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5 years ago

iPhone Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT

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iPhone Live! Tonight at 8pm ET/5pm PT

Join me and our regular cast of great TiPb characters for all the week's news, views, and rants. If you have any questions, leave a comment below, hit us up on Twitter @theiphoneblog, or better still -- join us live in the chat room via http://www.imore.com/live

Chat with you soon!

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5 years ago

Mega-Rumor: Could We See an iPhone on Verizon by the Holidays?

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Mega-Rumor: Could We See an iPhone on Verizon by the Holidays?

Could we see a combination CDMA/HSPA iPhone hit Verizon before the holidays? No, we don't think so either, but that's the rumor we're hearing again.

Of course, we're no stranger to iPhone on Verizon rumors, whether they be wishful thinking or the result of ongoing, longterm Apple/carrier negotiations that may or may not ever amount to anything, it's ironic that rumors about America's most reliable network are almost always anything but...

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5 years ago

Quick App: RedLaser Barcore Scanner for iPhone

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Quick App: RedLaser Barcore Scanner for iPhone

RedLaser [$1.99 - iTunes link ] scans barcodes, identifies the item your scanning, and then presents Google Product Search and Amazon shopping results for that item.

Sound familiar? It should, it was one of the few things we really lusted after when Google demoed the original Android G1 almost a year ago. Go into Barnes & Noble, see a book you like, snap the barcode, and instant price comparison. Boom. You can decide whether you need to buy it immediately or if you prefer to to order it and wait a little.

Both the iPhone 2G and 3G lacked the autofocus and short range macro clarity for that task, and while the iPhone 3GS made up for that in large degree, RedLaser is going the extra mile and enabling barcode scanning without using the autofocus. So, yes, it works fine on all generations of iPhone.

Doesn't sound like it was easy -- Apple rejected the application's use of the camera 6 times before iPhone 3.1 rolled around and they got the big, green light to start scanning. It will no doubt be appreciated by users.

The features break down as follows:

  • Scans UPC, EAN, and UPC-E
  • You can email a list of products
  • Automatically localized for currency (USD, EUR, GBP) and regionalized Amazon stores (.com/.co.uk/.de/.co.jp/.fr/.ca/.cn)

In our tests, it worked well (though getting our hands to hold the iPhone steady enough was a challenge -- need to cut down coffee intake!). If you try it out, let us know what you think!

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5 years ago

iSkin solo High-Gloss, Streamlined Protection for Your iPhone

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iSkin solo High-Gloss, Streamlined Protection for Your iPhone

The iSkin solo for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS [$29.95 - iMore Store Link] has quickly become one of the most popular slim-fitting skin cases available today. To find out why, follow us after the break!

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5 years ago

iTunes 9.0.1 Fix the Out-of-Order Episodes Bug for You?

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iTunes 9.0.1 Fix the Out-of-Order Episodes Bug for You?

With the release of the iTunes 9.0.1 update last night, we downloaded it and proceeded to run some tests, and lo and behold, it seems that annoying out-of-order podcast bug is gone for us.

You remember the one, where you'd sync a number of episodes and instead of being sorted numerically, up or down, (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4) they were randomly assigned (i.e. 1, 4, 2, 3).

If you've installed iTunes 9.0.1, and tested out the sync sequencing, let us know if you're back in order as well.

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5 years ago

Reminder: AT&T MMS Coming This Friday

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Reminder: AT&T MMS Coming This Friday

Not that any of you AT&T customers really need the reminder. Regardless, the wait is almost over folks, AT&T is finally flipping the MMS switch for all of their iPhone customers this Friday, September 25th.

Sure, this day marked in your calendars but would any of you like to take bets on whether or not the network will buckle when you have every single iPhone owner sending picture after picture all day long? Don't be too upset when the person you are sending the image to tells you they have not gotten it yet. That's more than likely to happen unless AT&T really used this extra time wisely and beefed eir network for the flood gates they are about to open...

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5 years ago

Quick App: Snapture Camera Enhancers Goes From Jailbreak to App Store

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Quick App: Snapture Camera Enhancers Goes From Jailbreak to App Store

Snapture [$1.99 on sale - iTunes link], as can be seen by that little price and link notation right there, has gone from a must-have Jailbreak-only app, to a new home in Apple's very own iTunes App Store.

For those unfamiliar with Snapture, it takes the iPhone camera experience to another level, such as taking photos by tapping anywhere on the screen (or lifting you finger off the screen), variable image sizes, pinch-to-zoom up to 5x, 8 direction alignment level and rapid-fire multi-shot (3 to be specific) functionality. (Yeah, color mode and taking pictures with the volume buttons didn't survive the cross-over, but a satisfying amount did).

If you want to get a lot more out of your iPhone camera, give Snapature a try and let us know what you think!

More screen shots after the break!

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5 years ago

The Competition: Microsoft "Courier" Tablet

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The Competition: Microsoft "Courier" Tablet

While everyone is waiting on Apple to unveil their universally rumored iTablet/iPad device next year, Gizmodo has just scored the scoop on what Microsoft just might be planning to counter it -- the "Courier" tablet.

Decidedly un-Apple in it's approach, with dual booklet screens, pen and touch input, and feel that's all organized chaos, it's also strikingly different to Microsoft's previous Tablet PC efforts (which were largely tweaked versions of XP and then Vista). Here's why:

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5 years ago

USB Implementors Forum on iTunes Sync: Apple's Right, Palm's Wrong

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USB Implementors Forum on iTunes Sync: Apple's Right, Palm's Wrong

Looks like the USB Implementers Forum has taken Apple's side over Palm's in their ongoing war of USB locking vs. USB spoofing. Digital Daily (via MacRumors) has the deets:

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5 years ago

Apple Releases iTunes 9.0.1 Update

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Apple Releases iTunes 9.0.1 Update

Apple today released iTunes 9.0.1, a minor point update to their new media hub and sync solution. Weighing in at 89.8MB, as befits its .0.1 nature, the changes read like a who's who of bug fixes, including:

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5 years ago

iPhone OS 3.2 -- What Do You Want and When Do You Want It?

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iPhone OS 3.2 -- What Do You Want and When Do You Want It?

Apple is no doubt already hard at work on iPhone OS 3.2, the second minor update to the third major release of their mobile platform. Sure, we got iPhone 3.1 just over two weeks ago on Sept. 9, but looking back, we should expect to see the first beta versions of 3.2 sooner rather than later.

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5 years ago

GoogleSync Brings Push Gmail to iPhone - At Last!

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GoogleSync Brings Push Gmail to iPhone - At Last!

Google's official mobile blog has just (and finally!) announced Push Gmail support for the iPhone!

Integrated into their existing GoogleSync service, which up until now supported only contacts and calendar, now:

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5 years ago

Kid Finds Porn in Apple Store & Angry Mom Complains

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Kid Finds Porn in Apple Store & Angry Mom Complains

Porn and iPhone, it is out there and every once in a while you may even find porn in there. In an Apple Retail Store on one of the iPhone and iPod Touch demos, that is. Well that's exactly what happened just the other day as a mother found her 10 year old girl mesmerized by some X-rated content on one of the Apple stores demo devices.

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blockquote>“I called to complain and was told matter of factly by staff this happens a lot as people come in and download it for a laugh, I don’t find it funny and all my friends think it’s disgusting, but Apple say there is nothing they can do to stop it.”

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5 years ago

Netflix Sees Apple Partnership, iPhone Streaming to "Come Over Time"

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Netflix Sees Apple Partnership, iPhone Streaming to "Come Over Time"

Netflix, which mails DVDs and Blu-Ray discs to subscribers and streams movies and TV shows directly to Xbox 360 and other set-top box owners, commented on the likelihood of their working with Apple, and specifically providing an app for the iPhone:

“[A partnership with Apple] is something that’s likely to come over time,” Hastings said. “But nothing in the short term. [With] movie watching, we are not focused on mobile yet, but on the TV, on Blu-ray and on the video game consoles. We will get to mobile eventually, including the iPhone.”

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5 years ago

Microsoft Stores Staffing Up... With Apple Store Employees

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Microsoft Stores Staffing Up... With Apple Store Employees

Microsoft is beginning to staff up their upcoming retail store chain using freshly poached Apple Store managers and employees. Using "significant raises" and in some cases, moving expenses as the carrot, Apple Store managers are hunted and then asked to contact their (now former) top Apple Store salespeople and offer them similar incentives to switch from Mac to PC.

Employees, of course, are not the only thing Microsoft is taking from the Apple Store experienced. Having hired Apple's former retail location scout, George Blankenship, their plan is to open up right next door to Apple Stores everywhere.

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