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6 years ago

MobileMe Windows Control Panel Panic

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MobileMe Windows Control Panel Panic

Another day, another potential problem with MobileMe? Fair enough, some Windows users were made a little hyper-sensitive a while back when Apple included Safari as a pre-selected update alongside Windows iTunes 7.6. An uproar arose, and Apple responded by shifting Safari slightly downward and into its own section.

Now comes word that iTunes 7.7 installed a MobileMe section into Windows Control Panel (similar to the Quicktime section) -- whether you use MobileMe or not.

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6 years ago

Must Read: RIM Developer Eyeing the iPhone

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Must Read: RIM Developer Eyeing the iPhone

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6 years ago

Review: Seidio Slim Rubberized Hard Case for the Original iPhone

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Review: Seidio Slim Rubberized Hard Case for the Original iPhone

The Seidio Slim Rubberized Hard Case for iPhone is available here at the Phone different Store for $29.95.  With so many choices to protect and stylize your iPhone, how does this case measure up?  Read on for the full review!

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6 years ago

Got Jailbreak? Don't Care About TOS? Get iPhone 3G Tethering!

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Got Jailbreak? Don't Care About TOS? Get iPhone 3G Tethering!

Depending on your carrier, their terms of service (TOS), and your willingness to break said terms and face possible consequences including death-by-over-billing, you can now tether you newly pwned/jailbroken iPhone 3G to your laptop to share the mobile 3G internet connection anywhere and everywhere you go (your coverage area, of course, may vary).

The process is a little involved, according to Macrumors (via Cre.ations.net):

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6 years ago

Apple Posts 3rd Quarter Results: Hello Halo Effect?

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Apple Posts 3rd Quarter Results: Hello Halo Effect?

We told you that today's earnings would be thin on iPhone details and that is definitely the case. Apple's just posted their 3rd quarter results and the results are: dizzang!

Dig the full results (minus the legal speak) after the break. Here's the short version: a record number of Macs were sold, just shy of 2.5 million, which works out to about 41% growth year over year, 43% revenue growth. That's ALottaMacs, friends, and it helped Apple hit a quarterly profit of over a billion dollars on $7.46 billion in revenue -- both significant increases over the same quarter last year. Margins were down a hair, but whatev -- Apple's selling Macs, dig?

We can't wait to see what the financial results are for iPhone sales (they'll come next quarter), but we have a sneaking suspicion that numbers like these mean that the just-dandy sales for iPhones 2 quarters ago have translated into quite a few people getting interested in replacing a PC with a Mac. As Mac-users ourselves, we welcome you folks to the fold. Are you a recent switcher? Was it the Halo effect? Is your new iPhone 3G spotting a shiny halo that has you thinking Mac for your next purchase?

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6 years ago

A Sad Un-Re-Boxing: How to Repair Your iPhone via FedEx

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A Sad Un-Re-Boxing: How to Repair Your iPhone via FedEx

My iPhone 3G, 16gb in the white flavor, has hardware issues. As I reported in our forums, it started with the volume-down button not working, and then the issue seemed to spread to volume up, the ringer switch, and the sleep button. A full restore from iTunes didn't save it -- confirmed hardware. Having no Apple Store nearby, I decided to give Apple's phone support a try. Twenty minutes on hold and a few questions later, they sent me a box. The procedure is very simple, read on for the mini-gallery and return process details.

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6 years ago

Got MobileMe Email Problems?

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Got MobileMe Email Problems?

In the continuing saga of the launch that's more and more like a sputter (though hopefully not a full crash and burn, right Apple?), MobileMe is reporting:

1% of MobileMe members cannot access MobileMe Mail. We apologize for any inconvenience.

TUAW is saying that the problem might be (or getting ready to become), larger?

Personally, I'm having NO PROBLEMS whatsoever. Email, fine. Push, fine. Web access, fine.

How about you?

Is the faulty launch making everyone hyperaware and quick to find (and post) problems? Or is MobileMe really cursed by scaling bugs?

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0: Mobile Safari Browser Speed Boost!

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iPhone 2.0: Mobile Safari Browser Speed Boost!

Between the time you click a link and a web page finishes loading on your iPhone, there are many factors that ultimately decide just how fast that process will be, including connection speed (2.5 G EDGE/3G HSDPA/WiFi) CPU speed, and rendering engine. Like desktop Safari, Mobile Safari uses Apple's open source WebKit rendering engine, and it seems like for 2.0, WebKit has gotten its turbo on, especially in handling Javascript. Says Daring Fireball:

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6 years ago

Lightning Review: MLB At Bat

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Lightning Review: MLB At Bat

Masseym drops our latest Lightning Review, for MLB At Bat ($4.99 at iTunes), which we publish today even though masseym clearly was trying to play this Minnesota boy's heart by using a Twins game in his screenshot. We're publishing Lightning reviews of iPhone apps nearly every day, write your review in our forums and you'll get a chance to win a 25% off coupon to our iPhone accessories Store. Click here for full details!

As an avid baseball fan (ok, just the Mets) living in Texas, I was excited when MLB announced their app. I could see the strike/ball/out counts live and then watch highlight clips from anywhere in the world! What an exciting application.

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6 years ago

App Preview: Friend Book Photo Dialing, Contacts, and Management for iPhone

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App Preview: Friend Book Photo Dialing, Contacts, and Management for iPhone

Friend Book envelopes and extends the iPhone's built-in Contacts app. Divided into three parts, a photo contact viewer and manager, a wireless contact exchanger, and photo dialer, it gives contacts some fabulous new abilities, though sometimes at the expense of quirky new constraints.

Note: I grabbed Friend Book pretty much the instant it was released on the App Store. Since then, it's been taken down to address an issue with contact permissions but should return shortly. If any functionality changes in the re-release, I'll update here.

Read on for the walkthrough, after the break!

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6 years ago

Apple's Financial Results Tonight Will be Light on iPhone

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Apple's Financial Results Tonight Will be Light on iPhone

MacRumors is reporting that tonight's financial results from Apple aren't going to contain a whole lot of crunchy iPhone goodness. The news is based on a Bloomberg report that points out that Apple's last quarter ended before the iPhone 2.0 software update was available, Apple doesn't count those sales towards revenue. Likely if they had, they might have had to go all Sarbanes-Oxley on us and charge for that update. That might be fine for iPod owners, but iPhone owners have had enough of hidden costs lately.

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6 years ago

Updated: 2.0 Pwnage Live-er!

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Updated: 2.0 Pwnage Live-er!

UPDATE: Pawnage has been updated to address some of the problems users faced over the weekend, including better discovery of the boot loaders, creation of the devices folder, etc.

Original post:

Starting with the cryptic announcement "We love Sundays. We think you will too", the iphone-dev-team followed up quickly with the words many (including all those with unsupported countries and carriers) have been waiting clamoring for:

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6 years ago

WARNING: Don't Fall for Fake Apps!

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WARNING: Don't Fall for Fake Apps!

Proving once again that nothing enables crooks more than the internet, Gizmodo is warning iPhone app-seekers to steer clear of scams:

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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, July 19th Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, July 19th Edition

Not evil twin to theiPhoneBlog.com Week in Review, not an invasion by Fake Steve, This Week in Smart Phone Schadenfreude brings you all the feel-better news you need about the smartphone world outside Apple’s current media dominator. (Who knew there was such a world? We were just as surprised! Inelegant, interface challenged, keyboardy, crashy, single-touchy place — best not to linger…). Join us as we mock review the big news from last week at our sister sites. Everybody loves sibling rivalry!

This week: Blackberry device outages, Android SDK, Palm launches Treo 700 v3

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6 years ago

Rocky Launch + Botched Authorization = 4 Month of MobileMe FREE!

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Rocky Launch + Botched Authorization = 4 Month of MobileMe FREE!

MobileMe: We've already told you about the less than silky smooth launch, the about-face on "push", the exorcising of the "Exchange for the Rest of Us" slogan, and the apology letter from Apple that saw everyone -- even people on the 2 month free trial -- get a FREE month of service tacked on for good measure. What more could go wrong?

How about botching the credit card authorization process and having to issue a second apology letter and offer an additional FREE month?

Yup. Scaling any business, even one as tightly run and usually incredibly well managed as Apple is a nightmare, and it looks like what with simultaneous iPhone 3G, iPhone 2.0, App Store, and MobileMe launches in up to 20+ countries at the same time is causing some cracks in Apple's traditionally glossy shell.

Temporary bump or signs of things to come on the road to 10 Million iPhones and ever-growing Mac sales?

Full text of Apple's second apology letter after the break!

Thanks to Ryan for sending it in!

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