MacNN reported today that the U.S. Patent Office
has published a patent application from Apple, describing a
proximity-based social networking tool. The plan appears to be the
ability for people in the same general area (as defined by the span of a
WiFi network or Bluetooth connection) to spontaneously form groups and
Man, Apple's been coming down pretty hard on third party vendors lately.
First it was the sexy apps, then the WiFi sniffers, then the book-only
apps. In the latest round of purging, Apple takes it to the physical
Whether it's just because they want more store space for
their own products or they're cooking up their own screen films or they
really think their oleophobic glass screens are all that tough, Apple has told
screen protector vendors that they're quits as far as the Apple Store
and the website goes. Whaaat?
It's almost an article of faith among the in-the-know crowd that the
iPhone OS 4.0 will bring third party multitasking to the iPhone and
iPad. Steve-o claims it's just too much of a drain on the battery, while
other handset makers let their customers be big kids and make up their
own minds about power management.
Well, perhaps the competition
from Google phones might be enough to force the issue, and if it
doesn't, here's someone who's cracked the multitasking nut beautifully.
When you think of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, your mind immediately
turns to that hotbed of Irish culture, Orem, Utah, right? Well, perhaps
not. But Orem's NinjaBee software has decided to celebrate the occasion
by offering their games for the iPhone and iPod touch for free!
When he launched CyberSynchs, a company that makes data-synchronization
software, in 2008, Amos Winbush did it with little more than the iPhone in his
pocket. Apparently, computers are no longer necessary for entrepreneurs
in the startup phase. As Winbush himself blogged on Under30CEO.com,
“When CyberSynchs received Series A funding from Momos Capital, the
entire deal was orchestrated--on my end--from my jacket pocket.
Everything from conference calls to agreements were handled via
Electronista reports that Wearable began shipping
their AirStash wireless flash drive today. Those concerned about the
lack of an SD card slot now have a highly portable way of accessing
media on SD/SDHC cards wirelessly.
reported today that NAND flash memory manufacturers have been caught in a
tight situation. Apple may be moving to secure long-term supply
contracts to ensure they have all they need for iPods, iPhones, and
reports that a new Crowd Source study shows that Blackberry owners
haven't developed long-term affinity for their devices. The study
revealed that 39% of current Blackberry owners said they are "very
likely" to buy an iPhone as their next device. Another 34% said they
expect to try an Android next.
Instapaper Pro has long been a great way to load your iPhone with
content that you can browse at leisure--even if you don't have a
wireless connection. Now they've enhanced it in version 2.2 with
pagination, dictionary (Wiktionary) lookup, an in-app browser, and email