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iPod Out Car Integration with the iPhone 5


With the introduction of the iPhone 5 and the lightning connector, there was a lot of speculation regarding compatibility with car integrations. When the Lightning to 30-pin adapters were announced on Apple’s website, there was a footnote stating that “Video and iPod Out was not supported” (this has since been reworded to “Some 30-pin accessories are not supported”). Even BMW could not answer what it exactly means for BMW owners with the new iPhone 5. We figure out what works, and what doesn’t.

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City of Calgary Launches Road Conditions iPhone App


Here’s a reason to be happy if you’re in Calgary. The City of Calgary launched a highly anticipated free app for the iPhone this morning, called YYC Roads. The app allows the user to receive notifications for snow events, current road conditions, access to traffic cameras, live locations of plow trucks and sanders, and status of roads that have been plowed.

You can download the app here, or simply search for YYC Roads in the app store. Be sure to join our forums to discuss the app with fellow motorists!


BlackBerry Bold: The First Crackberry with 3G

The all new BlackBerry Bold from Canada’s Research In Motion will launch on August 21 here in Canada on the Rogers network. The Bold is the latest addition to the BlackBerry line-up, and the first to pack 3G.

BlackBerry Bold Launch on Rogers on August 21

BlackBerry Bold Launch on Rogers on August 21

While the phone is not a direct competitor to Apple’s iPhone many people have already made comparisons between the two. The Bold, like the iPhone will also have built in GPS and WiFi. The most obvious difference is the smaller screen on the Bold (but its the same resolution as the iPhone) and the addition of the all familiar keyboard on the Bold.

The rumored launch price of the Bold varies somewhere between $300 and $400 but some leaked pictures suggest it will retail for $399 with a 3-year contract. I am almost positive that Rogers will also launch this phone with a 3-year contract like it did with the iPhone. With new wireless providers set to come on board in Canada in the next year or two, the company is doing everything it can to lock in as many subscribers as possible. 3-year contracts on two of the hottest devices this year will certainly help!

The BlackBerry Bold launch is certainly not as hyped up as the iPhone launch was in Canada but if BlackBerry Bold thread on the forums is any indication, the demand is certainly there!


iPhone 3G: Reality vs. Marketing


iPhone Nano To Launch By Holiday Season?

Apple's iPhone Nano 3G?

Not so long after Apple released the original iPhone, rumors began popping up that Apple would release an iPhone Nano to cover the cheaper end of the spectrum based on the iPod Nano. Now, after the release of the iPhone 3G phone in all markets around the world those rumors are resurfacing. According to Kevin Chang, a JP Morgan analyst based in Taiwan:

Apple is looking to launch a cheaper version of the iPhone in the fourth quarter that could be based on its iPod nano music player

The report cites anonymous sources (of course!) in the supply channel and also references an Apple held patent that suggests such a device has at least been considered by Apple. One thing that we can all be sure of is that the iPhone 3G will not be the last phone from Cupertino. If this product is real, I hope this phone is delayed until late 2009 so that the new wireless carriers will be there for the launch. Here’s hoping!


Measure Vehicle Performance With iPhone App, Dynolicious

Dynolicious for iPhoneThe iPhone buzz has increased alot since Apple released the 3G version earlier this month in markets all around the world including here in Canada. Everyone has a different reason for wanting an iPhone, but today there is a new reason for car lovers like you!

Dynolicious from BunsenTech turns your iPhone into a “g-tech” like performance meter. Utilizing the built in accelerometers, Dynolicious allows you to measure performance figures such as 0-60 times, quarter mile and trap speed, lateral Gs, horsepower and more. It works just like other accelerometer devices on the market but with a much better looking interface.

You can also configure the tool with updates to your car, weight, before and after performance measurements, and keep a complete history of all your runs.

The application can apparently measure 0-60 times with accuracy up to 0.08 seconds and quarter mile trap speeds to within 1.5 mph. Owners of the iPod Touch should also be able to download and use this application.

If you own an iPhone or iPod Touch, go check out Dynolicious and share your results in the comments!

The cost of Dynolicious is just $12.99 on iTunes.

Source: Autoblog


Wait Is Over For Canadians; iPhone 3G Has Landed

iPhone 3G
The long awaited iPhone 3G has finally arrived and goes on sale today beginning at 7:00am (9AM ET). Despite some rather terrible iPhone plans from Canada’s only GSM carrier, large crowds are expected at Rogers’ and Fido retail locations. We’re still a few hours away from finding out if the rumors of Apple reducing Canadian iPhone inventory has any truth to it, but I don’t think that will stop any iPhone fanboys from lining up bright and early for their new toy.

Rogers’ and Fido have done some damage control by announcing a $30 for 6GB of data plan (which, in their defense is pretty much unlimited for normal users). The plan is available for both new customers as well as existing customers that are willing to upgrade to the new iPhone and lock in to a 3 year contract. Owners of other smart phones are waiting eagerly to see if the wireless carriers will allow the new promotional data plan to be added to existing plans without purchase of the iPhone.

So, are you heading out there early to pick up the new iPhone 3G?

Update: Looks like if you want an iPhone, you’re better off going to a Fido store. Chinook Center Fido store has only 2 people in line whereas the Rogers store has a lineup of about 10-15 people as of 9:20am also, Wireless Wave at Eaton Center only has 5 people in line and in the same mall, the Rogers store has about 25 people.

Our sources out in the field report that scores of people are being turned away at the retail locations. Just to save everyone time, you CANNOT purchase the iPhone without the 3 year contract. If you are already on a contract with Rogers or Fido, call ahead to check your eligibility for an upgrade. If your contract is relatively new, chances are you will not be able to upgrade to the iPhone, but call customer service and find out before heading out to the stores.


Fanboy Is Officially a Word After 89 Years

Fanboy, a word used quite often here on beyond has been added to the latest edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary. In fact I don’t think you can find a console, or blackberry vs iphone discussion thread these days without running into the term. Fanboy, along with other geeky terms such as malware, webinar, netroots and pretexting have been added in this years edition.

While the term fanboy is usually associated with Apple customers (mac fanboys, iphone fanboys) it was actually first seen in an english publication by Merriam-Webster in 1919. It took nearly 90 years for the term to be used frequently enough to be added into the dictionary:

Main Entry: fan·boy
Pronunciation: ˈfan-ˌbȯi
Function: noun
Date: 1919
: a boy who is an enthusiastic devotee (as of comics or movies)

“As soon as we see the word used without explanation or translation or gloss, we consider it a naturalized citizen of the English language,” said Peter Sokolowski, an editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster. “If somebody is using it to convey a specific idea and that idea is successfully conveyed in that word, it’s ready to go in the dictionary.”

An idea just popped into my head after reading that above quote. With so many members here on beyond that frequent other forums, would it be possible for us to come up with a new word and have it added into a future revision of the dictionary? Can the dictionary be gamed? ;)


Apple Lays Smackdown On Rogers; Canadians Lose

It looks as though the ruinediphone.com online petition slamming Rogers pricing on the iPhone 3G has not fallen on deaf ears, or blind eyes I guess. It is rumored that Apple and Rogers has had a falling out due to the overwhelming negative publicity since the Canadian iPhone price plans were announced by the wireless carrier. Those that wanted the iPhone argued that the plans, which required a 3-year contract, had no unlimited data option, and offer minimal calling time and text messages, were simply too expensive and a result of a lack of competition for Rogers which operates the only GSM cellular network in Canada.

In response to the negative publicity, Apple is diverting shipments of the new iPhone from Canada to Europe which means each Rogers store may only get 10-20 iPhones. Some Rogers stores apparently have also let go the temporary staff that were brought on to help with the expected influx of new customers. The iPhone launch is only 4 days away, so we will see shortly if this rumor has any truth to it.

First, an employee of Apple Canada sends a text message to my source that says something to the effect of: “You guys are screwed for iPhone,” but will not respond to multiple replies asking for clarification.

Next, an employee at competing handset manufacturer RIM (Blackberry’s parent) (RIMM) sends my source a text soon after saying there are rumours of an Apple-Rogers fallout.

Then, my source receives a call notifying him that all the part-time staff who had been hired for next week’s launch have been fired without notice.

And finally, a senior Rogers rep confirms to my source that Apple has decided to divert a large percentage of their planned Canadian shipment to Europe and that each Rogers store may now be getting as few as 10-20 units. This is possibly due to Apple’s displeasure over Rogers’ high data and voice rates.”

Another possibility that has been raised is simple production problems resulting in delayed shipments for Canada. Apple may have seen that demand in Canada would naturally be lower with the long contract terms required, and sent early allocations to Europe instead while production catches up. Either way, we’ll find out by this weekend if Rogers’ grip on the market has resulted in Apple making some plays of its own.


Rogers Canada iPhone 3G Plans Unveiled

Rogers has posted the iPhone specific plans on their website and unlimited data is nowhere to be found. The iPhone plans start at $60 per month which gives you a paltry 150 weekday minutes and 400MB of data and go up to $115 per month for 800 weekday minutes and 2GB of data. We really need some competition for Rogers to drive down rates not only for the data plans, but voice plans as well. A nice bonus however is unlimited access to all Rogers and Fido wireless hotspots (yes, they realize their data rates are ridiculous too).

Fido has not released their iPhone specific plans, but seeing as how they are owned by Rogers, I don’t expect the plans to be all to different. If anything the plans will offer a bit less to move more Fido customers over to the Rogers brand. Remember when Fido introduced the 3G Internet surfing plans that included a whopping 12MB of data?

Rogers Announces iPhone 3G plans

A $60 per month plan that only offers 150 minutes? I’m willing to guess most iPhone owners will opt for the $75 plan which gives you 300 minutes and a decent 750MB of data usage. That will work out to $2700 for each new iPhone customer that Rogers will get and I’m sure there are a ton of Apple fanboys out there that wont be deterred by the crappy iPhone plans.

Rogers iPhone Price Plans: http://www.rogers.com/web/content/wireless-products/iphone_voice_data_packages


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