Larry Page. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images By releasing new versions of Google Maps and Gmail for iOS this month, Google helped make the iPhone the best mobile phone on the planet. Why Google Just Made iPhone King: Ads | Wired Business
Mockup of Facebook sharing in iPhone Photos app (thanks, Spencer Caldwell) A few days ago, TechCrunch reported that Facebook will be integrated into iOS 6 in some fashion. This is not a major surprise given Apple CEO Tim Cook’s hint at the AllThingsD D10 Conference of iOS Facebook integration. We heard many weeks ago that Apple and Facebook engineers were working in collaboration on implementing some sort of integration of Facebook into iOS 6. Facebook in iOS 6: Integration is system-wide, ‘Liking’ of App Store apps present
More app developers sued over patent claims | Technology App developers on both Apple and Android platforms have been targeted in the latest patent infringement claims. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images Another patent-owning company has targeted app developers on both Apple and Android platforms, intensifying concerns among developers that smartphones are the new hunting ground for so-called "patent trolls". MacroSolve, a US-based company traded "over the counter", has so far sued 10 app development companies, claiming that they infringe a patent 7,822,816, entitled "system and method for data management", which covers the collection and transmission of data for questionnaires and puts them online. The patent was filed in August 2003 and awarded in October 2010, and the discussion specifically relates to "handheld computers" – a category that has now come to include smartphones. Jim McGill, chairman of MacroSolve, has said that the patent covers "thousands of existing apps" that collect data and send it to a central server.
Most Common iPhone Passcodes | iPhone | Daniel Amitay Top ten iPhone passcodes: [1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, 1998]Naturally, 1234 is the most common passcode: mimicking the most common internet passwords. To put this into perspective, these 10 codes represent 15% of all passcodes in use. Most of the top passcodes follow typical formulas, such as four identical digits, moving in a line up/down the pad, repetition. 5683 is the passcode with the least obvious pattern, but it turns out that it is the number representation of LOVE (5683), once again mimicking a very common internet password: “iloveyou.”
Apple stopped innovating with the iPhone. You’re welcome. - Apple The tweets today are making me laugh. Not just a chuckle, but that deep, room-filling laugh that you get when you understand something that others don’t. It’s like holding onto an inside joke that you just can’t hang onto any longer. With that said, here’s the punchline – Apple’s last innovation in mobile was the iPhone. Everything since then has simply been perfecting the work of others.
New Version of iOS Includes Notification Center, iMessage, Newsstand, Twitter Integration Among 200 New Features Available to iPhone, iPad & iPod touch Users This Fall SAN FRANCISCO―June 6, 2011―Apple® today previewed iOS 5, the latest version of the world's most advanced mobile operating system, and released a beta version to iOS Developer Program members. The iOS 5 beta release includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users this fall. New iOS 5 features include: Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets you easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. Apple's iOS 5: all the details
How Twitter + iOS 5 Will Change Mobile Apps A deep integration of Twitter and iOS 5 was among the many things announced by Apple today but it's not just that you'll be able to post to Twitter from inside official Apple apps like photos and maps. Any 3rd party iOS developer will be able to leverage a number of Twitter Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to make their apps better and more social. After email, SMS and iOS messaging, Twitter will now become a key social layer over the top of many of the apps on iOS devices. The features that app developers will have access to closely resemble what other platforms make possible with Facebook integration, and Twitter's being the one to land this deal is a pretty big deal for the world's 2nd place social network. Twitter Developer Relations leader Jason Costa wrote this afternoon on the Twitter developers email list that the points of integration will "create huge opportunities for both Twitter and iOS developers."
Researchers have discovered that the iPhone is keeping track of where you go and storing that information in a file that is stored - unencrypted and unprotected - on any machine with which you synchronize your phone. It is not clear why Apple is collecting this data. Data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden came across the file - "consolidated.db" - while they were thinking about the potential trove of mobile data stored on a cellphone and thinking about ways to visualize this data. Allan and Warden will present their findings today at the Where 2.0 conference. Your iPhone Is Tracking Your Every Move
It's been a week since data scientists Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden published their discovery that the iPhone has been keeping track of users' locations and storing the data - unencrypted - on the phone as well as any machine with which you sync the device. Although the news spread like wildfire, Apple has remained silent until now. The company has finally issued a statement on its collection and use of location data. Apple Finally Responds to iPhone Location Tracking Issue
I'll admit that an Apple cell phone is one of the rumored iGadgets that I'm most looking forward to. So I was disappointed that this analyst's arguments as to why Apple won't go near the cell phone business anytime soon made a lot of sense. I won't try to summarize his arguments, here, but they're worth reading. I'd like to hear what some of the hardcore Apple watchers in the Mac Ach think of his reasoning. The one bright side is that he still seems to think that another Apple portable gadget of some kind will inevitably be released. Why Apple won't make a cell phone