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Apple Sr. Product Manager Talks About iPhone Gaming and App Store

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

PocketGamer.biz has posted an interesting interview with Eric Jue, Apple’s senior product manager for iPhone worldwide product marketing. The interview touches upon Apple’s intentions with gaming and the possibility of an Xbox-live style games community.
The interview takes place in London, and among some of the most interesting responses given by Jue are in direct comparison [...]

Google Demoes Off-Line Mobile Web Apps with iPhone (VIDEO)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

New functionality being shown by Google publicly for the first time, allows mobile devices to access data that has been locally stored on the device without any network connections. A first for new-age mobile devices, and a breakthrough for developers.
iPhoneBuzz posts a video and images of the new functionality which is split into three categories. [...]

Turn-by-Turn iPhone GPS Gets Demoed (w/Screenshots)

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Turn-by-turn GPS functionality has been an exceedingly sought after feature since the launch of the iPhone 3G itself. It now appears that the Slovakian company, Sygic has developed a native iPhone application that does just that.

Images courtesy of The iPhone Blog
Making its debut at this year’s Mobile World Congress, this turn-by-turn GPS application comes [...]

The App Store Bandwagon: Who’s Next?

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Today marks the beginning of GSMA Mobile World Congress (formerly 3GSM World Congress) week in Barcelona Spain, which stands as the world’s largest exhibition in the mobile industry, bringing together a host of mobile operators and equipment vendors.
Last year’s event provided manufacturers with the opportunity to display their touch capable smartphones in efforts to come [...]

Customizable Multi-touch Gestures File Found in OS X Leopard

Friday, February 13th, 2009

A recent discovery in OS X Leopard’s system files sheds some light on Apple’s intentions on letting users customize their own four-finger swipe gestures. While their has been talks on software updates allowing users of older machines to get enabled gestures, customizing your own has never before been an option.
MyAppleGuide originally found the file (though [...]

Palm Claims to Have “No Issues with Apple” Over Patents

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Apple and Palm have been publicly shying away from addressing what may be a large legal tussle surrounding multi-touch patents. Previous comments from Apple have provoked the notion of aggression, while the latest comments from executives at Palm sidestep around the possibility of patent lawsuits.
At the Thomas Weisel Technology & Telecom Conference, Palm chief Ed [...]

Apple Awarded iPhone and Multi-Touch Device Patent

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Fresh on the heels of what would seem to be an innovation war between Apple and Palm, the United States Patent Office has awarded Apple the patent on the multi-touch and touch-screen input methods in question.
The massive patent is titled Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics, and [...]

Apple’s Plans Should Be Clear: High-End iPhones and Global Positioning

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

As the market reels from Apple’s announcements in their Q1 financial earnings call, a clear distinction between Apple’s current position, and where they should be headed with the iPhone product line is made even more apparent.
We already know that Apple doesn’t like to dabble in cheap products. Whether it be a sub-$500 netbook (cheap ultra [...]

Tim Cook’s Aggressive Stance Towards Suing Patent Violaters (Palm?)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

In Apple’s Q1 financial results earnings call, COO Tim Cook made some particularly aggressive statements pertaining to competitors violating patents Apple holds. When looking at the marketplace, Palm should most likely be prepared to defend the newly announced Palm Pre.
After reiterating Apple’s stance on the netbook category, COO Tim Cook shifted positions to talk about [...]

AT&T Playing Around With iPhone MMS Possibility, Wireless Network “Caching”

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

AT&T is playing around with some “wireless network caching” methods that may trickle down into how iPhone users experience sending multimedia messages. The surprising thing, it’s not new technology.
We first started hearing about something similar about a week ago, however remained hesitant to report it until we learned anything substantial. After a few emails back [...]

Functional iControlPad Gaming Prototype In Action (Video)

Monday, January 19th, 2009

The first prototype of the iControlPad gaming pad definitely looked promising. Bringing extrenal input buttons and a directional pad to Apple’s purely touch interface handhelds is seen by many people as a must. For gaming, we definitely agree.
A developer that goes by ZodTTD has posted the above video of him using the iControlPad to play [...]

Apple Should Take Notice of the Palm Pre

Friday, January 9th, 2009

In what was believed to be Palm’s last chance to compete in the mobile industry, Palm unveiled a brand new device called the Palm Pre alongside a new operating system which they call Palm web OS. The device was announced and shown off during Palm’s press gathering at CES and initial reactions are very positive.
Back [...]

Hands On: Axiotron 15″ Modbook Pro (Photos)

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Axiotron is a company that takes existing Apple notebooks and turns them into fully functional tablets called Modbooks. Lately they unveiled a brand new 15″ Modbook which we were been able to get hands on with moments ago.
The new 15″ Modbook Pro is set atop an existing Macbook Pro. Prior to this Modbook Pro, Axiotron [...]

iPhone Bluetooth Keyboard Hack Looks Very Promising

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Ars Technica has posted what looks like an incredibly promising bit of bluetooth iPhone hackery, courtesy of iPhone expert Ralf Ackerman.
What separates this hack from a few keyboard hacks in the past, is that this is a completely internal solution. It shows promising support for what may be a convergence of technologies used for general [...]

Apple Working on Cold Weather Multi-touch Capable Gloves

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

MacRumors reports of a recent Apple patent application that has been released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, detailing the use of gloves that will allow a user to operate a broad array of electronic devices.
As any iPhone/iPod touch user residing in a northern climate will know, when the temperature drops significantly, it [...]

Quanta Expected to Manufacture Apple Netbooks in 2009

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

According to a report from the Taiwanese government, Quanta will be manufacturing netbooks for Apple in 2009, among most other well established PC vendors.
The report comes straight from website TaiwanHeadlines.gov, and describes current netbooks sales, as well as their expected manufacturing pace for 2009.
Quanta vice chairman and president CC Leung said his company wants [...]

New Patent Outlines Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboard

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

MacRumors points us to a new patent application titled Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards that was unveiled by the United States Patent Office today.
The patent application gives credit to Wanye Westerman, who along with his partner John Elias were brought onto Apple’s touch technology team after founding Fingerworks. While it may not be [...]

One More Thing: Apple’s New Multi-touch Mighty Mouse

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Let’s face it, the Mighty Mouse is flawed. Luckily, Apple has filed for numerous patents directly hinting at a multi-touch Mighty Mouse, which could prove to bring us an unexpected treat sometime in the near future.
The Mighty Mouse made its public debut on August 2, 2005 becoming Apple’s first multi-button mouse ever. Its [...]

Pastebud Brings Copy and Paste to iPhone Between Mail and Safari

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Pastebud is a new service for iPhone users that will allow copy and paste functionality between the Mail and Safari applications.
Gizmodo first posted Pastebud’s video. Currently, the service doesn’t require anything extra to be installed. It avoids Apple’s App Store by using two bookmarks in Safari. “One prepares and loads the page you are viewing, [...]

Apple Exploring Infrared Hover Technology For User Input

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

A patent filing from Apple published today, outlines the company’s exploration with infra-red technology, specifically in allowing users to invoke functions without having to actually touch a surface or display.

DISPLAY INTEGRATED PHOTODIODE MATRIX: The use of one or more proximity sensors alone or in combination with one or more touch sensors in a multi-touch panel [...]