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3 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 March 2011

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 27 March 2011

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3 years ago

TiPb Picks of the Week

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and 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, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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3 years ago

Special edition iPad Live, 9pm ET -- Tablet round-table with CrackBerry.com, Android Central!

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Special edition iPad Live, 9pm ET -- Tablet round-table with CrackBerry.com, Android Central!

iPad Live is back tonight at 9pm ET, 6pm PT, 2am BST and this is a BIG one! We have @CrackBerryKevin from CrackBerry.com and @PhilNickinson from Android Central joining me (@GeorgiaTiPb) and Rene from right here at TiPb.com for a... TABLET ROUND TABLE!

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3 years ago

Common Internet, SMS Text, and iMessage slang

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Common Internet, SMS Text, and iMessage slang

TiPb brings you a glossary of common Internet and SMS Text and iMessage slang terms, from the hipster to the 1337, and more

Just getting online or into SMS or iMessage and trying to figure out what all the abbreviations, acronyms, and random-seeming jumbles of letters and numbers actually mean? Internet slag is changing and evolving faster than any known language so far. From gaming chats to blog comments to sexting (sex texting) to who knows what's next, there are more and more terms cropping up everyday and it's getting harder and harder to keep up with them.

To help you get started we've compiled a list of common, basic internet and SMS Text and iMessage slang... after the break!

For iOS and Apple-related terms see our complete iPhone and iPad glossary, for Twitter and Facebook terms, see our Social Network glossary. And as always, if we're missing anything, add additions and corrections in the comments below!

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3 years ago

Angry Birds movie trailer spoof - Sunday fun video

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Angry Birds movie trailer spoof - Sunday fun video

Either you can't get enough Angry Birds or you're ready to kill the franchise just to watch it die. Either way, this movie trailer spoof will make you love or hate one of iPhone and iPad's most popular casual games in a whole new way.

(And it will probably get the creatively bankrupt blockbuster machine in Hollywood actual revving into high gear...)

Video after the break.

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3 years ago

iPhone 3GS on sale for $0 at Bell, Telus

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iPhone 3GS on sale for $0 at Bell, Telus

AT&T has been offering iPhone 3GS at $49 lately but Bell and Telus in Canada now have it on sale for $0 for a limited time. Sure it comes with a typically ridiculous 3-year contract, sure you can get the much better iPhone 4 on sale on the same networks for $159, sure you can get an unlocked iPhone 3GS straight from Apple for $549, but if you absolutely, positively have to have an iPhone for FREE (with contract!) get on over to Bell or Telus before the sale ends.

Anyone think iPhone 3GS at $0 is compelling? Want it on your network?

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3 years ago

Could iOS 5 only be coming this fall?

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Could iOS 5 only be coming this fall?

Instead of keeping to the last 3 years of tradition and showing off iOS 5 at an April preview event and releasing it with iPhone 5 this June, could Apple instead preview it at WWDC and only release it this fall? That's the rumor TechCrunch's MG Siegler has posted tonight:

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3 years ago

Openy

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Openy

Google won't be releasing the source code for Android 3.0 Honeycomb any time soon. (For an excellent overview of why that is and what it means, see Jerry Hildenbrand's article over at our sibling site, Android Central.) What makes this interesting for TiPb is that, for a while now, Google has used the term "open" as a hammer to differentiate themselves from Apple, iOS, and the iPhone. From Eric Schmidt's "completely open" quips to Vic Gundotra I/O smack-talk to Andy Rubin's now-ironic tweet, it's been clear from the start that "open" wasn't a development philosophy for Google so much as a business and marketing strategy. It was a brilliant if disingenuous move that rallied many hardcore free and open-source software advocates to their cause (and platform) and got a bevy of tech writers to skewer Apple for being equally and oppositely "closed".

That it was business and marketing rather than philosophy was fairly clear from the start -- "open" is such a nebulous term to begin with. Open to whom and in what way? Even if we restrict ourselves to open-source, Android was never Stallman-class open, GPL licensed and patent unencumbered. It was never even Mozilla-class open, where the source was freely available even during development phases (most of us couldn't download, compile, and contribute back to Gingerbread before the Nexus S debuted). It was Google-class open, which meant it was only released when it benefitted Google, and only really meant for manufacturers and carriers. We've spoken about it plenty of times here at TiPb, and so has Android Central. (Phil Nickinson and I even did a special podcast on it back in October.)

It's kind of like that popsicle you get at the corner store -- it's not chocolate, it's chocolaty. Android was never open. It was openy.

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3 years ago

iPad as dessert menu

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iPad as dessert menu

La Verita is a delicious little Italian restaurant in Montreal with home made pastries that the waiters show off... on an iPad! From classic tiramisu to espresso creme brule to maple marscapone cheese cake, the only thing better than watching the desserts getting flicked through in the iPad photo app is... the desserts themselves!

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3 years ago

Cydia 1.1 update now live!

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Cydia 1.1 update now live!

The new Cydia update we've all been anticipating for a while now is ready for your jailbreaking entertainment! Cydia 1.1 can be had by simply launching Cydia and letting the packages refresh. It should then notify you that an upgrade is available. Simply select complete upgrade and let it do its thing!

The new features of Cydia 1.1 are as follows:

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