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4 years ago

Quick Review: GoodReader document manager, viewer for iPad

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Quick Review: GoodReader document manager, viewer for iPad

GoodReader for iPad [on sale for $0.99 - iTunes store] is a gem of an app for anyone who wants to access and manage their documents on the go, especially large PDF files. It is upscaled from the iPhone version, but while the interface isn't radically different this is one case where bigger translates effectively into more and better.

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4 years ago

LAST CHANCE: Five 1-year subscriptions to AT&T or Rogers Navigator powered by TeleNav

LAST CHANCE: Five 1-year subscriptions to AT&T or Rogers Navigator powered by TeleNav

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate the great driving weather than teaming up with TeleNav to give away five (5) 1-year subscriptions to AT&T Navigator (for those of you in the US) or Rogers Navigator (for those of you in Canada).

Want? Great, all you have to do is head on over to Facebook and:

(You must become a fan of both to qualify. We'll check!)

Give away starts now and ends Friday, April 30 at 12pm PT so get to it!

Legal stuff after the break...

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4 years ago

Microsoft kills Courier, HP kills Windows 7 Slate, Fusion Garage lets JooJoo suffer

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Microsoft kills Courier, HP kills Windows 7 Slate, Fusion Garage lets JooJoo suffer

Two would-be Microsoft-based competitors pre-emptively bit the dust yesterday -- both Microsoft's own Courier and HP's Windows 7 Slate are no more, and it's fairly safe to say a third, Fusion Garage's JooJoo, is being kept alive on life support for now. all this follows 500,000+ opening week iPad Wi-Fi sales for Apple, and comes on the eve of the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G release.

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4 years ago

US Apple Retail Stores closing 4-5pm today in advance of iPad Wi-Fi + 3G launch

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US Apple Retail Stores closing 4-5pm today in advance of iPad Wi-Fi + 3G launch

Apple is launching the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G in the US today, and if you're planning to pick one up at your local Apple Retail Store, it's been confirmed they're closing from 4pm to 5pm local time to get ready for you.

No doubt they'll be stocking up and getting the demos ready, but will there be crowds again?

Let us know if you're planning to check it out, or if you're sitting at home waiting for the delivery truck to come to you.

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4 years ago

iPhone Live Podcast #97: Apple gets Siri-ous!

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iPhone Live Podcast #97: Apple gets Siri-ous!

Apple announces WWDC, buys Intrisity, Siri, how do you share your iPhone photos, Chaos Rings, Facebook privacy, BlackBerry 6, HP buys Palm, and all the week's news, how-tos, and apps. Listen in!

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4 years ago

UPDATED: iPhone HD/iPhone 4G "finder" found

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UPDATED: iPhone HD/iPhone 4G "finder" found

While Gizmodo showed off a prototype iPhone HD/iPhone 4G just over a week ago, and revealed the identity of the Apple engineer who brought it to the now-infamous bar, the identity of the man who brought it from the bar to Gizmodo was not revealed -- until now.

An investigation by Wired involving (we kid you not), looking at social network posts and confirmed via a source (which was not revealed) led them to Brian J. Hogan, a 21-year-old resident of Redwood City, California who, through his lawyer, said:

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4 years ago

AT&T network performance still hindering iPhone tethering?

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AT&T network performance still hindering iPhone tethering?

AT&T still remains reluctant to introduce US iPhone customers to tethering and judging from their latest response to Engadget's inquiry, we wouldn't expect it anytime too soon.

"iPhone tethering has the potential to exponentially increase traffic, and we need to ensure that we're able to deliver excellent performance for the feature – over and above the increases in data traffic we're already seeing – before we will offer the feature."

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4 years ago

Adobe CEO responds to Steve Jobs open letter

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Adobe CEO responds to Steve Jobs open letter

Choosing a live interview as his platform of choice, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen fired back at Apple and Steve Jobs' open letter "thoughts on Flash".

Roughly addressing each of Jobs' points:

  1. Narayan chuckled at the thought of Flash being considered closed. "Flash is an open specification." They're using different meanings for "open" here. Clearly Adobe owns Flash but they're fairly open about its use. It's a dependent standard.

  2. It does not appear as though he addressed the full web question this time, but has said in the past 75% of video runs on Flash. He also didn't address the growing number of sites bypassing Flash and going directly to H.264.

  3. Security and performance were addressed by blaming Apple for Mac OS X. Since security for Flash (and Acrobat) are an even larger concern for Windows users, we're not sure how seriously we can take him on that. We've also had enough Flash-related crashes on our Windows machine to not buy that argument either. Certainly, until the most recent version of OS X, Apple didn't provide the low-level hardware access Adobe needed for better performance.

  4. Narayan called Jobs assertion about battery life drain for Flash "patently false". Jobs was fairly specific in separating out software decoding as being the drain. Narayan said every accusation Jobs made could be explained by an Apple proprietary lock. However, we're not certain when Apple locked Sorensen decoding out of every chipset on the planet...

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4 years ago

Steve Jobs posts "Thoughts on Flash", or why you'll never see Flash on iPhone or iPad

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Steve Jobs posts "Thoughts on Flash", or why you'll never see Flash on iPhone or iPad

Steve Jobs has posted his "Thoughts on Flash" up on Apple.com, and like his previous thoughts on (DRM) music, it's a fascinating insight into the mind and tactics of Apple's CEO. As background, this follows up iPhone, iPod touch, and now iPad shipping without Flash support, Apple's recent change in license to prevent the use of cross-compilers like Adobe Flash CS5's Packager for iPhone (which let developers make Flash apps and output iPhone apps), and Apple's recent addition of Mac APIs to allow hardware accelerated Flash on the desktop.

Jobs begins by stating how close Apple and Adobe were and how they've drifted apart. He then breaks down his case against Flash on mobile into 6 key areas:

  1. Flash is not open, it's wholly owned and controlled by Adobe. While Apple also has proprietary products, they believe the web should be open, and Jobs singles out Apple's support of WebKit (the rendering engine behind Safari, Chrome, etc.) as an example of this in action.

  2. Flash is not needed for the "full web" because H.264 is becoming the standard and as sites update to support H.264 they automatically provide video supported by the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. He lists Vimeo, Netflix, Facebook, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ESPN, NPR, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, People, National Geographic as examples. Jobs also says Flash games aren't needed because the App Store has 50,000 games, more than any other platform in the world, and many of them free.

  3. Security and performance. Flash is increasingly an attack vector for malware, and Apple still claims it's the number one cause of crashes on the Mac.

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4 years ago

Jon Stewart goes after Apple, Steve Jobs, AT&T on Daily Show

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Jon Stewart goes after Apple, Steve Jobs, AT&T on Daily Show

After drooling over the lost/stolen iPhone HD/iPhone 4G and mocking the incident on the Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart went after Apple and Steve Jobs, accusing them of losing their childlike sense of wonder and harshening his mellow both:

"Apple - you guys were the rebels, man, the underdogs. People believed in you. But now, are you becoming the man? Remember back in 1984, you had those awesome ads about overthrowing Big Brother? Look in the mirror, man! …It wasn't supposed to be this way - Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one! But you guys are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes! What the [redacted] is going on?!

"Apple - you guys were the rebels, man, the underdogs. People believed in you. But now, are you becoming the man? Remember back in 1984, you had those awesome ads about overthrowing Big Brother? Look in the mirror, man! …It wasn't supposed to be this way - Microsoft was supposed to be the evil one! But you guys are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes! What the [redacted] is going on?!

…I know that it is slightly agitating that a blog dedicated to technology published all that stuff about your new phone. And you didn't order the police to bust down the doors, right? I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass! I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone! I mean, seriously! How do you drop four calls in a one-mile stretch of the West Side Highway! There're no buildings around! What, does the open space confuse AT&T's signal?!

…Come on, Steve. Chill out with the paranoid corporate genius stuff. Don't go all Howard Hughes on us."

This is mainstream media (don't tell Stewart we called him that) hitting Apple where it hurts.

US/Flash only Hulu after the break!

[Gawker.tv, transcript via InOtherNews]

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