Alleyside Daily #5: Flaming iPhones, Samsung Sang, Holiday Game Sales, NYE App, Less Cake

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Temporary Problem: Pre-iOS 4 Devices Prevented from Downloading App Store Content
Michael: Users stuck in the past, the ancient artifacts of the iOS world, are having a case of App Store shut-out
Nikhil: Unfortunately for you, if you own an device running on anything older than iOS 4, you’re blocked from the App Store
Well, not technically, but you can’t download applications
Michael: iPhones and iPod touches rocking the ol’ iOS 3.1.3 cannot download apps directly from their device
Though apps can be downloaded through iTunes and synced
Nikhil: Yeah they can, which is the temporary fix for now, but this is a problem that needs to be fixed as soon as possible
Michael: Glitch or intentional?
I think it may very well be intentional.
Nikhil: I’m guessing it’s glitch
Hmm, contradicting
Michael: iOS 3.1.3 is incompatible with a significant amount of apps anyway.
Nikhil: Well, I doubt Apple would want to push their older users out of the picture quite yet. Although they could just want them to update
Michael: Forward for the App Store.
iOS 3.1.3 users are irrelevant now.
Nikhil: I doubt that, they still do represent a chunk of possible revenue for Apple and developers alike
For the applications that DO support that old firmware
Michael: Not at all a significant amount.
Nikhil: There are a few, but enough
Michael: No new apps do, anyway.
Nikhil: True on that
But there are a ton of older applications that still do. These, though, I’m not sure how many downloads are received
Michael: Nothing relevant.

Nikhil: So following the combusting phone on the flight that we posted about a few weeks back, there’s been another similar case with an iPhone
Michael: In a twist of irony, a fire fighter’s iPhone caught on fire.
Nikhil: Exactly what I was about to say
Michael: It was a typing competition
Nikhil: Yes, which you obviously would win!
Anyways, the phone was charging which points to the battery possibly, right?
Michael: Anyways, he was simply charging the iPhone when it feel to the carpet and was then followed up with a savior throw out the window.
Nikhil: The same problem that the previous phone encountered I’m thinking
Michael: Yes, it must be the battery.
Although I think his environment caused it.
Nikhil: There was so speculation or official word from Apple last time and even though the phone is currently in investigation in Cupertino, I doubt there will be any speculation this time around either
Michael: Very possibly. Exposure to high heat, especially for prolonged periods, can be extremely bad for the battery to say the least.
Nikhil: Regardless of the environment, this could become a growing problem although it seems to only be happening to a select few people in a unique situation
The advice remains: if you see any smoke or flames from your phone, turn it off immediately or just throw it out the window!
Michael: Stop, drop, and… roll!

Apple Going After Samsung Tablets and Phones Yet Again
Michael: Apple recently tried to keep the Galaxy 10.1 tablet out of Australia, but failed although they have had a few legal victories as of recent.
Nikhil: And today they’re suing Samsung over patent infringements
Claiming that the other company’s tablet and phone cases are in violation of Apple’s similar patents
Michael: Namely, over the casing design of the tablet and multiple phones.
The cases infringe over 10 patents and also Apple’s registered design.
Nikhil: We did see the Smart Case, the iPad’s Smart Cover alternative pop up for Samsung’s Galaxy tablet, previously
Although, that was never released officially
Nor produced by Samsung
Michael: It was never planned for a U.S. release anyway.
Though it may very well be the Smart Case they’re going after.
As means to continue the legal battle.
Nikhil: It’s amazing how they’ve filed a total of 30 whopping lawsuits between each other
So many little disputes that lead to court cases, of which both have had their fair share of wins
Michael: It seems Apple is ultimately trying to send out a warning.
So that less companies so blatantly copy off of their products.
Nikhil: I’m not surprised that companies are trying to copy, if you will, Apple in a way though it may not completely be the case here with the success the Cupertino-based company has had

Apple Offering Free Next-Day Shipping Just in Time
Michael: Holiday shoppers have one more day to purchase Apple gifts online.
So for all of you last-minute shoppers, receive free next-day shipping on Apple’s site. Free? Sounds like they really want Santa to deliver a lot of products.
iProducts, that is!
Nikhil: Whether you’re buying them for yourself or for another loved one, today should be the day you purchase your products
Michael: Or you have until closing time on Christmas Eve
Not recommended.


Electronic and Gameloft Throw Their Usual Holiday Sales

Two of the biggest developers/publishers that have built their names in the App Store as well as on other platforms are holding their usual holiday sales today
Nikhil: Electronic Arts dropped their titles’ prices today followed shortly by Gameloft
Nikhil: Most all of both of the outlet’s iOS titles have had their prices dropped significantly in light of the holiday season
Michael: NOVA 2, Spider-Man, and 9mm for $.99 each are great deals
Christmas will certainly be a great day for app downloads

Official New Year’s Eve Ball App
Michael: For this year’s official Times Square New Year’s Eve party, there is a very special app available today.
It allows users to stream the event along with others in Times Square.
Nikhil: Available for free, the application not only provides you with feeds, photos and videos on New Year’s Eve but also with content before the 31st
Michael: There is also exclusive video content but the coolest part…
You can upload photos to be displayed on the giant Toshiba Vision screen.
Nikhil: We’ll surely see a few people light up their creative sides with the pictures. Possibly engagements on the big screen?
Michael: Very possible. I’m sure it’s strictly censored still.
And individual pictures probably won’t get a ton of space.
Nikhil: Inevitably, but still, if you want a chance to get you and your family on the Toshiba Vision screen, you can start to submit today
Michael: Make yourself part of the ringing-in the New Year!
Nikhil: The UI of the application looks really nice too, if you’re into that sort of stuff….
Michael: Oh, you bet.


WorkMate Pro
We have yet another case available today, which I see as a worthy alternative to any Ballistic case or Otterbox case that you have
Michael: Black does look fairly attractive, though orange is downright ugly.
Still, it’s more about the protection.
Nikhil: Yes, it is
Otterbox cases haven’t been the best looking cases in the past
Michael: And it sounds like a winner with the ho-hum combination of silicone and plastic.
What does the WorkMate Pro cost?
Nikhil: But they’ve done the job, and the WorkMate Pro from Cygnett will also protect your iPhone 4S/4 (all models) at all costs for $40
It’s currently out of stock on numerous online websites but should be available for purchase at many local electronic stores, namely Frys and others of the same breed
Michael: In the spirit of the week, time for another Christmas-themed case collection.

Case-Mate Jeniffer Swift Holiday Collection
Michael: This time, it’s from Case-Mate.
In the spirit of the week, time for another Christmas-themed case collection. This time, it’s from Case-Mate.
Nikhil: They also seem to be a much nicer alternative to the cases we posted about yesterday
Bright, colorful holiday designs on snap-on cases
Michael: They were specifically created by designer Jessica Swift.
Nikhil: Haven’t heard that name before, but Case-Mate’s collections are all good and worthy of your purchase
Michael: Probably not related to Taylor Swift but still
Nikhil: Any deals or 1-day shipping available from Case-Mate considering Christmas is this Sunday?
Michael: Nice, unique Christmas art for your iPhone starting at $35.
For in-stock cases, they would have to be purchased by midnight tomorrow.
Through Overnight shipping, which is not free however.

Nikhil: Michael, did you enjoy the thousands of iPhone-shaped cakes you got yesterday?
Michael: Don’t joke around with me like that, Nikhil…
What cakes?
(I have a stomach ache.)
Nikhil: Ha! Just pointing out how considerate our readers are.
Anyways, hope you all enjoyed reading today’s Alleyside Daily
Michael:Till teh nexus of time