One reason for Java on iPhone: TellMe

One reason for Java on iPhone: TellMe

Summary: Techcrunch has the juice on a killer new service for mobile phones, TellMe.

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Tell MeTechcrunch has the juice on a killer new service for mobile phones, TellMe:

TellMe mobile is a free Java application that you install on your phone. You can then find normal 411 information via a voice activated menu. Just hold the talk button and say the city and state you are searching in. Then say the business name. Phone and address information comes up on the screen. You can then call the business, see a map and/or get driving directions, and send the information to a friend via SMS.

The problem is in that first sentence. TellMe, like the new Gmail mobile application, is a Java application and Steve Jobs is on record saying that Java won't be included in iPhone. "Java’s not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain" Jobs told the New York Times.

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  • Careful, Apple might sue you... AGAIN

    [url=http://www.theage.com.au/news/mobiles--handhelds/apple-crunches-websites-over-iphone-skins/2007/01/15/1168709656280.html]
    Apple sues even more bloggers [/url]

    [i]Apple's lawyers also sent letters to journalists who simply reported on the fact that the skins were available.[/i]

    You might want to be [b]very[/b] careful about what you write when it concerns anything by Apple.
    NonZealot
  • No "smartphone" support in general

    It's worth noting that there isn't a single "smarphone" supported by TellMe. So that
    means no RIM (Blackberry), no Windows Mobile 5 (Motorola Q, HP iPaq, etc.), no Palm
    OS (Treo). It's pretty clear that there's a different strategy at play for this type of
    service with the more advanced and functional handsets, which is why non of them
    include Java. Apple's smart to follow this lead (I have installed Java on my Palm and
    it's just as Jobs describes it: slow, heavy, and unstable). One Web 2.0 service (out of a
    billion) won't make or break the iPhone, despite what the gadgetcrackheads at
    TechCrunch might suggest.
    arobulack
  • Apple - The Evil Empire

    "Apple has been accused of applying double standards to trademark disputes by a UK security developer.

    The launch of Apple's much-anticipated iPhone device last week kicked off a trade-mark dispute between the firm and Cisco, which secured trademark in 2000 when it bought Infogear, the original maker of iPhone-branded products. In response, Apple has said that the word iPhone should be considered generic, by which reckoning both Apple and Cisco should be able to use the name without confusion.

    Over recent months Apple has been sending cease and desist letters to firms applying for trade mark registration with names containing the phrases "pod"and "ipod" in their monikers, such as Watford-based security developer Securipod. The UK firm, which is developing products designed to frustrate identity theft and credit card fraud, accuses Apple of applying different standards in its wrangle with Cisco than its lawyers have argued in its disputes with smaller firms.

    Securipod said it is "bemused" about how the biometric wallets it's developing might be confused with an iPodMP3 player but an Apple iPhone mobile device could not be confused with Cisco's iPhone. Apple's conduct amounts to bullying tactics in laying claim to the name Securipod, the UK security product developer alleges.

    The firm said the wrangle is diverting management resources at Securipod away from plans to release its first product this summer, a biometric wallet designed to help combat ID theft and credit card fraud called 'biouno'. Securipod's design and marketing manager Mark Watson described Apple's behaviour as an attempt "write its own rules for trademarks".

    We asked Apple to address Securipod's criticism of its trademark practices but the consumer electronics giant said it would rather not comment on pending litigation. ?"
    Moosehouse