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5 years ago

2008 TiPby iPhone Editors' Awards

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2008 TiPby iPhone Editors' Awards

Happy New Year and welcome to the iPhone blog's 2008 "TiPby Awards"! This year we're breaking them into two parts: Editors' Awards (below), and Reader's Choice (which is already underway in our forums and will wrap up later in the month). If you haven't voted yet, get on over to the forums and vote now. If you haven't guessed our Editors' Awards... Read on after the break!

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5 years ago

Quick App: MobileFiles Pro Brings Native Excel 2003 Editing to the iPhone

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Quick App: MobileFiles Pro Brings Native Excel 2003 Editing to the iPhone

We've mentioned the original, FREE, MobileFiles application before, which lets you access MobileMe's iDisk via the iPhone. Well, now we've also got MobileFiles Pro and along with the $9.99 price tag comes a killer feature that a lot of productivity mavens have no doubt been waiting for:

EDIT! native Microsoft Excel 2003 documents just as you would on your desktop. Save the edited Excel file on your iPhone, send to your iDisk account remotely, or upload to your desktop using WiFi - all while maintaining perfect data integrity.

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5 years ago

Round Robin Extended: 10 More Days to Win!

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Round Robin Extended: 10 More Days to Win!

The 2008 Smartphone Round Robin was originally scheduled to finish... in 2008! December 31st -- Today!

HOWEVER, by popular demand (read: delayed shipments, holidays, prep work for Macworld and CES, and Kevin escaping from yet another CrackBerry withdrawal facility), we're now giving everyone 10 extra days to win. That's right, from now until January 10th, you can make one more comment/forum post, per thread, per day (including this one!).

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5 years ago

iTablet Rumors Get TechCrunch'ed!

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iTablet Rumors Get TechCrunch'ed!

Not had your fill yet with iPhone nano and iPhone Pro "sliders"? Want even more form-factor furor to fuel your pre-Macworld fires? TechCrunch and the iTablet to the rescue!

We’ve got this from three independent sources close to Apple: expect a large screen iPod touch device to be released in the Fall of ‘09, with a 7 or 9 inch screen. Prototypes have been seen and handled by one of our sources, and Apple is talking to OEMs in Asia now about mass production.

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5 years ago

Reminder: iPhone 3G Unlock Due TODAY!

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Reminder: iPhone 3G Unlock Due TODAY!

Jeremy posted this earlier in the month and linked to the video, and he'll be back again when the iPhone 3G Unlock goes live, but until then, we just wanted to remind everyone (who's never updated their iPhone from OS 2.0!) that today is supposed to be the day!

Well it is now official, the Dev-Team has updated their blog today to let you all know when the iPhone 3G software unlock will be released. Seems as if New Years eve is what they are aiming for.

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5 years ago

Quick App-ocalypse: Fartbox for iPhone... Seriously?

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Quick App-ocalypse: Fartbox for iPhone... Seriously?

And Lo! When Apple opened the 1st seal, "Pull My Finger" was approved. When Apple opened the 2nd seal, "iFart Mobile" earned $10,000 a day. And when Apple opened the 3rd seal, there was silence in the App Store... except for a deafening cacophony of flatulence as Fartbox took to the field of battle.

Mactropolis has all the... graphic details, including sounds and languages (languages!).

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5 years ago

Who Wants an iPhone "Pro" Slider for New Year?

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Who Wants an iPhone "Pro" Slider for New Year?

Form-factor-palooza continues! During the iPhone Round Robin, our best frenemy CrackBerry Kevin spoke extensively about his desire for an iPhone Pro:

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5 years ago

[Sponsored Post: Parrot Minikit Slim Portable Bluetooth Car Kit for iPhone 3G]

[Sponsored Post: Parrot Minikit Slim Portable Bluetooth Car Kit for iPhone 3G]

Sponsored Post: Parrot Minikit Slim Portable Bluetooth Car Kit for iPhone 3G

The Parrot Minikit Slim is a portable Bluetooth hands-free kit sporting a profiled, sleek design.

Thanks to its space-saving design, it offers countless uses: in the car, in the office and at home. Its highly intuitive interface will automatically connect to your Bluetooth phone when nearby. Fixed to the sun visor or laid on a table, it adapts to every environment and can easily be carried around in your pocket.

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5 years ago

iPhone Nano: Clamshell? Fadell's Revenge? TiPb of the Iceberg

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iPhone Nano: Clamshell? Fadell's Revenge? TiPb of the Iceberg

We're coming up on MacWorld awfully quick now (TiPb will be there, natch) and so the rumors are flying. Expectations have been decidedly lower than in years past due to the absence of his Steveness, but there's one persistent rumor that just won't go away: the iPhone Nano.

The universal response to these rumors has pretty much been "Meh." Engadget wants to know what the deal is. Macrumors thinks that it's just case makers riding Apple rumor coattails. Gizmodo doesn't believe either.

The rumor won't die, though, so: what if it were true? What would an iPhone Nano look like?

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5 years ago

On Twitter and SMS and Why it Shouldn't Matter to iPhone Users

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On Twitter and SMS and Why it Shouldn't Matter to iPhone Users

In case you haven't read it already, our editor-in-chief, Dieter Bohn, has an outstanding article up at sibling-site WMExperts highlighting his top 5 reasons Twitter is better than SMS (and vice versa).

There's a lot of intertube fuss about SMS lately, as a recent New York Times article once again shone the spotlight on the disgustingly dirty price gouging (and potential fixing) that goes on when it comes to SMS rates in North America. Basically, SMS (at 160 bytes/characters) is ridiculously cheap for the carriers to transmit, no matter what the scale, and yet the prices have doubled from $0.10 to $0.20 on many networks over the last few years. Voice, by contrast, involves much more data and is much more "expensive" in terms of infrastructure costs. North Americans will pay ludicrous sums of money for "cheap" SMS but not for "expensive" voice, so the carriers take advantage.

Dieter points out that the cost, community, compatibility, control, and context of Twitter give it a clear advantage of SMS, even as the discoverability, dilution of quality, dropping 20 characters, downtime, and potential delays in notification (outside the US) make it still far from perfect.

Flaws and all, Dieter is moving towards Twitter (@backlon) and away from SMS. Am I going to do the same? I already have (@reneritchie) and without really considering it. But here's the thing -- I have considered that not only should I not have to consider it, I don't think any iPhone user should. (Or any @theiphoneblog follower either!)

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5 years ago

iPhone Dev Team Speaks Out

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iPhone Dev Team Speaks Out

For the first time ever, the complete iPhone Dev Team finally got together and met each other face to face. They gathered recently and gave a presentation at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin.

Keep in mind the video is 58 minutes long and they do go pretty deep but it is definitely a interesting thing to check out. My favorite part of the whole thing comes in around the 2 minute 30 second mark: there are 180 IP addresses inside Apple that the Dev Team have tracked who have "updated their quickpwn and pwnage tool on a regular basis".

Very interesting indeed. ;)

[Via Gizmodo]

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5 years ago

Vaja Making the Case for iPhone Nano?

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Vaja Making the Case for iPhone Nano?

Not to be outdone by the Apple media server rumors, the iPhone Nano rears its tiny mutant form again, this time on the website of case-maker Vaja. Does this add weight to the rumor, or simply volume? MacRumors rightly points out:

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5 years ago

Apple Media Server to Give iPhone Content Everywhere?

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Apple Media Server to Give iPhone Content Everywhere?

Another countdown to Macworld, another rumor! This one says that Apple is developing a turbo-boosted version of Time Capsule that would offer HP Media Smart Server-like capabilities. Some of the more nifty, iPhone related features, according to 9to5Mac, could include:

The device will tie in MobileMe with an Apple built-in Dynamic DNS system. For instance, if your MobileMe account was "9to5mac", your domain name would be "9to5mac.me.com". This is how you'd reach your filesystem throughout the Internet. Your media would also reside here. [...] Sharing media with iPod Touch and iPhones both over the Internet and while at home. AppleTV as well.

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5 years ago

Quick 12 Apps of Christmas: We-Envision

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Quick 12 Apps of Christmas: We-Envision

Alan Oppenheimer of Open Door Networks was kind enough to send us the video above from their Christmas Card page. He also provided us with a great background story:

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5 years ago

The iPhone Blog Week in Review for December 29, 2008

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The iPhone Blog Week in Review for December 29, 2008

Every week I will be bringing you what I think are the week’s biggest stories and articles. Let’s get started, after the break!

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