By Gregory MonePosted 12.28.2007 at 11:13 am 3 Comments
Apple has filed a patent for a wireless system that would let users skip lines at fast-food joints, coffee shops and more by submitting orders through a handheld device, then receiving a notice when the double tall latte is ready to go. The system would work through a music player, a phone or a PDA and, ideally, allow the tech-saavy crowd to save some time. It would also track customers' buying behavior, keep note of their favorite stores, and what they like to order.
Granted, this is just an application, and the system might never come to be, but there could be interesting implications if it does. For instance, one blogger speculates that it could transform the iPhone into a kind of mobile wallet.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 12.17.2007 at 10:48 am 2 Comments
A 22-year-old oil field worker worker set what must be a world record for a cell phone bill. Piotr Staniaszek, who usually pays less than $150 a month for his phone, saw his November bill clock in at $59,000. When he called to complain, his carrier said the number was incorrect. In fact, his bill was going to be $83,000. This wasn't a clerical mix-up, though. Staniaszek used his phone to download high-res movies to his computers, and since he's charged for data usage, the enormous files pushed his bill into the stratosphere. In this case, it actually would have been cheaper to get an iPhone.
He has since negotiated with his carrier, and brought the bill down to $3,195. Let's hope those were some good movies.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 12.14.2007 at 11:07 am 1 Comment
Was that golden iPhone that made the rounds on the web a little ways back a bit too gaudy? Care for something that still advertises your wealth, but in a more subtle, solid way? Well, now the same company is offering platinum iPhones for the wonderful low price of $2,230.
Now, if you're not managing a successful hedge fund, or you're unwilling to run with that Apple crowd, there are other options, too. Fortune just posted a few viable iPhone alternatives. They might not have the cache, or allow you to channel the spirit of Steve Jobs, but these cellphone slash music players will keep the notes playing in your head.—Gregory Mone
As recently as September, Apple was playing coy when it came to a rumored 3G iPhone. At a news conference that month Steve Jobs told reporters a phone wouldn't appear before they can "see the battery lives for 3G get back up into
the five-plus-hour range." Nevertheless, its carrier seems to have less compulsion to hold back. Yesterday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson all but announced an impending 3G iPhone, responding to a reporter's question about the possibility with: "You'll have it next year." Apple declined to comment, but presumably isn't thrilled about the slip—especially when it comes on the tails of the holiday wish-list deluge.
Meanwhile, on PPX the news incited a flurry of trading on our 3G iPhone proposition. But until Apple proffers an announcement of its own, the stock's up for grabs.—Abby Seiff
Add function that Apple never intended, and you'll make a good gadget great
By John MahoneyPosted 11.13.2007 at 1:18 pm 12 Comments
As with most semi-illegal hardware hacking, the saga to unlock and/or install third party apps on the iPhone unfolds mostly in the scattered forums and wikis that constitute the back alleys of the Web where regular folks (rightfully) fear to tread. As a result, there is no single place to go for easily-digestible instructions on how to carry out the various hacks available.
After a banner year for mobiles, we look ahead to the hardware and software bound to pique your interest in the coming year
By Grace AquinoPosted 11.01.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
It's been a banner year for cellphones-one that brought us the iPhone, mobile TV and new open-source systems. But as always, two months before 2008 rolls in, fresh offerings already have us salivating. Smartphones are getting smarter, incorporating video calling, touchscreens and easy IM access. Free services are experiencing a renaissance, sprouting practical and well-designed applications that offer everything from step-by-step driving directions to lists of your friends' top-rated nearby eateries.
Nokia´s new and improved flagship mobile manages to beat the so-called â€Jesus phoneâ€ at its own game. Could this be the Second Coming? Find out in PopSci´s test drive
By John MahoneyPosted 10.02.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Nokia's timing couldn't have been any better when the revised and enhanced U.S. version of its flagship N95 smartphone (the N95-3) went on sale last week-just days after the iPhone's 1.1.1 firmware update officially shut down third-party apps and rendered useless many iPhones that had been unlocked.
Today on PPX we have halted not one, not two, no, not even three, but FOUR propositions—all of them paying out at POP$0. No surprises here—all of the stocks in question had been trading below $10 for several weeks.
In summary, Digg.com was not shut down, no NASA bigwigs were fired, the iPhone was not recalled, and Facebook.com did not go public:
DIGGRIP: halted at POP$0.50
PNKSLP: halted at POP$2.50
FACEBOOK: halted at POP$5.25
IPRECAL: halted at POP$0.25
As always, happy trading! —John Mahoney
Im sending my iPhone back to Apple for repair this weekend for the second time, after only a month and a half or so of total ownership. My first piece suffered the dead-zone problem along the bottom edge of the touchscreen, and now last night, my brand-new replacement phones earpiece speaker conked out for no apparent reason after only a few weeks of use. This in itself is notable—that the iPhone seems to be suffering from some isolated but pretty serious manufacturing defects in its infancy. I could rant and rave about this fairly cut-and-dry issue along with everyone else, but instead this surprising second failure (and the second switch back to my previous phone while I wait for a new iPhone from Apple Care, God bless em) got me thinking more broadly about why, when asked how I like the iPhone, I invariably reply Eh, its OK.
The race to hack the iPhone was taken up a notch today by the folks at the iPhone Dev Wiki (Google it, they still don't want links in to avoid crashing their servers), as one of the team's most dedicated members claims to have written, compiled and ran a "hello world" application—geek-speak for a test program that simply displays the text "hello world"—on the iPhone. Patrick Walton (or "Nightwatch"), who appears to either be a student or professor at the University of Chicago, is being credited with the break-through.
Once a video surfaces and others and/or others are able to confirm the process, we'll know for sure. Good work PPX traders, you called it: the proposition has been valued at POP$80 or above since the iPhone's release, and it's currently trading at POP$91 and climbing. —John Mahoney