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Going back to the Crack?

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 09:00
Category: iPhone

I’ve been a Crackberry addict for about eight years, back when they only did email. My 7250 died this week (In the eight years, I’ve had three blackberries), so I took it as a sign that God really is an Apple user and I needed to take a hint. I had a Blackberry 7250 with Verizon EVDO and got an iPhone 8GB to replace it.
While AT&T’s coverage isn’t as good for me, that’s clearly a “your mileage will vary” point and not my focus.
Please understand my perspective: I’m a road warrior powergeek type that uses this stuff for his job, not fun. I’m looking at this as someone who has to travel/fly every other week to places with no Wifi.
0) Wireless tether
On the Blackberry, I could tether via parallels, and share my network to my Mac. I can’t even dial out using the iPhone. Believe it or not, it’s still possible to end up in places that don’t have Wifi or Ethernet. Yeah it’s slower, but it’s better than nothing. If you don’t understand the “why” on this, you’re lucky.
1) Find
I already posted this, but where’s spotlight? On my Blackberry, I can find a message, contact, etc..
2) Check mail
Blackberry does a good job of pushing data to you when you get an email. It’s one of those things you get spoiled with. iPhone won’t let me check faster than every 15 minutes unless I manually check. I guess they’re compensating for the slower network, but to not giving me a choice irks me. I don’t want to switch to IM for this, cause the business world is still email, I just want more periodic checking options.
3) Auto-spellcheck UI
This is the dumbest thing I’ve seen on the iPhone. I use a lot of TLA’s and abbreviations in my emails. And I’m looking at the keyboard to type, not the screen (Blackberry was a different story, but I had haptic feedback). So when I hit the space bar, don’t AUTO-correct what you think I meant. I have to re-read the whole email to make sure that it didn’t decide to change SAN with sans just because I hit the space bar to continue to the next word.
4) Mark All As Read
I get a ton of SPAM. And I have no interest in going through them all to mark them as read individually (20+ every time I check mail). But if I leave it be, iPhone lists my new messages at a 100 in no time. Just give me a mark all as read button, and even if I can’t get the junk filter, it will at least clear the new email alert.
If Apple told me, you’ll have these things when the next OS comes out, I’d be totally cool. But with the policy of not talking about new features, even the obvious ones, I have a hard time seeing the justification in hanging on to a product to hope that it catches up to the competition. I understand not talking about the double secret probation super cool feature sets, but I have a hard time understanding why they can’t say, yeah, our bad, you’ll have find soon. No comment, makes no sense.
Outside of those initial reactions, I really like the iPhone. But those five things are each small walls in converting over, and might be large enough to force me to go back to crack, despite how happy I was to get off it.
Contributed by: ecuguru


Instructions Posted for Tethering Laptop to iPhone EDGE Network

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 08:13
Category: iPhone

A tutorial has been posted on crea.ations.net demonstrating how to hack your iPhone to distribute an EDGE network that can then be tapped into as an ad-hoc network via your laptop.
The trick, which stems off the “jailbreak” hack used for unlocking custom ringtones on the iPhone (posted on Hack the iPhone), provides steady EDGE network access without using a WiFi network. The hack isn’t for the faint of heart, so read up on it to make sure you know what you’re doing.
Check out the YouTube video to see EDGE in action on an iBook G4 laptop.
If you have any feedback or ideas of your own, make them heard in the forums.


Apple Introduces AppleCare for iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, July 25th, 2007, 08:35
Category: iPhone

On Tuesday, Apple released details regarding AppleCare for the iPhone. According to The Unofficial Apple Weblog, AppleCare, which is available for US$69, extends “hardware repair coverage” for an additional year (bringing the total to two years if purchased.)
The warranty extension also applies to Apple’s iPhone Bluetooth headset. Full details are available on the web site and previously mentioned elements such as Apple leasing out loaner iPhones for US$29 if your handset goes in for repair still apply.
If you have any thoughts or ideas about this, let us know in the forums.


Canadian iPod Tax Approved, Computers And Phones Likely

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 10:05
Category: iPhone

canitax.jpgiPod users may be paying a little more for their tunes in the near future, but this could be a good thing. In a ruling released by the Copyright Board of Canada, they have decided that iPods and digital media devices could easily be held under the private copying levy that currently stands on the sale of CDs and DVDs, as well as other recording mediums.
This levy was set in place in 1996 to bring funding back to the artists who may lose money through private copying, which millions of Canadians do every day. The decision was in line with the Copyright board’s previous rulings, which set a precedent for Canadians being legally allowed to not just copy files to their digital media devices, but essentially be in the clear when it came to downloading content online through peer to peer software, says Michael Geist, Canadian copyright law expert.
“Moreover, given the Board’s view that the levy potentially applies to any device, including personal computers, it also provides further confirmation that peer-to-peer downloading is covered by the private copying levy,” says Geist on his website. (Thanks Michel M.)

CityNews: iPod Taxes Approved, Computers And Phones Likely

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MissingManual.com – David Pogue’s iPhone Tricks

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 09:25
Category: iPhone

David Pogue with his iPhoneThe iPhone’s finger-driven interface seems natural and obvious. But when you really think about it, making it seem that way was no easy task. There are no menus in the iPhone software, for example, and no checkboxes or radio buttons. Everything on the screen has to be big enough for a fleshy fingertip.
On the other hand, the finger makes an outstanding pointing device; heck, you’ve been pointing with it all your life. It’s much faster to scroll diagonally with a fingertip, for example, than with fussy adjustments on two different scroll bars.
Here, then, are some of the iPhone’s unadvertised taps, double-taps, and other shortcuts, all culled from iPhone: The Missing Manual. (Thanks Stuart)

missingmanual.com — David Pogue’s iPhone Tricks

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Filemark Maker Allows Files to Be Loaded on iPhone

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 09:37
Category: Software

If there’s one thing I like about technology, it’s that someone will always find a cool and/or better way to go about something, no matter how closed a device’s architecture might be.
Developer Jamie Wilkinson has released Filemark Maker, a small, free, open source, droplet application that helps encode files into what are essentially web browser bookmarks. According to MacSlash, this allows users to store data such as eBooks and high resolution photos to an iPhone and read them offline later.
To use the program, drop a file onto Filemark Maker via your Mac, bookmark the generated link, then sync the file to your iPhone.
The author has currently attached the following provisos to the application:
-One needs to sync the bookmarks to the phone as trying to bookmark the filemark links on the phone crashes it.
-Don’t try images much bigger than ~1500×1500, which can crash MobileSafari.
-Huge PDFs of text work fine, but something fancy like the NYC MTA map brings it to crawl (but works).
Filemark Maker is a 1.6 megabyte download.
If you’ve tried Filemark Maker and can offer any feedback, either positive or negative, let us know in the forums.


iPhone’s use in Medical Imaging Takes a Step Forward

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 09:04
Category: iPhone

Heart Imaging Technologies (HeartIT) has taken the imaginative step of announcing that medical images can be viewed on Apple’s new iPhone, stealing a lead on its rivals in the process.
Physicians can simply click on a web link sent via email by one of their colleagues, enter their password, and, for example, instantly view movies of a patient’s beating heart halfway around the world using the new iPhone.
They can even put their colleagues on speakerphone and carry on a medical consultation while simultaneously browsing through the imaging results.
Viewing medical images traditionally requires dedicated workstations costing tens of thousands of dollars, which in turn are connected to proprietary picture archiving communications and storage (PACS) systems costing millions of dollars more.
Despite the news of the innovatory use of the mobile technology a spokesperson for Apple said the company had no plans at present to publicize its value for medical imaging professionals. The Apple website does include case studies of where their Mac computer technology is being used as a workstation for medical imaging, and Osirix software has been developed as a free DICOM/PACS viewer for Mac machines for example. (Thanks Jerry K.)

Medical Imaging News Articles :: iPhone’s use in medical imaging takes a step forward

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iPhoneBugList.com Gathers iPhone Issues, Bugs and Feature requests

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 09:34
Category: iPhone

This site is a great idea. Instead of everyone blogging their complaints separately, why not post them all in one location? If you have an iPhone, the best way to use the site is to make your bug/wish list first. Then go to iPhoneBugList.com and add the ones that they don’t already have on the list.

We hope you find this a useful method to see the outstanding issues and requests for the iPhone. It is wide open without the need for registration… This is a brand new site and it is getting worked on as you view it. Still adding features and help.


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Karstadt Retail Chain to Sell iPhone in Germany

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Date: Tuesday, July 24th, 2007, 07:02
Category: iPhone

For Germans anticipating an iPhone, the handset is on its way.
A Reuters story has a spokeswoman with the Karstadt retail stores stating that the chain will be selling the iPhone. The spokeswoman added that the iPhone should be in stock in time for the Christmas shopping season.
It was not specified whether the units would be sold with or without a contract.
Apple has yet to outline details as to how it plans to sell the iPhone in Europe and has only mentioned that the units will be available come late 2007. The company declined to comment on specific plans with Karstadt as well as which European cell phone provider(s) will be contracted with.
If you have any thoughts, feedback or ideas on this, let us know in the forums.


Updated: Newly Discovered Hacks Allow for Third Party Control of iPhone

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Date: Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 14:01
Category: iPhone

A group of researchers working for Independent Security Evaluators have stated they’ve discovered a way to take control of Apple’s newly-released iPhone by way of a WiFi connection or tricking users into visiting a web site containing malicious code.
The hack also purportedly allows access to the personal information stored on the handset.
“Once you did manage to find a hole, you were in complete control,” said Charles A. Miller, principal security analyst for the Baltimore-based firm.
According to The New York Times, the company has alerted Apple to the vulnerability.
Miller demonstrated the hack by pointing his iPhone’s web browser to a specific web site. Once the site had loaded, the iPhone followed a set of instructions that transmitted a set of files over the web site. These files included recent text messages as well as contact information stored within the iPhone.
“We can get any file we want,” said Miller.
Miller also commented that this was representative of cell phones, which are now essentially full-grade computers, having computer-level problems. Though not the end of the world, users should be careful about accessing random public WiFi networks and which web sites they visit.
Per CNET’s Crave blog, a second exploit has also been found via this method:
“A second exploit developed by the researchers caused the iPhone to make a system sound and vibrate for a second after visiting a maliciously coded Web site. The same exploit could also dial a phone number, send a text message, or turn on the microphone to eavesdrop remotely on conversations within the room.”
Apple has yet to respond as to when a software patch or upgrade will be released to resolve the issue.