Wednesday, December 31, 2008

China issues licenses for next generation 3G wireless services

David Barboza reports for The New York Times:
"After years of delays, the Chinese government said late Wednesday that it would issue licenses for next generation 3G wireless services, which could fuel growth in what is already the world’s biggest market for wireless services,"

"China’s State Council, or Cabinet, made the announcement on its Web site saying the government would back three standards, including one chiefly developed in China,"
"The move, which has been expected for much of the year, is significant because it opens the way for cellphone users here to have faster downloads of video, data and Web-browsing services, and for telecommunications companies to charge more for their high-speed services."
"China said it would issue licenses for each of the three major standards, the home-grown TD-SCDMA standard, as well as two international 3G standards that are favored in the United States and Europe."

"The country now has more than 600 million cellphone subscribers, by far the largest number in the world, and there is fierce competition among international companies to capture market share,"
"By some estimates, China could have 150 million 3G cellphone subscribers by 2010, which would mean bigger revenues and profits for mobile operators."

"The government did not announce which Chinese wireless services companies would get which licenses."

Full article here.

Is possible to have Airport Express in Hotel for iPod Touch/iphone without notebook?

Scenario: I'm tired of lugging around my Macbook just to check email. It would be great to take a airport express and my ipod touch to a hotel and plug the airport express into the provided Ethernet connection and create my own wireless network for my ipod touch. Is there an airport utility for the ipod touch so I can change settings in the airport express to get connected to a hotel Ethernet connection?

Resolution: You can plug in the AirPort Express (AE) at the hotel. If the AE's configuration matches the settings required at the hotel... it will work. However, if it did work, the AE would have to be left at factory default settings, as such to prevent your own settings from interfering. (It would broadcast the network name as, "Apple Network..." followed by several random letters and numbers.) Press and hold in the reset button to restore to factory default.

TIME Magazine -- Top 10 iPhone Apps for 2008

Top 10 iPhone Apps for 2008 (from Time Magazine)

1. Pandora Internet Radio (free, for iPhone and iPod touch)
2. AroundMe (free, for iPhone and iPod touch)
3. AP Mobile News Network (free, for iPhone and iPod touch)
4. Ocarina ($0.99, for iPhone)
5. Wikipanion (free, for iPhone and iPod touch)
6. Adrenaline Pool Lite (free, for iPhone and iPod touch)
7. Instapaper (free, for iPhone and iPod touch)
8. NetNewsWire (free, for iPhone and iPod touch)
9. iTalk Recorder (free, for iPhone and iPod touch 2G)
10. FakeCalls ($0.99, for iPhone)

Full article here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

What's new in 2.2

  • Podcast downloading over WiFi AND Phone Internet service. However, we’re not happy that you can’t subscribe or download huge podcasts; there is a cap on the size ( a 10MB cap).
  • Apple has also tweaked the visual voicemail and removed some bugs from the overall fluidity of the GUI.
  • After Google introduced “Street View” on the G1, Apple really wanted that same technology and have now added it to Google Maps.  Yet, unfortunately, this only works on the iPhone 1 and 2G and not on the iPod Touch.
  • Apple has done some great work on the App Store.  New sorting options of “Top Paid,” “Top Free,” and “Release Date” are available when browsing categories like “Games” or “Productivity” which allows for more pleasant control over what you see. A large icon taken from a popular application is now also displayed next to each category name to help identify it. Plus, when viewing a specific application’s details, all screenshots for the application are now accessible on the devices through a nice slide show.  
  • Another big thing they have added is rating.  When you delete icons they will now ask you if you want to rate the App. before deleting it.   Of course, you can always respectfully decline. 
  • You can now also turn of the “auto-correction” while typing.
  • They have added new feature where pressing the Home button when viewing any Home screen application page will bring you to the first page.
  • The new 2.2 OS has also solved the problems with Mail’s fetching schedules, and it has also improved formatting of wide HTML e-mail.
  • Now this may be the placebo effect but everything seems much faster.  Apps start faster, the system is more responsive, google maps pinpoints your location faster, and even safari seems smoother.

Five top tips for new iPhone users

Get a brand new iPhone for Christmas? Here are a handful of our top tips to help you make the most of it.

iPhone or iPod Touch Typing Tricks


When you want to type a contraction like "can't" or "shouldn't," don't bother putting in the apostrophe. It is smart enough to guess that cant is "can't." (When you're typing in a word like "we'll," where the uncontracted "well" is a common word, add an extra "l". It corrects welll to "we'll" and shelll to "she'll."

Punctuation Dragging

If you plan to use only one item of punctuation at a time, such as a comma or period, save time by dragging. Drag from the ".?123" button to the item you want to include. By starting the drag at ".?123", it switches momentarily to the numbers and punctuation view. After selecting your item, the keyboard automatically bounces back to the alphabet.


Tap and hold any keyboard letter to view accented versions of that letter. For example, tapping and holding N presents you with the option of adding n, ´n, or ñ. This shortcut makes it much easier to type foreign words.

Caps Lock

To enable caps lock, go to Settings ➤ General ➤ Keyboard preferences. When enabled, you can double-tap the caps button to toggle the lock on and off.

Deleting Words at a Time

When you press and hold the delete key, it starts off by deleting one letter and then the next. But if you hold it for longer than about a line of text, it switches to word deletion and starts removing entire words at a time, making it easier to clear text on a system where you cannot "select all" and then cut.


It automatically capitalizes the start of sentences. So you can type the day has begun, and it is smart enough to capitalize "the": "The day has begun". This means you don't have to worry about pressing the shift key at the beginning of every sentence or even when you type "i". i went to the park becomes "I went to the park".


Friday, November 21, 2008

Apple releases iPhone 2.2, iPod touch 2.2 Software Updates

Apple has released iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS 2.2 for iPod touch Software Update which contains many bug fixes and improvements including:

- Google Street View
- public transit and walking directions
- display address of dropped pins
- share location via email

- resolved isolated issues with scheduled fetching of email
- improved formatting of wide email messages

Improved stability and performance of Safari

Podcasts are now available for download in iTunes application (over Wi-Fi and cellular network)

Decrease in call set-up failures and call drops

Improved sound quality of visual voicemail messages

Pressing the Home button from any Home screen takes you to the first Home screen

Preference to turn on/off auto-correction in Keyboard Settings

Update your iPhone or iPhone 3G or iPod touch via iTunes Update.

More info about the security content of iPhone OS 2.2 and iPhone OS for iPod touch 2.2 here.

Friday, November 7, 2008

A fraud ring or social networking - it's the same thing sat down with SAS's CEO in Las Vegas this week to find out his thoughts on cloud computing, succession planning and the iPhone. SAS is unique among tech heavyweights for its private ownership - the business intelligence BI company has been run for more than 30 years by... [ Full story from ZDNet News - Front Door ]

Perpetual follower: Microsoft mulls Apple’s WebKit for Internet Explorer

Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

iPodObserver - ATT CEO: iPhone Tethering On the Way

ATTAT&T customers will have an officially sanctioned way to use their iPhone as a wireless modem with their laptop soon. The promise came from AT&T CEO Ralph De La Vega during the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday
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Update: Speedy Mac 2008 Release 3

Altomac's menubar launcher and utility software adds a Recent Clipboard menu that provide clipboard history, a Favorites Clipboard menu for storing often-used items, code and memory use optimizations, and other changes. [ Full story from MacInTouch ]

Official iPhone Tethering Option Coming Soon From AT&T

As MobileCrunch reports, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega revealed during an interview that AT&T would "soon" be offering an official tethering option for the iPhone. Tethering is a process by... [ Full story from iPod Hacks ]

Apple storms past RIM in smartphone race

iPhone moves into second place

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USB Digital Endoscope: you will see what you want to see

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Microsoft considers adopting WebKit for Internet Explorer

Addressing a developer conference in Sydney Australia, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the idea of using WebKit as the rendering engine within its web browser was "interesting" and added "we may look at that." [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Warner's Bronfman, MySpace's DeWolfe talk music

They were chatty, but in the Web 2.0 summit panel the two still wouldn't say who's been chosen as the CEO of MySpace Music or even if they see Apple's iTunes as competitive. [ Full story from CNET ]

Apple opens Macbook front in iPhone jailbreak war

OK, we're baffled

Apple appears to have taken its campaign against iPhone modders to a baffling new level, tweaking its new MacBooks and MacBook Pros to disable a popular software tool used to jailbreak the handset.…

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Apple, Psystar joust in court over antitrust complaint

A U.S. District Court judge said he would rule in a few weeks on Apple’s motion to dismiss Psystar’s antitrust complaint against the company, after the two sides made their argument during a hearing on Thursday.
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Fatah and Hamas in unity government talks

al-Azhar University.

The talks will centre on establishing a government with the goal of ending the economic siege of Gaza, reforming the security forces under a national leadership and preparing for fresh presidential and parliamentary elections.

A united government would present a challenge and perhaps an opportunity for fresh policymaking for the US and Europe, which refused to talk to Hamas and isolated the movement soon after it won Palestinian elections in 2006. Since then Hamas-run Gaza has been under economic blockade. Israel limits most imports and has banned all exports. Egypt has also kept its one crossing mostly closed.

Israel is not likely to deal with any government with a Hamas component unless it offers recognition of Israel, a halt to violence and acceptance of past peace deals - something Hamas has consistently refused. Fatah also wants to secure an endorsement for Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader and Palestinian president, to continue in office for another year after his term formally ends on January 8. If Hamas refuses it will probably challenge Abbas's legitimacy and may appoint its own president in Gaza.

Hamas wants an end to Gaza's blockade and is demanding entry into and reform of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, the umbrella group regarded as the "sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people". All peace talks with Israel are carried out by Abbas as PLO leader and it was the PLO which in 1993 formally recognised Israel's right to exist as part of the Oslo process. Hamas's entry into the PLO has been discussed but never agreed. It is on the agenda in Cairo but the Islamist movement is pushing hard for a deal.

"The PLO is representing the Palestinian people and its political programme should be discussed among all the political factions and represent all the authorities," said Taher al-Nunu, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza.

Many Palestinians believe there was pressure from the US on Abbas not to deal with Hamas but after the election that may now be waning. Yet Abbas's failure in the past year to secure a peace agreement has weakened his position. "Many people didn't think Hamas was going to last as long as it did," said Abu Sada. "But ... instead of being squeezed it has got much stronger and imposed order in Gaza."

"People are fed up with both of them," said Ali Jarbawi, professor of political science at Birzeit University in Ramallah. "They are fighting over power in an authority still under occupation." © Guardian News & Media Limited 2008 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds [ Full story from Guardian Unlimited ]

Apple now world’s #2 smartphone vendor; iPhone outsells all Windows Mobile devices combined

Despite the gloomy economic picture and the problems being experienced by some of the leading mobile handset vendors... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

iPhone tops business rankings, steals Nokia market share

Often labeled the outsider in the corporate world, Apple's iPhone has already reached the top of J.D. Power's satisfaction ranks for business smartphones -- and is simultaneously the second-largest smartphone maker in the world. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple's iPhone wins J.D. Power award

Apple has won a customer satisfaction award from the consulting firm for the iPhone, besting products from RIM and Samsung among business smartphone users. [ Full story from CNET ]

Mac Gaming News - Play the Reality Show on Your Mac With Top Chef: The Game

Brighter Minds Media on Thursday announced that it has brought the popular reality TV series to PCs and Macs in Top Chef: The Game
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Review: iCopter for iPhone

iCopter isn’t the most sophisticated game in the App Store, but it is a funâ€"and addictiveâ€"way to pass the time.
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First Look: Handsfree speaker and iPhone charger

In many places, itís now illegal to drive while holding and talking on a mobile phone. Since chatting while driving can be so convenient, you have two choices. First, you can pull over to the side of the road every time you want to chat with your iPhone. Since this essentially negates the advantages of driving while chatting, your only real option is to get a hands-free device for your phone. If y... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Keynote Objects FX 3.0 expands collection

Jumsoft is shipping Keynote Objects FX 3.0, its latest art collection for Mac apps. Objects FX is in particular aimed at both Keynote and Pages, and supplies a variety of pre-rendered 3D images for inclusion in presentations or documents. Version 3.0 doubles the collection size from 50 to 100, in categories including the likes of parties, plants, and soft or metallic objects.... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPhone takes, holds top spot in business phones

Apple and the iPhone have placed first in a customer satisfaction survey targeting business users of smartphones, according to J.D. Power and Associates. The survey evaluated phone makers using a thousand-point score, with devices ranked in categories of descending priority; these included "ease of operation," "operating system," "physical design," "handset features" and "battery aspects." Apple... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Ivyskin unveils Quattro T3 case for iPhone 3G

Ivyskin has unveiled the Quattro T3 Glass Touch-Thru Armor case for the iPhone 3G. The case features Xylo Glass screen protection, which the company claims will not affect sensitivity. The rest of the phone is protected by silicone-treated polycarbonate that offers a hard shell with a soft feel. The phone can be docked without taking the whole case off, and a detachable port protector is included ... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

Envision 1.2 adds integrated iPhone publishing

Open Door Networks has announced the latest version of its web-image browser for the Mac, Envision 1.2. The update features integrated publishing of web shows to the iPhone using MobileMe. New shows have been added, including many from the iPhone version of the program, iEnvision. Envision itself is used to view pictures from websites in a single window, with the text removed. Users can display th... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

AT&T to allow iPhone tethering "soon"

A new statement made by AT&T Mobility president and CEO Ralph De La Vega at the Web 2.0 summit has the company showing support for iPhone tethering ñ a hot topic as of late, considering Apple's banning of a utility that provides that functionality from the App Store. Technologizer reports that the move gives users an official path to explore, rather than relying on the now non-existent NetShare, o... [ Full story from MacNN | The Macintosh News Network ]

iPodObserver - iPhone Cum Ocarina Used for Stairway to Heaven Performance

The folks at Smule have released an ingenious viral video of Ocarina (iTunes link), the company's iPhone app that allows users to "play" their iPhones as if it were an Ocarina, being used in a performance of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven."
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AT&T's Ralph de la Vega says iPhone tethering coming "soon"

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There's not exactly a lot of details to go on here (or any, really), but AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega has just confirmed during an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit that an AT&T-approved iPhone tethering option will indeed be available "soon." That lack of detail includes any word on pricing or, of course, an actual release date, though MacRumors is reporting separately that it's hearing the tethering capability will be built into the 2.2 firmware, which seems like at least a reasonable guess.

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FourTrack multitrack audio recorder available for iPhone

RiffWorks-maker Sonoma Wire Works released its first audio app for the iPhone, allowing users to record and playback four tracks of audio.
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New MacBook Pros, recent iMacs grappling with flaky wireless

An erratic yet ongoing problem has seen recent iMacs, and now Apple's late 2008 MacBook Pros, affected by frequent Wi-Fi dropouts with no clear solution. [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Apple MobileMe News: What is IMAP and Why Do We Use It?

There aren't many industry acronyms it helps to know about, but IMAP is one of them... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

Apple in second place as smartphones surge

Canalys reported a 28 percent jump in smartphone sales compared to last year, with Apple's iPhone 3G launch vaulting it into second place worldwide. [ Full story from CNET ]

AT&T CEO Confirms iPhone Tethering Coming "Soon"

MobileCrunch reveals that during an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega confirmed that AT&T would be offering an official tethering option for the iPhone "soon".

Tethering is the process by which you all... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

AT&T says official iPhone 3G tethering plan coming "soon"

AT&T Mobility chief executive Ralph De La Vega has disclosed that a carrier-sanctioned method of using the iPhone as a 3G modem for notebooks will be announced "soon." [ Full story from AppleInsider ]

Zelda tune played on iPhone ocarina

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AT&T confirms tethering coming to iPhone in 2009

iPhone users will be able to hook their phones up to their laptops at some point next year and get online, AT&T's Ralph de la Vega says. But whose software will make that happen? [ Full story from CNET ]

iPhone app success brings further work on Envision for Mac

The success of iEnvision for the iPhone made Open Door Networks relaunch its Mac product for viewing images on the Web.
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Apple to Mac mini fan: Patience, Padawan

Apple appears to be taking its policing of the rumor mill to the phones, in one case dialing a customer... [ Full story from MacDailyNews ]

iPodObserver - J.D. Power Ranks iPhone #1 in Business Satisfaction

J.D. Power and Associates has ranked Apple's iPhone #1 in business user satisfaction, this despite the iPhone's reputation as being a more consumer-oriented device that doesn't have the chops to be a business phone. In a survey of 1,388 business smart phone users, the company found that...
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J.D. Power ranks Apple’s iPhone highest in new study

J.D. Power and Associates ranked Apple’s iPhone highest in overall customer satisfaction among business wireless smartphone users.
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