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5 years ago

Apple Announces Event, Verizon iPhone Rumors Follow

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Apple Announces Event, Verizon iPhone Rumors Follow

Apple announces their Jan. 27 "Come see our latest creation" event, and like a big, rumor-filled moth to an increasingly rabid internet flame, rumors of a Verizon iPhone being part of it follow:

"We believe there is a good chance," writes Canaccord Adams' Peter Misek in a note to clients Wednesday, "that the 'One more thing…' part of next week’s presentation may include two iPhone-related announcements: namely, the release of iPhone OS 4.0 and the unveiling of iPhone 4G coming to Verizon in June."

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5 years ago

Motorola H17 Bluetooth Headset for iPhone

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Motorola H17 Bluetooth Headset for iPhone

When Dieter swoon-ishly told me the Motorola H17 Bluetooth Headset [$89.95 - iMore Store link] was his new daily driver, I knew I had to try it out -- the man is the definition of super-user. And the H17 didn't disappoint. It's my new daily driver as well. What makes it a go-to headset? A combination of form-factor and feature sets, and we'll look at both after the break...

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5 years ago

WhiteHouse.gov App Hits iPhone, Will Provide State of the Union Streaming

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WhiteHouse.gov App Hits iPhone, Will Provide State of the Union Streaming

WhiteHouse.gov, internet home of the US Executive branch of government, has announced their new iPhone and iPod touch app, available now from the iTunes App Store [Free - iTunes link]

The White House App delivers dynamic content from WhiteHouse.gov to the palm of your hand. One feature that stands out is live video streaming. Now anyone with this app can watch the President’s public events at the White House, frequent web chats with Administration officials, and other events like key speeches and press briefings in real time. In fact, the President’s State of the Union speech next week is a great example.

TechCrunch adds this important tip:

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5 years ago

Apple and Microsoft in Discussions to Oust Google, Make Bing Default iPhone Search Engine

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Apple and Microsoft in Discussions to Oust Google, Make Bing Default iPhone Search Engine

Business Insider is reporting that, given Google's new rise to smartphone rival, Apple is now in talks with previous-generation frenemy Microsoft to replace the iPhones default search engine with Bing.

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5 years ago

Could the iTablet/iSlate be Called the iPad?

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Could the iTablet/iSlate be Called the iPad?

MacRumors, who originally dug up Apple's involvement with the iSlate and iGuide names, has come across a trademark filing that suggests iPad may now be in the lead:

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5 years ago

How Did AT&T Hold Up at CES 2010? Root Wireless (and TiPb) Report!

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How Did AT&T Hold Up at CES 2010? Root Wireless (and TiPb) Report!

One of the more interesting conversations the Smartphone Experts team had at CES 2010 was with Root Wireless, who monitors the performance of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US. Their overall message is that there's no single best carrier, because it varies so much from place to place, but they did try to determine which carrier survived CES the best.

Here's the bottom line:

  • AT&T started out providing the fastest service, but quickly fell to 4th place.

  • Verizon better maintained its consistency of service, performing particularly well on the event’s busiest days.

Loading its proprietary Root Mobile™ crowdsourcing application on smartphones purchased off-the-shelf from each of the ‘Big Four’ carriers, Root Wireless conducted stationary tests at a fixed location immediately adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, constantly running Root Mobile from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., January 5-8. The linear tests determine data transmissions speeds, cell tower hand-off rates and network connection failures, as monitored and reported by Root Mobile. It is noteworthy that the findings differ from others data transmission speed tests conducted using PCs, precisely because Root Mobile is engineered to determine wireless consumers’ real-world experience using smartphones, not PCs. Also worth keeping in mind: Results reported here are local to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Root Wireless network mapping software has confirmed that all network performance is local; it varies from neighborhood-to-neighborhood, from service provider to service provider.

CrackBerry Kevin shot from video at Root Wireless' booth, so if you're curious for more (and the techies among you should be!) go check that out on CrackBerry.com.

My experience after the break!

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5 years ago

FourSquare, Ramp Champ, Let's Golf, Video Panorama, Consume -- TiPb Picks of the Week

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FourSquare, Ramp Champ, Let's Golf, Video Panorama, Consume -- TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

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5 years ago

In Stock: Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

In Stock: Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

In Stock: Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G

The Case-Mate Hybrid Case for the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G uses the protective power of dual layers.

A form-fitting silicone skin surrounds your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G completely, absorbing each impact or hard-knock. Wrapped around the skin is a tough, ABS plastic shell for complete security, adding another level of protection, and making for a firm grip.

Features:

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5 years ago

BGR: iPhone 4.0 to Bring Gestures, Multitasking, More Efficient UI, 3G/3GS Only, New Syncing

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BGR: iPhone 4.0 to Bring Gestures, Multitasking, More Efficient UI, 3G/3GS Only, New Syncing

The Boy Genius brings the iPhone 4.0 hype with some leaks about Apple's next-generation iPhone OS -- confirming some of what we've heard before with some new tidbits to light our imaginations:

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5 years ago

Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft's Attempt to Leapfrog iPhone 4 -- The Competition

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Windows Mobile 7, Microsoft's Attempt to Leapfrog iPhone 4 -- The Competition

Rumors about Windows Mobile 7, or Seven as our sibling site WMExperts is calling it, are near-iTablet level over on that side of the smartphone space. If you read my Windows Phone (based on 6.5) review, you know I had only questions and no answers for Microsoft when it came to what they could do to become competitive in the increasingly important consumer space.

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5 years ago

No Subscriptions From Apple, Future iTunes to Upgrade Users' Media Catalogs to Lala Cloud?

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No Subscriptions From Apple, Future iTunes to Upgrade Users' Media Catalogs to Lala Cloud?

In a guest-post on TechCrunch, MP3.com founder and MP3tunes CEO, Michael Robertson cites a "wide variety of insider sources" when saying Apple will NOT offer subscription services any time soon, but rather leverage their recent acquisition of Lala to take iTunes to the cloud:

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5 years ago

From the Forums: iPhone OS 4.0, Nokia Experts Needs Your Help, 4th Gen iPhone Concepts, Plans and Carriers

From the Forums: iPhone OS 4.0, Nokia Experts Needs Your Help, 4th Gen iPhone Concepts, Plans and Carriers

From the Forums is a great way to see what all of the current hot topics are on the TiPb forums. Today we would like to go over some of the popular sub-forums for those of you who may not be familiar with our forum setup. Becoming a member is fast and free, so if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now.

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5 years ago

Quick Review: eBuddy Pro for iPhone

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Quick Review: eBuddy Pro for iPhone

If you have been searching for a fresh instant messaging client, we have good news for you -- eBuddy Pro [iTunes Link - $4.99] is quite a solid performer. For the price, you get a very respectable instant messaging client with a ton of great features that rivals those of higher priced apps.

  • Push notifications
  • All your friends in one buddy list
  • Receive message alerts & typing notifications
  • Send pictures to friends
  • No ads
  • Receive message alerts & typing notifications
  • Supports chat for AIM, GTalk, Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo, MSN and ICQ

I personally have been using this application for about a week now and can honestly say I enjoy using it more than the bigger name IM apps but this does not mean there is no room for improvement. The start up time is just too darn slow but we've been assured by the developer this is being worked on for a future update. If you want to give eBuddy a try for before you buy, take the free version [iTunes Link] for a spin. Just keep in mind you will be without some of the great features present in the Pro version.

Screen shots after the break!

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5 years ago

iPhone Hands-on from a Nokia Expert's Perspective -- Smartphone Round Robin

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iPhone Hands-on from a Nokia Expert's Perspective -- Smartphone Round Robin

We're in the final "away" week of the 2009 Smartphone Round Robin, and since I began the event looking at Nokia, what better way to cap it off than with NokiaExperts' Matt Miller looking at our iPhone 3GS.

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5 years ago

iTablet to Have Gaming, be US-Only on Launch? Playing "Come see our latest creation" Guest List Detective!

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iTablet to Have Gaming, be US-Only on Launch? Playing "Come see our latest creation" Guest List Detective!

Going all Mentalist on Apple's Jan. 27 "Come see our latest creation" invitee list has led to conjecture that gaming will be shown off for the iTablet/iSlate, but that perhaps the hardware itself will be US-only at launch.

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