Nokia opened its very own App store on Tuesday and already it is feeling the same pinch that got Apple at the launch of the iPhone. According to an article at usatoday.com the Ovi store is having some technical difficulties and is not being accepted as well as would be hoped.
Users are complaining that to access the store they have to login on their phones browser as there is no direct application to allow them access just yet.
But the worst issue came as the servers were overloaded and could not fill all the requests that were coming in from Nokia owners. At the time of this writing Nokia has added additional serves to handle the extra load but the damage may already have been done.
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The company on Tuesday launched its virtual Ovi Store, where users can download games, videos and other applications on their mobile phones. The store is available in five languages, including English, Spanish and Russian.
Many users have left comments on the Ovi Store blog, expressing their disappointment because the website was too slow and they could not install applications on their mobile phone.
"We have apologised to users on the blog and we encourage people to carry on giving us feedback as we develop the service better," Nokia spokesman Andrew Flowers told AFP.
Although Apple has kept a tight lid on almost everything associated with the upcoming new version of the iPhone, a source close to Apple's hardware development team says that the third-generation iPhone will be coming on Friday, July 17.
Many are eagerly awaiting the new iPhone and the new features that it is rumored to be bringing along with it. Some of the more notable features include double the RAM and processing power, a 32GB model, 3.2MP camera with video capabilities, a compass, and an FM transmitter. Unfortunately it is also very likely that the $199 and $299 prices will remain the same.
Of course Apple has not verified any of the information yet, all of this is from various leaks that have popped up over the last few months. As always we will have to wait to hear from Apple for the official word and confirmation, however many of the changes would fit the iPhone quite well and are all very plausible. Confirmation could be right around the corner as VP Schiller will be opening the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on June 8th with a keynote address.
Apple is warning users of the iPhone and iPod that they might get a shocking experience when they go to use their earbuds.
The "small and quick" shock that people are getting is coming from a buildup of static electricity, similar to that of what you would experience dragging your feet across the carpet and touching someone.
Apple of course says that this is not just limited to their hardware and is not assuming any fault at all on the issue. Instead apple recommends using a humidifier to increase humidity in the room, using anti-static spray, or limiting your wardrobe to clothes containing natural fibers only, proving once again that Apple products are targeted towards the hip and trendy. Seriously Apple?
People listening to one of the devices in extremely dry air are most at risk of receiving a static electricity shock through the ear buds, according to a warning posted on Apple's Web site. The post likened the condition to the discharge that occurs when a person drags his or her feet across a carpet then gets a shock by touching a door knob.
"This condition is not limited to Apple hardware and static can potentially build up on almost any hardware and could be discharged using any brand of earbuds," Apple said.
It has been a little while since we have heard new iPhone rumors so I was not shocked when a couple popped up today.
The one that caught my attention was this little bit over at Wired. It seems that the rumor mill went into overtime churning out this one.
The rumor says that the next Gen iPhone will hit the streets on July 17th. But there is more than that, if the "source" is correct the new iPhone will have an OLED,a 3.2 MP camera (and can capture video), 1.5 times the battery life, and will have a 32GB version.
Of course it will have all the goodies from iPhone OS 3.0 as well.
Read more here.
Overall, if these claims are true, this is a relatively minor upgrade. The most notable new features would be the built-in compass (which appeared in earlier rumor reports), the video recorder and editor (the current iPhones don't support video recording unless you Jailbreak them), the built-in FM transmitter and the OLED screen (which would improve battery life).
One of the features that sticks out to me is the built-in FM transmitter. I see no compelling reason for Apple to put this in the iPhone, as it is not a feature that users have been demanding, and it hasn't appeared in other iPods.
Another specification I find strange is the OLED screen. That would be a welcome change because it would look nicer than the current LED screen. But OLEDs are generally pricey, and if the current price points are maintained, I'm not sure if I believe this one.
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While Apple hasn't confirmed much on the 3rd generation iPhone, the leaked specifications sure seem like they would fit right with the healthy increase in performance that most are expecting when the new phone hits.
Dubbed the iPhone HD, the processor will get a 200MHz increase over the 3G iPhone bringing the CPU up to 600MHz. Storage and RAM will both be doubled, giving the iPhone HD 256MB of memory and 32GB of strage.
The camera is also getting an upgrade, bringing autofocus with the 3.2MP camera. Other features new to the iPhone HD will include an FM radio and a digital compass. Nobody is saying when the iPhone HD will hit the market but some are saying that it could come as soon ad next month's WWDC convention.
Hot on the heals of last week's revision of the iPhone OS 3.0, Apple has let loose beta 5.
The new update comes about twice as fast as previous updates, leading one to believe that there was either a serious flaw that was fixed or that the Cupertino team is really getting into the groove.
Little is known as to what the new revision entails, however it seems that MMS support can no longer be turned on and the tethering ability seems to have been nixed as well. To apply the new update, make sure that you have iTunes 8.2 installed.
The iPhone OS 3.0 has entered the BETA 4 stage. But according to people that have the new OS there is not much new to see.
One thing they do talk about is that the formerly empty store settings pane now has some information in it. The problem is there is nothing exciting there and only seems to link you to a bland web page that allows you to edit your account information.
To get OS 3.0 working you will also need to upgrade to the new iTunes, 8.2 (which is not out just yet.)
Read more here
We've toyed with beta 4 for just a few quick moments now, and naturally, the first thing we had to check out was that previously-empty "Store" settings pane. It's now populated, and it's mega-boring; all it does is allow you to sign in and out of your iTunes account, and while signed in, there's an Account Info button that lets you get booted out to an unstyled web page where you can view and edit your credit card information and the like. On the iTunes 8.2 side of things, we noticed that we were explicitly warned that the app would verify that our phone was activated for use with the beta firmware.
Now to counter the Apple rumors we have one claiming that Microsoft is looking to put out their own iPhone contender and push it onto the Verizon network.
The new phone will not be Zune based, but if the rumors and rumblings are correct will be an extension of the existing Windows Mobile OS. The phone is being called Project Pink ad will feature the almost obligatory multi-touch interface and will have the new Windows Market Place as an App Store competitor. No other information on "Pink" was available.
Read more here at the Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Corp. is in discussions with Verizon Wireless to launch a touch-screen multimedia cellphone on the carrier's network early next year, in a bid to compete with Apple Inc.'s iPhone, people familiar with the matter said.
Microsoft's project, which is code-named "Pink," is aiming to produce a phone that extends the tech giant's Windows Mobile cellphone operating system, adding new software capabilities.
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A report that comes to us from Ars Technia through CNet states that Apple may finally catch up to Smart Phones from 2007.
I know you are wondering what I am talking about, why the iPhone is miles ahead of the other smartphones right? Well yes and no; the iPhone is a good product but even 2 and half iterations from the original it still lacks some basic features found in many other phones.
One of these is voice command and voice synthesis. But if the anonymous sources that tipped of Ars are accurate that long awaited feature will arrive with the iPhone Software 3.0.
Lets hope they are true, as that could mean real turn-by-turn GPS and a host of other fun toys.
Read more here.
Ars says Jibbler appears be an enhancement to the iPhone's Finder-like SpringBoard program, which you see whenever the iPhone's Home button is pressed. It serves as an application launcher and will support the newly announced 3.0 Spotlight search.
The article states:
Jibbler may be controlled via the iPhone headset--button squeezes could be used to record short voice segments from the user, which Jibbler will then interpret. Voice synthesis can then be used to give the user a response, similar to the latest-generation iPod shuffle, which can 'read' playlists and track names--the difference being that the iPhone hardware itself could handle real-time voice synthesis.
The gang over at iSuppli stripped down their new $80 iPod Shuffle and added up the cost of the innards and packaging to see how much they really cost.
In a shocker to anyone that has not really been following Apple's business model they found that the cost of all components, was around $22.00.
This makes the markup on the device in the realm of 360%. This hefty little markup brings some of Steve Job's comments on netooks into questions.
He has said before that he did not know how to build a system for under $500 that was not a hunk of junk. Yet the iPod shuffle using cheap Samsung parts might prove different. Perhaps he meant he did not know how to build anything with a customer price tag of under $500.
Read more at Business Week.
When you think of Piracy you may think of hackers in a basement banging away on a keyboard trying to break the next game or copy protection. You may have images of torrent files or the MPAA. After today you may just have another image altogether.
It seems that one group of iPhone pirates decided they did not like the un-ethical behavior of another group and what's more decided to do something about it.
The coders of the software Intallous, which allows you to download free apps from the iTunes store. They were not charging for this service but did ask for a donation if you were so inclined.
Then another group came out with a service called Mega, this allowed for direct downloads, but for a price. The creators of Instalous did not like this so one of their members wrote an app called grabulous that allows a user to grab apps from Mega for free.
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One coder called Kyek said that if you're forced to spend money to use a service, you should be spending it on the actual apps you get, not making some greedy pirate rich. So Kyek created a new application known as 'Grabulous' which allows iPhone users to instantly download any of the 4000+ apps from Mega's servers - free of charge.
The idea is that either give iPhone users the Mega service for free, or alternatively crash the Mega servers through being overloaded by non-paying users. Mega tried to block Grabulous, but Kyek promised a new version of Grabulous to get around these measures.
Skype will finally be coming to the iPhone. According to a news release the new App will be available from the App Store on the 31st of March.
This will add to the other Instant Messaging applications but will also bring VoIP to the iPhone as well.
According to CNET the new app will not have the same look as the desktop versions but will still maintain the Skype feel. Unfortunately the main point of Skype, VoIP calls, will only work over WiFi and not the cellular network. Chatting will still function over the Edge or 3G network though.
Be on the lookout for this to hit tomorrow, and watch for a jailbroken app to allow for Skype to call over the Edge or 3G network shortly after.
Read more here
While the rumors have been floating around for months that Dell has been working on some sort of smartphone or mobile internet device, CEO Michael Dell has finally let the cat out of the bag at least giving us confirmation that the rumors are true.
Dell said, "It is true that we are exploring smaller-screen devices. We don't have any announcements to share today, but stay tuned as when we have new news we will share that with you." The problem seems to be that all the prototypes they have had so far have had a "lack of differentiation" with "current and upcomming products."
The good news is that Dell is working on both Windows Mobile and Google Android solutions. As Android is relatively new to the market still, hopefully they can come up with something promising.
Rumors have been flying around claiming that Dell was looking to get into the smartphone or MID market. In late January, many expected Dell to unveil its smartphone at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, but those plans never materialized.
Dell said, "We already have agreements with many mobile carriers around netbook devices, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect that we would have smaller mobile Internet devices or smartphones in the future."
The gang over at Boy Genius Report has spoken with someone high up in AT&T and they seem to be confirming the third coming of the iPhone.
According to the article it looks like June will again be the time of mayhem and non-working servers that have come to expect from AT&T and Apple. They have never quite been able to deal with the demand on upgrades and new hardware.
But that is not the biggest or worst news, If the Boy Genius is right we might just start seeing AT&T's horrible shovelware on the iPhone. Yup AT&T's U-verse applications might be coming to the new iPhone.
What a shame that would be.
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New iPhone announcement around mid-June (duh)
New iPhone will be faster and have a more seamless experience unmatched by any device (could be just talking about 3.0, but we think it's also a new iPhone)
U-Verse iPhone application; will allow control of your home DVR (play, pause, rewind, etc.)
The annual iPhone launch is "becoming a tradition."
Nothing official is being confirmed, but they said that people should prep for an exciting time this summer.
AT&T is said to be working with Apple to create a unified product with an unparalleled experience across all their products and services.
Apple's 3.0 software should tell us where the iPhone platform is going...uh, k?
They said customers shouldn't need to choose from AT&T's high-end devices because of features, they should choose based on preferences. The gap in capability should be filled with the new iPhone. Ok, bets on slide out QWERTY, autofocus camera, video sharing, blah blah?
Seems like the higher speed HSDPA (7.2Mbps) is being hinted at too which should confirm the earlier rumors of the new Infineon chipset.
The $99 3G netbook will start selling this summer, and the first one won't be a Windows OS.
In another "you knew it was coming" moment the Dev-Team announced they are already at work on their iPhone OS 3.0 Jailbreak.
In fact the Dev Team says OS 3.0 is already jailbreakable on all devices.
The do caution everyone to wait until the update Pwnage tool though. As the current version of yellowsn0w will get overwritten by the new IPSW's baseband and there is no way to revert the baseband back.
A new Pwnage tool will be made that will avoid this issue
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With all of the great stuff lined up for us with the 3.0 OS that Apple described today, many 3G owners may find themselves with itchy update fingers. If you find yourself with access to the 3G IPSW for 3.0 via the iPhone Dev Center program, and you are using yellowsn0w, do not update or restore to that official IPSW. You will lose yellowsn0w and find yourself unable to revert the baseband to get it back.
Yesterday was the big day for the iPhone OS 3.0 sneak peak. Many sites were all a buzz with live blogging and Twitter links covering the event.
The funny thing is that what was all the excitement about? From where I am sitting iPhone OS 3.0 only gives us things that have been on other smart phones for years, Copy and Paste, MMS, and finally a landscape keyboard.
Yet in true Apple fashion this is touted as a huge and revolutionary advance for users.
In reality the only people getting something new are developers, they get a better understanding of the App Approval Process as well as access to areas in the OS that were off limits before.
My biggest question about iPhone OS 3.0:
Will Apple finally upgrade its activation network to prevent the outages that have happened every time they release a OS for the iPhone?
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For the most part, however, iPhone users seem satisfied with their devices without those features. Key additions such as copy and paste, a landscape keyboard, real search capabilities, and MMS (multimedia messaging system) will make the iPhone even easier to use.
Developers are the ones who will probably be most excited about the new iPhone OS. The ability to use background notifications, for example, will make for much more compelling iPhone and iPod Touch applications, as was immediately apparent from some of the demonstrations Tuesday.
In addition, developers will have 1,000 new APIs (application programming interfaces) to play with that will unlock parts of the iPhone previously off limits or unavailable to third-party applications. Apple didn't get into all of them, but talked about how developers can now stream audio and video, send e-mail from inside applications, and use the iPhone's proximity sensor, which means Google will once again be in compliance with the iPhone SDK.
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Yesterday we reported that Apple had inserted an authentication chip into its headphones to prevent the use of third party headphones with its new iPod Shuffle.
Apple is stating it is not intended to lockout third party vendors at all, but is an effort to ensure that all headphones work and are able to control the iPod Shuffle correctly.
However, Apple would not comment directly and instead pointed people to Kevin Lee, the vice president of marketing and strategic business development for Monster Cable; he said it was not authentication without going into specifics.
When ask if this has happened before, Lee had to admit that he had never been restricted like this by Apple before.
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You can quote me on this: it's a control chip. There's no authentication. There's no DRM," Lee said.
The chip allows signals to be passed along the cable to control the volume and track, and the other functions that can be controlled via the earbud controls. "I love to be able to control my music...using headphones," Lee said. "Part of that reason is that the iPod is usually tucked away somewhere," out of reach, he said.
The question is whether the new chip will be become a focal point for Apple's IP protections. Although Apple does not supply the chip itself, Monster has at least a set of guidelines or required functions for the chip itself, which Lee said he could not discuss because of contractual limitations. "There's no magic behind it," Lee added.