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    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Jay-Z Needs Your Help!

    Seems like Jay-Z got 99 problems and the iPhone is one.. Would someone tell him he's "holding it wrong"?

    Now that we got those out of the way, let's take a quick nose dive..

    As I mentioned last week, Microsoft decided to pull the plug on the KEN series of mobiles, and chose to focus on their software instead.. Despite the lack of positive reviews, and the low sale record the machine garnered during it's life, it suddenly seems to be missed.. With a dedicated KEN memorial website (using the ForeverMissed memorial services)..

    A little bit over the edge, eh?

    On another edgy note, however, it seems that the upcoming Facebook movie (The Social Network) is "dark" enough to lure in NIN's Trent Reznor to score the official soundtrack for the movie.. 
    Yeah, the movie about the founding of Facebook. I've always loved David's work but quite honestly I wondered what would draw him to tell that story. When I actually read the script and realized what he was up to, I said goodbye to that free time I had planned. Atticus Ross and I have been on a creative roll so I asked him if he wanted to work on this with me and we signed on. -NIN
    Being a big fan of the band itself, i should be hyped over this.. Am not so sure why the movie would end up being a flop? (despite how good i know the soundtrack will be).. Then again, this is something worth tracking.. October is the deadline..

    Diaspora, on the other hand, seems to remind people that they're still on the map.. And from the looks of their recent videos, it seems that they've got most of the infrastructure figured out, and we should expect some visuals anytime soon..

    Diaspora pre-alpha from daniel grippi on Vimeo.

    During June, we have been focusing on developing a system for passing different forms of information in between seeds. When you post a status message on your seed, it gets pushed over HTTP in real time to all of your friends. -JoinDiaspora
    I don't know about you, but am actually excited to have this sort of competition.. I won't move my "stuff" initially, but i might if things progress as promised.. The social networking scene needs this change, let's just hope it catches enough buzz to actually switch the general focus to it..

    Apple is definitely taking a beating this month.. Apple spent so much time and money making its services clear and highlighted, getting as much of the positive traffic as possible.. And as logical as this story should develop, you don't get noticed without being picked on.. Because Apparently..
    Two iPhone App developers have spotted what appears to be a hacking of the App store rankings by a rogue developer. The rankings in the books category of the US iTunes store features 40 out of 50 apps by the same app developer, Thuat Nguyen.
    What’s more concerning is that it seems individuals iTunes accounts have been hacked to make mass purchases of that one developer’s apps. -TNW
    TNW released a complete "What You Should Know and Do" trying to keep those worried minds at ease.. And from the looks of it (one week later) it seems to be under control..

    On an Apple related note, the iPhone 4 problems are making me feel nostalgic to the same complaint-filled early days of the first iPhone, and all the re-engineering and re-structuring that it took to make it a hit (mostly by the time it reached 3G).. The iPhone 4, however, seems to like repeating history.. Remember the proximity sensor? the one that turned your 3G off when it was close to your face?
    Knowing others were having issues with their proximity sensor, I made an appointment at my local Apple Store with one of the esteemed "Geniuses." His name will remain redacted but I swear he stifled a laugh when he told me the cause of the problem. Apparently, the re-location of the proximity sensor in iPhone 4 causes the sensor to be more likely to be triggered by light "bouncing around the ear canal."  -TUAW
    Its getting more and more clear than despite the amount of thought and technology designed to be fitted inside that glass jewel, it was rushed in production.. It doesn't seem to make sense with Apple already mastering some of it's iPhone problems, but to have these problems surface again? That doesn't sound right, does it?

    Want to know how much signal strength does your iPhone 4 lose when you death-grip it? Well, you're in luck, because it seems "there's an App for that" too..

    TUAW published a report today that included new video evidence supporting the belief that the iPhone 4 death grip is very real. I know you are probably rolling your eyes about this, since there have been many other videos covering this topic, but this time things are different. This video includes the demonstration of the iPhone 4 along with a customized field services app that clearly shows the iPhone 4 antenna problem isn’t the result of some software glitch as Apple claims. -CultOfMac
    Steve? I know you're an avid reader of my dear blog, but i just want to remind you, GET YOUR SH*T TOGETHER!

    Of course, you'd expect Gizmodo to be on the the "YOU SUCK" wagon, and they might have a point or two.. So, the ball is your court.. And a "30 day refund" promise won't do, the negative backlash of major recalls (or refunds) might hurt.. Let's not forget Toyota :)

    UPDATE : Most (if not all) Futurama uploads poking fun at Apple were "Copyright-ly" removed.. Hmmm..

    Still got a reception problem? Gizmodo seems to be on top of things XD

    Then again, it's not completely bad news for Apple.. The company might be going through a fiscal flop of some sort, but the loyalty and innovation is not affected..

    And no, the iPad screen is not pressure sensitive, but it's smart enough to register the amount of "finger" you're pressing on it.. The fact the pogo stick above uses that neglected feature really sheds light on two things.. Apple's tech is only as innovative as it's users, and it's those users (designers and visionaries) who made Apple devices and software as popular as they are today.. Why not give the people what they want?

    Google, on the other hand, is trying to snatch some love on the iPhone.. The native Youtube App on the iDevices is good, and is even better on the iPad.. Yet, Google sees a more unified experience around ALL smart phones and devices, using Apple's own HTML5 technology.. Ironic?

    As the world continues to go mobile, we think this is a great improvement for users who want a more consistent YouTube across many devices, no matter where they are. We're launching in English only today, but will be rolling it out in other languages in the coming months. You can access the latest YouTube mobile site from your iPhone or Android browser. -Youtube Blog
    To be honest, I think this is both clever AND daring from Google.. It's Apple's playground, and Google is poking for a reaction.. Step One? When any iDevice visits the new site, it instantly asks to save as a HomeScreen icon :)

    On the bright side of things, however..

    The iPhone Fashion Shoot - Lee Morris Shoots With The 3GS Fstoppers from FStoppers on Vimeo.

    It doesn't deserve an introduction, the surprise alone drove me to just embed this video and let you all GASP IN AWE AND AMAZEMENT!!

    Apple rumors are settling down, and there's no more "lost" products in bars, and/or upcoming space-age iDevices to rip open our wallets in the next WWDC event.. However, as many times i've mentioned this and started to lose interest, many still believe Apple is up to something.. They already stuck a phone in your pocket, now they want your TV (again).. What's different this time?
    In a report to clients issued Friday morning, Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster makes the case that Apple (AAPL) is well positioned to do for the vast wasteland of television what the iPhone did for cellular telephony -- and may in fact be preparing a stand-alone, Internet-connected TV for release within the next two to four years.
    If his thesis is correct and the product is a success, the Apple Internet TV Munster describes could be the sixth major hit of Steve Jobs's career, the successor to the Apple II, Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. -CNN Fortune
    The TV, in my personal opinion, was a misplaced product with little attention to where the market was heading.. Apple was mainly targeting a niche, that was slowly over-crowded by one fact.. TV's are more than just a hub to the iTunes store.. But that was back then, and now, there is more content of the iEmpire to share between each other, and the competition sure opened some eyes up in Cali.. Wide enough to make a change? it's just a rumor, so far..

    Speaking about innovation got me thinking.. Other than simple nudges in software and maybe a super-strength "glassy" hardware, when was the last time you were blown away by something "innovative"?

    Hint : Don't get your hopes up..
    InstaLoad is a new battery technology from Microsoft that gives devices power, regardless of how users insert the batteries. It doesn’t matter which side is positive or negative; the device will simply work. -Mashable
    I really don't get MSFT these days.. Other than killing their own hardware, PMS'ing between software focuses, and now they seem to remember that rusty hardware division they downsized to Mice and Keyboards.. Apparently, those creative juices are still there..

    I actually miss Bill's days..

    The WTF news does not end there.. 3D frenzy and commercial hype is far from over, with or without your approval of those goofy looking matrix-like glasses.. And who to better re-re-re-reintroduce 3D entertainment than the guy who started this hopefully-will-die-soon trend?
    Speaking to VIBE magazine, confirmed earlier reports of love actionbetween [James] Cameron and the Peas, saying the Avatar director is filming a 3D documentary about the band—also humbly pointing out that "We have the biggest director, because we are the biggest group on the planet." -Gizmodo
    Nothing says WTF more than Fergie in 3D.. And the question here is.. WHY!!!? a 3D documentary about BlackEye?

    Where is this world heading to?

    Monster Pixel Cameras!!

    Now allow me to use my newly acquired mental forces to read YOUR highlights of last week.. Or, subliminally forcing you to write them below?

    p.s. the STC's iPhone app is gone (Can't find it, can you?).. So did my review :D Even Apple doesn't have room for STC's bull lol..

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