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5 years ago

Universal Charger Initiative Announced... Absent iPhone

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Universal Charger Initiative Announced... Absent iPhone

No sooner did we ask you if Apple should ditch the dock, than Apple Insider reports that the mobile phone and smartphone industries are beginning to come together on a universal charging solution, and that solution is micro-USB.

So far, early signees for the 2012 initiative include AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile, and Vodafone. Several iPhone carriers there, but not the single iPhone creator, Apple.

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5 years ago

UPDATED: AT&T to Light Up LTE 4G Network in 2011 -- Europe Delayed until 2012?!

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UPDATED: AT&T to Light Up LTE 4G Network in 2011 -- Europe Delayed until 2012?!

UPDATE: According to Ars, while AT&T is indeed shooting for 2011, the EU might just be delaying until 2012. Snap. Who's the backwater internet slowpokes now?

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5 years ago

South Park App "Dead in the Water"

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South Park App "Dead in the Water"

Today is a depressing day for all of the South Park fans out there. The South Park app that Dieter told us about back in October has been rejected once again by Apple.

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5 years ago

Quick App: Midway's Touchmaster Volume 1 for iPhone

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Quick App: Midway's Touchmaster Volume 1 for iPhone

When Trillion-dollar stimulus packages are being passed and spent and the dollar seems to buy less and less, it's nice to find some real values in the App Store, like Touchmaster Volume 1 from Midway. At only $3.99, you get 5 games for your entertainment - that's only about $.80 cents per game (before tax, of course).

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5 years ago

Vegas' Most Wanted: iPhone Card Counter

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Vegas' Most Wanted: iPhone Card Counter

Jail or the wrong end of Tony Soprano's temper? Is there anywhere the iPhone can't get you?

TUAW reports that casinos in Nevada (and we presume elsewhere eventually if not already) have been warned to look out for next generation card counters powered by iPhone apps (the use of which, like any technological assist, is a felony in the gaming state).

Doesn't look like anyone's actually been caught doing this in the wilds of Vegas yet, though who knows what's going on in private, back room games around the country, or the world.

What's next? Someone going to sneak one onto the set of Price is Right?

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5 years ago

Multi-Core Mobile Processors iPhone Bound?

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Multi-Core Mobile Processors iPhone Bound?

We've heard before that, among other things, iPhone OS 3.0 would support quad-core processors. Of course, we haven't seen these processors yet, but now ST-Ericsson and ARM have announced they'll be giving a private sneak peak at one at Mobile World Congress. (Via MacRumors):

The technological breakthrough is the first of its kind and is based on the ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A9 multicore processor, which represents a significant leap from previous generations of baseband/application processor architectures by providing unprecedented levels of performance and power efficiency.

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5 years ago

Adobe Announces "Full" Flash Player for Mobile: iPhone ETA TBA

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Adobe Announces "Full" Flash Player for Mobile: iPhone ETA TBA

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Adobe took the wrapper off a real for-real version of their desktop Flash player designed (and hopefully optimized) for mobile devices like the iPhone. Well, technically they took the wrappers off the wrappers, since Flash Mobile won't ship until the end of 2009 on its current schedule, and it won't support the iPhone even then, only Windows Phone 6.5 (are we allowed to call it WinPho now?), Google Android, Palm Pre, and Nokia. Even these implementations are likely to only ship in 2010.

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5 years ago

Review: The Case-Mate Dockster Leather Case for iPhone 3G

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Review: The Case-Mate Dockster Leather Case for iPhone 3G

The Case-Mate Dockster Leather Case for iPhone 3G is available and can be purchased in iMore Store for $34.95. If you are looking for a case that is slim and dockable, then this case might be for you. Let's see how it measures up after the break!

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5 years ago

Want Your iPhone on T-Mobile USA?

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Want Your iPhone on T-Mobile USA?

We've asked if AT&T's service had made you consider dumping your iPhone 3G. But even if the iPhone was available on other US cellphone networks, what choices would you have?

Many people would love to get the iPhone on Verizon, but the current generation Verizon network is CDMA, which is not compatible with the iPhone's GSM radio. This means that, until everyone moves to LTE 4G in a few years, existing iPhones won't run on Verizon (or Sprint for that matter).

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5 years ago

App-ocolypse Now: iPhone Fart-App Wars have Begun. Seriously.

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App-ocolypse Now: iPhone Fart-App Wars have Begun. Seriously.

In one corner, iFart Mobile and Joel Comm, who are now suing to have a judge rule that "pull my finger" can't be trademarked (honest, we couldn't make this stuff up):

In my app description on iTunes, I have testimonials. One of them is direct from my site, WorldVillage.com, in which I give the opinion, "Way better than Pull My Finger!" Of course, I have the right to state my opinion, especially one I believe to be true! [...] I also used Twitter to search for people who were discussing any of the competing fart apps and engaged in conversation with them. Air-O-Matic didn't like that. Perhaps they believe they own Twitter and the people using it?

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5 years ago

How to Guides Galore: Jailbreaking iPhone 2.2.1

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How to Guides Galore: Jailbreaking iPhone 2.2.1

With all of this Jailbreak talk going on lately, what better time to let all of you wanna-be Jailbreakers know that all of our how to guides are completely up to date for firmware 2.2.1. For some people, getting into the world of Jailbreaking can be confusing and that is completely understandable. TiPb wants to make it as cut and dry as humanly possible for you. So here we go.

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5 years ago

Live at Mobile World Congress

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Live at Mobile World Congress

Smartphone Experts' always-on-the-go editor-in-chief Dieter Bohn is in Spain and on the floor, ready to send us back any and all news from Mobile World Congress this week. Of course, Apple isn't there, and most general-purpose smartphone shows are pretty happy to pretend the iPhone doesn't exist, so while we won't see anything in the way of new hardware or firmware, we have heard some rumors about pretty big software announcements. (Hint: rhymes with socs2go).

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5 years ago

The iPhone Blog Week in Review for February 16, 2009

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The iPhone Blog Week in Review for February 16, 2009

Every week I will be bringing you what I think are the week’s biggest stories and articles. Let’s get started, after the break!

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5 years ago

Is it Time for Apple to Switch From Dock Connector to USB?

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Is it Time for Apple to Switch From Dock Connector to USB?

The iPhone, like the iPod before it (well, at least since the 3rd-gen iPod, when Apple switched from FireWire), uses a proprietary connector called the dock for charging, syncing, video and audio-out, and multiple other functions. A broad port with 30 pins for many purposes, having a proprietary connector gives Apple a lot of flexibility, but also -- through their licensing program -- a lot of control over who can make peripherals and what can be done with them.

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5 years ago

Is AT&T Causing You to Consider Dumping the iPhone 3G?

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Is AT&T Causing You to Consider Dumping the iPhone 3G?

There are more lawsuits about substandard iPhone 3G reception on AT&T than you can shake an accelerometer at, and as we mentioned the other day, blog-star Om Malik has just publicly broken up with his iPhone 3G due to what he considers to be lousy reception on AT&T. (He tried a BlackBerry on AT&T as well and had the same problems, so he clearly blames the network).

Are these just nuisance suits and link-bait? Does San Francisco suffer more than anywhere else? Do all networks have lousy reception for someone somewhere? Or is AT&T really the weakest link in the iPhone 3G value prop?

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