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5 years ago

TiPb TV 5: To Jailbreak or not to Jailbreak?

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TiPb TV 5: To Jailbreak or not to Jailbreak?

To Jailbreak or not to Jailbreak, that is the question. Or more importantly, who should consider Jailbreaking and who would be better off with an Apple-pure iPhone. Most of our TiPb regulars have already know where they stand but for new users it can be a big decision. That's the topic for the fifth episode of our new, conversational video show, TiPb TV!

Rene and I go over the benefits and drawbacks of Jailbreak, the ability to customize, run Cydia apps and tweaks, and use your iPhone the way you want vs. the stability, protection, and simplicity Apple provides.

Maybe you want an iPhone that "just works" and you never have to spend any time on, or maybe you want to spend your time tweaking every last little pixel and setting. Either way, if you're considering Jailbreaking but just aren't sure check out the latest episode of TiPb TV and we'll help you decide!

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5 years ago

iTunes sending out free movie rentals

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iTunes sending out free movie rentals

Apple started sending out free iTunes movie rental codes to iTunes users today. The promo code will allow you to rent one of the 8,500 available movies.

Redeem your free movie rental below, and start watching one of your favorite movies on iTunes. Watch what you want, when you want. Enjoy movie rentals on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, the all-new Apple TV, or on your computer. You have 30 days from the moment you rent a movie to start watching, and 24 hours to finish it.

Apple has not indicated the reason behind this promotion, but we're not complaining - we'll gladly accept a free rental. Perhaps this is Apple's way of saying "Happy Holidays".

Who's received a free rental code? What do you plan to rent? Do you plan to watch it on your iPhone or iPad?

[9To5Mac]

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5 years ago

iPad 2 to ship by the end of February 2011?

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iPad 2 to ship by the end of February 2011?

Digitimes is claiming that the Foxconn Electronics plant in Shenzhen will start shipping iPad 2 in 100 days. They claim initial shipments should reach 400,000 - 600,000 units. The rumor comes from Taiwan based component makers but has not been confirmed in any way by Foxconn.

The sources claim that the iPad 2 will ship by the end of February 2011. Apple had planned to start mass manufacturing of the iPad 2 in January however the device’s firmware is still in the testing stage and this has now been delayed by Apple.

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5 years ago

Apple now selling iPad gift cards

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Apple now selling iPad gift cards

Apple Stores are now selling iPad gift cards. Actually, let's rephrase that - Apple now has the option to package Apple gift cards in a giant piece of cardboard labeled as an "iPad Gift Card" and stamped with a picture of an iPad. The gift card itself is the same one Apple has always offered - sliver with a white Apple logo in the center.

The interesting thing to note is that this means iPads are now able to be purchased with a gift card. In the past, it was required to have a debit or credit card to buy an iPad (as with iPhones), so Apple must have changed their policy.

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5 years ago

ngmoco releases Touch Pets Dogs 2 for iPhone, Adventure Bay for iPhone, iPad

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ngmoco releases Touch Pets Dogs 2 for iPhone, Adventure Bay for iPhone, iPad

ngmoco has released two new games, Touch Pets Dogs 2 for iPhone and Adventure Bay for iPhone and iPad.

In Adventure Bay, the goal is to build an island paradise and attract fellow adventures. You Assemble a crew and set sail, gather treasure maps, and explore uncharted islands in search of exclusive loot with friends. Adventure Bay is available for iPhone and iPad. Here are the highlights for Adventure Bay:

  • Build an island paradise from over 100 items
  • Lure adventurers to your island with its many attractions
  • Explore the tropics in search of loot and buried treasure
  • Complete collections to unlock exclusives
  • Help speed your friends along on their own quests

The sequel to Touch Pets Dogs is similar to its predecessor with the addition of new locations to play with your pup and new breeds to adopt. The idea behind Touch Pets Dogs is that you create a custom playland for your new best friend and fill it with toys and treats. You can primp your pups with soapy sponges and dress them in the latest canine fashion. Here are the highlights for Touch Pets Dogs 2:

  • Play and Care for your puppy
  • Decorate and personalize your own puppy playground
  • Invite friends’ puppies over for playdates
  • Visit friends’ houses to earn rewards for everyone
  • Discover treasures hidden in your furniture

Both titles are free to download with optional in-app purchases. If you pick either of these up, let us know what you think!

[Adventure Bay for iPad - iTunes link]

[Adventure Bay for iPhone - iTunes link]

[Touch Pets Dogs 2 -iTunes link]

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5 years ago

Google Nexus S vs. Apple iPhone 4... websites?

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Google Nexus S vs. Apple iPhone 4... websites?

Pictured above are the new Google Nexus S webite (www.google.com/nexus/#!/index) and the iPhone 4 website (www.apple.com/iphone) launched back in June. Apple is no doubt hugely flattered.

[Nexus S and iPhone 4 via Brad W. Allen via Daring Fireball]

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5 years ago

iPad Live podcast #33: The Seth Show

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5 years ago

Google Nexus S once again shows how to counter-program iPhone

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Google Nexus S once again shows how to counter-program iPhone

Google has just announced the Nexus S, a pure Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered, Samsung manufactured smartphone aiming to take the Nexus One into generation two and set the standard for a legion of subsequent devices in 2011. Our sibling site, Android Central has got your full Nexus S and Gingerbread coverage, and they're even giving away a free Nexus S in their Android Forums, so go check that out. What interests me, however, is that like the Nexus One, Nexus S shows that Google is one of the few companies that really know how to counter-program Apple and iPhone.

Apple sold 14 million iPhones last quarter. Released in June. On one US carrier, with controversies real and imagined about the antenna, and with one of the two models -- the white one -- delayed until next year. Other phones that were announced around a similar time either got overshadowed, lacked brand power or distinction, or suffered carriers meddling with and defiling them at every turn. Aimed at mainstream consumers who probably had little idea what version of Android they ran or whether they were Galaxy S behind all the different names, as often or not they were probably sold as "like an iPhone". They're one of an unremarkable many at this point. A me-too. A memory.

Nexus S will be different.

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5 years ago

AT&T ranked worst carrier in the US by Consumer Reports

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AT&T ranked worst carrier in the US by Consumer Reports

In a recent survey by Consumer Reports, AT&T ranked the worst in a whopping 8 out of 9 categories. The survey took into account the top four carriers - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. it also looked at a few of the bigger regional carriers as well. Verizon came in at number one out of the four nationwide carriers. It only fell 2nd next to US Cellular.

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5 years ago

Griffin Elan Passport for iPad - accessory review

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Griffin Elan Passport for iPad - accessory review

This week I got to try out the Griffin Elan Passport Case for iPad and I really like it! The Elan Passport is a leather flip case with a soft microsuede interior. When closed, the Elan Portfolio resembles a book. When you open it you have immediate access to the touchscreen on the right and the left has four slots for credit cards, business cards, etc. or other similarly shaped items and a sleeve to tuck additional paper into such as receipts and more.

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5 years ago

How to theme your iPhone with Winterboard [Jailbreak]

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How to theme your iPhone with Winterboard [Jailbreak]

A lot of people are curious how to theme their iPhone's -- not just change the wallpaper but customize the whole look of the interface, including icons, menu bars, fonts, and more. Enter Winterboard, a free Jailbreak app you can download for free via Cydia.

Winterboard is a necessary utility to install themes and most customizations. Many veteran jailbreakers will remember the days of Summerboard as well. Winterboard took its place a few years back and improved upon several things. When you install a theme, all the components will show up in Winterboard.

Depending upon how a theme developer decided to bundle their theme, you may have only one package in Winterboard, or you may have several. I personally prefer when developers separate theme elements. Since Winterboard works as a hierarchy, I can select a theme and if I don't like the sounds, I can download a sound pack I "do" like and apply that in Winterboard. The key is to move it above the main theme so it overrides the sounds you don't want.

I highly suggest jailbreakers become familiar and comfortable with Winterboard. If you do, there is no limit to what you can do to your phone and you'll be able to tweak and customize even the littlest details of your springboard.

If you want to more, check out our complete guide to Jailbreak basics. If you need help, head on over to our Jailbreak Themes Forum! If you're a veteran themer already. let us know some of your favorites!

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5 years ago

Daily tip: How to use Voice Control on your iPhone

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Daily tip: How to use Voice Control on your iPhone

Curious how to use your voice to dial or control your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS? Apple has built Voice Control right into the phone and while it's still limited in functionality, it's very easy to use. We'll show you how after the break.

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5 years ago

Verizon willing to pay to keep iPhone off Sprint and T-Mobile?

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Verizon willing to pay to keep iPhone off Sprint and T-Mobile?

We have all heard the rumors of the iPhone going to Verizon in early 2011 but today we are hearing word from Analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros., that Verizon is not only interested in obtaining Apple's widely popular iPhone but they may be willing to pay a price to keep it out of the hands of Sprint and T-Mobile.

We are hearing that (Verizon) does not want iPhone, the hottest selling smartphone, available on T-Mobile USA and/or Sprint and may be willing to pay for exclusivity to itself and AT&T," Wu wrote. "For these reasons, (Verizon) could be more willing to give in to Apple's terms.

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5 years ago

Teen who made $130,000 selling white iPhone 4 conversion kits shuts down site

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Teen who made $130,000 selling white iPhone 4 conversion kits shuts down site

Fei Lam, the 17 year old who made a decent amount of change selling white iPhone 4 conversation kits has shut down his website.

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5 years ago

Google eBooks start going live for iPhone, iPad

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Google eBooks start going live for iPhone, iPad

The long rumored Google eBooks service appears to have gone live today... somewhat. The service allows you to not only read books on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, but on the web or on Android phones, Nook, and Sony devices. The iOS webpage boasts over 8,000 titles already available for download.

The only problem right now is the fact that the native app isn't currently available for iPhone or iPad yet. (I'm getting the "The item you've requested is not currently available in the US Store" error but we'll update when that's sorted out.)

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