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5 years ago

Steve Jobs / Disney - $4 Billion + Marvel = Captain America iPhone?!

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Steve Jobs / Disney - $4 Billion + Marvel = Captain America iPhone?!

Attention true believers! Daring Disney dispenses 4 billion big ones to buyout mighty Marvel, its merry mutants, and stupendous superheroes!

Okay, rewind. To make that most tangential of relationships possible (just so we can blog about comics, of course): following Disney's Pixar acquisition, Steve Jobs -- then CEO of Pixar and still CEO of iPhone maker, Apple Inc. -- became Disney's largest shareholder. Now reports are circulating that Disney is buying Marvel Comics -- home of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, Wolverine and the X-Men, and a literal fortunes worth of other character properties, for a cool $4 billion.

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Analyst Predictions: iPhone on Verizon, Updated Apple TV, Subscription Video, Peace on Earth

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Analyst Predictions: iPhone on Verizon, Updated Apple TV, Subscription Video, Peace on Earth

Stalwart Apple analyst Gene Munster is back, this time predicting the iPhone will hit multiple US carriers within an year -- specifically Verizon -- as well as expanded video offerings from iTunes -- including a subscription service akin to satellite or cable, and an updated Apple TV to go with it.

Oh, and flying unicorns.

We joke. Slightly. Of course we want all these things too -- and more -- but we have a feeling that that's all there is to some of these analyst reports -- a bit of logical deduction combined with what any of us would want:

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Current Generation iPods Being Discontinued in Preparation for September Music Event and Next Generations?

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Current Generation iPods Being Discontinued in Preparation for September Music Event and Next Generations?

Ars Technica brings word that supplies of current generation iPods are running low, with no new deliveries in sight. How convenient, then, that Apple's annual Music Event, focused on iTunes and the iPod, is just around the corner, presumably on September 9th?

Just over a week to go!

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5 years ago

TomTom's Car Kit Gets FCC Approval

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TomTom's Car Kit Gets FCC Approval

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5 years ago

$2.5 Billion App Store Market Called Into Question?

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$2.5 Billion App Store Market Called Into Question?

Last week we linked to an AdMob estimate that the iPhone and iPod touch App Store could represent a $2.5 billion a year economy, which based the estimate off usage stats for their mobile ad network, and a survey of 1000 iPhone, iPod touch, and Google Android users. But not so fast, says Cult of Mac along with developers from Polar Bear Farms, App Cubby, and the Yankee Group.

$2.4 billion divided by the 65,000 apps in the App Store is $37,000 per app, per year. And while some developers earn that, many do not.

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5 years ago

iPhone Support Agent Comments on Exploding iPhones

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iPhone Support Agent Comments on Exploding iPhones

Exploding iPhones have been a very popular topic as of late, but now an alleged tier 2 iPhone support agent has contacted Gizmodo to further back up Apple's claims that the exploding iPhones are not the result of faulty batteries but rather simply cases of user abuse.

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5 years ago

Facebook 3.0.1 for iPhone -- With Bug Fixes! -- Now in the App Store

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Facebook 3.0.1 for iPhone -- With Bug Fixes! -- Now in the App Store

Facebook 3.0.1 for iPhone [Free - iTunes link], which fixes some bugs found in Facebook 3.0, is now being served piping hot and ready from the iTunes App Store.

(And wow but can Apple approve fast in some cases?!)

[Thanks Cameron for the tip!]

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5 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 30 August 2009

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 30 August 2009

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What Mac OS X Snow Leopard Means for the Future of the iPhone

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What Mac OS X Snow Leopard Means for the Future of the iPhone

On Friday, Apple shipped Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, their latest computer operating system (which is jailbreaker safe!), and for the first time focus wasn't on fabulous new consumer-facing features, but on internal re-architecting, the (far too often quoted) refinements and enhancements.

Many of these advancements, as we've discussed before, were leveraged from work done for the iPhone version of OS X. QuickTime X, with its yellow trim bars and built-in sharing are an obvious example.

We've already seen Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard technology like Data Detectors cross-over to the iPhone, but with this newest, arguably greatest version of Mac OS X now on the market, what can we look forward too for the next generation(s) of iPhone OS X?

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5 years ago

Alive 4-ever, TapDefense, Facebook 3.0, Snow Leopard, Brushes 2.0 - TiPb Picks of the Week!

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Alive 4-ever, TapDefense, Facebook 3.0, Snow Leopard, Brushes 2.0 - TiPb Picks of the Week!

Every week a few of us from team TiPb, bloggers and forum crew alike, will bring you our current favorite, funnest, most useful App Store apps, WebApps, jailbreak apps, even the occasional accessory, web site, or desktop app if the mood strikes us. As long as they're iPhone (or iPod touch) related, they're fair game.

So who's on deck this week and what are our picks? Find out after the break!

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5 years ago

Dev-Team: Snow Leopard Safe for Jailbreak or Unlock

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Dev-Team: Snow Leopard Safe for Jailbreak or Unlock

On Friday, Apple launched their new Mac operating system, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and whenever that happens, Mac iPhone Jailbreakers everyone wonder if, on purpose or by accident (oh, hi DFU bug!) Apple will somehow break the Jailbreak. Well, good news this time around -- Snow Leopard looks to be Jailbreak safe according to the Dev-Team:

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Apple to Exploding iPhones: Screen Pressure not Battery to Blame

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Apple to Exploding iPhones: Screen Pressure not Battery to Blame

Apple has finished their investigation in the case of the exploding iPhones/Pods and the results are not shocking - the battery malfunction theory has been rejected. It was first rumored that defective batteries were more than likely the cause of the devices going boom but as it turns out, excess force was the reason - according to Apple.

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blockquote>"The iPhones with broken glass that we have analysed to date show that in all cases the glass cracked due to an external force that was applied to the iPhone."

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5 years ago

Apple Developing 10", 13", and 15" iTablets?

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Apple Developing 10", 13", and 15" iTablets?

While most recent rumors have been swirling around Apple developing a 10" iTablet that would basically look like an oversized iPod touch, Gizmodo has a source, said to have been 100% reliable in the past, who's telling them Apple is also planning 13" and 15" tablets, one of which... will run Mac OS X.

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5 years ago

TiPb Presents: iPhone Live #64 - Renumbered

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TiPb Presents: iPhone Live #64 - Renumbered

Note: We've renumbered the episode to #64 to reflect both Phone different and iPhone Live!) Join Dieter, Chris, and Rene for FCC vs. Apple, AT&T, and Google fallout, more iTablet and Apple Music Event rumors, and all the news... and appoplexy! Listen in!

Congrats to Brandon who won our live give-away for a Motorola MOTOROKR S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. Join us live next week for your chance to win iPhone accessories!

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5 years ago

Apple and China Unicom Reach 3-Year Deal to Bring iPhone to China

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Apple and China Unicom Reach 3-Year Deal to Bring iPhone to China

As anticipated -- and anticipated again and again -- China Unicom has finally announced that the iPhone is coming to China:

On 28 August, the Company and Apple reached a three-year agreement for the Company to sell iPhone in China. The initial launch is expected to be in the fourth calendar quarter of 2009. This will provide users with brand new communication and information experience.

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