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iOS WiFi Hotspot

Personal HotspotThinking you might want to switch from the AT&T iPhone to the Verizon iPhone because you want an iPhone that supports the Personal Hotspot feature? Good news for the few of you that aren’t contemplating the switch. Boy Genius Report says they have a source that’s reports this feature will be coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean AT&T will support the feature. Still, chances are they won’t have much of a choice in the matter.

According to BGR, the OS version will be 8F5148b, the baseband will be 04.08.00, with technical acceptance planned for March.

In the meantime, you can read this guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone to turn it into a personal hotspot. Or, get a phone running the Android OS which has the ability baked into it already.

iOS App: Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis

Mish's Global Economic Trend AnalysisDo you enjoy reading Mish (Mike) Shedlock’s popular financial blog, Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis? “Yes,” you say? Wish you could take it with you into wi-fi or network dead zones? Or, on safari in Africa perhaps? Well, now you can. Concentric Sky recently launched a handy iPhone app that provides users with off-line access to Mish’s insightful, and well regarded, financial and economic analysis. The free app caches posts, and Mish’s fantastic charts, for off-line viewing at the user’s pleasure. Download and search hundreds of posts. It’s a simple app that solves an obvious pain point for fan’s of Mish’s blog.

Disclaimer: I’m the Director of Technology for Concentric Sky and had a hand in developing this app for Mish Shedlock. Still, it’s a slick little app that fan’s of Mish’s blog will really appreciate.

New App: The Economist for iOS

The EconomistEnjoy reading the latest from The Economist over a latte and a biscotti? Well, there’s an app for that.

On Friday, The Economist launched iPhone and iPad apps. Built by TigerSpike, which also built The Times’ Eureka iPad app, the apps contains all the content from the print magazine, in a UI that’s customized for iPhone and iPad.

Full access to The Economist on iPhone and iPad will be free for current print or online subscribers. If you are not a subscriber you can purchase a digital subscription ($110 a year) from within the app or subscribe online. New editions will be available to the digital apps by 4pm (U.S. East Coast) every Thursday. If you like to try things like this on before you buy, an “Editor’s highlights” selection of content is available for each issue.

The apps are fairly reserved, which is appropriate for The Economist.  There is one feature that sparkles a bit in the apps – audio is provided for all the articles. A button at the top of the interface provides you with easy access to audio versions (read by professionals) of all the articles. So… instead of putting yourself to sleep reading The Economist, you can let the sweet lullabies of  The Economist lull you into a slumber. Kidding.

The interface is clean, and easy to use – you won’t find yourself getting lost in these apps. Pages are flipped through (as opposed to scrolled through) and it’s easy enough to flip your way through a whole issue. Ads are included, but they don’t get in the way of the experience too much. All the illustrations from the print edition are included – unfortunately, you can’t do anything interesting with them – i.e., you can’t zoom in on a photograph.

The Economist is a great publication – one of the few news publications that can boast a growing subscription base – and they’ve produced equally great apps for the iPad and iPhone.

The Economist App Store Link

Verizon iPhone

The WSJ reports that the long, long-rumored Verizon iPhone will be entering mass production by the end of the year.

AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone.

Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones.

I think it’s unlikely a Verizon iPhone will be confirmed by Apple before the end 2010. I’d put my money on confirmation in early 2011 – after Apple wraps-up the 2010 holiday shopping season.

iOS 4.2

iOS 4.2

Wired, AppAdvice, and Engadget all did a good job of covering the release of the iOS 4.2 BETA this week. iOS 4.2 will finally bring features like multitasking, and folders, to the iPad witch has been stuck with the aging iOS 3.  I think Joshua Topolsky, over at Engadget, summed-up what this means for iPad owners best.

The addition of multitasking, folders, and big improvements in mail (amongst other things) finally make the device feel more like a computer and less like a gigantic iPhone. – Engadget, Joshua Topolsky

iOS 4.2 will bring a collection of new features to the iPad as well. AirPrint will allow you to connect to a wireless network for printing – apparently, without needing to install a printer driver. And AirPlay, a feature that allows you wirelessly stream media from your iOS device to an Apple TV or an AirPort Express.

I’m looking forward to the release of iOS 4.2, because like Joshua, my iPad feels like an old iPhone at this point. And… I’m not quite ready to test my luck with the BETA.

Encyclopedia Britannica’s iPhone Apps for Kids

I’m lucky to work with a great team of developers and artists at Concentric Sky, and we’re doing some work that I’m really excited about. Recently, we completed work on a line of iPhone applications for Encyclopedia Britannica that we think kids are going to love.

Encyclopedia Britannica’s Volcanoes, Ancient Egypt, and Dinosaurs, now available for download, were designed for kids ages 8 – 14. The applications feature a variety of games and a lot of interesting content. Kids can test their knowledge by taking, and re-taking, the built in quiz. Quiz high scores can be shared with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

The games included were developed from the ground-up by our developers. Memory Match, Jigsaw Puzzle, Magic Square, and Scratch Off were all designed to get kids interested in the content to improve learning. My kids love playing Memory Match, the cards are themed for each application and the pictures are pulled from a large media collection. Pics and Videos, the built in media gallery, provides easy access to a large collection of pictures and videos. Pictures and videos are cross-referenced with the content and games included in each application. Pictures and videos are mapped to the globe, making it easy for kids to zoom-in on a satellite view of a volcano or a pyramid in Egypt. High-resolution graphics were included to take advantage of iPhone 4′s new Retina Display – and it was worth the extra effort.

We think kids, and parents, are going to love this line of applications from Encyclopedia Britannica.

Ars Reviews iOS 4

Jacqui Cheng, over at Ars Technica, put together a great review of iOS4. Jacqui provides and overview of the new features in iOS4 and has some good points about where Apple fell a bit short. If you’re looking for a good guide to what’s new in iOS4, this is a good place to start.

Apple Accepting iOS 4 Apps for Approval

iOS 4

Apple is now accepting iOS 4 applications for review and approval. The idea here is to have a wide variety of applications that take advantage of the goodness available to developers in the iOS 4 SDK ready for the June 21st release of iOS 4. Formerly called iPhone OS, iOS 4 is the rebranding of the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Version 4 introduces new features for developers and users that may require modifications to existing apps for full compatibility.

Apple claims there are over 1,500 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) available for developers. iOS 4 will be available to iPhone and iPod Touch owners for free on June 21st. iOS will not run on the original iPhone or 1st generation iPod Touch and will only run with limited features (no multitasking) on the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touch.

Parrot iPhone Drones

Parrot DroneThe French company Parrot showed off their quadricopter at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. The Parrot quadricopter is controlled by an iPhone and when it’s in flight, the drone’s two cameras stream video live right to the iPhone. Check out the onstage demo. Wow, I’ve got to have one of these.

Next iPhone to Support 720p Video

iPhone 720p Video

iPhone OS 4 provides developers with full access to video capture data.

The iPhone 4 Beta SDK also indicates that a future iPhone will be able to capture video at higher resolutions than the current standard 640×480 (“VGA”) resolution. The following preset values suggest that a future iPhone will be able to capture at 720p (1280×720) resolution:

  • AVCaptureSessionPreset640x480
  • AVCaptureSessionPreset1280x720

The next iPhone has been pegged to use a 5 Megapixel camera, though the video capabilities of the hardware are unknown. The next iPhone revision has been also rumored to be dubbed the “iPhone HD” which would fit well with this new 720p video recording capability.

Apple is expected to introduce the new iPhone at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference which takes place between June 7-11th in San Francisco, CA.

Disappointed iPhone Owners Abound

I stumbled into a post on the Signal vs. Noise blog by David today looking for a solution to my iPhone woes. iPhone 2.0: The glory wore off in wash describes David’s frustration with the iPhone 3G/2.0. It’s a good post and David’s experience with the latest iPhone firmware mirrors my own. Boo….. Boo…..

There were 69 comments associated with the post and the bulk of them were from unhappy iPhone owners echoing David’s complaints – I expected more Apple zealots to jump up and defend the mighty iPhone but they were largely absent.

I’m really disappointed with the upgrade and I sure hope Apple produces an update to resolve the problems quickly. I can tell you one thing – business users are going to hate the under powered and poor performing iPhone 3G/2.0. If it isn’t a good phone 1st – what’s the point?

iPhone 2.0 / emailing a geotagged picture to Flickr

Emailing a geotagged picture to Flickr doesn’t work.
I’ve been trying to send geotagged pictures to my Flickr account via email. Guess what. iPhone 2.0 strips the EXIF data (that’s where the geo tag is) out of the picture before it emails it. Dumb. Why? Security? iPhone users are way past the security issue. Flickr users are talking about it here. I hope Apple fixes this soon.
Update: lockergnome pointed me towards AirMe (available on Apple’s AppStore) for geotagged uploads to Flickr.

iPhone 2.0 update – Tardy Developer

One of the guys on my team was late coming in this morning. Why? The iPhone 2.0 update didn’t restore his recurring alarms. Damn, you Jobs. Were you late today because of your iPhone 2.0? Maybe I’m just a sucker ; )

Turns out the iPhone 2.0 upgrade did not copy over my recurring alarm
clock. Damn you, Jobs.
On Jul 14, 2008, at 10:00 AM, Alex Boone wrote:
> Hey guys-
> I feel really stupid but I overslept my alarm this morning (by a
> long shot). I’ll be in the office ASAP.

iPhone 2.0 update = FRUSTRATION

iPhone Battery

Friday, July 11th, I loved Apple and hated Apple. I hated Apple because the iPhone 2.0 update bricked my iPhone for a good part of the morning. Restarting iTunes over and over again, hoping for a connection to the Apple update server, isn’t my idea of a good time. I loved Apple for the App Store and adding Microsoft Exchange support to the iPhone.

By the end of the day, I was impressed, and felt good about the update. I was still an Apple fan.

After having spent the weekend with the update I’m frustrated. Battery life is a problem for me now and it wasn’t before and for some reason the phone likes to shut down completely when I leave it alone for too long. Most likely, some of these problems can be attributed to one, or more,  of the 3rd party applications I downloaded from the App Store. But shouldn’t Apple do a better job of protecting the core of the phone from poorly written App Store applications? After all, they do a pretty job of protecting the core of the U.I. from poorly written applications.

iPhone 2.0 might have more bling but iPhone 1.0 was a better phone. iPhone 2.0 will get better with time but I won’t be too surprised if some people want their iPhone 1.0 back. Did Apple add too much bling to iPhone 2.0? Apple, remember this, in the end – it’s a phone. Still an Apple fan.

1st Apple AppStore Purchase

FuelGaugeI just purchased my 1st iPhone app through the Apple App Store. What did I buy? Joe Kueser‘s Fuel Gauge (iTunes link) for .99 cents. Fuel Gauge is currently #9 on the App Store Top 25 list. I’m going to use it to see just how much gas my 84 Toyota Land Cruiser is sucking down.

The purchase process was amazingly easy. I think the App Store and more importantly the iPhone apps are going to fuel some major growth in Apple’s share of this market. Contrasting this experience with my experience installing apps on Microsoft-based SmartPhones – no comparisson.

IMO, developers are going to flock to this platform because it does so much to provide the commerce infrastructure and it doesn’t take a whole lot (because Apple provides so much in terms of U.I. guidance and coding tools) to write something that’s pretty handy for the iPhone.

WOW – I’m really impressed with the 2.0 upgrade so far. I’m also really like the addition of Microsoft Exchange Support – it’s interfacing with our Zimbra server perfectly.

iPhone 2.0 update = Error

Accessing iTunes Store……..
Accessing iTunes Store……..
Accessing iTunes Store……..
Accessing iTunes Store……..


Early this morning, I anxiously slipped my battle hardened 1st GEN iPhone into the warm embrace of its’ docking craddle this morning to receive the update we’ve both been anticipating for so long. Nearly shaking, I clicked the button to check for an update in iTunes hoping that the coveted update would be available to my anxiously waiting iPhone. It is! Hooray! I clicked the appropriate buttons to start the update process and sat back to check email and sip my steaming coffee. It’s going to be a good day. The stock market might be coming apart on bad news from the mortgage companies and increasing oil prices but the iPhone 2.0 update is here so it’s all good.

Error We could not complete you iTunes Store request. An unknown error occurred (-4)
There was an error in the iTunes Store. Please try again later.

Crap, maybe the world really is coming unglued. Now I’m stuck without a phone and I feel like my trusted iPhone doesn’t know who I am anymore. Will it wake up and remember me? Come back friend. My coffee is cold now and it’s NOT all good here.

I’m not the only one – there are others.

UPDATE 07/11 9:47AM P TIME: Getting some traction with the iTunes store. Restoring and activating now – looks like my phone an I are going to be OK.

UPDATE 07/11 10:11AM P TIME: Still having problems with iTunes and connecting to the iTunes Store but my phone managed to Activate and Restore.

New Google Reader for iPhone

Cool new Google Reader iPhone interface available at Big improvement over the previous version.

iPhone – Wallpaper

I spent some time over the weekend personalizing my new iPhone – new wallpaper was 1st on my shopping list. Here’s what I picked up.

Flickr iPhone Wallpaper Group: Almost 10,000 iPhone ready wallpaper images – I’m sporting Ininja on my walls.

Iconfactory : Freeware : Desktop: A great collection of illustrated iPhone ready wallpaper images – click the iPhone icon to download.

Getting the wallpaper up on the walls of my new iPhone took no time at all. Syncing photos to an iPod or iPhone is easy. 

iPhone – Got one

I picked up an 8g iPhone from our local at&t store on Friday and three days later I’m glad I did. I love it and I can’t believe I waited this long.

I Want an iPhone – David Pogue – NYTimes

NYTimes technology columnist David Pogue rocks, sings actually. Watch David Pogue “I want an iPhone” to the tune “I did it my way” for a laugh. I got a laugh out of the AT&T jab at 2:40.

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