Saturday, July 3, 2010

NYC's new landmark: The Apple Store

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It's the Big Apple's fifth most-photographed location, according to a Cornell study






Fifth Ave. Apple Store. Photo: yesthatkarim via Flickr

In a front-page story in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer, the paper's architecture critic, Inga Saffron, leads with a scene in which a pair of Manhattan tourists dash out of a waiting taxi to snap photos of Apple's (AAPL) Fifth Avenue store. She tells the story to Peter Bohlin, the architect who originally sketched the big glass cube with paper and pencil for Steve Jobs.

"I hear that happens a lot," Bohlin chuckles.

Indeed it does. According to an analysis of 35 million Flickr images undertaken by Cornell students on a university supercomputer, the Fifth Avenue Apple Store is the fifth most photographed landmark in the world's most photographed city -- and the 28th most photographed landmark in the world.

The study, available as a [PDF], was actually presented nearly a year ago at the World Wide Web Conference in Madrid (see the Cornell Chronicle.) But it's been rediscovered in the past few days by several New York City blogs, including the Gothamist.

None of this hurts Apple's well-polished brand image, of course. But there's a risk for Steve Jobs. Were the cube to be granted official New York City landmark status, he'd never be able to tear it down. (Unlike his unloved Woodside, Calif., mansion. See here and here.)

New York City's five most photographed landmarks are:


Empire State Building
Times Square
Rockefeller Center
Grand Central Terminal
Fifth Ave. Apple Store
Below: The full worldwide grid.





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Heated Steve Jobs Email Exchange is Real [BGR]

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The BoyGeniusReport has declared that their exclusive account of an email exchange between Steve Jobs and an irate iPhone 4 customer is real.

Unfortunately, BGR made a mistake in publishing the story. The last line of the exchange was written to be said by Steve Jobs, when in fact it was Jason who emailed that in reply to Steve Jobs.

Otherwise, they are confident in the story.

Let’s go over it one more time… someone who wanted to remain 100% anonymous and only asked to be paid a nominal fee of a couple hundred dollars lied and completely made up this entire thing? Someone who showed me in his AT&T call records more than two calls from Apple representatives (Texas phone numbers, confirmed to be Apple Customer Relations) on the exact dates he said they called trying to resolve the situation after he had emailed Steve Jobs? Someone who repeatedly emailed me and the BGR staff to correct the last line in my story since it wasn’t accurate? Someone who has now had his name revealed to the public via a tasteless article from AppleInsider, and is now being called by reporters non-stop asking about this article and whether his exchange is true or not? They still wouldn’t admit this was fake? No, you know why? Because it wasn’t fake.

When CNN asked on the record whether Steve Jobs was the author of any of these statements, a top Apple spokesman emphatically denied it. BGR notes this very well could be true.

I personally couldn’t give a damn if this email was with Steve Jobs himself or not. What I care about is whether this was with Steve Jobs’ email box, one that is obviously monitored by a bunch of employees at Apple, either in customer service or PR, or both. So, is it possible that Steve Jobs himself did not write those emails to Jason Burford? Without a doubt. Is it possible that these replies were fabricated, and didn’t come from someone at Apple sending emails to Jason Burford from Steve Jobs’ email address sjobs@apple.com? No. I believe 100% these emails are real...



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iPhone 3GS Recognizes FaceTime URLs

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The iPhone 3GS has been found to recognize FaceTime URLs when running iOS 4.0.

AppleInsider reader Felipe Baez discovered facetime:// URL scheme support while examining how FaceTime works.

On other iPhone models running iOS 4, FaceTime URLs are recognized as a valid URL scheme. So rather than not being clickable or resulting in an error message that the URL is "invalid" (as an unrecognized URL scheme does), iPhone 3GS users who click on a facetime:// URL get a strangely blank screen (below).

It's possible that Apple was or is planning to include partial support for FaceTime calls on devices other than the iPhone 4. This could take the form of a one way video call or perhaps an audio only call. The iPhone users who make frequent international calls would appreciate that.



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Custom Firmware Bundle Brings iOS 4 Features to Your iPhone 2G

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The WhiteD00r project aims to bring iOS 4 functionality to your iPhone 2G using a custom firmware bundle.

The bundle created by Matteo Morando is based off 3.1.3 and is built using PwnageTool. It incorporates numerous utilities to add features such as multitasking, wallpaper, tethering, sms count, and more.

A beta for the iPod touch 1G has also been posted for those interested.

You can see the complete feature list below...



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3G Unrestrictor Updated With iPad and iOS 4 Compatibility

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3G Unrestrictor, a utility to trick iPhones into thinking they're on Wi-Fi, has been updated with iPad and iOS 4.0 support.

3G Unrestrictor allows you to go around the iPhone's limitations and restrictions of not being able to use some applications like Skype or SlingPlayer while on a mobile internet connection like 3G or EDGE as well as many other things. It allows those things by tricking applications into believing they are on WiFi, even though they are on 3G or EDGE.

Uses:
● Make free calls using VoIP software like Skype without additional fees
● Watch TV with SlingPlayer, HavaPlayer, EyeTV, Sky Mobile TV or other TV apps
● Watch high quality YouTube videos, just like on WiFi
● Download apps bigger than 20MB from the AppStore
● Download music, TV shows and podcasts bigger than 20MB from the iTunes Store
● And much, much more since 3G Unrestrictor works with almost all apps (Check out the verified apps section to see with which apps 3G Unrestrictor DEFINITELY works!

Features:
● Works with almost all applications (check the verified apps list to see which apps DEFINITELY work)
● SBSettings toggle: Quickly enable and disable whether apps should be unrestricted
● Can detect when application might be trying to check whether they are on 3G and ask whether you want to unrestrict them(disabled by default)
● Easy to use interface where you select apps that should be unrestricted

What's New In This Version:
● The config app is fully iPad and iOS 4 compatible
● New icon (because of high resolution devices)
● Fixed a problem where the SBSettings toggle would not show up on new installs
● 3G Unrestrictor isn't loaded into system daemons anymore

3G Unrestrictor can be purchased from the Cydia Store for $2.99.











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Microsoft, here's what kids REALLY want in a cellphone

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A mere six weeks after Microsoft launched its Kin cellphones, they're essentially dead, just as I predicted. The death of Kin tells us a lot about what today's youth expects from a cellphone. Polling an unscientific sample of tech interested teenagers, I asked them how Microsoft Kin missed that mark.

Big screen. Shooting videos and photos, editing them, sending them up to social networking sites and directly to each other cries out for a bigger screen. At 2.7 inches, the cheaper Kin One's screen is too small. Even the Kin Two's 3.5-inch screen might be considered too small, dwarfed by the Sprint Evo's 4.2 inch monster which is considered ideal.

Lots of coolness for the money. Most of these kids want an iPhone or the Sprint Evo, both retailing at $200. But that high price is not going to cut It with cash-poor teenagers, especially when the pricey cellphone plan will also take its monthly cut. The Kin's pricing was on the right track, with its most expensive model ultimately reduced to $49. However, there wasn't enough coolness in the Kin.

Run lots of apps. Teens want choices, and they want to be able to customize their phones to express themselves. They want to be able to play games on the phone as well as talk, text, and access social networks with the same features they get on laptops. How did the Kin miss on this? No apps. You can't download games. It's not versatile enough. Social networking is not enough, especially when its Twitter app won't even let you upload photos or see @ replies.

Status. They want to identify with something that's respected and universally accepted as the latest and greatest. When they're carrying that, they're hoping that status will rub off on them. The Kin misses this point, big-time. Status is everything to most teenagers, and these Kin phones look like toys. Or worse, Kin looks like a phone that parents would give their elementary school kids for emergency calling. And they hated the advertisements. But no matter how it was advertised, this Kin line of phones was deemed not cool. Game over.


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How to Check the Bootrom Version of Your iPhone (Mac)

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These are instructions on how to determine the bootrom version of your iPhone using Mac OS X.

Step One
Connect your iPhone to the computer and put it into DFU mode. If you don't know how to do this you can find instructions here.

Step Two
Click to select About This Mac from the Apple menu at the top left of your screen.



Step Three
Click the More Info... button from the About This Mac window.



Step Four
Click to select USB from the list of Hardware Contents on the left side of the screen.



Step Five
Click to select Apple Mobile Device (DFU Mode) from the USB Device Tree.



Step Six
Use the details pane, locate the Serial Number field and at the end you will see your bootrom version. It will look something like [iBoot-359.3]



***If you have an iPhone 3GS, iBoot-359.3 is considered the old bootrom. iBoot-359.3.2 is considered the new bootrom.


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How to Check the Bootrom Version of Your iPhone (Windows)

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These are instructions on how to determine the bootrom version of your iPhone using Windows.

Step One
Connect your iPhone to the computer and put it into DFU mode. If you don't know how to do this you can find instructions here.

Step Two
Press to launch Control Panel from your Start Menu.



Step Three
Press to select Hardware and Sound from your Control Panel window.


Step Four
Press to select Device Manager from the Hardware and Sound window.



Step Five
Double click to expand the Universal Serial Bus Controllers category



Step Six
Right click the Apple Mobile Device USB Driver item and click the Properties button.




Step Seven
Click to select the Details tab.



Step Eight
Select Device Instance Path from the Properties dropdown.



Step Nine
Scroll to the end of the field to locate your bootrom version. It should look something like [iBoot-359.3]




***If you have an iPhone 3GS, iBoot-359.3 is considered the old bootrom. iBoot-359.3.2 is considered the new bootrom.

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Apple Store iPhone App Gets Updated for iOS 4

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Apple has posted an update to its Apple Store iPhone app which brings iOS 4 compatibility.

Tap the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch, and you can do all things Apple. Buy Apple products and accessories, read customer reviews, find an Apple Retail Store, stay up to date with in-store events, and make Personal Shopping, Genius Bar, or One to One appointments.

With the Apple Store app, you can:
- See new and featured products from Apple.
- Shop the full selection of products available from the Apple Online Store.
- Find the latest accessories and software.
- Read customer reviews and get answers to product questions.
- Buy or reserve a new iPhone with just a few taps.
- Locate any Apple Retail Store in the world, instantly.
- Make Personal Shopping, Genius Bar, and One to One appointments.
- Sign up for workshops and events at your favorite Apple Retail Store.

What's New In This Version:
- iOS 4.0 compatibility
- Various bug fixes and improvements

You can download Apple Store from the App Store for free.














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Consumer Reports: No Reason to Forgo Buying iPhone Over Reception

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Consumer Reports has published their thoughts on the iPhone 4 reception issue concluding that they aren’t unique, and may not be serious.

There's no reason, at least yet, to forgo buying an iPhone 4 over its reception concerns. And even if those do materialize, Apple's Steve Jobs helpfully reminds new iPhone buyers that "you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund."

The author does admit to not being able to replicate the problem so they are likely in an area with very good signal. The article also suggests that a death grip is required to block the signal; however, this is definitely not the case.



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Apple Drops Return Fee for iPhone 4

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Apple has dropped its 10% restocking fee for customers looking to return the iPhone 4.

The announcement came via a press release this morning. Apple stated that if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

ComputerWorld was able to confirm this with an AppleCare Support Representative.

Apple may have done this in part to quell lawsuits brewing against the company. For example, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday Kevin McCaffrey and Linda Wrinn accuse Apple of knowingly selling a defective product, adding that they "are unable to return the phone without incurring a substantial restocking fee."




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