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6 years ago

Web App Review: Toodledo

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Web App Review: Toodledo

With the iPhone's lack of a built-in task list, the world of iPhone users have come to rely on web-based task solutions. For the most part these solutions fulfill on their promise; a web-based task list with iPhone optimization. For this week's review I have decided to look at Toodledo (http://www.toodledo.com/slim) for the iPhone.

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6 years ago

Flash on iPhone: Video Dream or Privacy Nightmare?

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Flash on iPhone: Video Dream or Privacy Nightmare?

The internet in your pocket. That’s what Steve Jobs and Apple advertising have promised us since Macworld 2007. Not the watered-down WAP internet, the server-pre-rendered kinda-sorta-internet, or the stunted mobile internet. Just... the internet.

In large part, they’ve succeeded. By promoting open, standards-based support for HTML (hyper-text markup language) structure, CSS (cascading style sheet) design, Javascript actions, and the hybrid interactive richness of AJaX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) that enable WebApps, Apple has brought us the closest thing yet to a desktop-class browsing experience on our mobiles.

About the only thing missing, many would argue, is Flash.

Adobe’s ubiquitous interactive, multi-media technology powers everything from online office apps to easily embedded video clips to in-our-face banner adds. It also powers it’s own “cookie” (online state-saving and tracking) system. Didn’t know that? Advertisers do. They already exploit Flash cookies on the desktop. And as much as we want our videos clips on the iPhone, they want their cookies more. After all, the iPhone is the “next generation mobile” devices -- the one that know everything about us, including who we are and where we are, with all of our private contacts and secure contents just there for the tracking, aggregating, and selling.

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6 years ago

iPhone SDK - 100,000 Downloads

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iPhone SDK - 100,000 Downloads

Apple Inc. VP of Marketing and SDK Roadmap presenter extraordinaire Phil Schiller announced today that over 100,000 peeps have downloaded the SDK and over 1 million have watched the aforementioned bid'ness and app show. “Developer reaction to the iPhone SDK has been incredible."

How incredible? Apple lines them up to tell us. Intuit, Namco, NetSuite, Rocket Mobile, Six Apart, PopCap, and THQ are all "very excited."

Focus is still very much on bid'ness (Hello RIM!):

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6 years ago

Apple Scoops up Samsung Exec for Taiwan

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Apple Scoops up Samsung Exec for Taiwan

According to DigiTimes , Apple has poached Samsung Executive Scott Huang to fill a slot at Apple Taiwan. Huang was VP of Samsung's Mobile Communications unit and seems to have his finger on the pulse of the Taiwanese smartphone market. Hint: it's seriously poised for some serious growth, seriously.

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6 years ago

Rogue Amoeba: Will App-solute Power Corrupt?

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Rogue Amoeba: Will App-solute Power Corrupt?

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Rogue Amoeba (developers of such acclaimed apps as Audio Hijack and Airfoil) have been putting up a great series of blog posts on topics such as code signing and app restrictions, as well as a very interesting list of "bugs" submitted to Apple on the SDK.

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6 years ago

Six Apart to Make TypePad iPhone App - App Watch

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Six Apart to Make TypePad iPhone App - App Watch

Six Apart is a fave around these parts -- They power Vox, TypePad, and our current platform for Phone different, Movable type. They've already developed an iPhone-friendly interface at http://i.typepad.com/ for TypePad and now it looks like they're intending on making it native. See:

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6 years ago

Iambic Developing iPhone Software - App Watch

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Iambic Developing iPhone Software - App Watch

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6 years ago

iPhone SDK Downloads Top 100,000 in Just Four Days. RIM, Microsoft Watch in Horror

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6 years ago

Thurrott Steps Out of the iPhone Closet - Wait-a-Thon!

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Thurrott Steps Out of the iPhone Closet - Wait-a-Thon!

Longtime Windows pundit Paul Thurrott has always had an interesting relationship with Apple. He has a MacBook, uses iPods, and link baits Apple fanboys every chance he gets.

But the times, they may be a changing! Look no further than the Windows Weekly Podcast, where Thurrott had this to say about Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform efforts when compared to the iPhone (transcribed):

"I have one very callous thing to say myself about the Windows Mobile guys, which is s**w them because, no offense, but seriously, you guys have had - I was there for the first version of WindowsCE, Pegasus I think it was called, and I have watched as they've mismanaged this smartphone market from day one. It has... it has always lagged behind, it's not always been Microsoft's fault - I understand part of it is just the nature of the business - but you know, Apple revolutionized the smartphone business not just with the hardware and the software but also with the way that they're now presenting this stuff to users and updating the system over time, providing new functionality. This is something that doesn't happen with other smartphones and it's the type of thing where I can go to a Microsoft event and they can announce a new version of Windows Mobile, and that thing, I won't see it in a store for another, you know, at the time, 18 months. That's ridiculous. That's ridiculous. Yeah, s**w 'em. If a Windows Mobile device was better than an iPhone I would use it, but you would have to show me that device."

Wow. Guess even Balmer hath no fury as a Windows pundit scorn...

While his original iPhone 1.0 review was mixed (or honest, as he claims, in the face of too many softball reviews from others), it slowly improved with firmware 1.3, and now with the beta of 2.0... Well, we'll let iThurrott speak for himself:

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6 years ago

UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock

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UPDATED! iPhone 2.0 Firmware Pwned: Full Jailbreak and Unlock

Gizmodo raises the Jolly Roger this morning with news that the scurvy Pwned Project DevTeam has forced the iPhone SDK beta firmware to walk the plank:

  • Jailbreak? Aye.
  • Unlock? Aye Aye.
  • Unsigned Apps? JAR!

Old Install.app applications will need to be updated to the new APIs, but by using a firmware patch rather than hack, DevTeam believes this Jailbreak will be hard for Apple to counter. Prepare to be boarded!

Has the DevTeam got Apple's treasure for good this time or is Cap'n Jobs already coming around, cannons primed? The cat and mouse game continues!

UPDATE: Ars Technica explains:

The new exploit works by taking advantage of the boot loading process on the iPhone, using the AppleImage2NorAccess extension to load a custom firmware to the device in the same way that the standard restore process works. After the patched firmware has been written to the device and restarted, any unsigned app can be loaded and run.

Catch the video after the break!

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6 years ago

Search Icon in Apple SDK Event -- Local Contacts or Exchange Global Addresses?

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Search Icon in Apple SDK Event -- Local Contacts or Exchange Global Addresses?


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6 years ago

Fruit Wars: RIM and Apple to Go Head to Head in Corporate Messaging

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Fruit Wars: RIM and Apple to Go Head to Head in Corporate Messaging

Apple and RIM are on a collision course as the two companies go toe to toe vying for enterprise messaging market share. RIM has long held the corporate high ground with its dominant BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology and ubiquitous handsets. But Apple is sending iPhone to business school, adopting Microsoft Exchange support that is certain to give Apple the competitive advantage it needs to challenge RIM's BlackBerry industrial complex.

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6 years ago

iPhone Win Design Awards

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iPhone Win Design Awards

Ive's name be praised, for Apple Inc. has won eight (count'em - 8!) design awards at CeBIT 2008, including the universe-denting iPhone and its miniscule Bluetooth headset companion.

Also taking home the prize were Apple's iPods Nano, Classic, and Touch, USB and Bluetooth Keyboards, and the all new, aluminum and glass iMac.

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6 years ago

Review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset

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Review: Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset

I still remember the keynote of keynotes: MacWorld 2007. Towards the end of the iPhone presentation, Steve Jobs showed the Apple iPhone Bluetooth headset. My jaw dropped. Small, light, perfect! I only held off on my purchase due to the slightly inflated price of $129. So in November of 2007 when Apple had their one-day sale event, I picked one up for $99. Here are my thoughts after 3+ months of usage.

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6 years ago

CrackBerry.com Podcast Talks Up iPhone Enterprise Challenge

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CrackBerry.com Podcast Talks Up iPhone Enterprise Challenge

We already told you that Apple threw a brick-stuffed glove down on RIM's foot with their Enterprise plans during the iPhone Software Roadmap event. So it's only natural that it would be the topic du-jour for the next CrackBerry.com Podcast (iTunes link).

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