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5 years ago

Apple Updates MobileMe WebApps... A Little

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Apple Updates MobileMe WebApps... A Little

Apple has once again made some service improvements to MobileMe:

We recently updated the web applications at me.com. In Mail, you can now see your unread message count in your Inbox and in each of your Mail folders, and forwarding or replying to HTML (rich text) messages now maintains the messages' original formatting. In addition, there is a direct link to Help in the toolbar. See this support article for more details and a summary of other improvements.

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5 years ago

Apple's New iPhone 3GS Commercials Focus on New Cut and Paste, Voice Control Features

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Apple's New iPhone 3GS Commercials Focus on New Cut and Paste, Voice Control Features

Two new iPhone 3GS commercials are now being aired by Apple, the first one focusing on cut, copy, and paste and the second on Voice Control.

While it's interesting that the original iPhone 2G commercials were targeted at "the internet in your pocket" and the iPhone 3G commercials at "there's an app for that", new features aside, we're not sure what overarching theme Apple's going for this time -- if any.

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5 years ago

Wednesday Fun Video: iPhone 3GS Real Racing Tech Demo

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Wednesday Fun Video: iPhone 3GS Real Racing Tech Demo

Firemint has put up the above video tech demo of their Real Racing game running optimized for an iPhone 3GS and.... wow.

“Since the game uses a high fidelity physics engine, adding cars is a good test for pushing the hardware. We started our tech demo with 8 cars on the track, then 10, 12, 16 and 20, and the 3GS still didn’t break a sweat,” wrote Firemint’s Alexandra Peters. “We finally stopped when we got to 40 cars on the track at the same time, still with no perceptible drop in frame rate. We think the results are mind blowing.”

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5 years ago

Quick App: Reportage Twitter "Radio Tuner" for iPhone

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Quick App: Reportage Twitter "Radio Tuner" for iPhone

If the iPhone and Twitter go together like chocolate and peanut butter, then for the most part current iPhone Twitter client developers give us many variations of the peanut butter cup. Tasty confections though they may be, and each unique and delicious in their own right, at the end they still tend towards variations of the peanut butter cup.

Enter Reportage from wherecloud [$2.99 - iTunes link], which rearranges those twin flavors like nouveau cuisine, utterly deconstructed and left for you to explore.

Too obscure? Okay, rewind. Reportage bills itself as a "radio tuner" for Twitter where followers are treated like stations on the FM dial and you can tune in (or tune out) to what they're saying, and spin the dial to move from user "station" to user "station".

It should be noted at the beginning that Reportage isn't a general purpose Twitter workhouse. There are tons of those already. Like Birdhouse, which models itself on a "notebook" writing experience for Twitter, Reportage has also chosen to focus on one specific concept -- pseudo-"live broadcast" of the Twitter users you follow.

Keep that in mind as we go along...

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5 years ago

iPhone Dev-Team: ultrasn0w Users Avoid iPhone 3.1 Beta!

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iPhone Dev-Team: ultrasn0w Users Avoid iPhone 3.1 Beta!

Right in time for iPhone 3.1, the iPhone Dev-Team has begun issuing their usual warnings about jailbreak/unlock users and new firmware updates:

ultrasn0w users must stay away from official 3.1 (incl. betas) until we release the tools for it, or you'll lose unlock!

Tempting as a tasty new beta may be, if you can't live without your hacked iPhone, don't hit that update button now, or any time before the iPhone Dev-Team has new, tested tools ready for you.

Once again, you've been warned!

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5 years ago

iPhone 3.1: Non-Destructive Video Editing, Bluetooth Voice Control, Vibrating Icon Moves, and More!

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iPhone 3.1: Non-Destructive Video Editing, Bluetooth Voice Control, Vibrating Icon Moves, and More!

Early word from TiPb commenters and the Twitter show some new iPhone 3.1 features found already:

  • Non-destructive video editing means trimming a clip no longer saves over the original video but gives you the option to "Save as copy..."
  • Voice Control now works over Bluetooth
  • iPhone vibrates when moving icons
  • Updated AT&T profile to 4.2
  • Updated modem firmware to 5.08.01

Behind the scenes changes abound as well:

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5 years ago

Quick App: Cellar Wine Tracker for iPhone

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Quick App: Cellar Wine Tracker for iPhone

From the team team that brought us Barista, Cellar aims to give wine the same app love coffee has enjoyed for a while now:

Cellar is a portable, swipeable showcase of what's currently in your cellar or wine rack, plus the Garage feature lets you store wine that you've decided you might buy again.

Cellar has been submitted to the App Store and should be available... as soon as Apple decides to make it so.

In the meantime, enjoy the screenshots after the break!

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5 years ago

Apple Releases iPhone 3.1 and SDK Beta to Developers

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Apple Releases iPhone 3.1 and SDK Beta to Developers

Apple has just released iPhone 3.1 SDK Beta to developers:

iPhone SDK 3.1 beta and iPhone OS 3.1 beta are now posted to the iPhone Dev Center. These versions are for development and testing only and should be installed on devices dedicated to iPhone OS 3.1 beta software development. Please read the iPhone OS Pre-Install Advisory and the iPhone SDK 3.1 beta release notes before downloading and installing.

Available now via developer.apple.com, and TiPb once again reminds non-developers to stay clear, avoid potential problems, and wait for the general release.

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5 years ago

iPhone 3.0 Bugs: .Me Spontaneously Changing to .Mac?

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iPhone 3.0 Bugs: .Me Spontaneously Changing to .Mac?

Your iPhone MobileMe account randomly and spontaneously changing from [username]@me.com to [username]@mac.com? You're not alone.

Like the missing/mismatched app icon bug, this is another issue that was a problem to some during the betas, and continues to be a problem now that iPhone 3.0 has gone into release.

Unfortunately, once the bug manifests, MobileMe doesn't allow you to simply edit it back, and since everything changes from .me to .mac (your email address, SMTP server, etc.), it can be more than a little annoying.

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5 years ago

We Get It -- iPhone 3GS is Faster than Fast Fast!

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We Get It -- iPhone 3GS is Faster than Fast Fast!

We've been talking about the zippiness of the iPhone 3GS -- S as in Speed -- since it launched, and report after report has confirmed that not only is it fast, it's faster than we initially thought.

Here's more of the same. Running OpenGL 1.x like the iPhone 3G (never mind that it can run OpenGL 2.0 which the iPhone 3G can't), the results are most impressive:

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5 years ago

iPhone App Store Just Says No to Nudity -- For Now?

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iPhone App Store Just Says No to Nudity -- For Now?

Last week the first iPhone (and iPod touch) app to feature nudity was live in the iTunes App Store. Technically, however, it was simply a change in the server behind the app -- the developer added nude images.

Subsequently, however, the app became unavailable. The developer first reported that their own servers couldn't keep up with demand for the newly nudified images, but it turns out Apple laid the hammer down on the "soft-core porn" app:

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5 years ago

US Government Looking Into AT&T iPhone Exclusivity

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US Government Looking Into AT&T iPhone Exclusivity

The US Senate's Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation is studying deals like AT&T's exclusivity for the iPhone, and how that balances business freedoms, technology innovation, consumer competition, and the effects on smaller, rural carriers.

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5 years ago

Quick App: DOOM Resurrection for iPhone

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Quick App: DOOM Resurrection for iPhone

DOOOOOOOOOM! [$9.99 - iTunes link] That's right, the mother of all Martian first person shooters (FPS) is in the App Store now:

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5 years ago

Quick App: Birdfeed Twitter Client for iPhone

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Quick App: Birdfeed Twitter Client for iPhone

Birdfeed [$4.99 - iTunes link] bills itself as "A very nice Twitter client for your iPhone". That's pretty much spot on. It doesn't try to razzle-dazzle, or focus exclusively on one element or another, but what it does do is provide a quick, clean, interface to manage your Twitter account (or accounts).

Highlighted features include the simple design, local caching of already-loaded tweets so you can keep reading when/if offline, SMS-style handling of direct messages (DMs) to help keep the conversation flow, unread @mentions (replies) and DM counters, and time stamps to indicate where you last read up to should new tweets have since been loaded.

To answer the immediate question, no support for iPhone 3.0 push notification yet. Birdfeed's Twitter account says that feature is likely, but there's no time-frame yet.

TwitPic and yfrong are available for image posting and tr.im for URL shortening. (Where's the bit.ly love, and tinyurl for retro chic?) Instapaper is supported, though you have to exit the app and go to the iPhone's Settings app to find and set it up. This makes sense given Apple's preference for keeping Settings in Settings, and also because it's unlikely you'll have to do it more than once.

Great from a user experience perspective, when you get to the end of currently loaded tweets, Birdfeed automatically starts loading older ones. That's right, no button tap required. (The default is 20 but you can change that in Settings). To get newer tweets, however, there is the perfunctory big honking -- yet tastefully rendered -- button at the top of the tweet list.

For users who put capital letters in their Twitter account names, there's currently a bug those accounts to go missing from the app, but it's known and a fix is on the way.

All in all, Birdfeed is exactly as presented -- a clear, consistent, and enjoyable general purpose Twitter client with some great new ideas in a even greater UI.

More screenshots after the break!

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5 years ago

What Were You Using Before the iPhone?

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What Were You Using Before the iPhone?

Inspired by Gruber, who was rocking the Nokia freebiephone, on the eve of the original iPhone's 2nd birthday, we want to know:

What were you using before the iPhone?

(I was on a Treo 680 that crashed almost as often as it successfully made or received calls).

Update: Jeremy reminds me we have a huge thread on the forums about this as well. Love. Up.

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