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4 years ago

Christmas C@rds, Dr. Seuss Camera Grinch Edition, Crazy Snowboard - Holiday Special, Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition, Elf, Christmas Camera, Ramp Champ - TiPb Picks of the Holiday Week

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Christmas C@rds, Dr. Seuss Camera Grinch Edition, Crazy Snowboard - Holiday Special, Amateur Surgeon Christmas Edition, Elf, Christmas Camera, Ramp Champ - TiPb Picks of the Holiday Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this holiday-centric week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

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4 years ago

BlackBerry Bold 9700, Storm2 Hands-on Video, Smartphone Round Robin

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BlackBerry Bold 9700, Storm2 Hands-on Video, Smartphone Round Robin

Week 2 of the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin sees me take on TiPb's Public Frenemy #1, the almost-diametrically opposed BlackBerry -- or is it? This year in addition to the new flagship BlackBerry Bold 9700, we officially have an actual touch-screen 'Berry in the 'Robin -- the Storm2. What's an iPhone blogger to do? Well, first go on the Cell Phone Junkie podcast with Mickey and all the SPE editors to discuss RIM's platform, that's a given.

Next, of course, I hit up the world's foremost BlackBerry lover , CrackBerry Kevin Michaluk himself, and as if that weren't enough, I enlisted the million-strong CrackBerry Nation to help me out as well!

Remember, every day you post on my CrackBerry Forums thread, you're entered for a chance to win the BlackBerry of your choice. (And there's a total of 6 smartphones up for grabs -- one per SPE site -- so check them all out!)

Now grab your hotdogs, popcorn, and spicy drink, because after the break CrackBerry Kevin gives me a guided tour of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 and Storm 2, and everything new in hardware and BlackBerry OS 5.0.

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4 years ago

Last Minute Shopping at TiPb iPhone Accesory Store

Last Minute Shopping at TiPb iPhone Accesory Store

Last Minute Shopping at TiPb iPhone Accesory Store

There's still time to get your order in at TiPb's iPhone Accessory Store and receive your iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, or iPhone 3GS gear before Christmas. Last minute shopping has never been easier if you're hunting for an iPhone fan.

Today: order before 4pm Eastern and choose 2-Day or Next-Day Air.

Tomorrow: you can still choose Next-Day Air as long as you order before 4pm Eastern.

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4 years ago

European App Stores Get Apple's iTunes 12 Days of [Free Stuff for] Christmas App

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European App Stores Get Apple's iTunes 12 Days of [Free Stuff for] Christmas App

Apple has released a new iPhone app called iTunes 12 Days of Christmas [Free - iTunes link] that provides push notifications for a FREE iTunes gift every day from December 26 to January 7 -- but the catch is (for right now at least) you have to have a UK, Portuguese, etc. App Store account.

That's right, iTunes 12 Days of Christmas isn't showing up in the US or Canadian App Store yet. Whether it's a promotion specific to certain European countries, or whether Apple needs to figure out licensing for different regions before rolling it out, it's Joy to the Euro, bah-humbug for North America for now.

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4 years ago

WWDC 2010 -- Home of New iPhone Introductions -- Kicks off June 28?

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WWDC 2010 -- Home of New iPhone Introductions -- Kicks off June 28?

A "corporate event" scheduled for Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2, 2010 has set the internet speculation level to red, as it sounds like the only Moscone Center reservation capable of being next year's Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) -- the event whose keynote has for the last two years featured the introduction of new iPhone hardware.

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4 years ago

iPhone Hits Vodafone UK January 14 -- TiPb's Got Your Plan Info

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iPhone Hits Vodafone UK January 14 -- TiPb's Got Your Plan Info

Here, above, are the full plans available for Vodafone's iPhone, release date just announced as January 14, 2010... and still no price war. Of course that stands to reason as the iPhone costs every carrier pretty much the same thing in terms of hardware and network usage, but we still hoped one crazy UK telco or another would decide to go for it.

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4 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 20 Dec 2009

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 20 Dec 2009

Week one of the Smartphone Round Robin is over and week two begins tomorrow. We've just scratched the surface here and already we've run the gamut from a Windows Mobile user examining webOS to a BlackBerry user having an encounter with the Droid. If you have a Smartphone need, we're pretty confident that the Round Robin will help you find out how to fill it.

We could go on, but there's egg nog to be spiked and presents to be wrapped, so hit up the updates page for a list of reviews by platform and hit this post up after the break for the best of Smartphone Experts this week.

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4 years ago

AT&T Says Infrastructure Spending is NOT the Reason for iPhone Connection Problems

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AT&T Says Infrastructure Spending is NOT the Reason for iPhone Connection Problems

AT&T contacted TiPb with a statement refuting claims that their capital expenditures, specifically their investment in wireless infrastructure, has decreased while at the same time their data revenue is increasing.

To quickly recap, the claim about infrastructure investment falling as data profits rose was one of the most direct charges leveled by Newsweek's Daniel Lyons (writing as Fake Steve) as part of his Operation Chokehold series, and repeated several times on TiPb and other sites.

In the statement (reprinted in it's entirety below) AT&T claims they've increased network investment in 2009, and are taking other steps (like rolling out the 850 MHz band) to improve customer experience.

Remaining unaddressed: the actual cause of the iPhone-on-AT&T problem(s) in cities like New York and San Francisco. Granted, users in those or other affected areas may not care why it's broken. However, they likely do care deeply that it gets fixed and soon. (And so should AT&T given the increasing level of mainstream attention).

So, read the response below and then let us know what you think.

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4 years ago

Quick App: Shaun White Snowboarding : Origins for iPhone and iPod touch

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Quick App: Shaun White Snowboarding : Origins for iPhone and iPod touch

Wish you could be strapped in free riding down the mountain at any given moment? Now you can as Ubisoft along with Advanced Mobile Applications have released Shaun White Snowboarding: Origins [iTunes Link - $4.99] for iPhone and iPod touch.

With excellent 3D graphics and touch controls, you can choose from four different characters to snowboard with at destinations around the world including USA, Chile, Japan, and Spain. Each playable character has their own unique control, trick or speed specialties. Once you have your player selected you will be introduced to the snowboarding world with a tutorial by White and then you are on your own. 50 or so tricks can be pulled off, including ollies, flips and grabs. As you progress you can earn unlockable content, such as real-life snowboarding footage of White and friends by earning achievements.

To add a ton of replay value you get various game modes such as one freestyle option, and three that make use of a ghost feature. Now toss in leaderboards, and Twitter and Facebook connections and you have yourself a nice little game.

See you on the mountain...

More screen shots after the break!

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4 years ago

ProSwitcher for Jailbreak Brings Safari Pages, webOS Cards-style Multitasking UI to iPhone

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ProSwitcher for Jailbreak Brings Safari Pages, webOS Cards-style Multitasking UI to iPhone

If you're Jailbroken yet still frustrated that you can't move between iPhone apps as easily as you can web pages in Safari (or Palm webOS users can in card view), ProSwitcher [Free beta - Cydia] is something to consider.

A front end to Backgrounder, which enables multitasking on a Jailbroken iPhone or iPod touch, duplicates the "Pages" metaphor in MobileSafari, including swipe-able switching and X-icon closing, and for good measure adds in the swipe-up-to-close gesture from Palm's webOS "Cards" interface.

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