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4 years ago

iHound GPS Tracker for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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iHound GPS Tracker for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

iHound [$2.99 - iTunes link] is an app that, if you lose your iPhone, will let you send it a message and then track it down via GPS. Sounds familiar, maybe, but it's been around longer and doesn't need a MobileMe account. The Cell Phone Junkie, Mickey Papillion talks me through it in the video below.

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4 years ago

Apple iPhone 3GS vs Google/HTC Android Nexus One Hands-on Video -- Round Robin Redux

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Apple iPhone 3GS vs Google/HTC Android Nexus One Hands-on Video -- Round Robin Redux

Literally right after I finished my 2009 Smartphone Round Robin week with Google's Android platform, represented by the HTC Hero and Motorola Droid, Google went and brought in a ringer -- the HTC-built, Android 2.1 sporting Nexus One.

Android Central's is still en-route but our Editor-in-Chief, Dieter Bohn has been using the Nexus One all through CES so we grabbed him -- literally -- and got him to very quickly put it one-on-one with the great one -- the iPhone 3GS.

Does it change things from our previous hands-on-Android video, and my "power but no passion" full review? Like I said when I posted our iPhone vs. Nexus One gallery, my first impressions are that the Nexus One is top notch when it comes to Google services and hardware specs, but the iPhone is still the king of media and it's user interface remains unequalled. Am I right? Watch the video below and tell me in the comments!

[Note: No, I didn't slam it in the video or try to make the iPhone look better -- that's not the point of the Round Robin. Ultimately the more, better devices that hit the market, the more, better iPhones Apple will have to make for us here at TiPb.]

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4 years ago

CEO(is)h-Snap: Android Founder Rubin Doesn't Like Two-finger Gestures

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CEO(is)h-Snap: Android Founder Rubin Doesn't Like Two-finger Gestures

Engadget confronted Android Founder Andy Rubin -- by all accounts a brilliant and passionate guy who really wants to make great products -- about why the US versions of the Droid and Nexus One don't use the Android 2.0 supported multitouch keyboard and gestures, while the non-US versions do. The response:

"It's not an America versus outside America kind of thing. It's a decision that is a result of the OEM model. I personally don't like two-handed operations... there is no conspiracy."

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4 years ago

iPhone Wins Touchscreen Performance Tests Against Moto Droid, Nexus One and Others

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iPhone Wins Touchscreen Performance Tests Against Moto Droid, Nexus One and Others

The very first time I used the capacitive touchscreen of an iPhone it was clear that there was no other mobile device on the market that could match it's performance. Now, a few years later, that still holds true for most of us and if you'd like proof labs.moto.com has performed a touchscreen stress test.

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blockquote>The iPhone’s touch sensor showed the most linear tracking with the least amount of stair-stepping. The Droid Eris and Nexus One tied for second with only faint wiggling – but actually performed best at the edge of the screen. Last in the line-up was the Motorola Droid, which demonstrated significant wavy artifacts or “stair-stepping.”

Something to keep in mind, the MOTO Development Group used more sophisticated tools to test touchscreen accuracy but the above video simply demonstrates a technique any of you can use to evaluate the accuracy of your own device.

At the end of the day it all comes down to touchscreen hardware and the integration of that hardware with software and user interaction development. Was there really any doubt of which device would come out on top?

Video after the break...

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4 years ago

NYT: Apple Developing Multitouch iWork, Complex Gestures for iTablet (and iPhone?!)

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NYT: Apple Developing Multitouch iWork, Complex Gestures for iTablet (and iPhone?!)

The New York Times says Apple has been working on a multitouch version of their iWork office suite -- Pages word processor, Numbers spread sheet, and Keynote presentations -- for their rumored upcoming iTablet/iSlate, along with complex gestures based on technology they acquired from Fingerworks.

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4 years ago

CEOh-Snap! Palm's Rubinstein, Father of the iPod, Says He's Never Used an iPhone

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CEOh-Snap! Palm's Rubinstein, Father of the iPod, Says He's Never Used an iPhone

Did Palm's Joe Rubinstein say he's never, not once ever touched an Apple iPhone. Not in 2.5 years. Not one? According to Digital Daily, that's just exactly what he said.

Now we don't think everyone has to have at least tried an iPhone, but when you're the CEO of another smartphone company these days, especially when you're a CEO who came from Apple, where you were the "father of the iPod"... frankly we have a hard time believing this is anything other than a misquote or misinterpretation of what he said. Even though there's doesn't seem to be much room for either --

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4 years ago

On-Star Chevy Volt App for iPhone - TiPb @ CES 2010

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On-Star Chevy Volt App for iPhone - TiPb @ CES 2010

Without question one of the coolest things on the CES floor is the Chevy Volt and their On-Star app for the iPhone (and iPod touch -- and Android Droid and BlackBerry Storm). The app gives you incredible control over everything from when you charge the electric wonder car, to notifications for completion or interruption of charge, to opening the doors and warming it up (or cooling it down) before you get in.

You can try out the demo app now [Free - iTunes link], with the real version coming late this year.

Catch our video walkthrough (drive through?), courtesy of On-Star's Paul Pebbles, and pics galore, after the break, and don't miss Android Central's coverage of the Droid version.

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4 years ago

Apple iPhone 3GS vs Google/HTC Android Nexus One -- Gallery

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Apple iPhone 3GS vs Google/HTC Android Nexus One -- Gallery

Dieter has his Google/HTC Android Nexus One here at CES, which means we grabbed it, put it next to our signature Apple iPhone 3GS, and took tons of pics.

First impressions: killer Google services. Killer. Solid hardware. Still Android OS 2.x, so while powerful and flexible, it hasn't reached the user experience level of the iPhone OS yet. Nor media, of course. And it's still not as fluid. On a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. Really? But voice to search, launch, and type? Right back at killer.

Check out the pics after the break!

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4 years ago

Imagination at CES: POWERVR SGX545 Graphics Core... Could it be the 4th Gen iPhone GPU?

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Imagination at CES: POWERVR SGX545 Graphics Core... Could it be the 4th Gen iPhone GPU?

Imagination, which counts Apple as one of its owners, has provided the GPU (graphics processing unit) for every iPhone to date, including the current iPhone 3GS PowerVR SGX, so it's not unreasonable to assume the latest, greatest PowerVR SGX545 introduced at CES will be in the 4th generation iPhone, likely to be announced in June/July:

SGX545 will also deliver OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance, and will also support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.

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4 years ago

Reuters: Aluminum iTablet/iSlate Set for Q2 Launch?

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Reuters: Aluminum iTablet/iSlate Set for Q2 Launch?

Hey, wow, look here -- more Apple iTablet/iSlate rumors, and this time they're bringing aluminum (unibody?) casing rumors along for the wild ride:

Suppliers for Apple Inc's new tablet computer have begun shipping touchscreen panels and will start delivering aluminum casings for it next month, sources said, implying a second-quarter product launch.

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