June 27, 2008 · 3:45 pm
MMS messages coming to iPhone
Apple’s kept it quiet, but the company has been quietly developing a way iPhone users can send MMS messages to friends using the device. At least, that’s the latest rumour spreading on teh ‘Net.
Seems an internal AT&T email has emerged regarding a service which lets users attach images, audio and video to a normal SMS.
Related stories see Rogers Wireless, Canada’s exclusive iPhone 3G carrier announcing today that monthly service plans for the handset will start at $60 for 150 anytime minutes, 75 outgoing text messages, and 400MB of data.
"As Canada’s leading wireless carrier, Rogers is thrilled to not only bring the iPhone 3G to Canada but to make it affordable and accessible to as many customers as possible," says John Boynton, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "We’ve designed a pricing structure that offers affordable, flexible voice and data packages so Canadians can truly unleash their iPhone 3G experience on Canada’s fastest wireless network."
Finally, Apple and China Mobile have cleared the main hurdle to a deal for China, meaning iPhone could ship in that country before the end of the year. It’s understood Apple’s move to abandon insistence on a revenue-sharing deal was the barrier to doing the deal in the first place.
(Via 9 to 5 Mac)
June 27, 2008 · 3:41 pm
LG’s Dare would really like to be an iPhone
Verizon today began shipping the LG Dare, and has finally revealed the price of the new device. The handset should be available for purchase online by Thursday, and will hit retail stores on July 3rd.
The phone will retail for $250. You then get a $50 mail-in-rebate…which will bring the cost down to $200 when you eventually get your rebate check in the mail.
The Dare is smaller than the iPhone (and is missing the iPhone’s built in storage), but it does have some features that the iPhone itself lacks. For example, it has a 3.2-megapixel camera with flash. It also has a 120 frames per second video capture mode, and a microSD slot which allows for memory expansion.
It does feature a “full HTML browser”, 3G (through EVDO Revision A) and GPS through Verizon’s Navigator.
None of that, however, changes the fact that if you buy one of these you’ll be walking around with a device that looks like a knock-off of the iPhone.
Obviously there is plenty that the LG DOESN’T have that the iPhone will – including the App Store, and multi-touch – but honestly, why would anyone want to run around with something that looks like this?
I mean, seriously, if you don’t want an iPhone why on earth would you want a phone that LOOKS like an iPhone? If you do want an iPhone, and you’re waiting for your contract to come up – why would you want this knock-off looking phone when you can just wait out your contract?
These kinds of phones are SAD as far as I’m concerned. I am not near fanboy enough to suggest that Apple is the only one that knows how to make a good phone. The lack of original thinking on the part of these other phone designers is just appalling, though.
You can make a touch screen phone that doesn’t look completely like a knock off of the iPhone. I know its possible…someone please at least TRY.
(Via Apple Gazette)
June 27, 2008 · 3:38 pm
Is WALL-E a Mac?
The new motion picture ‘WALL-E’ is out in theaters today, and I’ve read a few reports that ‘WALL-E’ is a mac. When he boots up, there’s the ever familiar Mac ‘dong’… or is it ‘ding’… or is it more of a ‘hummm’…. You know what I mean. So hard to put into words.
Also, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive is said to have consulted on the design of WALL-E’s love interest in the movie ‘EVE’… and WALL-E himself is said to carry around a clunky first gen iPod.
One shouldn’t be surprised if there are many design cues reminiscent of Mac design. Steve Jobs owns 7% of Disney stock, and sits on their board of directors (Disney owns Pixar). Naturally I’m sure he has some pull.
At any rate, thought this was a bit interesting. If any of you out there go check out the movie be sure to leave comments here on what you saw. Can you confirm or deny that WALL-E is a mac!?
Filed under Apple, interesting
Tagged as Apple, mac
June 27, 2008 · 3:37 pm
Streaming Sirius Satellite Radio comes to Apple iPhone
Apple iPhone owners (jailbroken Apple iPhone owners, that is] “can now enjoy live streaming satellite radio from Sirius thanks to an application called uSirius,” Michael Kwan reports for Mobile Magazine.
“The app works in much the same way as iRadio. You aren’t connecting directly to the Sirius satellites, of course, seeing how the iPhone doesn’t have that functionality built into it. Instead, the music comes pumping through your iPhone either via Wi-Fi or EDGE. When the 3G iPhone comes out next month, you’ll be able to get a speedier connection via HSDPA as well,” Kwan reports.
“Unfortunately, getting in on the Sirius Satellite Radio action is going to cost you. There is a free three-day trial before you’ll need to register, so at least you can give a test drive before you buy it. Find it through Installer.app,” Kwan reports.
June 27, 2008 · 3:33 pm
Pixar Pixie Dust
Here come the robots.
When Pixar releases Wall-E, its latest masterpiece, on Friday, the world will be flooded with images of a beeping, blinking romance between two machines–a stranded hunk of robotic waste collector and a seemingly Apple-inspired space-exploring android. And not just images: Expect to see versions of Wall-E and his beloved Eva everywhere. An estimated 300 products–everything from binoculars and remote control robots to Crocs (nasdaq: CROX – news – people ) and onesies–will be stamped with Wall-E’s visage.
And that’s just the way that Disney (nyse: DIS – news – people ) and its beloved Pixar want it.
Since Disney acquired Pixar in 2005 for $7.4 billion, investors and moviegoers alike have been watching to see how the marriage would unfold. The answer from Disney’s bottom line: so far so good, thank you very much. What remains to be seen is whether Disney’s creative engine will get juiced by Pixar, too.
Read Full Story HERE
(Via Forbes.com: Technology News)
June 27, 2008 · 7:44 am
Disk mode on the iPhone/iPod Touch!
A great Tip!
I know the iPhone and the iPod Touch don’t have a lot of storage, but it would still be very useful to use them in disk mode. I found out about this great utility called “DiskAid” that makes it possible to use the iPhone/iPod Touch in disk mode. What is even better about this application is that it runs on your Mac and you don’t need a jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch. It is basically compatible with a standard 1.1.1 to 1.1.4 firmware iPhone/iPod. More info and download link here on MacUpdate.
(Via A New Mac Tip Every Day)
June 27, 2008 · 7:15 am
iTunes 7.7 to include remote control capabilities?
Along with the new iPhone SDK 8 beta that came out tonight, Apple also shipped a pre-release version of iTunes 7.7 to developers in the iPhone Dev Program. iTunes 7.7 is a requirement for the new iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 firmware; it also appears to include a new remote control feature.
According to an anonymous tipster, iTunes 7.7 will allow either an iPhone or iPod touch to download a free application that can remote control iTunes from anywhere in the vicinity of your Mac (most likely over your home network). Reportedly, this free application will be available in the App Store upon the 2.0 firmware release.
As we cannot confirm nor deny this tip, take it with a grain of salt until we get official word from Apple.
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