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5 years ago

Apple Afraid Google is Taking Over the iPhone?

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Apple Afraid Google is Taking Over the iPhone?

Techcrunch has an interesting "rebuttal" up regarding Apple's response to the FCC over the rejection of Google Voice. I use the quotes because I think the rebuttal part itself is off-target, while the conclusion is fairly spot on. Worst things first:

[Apple's response] strongly suggests that the Google Voice app replaces much of the core Apple iPhone OS function. This certainly isn’t accurate, and we believe the statement is misleading. More details below, but in general the iPhone app is a very light touch and doesn’t interfere with any native iPhone apps at all.

The crux of their argument is that, while Google Voice provides separate voice dialing, voice mail, and SMS functionality outside Apple's built-in Phone and Messages apps, users are still free to use the built in apps. More specifically, that Google Voice only replaces these things when the Google Voice phone number is used.

Um. Yeah.

Users, at least in part, are going to be replacing the AT&T number with the Google Voice number (likely the reason to get the Google Voice number for a segment of users). Ergo, they'll be replacing the built in Phone and SMS apps with the Google Voice app.

No big deal, though, right? Why should Apple care if people replace Phone and Messages with Google Voice?

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Apple: 8500 Apps to Review a Week by 40 Odd Reviews

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UPDATED: Apple: 8500 Apps to Review a Week by 40 Odd Reviews

UPDATE: Icebike makes a couple great points in the comments:

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5 years ago

Do Other Countries Lose Out on Apps Because of AT&T Policies?

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Do Other Countries Lose Out on Apps Because of AT&T Policies?

Mike Ash (via Marco.org) makes this point following the FCC responses today:

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5 years ago

AT&T To Reconsider VoIP Applications Over 3G? Yeahbuwhat Apple VoIP apps?

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AT&T To Reconsider VoIP Applications Over 3G? Yeahbuwhat Apple VoIP apps?

As part of the responses to the FCC's inquiry into the rejection of Google Voice from the iPhone App Store, AT&T stated the following:

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5 years ago

Apple iPhone is a Restaurant, Not a Super Market, and They Should Say So on the Sign

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Apple iPhone is a Restaurant, Not a Super Market, and They Should Say So on the Sign

In light of today's response by Apple to the FCC about the Google Voice rejection, and anticipating the likely, negative reaction it will engender, I'm again left thinking that Apple and their iPhone are closer akin to a restaurant, not a super market.

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5 years ago

TiPb Give-Away: Wolfenstein RPG for iPhone -- and Xbox 360!

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TiPb Give-Away: Wolfenstein RPG for iPhone -- and Xbox 360!

Wolfenstein RPG [$2.99 - iTunes link] brings the classic mobile game to the iPhone (and iPod touch) platform with all its spiked brass knuckled, sub machine gunning, dynamite exploding glory.

And the folks behind it want to give you a chance to not only get the App Store version, but the Xbox 360 game as well!

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5 years ago

Apple Responds to FCC Questions (Google and AT&T as Well)

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5 years ago

Quick App Update: Qik for iPhone... Removes Wi-Fi Restriction?!

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Quick App Update: Qik for iPhone... Removes Wi-Fi Restriction?!

Qik [Free - iTunes link] update... removes Wi-Fi-only restriction?! That's what Jeremy saw when he checked his updates!

For those unfamiliar with Qik, it lets you stream live video over the internet, and archive it via Qik.com. I've been playing with the beta for a while.)

Sound off in the comments, or give !

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5 years ago

Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

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Quick App: Plants vs. Zombies

Yesterday Popcap announced that it will be porting it's fastest-selling Mac/PC game in the companies history, Plants vs Zombies, over to iPhone before the year is over.

Not familiar with this game? You should be, it's highly addicting game play not only caters to hardcore tower defense fans but to each and every casual gamer as well.

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Google Android: Skype Crippling Not Just for iPhone/AT&T Anymore!

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UPDATED: Google Android: Skype Crippling Not Just for iPhone/AT&T Anymore!

UPDATE: As pointed out in comments, Android honcho Andy Rubin responds on the Google blog:

Here are the facts, clear and simple: While the first generation of our Android software did not support full-featured VoIP applications due to technology limitations, we have worked through those limitations in subsequent versions of Android, and developers are now able to build and upload VoIP services.

Rubin claims USA Today was made aware of this, but also says "individual operators can request that certain applications be filtered if they violate their terms of service", which basically means AT&T's no SlingPlayer, or conceivably any networks no-VoIP policy, would still affect Android, so -- okay. Let's get to it Skype and we'll see what T-Mo really thinks.

However, Rubin does dream, like all of us (likely even Apple, in public, if asked) of the day when "dumb pipes" are a reality.

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5 years ago

Macworld Looks at iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0

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Macworld Looks at iPhone Configuration Utility 2.0

Apple's iPhone Configuration Utility went to 2.0 just after the iPhone itself hit OS 3.0. The iCU is intended to allow system administrators to set up iPhones for use in the corporate environments, namely by creating, maintaining, and distributing configuration files for enterprise devices.

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5 years ago

Friday Fun Video: Bell Canada iClones iPhone Ad for Palm Pre

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Friday Fun Video: Bell Canada iClones iPhone Ad for Palm Pre

While even our friends over at PreCentral.net haven't exactly been thrilled by Palm's own, creepy Pre ads, we're not sure Bell Canada's approach -- filming an original iPhone 2G ad using the Pre as a stand in -- is any better.

As a Canadian myself, I'd like to assure the world we're really a heckuvalot more creative than this! (Right Bell?!)

Recent iPhone ad for comparison's sake, after the jump!

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5 years ago

AT&T Rolling Out 850 MHz 3G to Improve Service

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AT&T Rolling Out 850 MHz 3G to Improve Service

TiPb reader Jake let us know that he just received the following message about 3G service level improvements from AT&T:

We've enhanced your 3G network to offer more speed, capacity & coverage in Greater Atlanta, North GA & Athens!

Mobiledia has more on the improvements going on:

the 850MHz spectrum now operates with [AT&T's] existing 1900 MHz spectrum -- adding more than 540 cell sites to increase network capacity and improved quality and in-building coverage.

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5 years ago

Quick App Update: SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 for iPhone - Still Wi-Fi Only

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Quick App Update: SlingPlayer Mobile 1.1 for iPhone - Still Wi-Fi Only

SlingPlayer Mobile [$29.99 - iTunes Store] brings a few news features to everyone's favorite video transporter:

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5 years ago

Apple Investigates: "Exploding" iPhones and iPods

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Apple Investigates: "Exploding" iPhones and iPods

Numerous press reports are claiming that iPhones and iPods are "exploding" -- well, three isolated devices, at least so far. Apple is said to be investigating these reports and have no answers as of now.

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blockquote>"These are isolated incidents and... there is not a general problem, For the cases which have been reported in the media, Apple [is] trying to get more information on the details of the incidents and will do tests as necessary to investigate the possible cause."

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