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4 years ago

Crazy Rumor Tuesday: Apple to Turn iTunes Accounts into Paypal Competitor?!

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Crazy Rumor Tuesday: Apple to Turn iTunes Accounts into Paypal Competitor?!

Crazy rumor of the day, courtesy of Silicon Alley Insider, has Apple considering turning iTunes accounts into a Paypal competitor. Though they're careful to classify it as gossip and not confirmed news (heh), it's not beyond imagination that someone, somewhere, wanted to gauge a little public reaction to this idea.

Now, TiPb has given Microsoft a lot of negative feedback for losing focus and getting into areas they have no business getting into (pun intended). So, we have to do the same for Apple.

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4 years ago

TiPb Poll Results: Verizon Couldn't Handle iPhone Either

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TiPb Poll Results: Verizon Couldn't Handle iPhone Either

In light of AT&T's continuing challenge to support the iPhone and provide adequate coverage and service to iPhone users, TiPb asked our readers whether they thought Verizon could better handle the iPhone. Rumored to have been Apple's first choice, Verizon's advertising focuses specifically on the reliability and reach of their network. Could things have been different if Apple went with them instead?

The results of TiPb's poll to date are:

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4 years ago

Quick App: Twitbit 1.1

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Quick App: Twitbit 1.1

Twitbit [$4.99 - iTunes link] is a Twitter client for iPhone and iPod touch that includes built-in push notification for not only @mentions but direct messages as well.

It was not long ago that Rene introduced us all to the app, and we wouldn't be telling the truth if we didn't say things started off pretty rough with the initial launch. TiPb is happy to report, however, with the latest upcoming update, 1.1, things have changed greatly.

  • More granular push configuration
  • Selectively push DMs, mentions, neither, or both.
  • Better push support while the app is running (new message badges, vibrations, etc.)
  • New direct message workflow
  • Summary/inbox view that's modeled after the built-in "Messages" app, organized by user
  • Threaded conversations
  • Landscape tweet and direct message composition
  • Built-in photo browser with landscape support
  • Landscape mode in the built-in web browser
  • Saved searches
  • Person search
  • Saved timeline position
  • More tweet actions (open in browser, send in email)
  • More browser actions (send in email, post link in tweet)
  • Customizable tab order
  • Customizable re-tweet format
  • Fix for the "HTTP 401" error when posting tweets and direct messages.
  • Lots of other UI enhancements and bug fixes

TiPb has been putting this latest beta through it's paces the past two weeks and so far so we've been impressed. Look for Twitbit 1.1 to hit Apple's App Store any day now.

Pictures of Twitbit 1.1 in action after the break!

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4 years ago

The Competition: Microsoft Gives Devs Guide to iCloning iPhone Apps for Windows Mobile

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The Competition: Microsoft Gives Devs Guide to iCloning iPhone Apps for Windows Mobile

According to sibling site WMExperts, Microsoft has released a developers guide for porting iPhone apps to -- shock and horror -- Windows Mobile.

Can't blame them, though, 65,000 apps via a unified, on-device store, fart apps and rejected apps aside, is a huge competitive gap to make up, especially when your previous generation was stuck in a Windows 95-style user experience.

Selfishly, we hope the competition helps force out those fart apps and get those rejected apps back into Apple's iTunes App Store where they belong...

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4 years ago

T-Mobile UK Offering Unlocked iPhones to Retain High-Value Customers?

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T-Mobile UK Offering Unlocked iPhones to Retain High-Value Customers?

The Register, (via Engadget Mobile) is reporting that T-Mobile UK is slipping unlocked iPhones to high-value customers in an attempt to keep them from switching to the exclusive UK iPhone carrier, O2.

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4 years ago

Want a Legit Unlocked iPhone 3GS 32GB? Got $999

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Want a Legit Unlocked iPhone 3GS 32GB? Got $999

Buy.com is offering the iPhone 3GS at 32GB "Never-Locked LEGALLY Unlocked" for $999. You can also get the iPhone 3G at 16GB for $849.

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4 years ago

Tuesday Fun Video: iPhone 3GS Headed Robot!

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Tuesday Fun Video: iPhone 3GS Headed Robot!

Can't believe we missed this iPhone 3GS headed robot! (Don't tell Dieter). Which exact ancestor of our future robotic iPhone overlords we don't know, but we figure when the day does come, if they're rocking iPhone heads, at least Apple might still reject "wipe out humanity" or somesuch from their overlord App Store... (insert your own duplicates functionality joke here!)

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4 years ago

Want Easy Google Voice Access on Your iPhone? Go Old School with a Bookmarklet!

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Want Easy Google Voice Access on Your iPhone? Go Old School with a Bookmarklet!

David over at ironicsans shared this little piece of inspired genius with us: Google Voice Speed Dial Bookmarklet Generator.

Bookmarklets are little snippets of JavaScript saved as bookmarks that, before there were apps on the iPhone, did all sorts of wonderful things (editor emeritus Mike Overbo whipped up a smorgasbord of them a couple years back). Since Google Voice apps are currently forbidden in the App Store, David's solution works similar wonders for them:

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4 years ago

Netflix Next to Stream to iPhone?

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Netflix Next to Stream to iPhone?

Multichannel News (via Apple Insider) is reporting that an industry source claims Netflix "Watch Instantly" is coming to the iPhone.

Netflix currently uses Microsoft's proprietary DRM, however, so unless they're planning on switching to something more iPhone friendly -- namely H.264 like YouTube did -- we're not quite sure how they'll manage it with anything approaching decent results.

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4 years ago

Monday Fun Video: Twit-A-Run Augmented Reality Twitter UI

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Monday Fun Video: Twit-A-Run Augmented Reality Twitter UI

Augmented reality applications, where live streaming video is overlaid with data in real-time, is coming with iPhone 3.1, and here's a demo Twitter client to show yet another example about how this may be the next great killer app, or the next great killed-by-hype. Either way, we have only one question: is this how Skynet and the Matrix will find and terminate Twitter users first?

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