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6 years ago

Patents Pondered: Personalized Podcasts to Stream Straight to the iPhone?

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Patents Pondered: Personalized Podcasts to Stream Straight to the iPhone?

"Marimba" shatters the early morning silence. Groggy, you fumble for your iPhone and "slide to unlock", ending the alarm. A cloudy, gloomy day greets you as you skip the weather and start on your email. In the background, your iPhone begins to stream the morning news. Not all of it and not all from one source, just your favorites. Just what you'd previously setup in iTunes Podcast Creator.

Sports and local highlights -- minus the crime news that's too harsh for your morning mellow -- flow one from the next, scraped while you slept from CNN, ABC, BBC, CBC, Comedy, and all the independent, niche podcasts you'd favorite'd. The fuzzy-logic of Apple's servers matched your criteria as closely as possible while still filling the 60 min. time slot you'd set up. And once collected, assembled it and pushed it out to your iMac, where iTunes made it available immediately for streaming over WiFi right to your iPhone.

Today, however, you're running late and don't even have time to sync before heading out the door. But since your iPhone can access your iMac's streaming, custom-podcasts over the blazingly fast 4G LTE network, you don't even notice the transition from local to wide area network as your door closes and you hit the street. You just keep on listening as Jon Stewart makes fun of whos-that-president for the umpteenth time. And as you jump on the train, with a couple quick taps, your iMac is updated, your iTunes Podcast Creator is adjusted, Stewart is out of tomorrow's mix, and iPhone lover Stephen Colbert is back in.

The good-looking passenger beside you comments on the awesome sounding custom podcast you're rocking. Smiling, you tap another button and peer-to-peer it right on over, just as the train pulls out and the day starts to look ever so much brighter...

Sound more like a multi-media dream than current reality? Well, some of Apple's newest patents look like they might be trying to make this particular dream come true. Read on for what just might be the future of iTunes and truly mobile media...

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6 years ago

Phone different Podcast 25

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Phone different Podcast 25

Fail Me, iPhone firmware 2.0.2, apps, and your forum threads!

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6 years ago

Steve Speaks: Apple Will Fix App Crashes in September

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Steve Speaks: Apple Will Fix App Crashes in September

Gotta love Steve Jobs and his blunt-force emails. This time, it's a lucky AppleInsider reader who sent it on a complaint about crash-prone applications, a problem which has plagued the iPhone 2.0 pretty much since launch. And what did the drive-by-Steve'ing say?

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6 years ago

TiPB Q&A: More on OpenClip's Shared Cut/Copy/Paste Framework

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TiPB Q&A: More on OpenClip's Shared Cut/Copy/Paste Framework

Following up on the earlier post about OpenClip, the new open-source framework for implementing a shared (i.e. cross-application) clipboard for the iPhone, the video above highlights developer Zac White's presentation at iPhoneDevCamp2. Not enough for you? Okay, TiPb had another chance to talk with the innovative folks at Proximi (makers of MagicPad, the original proof-of-concept for this functionality), who were kind enough to share a few more details with our readers.

Check out he Q&A after the break!

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6 years ago

Apple Says 2.0.2 Addresses 3G Problems + Gmail Still Kludgy?

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Apple Says 2.0.2 Addresses 3G Problems + Gmail Still Kludgy?

Ed Baig over at USA Today (via Daring Fireball) is reporting that:

Apple (AAPL) acknowledged Tuesday that a software update for the iPhone partly fixes the connection snags that have caused a global firestorm for the new iPhone 3G. Though mum on details, Apple spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock said on Tuesday, "The software update improves communication with 3G networks."

Really?

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6 years ago

Facebook App for iPhone to Actually Reach Feature Parity with Web Version

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Facebook App for iPhone to Actually Reach Feature Parity with Web Version

Good news on the Facebook front: their native application is due to get an upgrade in September. The upgrade should actually make the app reach some sort of feature parity with the web-app version of Facebook, which right now is far superior to the native app.

New features include a revamped profiles view, viewing all notifications in the home tab, friend search and approval, the ability to view your full inbox, and more.

Joy!

Read: for iPhone's Notes

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6 years ago

Can You Connect to 3G Now?

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Can You Connect to 3G Now?

So, this weekend I had a lot of problems connecting to the 3G network. Bars showed full. 3G icon was lit up. But email and web browsing -- any type of network activity really -- either took forever to resolve or timed out completely. Today was even worse. Couldn't get on for most of the day. Zip. Zero. Zilch. And this was AFTER installing yesterday's hot new 2.0.2 firmware (once I got it to download...). So what's going on?

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6 years ago

What Does Apple Have in Store for the Holiday Season?

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What Does Apple Have in Store for the Holiday Season?

We always see (almost entirely incorrect) 'outlines' of keynotes in the runup to any Apple event, now we're getting them before the runup starts. It's a pretty safe be that Apple will be doing something in late September or October, they always try to have new iPod announcements before the holiday season. So go grab your salt shaker, pour out a few grains (actually, you might want to use them all), and take a gander at what Anonymous has told to expect in a "late September event," after the break.

Our take on the list you're about to read: real iPhone file access would be a godsend and it's a natural next step for the platform. iTunes Unlimited Music Subscriptions have been oft-rumored but given how strident Jobs has been about people wanting to own music instead of subscribe to it, we're still doubters. Then again, he did say the same thing about mobile video right before the iPod got video support. Basically, there's nothing there that we really think is a lock.

Here's a better question: what do you think Apple has in store for us this coming holiday season?

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6 years ago

TomTom / Turn-by-Turn GPS On the iPhone 3G Still in Limbo?

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TomTom / Turn-by-Turn GPS On the iPhone 3G Still in Limbo?

Running out of things to say about the ongoing (and ongoing, and ongoing, and ongoing) TomTom and general turn-by-turn GPS on the iPhone saga?

Lucky for us, MSNBC's Suzanne Choney (via MacDailyNews) found out the big industry players certainly aren't.

Says TomTom:

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6 years ago

OpenClip: Cross-App Cut/Copy/Paste for the iPhone!

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OpenClip: Cross-App Cut/Copy/Paste for the iPhone!

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6 years ago

First Pictures of Nike+ on the iPhone

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First Pictures of Nike+ on the iPhone

We've all known that Nike+ was supposed to come to the iPhone, we've just been waiting a bit longer than expected. So what has been cooking over at the Nike+ factory? A lot of great features and smart implementation, Nike+ definitely uses the iPhone's technology to its advantage to create a better user experience and offer a better feature set.

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6 years ago

Is That a Zoom-Lens On Your iPhone...

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Is That a Zoom-Lens On Your iPhone...

...Or is it just happy to see Brando's new iPhone 3G Telescope case?

Sorry.

While it won't earn any marks for stealthy good looks, this 6x zoom, which comes integrated into a clear case (for support, no doubt) may just get the conversation going... if not the lawsuits, arrest warrants, Gitmo, etc...

Want it? Brando HK has it for $19.

(via Gizmodo)

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6 years ago

MobileMe Updates is Dead! Long Live MobileMe News!

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MobileMe Updates is Dead! Long Live MobileMe News!

Ah, blogger David G., we barely knew you, and now you're gone, without even that "later this week" post you promised us way back when. Just this sad, lonely little missive, titled "Final Post":

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6 years ago

iPhone DevTeam Member Warns Against iPhone 3G SIM Card Hacks

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iPhone DevTeam Member Warns Against iPhone 3G SIM Card Hacks

A member of the iPhone DevTeam -- you may know them from a little thing like Pwnage and the new QuickPwn -- has uncharacteristically issued a warning AGAINST unlocking the iPhone 3G. At least not with a hardware-based SIM card hack.

Are they suddenly becoming fans of handset lock-ins? Bias against hardware in favor of their own (still pending) software solution?

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6 years ago

LocalEats Tells You Where The Locals Eat

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LocalEats Tells You Where The Locals Eat

It's happened to a lot of us, I know. You're in a new city and you're hungry but you don't know where or what to eat. You delay the decision, growing edgier by the second and maybe even a little dizzy. Finally, you give in and order McDonald's or Pizza Hut or any fast food joint you can eat anywhere in this world when a great local spot was right next door. But of course, you had no idea.

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