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7 years ago

Sibling Rivalry: Will iPod Touch Cannibalize iPhone Sales? Is the Pope Catholic?

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Sibling Rivalry: Will iPod Touch Cannibalize iPhone Sales? Is the Pope Catholic?

Apple may have opened a can of worms by removing all but one reason for buying an iPhone. For starters, they've given the iPhone a vasectomy, freeing of its GSM radio and carrier entanglements, and re-branded it as a standalone product even identical in appearance to its cellular sibling. On paper that seems like a sound strategy for product growth, and it is...for iPod sales. Unfortunately it's not going to do wonders for iPhone's prospects. Many consumers who otherwise might have purchased iPhones will now be offered a choice that will almost certainly lead them to buy an iPod instead.

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7 years ago

Apple's iPhone Price Cut Wounds Early Adopters, Wreaks Havoc on my Wallet

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Apple's iPhone Price Cut Wounds Early Adopters, Wreaks Havoc on my Wallet

Angry words and heated accusations were being flung at a certain well known product maker today, and I'm not talking about Mattel's recall of lead-painted toys for tots. Early adopters who patiently stood in long lines on June 29 (including yours truly), eager to be first on the block to own iPhones, are being rewarded with the sudden devaluation of their investments. Today Apple dropped the price of its most popular iPhone model (8GB) by $200, just two months after launch. What cost six Ben Franklins yesterday now costs only $399.

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7 years ago

Breaking: Apple Announces HUGE iPhone Price-cut, Now Just $399

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Breaking: Apple Announces HUGE iPhone Price-cut, Now Just $399

The title says it all, Steve just announced a major price cut in preparation for holiday sales. Retail price of the ever popular 8GB model, because let's face it no one buys the 4GB model, has been slashed from $599 to...wait for it...$399. Yeah, I know, I just wet myself too.

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7 years ago

Breaking: Steve Jobs Announces iTunes Ringtone Store *faints*

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Breaking: Steve Jobs Announces iTunes Ringtone Store *faints*

Hot of the presses and live on stage from Moscone Center, Steve Jobs just announced iPhone Ringtones will be available for download via iTunes, in an updated release rolling out later tonight.

Keep watching.

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7 years ago

Speck ToughSkin Case Protects Your Delicate Unit - Not THAT unit, sicko!

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Speck ToughSkin Case Protects Your Delicate Unit - Not THAT unit, sicko!

For those of you with butter fingers and clumsy hands, Speck offers a nice line of reasonably priced rubbery sleeve thingies that slips right over your iPhone like a...glove, or something along those lines. Think of it as a big squishy iPhone condom, protecting your delicate ahem unit from bumps and bruises. I'll stop right there with the innuendos, it's starting to make my eyes water.

The aptly named ToughSkin comes in two color options, black and clear, priced at just $29.95. Not a bad deal.

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7 years ago

Alien Camel Wants You To Test its Email Service, Free

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Alien Camel Wants You To Test its Email Service, Free

Syd from Alien Camel sends word that his company is offering free full IMAP email service to a select group of hardcore users that spend all day in their inbox, to test out their new service and provide feedback.

You must meet a specified list of requirements in order to join.

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7 years ago

Unlocked iPhone Gets in Bed With Reds, Goes On Sale in China

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Unlocked iPhone Gets in Bed With Reds, Goes On Sale in China

Those commie rats in China will stop at nothing to topple Western Democracy. This time defiling our beloved iPhone. According to Chinese state newspaper Dian Nao Bao, illegally unlocked iPhones are being sold in electronics stores from Beijing to Guangzhou. Interestingly these phones apparently originate from Shenzhen, the location where iPhones are manufactured for Apple. Didn't Steve Jobs make a remark at D5 about ships that leak from the top? Better look in that Steve-O.

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7 years ago

Gartner Picks Up Crack Pipe, Says Apple Will Introduce Enterprise-class iPhones

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Gartner Picks Up Crack Pipe, Says Apple Will Introduce Enterprise-class iPhones

Oh Gartner, what is it with you and your schizophrenic predictions about Apple's movements into the corporate world? One minute you're saying iPhone is not a serious business tool and has zero chance of gaining corporate adoption, then you do a flip-flop by predicting Apple will roll out some kind of enterprise-focussed iPhone thingy. What the hell? You're starting to worry me.

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7 years ago

MobileChat: So Close to iChat Only Apple's Attorneys Will Know the Difference

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MobileChat: So Close to iChat Only Apple's Attorneys Will Know the Difference

The developers at Twenty08 aren't waiting around for Apple to release iChat for iPhone. Instead they are introducing their very own native instant messaging client application, called MobileChat, that looks and works exactly as you would expect Apple's own software. What's more, they're even making the source code available for download, for anyone to freely modify, or hack if you will.

MobileChat's feature list is surprisingly comprehensive for a first generation product...

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7 years ago

iPhone p0wns Smartphone Market in July, Embarrassing Rivals

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iPhone p0wns Smartphone Market in July, Embarrassing Rivals

Apple has reason to celebrate today. According to a new report published by iSuppli, iPhone topped the charts during the month of July, outselling every Smartphone on the U.S. market, even rivaling the most popular feature phone sold; LG's Chocolate.

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7 years ago

Rumor Du Jour: Apple Set to Release New iPhones Soon

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Rumor Du Jour: Apple Set to Release New iPhones Soon

What better way to start off your post-holiday work week than a strong dose of highly caffeinated unsubstantiated Apple rumors, courtesy of the Washington Post's Sam Diaz, who claims to have received documents from one of Apple's partners, proving the existence of new iPhones.

Speculation runs high among analysts and the press that an iPhone Nano-like device, smaller and less expensive than the original, is in the works and set for release sometime in Q4. Fact or fiction, the very thought of such a device has many fanboys sporting woodies.

Personally, I'm looking forward to Apple releasing a software update for the current model, integrating the long list of absent features demanded by users.

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7 years ago

iCult: Look Who Has An iPhone, All The A-Listers Do

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iCult: Look Who Has An iPhone, All The A-Listers Do

Robert Scoble has a nifty little photostream available on his Flickr gallery, called iCult. In it he profiles various well known bloggers, tech celebrities, and other digerati who proudly carry iPhones. All the A-list people are there including Chris Pirrilo (pictured above) wearing his usual "Feel free to punch me in the face and steal my lunch money" geek persona non grata.

I see lots of tech workers inside major Silicon Valley's companies carrying iPhones these days. Google, FaceBook, Flickr, Yahoo, the usual suspects. Even Microsoft employees use them fondly, with cautious restraint.

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7 years ago

Kent's Weekly Rant: Episode 3

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Kent's Weekly Rant: Episode 3

In all the years I have covered mobile technology, I’ve never seen any single device have such a polarizing effect, or invoke such heated emotional debate in the backwater bars and pubs of the online gadget community, as iPhone has. Make no mistake; there is no middle ground to stand on, no comfort zone. You’re either an iPhone lover or a hater. Many, if not most, outspoken critics love iPhone. But to some the very thought of casting an approving eye or complimentary remark on Apple’s beloved black slab is akin to publicly condoning Michael Vick’s dog fighting hobbies.

Well I say NUTS! to all the haters out there. The time has come to put this argument to rest once and for all. Let me illustrate why you should embrace Apple’s ambitious efforts and love , yes LOVE the iPhone.

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7 years ago

Free Wallpaper Friday, Summer's Lease Hath All Too Short a Date

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Free Wallpaper Friday, Summer's Lease Hath All Too Short a Date

Dear God, is it Friday already? I forgot to pay the rent. Before my landlord sends his goons to collect the check or break my kneecaps, here are a few submissions for you pixel hungry piranhas to enjoy on this eve of summer's blowout. You're welcome.

I'm heading out this weekend to the biggest spectacle in classic car exhibition at the Kruse Auction park, part of the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn Indiana. It's a huge event that draws thousands of collectors and spectators, including celebrities.

I once collided into Jay Leno scoping out a cherry red 68 Mustang convertible. The klutz spilled his drink all over the car's irreplaceable upholstery, then made a quick getaway, leaving me to assume the blame and foot the bill. Damn you Leno! I got a $700 invoice for reproduction seat vinyl with your name on it!

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7 years ago

iPhoneSIMfree Unlock To Be Released Into the Wild No Later Than Friday, Promise

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iPhoneSIMfree Unlock To Be Released Into the Wild No Later Than Friday, Promise

Those hacking hoodlums at iPhoneSIMfree are teasing us with the promise of a soon to be released unlock solution, no later than Friday. In the meantime they are wetting our appetites with a nice little FAQ answering many of our gripping questions, like...is it future-proof (yes)...if I do a backup restore will it still work (yes)...will it work on any GSM network (yes)...can the iPhone be unlocked prior to AT&T activation (yes)...Will it help me get laid? (yes, wait..what?)

Now before any of you moisten your trousers, this unlock software will not be released freely. According the FAQ an undetermined cover charge will be imposed for this service, eventually. But hey, if you can afford an iPhone, you're already in the hole for $600 - what's another $20 or so?

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