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3 years ago

Verizon: Never in the running for original iPhone, called Apple later

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Verizon: Never in the running for original iPhone, called Apple later

The Verizon iPhone was a long time coming and Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg told BusinessWeek some of the reasons why, including dispelling the myth that Verizon was offered the original iPhone before AT&T.

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3 years ago

First Direct, first UK banking app for iPhone, iPad that lets you carry out transactions on the go

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First Direct, first UK banking app for iPhone, iPad that lets you carry out transactions on the go

Online UK bank First Direct has launched an iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad app that lets you view your statement but also carry out some simple transactions too. Other UK banking apps are limited to viewing your account statements which is a handy feature to have; First Direct has taken it a step further.

The app will allow you to view your balances and your last 20 transactions, make transfers between your accounts but most importantly, make payments to other personal accounts or organisations. To use the service you must already be a registered First Direct internet banking user and payments can only be made to those accounts that you have setup online already.

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3 years ago

Dear Google: removing H.264 support from Chrome is kinda evil

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Dear Google: removing H.264 support from Chrome is kinda evil

Google has recently announced that they're removing H.264 -- the video compression open standard used by everything from iPad and iPhone to YouTube and Netflix -- from their Chrome browser. Up until now Google has been the only company to support all the major video codecs, including H.264, OGG Theora, and their own, newly open-sourced WebM. Apple supports H.264, as does Microsoft, and Firefox supports only OGG Theora.

Why the sudden change? Some might say to hurt Apple, whose iOS and iTunes depend heavily on the technology and have shown no signs of slowing down even after Google decided to stop so much partnering and start much more competing with Apple directly in the mobile OS and media services space. Others might say it's simply to give Google a competitive advantage and push adoption of their own WebM format. Neither motives are mutually exclusive but again put the advancement of standards-based web technology on the back burner -- something Google once championed. (Hey, you know it's bad when Microsoft is chiding you over lack of standards support, okay?)

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3 years ago

iPhone Live 133: Verizon iPhone (Boom!)

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iPhone Live 133: Verizon iPhone (Boom!)

Rene, Dieter, and Georgia discuss the huge Verizon iPhone event, what it means for Verizon customers, AT&T, and the smartphone market in general. And oh yeah, iOS 4.3 beta is here with personal hotspot, multitouch gestures, and more. This is iPhone Live!

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3 years ago

How to configure VPN access on your iPhone, iPad

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How to configure VPN access on your iPhone, iPad

Curious how to configure access to a VPN client on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad? L2TP, PPTP, and IPSec VPN support are all built right into iOS and we'll show you how to set them up after the break!

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3 years ago

ChangeWave: AT&T iPhone users looking to switch to Verizon?

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ChangeWave: AT&T iPhone users looking to switch to Verizon?

A new survey from ChangeWave takes a closer look at how the Verizon iPhone may shake up the mobile market, revealing the highest churn rate AT&T has seen since ChangeWave began surveying mobile subscribers. A total of 4,050 subscribers were surveyed, with 15% of AT&T and T-Mobile users saying they were likely to switch carriers in the next 90 days, compared to only 4% from Verizon.

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3 years ago

iOS 4.3 beta points to iPad 2 cameras but no Retina Display

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iOS 4.3 beta points to iPad 2 cameras but no Retina Display

Following repeated rumors that the iPad 2 will be equipped with a retina display, 9To5Mac has made a discovery that may prove otherwise. After digging through the latest SDK, they found plenty of references that point towards the iPad 2 having the ability to take photos and shoot video; however, the size of the camera shutter images is 1024 x 768 - the exact same resolution of the current iPad.

So, either Apple has intentionally placed these images in the SDK to throw us off, or -- like TiPb has been saying for a while now -- the technology simply isn't there to support a full-on retina display on the iPad 2. What do you think?

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3 years ago

TiPb Asks: Are you happy with what's in the iOS 4.3 beta?

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TiPb Asks: Are you happy with what's in the iOS 4.3 beta?

The iOS 4.3 beta brings some really awesome things, like multitouch gestures to iPad, Wi-Fi personal hotspot to iPhone, better AirPlay support to both and... a new Notes font? (And no iPhone 3G love!)

There won't be anything major like new notifications until iOS 5 but let us know what you think for now -- is that enough for a 4.3 update, more than you expected, less than you wanted?

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3 years ago

CDMA iPhone on its way to China, Korea, and Japan?

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CDMA iPhone on its way to China, Korea, and Japan?

Looks like the CDMA variant of Apple's iPhone might eventually make its way to carriers in China, Korea, and Japan. According to the not always reliable Digitimes, Apple suppliers currently expect around 7 million CDMA iPhones to be sold in the first quarter of 2011. That's a lot of iPhones, no matter how you look at it.

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3 years ago

Google Places with Hotpot Released for iPhone.

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Google Places with Hotpot Released for iPhone.

Google have released Google Places with Hotpot on the iPhone. For those of you who aren't familiar, Google Places is a free app that allows you to find local businesses and rate them, and with their new 'hotpot' feature, Google can suggest new places you'll like, based on your previously ratings.

The app uses your location to suggest nearby places for you to rate. You can give a standard star rating out of 5, and depending on the location, optional ratings including: Food, Atmosphere, Value and Service.

You can view ratings from most review sites such as Yelp or Qype, as well as Google's own ratings and it comes with 9 separate categories as standard (Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Bars, ATMs, Gas Stations, Hotels, Attractions, Pizza Parlours and Post Offices) but you can add personal searches as well, to cater to your tastes.

This isn't a 'check-in' application like Gowalla or Foursquare, but this is more similar to apps like Yelp or AroundMe.

What do you guys think about the new Google Places? Will you be using it? Let us know.

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