Daily Archives: July 14, 2008

Day Three, NYC – still a line and rain…no iPhone 3G for me (pics)

11:40am, rainy NYC day, this is what it looks like outside the Apple Cube……photo4.jpg

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Tomorrow is the day, I can feel it, no more waiting, I have to have the new iPhone, I will wait in line for at least ten minutes!………..or the next day…no biggie.

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The 25 best free apps for Apple iPhone, iPod touch

The 25 best free apps for Apple iPhone, iPod touch
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Apple has launched its app store and there’s a bunch of great stuff to download for your iPhone [and iPod touch]. But not everybody wants to spend their hard earned cash on applications so I’ve put together a list of twenty five of my favorite free iPhone applications,” Jim Lynch writes for ExtremeTech.

Lynch’s favorite 25 free iPhone apps—plus a special bonus application:
#25 Save Benjis
#24 Baseball
#23 VoiceNotes
#22 Truveo Video Search
#21 Weight Tracker
#20 Remote
#19 Epocrates Rx
#18 Mobile Banking
#17 TypePad
#16 The New York Times
#15 SmugShot
#14 Where
#13 Mobile News Network
#12 Shazam
#11 eBay Mobile
#10 Eventful
#9 Salesforce Mobile
#8 Evernote
7# WeatherBug
#6 AIM
#5 Google Mobile App
#4 Facebook
#3 Twitterrific
#2 eReader
#1 PhoneSaber
Bonus Application: Light

Full article with descriptions of the apps here.

(Via MacDailyNews)

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Over 10M App Store downloads; devs cheating?

Over 10M App Store downloads; devs cheating?
1044D3B4-87C0-4C19-8724-3DBC57DA807C.jpgOver 10 million downloads have been made from the newly-launched iTunes App Store, according to Apple. The company also notes that the amount of software has already increased since the store’s Thursday debut, from approximately 500 apps to over 800. Of these, some 90 percent are said to be less than $10, including 200 free ones like AIM and Remote. The company has not so far identified how many downloads to date have been of free software, or what categories are the most popular.
Reports meanwhile suggest that some developers are deliberately altering the names of applications to gain rank at the App Store. By placing a space or a symbol such as a quotation mark in front their title, it is believed that companies can force apps to the front of the alphabetical listings, increasing visibility. One of the worst offenders is said to be Jirbo, whose Jirbo Break and Jirbo Avatar are even listed ahead of titles like 105 Classics and AIM.

(Via MacNN)

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Netflix May Team Up with Microsoft?? What, what, what!

Netflix May Team Up with Microsoft

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The E3 rumors continue flooding in with certain tidbits grabbing the attention of gamers and non-gamers alike, the latest includes a possible pact between Netflix and Microsoft to distribute movies via the XBox 360. The gaming console can currently download some movies that go directly through the unit in HD, but they remain limited and pay-per-download. And we all know, pay-per-download should be exclusively limited to porn.

(Via Truemors)

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iPhone 3G Reception Problems???

iPhone 3G Reception Problems
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Proud owners of their new iPhone 3G are probably experiencing problems – not on the whole, but surely a certain group will have had experienced just one bar of 3G reception in areas where other devices offer strong reception. There are many possibilities involved – could it be a problem with a particular batch of iPhone 3Gs, or could it be AT&T’s rather shaky network? It might not be the latter since someone all the way across the pond has also reported a similar problem on O2. So far folks have exchanged their iPhone 3G to no avail, the same thing still happens. Well, the problem remains to be ironed out.

(Via Ubergizmo)

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Apple Sells One Million iPhone 3Gs in First Weekend

Apple Sells One Million iPhone 3Gs in First Weekend: Financial News – Yahoo!
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CUPERTINO, Calif., July 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple® today announced it sold its one millionth iPhone(TM) 3G on Sunday, just three days after its launch on Friday, July 11. iPhone 3G is now available in 21 countries — Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the US — and will go on sale in France on July 17.

“iPhone 3G had a stunning opening weekend,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “It took 74 days to sell the first one million original iPhones, so the new iPhone 3G is clearly off to a great start around the world.”

The new iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone plus 3G networking that is twice as fast*, built-in GPS for expanded location-based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs over 800 third party applications available through the new App Store. In the US, the new iPhone 3G is priced at just $199 for the 8GB model, and $299 for the 16GB model**.

*Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions.

**Requires new two-year AT&T rate plan for qualified customers, sold separately.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

(Via biz.yahoo)

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Apple Bungles its iPhone 3G Launch – TIME

Apple Bungles its iPhone 3G Launch – TIME
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Anticipation quickly turned to frustration on Friday for the millions of Apple customers trying to upgrade their old iPhones to the new software, or activate their newly purchased iPhone 3G. With Apple’s servers overloaded and unable to accommodate customer demand, eager buyers who had camped out all week to acquire the new phone were thwarted. Though the new-generation phones were designed to be activated in-store, salespeople instructed customers Friday to go home, connect the phone to a personal computer and download new software to activate it.

Apple did not return phone calls or emails asking for an explanation of its launch-day problems, but by 10 p.m. EST on Friday, this reporter at long last reached a technical support representative, who identified himself only as George: “It’s been crazy the whole day,” he said. “Our server has been really busy and has been timing out.”

The logjam was a major misstep for a company that markets its products as simpler, more elegant and easier to use than the competition’s. “The store is basically broken at this point,” said Michael Rose, a blogger for tuaw.com, which reports on Apple. When he tried to upgrade his older iPhone Touch early Friday to take advantage of the new software, he says he received an error message informing him the iTunes store was unavailable (the iPhone must be authenticated through Apple’s iTunes program to complete a software upgrade). Adds Rose, “I think the lesson is that nobody executes perfectly, not even Apple.”
Cassel Kroll, 37, waited in line for three hours Friday morning at the AT&T store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to purchase his new high-tech toy.

It would be another five hours before he could get it fully working. “I haven’t figured out how to use this thing properly,” Kroll told TIME at the end of the business day on Friday. Although he was able to make phone calls, when he tried to load applications onto the new phone, he received a perplexing error message stating that applications in his iTunes library could not be installed on the new iPhone for lack of authorization. Other customers were derailed when attempting to purchase or download add-on applications at all.

For many users, efforts to reach technical support added yet another layer of frustration. Representatives for AT&T, the sole wireless carrier for the new device, referred most technical questions to Apple. An AT&T technician informed TIME only of the obvious predicament — that Apple was “experiencing some challenges due to the launch of the new iPhone” — and was unable to resolve problems accessing the Apple App store, downloading applications, or setting up AOL and Yahoo email accounts on the device. Apple’s own support lines were so jammed that we were unable to get through until late Friday evening. Meanwhile, instructions on the Apple website for basic functions, such as configuring your email, were confusing and of little help.

Consumers were not the only disappointed constituents on Friday. On a day that should have been a celebration for the company, Apple’s stock fell more than 2%. Toward the end of the day, however, many of the early technical problems seemed to have been resolved. By 6 p.m., after retrying several times, Kroll said he was able to download and use the free apps he had selected. Later that night — after an hourlong wait for phone support — an Apple technician was able to walk me through the necessary steps to get my email working properly on the phone. And by midnight I had wirelessly downloaded my first app directly onto the device, without any snafus. I was relieved momentarily, but still disappointed that Apple and AT&T had left so many users adrift on launch day.”

(Via time )

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iPhone 3G Battery Back Up!

iPhone 3G Battery
765D5C8D-6ED3-48B4-9799-0A95C2425BC5.jpgA new lithium ion Battery for iPhone 3G. It provides a capacity of 1,200mAh. Can be charged by USB connection and offer 36 additional hours for music, 7 additional hours for video, and 3.5 for communication. $79.72 (why the .72) This product will be in stock on Friday 01 August, 2008.

(Via geekstuff4u )

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“fix” yellow screens with hidden iPhone 3G firmware

Hidden iPhone 3G firmware “fixes” yellow screens
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Early adopters of iPhone 3G have discovered an updated firmware build hidden from iTunes’ update system that appears to fix several issues, including the yellow screen tint that some believe is a flaw.

Even as Apple itself claims that the shift in color balance on the display to yellow is a purposeful move to improve its warmth and contrast, Ars Technica’s readers and now others claim to have discovered that the golden hue may have been an error after all.

Although clicking “Check for Updates” in iTunes continues to reveal no new firmware, touching “Restore” installs firmware two builds newer than what was loaded on to the new iPhones in the factory, bumping them from 5A345 to 5A347.

Many of those claim the lengthy process brings iPhone 3G’s color point back to a more neutral position, eliminating the tint altogether.

Whether the new build was ever intended as public is unclear, but its existence as a later build suggests Apple may have ultimately chosen to scale back the tinting in a last-minute revision.

Separately, reports have also been received by AppleInsider that the newer build may also fix recurring app crashes experienced by some users, though this may also be due to the nature of the restore process rather than any particular updates in the 5A347 build.

(Via AppleInsider)

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BlackBerry Thunder shots

BlackBerry Thunder live shots

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Dying to get a sneak peek at the BlackBerry Thunder’s on-screen keyboard? Had enough with the iPhone madness? Check out these shots that surfaced yesterday evening. While we can’t tell how well the unit works from the pictures, you can certainly get a feel for how it’s going to look. We’ve heard that there are newer OS versions floating around, so let’s just hope RIM plans to skin those keyboards faster than an Alabamian on a puma — they’re hideous.

(Via The Boy Genius Report)

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