square fixes reader problem with iPhone 4

by Chiyin on Oct 22nd, 2010 @ 11:58 am

Just a week after receiving the original Square reader I received a new one that addresses some issues people were having using the reader with the iPhone 4. Although I didn’t experience any problem with the reader, some users were having issues, most likely because the original reader’s input jack is all metal and it was making a connection to the antenna. The new reader is a bit slimmer and the input jack ends in plastic, which is what I think will fix the problem of the metal to metal connection.

I’m glad to see a company that responds this quickly to address issues and problems their users are experiencing.  Keep up the good work Square.

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Apples & Oranges, iPhone Accessories, iPhone apps

More details on the Atomic Tom, iPhone only, music video on the NYC subway

by Justin Horn on Oct 21st, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

About a week Atomic Tom released a YouTube video of them playing on a NYC subway, with only their iPhones. They had a quick segment on E! News tonight and it turns out it was a real performance, not faked as some internet haters had suggested. It took them about a month of practice to get it just right. As to the back story of their instruments being stolen…that wasn’t true, just a clever story to go along with the music video.

Here’s the E! News clip:

(If using FireFox or IE8 (or earlier), you may need to let the entire video load before it begins playing)

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Apples & Oranges, iPhone, iPhone apps

New page in honor of the delay in Skype video chat for iPhone 4

by Justin Horn on Oct 15th, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

I actually created this page shortly after the iOS 4 multitasking Skype app was released, but never got around to publicizing it.  Before the iOS 4 release, we jumped all over the delay with http://whenwillskypereleaseios4app.com and 30 days later it was released.

It’s now been almost 3 months since they released the iOS 4 update and there is still no video chat, so I figured it’s time to promote this page more and see if luck can strike twice!

Here’s the link: http://whenwillskypereleasevideochatapp.com

Tell your friends!

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iPhone, iPhone apps, iPod, Skype

Official Google Voice app already approved?

by Justin Horn on Sep 28th, 2010 @ 12:41 pm


The App Store review office at 1 Infinite Loop has officially frozen over: we’ve gotten word that the official Google Voice application is on its way to the iPhone in the next few weeks. In fact, we’ve heard from a source close to Google that it’s already been approved — Google just needs to revamp the application to work with the iPhone 4 and iOS’s multitasking capabilities.

You remember the shit storm surrounding the official and third party Google Voice app rejections, with the FCC questioning all the players; Apple, AT&T, and Google. It seemed like all hope was lost…that was until Apple recently changed the app store rules and the third party GV apps started to appear in the app store again. Since then we’ve all been waiting to see when/if the official Google Voice app would be approved, and now it looks like it has!

(via iPhoneInCanada)

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Apple vs ?, at&t, Google, iPhone apps, Speculation

Skype app updated to include iPod multitasking

by Justin Horn on Aug 16th, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

Skype finally released their 2.1 update, with multitasking, after only a month of coming soon (short for them) on July 21st. There was one oddity that I missed in this update, but Seth Weintraub of 9to5Mac pointed out in this follow up tweet to me:

What’s New In This Version: “… Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.”

That’s right, Skype thought it would be a good idea to not allow the 3rd gen iPod, which can run the new iOS 4 without issue, to run in the background.

Skype has seen the error of their ways with update 2.1.1:

- You can now disable IM alerts.
- The dialpad is now more responsive.
- The behavior of the volume, when Skype interacts with other Apps, is now much better.
- When your status is set to Do Not Disturb, notifications are not shown when Skype is in the background.

Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod 3rd Generation running iOS 4.

Thanks Skype, now how about some video calls?

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iOS 4, iPhone, iPhone apps, iPod, Skype, Tips

Android “open” Market really making Apple’s garden bloom

by Justin Horn on Aug 13th, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

TweetDeck official Twitter account:

Someone has uploaded a “TweetDeck” app to the Android Market and is charging for it. THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL APP. Do NOT download.

Remember kids, curation is a bad thing.

UPDATE Click here to view the listing on DoubleTwist website  (via DaringFireball)

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