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MapQuest is game changing player in mobile GPS Navigation (turn-by-turn direction)

March 30th, 2010 | 3 Comments | Posted in MapQuest, iPhone by admin

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MapQuest is playing with free navigation through its iPhone application-MapQuest for Mobile. Yep, you heard it correct… free navigation (turn by turn direction) functionality for apple iPhone. Its still in “basic status” and do not have lots of bells and whistles in it yet. Few manual operation instead of automatic; like –you have to press “re-route button” when you miss the turn; No street names etc. But hey free navigation on iPhone app is probably game changing event in mapping category. No need to update your GPS software as Route from MapQuest is backed by state-of-the-art routing mechanism and always up-to-data information about new roads, businesses etc.

And for MapQuest, I am sure its a big step towards a fight against all ‘cool’ competitors. Congratulations to MapQuest mobile team and very well done MapQuest-a brad which is synonyms to travel/driving direction.

MapQuest 4 Mobile Logo

According to the updated features listed on the iTunes site:

  • Voice-Guidance speaks to you and informs you of upcoming turns. Change the settings if you prefer a sound prompt.
  • Off-Route Assistance tells you when you’ve taken a wrong turn, and gives options to help you get back on track.

The app is available for free in Apple’s App Store. Give it a try today and post your comment. Currently ‘basic navigation’ available for US and Canada only.

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FYI–
Note that the MapQuest 4 Mobile iPhone app is different than MapQuest Navigator, a similar mobile app that tracks your progress on screen and offers Turn-by-Turn navigation. However, that app costs between 99 cents and $3.99 per month.

Related article:
MapQuest 4 Mobile - an iPhone application

via [MapQuest blog] and [mashable.com]

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Maximize iphone 3G’s Battery Life With OS 3.0

June 20th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Apple, DIY, HowTo, iPhone by admin

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I was excited about iPhone OS 3.0; no complaints so far but one thing I notice that my iPhone consumes more battery power that earlier and reduce live battery time. Personally battery life with 3.0 is not what I had hoped for; need to recharge the battery frequently than what I used to. Battery issue is not new for any gadgets; see what battery live your laptop is giving you.

With iPhone 3.0 release, Apple stated that “Depending on how they are configured, a few features may decrease your iPhone battery life.”

At the same time Apple gave some valuable suggestion to save battery and keep your battery life bit longer.

Here is a nice list of twelve battery saving ideas, courtesy of Apple:

Turn off 3G if you are not very speed freak.
Minimize use of location services.
Fetch new data less frequently.
Turn off push mail.
Auto-check fewer email accounts.
Minimize use of third-party applications.
Turn off Wi-Fi.
Turn off Bluetooth.
Use Airplane Mode in low- or no-coverage areas
Adjust brightness
Store and use the iPhone at room temperature
Turn off the music equalizer (EQ)
Lock Your iPhone

IPhone battery life

Via Apple.com

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Search your iPhone – new built-in feature: Spotlight search

May 14th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Apple, iPhone, ipod by admin

As we all know; Apple is coming out with new OS for iPhone, version 3.0. Apple has unveiled a few features aimed more at consumers, including copy and paste, stereo Bluetooth and spotlight search. (Search? you mean search - search)
How ironic it is– Apple is proudly announcing this as a prime feature where it suppose to be there from day one when they introduced iPhone. Don’t you think so?

Anyway, so there’s this thing called ’search’ which lets you search the content of all your emails metadata (not the text of email, just metadata, like, from, to, subject etc), contacts, calendars and anything in your iPod library.

How get a spotlight search?
(1) From Home (desktop) screen, flicking on right will bring up the new Spotlight search home screen. Start typing it, result will populate at the bottom. Tapping on search result will directly take you there or launch an application
(2) Assuming that you are at ‘Home’ screen, Click ‘Home’ button of your phone again. This leads to Spotlight search screen
(3) On ‘Home’ screen, just above below navigation bar, you will see magnifying glass icon; try to tap on it will lead to Spotlight search screen

Spotlight search

Spotlight search

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I am sure it’s must have feature for iPhone but wonder why it took so long to get here. Are we captive audience of Apple or what?

The new OS will be available “in the summer” (Prior to Sept 22?), and will be free to iPhone 3G and original iPhone owners. There will be a $9.95 cost to iPod touch owners.

Via [iPhoneFreak and Gizmodo]

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Last minute notice from Apple to iPhone developers -All apps must be compatible with iPhone OS 3.0

May 7th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Apple, iPhone by admin

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All applications for iPhone must compatible with OS 3.0. As we all know Apple is preparing for new OS 3.0 for iPhone but today apple sent out am email to all developer community saying that they are now reviewing (and accepting) applications made with and for the iPhone OS 3.0. Also Apple is asking developers of all existing apps to verify that there app should work with OS 3.0 and there should not be compatibility issue. This is big news for all iPhone application developers and very short notice for them to get ready for OS 3.0. This email upsets may developers -see this, this and this

Here is a text of an email:

All apps must be compatible with iPhone OS 3.0

Millions of iPhone and iPod touch customers will move to iPhone OS 3.0 this summer. Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. If your app submission is not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, it will not be approved.

Existing apps in the App Store should already run on iPhone OS 3.0 without modification, but you should test your existing apps with iPhone OS 3.0 to ensure there are no compatibility issues. After iPhone OS 3.0 becomes available to customers, any app that is incompatible with iPhone OS 3.0 may be removed from the App Store.

Some important information on how to upgrade your iPhone OS to new 3.0:

  1. Log in to developer.apple.com using your developer acount
  2. Download new iPhone SDK for 3.0 and install
  3. Download iTunes 8.2 and install (Must - in order to upgrade your iPhone with OS 3.0)
  4. Download iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5 or 4
  5. Connect your Phone with iTunes and ‘Restore’ your Phone using “iPhone OS 3.0 beta 5″

Fine print warning: There is no way back, if you want to downgrade your OS in future. Its permanent change.

iPhone 3.0 upgrade email

iPhone 3.0 upgrade email

Additional reading:
Breaking News: No new app submissions unless they run on OS 3.0

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PrefectStorm brings BlackBerry Storm theme into iPhone

January 15th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Apple, Geek, iPhone by admin

Those who switched from Blackberry phone to Apple iPhone and still missing their Blackberry, good news for you. PerfectStrome theme is available for download which gives feel and look of Blackberry to your iPhone.

Once the theme is installed, you’ll see that most of the user interface has been changed to resemble the Storm. This includes icons, lock-screen, calculator, media player, camera, dialer, sounds, Safari, and even a keyboard skin.

Downside: as always the case with iPhone theme, a jailbroken device is required (see this: How to set it free?)

Check out this MMi thread to see several nicer screen snaps, details on what you need to take the theme to the fullest, and a download link.

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Nuvifone: Garmin came out with iPhone like Nuviphone

Today in a surprise announcement in NY city, GARMIN (GRMN) came out the nuviphone. The phone seems to be packed with features. A full GSM Smartphone built with own operating system with GPS navigation system in its core including …

  • Google Local search
  • Garmin Online service like traffic, weather, fule price, hotel discounts ets
  • Nuvi like - big screen navigation
  • Email, IM, text and browsing
  • Camera, MP3 player, Video

No pricing and carrier of this phone yet but they are promising to deliver it in 3rd quarter of this year. It can make Garmin a little extra money to make up for
all that talk of losing market share to TomTom. However after announcement market doesn’t reflect much in stock price, in fact it went down by $1.50 as of today. I am sure competing with the iPhone will be hard. Not because the iPhone is so awesome (well may be not,) but because Apple has a cult-like following and evangelistic supporters. The last thing Garmin needs is to be on the receiving end of some kind of T.V. campaign like “Hi, I’m a Mac!…..Hi, I’m a Garmin!”

You may find all good functionality of NUVIPHONE in this video:

Nuvihphone promo video:

Here is some of its early pictures:

More pictures: here

via [Gizmod]

iPhone - Pocket guitar

I just came across the iphone guitar and I think its cool! I don’t have iPhone yet but If you have an iPhone you can find out more on this here.


Here is someone playing it

Via [gizmodo]

Top holiday MP3 and media players gift

December 18th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Apple, Christmas Gift Idea, Creative innovation, iPhone, ipod, mp3 player, zune by admin

1) Apple 8 GB iPod Touch

This one is very obvious. Think of Apple’s iPod Touch as an iPhone minus the phone. The ultra-crisp 3.5-inch touch-screen is equally at home playing movies or browsing the web, thanks to built-in WiFi.

2) NU Dolphin Swimmer MP3 Player (1G) - Waterproof

Strip down, suit up, and start swimming to your favorite workout music with the Dolphin Swimmer, a waterproof MP3 player that attaches to your swim goggles. There’s even a thermometer strip for checking water temperature.

3) Zune 80 GB Digital Media Player Black (2nd Generation)

Microsoft bangs one out of the park with its second-generation Zune. The Zune’s 80 GB hard disk holds up to 20,000 songs, and a built-in FM radio keeps you in touch with live broadcasts

4) SanDisk Sansa Connect 4 GB MP3 Player (SDMX8N-4096K-A70)

Besides its ability to play your MP3 music, the Sansa Connect also taps into CD-quality Internet radio thanks to built in WiFi. Hear a song you like? Forget writing down the artist and title – just download it directly to the Connect.

5) Creative Zen 4 GB (Black)

It’s simply called the Creative Zen and looks like a compressed and flattened version of the Vision:W. Considering that it was only recently launched and there’s also rumor of a 32GB version coming soon.

Picasa mobile - redesigned and optimized exclusively for iPhones.

December 12th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Apple, Google, Google Picasa, Phone, Software, Tech/Biz News, iPhone by admin

Today Google photo announced completely redesigned and optimized mobile version of Picasa Web Albums specifically for iPhones. In other words you can say it’s a roll out some of the bug fixes for IPhone. In today’s announcement, Google phrase iPhone overwhelmingly saying the best high-resolution screen that’s big, bright, and crisp, and a first-class web browser that supports complex web technologies like AJAX.

In addition Google says that it’s probably fair to say that Apple’s iPhone offers one of the best platforms for experiencing the mobile version of Picasa Web Albums. Some of the key features are…

  • pictures are proportioned to fit the iPhone’s screen dimensions
  • tweaked the key buttons so they’re easier to navigate with fingertips.
  • launched a new iPhone-only slideshow feature that automatically flips through favorite photo albums.

Via [Google Photo blog]

Apple leopard line is ridiculous

October 27th, 2007 | No Comments | Posted in Apple, Christmas Gift Idea, Video of the week, YouTube Video, iPhone, ipod by admin

Drove by the Apple flag ship store on 5th Avenue in NYC last night.  At 8.00 PM there were still about 50 to 100 people on line in the pouring rain.  A little crazy but I guess some people have to be the first to get Leopard.

Video: In line to buy Leopard at the Roseville Apple store

 

Video: The Mac faithful line up for the official kick-off of the new Mac OS at the Apple Store in Northbrook, Illinois on Friday, October 26th, 2007.

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This is the line right before 6 at the Apple Store in Columbia, MD

Video: This was the line for the release of Leopard at the Apple Store in Bluewater Shopping in the UK.

The week dollar must make it really, really cheap for Europeans and Brits to buy computers here, unpack them for the trip home, so they don’t have to claim them on customs forms, and claim they had them already when entering the USA if ever stopped at customs.

Via [Google Finance- AAPL and YouTube]