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5 years ago

Quick App: Comics iPhone Comic Store and Reader

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Quick App: Comics iPhone Comic Store and Reader

Comics [$0.99 - iTunes link] serves as both an iPhone formatted comic book store and reader. (Think iTunes but for comics). comiXology was kind enough to give us a preview of the app, which will be officially announced tomorrow at the San Diego Comic Con, home of all things good and geeky in the 'verse.

First, Comics costs $0.99 because it uses in-app purchases to allow you to buy paid content (more comics). Apple says "free apps stay free", so anything using in-app purchase has to be a paid app. Hence, the minimal price. On to the app.

There are multiple ways to find comics, featured, free, top 25, and browse/search. Lots of information and a few preview images are provided for each, along with a link to buy print versions, which opens a WebView to Amazon.com with an option to move it into Safari.

A good amount of free comics available -- I went immediately for Robert Kirkman's excellent Invincible. You need to set up an account before you can download comics, but it's fairly quick (it does ask your birthdate, presumably for age-based ratings reasons). Once you've set up your account, you can download away. It took me 25 seconds over Rogers 3G to get a comic. Not bad.

A tutorial walks you through the "guided" mode of comics reading, and then away you go. It took me a second to get used to the animated way in which Comics takes you through panels, but it works well. You can turn to landscape when wanted, or disable rotation if it bothers you.

Of course, there's no Marvel (think Wolverine, Hulk, Iron Man) or DC (Batman, Superman) titles to be found, and for that I blame the same kind of slow thinking that long plagued music and still plagues other media to some extent.

It does give the independents a little room to shine, however.

Note: The developers are currently reporting problems with in-app purchases and the iTunes servers behind them, but say they're working with Apple to resolve them. In the mean time, the free comics are all working just fine.

If you're a comics fan, and you give Comics a try, let us know how you like it!

Tons of screen caps after the break!

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5 years ago

iPhone Live! Tonight 8pm EDT/5pm PDT

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iPhone Live! Tonight 8pm EDT/5pm PDT

iPhone Live! comes to you tonight (Wednesday, July 22 ) at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT.

As always, pre-show will start about 10 min. before if you want to drop by early and reserve a space in our all new, all roomier chat room. See you then!

Join in via http://www.imore.com/live

Chat with you soon!

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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

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Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

Smartphone Experts SidePouch for iPhone 3G is available from The iPhone Blog Store for $14.95. If you are looking for an attractive side pouch at a very affordable price, check out this case! Let’s see how it measure up after the break!

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5 years ago

Rumor: Subsidized Apple iTablet Coming to Verizon this Year?

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Rumor: Subsidized Apple iTablet Coming to Verizon this Year?

The Street (via MacRumors) is rumoring about the iTablet on Verizon:

An initial version of the long-anticipated Apple tablet will be subsidized by Verizon (VZ Quote), but Apple and Verizon "won't be as tightly integrated" as Apple's iPhone exclusivity deal with AT&T (T Quote), says one source familiar with the companies, who asked not to be named.

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5 years ago

Daily Show Airs App Store Stinker: iFart Mobile vs. PullMyFinger

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Daily Show Airs App Store Stinker: iFart Mobile vs. PullMyFinger

Done as only the Daily Show with Jon Stewart can do, it's iFart Mobile vs. PullMyFinger in a battle of the iPhone Fart Apps.

You've been warned.

(Note: YouTube Daily Show clips have a way of disappearing, feel free to post updated links in the comments when/if you come across them)

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5 years ago

Dear Apple: How About that Premium App Store?

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Dear Apple: How About that Premium App Store?

Just prior to iPhone 3.0 there were rumors that Apple would introduce a Premium App Store which would let high quality apps in the $10 or $20+ range enjoy some breathing room away from the "race to the bottom" pressure of the current cheapy novelty app crowd. Why is this still a good idea? Well, AppCubby has run the numbers and it looks like $5 (down from $10) is the new ceiling for App Store apps:

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5 years ago

Shenzhen Worker Commits Suicide over Missing iPhone Prototype - Foxconn Investigating, Apple Comments

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Shenzhen Worker Commits Suicide over Missing iPhone Prototype - Foxconn Investigating, Apple Comments

As has been widely covered on the net, Foxconn worker Sun Danyong of Shenzhen, responsible for 16 fourth-generation iPhone prototypes, committed suicide on July 16, after reporting one of the prototypes missing three days earlier.

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5 years ago

iPhone Pro Tips: Find Text in Safari with Javascript Bookmarklet

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iPhone Pro Tips: Find Text in Safari with Javascript Bookmarklet

If you're browsing the web on a PC, you can just hit CTRL-F or CMD-F and quickly find any text on a webpage. It's great for finding things fast, especially on long reams of text, and Safari does a nice job of it -- just not Mobile Safari on the iPhone, not yet.

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5 years ago

Browser Wars: Opera Mobile Brings Back "Turbo" Boost to Compete with Safari

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Browser Wars: Opera Mobile Brings Back "Turbo" Boost to Compete with Safari

No word yet on whether you get a pocket Hasselhoff to push it for you, but it sounds like Opera Mobile 9.7 is set to bring back the "Turbo" boost in an effort to take it to Mobile Safari (and, we presume, WebKit in general as found on the iPhone, Google Chrome lite for Android, Palm Pre, some Nokia devices, etc. etc.... etc...)

Ganging up on the "real internet" browser are our good friends Matt Miller from NokiaExperts.com and Phil Nickinson from WMExperts.com. Matt explains the concept behind Nokia's blast from the past via his ZDNet blog:

Turbo mode that supplements the native Opera Mobile browser with the proxy functionality found in Opera Mini. So, with Opera Mobile 9.7 and Turbo mode enabled you get a fully functioning web browser with proxy/server side lifting going on to provide the FASTEST browsing experience currently available on a mobile phone.

TiPb vaguely remembers proxy and cache tricks from those old spamvertisements promising to quadruple our old dial-up modem speeds. Phil tries to pip us to the proxy post, however:

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5 years ago

The Competition: Hands on with the BlackBerry 9550 Storm 2 "Odin"

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The Competition: Hands on with the BlackBerry 9550 Storm 2 "Odin"

CrackBerry.com's Kevin got his hands (and signature green coffee table) on RIM's next-generation touchscreen BlackBerry, the Storm 2, aka 9550, aka "Odin". And his early thoughts?

  • the hardware is much nicer
  • the click screen is more user-friendly
  • the operating system is basically the same

Is 2/3 enough? Says Kevin:

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5 years ago

Quick App 3.0: NAVIGON MobileNavigator for iPhone North America

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Quick App 3.0: NAVIGON MobileNavigator for iPhone North America

Navigon just sent word that their turn-by-turn GSP navigation solution, MobileNavigator for iPhone [$69.99 on sale - iTunes link], North American edition is now live in the iTunes App Store.

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5 years ago

Apple: We Knew Traditional iPod Sales Would Decline, That's Why We Developed iPhone

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Apple: We Knew Traditional iPod Sales Would Decline, That's Why We Developed iPhone

During their Q3, 2009 conference call today, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook revealed that Apple forecast "traditional" iPod sales would begin to decline (sales of iPod shuffle, iPod nano, and iPod classic), which is why they developed the iPod touch and iPhone.

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5 years ago

Now in Stock: Wilson Electronics iBooster for iPhone

Now in Stock: Wilson Electronics iBooster for iPhone

Now in Stock: Wilson Electronics iBooster for iPhone

The Wilson plug-and-play iBooster kit helps users reduce dropped calls, increase data rates in weak signal areas and originate calls from those dreaded “dead spots”. The iBooster and its external vehicular antenna increases any iPhone’s output power to the cell site while improving its ability to hear signals it normally cannot, keeping the user more reliably connected.

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5 years ago

iPhone and iPod touch: Now with 45 Million Unit Install Base

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iPhone and iPod touch: Now with 45 Million Unit Install Base

As part of the just-completed Q3 2009 conference call, Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook revealed that the iPhone OS, the software behind both the iPhone and iPod touch, now enjoys an install base of over 45 million.

Combined with previous announcements of 65,000 apps, 100,000 registered developers, and 1.5 billion downloads, and it looks like Apple has quite the mobile platform on their hands. Scratch that, they have quite the platform in consumer hands.

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5 years ago

Apple Q3 2009 Conference Call - 5.2 Million iPhones, 10.2 Million iPods

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Apple Q3 2009 Conference Call - 5.2 Million iPhones, 10.2 Million iPods

Apple announced their Q3, 2009 financial results today. - Press release is live: The Company posted revenue of $8.34 billion, with 5.2 Million iPhone sales in the quarter. Boom.

“We’re making our most innovative products ever and our customers are responding,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re thrilled to have sold over 5.2 million iPhones during the quarter and users have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications from our App Store in its first year.”

Apple also hosted an accompanying conference call, highlights after the break!

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