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3 years ago

Apple making custom, built-in SIM for future iPhone?

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Apple making custom, built-in SIM for future iPhone?

Is Apple about to take carrier disintermediation to the next level by contracting their own, built-in SIM card for future iPhones? GigaOm thinks so:

Sources inside European carriers have reported that Apple has been working with SIM-card manufacturer Gemalto to create a special SIM card that would allow consumers in Europe to buy a phone via the web or at the Apple Store and get the phones working using Apple’s App Store.

Right now, even with unlocked iPhones and iPads, you still need to get a carrier-specific SIM card. If the SIM were embedded, however, that's one less carrier interaction to worry about. The entire process could be shifted to the device, much as plan management is already done on the iPad.

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3 years ago

Rumor: White iPhone 4 just never going to ship?

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Rumor: White iPhone 4 just never going to ship?

Building on yesterday's story of Apple announcing they wouldn't be releasing the white iPhone 4 until Spring 2011 comes new rumors that they've cancelled the phantom shade indefinitely, and will not be making it available whatsoever.  BGR reports:

According to a previous source of ours, we have been told that Apple in fact has no plans to release the white model iPhone 4.

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3 years ago

Google adds iPhone app search

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Google adds iPhone app search

Google has added iPhone app search to their mobile interface. Just tap "more" and the drop down menu now includes "iPhone apps". A search will display apps with their icons, price, star rating, and part of a review. Tapping on one brings you to that app in the App Store. Basically, Google has provided an alternate way to search for iPhone apps - and it's good.

Anyone planning to search for iPhone apps with Google instead of the App Store itself?

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3 years ago

Case-Mate Ivy Case for iPhone 4 [Accessory review]

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Case-Mate Ivy Case for iPhone 4 [Accessory review]

Case-Mate Ivy Case for iPhone 4 is a really beautiful case and I just love the decor. Yes, I choose this case solely on its looks but I was surprised that it packs quite a nice buffer against bumps as well.

Stay with us after the break for more on this stunning case!

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3 years ago

Apple opens online store for China

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Apple opens online store for China

Apple has launched their online store for China, a streamlined store that includes the iPhone, iPod, iPad and Mac product lines. The store also includes free shipping, an option for custom engravings on your iPod or iPad, and it is also the only place online where you can currently grab the iPod Nano in the (PRODUCT RED) variant. From Apple COO Tim Cook:

We are thrilled to open our newest online store in China. With personalized engraving, configure-to-order options and free shipping on everything, the Apple Store is a great destination for our customers in China.

To top it off, Apple has made their App Store available in Simplified Chinese, making it easier for citizens of China to access the 300,000+ apps available for the iPhone and iPod touch (or at least as many of them as are offered in China).

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3 years ago

MusicDog for iPhone brings free streaming music app to Cydia [Jailbreak]

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MusicDog for iPhone brings free streaming music app to Cydia [Jailbreak]

MusicDog, a completely free music streaming app, is now available via Cydia. Version 1.3 only works on iOS 4.x. and features include:

  • Multitasking support
  • A growing library with over 100,000+ tracks that can be searched and bookmarked
  • Album Art
  • "What's Hot" and "Recently Added" lists
  • iPod and remote headset control

The app requires you to make an account by adding an email address and password before you are ready to go.

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3 years ago

Amazon releases Windowshop for iPad

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Amazon releases Windowshop for iPad

Amazon has released Windowshop for iPad. If you use Amazon as frequently as I do, you may already realize that the current iPhone and iPad offerings are pretty grim.  I've never been a huge fan of the Amazon app as it seems to just be a mobile version of the site shoved into an app.  Windowshop seems to bridge that gap quite nicely on the iPad and it's now available in the App Store as a free download.

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3 years ago

White iPhone 4 delayed until Spring 2011

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White iPhone 4 delayed until Spring 2011

Apple has announced that the now seemingly mythical device known as the white iPhone 4 will not grace us with its presence until next spring. Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller:

We're sorry to disappoint customers waiting for the white iPhone yet again, but we've decided to delay its release until this Spring.

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3 years ago

Apple in early stage negotiations to buy Spotify?

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Apple in early stage negotiations to buy Spotify?

After rumors that Apple attempted to block Spotify from entering the US market, now there's a suggesting they might just be negotiating with the Swedish-based streaming music startup over a possible acquisition. TechCrunch reports:

"Apple and Spotify are in on-again, off-again discussions about an acquisition, but at best it’s very early in the process. No firm price has been offered, no term sheet tabled. Still, it’s interesting that the two are talking."

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3 years ago

RIM shows off BlackBerry PlayBook at AdobeMAX

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RIM shows off BlackBerry PlayBook at AdobeMAX

AdobeMAX got what RIM's own DevCon was denied -- an actual working demo of the upcoming iPad competitor, the BlackBerry PlayBook. I guess now we know why RIM co-CEO Balsillie mentioned Flash 3 times and RIM's own technology approximately zero in his hot retort to Steve Jobs last week -- they're going all in on AIR and Flash, at least at first. Is that risky, tying your platform's future to technology another company controls? Hey, they did it for years with Java 2ME on the BlackBerry, though arguably they suffered as much as they gained. Flash will no doubt get them to market faster, but after buying QNX to serve as their next-generation operating system, I can't help but wish they'd taken the time to roll their own user interface and software developer kit and come to market better. ActiveX waned, consumer-facing Java has waned, Flash might be next. It's a gamble but it's also one that could pay off, especially in the short term.

As to the demo itself, as Dieter noted it looks almost like what we'd expect from an HP PalmPad, cards and all, rather than a BlackBerry device, and what else can I say, it gave CrackBerry Kevin a happy.

Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think -- does it make this iPad competitor more real?

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