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6 years ago

The iPhone started life as a "Safari Pad"?

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The iPhone started life as a "Safari Pad"?

The New York Times is reporting that the iPhone started its life out as a "Safari Pad". An Internet tablet if you will. Once Steve Jobs saw it, he used his panache and morphed it into an iPhone. The author also goes on to say that when he spoke to Steve Jobs at the recent MacWorld in January, he asked if there would be a larger form-factor iPod touch device. Steve Jobs replied,

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6 years ago

3G Rumor-mill: Vid Cap, HD Streaming, Real-Time GPS, Turn Lead to Gold!

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3G Rumor-mill: Vid Cap, HD Streaming, Real-Time GPS, Turn Lead to Gold!

Monday was analyst prediction day, as RBC Capital analyst Mike Abramsky and Banc of American analyst Scott Craig separately provided the following guestimates on Apple's next gen iPhone:

Abramsky predicts him some amped up CPU, more memory, and the faster 3G speeds that allow for higher def (HD?) video, voice capture, streaming HD video, real-time GPS, and other Trekkie goodness. All this would, coupled with a mid-2008 release, would let Apple blow past 10 million, and hit a potential 11 million unites sold by year end.

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6 years ago

Peering into the iPhone SDK Crystal Ball

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Peering into the iPhone SDK Crystal Ball

Thursday brings the SDK. You know, the one that needs no other identifier. The one that the entire tech-verse has been chomping at the bit for since roughly 0.001 seconds after Steve Jobs slipped the iPhone from his pocket at Macworld 2007.

But that’s all we know: SDK Event March 6th.

We don’t know whether the SDK will be ready to code that very same day, who’ll be given access to it, how they’ll test for it, what type of approval process Apple will require, how apps will be distributed, how they’ll be priced, and most importantly for the end user: whether or not “OMG teh iPhone can has WoW!!11”

However, that doesn’t stop us from guessing!

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6 years ago

O2 Ireland CEO "Defends" Lack of Data, Features

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O2 Ireland CEO "Defends" Lack of Data, Features

As highlighted earlier, when O2 launches the iPhone on March 14, it will be with only a wee 1GB of data (vs. unlimited in other territories) and nay visual voicemail (standard elsewhere -- indeed cited as a rationale for carrier cooperation read: lock-in).

Now MacNN brings us "justification" from O2 Ireland CEO, Danuta Gray:

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6 years ago

Web Apps vs. Native - another VHS vs. Beta?

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Web Apps vs. Native - another VHS vs. Beta?

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6 years ago

Web App Review: Bloglines

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Web App Review: Bloglines

Reading my news and RSS feeds on the go is important to me. Most people I know use Google Reader, and it is a fantastic desktop web application. However, I find the mobile version really lacking in features and functionality; this is where Bloglines (http://i.bloglines.com) comes in.

Bloglines really takes advantage of Apple's HIG's and gives a very integrated environment for your news. Keep in mind that this version of Bloglines is is still in beta...

(Ed Note - We've already welcomed Rene Ritchie to the fold, now we welcome Chad Garrett! Chad will be bringing us a software review each week -- with any luck at all he'll be able to move to reviews of real, honest-to-god, Apple-approved native applications very soon! Welcome Chad!)

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6 years ago

Apple Patent Bingo: iPhone Game Rentals?

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Apple Patent Bingo: iPhone Game Rentals?

In the grand tradition of surveilling Apple's every patent filing for the tiniest hint about just which earth-denting device Steve Jobs will whip out next, Apple Insider (via Trademork) brings word on: methods to auto-detect game compatibility (to make sure you don't accidentally buy a Nano game for your iPhone?), an automatic online backup, data storage, and update service for already-purchased games (Software Update meets .Mac?), as well as a game rental and/or subscription service (expanding the iTunes Movie Rentals model?).

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6 years ago

Avast! 1.1.4 Jailbreak and Unlock Update

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Avast! 1.1.4 Jailbreak and Unlock Update

Engadget has put together a veritable jolly roger of an update to iPhone firmware 1.1.4 jailbreaking and SIM unlocking.

These methods include the usual scurvy gang of iNdependence 1.4 beta 5 for OS X, Zibri's cross-platform Ziphone 2.5, and a new, and potentially mega-infringing stow-away: iTunes (looks to be purely proof-of-concept at the moment).

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6 years ago

iPhone Helps O2 to Best-Ever Quarter

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iPhone Helps O2 to Best-Ever Quarter

Based on O2's last quarter earnings report, the iPhone is not only O2's fastest selling device, is not only setting new records for customer satisfaction, but helped contribute towards a 9.5% increase for the last quarter 2007.

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6 years ago

SDK Still Beta, iTunes for Distro, Apple as Gatekeeper, and More...

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SDK Still Beta, iTunes for Distro, Apple as Gatekeeper, and More...

iLounge brings word that, according to their sources (all familiar with the situation and plans, of course), the upcoming SDK will sport the following "features":

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6 years ago

Free Wallpaper Friday: Slumber Interuptis Edition

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Free Wallpaper Friday: Slumber Interuptis Edition

Free Wallpaper Friday is back with an odd assortment of motifs to satisfy your color craving. Taste the rainbow.

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6 years ago

Friday Fun: iPhone Stopwatch Hits 1000 Hours

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Friday Fun: iPhone Stopwatch Hits 1000 Hours

Before you hit play, there's a cuss in the video you might want to know about if your office frowns upon this kind of thing. So what happens when the iPhone's stopwatch hits 1000 hours? It keeps going fine, but you no longer can see the seconds go by.

No word on 10,000 hours. Probably explodes.

Crazy college kids and their crazy research, eh? [via daringfireball]

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6 years ago

Texas University: An iPhone for Every Freshman

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Texas University: An iPhone for Every Freshman

Apple and education, an historically great market that goes great with Macs. Well now, if Abilene Christian University (ACU) is any precursor, Mobile OS X is about to follow in it's big desktop brother's shoes.

According to Phil Schubert, ACU executive vice president, "an Apple iPhone or iPod touch will become a central part of Abilene Christian University's innovative learning experience this fall when all freshmen are provided one of these converged media devices."

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6 years ago

TiAIN Coating? $299. Turning Your iPhone to Dark Side? Priceless.

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TiAIN Coating? $299. Turning Your iPhone to Dark Side? Priceless.

iPhone Custom is now offering to coat your iPhone in high quality TiAIN for $299.

And while $299 might sound expensive (same price as a brand new iPod Touch 8GB!), the end result looks impressive enough to tempt higher-end customers and early adapters, longing for a return of the jealous stares they got when flashing their iPhone on Day One.

Purchasing is simple: just eject your SIM, place your iPhone in a pre-labelled shipper, and send it off to iPhone Custom for your choice of black or gold glossy logo and bezel.

The process is also available for iPod Touch and 3G iPod Nano.

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6 years ago

SDK Event to Bring Exchange and Lotus Support?

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SDK Event to Bring Exchange and Lotus Support?

Again with the Apple Insider analyst tea-leaf reading, we get word from Shaw Wu of American Technology Research that Steve Jobs will spend some time during Thursday's iPhone SDK Event announcing enhanced support for Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus corporate email "solutions" (having worked in IT, I'm entitled to add the quotes.)

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