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iPhone jailbreakers in the Netherlands get their just deserts. The Worm Has Turned: iPhone Exploit Gets Nasty.

Two is better than one.  New iPhone Ads Stick Up for AT&T.

Combining Chrome OS With Android Looks Like Google’s Endgame. Maybe Google really wants to be more like Microsoft rather than Apple after all!

Everyday it looks more likely that the iPhone and Android based phones will rule the mobile market. iPhone And Android Dominate Mobile Web Browsing.

The Smartphone Wars, One Year Later. Interesting article reviewing the last year in the smartphone battle.


Pic of the Day: iPhone Knock-Off to Run Windows Mobile

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Do you think this is what Steve Jobs' nightmares look like?

John Brownlee at reports that a Chinese iPhone Knock-Off (iPhone C6) will run Windows Mobile 6.1.

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November 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Dell Confirms Entrance Into Smartphone Arena

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Can Dell become a player in the smartphone arena?

Last Friday Dell confirmed plans to enter the smartphone arena and announced partnerships with two of the world’s largest mobile operators.

Dell plans on distributing its Mini 3 smartphone initially in only China and Brazil through China Mobile and Claro, respectively.  The phones where designed around Google’s Android platform.

“Our entry into the smart phone category is a logical extension of Dell’s consumer product evolution over the past two years,” said Ron Garriques, President, Dell Global Consumer Group. “We are developing smaller and smarter mobile products that enable our customers to take their internet experience out of the home and do the things they want to do whenever and wherever they want.“

Details on the phone models will be announced in late November when the devices become available in the stores.

There is no mention on when the phones will be available in other countries including the United States.  However it makes perfect sense to test the waters in less competitive markets.

Written by wirebear

November 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm

iPhone Jailbreak Community

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George Hotz

George Hotz's self-portrait, he was the first to unlock the iPhone. Image credit: George Hotz

So is jailbreaking your iPhone everything hackers claim it to be?  Does anybody else get the feeling that these hackers have a clouded sense of reality?  That Apple somehow owes them something.

Brian X. Chen with Wired goes into the life of a hacker in his article Jailbreak Community Battles Apple for Control of iPhone. In the article, George Hotz the first to unlock the iPhone is portrayed as being a little pretentious.  At one point, Hotz doubts if a security expert could block his efforts.  What really tops it all off is the image in his Blackra1n software (used to hack the iPhone) that displays a photo of Hotz styled as an angel from a Caravaggio painting.   Really an angel!

If Apple wanted to make an iPhone that only had apps that featured cute pictures of animals, they have every right to do that.  If they want to block Google Voice they can do that.  In the end is it smart?  Hard to say, but Apple is where they are at by making some sound business decisions over the years.

What else is funny to me is that the complaint jailbreakers often use for unlocking their phones is AT&T.  So by unlocking your phone and letting apps run that might very well slow down the network is going to make things better? I would have to imagine that a lot of these relegated apps cause huge problems with AT&T and might be the real reason they don’t ever get approved.

Don’t get me wrong, hackers have their place.  They keep software companies honest and help move technology forward on occasion.  The better hackers are highly intelligent and are usually excellent programmers.  It would just make me feel better about them if they didn’t all have delusions of grandeur!

Written by wirebear

November 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Updated Apps No Longer At Top of “Release Date” Sort

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Dan Grigsby with Mobile Orchard reported on Monday that updated apps will no longer move your app to the top of the release day sort.

What really ticks me off (if true) is why doesn’t Apple send out a note to its developers before making these types of changes? Apple needs more transparency.  Would it be too much to ask to send out a note to keep us developers in the loop?

The good news is for apps that work well out of the starting gates and with a good marketing plan, they have that much more of a leg up on the competition. However, for those more unfortunate apps that are riddled with bugs and poor marketing, it will be a much longer journey to the top.

WireBear currently submitted an update to SportsBook: Pro Football Edition last week to add the ability to view the news articles within the app (default) or to launch them in Safari.  We will update everyone to let them know if the update puts us back to the top of the list.

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November 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm

The Shack to Sell iPhone

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The Shack to Sell iPhone

In August Radio Shack announced that it was changing its name to “The Shack”, as it sheds its old image and tries to present a new brand image as it is directing more of its resources to selling wireless products.  Part of that new image obviously will involve the iPhone as W. David Gardner of InformationWeek today reported that Radio Shack to Sell iPhone.

Radio Shack’s stock jumped 14% on news of the iPhone deal Monday.

I always thought that a one stop wireless shop would be a good business idea.  The store could sell cellular phones, wireless routers and other wireless products.  I know stores like Walmart and BestBuy already sell all these types of products, but lets not pretend they are experts in the field.  That and their selection seems to be very limited.

I wonder if “The Shack’s” new business model is something similar to my one stop shop idea for wireless products.  It would be nice to walk into one store and get a neutral expert opinion on all the different wireless services.

The other thing I like about the news is that investors are still loving smartphones and the iPhone in particular. Hopefully, Radio Shack can use the positive news to again become relevant.

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November 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Failing Forward

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John C. Maxwell, author of the book Failing Forward believes “the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure.”  In the book he takes a closer look at failure–and reveals that the secret of moving beyond failure is to use it as a lesson and a stepping-stone.

Most iPhone app developers should really learn the lesson of failing forward.  As we know not every app developer is currently relaxing on a  yacht discussing the millions they made in the App Store over cocktails and hors d’oeuvre.  It is hard to not get caught in the trap and blame your app’s lack of success on Apple or the buying public.

Every project has its hurdles and its failures.  The key is to minimize and learn from these mistakes.  Hindsight is of course 20/20, however there is no harm in taking a step back and giving a retrospective look at the recently completed project.  Often times after looking over the perceived failure you determine that if you had taken the other fork in the road, the consequences would have actually been much worse.  Other times you simply made the wrong decision.

The question of – How do you successfully take an iPhone app to market, can be answered by the veteran app developer much easier than your first timer.  For the veteran app developer the answer can be found in looking at the successes and failures of your past app.  Every app is different but the underlying philosophies are the same.

Just remember if your next app is a failure, jump back on that horse and give it another spin.  You already have a leg up on the competition as you already know what not to do!

Written by wirebear

November 9, 2009 at 2:10 pm