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7 years ago

Unzipped Flies: iPhone Rivals Tout Openness, Less Control Freakery

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Unzipped Flies: iPhone Rivals Tout Openness, Less Control Freakery

Apple's closest rivals in the wireless handset business are taking full advantage of the company's platform dictatorship, extolling the openness of their own software to application development. Highlighting a strategy of use me, abuse me, do what you want to me approach to software design, Microsoft and Symbian are quick to point out that their platforms aren't surrounded by high voltage fences and men in guard towers with sniper rifles.

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7 years ago

Woman Sues Apple for 1 Million Dollars Over "Unfair" iPhone Price Cut, Repeal of Nerd Tax

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Woman Sues Apple for 1 Million Dollars Over "Unfair" iPhone Price Cut, Repeal of Nerd Tax

Who can put a price on pain and suffering? Your attorney can, of course... to the total sum of a cool 1 Million dollars. Dongmei Li of Queens, New York (I didn't know people living in Queens could afford iPhones) claims that Apple's dramatic iPhone price cut is a flagrant violation of consumer price discrimination laws. Her suit alleges that the price cut hurts early adopters by deflating the iPhone's resale value. I call that the price of early adoption, but apparently it is grounds for litigation. Who knew?

So let me get this straight... if I walk into Wal-Mart and buy a head of lettuce, which then subsequently drops in price by 20 cents after I leave the store, I can then sue Wal-Mart for damages? Hot damn! I'm going to start watching for those falling prices and little yellow smiley faces.

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7 years ago

DVR Software for Windows iPhone Users

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DVR Software for Windows iPhone Users


figure 1: All this and more for just 70 Schrutebucks.

If you use a Windows PC as a DVR and are looking to get away from iTunes for syncing your video to your iPhone or iPod, it looks like Beyond TV might be worth a peek. The new version of Beyond TV, 4.7, not only syncs your shows to the iPhone or iPod, but also pulls out your podcasts from iTunes. Not bad!

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7 years ago

Interview with Ambrosia Software CEO

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Interview with Ambrosia Software CEO

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7 years ago

Apple iPhone on Intel?

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Apple iPhone on Intel?


figure 1: a mockup of a device on Intel's Moorestown chip

The Apple iPhone is currently based off the ARM processor platform, but they are reportedly considering a switch to Intel in 2009. Some sites are expanding that news as justification for no 3rd party development, but I don't buy it. And why not? Because a web widget -- the simplest form of native 3rd party development -- can be written in processor-agnostic fashion. Indeed, most of them would.

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7 years ago

Dvorak Slams Apple for iBricking, Threatens to Write More Crazy Editorials

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Dvorak Slams Apple for iBricking, Threatens to Write More Crazy Editorials

Tech curmudgeon John C. Dvorak (the C stands for cranky) points the spotlight of criticism on Apple for its blatant act of bricking unlocked iPhones. He points out that in many overseas markets unlocked phones are common place, and a lucrative business. Hey, John... I agree with you, but trying to get Apple to change its policies is like trying to wrestle a half ton alligator. It's a futile effort and just makes the gator angry.

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7 years ago

Oh Yay, New Zunes

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Oh Yay, New Zunes


figure 1: Still available in brown?

Microsoft has come out with new Zune models. The original Zune is now known as the Zune 30GB, and added to the family are now the Zune 80GB and two flash models, the Zune 4GB and the Zune 8GB. It looks like they added some media formats for video and music, so the new Zunes should be more useful than the old Zunes. Also, features from the new Zunes will be ported to the Zune 30GB so the early adopters get the full Zune treatment. Still, if you're reading this, you likely have an iPhone, and like the rest of society have no use for a new Zune when they come out in November. [via]

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7 years ago

Review: Marware Sport Grip

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Review: Marware Sport Grip

by Doug Morse

My iPhone came well in advance of the computer. So for nearly ten days, I had an attractive looking paperweight. Meanwhile, a box full of accessories went to a different address -- I was on vacation you see -- so I couldn’t do much except stare at the iPhone box. Finally, I figured I would activate the iPhone on a different computer – though there is a danger to this madness. When I finally synched it to my home computer, I'd essentially be 'wiping' the iPhone and starting anew. Still, I had a working iPhone for a couple of days before the device and accessories were united.

Like a giddy young girl headed to the prom, my iPhone looked at the box of accessories. Cases, screen protectors, sync and charge cables, even a fancy Motorola Bluetooth headset were ready to take her out. The question of course: what to wear. Well, the one screen protector was a no-brainer. No one wants to get damaged on a night out. The sync and charge cable was a simple retracting affair. No, it was the cases that posed the most difficulty. There were three soft rubberized cases in pink, brown (yuck), and blue. Two semi hard cases, and a Tough Skin Sport by Speck. And the prettiest of the lot was an executive deep red leather case. For whatever reason, I was attracted to the light blue bad-boy-sounding Marware Sport Grip (store link, $14.95).

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7 years ago

Still Working on Broken Apps

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Still Working on Broken Apps

Ambrosia Software, makers of iToner, a software program used to put ringtones on an iPhone, have announced that they are still working on fixing iToner for firmware version 1.1.1. They expect to have an update Real Soon Now:

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7 years ago

AT&T: Zero Criticism Tolerance

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AT&T: Zero Criticism Tolerance

AT&T has modified their Terms of Service to bar their customers from griping. Their new terms of service now includes language that states they can terminate your connection for doing things that "tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries." An important distinction: the threat gag is just for the DSL portion of AT&T, aka BellSouth.

I don't expect it to work; actually, I expect it to backfire. Case in point, I'm going to slur the name of AT&T in this very sentence when I would not have otherwise:

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7 years ago

A Weekend of Restoration Provides a Painful Lesson In Patience and Haste

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A Weekend of Restoration Provides a Painful Lesson In Patience and Haste

Last week and the proceeding weekend I was on the receiving end of some terrible misfortune; the worst series of mishaps I have endured in... well, quite a long while. Fools rush in where hackers fear to tread. And I not only rushed in, I kicked in the door and set fire to the house on my in. Very unwise.

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7 years ago

Think Different Parody Ad

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Think Different Parody Ad

Someone has posted a YouTube parody video of Apple's 'Think different' campaign. Until folks manage to crack and hack the 1.1.1 firmware, it probably functions as a eulogy for the 1.0.2 firmware that allowed us to install 3rd party applications and unlock our iPhones. There was a nice little ecosystem going on the iPhone for a while, and it was pretty much nipped in the bud.

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7 years ago

Downgrade Your iPhone Firmware

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Downgrade Your iPhone Firmware

It is possible to downgrade your iPhone from 1.1.1 to 1.0.2, restoring some functionality of your iPhone.

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7 years ago

Class Action Lawsuit vs. Apple

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Class Action Lawsuit vs. Apple

There's a class action lawsuit brewing over the price cut and the discontinuance of the 4GB iPhone. I have no idea if this class action lawsuit has merit or not, but it looks like Dongmei Lee want to be a millionaire:

'For those claims which the Court is still likely to take into account, Li is requesting compensatory damages in the amount of $1 million, punitive damages in the amount to be determined at trial, and a court order that she is entitled to "threefold her damages, the costs involved in maintaining this action, and attorney's fees."'

Dongmei Lee's class-action lawsuit doesn't address the bricking of iPhones with the recent update, so maybe iPhoneClassActionLawsuitVille will be a two-horse town sooner rather than later.

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7 years ago

Bluetooth Audio

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Bluetooth Audio

There's a bug in the 1.1.1 firmware that lets you stream audio through bluetooth. It's not quite Stereo Bluetooth. It's essentially mono Bluetooth, but it brings some functionality, and may be useful for podcasts and the like. To get audio through Bluetooth:

  1. pair your Bluetooth, if you haven't done so already
  2. open Visual voicemail
  3. select 'Audio' at top right. If it doesn't say 'Audio,' reconsider step 1.
  4. It will bring up a dialogue box to choose sound output. Select your Bluetooth headset
  5. Presto! Enjoy your audio through both the speaker and your Bluetooth headset.

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