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4 years ago

WWDC 2009 iPhone Developer Sessions Now Available from Apple

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WWDC 2009 iPhone Developer Sessions Now Available from Apple

Apple has let iPhone, iPod touch (and Mac) developers know that World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 2009) Sessions are now available for purchase via developer.apple.com:

Watch Apple engineers deliver in-depth technical information on the technologies that power iPhone OS and Mac OS X from the Worldwide Developers Conference 2009.

In addition to the session videos, you’ll also receive access to the presentation slides and sample code so you can make the most out of each session.

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4 years ago

iPhone 3.0: Location Aware Google Search via Safari

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iPhone 3.0: Location Aware Google Search via Safari

Google Blogs (via Gizmodo) has announced that the long-rumored Geo-Location based services in Mobile Safari are indeed included in iPhone 3.0 and being put to use in "My Location" searches by Google.com on the iPhone.

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4 years ago

The Competition: Palm Releases webOS Mojo SDK to Pre Developers

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The Competition: Palm Releases webOS Mojo SDK to Pre Developers

Kudos to Palm for getting a webOS SDK out to Pre developers so quickly, and for the sheer genius of making web 2.0 standards like CSS, HTML, and Javascript, ubiquitous all, the major toolset.

There's a long road ahead to catch up with the iPhone's 56,000 apps, 100,000 registered developers, and 1.5 billion downloads, but that road would have been infinitely has Palm gone with more complicated development model.

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4 years ago

TiPb Give Away: iPhone 3G Made Simple Book

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TiPb Give Away: iPhone 3G Made Simple Book

iPhone 3G Made Simple comes by way of Martin Trautschold and Gary Mazo of Made Simple book and e-book fame -- likely familiar names to any of our CrackBerry.com friends -- have put their training talents to work on the iPhone 3G and the result? 376 pages chock full of photos and easy to understand guides.

It's available now in e-book (PDF) for $20 and is coming in August in good old printed form (soft cover). For TiPb readers, however, Martin and Gary are giving away 5 free copies of the e-book!

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4 years ago

Microsoft Stores to Open Up "Right Next Door to Apple"?

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Microsoft Stores to Open Up "Right Next Door to Apple"?

Either Microsoft thinks it's still April 1, or they really are going to open Microsoft Stores right next door to Apple Stores. Gizmodo provides the quote:

And stay tuned, because we're going to have some retail stores opened up that are opened up right next door to Apple stores this fall. Stay tuned, just stay tuned.

Tuned to what, Comedy Central? We've made fun of this before -- and rightly so -- but it seems Microsoft is again entering a business just because Apple or Google are in it. And is that really sound strategy in anything outside a Hollywood parody? (Starring Will Farrel, 'natch).

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4 years ago

Ultimate iPhone Hacker Championships: Purplesn0w vs Ultrasn0w

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Ultimate iPhone Hacker Championships: Purplesn0w vs Ultrasn0w

In the past 24 hours we have seen major updates to not one but two software unlocks for the iPhone 3GS. Who says competition isn't a good thing and who doesn't love a good old fashion hacker fight? Let's get it on:

In the red corner we have George Hotz along with his fresh version of purplesn0w RC2.

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4 years ago

iPhone 3.1 Beta 2: Triple Click Home for Voice Over, White on Black, or Ask Menu

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iPhone 3.1 Beta 2: Triple Click Home for Voice Over, White on Black, or Ask Menu

Speaking of iPhone 3GS accessibility features, it looks like Apple is improving them in iPhone 3.1 Beta 2 by adding a new "triple click" option to the home button to toggle VoiceOver, Toggle White on Black, and Ask (which then will pop up a menu offering Turn VoiceOver On, Turn Zoom On, Turn White on Black On).

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4 years ago

iPhone 3GS with VoiceOver Easiest Smartphone for Blind People?

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iPhone 3GS with VoiceOver Easiest Smartphone for Blind People?

According to David Pogue in the New York Times, the accessibility features like VoiceOver introduced with the iPhone 3GS make it one of the easiest smartphones for the blind and visually impaired:

First, you tap something to hear it. You can tap icons, words, even the tiny status icons at the top of the screen. As you go, the voice tells you what you’re tapping. “Messages.” “Calendar.” “Mail — 14 new items.” “45 percent battery power.”

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4 years ago

Quick App: Twitbit Push Notification Twitter Client for iPhone

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Quick App: Twitbit Push Notification Twitter Client for iPhone

Twitbit [$4.99 - iTunes link] is a Twitter client for the iPhone and iPod touch that provides built-in push notification for @mentions and direct messages (DMs).

For those of you still reading -- those didn't immediately jump over to grab it -- what this means is you get all the functionality you've come to expect -- reading, posting, multiple accounts, start and stop following, searching, trends, user profiles, reply chains, etc. etc. and you get any @mentions and DMs pushed straight to you without the need for an extra enabler app (which most other Twitter clients currently require).

The folks at High Order Bit were gracious enough to give us a sneak peak to try out, and I've been using it pretty much non-stop since. And... I've found all the functionality I need and then some. The push works wonderfully as well. So far, so fast.

One thing I particularly liked (but others may not) is that, when you get multiple @mentions or DMs, rather than having the latest obliterate the previous text alert (fix that by implementing a genius stacking system, will you Apple?), Twitbit collates them up. You don't get to see the contents of the latest message, but you do get to see "X new @mentions and X new DMs" (see screenshot below). At least you have some idea of volume.

Of course, iPhone notifications being interruptive as they are, there's still a chance something will pop up while you're watching a movie or playing a game...

Given that limitation, more granularity as to who and what Twitbit pushes would be grand -- and it's likely forthcoming in an update -- but wow are these young upstart devs and apps giving the entrenched Twitter clients a race for their functionality.

If you want an amply functioning Twitter client with built-in push notifications, take a serious look at Twitbit and let us know what you think.

Tons of screenshots after the break!

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4 years ago

From the Forums: iTunes 8.2.1 Update, AT&T & MMS, Palm Users, New Applications

From the Forums: iTunes 8.2.1 Update, AT&T & MMS, Palm Users, New Applications

It’s that time again — time for us to pick out some of the hot topics on TiPb’s forums. In order for you to reply to any of the following threads please be sure to register. It’s a painless process that will only take a moment of your time. We promise!

Our first thread today was started by Rene, and he wants your opinion - who's at fault over the latest iTunes update and it's halting communication with the Pre - Apple or Palm? Palm had to see this coming no? Let us know what you think!

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