Apple has revised its home page with a teaser for Steve Jobs' keynote tomorrow morning, using the tagline "Something is in the air." Apple traditionally posts a streaming video version of Macworld keynotes they day after they occur (or later), but this time a stream will be available Tuesday afternoon, soon after the keynote is over. Check iPhone Atlas for full coverage of any iPhone-related announcements.
Although the iPhone can playback H.264-encoded YouTube content through the YouTube application, the device's Safari browser cannot pick up and display embedded YouTube content. When it encounters embedded YouTube media, MobileSafari simply displays a blue question mark, indicative of unrecognized media. Unlike Google Maps content, which is routed through to the Google Maps application, embedded YouTube content simply cannot be viewed in any fashion (by default) on the iPhone. This is one of the most frustrating aspects of browsing the Web on the iPhone.
A new bookmarklet from Joe Maller changes that. Here's how it works:Drag … Read more
Google has once again revised its Web-based tools -- including Picasa, general search, Gmail, Reader, Calendar, and iGoogle -- for the iPhone. Navigating to google.com on an iPhone will lead you to google.com/m, a portal for access to all the tools. Among the enhancements, per Google's official announcement:Improved UI: "The applications look and feel slicker, and they are easier to activate, navigate and use via a touch-screen." Customization of default tabs: "Now Google users can have easy access to their favorite applications by customizing the applications that appear on the Google.com … Read more
Zami, a site that operate "community directories (aka Intelligent Yellow Pages)" for several US cities, has added a Macworld Expo 2008 directory to its iPhone-optimized site. The site offers the a typical sliding-style iPhone interface, presenting maps of Moscone South and West, as well as exhibitor listings with booth numbers and other information. For those of you making the trek to the show next week, the site makes for a handy guide on the floor.
Doug Rodriguez never unlocked his iPhone for use unauthorized wireless carriers; he never hacked his phone by jailbreaking it and adding unofficial third-party applications; yet he was denied warranty service from Apple when his iPhone suddenly started displaying the error message "Incorrect SIM." Rodriguez only transgression: the transfer of a custom ringtone via the "manual transfer trick" method described in this article whereby an AAC track is renamed to trigger iTunes' recognition of the song as a ringtone file.
Rodriguez' iPhone stopped working properly after it was cycled off and on. The "Incorrect SIM" … Read more
If you make use of unofficial third-party iPhone applications and would like their presence on your phone to persist, refrain from updating to iPhone software/firmware 1.1.3 when it is released. Early indications are that this update not only disables any previously enacted open reading/writing of the iPhone filesystem (jailbreak) hence disallowing unofficial applications to run, but also makes it -- currently -- impossible to downgrade to previous iterations of the firmware/software that can make use of unofficial applications. As such, updating to firmware/software version 1.1.3 means you'll be waiting for the … Read more
How it leaked is still a mystery, but iPhone an firmware revision numbered 1.1.3 is in the hands of a lucky few. Our new hands-on look at the forthcoming release reveals some previously undocumented features and some interesting notes on the usage of Google Maps location triangulation, home screen icon movement and more.
Quasi-GPS: how it works You can now triangulate your approximate location in the Google Maps application (usually within several hundred yards) by tapping the small "target" icon that appears on the lower-left portion of the screen. You can then tap "Directions," … Read more
A day after Mark/Space shipped a tool for migrating data from BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Palm devices to the iPhone, Nova Media has introduced a Mac-only tool that allows data migration from a plethora of mobile phones -- including models from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola.
Dubbed "Fone2Phone," the application works with Bluetooth phones using its own connection wizard (based on the company's vast array of iSync phone plug-ins) to cull data which can then be synced to the iPhone. A company statement reads:
"You can choose to select contacts, events, tasks, notes, bookmarks, photos, … Read more
Slightly more than three months after announcing the software in late September, Mark/Space is now shipping its Missing Sync software in an iPhone-compatible edition (Mac-only). The most useful function the tool provides is the ability to move contacts, tasks, events and photos from Palm OS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones to the iPhone. It also has the ability to archive, browse and search iPhone Call Log, SMS text messages and Notes.Migration works by culling data from a Palm, Windows Mobile or BlackBerry device (using a different, device-specific version of Missing Sync, which can be used in trial … Read more
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