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7 years ago

News from Deutschland

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News from Deutschland


figure 1: Deutschland is the German word for Germany

Well, the iPhone has officially launched in Germany with T-Mobile, and with fanfare at that. Heise.de reports that there was a bunch of hooting and hollering, which reminds me of the Mall of America launch -- they did a good job of making people feel like they were part of something big. Even if it was just for waiting for the release of a smartphone in a collapsible chair for 11 hours.

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7 years ago

iPhone Firmware 1.1.2 Out

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iPhone Firmware 1.1.2 Out

Apple has released the 1.1.2 firmware for the iPhone out into the wild a little early, probably so that folks in Europe can download it directly when they get home. The 1.1.2 update weighs in at about 160MB, and it does update the baseband radio as well, bringing the radio software to 04.02.13_G (from 04.01.13_G in case you were wondering, and you probably weren't). You can download the update directly from Apple.

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7 years ago

iPhone Vetoes Carrier Veto Power

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iPhone Vetoes Carrier Veto Power


figure 1: It is with a heavy heart that Pogue informs us that the latest Windows Mobile phone from T-Mobile blows.

David Pogue has an excellent article on how the iPhone really broke down a bunch of barriers in the smartphone world, the best he claims, is "the way Apple took veto power away from the cellphone carriers."

So yeah, that's just the first sentence. The unfortunate part of the article is that most of the rest of it is a review for a T-Mobile Windows Mobile device. The good news is this: if you want to think about how awesome your iPhone is compared to a poorly-implemented Windows Mobile device, the second half of his article will really interest you. There's a silver lining in every cloud, right?

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7 years ago

Enable Push Email on iPhone

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Enable Push Email on iPhone

There's a neat way to enable push email on your iPhone so you can be notified of emails when they arrive, just like a BlackBerry. Push email has long been available with the IMAP idle command, though not many clients seem to support it. Getting the new push program on your iPhone requires that you jailbreak your phone, so if you need push email, you may want to hold of on tomorrow's firmware update. The software is still in beta but apparently still works as advertised.

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7 years ago

Apple Confirms 1.1.2 Friday

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Apple Confirms 1.1.2 Friday

Apple has confirmed to pocket-lint.co.uk that the next firmware update, version 1.1.2, will be available tomorrow. The update brings several internationally-themed updates like international keyboards. UK users also get access to free wi-fi via The Cloud.

This update will fix the TIFF vulnerability, meaning that users can browse a bit safer. However, the closing of this security vulnerability means that the extremely easy AppSnapp method of installing 3rd party apps found at jailbreakme.com will cease to work.

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7 years ago

Jobs #2 in Last 25 Years

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Jobs #2 in Last 25 Years

Steve Jobs was voted the #2 most important person in technology in the last 25 years by the Computing Technology Industry Association by pulling in 73% of voters. Bill Gates, the #1 most important person, pulled in 84%.

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7 years ago

CEOs Fiddle

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CEOs Fiddle

There have been a lot of snarky comments about Apple in the press lately, usually from big media companies or other smartphone competitors. There are so many CEOs fiddling while Apple burns down their little walled cities, there's enough of them for an orchestra. Or at least a hoedown.

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7 years ago

PwnageTool jalbreak software

PwnageTool jalbreak software

PwnageTool is Mac only. You will also need a torrent client for most downloads such as Vuze or whatever client you prefer.

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7 years ago

Round Robin: AT&T Tilt

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Round Robin: AT&T Tilt

For the past few days, I've been working with the AT&T Tilt, a Windows Mobile smartphone. I've used Windows Mobile before, so this isn't quite the new experience that the BlackBerry Curve was, but I haven't used the latest version of Windows Mobile (version 6) either. I used WM5 with a Treo 750 for a while, but I ended up dealing with a bad bug that prevented calls from ringing. That was pretty much a killer for the device, and I stopped using it.

And that would be the end of the story, but for the Smartphone Round Robin. And here we are again.

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7 years ago

Apple Making a Tablet PC?

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Apple Making a Tablet PC?

An employee of Asus -- the company that builds many of Apple's laptops -- told CNET that they are making a tablet PC from Apple. It's apparently a brand new tablet design, not one that Asus has used before. The device could be introduced as early as January, at Mac World Expo 2008. Crave at CNET surmises that the tablet will take many OS cues from the iPhone, incorporating finger flicking, cover flow, and other gesture-based movements.

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7 years ago

Voice Memos?

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Voice Memos?

A savvy forum user over at MacRumors found some interesting new dialog box messages inside the new version of iTunes. These are probably the highlights:

"4320.082" = "The iPhone “^1” contains new voice memos. Would you like to move these voice memos to your iTunes library?";

"4320.073" = "Enabling the iPhone for disk use requires manually ejecting the iPhone before each disconnect, even when automatically syncing music.";

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7 years ago

iTunes Store Ringtone Playlist for iPhone

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iTunes Store Ringtone Playlist for iPhone

Apple has selected a bunch of songs that make for popular ringtones and placed them in an easy-to-find section of the iTunes store. I'm getting tired of my old custom alarm ringtone (I only made one) and I think it's time to wake up to something new.

Ringtones: the Playlists

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7 years ago

Google's Android Will Terrorize Proprietary Platforms, But Won't Threaten Apple

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Google's Android Will Terrorize Proprietary Platforms, But Won't Threaten Apple

Unless you've been pinned under a bus for the past 24 hours, you've no doubt witnessed the unfolding drama from yesterday's announcement by Google about its upcoming open mobile platform, dubbed Android. Opinions range from Android’s arrival heralding the end of the wireless world as we know it, to “Oh my God…targeted ads on a mobile phone!” This story isn’t particularly relevant to iPhone enthusiasts, but its impact will affect the handset industry as a whole. And being the smarty pants, know-it-all, Smartphone expert, tech talkin guy that I am, I couldn’t let this topic pass by without weighing in.

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7 years ago

Mac611 Puts The Fun Back in Tech Support, Right From Your iPhone

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Mac611 Puts The Fun Back in Tech Support, Right From Your iPhone

Dave Merten from MacOSG informs me that he has created a new web app for iPhone that provides instant access to support guides right from your iPhone. It's called Mac611 (shouldn't that be 911?). Check it out for yourself, or better still... break your Mac and try to fix it using this service. I'm going to the tool shed now to get my sledgehammer.

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7 years ago

iTunes 7.5 and Quicktime 7.3 Updates

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iTunes 7.5 and Quicktime 7.3 Updates

We mentioned the release of iTunes and Quicktime in our podcast yesterday, but haven't provided any release notes. There's not a lot in terms of content for anyone deciding to update or not. Ambrosia reports that iToner still works -- though the initial update will wipe out iToner ringtones, you can easily sync them over. The iTunes doesn't touch a user's library file, so there shouldn't be any risk of anything. The QuickTime update includes improvements for converting video for the iPhone. Are you excited about this? Yah, me neither.

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