iPhone: New “Pirate” app for TLAPD

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Just in time for “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” a new application was released for the iPhone that lets you snap a picture of a person/thing and let you “piratize” it. It’s at version 0.2 as of this writing…pretty fun! Just press the START button and your phone snaps a picture. Then drag the 3 other images around and voila! Instant pirate! The application then lets you email the picture. No saving to photo gallery yet…. iPhone: New “Pirate” app for TLAPD was last modified: September 19th, 2007 by Michael Sheehan

iPhone: TechDadBlog now optimized for iPhone with automatic theme!

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For all of you new iPhone and iTouch users out there, this blog has been updated with a new theme (yes ANOTHER theme) that is specifically optimized for viewing on an iPhone or iTouch. Those people who are viewing through a computer browser will continue to see my black/red theme but readers who have one of those great new Apple gadgets will see a completely new look and feel! What do you have to do to see the new theme from an iPhone? Nothing but browse to this site using it. My WordPress automatically detects the “user agent” of your …

iPhone: Rumor – iUnlock and AppInstaller incompatible

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I received a report from a reader (Nick) that he is having issues with his AppInstaller after installing iUnlock. Essentially, he could not install and uninstall applications on his iPhone after using iUnlock. So, thinking this through, it made sense that this would not work. AppInstaller pushes a customized version of the Firmware to your iPhone. iUnlock modifies some of the firmware as well, I believe. So, logically, the two cannot work together in harmony (yet). As a test, Nick reinstalled the installer.app and, as I expected, his unlock was overwritten. He can now install and uninstall applications but his …

iPhone: Brief Reviews of ApolloIM, MobileChat, Summerboard, MobileTwitterific, Mines, iBlackjack, and MobileToDoList

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Open Source, Software by Michael Sheehan15 Comments

It’s nice that, for now, Apple seems to be “okay” with allowing third-party applications to be installed on the iPhone (although now there seems to be some backtracking by Apple with a new statement that “software updates will most likely break” native apps). Despite this, the movement is growing, especially with the combined forces of Nullriver Software and PXL Package System. They have launched a new domain called apptapp.com which will host, supposedly, a new AppTapp Installer which will be open source. This combined effort will hopefully allow for better compatibility between applications and provide a consolidated source for applications …

How to Upgrade your Discontinued 4gig iPhone to an 8gig

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As many other 4gig iPhone owners are feeling right now, I’m a bit upset at “paying the price” of being an early adopter. I know, I know, I wanted the latest and greatest and wanted it right away. Well, now Apple no longer sells the 4 gig version AND has reduced the price of the 8 gig to $399…geez! So, what can you do about that? Well, here are 2 options that I have confirmed with Apple that you can try (emphasis on the word “try”). Option 1 – If you purchased with 14 days of the announcement You are …

Netvibes & iPhone Compatible at last!

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WOAH! I just reloaded my default home page and there is now a yellow message saying “Netvibes goes mobile! Now, you can check your Netvibes page on your mobile phone or your iPhone at the following address: http://m.netvibes.com” and of course I had to see how they implemented it. Well, the quick answer is, AMAZINGLY WELL! [Updated: they now have a post on their internal blog.] This was one of the first sites that I tested out when I first got my iPhone. It is my spring board to all news feeds that I’m interested in. It rendered fine when …

iPhone app: ApolloIM version updated to -0.9 with connection persistence

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As mentioned previously, ApolloIM has been updated from version -1 to -0.9 and now includes partial “suspend mode.” I have installed and tested it and it seems to work ok. However, the author clearly notes on his development site that there are some limitations to how well this works. If, for example, your iPhone enters a low-power mode (e.g., if you haven’t been using it for a while), EDGE and WiFi are shut down to conserve power. This will obviously disconnect you from the AIM network and while the app shows that you are logged in, you might not be. …

iPhone app: Built-in RSS reader provided by .MAC

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Gee, you learn something new every day. I was playing around with an installed RSS reader from the TappInstaller app and I figured I would see how Safari on the iPhone would react to an RSS feed. Boy was I pleasantly surprised! I had read that an RSS reader was being developed, but now I guess it is live. I am not sure when it came out, but it is exclusive to the iPhone only. Now, you can bookmark your feeds, click on feed links and enjoy a nicely developed AJAX feed reader right within Safari on the iPhone. Unfortunately, …

Mac Hardware: New “smaller” form factor power cord for MacBookPro’s now available

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Apple seems to have quietly released a new MagSafe Power Adapter for the MacBookPro product line. After having no stock in the Apple stores (I know this for a fact since I was looking for one), they now seem to be in stock. It is more in line with the older power adapters and doesn’t have as big of a form factor as the old one. The only way that I knew that one was coming out was from asking an Apple sales person in the San Francisco Apple store a few weeks ago. This is what the old one …

iPhone: Jailbreaking, Application Installing, Playing, Corrupting, Panicking, Resetting and Restoring

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, Hardware, iPhone, Software by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

The subject of this post pretty much sums it up in a nutshell. So here are the details. First a little background. I come from a very varied cell-phone history. I was a big Sidekick users but got a bit tired of it because of the closed architecture and the fact that I couldn’t make things “the way I wanted them.” So after a few generations of Sidekicks, I made the leap to Windows Mobile 5 (and then a cooked version of WM6) using the Tmobile MDA. It was a good device. I was pretty quick to “unlock” it, allowing …

iPhone App: Telekinesis – remote access your Mac through mini web apps on iPhone

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Now this code creation really wow-ed me! I was searching to find out if LogMeIn worked on the iPhone. (It does, sort of, but impossible to mimic button clicks…yet. But that is another story.) So I found a really interesting application called telekinesis (hosted at Google code) that truly impressed me. It doesn’t profess to be a Remote Control application (like VNC, Remote Desktop, LogMeIn, etc.) but rather more of a master remote “controller” for extending your reach to your Mac. Here are some high-level features (which I have tried most of): Stream music and video from your computer Screen …

iPhone Tip: How to Fast Forward or Rewind in iTunes

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, iPhone by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

It has, once again, been a long time since my last post…I have now returned from vacation in Lake Tahoe and I can get back to things. I used my iPhone a lot on vacation but there was one critical thing that I could not figure out how to do. I guess that I should have RTFM-ed on this one, but low and behold, the answer WAS right there in the manual. It was pretty obvious how to skip songs when you are playing them, you just click on the |<< or >>| buttons. But what was not so obvious …

iPhone Firmware 1.0.1 released

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With little fanfare, lots of anticipation and a bit of a letdown, the first firmware update from Apple for the iPhone was officially released. It looks like it was primarily a security update with no truly outwardly visible modifications. Details on what was included in the release are below…but first a couple of thoughts. It makes sense to me that this was not the huge feature-filled upgrade that everyone is waiting for. This, in my opinion, was more of a test of the distribution mechanisms (namely iTunes). So, this push was relatively small, I think only a couple of MB. …

iPhone firmware 1.1 rumors – my own debunking

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So there is list of potential iPhone firmware updates floating around the blogosphere. Most came out around the beginning of July. It seems like an “anonymous tipster” has submitted a laundry list of updates for the next “firmware release” for the iPhone. This list has been posted and re-posted on various tech sites including: CrunchGear, MobilityToday, GearFuse, IntoMobile and others. However, after reading through it, I’m not too convinced on its legitimacy. Listed below is my point-by-point analysis of this list, and while I do think a new firmware is in the works, the list below seems to be more …

Fix-it: iTunes 7.3.1.3 install Error 2908 on Windows

In Apple, Cellular, Gadgets, General, iPhone, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan4 Comments

Well, I’m back from a vacation in Mexico and have been catching up on things. Playing with my new 4 Gig iPhone and getting things working has taken a little bit of time. In the process of doing that, I saw that there was an update to iTunes for PC (I’m on Vista Ultimate) for version 7.3.1.3 and I ran into some pretty big errors during the upgrade process. However, I did find a solution which is documented below (found by yours truly…it might not work for you but it did for me). First, here is what FAILED: I tried …