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6 years ago

Visual Voicemail Sued

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Visual Voicemail Sued

Klausner Technologies Inc. has filed a $360 million lawsuit against AT&T and Apple for allegedly violating two of Klausner's voicemail patents. Klausner has brought other people to task on the two patents in question before -- once for AOL, and once for Vonage. Klausner has also sued Apple before for patents pertaining to the long-gone Apple Newton; Apple ended up licensing the patents back then.

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6 years ago

German Unlocked iPhones Gone

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German Unlocked iPhones Gone

The unlocked German iPhones are no more -- the Judge for the Vodafone vs. T-Mobile lawsuit reversed the injunction that required T-Mobile to sell unlocked iPhones. And now that they don't have to sell the iPhone unlocked, they're not going to -- the unlocked iPhone is gone from Germany. The officially unlocked iPhone is still available in France for much less than it was in Germany anyway. Vive le revolution!

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6 years ago

iPhone Web Stats

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iPhone Web Stats

The iPhone edged out the entirety of all Windows CE-based devices in web usage according to data provided by Market Share at Hitslink.com. The iPhone came in at #10 with 0.09%, whereas Windows CE weighed in at 0.06% for #11. You read that, Dieter? We're #10! We're #10! The iPod on their list, which I'm forced to assume is the iPod Touch, shows up at around 0.01%. We're #10 and #20! We're #10 and #20!

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6 years ago

Starbucks Button Reverse Engineered

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Starbucks Button Reverse Engineered

Raffi Krikorian of Synthesis Studios wrote to inform me that they've reverse-engineered how the Starbucks button works. Most of the Starbucks shops out there aren't going to get the hookup with wi-fi for about a year. I asked them about it, and they'll be disclosing the process soon.

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6 years ago

AnySIM Creators Mull Open-Sourcing

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AnySIM Creators Mull Open-Sourcing

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6 years ago

George Hotz Still Hacking on iPhone

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George Hotz Still Hacking on iPhone

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6 years ago

AT&T On List of Most Anti-Tech Companies...

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AT&T On List of Most Anti-Tech Companies...

Mark Sullivan of PC World compiled a list of five technology groups that frequently conspired to be anti-consumer. That, or they were really just a bunch of jerks. Well, AT&T makes the list twice, showing up in the list for various groups they belong to at #3 and #4. Well, they kind of show up in #5 too -- #5 is a critique of most wireless carrier parties involved in the 700 MHz auction that Google's part of. What kept AT&T from being at #1 and #2? Big pharma and the recording industry. Not too shabby!

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6 years ago

Apple / AT&T Spat? GOOG/AAPL 700Mhz?

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Apple / AT&T Spat? GOOG/AAPL 700Mhz?

I'll admit to liking Robert X. Cringely of PBS. Sure, his theories are wild sometimes. But they're wild in a fun way, and he'll revisit things that he got wrong. He doesn't resort to trolling like some writers of his generation who happen to be friends of his, and when he does troll, it's against something that we all hate anyway, like our mobile phone carrier. He's a uniter, not a divider.

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6 years ago

RoundRobin: CrackBerry.com Kevin Reviews iPhone

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RoundRobin: CrackBerry.com Kevin Reviews iPhone

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6 years ago

iPhone as Business Status Symbol

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iPhone as Business Status Symbol

Presented for your approval, a somewhat funny cartoon about jerks in business and smartphones as status symbols, specifically, how the iPhone replaces the BlackBerry as a business status symbol. From the U.K. comic Alex [via]

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6 years ago

AT&T CEO Stephenson Confirms Jobs

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AT&T CEO Stephenson Confirms Jobs

Steve Jobs mentioned the possibility of a 3G back in September, when he was announcing the iPhone on O2. He was asked a question about 3G and when we'd see it in the iPhone. His response back in September was telling:

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6 years ago

Want to Feel Bad For the Record Industry?

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Want to Feel Bad For the Record Industry?


figure 1: UMG CEO Doug Morris as interpreted by artist Psillos

If you're looking read a sob story for the music industry, Wired has your ticket. They interviewed Universal CEO Doug Morris about his woes with iTunes and how to deal with the MP3 problem, and it's pretty revealing.

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6 years ago

Google Maps: My Location

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Google Maps: My Location

Google Maps for Mobile has unveiled a pretty sweet new feature -- on a bevy of mobile phones, Google Maps is smart enough to figure out approximately where you are. Google's system uses a method known as tower triangulation -- your phone keeps a list of nearby towers, and makes note of how strong your signal is. Google accesses their database of towers and compares your signal strength and correlates it to a likely location on the map. It's pretty slick, and has been common in parts of Europe for ages. Location-based features of mobile phones are a killer app, to be sure.

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6 years ago

iPhone Launches in France Tonight

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iPhone Launches in France Tonight

The iPhone launches in France tonight on the carrier Orange. One of the cool things about the French launch is that they're selling the unlocked iPhone for so much less than T-Mobile is selling it for. Maybe all the delays in launching a French iPhone were because Orange was a tougher negotiator... if that's true, the extra time was worth it: the uncontracted iPhone from Orange is a bargain at €649 (about $975); the standard locked iPhone with one of their four simplified plans is €399 (about $600),

The customer can unlock the iPhone for €100 (about $150), which drops to free after six months. If only we could have some straight answers from AT&T and Apple about unlocking in the U.S.A.

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6 years ago

British Blow Raspberries at iPhone, Threaten to Retake Former Colonies

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British Blow Raspberries at iPhone, Threaten to Retake Former Colonies

Now see here, you Yanks. This whole iPhone concept...it's just not cricket. You plebes may fall victim to the seductive powers of Sir Steven Jobs, with his shiny expensive bobs and brickabrack, but we Brits are made of tougher stuff. You won't find it so easy fobbing off your gadgety thingies on us, by Jove. Just look at the pittance of iPhone activations made since launching here in the UK, something like 26,500? Mere truffles, I tell you. The queen has more diamond studs in her dinner gown. Knickers!

Now do go on and take your toys elsewhere, or Parliament will have to reassess the terms its peace treaty with you and reclaim lost territory. We wouldn't want to start an "incident" now would we? There's a good chaps.

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