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The iPhone has always been touted as being a complete multi-media package. However one of the things that it has always lacked (other than MMS and Tethering) has been good streaming audio support.
But it looks like that will change. Sirius is working on an app to allow for streaming of XM radio to the iPhone.
You will still need a subscription but the quality of service should be better than most of the third party radio apps out right now.
Read more here
In a conference call yesterday where the company announced that it posted a loss of almost $246 million, they plan to release this new application for the iPhone at some point during the second quarter. It was also announced that the development on the Sirius XM application would be halted in favor of this new application development.
With all of the changes that the company has made to their subscription model these days, when this application is released for the iPod Touch and iPhone we suspect that it is going to cost subscribers money one way or the other.
Looks like there will be a major update to the iPhone. This is in the form of Software version 3.0.
I can remember the last update from 1.0 to 2.0 and as such I think I will be staying away from the update like the plague for the first few weeks.
Once the fervor dies down and the Apple activation servers are back online we can look forward to some pretty cool stuff including an new SDK to throw a monkey wrench into all of the jailbreakers and third party app devs out there.
Apple plans an advance preview on March 17th for this new iPhone OS.
Read more here
It's going down March 17th. Apparently, we'll get a sneak peak at the new OS, as well as a look at a brand new version of the SDK. Exciting stuff indeed, and we'll be there live at 10am PST (1pm EST) with the liveblog. Apple's calling this an "advance preview of what we're building," so we're not expecting anything ready to go as of the 17th, but hopefully this will allow developers to start building toward future functionality
Looks like the iPod touch 2G has finally been hacked for the masses.
Today the DevTeam released a free jailbreaking application on the heals of the $15 one that was released this morning
This adds the iPod touch to the "pwned for life" according to the Dev Team Blog.
The new Jailbreak is completely untethered and allows iPod 2G users to access the world of third party applications that are available through Cydia and Installer
Read more here.
Those of you who hang out on IRC or were able to read between the lines in the various blogs, forums, wikis and twitters may realize that we - and importantly, that's a that's a collective, cross-team "we" :) - had been hoping to hold onto this full ipt2g jailbreak until the next version of the iPhone came out. That didn't happen, but maybe it's too late for Apple to fix the bootrom in the next iPhone.
The raw patch to the firmware that transforms the "tethered" jailbreak into an untethered one was released here but it's not yet packaged up into the PwnageTool or QuickPwn flows. But other threads there are pulling together tutorials and other tips for those of you anxious to try this out now. For the curious, the hole itself is explained here. There's also a "pen and paper" analysis that helped the hybrid team venture transform the hole into an exploit. Hopefully that will be up for viewing soon too, if only because of its geeky beauty :)
The US Consumer Product Safety Commision has recalled about 30,000 LG 830 Spyder phones after a user's 911 call was dropped.
The user was in a disabled vehicle and his 911 call was dropped due to the network having difficulty getting a GPS lock on his LG 830 Spyder.
LG Spyder phones that are affected use software versions T83LGV03 and T83LGV04 and will require an update to fix the problem. To see if you have one of the affected phones, you can find the software version under the battery. LG says that it is contacting those in need to schedule a free software upgrade.
The recall is based on a single report of a motorist in a disabled car who's 911 call was dropped because the network had difficulty establishing a GPS lock on the phone.
The phones were sold at cellular dealers in Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Washington State, and Wisconsin.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Altec Lansing UHP306 in Ear Upgrader Series Earphones for $19.99 at Buy.com shipped free!.
Offer: Wow. This is one of the best in-ear earphone values I've seen in a while. Amazon has it discounted at $56, but Buy.com has it for a ridiculously low $19.99 with free shipping! The Apple replacement white earbuds cost more than this and this one is superior in sound and build quality!
Something that falls in the interesting category crossed my desk this morning.
This is a new case for the iPhone, but it is not a simple "protect your phone" type of case. No, this case includes a battery to help increase the usefulness of your iPhone between charges.
The new gadget is called the iConn+ iBP1200 it looks like an oversized leather slide-in case for the iPhone but once you open the front flap you find out that it is much more.
Under that cover rests an extra Li-polymer 3.7V/1200mAh battery that is capable of almost doubling the length of time between charges. You are still able to connect and sync your iPhone even while in the case. The iBP1200 will also charge both batteries at the same time when connected to power or your system. You also still have access to the headphone jack and camera while in the iBP1200. Considering the number of apps that eat your battery like a kid in a candy store this is certainly something that the market could use.
Pricing should be around $80 (US) with availability right around the corner.
iPhone is known to be one of the best phone introduced to the digital world today due to all the great features built inside such as iPod, Maps with GPS, YouTube, AIM, Myspace, FaceBook, all with a fast-paced internet access supported by the 3G technology, and varieties of game applications. Whether it's in your purse, your pocket, or even when you're traveling out far, with an iPhone you're ready and good to go. iPhone has so many great features that needs to and will be used, but with a limited battery life, you wouldn't be able to fully enjoy what the iPhone has to offer, and that's what iBP1200 will provide our customers. What differs our product iBP1200 from others is that we specifically focused on combining all the functionalities and features in one storage, and giving the ability to function all together, such as the apple jack and mini USB.
With the Mobile World Congress going on in Barcelona it is no wonder much of the news this week is about phones.
Well here is some more for you. It seems that Acer has just announced four smart phones of their very own. The phones show up on the heels of their purchase of Eten and while one was announced by Eten before the purchase the others appear to e new projects.
All four phones offer some very good features and show promising specs.
The pricing and time will tell if they will have a big impact on the market or not.
Skype has been striking deals with mobile phone makers. In fact they just announced a deal with Nokia to have Skype bundled on Nokia phones.
The first phone to see the new Skype will be the N97 Nokia's flagship Smartphone. Skype will be integrated heavily into the phone, including being part of the address book so that you will be able to see which of your contacts are online with Skype straight from there.
Skype and Nokia are also going to allow the service to work over both the 3G and Wifi networks. This would mean messaging and VoIP calls even when you are not at a hotspot.
There is some concern that Nokia phones sold in the US would have this stripped from them as Skype on a mobile is a large fear for US cellular providers.
Shuttle has unveiled a new flagship in their popular Prima series. Designated the SX58H7, it features the Intel X58 chipset and Core i7 processor, 3+1 channel DDR3, a 500W 80PLUS BRONZE power supply, dual Gigabit LAN w/ Teaming, and 2x PCI-E X16 slots which support both CrossFire and SLI. The new I.C.Evo is said to loawer CPU temps by up to 7° C.
Shuttle boasts that the SX58H& is "meant to offer highest performing value." You can read the full press release here.
Most of the Press has been speculating that Apple might take Palm to court for Palm's new Pre Phone. Most of this speculation comes from Apple's recent Patent on Multi-Touch.
However while some of us expected Palm to counter Apple with the many patents they already have that relate to touch screens etc. what none of us expected was for a different company to file a patents infringement suit against Apple.
The new suit claims that Apple has used a vital part of a technology created and patented by Picsel Technologies and Picsel Research. The technology allows for rapid refresh of content on mobile phones.
Piscel is claiming that Apple used this in its iPhone and iPod touch.
If they win Picsel could be looking at a substantial payoff.
Read more here at iPhone Central.
In the suit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Picsel Technologies claims that the rendering process Apple uses on the iPhone violates Piscel's patents. Specifically, Picsel said its technology accelerates the process of updating the display on a device.
In the lawsuit filed by Nixon Peabody LLP on behalf of Picsel, lawyers said users would experience long screen update delays if it weren't for the use of the patented technology. Zooming and panning documents, Web sites, and images would not work on the iPhone as fluidly, according to the lawsuit.
Picsel says its technology has been included in more than 250 million units worldwide. The company counts KDDI, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Palm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Sharp as customers.