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The Daily Dot - The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone
The NSA can do anything to an apple device (but may need physical access).
nsa  surveillance  snowden  apple  iphone  via:reddit 
december 2013 by mcherm
The Samsung Galaxy S III: The First Smartphone Designed Entirely By Lawyers
Theory: everything about the design of this phone was intended to make sure it was NOT legally vulnerable to being accused of mimicking Apple's trade dress.
law  ip-law  apple  mobile  iphone  trademark  via:reddit 
may 2012 by mcherm
Stealing Your Address Book by Dustin Curtis
Any app can read your address book on the iPhone operating system. This is apple's fault.
privacy  security  apple  iphone  via:HackerNews 
february 2012 by mcherm
How to use the Home Button (the single iPhone button)
Too many controls can be confusing. But too FEW controls can be confusing also, and it's a more difficult kind of confusing.
ui  iphone  ipad  via:CodingHorror  design 
february 2012 by mcherm
iPhone Games: Censorship Ratings In Australia? | Android Games
Australia censors games (by rating them) and they just realized that means they need to censor iPhone and Android apps. Think about how that will work... it costs hundreds to thousands of dollars to get a game reviewed.
censorship  australia  iphone  android 
august 2010 by mcherm
Curated computing is no substitute for the personal and handmade | Cory Doctorow | Technology |
Having someone vet stuff for you (eg: AppStore) is useful. But being REQUIRED to use only the vetted things is not good. For instance, personalized stuff will never get vetted... but it's highly useful. The only advantage of mandating it is for the vendor to maintain monopoly control.
philosophy  iphone  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing  appstore 
july 2010 by mcherm
Apple loses big in DRM ruling: jailbreaks are "fair use"
6 more exemptions are added to the list of allowable reasons to crack security under the DMCA: jailbreaking a phone, using clips from DVDs under fair use in not-for-profit videos, checking whether video game security has security back-doors, working around dongles no longer manufactured, and reading eBooks if no audio version is sold.
law  ip-law  DMCA  copyright  drm  iphone  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
july 2010 by mcherm
Untangling the iPhone 4 Antenna Issue « my word
Apple's new iPhone has antenna problems. They plan to "fix" the bad press by changing the algorithm for how many bars they show. It's just a distraction.
iphone  apple  marketing  via:cringely 
july 2010 by mcherm
Apple iPhone 4 Antennas... - AntennaSys Blog - AntennaSys, Inc. - antenna design, integration and consulting.
The antenna on the iPhone. Some interesting engineering, and a story about how regulation has unintended side effects.
mobile  hardware  via:HackerNews  engineering  iphone  apple  design 
june 2010 by mcherm
Thoughts on Flash
Steve Jobs defends the choice to ban Flash from the iPhone. Me, I don't accept these arguments. These are all reasons why consumers might not want most of their apps in flash, but not reasons why they should be unable to use flash if they want to. My verdict? AppStore censorship is still evil.
apple  stevejobs  iphone  flash  appstore  via:ArsTechnica 
april 2010 by mcherm
Why does everything suck?: Steve Jobs Has Just Gone Mad
Interesting point: Apple is now telling you that you can't write apps for the AppStore if you originally wrote it in a different language and then translated it to their language. Perhaps it's just because they hate Flash, and perhaps they are within their rights to do so since they own the AppStore. But it's unconscionable behavior nevertheless.
programming  iphone  apple  law  contractlaw  appstore  via:HackerNews  freedom 
april 2010 by mcherm
A 2.5 Year-Old Uses an iPad for the First Time
the first positive review of the iPad that I've really bought into. It's amazing that a young kid can use it with little or no training. (But they cheated: she's familiar with the iPhone)
iphone  hci  usability 
april 2010 by mcherm
iControlPad - Add real gaming controls to your iPhone!
The guys who invented a gaming device you stick your iPhone into (in order to add buttons for gaming) were surprised to find that well after they had begun production, Apple filed for a patent on what they were building. I wonder how this one will turn out?
law  patent  ip-law  patentabuse  iphone  apple  gadgets  evil 
april 2010 by mcherm
Lack of wealth through lack of empathy
He can't understand why anyone would want an app where you take a photo of someone then get to "punch them in the face". Lacking that understanding, he is unable to become rich making such an app. All I can say is, "Me too."
iphone  gamedesign  softwaredevelopment 
april 2010 by mcherm
Kaspersky: Apple is blocking iPhone security software | Security | News | PC Pro
Kaspersky wants to build a security app for the iPhone but Apple won't let him use the APIs. Closed platforms are stupid.
apple  iphone  kaspersky  via:slashdot  pcpro 
march 2010 by mcherm
Leaving the iPhone
Someone talks about leaving the iPhone for Google's Android because it's an open platform.
iphone  android  mobile  via:HackerNews 
february 2010 by mcherm
Digital Domain - AT&T Takes the Fall for the iPhone’s Glitches -
This guy says AT&T's network is actually better, but their reputation is far worse because the iPhone is lousy at connecting to the celular network.
gadgets  iphone  phone  networking 
december 2009 by mcherm
Give Your App to Apple Employees | Karelia Software
Good advice (but it shouldn't be necessary). Give away your iPhone app to apple employees, because then they can talk it up and *also* in hopes that you can get things like new versions through the appstore. (I added that last part.)
apple  appstore  marketing  iphone 
november 2009 by mcherm
Facebook iPhone Dev Quits Project Over Apple Tyranny
The author of the most successful iPhone application ever QUITS because of the way Apple runs the AppStore. Hurrah!
JoeHewitt  appstore  iphone  apple  techcrunch  via:HackerNews 
november 2009 by mcherm
Tweetie Reloaded: An Interview with Loren Brichter | unraveled
UI design on the iPhone; some gestures are "discoverable" and others are not. The non-discoverable ones should not be the only way to accomplish something.
ui  iphone  via:HackerNews  personal_net 
november 2009 by mcherm
Piracy and the App Store
Publisher of a game on the iPhone App Store measures and finds 80% of users are using pirated verions.
ip-law  copyright  piracy  games  drm  iphone 
october 2009 by mcherm The iPhone Development Story: One Year Later
Reasons why iPhone development sucks: 1 year later. It's not any better.
iphone  apple  personal_net  via:HackerNews 
september 2009 by mcherm
Johnny Holland - It’s all about interaction » Blog Archive » The iPhone is Not Easy to Use: A New Direction for User Experience Design
This iPhone's UI is actually quite difficult to learn. But it is FUN to learn, and that has been the secret of its success.
via:HackerNews  iphone  design  usability 
august 2009 by mcherm
Daring Fireball: The Android Opportunity
Someone should try to build a phone on Android that's more high-end than Apple's iPhone.
iphone  gadgets  android  via:HackerNews 
august 2009 by mcherm
Exclusive Interview: Hacking The iPhone Through SMS : Introduction - Review Tom's Hardware
How he hacked the iPhone via SMS. Some sophisticated techniques were used to develop the hack.
security  via:slashdot  hacking  iphone 
august 2009 by mcherm
The Case Against Apple–in Five Parts « The Jason Calacanis Weblog
Takes Apple to task for being closed, proprietary, monopolistic, and abusing that. Really.
apple  appstore  iphone  evil  via:HackerNews 
august 2009 by mcherm
Daring Fireball: Ninjawords: iPhone Dictionary, Censored by Apple
Every example goes to greater and greater lengths! This time, it's Apple's appstore rejecting a dictionary because you could look up curse words (but ONLY if you spelled them out in full). It was allowed in when they censored every word Apple could think of, PLUS gave it a 17+ rating.
iphone  apple  censorship  evil  appstore  stupid  via:HackerNews 
august 2009 by mcherm
There’s No App for That « Riverturn Blog and Talk Back
Another case of Apple just refusing to communicate with application developers.
appstore  iphone  apple  via:reddit 
july 2009 by mcherm
Apple Is Growing Rotten To The Core: Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store
Google Voice application is blocked from being used on iPhones because Apple wants to (to keep profits up for their partner AT&T). This is why you should not plan to own a device where someone else controls what you can run on it.
google  apple  iphone  DRM  at&t  evil  via:slashdot 
july 2009 by mcherm
Android versus iPhone Development: A Comparison: Green's Opinion
A comparison of the process of developign for the iPhone and for Google's Android.
via:reddit  programming  iphone  android  appstore 
july 2009 by mcherm
Does A Private Company Own Your Muni Arrival Times?: News: SFAppeal
A company claims to own the data about when buses run in San Francisco. They they call up Apple and get them to remove the iPhone app that displays this data. The journalists who write about it say this company actually doesn't own the data.
ip-law  copyright  copyrightabuse  apple  iphone 
june 2009 by mcherm
Apple Rejects App For Using An Icon That Somewhat Resembles An iPhone
Another example of stupid, unevenly enforced rules from Apple for iPhone developers.
appstore  apple  iphone 
june 2009 by mcherm
Full Commodore 64 Emulator Rejected from App Store | Touch Arcade
Someone writes a commodore 64 emulator for the iPhone, and even manages to secure valid licensing. But Apple rejects it, because it is an emulator. Believe me, this is BAD for the iPhone.
apple  censorship  iphone  software  programming  games  via:slashdot 
june 2009 by mcherm
An Experiment in BlackBerry Development: Lessons Learned Writing PodTrapper
Writup from someone who tried building an app for the blackberry rather than the iphone.
iphone  mobile  programming  marketing  blackberry  appstore  via:slashdot 
june 2009 by mcherm
The Intermittent Kevin - Find My iPhone works, and it is awesome.
Story about how he found his stolen iPhone via the remote tracking feature.
story  via:slashdot  iphone 
june 2009 by mcherm
Ars Reviews the Palm Pre, part 1: the BlackBerry killer - Ars Technica
Interesting review of the Palm Pre. The most interesting part is the discussion of the implications of storing profile information, contacts, and stuff like that in the cloud rather than on the device. Allows things like remote wipe (when it's been stolen) and allows it to be the perfect tool for corporate IT departments to give out (because they can control it).
via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica  palm  iphone  gadgets 
june 2009 by mcherm
Platform vendors - Joel on Software
Making software for the iPhone that enhances the OS means you'll probably be wiped out when Apple adds the feature. If you want to survive a long time, build apps for a specific vertical, like dentists.
iphone  apple  JoelSpolsky  via:JoelSpolsky 
june 2009 by mcherm
Apple Rejects EFF Updates App, Claims Parody Content Is Objectionable | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Apple store rejects an app that just displays headlines from the EFF. Because apparently one of them one place links to a "bad word" buried in a video.
apple  iphone  censorship  eff  via:boingboing 
june 2009 by mcherm
Whither Eucalyptus? - Jamie’s Web Log
This is a perfect example of why you DON'T want to wind up being the gatekeeper to what software can and can't be released. Here is someone who has written a book-reading application for the iPhone and Apple is rejecting it because it is possible to search for, download, and read the Kama Sutra. Eventually he caves in and just blocks the Kama Sutra (in particular) in hopes that will appease Apple. The only workable level of censorship is NO censorship -- anything else leads to ridiculous situations like this one!
censorship  apple  iphone  stupid  via:reddit 
may 2009 by mcherm
Joining the iPhone Application Train
The sales of iPhone applications is interesting. Quality of the app doesn't seem to matter... all that matters is how popular it is. So you gotta get lucky.
apple  iphone 
march 2009 by mcherm
Evil apple: Ned Batchelder
Apple is getting criticized for booting iPhone applications from the Apple store -- because developers have no way to know whether their app will be booted. But now it's worse: Apple started telling people that the fact they've been booted is under non-disclosure, so they can't even talk about it!
apple  stupid  nda  softwaredevelopment  censorship  iphone  law  ip-law  NedBatchelder 
september 2008 by mcherm
Apple Extends Non-Disclosure to App Store Rejection Letters - Mac Rumors
Apple is getting criticized for booting iPhone applications from the Apple store -- because developers have no way to know whether their app will be booted. But now it's worse: Apple started telling people that the fact they've been booted is under non-disclosure, so they can't even talk about it!
censorship  apple  nda  stupid  iphone  softwaredevelopment  law  ip-law  via:NedBatchelder 
september 2008 by mcherm
iPhone App Store: Let the Market Decide: Call Me Fishmeal.
Distributing iPhone software via the iPhone appstore. Apple has begun removing certain apps, here's the argument why they shouldn't.
apple  iphone  software  WilShipley 
september 2008 by mcherm
Almerica Blog: Podcaster rejeceted because it duplicates iTunes functionality
Apple is blocking applications from the iPhone because they don't like the fact that the applications give away some DRM power. But they're making excuses and pretending it's a different issue.
censorship  DRM  apple  iphone  via:reddit 
september 2008 by mcherm
The BFC Computing Weblog : First Open Source iPhone App Killed?
Apple doesn't allow open source apps on the iPhone. And apparently they removed one for being released as open source.
opensource  apple  iphone  computers 
september 2008 by mcherm
The CheckWord Pricing Experiment » Cowboy Programming
Author of a tiny utility (for the iPhone) experiments with selling it for "free" or for 99 cents.
marketing  pricing  MickWest  iphone 
august 2008 by mcherm
UPDATED Apple removes $1,000 featureless iPhone application | Technology | Los Angeles Times
Clever way to make money: sell something useless for a lot of money and hope people buy it as a status symbol. Some will.
apple  iphone  scam  funny 
august 2008 by mcherm
The goings on behind the iPhone application blacklist
Apple uses a blacklist to deactivate programs on the iPhone.
apple  security  iphone 
august 2008 by mcherm
The Laboratorium: Citizen Journalism, on Your iPhone
The new iPhone will have a free application from the Associated Press for "citizen journalism". I wonder what the effect will be?
socialcomputing  iphone  media 
june 2008 by mcherm
Schneier on Security: Lock-In
Essay on how companies (like Apple with the iPhone) use "lock-in" to prevent customers from moving to another provider.
hardware  iphone  security  privacy  via:BruceSchneier  apple  essay 
february 2008 by mcherm

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