iHome dubs its iA5 an "app enhanced" alarm clock, which is exactly what it sounds like. This unit is designed to work with iHome's iPhone app, which means you probably shouldn't bother reading on unless you have an iPhone or iPod Touch to connect to its dock.
From a design standpoint, the iA5 isn't terribly distinguished-looking, but it looks attractive enough with a speaker/dock system that slants back and leaves your iPhone or iPod Touch sitting in a lightly reclined position. The speaker is a little deeper and bigger than you'd think looking … Read more
Verizon's customers are a happy lot. AT&T's? Not so much, still.
At least those are the findings of a survey (PDF) released last week by ChangeWave Research that found Verizon tops among cell phone users for customer satisfaction and fewer dropped calls.
Of the 4,040 wireless subscribers questioned for the survey in March, 49 percent of Verizon's customers said they were very satisfied with their service. In second place was Sprint Nextel with a 35 percent satisfaction rate. T-Mobile and AT&T both tied for last with only 23 percent of their customers … Read more
The heated battle between Apple and Adobe Systems over Flash may get a bit more interesting, as reports of a Flash alternative being developed by Apple begin to surface.
The technology, called Gianduia, was introduced by Apple last summer at its World of WebObjects Developer Conference, according to an AppleInsider report. Gianduia is described as being "a client-side, standards-based framework for rich Internet apps."
Apple has apparently been using Gianduia in several of its retail support applications, including services such as the One to One program, the iPhone reservation system, and the Concierge program for Genius Bar and … Read more
Another week, another analyst weighing in on the iPhone's future.
This one comes from Brian Marshall of New York equity researcher BroadPoint AmTech (now part of Gleacher), who predicts that because of a deal AT&T cut with Apple for the iPad 3G, the U.S. telecommunications giant will continue to have carrier exclusivity for the iPhone until at least 2011.
StoryCorps is a terrific nonprofit organization dedicated to recording, sharing, and preserving stories told by friends and family members. If you listen to NPR's Morning Edition, you've almost certainly heard some clips.
The StoryCorps app for iPhone lets you listen to some of these stories, then learn how to record and share interviews of your own. Unfortunately, the app falls short in one key area: it can't actually record.
The Stories tab is pretty straightforward: scroll through the list of available stories, tap one that sounds interesting, then listen to the streaming audio. If you like it, … Read more
Nokia upped the ante in its patent dispute with Apple on Friday, filing a new suit in Wisconsin over the iPad.
Five Nokia patents are asserted in the new case against the iPad 3G and the iPhone, Nokia announced in a press release. "The patents in question relate to technologies for enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices," Nokia said.
Apple iPhone shipments surged 131.6 percent in the first quarter over the same period last year, according to a report released Friday.
Market researcher IDC said 8.8 million iPhones shipped in the first quarter, compared with 3.8 million in year-ago period. The boost in shipments places Apple in third spot among smartphone vendors with 16.1 percent market share, behind No. 1 Nokia with 39.3 percent and No. 2 Research In Motion with 19.3 percent. HTC came in at No. 4, at 4.8 percent, and Motorola was No. 5 with 4.2 percent share. … Read more
Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) sold out on Thursday, just eight days after it was announced, according to a note posted to the company's Web site.
The developer conference was announced on April 28, which is a bit later than usual. The late notice gave developers only six weeks to make the necessary plans to attend, but that doesn't seem to have been an issue.
Apple representatives were not immediately available to comment on exactly how many developers had signed up for the conference, but a note on its Web site says 1,000 Apple engineers … Read more