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4 years ago

Apple Exploring Contacts on the Home Screen - Apple Patent Watch

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Apple Exploring Contacts on the Home Screen - Apple Patent Watch

The Apple patents keep on rolling out and today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office accepted Apple’s filing for a patent that would allow for contact icons to be placed on the home screen, along with the ability to invoke apps, retrieve and display contacts information, or dynamically display related information all tied to an individual contact.

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blockquote>"The icon can also be used to invoke one or more applications that are personalized to the contact. The icon can be modified to display information related to the contact. In one aspect, an icon associated with an entity can be temporarily displayed on the mobile device based on the proximity of the mobile device to the entity."

This is pure speculation on our part but it's possible you will see this patent come to life in the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0. Hopefully when January 27th comes we all will see what is in store for the future of the iPhone OS.

Now please excuse me while I go add a few more contacts on the home screen of my Moto Droid, since it's been doing that for a while. ;)

One more screen shot after the break!

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4 years ago

Powermat Inductive Charging for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

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Powermat Inductive Charging for iPhone -- TiPb @ CES 2010

Inductive charging is the future, and one of the companies trying to bring it to the iPhone is Powermat. I say trying only because, unlike our friends over at CrackBerry.com, we won't be able to just swap in an inductive battery and go about our business. To truly bring inductive to the iPhone, Apple will have to build it in the way Palm does with the Pre and Pixi.

But Apple is Apple, so companies like Powermat are working around them with cases. The iMore Store has the 2009 Powermat models in stock, but coming later in 2010, they're getting sleeker and adding a second, slightly longer case that includes an extended battery.

Powermat, and others, believe one day inductive charging will just be built into our counters, desks, cars, etc. Hopefully Apple includes it in the 4th generation iPhone. I know I want it.

CES 2010 sneak peak video after the break!

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4 years ago

Is RAM the Thing That Will Dictate iPhone Multitasking?

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4 years ago

Geodelic Location-based Discovery for iPhone

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Geodelic Location-based Discovery for iPhone

Geodelic [Free - iTunes link] is a location-based discovery app for the iPhone that knows where you are and uses that information to recommend points-of-interest such as restaurants, stores, and shows.

I had the pleasure of watching their show-stealing presentation at CES 2010's Mobile Apps Showdown last week, and based on the amount of energy and creativity they put into that alone, I'm really eager to try this out and see how it develops.

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4 years ago

Facebook 3.1.2 Brings More Bug Fixes

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Facebook 3.1.2 Brings More Bug Fixes

Batten down your contacts and defend your profile pics, because Facebook 3.1.2 is here and it purports to fix those bugs that have been ailing ya:

  • Fixes some crashes
  • Fix a bug causing incorrect matches in address book sync
  • Fix a bug causing incorrect matches for contacts with the same name

Here's hoping that what has been, prior to 3.1, one of the best social networking apps on any platform, is back on track and ready rock.

Download it, try it out, let us know if it works!

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4 years ago

Facebook 3.1 Contact Syncing -- Got Bikini Pics?

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Facebook 3.1 Contact Syncing -- Got Bikini Pics?

As if Facebook 3.1 for iPhone and iPod touch didn't have enough problems, dmackdaddy let us know this potentially embarrassing problem he's experiencing with the new contact picture syncing functionality:

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4 years ago

Apple Releases MobileMe Gallery App for iPhone, iPod touch

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Apple Releases MobileMe Gallery App for iPhone, iPod touch

Apple has just released their 5th iPhone and iPod touch app, MobileMe Gallery [Free - iTunes link] The functionality is as simple and elegant as the name suggests, pulling your MobileMe Gallery photos and movies from the cloud and showing them on your device. Sure, you could do this via Safari before, but there's an app for everything now, right?

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4 years ago

From the Forums: Facebook 3.1 Issues Continue, Help Crackberry Kevin, Google Nexus One

From the Forums: Facebook 3.1 Issues Continue, Help Crackberry Kevin, Google Nexus One

From the Forums is a great way to see what all of the current hot topics are on the TiPb forums. Today we would like to go over some of the popular sub-forums for those of you who may not be familiar with our forum setup. Becoming a member is fast and free, so if you have not already already done so, head on over and register now.

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4 years ago

TiPb Top 5 iPhone Puzzle/Gem Switch Games!

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TiPb Top 5 iPhone Puzzle/Gem Switch Games!

Today’s TiPb Top 5 will be directed towards our iPhone and iPod touch wielding readers who love puzzle games where the goal is to take similarly colored shapes or objects and get them into a group, causing them to be removed from play. Just like our other TiPb top 5 must-have posts, all of these applications are available in the App Store. I've always been quite fond (understatement!) of these types of games, and while the variety is endless, the top 5 I currently enjoy can be found after the break!

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4 years ago

Apple Exploring iPhone/iTablet Stylus and Dynamic Multi-Model User Interfaces -- Patent Watch

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Apple Exploring iPhone/iTablet Stylus and Dynamic Multi-Model User Interfaces -- Patent Watch

AppleInsider brings word of two interesting Apple patents, one involving user interfaces that changed depending on the user's situation, the other -- wait for it -- for an iPhone/iTablet stylus.

The stylus patent, credited to John G. Elias, co-founder of multitouch maestros, FingerWorks, involves:

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