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Google Buzz now available for BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile and WebOS

Google Buzz for mobile was launched in February this year as a web application available only for Android (version 2.0 or higher) and iPhone.

Starting now, Google Buzz has a new XHTML version that’s also compatible with pre-2.0 Android handsets (like the Motorola i1), BlackBerry, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile, and Palm’s WebOS.

BlackBerry users will even be able to enable location via their browser settings, this allowing them to find geo-tagged posts from nearby.

To access Google Buzz via your smartphone, you simply need to visit on your handset’s web browser.

Via Google Mobile Blog


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What to Expect From Apple’s iPhone-Centric WWDC 2010

News outlets may have spoiled the big surprise for Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference by publishing early photos and details of the next-generation iPhone. Nonetheless, in a recent e-mail, Steve Jobs promised a customer that “You won’t be disappointed” by the announcements to come.

What else might Apple have in store for the event, which happens June 7 to 11 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center? Before last year’s WWDC, accurately predicted the introduction of new iPhones and MacBooks, as well as the release date of the Snow Leopard operating system. So with this year’s WWDC keynote scheduled for June 7, we thought it’d be fun to step up and place our bets once again.

In addition to the obvious new iPhone, we’re predicting something big happening with relation to streaming video. Also, we dismiss recent rumors about Microsoft making an appearance to announce iPhone OS developer tools, and once again we file the possibility of a Verizon iPhone under “unlikely.”

The Next iPhone

Gizmodo and a Vietnamese blog appear to have spilled all the beans about the next-gen iPhone: an aluminum chassis, a thinner case, a front-facing camera, a higher-resolution screen and a camera flash.

It’s important to note that Apple legal confirmed in an unsealed affidavit that Gizmodo’s prototype represented the fourth-generation iPhone, so there’s no longer need to speculate about whether this really is Apple’s next smartphone: It is.

However, both Gizmodo and the Vietnamese blog were unable to demonstrate their prototypes actually doing anything, so plenty of questions still remain.

We think the highlight feature of the 4G iPhone will be the front-facing video camera. How will video conferencing with a front-facing camera work in terms of bandwidth? AT&T has acknowledged its 3G network is overloaded by traffic coming from smartphones (especially iPhones), and plenty of people have issues just making phone calls or surfing the web.

Also, think beyond 4G iPhone owners video-conferencing with other 4G iPhone owners. We predict 4G iPhone owners will be able to video chat with iChat users with webcams on their Macs. Corroborating our theory, already there are clues in developer releases of iPhone OS 4.0 that there will be iChat support in the next iPhone.

Meanwhile, it’s quite possible that Apple will have something to say about one-way video streaming. Perhaps Apple will finally put to use its massive data center, which could provide the bandwidth required for ubiquitous video feeds of movies, short video clips and more. We speculated in December that streaming video may eventually play a key role in Apple’s future of personal media. After all, Apple’s acquisition of Lala suggests the company is interested in turning iTunes into a streaming music service, and adding live video would turn iTunes into a personal media hub.

One big question remaining is the back of the iPhone. Neither Gizmodo nor the Vietnamese blog were able to confirm the exact material, but they described it as a glasslike plastic. Here’s the kicker: An analyst said in January that he’d heard Apple’s next iPhone would feature a touch-sensitive housing similar to that seen on Apple’s multitouch Magic Mouse. We’re willing to guess the next iPhone’s back will detect multitouch gestures so you can control core features such as the music player while the device is still inside your pocket.

We would expect the next iPhone to ship sometime in June. (Apple announced its iPhone 3GS during WWDC on June 8, 2009 and began shipping it 11 days later.) A likely name? Engadget has heard iPhone HD, and we’re into it.

iPhone OS 4

Apple already previewed iPhone OS 4 in March, but only a few key features — multitasking, universal e-mail and the ability to create folders, among others — were highlighted. Expect the full story at WWDC. The latest beta releases have already revealed clues about unannounced features, such as a new widget interface for the iPhone’s music player, tethering for AT&T customers, and file sharing with your PC.

In addition to getting the full details on iPhone OS 4, expect a release date — possibly as soon as the day of the keynote. Apple has said iPhone OS 4 is due for release in the summer for iPhones and iPod Touch devices, and in the fall for the iPad.

(Do note if you own an original iPhone, or an iPod Touch older than the third-generation model, you’re out of luck: iPhone OS 4 will only be compatible on the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, the third-generation iPod Touch and presumably, of course, the next-gen iPhone.)

No Steve Ballmer or Silverlight

Developers and analysts are buzzing about a rumor that Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer will take the stage at WWDC to announce its own third-party developer tools (possibly Silverlight) for making iPhone and iPad apps. That sentence already sounds ludicrous considering that Jobs, in an open letter explaining why Flash isn’t allowed on the iPhone OS, made it crystal clear he didn’t want meta platforms participating because they would result in sub-par apps. phoned the analyst who made that prediction, Trip Chowdry, and he told us that he based his prediction on speculation from mobile developers, not hard evidence.

Indeed, Microsoft announced on Twitter that Ballmer was not making an appearance at WWDC, so consider the “rumor” debunked.

No Verizon iPhone

Along with angry AT&T customers, Verizon subscribers aching for an iPhone have been hopeful that Apple will share its next iPhone with Verizon. Don’t bet on it happening at WWDC. The most credible rumor report, published by The Wall Street Journal, claims a CDMA iPhone is scheduled for mass production in September. Expect a Verizon iPhone no sooner than then, though we would lean toward the conservative side in guessing that such a device won’t see the light of day until 2011.

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Firefox Home coming to iPhone, brining Awesome Bar with it

Firefox Home Video

Yesterday, the good folks over at Mozilla announced that they will be releasing an iPhone app, based on Firefox Sync technology, called Firefox Home. Home will give iPhone users “instant access to their Firefox browsing history, bookmarks and the set of tabs from their most recent browser session.” Home will also bring the Awesome Bar to the iPhone, enabling “people to get to their favorite web sites with minimal typing.” Synchronization between Mozilla’s servers and your iPhone will be encrypted from end-to-end, and the application will be free of charge. The Mozilla team said the application should be available soon — don’t muck things up with an App Store rejection Apple! We’ve go the, very short, teaser video all ready for you after the break.



Hacker Jailbreaks iPhone 3GS Running iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4

The iPhone Dev team had released Redsn0w 0.9.5 to jailbreak iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4, which worked for only iPhone 3G. Amsterdam based iPhone hacker, Kaatje claims that she has managed to successfully jailbreak iPhone 3GS running iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 4. Kaatje explains that the process involved creating a…

Browse Flash Websites on your iPhone and iPad No Jailbreak Req.

There is currently no way to get Flash on your iDevice, not even for the jailbroken iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. Enters CloudBrowse, an iPhone app available in the US App Store which enables browsing full Flash-enabled websites via a shared web browser on a remote server.

Flash on iPhone and on Mobile Safari (iPhone)

CloudBrowse may not be as good as Skyfire for Android and Windows phones, but hey, it works. You open up a website, all the Flash content on that website is processed on an off-site CloudBrowse server which then displays the Flash content in a format which your iDevice is capable of displaying. Most of the Flash content is really choppy and lags quite a bit, but it’s better than having nothing at all.

CloudBrowse is basically running a shared version of Mozilla Firefox instance on a remote computer to deliver all this. I even gave Silverlight-based sites a shot but they didn’t work as the Moonlight version of Silverlight was either too outdated to run current SL sites, or was not installed in the first place.

Check out the video below which demonstrates some flash based web sites like Hulu, YouTube and FlashGames247 on CloudBrowse for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Let us know what you think about this in the comments section below. [via TechnoBuffalo]

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Apple Has a Backup Design for the New iPhone 4G / HD in Reserve

Though the whole leaked iPhone 4G / HD fiasco might’ve spoiled quite a lot of fun for some, but now according to this latest report by DigiTimes, Apple already has a backup design for their new iPhone 4G / HD which looks quite a lot like the current iPhone 3G/3GS design. This backup plan was kept in case if Apple had complications in mass producing the new design which we’ve already seen in the double-leak by Gizmodo and from the folks in Vietnam.

iPhone 3GS

Frankly speaking, we’ve seen enough of the traditional iPhone design for the last two years now and a new design for the 4th-Gen iPhone at this point will be a welcome change. According to the source, iPhone codename N90 is the one which we have already seen in the leaked prototypes and there is another one called the N91 whose design is more like the iPhone 3GS except for the added features like video conferencing, improved camera, processor and so on.

iPhone 4G and 3GSLeaked 4th-Gen iPhone prototype on the left, iPhone 3GS on the right.

On a side note, Apple initiated the iPhone 4G project at the end of 2008. According to our sources, Apple actually has another product codenamed N91 for the project, which offers less change from previous iPhones compared with the N90. It’s a parallel product to back up the N90 in case there are major delays due to significant modifications in casing, display resolution, digital camera support and so forth.

Also mentioned in the report is the AMOLED touch screen panels for the new iPhone which Apple wanted to put on this new model. They did approach Samsung Mobile Display for this matter but the same issue arose, mass production and price. Samsung Mobile Display holds the capability to fulfill no more than 50 to 60% of iPhone orders even if they give the iPhone their full AMOLED dedication, and with that Apple has to bear a cost of US $34 to US $38 on each AMOLED panel which is quite expensive compared to the IPS panel which costs around US $20.

Of course, we’ll know more about it soon at the WWDC 2010, where Apple is going to unveil the 4th-Gen iPhone for the very first time along with iPhone OS 4. [via Mac Rumors, iClarified]

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Rumor: American Beauty Director to Shoot 4G iPhone Ads

Apple has hired American Beauty director Sam Mendes to shoot TV ads for the next-generation iPhone, according to a rumor posted by tech blog Engadget.

At least one spot will show a mother and daughter using the iPhone’s front-facing camera for a video-conferencing call, a tipster told Engadget. (Jetsons, anyone?) Most of us already expected this was a feature, because we saw the new camera on the prototype iPhone leaked by Gizmodo (right). Gizmodo’s publication of the device led to a police seizure, and two weeks ago the unsealed affidavit revealed that Apple legal confirmed the device was a prototype of the fourth-generation iPhone.

Corroborating its rumor, Engadget found statements on Twitter from actors claiming they were auditioning for an Apple ad, though that’s not substantial evidence to “confirm” that Mendes is shooting fourth-gen iPhone ads, as the blog suggests.

Nonetheless, many expect Apple to introduce its next-generation iPhone soon at the Worldwide Developers Conference kicking off June 7. At the same venue, Apple debuted the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS in years past.

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Photo: Gizmodo