Truphone Adds Skype Support for iPhone, iPod Touch

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Date: Friday, February 27th, 2009, 07:37
Category: Software

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Software developer Truphone announced yesterday that the company has added Skype support for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch handsets. Per the press release, users can now instant message their Skype contacts as well as make and receive Skype-based calls to users on their contact list.
To begin, download Truphone for iPhone or iPod Touch, go to the IM screen in the iPhone application (the IM/More screen in the iPod touch application). If you cannot see this screen, select it from within the “More” screen.
Once here, select Skype from the setup screen, sign in using your Skype account details.
Once logged in, you will now see all of your Skype contacts and you will be ready to start.
Skype-based calls within Wi-Fi areas as well as instant messages will be free and users can make Skype-based calls and send Skype instant messages using Truphone Anywhere, which will use your data package to connect the call or send the instant message.
Truphone is a free download and requires iPhone OS 2.1 or later to install and run.
If you’ve tried Truphone for the iPhone or iPod touch and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Bookmarklet for Posting URLs to Tweetie

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2009, 14:41
Category: iPhone

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If you are a frequent Tweeter or Twitter-holic, and use an iPhone, you may be interested in this handy bookmarklet. The folks over at Atebit.com, the makers of Tweetie for iPhone and iPod Touch, have created a handy javascript tool for sending links to web sites from MoblieSafari straight into a post within the Tweetie app ready for you to add a comment and send to the Twitter-verse. It even creates a shortened URL using bit.ly automatically!
Just follow this link for full instructions. Best if done directly on the iPhone.
http://www.atebits.com/___?javascript:window.location=’tweetie:’+window.location
or optional shortened version…
http://bit.ly/BhBBR


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Rumor: Apple, China Mobile May Release iPhone 3G to Chinese Market in May

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Date: Thursday, February 26th, 2009, 10:53
Category: Rumor

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Apple’s long-standing negotiation hurdles with Chinese wireless carrier may be at an end according to an article on ChinaTechNews.com.
Per the article, China Unicom has reportedly reached an agreement with Apple on iPhone’s entry into China and the 3G iPhone may appear in the Chinese market in May 2009.
The piece cites representatives from Ovum, a British consultancy, as saying that China Unicom and Apple will achieve cooperation soon and if everything goes smoothly, the iPhone 3G will enter the Chinese market in May 2009 at the earliest.
No further details have been offered and prior to this latest rumor, other rumors cited that both China Mobile and China Unicom intended to introduce Apple’s iPhone into China.
Earlier this month, China Unicom reportedly sent a negotiating team to the United States to talk with Apple about the issue and the two companies even implemented tests on iPhone in some Chinese regions.
Apple’s iPhone 3G can support the WCDMA network, which is the 3G protocol provided by China Unicom. Previous reports stated that China Unicom will start a commercial trial of WCDMA in China from May 17, 2009.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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Best Buy Offering 8GB iPhone 3G to Some Reward Zone Members for US$99

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Date: Tuesday, February 24th, 2009, 08:37
Category: iPhone

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In the several years I’ve shopped at Best Buy, I’ve never signed up for their Reward Zone program. And maybe it’s time I did.
According to Macworld, Best Buy is apparently selling both the 8GB and 16GB iPhone 3G for US$100 off their respective retail prices. And unlike similar past deals from AT&T, these are brand new handsets, not refurbished units.
The catch: The deal is only applicable to Best Buy Premier Silver Reward Zone members, the “silver” status arriving if you’ve spent US$2,500 at Best Buy during a calendar year.
The other proviso: Customers need to have been a Reward Zone member by February 21st, so it’s too late to swing out, snag a MacBook Pro, sign up for the Reward Zone program and save that much more off an iPhone 3G. The price is also only good through February 28th, requires an in-store purchase and for the user to sign a two-year contract with AT&T.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and if you’ve seen this offer at your local Best Buy, let us know in the comments or forums.

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Hack Demos Apple iPhone Using Apple Wireless Keyboard

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Date: Monday, February 23rd, 2009, 09:11
Category: Hack

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This could be interesting, provided you’re willing to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch handset.
Ralf Ackerman has just posted a blog entry demonstrating a jailbroken iPhone using an Apple Bluetooth wireless keyboard. Details are still sketchy, but it’s an interesting proof of concept that makes one wonder when Apple will officially support this?
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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Rumor: Apple Executives Rethinking iPhone Pricing for 2009

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Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2009, 13:54
Category: iPhone

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With a new generation of iPhones all but certain this year, a discussion between analysts and Apple’s top brass has also dropped clues that the iPhone’s pricing may not be static this year.
According to AppleInsider, Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein Research mentions in a research note that a discussion with Apple COO Tim Cook, CFO Petter Oppenheimer and worldwide marketing senior VP Phil Schiller point both to an upgrade to the touchscreen device as well as to the possibility of “different pricing/price points” this year, with Cook “examining iPhone’s business model” for possible changes.
Apple execs Cook and Schiller have dropped teasers regarding 2009 as being “very exciting” year for the company’s handset.
With no concrete details emerging, Sacconaghi was quick to dampen rumors of an iPhone nano or a similar low-budget cellphone. Without naming a source, he gathers from his investigations that the company isn’t presently chasing such a concept.
Any future iPhone, Mr. Sacconaghi said, will probably have at least a web browser and access to the App Store, the latter of which has Cook, Oppenheimer and Schiller particularly “bullish” about the iPhone’s success as it gives Apple an advantage over rival smartphone makers.
One detail which remained static was Cook and Schiller’s continued insistence that the iPhone wouldn’t come with a hardware keyboard. The duo seemed to inflect that a fixed set of keys made it harder to implement different keyboards, especially where different languages were concerned and would also make it harder for third-party developers hoping to use their own custom control schemes. Using the touchscreen as the primary input improves Apple’s bottom line by letting it ship what’s essentially the same phone across many different regions, the executives say.
Were a price shakeup to occur, it wouldn’t be out of character for Apple. Each year of the iPhone’s existence has had at least one major price shakeup: the iPhone’s maximum price fell from US$599 to US$399 in 2007, while the iPhone 3G in 2008 not only reduced this top price to US$299 but switched the behind-the-scenes profit model from revenue sharing with carriers to a heavy device subsidy.
While Sacconaghi doesn’t make many predictions in his report, he repeats frequent expectations of an iPhone in summer and also believes Apple may update the iMac in March.
If you have any thoughts on this, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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Adobe Developing Flash Light for Mobile Phones, Application Still Not iPhone-Ready

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Date: Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, 09:23
Category: iPhone

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Adobe’s Flash Lite multimedia player, while still lacking iPhone compatibility, may reach one billion mobile phones by the end of March according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. In a recent report, the company said that Adobe could reach its desired target mark one year ahead of schedule given its recent support for HD video as well as Nokia’s agreements to install Flash Lite on its phones. Another factor mentioned by the company is the absence of real competition for Adobe’s Flash Lite player. Representatives from the firm went on to predict that another 1.5 billion smartphones could carry the software within two years according to ComputerWorld.
On the competition end, Microsoft is currently developing a Silverlight for Mobile Player for release on Nokia’s Symbian S60 devices and its own Windows Mobile Phones. Representatives from the company expressed opinions that the plugin won’t make a significant impact on Flash Lite’s current increases.
To help continue with its progress, Adobe will be demonstrating a Flash Player 10 for smartphones at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. Along with the Flash 10 beta, Adobe will also be releasing the beta of a new Flash Lite distributable player based on Flash Lite 3.1.
Even with the increase in phones using Flash Lite, Adobe is still thought distant from getting an equivalent application onto the iPhone. Analysts with Strategy Analytics claimed that Adobe is working diligently to get Flash onto the iPhone and is looking to have it ready to go much later this year.
Independent analyst Jack Gold of J. Gold Associates claims that performance and business are the chief obstacles to Flash on the iPhone. In order to get high performance, Flash must run in the lower layers of the OS, which Apple restricts as part of its iPhone SDK guidelines. Gold stated that Apple will want to push its own technology, such as QuickTime, rather than depend on a third party’s development, despite Apple’s long history with Adobe.
As always, let us know what you think of the situation in the comments or forums.

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Rumor: Apple to Meet with China Unicom Executives Regarding iPhone

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Date: Friday, February 13th, 2009, 10:20
Category: Rumor

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Wireless carrier China Unicom has reportedly sent top executives to meet with Apple in the United States next month as Apple may be bringing its iPhone handset to the Chinese market.
According to tech.sina.com.cn (the report is in Chinese) and Macworld UK, the movements of the China Unicom executives were cited by “knowledgeable sources.”
The article then goes on the state that China Unicom plans to launch WCDMA (Wideband Code Divison Multiple Access) 3G services in May.
In recent months, Apple has been rumored to be in negoatiations with China Mobile Communications, the country’s largest mobile operator, about selling the iPhone in China.
Throughout this process, rumors have circulated that Apple has also been in talks with China Unicom regarding sales of the iPhone in China.
The 3G iPhone supports WCDMA, which is widely used in Asia, North America and Europe. However, China Mobile was granted a license to offer 3G services using TD-SCDMA (Time Division Synchronous CDMA), a different 3G technology that was developed in China and is significantly less mature from a development standpoint.
Even before Chinese regulators made the news official last month, China Mobile was long been expected to receive a license for TD-SCDMA, not WCDMA. For China Mobile to offer the 3G iPhone, Apple would be required to redesign the handset using new components that would need to be sourced from different suppliers.
Such changes would appreciably increase Apple’s production cost and likely result in higher prices to the end user.
Another sticking point between Apple and China Mobile was the Apple Store, which the company uses to sell and distribute third-party applications, Sina reported. Previous reports have indicated that China Mobile has its own plans for an application store and did not want to yield to Apple’s control.
For this reason, a deal to bring the iPhone to China will likely involve significant concessions from China Unicom to meet Apple’s requirements, the report said.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available and let us know what you think in the comments or forums.

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Microsoft Implements Hotmail POP3 Support in United States, Other Countries

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Date: Wednesday, February 11th, 2009, 10:55
Category: iPhone

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Back in January, Microsoft announced that the company would be bringing POP3 access to its Hotmail services in select countries, a change which would prove helpful to a number of iPhone owners. Unfortunately, the service had yet to become available in the United States.
According to iPhone Alley, Microsoft seems to have implemented this feature in the United States as well as other countries since the announcement. Per notice received today, POP3 support is currently active and working on the iPhone.
In order to get Hotmail POP3 up and running on your iPhone, you’ll have to manually set everything up. To do this, use pop3.live.com (port 995) for incoming mail and smtp.live.com (port 25) for outgoing. Your account will be your full Hotmail/Live address.
If you’ve tried this on your iPhone or iPod touch and can offer any feedback, please let us know in the comments or forums.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 54

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Date: Thursday, August 23rd, 2007, 07:25
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 54 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (43’59, 15.6MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Pierce Case.
Topics include: iPhone 1.0.2 update, refurbished iPhones, massive portable hard drives and iMovie ’08.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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