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5 years ago

How-to Make an iTunes LP for Your Indie Band

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How-to Make an iTunes LP for Your Indie Band

theAppleBlog has put together a nicely detailed, step-by-step how-to for creating your very own -- or your indie band's own -- iTunes LP.

The iTunes LP is the new format Apple has been pushing in iTunes. It’s more like a DVD than anything else. You have menus, music, photos, liner notes and videos. Since this is such a fresh format, not many albums are available in it yet. The good news is, you can make your own.

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5 years ago

Apple Returns Fire, Requests US Import Ban on Nokia Phones

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Apple Returns Fire, Requests US Import Ban on Nokia Phones

Previously, on Patent Wars, Nokia escalated their lawsuit against Apple by requesting a US import ban on virtually every product Apple makes with the International Trade Commission (ITC), and now Apple has responded in kind against Nokia phones.

Yes, phasers and disruptor fire is criss-crossing the legal heavens and photo torpedos are exploding in the silence of judicial space.

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5 years ago

Microsoft Windows Phone HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC HD2 Review from an iPhone Perspective -- Smartphone Round Robin

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Microsoft Windows Phone HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC HD2 Review from an iPhone Perspective -- Smartphone Round Robin

Windows Phone is only slightly better off in this year's Smartphone Round Robin than Palm was last year -- like we substituted in the WinMo Treo Pro for the aging PalmOS in 2008, we're using two heavily HTC-skinned devices as WMExperts entries in 2009 -- the HTC Touch Pro2 and massive HTC HD2.

And I'm melancholy about that, because I kind of liked the unabashedly Windows Mobile tweaky, geeky Treo Pro last year, and was hoping to see a pure Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 device this year. Scrappy, underfunded Palm was able to deliver webOS after all, Google went Android 2.0, and Apple went iPhone 3.0. Instead we got Windows Mobile 6.5, which was decidedly bashed, and the aforementioned HTC Sense UI/TouchFlo shellacked over it -- a UI so opaque I think users might have trouble distinguishing HTC's Windows Phone devices from their Android ones going forward.

But those are the WinPhos we were dealt, and they're certainly tremendous in their own rights. To help me make sense of them (no pun intended), Phil Nickinson went over the finer points for me and the WMExperts Forum members really helped me out.

(And just a reminder, every day you post on that WMExperts thread, or any of the official Round Robin threads, is another day you're entered to win one of six (6!) new smartphones!)

Okay, enough preamble, it's time for the review... after the break!

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5 years ago

What's in Store for the iPhone and iPod touch at Macworld 2010

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What's in Store for the iPhone and iPod touch at Macworld 2010

Macworld 2010 is a reinvention, both for the Mac -- and iPhone/iPod community -- and the event itself. With Apple no longer attending any trade shows, the folks at Macworld are forced, and blessed to have to draw back on what made them so special to begin with -- that aforementioned community.

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5 years ago

Vodafone UK Launches iPhone, 50,000 to Sell First Day

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Vodafone UK Launches iPhone, 50,000 to Sell First Day

And the UK adds Vodafone to their official iPhone carriers list, rounding out O2, Orange, and resellers like Tesco, and users are excited enough that sales are expected to hit 50,000 on the first day.

Anyone switching over, or finally getting an iPhone just to run on Voda?

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5 years ago

Apple Retail Store to See 'Experts' in a Few Short Weeks

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Apple Retail Store to See 'Experts' in a Few Short Weeks

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5 years ago

Skype 1.3 Brings... Stuff That's Not Push Notification or VoIP over 3G

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Skype 1.3 Brings... Stuff That's Not Push Notification or VoIP over 3G

Sorry, Skype 1.3 [Free - iTunes link], we know you're trying, at least we think you are, but it's 2010 now and we have to agree with 9to5mac where's the push notification and VoIP over 3G?

Maybe Apple hasn't given you the tools or SDK agreement for VoIP yet, we don't know, but push notification are good to go, you know?

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5 years ago

Nexus One Video Review -- The Competition

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Nexus One Video Review -- The Competition

I had a chance to use Dieter's Nexus One during CES 2010, and while I've shared my thoughts already, Android Central's Phil Nickinson has just put up a complete Nexus One video review of his own. While I am jealous at how often they (and he!) get new devices to play with, I'm not jealous at how much reviewing he has to do. Phew!

Check out his video, then come on back and tell us what you think -- how does the Nexus One measure up?

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5 years ago

Google Reader WebApp Updated for iPhone

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Google Reader WebApp Updated for iPhone

Our sibling site PreCentral.net pointed out that the Google Reader Blog has announced some updates for their mobile optimized site. While they show it off on the iPhone's Safari, it'll work fine on any WebKit browser:

The interface is improved overall, and the laundry list of new features includes:

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5 years ago

AT&T Offers New $100 Unlimited Voice/Data (Not SMS) Plan for iPhone

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AT&T Offers New $100 Unlimited Voice/Data (Not SMS) Plan for iPhone

In a move designed to match Verizon's recent price drop, AT&T has announced a new $100 unlimited voice/data plan for iPhone users, though it doesn't cover SMS which is still an extra $20 for unlimited. Here's the relevant passage from the presser:

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5 years ago

Steve Jobs Thinks "Mobile Ads Suck", Intends iTunes-style Fix?

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Steve Jobs Thinks "Mobile Ads Suck", Intends iTunes-style Fix?

BusinessWeek is reporting that, according to the cliched "source familiar with the situation", Apple CES Steve Jobs thinks "mobile ads suck" in their current form (oh, hai, Google!) and intends to do for them what he did for music with iTunes and mobile with the iPhone -- revolutionize it.

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5 years ago

Developer Leaks Imminent iPhone 4.0? Not.

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Developer Leaks Imminent iPhone 4.0? Not.

UPDATED: TiPb heard back from the developer, and sure enough, it's their app 4.0, nothing to do with iPhone OS 4.0. Move along. Notiong to see here...

CNET is reporting, and others are picking up, that a developer sent them a note saying:

"Just wanted to give you a heads up that we've submitted an updated app for the new iPhone OS 4.0 software."

Well, TiPb got a note from a developer worded exactly the same way:

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5 years ago

Apple Co-Founder Woz Did Not Ditch iPhone for Google's Nexus One

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Apple Co-Founder Woz Did Not Ditch iPhone for Google's Nexus One

Yesterday NBC Bay Area reported (and Android Central gloated!) that Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, had replaced his iPhone for the big bark and less bite Google/HTC Nexus One. TiPb never believed Woz would ever relinquish his beloved iPhone and, sure enough, NBC Bay Area has now updated their story:

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5 years ago

ScreenGuardz Privacy for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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ScreenGuardz Privacy for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

NLU Products, makers of BodyGuardz, were gracious enough to take some time out at CES 2010 and show TiPb their four-way ScreenGuardz Privacy film for iPhone. Four-way means it won't just shield your iPhone from prying eyes in portrait mode, but horizontal as well. Buh-bye over-the-shoulder airplane movie snooper!

Check out the video, after the break!

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5 years ago

Apple Exploring Contacts on the Home Screen - Apple Patent Watch

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Apple Exploring Contacts on the Home Screen - Apple Patent Watch

The Apple patents keep on rolling out and today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office accepted Apple’s filing for a patent that would allow for contact icons to be placed on the home screen, along with the ability to invoke apps, retrieve and display contacts information, or dynamically display related information all tied to an individual contact.

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blockquote>"The icon can also be used to invoke one or more applications that are personalized to the contact. The icon can be modified to display information related to the contact. In one aspect, an icon associated with an entity can be temporarily displayed on the mobile device based on the proximity of the mobile device to the entity."

This is pure speculation on our part but it's possible you will see this patent come to life in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0. Hopefully when January 27th comes we all will see what is in store for the future of the iPhone OS.

Now please excuse me while I go add a few more contacts on the home screen of my Moto Droid, since it's been doing that for a while. ;)

One more screen shot after the break!

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