Archive for January, 2009

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Apple working with Adobe

January 31, 2009

So it looks like Apple and Adobe are finally working together to incorporate Flash for the iPhone. I’m blogging from the iPhone on a bouncy, shaky bus so don’t expect any links or images. You’ll be ok.

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New SoliCharger for iPhone

January 30, 2009

This is neat. SoliLight has come out with the SoliCharger, which recharges your iPhone or iPod on the go, but doesn’t need to be periodically plugged in like other chargers.

Chargers like Shawne Merriman need to be plugged in occasionally. Damn we’re funny.

The SoliCharger can recharge your iPod or iPhone in four different ways:

* Directly from the SUN! Free solar power!
* Directly from your computer via the Apple/USB cord
* Directly from the 110v Apple® USB charging cord
* Directly from any 12v Apple compatible car charger

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Top 10 things we hate about the iPhone

January 29, 2009

The fellas over at the BoyGeniusReport.com came up with a list of the top 10 things they hate about the iPhone. Since we are lazy and don’t like to do any kind of research or general work on our own, we thought we’d copy and paste it. The original is here.

1. You can’t use custom sounds for email notifications, SMS, etc.

2. Copy and paste. Sorry, but it’s ridiculous at this point.

3. When forwarding an email with an attachment, the iPhone sends it out locally. That means if you have a 1MB attachment, you have to send 1MB worth of data when forwarding. This doesn’t happen on Windows Mobile or the BlackBerry — it’s sent from the server. Not cool.

4. No unified inbox. At this point, there’s no reason you should have to go through the rigmarole of switching through tabs and endless menus to get to another email inbox. Cut this down, give us color-coded emails that correspond with that particular account — something!

5. Video recording. Again, it’s technically possible, but we don’t have it.

6. The touch screen capture button in the Camera application is horrid. Let’s use one of the volume keys or something to take a picture. It’s not a good setup.

7. You can’t forward text messages. Something that is a no-brainer just isn’t here.

8. There isn’t a way to delete individual calls from the recent call list. Not that we need to hide anything from our girlfriends or anything…

9. No file structure that is user-accessible. That means you can’t save any attachment that isn’t a photo, you can’t download files from websites, etc. Additionally, each application can only access its own file structure so you can forget about doing anything sexy.

10. The push-background notification service is still nowhere to be found.

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Careful with 2.2.1

January 28, 2009

Just FYI, 2.2.1 is kind of stupid. None of my previously downloaded third-party apps would work after I upgraded.

But Lindsey figured it out. She downloaded some stupid, pointless free app and all of a sudden all the others worked again. Weird.

So if your existing apps ain’t working, try downloading a new one to see if that fixes everything.

Screw you, 2.2.1.

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Don’t forget to upgrade to 2.2.1

January 28, 2009

Just a reminder to sync up your iPhone and get the latest OS, which is 2.2.1. However, PC World warns us not to get too excited about the first update since last November’s huge 2.2 upgrade. This update is mostly fixing glitches, but we’re fine with that. Not every update has to be rocket surgery.

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Cooliris 1.3 now available

January 28, 2009

Cooliris version 1.3 is now available for download at the app store. The app is designed to help you browse images and photos on the web much more easily.

As for the updated version, we’ll let the Cooliris blog tell you about it:

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Version 1.3’s biggest new feature is the addition of the “My Photos” tab, where you can search any public account in Flickr and Picasa, add as many accounts as you would like, then view the albums in Cooliris.There are a number of cool ways to enjoy the “My Photos” feature:

– Show off your public Flickr or Picasa photos on the wall

– Use the send function to email your pictures to your friends while you’re on the go

– Save pictures from a friend’s album to your iPhone

– Set pictures from your Flickr and Picasa albums as your iPhone wallpaper

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Clarification on the global flat-fee service

January 26, 2009

We just got a comment on our last post about the global flat-fee calling service from DeFi. It’s from someone a lot smarter than us who knows a lot more than we do about it. So we thought we’d post it as it’s own blog article.

“Hey … the DeFi App will be free as will the DeFi Member service. You’ll get 101 free minutes of DeFi Global Access, unlimited global calling with use of the DeFi world-wide network of hotspots to which you can auto-associate for no additional fee. If you need DeFi Global Access you can keep it by upgrading and choosing a permanent DeFi number from a country of your choice. Or, choose up to 3 numbers from countries of your choice as a DeFi Global Access Plus Member.

“If you don’t upgrade, you can continue to make DeFi-to-DeFi calls for free.

“Thanks for your interest.”

-Tim Warner
twarner@defimobile.com

Thanks for your help, Tim!