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Posts from — August 2008

Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Apple’s MobileMe provides mobile device push and an innovative Wide-Area Bonjour push sync mechanism for securely updating desktop clients over the Internet. There’s currently nothing identical to the service on other platforms, but there is some feature overlap with Microsoft’s Exchange Server in corporate settings, RIM’s BlackBerry mobile push messaging, and web-based service offerings from Google and others. Here’s a look at how MobileMe compares in price and features.

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push
Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push
Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google
Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail
Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar

Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google
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August 11, 2008   No Comments

iPhone 3G rocks Japanese smartphone market

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Mobile providers in Japan are crediting the launch of Apple’s iPhone 3G with dramatically shifting large numbers of subscribers between providers. The impact of the new phone is also answering critics who insisted the iPhone would find only limited interest in Japan.

iPhone 3G rocks Japanese smartphone market
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August 11, 2008   No Comments

Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
MobileMe is advertised as push messaging service, so some users were disappointed to find that some desktop updates may take as long as fifteen minutes to find their way up to the cloud. However, the service does also support push IMAP email as well as full desktop push updates from the cloud, at least on Mac OS X. Here’s how Apple’s service works with the client software on desktop Macs and PCs and on the iPhone.

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push
Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push
Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google
Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail
Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar

Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push
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August 9, 2008   4 Comments

Will Nokia Rescue Microsoft’s Zune? Haha No.

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Windows enthusiast blogs are atwitter with the news that mobile giant Nokia is considering a partnership with Microsoft to install the Zune Marketplace software on its phones, a move they hope will pull Microsoft’s MP3 player out of its doldrums and make it a contender that can rival the iPod. There’s a few bricks missing from this load however.
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August 9, 2008   42 Comments

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push

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While Apple’s previous .Mac service left many unclear as to what it offered beyond email and web hosting, its value under the new identity of MobileMe is far easier to communicate. MobileMe is all about push messaging, delivering immediate updates to mobile iPhone users over the air for their mailbox, calendars, and contacts as well as web bookmarks. This segment in the Inside MobileMe series looks at how the various components of the MobileMe service work together.

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push
Inside MobileMe: Mac and PC cloud sync and mobile push
Inside MobileMe: Apple’s Push vs Exchange, BlackBerry, Google
Inside MobileMe: iPhone Mail
Inside MobileMe: iPhone’s Exchange alternative for contacts and calendar

Inside MobileMe: Secrets of the Cloud and Mobile Push
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August 8, 2008   1 Comment

IBM expands Lotus Notes Mac support to iPhone (screenshots)

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IBM has unveiled a sneak peek of its new Lotus iNotes, a web app client for its Lotus Domino messaging server to bring email, calendar, and contacts to iPhone. The move fulfills rumors of customized iPhone support for Lotus Notes and demonstrates IBM’s evolving interest in Apple within the enterprise.

IBM expands Lotus Notes Mac support to iPhone (screenshots)
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August 7, 2008   3 Comments

Inside iPhone 2.0: MobileMe Push Messaging

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Here’s a look at how Apple transformed its .Mac service into MobileMe and why the launch failed so spectacularly. In a followup segment, we’ll dive deeper into how MobileMe works, how it compares to competing services, how the service delivers push messaging to the iPhone 2.0 software, and whether it’s worth the annual subscription price.

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Hardware
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone 3G vs. other smartphones
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Software
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone OS vs. other mobile platforms
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone App Store

Inside iPhone 2.0: MobileMe Push Messaging
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August 7, 2008   No Comments

Researcher discovers targeted iPhone app “kill switch”

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Aidan Malley and Prince McLean, AppleInsider
A mobile development author has discovered a mechanism in Apple’s iPhone software that would allow the company to blacklist and remotely deactivate installed apps that have been purchased and installed by users.

Researcher discovers targeted iPhone app “kill switch”
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August 6, 2008   4 Comments

Gartner approves iPhone for limited enterprise use

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Prince McLean, AppleInsider
Market research firm Gartner said this week that Apple’s iPhone Firmware 2.0 update meets its criteria for ‘appliance-level support status’ for big businesses, but warned enterprises to approach expanded use of the handset slowly and with close examination.

Gartner approves iPhone for limited enterprise use
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August 6, 2008   2 Comments

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone App Store

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The long wait for official third party apps on the iPhone is over. From the moment the original iPhone was released, critics complained about Apple’s closed platform and insisted that it could not meet their definition of “smartphone” because it couldn’t run software created by other companies. In this segment, we’ll take a look at the Apple’s iPhone software development kit, the App Store, and iPhone 2.0′s third party apps themselves.

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Hardware
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone 3G vs. other smartphones
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Software
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone OS vs. other mobile platforms
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone App Store
Inside iPhone 2.0: MobileMe Push Messaging

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone App Store
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August 6, 2008   3 Comments

What’s new in iPhone 2.0.1 – Notes and Video Report

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Daniel Eran Dilger
Apple released the first update to iPhone 2.0 yesterday, sending iPhone and iPod touch users scrambling to iTunes in order to get a handle on the much needed fixes in the original iPhone 2.0.0. Here’s some notes on what’s new along with video segments I did with TalkingHeadTV.

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August 5, 2008   15 Comments

Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone OS vs. other mobile platforms

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As described in the previous segment introducing iPhone 2.0 software, Apple’s latest mobile operating system reference release delivered a range of major and minor new features, but not without failing to address some long standing issues. Even worse, the initial version of the new iPhone 2.0 has eroded away the facade of near flawlessness Apple rolled out with the original iPhone last year, resulting in a product that is simply harder to be unreservedly enthusiastic about. This segment will compare the features exposed and architecturally available in the iPhone OS, and how it stacks up against other smartphone platforms

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Hardware
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone 3G vs. other smartphones
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Software
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone OS vs. other mobile platforms
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone App Store
Inside iPhone 2.0: MobileMe Push Messaging

Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone OS vs. other mobile platforms
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August 5, 2008   2 Comments

Read RoughlyDrafted from iPhone

I’ve installed wptouch, an iPhone (and iPod touch) optimized template for WordPress from BraveNewCode that makes reading the site a bit more streamlined.

You can spin through recent articles, search by keywords, and add your own comments. I removed the Reddit tags as nobody submits articles there anyway, but feel free to promote my stuff as you see fit anyway.

Here’s what it looks like:



August 5, 2008   9 Comments

Blog from iPhone to WordPress

The new iPhone app for WordPress allows you to create, tag, and edit entries right from your mobile.

You can even include photos, assign multiple categories, and add password protection to a blog entry.

Will this get me writing more frequently? Probably, once I work my way out of the vacation poorhouse and get some free time to write again.

August 4, 2008   5 Comments

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Software

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With the iPhone 3G hardware, Apple significantly improved upon last year’s original iPhone. It also extended many of the benefits of its newest model to existing users in the form of the iPhone 2.0 software update (which is also available to current iPod touch users for a nominal $10 fee). This segment presents what’s new in the 2.0 software, what hasn’t changed, what’s missing, what’s wrong, and how it compares to other smartphone software platforms on the market.

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Hardware
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone 3G vs. other smartphones
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Software
Inside iPhone 2.0: iPhone OS vs. other mobile platforms
Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone App Store
Inside iPhone 2.0: MobileMe Push Messaging

Inside iPhone 2.0: the new iPhone 3G Software
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August 4, 2008   No Comments