Windows Vestiges – Apple Stores say ‘goodbye’ to PocketPC EasyPay devices

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Till now, users have had the luxury of queuing at Apple and paying through crotchety old Windows-based PDA systems. According to AppleInsiders’ sources, however, that is all about to change as Apple roll out iPod touch-based payment systems for the holiday season. EasyPay’s problems with stability and connection quality has been a nightmare for the bustling Apple retail stores and it is time for a change.

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Ear Budeez – Upgrade earphones on the cheap!

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Nope, not Rolando

Some of you may have never heard of Jays, Westone or even Sennheiser prior to our headphone reviews, so when I mention Jensen, Audiovox and Soundcat, you may be scratching your head. Well, the three have teamed up and created Ear Budeez, an upgrade earphone which is likely one of the least expensive on the market. Even in Canada, they can be found for less than 20$ – a nearly impossible feat – abroad, they are marketed starting at ~8$ US.

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Tired of OS 3.0′s new functionality? Click here to Downgrade and go Oldschool

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Prefer the Old School? If you do, you can definitely downgrade, but be sure check the chart below to downgrade properly. Follow the steps outlined and you will have a brand new old iDevice for your Jailbreaking pleasure or just for bragging to your friends that your model ain’t the latest, but the longest in the tooth.

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AT&T’s Tethering Plan Update: Not 55$, but Not Free

att-and-apple-and-behondAs much as I hate to derail my own thread, I have to. This time from their very own Facebook page, AT&T debunk the rumour that they would charge 55$ per month for tethering. They do not shed light on any pricing model, if applicable, but remain adamant that they have been misunderstood by the various press around the world and that rumours are false. While that is good news to AT&T customers, there is no proof that they company will not charge something for the service.

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OS 3.0 – A Glimpse Through Apple’s Recent History (or why we should not have to pay for iPhone updates)

news-os30-03Just hours ago, iPhone OS 3.0 was unleashed onto the App Store with prices starting at USD 9.99$. Packed with many great ‘new’ features, the software is bound to stay a top download until current Touch and iPhone users have finished the update cycle or upgraded to newer hardware. Spotlight, cut/copy/paste, landscape editing, bluetooth, MMS, voice memo, iTunes account managing/redeeming, etc. – all are great reasons to update to a new point release, however, Apple have only really taken the blinders from the platform rather than added anything to our beloved devices.

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iPhone 3G S Review Roundup

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So you’re getting antsy waiting for the new iPhone 3G S to arrive. You can’t wait for the beefed up processor, the extra application memory, better battery life and a 3 megapixel camera. But ultimately, does the next gen iPhone live up to expectations? Thanks to Macworld’s 3G S review roundup, you can easily find out what some of the lucky few (aka ‘experts’) think of the incoming Jesus Phone. While most of the reviews are generally positive, Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg and Wired’s Steven Levy do take the time to point out that because of the free feature-laden 3.0 software upgrade (copy and paste, MMS, tethering, spotlight search and more) , many current 3G users could very well do without the 3G S, or at least wait until they are eligible for the hardware upgrade without having to pay a premium.

Are YOU ready for the 3G S? Is the faster processor and improved battery life enough for you to make the jump? Take a gander at some of the excerpts and links to the reviews after the break.

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Updates to QuickOffice – Upgrading to a truly Productive Office App

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Yes, cell borders can be edited now!

In my formal review of QuickOffice 1.0, I questioned whether a software suite that missed too many features was worth 20$. QuickOffice 1.2.0 fixes many of the problems by adding features that should have been present in the first release and adding a couple of undocumented requests. 

I can safely raise my own evaluation of QuickOffice to a Grab, but QuickOffice is still perhaps not up to the standards needed by people who use mobile Office products on a regular basis. Most of the upgrades, especially predictive text input, auto-capitalisation and double-space for a full stop (period) balance the app suite, but are overshadowed slightly by some strange behaviour in the text editing window. For instance, if you want to go up to the furthest left space and input text, you will be apt to click the ‘back’ button rather than successfully move the cursor to the top. The zoom tool works well, but navigating to any extremity of the screen is still a chore. 

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Quickoffice® Mobile Office Suite (Word, Excel & WiFi)

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