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5 years ago

Act Now or Apple Will Be the Next Microsoft Monopoly?

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Act Now or Apple Will Be the Next Microsoft Monopoly?

Could Apple eventually gain monopoly status in one or more businesses, and become as "evil" (or worse) as Microsoft was when regulators went after them in the 1990s? Windows pundit Paul Thurrott thinks so, and thinks it's time to act now before it's too late.

Now, Thurrott is an interesting dichotomy, well-balanced on his Windows Weekly podcast yet Dvorak'ian in link-baiting on his blog. He's pro Microsoft all the way, but has still been unable to find anything as compelling as the iPhone or iPod in their respective spaces. So, assuming we're dealing with the more even handed podcasting and iPhone-using Thurrott, and we're not just biting his baited link, his argument here is this:

until very recently, Apple was the underdog, and they've been the underdog for almost their entire existence. This creates a certain mindset, and under Steve Jobs especially, it's created a very aggressive competitive spirit. This aggressiveness is fine when you are literally the underdog, just as was the case with Microsoft early in its career and it was trying to wrest the PC industry from IBM, Lotus, WordPerfect, and other tech dinosaurs. But once you have a dominant market position, that aggressive behavior--so important for an up-and-comer--isn't just bad, it's illegal. It's just hard to turn it off when it's been part of the corporate psyche for so long.

His answer?

With this obvious comparison of two very similarly belligerent companies--Microsoft of the mid-1990s and Apple of today--in mind, I think the time has come to rein Apple in. To examine Apple's exclusive relationships with wireless carriers. To force it to open up iTunes to competing players, and its iPhone and iPod devices to competing software and services. If we don't do this now, it will only be more difficult in the future. All you have to do is look at Microsoft's never-ending antitrust saga--which has now stretched on for 15 years, involved regulatory bodies on three continents, and gone on far longer than its actual bad behavior--to see why it's time.

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5 years ago

Poll: Is Jailbreak the Answer to App Store Woes?

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Poll: Is Jailbreak the Answer to App Store Woes?

Is App Store + Jailbreak the answer?(poll)

Yesterday we asked you if Apple should 1) keep on improving the App Store, 2) eliminate the App Store and let people side-load applications from any source, or 3( do both by keeping the App Store but adding side-loading as an option.

As commenter Shallomon pointed out, however, we technically already have option 3, with the App Store and Jailbreaking.

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5 years ago

Quick App: TextExpander for iPhone

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Quick App: TextExpander for iPhone

TextExpander touch [$1.99 on sale, $4.99 after Sept. 9 - iTunes link], is the iPhone (and iPod touch) version of Mac favorite TextExpander, an app that takes short bursts of text and expands them (get the name?) into longer passages.

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5 years ago

iPhone App Review Astroturfing Gets Uglier

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iPhone App Review Astroturfing Gets Uglier

MobileCrunch has a huge post up detailing the latest, and potentially one of the most brazen cases of fake iPhone reviews (astroturfing) to date.

To sum up, MobileCrunch claims PR firm Reverb Communications has been using fake iTunes accounts to deliberately and strategically post fake App Store reviews for their clients -- some of which are fairly recognizable names in the iPhone and iPod touch development space. According to an anonymous tipster:

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5 years ago

New iPhone Ad Has Apps for That Avid Sports Fan with Golfshot GPS, MLB at Bat, TouchSports Tennis

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New iPhone Ad Has Apps for That Avid Sports Fan with Golfshot GPS, MLB at Bat, TouchSports Tennis

Apple has begun airing another in their long line of "App for That" iPhone ads, this time with "Avid", targeting sports fans. The ad shows off:

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5 years ago

Steve Jobs Locked on iTablet

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Steve Jobs Locked on iTablet

Since returning to work following a 6-month leave of absence and a liver-transplant, Apple CEO has been locked on delivering the long-rumored, hugely-anticipated (by the blogsphere at least) Apple iTablet, or so says the Wall Street Journal.

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5 years ago

Poll: Should Apple Improve the iPhone App Store, Eliminate It, or Both?

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5 years ago

Quick App: Madden 2010 for iPhone

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Quick App: Madden 2010 for iPhone

The NFL's regular season is fast approaching and what a better way to kick the season off then with some Madden 2010 on your iPhone (or iPod touch)?! EA has been promising us some Madden action on iPhone for a while and now they finally will deliver.

The game will contain real NFL rosters and, based upon the screen shots, will include Brett Favre and Michael Vick on both of their new respective teams. While EA is promising a release date of no later than opening day, September 10th, there is no official word on a price point. All of that aside, we think you can expect Madden 2010 to stiff arm it's way into the App Store at $9.99.

Screen shots after the break!

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5 years ago

Rhapsody App Coming to iPhone - Approval Pending...

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Rhapsody App Coming to iPhone - Approval Pending...

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RealNetworks recently submitted their on-demand music streaming application for the iPhone and iPod Touch to Apple for review. Yes, this is the moment all of you Rhapsody subscribers have been waiting for.

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5 years ago

The Competition: BlackBerry Browser Going WebKit via Torch Mobile?!

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The Competition: BlackBerry Browser Going WebKit via Torch Mobile?!

CrackBerry.com is reporting that RIM has acquired Torch Mobile, makers of the WebKit-powered Iris mobile browser.

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Ships Friday, Aug. 28!

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UPDATED: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Ships Friday, Aug. 28!

UPDATE: Official press release from Apple: Apple to Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard on August 28

The Apple Store is back up, and as expected it's brought the next generation of Mac OS X, 10.6 Snow Leopard, with it! Pre-ordering is now available for delivery by this Friday, August 28 in the US (international stores may only ship by 8/28).

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5 years ago

Apps for Less: Frogger and Poll Position: Remix

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Apps for Less: Frogger and Poll Position: Remix

Feeling a bit retro lately? Well look no further than these two great games from the 1980's that are currently on sale in the App Store - Konami's 1981 arcade hit Frogger and Namco's 1982 arcade racer Pole Position.

Frogger is now on sale for $1.99. [iTunes Link]

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5 years ago

Apple, AT&T, and Google FCC Response/Google Voice Rejection Roundup

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5 years ago

Apple Store is Down! Snow Leopard Commeth...?

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Apple Store is Down! Snow Leopard Commeth...?

Um... it's not Tuesday, Apple's traditional update day. It's not even Wednesday, September 9th, rumored occasion for Apple's next annual Music Event for iTunes and the iPod (i.e. third gen iPod touch!). Yet, here we are, wee early hours of Monday morning (Cupertino time) and the Apple Store is down!

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5 years ago

App Review: Bookworm for iPhone

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App Review: Bookworm for iPhone

(Bookworm for iPhone Forum Review by cjvitek For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!)

I have said it before, I will take it again, I am not a huge fan or word games. But occasionally one will come along that captures my attention. Bookworm [$2.99 - iTunes link] is just such a game.

The premise is simple - you are presented with a field of letter tiles. You need to go through spelling words with connecting tiles. As words are spelled, those tiles vanish, and new tiles fall from the top to replace them. Throw in features like bonus works, green tiles (for more points), red tiles (that "burn" through the others to the bottom) and you have the game Bookworm.

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