Apple OK with iPhone hacking

Posted on September 11, 2007

Interesting stuff: "In an interview given to Gearlog, Apple VP of Hardware Product Marketing Greg Joswiak confirmed that the iPhone and iPod Touch run the same software, and said that Apple is not bothered by the flood of native, third party software for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Joswiak defined the Apple stance as neutral, and while they will not intentionally break the apps with firmware updates, they will not go out of their way to ...

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Tether your iPhone

Posted on September 10, 2007

My Dad was asking me this morning if you can tether the iPhone yet.  I said not yet, but I'm sure some developer will figure it out any day now.  Looks like they already did! Go to cre.ations.net for the instructions.  AT&T's EDGE network is tolerable on my iPhone... I can't imagine it being tolerable tethered to my laptop, however.  Still, if that's the only way to get online then it's better than nothing!

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WordPress mods

Posted on August 31, 2007

I spent the evening "pimping out" my WordPress blog scripts a bit more. I found a cool Flickr badge replacement that is not Flash (shown to the right), added in a plug-in to easily add videos to my blogs, added in my Nike+ run widget, Twitter summary, and perhaps the coolest thing ever: the ability to blog by email/phone with photos. I first tried the Flickr WordPress integration, but it didn't work well at all. It did post a blog, but it ...

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Jesus wallpaper for the Jesus Phone

Posted on July 19, 2007

Many have referred to the iPhone as the "Jesus phone". Well, why not make good ol' Jesus of Nazareth your iPhone wallpaper? Just download this image in its full 320x480 beloved glory and save it to your photo sync folder so you can select it as your wallpaper. Next time you turn on your phone you'll be able to "slide" Jesus' belly to unlock your phone and say a few prayers that EDGE is having a good day. Praise the iPhone. P.S. After ...

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How to Kill an iPhone

Posted on July 11, 2007

What is the motivation behind destroying brand new consumer electronics such as the iPhone? I don't mean disassembling an iPhone for research and component information, I mean taking a sledgehammer to a brand new $500 iPhone. I don't get it, but here's a compilation of iPhone destruction videos. Cringe away! #1 Blending the iPhone Blendtec, no stranger to self promotion, uses its own product (a 1,500-Watt electric blender) to ...

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Apple iPhone Bugs and Missing Features

Posted on July 10, 2007

After a good week's worth of use, I've decided to keep the iPhone, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fair share of problems or missing features. Most notable is its built in email client which is a terrific start, but falls short when compared to other mobile phone email clients. My guess is that Apple has already heard most of these and my hope is that all of them will be addressed soon in updates. Here's my top 35 bugs and ...

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Another converted Verizon/Windows Mobile user

Posted on July 10, 2007

Exactly one week ago I took the plunge and snagged an iPhone at my local Starbucks (what, Apple didn't tell you that you could buy one at Apple stores, AT&T stores, and now Starbucks?) After the initial excitement of having the coolest gadget in the world wore off, I began to really use the iPhone for my daily mobile phone tasks... calling other humans, reading and writing email, and surfing the web. I couldn't put the iPhone down, and ...

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Skype on Apple iPhone now possible

Posted on July 10, 2007

Yes, according to TMC Labs' Tom Keating, Skype is now possible on the iPhone via an AJAX-enabled web application. While still a bit kludgey for me as it requires you to install SoonR Talk on your PC, it does enable you to keep in touch with your Skype contacts for now, until Apple opens up the iPhone to real 3rd-party development.

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2 billion unread messages on my Apple iPhone

Posted on July 6, 2007

So this is, er, interesting. After deleting a few messages in one of my Inboxes on my iPhone, it reported to me that I had 2 billion unread messages. And they were all unread! Where have I been? I need to get on the ball! Usually the bug I see is "-1 messages total, 1 unread", but this one was definitely a new one. --Chris Apple iPhone Beta Tester :)

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Tip: Get to those Apple iPhone punctuations faster!

Posted on July 6, 2007

I first read about this tip from waitingforiphone.com which leads you a page at O'Reilly's website. Here's the skinny. The keyboard layout on the iPhone is great for the most part, unless you want to get to the numbers and punctuation marks via the ".?123" key in the lower left-hand corner. Normally this would take 3 taps to get to a period. Here's how to do it in one single motion. Tap the ".?123" key but keep your finger pressed down. ...

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Finding iNemo: clown fish for your Apple iPhone

Posted on July 5, 2007

Of all the dastardly things to do, Apple forgot to include the popular clown fish background photo on the iPhone. No problem. I found it. Click here to download it. Just sync it with the rest of your iPhone photos and set it as the background. It is sized perfectly (320 x 480 pixels) for your iPhone's background. iNemo found.

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Slingbox/SlingPlayer support for Apple iPhone?

Posted on July 5, 2007

Slingbox is one of those "nice to have" features on my Motorola Q phone. It allows me to stream television from my home to my phone, through the Verizon EVDO network. It works very well, actually. The SlingPlayer is supported on Windows Mobile and Palm devices, but not yet the Apple iPhone. With AT&T's slow EDGE network, I can't imagine using it while travelling, however when I'm near a WiFi hotspot, it would be cool. Before I purcha...

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One million iPhones sold and activated?

Posted on July 5, 2007

If this is true, it is quite incredible. According to waitingforiphone.com, over 1,000,000 iPhones have been activated since its launch on June 29th. That's less than 7 days... at $500-$600 a pop, you do the math. That's an amazing new product launch for any company. Launched only in the U.S., availability of the iPhone in other countries is expected to be announced soon.

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Apple iPhone irritation #1

Posted on July 5, 2007

I understand Apple being, well, Apple-centric, but to completely ignore .wav email attachments is being a tad bit too narrow-minded, considering the Windows OS market share. My business' voice mail system (onebox.com) sends me an email with a .wav file attachment when a new voice mail message arrives. If I'm on my Windows PC, that's fine, but I'd expect to be able to open the attachment on my iPhone, too. The attachment shows up at the ...

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iPhone AT&T/Verizon phone number transfer a success

Posted on July 5, 2007

The other night when I went through the AT&T sign-up process, it took all of about 5 minutes (if that) and I was able to start loading my new iPhone up with all sorts of goodies and play with it the first time. In order to put the iPhone to real world tests I had to use my current VZW phone number, so I opted to transfer my old phone number from my Motorola Q to the iPhone. While I was able to dial out almost instantly from my iPhone, I ...

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