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6 years ago

iPhone 3G Testing Episode 2: Revenge of the Swedes

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iPhone 3G Testing Episode 2: Revenge of the Swedes

When the Swedish engineers over at Bluetest revealed that, when measured at their facilities, the iPhone 3G radio performed roughly the same as 3G handsets made by Sony Ericsson and Nokia, some (including a few of TiPb's own, very astute, commenters!) cried foul. Not ones to be dissuaded by a little doubt, however, the Swedes brought in some of the people who complained about 3G reception problems, and put their iPhones to the test.

The results? According to Apple Insider, pretty much the same as before:

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6 years ago

Why the UK was Wrong to Ban the iPhone "Just the Internet" Ad!

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Why the UK was Wrong to Ban the iPhone "Just the Internet" Ad!

Casey already told us about how an iPhone ad was banned in the UK for "misleading consumers" about providing "just the internet", and based on how many ZOMG! No Flash Vidz! comments we get, I'm going to go out on a limb and say most people probably share the belief that MobileSafari - ( Flash + Java) != the internet.

Fine.

But allow me to retort. As a long time web (and Flash) developer, however, I'm calling shenanigans on that, and on the UK Advertising Standards Authority. Flash and Java are factually and empirically NOT part of the open, standards based Internet (i.e. HTML, CSS, Javascript/AJAX). Flash and Java, along with things like SilverLight, Real, ActiveX, and a host of other proprietary add-ons are plugins, extensions, and otherwise additions to the Internet -- with all the benefits and drawbacks that go along with that.

Like what? Read on after the break!

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6 years ago

iPhone Analyst vs. Magic 8-Ball: Munster and Rose Edition

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iPhone Analyst vs. Magic 8-Ball: Munster and Rose Edition

Welcome to the first in a new series from TiPb, where we take the often outlandish, sometime surreal predictions of iPhone analysts and pundits, blogeratti and the 'net elite, and compare them to the potentially equally precise prognostications of a... magic 8-ball (running on an iPhone, of course!)

This edition kicks off with Gene Munster, who boldly states Apple will sell 13 million iPhone 3Gs this year, and 45 million next.

Magic 8-ball? "Most likely"

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6 years ago

Gigantic Security Flaw Uncovered in 2.0.2 (updated)

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Gigantic Security Flaw Uncovered in 2.0.2 (updated)

Gizmodo has uncovered what can only be described as a gigantic, huge, and completely embarrassing security flaw on the iPhone.

If you have your iPhone 'locked,' it can be circumvented very easily with very little trickery aside. On the 'lock' screen, you can still make an emergency call. When you tap that, you can then double-tap the home button to bring up your favorites (assuming you have that set).

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6 years ago

AT&T Releases New (Still Expensive) Roaming Data Plans

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AT&T Releases New (Still Expensive) Roaming Data Plans

Have an iPhone on AT&T and want to travel internationally without re-mortgaging your house to pay for the data roaming? You're in luck... mostly. Engadget says the USA's exclusive iPhone carrier has just released two new plans to help mitigate your risk: $119.99 for 100MB and $199.99 for 200MB.

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6 years ago

iPhone UK Advertisement Banned For Misleading Consumers

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iPhone UK Advertisement Banned For Misleading Consumers

The Advertising Standards Authority, which we at TiPb are going to (foolishly) assume is the executive power of advertisements across the pond, has deemed an iPhone Advertisement as misleading in the UK. The sticking point? When Apple said:

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6 years ago

BeejiveIM (JiveTalk) coming to the iPhone? Sounds Good, Looks Better

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BeejiveIM (JiveTalk) coming to the iPhone? Sounds Good, Looks Better

If you've never played around with BeeJive's JiveTalk, boy, you don't know what you're missing! Even though third party apps such as AIM and Palringo are available, I still prefer the look and feel of the JiveTalk WEB APP. I'm sure Crackberry Addicts can attest to JiveTalk's IM supremacy. And you know what? BeejiveIM (formerly JiveTalk) is coming to the iPhone and from the looks of it, seems to better than ever.

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G Bling Edition

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iPhone 3G Bling Edition

Think your iPhone 3G needs some sprucing up? Hate that the chrome bezel of the iPhone 3G scratches too easily? Well, for those who are wealthy beyond even the most wildest dreams, you can now get the diamond edition of the iPhone 3G. With only 50 being made worldwide, it'll cost $10,000 for the first 10 customers with the other 40 being priced at a later point.

Here's the lowdown on the diamonds:

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6 years ago

Apple Sends Out iPhone 3G Customer Satisfaction Survey

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Apple Sends Out iPhone 3G Customer Satisfaction Survey

Apple, via Medallia, is sending out customer satisfaction surveys:

Thank you for your purchase of the Apple iPhone 3G. We would like to ask you a few questions about your experience with your new phone. [...] The information you provide will be used to improve our product support. We will not use your responses to sell you products or services.

Questions include where you've gone for iPhone help (cheat sheet: TiPb!), whether you've returned your handset to your carrier for repair or replacement, whether you primarily use Windows or Mac, whether you primarily use your iPhone for work or play, whether it's your first Apple product, and general demographic info.

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6 years ago

T-Mobile Announces 120,000 iPhone 3Gs Sold!

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T-Mobile Announces 120,000 iPhone 3Gs Sold!

T-Mobile CEO Hamid Akhavan, speaking to Focus, revealed that Big Magenta(TM) has sold 120,000 iPhone 3G units since it went on sale July 11. The breakdown included 75,000 for Germany with the remainder being gobbled up in the Netherlands and Austria.

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6 years ago

AT&T CTO Talks Network Fixer-Upper Plans

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AT&T CTO Talks Network Fixer-Upper Plans

Last week Apple and Infineon were getting all the heat for shoddy 3G performance. Now AT&T is getting its share of the blame with a dizzying array of combinations. First it was Wired's fairly damning survey and the Swedish antenna tests that pointed further fingers at the network, and now Gizmodo head-honcho Brian Lam has had the chance to chat with AT&T CTO John Donovan:

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6 years ago

Apple Releases Safari 4 Developer Preview

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Apple Releases Safari 4 Developer Preview

What is it? The latest build of Apple's next generation desktop browser, based on their Open Source WebKit framework. Why do we care? Because the very same framework powers the desktop version's baby brother, MobileSafari on the iPhone, and while the 2.0 firmware brought some improvements to the latter, we ain't seen nothing like 4.0 yet.

Quoth Apple Insider:

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6 years ago

PwnageTool 2.0.3 is Available to Jailbreak 2.0.2

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PwnageTool 2.0.3 is Available to Jailbreak 2.0.2

Cool. Who else loves this cat and mouse game that Apple and the iPhone dev team have with one another? First one goes and the other quickly follows, you gotta admit, at the very least it makes for good theater. At best? Well, a jailbroken iPhone of course!

This time around 2.0.2 has been pwned and is available to us via Pwnage Tool 2.0.3. It's Mac-Only so Windows users will have to use QuickPwn. PwnageTool 2.0.3 includes the newest build of Installer.app. Heads up to those waiting for QuickPwn to come to the Mac (I am), they state that it's about a week away.

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6 years ago

More From Kevin: New iPods on Sept. 9 + iTunes 8 to Include Recommendations

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More From Kevin: New iPods on Sept. 9 + iTunes 8 to Include Recommendations

Following up his big blog rumor-fest with an appearance on This Week in Tech (TWiT), Kevin Rose filled in a few details, including that the supposed new Nano, face-lifted iPod Touch, and 2.1 firmware (presumably) would drop on September 9 at a Special Apple Event (or perhaps that the invitation for the special event would be issued on the 9th, it wasn't crystal clear).

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6 years ago

Wired's 3G Study Blames Carriers for Problems + Swedish Antenna Test Confirms?

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Wired's 3G Study Blames Carriers for Problems + Swedish Antenna Test Confirms?

Remember the Wired.com Global iPhone 3G Study Casey posted about a week or so back? Well, the results are in, and Wired's conclusion is interesting to say the least:

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