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December 3, 2008

Top 10 Jailbreak apps for iphone 2.2

ok, in Dave Letterman fashion, from 10 to 1..

Number 10 …. (drum roll)

10. Qik

Provides realtime streaming video from your iphone to a web page where anyone can see it.  (If you set the permissions as such).  Also, if the phone cannot get a connection, it will hold the video till it does. Cool points for being able to see the video on the iphone.  More here.

9. Unix Tools (Mobile Terminal, openSSH –

If you have to ask, you do not need it.

8. WinterBoard

More here..

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August 19, 2008

A short iphone primer – list of questions and answers

Filed under: iphone,jailbreak,pwn — perivision @ 11:27 pm
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A number of friends are getting iphones and I’m starting to hear the same questions come up, so here is a quick list of questions and answers

How do I sync this thing?

You need to have itunes. Sorry, no way around this.. and i have been looking. However, I would recommend getting this application. TouchCopy. Be careful though, do not go around deleting things you are not sure about.

I have a bunch of mp3s. Can I load them on the phone?

Yes you can. I would recommend you do everything in mp3 if you can. Load them through itunes. For my windows friends who do not have ipods (yes they exist), do not think about things in folders anymore, get used to categories.

What is this I hear about 3G not being very good?

It’s not. Sorry to tell you. They are working on it and they may be able to improve it through firmware, but get used to keeping the 3G off unless you are using it for web browsing or downloading files. More here.

How can I extend battery life?

  • Keep the brightness only as bright as you need it. A great feature is the iphone will auto adjust from your setting. Great.
  • Keep 3G off unless you need it. Same with the WIFI.
  • Have the email check ‘push’ off and only check email every 30 min. I however do not do that. NEED that blackberry email rush. :p
  • Keep your iphone plugged in as often as possible. Try to only let it drain to empty once every few month. Apple says once a month, but I don’t agree. 2-3 months unless you tend not to run on battery that much.
  • Keep the phone out of the sun. Heat is bad for the phone all around.
  • More info here directly from Apple.

I keep dropping calls, what can I do?

If you are dropping calls, try to keep your phone OS updated till its stops. Keep 3G off. Every now and again, do a full reboot of the phone. If you are on the edge of service, the position of your phone will have an affect on reception. Totally trial and error to figure that out. For me, pointing the top of the phone toward where I know where the tower is does help a bit… only a bit.

Should I buy a case?

Yes, Now, do it now.

Should I get the 8 gig or 16 gig version?

If you only plan on having some music, 8 gig should be enough. If you plan on putting video on, then you may want to think about the 16 gig. Between apps, music and photos, it does get full fast.

What is jailbreak? What is pwned? Should I do it?

Basically, its a rewrite of the of the firmware that allows people to install programs without going through the apple store. The plus side is the applications have more access to functions then going through the normal SDK. The downside is its a hack, so no promises as to what will happen. Odds are 95% that you will be fine, but don’t count on Apple to help you. Here is a link.

Also, click on ‘jailbreak‘ under Categories on the right. I blog about it quite a bit.

Can I get hacked version of programs and load them on the iphone?

Not really. This isn’t like windows mobile or Palm. If you want to go that way, check into jailbreak or pwned.

Why does my car power adaptor from my first iphone not work on the 3G iphone?

The 3G does not use the firewire pin for power anymore. Many older (cheaper) power adapters used that pin because it allowed more power, thus faster charge. More here and here.

What programs should I load on my iphone?

I have a few free ones I like. Here is an older list. I will update it tomorrow.

Where can I get a list of of new iphone apps when they come out?

  • {update} Just came across this site from Pinch Media.  Looks like they keep up to date and they include an RSS feed.
  • There are a few sites but they all seem like they are a few days behind, but this one looks good although there are things I do not like about it.
  • There are also Web based apps. Apple has a list here.
  • I have a list here that comes from twitter. Its just plain text, but I may add functions to it later. However, this seems to have the latest apps. I tend to go here once a day and find thats good enough.

Any Other tips?

Sure. Check this out.

What about linux?

Nothing yet, but I’m looking.

I’ll add more as more Q and A comes in.

August 4, 2008

iphonebarcamp

Filed under: iphone — perivision @ 7:17 am
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iphonebarcamp. Fun. Yes. Regrets? I have a few, but then again, too few to mention. Well, I’ll mention two. I did not get as involved in the camp as I should have, and I forgot about an afternoon beach party. 😦

If you have never been to a dev camp, (whatever the technology) it basically works this way… (video walkthrough). You show up on Friday. Some people will have project ideas and can code, others are just looking to learn a few new tricks and others are fully new to the technology but eager to dive in. The projects are normally simple things to prove out ideas, but occasionally you will see something with a bit more polish to it. The general idea though is to exchange solutions to problems, the creation of the projects are simply a means to an end. As for myself, I do not know how to program in objectiveC (the platform for iphone apps) so i missed a great opportunity to dive in and learn. Ah well. The next one.

Before I get into some of the cools apps that came out, I have to compliment the company that sponsored the beer. Great choice!

beer served at iphonebarcamp

beer served at iphonebarcamp

I should also compliment the swag. A pretty nice iphone case, mic/headset adapter (useful given you cannot drive and talk on the phone anymore in California, more here at the end of this blog) and a container for your iphone chord.

Ok, to the applications: The listed application are the ones that I thought either has a clear market or I thought they solved or demonstrated a very cool technology. This is part one though, after this list is the stuff that was demo’ed, so be sure to hit the link to my friends blog for that.

Life Record EMR full blown medical records in the palm of your hand on the iPhone! support@liferecord.com A pretty cool app. I’m not sure how well this will do with HIPPA, but it had a nice feel and flow when I saw it.

Appleopolis.com has a comprehensive listing of iPhone apps with both an iPhone and desktop compatible version of the site. They also have free online iPhone accounts that people can use to add, store and manage all their web apps. For more info contact infoATappleopolisDOTcom. I will use this. I was thinking of writing something like this but with less features…. I still might write it though.

MyMetar iPhone Edition is an elegant aviation weather application for iPhone carrying pilots that is fully integrated with MyMetar.com, by Tyson Weihs and Jason Miller. I was really mad that I missed this one. I checked it out on my iphone and it shows promise. They need to really work in the GPS. The other reason I wanted to see this and chat to the guys who wrote it is because a long long long time ago, on a p1 PC far far away, I worked on something like this but WITH GPS and navigation and other useful bits of information for the small craft pilot. I may send them an email.

Spry Data and Widgets for iPhone by Spry Team Although still a bit buggy by Sunday, this shows promise. What I love is the simplicity. Basically it’s a game platform with no logic. Love it. I wrote a card game for Vyew and took the same approach, no rules, just a bunch of cards. We humans have been playing games for years without computers, so why do computers have to have rules? Mock up an XML with the location of the images involved, and ‘boom’ you have a game! Ok, there is a touch more to it, but not much more.

App Marks is web desktop for the iPhone that organizes your favorite web applications, widgets, and sites. – by App Marks team, info at appmarks dot com. At first I thought this was just ok, but after playing with it, this could be pretty useful.

Mojits (mobile widgets) is a launcher for iPhone widgets that can be customized from phone or desktop. It includes ratings, comments, tags, and a fully phonified interface. I will be using this.

iDictate.org iDictate has turned the Apple iPhone into an awesome go-anywhere dictation device with the finished documents promptly emailed back to the user for final editing. Transcription fees start at slightly more than a penny per word, with no monthly charges. Man, I really wanted this to work because I could really use it. I will check back. Once they get this right, I will reblog it.

iSleuth is an internet frame grabber application which transmits near realtime iSight or built-in camera images from your MacBook or Mac to your iPhone on-demand. iSleuth can be used for any monitoring application, including baby, vacation home, pet, elder-care, entry doorway, outdoor weather, and more. By Srini Raja, Jacob Balthazor, and Brian Balthazor

gOffice for iPhone First working word processor for the iPhone. Create Microsoft Word docs with built in graphics, header and ‘fake’ but real looking signature. Save results by emailing them to yourself or others. The gOffice for iPhone site is being launched today, 7/7/07. This is a cool app, but until the keyboard is sorted out, I can only see this for limited editing. But thats worth it.

Telekinesis: Remotely access your Mac through a collection of mini web apps on your phone.

heysan! AIM, MSN, ICQ is a free mobile IM service with support for AIM, MSN and ICQ. Visit http://m.heysan.com in your iphone or mobile phone to sign in. Will soon include support for Google Talk and Yahoo. I didnt try it, but it looks good.

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Now, many of the things we saw on Sunday did not make it to the site, and I looked. However, Mager, being the good chap he is, photographed and wrote on each one. Some of these are very cool! So for more information, picture and some video, check out his blog. And check this out….

iMusicMash – Web app. Basically your iTunes library super-charged with a mashup. Uses Yahoo’s boss API to return photos. Uses LyricsWiki.org to get lyrics. Pings the YouTube API to return a bunch of videos of your favorite artists. And finally, it uses the Last.fm API to help you find similar artists to the artists you select. I will be playing with this too.

May 26, 2008

New iphone?? Ok, get these…

Filed under: iphone,jailbreak — perivision @ 3:42 am
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This post is more for a friend of mine, but what the heck..

ok, assuming you already jailbroke your phone, and have the app installer in place, let get some kewl stuff.

  • IntelliScreen. I wrote about this app before. Its sweet.
  • SMBPref. MUST have. Get this first in fact. Althoght I use the blueprint theme, the hello kitty theme rocks!
  • address book search by polarbearfarm. A must have if you have a large address book.
  • voicenotes. More useful then you think. I use it during brainstorming session that sometimes happen at random times.
  • sketches. Not great pressure recognition, but useful at times, and shaking the screen clear is fun.
  • snapture. I like the detail control you have over the camera. Can be useful in low light situations
  • Customize. Does not seem to work past v1.1.2 😦
  • ebook reader. There are many. You would be surprised, but its quite readable if you do not read for more then say an hour.
  • there are a number of twitter clinets out there. I use mobile twitter because its the fastest I’ve seen. Although twitxr looks kinda cool
  • Chess. Nuff said
  • guitarist. if you play guitar, this will be fun.
  • Band. This is quite an impressive effort. Its not ready yet, but you can download many instruments. Once they have it where you can record multitrack style and punch in and out, then we will have something here.
  • BossPrefs. I use the basic one to quickly turn services on and off when I need to save power, I also keep ssh off, and bossprefs makes it easy to turn back on when I need it.
  • RagingThunder. The coolest racing game for the iphone. period. Get it!
  • VideoRecorder. VERY impressive. Lots of controls for light, sound, compression
  • VNsea. I use this to VNC to my linux box late at night when I have long jobs running. Great!
  • Pool. Nuff said.
  • ssh support. If you know what I’m talking about, then odds are you will figure this out yourself.

so this is a quick list. There are other things I run on my iphone, like a 3D Quake like game that is not ready for prime time, a piano, replacement controller for ipod player, and other stuff.

the VNC app though. How cool is it to remote into your desktop (they have it for win and mac too) and contol it with your iphone?

Christopher