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AppleInsider Compares iPhone to Palm Treo 650, Laughs Hysterically

AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger put together a lengthy five page review comparing iPhone to Palm's obsolete operating system, drawing comparisons to features, hardware, software design and usability. Guess who came out ahead? I'll give you a hint; it wasn't PalmOS.

Funny thing is, I was in the middle of writing an identical feature article for this site, some time ago, and gave up when I realized the entire topic was irrelevant because PalmOS (Garnet) is a dead, long forgotten platform that holds little interest for anyone these days. I would draw more interest by comparing iPhone to Mike Vick's ego.

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Satirical iPhone Wallpapers Prove Painfully Accurate

Josh Helfferich created a whimsical set of six satirical iPhone wallpapers to remind us all of the pitfalls of owning an iPhone. His first creation, titled "Attracting total strangers", strikes close to home for me. I can't use my iPhone in public without drawing immediate attention to myself.

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Canadians Unlock iPhone, Celebrate in Wild Drinking Binge

Some hosers in Montreal successfully managed to get iPhones working on Canada's Rogers wireless network, with a little help of the rather costly TurboSIM card method. Apparently these chaps are unaware of the 18 million and counting software unlock solutions that cost nothing, or they could have saved themselves the price of 200 maple leaves, eh?

Come on, Canada. The Israelis are making you look like chumps!


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Group Offers $100,000 Bounty for Free Unlock Software

On the internet, no one can hear your bluff. A blog claims to be offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who can produce a free software unlock solution for iPhone, and deliver it by the chimes of midnight tonight. Of course, no information whatsoever is given to back the legitimacy of this claim, such as who its underwriters are so I'd wager this cash payment is coming from someone's HP deskjet printer. Nothing more than a single email address is available for correspondence, which doesn't instill confidence.

My favorite quote from the site, which gives good insight into the minds behind this project...

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EA and PopCap Thinks iPhone's Got Game

Fanboys aren't the only ones wanting to install games on iPhone. Developers at Electronic Arts (EA) and PopCap, see iPhone as a viable gaming handheld and a potentially lucrative market. So much so in fact that the folks at PopCap aren't waiting for Apple to open its walled garden to developers. The popular maker of mobile game titles says iPhone is already on its roadmap for future game development, and has a few projects in the works. Andrew Stein, PopCap's director of mobile business development recently told Reuters...

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iCheaters: Man Sells Cheating Girlfriend's iPhone on Craigslist

Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Boy buys girl iPhone to express his love. Girl cheats on boy. Boy sells cheating girl's iPhone on Craigslist.

I love a happy ending.


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OMFG! iPhone Officially Unlocked, This Time for Realz

Yes folks, this is the real deal. Remember that shady website that claimed would release a fully software based iPhone unlock solution within 48 hours? Well...they did. So far I have already received reports from users claiming to have iPhones unlocked and functioning on T-Mobile, Rogers, Vodaphone, and Orange networks.

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Screen Smudge as Art Form, Express Yourself

After hours of active use, your iPhone's screen will become filled with more greasy fingerprints and smudges than the front doors of your local McDonalds. How can you see through all that film? Wipe if off? No, be creative. Express your inner artist. Let your fingers inspire you. Rub your iPhone's slippery glass surface in delicate strokes, forming shapes and contours. Create images and silhouettes from the deposited facial oil. Where others see a smudgy screen, I see the face of a clown.

Now spray Windex onto a sheet of paper towel, lightly dampened. Then clean your filthy screen, and get back to work. Stop wasting time.

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A Fix for Flaky Touch Screen Behavior, Let My Fingers Guide You

So here I am fiddling with my iPhone, when a rare yet not entirely uncommon problem rears itself.

Every now and again my iPhone's touchscreen exhibits a rather strange behavior. When I tap to select a specific item in various applications, the touchscreen misidentifies my tap and executes it in a completely different area code. The device can remain in that state for five or more seconds. No matter how many times you tap on a specific item, something else is selected. Example...I tap on very first new email in my inbox to open it, and the very last email is selected instead. Sound familiar to you? Thought so.

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Smartphone Experts Offers Horizontal Cases for Vertical People

Finding just the right case for your iPhone can be a real challenge - with so many case options, it's easy to get lost in a sea of accessories. Smartphone Experts (they have a diploma proving they're experts) offers a colorful line of stylish leather cases of every form factor, even horizontally aligned pouches for those who prefer the "I'm packing heat" look.

The SPE SidePouch sports a magnet flap and belt-clip design, priced at just $29.95. It's availabe in five flavors - Black, Cocoa Brandy, Red Brandy, Saddle Brandy, Cream Brandy, and Brandy Brandy. Someone at Smartphone Experts must have a taste for Brandy.

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