Coolgorilla.com breaks down language barriers and offers a novel way to meet foreign women in bars with the help of its talking translation service. Avoid those embarrassing social faux pas as you stumble to form poorly structured sentences from a book.
Just visit CoolGorilla.com on your iPhone - select any available sentence from the phrase book and your iPhone will repeat it back in the desired native tonque of your guests.
Gentlemen, start your downloading! Upon docking my iPhone I nearly spewed Coke Zero through my nostrils when a message popped up alerting me to a firmware update for iPhone, version 1.0.1. According to the documentation this is almost entirely a bug fix and little else. Correction It's a security fix for several recently published Safari vulnerabilities.
Bummer. I was expecting some value added goodness.
UPDATE: Apple has posted documentation for this update here.
UPDATE 2: Since installing this update the Mail app has become alarmingly unstable. It seems to freeze up often. On the plus side IMAP folder support appears to have improved, allowing full server-side folder browsing. Nice, but I can do without the crashy crashy.
What better way to waste spend your time than downloading thousands of Widgets, slideshows, gamecasts, and feeds right on your iPhone. Plusmo offers a very simple iconic web frontend that delivers easy access to online content, suited for mobile devices. It works very similar to another online mobile content service called Widsets.
Plusmo goes a bit further my creating a homescreen-like interface and enabling web content developers and bloggers (that would be me) to create one-click publishing links that allow users to quickly subscribe to your mobilized content.
And like so many other Web 2.0 services...this one is free!
So, yeah. Favelets and bookmarklets. In the podcast, I promised a review article about useful bookmarklets and favelets, for the iPhone. And here it is.
I've written a few simple bookmarklets as well; it seems a lot of the bookmarklets are designed for web editors, and not always so much for the average web user. I'm guessing that not many regular folks need to edit CSS from the iPhone, and those that do already have those bookmarklets synched over. But still, there's a void for popular sites. It seemed that all I found were eBay, Amazon, and Google sites. So I set out to make a few of my own, and edit a few others so that they'd work on iPhone Safari (henceforth, iSafari).
AppleInsider reports that Apple may be readying its first major software update for iPhone, set for release very soon now. According to the article, Apple VP Greg Joswiak told analysts that it expects to release an update soon. Exactly what may be contained within the update remains uncertain. It could simply be a package of bug fixes, or a mashup of new applications and features.
Officials within NASA's Outsourcing Desktop Initiative For NASA (ODIN) program have rejected iPhone for use as a corporate communications device, opting instead for RIM's Blackberry 8800 series. NASA deemed iPhone "not to be enterprise ready", which is a reference to corporate deployment, not the starship Enterprise.
The space agency is in the process of selecting a Smartphone to employ with its fleet of workers, and is giving serious nods to the Blackberry 8800 and the Palm Treo 750. The news means, unfortunately, iPhone won't be seen in launch control any time soon.
A website called Booksoniphone.com offers a full library of copyright free books available for reading right on your iPhone, from within Safari. Once you visit the site you'll need to create a free account profile, complete with username and password. After logging in you'll be able to browse a fairly substantial library of works by drilling down into categories and authors to find anything that suits your fancy.
The experience isn't thrilling, but does make for a wonderful way to pass the time when you find yourself stuck in dull situations, like office meetings, child berthings, that sort of thing.
Apple just sent out a press release proudly boasting that its iTunes Store has now sold over 3 Billion Songs. Congratulations Apple. Now how about giving away free iPods to loyal customers, eh? No? Well I tried.
Thomas Robinson has started a really cool project that enables XBOX 360 owners to use their iPhone as an XBOX Media Center Remote, controlled via WiFi. A simple menu-driven interface allows you to play music, video, DVDs, photo slideshows, and more. I like!
The project is fully open source and can be downloaded free from Thomas's website.
Brando is now offering a fully user-replaceable battery kit, available for the low price of just $20. The kit includes one battery, a screwdriver, spacer, and instruction manual. Be warned, replacing the battery on your own is not for the faint of heart. It requires lots of patience and practice.
Boy Genius recently bricked his beloved iPhone while trying to swap out back covers. An act that he came to regret.
YouTube junkies looking for an easy way to transfer and view Flash video to your iPhone, in place of Apple's ill-equipped streaming client, can now breath a sigh of relief. TubeTV makes saving and converting any Flash video content to iPhone/iPod format quick and easy, just the way we like it.
Download this free application now so you watch all those wonderful videos of cats wearing hats and sweater vests.
Organizers behind Office 2.0 Conference have come up with an ingenious, if costly, incentive to drive attendance to their upcoming developer/partner conference. Registered attendees and speakers will receive free 4GB iPhones. Where do I sign up? Well not so fast. A single attendee registration costs $995 through July 31 (that's tomorrow), after which the registration price jumps to $1,495. If you're a developer living in the Bay area, and had already planned to attend O2O, this is a no brainer. However, this conference price (even with iPhone) seems unusually high to me.
GameDaily reports that PopCap Games has released a free web based version of its popular Bejeweled puzzle game for iPhone. Users can access the game by visiting www.popcap.com on their iPhones - Bejeweled loads automatically. I tried it out myself and found the experience to be incredibly disappointing. It's nearly impossible to precisely select a specific jem, and often my taps weren't recognized at all.
Chapura has added a new application to its product lineup, called FoldedMirror. What this application does is enable iPhone users to connect with Outlook Calendar and Contacts folders right from their device, by mirroring data created on a PC running Microsoft Outlook. A host PC is required, with Outlook running at all times, in order for this process to work. FoldedMirror doesn't come cheap, however. A single user license will set you back $49.95. Ouch!
I haven't yet put this software to the test since I already use a hosted Exchange account but it looks very promising. You can read the full press release here.