Archive for the ‘iPhone discussion’ Category

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Your flowing blood can power your iPhone?

March 28, 2009

billoreillyFoxnews.com actually has some information that’s worth a damn! No, no, hear me out. They cite actual research this time that says that there is a way to convert human blood flow into actual energy that could power your iPhone. They say:

Researchers reported today they can harvest energy by converting low-frequency vibrations, like simple body movements, the beating of the heart or movement of the wind, into electricity by using zinc oxide nanowires that conduct the electricity.

The nanowires are piezoelectric — they generate an electric current when subjected to mechanical stress.

Other schemes have been devised to generate power in a backpack as you hike or from a device attached to the knee. Those are comparatively bulky, however.

Nano devices are tiny. The diameter and length of the wires used in the new technique are 1/5,000th and 1/25th the diameter of a human hair.

“This research will have a major impact on defense technology, environmental monitoring, biomedical sciences and even personal electronics,” said lead researcher Zhong Lin Wang, Regents’ Professor, School of Material Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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OS 3.0 will be speedy

March 27, 2009

Our good pals at TheiPhoneBlog.com (they have no idea who we are) tipped us off on some stats regarding the Safari speed of OS 3.0. And it seems that iPhone users can look forward to finding out who led the 2001 NCAA Tournament in scoring much faster than you can with OS 2.2.1. This means the idiot at the end of the bar will be squashed and embarrassed much quicker than he would have been previously.

Because as we all know, pounding your fists and yelling above the jukebox does not make Juan Dixon the top scorer of that tourney.

So anyway, here are the stats:
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iPhone OS 3.0 Preview

March 18, 2009

Hats off to Tom Krazit of CNET who did a great job live blogging the Apple event yesterday. You can read his entire coverage here because it’s too lengthy to cut and paste into our blog.

Hey, speaking of cut and paste, it will be available on the iPhone OS 3.0! Kevin Rose’s leak turned out to be pretty accurate. Here are some of the 100 new features that got us excited:

— Apple will support several new app business models such as subscription and in-app purchasing
— Support of “seamless” peer-to-peer networking
— Turn-by-turn apps can be developed thanks to GPS technology (but they can’t use built-in Maps)
— More than 1,000 APIs will be available to developers
— Video-streaming tech will allow game highlights can be delivered to the iPhone, rather than pulled by the user
— MMS support (it’s about time!)

Also noteworthy is the fact that Apple has sold 30 million iPhone and iPod Touches through the end of 2008 and the App Store has seen 800 million downloads. Not too shabby! And even though there has been a lot of talk about the app approval process, Apple claims they have given the green light to 96% of submissions.

The update is schedule for “this summer” and is free to iPhone users, although not all upgrades (like MMS) will work on the original iPhone. iPod Touch users will have to pay $9.95.

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Preview of iPhone OS Cut and Paste

March 16, 2009

Digg.com founder Kevin Rose has released a video he filmed at SXSW discussing the new iPhone 3.0 OS cut and paste feature. According to Kevin, you double tap on a word and the magnifying glass comes up with quotation marks at the beginning and end. You can then drag the quotes over the content that you want to manipulate and a pop up will give you the choice to copy, cut or paste.

Kevin said that his source told him the iPhone will match the capabilities of the Palm Pre, but did not give any specifics. Rumors suggested it might include MMS but Kevin shoots that idea down. He also says the iPhone will still not run background apps or have video capture.

You can check out PC World’s list of what the iPhone 3.0 OS should have here. What new features are you looking for?

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10 things the new iPhone OS should have

March 12, 2009

PC Mag has a list of 10 things that the iPhone’s 3.0 OS should have. And we tend to agree with all of it so we just copied it and pasted.

10.) Cut and paste. This is painfully obvious. Cut and paste is a core Apple feature, all the way back to the first Mac, and it’s something everyone expects in text editing. When the iPhone 3G launched, Apple’s Greg Joswiak told me that Apple didn’t have anything against cut and paste, they just hadn’t gotten around to it. It’s time.

9.) MMS support. No one has ever been able to explain to me why Apple disdains picture messaging. MMS support is a no-brainer.

8.) A shared sandbox. iPhone apps each run in their own little data space, which is great for security but awful for apps that want to work on the same data (like an office program trying to read e-mail attachments.) Apple needs to build a shared data area that apps can drop “public” files into.

7.) Some background functionality. Maybe it’s push notifications, like Apple promised a year ago. Maybe it’s true background tasks. In any case, it’s absolutely silly that instant messaging apps, Twitter apps, and such have no way of telling you that you have new messages while you’re doing something else.

6.) Wireless stereo. Steve Jobs rightfully disdains Bluetooth stereo audio because it generally sounds awful. But there have been a lot of innovations in wireless stereo recently, and whatever technology Apple chooses to bless would instantly become the leader. Whether Apple goes with Kleer, one of the new lossless Bluetooth stereo codecs or something totally new, it’s time to free us from the tangle of headset cords.

5.) Better power management. The iPhone burns through battery because it’s used more heavily, and in more different ways, than any other device. That means many iPhone owners feel their phones have relatively short battery life. Since Apple will never allow a replaceable battery, let’s suggest some smarter power-management software to keep the phone going for longer on a charge.

4.) Better home screen customization. Let’s be able to throw away the default icons, like that stupid stock widget. And let’s be able to fully theme our iPhones, the way the illicit WinterBoard program lets hackers do.

3.) Video recording (and a better photo app). We know the iPhone can record video, because various people have hacked its software to do so. Time for that feature to become official. Also, would it hurt the photo app to have a settings panel, for folks who want to be able to play with things like picture resolution and night-shot mode? And the home button should be the shutter.

2.) Tethering. AT&T lets you use a wide variety of smart phones as modems for your laptop, with the appropriate service plan. It’s never been clear why the iPhone was left off the list. Apple and AT&T should fix the problem with iPhone 3.0.

1.) Breaking the AT&T agreement. In two years of covering the iPhone, the number one complaint I’ve heard from iPhone owners of all stripes is about AT&T service. I know it’s a hopeless dream, but I’d love Steve Jobs to get up on a stage in Cupertino and cry, “iPhones for everyone!”

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Mac OS for iPhone

February 21, 2009

This is pretty neat.

You can get it here, but you’ll need a jailbroken iPhone.

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Apple on the Mind

February 17, 2009

The GSMA Mobile World Congress is currently taking place in Barcelona, Spain, and while Apple is noticeably absent, the company’s name is not. CNET reports:

The iPhone and Apple’s successful App Store got more than a passing mention on Tuesday during a panel moderated by The Wall Street Journal technology columnist Walt Mossberg.

The panel which included three of the most powerful CEOs in the mobile industry–Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility, the second largest mobile operator in the U.S.; Olli-Pekka Kallasvu, CEO of Nokia, the world’s largest handset maker, and Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, the worldwide software leader–centered on the need for more openness to spur successful innovation in the mobile market.

The overall panel discussion centered around the need for simplicity and openness. “The iPhone is a great success, but it would be even better if the applications were interoperable,” said Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobility.

While that may be true, several mobile companies at the conference have recently launched phones aimed at directly competing with the iPhone. CNET also reports that “Microsoft and Nokia clearly think that Apple is on to something with its App Store, since each company announced its own version of an application marketplace here this week.”

The iPhone wanna-be Toshiba TG01 features a 104mm (4.1-inch) 800x480-pixel face touchscreen. (Photo credit: Crave UK)

The iPhone wanna-be Toshiba TG01 features a 104mm (4.1-inch) 800x480-pixel face touchscreen. (Photo credit: Crave UK)