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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, July 26th Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, July 26th Edition

Not evil twin to theiPhoneBlog.com Week in Review, not an invasion by Fake Steve, This Week in Smart Phone Schadenfreude brings you all the feel-better news you need about the smartphone world outside Apple’s current media dominator. (Who knew there was such a world? We were just as surprised! Inelegant, interface challenged, keyboardy, crashy, single-touchy place — best not to linger…). Join us as we mock review the big news from last week at our sister sites. Everybody loves sibling rivalry!

This week: ThuderStorms, iClone Double Feature, Dead Treo's, and Open Marriages!

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6 years ago

MobileMe: Jobs Mandates Regular Status Updates, Some Email Lost

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MobileMe: Jobs Mandates Regular Status Updates, Some Email Lost

Steve Ballmer (allegedly!) only throws chairs and smashes furniture. Can we even imagine what Steve Jobs must do to those who harshen Apple's mellow? Probably makes Dark Force lightning pale by comparison, as the MobileMe team has no doubt been finding out these last, long two weeks. Thus the new MobileMe Status page with its preface: "Steve Jobs has asked me to write" (though "me" him/herself is not named).

At first we're reminded Apple can stick to the talking points better than half the pundits in Washington, as all our favorites are recycled: "rocky road", "1%", but then -- remarkably -- we get this:

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6 years ago

Job Listing: iPhone Security Engineer aka iPhone Hacker

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Job Listing: iPhone Security Engineer aka iPhone Hacker

So a new employment opportunity popped up at Apple's job listings the other day and Apple is looking for an experienced iPhone Security Engineer to create "proof of concept" attacks on current security mechanisms and provide risk analysis of potential security threats. Basically, Apple needs an iPhone Hacker to prevent future jailbreaks, unlocks, and security breaches.

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6 years ago

In the Forums: Why iPhone Replaced My Crackberry

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In the Forums: Why iPhone Replaced My Crackberry

Have you checked out our forums lately? The community is growing and the commentary is getting better and better each day. Unconvinced? I'll bring out a thread, a post, a topic, or a comment directly from the forums and post it on TiPb's front page every week to prove it to you. We here at TiPb love the interplay, quid pro quo, repartee with our readers, so step up your creativity and tighten up your diction, you could be next!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in the US and UK: 2 Weeks Later

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iPhone 3G in the US and UK: 2 Weeks Later

It's been two weeks since the July 11th, 22 nation launch. Do you know where your iPhone 3G is? Sadly, for many, the answer is still "backordered" if not "out-of-stock". But don't worry, your always customer conscious and perennially consumer focused mobile cell provider wants to make sure you know that they know that you're feeling some pain. And they want to assure you they're doing everything they can to get your money you your shiny new iPhone 3G.

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6 years ago

Lightning Review: Midomi

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Lightning Review: Midomi

Today's Lightning Review comes from FoilTape, a review of Midomi, free on iTunes. Most people have been raving about Shazam for identifying music, but Midomi seems to work better with humming and the like. Let's see what FoilTape thinks!

Midomi calls itself "the ultimate search and discovery." It's a FREE, cool and engaging app that definitely has scored 'wow' points with me. Midomi is a song recognition program that you can sing to, hum to, talk to, or type to. You can even hold your iPhone up to your car stereo to capture the sound. Midomi then searches its database and tries to decipher your best karaoke attempt and gives back likely matches.

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.1 Rumor: Cut/Copy/Paste Cometh?!

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iPhone 2.1 Rumor: Cut/Copy/Paste Cometh?!

Last night Apple began seeding iPhone firmware 2.1 and SDK Beta 1 to registered developer program members (those who paid the $99 fee and were accepted, and have App Store uploading privileged's). Word came in early about new features in CoreLocation and Notification Server APIs. Now Engadget is adding the nigh-mythical holy grail of basic smartphone functionality to the list of maybes: Cut, Copy, and Paste!

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6 years ago

Sadun Smash Puny App Store Beta Rumors

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Sadun Smash Puny App Store Beta Rumors

No, not the 2.1 firmware beta, that one's for realz. We're talking here about the Washington Post, which ran a Techcrunch story breaking the news that:

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6 years ago

Golden Shellback Waterproofs Your iPhone?

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Golden Shellback Waterproofs Your iPhone?

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6 years ago

Installer.app for 2.0 is Coming Soon

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Installer.app for 2.0 is Coming Soon

Installer.app, the app store before that other app store, is coming back for firmware 2.0 and being re-fashioned as Installer 4. Currently, jailbroken 2.0 iPhones are using Cydia as their main app pipeline but when Installer 4 is released, well, they'll likely play nice with one another and especially nice with that other app store.

The RiP Dev Blog has a lot of complicated, programmer's type language describing the updates for Installer 4.0 so I'll try to translate to more understandable, layman's terms: It's going to be faster, safer, and more integrated. Bang.

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.1 Beta 1: GPS Boost + Notification Server APIs

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iPhone 2.1 Beta 1: GPS Boost + Notification Server APIs

Apple has reportedly seeded an early beta of firmware 2.1 (5f90) and a new and improved SDK to developers. Among the changes, CoreLocation (which covers GPS and other location-aware services) gains direction and speed tracking abilities (leading to a fresh round of turn-by-turn speculation, 'natch), and API's for the Notification Server that, come September, will be used in-lieu of background multitasking to push alert badges and sounds to Apps (like Instant Messages, Tweets, etc.). Given how MobileMe is doing with Push, that one may prove interesting...

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6 years ago

iPhone Wins International Design Excellence Awards

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iPhone Wins International Design Excellence Awards

Jonathan Ive, me thinks you're going to need a bigger mantle, what with all the awards Apple's VP of Design keeps taking home!

This time it's the IDEA (International Design Excellence Awards) handed out by BusinessWeek. In addition to the Gold prize for the original iPhone 2G, Apple also received Gold IDEA's for the MacBook Air and Bluetooth Keyboard, and a Silver for the redesigned iMac. These four -- the most of any company this year -- brings Apple's lifetime IDEA total to 13.

Congratulations!

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6 years ago

Microsoft's New Phone Strategy -- Be More Like Apple?!

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Microsoft's New Phone Strategy -- Be More Like Apple?!

 

Never have I seen a thousand pound gorilla play such defense:

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6 years ago

Apple COO Speaks: iPhone 3G Launches in 20 More Countries

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Apple COO Speaks: iPhone 3G Launches in 20 More Countries

During Apple's Q3 conference call Monday, along with App Store updates, Apple's Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, announced that the iPhone 3G would launch in 20 more countries/regions on August 22nd, some six weeks after the initial 22 country launch back on July 11th.

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6 years ago

Apple Posts New iPhone 3G Ads

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Apple Posts New iPhone 3G Ads

Apple has posted 3 new iPhone 3G ads. We've been seeing them on TV here and there (fast-forward-TiVo-style), but it's nice to see that Apple's posted them fully. Two of them focus on 3G speeds (with a tiny, gray "3G not available in all areas" at the end) and the third talks about "work" without specifically mentioning that it's discussion Exchange support. All in all, they're not all that compelling, truth be told, but "Unslow" at least falls in the iPhone commercial tradition of advertising-through-education: "What exactly is 3G?" It's fast, baby. It's also apparently GPS too, though again Apple doesn't specifically drop that apparently unhip series of letters in the commercial.

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