, Not a Super Market, and They Should Say So on the Sign

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Apple iPhone is a Restaurant, Not a Super Market, and They Should Say So on the Sign

In light of today's response by Apple to the FCC about the Google Voice rejection, and anticipating the likely, negative reaction it will engender, I'm again left thinking that Apple and their iPhone are closer akin to a restaurant, not a super market.

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5 years ago

TiPb Give-Away: Wolfenstein RPG for iPhone -- and Xbox 360!

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TiPb Give-Away: Wolfenstein RPG for iPhone -- and Xbox 360!

Wolfenstein RPG [$2.99 - iTunes link] brings the classic mobile game to the iPhone (and iPod touch) platform with all its spiked brass knuckled, sub machine gunning, dynamite exploding glory.

And the folks behind it want to give you a chance to not only get the App Store version, but the Xbox 360 game as well!

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5 years ago

Apple Responds to FCC Questions (Google and AT&T as Well)

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5 years ago

Quick App Update: Qik for iPhone... Removes Wi-Fi Restriction?!

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Quick App Update: Qik for iPhone... Removes Wi-Fi Restriction?!

Qik [Free - iTunes link] update... removes Wi-Fi-only restriction?! That's what Jeremy saw when he checked his updates!

For those unfamiliar with Qik, it lets you stream live video over the internet, and archive it via Qik.com. I've been playing with the beta for a while.)

Sound off in the comments, or give !

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5 years ago

Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

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Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

Yesterday Popcap announced that it will be porting it's fastest-selling Mac/PC game in the companies history, Plants vs Zombies, over to iPhone before the year is over.

Not familiar with this game? You should be, it's highly addicting game play not only caters to hardcore tower defense fans but to each and every casual gamer as well.

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Google Android: Skype Crippling Not Just for iPhone/AT&T Anymore!

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UPDATED: Google Android: Skype Crippling Not Just for iPhone/AT&T Anymore!

UPDATE: As pointed out in comments, Android honcho Andy Rubin responds on the Google blog:

Here are the facts, clear and simple: While the first generation of our Android software did not support full-featured VoIP applications due to technology limitations, we have worked through those limitations in subsequent versions of Android, and developers are now able to build and upload VoIP services.

Rubin claims USA Today was made aware of this, but also says "individual operators can request that certain applications be filtered if they violate their terms of service", which basically means AT&T's no SlingPlayer, or conceivably any networks no-VoIP policy, would still affect Android, so -- okay. Let's get to it Skype and we'll see what T-Mo really thinks.

However, Rubin does dream, like all of us (likely even Apple, in public, if asked) of the day when "dumb pipes" are a reality.

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5 years ago

Macworld Looks at iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0

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Macworld Looks at iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0

Apple's iPhone Configuration Utility went to 2.0 just after the iPhone itself hit OS 3.0. The iCU is intended to allow system administrators to set up iPhones for use in the corporate environments, namely by creating, maintaining, and distributing configuration files for enterprise devices.

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