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Thursday, January 29, 2009

iPhone is THE Bright Spot for AT&T in Q4 2008

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"AT&T has released fourth quarter and 2008 results and it's not all roses for the telecommunications giant. Wireline telephone subscribers were down significantly, and AT&T has spent a bundle (US $453 million) upgrading the 3G network to serve the iPhone and their other smartphone offerings. The bright spot for AT&T is the iPhone itself, which contributed to very positive gains in subscribers and revenue."

One figure they cite that doesn't surprise me a bit is that those customers that drop AT&T aren't usually iPhone users, not surprising since it's the only game in town. If you love your iPhone, you are stuck (jail-broken iPhones aside of course).

Tags: iPhone, at&T, q4 2008

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Apple Awarded Patent for Touch Interface

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Apple last week was awarded a monstrous 358-page patent covering the touch screen, graphical user interface, and methods that combine to define the iPhone user experience."

This patent was awarded last Tuesday and names several executives, including Steve Jobs, in the filing that covers pretty much everything about the iphone and how it operates. This is interesting in light of the comments Tim Cook made about defending the product, and appears to give them a foothold to backup the challenge. Couple interesting notes about the patent, it mentions a "blogging application" and a "digital video camera application."

A Not So Perfect Storm

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"The gales of the Blackberry Storm gales just weren't strong enough to wash away Apple's iPhone success... The Storm seems to have severely underperformed in customer satisfaction. And now, the latest figures from Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) show that it has underperformed in sales, too," Daniel Ionescu reports for PC World.

Another "iPhone Killer" under performs, and the unit sales really tell the story. The iPhone outsold the Storm 4:1, two million units versus one half million units during the same period from November 2008. The user experience with the Storm has been a big problem, the phone suffering from numerous glitches and bugs. It never works well when you rush a product to market, which is apparently what happened here. I don't have much experience with smartphones, since the iPhone is the first one I've owned (I've always been a flip-phone man), so I may be a little spoiled. Anyone out there have a horror story with an "iPhone killer?"

iPhone 2.2.1 Software Update Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 06:00 AM

"On Tuesday, Apple posted iPhone Update 2.2.1. Apple said the update fixes problems with the stability of Safari and a problem with images saved from e-mail."

This update applies to original iPhones as well as the 3G.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Flying Singapore Air? Now You Have Connectivity!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

Singapore Airlines announced the first-ever flights featuring iPod and iPhone connectivity on KrisWorld starting this week on its newly reconfigured, all-Business Class Airbus A340-500 flights between New York and Singapore, and between Los Angeles and Singapore from August."Singapore Airlines announced the first-ever flights featuring iPod and iPhone connectivity on KrisWorld starting this week on its newly reconfigured, all-Business Class Airbus A340-500 flights between New York and Singapore, and between Los Angeles and Singapore from August."

Photo Credit: Singapore Airlines

Not sure when I will ever get the chance to try out the new entertainment system but it sure sounds slick. Each seat has a 15.4-inch LCD screen and noise-cancellation headphones to go along with the iPod/iPhone connectivity. That is the way to travel.

Hellfire Released in iTunes App Store

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"Hellfire is an exciting helicopter combat game that takes you on a worldwide tour of duty. Climb aboard your helicopter gunship and take on 16 missions of adrenaline-fuelled combat action in a global theater of war."

It's a new game in the iTunes store, and looks like it might be fun based on what I saw in this you tube video. While I'm not a big fan of the controls on the iPhone/iPod Touch, I do love shoot 'em up games. It would be a lot easier though, if one of these gets the support it sounds like it deserves.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Apple Throws Down the Smartphone Gauntlet

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"For those of you who weren't listening in to Apple's earnings call today, you missed a prime moment of defensiveness when Tim Cook fielded a question about how the company plans to stay competitive amidst new entries from the likes of Google and, more recently, Palm. What seemed like an answer due to end with a "we've got some great new stuff on the way" slant, Cook dovetailed into how the company views its new smartphone competition."

Sounds like they are paying attention to the market and the competition, as anyone that has followed Apple would expect. Tim Cook pointed out that while they "like competition because it makes us better, but we will not stand for companies infringing on our IP."

Gives "Reach Out and Touch Somebody" a Whole New Meaning

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"FBI agents and Marines have a fashion challenge -- it can be so difficult to figure out how to accessorize your Knights Armament M110 sniper rifle. You don't want to put shiny bling on it, since that may attract the curiosity of your target. Dangly things would probably get caught on something. Hmmmm, how about an iPod touch?"

I know fumbling around for your phone to give a SITREP (situation report) to the command post can be difficult when you are in a tight spot for hours, but now you have a tool to make it so much easier! There is even an app on the iTunes store called Bullet Flight from Knight Armament to figure out quick ballistic solutions in the field. Seriously though, a SWAT team from one of the agencies I dispatch for is looking into something similar to use on their sniper rifles so the idea has merit.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Google Kicks iPhone Optimized Page to the Curb

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 11:00 AM

"One shining year -- that's how long the iPhone-optimized iGoogle search page hung around, and now we must tell it goodbye."

Guess it was a matter of time for Google to standardize the display over all mobile browsers, especially since they are now in the phone business. I guess it seems logical to me to have the same page show on all mobile browsers, especially when you consider the Android coming into the mix. Google wouldn't want one phone to have an advantage over their own phone now would they? I didn't use the iPhone iGoogle interface all that often so it doesn't matter too much to me. Any power iGoogle users out there upset over this change?

Did Stringent Requirements cut into iPhone Holiday Sales?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"As she ticked off her holiday-shopping list, public-relations executive Rebecca Sullivan prepared to buy her husband an iPhone. But like many other potential gift-givers, she was thwarted in trying to put the hottest handset around under the Christmas tree."

When I bought my first iPhone, it was a lot easier since I could take it home and activate it right from my computer. For some consumers wanting the element of surprise, the current requirement to activate in-store may have put a damper on it, and I suppose could have actually affected sales. One alternative that is offered is a gift card from Apple, but that certainly doesn't have the same effect as being able to watch someone open up a package and see the iPhone box. For me, though, I just worked around it. I was told by AT&T when I purchased my wife's iPhone 3G, that her current iPhone would be in service for about 3 hours and then would no longer be active, which gave me a small window, but a window nonetheless. And for my daughter's iPhone, we surprised her with a visit to the Apple Store, which is a treat in and of itself when you live where we live. If you want the iPhone bad enough I don't think this roadblock will stop you.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

iPhone Camera Covers the Crash

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"The crash and near miraculous rescue of the passengers and crew of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in New York City has been big news for the last day. Like many news events, it has been extensively covered by news agencies, and, as we are seeing more frequently now, by the public using camera phones. With the popularity of the iPhone a breaking news story, it seems, is never far from our favorite cellular device."

Not a bad picture considering the conditions. The picture made the front page on several newspapers. It still amazes me that no one was killed or seriously injured, says a lot for the skill of the pilot and flight crew.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Reward and Club Card Reader for the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"Mesa Dynamics and CardStar have announced CardStar for the iPhone/iPod touch, its latest mobile application for personal card management."

This looks like a slick program, perfect for those of us with a lot of reward card or club cards. There was a tutorial online showing you how to input your cards to your iPhone by scanning them, but I could never get them to look right. This program from CardStar, available now in the iTunes Store, could be just the ticket. I can never seem to find the cards when I need them, but I always have my iPhone.

Are Your Surroundings Lethal?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"A Lethal app for your iPhone! OK, the headline is a bit misleading. This app won't kill you; in fact, it's designed to inform you about dangerous situations in your vicinity."

Lethal bases your danger level on several geographical factors (lethal wildlife, crime, disease, and disaster probabilities), and lets you know the best option, ie get out now! I wonder if it factors in that the use of this diverts your attention to your surroundings, so if there was something dangerous coming your way, you might not know it until too late?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

MacWorld Discount Still Available on RichardSolo Products

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"Buyers at the show were eligible for a $30 discount on the original and newer 1800 models, but if you missed that opportunity you can still save: through the end of January, use coupon code 'Macworld' at checkout and get $20 off either product (usually $50US for the lower-capacity model and $70US for the 1800 model)."

I have yet to purchase a battery backup for my iPhone, I've always had a charging option available, but I can see the benefit of throwing one of these in my bag "just in case". The RichardSolo site has quite a few nifty gadgets available for the iPod Touch and iPhone. I guess that is to be expected from a company run by the founder of The Sharper Image (bankruptcy and retail store closure aside, you can still buy products on their web site).

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Slingbox and Dish, Together At Last!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Recently, digital cable provider DISH TV announced plans to incorporate Slingbox technology into several of its upcoming digital video recorder set-set boxes."

Since I have Dish, and am away from my DVR for sometimes week at a time, this is a welcome addition. This information is already on the Slingbox website and they are in a private beta that you can sign up for here. In a previous post in the forums, I mentioned that having the Slingbox viewer for the iPhone put the Slingbox at the top of my "want to buy" list. Well, this just pushed it to my "buy it now" list. Any Slingbox users out there? If so how do you like it?

Monday, January 12, 2009

Can EDGE Get Slower Than It Already Is? Apparently So

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"In an act affecting owners of 2G cell phones on AT&T Mobility's network, including the highly visible, and originally highly expensive first generation iPhone, Open for Business has learned that AT&T has been quietly sacrificing 2G signal strength in an effort to speed up the build out of its next generation 3G network."

For those on the border or outside of a 3G area that are forced to use the EDGE Network, this could really be a pain (like me for example). On one hand I can see the need to build out the system, and when I'm on the 3G network I want it as fast as possible. Doing so when over 1/2 of the phones you have out in the market are 2G seems to be a pretty high price to pay in terms of customer service. Granted if you want an iPhone today you are stuck with AT&T, but who knows how long that will last, and consumers have a long memory when it comes to things like this. Luckily for me, most of my access is via Wi-Fi at home or 3G at work, but there are times when I am forced to use the 2G network, slow as it is. Guess I'll have to make sure I'm close to a Starbucks when I'm out on the road.

Tags: AT&T, 3G, iPhone, 2G, Network

Friday, January 9, 2009

Facebook for iPhone Updated to Version 2.1

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 01:00 PM

"In the online social networking space you've got your big guns: MySpace, to a lesser extent Twitter and for business users, LinkedIn. Facebook is also extremely popular and now, Facebook's client for iPhone and iPod touch has been updated to version 2.1."

This update requires the iPhone 2.2 firmware update to work but is supposed to mean fewer crashes, quicker loading of the inbox and improved sync time among others. I've used the Facebook application for some time. The crashes have been irritating so I've been looking forward to this update.

Griffin Navigate for the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"The Navigate may seem like just an ordinary iPod remote, and indeed it can be used that way. A nice bonus is that you can also use it with the iPhone, which could be a good thing if you're not crazy about the iPhone's touch screen controls (Also pretty useful when you're driving and need to not look at the screen)."

Photo Credit: Griffin Technology

Not another remote is what you might be thinking right now. However, Griffin has put a twist on it by adding an FM Tuner and OLED display. And for iPhone users, you can plug your favorite mic/headset combo into the remote so you can still use your phone. In addition, Griffin plans on releasing an iTunes Application called iFM in March 2009 which will work in conjunction with The Navigate. iFM will use a tuning menu based on geographic locations to list nearby FM stations, or you can select by city. iFM will be free download (the cost of the Navigate is listed at $59.99 USD on the Griffin site). Sounds like a nice remote, especially for commuters that have issues with the screen controls on the iPhone (like me).

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Pick up HearPlanet Free, for at Least One More Day

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:23 PM

"Just a reminder as Macworld Expo heads into the home stretch, the iPhone/iPod touch travel application HearPlanet is available for free this week only."

Interesting application that has audio tours of over 230,000 locations. Normally $3.99 USD from the iTunes Application Store, it's free at least until tomorrow, the last day of Macworld.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

First Wal-Mart, now Best Buy Offering Refurbished iPhones

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 01:38 PM

"Add electronics retailer Best Buy to the list of places you can get a used iPhone cheap."

So first Wal-Mart and now Best Buy getting into the iPhone business. The difference between the two is that the ones at Best Buy are the refurbished phones for $149 8 gig and $249 for 16 gig, while Wal-Mart is selling them for $197 and $297 respectively. This follows previously reported news that AT&T was selling refurbished iPhones on their site for $99 for new customers only, however in checking today they are at $149 for the 8 gig (black only) and $249 for the 16 gig (black and white available).

This bump in price by AT&T happened fairly recently because, as of couple days ago, my coworker was able to get one for $99 when they went into one of the AT&T stores. So it may still be possible to get a $99 refurb iPhone in person, the official word from AT&T's website however is "Sold Out!"

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