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5 years ago

Apple Begins 10K Count Down to 10 Billion iTunes Music Downloads

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Apple Begins 10K Count Down to 10 Billion iTunes Music Downloads

Apple has begun a countdown to it's 10 billionth (that's right, 10,000,000,000) iTunes music download, and to celebrate they're giving away a $10,000 dollar gift card.

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5 years ago

Review: ScreenGuardz Privacy Screens for iPhone

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Review: ScreenGuardz Privacy Screens for iPhone

NLU Privacy ScreenGuardz [$19.99 - iMore Store link] come from the same folks who make BodyGuardz and represents the first -- to my knowledge -- 4-way privacy screen for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS.

I had the chance to see the ScreenGuardz at CES in January, and was able to test it out throughout Macworld 2010, and it works well. (And yes, they had a picture up for an iPad screen already!)

4-way refers to both vertical and horizontal privacy, meaning that when your iPhone is in portrait or landscape mode, the field of view is obscured to the degree that while you can still see it, anyone sitting next to you trying to spy on you can't. It looks either mostly or completely black to them, depending on the viewing angle.

In terms of drawback, while the view from the front remains clear it does look slightly darker (think Avatar 3D glasses) so you may want to pump up your brightness slightly to compensate. Also, if you want to let the person next to you see your iPhone -- to watch a movie or help with Maps directions, for example -- you're out of luck. There's no such thing as selective privacy!

Application is simple and the case is thin, though you'll feel a slight ridge around the Home button cutout.

If you have sensitive information on your iPhone, or just don't appreciate snoops on the plane, train, or bus (or the desk next to you!) then it's definitely something to check out.

For more, check out the video from Macworld 2010, after the break, where NLU installs a ScreenGuardz on my iPhone (and yes, it stopped Leanna from peeking over my shoulder completely!

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5 years ago

Microsoft's Office Suite Coming to iPad?

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Microsoft's Office Suite Coming to iPad?

According to the gadget website T3, Microsoft Senior Product Manager Mike Tedesco recently let it be known that the Seattle based company is currently toying with the possibility of creating a version of their Office suite for Apple's iPad.

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5 years ago

TiPb Apps #1.1 -- AppCubby talks GasCubby, TripCubby, and HealthCubby at Macworld 2010

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TiPb Apps #1.1 -- AppCubby talks GasCubby, TripCubby, and HealthCubby at Macworld 2010

David Barnard of AppCubby talks to TiPb about GasCubby [$6.99 - iTunes link], TripCubby [$6.99 - iTunes link], and HealthCubby [$6.99 - iTunes link]... and shares his iPad thoughts! at Macworld 2010.

Video after the break!

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5 years ago

Quick App Update: BeejiveIM for iPhone Updated to v3.2

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Quick App Update: BeejiveIM for iPhone Updated to v3.2

BeejiveIM [iTunes Link - $9.99] has always been one of TiPb's favorite IM clients and it continues to impress with the release of version 3.2. This application is arguably one of the finest IM clients currently available for the iPhone and iPod touch and with the following enhancements it's hard for anyone to dispute.

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5 years ago

iPhone made Bill Gates Say "Oh my God", iPad Makes Him Rehash iPod Dismissal

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iPhone made Bill Gates Say "Oh my God", iPad Makes Him Rehash iPod Dismissal

Of course if BNET asks Bill Gates about rival Steve Jobs' latest creation, the iPad, he'll have to dismiss it in public -- to do otherwise wouldn't be in service of Microsoft. What's more telling is his confession about the iPhone (infamously banned at his house) some three years later:

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5 years ago

Gates/Allchin Email: iTunes "Smoked" Microsoft, Caught them "Flat Footed"

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Gates/Allchin Email: iTunes "Smoked" Microsoft, Caught them "Flat Footed"

Former Microsoft CEO, Bill Gates, and Windows Vista honcho, Bill Allchin, had an email exchange back in 2003 when Apple launched iTunes and were rather candid about how well Steve Jobs put it together, and how badly Microsoft was caught off guard.

Gates says Microsoft was caught "flat footed". He also praises Jobs and doubts the subscription model Microsoft now uses for the Zune HD:

Steve Jobs ability to focus in on a few things that count, get people who get user interface right and market things as revolutionary are amazing things.

[...] With the subscription who can promise you that the cool new stuff you want (or old stuff) will be there?

Allchin was much briefer:

  1. How did they get the music companies to go along?

  2. We were smoked.

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5 years ago

Apple Releases Apple TV 3.0.2 Update

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Apple Releases Apple TV 3.0.2 Update

Apple has released a software update for the Apple TV, bringing their set-top box up to version 3.0.2. No word yet on what it includes -- and I won't be able to test mine until Sunday -- so if you find anything, let us know.

(9to5mac suggests it's to tie in the new wave of photo-related updates)

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5 years ago

FT: Apple to Test $1 iTunes TV Downloads with iPad Launch?

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FT: Apple to Test $1 iTunes TV Downloads with iPad Launch?

Financial Times is reporting that Apple might just be set to test drive $1 iTunes TV downloads as part of their iPad launch in March:

Some television networks agreed to the lower prices after months of negotiations, and having initially resisted Apple’s push. Media executives are under pressure from declining DVD sales and cut-rate rental services such as Redbox, that offer rental DVDs for $1.

Not all networks say they've been approached, and being networks some may still refuse, but if the test is successful they'd be complete idiots not to jump on board (which means, of course, some won't).

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5 years ago

Apple: Want to Stream Video Over 3G? Use HTTP and Have a 64 Kbps Option for the Network

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Apple: Want to Stream Video Over 3G? Use HTTP and Have a 64 Kbps Option for the Network

Apple's latest bulletin via the iPhone Developer News feed highlight how we really might see 3G connected SlingPlayer -- and even Hulu -- on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad without melting the cell towers, courtesy of HTTP Live Streaming:

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5 years ago

Adobe Says 7 Million iPhone OS Users Tried to Download Flash -- Would Hulu App Fix That?

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Adobe Says 7 Million iPhone OS Users Tried to Download Flash -- Would Hulu App Fix That?

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, according to Adobe 7 million iPhone and iPod touch users attempted to download Flash in December, well over the 3 million who tried back in June. We wonder how many of those were for Hulu, and whether rumors of a Hulu app for iPad would change them significantly?

Engadget feels that both Apple and Adobe's competition (competing smartphone platforms that will soon include Flash 10.1, and competing video and rich-content delivery systems from HTML5 to Silverlight which now streams H.264 to the iPhone) are the only ones who will benefit.

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5 years ago

TiPb at Macworld 2010 -- Yes. iPhone Live! Tonight -- No :(

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TiPb at Macworld 2010 -- Yes. iPhone Live! Tonight -- No :(

Sad news, TiPb-verse, but with yours truly at Macworld and Dieter on his way to Mobile World Congress, we're not able to do iPhone Live! tonight. However, we'll make it up to you with lots of great coverage of both events and huge show next week.

We'll be kicking things off tonight with the Indie Dev Spotlight, Macworld media preview, and 148apps.com iPhone App Awards. If you want live updates, I'll post whatever I can to my twitter feed @reneritchie and round it all up for you later tonight right here on the main page.

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5 years ago

E&B Company eCopilot Leather Pouch Case for iPhone

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E&B Company eCopilot Leather Pouch Case for iPhone

The E&B Company eCopilot leather side pouch for the iPhone, [$29.95 - iMore Store link] has a sophisticated style and classic appearance. The case is made of a durable leather outer shell and has a soft cushioned interior lining. The horizontal pouch opening has a magnetic binding which makes it easy to open and close and yet is strong enough that it will not open on its own.

For more about this case, pictures and what is Project Pink, join us after the break...

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5 years ago

From the Forums: iPhone Backup, Buying iPad, Jailbreak, Purchase New iPhone?

From the Forums: iPhone Backup, Buying iPad, Jailbreak, Purchase New iPhone?

From the Forums is a great way to see what all of the current hot topics are on the TiPb forums. In order to create any new threads of your own or reply to any of the existing threads, you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is a simple process that will only take a few minutes out of your day, so if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now!

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5 years ago

AT&T Navigator for iPhone Updated to v1.5i

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AT&T Navigator for iPhone Updated to v1.5i

Yesterday Navigon MobileNavigator received a pretty nice update, today Telenav released a update of their own for AT&T Navigator that includes some very nice new features. They are as follows:

  • Shake-to-Go(tm): Users can now shake their iPhone at any time while in an AT&T Navigator menu screen and it will automatically initiate a route to a pre-designated "home" address the user has set.
  • Speed Limit Display & Alerts: Navigation screen includes speed limit information and provides visual alerts if the limit is exceeded.
  • Last Trip Origin: Once a trip is completed, users can easily return to the origin of their last trip by accessing the "Recent Places" menu.
  • Nighttime Maps: The brightness levels of map screens are adjusted for nighttime driving for easier viewing.
  • Improved Route Avoidance Options: Drivers may now choose to avoid routes that make use of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes or choose to avoid routes that include toll roads.
  • Improved Pedestrian Mode: Users will be able to clearly identify when they are navigating in pedestrian mode with the introduction of a new pedestrian icon on the map screen.

AT&T Navigator version 1.5i is now available to download within the App Store. The app is free to download with a subscription cost of $9.99 per month, or $69 for a year.

Check out this latest version in action after the break!

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