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5 years ago

Opera Mini for iPhone: good for extremes, not extremely good

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Opera Mini for iPhone: good for extremes, not extremely good

So we've had a couple of days to play with Opera Mini for iPhone and it's clear why the new proxy browser is so divisive -- it's got a fantastic feature set, and is fast for people on slow EDGE connections and cheap for people on roaming data, but its UI is kludgy, it doesn't render HTML as well as Safari, and it has trouble with dynamic websites.

Whether you love it or hate it will likely depend on a couple of things:

  • If you roam a lot
  • If you're on 2.5G/EDGE a lot
  • If you love Opera's features like in-page search and speed dial
  • If you don't mind weird interface behavior like popping zoom and crazy scroll
  • If you're not a typography nut whose eyes bleed at poorly rendered Helvetica
  • If you're not an HTML aficionado who notices things like missing rounded corners and imprecise box-models
  • If you're not interested in the upcoming HTML5 video support and don't mind getting redirected to Flash videos which won't play either

The more of the above that applies to you, the more you'll want to keep Opera Mini handy. And hey, even if none of it applies to you, it's free so you can stick it on a back page (or in an iPhone OS 4 folder) for emergencies.

It's also a 1.0 release, so Opera will no doubt improve it going forward. Either that or complain to the EU and try and force a browser-ballot onto the iPhone... (We kid! They invented tabbed-browsing, we heart them!)

How's Opera Mini working for you?

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5 years ago

Rogers announces iPad 3G plans coming end of May

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Rogers announces iPad 3G plans coming end of May

Hot on the heals of Apple's international iPad delay, Rogers in Canada also announces that they'll be providing iPad 3G pricing plans at the end of May. And that's pretty much verbatim:

Rogers today announced that it will offer iPad price plans for all models from the end of May in Canada.

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5 years ago

Vodafone UK and O2: iPad 3G price plans coming end of May

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Vodafone UK and O2: iPad 3G price plans coming end of May

Well as long as Apple has delayed their international iPad rollout until the end of May, Vodafone might as well announce on Twitter that they'll be providing 3G data plans to go with them, right?

Dedicated iPad price plans for all models available at the end of May. Get the best browsing experience on UK’s best network.

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5 years ago

Apple delays international iPad rollout until end of May, pre-orders to start May 10

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Apple delays international iPad rollout until end of May, pre-orders to start May 10

Apple has just announced they are delaying the international release of the iPad by a month, from the end of April until the end of May, with pre-orders beginning May 10.

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5 years ago

Quick review: Flight Control HD for iPad

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Quick review: Flight Control HD for iPad

Firemint's Flight Control HD for iPad [$4.99 - iTunes Link] let's you try your luck at setting the flight path of dozens of aircraft and getting them to their designated landing areas. Seems simple but as the number and variety of airplanes and helicopters increase so does the difficulty -- and the fun.

They say air traffic control is one of the most stressful jobs in the world, and as we found out in our interview with Firemint at GDC, that's exactly where the idea for the game came from.

On the iPad, just like the iPhone, you use your finger to trace the path of the plane to its landing strip and ensure that it does not crash. You have 8 single player maps, 10 aircrafts and the choice of single play or multiplayer. Want to play a friend on the same iPad? You can choose between co-op or vs. modes. Have two iPads? Play over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The game also offers fast forward for those impatient types (me!) and even a 3D map (bring your own glasses!).

Flight Control for the iPad is the perfect game when you need a bit of distractions from life's stresses... by taking on the stress of air traffic.

Check out the video after the break and tell me if I should have made another career choice...

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5 years ago

Quick Review: Apple iPad Case

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Quick Review: Apple iPad Case

Apple debuted their iPad Case [$39.00 - Apple Store link] alongside the iPad itself, and had it available for sale the very same day. An elegant black folder with subtle Apple logo meant to cover your iPad like a book, let it stand like a picture frame, or prop it like a keyboard. An attempt at both form and function. Attempt being the key word.

The material is "soft touch" -- designed to make it tackier and easier to grip -- and it really does make the iPad less-likely to slip from your hands or off you lap. However, as much as it sticks to you, dirt seems to stick to it. Smudges, streaks, and light colored stains cling to the thing.

There are the usual cutouts for buttons and rockers, speakers and mics, but a curious ridge that runs along the side almost as though no trimming was done at the factory. It's obviously meant to be there but it's annoying and oughtn't be.

A small flap on the back lets you tuck the cover in to create the triangular structure needed to stand it up in picture/movie mode or raise it up in typing mode. It fits well and securely.

Steve Jobs has reportedly responded to criticism of the case with a quick "we like it", and I guess we like it too -- we just don't love it.

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5 years ago

Fring, Slacker, TeleNav, NAVIGON comment on Apple's iPhone 4.0 multitasking

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Fring, Slacker, TeleNav, NAVIGON comment on Apple's iPhone 4.0 multitasking

The first of Apple's big iPhone OS 4 announcements was multitasking, and the first set of multitasking announcements were APIs to let streaming music (think internet radio), location services (think navigation, check-in games, social networks), and VoIP services (think internet telephony) register threads in the background. For users this means you can keep listening to your songs, getting your turn-by-turn directions, and answering your virtual phone all while surfing the web or playing a game.

To find out what it means for developers, we asked some. Read what they had to say after the break!

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5 years ago

Regarding rumors of Adobe preparing to sue Apple

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Regarding rumors of Adobe preparing to sue Apple

Just when you think the internet can't take any more crazy it laughs, loosens its belt another notch, and unleashes something like ITWorld's story about Adobe getting ready to sue Apple over the iPhone's lack of Flash support or the iPhone OS 4 SDK prohibiting cross-compilers, or Canada winning Olympic hockey, whatever.

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5 years ago

TiPb Give-Away: 15 MusicSkins for iPad

TiPb Give-Away: 15 MusicSkins for iPad

MusicSkins, who makes some of the hottest skins around, has just unveiled their new line up for the iPad. Among the high quality, perfectly rendered skins are some of your favorite artists including The Beatles, Black Eyed Peas, Jay Z, AC/DC, Rihanna, Madonna, Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, Kiss, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift and more. They're easy to apply to the back of your iPad so you can get just the custom look you want.

What's more -- to celebrate the unveiling, MusicSkins has kindly offered to give away 15 of their MusicSkins to our TiPb readers! Just head on over the the TiPb Forums and tell us which MusicSkin you most want for your iPad. (Check the link above to see the selection).

The give away starts now and ends Sunday, April 18th at 12pm PST. We’ll randomly pick the winners and let you know via PM (so be sure to check your messages!).

More MusicSkins for iPad pics after the break!

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5 years ago

iPhone OS 4: iPod application includes hidden automobile integration

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iPhone OS 4: iPod application includes hidden automobile integration

Another gem of a feature has been discovered in iPhone OS 4 - dedicated support for in-car systems. This new feature allows an iPhone or iPod to generate an on-screen menu that is fed via a video out to your car using IAP (iPod Accessory Protocol). Your device then becomes a remote control.

Now with some states banning the use of cellphones while driving we are not too sure how good of an idea this is for anyone but passengers. Regardless, it suggests that Apple may soon introduce their own car kit. The ability to connect our iPhone or iPod (or iPad) to a car-kit to gain full access to the vehicles complete audio libraries sounds pretty cool to us.

Would any of you be interested in a Apple Car-Kit? Sound off in the comments!

Video after the break!

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5 years ago

Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G

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Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G

If you have been in search of a tough case that offers dual layer protection while keeping a slim profile the Case-Mate Hybrid Case for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G [iMore Store Link - $29.95] may just be the case you have been looking for. For the full review follow us after the break!

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5 years ago

Where did file sharing go in iPhone 3.2 and will it come back for iPhone OS 4?

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Where did file sharing go in iPhone 3.2 and will it come back for iPhone OS 4?

9to5Mac casts a spotlight on the file sharing feature shown off during Apple's iPad Announcement event back in January as part of iPhone 3.2 for iPad... and how it was mysteriously gone come launch day, April 3.

Given the current kluge that is getting files onto and off of the iPad file sharing seems like a fairly important feature to suddenly go missing.

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5 years ago

How does your iPad usage differ from your iPhone usage?

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How does your iPad usage differ from your iPhone usage?

For those of you who have both an iPad and an iPhone or iPod touch, how does you usage differ between those two devices?

It's been just over a week now and I'm finding that I grab the iPhone for quick, on the go and interstitial activities and the iPad for slower, more relaxed and deliberate activities.

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5 years ago

Updated: Apple releases New MacBook Pros [Apple Online Store down!]

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Updated: Apple releases New MacBook Pros [Apple Online Store down!]

UPDATE: Nothing for iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad owners to see here... unless you're also in the market for new Core i5/i7 MacBook Pros. Apple's got your press release and new MacBook Pro product pages ready. Now how about those international iPad pre-orders?

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5 years ago

Opera Mini for iPhone Approved, in App Store now

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Opera Mini for iPhone Approved, in App Store now

Opera has just announced that their Opera Mini browser for iPhone has been approved [Free - iTunes link]. According to Engadget, it's already popping up in some international App Stores and should/could be in your App Store any time now. Update: looks like it's live now, go get it!

Opera Mini likely received approval because it's not an actual web rendering, JavaScript processing engine like Safari (or Firefox, IE, Chrome, etc.) but a proxy-browser. All the rendering and processing is done on Opera's servers and then compressed and sent to the app for display.

This also means it doesn't use as much data, and can thus usually display web pages faster and with slower data connections than a full-on browser -- especially useful for people on roaming data rates or on EDGE connections.

It breaks SSL encryption by necessity however (https sites), so while you may want to use it to traveling the outskirts, you'll like want to avoid it when mobile banking downtown.

(You also might want to use it for it's on-page text search feature -- something even iPhone OS 4 still lacks.)

Let us know when Opera Mini appears in the App Store for you, and if you try it, what you think of it. Video of Dieter checking out the pre-release version after the break!

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

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