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Dennis OConnor

Why The FCC Wants To Smash Open The iPhone - - 0 views

  • Right about now, Apple probably wishes it had never rejected Google Voice and related apps from the iPhone. Or maybe it was AT&T who rejected the apps. Nobody really knows. But the FCC launched an investigation last night to find out, sending letters to all three companies (Apple, AT&T, and Google) asking them to explain exactly what happened.
  • The FCC investigation is not just about the arbitrary rejection of a single app. It is the FCC's way of putting a stake in the ground for making the wireless networks controlled by cell phone carriers as open as the Internet.
  • On the wired Internet, we can connect any type of PC or other computing device and use any applications we want on those devices. On the wireless Internet controlled by cellular carriers like AT&T, we can only use the phones they allow on their networks and can only use the applications they approve.
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  • Google must secretly be pleased as punch. It was only two years ago, prior to the 700MHz wireless spectrum auctions, that it was pleading with the FCC to adopt principles guaranteeing open access for applications, devices, services, and other networks. Now two years later, in a different context and under a different administration, the FCC is pushing for the same principles.
  • FCC cites "pending FCC proceedings regarding wireless open access (RM-11361) and handset exclusivity (RM-11497). That first proceeding on open access dates back to 2007 when Skype requested that cell phone carriers open up their networks to all applications (see Skype's petition here). Like Google Voice, Skype helps consumers bypass the carriers. The carriers don't like that because that's their erodes their core business and turns them into dumb pipes. But dumb pipes are what we need. They are good for consumers and good for competition because they allow any application and any device, within reason, to flower on the wireless Internet.
  • The FCC also wants Apple to explain the arbitrariness of its app approval process: 4. Please explain any differences between the Google Voice iPhone application and any Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications that Apple has approved for the iPhone. Are any of the approved VoIP applications allowed to operate on AT&T?s 3G network?5. What other applications have been rejected for use on the iPhone and for what reasons? Is there a list of prohibited applications or of categories of applications that is provided to potential vendors/developers? If so, is this posted on the iTunes website or otherwise disclosed to consumers?6. What are the standards for considering and approving iPhone applications? What is the approval process for such applications (timing, reasons for rejection, appeal process, etc.)? What is the percentage of applications that are rejected? What are the major reasons for rejecting an application?
  • Why does it take a formal request from a government agency to get Apple (and AT&T) to explain what the rules are to get on the wireless Internet?
    Opening the iPhone would make educational apps much easier to publish. Apple's monopoly means e-text-book readers and classroom use of hand held computers (which is what the iPhone and iPod reall are) have to pay a toll to Apple. Right now, Apple's approval system is cloaked in mystery. Developers have no way to market their products without 'official' approval. Opening up the iPhone and by extension opening up wireless networks around the country will drive down high prices and bring connectivity to more inexpensive computing devices. I hope this FCC investigation is the domino that kicks open the door to the clouds of connectivity that are already out there!

iPhone SE India price revealed, Specifications, features - Gadgets World - 0 views

    iPhone SE Price, iPhone SE Specifications, iPhone SE Features, iPhone SE price in India, iPhone SE Apple iPhone SE, Apple 4-inch Phone

iPhone 7 could be launch in the month of September, here some rumors and news - Gadgets... - 0 views

    iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 pro should be announced in the month of September this year, before that some leaks and rumors surfaced. Here we have discuss about upcoming device Specs, Features and some rumors. The upcoming  iPhone which we call currently iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Pro should not be announced before the month of September. We have Four… Read More »

Must Have! iOS 6.1.4/6.1.3 Unlock/Jailbreak iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS - 1 views

The Most wanted Popular jailbreak tool from - compiled by the iPhone Team - has just been released and updated with full and easy support for Unlock/Jailbreak iPhone 5/4S/4/3...


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Ehsan Ullah

Apple iPhone 4S Is My Favorite Device! - 0 views

    The new Apple CEO Tim Cook has been emerged up with an iPhone 4S to the surprise of all, while the entire technology world has been waiting for iPhone 5.
Ehsan Ullah

Some Possible Features of iPhone 5 - 0 views

    More and more Apple fans are waiting for it's fifth Gen iPhone which is yet to hit the market and want to know the possible features of iPhone 5.
Ehsan Ullah

How To Copy Paste Stuff Between iPhone And Computer - 0 views

    Every iPhone and iPad owner knows that there isn't any direct way to easily copy paste text and images between iPhone and Computer, but there's a website which can help you to do it.
Roland Gesthuizen

Podcasts for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (... - 0 views

    "Podcasts app is the easiest way to discover, subscribe to and play your favorite podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts from the Podcasts Catalog, and play the most popular podcasts, organized for you by topic, with the all-new Top Stations feature."
Brian Nichols

The Best iPhone Apps for Kids - Gadgetwise Blog - - 1 views

    The Best iPhone Apps for Kids
Roland Gesthuizen

iPhoneography, the worlds #1 iPhone photography blog, bringing you the latest... - 0 views

    "From Flambe Studios, the developers of PicPlayPost comes a new pioneering app, that for the first time lets you create picture in picture videos on your iDevice."
Ehsan Ullah

3 Awesome iPhone Apps To Make Your Life More Manageable - 0 views

    If you have a iPhone and iPad than you must be looking for some awesome applications and games for your device to stock up your device.
Roland Gesthuizen

Printopia - AirPrint to Any Printer - Print from iPad - Print from iPhone - Ecamm Network - 0 views

    "Printing from your iPhone or iPad is easier than you've ever imagined. Run Printopia on your Mac to share its printers to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Add unlimited virtual printers to save print-outs to your Mac as PDF files. Try the demo now, or read on to find out more."
Danny Stevens

Sell your Iphone 5 16gb Att - 0 views

    I was searching online for a place to sell my iPhone. I found this website where they give you the market price for your device.
jodi tompkins

Top 10 iPhone photo apps | ZDNet - 0 views

    iphone photo apps... top 10
J Black

Amazon Kindle for iPhone & iPod Touch « THE FIRE WIRE - 0 views

  • Even if you could never justify spending $360 on a Kindle, you can still partake in the mobile eBook revolution. Amazon Kindle for iPhone & iPod Touch (Free) is a new app that lets you buy and download Kindle books and read them on the go — without buying the Kindle 2. In addition to having access to more than 240,000 books, the app lets you adjust text size, add bookmarks, and get free samples. If you already have a Kindle, the app’s Whispersync technology saves and synchronizes your bookmarks across your Kindle and your iPhone.
Mark Fox

FreeAppAlert - Free iPhone apps that were paid iPhone apps yesterday - 0 views

    Paid iPhone Apps that just became free
Amanda Kenuam

Free iPhone/ iPpod / iPad Special Education Apps - 0 views

    "special education, iphone, ipod, technology, free resources, autism awareness, apps, ipad"
Tero Toivanen

Study Hacks » Blog Archive » How Ricardo Aced Computer Science Using His iPhone - 19 views

  • In more detail, he did the following: He created a free wiki using PBworks. For each course, he created a page on the wiki for the next exam. After each lecture, he put aside time to add the relevant notes to his wiki.  To do so, he would create a subpage for each topic, and then list the main points, add snippets of sample code, or summarize any other information relevant for the exam. Following the stealth studying philosophy, he would then access his wiki using his iPhone while walking to class and waiting for the lecture to begin, doing quick bursts of review. (PBworks plays nicely with iPhones, making it easy to browse the wiki on the run.)
    Interesting method to study!
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