Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

There’s An App For That …

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

So this is terribly geeky, but indulge me.

I’ve come to realize over the last two months that the whole point of having an Apple iPhone is to amass applications, or “apps” in the colloquial.

One doesn’t make “apps”, though, that’s too tricky.

To make an “app” one needs to submit it through the Apple Store and their Byzantine application process. That takes time, money, and a strict review process.

The alternative is that one can simply make a webpage and have people add a bookmark to it to their home screen.

As you know, a few weeks ago I made this website mobile friendly. But the logo to the bookmark was a snapshot of the webpage, which is, quite frankly, ugly.

So tonight I discovered how to make the icon pretty.

Check out this screen shot of my home page as it stands tonight (hint, look between the Calendar and the Camera):

I think that is very cool …

Apple iPhone Nano?

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Oh boy I hope the Wall Street Journal is correct on this one: “Less-Pricey iPhone in the Works“.

Although we did just buy a year-long subscription to MobileMe …

iPhone Web Usage

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

This is fascinating – 2% of all web browsing in the world is done on iPhones or iPads!

Check out: “Apple’s iOS Breaks 2% of All Browsing on The Web, Over 5% in U.K./Australia“.

Apple Magic Glove

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Not that it’s set in stone, by any means, but Apple was just granted patent for a new glove system, as reported by Apple patent watchdog patentlyapple: “Apple Wins Patent for a High Tactility (Magic) Glove System“.

I know with my new iPhone the “tactile feedback” through even light gloves “impedes proper operation”.

I’ll be psyched if this becomes reality.

Starbucks and iPhone

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Wow, this combines two of my favorite stories of the last few weeks – one can now pay at Starbucks using one’s iPhone!

Check out: “Now at Starbucks: Buy a Latte by Waving Your Phone.”

I have to point out that there’s actually no waving involved, however; there isn’t RFID in the iPhone. It’s simply an iPhone application that displays a barcode specific to one’s Starbucks gift card that the clerk barista then scans.

But I can see where “wave” sounds more futuristic.

Optimized for Smart Phones

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Those of you at home probably (hopefully) won’t notice anything different, but the blog here is now optimized for smart phones, like my new iPhone.

This is what iPhone viewers see now:

Pretty awesome, eh?

Let me know if you see any problems with the site (either real computer or phoney) over the next few days. Thanks!

February 10

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Not to make this “all Apple, all of the time”, but in case you missed it today, Verizon is coming out with the iPhone 4 on February 10.

iPhone 4 illustration

Hopefully this competition will help lower my AT&T bill …

Four Years of Awesome

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Sunday was the tenth anniversary of iTunes, and apparently also the fourth anniversary of Apple’s iPhone!

iPhone photo

I can’t believe that it took me four years to get one …


Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

This is a test to see if updating from my new iPhone works …


Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

We got each other iPhones for Christmas.

And they are fantastic.

UAE FaceTime Ban

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Well here’s a shocker, the UAE has banned a technological doo-hickey.

Yawn. Must be a Tuesday.

One of the new features in the new Apple iPhone 4 is FaceTime, a video calling feature.

But apparently the UAE has banned it on the iPhone 4, which launched there on Saturday: “No FaceTime in UAE, reported working in SA unless phones are updated“.

If I had to guess why, and this is just a shot in the dark here, it’s because of either porn or VoIP.

The Emirates doesn’t care for either.

iPhone Drama

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

I’m actually glad I didn’t buy an iPhone 4.0.

And I’m not even being facetious.

Did you see how “Apple Offers Free Cases to Address iPhone Issue” and that Apple even admitted “iPhone 4 Drops More Calls Than iPhone 3GS“?

Yep, I’m waiting for iPhone 5.0. Well that, and a job.

iPhone 4 Drops Calls, Too

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Uh-oh! Did you see this in the New York Times: “On iPhone 4, a Mystery of Dropped Calls“?

Apparently there are concerns that holding the new iPhone 4 in one’s left hand results in poorer signal performance, including dropped calls.

And I’m left handed!

So I guess it’s a good thing I don’t have one!


iPhone 4 Day

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Apple’s new iPhone 4 is being released today.

Think I’ll just wait until iPhone 5 comes out in 2011.

iPhone and the Cardinal Sins

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Apple’s new iPhone 4 they revealed yesterday. It seemed like I’ve wanted an iPhone for the last three and a half years. Oh wait, I have (see iPhone).

In fact, I’m pretty pissed off that I don’t have one.

One of the reason’s that I’d like a real job – I mean, other than health benefits, sick days and vacation days – is for a real paycheck of which I could spend gobs and gobs towards an iPhone and data plan. That’s where they get you, you know, that monthly data plan on top of the already outrageous cellular plan. I just can’t afford that right now. And that upsets me.

I’m also really jealous of my friends who do have iPhones, which these days is most of them. Every time I get an email from a friend and the last sentence is “sent from my iPhone” it grates my nerves. Why do they get an iPhone and I don’t?

Mostly because they’re not a temp, I’d assume.

In fact, now that I think about it, other than “sloth” I think I experience the full set of Cardinal Sins each time I think about the iPhone:

Wrath: see above
Greed: I want I want I want I want
Sloth: n/a
Pride: I’m supposed to be an Apple fan without an iPhone?
Lust: Okay, similar to this case to envy.
Envy: see above
Gluttony: My Motorola RAZR works just fine, really.

So wait, did I just prove Apple evil? Crap.

Forgive me Steve Jobs, for I have sinned …

new iPhone

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Did you see that Apple released info on the new iPhone 4 yesterday?

It comes out June 24.

Bad Apple

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Wow, I guess I’m glad that I don’t have an iPhone: “The Scary Truth About Your iPhone.”

Naw …. I still wish I did.

Green-Eyed Josh

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Got an email from a former coworker yesterday telling me about another coworker’s new book.

At the bottom?

“Sent from my iPhone.”

I hate those words.

I was so jealous – not only of my author friend but also my iPhone-having friend – that I almost threw my back out.

It did throw me into a shitty, jealous mood all afternoon though.

Mauritius Has Apps

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Dodo birdLast month I mentioned how the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where Liz and I went on our honeymoon, has the Apple iPhone but no App Store (see Mauritius App Store).

As you can imagine, an iPhone without apps is like Christmas without presents.

Well I’m happy to report that on Thursday Apple announced nine new App Stores – including Mauritius.