iPhone 3G + iOS4 = A Brick

29 Jul 2010  3 Comments


Ever since I upgraded my iPhone 3G to iOS4 it turned the phone into an unusable piece of hardware. I wasn’t using my iPhone that much ever since I got the Nexus One but now I cant even use it as an MP3 player. The phone is laggy, unresponsive and crashes frequently. I just cant wait for my iPhone 4 to arrive.

The video shows the iPhone 3G with the iOS4 running. The problem is I have it worse than what they are showing on the video.

iPhone 4 Released: Quick Hands-On

24 Jun 2010  4 Comments

Just went to the Apple store to play around with the new iPhone 4. It feels good in the hand, very responsive with the new A4 processor and 512MB RAM. The camera is on par with the Nexus One camera that I think is one of the best 5MP cameras around.


The line here in Albuquerque New Mexico was pretty long. There are two lines, one for purchases and one is for reservation. both were long.

As I talked to one of the sales representatives at Apple, He said there might not be enough iPhones for everybody and its likely that the will get Sold out the first day. But good news is that they have the iPad in stock

Make The Most Out Of Your iPhone’s Push Notifications Service – Use The Growl/Prowl Combo

4 Jun 2010  No Comments

Apple turned to “Push Notification” to work around the lack of multitasking capabilities on the iPhone. There are a large number of programs that use that service, I for one use it mostly to get the latest football scores. I really wanted a RSS app that used that service, but during my search I came across something better.

I found out that you can associate growl notification software (available for mac and PC) to push notifications to your iPhone via an app called Prowl ($2.99). So if a download is completed or if your  finished converting a file or even if you received a new tweet. you will be notified instantly via Apple’s push notification

To put it simply, if Growl displays it on your screen, it can push it to your iPhone. I found it a little handy. I’ve been using it for a few 2 months now. But because Apple’s notifications implementation is horrendous, I ended up turning off the RSS and twitter notifications. Why? because when I  receive more than one notification at the same time, I’ll miss the first one and will never now it existed, unless I go to the Prowl App, which defies the concept of notifications in the first place. I don’t need to go into an app to check my notifications, they need to be just…….THERE.

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This is an oldish post I just got around to publishing it.

I Might Jailbreak My iPhone Just For This!!

18 May 2010  1 Comment

I am not using my iPhone at the moment and its collecting dust in the apartment, my partner in crime is the Nexus One which I think is a much better phone to carry around for daily use. But after seeing the WiFi syncing app for the iPhone I’m thinking of jailbreaking it now, I have already jailbroken the iPad just to get “Backgrounder” but WiFi syncing sounds good.

Apple’s New iPhone Revealed!!! *UPDATED*

19 Apr 2010  7 Comments

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Gizmodo seems that they got there hands on a new iPhone (4G/HD) prototype and pimping it for all of us to see. and this is what they found:

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What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×460 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery.

Full article here

UPDATE:

Seems that Apple have contacted Gizmodo and asked for their device back, so I guess this seals the deal and confirms that this *IS* an Apple device. Final version or prototype? we have to wait and see.

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Android vs iPhone

19 Apr 2010  2 Comments

Android vs iPhone

Shutter Island – Movie Review

22 Feb 2010  4 Comments

Being Sunday morning i was able to sleep in, i woke up and flipped thru my iphone and was face to face with Flixster. I decided to check out which were the nearest movie theaters with any decent movies, and stumbled upon Shutter Island. Flixster gave it a 70% but i decided to try it out nevertheless. I used to hate Leonardo Dicaprio, but after such movies as The Aviator,  Catch me if You Can, Blood Diamond, Body of Lies and The Departed more recently, he has become one of the actors i am enjoying most in movies. So we went off to the movie theater but decided to eat as we were an hour early for the movie. We went to a Brazilian grill restaraunt which was right by the cinema, and it was awful. Its called Tucano’s grill, and it seemed like the meat was from actual Tucan’s, the bird that is. Anyway back to the movie.

The movie is around 2hrs and 18mins. The only way i can describe it is delusional, hallucinating and utterly genius. It drags you on for almost 2 hours thinking that you know whats going on, when the last 10 minutes it changes totally. Its not like a Sixth Sense kind of ending, but you have the feeling all the way through that something is not right, but its totally different than what you imagine. Of course there will be parts of the movie where you might think it is slow and too easy to guess, but only the ending does justice to the movie. Basically it is about a US marshall (Dicaprio), who is investigating an escaped murderess from a remote island (Shutter Island) which is a hospital for the criminally insane. Martin Scorsese again does not fail to amaze with this plot and ending. IMDB gave it an 8.5, and for their standards that is pretty high. Great movie, with lots of twists and turns and worth the watch.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

iPhone OS 4.0 To Get Multitasking?!

20 Jan 2010  10 Comments

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BGR has an insider that confirms that the new iPhone OS (iPhone OS 4.0) will have multitasking capability (among other tweaks).

  • There will be multi-touch gestures OS-wide. (Would make sense for that as the rumored OS for the iTablet is close if not the same as the iPhone)
  • “A few new ways” to run applications in the background — multitasking.
  • Many graphical and UI changes to make navigating through the OS easier and more efficient. We haven’t had this broken down, but we can only hope for improved notifications, a refreshed homescreen, etc.
  • The update will supposedly be available for only the iPhone 3G and 3GS, but will “put them ahead in the smartphone market because it will make them more like full-fledged computers” more than any other phone to date. Everyone is “really excited.”
  • The last piece of information is the most vague, but apparently there will be some brand new syncing ability for the contacts and calendar applications.

If that’s true, this takes the iphone to a whole new level. One of my main complaints was multitasking, so this will make me fall in love with the iphone again.

Now we just hope that there will be some hardware upgrades.

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$1000 App from Apple iTunes Store

18 Jan 2010  1 Comment

In 2008 Apple withdrew their “I Am Rich” app from the app store which sold 8 copies and only featured a red gem (shown below) on the iPhone’s home screen. They came under heavy abuse for even allowing an app of this sort into their App Store.

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But now they are back with a real and working app that also costs $1000.  BarMax CA is a legitimate application which helps law students prepare for the BAR exam. Its price is allegedly justified because companies with the same styled programs sell it for between $3000-$4000. If you find yourself obliged to buy the app you can find it here.

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