Friday, October 31, 2008

Motorola's uphill fight for survival

The company that invented the mobile phone is on the brink of disaster. Can it 'pull an Apple' and make a comeback?

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Verizon considering crazy cheap Storm pricing?

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iPhone case roundup: Grab bag

iPhone cases come in many materials and styles. In this week's case roundup, we look at a transparent shell, a reflective covering, and a leather wallet.
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The Beatles go digital with Rock Band-style game

The Beatles’ digital debut will be via an interactive video gameâ€"and not Apple’s iTunes Store.
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Fingeric, an iPhone game by 2px

Thanks to this week's RSS sponsor, 2px and their iPhone game, Fingeric. Fingeric is a digital dexterity game -- digital as in fingers, mind you -- that uses several touchscreen gestures in concert to test how quick your fingers are. It reminds me a bit of Warioware crossed with Whac-A-Mole. Fingeric is mindless fun, perfect for zoning out on the subway or while waiting for a friend.

I checked out their other games too...Rolo, a puzzle game, ended up being fun and irritating (in a good way...like the Rubik's Cube). Both Rolo and Mastermind, 2px's game based on the board game of the same name, have favorable reviews on the iTunes Store.

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FastMac iV for iPhone 3G charges multiple devices

FastMac has launched the FastMac iV, a charger and extended battery for the iPhone that also adds a built-in flash and can charge USB devices concurrently. The iV triples the iPhone's talk time to 24 hours, as well as 31 days of standby, over 20 hours of video or 70 hours of audio playback. The battery inside the iV is rated at 3100mAh and can power and charge the phone at the same time.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Daily Debrief: Why Apple's after a chip designer

A high-profile chip designer is leaving IBM for Apple, causing IBM to file a non-compete lawsuit and creating much speculation over Apple's possible renewed interest in the server market. Why does IBM cares so much and what does this hiring could mean for Apple, a company best known for consumer products? [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Microsoft replaces Mac Business Unit GM with 12-year veteran

Microsoft said Friday that Eric Wilfrid will take over as the general manager of its Mac Business Unit, replacing Craig Eisler, who has moved to an unspecified position in Microsoft's Entertainment & Devices division after 14 months leading the Mac team.
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iTrip Auto released for iPhone

iTrip Auto for iPhone is certified to work with the iPhone, charging its battery in your vehicle as it plays your music through the FM stereo.
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Tunewear releases new colors for leather iPhone cases

Tunewear has announced new colors for its Prie Ambassador and Leathershell case lines for the iPhone 3G. The Prie Ambassador case is constructed from nappa leather, with a removable hook placed at the top for attaching the phone to belt looks or bags. A side latch holds the phone, allowing it to be released when needed. The Prie Ambassador is now available with white leather and white stitching or... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Opinion: Replace iPhone page-flicking with folders

iPhone 2.1 is fast, stable, and incredibly useful...so why is Rob Griffiths’ thumb getting so tired?
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New MacBook Air arriving, unboxing photos

Apple's recently upgraded MacBook Air is now arriving at customers' doorstops, a week earlier than originally promised. One reader has sent in unboxing photos of the notebook, showing new packaging, a new video out port and two disks, one featuring the Mac OS and one full of applications.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Microsoft appoints new head of MacBU

In the latest staff restructuring at Microsoft, Eric Wilfrid has been appointed to be the new general manager of its Mac Business Unit (MacBU), as announced on the Mac Mojo blog. He will serve as a replacement for Craig Eisler, who has taken a position within the Entertainment and Devices division as the Corporate Vice President, Premium Mobile Experiences. Eric was one of the original team member... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

IBM sues to block executive’s move to Apple

IBM is suing one of its top executives, a server guru who is trying to take a job with Apple.
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Microsoft Promotes New Head at MacBU

Microsoft announced Friday that Eric Wilfrid would be taking the helm of the Mac Business Unit (MacBU), the company's Mac software development unit. Mr. Wilfrid replaces outgoing General Manager Craig Eisler who has been moved to a new position at the company
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Invasion of the election apps

From polling widgets to iPhone-based countdown clocks, election apps are everywhere. With the election only a few days away, it's not clear what's next for the companies that make them. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Lighten that lead foot with a green app

As Joe Hutsko (greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com) reports, a new application on the App Store â€" greenMeter â€" can help you lower your “car‘s impact on the environment” by tapping “into the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer to gauge the car’s rate of forward acceleration, which in turn informs a series of real-time vehicle readings like fuel efficiency (miles per gallon) and carbon footprint.” [ Full story from Apple Hot News ]

Microsoft's Mac unit gets new boss

Eric Wilfrid will assume leadership of the group that creates Office for Mac, replacing Craig Eisler. [ Full story from CNET News.com ]

Microsoft replaces Mac GM with 12-year veteran

Eric Wilfrid, who’s been with Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit since its 1997 creation, will take over as general manager of the team responsible for the software giant’s Mac efforts.
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Spector Pro for Mac 2009 adds password capture

SpectorSoft has announced Spector Pro for Mac 2009, its surveillance and monitoring application for the Mac. Intel support and password capture have been added in the most recent update. The software takes hundreds of snapshot hour-to-hour, creating a video-like playback of what is taking place during a user's session. It also records each website visited, keystrokes, chats instant messages and e-... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Engadget Podcast 116 - 10.31.2008: Terrifying Halloween edition

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Review: World Factbook 2008 for iPhone

A mobile version of the CIA World Factbook holds a lot of promise as a reference guide. Unfortunately, the overall execution of this app is bland and unrewarding.
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