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5 years ago

Apple Store Finally Dumping WinCE-Inducing Payment Systems?

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Apple Store Finally Dumping WinCE-Inducing Payment Systems?

Yeah. Apple Stores use what appear to be Soviet-era Windows CE handsets from Symbol to process credit card transactions on the floor. It's their secret shame. All that beautiful, elegant, perfectly balanced mobile technology in the iPhone and the iPod touch and their front-facing staff is stuck using devices straight out of 1960s garage sci-fi.

Well, the times they may finally be changing. Apple Insider reports that:

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5 years ago

Bluetooth 3.0... in Time for iPhone 3.0?

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Bluetooth 3.0... in Time for iPhone 3.0?

iPhone 3G uses Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, but it seems like the folks behind the BT standard are ready to release the next big version, coincidentally sharing the same 3.0 version number as the next iPhone firmware update, coming this summer.

There's been no word on Apple adopting Bluetooth 3.0 for iPhone OS 3.0 or the next generation iPhone hardware expected to be previewed at WWDC in June, but according to BGR, it will be landing on April 21st and will enable:

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5 years ago

TiPb Picks of the Week: LogMeIn, Masters Golf, TwittMS, Delivery Status touch, Surf Report

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TiPb Picks of the Week: LogMeIn, Masters Golf, TwittMS, Delivery Status touch, Surf Report

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

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5 years ago

RIM Steals Microsoft's Stolen Apple Designer to Create "New Experience" -- VistaBerry Cometh?

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RIM Steals Microsoft's Stolen Apple Designer to Create "New Experience" -- VistaBerry Cometh?

No, we're not talking about Bono. Sigh. We're talking about Don Lindsay, who was, according to Apple Insider:

Design Director of the Mac OS User Experience Group, he led what was called the "Mac OS X interface concept project" and directed the design team responsible for the user experience of Mac OS X 10.0 "Cheetah" through Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther," which included the company's first-generation of iLife digital lifestyle applications.

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5 years ago

Apple Says Thanks a Billion - Reaches 1 Billion iPhone App Downloads

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Apple Says Thanks a Billion - Reaches 1 Billion iPhone App Downloads

Back in January Rene made us all aware that the Apple App Store hit the half billion mark in terms of downloads. A few months later it seems like they will be doubling that number by hitting 1 billion app downloads. This is indeed impressive and Apple wants to celebrate with giving you a chance to win some really sweet prizes.

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5 years ago

Patent Watch: Apple Dreaming of Aluminum Unibody iPhones?

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Patent Watch: Apple Dreaming of Aluminum Unibody iPhones?

MacNN has unearthed an Apple patent that shows the concept of aluminum unibody design, first displayed in the current MacBook line, applied to iPods and even -- potentially -- the iPhone.

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5 years ago

MobileMe Discontinues .Mac HomePage

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MobileMe Discontinues .Mac HomePage

Before MobileMe there was .Mac, and before there was iWeb, there was .Mac HomePage. Well, good thing the latter has been replaced 'cause Apple is officially declaring them EOL (end of life) come July 7. After that date, whatever is there will remain there forever (or until Apple gets tired of it and yanks them down). So get with converting to iWeb or rolling yourself something custom.

Full text of the mailing after the break...

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5 years ago

Apple Push Notification Service Available for Testing... Today!

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Apple Push Notification Service Available for Testing... Today!

Apple has just let developers know that they can start testing the upcoming Push Notification Service starting today!

Start testing your applications using the Apple Push Notification service today. Log in to the iPhone Dev Center and review the Apple Push Notification Programming Guide and Getting Started video. Team Agents can log in to the iPhone Developer Program Portal and proceed to the App ID section to create the components necessary to enable and test applications using the Apple Push Notification service.

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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts Roundtable Podcast #4 -- CTIA 2009

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Smartphone Experts Roundtable Podcast #4 -- CTIA 2009


Join Dieter, Kevin, Rene, and Phil as they discuss CTIA and the other big news coming out of the smartphone world in the past few weeks.

Show notes after the break.

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5 years ago

iPhone, Skype, and Dumb Pipes: The Future of Cell Carriers

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iPhone, Skype, and Dumb Pipes: The Future of Cell Carriers

Macworld has a great article up today about the arrival of Skype on the iPhone (and soon the BlackBerry) and what the widespread availability of VoIP (voice over IP) clients -- which eschew the traditional phone lines to send talk via data instead -- means for cell providers like AT&T, Verizon, O2, Rogers, etc. who've made tons of traditional money billing us all by the minute.

One common future seen for cell companies is that of "dumb pipes" -- like DSL or cable companies that provide bandwidth but few if any premium services. Verizon shows how far (and foolish) they'll go to avoid that fate:

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5 years ago

Next Gen iPhone: Apple Gobbling up NAND Flash Memory

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Next Gen iPhone: Apple Gobbling up NAND Flash Memory

DigiTimes (via Engadget) is reporting that Apple is once again draining the world dry of NAND Flash memory chips ahead of an anticipated summer iPhone hardware refresh.

The iPhone 3G has one NAND Flash memory slot, currently maxing out at the 16GB density. So, if Apple is planning to take it to 32GB, higher density chips will of course be required. Will supply and pricing allow that by the summer? If it does, it also means the dual-slotted iPod touch could hit a whopping 64GB by its next refresh cycle in the fall.

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5 years ago

Attack of the iClones Part Deux: Storm 2 Warning

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Attack of the iClones Part Deux: Storm 2 Warning

Every spring, the interweb gadgeteratti turn their attention towards rumormongering Apple's June iPhone release. So what does the BlackBerry world do? Try to wedge in a little next gen Storm chatter.

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5 years ago

Psst! Hey, You! iPhone Developer! Wanna Scam Some Apple Bucks?

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Psst! Hey, You! iPhone Developer! Wanna Scam Some Apple Bucks?

While in the old days, this would no doubt have come from Creep McShady in a trench coat around the corner of some noir-esque alley, now its online fraudsters who've gamed Apple's iTunes gift certificate generation algorithms, unable to sell directly due to fear of Apple tracing the accounts, who've found a new target for their schemes. Says Apple Insider:

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5 years ago

Review: Case-Mate Barely There Case for iPhone 3G

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Review: Case-Mate Barely There Case for iPhone 3G

The Case-Mate Barely There case for the iPhone 3G, available for $19.95 from the TiPb iPhone Store, is designed to accomplish several things:

  • Protect your iPhone from minor impact and abuse (e.g. bumps and scratches)
  • Do so without adding significant bulk or making it un-pocketable (if that's how you roll)
  • And to look good while doing it.

How well does it hit these targets, and what if anything could it do better? Find out in our review...

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5 years ago

Shock! Disbelief! Amazon MP3 and Walmart ALSO Raise MP3 Prices!

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