Taking your iPhone overseas can be a costly proposition, and you may not even know that you're racking up a huge data transfer cost until you get your AT&T bill. The problem is a combination of the following two facts:1. The iPhone is capable of using international data roaming, which is billed at $5/MB in select countries ("DataConnect Global" countries), and nearly $20/MB in other countries (you must activate a per-use international roaming data plan) 2. The iPhone will automatically download data over available data networks without notifying the user for applications … Read more
What is Facebook and why should you use it?
Facebook is a social networking service that lets you connect with friends, co-workers, and others who share similar interests or who have common backgrounds. Many use it as a way to stay in touch after finishing school, or as a way to share their life publicly. What makes Facebook different from other social networks are its extensive privacy controls, its development platform, and its large and quickly growing user base. Facebook has been called the "thinking person's" social network. Compared to many other social networks, Facebook gets new features and improvements on a regular basis.
Facebook, like other social networks, is all about getting in touch with others. Luckily for novice users, Facebook has created some simple ways to find your friends using your e-mail address, or the buddy list from your AOL instant messaging account. You can also search by name, or pull up listings based on your computer's address book.
To get started adding friends to Facebook (many of who may already be on the system), I recommend a multipronged attack. Use your most active Web mail account (Hotmail, as one example), and your AIM buddy list, which in some cases could pull up nearly everyone you know. Since everyone needs an e-mail address to sign up with Facebook, giving Facebook permission to use your existing address books should make it possible to track down everyone with whom you communicate.
Once you've added the people you know or remember (you can always add or delete them later on), one of your first steps should be filling out your own profile. You're welcome to do this before tracking down your friends, but you'll find that people are almost always constantly making tweaks to their profile, so nothing is set in stone. The two main things that are important here are a personal picture, and your contact information--both of which Facebook highlights when you're setting things up. For profile pictures, it can be anything you'd like, and you can simply upload an image to the service from your hard drive. Filling out the rest of your profile is as simple as completing any Web form. You're not required to include anything about yourself, so don't feel too inclined to fill out information you don't want others to see; which brings us to the topic of privacy, which you can read more about after the break...
Continue reading to learn about privacy, saying hello, "poking," sharing bookmarks, and using Facebook applications. We'll also delve into some advanced items, such as add-ons and hidden features.… Read more
iPhone-optimized sites and Web apps are springing up like mad, and so are the iPhone-optimized methods for tracking them. There's mojits, which tries to replicate an application launcher, iPhone Application List, which acts as a software repository with live previews of Web apps (and can be very slow to load on an iPhone), a Mac OS X widget for tracking iPhone apps and others.
While some of these tools have merit -- especially with regard to finding new iPhone Web apps -- we've found that the best way to manage and launch iPhone-optimized sites is with the tried … Read more
The iPhone includes a dedicated YouTube application with access to some of the site's video content. Unfortunately, much of the vast library still has not been converted by YouTube to play properly on the iPhone. That's where TubeTV comes in. Available as freeware, TubeTV can convert any YouTube video from its default Flash format to an .m4v file that can be synced to and played on the iPhone.
This nifty little app has a built in Web browser (and a built-in YouTube search mechanism) that allows you to navigate to the YouTube (or Google Video) movie page of … Read more
The iPhone's mail client/contact scheme lacks an important feature: the ability to store groups of contacts that can be sent an email in one fell swoop. Mac OS X's Address Book and most Windows contact management solutions offer this functionality, but it is for some reason missing from the iPhone. (Groups from desktop applications synchronized to the iPhone simply show up as individual contacts).
There are two methods we've found for getting around this limitation:
Store contact list as a data URI bookmarklet Follow these steps to store an HTML link with all of your contact'… Read more
Filemark Maker is a new Mac OS X application that converts various file formats into data URLs, which can be stored locally as bookmarks on the iPhone (see our separate coverage on turning Web pages into locally stored bookmarks). Currently supported file formats include .doc, .xls, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf, or .html.
The process works like this:Set Safari as your default Web browser (in Safari, go to Preferences > General > Default Web Browser) Download the Filemark Maker application Drag any .doc, .xls, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .pdf, or .html onto the application icon … Read more
We previously reported on a method for storing an entire set of HTML in a bookmark on the iPhone (in effect allowing "Web apps" to live locally on the device) by utilizing the data: URL. All page content is stored in bookmark data, and can be accessed when no network connection exists â?? even if the iPhone is in Airplane mode.
Apple has published a series of Knowledge Base articles detailing various usage and troubleshooting instructions for its newly shipping Bluetooth headset:How to pair iPhone Bluetooth Headset Make it discoverable by holding the headset button for 8 seconds. How to charge iPhone Bluetooth Headset: The headset can be charged via USB 2.0 or AC and reach full capacity in about and hour and a half. Bluetooth Headset troubleshooting Solving problems with pairing, not charging, intermittent connectivity and more. Finding the serial number It will be necessary in the case of replacement. About auto-pairing Doesn't work in Airplane mode (… Read more
We previously reported that the iPhone is covered under a standard limited one-year Apple warranty, but is not eligible for AT&T's wireless phone insurance, which (for a $5 monthly fee) will provide replacement in the case of loss or theft, accidental physical or liquid damage or mechanical and electrical failure after the manufacturer's warranty period has expired, and noted several options for protection. Among them: AppleCare, third-party warranties like those offered by SquareTrade and Homeowners'/renters' insurance.
One set of options we left out is purchase protection plans offered by credit card companies.
As noted by … Read more
What's a bookmarklet you ask? It's a piece of code that is stored as a bookmark (see our previous article on using the data: URL scheme to store iPhone Web apps locally). Basically, you can store the code in the bookmark, then simply access the bookmark from within Safari on the iPhone whenever you want to access its functionality.
The find function … Read more