The iPhone is a great phone and an awesome entertainment device, but it's also a great tool for a variety of things, including an excellent travel companion. Ana Ortiz at LaunchSquad dropped me a line and suggested I check out Best Western's site, which also happens to be iPhone-friendly as a web app. Best Western, partnering with Usablenet, brings their site to the iPhone for your traveling convenience. What features are available via the web app? Read on after the break!
Now does this really come as a surprise to anyone out there? Well it comes as no surprise for all of us here at TiPb that the Dev Team has jailbroken the latest 2.2 firmware beta released by Apple to developers. Not too shabby, and it should make all of you out there happy to know that the wait to jailbreak the 2.2 firmware will not be long! Short and painless. Now remember this is a beta right now so Apple may make some changes that can toss a wrench into the Dev Team's work but seriously how long would that slow them down? A day or two? Props to the Dev Team, they have yet to let us down.
During Apple's last conference call, Steve Jobs positively cooed about Apple's iPhone passing RIM's Blackberry in sales last month. If anyone had any doubts, Canalys says it's so (for whatever that bag of analysis is worth). According to Apple Insider, they pegged the market as Nokia 46.6%, Apple 17.3, RIM 15.2, and Windows Mobile 13.6. (Google's Android, of course, was not yet launched and Palm... er... Palm?)
Gym Technik says they were built for Blackberry, but are now on the iPhone "due to popular demand":
Gym Technik is an innovative online service that uses the lastest in cutting edge mobile technology to connect your iPhone to your fitness routine. Members of this service can define their entire workout routine on the Gym Technik website, and when at the gym - The iPhone, pointed at the Gym Technik mobile website, allows for tracking of exercise stats in their routine, visual exercise guidance, and references to previous workout stats. All of this information synchs automatically to the members' web account where they can view their progress on informative charts and graphs and optimize their routine as necessary.
So, if you're a switcher and want to bring the service with you, or just looking for something to help keep you on track with your workouts, this might be work a look. Let us know!
The iSkin revo case for iPhone, available in the iMore Store for $39.95, is designed for the iPhone 2G and is touted as offering maximum protection for your iPhone. With a broad landscape of cases to choose from, this one stands out from the others. It costs a bit more than most other cases, but is it worth the extra bucks? Read on for the full review!
We hear from MobileCrunch [via] that official iPhone tethering will be coming soon to AT&T. How soon is "soon" we don't know, whether data will be capped or unlimited is a mystery, and exactly what sort of plan will be involved is also up in the air.
Recently our friends at sister site TreoCentral pointed us to this snippet: Apple was seriously interested in purchasing Palm back in 1997. This is interesting for all sorts of reasons, but chief amongst them for me is this: Had the deal gone through, we might have seen the iPhone not only come to market earlier, but possibly seen it prevent other smartphone manufacturers (like RIM) from being able to compete. It's an interesting 'what could have been' scenario: just as Apple was killing off their Newton line, it would pick up the Palm Pilot and add functionality to it at presumably a more rapid pace than Palm did.
It's also notable that even back in 1997, the powers-that-be in Apple recognized that they would need to transition from a strictly-computer company to a consumer products company:
A perhaps little known fact: in the Summer of 1997, Steve Jobs called Eric Benhamou, 3Com's CEO (the company owned Palm). "Give me the Palm and come and join my Board of Directors. Only Apple can make Palm a true consumer brand." Nothing happened. Apple's foray into the product segment had to wait ten more years.
Of course, neither Apple nor Palm were in a position to really get things moving quickly at that time. Palm would have to wait until their first (of many) convoluted ownership shakeups sorted itself out and Apple itself was still in the midst of redefining itself for the Steve Jobs era. The parallels between Palm now and Apple then are also fun to think about -- both in dire need of a turnaround, both written off by much of the industry, and both have/had Jon Rubinstein playing a key role in revitalizing hardware.
I could go on and on playing "What If?" but instead there's something else that this little snippet brings to mind: Palm got something right with the original Palm Pilot way back in 1997 and I really wish Apple would take a closer look at that 1997 tech.
Read on to find out what Palm got right way back in the mid to late 90s.
The realtechVR team has released their first iPhone game, Laserlink:
Become the Master of the lasers with LaserLink, and recover every diamonds in each level. Create junctions to allow generating a laser between two points of connection of color in order to recover the diamonds ones.
If you're interested in puzzlers, let us know what you think!