Traveling in Japan, I have come across a Tokyo relocation guide so good it almost makes me want to move here. Tokyo: Here and How was produced by the Tokyo American Club Women's Group. This brand-new guide solves many of the mysteries confronting a Western family who is moving to Japan. From culture, to schools, to obtaining medical care, the guide leads families through each step of the process. As a visitor I found it an intriguing read. As a transplant it would be an indispensable 350-page resource.… Read more
If you visit the National Museum of Singapore, you can get your very own Chinese Companion. Sorry, this one won't make moo eyes at you--instead, it speaks in an electronic voice and is programmed to give visitors access to videos and reading materials on the relevant artifacts and topics in the museum. The National Museum of Singapore claims it is the first and only museum in Southeast Asia, for now, to incorporate an interactive handheld companion to complement its exhibits.
The handheld personal guide, which was developed by Canadian firm GSM, is part of the Companion project which involved … Read more
The iPhone 1.1.1 has much more than meets the eye (the eye being Apple's included release notes). It has better H.264 video support, the ability to play MP3/AAC/WAV audio email attachments, text message sounds, international characters, new video playback options, and a debug mode.
Mail port settings You can now set a custom port for mail servers directly on the iPhone by going to the Mail pane under "Settings," and selecting your account. Previously you had to set this variable on your Desktop then re-sync the system in order to set a … Read more
While iPhone software/firmware update 1.1.1 introduced the ability to turn off EDGE roaming -- meaning that customers can head off exorbitant international data transfer bills -- users who are sticking with iPhone software/firmware 1.0.2 (you can also downgrade if you're already running 1.1.1) now have the option to turn off EDGE entirely thanks to a new third-party native application dubbed "Services."
The program allows you to shut off EDGE, as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and SSH capabilities from a single pane (WiFi and Bluetooth can also be selectively disabled … Read more
Rogue Amoeba has released MakeiPhoneRingtone, a free tool that automates this trick for getting AAC tracks into the Ringtones section of iTunes and syncing them to the iPhone freely. You simply launch the application then drag an AAC icon over its main window, and the file will automatically be sent to iTunes as a ringtone, at which point it can be immediately synced to the iPhone. [Note that this tool may be susceptible to changes in future iTunes revisions that could block its functionality]
Apple's release of iTunes 7.4.1 put an end to the free transfer of current AAC tracks as ringtones to the iPhone -- for a day or so at least. Though the process is now a bit more involved, it still works. Here's the new method:
For Windows users:Using Windows Explorer, duplicate and rename any AAC with the extension "M4R" (e.g. Folsom Prison Blues.M4R). If it is already in your iTunes library, delete it from there first. Double-click on the file. It will be added to your iTunes library automatically (you might … Read more
UPDATE: The below method is broken under iTunes 7.4.1, but there is a slightly more involved process that does work under iTunes 7.4.1.---
Though this capability might well be removed in a future version of iTunes, it's currently possible to turn any MP3 or AAC file into an iTunes ringtone file that can be synchronized with the iPhone. You'll miss out on the editing features built into the iTunes ringtone tool, but you also won't have to pay anything extra for the tracks, nor will you have to use any third-party ringtone … Read more
We previously noted that a number of readers have reported that their iPhones have become non-functional (entering an endless rebooting cycle) after the following process: restoring the iPhone using iTunes 7.4, then attempting jailbreak with Installer.app 2.4 or earlier or other older jailbreaking utilities. Our suggested fixes included putting the iPhone in recovery mode and restoring, or using an earlier version of iTunes to restore.
Adam Dann of Nullriver Software, the creators of AppTapp (Installer.app for the iPhone) has now provided us with a Terminal script that may fix the endless reboot syndrome from a Mac … Read more
If you have restored your iPhone using iTunes 7.4 do not attempt to jailbreak the device with anything other than the newly released version of Installer.app (AppTapp) 3.0 or the newly revised, compatible edition of INdependence. A number of readers have reported that their iPhones have become non-functional (entering an endless rebooting cycle) after the following process: restoring the iPhone using iTunes 7.4, then attempting jailbreak with Installer.app 2.4 or earlier or other older jailbreaking utilities.
Apparently iTunes 7.4 uploads changes to the iPhone that can cause serious issues when those units undergo … Read more