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4 years ago

Dear Santa Jobs: All We Want for iPhone 4.0 is...

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Dear Santa Jobs: All We Want for iPhone 4.0 is...

Dear Santa Jobs, all we want for Christmas iPhone 4.0 is... Well, grab your cocoa (touch) and take a long sip, because just like our buddy Derek, we've a bit of a list this year.

Don't get us wrong, you revolutionized a lazy, arrogant smartphone industry with your UI in 2007, shook up mobile app delivery with your store in 2008, and re-defined the "budget" $99 price point in 2009, all the while pushing software updates and evolving hardware that forced your competitors to catch up or re-invent themselves completely. But if the merry little elves of the Round Robin have shown us anything, it's that catch up they have. And more than that, even though we got stockings chock full of iPhone 3.0 cut-and-paste, stereo Bluetooth, MMS, and other goodies last year, there's still some minor little things we'd love you to resolve in 2010.

(And yes, we're aware almost all of these suggestions are straight out of Cydia and already available for Jailbroken iPhones. That's not coal worthy, it's a holiday miracle!)

Comfy? Good, because here's the naughty and nice of it...

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4 years ago

Get a New iPhone or iPod touch for Christmas? Here's What You Need to Know!

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Get a New iPhone or iPod touch for Christmas? Here's What You Need to Know!

So you were nice enough for Santa to leave a shiny new iPhone 3GS or iPod touch G3 in your stocking, and it's unwrapped and charged and... you need to know what to do next?! Relax, TiPb's got you covered. Here are some helpful tips and tricks, apps and accessories, and reviews and overviews to get new users on their way. (Or, if you're already a pro, to send to those new users who would otherwise be bugging you all morning for help).

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4 years ago

Apple Owns iSlate.com, Let iTablet Name Rumors Commence!

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Apple Owns iSlate.com, Let iTablet Name Rumors Commence!

Santa was kind to MacRumors.com, gifting them with discovery that Apple has owned the internet domain name iSlate.com since 2007, though it's been hidden away much of that time:

it seems Apple's name was temporarily exposed as the actual owner of "iSlate.com" for several weeks in late 2007. It was changed back within a few weeks, but MacRumors has found the historic record proving Apple ownership of the iSlate.com domain.

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4 years ago

Track Santa on Your iPhone via Google and NORAD

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Track Santa on Your iPhone via Google and NORAD

Turn on your iPhone, tap on Google Maps, type in Santa, and his jolliness will pop right up on your screen thanks to the Christmas spirit of Google and NORAD.

Google Earth app [Free - iTunes link], YouTube, and even @NORADSanta on Twitter will also help you keep your sights set on reindeer and sleigh.

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4 years ago

TiPb Top 5 iPhone Cooking Apps!

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TiPb Top 5 iPhone Cooking Apps!

Today’s TiPb Top 5 will be directed towards our iPhone and iPod touch wielding readers who love to cook. Just like our other TiPb top 5 must-have posts, all of these applications are available in the App Store. For the full overview, follow us after the break!

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4 years ago

VoiceCentral "Black Swan" Brings Google Voice to iPhone Browser

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VoiceCentral "Black Swan" Brings Google Voice to iPhone Browser

Neither Google Voice nor any Google Voice-related apps snuck back into the App Store, at least not yet, but VoiceCentral aims to fill that void with its Black Swan Edition WebApp alternative. TechCrunch has the details:

The app is completely browser-based but has the look and feel of a regular app, complete with a dialer, list of transcribed voicemails, and SMS messages.

Using the WebApp calls both the number you want to reach and your Google Voice number, so you're still using voice minutes, and it can't access your iPhone contacts so you have to upload (and update) those separately. Still, the voicemail and SMS will no doubt appeal to some. It even does HTML5-style local caching.

Once again, as TechCrunch and Apple themselves point out, WebApps provide a way to develop for the iPhone outside the App Store and associated approval method (and problems).

If you have a Google Voice account and want to give VoiceCentral a try, you can apply for the beta. If you get in, let us know how it works for you!

Video after the break!

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4 years ago

Full on Qik Live for iPhone Streaming Video Broadcast Now in App Store

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Full on Qik Live for iPhone Streaming Video Broadcast Now in App Store

'Tis the season for last minute, high-profile, pre-holiday App Store approvals it seems, as the long-awaited Qik, now dubbed Qik Live [Free - iTunes link] has finally hit the iPhone!

I've been lucky enough to have an ad-hoc version for a while now, and it's always worked very, very well, so here's to Apple and AT&T loosening the 3G chains and letting iPhone users do what Nokia N95 users have been doing for years now -- broadcast live from their iPhones!

If you try it out, say to live stream the grandkids opening their new iPod touch presents, let us know how it works for you!

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4 years ago

Evernote 3.2 for iPhone -- Offline Notes, Local Search, Extra Zippy-ness

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Evernote 3.2 for iPhone -- Offline Notes, Local Search, Extra Zippy-ness

Evernote let us know that their huge, elephant-sized update, Evernote 3.2 [Free - iTunes link] for iPhone and iPod touch snuck into the App Store just before the holidays and brought with it new, note-worthy goodness:

  • Zippy-ness all around, from launching to searching, syncing, making new notes, reading old ones. Just. Faster.

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4 years ago

Multi-touch Tactile Keyboard for iTablet -- Apple Patent Watch

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Multi-touch Tactile Keyboard for iTablet -- Apple Patent Watch

AppleInsider has come across an interesting patent from Apple, titled "Keystroke Tactility Arrangement on a Smooth Touch Surface that details a multi-touch tactile keyboard for an iTablet-like device:

"The articulating frame may provide key edge ridges that define the boundaries of the key regions or may provide tactile feedback mechanisms within the key regions. The articulating frame may also be configured to cause concave depressions similar to mechanical key caps in the surface."

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4 years ago

UPDATED: Are AT&T's iPhone Problems Due to Network Configuration Errors?

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UPDATED: Are AT&T's iPhone Problems Due to Network Configuration Errors?

UPDATE: TiPb asked for AT&T's side of this story, and here it is:

"The AT&T wireless network is designed and engineered to deliver the highest possible levels of capacity and performance. Our standing as the nation's fastest 3G network is validated by multiple third-party testing organizations on the basis of millions of drive tests annually.  

"We believe that recent online speculation regarding AT&T wireless network configuration settings is without foundation. Allegations in these posts regarding packet loss network settings are incorrect."

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