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5 years ago

Google Nuking Infinite SMS App for iPhone

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Google Nuking Infinite SMS App for iPhone

Michael on Facebook sent us link to this announcement on innerfence, which says Google is shutting down the Infinite SMS App.

According to the developers:

Google has claimed no grievance with Infinite SMS other than its success. Their given reason for the block isn’t abuse or wrongdoing; it’s that we brought too many users (and thus too much cost) to an experimental service.

Google’s official statement reads:

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5 years ago

UPDATED VIDEO: iPhone Prototype Yanked off of Ebay?

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UPDATED VIDEO: iPhone Prototype Yanked off of Ebay?

UPDATED: YouTube pulled the previous video due to a copyright claim by Apple. Engadget is currently providing an alternate video. Get it while it lasts...

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5 years ago

Tweetie 1.3 Now Approved for the App Store!

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Tweetie 1.3 Now Approved for the App Store!

Was it the outcry on Twitter? The evisceration courtesy of numerous blogs? Or did someone at Apple actually take our advice and wake up? We don't know. But we do know this: according to developer Loren Brichter:

Great news! [Tweetie] 1.3 has now been approved! Alright Apple!

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5 years ago

Tuesday Fun: Dilbert Digs His Smartphone... Too Much?!

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Tuesday Fun: Dilbert Digs His Smartphone... Too Much?!

Thanks to Matt from NokiaExperts.com for pointing us to this! Nice break from the drama of the day, Dilbert style...

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5 years ago

App Story: Human Weather Rejected for Twitter F**k, Implemented Filter, Now in App Store (NSFW-L)

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App Story: Human Weather Rejected for Twitter F**k, Implemented Filter, Now in App Store (NSFW-L)

Following up on the story about Tweetie 1.3 being rejected because an Apple reviewer saw the word f**k in the Twitter Trends tab, developer Crowded Road contacted us with the story of their app, Human Weather, which was initially rejected by Apple for a similar reason: someone happened to have dropped the f-bomb in the Twitter-stream while it was being reviewed.

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5 years ago

$200 iTunes Gift Cards on Sale for $2.60 (Ok, Not Really...)

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$200 iTunes Gift Cards on Sale for $2.60 (Ok, Not Really...)

Ok, well Apple is really not selling $200 iTunes gift cards for only $2.60 so keep dreaming. But according to Music Ally Chinese "pirates" have hacked the algorithm that generates the iTunes gift cards and so now fake cards are flooding the market for as low as $2.60 in China. When we say flooding we literally mean flooding the Chinese market:

Apparently six months ago, a $200 card went for around 320 RMB (roughly $47), but the price has since plummeted to around 18 RMB ($2.60) as more sellers pile in.

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5 years ago

Amber Alert App Approved by App Store

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Amber Alert App Approved by App Store

Wow, alliteration much? Not sure if it was just a delay (as Apple seems mostly impervious to pressure from the web or customers, open letters included), or some bizarre equal and opposite reaction to Tweetie 1.3 being rejected, but AppleiPhoneApps.com is now reporting that Jonathan Zdziarski’s AMBER Alert app has (finally?) been approved and published to the iTunes App Store:

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5 years ago

Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning "Offensive Language" in Search Results (NSFW-L)

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Tweetie 1.3 Rejected by Apple for Returning "Offensive Language" in Search Results (NSFW-L)

So, who could it be running the approval process for the iTunes App Store at Apple? Hmm. Tough one. Let us put on our little thinking caps here for a moment.... SATAN?!

No, of course, not, nor the Church Lady from SNL, but it must be someone equally cartoonish, how else do we reconcile the App Store rejecting Tweetie 1.3 for containing "offensive language" in search results returned from the public Twitter "Trends" rankings? (via Twitter)

We can search for all manner of unholy pr0n in Mobile Safari, should Apple Reject their own core application because of what it may return as well? Are they expecting developers to become censors and str the fck out of words the way Apple.com does? (see below).

Of course, this could just be one rogue App Store review processor gone horribly wrong, but Apple still bears responsibility for a totally opaque, seemingly capricious review process that creates incidents just like this -- over and over again.

They're likely selling enough fart apps and games to make this a small problem from their end, but they're losing badly when it comes to the good will of truly innovative developers and bleeding edge techies who form the core of any true next-generation platform.

Wake up, Apple. You're better than this.

(And good luck to Tweetie developer Loren Brichter on getting Tweetie 1.3 approved -- as it should be -- and into all of our waiting iPhones quickly!)

Screen shots showing the rejected "language" in Tweetie and others for the sake of comparison after the break (NSFW-L)...

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5 years ago

TiPb Speculates: Could Apple be Developing a Netbook with Detachable Tablet Display?

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TiPb Speculates: Could Apple be Developing a Netbook with Detachable Tablet Display?

Okay, technically one was on Monday, but following up the story on Apple ordering netbook-class panels, Dow Jones (via MacRumors) is following up with the always popular anonymous sources, said to be two people close to the situation:

The mini laptop computers will likely have monitor screens that are between 9.7-inches and 10-inches, one person, who declined to be named, said.

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5 years ago

Apple Lays off 50 Enterprise Sales Staff

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Apple Lays off 50 Enterprise Sales Staff

With record quarters and more money in the bank than... well, many banks, it's hard to see Apple getting hit by "hard economic times", but according to CNet, they either are, or are preparing to be:

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5 years ago

CEOh-Snap-Back! Palm Retracts McNamee's iPhone Attacks!

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CEOh-Snap-Back! Palm Retracts McNamee's iPhone Attacks!

Ouch! According to PreCentral.net, Palm has just given uber-investor Roger McNamee the PR equivalent of the Price-is-Right FAIL buzzer. Bum-Bum-Ba-Bum-Bowwwwwwww...

Much of it is numbers and analyst based, but a few gems glare out, especially #5, #8, and #9. Words like "premature" and "withdrawn" are used. Double ouch.

Read the whole post for a great daily dose of schadenfreude.

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5 years ago

Quick App: Coffee Buzz=coffee+twitter

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Quick App: Coffee Buzz=coffee+twitter

Coffee Buzz is a fun little coffee app for $.99 from the App Store. If you like coffee, location services and twitter, this is a great tool for you!

Coffee Buzz works like this: you have a list of people everywhere and nearby that are drinking coffee. You can tap on their name and the app will tell you where they are and what they drank. One of a couple of the nice enhancements in the new version is that you can create your own coffee drink and edit a location name. You can also use the app to search for local coffee places. So, if you are stuck somewhere and need a coffee fix, this is a handy app! It links the phone number, address and Google Maps; very convenient.

Do you use twitter? You can enter your twitter username and password to post what your drinking and where you are at. In today's world of tweets and status updates, this is a very welcome addition.

If you are looking for simple app to share your coffee lust, you can't go wrong with Coffee Buzz.

TiPb's Rating:

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5 years ago

Monday Fun Video: Melinda Gates HAS an iPhone (Spoof) -- NSFW-L

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5 years ago

Updated with Video! iPhone Prototype Revealed on Ebay!

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Updated with Video! iPhone Prototype Revealed on Ebay!

Lookee what Mobile Crunch has found, two early prototype iPhones are up for grabs on Ebay! Both a working model and dud (non-working) models can be yours... if the price is right!

The seller seems to have done his research, too. Based on the serial numbers, the working protoype was built in week 49 of 2006 while the dud was pushed off the factory line the following week. The OS that’s running is 03.06.01_G. Official iPhone OS that launched was 03.11.02_G. Bidding ends on March 11th and the highest bid is currently $315.

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5 years ago

UPDATED! Pre-Verts? Pre-Jects? Or Just Pre-Mature? TiPb and CrackBerry.com Want to Know!

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UPDATED! Pre-Verts? Pre-Jects? Or Just Pre-Mature? TiPb and CrackBerry.com Want to Know!

I wasn't at CES with CrackBerry Kevin and Smartphone Expert Dieter. I was at Macworld getting, you know, iPhone news. But even TiPb couldn't ignore the Pre and it's former-iPod/iPhone team designed goodness. So tempting is the Pre, in face, that we suspect iPhone and BlackBerry loyalists alike might stray from the fold to at least try it out come launch day (whenever that is). So, the question becomes, what to call them roving polygadetists? What matches up with CrackBerry or the Jesus Phone?

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