Amidst all the excitement about the new Apple announcements yesterday (Penryn Macbooks and MacBook Pros, plus iPhone 1.1.4 firmware), many were left wondering just where the heck the promised iPhone SDK had gone. After all, we’d been promised by Steve Jobs himself that it would appear in late February. As it turns out, Apple will be holding another of their Town Hall-type events on March 6, which will specifically deal with both the iPhone SDK as well as “some exciting new enterprise features.” On the invitation itself, you see a Software Update sign, an SDK sign, and an Enterprise sign. Yeah, fairly vague, we know. Still, it is a promising sign. Now we just wait for March 6.
Looks like we have new iPhone firmware as well this morning! In addition to refreshing their MacBook and MacBook Pro lines to Penryn processors, Apple has also released the new iPhone 1.1.4 firmware. Go ahead and check for a new update after connecting your iPhone to iTunes. Of course, if you are
unlocked, you may want to wait for a bit while everything gets figured out. Apple is saying this release is all about bug fixes - but we are hoping there is also some iPhone SDK magic in there somewhere.
EDIT: Okay, if you are jailbroken, go ahead and update. ZiPhone still works, and will jailbreak the just-released 1.1.4 firmware update…although the developer recommends waiting until he can fully test. Your call.
For those of you that need your TV fix no matter where you are, Panasonic has created the 3G/GSM/GPS P905i for DoCoMo with a 1seg TV tuner. The device features Panasonic’s Viera image processing on a 3.5-inch screen with a 854 x 480 resolution. It holds up to 1GB of memory and has a 2MPx sensor and auto-focus cam, as well as DCMXiD. Due out February 29, contact Panasonic or DoCoMo for price and availability and never worry about trying to catch up with the latest twist or turn of “Lost” again.
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We have extolled the virtues of Sanyo’s rechargeable batteries before, but we are so psyched on them that we found more reasons to invest in them.
- One eneloop = 1000 alkaline batteries.
- We still haven’t had to recharge them after a month of constant use.
- You can use eneloops in most other brands’ chargers.
- With a free coupon when we bought them, we got these super-kewl adaptors. You only need one AA battery in each to turn them into C or D batteries.
No, we don’t work for the company, but it is certainly a blessing to find a product that does what is says. We would like everyone to be enelooped.
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Klipsch says that they now have the planet’s smallest and most lightweight earbuds for iPhones, iPods, or any device with a head phone jack. Their Image earphones weigh only about 10g and are smaller than an average human’s fingernail. The phones come with a set of silicon Contour Ear Gels which the company claim are anatomically designed to fit the human ear canal and are not only comfortable, but provide an excellent seal for isolating sound. The earphones come with a case, 1/4-inch and airline adaptors, and gel cleaning tool for $349.00.
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Palm has decided to offer its Centro through AT&T in addition to Sprint. With a 2.2-inch touchscreen, the cell phone features a 1.3MP cam, a full QWERTY keyboard, Bluetooth and infrared connectivity, text, image, and video messaging, Push-To-Talk, and access to EDGE and XM Radio. The smartphone also supports up to 4GB MicroSD expansion memory. The best part is that with a 2 year contract and mail-in rebate, you get the Centro for a hot price of $99.99.
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Smartphones are expensive but more desirable all the time, so why not get one that is also eco-friendly? The Chute, created by Industrial Designer Michael Laut, works like any other phone but is made of bamboo, which is not only biodegradable, but lighter and stronger than plastic. It probably won’t dent or crack if you drop it and if a friendly panda comes strolling by and looks hungry, perhaps he/she would appreciate the green gift. Contact Michael Laut for price and availability.
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PowerMonkey is no ordinary charger. When full, it will hold its power for about a year. There is no end to its applications, as it has a plethora of adapters. There is one for Nokia and Mini Nokia, Motorola V66, Samsung E900, Siemens C25 and Sony Ericsson wide connectors. It also works with Mini USB for Motorola Razr V series, Blackberry and Bluetooth headsets. If that isn’t enough, it can work with iPods, smartphones, PDAs, and PSPs. The Power
Monkey carries an MSRP of £34.99 (~$68.00.)
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EDIT: The Skyfire browser for iPhone allows you to view Flash video directly on your iPhone.
EDIT: Here are the details on Apple and Adobe collaborating on an iPhone Flash player.
EDIT: Here is an update on the whole Flash on iPhone situation.
We’ve been waiting for Flash support to hit the iPhone ever since…well…it launched. We’ve had to make do without Flash for almost eight months, and YouTube even had to convert a bunch of their catalog to H.264 in order for the service to be enjoyed on the iPhone. Well, we’ve just got word from a reliable source that Flash support is on its way to the iPhone, and it should be coming very, very soon. Speculating a bit further on our own, we are guessing that it would be pretty convenient for Flash support to be introduced alongside the iPhone SDK, wouldn’t you say? Now, we know that there isn’t much information here, but you also know how strong our sources are too - Flash on the iPhone is coming, just take our word for it, okay?
EDIT: We already have had a couple people ask about the supposed battery and CPU issues that were holding Flash back from being included on the iPhone in the first place. From what I am hearing, it was a complete fabrication. Flash has not yet made it to the iPhone solely due to business negotiations. As we said, it is now on its way!
Garmin’s nüvifone should give the iPhone a run for its money. After all, Garmin is all about the GPS. The all touchscreen (3.5-inch) phone also features a web browser, IM, e-mail, and music capability, and Google search complete with ratings for businesses and restaurants. When you dock it in its vehicle mount, it automatically activates the GPS and menu, and will allow hands-free conversations. The nüvifone comes with pre-loaded maps of North America, and/or both Eastern and Western Europe with voice-prompted directions. To find out more and get info on Garmin Online, the elite service with traffic, stock prices, news, and weather, head for their site. Expect availability in the 3rd quarter of this year.
Read More | Garmin nüvifone Product Page