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6 years ago

iPhone is the New Fashion (or Buh-bye Moto)

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iPhone is the New Fashion (or Buh-bye Moto)

The iMac case went from white plastic to aluminum and glass, and the iPhone went from aluminum and glass to black plastic. Or white plastic to show off you got a premium 16GB version, just like the high-end MacBook is only in black.

None of that is coincidence. As technical advances slow and feature creep becomes more of a crawl, electronics is shifting from being all about the speeds and feeds and becoming more about the fashions and faux-pas.

Apple knows this and a new study shows consumers are driving it:

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6 years ago

This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, June 21st Edition

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This Week in Smartphone Schadenfreude, June 21st Edition

Not evil twin to theiPhoneBlog.com 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!

In this week's edition: Blackberry iClone's visual voice mail -- but don't make them angry! Windows Mobile 6.0 ready to crash already frozen Treo 800wx's, and can Centro has future?

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6 years ago

iPhone to iRobot Pakbot: Control is Mine!

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iPhone to iRobot Pakbot: Control is Mine!

Ah, the loss of innocence. From Nerf football to Nerf rocket launcher. From lego robot to military mecha. From humble revolutionary phone to... the next Skynet?

Well, the first tiny step at least, as architects of the impending Matrix enterprising developers Rodrigo Guiterrez and Jeff Craighead have gotten full Pakbot control via the iPhone over WiFi, including live streaming video.

Speaking of video, check theirs out after the break! (Before John Conner gets to them 'natch).

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6 years ago

iPhone Risk: Chinese Connection Come August?

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iPhone Risk: Chinese Connection Come August?

China might just be getting itself some iPhones! Oh, sure, there are already tons of iPhones in China -- almost a cottage industry of them -- but this time we're talking official from Apple, no unlock needed, spiffy new iPhone 3Gs. In China.

Not from China Mobile, who's off again, off again relationship with Apple is well documented, but from competitor China Unicom. Maybe even by August!

Hen Hao!

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6 years ago

AT&T Paying Apple $325 to $425 per iPhone 3G in Subsidies?

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AT&T Paying Apple $325 to $425 per iPhone 3G in Subsidies?

The original iPhone 8GB launched with a hefty $599 price tag, though it dropped to $399 a short time later. Though contract details were never disclosed, some pundits and analysts have estimated that AT&T paid Apple up to $15 per month, per customer, in revenue sharing. Over the life of a 24 month contract that would be an additional $360 for a grand total of $959 (later $759) per iPhone!

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6 years ago

Patent Watch: Apple Preparing for iPhone Nano?

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Patent Watch: Apple Preparing for iPhone Nano?

First came the iPod, then came the iPod Nano. Well, okay, there was the intermediary Mini, but that's neither here nor there. Eventually -- and currently -- there was -- and is -- the Nano. So it should come as no surprise that ever since Steve Jobs dropped the iPhone bomb back at Macworld 2007, people (and analysts, who may still technically be people?) have been predicting an iPhone Nano.

And now some Apple patents have been revealed which may just bring it a few technical hurdles closer to being!

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6 years ago

Tip o' the Week - iPhone on Mars?!

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Tip o' the Week - iPhone on Mars?!

Is there an iPhone on Mars?  No, not exactly.  Nor have we found little green men on Mars, either.  Although if we did, would they be toting iPhone 3Gs?  If it were up to Jobs they would (how 'bout a game of Interstellar Risk, Rene?).  Unless you've been living in a cave (a la Bin Laden), you've likely heard of NASA's recent success landing the Phoenix Mars lander.  The lander is equipped with shovel and soil analysis equipment to seek out ice, water, life, etc.

Even though iPhones aren't on Mars (yet!), you can use your iPhone to get the latest news and mission status of the Phoenix Mars lander.  Toughturtle.com,  a developer of several other iPhone web apps, has given to us the Phoenix Mars Mission web app for the iPhone.  Keep reading to learn more about this week's Tip!

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6 years ago

AT&T Developing GPS & Yellow Pages Apps for iPhone

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AT&T Developing GPS & Yellow Pages Apps for iPhone

The status of the TomTom GPS app may still be up in the air, but we'll still have Google Maps for turn-by-turn directions (albeit not in 3D and without voice prompts). Looks like we may to have another option, too, an AT&T-Branded "gps enabled application." So says an AT&T insider who adds that in addition to the GPS app, AT&T is also developing a "yellowpages.com mobile" app as well.

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6 years ago

Updated: iPhone 3G in Canada Redux: Are These the (Much More Expensive) Real iPhone Data Rates?

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Updated: iPhone 3G in Canada Redux: Are These the (Much More Expensive) Real iPhone Data Rates?

This morning I mentioned the so-called "leaked" Rogers memo, which outlined almost find-and-replace identical data plans to those AT&T is offering for the iPhone was too good to be true, and now Kevin from our sister-site Crackberry.com brings us a Rogers presentation which puts another nail in the "we hope for fair data rates" coffin:

Non-flex plan: $15 for 2MB (hitting the YouTube button once?), $25 for 4MB, $30 for 300MB, $60 for 1GB, $80 for 3GB, and $100 for 6GB?!

Flex plan: $50 for 500MB, $65 for 1GB, $85 for 3GB, and $100 for 5GB?!

(Remembering the US in $30 for UNLIMITED!)

A 5GB cap, similar to caps some European countries have put in place for the iPhone 2G is annoying enough, but charging 3.33x more money along with the cap? Outrageous.

Kevin points out that Rogers currently charges $60 for 25MB, and this is better. But being slightly less @#$%-up is not really better. Sadly, unlike Vader or the Hulk, my hatred renders me no more powerful.

I hope these aren't the iPhone rates. I hope we get something better. But this stinks to high heaven of Rogers historical behavior, and there's no better indicator of future behavior than that.

UPDATE:

Engadget Mobile is saying there will be exclusive plans for the iPhone on Rogers.

X1Zero over on the iPhone in Canada forum has posted the following under "tasty" news, based on what he claims is new Rogers training material:

Here were the prices listed for [iPhone] plans [including voice and data]: "$60, $65, $70, $75, $80, $85". What I gather from this is as long as you have at least a $30 voiceplan, you then pick your poison of either $30 or $45 iphone data, and youre golden.

Gander at the original Rogers slide in question (after the break)...

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6 years ago

Mo' Camera Mo' Better? For the iPhone, Maybe Not...

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Mo' Camera Mo' Better? For the iPhone, Maybe Not...

Long and loud have been the voices berating, bemoaning... begging even for some little extra bit of camera love from the iPhone. We're not even talking video here (though conflicting rumors coming out of WWDC, via TWiM, suggested Apple either thinks no one wants video, or were working on it for a future release...). We're talking about plain old, plainly old, still photography.

Nokia N95 has a Karl Zeiss 5.0 megapixel auto-focusing lens, right? Sure, it's built like a Soviet tank, but Apple could at least bump the pixel count on the measly iPhone camera, right?

Wrong!

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6 years ago

Updated: iPhone 3G in Canada: Regarding that Probably Fake Leaked Rogers Memo...

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Updated: iPhone 3G in Canada: Regarding that Probably Fake Leaked Rogers Memo...

There's a memo being circulated everywhere from TiPb's comments to some of the biggest sites on the blogsphere, that purports to contain leaked information on Rogers -- the GSM monopoly with de-facto exclusive iPhone 3G rights in Canada -- rate plans, including data rates, which have historically been a HUGE issue for Canadians.

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6 years ago

iClone Attack: Samsung Instinct drops to $129.

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iClone Attack: Samsung Instinct drops to $129.

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6 years ago

Citrix Gets XP up on the iPhone... Blue Screen to Follow?

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Citrix Gets XP up on the iPhone... Blue Screen to Follow?

Windows users love them their XP. No matter how prettier, more secure, and better architected -- though admittedly heavier -- Vista may be, the PR problems round Microsoft way have made it seem like every user is desperate to keep XP running on everything from their server farm to UMPC.

And now thanks to the folks at Citrix -- who rumor has it know Windows at the they-contributed-towards-the-kernel level -- could the iPhone be next?

Well, technically no. They're not really getting XP to run on Apple's handset, but they are enabling the same kind of remote wizardry they've been doing on the Windows side for years.

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in Canada: Rogers Says Data Rates Might Be Slightly Less Ridiculous?!

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iPhone 3G in Canada: Rogers Says Data Rates Might Be Slightly Less Ridiculous?!

Sure, those on the twisty-turny AT&T train have looked on at free iPhones in the UK and €1 iPhones in Germany with some lust in their wallets. We get that. But those of us in Canada gaze longingly at all of your clear plans and reasonable data rates with something akin to battered-consumer syndrome.

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6 years ago

iPhone 3G in the USA: AT&T Family Talk Plan Info

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iPhone 3G in the USA: AT&T Family Talk Plan Info

While confusion still looms over who is eligible and at what price for iPhone 3G upgrades, never mind how high the unsubsidized price will eventually soar, AT&T may have clarified what families have to look forward to:

Family Talk plans ARE available. Voice plans start at $39.99 a month (same as the regular one-line starting plan) and additional lines will be $9.99 a month. AT&T's expecting lots of Family Talk Plans this time around because of the $199 price point.

Makes sense. But howsabouta family data? $30 a pop still per phone?

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