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iPhone’s iPod Touch Features NOT Bricked with SIM Removed

Back when I was doing my Rogers iPhone research, see here, I asked numerous representatives from Rogers (both on the phone and at the Rogers store) whether I would be able to use my iPhone as an iPod Touch-like device if/when I cancelled my iPhone service. The uniform answer was no! – that the iPhone

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Best Demos at Techcrunch50

I just listened to the TWiT podcast 161 were Jason Calicanis described two of the most interesting demos shown at the recent TechCrunch50 conference – tonchidot and swype.  I also briefly mention the contest winner – yammer. Tochidot: This demo, by Japanese “tonchidot”, got the best audience response at the recent Techcrunch50 show. Watch the

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Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library Reserve Podcast

(4.5/5) From Revision3’s stable of podcasts comes Gary Vaynerchuk’s (Wikipedia) entertaining and informative Wine Library Reserve podcast (available in HD).  Gary begins most every podcast with: "This my friends is the Thundershow, a.k.a the Internet’s most passionate wine program". He isn’t exaggerating. Note: He also has hosts the longer form companion "wine library tv" podcast

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I Purchased the 16 Gig Rogers 3G iPhone

On Wednesday August 13, I purchased a 16 Gig 3G Rogers iPhone. Please see my “Rogers Canadian iPhone Plans – The Fine Print” post for the details on: (i) the actual (vs. advertised) hardware pricing; (ii) Rogers’ 30 day Buyers Remorse option; (iii) the applicable $125 to $500 Early Cancellation Fees (ECF); (iv) bricking on

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E3 2008 Sony: Movie-TV Service Launch - Not Much More

  Sony Movie and TV Service: The biggest ‘news’ of the Sony press event was the U.S. launch, today, of the previously announced (see here) video service. Sony, Fox, MGM, Lion’s Gate, Warner, Disney, Paramount and Turner Entertainment have partnered with Sony to provide movie and TV content for the on-demand download service. The system

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E3 2008 Microsoft: New Dashboard, Netflix, Final Fantasy XIII

(Click image to watch abridged version of Microsoft’s 2008 E3 press briefing) [Full Microsoft E3 2008 coverage is here] A new Dashboard Interface for the 360: It’s coming this fall. [ Watch demo here]It’s nicer than, but seems influenced by, the PS3 ribbon. It looks like it will be easier to use than the current

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3G iPhone Reviews Rolling In

  3G iPhone Hardware Reviews: Walt  Mossberg (Wall St Journal) David Pogue (NY Times) Ed Baig (USA Today) *Engadget (including terrific demo video) Sydney Morning Herald CTV.ca infoSync Times Online (UK) iPhone 2.0 Software iPhone 2.0 Software Review (Gizmodo) Software Update Gives New Life to the first iPHone (CNET’s crave) Apps and App Store (Apple’s

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Wimbledon Live - Stream or Download Wimbledon 2008 Matches

Wimbledon 2008 starts this Monday June 23 and runs to July 6.  I just discovered (ironically through an adsense ad on The Daleisphere) that Wimbledon provides a two week ‘Wimbledon Live‘ service where, for a flat fee of $24.99 (approx.  £12.65) you can stream live matches to your PC or download up to 250 matches

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$35 Rogers iPhone Unlimited Rate Plan Leaked - Rumoured

[June 28, 2008 Update: Rogers announced its actual rate plans on June 27. Click here for the details. I’m leaving this rumour post as it was for posterity.] This post on the ehMac.ca forum purports to have the details on Rogers/Fido rate plans for the 3G iPhone set for release on July 11. This was

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3G iPhone, Yes But...

In episode 147 of This Week in Tech, Leo highlights a few of the ‘yes, but… ‘ shortcomings of the latest 3G iPhone offering. Limited 3G Availability: AT&T’s 3G HSDPA is only available in limited U.S. geographical areas (I don’t know how widespread Rogers 3G Network is)> Higher Dataplan Rates: The unlimited data plan price

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3G iPhone Coming to Canada July 11 - $199 - $299

  June 9, 2008 WWDC 2008 Keynote Announcing 3G iPhone New 3G iPhone: “Twice the speed, half the price” – Details on U.S. Apple Website here (Canadian details here) Launching on July 11: in Canada (on Rogers and Fido networks) and 23 other new countries   3G Speeds Approaching wifi Speeds: U.S. details here (Canadian details

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iTunes Movie Rentals Come to Canada

Starting today (press release), Apple Canada is making movie (and some TV show) downloads available to Canadians through the Canadian iTunes store. Apple says 1200 titles are available at launch, including 200 ‘high-def’ titles. Despite Canadian dollar parity, as usual Canadians will pay more per rental ($4.99 for new releases, $3.99 for older titles) than

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The Best Video Game Podcasts

Below is, in my opinion, a list of the best video game podcasts ordered by preference. I have listened to, and abandoned, many video game-related podcasts. Those listed below have survived the culling and, with one exception, are recommended without hesitation. 1. The 1Up Yours Podcast: This is my favourite video game podcast. It ‘airs’

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Are the Days of Microsoft Points Numbered?

I recently listened to the March 31, 2008 EGM Live Podcast (download) where Garnett Lee interviewed Aaron Greenberg, Microsoft’s Director of Product Management for the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live. Among other topics, Aaron had the unenviable job of defending the concept of Microsoft Points (time index 17:40). [Update: June 1, 2009: Today Microsoft announced