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5 years ago

How Should Apple Handle App Store Demos?

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How Should Apple Handle App Store Demos?

There are no demos available in the App Store, we know this. No try before you buy, no download now, pay later. According to Erica Sadun at Ars Technica, even mentioning demo in your verbiage, like beta, will get you a swift kick in the rejection button. Free "Lite" versions are the only way to go.

Zach Epstein over on the Boy Genius Report wonders out loud why Apple, in its infinite usability, can't create a mechanism where Apps get downloaded free, and then expire after a short period of time unless you decide to buy and keep them.

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5 years ago

The iPhone Blog Week in Review for February 09, 2009

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The iPhone Blog Week in Review for February 09, 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

Around SPE for 9 February, 2009

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Around SPE for 9 February, 2009

After the completion of the hectic Smartphone Round Robin, your faithful bloggers at Smartphone Experts decided to keep things moving along at a heady clip. In the past week we have published somewhere in the neighborhood of 175 stories, from accessory and software reviews to news to the latest rumors. That's a lot to keep track of, so we're bringing back our regular "Around SPE" feature to give you a quick summary of what you may have missed in a format that's more helpful than just a list of links.

In that vein, our biggest recent news is that our newest sister site, Nokia Experts is starting strong with a launch contest. If you would like to earn some chances at winning a Nokia E71 or Nokia N85, make sure to enter the contest each week. There are two weeks left to go, so check back as each week we're changing up how you can enter to win!

There's plenty more smartphone news you may have missed, so read on!

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5 years ago

Quick App: Touch Dial Enables Emoji for the iPhone

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Quick App: Touch Dial Enables Emoji for the iPhone

We included this app in our latest Apps for Less post but since Emoji has started to take off with iPhone owners we figured, what the heck... make sure it gets it's very own post so nobody misses it!

You missed the boat with the Emoji hack from a few weeks back? Well here is yet one other chance to grab those Emoji icons without having to jailbreak. If you updated to firmware 2.2.1 and then decided to try the FrostyPlace you were out of luck. The firmware disabled this neat little trick. This is where Touch Dial Emoji enters and will give you the same 461 Emoji icons available on your iPhone.

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Apple Releases iPhone Carrier Update: Adds AT&T MicroCell Support

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UPDATED: Apple Releases iPhone Carrier Update: Adds AT&T MicroCell Support

UPDATED: Comparing the before and after states of carrier.plist, iambored8907 reports in the comments that the update added PNG graphics for AT&T's new MicroCell (Femtocell) service:

AllowPrefixMatching

CarrierName
AT&T MicroCell
DefaultImage
DefaultCARRIERATT M-Cell.png
FullScreenOpaqueImage
FSOCARRIERATT M-Cell.png

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5 years ago

Amazon to Make Kindle iPhone App for e-Book Reading?

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Amazon to Make Kindle iPhone App for e-Book Reading?

The techeratti love the Kindle -- so what if it's only available in the US, is selling half-as well as the Zune, Apple targeted "reading" in a recent commercial, and Google just optimized their Books service for the iPhone? It's not like Amazon is making an iPhone reader too, is it?

Whoops! D - All Things Digital says Amazon may just be doing exactly that:

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5 years ago

Who Knew? Porn Stars Love the iPhone and Twitter Too!

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Who Knew? Porn Stars Love the iPhone and Twitter Too!

File this under frivolous Friday fun -- or just shake your head, think less of us, and move along. Either way, if celebrities on Twitter (like Ashton and Demi) is the new black, this must be the new... flashing neon hidden away beneath a plain brown wrapper?

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5 years ago

Apps for Less: iShoot, Golf Scores, ACTSudoku FREE, Touch Dial Emoji

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Apps for Less: iShoot, Golf Scores, ACTSudoku FREE, Touch Dial Emoji

The number one paid app for the past few weeks has just gone on a limited time sale. iShoot [iTunes Link] can now be purchased for the low price of $1.99. Keep in mind this is a limited time sale, so don't let this one pass by!

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blockquote>iShoot is an artillery combat game in which tanks blast each other with a wide range of high-powered weapons, from basic shells and cluster bombs to the world-destroying Shiva Bomb. The full version of iShoot includes 25 weapons, photorealistic landscapes, drivable tanks, and more money with which to buy weapons.

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5 years ago

WebKit Tells Flash to Kiss Their Apps: CSS Animation and 3D Already in iPhone Safari Browser

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WebKit Tells Flash to Kiss Their Apps: CSS Animation and 3D Already in iPhone Safari Browser

WebKit is Apple's open source evolution of the old Linux Konquerer KHTML browser, and it forms the foundation of Safari on both the desktop and the iPhone (and Google Android, Palm Pre, Nokia tablets, etc.). Their Surfin' Safari blog has just announced CSS animation support, but the better news (via MacRumors), is that iPhone (and iPod touch) Safari already supports both CSS animation and 3D.

Want to check it out? Just hit up this awesome animated falling leaf demo on your iPhone!

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5 years ago

EA to Unleash Sims 3 for the iPhone this Summer!

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EA to Unleash Sims 3 for the iPhone this Summer!

Hey iPhone users, not enough excuses yet to abandon real life and run down your battery? Never fear, EA is here! Seems the uber-developer is readying a release of Sims 3 for the iPhone (and iPod Touch). Says TUAW:

it's set for an almost simultaneous release on PC, Mac, the iPhone and the iPod touch. The popularity of iPhone apps may have done what Mac gamers couldn't do for years: convince developers that releasing their games simultaneously on Mac and PC was worth it.

PC version set to ship June 2. No release date for the iPhone version yet, but EA claims Summer 2009.

Anyone here eager to get their Sims on?

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5 years ago

Patent Watch: iPhone Dock and Battery Swaps?

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Patent Watch: iPhone Dock and Battery Swaps?

Apple patents are strange and mysterious things. Like sums over futures, they give us a peek at thousands of strands of potentiality, but no clue about eventuality. In other words, Apple patents tons of stuff, most of which we never see in actual consumer products. Some of these, however, are pretty interesting looking. The Register says:

One of the applications describes a "host machine" - looking much like an iMac in the accompanying drawings - that has battery-charging slots built into its body.

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5 years ago

Forum Review: eMees Avatar Creator for the iPhone

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Forum Review: eMees Avatar Creator for the iPhone

eMees Avatar Creator Forum Review by cjvitek For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!

I have a Wii, and one of the most enjoyable things (surprisingly) that I do with the system is created the Miis. And now, Mii creation comes to the iPhone!

eMees is a tool to create avatars for the iPhone. Once you create an avatar, you can save it to your photo roll, and you can even assign it to one of your contacts as their photo! As someone who doesn’t have any photos associated with contacts, this is a nice feature to have!

The concept behind eMees is the same idea as creating a Mii on the Wii. You choose various features – like head shape, hair pattern, eyes, lips, eyebrows, etc) to combine into a face. You can also adjust the color, and for some items (like nose, eyes, eyebrows) you can adjust the size, orientation, and horizontal or vertical position. Combine these features and you have a lot of flexability in creating an avatar, and as you practice and get more talented, you can get quite good at creating avatars that start to look like the intended target!

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5 years ago

Google Books Now Also Optimized for iPhone!

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Google Books Now Also Optimized for iPhone!

Sure, we lost iGoogle, but we gained Gmail Tasks, have been promised Google Latitude, and now have been served up a piping hot portion of Google Books optimized for the iPhone.

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5 years ago

What Do You Want to See in MobileMe 2.0?

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What Do You Want to See in MobileMe 2.0?

MobileMe was announced by Steve Jobs and demonstrated by Phil Schiller at WWDC 2008. Tagged originally as "Exchange for the rest of us", a disastrous launch -- where Apple tried to do too much at once, including the iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 2.0, and the App Store -- and a problem with early computer-side syncing forced them to downgrade the promise of "push" to more of a gentle "nudge".

Fast forward 6 months and MobileMe has grown through its pain becoming almost, though not quite, everything Apple promised it would be at WWDC. Web-based email, contacts, and calendar are synced in near-real time to and from the iPhone and the Mac (Windows mileage may vary). Photos function, and iDisk is beefier, but still functionally on par with its .Mac roots.

But what do the next 6 months hold? If we get new iPhone hardware in June, and iPhone OS 3.0 along with it, could Apple be ballsy enough to try and give us MobileMe Take 2 at the same time? And if they are, what do we want to see in it?

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5 years ago

iTunes Crashing After iPhone 2.2.1 Update?

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iTunes Crashing After iPhone 2.2.1 Update?

So today I had a bit of a scare. I went to sync my iPhone 3G with my Macbook and noticed when I'd plug in the phone it would say it is syncing while iTunes simply showed nothing -- no kind of response whatsoever. Yes, everything is up to date on my Macbook so that was not the problem. After a few reboots of the Macbook and iPhone the same behavior still continued like clockwork.

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