There's been a lot of buzz over the iPhone optimized version of Facebook in the past couple of days, and with good reason--it rocks. It does nearly everything the full version of Facebook can do, sans apps from the Facebook apps platform, which I assume are on their way later this year. Everything is rolled up into a tight little package using a simplistic set of two rows of tabs to cover core navigation, and a sliding interface that mimics the iPhone's signature UI. To get there, just point your iPhone (or browser) to http://iPhone.facebook.com. … Read more
Not to be outdone by its Teutonic rival, Audi has followed BMW's lead in announcing that its cars are now fully compatible with the Apple iPhone. Those lucky souls who own both an Audi and an iPhone will now be able to connect the two for Bluetooth hands-free calling, while those even luckier souls with an A5, A6, A8 or Q7 can use Audi's optional AMI music interface to play music via the phone's iPod function.
The Macalope noted last week that Apple had been hit with yet another lawsuit (three more and they win a free set of steak knives from the American Bar Association!), this time over the iPhone's on-screen keyboard.
Does this one pass the smell test?
OK, the Newton's keyboard was movable and the patent is for an "immutable" keyboard, but do they really … Read more
Publisher HarperCollins released digital excerpts from 14 books on Wednesday that can be read from an Apple iPhone.
The digital excerpts are accessible from a special HarperCollins mobile Web site that can be accessed from the iPhone's Safari Web browser.
HarperCollins refers to the program as an extension of its Browse Inside program for perusing digital books from a computer.
The publisher had previously conducted a pilot project to test out the technology via a Web site run by Libre Digital.
Among the titles included in the roll-out are Soul Catcher by Michael C. White, Winning by Jack Welch … Read more
Charles Miller is no stranger to Apple and its products.
In July, Miller and his colleagues at Independent Security Evaluators discovered the first known vulnerability within the Apple iPhone. They then worked with the Cupertino vendor to release a patch for the iPhone the day before the start of the annual Black Hat Briefings in Las Vegas earlier this month. But all that goodwill didn't stop Miller from talking about pending problems lurking deep within the Mac OS. "Macs," he said, "are as easy to hack as they are to use."
During a 20-minute talk … Read more
Earlier this month, New York enacted an Air Passenger Bill of Rights. Among other things, it requires that airlines make minimal provisions for passengers stranded on the tarmac for more than three hours. If you've done any traveling with kids, you probably know how difficult it is to both pack light (a key strategy for successful travel generally) and to pack enough stuff so that if there's a delay, you can keep the little ones occupied. The New York law bounds the problem a little bit: if your longest leg is 6 hours, you can be relatively assured that your outbound leg from a New York airport won't add more than 3 hours to that. But as the US Customs and Border Patrol SNAFU at LAX confirms, airport authorities don't seem to get particularly concerned about tarmac waits of 6, 8, or 10 hours, be they outbound or inbound. I think that when traveling with children, that's a bit much. What's a parent to do?… Read more
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." --Albert Einstein
Oh goody, you can watch YouTube on your iPhone, but what if you just want a phone? I tried to buy a phone that's just a phone, and wound up with a Samsung SCH-u540. Is it just me or do you think it's odd that a phone comes with a 151 page User Manual?
Manufacturers load on features to sell product--whatever it is--phones, coffee makers, micro-wave ovens, or A/V receivers. Here's the deep, dark ugly truth: the features don'… Read more
Like the Harper's Index, here are some numbers I've observed over the past 40 days... (well, 42 days actually).
Number of days in my possession: 42
Number of iPhones I purchased: 2
Number of which I kept: 1
Percent, to the nearest whole integer, of commission I took for getting a certain someone their iPhone: 0
Approximate number of hours waited in line: 10
Approximate number of days after I waited in line until the iPhone was sold out: 1
Number of people who cut in front of me in the line: 40
Number of people I allowed … Read more
It seems that a few iPhone users are encountering problems with the iPhone's touch screen, prompting Apple to replace some units.
Posters on Apple's support discussion boards and forums belonging to both AppleInsider and MacRumors have complained of dead spots on their iPhone's touch screen, almost like the old floor at the old Boston Garden. On a phone based almost entirely around touch-screen input, this would obviously be a serious problem.
It's not at all clear how widespread a problem this is. There were several active discussions about the problem on Apple's own support forums, … Read more
SpiralFrog is a proposed online service that would let users download songs for free in exchange for viewing some sort of advertising. It got some press coverage last August when it announced an agreement to license the music catalog of Universal Music Group, the largest of the four major labels. Over the next few months, however, a missed launch date and executive shake-up led many to write it off as dead.