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May 17, 2009

What could multi threading ‘run in background’ support in iphone 3.0 look like?

Filed under: iphone,jailbreak,tips — perivision @ 2:02 pm
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backgrounderI was writing a post on the best way to use Pandora on the iphone (link to article) and it struck me that THIS is how we may see ‘run in background’ support working on the iphone and why we want it.

First a few words on the Pro’s and Con’s of running an app in the background. Pro’s. As I first mentioned, playing music NOT from the ipod. That means Pandora, AOL radio, last.FM, Stitcher, etc… Quite often when I’m driving, which is when I listen to iphone digital radio the most, I need to look at the map on occasion to check traffic or for directions. Also if I get an email, I use intelliscreen to look at the email header.. ( I do not read or write emails when I drive and neither should you). Its quite annoying, and a distraction to reselect the radio app again. How about text chat? or at some point having a VoiP conversation and not dropping the call because you need to look something up? Keep your game going while taking a phone call.. There are plenty more examples, but you get the idea, being able to let one app continue to function as you invoke another app has many benefits..  {more here}

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December 10, 2008

Auto login for Starbucks works pretty well. And its not from Starbucks or AT&T

Filed under: app review,iphone,tips — perivision @ 1:09 am
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There is a starbucks near where I live, but the wifi there is horrible. Worse, I cannot get 3G, so basically, I go elsewhere. Then AT&T announced they were going to give iPhone users free wifi access. Great! But, you have to go through this silly login process: Link to process.. Whatever. It’s not a chore so much as just plain annoying. So much so, I do not bother and stick with edge.
Well, deviceScape came out with an app called easy Wi-fi for AT&T.  The idea here is, once you entered your info, you can go into any starbucks and after a few min, it will auto log in you in.  Sweet!

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December 9, 2008

Springboard goes into mobile substrate safe mode? Why? For your own protection

Filed under: iphone,jailbreak,tips — perivision @ 1:02 am
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I had no idea there was a mobile substrate safe mode. Well there you go. The funny thing is; I got 2 comments today asking about SBSetting perhaps causing the problem. I’ve been using SBS for quite a while, my favorite app, and never an issue. Then tonight, I got bumped to safe mode. Odd. The only thing I did different was to create a folder using categories to demonstrate that to a friend ( I have not got around to creating new folders since the 2.2 upgrade).

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December 5, 2008

iphone/itouch tip no. 74 – Use Jot for your unplanned shopping list

Filed under: iphone,tips — perivision @ 9:54 pm
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How often did you run out of shampoo, or cat food, or spare 10ohm resisters and think.. I need to run out to the store today/tonight.  Then you think, well, I may was well pick up.  $list=array(’stuff;, ’stuff’, ’stuff’);

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Airline barf bag as an iphone/ipod holder. Uber Random, Uber cool

Filed under: iphone,tips — perivision @ 9:51 pm
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Really, THIS my friends is being inventive. @briansolis tweeted this link out from Random Cool Stuff on how to use a barf bag to hold your iphone/ipod.  As a fan of MAKE, I LOVE stuff like this. I only included the one image, but you can see more on the website.  @AdamSigner brought up a point about it falling if you hit turbulence.

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December 2, 2008

How to upgrade from pwned iphone 2.1 to iphone 2.2 and then re jailbreak.

Filed under: iphone,jailbreak,pwn,tips — perivision @ 2:16 am
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I know I said I was not going to bother upgrading to 2.2, but the geek blood that flows just cannot resist trying it out and seeing what will happen. That and I feel this certain journalistic responsibility to find out for my readers… (hope this feeling goes away soon )

So I thought I would record my steps as I prep my 2.1 pwned phone to 2.2, then re jailbreak it again. Again, I want to caution you, anytime you do anything outside of the normal, approved, dictated processes that have been outlined by Apple, you are taking chances, so if you are averse to risk, follow Nancy Reagan’s advice and ‘just say no’.  Right, so on with it..

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November 11, 2008

Review of iPhone movie apps and tips for getting the most when your shooting.

Filed under: app review,iphone,tips — perivision @ 8:54 pm
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For those of you without jailbroken phones, just keeping moving along.. nothing to see here.. Ok, for the rest of you, there are 4 programs out there for taking video and for me, one that I cannot seem to get to work.

Cycoder: This is a pretty good app with a very simple UI. Start and stop. That’s it. The video is compiled on the fly and saved as a .mov file. If you used cycoder when it first came out, it did not have sound. Well, we have sound now.

I took the movie below using Cycoder, and given how much action there is in the scene, its not that bad.  Lets keep in mind this is a phone not spec’ed for taking movies after all. )

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November 2, 2008

How the iPhone saved me $10 at Walmart using screen capture

Filed under: iphone,tips — perivision @ 5:39 pm
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I was not going to blog about this, but recently I saw a post on how Walmart now has an iPhone version of their site.  I have a friend visiting from the UK, and instead of renting a bike for a few days, I did some research and found it cheaper to buy a new one. After a bit of searching, I found a mountain bike for $60 at Walmart on sale. We headed off to the store and it was listed as $69 in the store. Hmm..  So I walked outside where I could get reception and accessed the Walmart site which at that time was iPhone enabled, searched for the bike and took a screen shot.

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October 20, 2008

Using the iPod touch for turn by turn directions without GPS or ATT wireless

Filed under: iphone,tips — perivision @ 9:07 pm
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Not having GPS or ATT data on the iPod touch can be a limiting factor, especially when you want to use google maps for a trip… or is it?  Well, I’ve written that GPS should be coming very soon, but I came across this post by 3amJosh where he shows how you can store turn by turn directions for a trip and use without a web connection. Although you do not get a moving dot to tell you where you are, its still a great way to store driving directions.

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October 11, 2008

Noise while playing iphone (mp3) in the car via the cigarette socket

Filed under: iphone,tips — perivision @ 7:37 pm
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I’m a news junkie and thus listen to quite a bit of AM when I drive. Am reception in my area is not very good and on long drives I lose my normal 24hr news station.  So I use the iphone as a digital radio (another post on this coming soon). However, I get a bit of engine noise on my iphone when its plugged into the 12v socket. This is not uncommon, but annoying never the less. So in case you play your iphone or other mp3 player in the car while getting power from the cigarette socket; here are a few tips..

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