Archives for June 2010

iPhone 4 Signal Loss When Touching Antenna

AppleThere is lots of talk out there about the iPhone 4 and it’s problems with the new, external antenna. I haven’t had any issues because I bought the bumper, the iPhone 4 case from Apple, on the first day and always used it. Today, while at work, I took off my bumper because we have these generic iPhone and iPod cables that are too bulky to work with the iPhone bumper. I also thought it was a good chance to test out any signal problems with the antenna. [Read more…]

In Line at the Apple Store [Updated]

Apple iPhone School Below will be the live stream are photos and videos of waiting in line at the Apple Store to get the iPhone 4. Doug says he will startstarted the stream around 6:00am CST. He waited in line since around 1:00am CST last night.

We’ll we’re here in line at the Apple Store at Jordan Creek Mall in Des Moines, Iowa. I woke up at about midnight and got everything all packed up. I’ve got a friend with me and we headed out. I’ve got a MacBook Pro with an AT&T cellular card, an iPad 3G, and my iPhone 3GS all with a lot of battery power and backup battery. Before I left home I checked out Twitter to see if anyone was here yet. Here’s the pic I found:


So far we’ve heard one crying baby and a guy throwing up so this should be an interesting night. It seems like there’s a decent mix of preorder and nonpreorders. I came to the store earlier in the day and they confirmed there were enough iPhones that I would get mine. I’m still waiting in line :) I’ll keep you update through this blog and Ustream live video streaming later in the morning.

Below are few pics of the line this morning:

Huge Sale on EA Games for iPhone and iPad

eamobile EA Games is having a sale on a lot of their games right now. The sale ends soon so get them right away!

YAHTZEE™ Adventures – $0.99

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Trapster Update – Support Added for Background Location

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

TrapsterIf you don’t know what Trapster is, here’s a quick overview. It is “a FREE app that alerts you as you approach speed traps, red light and speed cameras, police check points, and other wallet hazards.” Before the recent update the app would give you push notifications when a hazard would be reported near you. But it only knew where you were when the app was open. So the notification could be for somewhere you were when the app was last opened, not where you are now. You can visit their website at to set up typical routes you take each day for work to make it more accurate. [Read more…]

Pandora App Updated, Runs in Background [finally]

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

Pandora Pandora updated their iPhone app to finally support running in the background. It’s using Apple’s new APIs to keep the audio streaming in the background but close down the rest of the app to save battery life. It worked well on my iPhone 3GS and the new iPod controls in the dock now support Pandora when it’s open.

Backgrounding this app only works on iOS 4 which means it doesn’t background on the iPad. Below is what it looks like.
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GeoHot Has Another Jailbreak Ready

GeoHot was recently doing a presentation at a conference and talked all about the iPhone exploits. Be ready, he goes into some great detail about it but here’s the key phrase:

“There is also, I hinted to this a couple times, an unreleased exploit in every iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in the bootrom to get code execution. And you know if I ever do another jailbreak, that’s the exploit I have. If you’ve seen I posted like a picture of 4.0 jailbroken. I posted my iPad jailbroken. All before Spirit was released. And I used like a completely different set of exploits which maybe when iPhone 4 comes out will be out.”

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iBooks for iPhone & Update for iPad

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

iBooks Apple has released iBooks for the iPhone. You must have iOS 4 in order the install iBooks on your device. It comes with all the features of the iPad version. Speaking of the iPad version, there was an update to it today also. Some were features like the ability to add notes to your bookmarks and bookmark syncing across devices. Here is a list of the iBooks updates.

iBooks for the iPhone:

iBooks for the iPad:
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Reminder: Pick up your reserved iPhone 4 on June 24

AppleI received this email today from Apple. There’s good news in the details. For those of you who got the wrong pricing quoted to you during the reservation process, the pricing will be fixed when you pick up your iPhone. You can double check your pricing here.

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iOS 4 is Available, List of Features

AppleiOS 4 is now available in iTunes. You must upgrade iTunes to 9.2 to sync with iOS 4.

This update is for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS & newer iPod touches (not 1st Gen). Some older devices will not get all updates such as backgrounding. See details below.

Here’s a list of apps that support running in the background. [Read more…]

iPad Cases

I got an official iPad case from Apple for Father’s Day yesterday. Unfortunately, it won’t be here for 2-4 weeks because they are back ordered. I’ve heard mixed reviews on the case but I thought I would try it out for myself or I would never know how it works for me. I’ve also been looking around at other cases. I like a lot of things about the case from Apple from what I’ve seen, but I would like a case that doesn’t have a flap that I have to open every time I want to use my iPad. On the other hand, I want to protect it, both front and back, from nicks and scratches. Right now I use no case and carry my iPad in this messenger bag from Aéropostale: [Read more…]

Bluetooth Mode – Turn on Bluetooth in One Touch

Available In: Cydia       Price: $0.99  

BluetoothThis app is really simple. You just tap the icon, it toggles your Bluetooth and closes. Just one tap and you can turn on or off your Bluetooth. This should work on all iPhones and iPod touches but I could not get it to work on my iPad :( Here’s a little video of how it works:



Facebook for iPhone Update 3.1.3

Available In: App Store       Price: Free  

FacebookFacebook has put out another update with some fixes to a couple things that have really been annoying me. One is video playback! You can now watch videos posted on Facebook. Another is links to photo albums now work. Before it would just give an error. Also, you can upload .png files. This helps us upload screenshots from our iPhones. Before you would just get a black screen instead of the picture. Here’s the full list of updates: [Read more…]

FullForce – Stretch iPhone Apps For Your iPad

Apple makes the claim that all of the existing iPhone apps will run on the iPad. This is true but unless the developer updates their app to run on the iPad it looks like this:

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That is Facebook and Twitter for the iPhone. At the time of writing this article there were no official alternatives for the iPad for these apps. This is what you would be stuck with. Oh, wait, Apple made this little button down in the bottom right that says 2x. Look what this does: [Read more…]

Pre-order Your iPhone 4 From Your iPhone

Apple StoreToday was the first day of pre-ordering your iPhone 4. Things were running ok this morning when I first checked and I took my time going through the process of reserving my iPhone 4 on Apple’s website so I could take screenshots for our article. During that process Apple’s store went down while they updated the Mac mini. Once the store came back up I could never get through the entire pre-order process. This went on for most of the day. [Read more…]