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5 years ago

Apple to Exploding iPhones: Screen Pressure not Battery to Blame

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Apple to Exploding iPhones: Screen Pressure not Battery to Blame

Apple has finished their investigation in the case of the exploding iPhones/Pods and the results are not shocking - the battery malfunction theory has been rejected. It was first rumored that defective batteries were more than likely the cause of the devices going boom but as it turns out, excess force was the reason - according to Apple.

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blockquote>"The iPhones with broken glass that we have analysed to date show that in all cases the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone."

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5 years ago

Apple Developing 10", 13", and 15" iTablets?

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Apple Developing 10", 13", and 15" iTablets?

While most recent rumors have been swirling around Apple developing a 10" iTablet that would basically look like an oversized iPod touch, Gizmodo has a source, said to have been 100% reliable in the past, who's telling them Apple is also planning 13" and 15" tablets, one of which... will run Mac OS X.

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5 years ago

TiPb Presents: iPhone Live #64 - Renumbered

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TiPb Presents: iPhone Live #64 - Renumbered

Note: We've renumbered the episode to #64 to reflect both Phone different and iPhone Live!) Join Dieter, Chris, and Rene for FCC vs. Apple, AT&T, and Google fallout, more iTablet and Apple Music Event rumors, and all the news... and appoplexy! Listen in!

Congrats to Brandon who won our live give-away for a Motorola MOTOROKR S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. Join us live next week for your chance to win iPhone accessories!

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5 years ago

Apple and China Unicom Reach 3-Year Deal to Bring iPhone to China

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Apple and China Unicom Reach 3-Year Deal to Bring iPhone to China

As anticipated -- and anticipated again and again -- China Unicom has finally announced that the iPhone is coming to China:

On 28 August, the Company and Apple reached a three-year agreement for the Company to sell iPhone in China. The initial launch is expected to be in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009. This will provide users with brand new communication and information experience.

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5 years ago

Apple Telling Developers to Remove "Free Memory" Function from App Store iPhone Apps?

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Apple Telling Developers to Remove "Free Memory" Function from App Store iPhone Apps?

According to developers Bjango, Apple is now telling developers to remove the "Free Memory" function -- the ability to clear data from RAM without force quitting or rebooting -- from their iPhone (and iPod touch) applications or those applications will be removed from the App Store.

Bjango, who makes iStat [$1.99 on sale - iTunes link] had to do just that for their latest version:

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5 years ago

Microsoft Releases Bing SDK for iPhone

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Microsoft Releases Bing SDK for iPhone

Bing Community Blog has announced that Microsoft is "sprinkling some Cocoa" on their Bing. (No laughing!):

The Bing iPhone and Mac SDK is available for download on CodePlex, open source under the Microsoft Public License (MS-PL).

The SDK provides:

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5 years ago

Convertbot 1.4 for iPhone Rejected by App Store Because Same "Time" Icon Now Confusable for "Recents"

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Convertbot 1.4 for iPhone Rejected by App Store Because Same "Time" Icon Now Confusable for "Recents"

Convertbot [$0.99 - iTunes link] has seen their latest update, version 1.4 for iPhone (and iPod touch), rejected by at least 2 of Apple's 40+ App Store reviewers because the icon they're using for "Time" (the same icon they've been using since 1.0, mind you) is nigh-identical to Apple's built in "Recent" icon, and that was enough to raise that troublesome "user confusion" flag at iTunes HQ.

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5 years ago

Metro Paris, London Bus, Yelp! -- Augmented Reality Apps Appearing Now in App Store

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Metro Paris, London Bus, Yelp! -- Augmented Reality Apps Appearing Now in App Store

Presslite, the folks behind Métro Paris [$0.99 - iTunes link] and London Bus [$0.99 - iTunes link] for iPhone let us know that their apps are now updated in the App Store to contain... augmented reality!

For those unfamiliar with the concept, basically it uses the iPhone 3GS compass, GPS, and live video (what the camera sees) to figure out where you are and what you're looking at, and then adds an information layer (text, icons, etc.) on top of the live video to expound upon what you're looking at. For example, bus routes and schedules could be layered over a street corner, hotel room rates and vacancy over a building, Twitter status in the direction of a person you follow, etc.

Yelp! 3.0 [Free - iTunes link] has apparently also gotten into the AR game but through an Easter Egg that is activated when you run the app and then shake the iPhone 3 times. Check out Mashable's video after the break!

(Thanks to Nicolas and Frank for the extra info!)

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5 years ago

Facebook 3.0 for iPhone Now in iTunes App Store

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Facebook 3.0 for iPhone Now in iTunes App Store

Yep, you read the headline right, after many days of anticipation, and a few minutes of is-it-or-isn't-it, Facebook 3.0 [Free - iTunes link] for iPhone (and iPod touch) is now live in the iTunes App Store. Go download it now, or check out Chad's preview if you're still on the fence... (Why would you still be on the fence, it's the biggest social network in the 'verse and it's for free!)

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5 years ago

Location-Based Home Screens, Speech to Text, Image Transport, Event-Based Contacts, In-Call File Transfer -- Apple iPhone Patent Watch!

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Location-Based Home Screens, Speech to Text, Image Transport, Event-Based Contacts, In-Call File Transfer -- Apple iPhone Patent Watch!

Like an old episode of Star Trek, Apple patents provide us with a look at many possible futures for the iPhone, some of which -- but not all of which -- may one day be ours. Cases in point, AppleInsider rounds up the latest batch from Cupertino:

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5 years ago

3.2 Megapixel Cameras Bound for iPod touch, iPod nano, and... iPod classic?

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3.2 Megapixel Cameras Bound for iPod touch, iPod nano, and... iPod classic?

The iPod touch, iPod nano, and now it sounds like the hard-drive based iPod classic are all set to receive cameras, presumably at Apple's September 9 music event. We've heard rumors of the iPod touch before, of course, and even the iPod nano, but the iPod classic as well?

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5 years ago

The Competition: Nokia Goes Maemo, Announces N900

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The Competition: Nokia Goes Maemo, Announces N900

Nokia has announced a new, Maemo-powered N900 which our good friend Matt Miller of NokiaExperts.com is beaming about in an iPhone and Palm Pre competitive sort of way:

I have to say I have not been this excited about a Nokia product for quite some time and with the T-Mobile USA 3G support I will definitely be picking one up as soon as I can. The N900 fixes all that is wrong with the N97 and then throws on a slick Maemo UI and feature set that should have most any geek drooling.

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5 years ago

iPhone App Store $2.5 Billion a Year Business?

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iPhone App Store $2.5 Billion a Year Business?

Does the App Store represent a $2.5 billion a year economy, with 26.4 million iPhone users, 50% of whom pay for apps to the tune of $9.49 a month, or $125 million in August alone? That's the story AdMob's latest figures (via GigaOm) are telling, with 26.4 million iPod touch users, at 40% who pay, averaging $9.79 or $73 million rounding out Apple's mobile platform.

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5 years ago

Poll: iPhone Screen, BlackBerry Storm Screen, or Both?

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Poll: iPhone Screen, BlackBerry Storm Screen, or Both?

What's your preferred touchscreen technology?(surveys)

Do you prefer the singular, solid piece of glass that is currently the iPhone screen, the big honking button/piezo electric multi-clicker that powers the BlackBerry Storm and its upcoming second edition, or do you yearn for the ability to customize haptics on your touch screen?

That's the question our sibling site, CrackBerry.com asked yesterday and the one we're repeating today. Since you're reading TiPb, we expect you're already super-elite when it comes to using the iPhone multitouch screen, so no explanation needed here.

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5 years ago

iPhone Ready for China Launch at Last? (Again?)

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iPhone Ready for China Launch at Last? (Again?)

Apple's on-again, off-again (on again, off-again, ad infinitum) negotiations to get the iPhone into China seem to be on again -- we think. Honestly, it's impossible to tell anymore so until an Apple exec actually announces it on stage (in September?) or we see millions of Chinese ditching their gray-market, WiFi-enabled international iPhones for state sanctioned China Unicom, we'll just keep waiting (and waiting) and seeing...

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