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Rich Mogull No comments

Peering Inside a Mobile Phone Network

We seldom think about how our mobile phones actually work, but Rich Mogull pulls back the covers and peels away the jargon to explain why text messages work when voice calls are dropped, why your battery lasts longer in some places than in others, why you're not allowed to use phones on airplanes, why you can be notified of a voicemail message when your phone never rang, and more.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Easy Wi-Fi Enters Hotspot Passwords for You

Devicescape has finally released an Apple-approved version of its connection software for Wi-Fi hotspots. Easy Wi-Fi lets you enter network keys and subscription passwords on the company's Web site and then use them without re-entry on an iPhone or iPod touch.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Apple Allows Developers to Talk about iPhone Software

Apple will no longer keep developers from discussing public aspects of the iPhone SDK and programming practices. The non-disclosure agreement had prevented developers from learning from one another about common problems, and from releasing public domain and open-source code.

Joe Kissell No comments

The iPhone Game Review Conundrum

When Joe Kissell set out to review three casual games for the iPhone/iPod touch, he thought he found a great way to justify wasting hours of time. But there was a hidden gotcha: making meaningful recommendations given the huge number of competitors (41 different Sudoku apps - ouch!).

Doug McLean No comments

Fix 5002 Error When Updating iPhone Apps

Getting error 5002 when you try to update your favorite sudoku or flashlight app? Never fear, since there's a simple fix for this App Store error.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Developers Could Turn Away from iPhone App Store

Apple continues to make terrible decisions about which apps may be sold in the App Store. If Apple isn't careful, developers might walk away - to Google Android or other platforms.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

T-Mobile Introduces Branded Google Phone

Despite Google's assurances last year that the company wasn't introducing a GPhone, the G1 handset announced by T-Mobile using the search giant-sponsored Android smartphone platform has Google emblazoned on the back. The G1 could loosen Apple's grip on smartphones, but not quite yet.

Glenn Fleishman No comments

Apple Recalls Supercool iPhone 3G USB Power Adapter

It's compact. It's cool. It's dangerous. So says Apple. The tiny USB power adapter for charging an iPhone 3G has blades that can break off and remain in an AC outlet. Apple advises you to stop using the adapter, and the company is replacing all of them.

Joe Kissell No comments

Confessions of an iPhone Convert

After being convinced that I'd never own an iPhone, I finally bought one. Two months later, I reflect on the good, bad, and surprising things I've learned about my new favorite tool.

Jeff Carlson No comments

iPhone 2.1 Provides Highly Anticipated Bug Fixes

Apple has released iPhone 2.1, a sweeping software update that brings many welcome bug fixes and performance improvements to the iPhone.

TidBITS Staff No comments

Apple Reveals New iPod nano and Updated iPod touch

To absolutely no one's surprise, Apple has announced a new iPod lineup, featuring improved versions of the iPod classic, iPod nano, and iPod touch. Read on for our take on the cool new features (and those that weren't present).

Joe Kissell No comments

SugarSync Sweetens Online Syncing

This recently updated service offers nicely implemented, cross-platform, online file synchronization. But the coolest part is their new iPhone app, which lets you do tricks like emailing files on your computer from your phone.

Joe Kissell No comments

Searching for the iPhone 3G Case of My Dreams

As a newly assimilated iPhone owner, Joe Kissell quickly got sucked into a quest for the perfect case. He's gradually zeroing in on what he really wants.

Adam Engst No comments

iPhone Now Available in 43 Countries

The iPhone spreads further across the globe, as Apple launches it in 21 more countries.

Jeff Carlson No comments

Jobs Personally Acknowledges iPhone Bug and Upcoming Fix

Super-secretive Apple has a mole: its CEO. Steve Jobs acknowledges via email to a customer that the iPhone has a bug that prevents third-party applications from loading, and that the bug will be fixed in September.