Archive for September, 2008

30
Sep

There’s always speculation about where the iPhone 3G will pop up next, but it seems like there’s some real solid backing for that latest rumor. The iPhone may very well be available for Verizon EVDO service in 2009.

Over at 9 to 5 Mac, several reasons are offered up about why that Verizon/Apple pairing shouldn’t be a surprise:

  1. Apple has been scouting out EVDO and CDMA Engineers for months in their online iPhone job postings (here, here, here and here). Yes, some of these skills overlap with UTMS and CDMA can plus refer to the broad swath of 3G Technologies…but come on…don’t put “EVDO” on the job description whether it ain’t true.. (BTW, WiMax is additionally littered all through Apple’s Job postings…interesting/digress)
  2. No matter how big AT&T is and how much range they cover, leaving out Verizon and to a lesser extent Sprint, will be eliminating a broad swath of the US wireless market. whether Apple is serious about competing with Blackberry, Symbian and Android, they will have to broaden their carrier footprint. One carrier does not a platform form. Apple will need a way to grow its market after AT&T is saturated.
  3. LTE technology won’t be mature until well into 2010. Apple can’t afford to wait that faraway to broaden its carrier footprint
  4. Who is happy with Rogers in Canada (*crickets*)? EVDO opens up to new carriers there as well.
  5. Verizon wireless is a partnership amidst Verizon communications and Vodafone. Vodafone, you’ll recall, has contracts with Apple for iPhones in around 15 markets around the world. Apple has a working relationship with Vodafone (and Tmobile obviously).
  6. Apple has just started going “Open” in a few markets, including Hong Kong. that will likely increase the number of unlocked 3G iPhones on the world market (South Africa is additionally open). While that won’t benefit Verizon directly, it certainly shows that Apple is considering being more “carrier agnostic.”
  7. Tim Cook, famously said that Apple wasn’t married to the one carrier/country model. As Apple expands, it is going more and more open.
  8. Verizon’s iPhone Cheat sheet was weak and their arguments about Stevo getting old were foolish. They’d rather play ball with Apple than try to defend itself against it.
  9. Apple originally wanted to go with Verizon for the iPhone. Some of the original disagreements included “not carrying the iPhone at Best Buy and hardware reliability” – see quote below. AT&T was a second choice. When Verizon balked, Apple went to AT&T…Think Verizon is happy about that decision (no) or willing to reconsider Apple’s overtures (yes)? 

Rumor has it the announcement for the Apple going by to Verizon would be revealed at Macworld 2009. Very interesting, to say the least.

[via 9 to 5 Mac]

Orginal post by Brenda Stokes

Category : iPhone News | Blog
30
Sep

As more and more society get comfortable with the view of the App Store, it seems we’re getting more useful apps popping up. And now Softalk has heeded the signal with their Spreadsheet app.

This app has several features that should be useful for those that need to get their database on in a jiffy. Features include a scrollable and zoomable cell grid, functions, formulas, cell formatting, different cell types, copy and paste amidst singled-out cells or cell ranges, row and column insertion and deletion, auto range selection and the ability to export to other spreadsheet applications on your desktop. Whew!

If you’re not exhausted by that list of features, you can download Spreadsheet from Softalk now in the App Store for $7.99.

[via MacRumors]

Orginal post by Brenda Stokes

Category : iPhone News | Blog
30
Sep

Today BeeJiveIM [App Store link] was released at the App Store and costs US $15,99. For that money, you get an Instant Messaging client capable to connect and work with the following IM services:
MSN – Windows Live
AIM
iChat
Yahoo!
GoogleTalk
ICQ
Jabber
MySpace
The developer claims that you get notified even when the BeejiveIM has closed. considering Apple does not allow developers to run such a

Orginal post by wakuwaku

Category : iPhone Tips | Blog
30
Sep

The UK’s secret service agency, MI6, IS RECRUITING NEW SPIES ON FACEBOOK ADS.

Orginal post by Mike

Category : Gadget News | Blog
30
Sep

A UK company has created a mobile phone application called Carbon Diem that uses GPS TO TRACK YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT. The GPS tells you the speed you’re moving, and from that the software figures out whether you’re walking, driving or in a train or airplane and estimates fuel use accordingly.

Orginal post by Mike

Category : Gadget News | Blog
30
Sep

It’s been possible for years to replicate TiVo’s TV-recording functionality on a PC. But on October 15, new $199 software/hardware hits that lets you USE YOUR TV AS A REAL TiVo. Called the Nero LiquidTV/TiVo PC, the software puts the TiVo user interface on your PC, and all the functions of a real TiVo. The kit comes with software, TV tuner card for your PC and a remote control. It even facilitates the transfer of TV shows to iPods and iPhones.

Orginal post by Mike

Category : Gadget News | Blog
30
Sep

An artist named Evan Roth is working on a series of metal plates designed to be hidden inside luggage and viewable only through airport protection X-ray machines. The view is to send SECRET MESSAGES TO TSA EMPLOYEES. (props to Gizmodo)

Orginal post by Mike

Category : Gadget News | Blog