We previously reported on the TinyBuddy Web-based instant messaging client, which works great on the iPhone. A new iPhone-optimized offering has now been introduced: JiveTalk for iPhone. Both work well and are acceptable solutions for sending and receiving instant messages from the iPhone. Here's a quick feature comparison:Read more
We've been receiving a significant number of reports from users indicating that the iPhone's earpiece and speakerphone volume are too low, even at the loudest setting. Readers note that compared to most other mobile phones, the iPhone's sound output -- for voice functions, at least -- is subpar.
iPhone Atlas reader Sharon, for example, writes:"I have found the volume on the iPhone to be very low, even when turned up to the highest setting; it is also low using the headset for calls. It seems fine when listening to music."
Users have also lamented … Read more
If you're experiencing sluggish performance from your iPhone, particularly with interface elements not loading quickly, a full reboot can work wonders. To turn the iPhone off completely, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button (on top of the device) for a few seconds then slide the red slider. Turn it back on by holding the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
In some cases, when the iPhone freezes and the user attempts a reset by holding down the home and sleep keys simultaneously for several seconds, the iPhone will prompt the user to connect the device to iTunes so that a restore process can take place. However, in unfortunate cases, iTunes delivers the error message "The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred," prohibiting the restoration and hence proper iPhone operation.
iPhones, like most other data-enabled phones from AT&T, have a built-in email-to-text address:email@example.com
Sending a message to this address (replace "yournumber" with your line of service number -- full number including area code with no dashes and no preceding "1") will result in a text message arriving on your iPhone through the built in SMS application. Text messaging charges apply.
Note: For unknown reasons, this feature may not work for all AT&T subscribers. If you receive a bounce-back, try calling AT&T's technical support for assistance. … Read more
Speculation about iPhone 2.0 is already well underway, and the latest tidbit involves an iPod Nano-like phone supposedly scheduled for later this year.
Kevin Chang with JPMorgan Chase in Taiwan thinks a slimmer iPhone is on the way, based on conversations he had with unnamed sources and an Apple patent filing for a slim device that uses an input method similar to the familiar iPod scroll wheel, Reuters reports. This would allow Apple to ship a cheaper version of the original iPhone, he said.
I'm not sure what to make of this one. The iPhone's main selling … Read more
We have more iPhone battery results from CNET Labs. The talk time, video time, and music time tests are completed and we can report that the iPhone largely delivers on its power promises. And just to remind you of those promises, the iPhone has a rated battery life of 8 hours talk time, 24 hours of music playback, 7 hours of video playback, and 6 hours of Internet use.
Talk time: When we tested the iPhone with the Wi-Fi function turned off, we got about 7 hours, 45 minutes of talk time. When we tested it with the Wi-Fi activated, … Read more
This weekend has been a rather busy one for iPhone developers. Adobe Systems hosted the iPhoneDevCamp in its San Francisco offices, and the result is 50 new Web apps specifically designed for Apple's shiny new toy. Earlier today we wrote about some of our favorites, although one of the more important ones that didn't come out the developer's event was the new iPhone-optimized version of Trillian from Cerulean Studios. From the looks of the pictures on their blog, it looks a lot like iChat, and more important is finger- and eye-friendly, especially when compared to Meebo's current offerings.… Read more
Today the iPhone is the alpha gizmo, the one item of consumer electronics that dominates all the others.
But in 1993, the hot new gizmo was Apple's Newton, and it was a whole different thing.
Not very many people had Newtons. Apple sold fewer Newtons over the whole life of the product than it sold iPhones the evening of June 29.
Also unlike the iPhone, the first Newtons weren't even very useful. Although called "personal digital assistants" (PDAs), using a Newton was significantly more difficult than using a Day-Timer. The original MessagePad had very poor handwriting … Read more
Hundreds of Web developers, designers, and ordinary geeks gathered this weekend to build usable applications for Apple's iPhone. The barcamp.org event was hosted at Adobe Town Hall and featured dozens of sponsors. The hack-a-thon began on Saturday morning, and wrapped up late Sunday afternoon when each team had a chance to present its app.
Some teams included a group of Yahoo! developers, and others included complete strangers who had just met the day before. I give credit to all teams who participated, but here are the 10 most memorable creations:
10. iPhoneVote This application was the first one presented at the hack-a-thon, and it was used as a voting system for the event. You would tilt your iPhone in portrait mode to vote yay, and tilt it horizontally to give a negative vote. There was a laptop set up in the front of the room, and it was updated in real time. Unfortunately, I don't think the app reset each time a new team would present, so the votes just tallied up into the 80s. Even though it wasn't used for its official purpose, it was a great burst of hope for future apps like this, and boosted the morale of the developers in the room.
9. AppMarks If you have an iPhone, make AppMarks your Safari home page. The interface models the iPhone front door, but instead, each icon links to a Web app or HTML bookmark. I mentioned AppMarks in this blog post a few days ago. AppMarks is cool, but I want to see more functionality. If the AppMarks people want users to add AppMarks as their home page, they need to always be thinking of new features. There are other products, like Mojits, that are right on their heels.
8. PickleView The only sports application presented was called PickleView. Ryan Christianson from the Walt Disney Internet Group explained that in baseball, a pickle is a play in which a base runner is trapped between bases with fielders tossing the ball back and forth and usually ending with the runner being tagged out. Most will remember it well from the 1990s classic,The Sandlot.
Their iPhone app visualizes a box-score view of your favorite teams’s stats, and then displays a mock Twitter feed of PickleView's friends. I am not sure if that's how this app works, but the developers have a cool concept.… Read more