A day without my iPhone.

I left my iPhone at home and I’m not missing it. Instead, I welcome this sense of not being connected to the world for a day. I’m not jittery about the thought of missing calls or text  messages. A day of not hearing from me would not kill any-body. In fact, I know all the people who would contact me and most would do that after work, when I am at home flipping through the television channels.

I blogged about the day when I did not have email for half a day at work and I did not miss it. Now, I want to go 8 hours without my iPhone and (frankly speaking) I am really not missing it.

So if  you ever feel the need to have some time off for yourself, just leave your hand-phone at home and go about your life. A moment of dis-connection would do you wonders. It lets us focus on ourselves for a few hours, giving us that space we need to breathe and know that in life; not texting or calling people, would do us no harm.

iPhone 4Gen : It’s the real thing.

It was found and Gizmodo has the scoop on what could be the iPhone 4Gen running OS 4.0. And from initial assessments – it’s a sweet package. All speculations on whether this was a hoax were laid to rest when Apple sent a letter to Gizmodo to ask for their phone back.

What’s in store in this wonderful package:

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

Full Article : Gizmodo – This is Apple’s Next iPhone

But the timing couldn’t be better. Hot on the heels of the iPad launch, the 4Gen iPhone was found lost in a bar in Redwood City. How coincidental is that? Or is it a really clever publicity stunt? Makes you wonder, will we be seeing a new iPhone release later this year?

When Apple Moves, the World Watches – iPhone OS 4.0

Image from Lifehacker.com: iPhone 4.0 – The Best New Features.

In short this is what you will get on your iPhone 3GS and iTouch 3Gs when you upgrade to OS 4.0:

  • multitasking
  • fast app switching
  • local notifications
  • app folder
  • a new mail app
  • ibooks
  • custom backgrounds
  • game center
  • iAd advertising
  • 5x digital zoom
  • bluetooth keyboard support

For the breakdown read Gizmodo’s dedicated iPhone 4.0 page and Lifehacker’s article.

This means I will now have to scout around for a used iPhone 3GS, to fully enjoy all that OS 4.0 can offer but do I really want to? My iPhone 2G is serving me well and I’m happy with the way things are working our for me now. So do I need another gadget to add to the mix? I not sure I want to but if there is anyone who has a 3GS lying around (and you are not using it) then I am most happy to receive it.

Another thing that is good with this upgrade is that the other phone manufacturers will now have to up their products to match what Apple has to offer. Truly, the iPhone was the phone that changed the market. It opened up the market for touch-screen phones that double as PDAs and mini-computers. The other phone manufacturers have been playing catch-up ever-since and expect things to up a notch with this upgrade to the iPhone OS.

I expect Nokia to improve on their Symbian OS and push their product developments. The rest will follow suit. In short, when Apple moves, the world watches and adjust itself accordingly. Apple is bold in their product development and by (finally) providing multi-tasking on their iPhones, I see faster and bigger capacity iPhones in the near future.

It’s really a great time to get an iPhone. Cheers!

Jailbreaking the iPad – it’s possible says hacker.

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When I finally am able to buy an iPad, then jailbreaking would be the first thing I do to it.

For newbies, “jailbreaking” refers to act of unlocking the iPhone from it’s restrictions. Allowing the iPhone to run on various carriers and also to run unauthorized software – say themes and stuff. So jailbreaking is in fact a step forward in customizing your iPhone to run whatever you want.

George Hotz, known as the guy who first unlock the iPhone, believes it can be done to the iPad.

It’s plausible to believe that an iPhone OS jailbreak will also work for the iPad. While the iPad will support apps that are exclusive to the device, its OS shares the same DNA as the iPhone’s.

Read More http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/03/jailbreak-iphone-ipad/#ixzz0jWPzgbck

I’m not sure when the iPad would reach Malaysia, but I reckon that if the jailbreak works with the iPad, we would see it here sooner than the official launch dates, as what happened with the 2G iPhone.

The iPad is slated for launch next week in America, so it would be no surprise to see it here late April or early May.

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Look…the wallpaper is moving! vWallpaper on my iPhone

I have the above wallpaper in my iPhone. Yes, I’m slow to pick up on this fad but it’s so darn cool when your wallpaper is moving about. I saw something like this on CSI Miami, when one of the investigators pulled out an iPhone and his wallpaper was animated and not static.

You will need a jailbroken iPhone with Cydia installed. Run Cydia and search for vWallpaper. To add new wallpapers, you will need to SSH into your iPhone and copy the file to /private/var/mobile/Media/Skrew/videos.

Give it a shot, though I’ve yet to give any comment whether this has any effect onto the general battery life of the iPhone.

For laughs, I had one of these wallpapers give me a headache. Yup, same effect I get when playing Quake or Doom for the first time.

Mods on my iPhone

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Someone asked me over FaceBook if the iPhone is a good phone. HELL YA!! Once you got your hands on an iPhone, there’s no looking at any other phone. It becomes an extension of your personality. A tool of zen-like quality.

Anyway, I’ve been busy with it the last few weeks and this is the current state of my trusty iPhone; I call ‘It’.

2G Model, 16GB HDD,
Firmware Roadmap: OS 2.1 to 3.0 to 3.1.2 to OS version 3.1.3.
2G tethering, bluetooth and MMS enable via OS patch.

Favourites I can’t live without:

  1. biteSMS,
  2. Notes,
  3. Mobile Terminal,
  4. WinterBoard,
  5. SSB Settings,
  6. TweekDeck
  7. Facebook

There you have it. What? You think the list is too short? Minimal. That’s the approach I’m taking with this phone. If I don’t really use it for two (2) days, then the app gets a spot on my 2nd screen. All games are on the 3rd and 4th screen respectively. And my HomeScreen holds just four (4) apps.

I’ve currently got SMS Delivery Notification running but it’s bloody annoying. Appearing as a text message each time a SMS is delivered. A good way to represent this is to have an icon indicator on the SMS itself, showing that it has been delivered. Something I bet someone else has thought of.

Well, there you have it. A look into the friend I call ‘It’ who gets an upgrade every time something new pop up on the iPhone hacking bulletin boards. And I must say, an iPhone is a Geek’s best friend.

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Minimalism approach to my iPhone. Less is More.

About a week ago, I embarked on a quest to see what apps would take up residence on the HomeScreen of my iPhone. And up till now, only four (4) apps have made the cut and they are:

  1. Contacts
  2. Calculator
  3. Notes
  4. Calendar

On my Dock resides :

  1. iPod
  2. biteSMS
  3. Phone

The Calculator app is close to being kicked out and I may have only three (3) apps residing on my HomeScreen. It basically shows what the iPhone’s main task is in my life.

  1. Texting
  2. Answering Calls
  3. Scheduling my meetings, appointments
  4. Taking down notes

Playing games and tinkering with apps take a backseat ride on this boat. So isn’t that what we all use our hand-phones for? So no matter if you have a below par handphone (non-smartphone, brick-like and lacks MMS), you still do the same things as an above par handphone user (smartphone, web browser, push email and ability to make coffee).

Cheers!

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