Archive for: iPhone

It’s Ok. It’s A Good Thing Apple Was Denied “Multi-touch” Trademark.

  • September 26, 2011 10:12 pm

Apple LogoTonight the tech world erupted in an almost unbearable noise about Apple’s failed attempt to trademark “multi-touch” after a 4-year battle. The 2nd denial was handed down earlier today by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. But despite what you may be reading and seeing online tonight, Apple’s loss is actually a good thing for mankind as a whole. If Apple would have won either the original case or the appeal to trademark — let’s admit it — a totally generic term, it would have simply reiterated one of the many problems with U.S. copyright/trademark/IP law. What problem you ask? Completely and totally unnecessary legal red tape for the “little guys” in the tech world, and ridiculous “safety nets” for corporate giants.

Even better example: let us look no further than the current Apple vs. Samsung mess currently wreaking havoc on courts around the world. The insanity has got to stop somewhere. Apple and Samsung may have valid claims of IP infringement. But let’s cut the crap. There’s no need to outright ban a competitor from the market just because you don’t want them to compete. Keep people liking (and buying) your product by constantly staying at the top of your game and innovating — not eliminating them with bogus lawsuits.

While Apple having/not having the ability to demand a royalty/license for anyone who dare use the word(s) “multi-touch” may seem small, all things considered it’s a victory for us. Not just tech journalists, phone enthusiasts, or social media junkies, but everyone. The last thing this world needs is another artificially protected company/product.

With all that said, it’s important to stress Apple’s inability to secure the “multi-touch” trademark in no way hurts or nullifies any of the various multi-touch patents held by the Cupertino company. Not to worry. Apple still has plenty of ammo with which to sue other companies with.

Google+ For iOS Updated. Mobile Hangouts, Improved Notification Settings, And More!

  • September 23, 2011 11:39 pm

A few short hours ago Apple pushed the latest Google+ into the App Store. The most note worthy updates include mobile Hangout support from right within a user’s timeline, more robust notification controls/settings, and several other goodies.

Hop past the break for the full changelog…

Instagram 2.0 Launches: 4 New Filters, 4x Larger Photos, And Live Filters!

  • September 20, 2011 1:19 pm

We’re not going to lie. We’re hardcore Instagram junkies here at GS. And today our most favorite photo/social app just got a major 2.0 update. What did it bring? Hop past the break to find out…

Kazaa Releases iOS App For $10/Month Streaming Service.

  • September 20, 2011 9:34 am

Remember Kazaa? For early twenty-somethings it was “the” way to get music in the late, late 90′s and early 2000′s. The past several years, however, have seen the service (as well as many other similar ones) completely redone or closed entirely. Kazaa looked like it would face the same dead end fate.

But the company is back with a new subscription service and iOS app…

Newly Discovered Code Signals iMessage Support In OS X’s iChat.

  • September 14, 2011 3:06 pm

iMessage is set to be one of iOS 5′s biggest features. The beauty of it is simple, fast, and seamless messaging across devices over data instead of traditional cellular/SMS protocols. Because of this, non-cellular devices like WiFi-only iPad and iPod Touch devices can also make use of iMessage.

Truth be told, such a setup is hardly new. RIM got the multi-device chatting down pat with BlackBerry Messenger. Since then other similar services such as AOL Instant Messenger, Kik, Google Talk and more have sprung up. For now, anyway, iMessage in its current form is more aken to Kik Messenger or BlackBerry Messenger — stuck on mobile. But if newly discovered code tucked within OS X Lion is any indication of what’s to come, iMessage could soon make the jump to the desktop…

Apple Keeps Chastity Belt Like Security On Pre-Release Hardware

  • September 10, 2011 1:17 pm

We all know how secretive Apple can get about everything that is Apple. During the interview process I have had (on multiple occasions) I have heard first hand just the security measures that go on in their campus headquarters in Cupertino. We have seen over the past 4 years what goes into their hardware’s secret identity before release date. After the iPhone 4 ‘lost prototype’ debacle last year, Apple took matters into their own hands with the mobsters sent to locate the “iPhone 5″ lost at yet another bar.

With well over a year since the release of the very first iPad, those that were given the hardware before release are finally aloud to speak to what it’s like. And that is just what a certain developer of a very successful iPad app did a couple days ago. The team over at Business Insider release their conversation with with the developer and it actually sounds pretty interesting the lengths Apple will go to prevent leaks.

Jump on in for the converstaion…

Adobe Finally Flashes Its Goods At Your iOS Devices!

  • September 10, 2011 4:19 am

Remember a time when phones didn’t have the ability to view Flash content? I sure as hell don’t…Oh wait…I have an iPhone…d’oh! Yeah, 2011 is almost coming to a close and the revolutionary device in my pocket has a darn of a time playing Flash videos. Last year we were graced with SkyFire which rocked some Flash content on the fly. While, at least for me, rarely working I finally did a way with the app and went on “enjoying” the mobile web minus Adobe’s Flash.

Hopefully this is a thing of the past! Adobe is finally bringing decent Flash support to iOS devices. Like SkyFire, Adobe’s latest release of Flash Media Server will feature ‘on the fly’ transcoding to convert flash content to your everyday normal HTTP stream. Adobe’s Flash Media Interactive Server 4.5 is available now to publishers at a cool $4,500 while the Streaming Server is coming in at $995.

Jump on in for the full Press Release.

Lowes Issuing 42,000 iPhones To Employees In Major Tech Upgrade.

  • September 8, 2011 10:42 pm

Shopping at Lowes may still suck a year from now but at least it’ll be high tech. Starting next month Lowes will release an iOS app called “MyLowes” (see above) that will allow customers to tap into service manuals, store products/prices and other store documentation. More importantly, however, are the 42,000 POS-equipped iPhones (25 to each store) that Lowes employees will use to conduct Apple-like check-outs wherever they are in the building.

What’s different from Apple’s own implementation is that Apple only uses iPod Touches. On top of that, the Lowes issued iPhones will reportedly retain their full functionality — that means the ability to place phone calls and send/receive text messages and emails.

In contrast, Lowes biggest competitor Home Depot has a similar mobile POS system already in place, though it is built off of seemingly much less sophisticated Motorola equipment.

MyLowes is scheduled to drop next month in the App Store while the 42,000 Lowes iPhones should begin to trickle into the wild and past the initial group of test stores.

So, Lowes customers: What do you think?

Google Releases Official Blogger App For iOS.

  • September 8, 2011 3:34 pm

In what can only be described as arriving to a high school graduation party after the happy graduate has already made it through college, Google announced today the — finally — the availability of an official Blogger app for iOS. Features are what you’d expect: create/edit/delete blog posts from your iPhone as well as opening posts created on your computer — mobile/desktop are synced to and fro. Photos can be added via the iPhone’s camera or imported from the photo gallery. Finally, Google has added the ability to include labels and location data within posts.

The official Google Blogger app for iOS is currently English-only. Google is quick to point out, however, that blog posts can be written (and posted) in any language.

Blogger users: Saving grace?