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                          Podcatchers for Smartphones

                          Grab Downcast and plug in the IT Conversations feed URL and enjoy great tech talks from the longest running podcast on the planet...no matter where you're at.
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                          App Pushers and Enforcers

                          Lately, I've noticed a phenomenon that is extremely unhealthy, not mention annoying: companies more or less forcing you to use their mobile app instead of their Web site. The truth is that most businesses don't need an app. They just need a Web site that works.
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                          Smartphones as the ProtoPDS

                          Last week I had an interesting discussion with Sam Curren where we hit on the notion that the smartphone is a prototype personal data store (PDS). If you think about it, a smartphone--be it Andriod, iPhone, or one of the new Win7 devices--provides a common calendar, a common address book, and common photo library (among other things) with APIs for interacting to all of them. For example, I can change out my calendar app to something like Calvetica (a popular alternate calendar for the iPhone). Doing this doesn't change the underlying calendar data or interfere with any of the
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                          iPhone 4 Underwhelmed Me

                          I know, they may take away my Apple Fanboy membership card. But the iPhone 4 that came yesterday hasn't blown me away. Here's my initial thoughts: The camera is better and the flash is nice. But it's still a phone camera, not a real camera. The screen is much clearer than my iPhone 3Gs, but not so much that it enables cool new things. . The glass back looks like one more thing to break. Facetime was fun the one time I did it. I'd probably do it a lot with my kids if they were little. Now, not
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                          Auto Importing iPhone Pictures to iPhoto

                          One of the things I hate about syncing my iPhone is that it fires up iPhoto everytime there's any pictures that need to be imported. That's a pain. I'd rather that the photos got automatically imported and deleted off the device. Today I figured out how to do it. Note that these instructions assume Snow Leopard. First thing to know is that Image Capture is your friend. You can use it to determine what happens when you plug in a device that looks like a camera on a device-by-device basis. For our purposes, there's a little
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                          Apps Make Downloads Cool

                          Image by Getty Images via Daylife Have you ever noticed that many of the things you do in an app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone could just as easily be done using just the Web and a browser? My bank, for example, has an iPhone app. They also have a pretty nice Web site. What they don't have is a pretty nice mobile version of their Web site. They put their money into creating an app rather than merely putting a mobile skin on their current system. Many other apps are similar. Why do they do this?
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                          Ford Sync and the iPhone

                          On Black Friday I bought a big, expensive, mobile iPhone docking station called a Ford F-150 pickup. Ford, in an effort to compete with GM's OnStar system, co-developed a system called Sync with Microsoft. Sync is available as an option in most Ford vehicles and is standard in certain models (like my Lariat). My vehicle has the optional Sony music system as well, but not the $2500 touch-screen navigation system. That just seemed like something else to break. Sync provides phone integration, support for external music players, vehical status reporting, and navigation (turn-by-turn directions). The whole thing has an
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                          State of Utah Launches iPhone Applications

                          The State of Utah has released two iPhone applications. The first is a general Utah.gov application. The second is for reviewing professional licenses in the State. The Utah.gov app allows agency and service lookup. I preformed what was the most obvious search for me: look up the DMV. I was disappointed that searching services didn't let me see the RenewalExpress application and search on agencies just took me to the Tax Commission contact info. If I've got my phone in my hand and I search on DMV, I'm probably looking for the nearest office. Nice to see that Utah's
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                          Retailers Struggle to Join the 21st Century: Instant Price Match

                          This ReadWriteWeb story reports that barcode scanning applications on devices like the iPhone and the G1 are causing a stir among offline retailers. I've seen such an app on the G1, but don't remember what it's called. On the iPhone there are apps like Checkout and Snappr. The big announcement today was that Amazon is releasing their own app called "Amazon Remembers" that's supposed to work from a picture of the product--not just a barcode. The story on ReadWriteWeb reports: Although consumers may be catching on to this barcode-scanning trend, some stores are still in the dark. For example,
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                          The Storm Blows

                          Image via Daylife I had a friend who wanted an iPhone, but decided he'd wait and see how the Blackberry Storm stacked up. His son had an iPhone, so he took it into a Verizon office and played with them side by side. He tells me that in 5 minutes it was clear to him that he'd hate the Storm. He told me this as he was showing off his new iPhone. David Pogue reviewed the Storm for the NY Times and reached the same conclusion. I haven't found a soul who tried this machine who wasn't appalled, baffled
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                          Better Linking Between the iPhone and Laptops

                          Wouldn't it be nice if Apple would take the screen sharing technology that runs iChat and make it available for the iPhone? I'm sitting in a meeting and it would be nice to use a window on my MacBook Pro as the display for my iPhone. In fact, better linking between the iPhone and Apple computers in general would be nice. I miss things like Sailing Clicker since I moved to the iPhone. The iTunes Remote application is a good start, but it's just that--a start.
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                          Mossberg on the G1 Phone

                          Walt Mossberg, the technology reviewer for the Wall Street Journal has a review of the G1, sometimes known as the gPhone. The G1 is Google's competitor to the iPhone. He says: I have been testing the G1 extensively, in multiple cities and in multiple scenarios. In general, I like it and consider it a worthy competitor to the iPhone. Both devices run on fast 3G phone networks and include Wi-Fi. Both have smart-touch interfaces and robust Web browsers. Both have the ability to easily download third-party apps, or programs. But the two devices have different strengths and weaknesses, and
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                          Lovin' Genius

                          The latest version of iTunes has something called Genius which automatically creates playlists from a single song. When I downloaded the new version, I turned off the genius sidebar and figured it was something I'd just ignore. I was turned off by the need to genius to upload information about my songs to Apple and the idea that it has such strong tie-ins to iTMS. But yesterday Steve Fulling was raving about it, so I decided to give it a try. In less than 12 hours, I'm a convert. I still hide the sidebar because that's where all the
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                          Defining the New Singularity

                          I'm stil catching up on my IT Conversations listening after being gone on vacation for 10 days. This morning I listened to Mark Rolston's talk from the Emerging Communications conference entitled The New Singularity. Contrary to what you might think from the title, this isn't about "the" Singularity, but rather the idea that we typically have one concept about what a product should and the phone belies that. I really enjoyed the thinking about products and designs. I found myself wishing I could ask a few questions!
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                          Waiting for the iPhone--Again!

                          I've had mixed feelings about whether to upgrade my iPhone to the new 3G model. Ultimately, I get three things: 3G, GPS, and 8G more RAM than I have now. None of those alone were enough to tip me and together, they were marginal. Consequently I wasn't all in a tizzy over today's iPhone availability. Still, since I had a few friends who were excited to get one and were coming up to the Apple store in Salt Lake to get one, I figured I'd tag along and maybe pick on up. What I wasn't ready for was 7
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                          iPhones On Campus

                          Abilene Christian University has a program to give all students an iPhone. They've also got a video that shows how the iPhone might be used on campus (the video is conceptual, not factual). I found some of the ideas to be pretty interesting, but wonder how much IT support would be needed to pull them off. For example, in one sequence the students type things into an application running on the iPhone and a tag cloud is built on the projected screen in real time. Slick. The current standard in teaching IT support is Blackboard and anyone who watches
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                          One Good Reason to Love the iPhone

                          Some people wonder why I love my iPhone. I'll give you one simple reason: In all the years I've owned mobile phones, not one ever got better as it aged. The iPhone has gotten better three times now and promises to do so in the future. Today's bump added pseudo-GPS capability (which seems to work surprisingly well), a user-manageable home page, and multiple SMS recipients. As an aside, my update wasn't seamless. After it tried the first time, it told me I had to do a restore. That worked fine, restoring the software to the latest version and then
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                          Google Apps for the iPhone: Much Improved

                          Apple iPhone(click to enlarge) Since yesterday's announcement that Google had released an iPhone-ready look and feel for it's Google Apps, I've been playing with GMail and Google Reader quite a bit on the iPhone. This is a much improved experience. I'm impressed. The apps are responsive and function well on the reduced real estate of the iPhone screen. Because GMail pre-loads recent messages, clicking on a message to read it brings it up nearly instantaneously. The address fields also auto-complete. I could see myself using GMail on the iPhone instead of the built in Mail application and getting along
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                          How the iPhone is Changing the Wireless Industry

                          Apple iPhone(click to enlarge) The latest issue of Wired Magazine has a great article on the iPhone: The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry. Very interesting behind the scenes details and analysis. Here's the summary: The hosannas greeting the iPhone were so overwhelming it was easy to ignore its imperfections. The initial price of $599 was too high (it has been lowered to $399). The phone runs on AT&T's poky EDGE network. Users can't perform email searches or record video. The browser won't run programs written in Java or Flash. But none of that mattered.
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                          Ten Four Reasons Businesses Shouldn't Use the iPhone

                          Apple iPhone(click to enlarge) CIO magazine has a piece on the 10 Reasons IT Should Not Support the Apple iPhone from Forrester Research. I realize we all like lists with numbers and ten is our favorite since we have ten fingers, but only the first four in this list are real reason. The rest are stupid. Let's look at them. The iPhone Doesn't Allow Data on the Device to be Encrypted - with all the problems businesses have with corporate data ending up on stolen or lost devices, I'd have to agree with this. Still, I'd bet the number
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                          Free Ringtones on iPhone

                          The 1.1.2 update to the iPhone quietly added the ability to add free custom ringtones to the iPhone. The ringtones can be made from any (non-DRM'd) ACC file on your computer. I discovered this accidentally while downloading SoundSource from Rogue Amoeba. They had a new freebie called MakeiPhoneRingtone. Just drop an ACC sound file under 40 seconds onto the app and it puts it in iTunes, ready to be downloaded to the iPhone the next time you sync. Works like a charm.
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                          Microsoft Keeps Plugging Away

                          Microsoft release the next Zune to very little fanfare compared with what Jobs generated with even the most recent iPod refresh. For all the crap Microsoft took over the Zune ("oh look! it comes in brown!"), you have to admire the perseverance. The fact is that this is how Microsoft wins lots of battles: "release, watch, redesign, lather, repeat." Office, Outlook/Exchange, and the XBox are all examples of Microsoft powerhouses that were less than exciting in version one. Heck, can you remember Windows 1.0? What a dog. Microsoft has the affluence and smarts to have a long range attitude
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                          Think Similarly

                          This post at CrunchGear showing a 1989 Apple ad encouraging people to "think different" by challenging the status quo, followed by a video about Apple not allowing third party apps on the iPhone touched a nerve following the most recent iPhone update. The latest iPhone update is the first that's fixed anything more than security flaws. There were some minor UI changes--nice to have--and a new icon for the iTunes music store. Besides ruining the symmetry of the application list, the addition really rubbed my nose in the fact that this is a walled garden. "Hey, buy some music
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                          Apple Gives $100 to Early Adopters

                          Here's a letter from Steve Jobs saying Apple will grant iPhone early adopters a $100 Apple store credit in light of yesterday's price cut. Dave Winer would have settled for a t-shirt. Frankly, I would have too. Something very cool and commemorative. Maybe with pictures of arrows poking the wearer in the back! I wasn't mad at all about Apple dropping the price. As my pal Steve says in his letter: "That's life in the technology lane." I knew I was an early adopter and there would be bugs, bumps, and price cuts down the road. Still, I'll take
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                          Zune Phone

                          This add for the Zune phone wasn't as funny as I'd hoped it would be, but it did make me chuckle a few times.
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                          iPhone Copy and Paste

                          No, copy and paste isn't one of the new features in today's iPhone update, it's just a concept video from lonelysandwich. This is a pretty good way to show how it would work--much more effective that text could ever be. I love the voice-over on the iPhone man. Nice. \t\t\tiPhone Copy and Paste from lonelysandwich and Vimeo.
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                          Facebook for the iPhone

                          Facebook announced a version for the iPhone. The formatting and content of the site is rearranged to create a more pleasing iPhone experience. I just logged on from my iPhone and found it far superior to navigating the tradition Facebook site from the iPhone. Of course, there's not really an "iPhone version" since the iPhone version will work on anything with a browser. It's not as nice on a full sized browser as the traditional formatting, but it would probably be nicer on, say, Opera on your Razr (someone let me know, please). Earlier, Netvibes introduced an iPhone version
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                          Building an Adapter for the iPhone Jack

                          As you know, if you have an iPhone, the headphone jack is recessed. This was apparently done for esthetic reasons: pulling it out would have resulted in a big bulge--not something Steve Jobs would approve of. I happen to have some accessories that don't work with the iPhone because of this little design decision. There are adapters, but they are bulky, stiff, ugly, and expensive. So, I decided to make my own. The results were OK--not perfect. Here's what you need: A pair of earbuds with a plug that fits into the recessed socket. I had an old pair
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                          Reading Books on the iPhone

                          Tim O'Reilly points to a review of the iPhone for book reading by Peter Meyers. The conclusion: I took a look at three different kinds of content: a book from O'Reilly's Safari online reading library, a Web site whose layout appeared especially readable on the iPhone, and a PDF. The verdict? iPhone-friendly Web sites are the clear winner. Safari books take second place and are readable for about 10 pages or so at time. PDFs are as lame as ever on the small screen. Pictures, comments, and some suggestions after the jump. From Missing Manual GadgetsReferenced Fri Jul 20
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                          Flying to Richfield

                          Little Bryce Canyon(click to enlarge) Last Saturday, Steve Fulling and I flew down to Richfield with my youngest son. The flight was all about breakfast and enjoying what turned out to be a beautiful summer morning. I was a little concerned that we'd run into smoke from the Milford Flat Fire (the largest wildfire in Utah recorded history), but it wasn't an issue. In fact I was disappointed that there weren't any cool firefighting planes at the Richfield airport. I used the flight as an opportunity to see how well my iPhone would do with pictures. Here's some pictures
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                          Fixing Safari Crashes on the iPhone

                          Yesterday I reported that Safari reset on my iPhone frequently. Darcy left a comment that suggested that a hard reset would solve the problem. Sure enough, one simple hard reset later and the problem was solved. To perform a hard reset hold down the top button and home button simultaneously and about 10 seconds. Note that this is also how you power the phone off. When the "Slide to power off" slider appears, just keep holding the buttons down and pretty soon you'll see the Apple that indicates the iPhone is reseting. I didn't lose any data--a hard reset
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                          Social Networks, eGovernment, and the iPhone

                          This weeks' Technometria podcast is a little unusual. Due to a scheduling problem on my part, it started out with Scott and I discussing his recent explorations on Ning. At one point we start talking about how social networks might work in government. I happened to notice that Dave Fletcher, the Chief Technology Officer for Utah, was online and so I asked him if he could join us. He dialed in and we had a good conversations. Naturally, we also discussed the iPhone since it was just days after I'd gotten mine. Also, be sure to check out the
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                          Safari Resetting (Crashing) on iPhone

                          Has any one else experienced Safari resetting or crashing on their iPhone. Just the last few days this has happened to me several times. I'm trying to figure out if it's a Web site I go to, how I'm using Safari (quite a few pages open at once), the network I'm on (don't think so), or something else. I hope Apple's getting the crash reports from me and others. Meanwhile, Marc Hedlund has some praise and scorn for the iPhone.
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                          Blending the iPhone

                          If you've ever wanted to see the inside of an iPhone, then this video of an iPhone in a blender is for you. Or...maybe not.
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                          My Media Consumption Diet

                          Ian Forrester tagged me on a meme to share my media consumption diet. So here's my diet: Web: I'm on the Web all the time. Even more now that I've got an iPhone. I typically have a dozen tabs open on my browser from various things I'm looking at on any given day. I used to have over 100 feeds on my news reader (NetNewsWire or Google Reader depending on my mood), but I've whittled that down to around 40 by getting rid of things I hardly ever read in detail. I used to use Firefox exclusively, but swung
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                          Reading News on the iPhone

                          Before the iPhone was released last week, news of an RSS reader for the iPhone started showing up. If you go to http://reader.mac.com/ with a browser, you see the message "This application can only be viewed using the iPhone." Visting it with an iPhone just shows the message "type an RSS URL into your browser" or something like that. I thought "that's lame--they built a whole Web site to tell me to type a URL into by toolbar?" But when you do, the browser automatically redirects to reader.mac.com and displays the RSS as a nice iPhone formated screen. It's
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                          Mobile Blogging

                          A blog post from the iPhone. Just to prove I can. Doing a lot of HTML this way would be tough.
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                          iPhone First Impressions

                          Waiting for the iPhone in SLC at the Apple store(click to enlarge) A little less than a year ago, I asked "what mobile device should I buy?" I received a lot of good advice on different phones, but in the end decided that nothing was quite right. I've had my iPhone for about 60 hours now. For the most part, I've been pretty amazed. Apple set a very high bar and they delivered. Count me as an unabashed fan. When I was waiting in line on Friday, Paul Beebe from the SL Tribune was wandering around talking to people.
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                          iPhone Update

                          I'm number ninety six in line. I'm about half way up, so I expect there's about 200 people here. The Apple guys have been by to pick up trash and hand out slurpees (very nice!). They said we'd "be fine" so I expect that the inventory is good. There's lots of news crews and reporters working the lines as well. People keep showing up. The security guards for the mall came by a while back and gave us "the rules" regarding saving places, etc. People can swap in and out of line, but if they try and save places
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                          In Line for iPhone

                          I'm in line at the SLC Apple store. So far, it's been kind of fun. A little bit of a party atmosphere. The Apple store employees just came by handing out water. Unfortunately, the line is going around the building to the west and so the shade is getting scarce. It's going to be HOT before this is all done. I brought some sunscreen and have been sharing it--gotta make friends to survive.
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                          Scoble on Kyte.tv at an Apple Store

                          Scoble's sitting in front of an Apple store and video blogging on Kyte.tv. Lots of fun.
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                          iPhone Matches Hype

                          David Pogue, the technology reviewer for the NY Times, has released his review of the iPhone. The conclusion: [E]ven in version 1.0, the iPhone is still the most sophisticated, outlook-changing piece of electronics to come along in years. It does so many things so well, and so pleasurably, that you tend to forgive its foibles. In other words, maybe all the iPhone hype isn't hype at all. As the ball player Dizzy Dean once said, "It ain't bragging if you done it." From The iPhone Matches Most of Its Hype - New York TimesReferenced Tue Jun 26 2007 17:45:18
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                          iPhone Service Plans

                          Apple and AT&T have released details of the iPhone service plan. Most interesting part: the phone is activated using iTunes. Looks like you'll just buy the box and take it home to activate it rather than doing it at the store. They say that customers with existing AT&T contracts will have the option of keeping their current number and upgrading the account to work with the iPhone, but I'll bet that's not true of business accounts. We'll see.
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                          Hard Choices

                          I'm trying to figure out: Where's the best place near my house to get an iPhone? Which of my kids should I make stand in line all day for me? Sometimes being a Dad is tough work. If anyone has good intel on iPhone sources in Utah County, let me know. Update: Near as I can tell, the AT&T store in American Fork will have them. Still checking.
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                          iPhone Tour

                          I'm watching the 20 minute guided tour of iPhone that Apple posted today. While Amanda might be cheating the word "amazing" it's an excellent word to describe the phone this video shows off. Coupling a large multitouch screen with Apple's legendary design skills clearly makes for a much better phone than anything I've used. Of course, touch is believing in this case and that's still a week away. Still, I can't see how businesses will be able to keep them out of the hands of employees. If you don't want one of these phones after watching the video, I
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                          First iPhone App

                          Want a glimpse of the first iPhone app in the wild? OneTrip is a shopping list application that is built with the iPhone's form factor and multi-touch screen in mind, but will run in Safari on any platform (and apparently Firefox as well). one thing I noticed when I played around with it is that there's no log in. That makes it simple, and cookies are good enough to keep your list around from visit to visit. But the power of a Web-based application lies partially in it's ubiquity. I want to be able to maintain my list on
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                          Steve Gillmor on iPhonomics

                          I love talking to Steve Gillmor because he expands my world view several notches each time. I spent a whole afternoon at the Internet Identity Workshop with him and enjoyed every minute of it. He put up a post yesterday called iPhonomics that says that "[i]n a world post-iPhone where everything changes, battery life becomes the arbiter of usage." The iPhone will kill the Blackberry. Apple TV will kill the DVR. In Steve's view, the iPhone is center-stage--everything else is a peripheral to it. The secret to understanding this is to realize that more and more, text, images, audio,
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                          Cisco Sues Apple Over iPhone Name

                          Steve Jobs jumped the gun in announcing the iPhone according to a lawsuit filed today by Cisco. Dan Farber has the entire complaint at Between the Lines. They ought to just call it the Apple Phone. Here's some other related links from Between the Lines: \tCisco explains its decision to sue Apple \tApple picks wrong fight with Cisco; misfires on iPhone trademark \tIf not an Apple iPhone, then what name \tCisco v Apple Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition Complaint \tCisco sues Apple over the iPhone name What's the rest of the story? Apple can't be that stupid. Or can they?
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