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6 years ago

iPhone 3G's 3rd Sensor? Another Proximity Sensor

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iPhone 3G's 3rd Sensor? Another Proximity Sensor

There have been reports that the iPhone 3G was sporting a third sensor on the face of the phone. Well the details have come out and it's a...second proximity sensor! Yep, no front-facing camera, just another feature we already had.

I assume you are a little disappointed in the news, but for what it's worth, the second proximity sensor will provide better accuracy compared to the original iPhone's one proximity sensor get up. It's supposed to improve the iPhone's face proximity detection and well 2 is better than 1 right?

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6 years ago

Weekly Web App Review: PocketVidz

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Weekly Web App Review: PocketVidz

You know what the iPhone popularized? Not just iCloning. Not just multi-touch. Not just visual voicemail. What I’m talking about is watching video on your mobile device. Youtube was integrated into the iPhone from the beginning and well, most other mobile users were jealous.

But the iPhone has so much more video potential than just Youtube. As popular as Youtube is, there are other video sites out there. Take the webapp PocketVidz for example, they have thousands of videos available for your iPhone, sized and optimized for your viewing pleasure. What is the selection like? Should you try it out?

Read on for the rest of the review!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Canada: It's What They Don't Say That Might Kill It

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iPhone 3G in Canada: It's What They Don't Say That Might Kill It

We mentioned yesterday that the Canadian Government was poised to bring down the DMCA hammer on us humble citizens, handing the reins of power more overtly than ever to Big Media and Big Telco.

Not so, says the Government, listing off ways in which their new bill is mildly less offensive than it's American progenitor, but I'm struck by what they don't mention. Will cell phone unlocking, including iPhone 3G unlocking, be made illegal? And what about DVD ripping? Can I not take a movie I pay money for and put it into iTunes so I can watch it on my new iPhone 3G? And why, to balance the rights you're stripping from Canadians, have you not long ago introduced a bill to prevent GSM monopolies in the telco industry from charging Canadians among the highest prices in the world for data?

How about that?

(Read on for the full text of the Canadian Government's preemptive email blast)

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6 years ago

Tip o' the Week: It's About Time!

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Tip o' the Week: It's About Time!

Time.  There's never enough of it, we're always running out of it, we can't make more of it, and we spend loads of cash on devices to help us manage it.  How often do you use your iPhone to help you manage your time better?  Sure, there's a calendar.  But what about the Clock app?  How often do you use it to set alarms?  What about the stopwatch -- only good for timing your running or swimming laps?  

Speaking of time -- it's time for this week's Tip, so take a little of your time now and read on about using your iPhone Clock!

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Italy: Pre-Order Now, No Contract Needed!

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iPhone 3G in Italy: Pre-Order Now, No Contract Needed!

In sharp contrast to how the North Americans have started off, the Europeans (yup, including the UK) seem to be handling the whole iPhone 3G "second coming" with a lot more grace and -- frankly -- customer care. Witness Vodafone on the iPhone in Italy:

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6 years ago

Review: WebSearch, Native App-a-Week

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Review: WebSearch, Native App-a-Week

Safari on the iPhone is the best mobile internet experience in today’s market bar none. It is as much intuitive as it is pretty which makes for a superb user interface and browsing experience. But one complaint I had with Safari was the lack of quick search tools. If you ever used Sogudi or Saft on the desktop Safari, you know that it makes Safari an even more powerful web browser.

WebSearch on the iPhone comes from a similar mold. Because in Safari the default search engine is Google (you can also switch to Yahoo! in the settings) it kind of limits the specific searches you might need. Especially considering the slow pace of EDGE, quick searches in the wild can often be cumbersome. Well with WebSearch you are allowed quick easy access to the searches you want. How does it perform?

Read on for the rest of the review! (and remember you'll need a jailbroken iPhone!)

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6 years ago

TomTom on iPhone: Not so much now?

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TomTom on iPhone: Not so much now?

Hoo doggy. First we thought that we were definitely getting TomTom for the iPhone, giving us 3D, realtime navigation. Then we heard that the iPhone SDK explicitly prohibits just that sort of application. We weren't worried, though, because TomTom told us we'd get it and we, you know, trusted them.

Whoops.

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G: It's Not About TCO, It's About ROI

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iPhone 3G: It's Not About TCO, It's About ROI

I should have put this into my post yesterday about the Top 5 Reasons I'm SO Upgrading to the iPhone 3G, but it didn't completely sink in until just now that this was really an issue for some people. It was that off my radar -- but I guess it shouldn't have been, given this is the blogsphere.

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6 years ago

Jobs Speaks! PA Semi to Replace Infineon and Bump Intel off iPhone Roadmap?

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Jobs Speaks! PA Semi to Replace Infineon and Bump Intel off iPhone Roadmap?

We reported, and reported again, and pondered, and speculated some more about Apple buying Palo Alto Semiconductor (PA Semi), but now Steve Jobs himself has put the rumors to rest with a pretty clear statement as to his intentions:

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Canada: $199 + 3 Year Contract + Illegal to Unlock?!

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iPhone 3G in Canada: $199 + 3 Year Contract + Illegal to Unlock?!

Although Rogers Wireless, the GSM monopoly and hence both de facto and exclusive iPhone 3G carrier in Canada has yet to announce rate plans for Apple's second generation data monster, they have let slip the following in their PR:

Starting July 11, iPhone 3G will sell for $199 for the 8Gb model and $299 for the 16Gb model, on a three-year plan.

That's right, 3 (three!) big years for the contract as opposed to 2 years in the US, or 18 months and even Pay-as-You-Go in Europe. Who said we were the new world?

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6 years ago

Safari 4 to Take Aim at Flash, Beef up Web 2.0 Apps

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Safari 4 to Take Aim at Flash, Beef up Web 2.0 Apps

Hot on the heels of the just released Safari 3.1, some of whose features are reportedly trickling down to baby brother MobileSafari on the iPhone 2.0 firmware, Apple has reportedly begun seeding early builds of Safari 4 (5526.11.2) to developers.

The big news? WebKit's screaming fast SquirelFish Javascript engine is a go, and 53% faster, which will be huge for Web 2.0 apps like Google's... and the newly announced MobileMe service from Apple, of course!

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6 years ago

iPhone SDK Agreement - Not So Much With the Real Time GPS?

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iPhone SDK Agreement - Not So Much With the Real Time GPS?

Well now, we told you that TomTom is bringing full-on, real GPS driving to the iPhone, but apparently they're going to be the exception that makes the rule. Engadget has dug into the developer agreement for the iPhone SDK and came across this little nugget related to what developers can and cannot do with the Location services:

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6 years ago

TiPb vs. TiPb: Top 5 Reasons I'm SO Upgrading to iPhone 3G

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TiPb vs. TiPb: Top 5 Reasons I'm SO Upgrading to iPhone 3G

Now that the iPhone 3G has been officially announced and the details have been released, we are holding the first ever: TiPb vs TiPb. In the two articles we will detail reasons why we SHOULD upgrade and why we SHOULDN'T upgrade to the iPhone 3G. No hard feelings, No blood spilled, just good old fashioned point-by-point debate.

My first computer was an Apple II. Sure, I flirted with DOS (KDS 7860!), then had a fling with an Amiga before falling in with Windows 3.1 through Vista (now tucked safely away in a VM). But even in the Dark Days, I had a Mac Performa for a while, and now for the last year, I'm back on Mac full time. I say this to show that I don't believe in being loyal to company that just sees me as cash. I believe in a company being loyal to me if they want my cash. They have to earn it. And the moment another company, platform, car manufacturer, game system developer, or cola maker does a better, more innovative job earning my cash -- they get it.

So, for me, just because Apple released a new iPhone didn't mean they "had me at 3G". If they wanted my cash (and my enslavement to a carrier -- more on that later), they had to wow me.

And wow me they did.

Read on the top 5 reasons you SO need to upgrade!

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6 years ago

Phone different Podcast 20 - WWDC Special Edition

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Phone different Podcast 20 - WWDC Special Edition

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6 years ago

TiPb vs TiPb: Top 5 Reasons Why I'm NOT Upgrading to iPhone 3G

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TiPb vs TiPb: Top 5 Reasons Why I'm NOT Upgrading to iPhone 3G

Now that the iPhone 3G has been officially announced and the details have been released, we are holding the first ever: TiPb vs TiPb. In the two articles we will detail reasons why we SHOULD upgrade and why we SHOULDN’T upgrade to the iPhone 3G. No hard feelings, No blood spilled, just good old fashioned point-by-point debate.

More so than any other Apple release, the iPhone 3G was probably the worst kept secret in the history of Apple. There was plenty of speculation, some wild (video conferencing) and some tame (black casing). Some were right, some were wrong.

I flagrantly participated in the rumorpalooza. I was excited for every nugget of news even though it didn't contain a kernel of truth. So maybe I hyped myself into thinking the iPhone 3G was going to be the be all, end all device that the iPhone was. After my initial excitement subsided, I realized, hey, the iPhone 3G isn't a necessary upgrade! I could wait a little until all the kinks are worked out, so these are the 5 Reasons Why I’m NOT Upgrading to the iPhone 3G.

Read on for the 5 Reasons to NOT upgrade!

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