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3 years ago

UPDATED: Documents to Go maker DataViz bought by RIM?

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UPDATED: Documents to Go maker DataViz bought by RIM?

Did BlackBerry maker RIM just buy DataViz, maker of Documents to Go for iPhone and iPad (and other platform)? CrackBerry.com has multiple sources saying they did, and for about $50 million cash.

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3 years ago

Regarding Skyfire and proxied Flash on iPhone

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Regarding Skyfire and proxied Flash on iPhone

Skyfire is a browser on other mobile platforms that was at one point purely proxy-based like Opera Mini (where everything was pre-rendered on a server then pushed out to the device via compressed files) but is now an all-grown up WebKit engine where Flash content is still proxied (processed server side and sent out as iOS friendly video).

They're submitting it to the App Store -- we know because, also like Opera, they announced their intent to submit -- for iPhone and some concerned internet denizens are wondering whether or not it will get accepted, and what if anything it may mean about Apple's current stance on Flash.

Short answer: nothing.

Long answer: Skyfire for iPhone would use the built-in WebKit viewer any app could use, and would probably proxy Flash the same way Microsoft claimed they worked with Apple to serve Silverlight. That means you'll have a way to watch video, but probably not interact with punch-the-monkey adds. Win.

Why is it an apparent issue then? Because Skyfire posted about submitting it, because Apple conspiracy theorists love to conspire about theories concerning Apple, and because the App Store approval process remains utterly opaque and at times seemingly arbitrary.

Hopefully Skyfire gets approved and works well. My guess is it will get approved partly because it won't work well -- on-the-fly transcoding Flash to H.264 is a daunting task for developers (getting Flash to run native on Android is still hit and miss), and will be an exercise in patience and perseverance for users accustomed to things that just work.

We'll see.

[Skyfire]

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3 years ago

$0.99 iTunes ringtone creator no more?

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$0.99 iTunes ringtone creator no more?

It seems like only yesterday Steve Jobs introduced make-your-own ringtones in iTunes, where you could take a song you already bought, and pay again just to use it in cut-down form as a ringtone. And -- whoosh! -- now it's gone from iTunes 10?

The recording industry is no doubt to blame for the $0.99 price tag -- they manage to both charge consumers and stiff artists on those, keeping all the money for themselves -- but I'm guessing there were at least a few people for whom the ease of use was worth the price.

You can still roll your own ringtones outside iTunes, or purchase them pre-made by Apple (though reader John shows you may be subjected to a humorous iOS downgrade image, after the break).

I never used the ringtone creator myself, so I won't lament it, but surely someone is going to miss it? Right?

[MacLife]

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3 years ago

Speck PixelSkin Case for iPhone 4 - Accessory Review

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Speck PixelSkin Case for iPhone 4 - Accessory Review

I spent the past week using the PixelSkin Case for iPhone 4. Speck has a lot of great accessory lines from iPhone cases and skins to everything iPad and iPod as well, but I was a little hesitant at first as I'm not a fan of cases that add bulk and most pattern or etched cases do.  I was pleasantly surprised with this one and still have it on my iPhone. 

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3 years ago

iOS 4.1 features: HDR photos

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iOS 4.1 features: HDR photos

iOS 4.1 adds HDR photo capability to the iPhone -- and now iPod touch -- Camera app. HDR stands for high dynamic range and usually involves a photo with one or more identical photos that are over and under exposed and then combined together so that far more light and shadow information is available than a single exposure would allow. These high dynamic range images can then be tone mapped to provide a far greater amount of detail, far more like what the human eye can see. (That's my lay person, non-photo geek understanding of it anyway -- feel free to tear me apart in the comments, but only if you can explain it better).

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3 years ago

iOS now 3rd most popular internet platform after Windows, Mac

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iOS now 3rd most popular internet platform after Windows, Mac

Net Applications is reporting that iOS has passed Linux to become the third most popular platform accessing the internet. With a 1.1% share, they're still behind big brother Mac OS X's 5% and way behind Windows all-encompassing 91.3% share. However, for a mobile OS, especially considering the next most popular mobile OS, Android, is at 0.2%, that's a fairly huge accomplishment. According to Vince Vizzaccaro, VP of NetApps:

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3 years ago

Are the new iPod nano and Apple TV running iOS?

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Are the new iPod nano and Apple TV running iOS?

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3 years ago

iPhone live 115: Whoosh! Another 200!

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iPhone live 115: Whoosh! Another 200!

We're all up in Apple's 2010 Special Music event - new iPod shuffle, iPod nano, iPod touch with Retina Display and FaceTime, Apple TV with iOS... but no apps! Along with iOS 4.1 and iOS 4.2. We're streaming like crazy. This is iPhone live!

Oh, and here's the Vapor Case give-away we mentioned...

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3 years ago

Old Apple TV won't be getting new Apple TV features

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Old Apple TV won't be getting new Apple TV features

Ars Technica has confirmed that the new Apple TV software and features won't be coming to the old Apple TV.

We confirmed with an Apple spokesperson that the maximum HD resolution of the Apple TV is 720p, consistent with recent rumors. Additionally, there will be no software update to bring the new features to older Apple TVs. Older Apple TVs will continue to work as they have been working up to this point, and they will continue to be able to purchase movies and TV shows even though the new Apple TV is rental-only.

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3 years ago

Mophie Ju

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Mophie Ju

Dieter's at the IGA show in Berlin, Germany and he's scored us a first look at mophie's upcoming Juice Pack Air for iPhone 4. It's got soft touch paint and they claim ZERO signal degredation because the entire PCB board is on the bottom, so there are no electronics around the antenna. It's shipping to Apple now and will be available in "Nationwide retailers" next week for $79.95.

Mophie Juice Pack air for iPhone 4 comes in black, white, red, and green and "virtually doubles your power". 6 hours talk time, 5 hours internet 3G, and 9 hours on wifi courtesy of a 1500mAh battery. It also sports pass-through USB for power, iTunes sync, and can be switched off when not in use.

What Dieter saw was prototype hardware, but felt very thin and good to him, especially the soft touch finish.

Also being shown off was the Juice Pack Power Station, which sports 2.1 Amp output so it can power and iPad. This one rates 3600 mAh and has a USB cable included to charge it. And the Marketplace

Hands-on photos after the break!

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