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Best of Smartphone Experts, 31 Jan 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 31 Jan 2010

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5 years ago

Stephen Colbert Shows off iPad at the Grammy Awards!

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Stephen Colbert Shows off iPad at the Grammy Awards!

Our caption: Stephen Colbert is iPad at the Grammy Awards and so can't you. What's yours?

Engadget has the video up. Enjoy!

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5 years ago

Macmillan Books to Return to Amazon, Prices to Rise to iPad iBooks Level, Consumers to Vote with their Wallets

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Macmillan Books to Return to Amazon, Prices to Rise to iPad iBooks Level, Consumers to Vote with their Wallets

Both Mcmillan and Amazon have issued statements about the story linked to previously, wherein they stopped selling Macmillan e-books after the publisher wanted to raise the price for best-sellers to an agency model $12.99 to $14.99 -- which Apple had already agreed to for iBooks on the iPad.

Mcmillan's CEO, John Sargent's comments ran as a paid advertisement in the Sunday edition of PublishersLunch and read in part:

Under the agency model, we will sell the digital editions of our books to consumers through our retailers. Our retailers will act as our agents and will take a 30% commission (the standard split today for many digital media businesses). The price will be set the price for each book individually. Our plan is to price the digital edition of most adult trade books in a price range from $14.99 to $5.99. At first release, concurrent with a hardcover, most titles will be priced between $14.99 and $12.99. E books will almost always appear day on date with the physical edition. Pricing will be dynamic over time.

The agency model would allow Amazon to make more money selling our books, not less. We would make less money in our dealings with Amazon under the new model. Our disagreement is not about short-term profitability but rather about the long-term viability and stability of the digital book market.

Amazon's response can be found in full on Engadget, but contains:

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5 years ago

UPDATED: Apple Store Down -- No iPad Pre-Orders, Could be Nothing...

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UPDATED: Apple Store Down -- No iPad Pre-Orders, Could be Nothing...

UDPATE: Nothing. Behind-the-scenes maintenance or prep-work for some later update. Seriously. Can't find a difference...

ORIGINAYes, the Apple Store is down. We have no idea if this is for iPad pre-order setup, for some other product update/refresh, or for behind-the-scenes maintenance.

If you have any ideas, let us know in the comments and we'll update as soon as it's back!

[Thanks to Andy for the tip!]

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5 years ago

Will Apple's iPad Get Jailbroken and How Long Will it Take?

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Will Apple's iPad Get Jailbroken and How Long Will it Take?

When Apple announced the iPad last week, TiPb's email quickly filled up with readers and forum members who wondered if it would be possible to jailbreak it and, if so, how long it would take? First, it's important to remember that, while we're all excited, the iPad doesn't even ship until March at the earliest, so it is pure speculation at this point. We do hope the likes of the iPhone Dev-Team and/or Geohot will try their hardest to get it accomplished and that it will only be a matter of time.

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5 years ago

CEOh-Snap iPad Attack Edition -- Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and Nintendo on Apple's Tablet

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CEOh-Snap iPad Attack Edition -- Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and Nintendo on Apple's Tablet

Prior to Steve Jobs laying into Google and Adobe, Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and Nintendo got their shots in on Apple and the iPad, and here's what they had to say:

  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt: "You might want to tell me the difference between a large phone and a tablet."

Someone might want to tell him people are making Android tablets, or is he still using BlackBerry?

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5 years ago

iPhone, iPad Don't Support ActiveX Either

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iPhone, iPad Don't Support ActiveX Either

I've mentioned a couple times already, given the recent flare-up in the discussion about iPad and iPhone not supporting Flash, that not so long ago you had a hard time using any browser other than IE6 because of another proprietary plugin -- Microsoft's ActiveX. Times change, though, and these days Firefox, Safari, and Chrome users seldom if ever come across the big red X. It's possible Flash and its blue lego block will soon be likewise optional on major sites.

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5 years ago

CEOh-Snap: Steve Jobs Says Adobe Lazy, Flash Buggy, Google Wants to Kill iPhone, Not "Not Evil", Next iPhone A+ Update?

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CEOh-Snap: Steve Jobs Says Adobe Lazy, Flash Buggy, Google Wants to Kill iPhone, Not "Not Evil", Next iPhone A+ Update?

According to an anonymous source in attendance at Apple's recent, internal iPad town hall meeting at the Cupertino campus, Steve Jobs answered some employee questions by saying "Adobe is lazy" and that Google's "don't be evil" motto was "BS". Wired reports:

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Apple vs. Amazon vs. Macmillian -- Begun These e-Book Wars Have?

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Apple vs. Amazon vs. Macmillian -- Begun These e-Book Wars Have?

According to the NYT's Bits blog, Amazon has pulled Macmillan e-books due to a dispute over pricing, with Amazon wanting to hold the line at $9.99 and Macmillan wanting to raise it to an Apple iPad iBooks-like $14.99.

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5 years ago

How-to: Make Your Jailbroken iPhone Look Like and iPad

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How-to: Make Your Jailbroken iPhone Look Like and iPad

Redmond Pie has a nifty tutorial up for those who want to give their Jailbroken iPhone and/or iPod touch an iPad look-and-feel (or just a hint of iPhone 3.2!). Here's what you need:

  • Winterboard
  • “Simple iPad Theme”
  • MakeItMine app
  • Shrink app
  • ProSwitcher
  • NYTimes app
  • Classics app
  • Kindle app

Making your old device look like an unreleased new device is hallmark of the hacking community (hey, I had the marimba ringtone and iPhone theme on my Treo 680 for months!), so if you want to get your iPad on, check out Redmond Pie and the video after the break!

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5 years ago

iPhone 3.2 SDK on iPad -- iChat Video Calling, File Downloads, Telephony Support, Handwriting Keyboard... And Coming to iPhone?

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iPhone 3.2 SDK on iPad -- iChat Video Calling, File Downloads, Telephony Support, Handwriting Keyboard... And Coming to iPhone?

Engadget has been getting tips from deep code divers who are exploring Apple's latest iPhone 3.2 SDK for the iPad and what they're finding includes code/hooks for iChat-style video Calling, file downloads from Mobile Safari, support for telephony like SMS and calls, and some prototype support for a "handwriting keyboard". The video conferencing news is especially intriguing:

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5 years ago

Apple iPad Promotional Material Updated to Remove Flash Content, Adobe iPad Porn Fail Removed from TheFlashBlog

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Apple iPad Promotional Material Updated to Remove Flash Content, Adobe iPad Porn Fail Removed from TheFlashBlog

And 9to5mac finally puts to bed the does-iPad-support-Flash flood they kicked off yesterday by noting Apple and their advertising agency have updated promotional videos and images on Apple.com to properly reflect the lack of Adobe Flash support on the iPad, including the blue lego bricks of plugin fail we iPhone users are so used to.

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5 years ago

Adobe Flash Blog on iPad/iPhone -- Bad for Games, TV, News... and Porn!

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Adobe Flash Blog on iPad/iPhone -- Bad for Games, TV, News... and Porn!

TheFlashBlog's Lee Brimelow, Platform Evangelist at Adobe "focusing on the Flash, Flex, and AIR developer communities" has put up a series of iPad mockups highlighting a wide range of web sites all showing the blue lego brick of Flash plugin fail -- and they feature the range of games like Farmville, news sites like CNN, TV sites like Hulu, and online porn like... well, you get the idea.

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5 years ago

Quick Review: Qik VideoCamera Video Recording for iPhone 3G

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Quick Review: Qik VideoCamera Video Recording for iPhone 3G

Qik Video Camera for the iPhone, from Qik [$0.99 - iTunes Link] finally brings 15 frames per second video recording to the iPhone 3G. It also supports zoom, has some fun filters, and adds an easy system for sending your videos via e mail.

For the complete rundown, and pictures of Qik VideoCamera's effects, stay with us after the break.

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5 years ago

Apps for Less: Classics Free post-iPad, iBomber Free, Battle Bears is Free Today Only!

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Apps for Less: Classics Free post-iPad, iBomber Free, Battle Bears is Free Today Only!

e-Book reader Classics [iTunes link, which like Delicious Library saw its UI copied by Apple's new iPad iBooks app, has decided to go free in celebratory protest. Gorgeous app, great public-domain content, so check it out.

iBomber [iTunes link] is also free, thou

To celebrate the 2,000,000 download mark one of the top games of 2009, Battle Bears, [iTunes Link] is now FREE for today only in the App Store!

Check out the video of Battle Bears in action after the break!

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