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5 years ago

How to cost-effectively deal with Lodsys and other app patent trolls

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How to cost-effectively deal with Lodsys and other app patent trolls

Florian Mueller from FOSS Patents has put up a heart-breaking yet pragmatic set of recommendations for developers on how to cost-effectively deal with Lodsys and other patent trolls who target small, independent app makers. (If you're a mega corporation with billions of dollars in the war chest this obviously doesn't apply to you.) While Apple has filed a motion to intervene, there's no guarantees that it'll work, and it's unknown what, if any, support they're providing iOS developers beyond that. Google has yet to do or say anything, leaving Android developers entirely in the lurch. So...

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5 years ago

FireCore updates aTV Flash (black) to Beta 6, big improvements for the second gen Apple TV [jailbreak]

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FireCore updates aTV Flash (black) to Beta 6, big improvements for the second gen Apple TV [jailbreak]

FireCore has released an update to its aTV Flash (black) software that runs on jailbroken second generation Apple TV’s. The update includes a host of additional features including a brand new lightweight media player that has been specifically written for iOS devices.

The new media player will enable your second generation Apple TV to play a much wider array of media types without losing the simple Apple TV interface. Performance of HD content has also been greatly improved.

If you're already running a version of aTV Flash (black) the new Beta6 version can be installed through the Maintenance --> Manage Extras menu on your Apple TV.

The full list of fixes and new features are detailed after the break. Do you jailbreak your Apple TV and use aTV Flash? Let us know if you update and how it works for you!

[FireCore]

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5 years ago

iPhone 4 prototype going for 70K on eBay... until Apple has it taken down

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iPhone 4 prototype going for 70K on eBay... until Apple has it taken down

Stop us if you've heard this story before, but a sketchily sourced bit of rare Apple kits hits eBay -- say an iPhone 4 prototype similar to the one Gizmodo got their hands on last year -- and people start to bid crazy amounts of money for it... before Apple legal ultimate has it removed from auction. (And no doubt sends post-cog commandos crashing through some skylights, somewhere.)

It's right now at $70K and climbing. So enjoy the spectator sport while it lasts.

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5 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 3 July 2011

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5 years ago

iPad Live, tonight at 9pm EDT. Be there!

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iPad Live, tonight at 9pm EDT. Be there!

We absolutely, positively, will not stop until you join us tonight. Yes...

Come with us if you want to iPad Live.

Time: 9pm ET, 6pm PT, 2am BST.

Place: Right here on the home page!

If you have any questions or topics you'd like us to discuss, just leave them in the comments then come be part of the show!

(And yes, you can watch from iPhone via Ustream Viewer app (here's how) and iPad (we recommend Duet Browser.)

Chat with you soon!

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5 years ago

The week in iPad

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The week in iPad

Missed a compelling piece of iPad news, a great review, or a killer how-to? We're not collecting absolutely everything in iPad here -- you can hit up TiPb.com/iPad for that! -- but we're carefully picking what we think is the best of the last 7 days and presenting it here for your review.

And hey! -- these double as show notes for our iPad Live! podcast tonight at 9pm Eastern. So join us at TiPb.com/live and follow along!

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5 years ago

DropBox updates ToS: What you need to know

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5 years ago

iPhone 4: One year later

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iPhone 4: One year later

Just over one year ago, Apple launched iPhone 4. Typically that would mean a newer, shinier iPhone would have taken its place by now, and it'd be that iPhone we'd be talking about. But not this year. This year there won't be a new iPhone -- an iPhone 5 -- until fall, and that means iPhone 4 is still, one year later, the flagship iPhone on the market.

We've reviewed the original AT&T/GSM iPhone 4, we've reviewed the Verizon/CDMA iPhone 4. We've even reviewed the flipping white iPhone 4. We looked at iPhone 4 after 3 months on the market and we've written post after post about it, day after day, over the course of the last year.

So how does it stack up? Is the A4 still a good chipset? Is the Retina Display still the best screen in the business? Is the industrial design and fit and finish still above and beyond all other contenders? Is it still on of the best phones on the market?

We put the question to the staff here at TiPb and the greater Smartphone Experts Network, and here's what they had to say.

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5 years ago

iPhone reunites mother and daughter after five years apart

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iPhone reunites mother and daughter after five years apart

A mother, who lost touch with her daughter, was able to find her again 5 years later thanks to a kind hearted iPhone user. The mother, a shoe cleaner in China, came across someone in the street with an iPad and asked if she could use it to get online to help find her daughter. Unfortunately the iPad was WiFi only and there was no network to be found. Luckily, the iPad user also had an iPhone. A photo was taken of the woman and it was posted to Weibo, a hugely popular micro-blogging site in China with over 140 million users.

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5 years ago

Microsoft is square, Apple is roundrect, Google is...?

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Microsoft is square, Apple is roundrect, Google is...?

Clayton Miller's Interuserface takes a look at the iconic shapes behind today's biggest mobile companies, and while Apple, iPhone, and iPad are obviously roundrects (rounded rectangles), their competition is just as geometrically aligned:

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5 years ago

Google brings Pi, Apple beats them to Nortel LTE patent punch?

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Google brings Pi, Apple beats them to Nortel LTE patent punch?

Some more information has come to light about the Nortel patent auction, which saw a consortium that included Apple win big, and Google get frozen out. According to Reuters, however, Google had some fun along the way:

"It became clear that they were bidding with the distance between the earth and the sun. One was the sum of a famous mathematical constant, and then when it got to $3 billion, they bid pi," the source said, adding the bid was $3.14159 billion.

"Either they were supremely confident or they were bored."

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5 years ago

iPad 3 due in October, iOS 5 beta 3, iOS 5 incompatible apps, Android vs iPhone - From the Forums

iPad 3 due in October, iOS 5 beta 3, iOS 5 incompatible apps, Android vs iPhone - From the Forums

The TiPb forums are naturally a great place to talk, commiserate, celebrate, get help, and offer advice to your fellow iPhone users. Below we've compiled a few of the most current hot topics in the forums for you to participate in. In order to get in on the action you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is easy and free so if you haven’t already, head on over and register now!

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5 years ago

TiPb Picks of the Week

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TiPb Picks of the Week

Every week a few of us from team TiPb will bring you our current favorite, most fun and 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, iPad, or iPod touch related, they’re fair game.

To see what we picked, and to tell us your pick, follow on after the break!

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5 years ago

iPad 2 Jailbreak beta leaked, best to stay away

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iPad 2 Jailbreak beta leaked, best to stay away

Last night the iPad 2 Jailbreak that Comex has been working on for JailbreakMe.com was leaked online by a beta tester, and this morning it's all over the web in post and video form. And we're not going anywhere near it.

We've waited this long for an iPad 2 Jailbreak, we might as well wait the last few days for a well tested, verified, proper release version. Hacking iPad 2 was most likely non-trivial for Comex, and messing around with leaked betas seems needlessly risky, unless you have more time, spare iPad 2s, and urges to tinker than you know what to do with.

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5 years ago

App for That: How to sync lists between iPhone and Android

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App for That: How to sync lists between iPhone and Android

There are hundreds of thousands of iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps for just about everything -- so how come the one you need, the one you know just has to be there, is so hard to find? Enter TiPb's new weekly feature where staff and readers alike sort through the App Store and help you find just the right App for That. This week, Jeremy asks:

Is there an app that would allow me, an iPhone 4 user, and my wife, an Android user, to share a task list? Help!

To see our solution for Jeremy, follow along after the break!

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