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6 years ago

UPDATED! Google Using Private API's For Advanced Voice Search?

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UPDATED! Google Using Private API's For Advanced Voice Search?

UPDATE: iPhone dev extraordinaire Erica Sadun investigated over at Ars and found the following: Google is both linking to Private Frameworks and using unpublished APIs. While the latter is likened to jaywalking, the former is apparently a ban-worthy offense. Yikes. Check out her complete investigation for more. And now that it's public, the question shifts to what if anything Apple will do about it? Cave to Google over a killer feature and betray the confidence of other developers, or yank Google's app, alienating a huge (if guilty) partner and likely creating another furor among users?

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6 years ago

BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G Browser Battle!

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BlackBerry Storm vs. iPhone 3G Browser Battle!

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6 years ago

Today on the Forums: Mac or PC?, iPhone and Cheating, and More Yahoo Push Issues!

Today on the Forums: Mac or PC?, iPhone and Cheating, and More Yahoo Push Issues!

Lately the forums have picked up quite a bit of traffic so we have been getting more and more good conversations. Today on the forums is no exception.

First up we have forum regular cjvitek. More than likely if you are reading this you have your own iPhone, well what is your choice of computer? Mac? Windows? Chime in and vote in the poll!

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6 years ago

Apple Trying to Offer More DRM-Free Music on iTunes?

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Apple Trying to Offer More DRM-Free Music on iTunes?

According to CNet (via Apple Insider), Apple is in talks with the remaining 3 out of the Big 4 record labels who still refuse to allow iTunes to sell DRM-free music.

Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and Sony BMG currently provide DRM-free music to rival services like Amazon MP3 as a way to promote competition to iTunes, though the lack of availability of these services outside the US, along with iTunes continued (and growing) dominance in digital music, may be causing them to rethink that position.

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6 years ago

Crosswords vs 2 Across: iPhone App vs. App

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Crosswords vs 2 Across: iPhone App vs. App

I love me some crossword puzzles. You can keep your silly Sudoku, I played enough logic games getting my philosophy major from a department that didn't go for them crazy postmodern language games (seriously, the folks at St. Thomas love them some logic). I love having crosswords on my smartphone because it's the perfect 'quick game' app: you can spend two minutes or twenty on them, there's many new and free ones available every day, and they fend off cognitive decline in old age (Seriously, speaking of Catholics, look into the "nun study").

Anyway, point is I want my crossword puzzle app to be awesome. So this week's App vs. App is crosswords. Today's contestants: 2 Across (1.2.2) by Eliza Block and Crosswords (1.13) by Stand Alone, Inc. Which one will better serve your word-puzzle fetish? Read on!

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6 years ago

[Sponsored Post: SmartphoneOutlet.com - Accessories at the Lowest Prices!]

[Sponsored Post: SmartphoneOutlet.com - Accessories at the Lowest Prices!]

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Did you ever wonder what happens to the items that were returned to a store after the box was opened? BIG SAVINGS is what happens!

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6 years ago

Round Robin: Help Android Casey in the Forums for Another Chance to Win an iPhone 3G!

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Round Robin: Help Android Casey in the Forums for Another Chance to Win an iPhone 3G!

[This is an official Smartphone Experts Round Robin post! Every day you reply here, you're automatically entered for a chance to win an iPhone 3G, Case-Mate Naked Case, and Motorola H9 Bluetooth Headset! Full contest rules here!]

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6 years ago

Top Paid App in App Store: Ocarina

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Top Paid App in App Store: Ocarina

To all of the Nintendo Zelda fans out there, this one is just for you. Smule has the number one paid app in all of the App Store currently with Ocarina. [iTunes Link] For $.99 you can really impress the ladies while playing songs from your iPhone/Ocarina! ;)

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6 years ago

Still Want MMS if It's a Carrier App? (Telia Sweden Rumor)

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Still Want MMS if It's a Carrier App? (Telia Sweden Rumor)

Daring Fireball links to a translation of a Swedish MacWorld rumor (Google translation) that quotes Telia as saying as MMS app would soon be available for the iPhone. Phew! Broken telephone much? Tries to clarify Gruber:

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6 years ago

Quick App: WaKi SNAP! for the iPhone

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Quick App: WaKi SNAP! for the iPhone

Nelson wrote in to tell us a little about WaKi SNAP!, a new game now available in the iTunes App Store:

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6 years ago

Updated! Google Mobile App Now Includes Voice Search

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Updated! Google Mobile App Now Includes Voice Search

Update: The App Store is now pushing out the update. Enjoy!

NOTE: If you don't see the microphone icon immediately in the top right corner, tap the Settings button at the bottom right, and switch the slider to "Enabled".

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Well, it's definitely later than last Friday, but it doesn't look like anyone, including Apple, delayed this long: Google's Mobile App (iTunes link) now includes the much talked about Advanced Voice Search feature... sorta.

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6 years ago

NumberKey: Turn Your iPhone Into a Numeric Keypad for Your Macbook

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NumberKey: Turn Your iPhone Into a Numeric Keypad for Your Macbook

You work with numbers all day long, your Macbook lacks the numeric keypad... Frustrated much? I'm sure that can be very inconvenient, that is until now.

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6 years ago

Forum Review: SushiTime for the iPhone

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Forum Review: SushiTime for the iPhone

SushiTime Forum Review by msbaylor. (Visit the thread for video and more pics. For more Forum Reviews, see the TiPb iPhone App Store Forum!

So you go to a new sushi restaurant in town, you think, "man I bet they have an awesome yellow tail roll here". You are seated at a table by the beautiful waitress, you open the menu, and low and hold...the menu uses terms that you know nothing about. You think to yourself, "I could ask the waitress, but then she'll think I'm stupid!" That's when it hits you, only the night before, you downloaded Sushi Time to your iPhone. With Sushi Time, you realize, "I don't have to be a sushi pro to eat like one! Sushi Time will demystify many common terms found in sushi restaurant menus as well as fill in gaps for sushi connoisseurs."

So you whip out your iPhone and startup Sushi Time, you scroll down the list to lookup up the word "fugu" your finger shakes with excitement as you realize you are so close to revealing the secrets of the name...You tap it and the app reveals a tile with a picture, hey you "realize that looks like yellow-tail"...

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6 years ago

State of the Apps: PCalc Hits 1.2, Dirty Tactics, and a Warning to Developers: Charge More for Apps!

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State of the Apps: PCalc Hits 1.2, Dirty Tactics, and a Warning to Developers: Charge More for Apps!

TiPb has been exploring issues surrounding the App Store, especially how developers can earn a living, the various attempts to market apps in a sporting manner, as well the gaming and foul play going on.

In the bright lights category, developer James Thomson (ha! spelled it right that time!) has taken a decidedly humorous approach with the launch of his updated PCalc 1.2 (iTunes link) calculator app:

I think we got off to a bad start last time with version 1.1. It was my fault entirely. I came out with this big release I'd spent months on, sent out my press releases, and not a soul ran a story with the exception of that nice Mr Gruber fellow [Although TiPb did run an interview -- thanks again, James!]. Sales were quite poor and we both said some things we regretted in the morning.

But I understand, don't worry. You're tired of the deluge of iPhone press releases, and everything you see just starts to look the same after a while. I didn't do anything to make it an interesting read and, let's face it, I'm kind of fighting a losing battle with a calculator which - I'll be the first to admit - is next to the flashlights and to-do list apps in terms of reaching saturation point on the store.

Not quite. I rock PCalc on my iPhone, with narry a flashlight in sight!

While PCalc chose humor, some others have gone decidedly darker...

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6 years ago

'Uno' for the iPhone Now Available in App Store!

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'Uno' for the iPhone Now Available in App Store!

Fans of the classic card game, Uno, rejoice... the game is now for sale in the App Store! Gameloft brings us Uno in all of it's glory along with a multiplayer mode! (Online via 3G or WiFi)

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