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SquareTrade
Mac Rumors Forum - 3.0 Hidden Features
Apple Insider - Apples iPhone 3GS sports chip with 720p HD vid
Mobile Marketing - 50 ways to promote your iPhone App
PC World - Few Queue up overnight on Apples turf for iPhone
Stuck Pixel Fix for iPhone
Wired - iPhone 3GS teardowns reveal underclocked CPU
C64 emulator blocked by Apple
CNET - Apples $30 apology for iPhone activations delays
Apple iPhone 3GS trouble roundup
Reuters - Apple sells more than 1 Million iPhone 3GS opening weekend
Apple - Apple Sells over one Million iPhone 3GS models
MediaPost - 4 in 10 smartphone users would switch to iPhone
Techcrunch - The iPhone is an Accident Magnet
Wired - Your always online with push IM for iPhone
Wire-Free Power - Inductive charging for the iPhone / iPod touch
The Entourage Help Blog - Calendar Syncing between Entourage and iCal
Engadget - Verizon's CEO sidesteps question on iPhone
Mac OS X Hints - Use an external microphone with the iPhone
iLounge - Apple updates Remote app for iPhone
Tidbits - AIM for iPhone Adds Push Notification
iPhone and iPod Touch get HP Scientific Calculator
Ty's iPhone Help.com - Two ways to get numeric battery on 3.0
FastMac - iPhone External Battery Pack


Apps and Software Mentioned in this Episode:
HiBubble
Beejive
AOL - AIM
Remote
Touch Physics
Touch Physics - Lite
Strength
SpoofApp.com
TextLater
HP 12C Calculator
HP 15C Calculator


Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT
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Links Mentioned in this Episode:
Latest Status info - Trademark of iPhone
Apple - How to Replace an original iPhone with an iPhone 3G or 3GS
TUAW - AT&T signals an abrupt end for prepaid iPhone plans
Yowza interview on Appy Place
CNET - Microsoft no iPhone reimbursements for workers
iPhonetouch.blorge - Top 40 free iPod touch games
WATODAY.com - How to turn your iPod touch into an iPhone
CNET - Fixing a cracked iPod Touch screen
Wayne Shears - The best jailbroken iPhone Apps
Ty's iPhone Help.com - How to get MMS and Tethering on AT&T
iLounge - One Page guide to iPhone 3G, 3GS, and iPod touch
Tethering and MMS on iPhone
Appmodo - Apple iPhone MMS coming in July, Tethering $55
Macworld - Hands on with stereo bluetooth
USPTO
GrooveTooth Talk - Cygnet
Jawbone

help.benm.at


Apps and Software Mentioned in this Episode:
Yowza
ReaddleDocs
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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42am EDT
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In the past we have talked about Apple's Lawyers attempts to bully Blogs over the use of the name iPhone (see episode 40), when Apple had no legal right to do so.  Apple often times in their letters to blogs referenced their trademark application serial number - 77007808.  As mentioned previously on the show a trademark application serial number has no legal merit - as it is simply a number assigned when an application was received.  Think of it like the ticket you pull at the deli counter.  It is just your place in line.  Back in Feb 2007 Apple had this application rejected.  Of course Apple appealed and during the appeal process switched up lawyers (guess they did not like the results with the first lawyer - but that is just a guess and not based on anything so lawyer 1 please don't sue for defamation).  The second lawyer faired no better as on Dec 16 2008, the USPTO sent Apple Final Refusal notification on the application for the Trademark on - iPhone.  Apple had six months to appeal and on June 16th 2009 - the last day of the six months - Apple did appeal. 
It is interesting that they waited until the very last day to appeal.  As the letter from Cisco (the only one that actually has a Trademark on the name - iPhone) consenting that they were ok with Apple getting a trademark on the term - iPhone - was actually received by Apple back on Nov 25th 2008.  This makes one think that Apple is not all that confident that they will be granted anything on Appeal. 
So where does this leave the application at this point.  There is now an "Ex Parte Appeal Pending".  According to the person I contacted at the USPTO -

"The ex parte appeal was simply instituted to preserve the rights of the filing party.
 
But first the examining attorney must act on the request for reconsideration after final action.  I.e. the appeal becomes moot if the examining attorney is convinced by the arguments presented in the request for reconsideration.
 
The examining attorney has 21 days from when the filing enters the docket (usually 2-3 days after the actual filing) to act upon the case.
 
If not convinced, then the appeal would move forward, and that process could take several months."

I additionally asked the USPTO - "if a Trademark is granted for this application - would it apply only to those items referenced in the Application:

"Hand-held unit for playing electronic games"

"Computer gaming machines, videophones, prerecorded computer programs for personal information management, database management software, electronic mail and messaging software, paging software, database synchronization software, computer programs for accessing, browsing and searching online databases, computer software and firmware, namely, operating system programs, data synchronization programs, and application development computer software programs for personal and handheld computers; software for the redirection of messages, Internet e-mail, and/or other data to one or more electronic handheld services from a data store on or associated with personal computer or a server; software for the synchronization of data between a remote station or device and a fixed or remote station or device"


In other words - since there would then be two Trademarks - one owned by Apple and one Owned (currently) by Cisco - would this not mean the specific application of the trademarks would need to be much more focused to only cover those items called out in the trademark Application."

The response from the USPTO was:

Yes, the application would only cover what is listed in the application.  

So my point in all this is it does look that even if Apple is finally granted a Trademark - which is very doubtful at best considering they have been rejected twice already including a "Final Refusal", and given the delay on their lawyers side to appeal, they appear to think it is doubtful.  But even if they are granted a trademark it would not cover the legitimate news sites / blogs / podcasts from using the name iPhone in their title and or site. So no need for you to have to change bookmarks for your favorite iPhone Blogs and podcasts.  More to come on this in the near future.

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 10:25pm EDT
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Was just given a hand out from the folks at Apple while waiting on line that goes over what you need to purchase your new iPhone 3G S.  Here is what it said:

You MUST be 18 years of age or older to purchase an iPhone because you must be able to enter into a valid contract with AT&T. 
   *If you are part of a Family Plan with AT&T, the Primary Account holder must be present at the time of purchase.

The following forms of ID are necessary to purchase and activate the iPhone:

If you are new to AT&T
Credit Card
Social Security Number
Valid U.S. Government-issues photo ID
if porting a number, your account number & password
   *this is different than your phone number
A deposit may be required
A $36 activation fee will be charged to your new account

If you are currently an AT&T customer
Your AT&T phone number
The last four numbers of your social security number
Your Billing Zip Code

***The Apple Store can only sell iPhone for Persona rate plans.  All Business customers must purchase their phone at an AT&T retail location.  The nearest one to this store is....

If you are upgrading from a previous iPhone:
You will lose voicemail in the upgrade, be sure to listen to them before the purchase
If you are a MobileMe subscriber, all of your contact and calendars from your previous iPhone can be updated to your new phone here in the store.

Ask us about MobileMe!


Category:breaking news -- posted at: 6:30am EDT
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NextWorth - For selling old iPhones
Boy Genius Report - Skinny on Rogers / Fido
KezNews.com - How to update iPod Touch to 3.0 for free
USA Today - AT&T not ready for all Apple iPhone 3G S functions
How to - Selling your iPhone for instant gratification


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Photon
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Adela Voice Dialer
BeatMaker App
Voice4mail

Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:26am EDT
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Link to AT&T letter

If you are a 3G owner and wanted to upgrade at the $199 / $299 pricing - AT&T heard you and has changed the pricing for the Upgrade assuming you were set to be able upgrade in July / August or September.  Please read the post from AT&T at the link above to see if you are one that would qualify this week for the lower pricing. 

Kudos to AT&T for listening - now get us that MMS and Tethering.  :)


FYI - Thanks to Chris in NY for sending this along.


Category:breaking news -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT
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Stromcode: The incredible App Store Hype
Boing Boing - iPhone 3G $ saddled to worlds worst carrier
InformationWeek - Apple iPhone users cry foul over AT&T
iPhone Atlas - iPhone 3G $ Jailbreaking prohibited by Apple ToS
PC World - 4 Reasons why iPhone owners hate AT&T
Engadget - Apple iPhone 3G $ gets FCC clearance like Clockwork
ZDNet - AT&T the iPhone's Anchor
ZDNet - AT&T's $200 early upgrade fee & iPhone eligibility
InformationWeek - iPhone Fans agry with AT&T
Engadget - Apple launching free iDisk iPhone App
Technologizer - Sorry, iPhone 3G owners I'm not sympathetic
iPhonestalk.com - Family plan may allow iPhone 3G upgrade to 3G $
Gizmodo - How to enable 3G tethering in your iphone 3.0 now
iSmashPhone - 15 Apps rendered obsolete by the new iPhone 3G$
MacDaily News - T-mobile spills the beans
T-Mobile Netherlands
Timothy Karr - AT&T plays dumb as iPhone romance hits Rocks
iPhone Buzz - New iPhone 3G $ has olephobic coating on Screen
Apple Vibration - iPhone Push Notification test for AIM
PC World - Where and when you can get iPhone 3G $
YouTube - Captain Beeble Video
Tech News World - Should you spring for an iPhone 3G $
ITProPortal - TomTom to release Turn-by-Turn Satnav App
Ty's iPhone Help.com
Mashable - 6 Steps to building a better iPhone App
MacLife - Apple knows what you did with your iPhone
Engadget - MMS and Tethering functional on some AT&T iPhone 3Gs
MocoNews - AT&T says forget about Cheaper Data rates for 3G $
Engadget - AT&T iPhone 3G $ pre-orders already sold out
AT&T FAQ
AT&T Calling Plan pricing
Boy Genius Report - iPhone 3G $ sold out
MacWorld - Twitter apps broken
Apple Patent suggests solar powered iPhone


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iFunBox
Momo
Notebook by Appigo and Todoodle Do
Evernote
Tweetie
Vlingo
Recall
Voice Lookup
Qtweeter
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Paper Toss

Free download of Paper Toss is available for a limited time.

Thanks to Carlos for the heads up.

Rob W
Category:Free_Apps_Limited_Time -- posted at: 12:33am EDT
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The company I work for Wizzard Media - yesterday announced that we have acquired the distribution rights to another app - Super Mastermind - I am very excited about the work Wizzard is doing in the iPhone space.  Personally this ties together everything I have worked on for the past 4 1/2 Years in Podcasting and 2 plus years with the iPhone. That said this post is also about full and fair disclosure.  As Wizzard acquires more and more iPhone apps - the question is bound to come up - is the app I just talked about on the show - one that is under the Wizzard umbrella.  So as more apps are acquired I will be posting them up here - to point out who they are  to make sure you know where I stand.  Becasue sometimes I am doing the show at 2 or 3 in the morning and well I forget to mention things I should.  Like mentioning I own apple stock each show and I am long on Apple - but you know if you listen to the show that does not stop me from criticizing Apple when I feel they deserve or need it.  So here is the list of apps that are currently under the Wizzard umbrella:

Super Mastermind
Omnomnom
Touch Scan Pro
Blue Attack
Blue Defense
Sudoku Unlimited
Sudoku Classic

You can find an updated list of the shows HERE

Now per the news side of things - all of those apps are currently at a reduced price of $0.99 thru Tuesday June 16th - according to the press release. As I said above I am very excited with what Wizzard is doing in combining Podcast Advertising with iPhone App promotion - it is one of those obvious Peanut Butter and Jelly combinations where both sides will benefit. And as a podcast listener myself - I would much rather hear an ad for an App I might be interested in - than another ad for a domanin name company.

Again - I will do my best to mention conflicts of interest on the show - but will definitely put those conflicts up here on the site for all to see.

Thanks for listening different.

Rob W

Category:breaking news -- posted at: 10:22am EDT
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Links mentioned in this episode:
Crunch Gear - The iPhone 3GS
Apple - iPhone View all features
Mac Forums - Photos of next Gen iPhone
AppleInsider - iPhone 3G users to pay $200 premium for early upgrade
Crunch Gear - Want an iPhone 3GS and already have an iPhone 3G?
PC Mag - What Processor is the iPhone 3G S running?
Apple - iPhone Compare 3G vs 3GS
TechCrunch - Why the iPhone 3GS may be a suckers bet right now
TechCrunch - Say Helloto the iPhone 3GS
Gizmodo - iPhone 3GS complete feature Guide

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