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The Fastest Text Input Test: Laptop, iPhone, Pen, Palm or Newton?





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In this test one man writes a long paragraph on several different devices (including pen and paper) to test the speed. The results may surprise you.

The contestants are:

  • Apple iPhone 3G’s software QWERTY keyboard (2009)
  • Apple Newton MessagePad 2100’s handwriting recognition (1997)
  • Palm Treo 650’s hardware QWERTY keyboard (2004)
  • Palm VX Graffiti handwriting recognition software (1999)
  • MacBook full-size QWERTY keyboard
  • pen and paper

The test is not completely fair, since with handheld keyboards the speed greatly depends on how often you use them. The tester has been using an iPhone as his main handheld for 18 months.

The tester used an article with 221 words. Here are the results:


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Google Nexus One estimated cost is $174.15



iSuppli has estimated the cost of Nexus One smartphone's parts. The result is $174.15. This amount includes hardware and component costs, but does not take into consideration expenses like manufacturing, software, box contents, accessories and royalties.

The Nexus One's Snapdragon processor, which allows 720p video playback, is estimated to cost $30.50, making it the most expensive component of the phone. The 3.7-inch AM-OLED display is estimated at $23.70. Here is a full list:

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Wednesday, January 13th, 2010. 0:24

Google Launches Smartphone Nexus One



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Google today announced the launch of its Nexus One smartphone. It is based on the Android 2.1 operating system and offers 800x480 screen, 5 megapixel camera with flash,  Qualcomm's 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The Nexus One offers 512 MB of Flash and 512 MB of RAM, and ships with a 4 GB Micro SD card with support for cards up to 32 GB.

Nexus One is initially available from the Google web store in the US without service for $529 or starting at $179 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile USA. In the near future, Verizon Wireless in the US and Vodafone in Europe plan to offer similar service plans.

Here is the full list of hardware and software features:


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iPhone Controlled Missile Launcher



iPhone is normally used to make calls, or at most to play. But we alway see different experiments with the iPhone involved in driving a vehicle or integrated into a robot. Today we show you how the iPhone is able to command a small rocket through an application and some special hardware!

Here is video demonstration of eMissileBox, an iPhone application to control missile launches which was developed for an ECE 4180 project at Georgia Tech in Fall 2009:

This Missile Launcher is based on an eBox running customized Windows CE 6, it launches model rockets to 200 feet. Everything is iPhone controlled (orientation, deviation and firing).

via ispazio




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Monday, December 28th, 2009. 21:08

Apple continues new firmware 4.0 testing



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We published several news about new firmware 4.0 and even new iPhone 4 hardware. Recently one more iPhone developer has noted a single instance of iPhone OS 4.0 being used in their Pinch Media analytics. While such data can still be faked, it seems less likely to be. Testing of iPhone OS 4.0 may correspond with reports of new iPhone hardware also being tested. Any new iPhone would require a new version of the iPhone operating system to support the new hardware.

We can not yet imagine the features of this new OS or the new device. Apple is widely expected to release a new iPhone in the summer around WWDC 2010.




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Apple Releases '12 Days of Christmas' iPhone Ad



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Apple today launched a new holiday-themed iPhone commercial entitled "12 Days of Christmas". The ad reworks the standard Christmas carol of the same name to feature twelve iPhone applications related in some way to the holiday season:

  • 12 cookies cooking: The Betty Crocker Mobile Cookbook [App Store, Free]
  • 11 cards a' sending: Postman [App Store, $2.99]
  • 10 gifts for giving: My Christmas Gift List [App Store, $0.99]
  • 9 songs for singing: TabToolkit [App Store, $9.99]
  • 8 bells for ringing: Holiday Bells [App Store, $0.99]
  • 7 slopes a' skiing: Snow Reports [App Store, $1.99]
  • 6 games for playing: Christmas Fever [App Store, $0.99]
  • 5 gold rings: Anna Sheffield Jewelry [App Store, Free]
  • 4 hot lattes: myStarbucks [App Store, Free]
  • 3 flights home: Flight Search [App Store, Free]
  • 2 feet of snow: Weather Pro [App Store, $3.99]
  • And an app that can light up the tree: Schlage LiNK [App Store, Free but hardware required]

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1Password Pro for iPhone Is Free Until Dec 1st



Agile Web Solutions is offering 1Password Pro free until December 1st for iPhone and iPod touch users.

1Password will securely store your important information and can automatically log you into websites with a single tap. There's no need to remember the username, password, or even the website address.

1Password Pro is normally $7.99 and can be installed from the AppStore (link).


Feature List:

  • (pro) Special easy switching mode allows you to quickly copy-and-paste usernames and passwords to Mobile Safari.
  • (pro) Support for copying multiple field values (for example, both username and password) from 1Password to Mobile Safari.
  • (pro) Folders for better organization (in this version a desktop application required - sold separately)
  • (pro) Features coming soon: Favorites, MobileMe/WebDAV syncing, and more.
  • Securely store your website names and passwords so you never forget them again
  • Save important information like credit cards and membership numbers
  • Jot down other notes too sensitive for stickies or bar napkins
  • Synchronize it all with 1Password for Mac via Wi-Fi (sold separately, available at http://1password.com)
  • Automatically log into Web sites on iPhone and iPod touch to avoid remembering and typing usernames and passwords
  • Hardware-accelerated AES encryption and Auto-Lock keep your data protected even if your iPhone is lost or stolen
  • All cryptographic operations are performed using standard iPhone libraries to ensure there are no security gaps or backdoors
  • Two-layer defense with Unlock Code and Master Password to combine security and convenience
  • Data Backup & Restore option available on Mac, Windows and Linux.



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Apple Reports $1.67 Billion Profit for Q4 2009, Most Profitable Quarter Ever



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Apple today announced financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter (third calendar quarter) of 2009. Apple posted revenue of $9.87 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $7.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.6 percent, compared to 34.7 percent in the year-ago quarter, and international sales accounted for 46 percent of the quarter's revenue.

The numbers represent the most profitable quarter in Apple's history and include record-breaking Mac and iPhone quarterly sales.

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iPhone jailbreak and unlock might end soon



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Apple has updated the BootROM for the iPhone 3GS to iBoot-359.32. This software upgrade is reportedly not vulnerable to an exploit hackers previously used.

MuscleNerd, a member of the iPhone Dev Team, noted this is the first time ever that Apple has done a BootROM update in the middle of a product line, without a new hardware model. The Dev Team is a group of hackers who release tools used to exploit the iPhone OS. With the new iBoot hackers will not be able to use "24kpwn" exploit.

This means that anyone who will buy an iPhone 3GS these days, will not be able to jailbreak and unlock it, probably for a very long time.

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Virtual keyboard for Apple Mac iTablet was found in Snow Leopard



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The site 9 to 5 Mac found a new virtual keyboard in the new recently released Mac OS - Snow Leopard. The new keyboard is much bigger (finger sized) and is located in an input method (keyboard) system pref. You can resize it as well to stretch all the way across the screen. This might be the first steps towards touchscreen hardware such as Apple's much-rumored tablet computer (also known as iTablet and MacBook Touch).

For comparison, here’s the old soft keyboard in Leopard. This is not a touchscreen keyboard.

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Thursday, September 3rd, 2009. 16:36

TomTom GPS Kit for iPhone [Video]



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Many users are waiting for iPhone navigation software from TomTom. But it looks like TomTom will create a complete  solution with a hardware part. They plan to create TomTom GPS Kit that will have additional GPS (more accurate), docking station, charger and probably a loudspeaker.

The devices that will support this kit are iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and even iPod Touch and iPhone 2G.




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Windows 95 and Windows XP on iPhone [Video]



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Russian iphone user iWert was anle to run Windows 95 and even Windows XP on iPhone. He used Bochs (pronounced "box"), which is a portable x86 and x86-64 IBM PC compatible emulator (wikipedia link).

iPhone hardware is not made to run Windows on an emuator. So Windows 95 runs, but a bit slow. It takes 5 minutes to start.

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Windows XP almost did it, but failed to start:

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Here is a demo video:


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Monday, July 13th, 2009. 15:36

JavaScript Benchmarks results: iPhone 3GS vs iPhone 3G vs T-Mobile G1 vs Palm Pre



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Medialets today released the results of JavaScript benchmark tests performed using the SunSpider test suite on the iPhone 3G and 3GS, the T-Mobile G1 running Android, and the Palm Pre running webOS. The use of the SunSpider suite for benchmarking studies enables cross-platform comparisons among the devices, as they all utilize WebKit-based Web browsers. In the Medialets study, the iPhone 3GS outperformed the Palm Pre by a factor of three and the T-Mobile G1 by over a factor of five.

Notably, Medialets also tested the iPhone 3G running both iPhone OS 2.2.1 and OS 3.0, revealing that iPhone OS 3.0 provides a nearly three-fold improvement in performance over OS 2.2.1 running on the same hardware. The shift to the iPhone 3GS increases performance a further three-fold.

via macrumors




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New iPod3,1 found in firmware 3.0



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Users from forum iPodTouchFans analyzed strings in firmware 3.0 and found traces of a new iPod model defined as "iPod3, 1". The current iPod Touch 2G is the "iPod2, 1". Apple typically releases a new iPod every year, precisely in September. In addition to 'iPod3, 1 were also found traces of a iPhone3, 1, "iFPGA" and "iProd0, 1" which still remain a mystery.

Among the various rumors there are:  new hardware and a camera in the next model of iPod Touch, video capture, etc. We shall see!




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Wednesday, June 24th, 2009. 16:16

Next Generation iPhone Rumors



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AppleiPhoneApps said they had received important messages from internal sources at Apple, for the next model of iPhone. Here’s a whole list of characteristics:

Prize and Models:

  • There will be two models of the iPhone: a 16 GB and another from 32GB. The 8gb model to be no longer marketed.
  • Prices remain the same as the 3G iPhone

Hardware & Design:

  • There will be a 3.2 MegaPixel camera
  • The screen is OLED-type (but not flexible)
  • Given the characteristics of these types of display, the battery will last longer
  • RAM and Process Power will double
  • FM receiver
  • The Apple logo will light up
  • Will add the magnetometer

They also said that the released date will be july 17 2009. I honestly do not think this are news. I think this is only a collection of all the rumors that have arrived in recent days. Obviously take the news as a rumor because it might be true as false.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2009. 20:02