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5 years ago

EA to Unleash Sims 3 for the iPhone this Summer!

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EA to Unleash Sims 3 for the iPhone this Summer!

Hey iPhone users, not enough excuses yet to abandon real life and run down your battery? Never fear, EA is here! Seems the uber-developer is readying a release of Sims 3 for the iPhone (and iPod Touch). Says TUAW:

it's set for an almost simultaneous release on PC, Mac, the iPhone and the iPod touch. The popularity of iPhone apps may have done what Mac gamers couldn't do for years: convince developers that releasing their games simultaneously on Mac and PC was worth it.

PC version set to ship June 2. No release date for the iPhone version yet, but EA claims Summer 2009.

Anyone here eager to get their Sims on?

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5 years ago

Patent Watch: iPhone Dock and Battery Swaps?

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Patent Watch: iPhone Dock and Battery Swaps?

Apple patents are strange and mysterious things. Like sums over futures, they give us a peek at thousands of strands of potentiality, but no clue about eventuality. In other words, Apple patents tons of stuff, most of which we never see in actual consumer products. Some of these, however, are pretty interesting looking. The Register says:

One of the applications describes a "host machine" - looking much like an iMac in the accompanying drawings - that has battery-charging slots built into its body.

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5 years ago

Forum Review: eMees Avatar Creator for the iPhone

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Forum Review: eMees Avatar Creator for the iPhone

eMees Avatar Creator Forum Review by cjvitek For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum Review Index!

I have a Wii, and one of the most enjoyable things (surprisingly) that I do with the system is created the Miis. And now, Mii creation comes to the iPhone!

eMees is a tool to create avatars for the iPhone. Once you create an avatar, you can save it to your photo roll, and you can even assign it to one of your contacts as their photo! As someone who doesn’t have any photos associated with contacts, this is a nice feature to have!

The concept behind eMees is the same idea as creating a Mii on the Wii. You choose various features – like head shape, hair pattern, eyes, lips, eyebrows, etc) to combine into a face. You can also adjust the color, and for some items (like nose, eyes, eyebrows) you can adjust the size, orientation, and horizontal or vertical position. Combine these features and you have a lot of flexability in creating an avatar, and as you practice and get more talented, you can get quite good at creating avatars that start to look like the intended target!

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5 years ago

Google Books Now Also Optimized for iPhone!

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Google Books Now Also Optimized for iPhone!

Sure, we lost iGoogle, but we gained Gmail Tasks, have been promised Google Latitude, and now have been served up a piping hot portion of Google Books optimized for the iPhone.

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5 years ago

What Do You Want to See in MobileMe 2.0?

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What Do You Want to See in MobileMe 2.0?

MobileMe was announced by Steve Jobs and demonstrated by Phil Schiller at WWDC 2008. Tagged originally as "Exchange for the rest of us", a disastrous launch -- where Apple tried to do too much at once, including the iPhone 3G, iPhone OS 2.0, and the App Store -- and a problem with early computer-side syncing forced them to downgrade the promise of "push" to more of a gentle "nudge".

Fast forward 6 months and MobileMe has grown through its pain becoming almost, though not quite, everything Apple promised it would be at WWDC. Web-based email, contacts, and calendar are synced in near-real time to and from the iPhone and the Mac (Windows mileage may vary). Photos function, and iDisk is beefier, but still functionally on par with its .Mac roots.

But what do the next 6 months hold? If we get new iPhone hardware in June, and iPhone OS 3.0 along with it, could Apple be ballsy enough to try and give us MobileMe Take 2 at the same time? And if they are, what do we want to see in it?

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5 years ago

iTunes Crashing After iPhone 2.2.1 Update?

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iTunes Crashing After iPhone 2.2.1 Update?

So today I had a bit of a scare. I went to sync my iPhone 3G with my Macbook and noticed when I'd plug in the phone it would say it is syncing while iTunes simply showed nothing -- no kind of response whatsoever. Yes, everything is up to date on my Macbook so that was not the problem. After a few reboots of the Macbook and iPhone the same behavior still continued like clockwork.

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5 years ago

TiPb Give Away: 10 Copies of HanDBase for iPhone... for FREE!

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TiPb Give Away: 10 Copies of HanDBase for iPhone... for FREE!

HanDBase should be familiar to the hardcore mobile data crunchers among us: it puts relational database management in your pocket. Now the fine folks at DDH Software have not only brought it to the iPhone, but they're gracious enough to give it away FREE to 10 lucky TiPb readers!

But wait, there's more: you can score not only the HandDBase iPhone App FREE, but your choice of either PC Desktop + Conduit or Mac Desktop and future conduit.

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5 years ago

More iPhone Goodness Coming to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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More iPhone Goodness Coming to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

We already knew that Apple's next computer operating system, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (estimated for delivery mid-2009) was leveraging some of the amazing work done by the iPhone team, including the highly optimized QuickTime X. Now Apple Insider brings word that things like CoreLocation and more Multi-Touch might be making their way back to the big desktop brother as well:

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5 years ago

Today on the Forums: Most Over-Rated Missing iPhone Feature, Quality of Refurbs, New iPhone, Case Options

Today on the Forums: Most Over-Rated Missing iPhone Feature, Quality of Refurbs, New iPhone, Case Options

We have a few good topics being discussed on the forums today, so lets get right to it.

First up, What is the most over-rated missing iPhone feature? MMS? Copy and Paste perhaps? Something else? Check that thread out and cast your vote!

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5 years ago

iTunes Update: Apple's Refunding Mistakes, Norway's Dropping its Case

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iTunes Update: Apple's Refunding Mistakes, Norway's Dropping its Case

It's been an interesting road since Apple launched iTunes Plus, originally only offering DRM-free music for EMI and independent labels. Now everyone is on board -- or will be by the end of April -- and Apple has righted the wrong of requiring every track to be updated all at once. So what else is going on?

Seems like Apple accidentally charged some upgraders $9.99 to take their albums to iTunes Plus, but Macworld says Apple is making it right:

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5 years ago

iPhone International: Orange Ousted, Arabia Impending

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iPhone International: Orange Ousted, Arabia Impending

2008 has come and gone and Apple is still adding regions and carriers to their iPhone 3G rollout. This time it's the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia according to Macworld:

UAE-based provider Emirates Telecommunications—aka "Etisalat"—will be selling the iPhone and providing service to both countries "later this month." The deal was announced in an advertisement in an English-language paper in the region.

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5 years ago

Survey Says! Help TiPb Help You... er... Help Us!

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Survey Says! Help TiPb Help You... er... Help Us!

Confession 1: our advertiser-overlords have questions about who reads TiPb and what kind of stuff said readers (i.e. you) best like to read about. Confession 2: We, um, are kinda interested in what you want to read about ourselves, so we can make the site better suit your needs.

If you have a few minutes, and would be willing to help us out, we'd mightily appreciate it!

Take the quick, easy TiPb Reader Survey now!

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5 years ago

Lousy iPhone Reception? Want an AT&T Tower in Your House? Meet Femtocell!

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Lousy iPhone Reception? Want an AT&T Tower in Your House? Meet Femtocell!

Mike and Dieter discussed this newfangled tech being offered up by AT&T (and others) called Femtocell during the last Phone different podcast, and our sibling site, WMExperts has posted up the quick and dirty:

AT&T is joining the femtocell bandwagon with their 3G MicroCell. While pricing and availability aren't indicated on AT&T's site, we do know that it will cover up to 5,000 square feet, allow up to four simultaneous, secure voice or data connections, and will require a broadband connection to operate. It is also only compatible with 3G phones.

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5 years ago

Google Taketh iPhone iGoogle... but Giveth Gmail Tasks?

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Google Taketh iPhone iGoogle... but Giveth Gmail Tasks?

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5 years ago

Google Latitude to Let the iPhone Track You and Your Friends...!

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Google Latitude to Let the iPhone Track You and Your Friends...!

The official Google Blog has announced that its location-based Latitude service is on it's way:

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