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6 years ago

Excellent Discussions on SDK

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Excellent Discussions on SDK


figure 1: John Gruber

John Gruber of Daring Fireball has posted an excellent discussion on the various subtleties of the language used in Steve Jobs' iPhone SDK letter. He talks of HTML widgets vs. the stripped-down Cocoa API, the security of the current iPhone, the hidden compliment-slash-dig on Nokia and their recent "open to anything" marketing slogan, signed apps, the iTunes App store, and with his usual attention to detail and insight. Well worth the read there, like any long Gruber post.

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6 years ago

Another Changewave Survey

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Another Changewave Survey

Changewave released information from their latest survey, and the iPhone is tops again. 2% of the 3654 people surveyed have iPhones. Of the people that have iPhones, 82% are "Very Satisfied," up 5% since the last survey in July and tops in the list. The only company with "Very Satisfied" ratings above 50% is RiM with the Blackberry series. Best yet, the iPhone is set to capture a bit more than 2% -- Changewave reports that a full 16% of all people surveyed intend to purchase an iPhone within the next 6 months. Quoth Tobin Smith, founder of Changewave:

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6 years ago

Free Wallpaper Friday: Angry Skies Edition

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Free Wallpaper Friday: Angry Skies Edition

A major storm system is blowing through my area right now, complete with damaging winds, lightening, hail, tornadoes, brimstone... all the splendor and pageantry that accompany the wrath of God. So, in the event of my untimely demise, or a house landing upon me, I present you with this week's installment of Free Wallpaper Friday.

Don't ask me why but a friend asked me to create a Star Trek background that emulated the look and feel of ship computer consoles, which I did. He needs to get a life. I'll share it with you guys since you're always complaining that my wallpapers are too gay. The black cat image is a teaser of things to come for next week's All Hallows' Eve edition. Can you taste it?

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6 years ago

SMS Message Archive Utility

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SMS Message Archive Utility

If you want to save your SMS messages from your iPhone, there's now a free way to do it. If you're on a Mac, that is; I'm not aware of any ways to do it on a PC. But, Syphone by Micromat will backup, import and export any SMS threaded conversations that you want. And it will display conversations in threaded glory as well. It's a teensy download, under 1 MB, but it's available here.

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6 years ago

Google Docs Now Supports iPhone, Other Mobile Devices. Kinda Sorta

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Google Docs Now Supports iPhone, Other Mobile Devices. Kinda Sorta

We are one step closer to editing word documents on our iPhones today. Google is now offering a mobile format of Google docs, viewable on mobile devices. The bad news - it's Read-only mode, so no editing capabilities are available... yet. But at least you can access important docs while on the go, right from your iPhone, and that's something to cheer about. Right?

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6 years ago

Ambrosia Software Updates iToner

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Ambrosia Software Updates iToner

Ambrosia Software released a new version of iToner that returns ringtone functionality to iPhones running firmware version 1.1.1. Previously, iToner owners were only able to sync their non-Apple-sanctioned ringtones with iPhones that were using one of the 1.0 firmware versions. iToner costs $15 and doesn't involve any hacks to your iPhone.

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6 years ago

Apple Posts Three New TV Ads that Feature Self Promoting iPhone Users

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Apple Posts Three New TV Ads that Feature Self Promoting iPhone Users

What do an Airline pilot, Ballet dancer, and Broadway Theater producer all have in common? They all use iPhones and appear in Apple latest iPhone whoring ad campaign. But the tables are turned as the subjects plug their own ventures rather than focus soley on iPhone and how it impacst their lives. A commercial within a commercial?

Kristin Sloan, the sole female user in this trio, is the editor and founder of TheWinger.com - a site devoted to ballet dancing. Several seconds into the commercial she drops off the subject of iPhone and immediately draws attention to her site. Nice touch, very subtle. I thought this was a commercial promoting iPhone, not ballet dancing?

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6 years ago

Apple Posts 3 New Ads

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Apple Posts 3 New Ads


figure 1: Derek, Kristin, and Ken

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6 years ago

Roll Your Own Ringtones. iToner 1.0.3. Now Supports Latest iPhone Firmware

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Roll Your Own Ringtones. iToner 1.0.3. Now Supports Latest iPhone Firmware

Ambrosia Software has released an update to its popular custom ringtone software, iToner, now supporing iPhone firmware 1.1.1. If you're already a user, download the update now. If you're not, well... download it anyway.

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6 years ago

Greenpeace Files Suit Against Apple, Declares iPhone "Toxic"

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Greenpeace Files Suit Against Apple, Declares iPhone "Toxic"

Oh Greenpeace, can't you idiots just stick to rescuing dolphins or saving single-cell organisms? Today the colorful activist organization made good on its promise to sue Apple over toxic materials found in iPhone, and further seeks an injunction blocking the arrival of iPhone in Europe. If Greenpeace is successful, you boys and girls in Europe won't be getting an iPhone come November 9. One more at a time.

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6 years ago

Jobs Announces SDK

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Jobs Announces SDK

Steve Jobs has confirmed the rumor. It looks like this won't be just widgets -- it will be full, system-level native apps. It will be interesting to see how they perform this -- as the iPhone stands, everything is running in 'ring 0'. My guess is that they're going to have to redesign the iPhone to run in multi-user mode. That is, some things will be running as root, other things will be running as 'radio', and some things will be running as 'Mike Overbo', for example. From http://www.apple.com/hotnews/:

Third Party Applications on the iPhone

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6 years ago

Breaking: Apple Announces iPhone SDK, Opens Platform for Software Developers! *faints*

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Breaking: Apple Announces iPhone SDK, Opens Platform for Software Developers! *faints*

Charge the defibrillators, my heart just stopped. None other than Steve Jobs himself has officially announced that Apple will indeed open iPhone to native software development, and provide an SDK next February. Apparently plans were in the works to open the platform to developers all along (told you so) but Apple still hasn't figured a non-invasive procedure for allowing applications to run in OSX.

So, the good news is there is a God. The bad news is it's Steve Jobs.

Read his excellency's blessed scrawl after the break. Or go here to see the official announcement on Apple.com

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6 years ago

People's Court: AT&T Employee Scams Money from iPhone Buyers, or Guy Gets Screwed By Co-Worker?

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People's Court: AT&T Employee Scams Money from iPhone Buyers, or Guy Gets Screwed By Co-Worker?

One of my readers sent me the following story. You be the judge as to the true guilty party.

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6 years ago

AT&T Will Pro-Rate Termination Fee

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AT&T Will Pro-Rate Termination Fee


figure 1: AT&T has made some changes to benefit customers out of enlightened self-interest.

In news that should please anyone on AT&T, and if you have an iPhone, odds are good that this is you, AT&T is making consumer-friendly changes to how they do things. First, AT&T announced that they will begin pro-rating termination fees. The longer you stay on in your contract, the less of a fee you'll have to pay. They also announced that they will not require a new contract for a simple change of service. Both are welcome changes.

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6 years ago

More Rumors of a SDK

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More Rumors of a SDK

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