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5 years ago

Smartphone Experts at CES: The Podcast

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Smartphone Experts at CES: The Podcast

Since the entire SPE team was here at CES in Las Vegas, it made perfect sense to take some time away from ogling gadgets and chatting up our friends in the blogosphere to record a podcast. We talk up what we've seen so far, including the Nexus One and Motorola Backflip; we also chatted a bit about what we're hoping to see at Palm's event today.

As you might have guessed, the show was recorded and hosted by our pal Mickey Papillon of TCPJ. Give it a listen!

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5 years ago

Facebook 3.1.1 for iPhone... Brings Bug Fixes!

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Facebook 3.1.1 for iPhone... Brings Bug Fixes!

No sooner did Facebook 3.1 [Free - iTunes link] finally bring push notifications to Facebook's iPhone app... then a few bugs popped up. Proving Apple's iTunes App Store can turn around updates with lightning speed when they decide to, an update has already been released to squash those bugs and get everyone updating, friending, event inviting, and otherwise getting social with it as fast and furiously as possible.

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5 years ago

Digital Experiences iPhone Gallery -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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Digital Experiences iPhone Gallery -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Digital Experiences is an event held the eve before CES 2010 officially kicks off, and as we've come to expect -- there was a lot of iPhone in the room. From EA showing off their latest games to Sonos showing how completely they've gone in on iPhone, from Speck to Griffin to XtremeMac giving us sneak peaks at their upcoming gear from Powermat's inductive charging solutions, all the way to Google's massive Nexus One booth (okay, everything except that maybe!) the iPhone was in full force.

Check it out, after the jump!

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5 years ago

Orbit Social Phonebook for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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Orbit Social Phonebook for iPhone Hands-on -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Orbit aims to do for your iPhone what Syngergy does for Palm's webOS -- aggregate all your contacts and their status -- but with an equal and opposite focus on notification management.

So, not only can you link together your friend's contact info along with their Facebook, Twitter, etc., you can group them into various "orbits" (and each contact can be in more than one "orbit"), create all manner of filters, and raise or lower the "volume" of notification you receive.

So, you can set the volume of your raging editor in chief to "high" and your in-laws to "low".

TiPb has discussed this before -- after the rush to Push Notification, we have devices pinging and poping at us all the time and that can become as useless as no notifications.

Orbit [Free -- iTunes link] has just gone live in the App Store, check it out. Video after the break!

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5 years ago

EA Mobile Hands-on with Sim 3: World Adventure -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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EA Mobile Hands-on with Sim 3: World Adventure -- TiPb @ CES 2010

EA Mobile's Sims 3: World Adventure for iPhone brings an airport to your simulated town, first established in the original Sims 3 game, and you can now jump on a plane and visit France, Egypt, and China -- and play mini-games like accelerometer air sickness avoidance -- while you fly. (Yes, it's fun!)

We don't have all the details, but EA mentioned some way to capture image-based information from the original game and use that to load character info into the new game. If it's as slick as it sounds, that's a smart way to get around Apple's no-sharing data sandbox for apps.

Either way, if you enjoyed the first iPhone Sims 3 game, EA is planning to give you more of what you loved -- lots more, and they give TiPb a sneak peak look at it -- after the jump!

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5 years ago

EA Mobile Hands-on with Spore: Creatures for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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EA Mobile Hands-on with Spore: Creatures for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

EA Mobile showed TiPb some of the new gameplay that's coming to Spore: Creatures for the iPhone and iPod touch, and it represents the next stage of evolution. Literally.

Picking up where Spore: Origins left of, your little life-form crawls from the primordial ooze, you have to negotiate similar challenges to last time, but now there are also bosses to contend with, and creatures you may just socialize with rather than savage (or be savaged by!)

It's coming soon to the App Store. But we have a sneak peak video right after the break!

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5 years ago

Paul Thurrot: Tiny Lenovo "kills anything Apple could possibly announce later this month"

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Paul Thurrot: Tiny Lenovo "kills anything Apple could possibly announce later this month"

Windows pundit and iPhone user Paul Thurrott, on the prospects of an an Apple iTablet, after a briefing with Lenovo:

I spent about an hour and a half meeting with [Lenovo] this morning and while I am charitably described as a ThinkPad fanboy, the truth is, they just make the best notebooks on earth. And now they’re getting even better. It’s dizzying. I posted a bit about this yesterday, but there is so much going on here. In fact, their near-final version of a tiny notebook with a breakaway tablet screen absolutely kills anything Apple could possibly announce later this month. It’s not even close.

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5 years ago

TiPb TeleNav Contest Winners

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TiPb TeleNav Contest Winners

Both TiPb and TeleNav are here at CES, so when better to announced the winners of our AT&T Navigator Give Away?

Grand prize winner: @JBaby_9783!

Congrats! You win the grand prize consisting of the "Ultimate Car Pack" which includes one year of AT&T Navigator (Approximate Retail Value ("ARV"): $69.99), a dashboard mount for a cell phone (ARV: $25), a mobile phone charger (ARV: $20), a $100 gift certificate to the iPhone Blog iPhone Store, and a $100 donation in their name to Toys for Tots. – (Total ARV of grand prize: $214.99)

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5 years ago

Facebook 3.1 with Push Notifications for iPhone Now Available

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Facebook 3.1 with Push Notifications for iPhone Now Available

Facebook for iPhone just received an update that contains one of the most sought after missing features, push notifications. It has been a long time coming as most of us hoped for this feature when Facebook 3.0 was released. The only other difference noted in 3.1 is very Android-like, the ability to sync your friends with your address book.

Now all we need is for Apple to step up to the plate with iPhone 4.0 and give us a better to handle our notifications. At least we can all dream right?

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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5 years ago

Review: Case-Mate Smooth Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

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Review: Case-Mate Smooth Case for iPhone 3G/3GS

You just got your new iPhone for Christmas and you may have been wondering what case you should purchase to protect your new gift. I'm here to tell you if you are in the market for a slider case the Case-Mate Smooth for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS [iMore Store Link - $27.95] is one to consider. For the full review follow me after the break!

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Ballmer to Try and Pre-empt Apple, Introduce HP Tablet Tonight?

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Microsoft's Ballmer to Try and Pre-empt Apple, Introduce HP Tablet Tonight?

UPDATE: According to WMExperts liveblog, it was a Tablet PC by HP running Windows 7 and called -- wait for it -- the Slate. Yes, named after Apple's latest tablet name rumor. Looks chunky, and its using a desktop OS. Okay.

ORIGINAL: So the rumor is Steve is about to introduce a new tablet device -- no, not Steve Jobs of Apple, but his nemesis Steve Ballmer of Microsoft -- and he's rumored to be doing it tonight at CES!

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5 years ago

iPhone Review from Android Central's Casey -- Smartphone Round Robin

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iPhone Review from Android Central's Casey -- Smartphone Round Robin

A long time ago on a blog far, far away, Casey Chan wrote about the iPhone. Then there was a great disturbance in the 'sphere and he ended up editing Android Central and embracing the dark side of the G1. Easily, seductively, his powers grew with the Hero and now the insidious DROID itself. But a new hope emerged in the form of the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin, which forced him to put down the evil red eye of Google and pick up the brightly sided iPhone 3GS. Did he restore balance to his mellow?

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5 years ago

Computerworld: iTablet Will Be on Verizon, iPhone... Maybe

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Computerworld: iTablet Will Be on Verizon, iPhone... Maybe

Computerworld is rumoring that Apple's allegedly-to-be-announced-January-27th iTablet/iSlate will run on Verizon's CDMA network according to... an analysts sources (!)

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5 years ago

Potential iPhone Gen 4 ARM Cortex A9 Multicore Processor Demo

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Potential iPhone Gen 4 ARM Cortex A9 Multicore Processor Demo

ARM is showing off their new Cortex A9 multi-core mobile processor, which will scale over 2Ghz at less than 0.25W of power per proc -- and since Apple is rumored to be a massive ARM licensee and Apple staff were hinting that developers should prepare themselves for multi-core, rumors once again resurface that this smoking hot chip might become part of the 4th generation iPhone and iPod touch. (As part of PA Semi system-on-a-chip, 'natch).

The current iPhone 3GS and iPod touch G3, as well as a bunch of competing smartphones (and superphones, don't get us started!) use the ARM Cortex A8. MacRumors is guessing it might just make its way into the iTablet/iSlate as well.

CES is ramping up folks, and remember TiPb will be there, so we'll bring you back anything more we can find out.

Video highlights after the break...

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5 years ago

AT&T Announces Completion of HSPA 7.2 3G Upgrade

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AT&T Announces Completion of HSPA 7.2 3G Upgrade

Looks like AT&T put the HSPA 7.2 3G peddle to the metal so T-Mobile wouldn't grab all the nation-wide upgrade headlines today.

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