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Apple kinda releases 1.1.2

Looks like Apple just published firmware v1.1.2 for the iPhone; hit the download link to grab it yourself because iTunes hasn’t yet gotten wise to the fact that it’s out. Details to follow, but don’t expect jailbreak or the unactivated Safari workaround hack to still be functional, ok? (… aaaand we’re watching our download speed drop as our readers are grabbing the file. Rockin’.) Update: TIFF jailbreak exploit is dead. Sorry people. More below.

Update: Ok, We’re “sacrificing” an iPhone for you people. We’ll let you know what we find.

  • Extracting software… restarting… iTunes successfully upgraded to 1.1.2.
  • The “slide for emergency” slider flashed through different languages while it was waiting to be plugged in again.
  • It’s activated, pulled the backup data, and restarted — success! Officially on 1.1.2.
  • Testing jailbreakme.com… looks like they broke jailbreak! Yep, it’s broken alright.
  • Not really finding any new features — certainly no new icons, no voice memos, nothing obvious about disk mode. Anyone else finding anything?

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November 8, 2007 Posted by | apple, at&t, cellphones, iphone, news | , , | Leave a comment

Nokia N95 8GB: Best smartphone ever

The utterly black Nokia N95 8GB

“Is this the best smartphone ever made? Yes. You could even drop the ‘smart’ bit and call it the ‘best phone ever made’, since this will be sold in High Street shops and picked up, as the original was, by people from all walks of life, most of whom have never even heard the term ‘smartphone’. “

 

Side by side. Note dimpled media keys and larger screen on the 8GB model

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November 6, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, nokia, telecommunications | , , | Leave a comment

Google annnounces Android

“The Google Phone has been announced, and instead of a phone that’s manufactured by just one company, it’s an open software platform that’s going to be loaded on phones made by HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung. Those phones are going to be available in the US on Sprint and T-Mobile by the second half of 2008—plus, it’s going to be available in China, Japan, Germany, Italy, and Spain on their respective carriers. The 34 members of the Open Handset Alliance developing this gPhone will throw in their expertise (example, Nvidia with their graphical abilities, Skype with their VoIPing) and offer the collective goods under an open source licensing agreement. Hell, Google might not even put their logo on the phone itself—they just want to sell advertisements to users through it.”

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November 6, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, google, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Brits love texting

texting_on_m1082022.jpg “The figure is 25% higher than a year ago and is set to shatter forecasts for how many text messages have been sent to and from handsets this year.

That weekly total is the same as the number sent during the whole of 1999.

Some 4.825bn texts were sent in September 2007, equivalent to 4,000 every second.

“It has exceeded our forecasts quite significantly,” said Mike Short, head of the MDA.

The total for 2007 looks set to reach 52 billion, he said. This was far in excess of the 42-48 billion the MDA previously predicted would be sent this year.

Mr Short said there were several reasons for the continuing growth.

“It’s convenient, comprehensive, it’s on every handset and network and it is cost effective,” he said.

Once despatched, a text message is stored on the mobile network until it can be delivered to its intended destination”

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November 6, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Analyst: iPhone AT&T’s top selling device, #4 in US sales

“Researchers for Strategy Analytics claim that the iPhone could become the best-selling handset in the US within the next six months. In addition, the handset has already become the best selling device for AT&T, according to reports. “The iPhone has become AT&T’s top selling device, commanding some 13 per cent of AT&T’s overall handset sales, and the fourth top selling handset in the US market,” said Barry Gilbert, vice president of the Strategy Analytics BuyerTRAX programs. “Although the iPhone hasn’t had an expansionary impact in the market, the iPhone has quickly assumed a leading market share position and raised the ante for smart devices. The sales trajectory we are observing with the iPhone could make it the top selling device in the US over the next 1-2 quarters.” The current best-selling handset, the Motorola RAZR V3, has seen its lead diminished recently, according to Strategy Analytics.”

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October 19, 2007 Posted by | apple, at&t, cellphones, financial, iphone, news, telecommunications | Leave a comment

Apple allowing 3rd party apps after all

“Well, would you look at that. Apple apparently wants third party applications on the iPhone and iPod touch just like every other sane individual on the planet. The company just announced on its Hot News feed (and we’d say this certainly qualifies as such), that it is currently at work on an SDK for the iPhone, the apps from which will naturally work on the iPod touch. Apparently it’s going to take ’em until February to do it up right — you know, secure and stable and all that nonsense — but this is certainly a beautiful breath of fresh air. Less excitingly, Apple claims that it agrees with Nokia’s approach of “digital signatures” for applications, meaning that Apple gets to say who qualifies for entrance onto its hallowed devices as was rumored last week; though who’s to say what exactly that will look like just yet. But even with that caveat, we suppose we should take what we get from this sometimes benevolent, but never aesthetically challenged, dictator of ours and eat it like we’re told.”

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October 17, 2007 Posted by | apple, cellphones, iphone, news | Leave a comment

Sprint gets official with HTC Touch: November 4 for $249.99

“Is it safe yet to declare that carriers are looking at finger-friendly touchscreens as The Next Big Thing in wireless? Sprint today has officially announced its HTC Touch, a device codenamed “Vogue” that brings all of the original’s unique personality to the world of CDMA (and, thankfully, EV-DO). Besides the touted support for 3G data, features include a 2 megapixel cam, microSD slot with support for up to 4GB of expansion, Windows Mobile 6 Professional with HTC’s TouchFLO interface, and comprehensive support for Sprint’s media features including Sprint TV and the Sprint Music Store, all packed into a shell measuring 4 x 2.4 x 0.6 inches and weighing in at 4 ounces (trust us, it looks and feels pretty flippin’ small). Interested parties don’t have terribly long to wait, either — look for it to start showing up in retail channels November 4 for a penny under $250 on contract with rebates.”
 

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October 17, 2007 Posted by | cellphones, htc, news, sprint | 1 Comment

iPhone report: most owners left Treos, Sidekicks behind

“While we’ve seen a variety of surveys pitting the iPhone against its most notable rivals, a recent study conducted by the NPD Group breaks down the numbers behind who left what phone (and what carrier) to acquire an iPhone. Not surprisingly, iPhone early adopters were “ten times more likely than other new phone buyers to have previously owned a Treo and three times more likely to have owned a T-Mobile branded phone, such as the popular Sidekick model.” When it came to carriers, Alltel and T-Mobile were said to have lost the most customers to AT&T, as consumers who “switched carriers to buy an iPhone were three times more likely to switch from Alltel or T-Mobile than from other carriers.” Notably, the lack of “corporate email support” was pinpointed as the main reason that many BlackBerry users didn’t make the leap, but it did praise the iPhone for helping to “bridge the gap between consumer-focused feature phones and productivity-focused smartphones.”
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October 15, 2007 Posted by | apple, cellphones, iphone | Leave a comment

Clueless flight attendant to passenger: Turn off that iPhone movie NOW!

“……I’d also say a degree of knowledge about cell phones isn’t a common attribute among flight crews. I mean, on two of the last five flights I have been on, the OK-in-airplane-mode announcement cited “Palm Pilots.”Palm Pilots haven’t been made in several years and are now rarely used. So would you expect a flight attendant who still refers to some handsets as “Palm Pilots” to know what is, or isn’t airplane mode on an iPhone?”Original story

October 14, 2007 Posted by | apple, cellphones, iphone | Leave a comment

LG Prada coming to AT&T

“This new LG CU920 Prada version is heading to AT&T—which means there will be two touchphones battling it out on one network. Our source tells us that it’s very light, but comes with an antenna that’s easy to snap off. It’s supposedly 3G. It’s got zooming like the iPhone when browsing, but takes a couple steps instead of the iPhone’s one.”

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October 11, 2007 Posted by | at&t, cellphones, telecommunications | Leave a comment

v1.1.1 jailbroken, apps ported and running

“Well lookey see here, sounds like v1.1.1 isn’t all doom and gloom after all. The iPhone dev community’s apparently not only moved past accessing the nigh-unbreakable file system protections Apple implemented in the latest iPhone and iPod touch firmwares, they’ve also managed to hack the SpringBoard app into shape enough to properly launch 3rd party apps (which were, as expected, recompiled to function with the new iPhone frameworks). The iPod touch has apparently also been hacked for root access, and apparently those freshly recompiled apps are functioning there as well. But it’s still not without some bad news: unfortunately, it sounds like most (if not all) of these new hacks rely solely on that single TIFF exploit in Mobile Safari, meaning that everyone’s back to square one the moment Apple beams v1.1.2 to the public at large.”

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October 9, 2007 Posted by | apple, at&t, cellphones, iphone, news | Leave a comment

AT&T Centro spotted

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October 4, 2007 Posted by | at&t, cellphones | Leave a comment