Other forms of this parodied device have appeared on Crave before, and the latest comes from Custom Phones. The "Wing Tip Shoe Custom Corded Telephone" does look authentic in the photos posted on 7Gadgets--so much so that we wouldn't advice leaving it on the floor, for fear that someone might step in it. That's probably why it's not a bad idea that it's … Read more
For years, people have wondered when they would be able to voice a command to a digital device, have it understand the query, and respond with some degree of intelligence. That day still isn't here, but speech-technology companies like Nuance are working on it.
On Tuesday, Nuance, maker of Dragon Naturally Speaking for the desktop, said that it has developed a prototype for voice search on Apple's iPhone. In August, the company plans to start selling a downloadable application for the iPhone that lets them speak a question to the phone to retrieve search results from Google or … Read more
Just a quick note to let you know Webware publisher CNET has a new iPhone-optimized version of its site that went live earlier Tuesday. As a result you can now read our stories a little easier while on the go.
To get there, just navigate to CNET.com on your phone and it will automatically detect that you're using Safari and give you a finger-friendly version of all of CNET's properties including our sister gadget blog Crave, iPhone Atlas, and MacFixIt.
Don't have an iPhone? Just point your phone's browser to iPhone.cnet.com
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I have to admit that during the past year I've been gloating to my CNET Asia colleagues over the iPhone. I just had to savor the fact that at long last the United States got a hot tech gadget before they did. At least with high-end cell phones, that almost never happens.
But in just a few weeks my bragging days will be over. On July 11, the new iPhone 3G lands not only in the United States with AT&T, but also in 21 19 other countries. In his WWDC keynote address, Apple CEO Steve Jobs included … Read more
iPhone users in the U.K. will have an option to upgrade to the new iPhone 3G without paying full price for a new model.
O2, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the U.K., will offer a free iPhone 3G to customers who opt for one of its high-end rate plans, and a reduced-price iPhone for those who take the midrange plans. Interested customers will have three months following the July 11 introduction of the new iPhone to sign up for the program, which will require a new 18-month contract.
Specifically, the 8GB iPhone 3G will be available … Read more
While everyone else was calling the iPhone the greatest device of all time and putting Steve Jobs on that pedestal he enjoys so much yesterday, AT&T quietly told its investors that the revenue sharing deal it had with Apple for the past year has ended.
At first glance, that development may not matter to most. After all, that agreement really only affected Apple and AT&T and consumers were still forced to pay the same price regardless of the revenue sharing.
But if you take another look, you might find that there may be more to this story than meets the eye.
Now that Apple and AT&T have squeaked out of the deal, what's holding the two companies together? Certainly some would say that it's that oft-mentioned exclusivity agreement the companies signed, but I don't know of one person who actually read the thing and no one really knows if Apple can get out or not.
But if I had to take a guess, step one in getting out of its contract with AT&T revolved around the revenue sharing deal. And before you know it, Steve Jobs' latest blockbuster may be on other carriers.… Read more
Most of the news on the web today pertains to Apple's announcement of the 3G iPhone, but there are a few other interesting tidbits worth heckling:Novell's GroupWise Messenger was found to contain a "moderately critical" security flaw, "which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a vulnerable system." It's unclear that anyone was affected. I'll just leave it at that. :-) Apple has apparently cut off a primary source of revenue by forcing 3G iPhone buyers into two-year contracts and in-store activation. No more home activation via iTunes may mean … Read more
Apple wowed the cell phone industry a year ago with the first version of the iPhone. And now its new software development kit and soon-to-be-launched application store featuring third-party applications could change the game yet again. (To get a closer look at the third-party software unveiled Monday, click here: "Video roundup: New apps coming to the iPhone.")
The big news Monday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco was of course CEO Steve Jobs' announcement of a 3G version of the iPhone. But the company also made several software announcements that could set a new standard … Read more
LOS ANGELES--Apple's upgraded iPhone didn't inspire fear in at least two of the biggest subscription music sites--even before they learned that the device wouldn't let people download music via the new 3G network.
"I'm not trembling," Anu Kirk, Rhapsody's director of product management, said Monday at the iHollywood conference. "I'm sure they are going to sell a lot of second-generation iPhones. It's a fantastic product but they can't take over the United States with just one carrier."
Kirk was speaking on a panel discussing the mobile music category … Read more
There was more news today from Apple's WWDC than just the announcement of the iPhone 3G. CEO Steve Jobs also announced the iPhone 2.0 software update. Available to current iPhone and iPod Touch owners, the software update adds several new features that are interesting, if not extraordinary. Indeed, I warmly welcome the addition of Microsoft Exchange server support and the third-party applications, but I was hoping for a lot more. The software update will be available in early July; iPhone users will get it for free while iPod Touch users will pay $9.95. Here's a summary … Read more