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5 years ago

iPhone 3.1 Beta 2: Triple Click Home for Voice Over, White on Black, or Ask Menu

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iPhone 3.1 Beta 2: Triple Click Home for Voice Over, White on Black, or Ask Menu

Speaking of iPhone 3GS accessibility features, it looks like Apple is improving them in iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 by adding a new "triple click" option to the home button to toggle VoiceOver, Toggle White on Black, and Ask (which then will pop up a menu offering Turn VoiceOver On, Turn Zoom On, Turn White on Black On).

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5 years ago

iPhone 3GS with VoiceOver Easiest Smartphone for Blind People?

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iPhone 3GS with VoiceOver Easiest Smartphone for Blind People?

According to David Pogue in the New York Times, the accessibility features like VoiceOver introduced with the iPhone 3GS make it one of the easiest smartphones for the blind and visually impaired:

First, you tap something to hear it. You can tap icons, words, even the tiny status icons at the top of the screen. As you go, the voice tells you what you’re tapping. “Messages.” “Calendar.” “Mail — 14 new items.” “45 percent battery power.”

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5 years ago

Quick App: Twitbit Push Notification Twitter Client for iPhone

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Quick App: Twitbit Push Notification Twitter Client for iPhone

Twitbit [$4.99 - iTunes link] is a Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod touch that provides built-in push notification for @mentions and direct messages (DMs).

For those of you still reading -- those didn't immediately jump over to grab it -- what this means is you get all the functionality you've come to expect -- reading, posting, multiple accounts, start and stop following, searching, trends, user profiles, reply chains, etc. etc. and you get any @mentions and DMs pushed straight to you without the need for an extra enabler app (which most other Twitter clients currently require).

The folks at High Order Bit were gracious enough to give us a sneak peak to try out, and I've been using it pretty much non-stop since. And... I've found all the functionality I need and then some. The push works wonderfully as well. So far, so fast.

One thing I particularly liked (but others may not) is that, when you get multiple @mentions or DMs, rather than having the latest obliterate the previous text alert (fix that by implementing a genius stacking system, will you Apple?), Twitbit collates them up. You don't get to see the contents of the latest message, but you do get to see "X new @mentions and X new DMs" (see screenshot below). At least you have some idea of volume.

Of course, iPhone notifications being interruptive as they are, there's still a chance something will pop up while you're watching a movie or playing a game...

Given that limitation, more granularity as to who and what Twitbit pushes would be grand -- and it's likely forthcoming in an update -- but wow are these young upstart devs and apps giving the entrenched Twitter clients a race for their functionality.

If you want an amply functioning Twitter client with built-in push notifications, take a serious look at Twitbit and let us know what you think.

Tons of screenshots after the break!

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5 years ago

From the Forums: iTunes 8.2.1 Update, AT&T & MMS, Palm Users, New Applications

From the Forums: iTunes 8.2.1 Update, AT&T & MMS, Palm Users, New Applications

It’s that time again — time for us to pick out some of the hot topics on TiPb’s forums. In order for you to reply to any of the following threads please be sure to register. It’s a painless process that will only take a moment of your time. We promise!

Our first thread today was started by Rene, and he wants your opinion - who's at fault over the latest iTunes update and it's halting communication with the Pre - Apple or Palm? Palm had to see this coming no? Let us know what you think!

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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 15 ) 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

Apple Releases iTunes 8.2.1 - Kills Palm Pre Sync Dead

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Apple Releases iTunes 8.2.1 - Kills Palm Pre Sync Dead

UPDATE: Sibling site PreCentral.net tells us that yes, indeed, iTunes 8.2.1 looks like it kills Palm Pre Sync. A new cat and mouse game is born?

Apple has released a minor update to iTunes, version 8.2.1 available via pop up when you open iTunes, or when you launch Apple Software Update:

iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices.

If you notice any other changes or new features, drop us a comment!

[Thanks Doug for the tip!]

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5 years ago

Review: Belkin Slim-Fit Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

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Review: Belkin Slim-Fit Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

You purchased a new iPhone 3GS or 3G recently but you are still searching for that perfect case to protect your investment? There are so many options out there in the marketplace that choosing the perfect case can be a tough decision. Today I want to introduce yet another case that you may want to consider, the Belkin Slim-Fit Case for iPhone 3G/3GS. You can purchase the Belkin Slim Fit right here in TiPb store for the low price of $24.95. Follow us after the break to see if this case is the one for you!

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5 years ago

Rumor: $800 iTablet to Use Custom Apple Chipset?

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Rumor: $800 iTablet to Use Custom Apple Chipset?

Following up on rumors of a $800 Apple netbook, MacBook, iTablet, etc. VentureBeat reports that Apple might also use the new platform to introduce their long-rumored custom system-on-a-chip.

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5 years ago

iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 Breaks AT&T Tethering Hack, Allows Wi-Fi Testing, Intros Augmented Reality APIs?

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iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 Breaks AT&T Tethering Hack, Allows Wi-Fi Testing, Intros Augmented Reality APIs?

Following up on last night' release of iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 firmware and SDK, developers are finding more changes and new features.

  • TUAW reports that the AT&T IPCC hack, where the carrier file was modified to allow iPhone tethering sans official AT&T sanction no longer works. Bummer, given AT&T still hasn't announced anything about legitimate tethering support or pricing.

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5 years ago

Apple Releases iPhone 3.1 Firmware and SDK to Developers

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Apple Releases iPhone 3.1 Firmware and SDK to Developers

Apple has just informed developers that a new version of iPhone 3.1 Beta firmware and SDK have been released:

iPhone SDK 3.1 beta 2 and iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 are now available on the iPhone Dev Center. These versions are for development and testing only and should be installed on devices dedicated to iPhone OS 3.1 beta software development. Please read the iPhone OS beta Pre-Install Advisory and the iPhone SDK 3.1 beta 2 release notes before downloading and installing.

Use the Apple Bug Reporter if you discover compatibility or functionality issues while testing with the iPhone OS 3.1 beta 2 release.

Registered developers can, as stated, grab it via developer.apple.com.

UPDATE: Ars Technica reports iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 allows developers to send apps to test devices via Wi-Fi, rather than having to tether via USB as in previous releases.

According to WhenWithApple, minor changes include new language for the video editing options, now called "Trim Original" and "Save As..." Screenshot after the break!

When/if we come across anything else, we'll update and add it to our ongoing iPhone 3.1 Beta Walkthrough...

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5 years ago

Apple Stealth-Updates Premium In-Ear Headset for iPhone 3GS

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Apple Stealth-Updates Premium In-Ear Headset for iPhone 3GS

Apple has stealthily updated their premium in-ear headset with remote and mic. What exactly did they update? Well nothing major but it's an update regardless - they replaced the soft rubber 3.5 mm headphone plug casing with a hard plastic one. So now instead of the soft rubber falling off we will now start to see the hard plastic replacement crack. ;)

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5 years ago

The Competition: BlackBerry Tour has Landed

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The Competition: BlackBerry Tour has Landed

The BlackBerry Tour 9630 has landed, and our sibling site, CrackBerry.com has been all over it like, well, Kevin on a new BlackBerry. Check out their full BlackBerry Tour review and new BlackBerry Tour Forums for all the details.

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5 years ago

In Stock: BlackBerry VM-605 Bluetooth Premium Visor Handsfree for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone

In Stock: BlackBerry VM-605 Bluetooth Premium Visor Handsfree for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone

In Stock: BlackBerry VM-605 Bluetooth Premium Visor Handsfree for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone

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5 years ago

iTunes Goes Back to the Future with D45s - 2 Songs, 1 Lower Price

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iTunes Goes Back to the Future with D45s - 2 Songs, 1 Lower Price

Apple has just released yet another new pricing model onto the iTunes Music Store: D45s [iTunes link]-- two songs for one lower price ($1.49 to $1.99).

Confession: I'm old enough to remember the original 45s, those lovable little vinyl (Google it!) records with a hit song on one side, and something ranging from awesome to ridiculous on the other.

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5 years ago

Quick App: Boxcar Push Notification for Tweetie and Twitterrific iPhone Twitter Clients

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Quick App: Boxcar Push Notification for Tweetie and Twitterrific iPhone Twitter Clients

Boxcar [$1.99 - iTunes link] is almost more enabler than app. It only does one thing, but thus far it does it very, very well -- it sends Push Notifications for Twitter @mentions and Direct Messages (DMs) that then open in either Tweetie or Twitterrific.

Setup is straight forward; you log into your account through an in-app view of Twitter's website, and authorize Boxcar. You can select whether you want Push Notification for either @mentions, DMs, or both, and which of the aforementioned apps you want to open them in (hopefully support for more options will be forthcoming, such as Tweetdeck, Birdfeed, Twittelator Pro, etc.). You can also choose to automatically tweet them a shout out.

Like all Push-enabled apps, you can exit to the iPhone Settings to turn on or off Sounds, Alert (text boxes), and/or Badges.

That's it. Sit back and enjoy Push Notifications so you can immediately know when anyone talks to or about you on Twitter. Even when you're watching a movie on your iPhone. Or playing a game. Or writing an SMS. Or even taking a phone call -- if anyone still does that...

In other words, it works so well, you may have to learn to better manage your Twitter interruptions.

Now the crux: is a couple of bucks a lot to pay for an app that arguably only extends the usefulness of other apps that you already paid a few bucks (or more) for? Depends on how badly you want Push Notification for Twitter, whether you're willing to wait for full-on Twitter clients to add it themselves (however long that takes), and if you realize a couple of bucks is very little, and partly going to support the developers servers that are handling the Twitter calls and passing them on to Apple's notification servers.

I bought it without a second thought. You'll have to weigh the value (which is more important than cost) yourselves, and let me know what you think in the comments -- or @reneritchie and I'll get it right away via push ;)

More pics after the break!

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