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Upcoming Table Embiggens Your iPhone Experience

Ignoring the iPhone’s diminutive size, Steve Jobs recently commented on the fact that the when it comes to touch-based devices, size is everything. During an earnings call with the company’s investors and the media, Jobs quipped about the disdain he held for touchscreen devices with less than seven inches of screen real estate, saying “While one could increase the resolution of the display to make up for some of the differences, it is meaningless unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one-quarter of their present size.” Either out of respect for Jobs’ unfaltering sympathy for hot dog-fingered tech users, or a dire fear of sandpaper, a group of intrepid developers have undertaken the development of a new way to work Apple’s smallest touchscreen device.

It’s big. Literally.

Tablet Connect utilizes a jailbroken iPhone, a mission-specific app and an enormous custom-built 56-inch capacitive touch screen table to embiggen your iPhone interface to a size that would make even Paul Bunyan’s meaty digits feel right at home. According to the developer’s website, by hooking your jailbroken iPhone to the table’s built-in dock connector (now there’s a lawsuit waiting to happen) you’ll be able to every aspect of your iPhone. At this point, only a prototype mock up of Table Connect has seen the light of day. However, the device’s developer has posted a countdown clock to their site, promising a big reveal in just a little bit over four days from now. When it happens, you know we’ll be there to bring you up to speed on it.


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AT&T Lands Triple Profits; iPhone Subscriptions Drop


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Perhaps it’s a sign that AT&T’s hold on the iPhone is finally starting to ease. Despite AT&T posting large profits in the 3rd quarter, only 24 percent of their iPhone subscriptions were from new customers, an all time low.

AT&T’s Q3 profits had risen on a more than favorable tax settlement as well as their selling their Sterling Commerce business-software division to IBM.  Granted AT&T did activate 5.2 million iPhones, an all time high, but as mentioned above, only 24 percent of those were new customers. 

In an effort to potentially make up for the loss of customers of the iPhone to other carriers, AT&T has mainly been focusing on upgrades, as well as placing focus on other smartphones, like those with Google Android’s OS as well as the Windows Phone 7.

Other tidbits from AT&T’s quarter:

-Average revenue from users went up 2 percent.
-Wireless data revenues which spanned from messaging, Internet access, access to applications and related services – shot up .1 billion, or about 30.5 percent from the year ago quarter to .8 billion.
-AT&T U-verse TV subscription totals jumped up by 236,000 to 2.7 million.


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White iPhone 4 Spotted in the Wild

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In this episode of the Man vs. iPhone, we go deep into the jungles of Cupertino where the mysterious white iPhone 4 has been spotted in it’s natural habitat. According the folks at Pocket-lint, at a press event in New York City a man was spotted carrying around a white iPhone 4, and while the man didn’t want to reveal any personal details, he did share some potentially valuable information about the white iPhone 4 shortage of 2010.

According to the blog, the mystery man was able to snag a white iPhone 4 from a person working at the Apple campus, where apparently there is an abundance of white iPhones. So, why then isn’t the iPhone available? According to the man, the two manufacturing suppliers that Apple has chosen are unable to exactly match the white color used on the home button and the faceplate.

This mismatch of colors has no doubt left the Apple perfectionists unhappy about selling a device that doesn’t match to the public.

So, the moral of the story is to always have a friend working at Apple, especially if you want a white iPhone 4.

You can read the full story at


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Android Thriving with Verizon Shows iPhone Can Too

It could be argued that thanks to Apple’s exclusivity deal with AT&T, Android handsets became the People’s Sour-Grapes iPhone. For individuals already locked into other networks or unwilling to take on a contract with AT&T, Google’s open-source mobile OS, when paired with the right hardware makes for an excellent alternative to Cupertino’s trendsetting handset. According to some increasingly credible rumors, the American cellular landscape will be undergoing a significant change in the early months of 2011: AT&T will no longer be the only game in town in you want to get your mitts on an iOS powered smartphone, as Apple is purportedly ready to unveil a iteration of the iPhone that will function on Verizon‘s network in early 2011. Despite the fact that the iPhone’s primary competition of late has come from companies selling hardware with running one flavor of Android or another, the Cupertino-based tech company owes a debt of gratitude to Google: Without Android handsets gobbling up data like it was going out of style, Verizon wouldn’t have been able to anticipate whether or not their network in its current state could sustain the added user demand that will come with the company’s introduction of the iPhone.

Thanks guys!

In a story posted this morning, The Wall Street Journal details how after observing Android’s performance on their network, Verizon’s infrastructure geeks feel they can confidentially roll out new Apple hardware without fear of the same poor performance that was suffered by iPhone users back when the handset was first launched on the AT&T network. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon’s Chief Technology Officer Tony Melone stated that he felt that if his network could sustain the data load that came with the introduction Android handsets, then Verizon would most certainly be ready to bear the impact of the iPhone arrival as well. “The Android experience gives me confidence we can engineer a great data network. We are planning for growth,” Melone said. “We build capacity, cushion and contingency.”

If nothing else, those hoping to see the iPhone on the Verizon network in the new year can take comfort in the fact that should the handset arrive, the company is at least planning ahead for it. That’s got to count for something.


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Square Trade Study: iPhone 4 Glass Breaks More Than 3GS


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And in other news, water is wet.  As 9to5Mac reports, when one of the main features of the iPhone 4 was the strength of the glass casing, it is sort of alarming that it would break 82 percent more than an iPhone 3GS’ casing, says Square Trade’s study.

Granted the iPhone 4 has two sides of glass instead of one, so that would probably amount to double the incidents versus previous iPhone generations that maintained plastic backs.

It was also determined that the plastic around the sides of the iPhone 3GS is able to cushion potential impact much better than the iPhone 4’s metal antenna-frame.

Other findings:

-iPhone 4 owners reported 82 percent more damaged screens in the first four months compared to iPhone 3GS owners.

-More than 25 percent of damage reported was to the glass on the back of the unit.

-The reported accident rate for the iPhone 4 was 68 percent higher than for the iPhone 3GS.

-An estimated 15.5 percent of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.

-iPhone 4 screen damage is responsible for more than four-fifths of reported accidents during the last four months, slightly higher than the iPhone 3GS during the same time period.

Who is SquareTrade exactly?  They’re the largest independent warranty provider in the world, and they had analyzed iPhone accidents for well over 20,000 iPhone 4s and the results were pretty in line with their earlier prognostications.

How many of our readers out there have suffered iPhone 4 screen damage?  Does the iPhone 4 seem to be in better or worse off shape?  Feel free to leave your comments below!

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Concurrent Data and Voice Rumors for CDMA Suggest iPhone is Coming to Verizon

As the hourglass turns, so do the days of our lives–and the influx of iPhone on Verizon rumors that flood the internet. We’re hearing reports that the forthcoming CDMA wireless standard could help encourage smartphone manufacturers, like Apple, to make handsets that work on simultaneous voice and data transmissions.

Currently, Apple is already touting this feature on the AT&T network. The possibilities excite those of us still dealing with the seemingly substandard CDMA network, but where the speculation suggests that Apple is considering bringing the iPhone to Verizon is beyond us, as this news mostly sounds like it’s something existing Verizon customers should look forward to, and not those that are merely waiting for a reason to switch. Sure, this is another reason Apple should consider Verizon to host the iPhone, but it’s not at all an indicator that it’s going to happen.

And on that note, whatever happened to the rumors about the white iPhone 4 landing in Apple Stores? Did we forget about that one, too?

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iPhone Apps Have Become More Popular Than TV Shows


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Given the sheer volume of downloading of apps, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  The daily audience of apps running on the iOS system has now expanded beyond 19 million users.  These users spend about 22 minutes a day on these apps, meaning the audience for iOS devices has now passed…you guessed it, Sunday Night Football on NBC.  It’s also just shy of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.

According to MobileBeat, just 4 million daily viewers are all that separate the iOS audience from the No. 1 TV show, Fox’s American Idol.  The measures come from the analytics firm Flurry.

Flurry made mention that that’s only part of the picture, as its analytics code is only integrated into 50,000 of the 250,000 apps that are on the iOS.  Given that, Flurry feels that iOS is even larger than all the TV shows if one takes into account the whole iOS viewership.

“The most obvious [effect] is the impact on the advertisement industry, which has relied on the reach generated by its prime time television slot for years,” said Peter Farago, the vice president of marketing at Flurry.

With that readers, since the explosion of the App Store, have you found yourself enjoying your apps and utilizing them more than you used to watch television?  Movies?  Or on the flip side of that, are you finding yourself using apps like Hulu, Netflix, etc., to watch the above?  Feel free to leave comments below!

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Rumors Of A CDMA iPhone Getting Harder To Ignore

You may recall that last month, we spread word of the scuttlebutt surrounding the possibility of a CDMA iPhone making a debut by the end of the year. At the time, Susquehanna Financial Group told us that a number of overseas suppliers had assured them that they’d been asked by Apple to meet the components necessary for a CDMA handset with a release date in early 2011.

Yesterday, Mac|Life’s Matthew Tillman brought us the news that Verizon wasn’t about to corroborate any rumors of any new Apple hardware on their network, stating that any iPhone news would come from Apple.  It’s our normal practice to advise you not to look at an Apple rumor too closely, but with a non-denial coming from the apex of Verizon’s management, coupled with another credible source spinning the same yarn, it might be worth while to spend some time giving the possibility of a Apple-branded CDMA handset a long glazed-over stare.

In a story posted to the The Wall Street Journal yesterday and then updated overnight is correct, the Cupertino-based tech company is indeed setting the stage for the release of a CDMA version of the iPhone that will see a release in the first few months of the new year. According to “one person familiar with the matter,” Verizon has been dropping a lot of coin on their network to add capacity and is busy conducting vigorous tests on their existing hardware to ensure that the company’s cellular system can handle the heavy amount of data traffic that will no doubt come about with the introduction of the iPhone to their network.

Here’s hoping they’re right: Seeing the iPhone on networks other than AT&T will be nothing but win for smartphone hungry consumers, and will ensure that Apple can move forward with their hallmark product in the game-changing manner that we’ve become accustom to seeing from them.


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Verizon: Any iPhone News Would Come From Apple


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A Verizon exec addressed The Wall Street Journal story today about a Verizon iPhone by the end of the year, saying that essentially any news about any sort of a thing would have to come from Apple, not Verizon, according to AppleInsider.  Perhaps Verizon is getting tired of Verizon rumors? 

Verizon President and COO Lowell McAdam had made the comments during a press conference at the CTIA conference in San Francisco.  He was asked to comment about the above story, and was quick to dismiss it as “one of those things that rolls out ever few weeks whether there’s a basis for it or not.”

“I can’t give you any insights,” he went on.  “But I think Apple is the one that has to make that announcement.”

But on the flip side, McAdam is still holding out hopes that a deal could be reached with Apple at some point, especially with its upcoming LTE data network.

“What I’ve always said is a I expect at some point in time our business interests are going to align,” he said.  “I think things like LTE are another great reason why they’d want a device or tablet on that network.  But I don’t have anything to say today about timing.”

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Holy Bat iPhone Pouch, Batman!

If you’re an Apple purist that laments the fact that wearing a pair of the company’s iconic white earbuds in public could grab a mugger’s attention and lead to a nasty thrashing, we’ve got great news for you: Universal Designs is offering replicas of Batman’s belt from The Dark Knight that come complete with a holster for your iPhone or iPod. It’s a sure bet that wearing this baby out in public will guarantee you’ll never have to worry about being rolled for your precious Apple products again. After all why would any self-respecting criminal want to beat someone to within an inch of their lives for a portable media device when they could be beating them for wearing superhero memorabilia. I mean, come on–even criminals have priorities.

The TDK Batman: Utility Pouch is all Batman and a bag of potato chips. Made of heavy-duty cow hide leather and accented by chrome studs, this faux-bat belt is resplendent with gold and bronze colored accents. However, the product’s genius can truly be found in the fact that it comes complete with “pouches suitable for cell phone, wallet, ID, keys [and] loose change.” You see, by putting all of the things that the modern on-the-go street hooligan desires in one easy to see and access location, you’re not only saving him the time and energy it’d normally take to work you over and frisk you, you’re also cutting down on how damaged and violated you’ll feel after your unlawful encounter. It’s a win-win situation.

The TDK Utility Pouch is available in a number of sizes, and can accommodate Dark Knights measuring up to 52 inches at the waist. It can be purchased here. 



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