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7 years ago

Hacking and Developer Roundup

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Hacking and Developer Roundup

There's been a spate of information for hacking on and development for the iPhone. I've been dutifully collecting it so as to post a roundup, and so here it is: the best developer links of the past week, with a bit of a hacking update at the end.

UPDATED: messed up Matthew Privanek's name. Sorry Matthew!

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7 years ago

Study Says 90% of iPhone Users Satisfied, the Other 10% are Canadian

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Study Says 90% of iPhone Users Satisfied, the Other 10% are Canadian

A study published by USA Today shows that out of 200 iPhone users polled, 90% were "extremely" or "very" satisfied with their device. Take any these consumer surveys with a grain of salt and a shot of whiskey, the numbers and methodology used is always suspect. But if this percentage scales accurately to a larger demographic, this is an unprecedented number for customer satisfaction in a mobile device.

Apple's marketing PR man Greg Joswiak gave this soundbite...

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7 years ago

SeeFile Offers 5GB of Free Online Storage for iPhone Users

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SeeFile Offers 5GB of Free Online Storage for iPhone Users

SeeFile is an online media storage and collaboration service focussed towards creative professionals. The company recently launched a service that offers up to 5GB of storage for photos, documents, video, and other forms of media, accessible right on your iPhone through Safari.

Where the cool factor comes into play, is that you can also manipulate and edit documents right from you browser as well, through an AJAXy interface. I like.

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7 years ago

When Bob Cringely Speaks, People Listen

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When Bob Cringely Speaks, People Listen

Columnist Bob Cringely once again delivers his weekly sermon from the pulpit of PBS. This time the self proclaimed minister of prognostication talks about Apple's 3G plans and upcoming product launches.

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7 years ago

Poll: Will You Keep Your iPhone?

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Poll: Will You Keep Your iPhone?

Since the iPhone has now been out for nearly two weeks, and for many of you that purchased iPhones at an Apple Store that means your evaluation period is due to expire, now comes the question - Will you keep your shiny new toy, or will it be returned? Answer the poll the below.

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7 years ago

Matt Miller Came to Love His iPhone and Chew Bubble Gum, and He's All Out of iPhone

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Matt Miller Came to Love His iPhone and Chew Bubble Gum, and He's All Out of iPhone

My good buddy Matt Miller from ZDNet has been fondling an iPhone for the past two weeks (his wife is starting to worry), extensively testing its features and functionality. He writes on his blog that after much deliberation he has decided to return his device and go back to a Smartphone.

Why is this news? Well for starters, Matt and I both view the iPhone from the same vantage point - as Smartphone users. We're old school mobile experts who grew up in the PDA era, which later evolved into Smartphones, and actively experiment with all the latest in mobile technology. And his tastes and impressions often mirror my own in many ways. Sadly we see eye to eye on this subject as well.

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7 years ago

Zimbra Offers iPhone Support via iZimbra

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Zimbra Offers iPhone Support via iZimbra

Zimbra has announced mobile account access to iPhone users via it's new web service front-end called iZimbra. Zimbra, for those of you unfamiliar with the product, is an open source messaging and collaboration solution that is what one might describe as a Microsoft Exchange clone, offering the same functionality and collaboration exchange as Microsoft's proprietary corporate communication suite.

What iZimbra does is basically bring something very similar to OWA (Outlook Web Access) formatted to iPhones's mobile browser.

I've always been very curious about Zimbra and it looks extremely promising. I subscribe to a hosted Exchange account, so iZimbra is something I would find very compelling and usable were I hooked to Zimbra account.

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7 years ago

Microsoft Exchange Support Coming Sooner than We Think?

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Microsoft Exchange Support Coming Sooner than We Think?

Sven Rafferty has posted information from one of his "sources" who claims that an update to iPhone's mail app will integrate Microsoft Exchange DirectPush support. Not only that, but this feature upgrade will also enable OTA (Over-The-Air) syncing of contacts and calendar events as well.

In effect the iPhone will interoperate with corporate Exchange accounts just like a Windows Mobile device. Sounds great, but this is still rumor (Read: unconfirmed).

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7 years ago

Readers Express Outrage over AT&T's Decision to Exclude Business Account Customers

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Readers Express Outrage over AT&T's Decision to Exclude Business Account Customers

A story I posted earlier last month regarding AT&T's decision to exclude its Business Account customers from buying iPhones has become a raging bonfire for angry readers venting their frustrations against AT&T. Some have threatened to organize a class action lawsuit the wireless carrier.

A reader named Rob Schrader wrote...

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7 years ago

Hackers Break Into iPhone's "Backdoor" and Find Dottie Alpine Asleep on the Sofa

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Hackers Break Into iPhone's "Backdoor" and Find Dottie Alpine Asleep on the Sofa

It didn't take long for hackers to break through the iPhone's glossy exterior and into its inner bowels, gaining root access. What troubles me is how easily and quickly it was done. So far hackers have managed to uncover the iPhone's root password for the device, which is "Alpine", as well as the mobile user account password - "Dottie". And DVD Jon found a way to unlock the damn thing so we can use it as an iPod sans AT&T service.

Needless to say, in all this merriment, security analysts aren't laughing.

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7 years ago

Congress Debates Carrier Exclusivity Deals, Does Something Right for Once

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Congress Debates Carrier Exclusivity Deals, Does Something Right for Once

Every once in a while our overpaid representatives on Capital Hill actually do have a clue, when pockets are lined with the right amount of ahem generous contributions. A Congressional hearing on Wireless Innovation and Consumer Protection, two things our Legislature knows nothing about, debated the topic of exclusivity deals between carriers and handset makers.

Democrats led the charge outlining the evils of these seedy agreements that undermine competition and erect walled gardens around carrier's subscriber base.

Massachusetts Rep. Ed Markey quoted a popular song by the Eagles, when describing the five year exclusive contract between Apple and AT&T.

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7 years ago

Two Handed Typing on iPhone Works!

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Two Handed Typing on iPhone Works!

First, my applogies for disppearing this past week, but with the Fourth of July holiday and some much needed time off, I had to step away from the blogosphere (how I detest that term) for a while. But fear not, I'm now back in the saddle ready to resume regular news postings and commentary. Look for another installment of my ongoing iPhone explorations later today, chocked full of goodies.

For now I wanted to apprise you on my experiences with the controversial on-screen keyboard, having more than full week under my belt.

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7 years ago

iGot an iPhone, Initial Impressions and Reflections, Part 3

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iGot an iPhone, Initial Impressions and Reflections, Part 3

Before delving further into my initial impressions, I wanted to go back to the topic of iPhone’s display that I hadn’t yet covered – brightness and color. The screen is absolutely the brightest and richest color LCD I have ever seen on a mobile device. In fact my initial reaction upon powering up the device for the first time was that Apple obviously preconfigured these units with screen brightness to maximum strength by default. One of my first actions was to go to the settings screen and turn it down. Imagine my shock when I discovered that brightness level was in fact set at just 50%. Moving the slider to its maximum setting creates a retina popping brightness that could double for a Maglite. So bright in fact that it’s actually painful to look at. Needless to say I don’t recommend doing this. You’ll have no problem finding your keys in the dark with this thing.

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7 years ago

iPhone Unlocked, Accidently?

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iPhone Unlocked, Accidently?

A reader sent me the following comment. I have no way of testing this myself, so take it for what it's worth. If anyone else can verify this process please contact me, or post a comment here immediately.

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7 years ago

iGot an iPhone, Initial Impressions and Reflections, Part 2

iGot an iPhone, Initial Impressions and Reflections, Part 2

Does the iPhone live up to the hyperbole? Is the device really as cool as it looks? Even more important – is it a practical device to use or just an expensive, but impressive, luxury gadget? I can’t fully answer the philosophical aspects until I’ve used the iPhone for a longer period of time. Two weeks is my usual period for test modeling a product before passing final judgment. But in this case I will share my initial impressions and experiences. Some good, some not so good.

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