PowerPage Podcast Episode 52

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Date: Thursday, July 26th, 2007, 09:37
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 52 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (1:23’14, 29.6MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker, Youngmoo Kim and Chris Barylick.
Topics include: Apple’s Q3 2007 financial results and AT&T’s Q2 results. The first reporting periods after the iPhone launch. We also discuss “what’s on your Mac?”
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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Going back to the Crack?

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

iPhoneBugList.com

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The laser etched iPhone

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Date: Friday, July 20th, 2007, 11:03
Category: iPhone


With a 35W Epilog laser 40% power, 100% speed with a 600dpi vector art image (AI) works great for laser etching an iPhone. The material on the back is a nice plastic that etched white-ish.

A video of the relatively short etching process is available on their site.

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PowerPage Podcast Episode 50

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Date: Sunday, July 1st, 2007, 13:27
Category: Podcast

PowerPage Podcast LogoEpisode 50 of the PowerPage Podcast is now available. You can either download it from the iTunes Store or directly (20’44, 7.4MB, AAC).
Your panel: Jason O’Grady, Rob Parker and Youngmoo Kim.
Topics include: Today’s podcast was recorded entirely from three iPhones recorded via SkypeOut and Audio Hijack. On it we discuss the iPhone purchase experience and first impressions.
Subscribe to the PowerPage Podcast directly in iTunes or add the Podcast RSS feed to the newsreader of your choice.
Thank you to The Tragically Hip for allowing us use their music in the podcast. Check out their new album World Container in stores now.

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Philly’s Mayor Street in line for an iPhone (since 3:30 a.m.)

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Date: Friday, June 29th, 2007, 11:52
Category: iPhone

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The morning news on NBC 10 had a clip showing Philadelphia Mayor John Street waiting in line at a downtown AT&T store since 3 a.m. awaiting his iPhone. He will have someone pinch-sit while he goes about City business but will be back in line before the store opens up again at 6 p.m. (Thanks Kenn Marks, picture courtesy of The Consumerist)
Update: Video is posted here.

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State of the Apple: The Big If

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Date: Thursday, February 8th, 2007, 23:35
Category: Opinion

So here we are, post-Macworld Expo drifting off into rueful looks at iCal and thinking “when can I get my hands on an iPhone?” Apple’s release of colored iPod shuffles hardly satisfies a growing desire to see the new product. It makes me wonder how much MacBooks and MBP’s will actually change in the near future – will they morph into touch-screen tablets too?
As Apple prepares to embark on its post-iPod world I wonder whether the bravado it employs has not grown a little too big. After all, the iPod emerged slowly over 18 months and wasn’t really touted with a fraction of the iPhone’s hype at the outset. Its massive success (and this is true of all great Apple products) was due to the fact that they locked everything down including the hardware, software and the selling of music.
The big “if” in this new iPhone era is how Apple will work with a cell phone provider when they’re accustomed to owning the entire process.
It also bothers me, for example, that I won’t be able to download iTunes music OTA (over the air) to iPhone. Although I understand that this may be a contractual limitation with the record labels, Apple sure hasn’t said much on the topic.
Also, although the polycarbonate shell is supposed to be harder than the iPod’s, is anyone else worried that iPhone’s ultra high gloss enclosure may get as scratched as the original iPod nano inside a bag or with a bunch of keys on the way home from the bar? Surely Apple’s thought of this, haven’t they?
For the price they’re demanding, the least Apple could do is to include a decent case with iPhone. Although with Apple’s track record on this, I’m not holding my breath.

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The Apple Core: Why iPhone should remain closed

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Date: Friday, January 26th, 2007, 14:55
Category: The Apple Core
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Readers of this blog know that I’m a big fan of the Treo and still believe it to be the best smartphone for Mac users. However when people ask me what I think about my Treo, I usually respond: “The best thing about the Treo is that you can install any software you want on it. But the worst thing about the Treo is that you can install any software you want on it.” My Treo is a veritable bouillabaisse of software from vendors around the planet and I’m starting to wonder about the wisdom of this approach.
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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The Apple Core: 10 reasons why pre-announcing the iPhone was brilliant

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Date: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007, 10:21
Category: The Apple Core

Yesterday I posted a story by Mike Elgan at Computerworld who listed six reasons why it was a mistake to make the iPhone keynote at Macworld. Although pre-announcing a new product is a radical departure for Apple, there is some logic to it in this case. Here are 10 reasons why announcing the iPhone six months early was a stroke of genius by Steve Jobs…
Read the rest of the story on my ZDNet Blog: The Apple Core.

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