Daily Archives: July 15, 2008

Hold your “.com” button for a second to get a surprise!

iPhone 101: Hold your “.com” button for a second
D505BB5E-A726-4332-8824-E537297CFA44.jpgIf you are running the new 2.0 firmware on your iPhone or iPod touch, you might not have noticed a new handy shortcut in Safari. When you type in your address, hold down the “.com” button to get a selection of 3 other domain name endings: “.net,” “.edu,” and “.org.” When you tap on any of the endings, it will be automatically inserted in the address bar.

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iPhone Software 2.0 cripples the camera app

iPhone Software 2.0 cripples the camera app
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The new iPhone Software 2.0 has effectively crippled the camera for some users on both the original and 3G iPhones. They report that it takes a full six seconds between the time the camera application launches and when the digital shutter opens to allow a photo to be taken. This has made the iPhone’s camera somewhat useless for users that want to take spontaneous photos.
Other users are reporting misbehavior of their accelerometer is also having an adverse affect on photos. adrianc1982 writes, “my accelerometer always thinks Im in landscape mode, in safari, photos, games and calculator. It’s so annoying and i cant even get it to work temporaly like you guys. Games are a nightmare for me and Safari going into landscape mode is really getting annoying. I have to take photos upside down to have a photo show up in portrait mode. Posted by Dave Merten

(Via macsimumnews)

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Microsoft Developing Zune Phone

Microsoft Developing Zune Phone

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Smartphone this, iPhone that–what you pull out of your pocket has emerged as not only a status symbol, but the target of major companies looking to break into the lucrative market. Sources over at Microsoft hint that a Zune-based smartphone is in the works and could provide a little competition to the iPhone, but the device may face Microsoft’s continual uphill challenge of winning cool points in a drooling over everything Apple market.

(Via Truemors Tech)

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Subway Maps for your iPhone or iPod!

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Picture 3.pngVery Handy Subway Maps – A great help for my NYC trip! Nice and best of all, FREE!

Subway maps for your iPhone, iPod or iPod Nano

Berlin
New York
Bilbao
Paris
Boston
Philadelphia
Chicago
Salt Lake City
Hong Kong
San Diego
London
San Francisco
Los Angeles
Seoul
Melbourne
Tokyo
Milan
Toronto
Montréal
Vancouver
Moscow
Washington DC

(Get them HERE)

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Apple files suit against Mac cloners

Apple files suit against Mac cloners
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Apple has begun legal proceedings against Psystar, documents confirm. The suit is actually noted to have been filed on July 3rd, through the US District Court for the Northern District of California. Both Apple and Psystar have generally remained quiet on the issue, however, leaving discovery of the information to investigation.

The suit accuses Psystar of license, copyright and trademark infringement, as a result of selling its $400 OpenMac computer. The system uses cheaper, standard PC parts to run Mac OS X, but Apple’s licensing terms strictly forbid installing the OS on non-Apple hardware. Psystar has remained defiant, in fact challenging Apple to file suit with the belief that the latter is violating antitrust protections. “What if Microsoft said you could only install Windows on Dell computers?” one Psystar employee is said to have commented.

The lawsuit was issued shortly after Psystar began distributing a modified version of the Mac OS X 10.5.4 update.

(Via MacNN | The Macintosh News Network)

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World’s Smallest iPhone Bluetooth Transmitter

World’s Smallest iPhone Bluetooth Transmitter

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This tiny Bluetooth stereo transmitter by Infinxx allows you to stream music from your iPhone or iPod to a pair of Bluetooth compatible speakers or headphones of your choice.

Features:

  • Add Bluetooth A2DP Function to your iPhone (2G/3G) & iPod
  • The Smallest, Slimmest, Lightest A2DP Transmitter
  • No Need for Charging & Batteries
  • Supports AVRCP function (Remote Control of Play/Stop, Forward / Backward, Volume Functions )
  • Compatible with all A2DP Bluetooth Headphones / BT Speakers
  • For the A2dp BT Headset, you can pair your headset with iPhone (for Pick Up & Answering the Calls) & Enjoy Stereo Music through the Transmitter.
  • Support: iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch, iPod nano(1st, 2nd, 3rd gen), iPod Classic, iPod Video, iPod (Color), iPod Mini.

Specifications:

  • Bluetooth Version: Version 2.0 compliant, Class II
  • Bluetooth Support profile: A2DP, AVRCP
  • RF Frequency: 2.4GHz / 79 Channel / AFH
  • Coverage Range: Bluetooth standard 33 feet (10 meters)
  • Power Supply: DC 3.3V

The Infinxx AP23 iPhone / iPod Bluetooth A2DP Stereo Audio Transmitter is available from the Mobile Brando website for $62.

(Via GeekAlerts)

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iPhone 3G: The Anti-Review

iPhone 3G: The Anti-Review
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After waiting in line for what seemed like an eternity, we finally got home with our shiny new iPhones 3G. Meanwhile, we had time to peruse all the other rah-rah, hand-picked reviewers fawning all over Apple’s new baby, and wondered if any device could possibly be so perfect. As we took the bauble through its paces over the weekend, we found lots of tidbits about the iPhone that few others have even noticed. After the Continue jump, read the 10 things you haven’t heard about the iPhone 3G, as observed by DVICE Editor Peter Pachal and me. Fellow 3Gers, add your own rants and raves in the comments below. Onward!

Most Glaring Nickel-and-Dime Omission: A Dock
Charlie White:
Opening Apple’s gorgeous packaging, we suddenly wondered, where is the dock for the glorious iPhone 3G? Maybe it’s under this false bottom. Nope, not here. That’s OK, we’ll just use the dock from our old iPhone. Nope, no luck. I guess that’s proof the iPhone 3G is bigger than its predecessor, since it doesn’t fit… at all. Cold comfort, though, so we surf to the Apple Store, and what do you know? There’s the dock, the new one, for a steep $29. Add that to the $18 “upgrade fee,” the extra $10/month for 3G, the extra $5/month for 200 SMS messages, and pretty soon we’re talking about some real money.

Most Unsettling Error Message: “No SIM Card Installed”
Peter Pachal:
I finally got my iPhone 3G activated Friday night. Saturday morning it welcomed me with the message “No SIM Card Installed.” Unless someone broke into my apartment, tiptoed to my nightstand, removed the SIM card from my phone, and neatly replaced it (Batman is coming out on Friday), there was no way that message was accurate. A network-settings reset later, it was all good again … for about 3 hours. This time I actually checked to see if the SIM Card was in fact installed (it was), and gave it a good wipedown. Ever since, it’s been working OK, but the “No SIM” message will forever haunt me…

Most Under- and Over-Estimated Spec: Battery Life
CW:
What is Apple doing to get these battery times? Some kind of super battery, the mother of all iPhone power sources achieves that “up to 5 hours” number for Internet browsing with 3G (we got a more-realistic 2:54 in our real-world tests), the most wishful thinking yet. But then the testers get all modest on us, saying you only get “up to 7 hours” of video playback, and we get 8:37 on our tests. That’s enough time to watch four Steve Jobs keynote speeches on your pilgrimage to Cupertino, flying from anywhere in the Western hemisphere.

Top Feature That Shows How Useless Technology Can Be: GPS
PP:
On Sunday, as I walked to the corner of Vanderbilt Ave. and Prospect Pl. in Brooklyn, I held up my iPhone 3G and cued up the Google Maps application. “Look, we’re almost at the corner!” I said to my girlfriend walking beside me, pointing at the blinking blue dot that was, in fact, simultaneously coming up on the corner Vanderbilt Ave. and Prospect Pl. on the map. “That’s great,” she said. “What would we have done without that phone?” What, indeed?

Biggest Design Flaw: Edge of the Plastic Back
CW:
The edge of the iPhone, where the black (or white) plastic back meets the shiny metal bezel, doesn’t quite fit right. On a couple of our phones here, the left side definitely has a plastic edge that sticks out. While black is supposed to be a slimming color, that concept must not apply to iPhones. No word on whether the white model does the same, but we’re told it’s gauche to wear white after Labor Day. And that’s a girlie color anyway. We preferred the aluminum three-quarter back of the old iPhone, which didn’t show fingerprints at all, except on the most important part: that shiny Apple logo.

Maximum Number of Waking Minutes Spent Without Playing Phonesaber Since I Installed It: 47
PP:
As of 5:17 p.m. on Monday, there have been no less than five Phonesaber duels here in the SCI FI offices since this morning, all of them awesome. The speakers on the iPhone are just loud enough (at max volume) to turn this free app, which makes lightsaber sounds that correspond to how you swing the phone, into the simplest, funnest time-waster you can download. I can’t wait for the first Phonesaber duel that breaks out between random strangers on public transit.

Most Underreported Aspect of the iPhone 3G’s Performance: It’s Finnicky
CW:
Something is strange here. Some Web pages have to reload all over again if you leave them for a few minutes. Then we start getting all interested in a site, and Safari crashes… three times. Then we notice the iPhone is slower to adapt from one position to the next, taking its sweet time to switch the screen orientation from portrait to landscape. Having a little trouble performing, or is it us? What do want us to do, iPhone? Talk dirty to you?

Most Unwelcome Comeback: EDGE
PP:
OK, I work in 30 Rockefeller Plaza — pretty much dead center of midtown Manhattan. Can someone explain to me why my 3G connection keeps wussing out on me and reverting to the crappy, slow-ass EDGE network? I didn’t pay $300 for an iPhone I already had, AT&T. The plastic back isn’t that nice to hold. Let’s get on making that 3G network more reliable, at least in the densest part of the Big Apple, shall we?

Quickest Firmware Flip-Flop: Apple Making the Screen Less Yellow
CW:
The iPhone’s screen has a decidedly yellow tinge that Apple’s PR machine said was intentional. Not long after that, we find out you can restore your iPhone 3G in iTunes, which automatically installs a later build of the firmware that returns the iPhone’s screen to a hue that looks less like the jaundice of a drunken sailor and more like the blue my kid is going to turn as she holds her breath waiting for me to buy her a white iPhone 3G.

Most Perplexing Thing About the iPhone 3G Launch: AT&T Doesn’t Offer Apps for It
PP:
I just spent the afternoon at an AT&T event where the company demo’d a few of the more notable wireless services it offers — everything from viewing of a webcam on your phone to automatic uploads from your phone’s camera — but none of them are offered as iPhone apps. Apple sold a million iPhones 3G over the weekend, and there are many more first-gen iPhones already on the market. Does it strike anyone else as weird that the iPhone’s exclusive U.S. provider isn’t taking advantage of its hottest-selling platform?

(Via DVICE)

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Netflix Streaming On Xbox 360

NetFlix Xbox: Netflix Streaming On Xbox 360
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Coming in the fall Xbox 360 update: Netflix! Yes, Xbox 360 owners who are also Netflix subscribers will be able to stream movies available for online streaming now straight to their consoles. You can also share your Netflix movies with friends via your Xbox Live party so you can watch stuff together, although you’ll need a Gold account. Here’s hoping you Xbox owners didn’t shell out for a Roku box, as it’s about to become useless. Oops! But still, awesome. “

(Via gizmodo )

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iPhone 3G: Sold out in 21 states

iPhone 3G: Sold out in 21 states
Shoppers hunting for iPhone 3Gs can still find them — if they’re willing to get up early and, in some cases, drive long distances.

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As of 6:00 a.m. EDT Tuesday, all three models (8GB black, 16 GB black or white) of the hot-selling device were sold out in 21 states, according to Jim Neal, a retired PR man living near Kansas City who took the time to check each of Apple’s 188 U.S. retail stores using the company’s iPhone availability widgets.

“All told,” he writes, “117 Apple stores reported having sold out of all models and only 27 stores indicated they had all three models in stock.”

The states reporting no stock on hand were Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin.

Apple (AAPL) advises shoppers to check availability after 9:00 p.m. the night before they visit an Apple retail store – and, if necessary, get up at the crack of dawn.

“Shipments arrive most days,” according to the site, “but be sure to arrive early since iPhone 3G is sold on a first come, first served basis.”

1,800 AT&T (T) stores also carried iPhone 3Gs, but they were “virtually” sold out the first day of sales, according to a company spokesman, and there is no word on when they will be restocked.

(Via FORTUNE: Apple 2.0)

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Apple says iPhone Cut and Paste, is for Sissies! Who needs it??

Apple says iPhone Cut and Paste, is for Sissies! Who needs it??

B6E88422-8BB0-461E-8B57-698D04A7558C.jpgIn an interview with Extreme Tech, Apple product head Greg Joswiak explained the lack of cut and paste in the iPhone: it’s just not a priority right now. He says Apple worked its way as far down its “priority list” of features for firmware 2.0, but just not far enough to reach cut and paste. He then went on the explain why there wasn’t a full native office suite ready for App Store launch, and that turn-by-turn navigation is allowed and likely to be released soon, though by a third party.

According to Joswiak, David Pogue’s report that the iPhone’s GPS antenna is too weak for real-time navigation is false. He cites “complicated issues” as holding up development, but expects to be “dazzled” by software makers in the near future. When pressed about the availability of an office suite, he says that the lack of a cross-application file structure would make such programs difficult to design. Though honestly, I’m not even sure I’d want a text editor if I couldn’t select or copy text. [ExtremeTech via Crunchgear]
(Via Gizmodo)

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