It's always those little things spotted in a foreign country that I wish I'd grabbed more of to bring back home, like $2 cartoon-print chopsticks from Tokyo, a $3 sack of paprika from Budapest, or $1 bottles of local lavender oil from Zagreb. I may not revisit those places, but I could ask for someone going there to snag some stuff for me. If you're my friend, however, that could interfere with your carefree vacation. Why not ask a stranger instead?
If any of the thousands of people who waited in line two weeks ago at Apple and AT&T stores to purchase the iPhone have encountered buyer's remorse, Friday is deadline for a full refund.
Both Apple and AT&T will accept iPhone returns within 14 days of purchase. If you opened the box, there's a 10 percent restocking fee, but you won't be charged the early termination fee if you also want to cancel service with AT&T. After 14 days, you can cancel your service, but you can't return the iPhone. … Read more
The Macalope wants to delve into the iPhone nano rumors spun out of a report from JP Morgan Tawain's Kevin Chang that were briefly touched on MacBreak Weekly.
In a rather hilarious move, JP Morgan's U.S. group came into the office yesterday morning and said something to the effect of "Kevin Chang? Never heard of him. Not one of our analysts. Maybe he works for Piper."
Now, the horned one was actually an iPod shuffle doubter before the smallest iPod of them all came out, so maybe his track record on this isn't the … Read more
Yesterday the Digg team unveiled an iPhone-friendly version of their site. The lighter-weight version shows 10 stories at a time and lets users sort back and forth between pages using large navigation arrows at the bottom of the screen. Each story shows how many Diggs it currently has, along with a permalinked page that contains a brief description, link to the full story, and the top five comments. Best of all, users can log in and Digg stories.It's also worth noting this isn't the same version of Digg for the iPhone we wrote about last month. That … Read more
Yesterday the Digg team unveiled an iPhone-friendly version of their site. The lighter-weight version shows 10 stories at a time and lets users sort back and forth between pages using large navigation arrows at the bottom of the screen. Each story shows how many Diggs it currently has, along with a permalinked page that contains a brief description, link to the full story, and the top five comments. Best of all, users can log in and Digg stories.
Coming soon is a way to browse the top stories by day or week view.
EDGE access on the iPhone is for the birds, at least when it can be avoided. To help you find more Wi-Fi access points, JiWire has introduced an iPhone-optimized version of its hotspot location service. By visiting JiWire.com on an iPhone, you will be presented with a location (city, state or ZIP) search prompt. Wi-Fi location details are linked to the iPhone's built-in maps and phone dialer.
A posting on the JiWire site reads:
"Search results are presented in a compact and fast-loading format optimized for the iPhone's screen. Clicking "Previous" and "Next&… Read more
According to Apple's iPhone User Guide, while the unit is being charged, the iPhone's battery status indicator (located on the upper-right portion of the screen) will change from a lightning bolt icon to a plug icon [see screenshot at left]. However, a surprisingly high number of users are reporting that the plug icon never appears, perhaps indicating that the battery never fully charges.
In our "Optimizing iPhone Battery Life" article, we noted that if your iPhone takes 10 or more hours to fully charge and never displays a plug icon, you should first try restoring the device. … Read more
It appears that iPhones cannot (we haven't yet found a method, anyway) connect to certain types of Wi-Fi networks. Specifically:802.1x/PEAP: used by some networks to provide port-based security/authentication by passing Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP) over a LAN. The desktop version of Mac OS X has supported 802.1x since Panther (Mac OS X 10.3). This standard is used by many corporate and educational institutions. Some Web-login Wi-Fi hotspots: Wi-Fi hotspots that require Web-based login. Particularly T-Mobile hotspots, and some systems used for city-wide Wi-Fi access. Some Web-based logging systems appear to work, others … Read more
We've extensively covered on an issue where iTunes for Mac OS X fails to properly synchronize contacts with the iPhone, hanging repeatedly at the "Syncing contacts" phase. A previously noted fix, effective but risky, is to delete the iSync and SyncServices folders from ~/Library/Application Support (this is the Library folder inside your user directory folder).
A safer, and equally effective fix is as follows:Back up Contacts using File > Back up Address Book Delete all contacts in Address Book Move ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook, ~/Library/Caches, and ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.AddressBook.plist to the … Read more
iPhoneDrive is a new Mac OS X application that lets you use your iPhone for file storage, much like an iPod in disk mode. The tool allows you to drag and drop files from the Finder, but needs to be installed on any Mac to which you want the iPhone to accept or send files.
iPhone Drive shows how much space is available on the iPhone and has options for copying to the iPhone or from the iPhone as well as creating folders -- simple but effective.
The tool requires Mac OS X 10.4.10 and iTunes 7.3. … Read more