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iPhone on Verizon: AT&T is dreaming, and some advice

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

An article on Bloomberg Businessweek quoted an analyst, Timothy Horan:

“We are very confident about our position with exclusivity or without,” Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman, said in an interview. “We’re not dependent on a single smartphone to be competitive, we offer a lot of great devices.”

About 70 percent of AT&T’s customer base is in a Family Talk plan, which has a high rate of retention, Ralph de la Vega, the carrier’s head of wireless, said in May.

“For Verizon, it will largely be selling the iPhone to existing customers,’”

That’s nice.  Glad you just got a nice big check from AT&T, enjoy the July 4th weekend spending it.

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iPhone on Verizon!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 | Business | No Comments

I wish I could play music on this blog.  You’d hear “Hallelujah” loud and clear.

According to Bloomberg (heard this on the radio last night, and read it today) — Verizon Wireless will start selling the iPhone next year (supposedly January).  I wish it would be sooner, but at least we have something to look forward to.

I am Happy.

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Flash and HTML5 Video: YouTube’s perspective on the video tag

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

In conversations with designers and developers we have been discussing the pro and cons of using HTML5 video instead of Flash.  Sites that support iPad / iPhone need HTML5 as an option, and recently has been driving project’s to require non Flash video.

YouTube’s API Blog published an article yesterday, Flash and the HTML5 <video> tag, which goes over the major points of the argument from one of the most influential players in the Flash vs. HTML5 market.  It’s important to keep in mind while reading, that YouTube is owned by Google, and is positioned opposite Apple on many issues (this is far from impartial, but the points are applicable anyway).

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Apple iOS 4: My Review

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

Everyone has an iOS 4 review, or an iPhone 4 review, why shouldn’t I?

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Apple iOS 4: iPhone 3G and the missing Wallpaper

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

I saw on Engadget, Why Your iPhone 3G Didn’t Get Backgrounds with iOS 4 — and wanted to comment.

The problem is people are unhappy their iPhone 3G (and older models) doesn’t have the ability for custom backgrounds.

From the article, a letter written to Steve Jobs and the response:

Hey Steve! I just upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS 4 and was really looking forward to setting a background on my home screen. Guess that’s not happening, but I’d like to know why.

See, I get why you don’t include multitasking. My iPhone gets pretty hot when certain apps run, couldn’t imagine how multitasking would fry my phone.

But the background thing, I don’t see how that would be memory intensive and/or battery draining. It doesn’t seem like that feature needs to be exclusive to the 3GS and 4G.

I hope this email finds you in good health.

Erica

.. and the reply by Steve Jobs …

The icon animation with backgrounds didn’t perform well enough.

Yes, it sucks that users don’t get new features (I did like the tone Erica used in her email, it wasn’t annoying or accusatory, just curious).  I’ve seen around the internet various receptions of this “lack” of new functionality.

Poor Steve Jobs.

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Apple iOS 4 Issues relate to Google Apps, Gmail Exchange

Monday, June 21st, 2010 | Business | 1 Comment

According to ZDNet, the problems we are seeing specifically deal with Google Apps (or the use of Google as an exchange server).  This is true for me, and I have been noticing additional problems checking email via Exchange on my iPhone as well.

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Help: I upgraded to iOS 4 and lost my contacts!

Monday, June 21st, 2010 | Business | 26 Comments

I just upgraded my iPhone 3GS to iOS 4 (iPhone OS 4) and lost all my contacts.  Initially they were there and all was well, but then they all disappeared.

I even had to enter my voicemail PIN for the first time in years (I have never done this since first setting up my original iPhone years ago).

The fix?  I’m not sure

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iOS 4 Scheduled to Release Today

Monday, June 21st, 2010 | Business | No Comments

The new Apple mobile operating system, iOS 4, is supposed to be released today.  Historically Apple makes their moves at 1pm eastern (10am pacific).  I wouldn’t be surprised to hear someone finds the link to iOS4 a bit early today.

As soon as it becomes available, I will let everyone know!

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AT&T Suspended iPhone 4 Pre-orders!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Wow – too much demand.  I’m sure AT&T thought it would be popular, but did they underestimate it?  I wonder what this means for Apple?  Is the demand that much higher than expected?  Does Apple just want me to write that, and is this just a marketing ploy?

From the WSJ news alert:

AT&T stopped taking advance orders for Apple’s iPhone 4 just one day after orders started, citing inventory issues and unexpectedly high demand. The carrier is suspending the orders “in order to fulfill the orders we’ve already received,” it said in a statement.

The suspension comes a day after a crush of traffic paralyzed AT&T and Apple’s websites on the first day of pre-orders, leaving many unable to reserve the new iPhone ahead of time while some customers inadvertently ended up on others’ account pages.

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AT&T iPhone: How to fix dropped calls!

Friday, June 11th, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Until about two weeks ago I was dropping calls every day.  After trying this fix, I haven’t had a dropped call since.

I don’t know if it’s a problem with my iPhone 3GS, or AT&T — but I know the fix works.

Here’s the fix… on  your iPhone do the following:

  1. Settings
  2. General
  3. Network
  4. Turn “Enable 3G’ to OFF

That’s right.  With 3G disabled, I haven’t had a dropped call.  With it enabled, I drop a call on a daily basis (if not more).

Sad it’s come to disabling 3G to be able to have a conversation on my iPhone.

Now every day at about 8am I turn my 3G off (I’m on wifi anyway) and turn it back on when I leave the house later on around 5 or 6.

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