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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 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..

More here…

November 16, 2008

Three user friendly solutions for accessing your iPhone like a USB drive

Filed under: app review,iphone — perivision @ 2:11 am
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Since we carry our iPhones (and sometimes iPods) with us no matter where we go, why not carry a few documents as well?  I choose three application that are useful for using your iPhone as a remote storage device.   If there is one I missed that offers unique functionality, please let me know.

I think most of us are familiar with USB drives to move files around. Well, with iPhones having 8, 16 and 32 gigs of memory, there is plenty of space to put documents, like spreadsheets and powerpoint , images, music and so on on the phone such that we can have access to it at all times. If you are in sales, how cool would it be to have a collection of presentation documents available at anytime?

More here..

TouchCopy

DiskAid

Files lite

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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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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September 7, 2008

TODAYS TIP: SCREEN CAPTURE ON THE IPHONE

Filed under: iphone — perivision @ 12:31 am
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Someone asked about how I get my screenshots on the iphone.. Easy..

If you are using 2.0, all you need to do is press the top right power button and the home button at the same time.  You do not have to hold them down. The screen will flash white and an image of your screen is saved as a photo on your camera roll.

Enjoy.

September 3, 2008

iphone tips to reduce dropped calls

Filed under: iphone — perivision @ 11:37 am
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If you are on the edge of reception, these steps will help..

  1. Turn off 3G – like I have not said that enough.
  2. Put the phone down.  Holding the phone reducing reception.  Use handsfree or a headset. Wired headset preferably.
  3. Plug it in.  The iphone works better both because the cable is attached and the extra voltage that the direct power supplies.

Enjoy!