Updated iPhone SDK Now Allows VoIP Calls Over 3G Connections

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Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2010, 06:01
Category: iPhone, News

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Apple’s iPhone SDK update didn’t just bring iPad support, the SDK is now permitting VoIP calls to be made over 3G networks. In the past, this option had only been available via a Wi-Fi connection. Per iCall, Apple has revised its SDK to allow VoIP calls over cellular networks. This is a major change from Apple’s previous agreement with AT&T which only allowed VoIP communications over a Wi-Fi connection.

Last October, AT&T announced that it would open up its 3G network to VoIP applications on the iPhone, the action apparently coming to fruition.

Previously, as part of a concession made to AT&T, Apple’s terms for software approval on the App Store prohibited VoIP-based applications like Skype from utilizing networks operated by wireless carriers.

In April, internet advocacy group Free Press asked the FCC to investigate both AT&T and Apple over claims that both companies were violating federal net-neutrality protection.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Developer Agreement Slip Hints at Upcoming iPhone OS 4.0 Release

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Date: Wednesday, January 27th, 2010, 05:18
Category: iPhone, Software

This isn’t about the Apple tablet.

That’ll happen in a few hours.

Though word is the tablet will be reasonably priced and be made of unicorn smiles.

Per Engadget, an unintended update to the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement went live Tuesday with a placeholder referencing a January 27th launch. The date of course suggests that an updated iPhone OS could be presented at Apple’s product unveiling Wednesday.

The placeholder can be found on the signup for for Apple’s iPhone Developer Program and reads: “Need to update this for the 27th launch.”

According to McGrall-Hill CEO Terry McGraw, Apple’s tablet device will run a variant of the iPhone mobile operating system, which lends credence to the idea of an updated iPhone OS announcement Wednesday.

On Monday, analytics firm Furry released statistics that possible tablet prototypes were being used on Apple’s campus running iPhone OS 3.2, an unreleased version of Apple mobile operating system. This means that rumors of the tablet running iPhone OS 4.0 could be off base.

Either way, this is going to be interesting.

Google Voice (Sort of) Arrives for the iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2010, 10:21
Category: iPhone, Software

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In other news, Google has managed to bypass the App Store (and its approval process) and release its much-lauded Google Voice app to the iPhone and webOS devices via an HTML5-based web app. Per Engadget, the app should work with any HTML5-compliant device, although the formatting at this point has been tailored to Apple and Palm’s platforms.

The app, which can be found at http://m.google.com/voice, caches your contacts list in a browser page and allows users to write SMS messages, check their your inbox, and, in future versions, listen to voicemails.

To place a call, you choose the recipient, the app prompts you to call one of Google’s local numbers via the native dialer and the recipient will see your proper Google Voice, and upside with this method is you’ll still be able to utilize call waiting and background usage.

The page should be up and running later today, so if you’re anxious, direct your mobile browser to voice.google.com and just keep hitting refresh.

If you’re interested, take a gander and let us know what you think.

Apple Releases Aluminum Keyboard 1.1 Firmware Update

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Date: Tuesday, January 26th, 2010, 06:14
Category: Software

Late Monday, Apple release version 1.1 of its aluminum keyboard firmware via an update. The new version, a 1.5 megabyte download, improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other Bluetooth devices and addresses an issue with the 2007 aluminum Apple Keyboard and the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard where a key may repeat unexpectedly while typing.

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The update requires Mac OS X 10.5.8 on the Mac OS X 10.5 end or Mac OS X 10.6.2 on the Mac OS X 10.6 end to install and run and can also be snagged via Mac OS X’s Software Update feature.

If you’ve installed the update and noticed any major changes, please let us know.

Rumor: AT&T Exclusive iPhone Deal Could End Wednesday

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Date: Monday, January 25th, 2010, 05:15
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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AT&T’s exclusive contract with the iPhone (read: license to essentially print money) could end on Wednesday. Per Electronista, a purported contact within the carrier says exclusivity should end along with the January 27th date. The tipster doesn’t say who would join AT&T in supporting the iPhone, albeit Verizon has often been cited as the most likely pick, in part for the large subscriber base as well as the frequently cited network strength.

While evidence have yet to be provided, possible signs of this have shown up in the following leaked screen capture:

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A contract found by web site HotHardware has cited a strategy that AT&T strategy that the company has indirectly confirmed itself. The company would “compensate” for losing sole rights to the iPhone by carrying smartphones on platforms it has previously ignored. The carrier has already said it would offer several new smartphones in the first half of the year that include five Android devices as well as Palm’s webOS phones, most likely GSM versions of the Pre Plus and Pixi Plus. It’s also been noted anecdotally that AT&T has lately deemphasized its exclusivity and has instead focused on attacking Verizon.

Per the contact, AT&T has been mentioned as being internally frustrated with the reputation it has garnered through its network problems and may actually be willing to end exclusivity simply to offload the more publicly hostile customers to Verizon. It’s been hinted that some of the complaints may stem from the iPhone having a less than ideal transition from 3G to GSM when 3G isn’t ideal. Nearly all of AT&T’s upgrade efforts in recent months have focused on adding either 850MHz 3G or improving 3G capacity behind the scenes.

Once again, all should be revealed at the media event on Wednesday.

Details Emerge for Expected Mac OS X 10.6.3 Changes

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 15:28
Category: News, Software

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Mac OS X 10.6.3 will include significant enhancements to QuickTime X while also focusing on printing and Logic performance.

Per AppleInsider, sources close to the story have stated that build 10D538, which arrived roughly two weeks after the company issued build 10D522, included support for OpenGL 3.0 as well as an update to QuickTime X that, when finalized, will improve security and compatibility while simultaneously enhancing overall reliability. The release will also include tweaks that aim to enhance the performance of Apple’s 64-bit Logic pro audio suite. Other planned improvements include better compatibility with third-party printers and OpenGL-grounded applications, those same people say.

In addition to those areas, Apple is reportedly asking developers to focus their evaluation efforts on a few other core system components, such as AirPort, VoiceOver and graphics drivers.

A single issue related to photo albums viewed via the company’s Front Row media center software is said to be plaguing the latest beta.

The 665+ megabyte release is expected to be made public sometime in the next six weeks.

Mozilla Releases Firefox 3.6 Web Browser

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Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2010, 06:37
Category: Software

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On Thursday, Mozilla.org released the long-awaited 3.6 version of its Firefox web browser.
The new version, an 17.6 megabyte download, sports the following fixes and changes:

– Available in more than 70 languages – get your local version.
– Support for a new type of theme called Personas, which allow users to change Firefox’s appearance with a single click.
– Protection from out-of-date plugins to keep users safer as they browse.
– Open, native video can now be displayed full screen and supports poster frames.
– Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time.
– The ability for web developers to indicate that scripts should run asynchronously to speed up page load times.
– Continued support for downloadable web fonts using the new WOFF font format.
– Support for new CSS attributes such as gradients, background sizing, and pointer events.
– Support for new DOM and HTML5 specifications including the Drag & Drop API and the File API, which allow for more interactive web pages.
– Changes to how third-party software can integrate with Firefox in order to prevent crashes.

Firefox 3.6 is available in more than 70 different languages and requires a G3, G4, G5 or Intel-based Mac, Mac OS X 10.4 or later and 128MB of RAM to install and run.

If you’ve snagged the new version and have any feedback to offer about it, let us know in the comments.

Flying Jalapeno Software Releases ScareBear Trail Companion for iPhone, iPod Touch

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2010, 06:41
Category: iPhone

You have an iPhone and that’s fine, but bears still roam through America’s forests, eager to eat you and your iPhone.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Flying Jalapeno Software has released something that could save your life against these furry terrors; the ScareBear Trail Companion.

ScareBear Trail Companion is an iPhone app that replicates the sounds of bells, clapping, and rocks in a tin can which could help scare bears from your path before you even encounter them. Should you happen to come across a bear immune to these charms and wards, ScareBear Trail Companion still has you covered – in an emergency, you can use the app to sound an emulated air horn, which may terrify the creature and send it scurrying away.

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While this isn’t guaranteed to save your life, it’s designed for the iPhone user who fears being eaten by bears (which we all should on one level or another).

ScareBear Trail Companion retails for US$0.99 and requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later to install and run.

Cocktail 4.7 (Snow Leopard Edition) Released

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2010, 05:13
Category: Software

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Late Wednesday, shareware developer Maintain released version 4.7 of Cocktail (Snow Leopard Edition), Cocktail, the popular shareware utility program that allows for additional Mac OS X system tests.

The new version, a 2.3 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

-Adds clearing of Adobe Flash Player caches and cookies, as well as clearing of Google Chrome cookies, form values, history and page icons.

– The update also features overall performance improvements and addresses minor compatibility issues with Mac OS X Server.

Cocktail 4.7 retails for a US$14.95 shareware registration fee and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later to run.

Rumor: Apple Could Release Verizon iPhone at Jan. 27th Media Event, Additional Tablet Specs Emerge

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Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2010, 05:03
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Albeit a new generation iPhone isn’t expected until June, Apple could use its January 27th media event at the Yerba Buena to announce a Verizon handset next week.

Per AppleInsider, Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek has stated that he expects Apple to announce a Verizon iPhone as well as introduce iPhone OS 4.0. The Verizon iPhone could fall under the category of Steve Jobs’ “One More Thing…” used at the end of his product announcement speeches.

Misek said he believes tiered data plans are imminent with most wireless carriers in the U.S., but his checks with industry sources indicate that a Verizon-capable iPhone would still carry an unlimited data plan. He also said that the new handset will run on both CDMA and GSM networks.

“Together with our semi-conductor partners, we have ascertained that there is a reasonable chance the Asian supply chain is prepping for mass production of a new iPhone in March, for availability in late Q2, likely June,” he said.

In addition, he predicted the new handset will have different pricing than Apple’s current model. However, he said, sources have not provided any details on prices.

Misek also stated that he expects Apple to release an LTE-capable “4GS” iPhone in June 2011.

Per Apple’s long-anticipated tablet, analyst Ashok Humar of Northeast Securities has stated that he believes the tablet will be available in a subsidized model through Verizon at launch.

Kumar has offered his thoughts as to the tablet’s specs, which he believes will be manufactured by Samsung and will be based on the Cortex-A8 ARM architecture, rather than the new Cortex-A9, with a speed of about 1GHz.

As for a Verizon-compatible iPhone, Kumar disagrees with Misek that the handset would be a world phone capable of both CDMA and GSM networks. Kumar has stated that dual-mode chips from Qualcomm will not likely see enough availability for a June iPhone launch. Instead, Kumar expects a separate CDMA-only phone to be introduced in 2010, alongside the existing GSM-only models.

Six days and we’ll see what’s what, homegeese. Six days.