OK, so I get the iMac, the iBook, the iPod, iTunes, and even (grudgingly) the iPhone. Apple thought up the moniker, so we can't begrudge them for expanding on the very successful franchise. But the iTrip, the iRiver Clix and Cowon's range of iAudio products tested the limits of my patience. And I could have held my tongue if BMW's iDrive had been the end of iOpportunism.
The iPhone may be the answer to what many people want in a smart phone, but it's unlikely to end the scourge known as CrackBerry addiction anytime soon: unless e-mail software like Synchronica's takes off.
Synchronica, based in the U.K., announced Wednesday that its Mobile Gateway 3.0 software will allow companies to deliver corporate e-mail to the iPhone without having to open the firewall or otherwise meddle with their security settings. It allows the iPhone's e-mail client to talk directly to Microsoft's Exchange e-mail servers through Outlook Web Access and doesn't require companies … Read more
So here's the deal: If there's going to be any meaningful backlash against touch screens, it may require some innovative thinking on the part of button proponents. But we hope that it won't depend on the likes of Vertu and their $310,000 phones.
Nokia, at least, appears to be doing its part with a new design for the "7500 Prism" handset destined for the Chinese market for about $290, according to Gizmodiva. Its contribution to the cause? Triangular buttons that form a diamond pattern on the keypad.
We were just relieved to find that … Read more
The Web is filled with folks coming up with makeshift solutions from paper clips to cutting plastic away from headphones for some of the issues I've written about here.
For example, my friend Patrick, otherwise known as "he who waited hours in the iPhone line with me," agreed with my observations about previous generation iPod accessories that, on first glance, don't work with the iPhone. (He also had to wait three days in limbo for his iPhone to activate after being ported from Nextel while his wife's phone worked instantly, but that's another story … Read more
It's always those little things spotted in a foreign country that I wish I'd grabbed more of to bring back home, like $2 cartoon-print chopsticks from Tokyo, a $3 sack of paprika from Budapest, or $1 bottles of local lavender oil from Zagreb. I may not revisit those places, but I could ask for someone going there to snag some stuff for me. If you're my friend, however, that could interfere with your carefree vacation. Why not ask a stranger instead?
If any of the thousands of people who waited in line two weeks ago at Apple and AT&T stores to purchase the iPhone have encountered buyer's remorse, Friday is deadline for a full refund.
Both Apple and AT&T will accept iPhone returns within 14 days of purchase. If you opened the box, there's a 10 percent restocking fee, but you won't be charged the early termination fee if you also want to cancel service with AT&T. After 14 days, you can cancel your service, but you can't return the iPhone. … Read more
The Macalope wants to delve into the iPhone nano rumors spun out of a report from JP Morgan Tawain's Kevin Chang that were briefly touched on MacBreak Weekly.
In a rather hilarious move, JP Morgan's U.S. group came into the office yesterday morning and said something to the effect of "Kevin Chang? Never heard of him. Not one of our analysts. Maybe he works for Piper."
Now, the horned one was actually an iPod shuffle doubter before the smallest iPod of them all came out, so maybe his track record on this isn't the … Read more
Editor's note: This story was updated at 1:35 p.m. PDT.
WASHINGTON--AT&T's exclusive right to sell the Apple iPhone drew complaints on Wednesday from Democratic politicians, though it was unclear whether they were planning to do anything about it.
"The problem with the iPhone is that the iPhone with AT&T is kind of like a 'Hotel California' service," Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey said--in a nod to the Eagles hit, of course--during a hearing. "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave."
Even though the … Read more
Yesterday the Digg team unveiled an iPhone-friendly version of their site. The lighter-weight version shows 10 stories at a time and lets users sort back and forth between pages using large navigation arrows at the bottom of the screen. Each story shows how many Diggs it currently has, along with a permalinked page that contains a brief description, link to the full story, and the top five comments. Best of all, users can log in and Digg stories.It's also worth noting this isn't the same version of Digg for the iPhone we wrote about last month. That … Read more
Yesterday the Digg team unveiled an iPhone-friendly version of their site. The lighter-weight version shows 10 stories at a time and lets users sort back and forth between pages using large navigation arrows at the bottom of the screen. Each story shows how many Diggs it currently has, along with a permalinked page that contains a brief description, link to the full story, and the top five comments. Best of all, users can log in and Digg stories.
Coming soon is a way to browse the top stories by day or week view.