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7 years ago

Kent's Weekly Rant: Episode 3

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Kent's Weekly Rant: Episode 3

In all the years I have covered mobile technology, I’ve never seen any single device have such a polarizing effect, or invoke such heated emotional debate in the backwater bars and pubs of the online gadget community, as iPhone has. Make no mistake; there is no middle ground to stand on, no comfort zone. You’re either an iPhone lover or a hater. Many, if not most, outspoken critics love iPhone. But to some the very thought of casting an approving eye or complimentary remark on Apple’s beloved black slab is akin to publicly condoning Michael Vick’s dog fighting hobbies.

Well I say NUTS! to all the haters out there. The time has come to put this argument to rest once and for all. Let me illustrate why you should embrace Apple’s ambitious efforts and love , yes LOVE the iPhone.

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7 years ago

Free Wallpaper Friday, Summer's Lease Hath All Too Short a Date

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Free Wallpaper Friday, Summer's Lease Hath All Too Short a Date

Dear God, is it Friday already? I forgot to pay the rent. Before my landlord sends his goons to collect the check or break my kneecaps, here are a few submissions for you pixel hungry piranhas to enjoy on this eve of summer's blowout. You're welcome.

I'm heading out this weekend to the biggest spectacle in classic car exhibition at the Kruse Auction park, part of the annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn Indiana. It's a huge event that draws thousands of collectors and spectators, including celebrities.

I once collided into Jay Leno scoping out a cherry red 68 Mustang convertible. The klutz spilled his drink all over the car's irreplaceable upholstery, then made a quick getaway, leaving me to assume the blame and foot the bill. Damn you Leno! I got a $700 invoice for reproduction seat vinyl with your name on it!

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7 years ago

iPhoneSIMfree Unlock To Be Released Into the Wild No Later Than Friday, Promise

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iPhoneSIMfree Unlock To Be Released Into the Wild No Later Than Friday, Promise

Those hacking hoodlums at iPhoneSIMfree are teasing us with the promise of a soon to be released unlock solution, no later than Friday. In the meantime they are wetting our appetites with a nice little FAQ answering many of our gripping questions, like...is it future-proof (yes)...if I do a backup restore will it still work (yes)...will it work on any GSM network (yes)...can the iPhone be unlocked prior to AT&T activation (yes)...Will it help me get laid? (yes, wait..what?)

Now before any of you moisten your trousers, this unlock software will not be released freely. According the FAQ an undetermined cover charge will be imposed for this service, eventually. But hey, if you can afford an iPhone, you're already in the hole for $600 - what's another $20 or so?

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7 years ago

Is iPhone Enterprise Ready? Burton Group Says Not Yet

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Is iPhone Enterprise Ready? Burton Group Says Not Yet

The brain trust of Burton Group put their heads together to debate iPhone's viability as a component to corporate mobile computing. In a media briefing titled iPhone for the Enterprise - you'd think a firm with such smart people would come up with more creative names for these events, Burton concluded iPhone isn't quite ready, but holds a world of opportunity and untapped potential. Thank God for Burton's timely, hard hitting, analysis. I'm sure CTOs in every fortune 500 had thousands of pending iPhone orders.

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7 years ago

Nokia Brazenly Copies iPhone As World Looks on in Shame

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Nokia Brazenly Copies iPhone As World Looks on in Shame

Nokia held a gala press event earlier today, proudly showcasing its newest line of consumer handsets and high-end smartphones, all very common and sporting the usual design flair we've come to love, and lament. But the true highlight of the show came during a special promotional video demonstrating upcoming technology Nokia has cooking in its labs. wink wink

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7 years ago

AppleInsider Compares iPhone to Palm Treo 650, Laughs Hysterically

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AppleInsider Compares iPhone to Palm Treo 650, Laughs Hysterically

AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger put together a lengthy five page review comparing iPhone to Palm's obsolete operating system, drawing comparisons to features, hardware, software design and usability. Guess who came out ahead? I'll give you a hint; it wasn't PalmOS.

Funny thing is, I was in the middle of writing an identical feature article for this site, some time ago, and gave up when I realized the entire topic was irrelevant because PalmOS (Garnet) is a dead, long forgotten platform that holds little interest for anyone these days. I would draw more interest by comparing iPhone to Mike Vick's ego.

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7 years ago

Satirical iPhone Wallpapers Prove Painfully Accurate

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Satirical iPhone Wallpapers Prove Painfully Accurate

Josh Helfferich created a whimsical set of six satirical iPhone wallpapers to remind us all of the pitfalls of owning an iPhone. His first creation, titled "Attracting total strangers", strikes close to home for me. I can't use my iPhone in public without drawing immediate attention to myself.

Initially the allure was charming, but now I've grown so weary of attracting gawkers - strangers accosting me with stupid questions, asking me to demo features and functionality. I'm thinking of printing an FAQ card to hold up each time someone approaches me.

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7 years ago

Canadians Unlock iPhone, Celebrate in Wild Drinking Binge

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Canadians Unlock iPhone, Celebrate in Wild Drinking Binge

Some hosers in Montreal successfully managed to get iPhones working on Canada's Rogers wireless network, with a little help of the rather costly TurboSIM card method. Apparently these chaps are unaware of the 18 million and counting software unlock solutions that cost nothing, or they could have saved themselves the price of 200 maple leaves, eh?

Come on, Canada. The Israelis are making you look like chumps!

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7 years ago

Group Offers $100,000 Bounty for Free Unlock Software

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Group Offers $100,000 Bounty for Free Unlock Software

On the internet, no one can hear your bluff. A blog claims to be offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can produce a free software unlock solution for iPhone, and deliver it by the chimes of midnight tonight. Of course, no information whatsoever is given to back the legitimacy of this claim, such as who its underwriters are so I'd wager this cash payment is coming from someone's HP deskjet printer. Nothing more than a single email address is available for correspondence, which doesn't instill confidence.

My favorite quote from the site, which gives good insight into the minds behind this project...

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7 years ago

EA and PopCap Thinks iPhone's Got Game

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EA and PopCap Thinks iPhone's Got Game

Fanboys aren't the only ones wanting to install games on iPhone. Developers at Electronic Arts (EA) and PopCap, see iPhone as a viable gaming handheld and a potentially lucrative market. So much so in fact that the folks at PopCap aren't waiting for Apple to open its walled garden to developers. The popular maker of mobile game titles says iPhone is already on its roadmap for future game development, and has a few projects in the works. Andrew Stein, PopCap's director of mobile business development recently told Reuters...

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7 years ago

iCheaters: Man Sells Cheating Girlfriend's iPhone on Craigslist

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iCheaters: Man Sells Cheating Girlfriend's iPhone on Craigslist

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy buys girl iPhone to express his love. Girl cheats on boy. Boy sells cheating girl's iPhone on Craigslist.

I love a happy ending.

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7 years ago

Phone Different Podcast #3

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Phone Different Podcast #3

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p> Our third podcast. Plenty of stuff to talk about, even without the last 5 minutes of the track at the end. We cover the new hardware unlock, the inevitable software unlock, the new ease of hacking the iphone, AT&T, and as we are wont to do, cover the forums a wee spot.

As usual, our show notes are after the break.

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7 years ago

OMFG! iPhone Officially Unlocked, This Time for Realz

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OMFG! iPhone Officially Unlocked, This Time for Realz

Yes folks, this is the real deal. Remember that shady website that claimed would release a fully software based iPhone unlock solution within 48 hours? Well...they did. So far I have already received reports from users claiming to have iPhones unlocked and functioning on T-Mobile, Rogers, Vodaphone, and Orange networks.

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7 years ago

ZunePhone Parody Lampoons Microsoft, Hits Right Where it Hurts...Below the Belt and Above the Wallet

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ZunePhone Parody Lampoons Microsoft, Hits Right Where it Hurts...Below the Belt and Above the Wallet

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRKIDdIaFyE[/youtube]

Oh snap! This video has all the best qualities of human expression - mockery, sarcasm, ridicule, taunting...reminds me of middle school, minus the bully who stole my lunch money.

Take that, Microsoft...and Greg Johnson! I'll take back all that lunch money you stole from me in $50s and $100s.

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7 years ago

Screen Smudge as Art Form, Express Yourself

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Screen Smudge as Art Form, Express Yourself

After hours of active use, your iPhone's screen will become filled with more greasy fingerprints and smudges than the front doors of your local McDonalds. How can you see through all that film? Wipe if off? No, be creative. Express your inner artist. Let your fingers inspire you. Rub your iPhone's slippery glass surface in delicate strokes, forming shapes and contours. Create images and silhouettes from the deposited facial oil. Where others see a smudgy screen, I see the face of a clown.

Now spray Windex onto a sheet of paper towel, lightly dampened. Then clean your filthy screen, and get back to work. Stop wasting time.

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