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3 years ago

Evily

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Evily

Nilay Petal of This is My Next (and formerly of Engadget) has written up a terrific breakdown of the ongoing Google/Skyhook lawsuit, which alleges Google interfered with Skyhook's location tracking business by unfairly using their control over Android licensing.

At the very least, it’s now extremely clear that Google plays a major role in Android device development, to the point where Andy Rubin himself approves and denies requests from OEMs. It’s also clear that Google places tremendous value on collecting location data, and it acted swiftly when it determined Skyhook’s deal with Motorola might threaten its ability to collect that data. Hell, one of the headings in Google’s summary judgment brief is “Skyhook was not entitled to deprive Google of its contractual right to collect location data on Motorola Android devices.” Can’t say it much plainer than that, really. And Google’s doesn’t hesitate to use its muscle to get what it wants from OEMs — it revised Samsung’s app license to specifically require Google location services be installed and used by default. Whether or not Google’s behavior is anti-competitive is a matter for the court to decide, but it’s definitely aggressive.

Emphasis is Patel's. To be frank, I don't have any problem with this in general. I wouldn't even call it "evily", just "businessy". Google is a public company in a highly competitive space and the drive to succeed is enormous. So is the desire to maintain quality and reduce fragmentation.

But here's the thing -- Google so constantly, consistently, and competitively misrepresents it as "open" and "good" in contrast to Apple's "closed" and "evil".

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3 years ago

I don't want an iPod nano camera -- I want an iPod nano smart watch

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I don't want an iPod nano camera -- I want an iPod nano smart watch

There are some alleged 7th-generation iPod nano prototypes floating around the internet that show it just might be getting a camera this fall, something the 5th generation had but the current iPod nano lacks. Aside from Apple having to modify the clip so as not to interfere with the camera, is this really something we want?

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3 years ago

iKeyboard Kickstarter project claims to make touch typing on the iPad a reality [video]

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iKeyboard Kickstarter project claims to make touch typing on the iPad a reality [video]

The iKeyboard is an interesting Kickstarter Project that aims to address an often complained about problem with any iPad. The on-screen keyboard is great for simple text input however if you have something longer to type up, it can become very awkward and uncomfortable to use. This is where iKeyboard comes in and hopes to address these issues and offer the ability to touch type on the iPad. .

The iKeyboard sits on top of the iPad’s virtual keyboard without adding much to the weight or physical size. It claims to allow you to touch type, but more importantly, not have to suspend your hands above the screen; which is anything but comfortable and often painful after prolonged text input. The iKeyboard requires the same force and travel distance to register a key press as the current Apple keyboard.

The accessory is in a working prototype stage at the moment and its claimed that it works pretty well and the highest hurdles have been jumped. As this is a Kickstarter project, the aim is to get funding to take the prototype to the next level and start production. To do this, the iKeyboard needs investment pledges which were originally set at $4000. As of today, it has received over $5000 with some 46 days left to go. It seems to be proving very popular!

Have a look at the video after the break the let us know what you think of the iKeyboard? Can you see yourself using an accessory like this? Let us know in the comments!

[Kickstarter]

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3 years ago

Twitter rolling out web app redesign resembling official iPhone app

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Twitter rolling out web app redesign resembling official iPhone app

Twitter is rolling out a significant redesign to their mobile website, the one you see when accessing Twitter.com via Safari on iPhone or iPod touch, and other mobile device browsers. The new web app layout is molded around the official Twitter for iPhone app and is heavily doused in HTML5 goodness, however the menu bar has been switched to the top instead of the bottom.

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3 years ago

Daily Tip: How to authorize and deauthorize iTunes computers linked to one account

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Daily Tip: How to authorize and deauthorize iTunes computers linked to one account

Do you want to know how to authorize and deauthorize iTunes linked accounts? If you purchase your media content through iTunes and want to play it back on different computers in your home, you are restricted to a maximum of five Windows or Mac PCs linked to a single iTunes account. If you sell, re-install, upgrade or replace  a computer, you can soon run into the problem of not being able to authorize a new one, due to reaching your maximum of five. In this daily tip, we show you how to authorize a new computer, deauthorize an existing computer and also how to completely reset your five authorized computers. Read on to find out how!

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3 years ago

iPhone Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT, come chat!

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iPhone Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT, come chat!

Attention programs: proceed immediately to the iPhone Live podcast tonight or face summary de-resolution. END OF LINE.

Time: 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST!

Place: http://live.tipb.com/live/

(You can watch from iPhone via Ustream Viewer app (here's how) and iPad (we recommend Duet Browser.)

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3 years ago

Apple TV iOS 4.2.2 update now available

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Apple TV iOS 4.2.2 update now available

Apple today released an update for Apple TV (2010), bringing it to iOS 4.2.2. The over-the-air update looks to be of the bug fix variety:

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3 years ago

Poll: Which version of iOS are you currently running?

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Poll: Which version of iOS are you currently running?

Which version of iOS are you currently running?customer surveys

Which version of iOS are you currently running? Apple released iOS 4.3.3/4.2.8 last week so we figured we'd see how many of you in the TiPb nation updated your primary device, be it an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to the latest and greatest?

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3 years ago

X Gear anti-glare film for iPad - accessory review

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X Gear anti-glare film for iPad - accessory review


YouTube Link

The X Gear Anti Glare film for iPad aims to make Apple's very shiny iPad shine just a little less in our eyes. Now screen protectors have always been my arch nemesis -- I have always much preferred the feel of the actual glass over the feel of any screen protector. But I figured I'd give the X Gear anti-glare version a chance to change my mind.

Did it succeed? Read on to find out!

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3 years ago

Apple reviewing DUI checkpoint apps upon US Senate request

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Apple reviewing DUI checkpoint apps upon US Senate request

During yesterday's Senate subcommittee hearing on location tracking, Apple was asked why they haven't pulled a number of DUI checkpoint apps like Fuzz Alert which notify users of nearby law-enforcement checkpoints.

Four U.S. Senators, including Sen. Charles Schumer, sent letters to Apple, Google and Research in Motion in March requesting that the companies remove apps notifying users of police sobriety checkpoints their respective application stores. Schumer raised the issue again at Tuesday's Senate subcommittee hearing on privacy.

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