Monday, June 28, 2010

If It's Not an iPhone, Why Would I Want It?

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Tiny Watch Productions has posted a hilarious video of a cartoon character trying to buy a sold out iPhone 4 but being offered the HTC Evo instead.

The video contains some NFSW language.

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iPhone 4 Class Action Lawsuit Looks for Victims

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Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff is currently investigating potential problems with the release of iPhone 4 for a possible class action lawsuit.

If you recently purchased the new iPhone and have experienced poor reception quality, dropped calls and weak signals, we would like to hear from you. Please call us toll free at (888) 285-3333, click "live chat" above to immediately speak with a KCR representative, or email us for more details.

ValleyWag notes that KCR is the same firm that filed a federal class action suit over deceptive "offer" ads in games like Mafia Wars and Farmville.

Steve Jobs recently hinted that a some sort of solution from Apple may be coming soon; however, so far the company's only advice is to hold it different.

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iPad to Get iOS 4 and iAd in November?

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Apple is telling marketers that the iPad won't get iAd until November, according to Advertising Age.

Campbell is still white-boarding concepts and probably won't have an ad live until September -- the start, as he says, of "soup season." Apple has said the iAds would start appearing on the iPad, as well as iPhones and iPod Touch devices, in November.

The appearance of iAd on the iPad would likely coincide with the launch of iOS 4 for iPad. Unfortunately, those looking for the added capabilities of the new firmware on their tablet will have to wait a while.

Advertising Age also notes that although iAds is set to launch for the iPhone in a few days that some advertisers are weeks -- perhaps months -- away from having an iAd in the system.

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Apple Accidentally Hints At iWork for iPhone (Again)

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Apple has accidentally hinted at iWork for the iPhone in yet another discovery on international Apple Store sites, according to MacRumors.

Clicking the "Learn more" link for AppleCare on the ordering page reveals additional information on the program, with a section devoted to software support specifically mentioning "Using iWork for iPhone and other Apple-branded iPhone apps" as a topic users for which users can receive assistance.

Several weeks ago, Apple's iPhone 4 Features Page briefly showed a screenshot with a dialog box asking if the user would like to open a mail attachment in Keynote. It was quickly changed after the media picked up on it.

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The iPhone 4 Costs Apple $187.51 to Make

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Market research firm iSuppli has estimated that the iPhone 4 costs Apple as little as $187.51 to make.

The most expensive component of the handset is its "retina display" which costs $28.50 and may have been made by LG Display, according to iSuppli. Apple's internally designed A4 processor was made by Samsung Electronics and costs an estimated $10.75

"Over the years, the iPhone has generally tended to hover in the $170-to -$180 cost range because Apple seems to be trying to hit some kind of budget," Kevin Keller, who helped conduct the iSuppli teardown, says in an interview.

In 2009, iSuppli estimated that the iPhone 3GS cost about $179 for Apple to make. Those costs have since dropped to $134.

BusinessInsider notes that these costs don't include items such as labor, shipping, advertising, software development, or patent licensing.

iSuppli used a 16GB iPhone 4 in their analysis.

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AT&T Says NYC Network Upgrades Are Complete

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AT&T has announced the completion of an initiative to increase the wireless capacity of its 3G network in NYC. The company says customers in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens should notice improved voice and data connections and performance, especially during peak hours.

The network enhancement includes the addition of new layers of frequency, also known as "carriers," to more efficiently manage available spectrum and increase 3G capacity. The additions have been applied to nearly all cell sites in Manhattan and in other areas as needed throughout the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn. The result is an increased allocation of network resources for AT&T's 3G network to support ever-growing demand for mobile broadband services.

AT&T also deployed a WiFi hot zone in Times Square to help AT&T customers stay connected in "America's Crossroads," one of the busiest locations in the world.

In New York City, they added a layer of high-performing 850 MHz spectrum to deploy more radio capacity and enhance in-building coverage throughout the city.

As of the first quarter of 2010, there have been two consecutive quarters of strong voice quality improvements in New York according to internal measurements. In Manhattan, quality improved 47 percent quarter over quarter.

Faster 3G speeds are scheduled to become available this year and in 2011 on a market by market basis as AT&T combines the new technology with the increased deployment of high-speed backhaul connections to cell sites, primarily with fiber-optic technology. Late this year, they plan to upgrade the network to HSPA+, the latest generation of their 3G platform.

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iFixIt Posts iPhone 4 Repair Manual

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iFixIt has posted an iPhone 4 repair manual which instructs you on replacing 10 different components including the front panel, rear panel, and battery.

You can find their walkthroughs using the link below...

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Nokia Mocks iPhone 4 Reception Issues

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Nokia has published a new blog post entitled, "How do you hold your Nokia?" mocking the new iPhone 4 and its reception issues.

We’ve found any of the four grips mentioned above to be both comfortable and as you can see, offer no signal degradation whatsoever. This isn’t a feature you’ll only find on high-end Nokia devices either. It’s something that’s been a part of pretty much every Nokia device ever made (perhaps with the exception of that teardrop 3G one, which was a bit ridiculous).

The key function on any Nokia device is its ability to make phone calls. After all, that’s why we know them universally as mobile phones (or smart phones, feature phones or mobile computers – though the same grip styles work for those, too). One of the main things we’ve found about the 1 billion plus Nokia devices that are in use today is that when making a phone call, people generally tend to hold their phone like a…. well, like a phone. Providing a wide range of methods and grips for people to hold their phones, without interfering with the antennae, has been an essential feature of every device Nokia has built.

Of course, feel free to ignore all of the above because realistically, you’re free to hold your Nokia device any way you like. And you won’t suffer any signal loss. Cool, huh?

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50,000,000 iPhone Fans Can't All Be Wrong

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Some critics have been complaining since the iPhone first turned the mobile world upside down, but Apple keeps proving them wrong. Which side are you betting on?

If you follow the tech blogosphere, you may believe that Apple's (AAPL) new iPhone 4 is the Ford Pinto of smartphones -- built like crap and ready to explode at any time.

Now if I serve any purpose for Minyanville readers, it's to cut through hype to deliver insights that will help you invest better.

And I'm here to tell you today that the tech media's barrage of complaints about iPhone 4 won't amount to a hill of beans in the real world.

To be fair, let's recount the problems from which Apple's latest supergadget suffers:

1. Poor reception when holding the phone left-handed;

2. Yellow blotches/tinting on the screen;

3. Mixed-up volume buttons;

4. Glass not scratch-proof enough; and

5. Dead pixels on screen.

Now let's list everything that was supposedly wrong with the original iPhone, which incidentally celebrates its fourth birthday tomorrow:

1. Not 3G;

2. Only available at AT&T (T);

3. No keyboard;

4. Too expensive; and

5. Screen attracts smudges.

Just for fun, remember the complaints common to nearly every previous iPod and iPhone model ever released: the screens crack and scratch way too easily, the devices cost too much, and that any number of features (app multitasking, camera flash, copy and paste, etc.) isn't included.

Finally, no one can ignore the lousy performance of AT&T's network. If not for this issue, I'd be holding an iPhone 4 myself right now.

Now, let's look at what happened in the real world in the face of a set of phones that have been supposedly flawed in design, quality control, tech specs, and network performance:

IDC indicated that Apple held 16.1% smartphone market share in the first quarter. That's despite having the smallest product line in the industry, and only one US carrier.

The result is Apple's stock being up 119% since the first iPhone was released. Shares of the old guard -- Motorola (MOT), Research In Motion (RIMM), Palm (PALM), and Nokia (NOK) -- are down an average of 67% over the same time period.

The lesson to be learned here is that Apple will never release a product that's absolutely perfect, and that's okay, because Apple always nails the two things that actually move product: user interface and design. Internal engineering problems can always be fixed later on, but the human touch must always be nailed on the first try.

Haters Gonna Hate

Negative news spreads very quickly online -- especially when the topic of conversation it hot stuff like the iPhone. That's just the nature of the Internet.

Since iPhone 4 has sold in such huge numbers, there are bound to be problem units. The manufacturing and component-sourcing kinks will get worked out, and life will go on. Every major company produces flawed products at one time or another; it's how they deal with those problems that makes the difference.

One thing every Apple customer out here in the real world knows is that Apple doesn't jerk people around. I've spent enough time eavesdropping at the Genius Bars in various Apple stores to know that they don't hesitate to swap out problem products -- even when the customer is clearly being unreasonable.

Apple is long-term greedy, so they'll always make you happy today to keep you coming back.

But Are Apple Customers Really Happier?

If you want stats, let's look at what The American Customer Satisfaction Index said about Apple in 2009:

The satisfaction of Apple PC customers retreated slightly (down 1% to 84), but the small decline has done nothing to hurt the large lead Apple has enjoyed for six straight years over the Windows (MSFT)-based PC manufacturers. In fact, Apple’s customer satisfaction lead is the second largest of any industry in ACSI -- only Southwest Airlines' (LUV) advantage over its closest rival is bigger.

And what does Consumer Reports say about Apple tech support?

For laptop computers, Apple scored 86 out of a possible 100. That's 23 points above its nearest competitor, Lenovo, which scored a 63. In fact, Apple scored the highest in each of the Consumer Reports categories.

So which side are you betting on?

The critics, who have been complaining nonstop since the iPhone turned the mobile-phone world upside down? Or the company that can't stop proving them wrong?

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Apple Sells Over 1.7 Million iPhone 4s in Three Days

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Apple today announced that it has sold over 1.7 million of its iPhone 4 through Saturday, June 26, just three days after its launch on June 24.

“This is the most successful product launch in Apple’s history,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Even so, we apologize to those customers who were turned away because we did not have enough supply.”

The iPhone 4 will be available in an additional 18 countries by the end of July—Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

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Encrypted Alternative to Cloud Computing

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Yazsoft has announced a major new upgrade to ShareTool, version 2. ShareTool is an award winning utility that lets you connect to all of the Bonjour services on your home or office network from anywhere in the world securely over a 100% SSH encrypted connection. This includes iTunes Music Sharing, Screen Sharing, File Sharing, printing, and much more. No server or technical skills required. Starting with version 2, you can now connect to multiple home/office networks simultaneously.

What Is Cloud Computing?
From Wikipedia: Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand. Most cloud computing infrastructure consists of services delivered through data centers and built on servers. Clouds often appear as single points of access for all consumers' computing needs.

Some popular applications offering cloud-based services include applications like Dropbox.

Why Do Some People Use Cloud Based Applications?
Some people need to have access to their files when they're away from a particular machine. By putting their files on a cloud-based server, these files are centrally located for them to access from anywhere securely.

While certainly practical and convenient, there is one important thing that simply cannot be ignored. At the end of the day, all data and important files are stored on someone else's machines over which you have no real (complete) control. In addition, for those that need large amounts of hard disk space, there is often an added monthly charge to pay.

Why store your files on someone else's servers when you can keep everything on your own Macs, and have complete, fully encrypted control and access at anytime and from anywhere at no added cost?

Why not bypass using someone else's servers and always be connected directly to your own machines - a familiar and safe environment that only belongs to you?

After all, you wouldn't give your wallet to a stranger and ask them to hold on to it would you? So why would you hand off your files to someone you don't really know?

Sharetool Offers A Fast, Fully Encrypted Alternative

ShareTool is a fast, extremely secure, and magical way to remain connected to all your home or office networks no matter where you are physically. While connected with ShareTool, many shared (Bonjour-enabled) services on your remote home or office network automatically appear in your Finder, iTunes, iPhoto, and tons of other applications (just as they would if you were physically located at that network).

For example, let's assume you're away for business or on vacation somewhere.

With ShareTool, you would be able to:
* Be part of your home/office network as if you never left
* Encrypt all of your web traffic and route it through your home network
* Listen to your entire home iTunes music library
* Control the screen of any of your home computers
* Grab that important file you forgot to bring with you
* Connect to your FileMaker Pro database
* Connect to your complete home iPhoto library
* Print on your home network
* And a whole lot more

In addition, ShareTool 2 now supports connecting to multiple networks at the same time! There no longer is a limit to the number of networks you can be connected to simultaneously.

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Steve Jobs Says Canadian iPhone 4 Won't Be Delayed

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Steve Jobs has reportedly responded to an email asking whether the Canadian iPhone 4 will be delayed due to high demand in the USA. reader Luke sent the following email to Steve Jobs:

Has the Canadian iPhone 4 release date been pushed back to august due to such high demand in the U.S.?

Steve Jobs replied,


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