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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, May 11th Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, May 11th Edition

Not evil twin to Phone Different 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!

[Note: Due to the dust settling from our mega-merger -- and our subsequent allergies -- we’re keeping it short this week. Just the low-lights.]

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6 years ago

The iPhone Blog Merges with Phone Different!

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The iPhone Blog Merges with Phone Different!

It's with a lot of excitement and perhaps just a little pride that we're announcing the merger of the iPhone Blog and Phone different!  Now all new, the iPhone Blog's excellent history of covering the iPhone is now fortified with all of the great content originally found at Phone different. Now and during the run-up to the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 2.0 software release, the iPhone Blog features the latest iPhone news, accessory reviews, editorial, commentary, and more.

To celebrate this combination of two great sites,  the iPhone Blog will be giving away great prizes to its readers!  We'll be continuing the very popular iPhone 2.0 Wait-a-Thon, wherein anybody who comments on a "Wait-a-thon" tagged post is automatically entered to win a $100 iTunes Gift card, which we will be giving away every week until the release of the iPhone 2.0 software.  Anytime you see a post with "Wait-a-Thon" in the title, comment for your chance to win!  Click here for the full details.

That's not all, we'll also be giving away an iPhone 3G when it becomes available.  We'll announce the contest details later this week, so watch this space.

Most importantly, though, the iPhone Blog is now the premiere site for you to find all of your iPhone news, tips, how-to articles, and reviews.  We have an incredible team of writers - just check out all the posts from Phone different that have been added to the blog to see what we mean.  We'll also feature a bi-weekly iPhone Podcast. Of course, the Phone different iPhone accessory Store isn't going anywhere, it's still your best source for any iPhone accessory you could imagine.

We're still working some bugs out, so please bear with us as we get everything fully operational.  If you find any dead links, site bugs, or other hassles, please email me directly at dieter@smartphoneexperts.com.  In the meantime, keep an eye out for full-featured forums, web-app reviews, hands-on with jailbroken iPhone apps and also with pretenders-to-the-throne, and much, much more.

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6 years ago

Pardon Our Dust

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Pardon Our Dust

It's been a bit slow here at TiPB, but that doesn't mean we haven't been working behind the scenes for some great stuff for you all. We're going to a little messy this weekend, so please pardon our dust as we make a few changes here and there. If you can't help yourself and don't mind seeing holes in the drywall, you might try stopping by over the weekend to get a hint at the big announcement that's coming on Monday morning.

Big. Giveaways and whatnot. You'll see.

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6 years ago

iPhone Reloaded: Architecting an iPhone Server

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iPhone Reloaded: Architecting an iPhone Server

It is the iPhone, the singular creation upon which Apple's Mobile Wi-Fi platform is predicated. While its primary construct, and ergo heretofore deliberate focus, has been the express realization of an unparalleled client-side experience, it remains at its core irrevocably a UNIX-based operating system and hence capable of infinitely more.

While the sublime profundity of said client-side, and thus end-user, experience continues to approach perfection, anomalous entities -- self-designated 133t hax0rs -- have also succeeded in bending, perhaps even breaking, the iPhone's default parameters with a secondary, decidedly more server-oriented goal, vis-a-vis the porting of Apache, Python, vim, curl, and more apropos this posting: lighttpd.

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6 years ago

Raging Thunder on the iPhone - WOW

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Raging Thunder on the iPhone - WOW

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6 years ago

Review: Case-Mate Signature Series Perforated Leather Case for iPhone

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Review: Case-Mate Signature Series Perforated Leather Case for iPhone

The Case-Mate Signature Series Perforated Leather Case for iPhone ($34.95) is a subtlety styled, high quality leather case that offers nearly full protection for your iPhone. It provides easy access to all buttons and ports on the iPhone and is a breeze to slide in. How does the Case-Mate Case perform?

Read on for the rest of the review!

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6 years ago

Send in the iClones: Philips Xenium x800

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Send in the iClones: Philips Xenium x800

Another day, another iClone! This one comes courtesy of the fine folks at Philips, and Gizmodo shares the duplicative details:

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6 years ago

.Mac To Be Revamped Alongside iPhone 2.0?!

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.Mac To Be Revamped Alongside iPhone 2.0?!

Updating yesterday's story about .Mac getting the push-email treatment in iPhone 2.0, TUAW's tipsters are back with this little gem:

According to our anonymous tipster, .Mac will undergo a complete revamp that will coincide with the iPhone 2.0 launch (which everyone expects to occur at WWDC 08).

Again with the asking and receiving, eh?

Rumored highlights for the updated .Mac include full wireless (cell + wifi?) calendar, contacts, and email (an Apple Exchange anyone?) and .Mac support for -- you guessed it! -- Windows.

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6 years ago

Review: HWpen, Native App-a-Week

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Review: HWpen, Native App-a-Week

Can’t wait any longer for Native Apps? Me neither. (Late) June seems too far away? I’m with you. So why wait, when you can jailbreak! Over the next couple months before 2.0 is released, I’ll give you guys a glimpse into the jailbroken world of native apps every week. Plus: let's face it, Jailbreaking isn't going anywhere. The SDK is awesome, but some people won't settle for anything less than full-on access to all the hidden bits of the iPhone.

With Apple including handwriting recognition for Chinese characters in the latest 2.0 firmware build, I think it’s a great time to see what handwriting apps are currently available for jailbroken iPhones. HWpen is an app made by the developers over at Chinese company Hanwang and it offers handwriting recognition for both Chinese and English. Is it successful? Better than the iPhone’s soft keyboard?

Read on for the rest of the review! (and remember you'll need a Jailbroken iPhone to take advantage of this native app)

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6 years ago

NBC Redux: iTunes No, iPhone Yes

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NBC Redux: iTunes No, iPhone Yes

Well, NBC is still boycotting iTunes, but in a surprising move, they're back on the iPhone (and iPod Touch). How? Streaming live through the built-in to MobileSafari QuickTime player -- take that, Flash snobs! -- and without advertising!

Silicon Valley Insider has the Hulu-trumping details:

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6 years ago

Weekly Web App Review: Hahlo

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Weekly Web App Review: Hahlo

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Do you microblog, A.K.A. Twitter? Tired of using SMS for sending your tweets? Are you looking for another way to interact with Twitter on the go? Look no further than Hahlo. Hahlo is Dean J. Robinson's latest creation; Hahlo is an optimized interface for Twitter using Twitter’s own API’s. This free web app has just reached version 3. So what does Hahlo do for you that SMS doesn’t? Read on to find out!

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6 years ago

Attack of the iClones: Sprint to Spend $100 Million on iClone Advertising!

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Attack of the iClones: Sprint to Spend $100 Million on iClone Advertising!

Either Gizmodo is pulling a CES-TV-Blackout caliber gag, or Sprint has done lost their iCloning minds:

Starting May 9th, Sprint will begin a massive, $100 million marketing campaign aimed straight at the iPhone's nether regions. Stacking its 3G Instinct against the iPhone, Sprint hopes to show that EVDO and GPS make their product way better than anything coming out of Cupertino.

Wha-wha-wha-what?!

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6 years ago

iPhone 2.0: .Mac "Push" Email?

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iPhone 2.0: .Mac "Push" Email?

Ask and ye shall receive, dig deep into the code and ye shall find fresh-baked Apple-y goodness.

No sooner did Apple drop iPhone 2.0 SDK Beta 5, than the developers began scouring it for any hint of what's to come, and as usually TUAW serves up what they found:

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6 years ago

Installer.app Gets Search

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Installer.app Gets Search

I wish therefore I command? I command therefore I receive? iPod therefore ..wait..

Remember last week's review of Installer.app? One of my main complaints about the program was the lack of a search feature. Well, the folks at Nullriver sure know how to treat a blogger, because Installer.app just got an update. And it has a search feature.

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6 years ago

iPhone Risk: Latin American Landslide!

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iPhone Risk: Latin American Landslide!

First Canada, then 10 Vodafone-serviced countries spanning Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, now Engadget brings word that Mexico-based America Movil has announced it will be bringing the iPhone not only to its own home town, but to potentially all the 16 Latin American and Caribbean countries/territories/protectorates it provisions!

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