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Video Blog Tips n' Tricks 101

Though not quite my regular Blog topic area of the humanities, from an educational point of view I thought a quick video Blog to help people learn some of the basic tips and tricks of the iPhone might be fun and informative. So enjoy the show. 



iPhone's Calendar App

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After trying most of the calendar & PIM apps out there, I ALWAYS come back to the Calendar app that CAME with the iPhone. It's the best & most reliable.



Selling your old iPhone; Also, repair options for 3GS

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In addition to our own Used Handhelds and Gazelle, another place you can sell your used phone is NextWorth. According to a company representative, they're currently offering as much as $255 for used 3G iPhones. After the trade-in value is determined, you can opt to have a check sent via mail or paid via PayPal, or receive a Target or Amazon gift card in the amount of the trade-in value.



Very helpful article on new "Find My iPhone" feature in iPhone 3.0

TidBITS has a great how-to article on the new feature in iPhone 3.0, called Find My iPhone, that lets you locate your iPhone. This feature requires a MobileMe account, which costs $99 per year (and which I recommend), but there's no other cost. (MobileMe constantly syncs your computer and your iPhone in the background automatically.



iPhone as a bike touring essential

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I've been meaning to write for a while now about Scott Mullin's blog, PowerCycle, as he bicycles solo from Florida to Alaska, and specifically about how much gear his iPhone has replaced.  Last night my wife and I hosted four bike tourists on their way to DC, also with an iPhone, so I'll take that as a sign that it's time to write!



A full compliance & test report of stereo Bluetooth sound (A2DP) in iPhone OS 3

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I’ve finished (thoroughly) testing my six A2DP headphones with the new Bluetooth stereo support of iPhone OS 3.0 (OS3 for short), along with their traditional mobile phone headset functionality.


(the stereo headphones, all paired with my iPhone)


(in-call view: as can be seen, you can dynamically switch from the Bluetooth headset to the iPhone.



Free app AroundMe locates the nearest whatever

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With over 5 million downloads, AroundMe must be one of the more popular apps. It's free, and it directs you to the nearest banks, bars, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, movie theaters, parking, pharmacies, pubs, restaurants, supermarkets, taxis, and theaters. Plus it gives you three-day weather and other features. It's amazingly easy to use.



What the Angels eat

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When one has tasted it [watermelon] he knows what the angels eat. 



YouTube enhancements in iPhone OS 3

YouTube support has been considerably enhanced in iPhone OS 3. 

1, now, when you exit a clip (tap Done), instead of returning to the list of clips you were at, you’re presented two brand new tabs:

A, an “Info” tab with the list of the comments and other info (tags, category, date, description).

It also has a button “Rate, comment or flag”. As you may have guessed, this allows for rating and commenting (too bad the latter doesn’t work in landscape).



The One and Only Real iPhone Web Browser Roundup

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While the iPhone’s built-in Web browser, Safari, is a pleasure to use, it still has some missing functionality. Some of these:



The Science of Picking the Perfect App

It is a funny thing that has happened to me.  I have become greedy about the real estate on my iPhone.  Not just any app will do.  If an app is lucky enough to get a shot on my iPhone, it has to be special.  I have certain criteria that must be met before I will even think about cluttering my screen with yet another app.  



Top 10 hidden features in iPhone 3.0

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PCWorld has a helpful article titled "iPhone 3.0 Update: 10 Hidden Features." These features include: tapping and holding a URL in Safari to open it in a new tab, special characters in messaging, more ways to access the search function, adjusting the song scrolling speed, and having an unlimited number of apps installed.



Under $50: Good Noise Reduction Headphones

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 I travel quite a bit, and love to listen to my iTunes music and audio programs. Trying to listen on planes and other noisy environments with standard earphones takes away much of the pleasure. I’ve been tempted by the ads for the $300 noise reduction headphones, but that seems awfully steep.



Wanted: Foldable, Portable iPhone Keyboard

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 Attention product developers at MacNally, Belkin, etc. For the love of all that is holy can someone please develop a foldable, portable external keyboard for both the iPhone and iPod touch. Am I the only one who has been dying for one of these to be out on the market? I know that MacNally had created a bluetooth external keyboard last year that never made it to the market due to the fact that it required a Bluetooth connection which was not available until this past week when the iPhone 3.0 was released.



iPhone 3.0 users are successfully enabling tethering — and MMS

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If there's a gotcha in this, please don't blame me. I'm too chicken to try it myself. But, the fact is, iPhone 3.0 users have figured out that it's very simple to enable tethering (that is, using your iPhone to enable your laptop to connect to the Internet wherever you can get a signal). CrunchGear tells two methods of doing it, one simply entailing pointing your iPhone's Safari at a particular website.



Another revolutionary multiplatform utility by me: add "find in page" support to most mobile web browsers!!!

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I’ve long been complaining about the lack of any “find in page” functionality in most mobile Web browsers.



Bento - The Database App for Every Day Use

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If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, portable database, the Bento app wins hands down. You can catalog your DVDs, plan a party, create a recipe file, keep track of upcoming events, photograph and inventory your home, and maintain a vehicle maintenance log. You can create invoices, file documents for easy retrieval, and keep track of expenses.



Give iPhone or Touch the Power of E-mail Groups

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When I’m using my PC at work, I’m able to quickly open Outlook and call up an e-mail group, for instance to send out a tech-support bulletin to our field sites, or maybe report a bug to our development team. At home, I use mostly Gmail, and also have a few helpful contact groups configured (like for our bloggers), but I have yet to find a way to sync the grouping to my iPod touch.



Bug on my Desktop, Bug on my iPhone. WeatherBug, that is!

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As a resident of Texas & someone who is generally interested in watching the weather, I was very happy to see WeatherBug for the iPhone. There are 2 versions available: WeatherBug (FREE) & WeatherBug Elite (.99c). Both are very good apps. I 1st had the free version, then upgraded to the Elite version so I could have ALL of the features.



AT&T announces immediate upgrade offer for 3G S if you're eligible July, August, or September

If you're eager to get the new iPhone 3G S but found out that you don't qualify for the lowest-priced upgrade for another month or three, I have good news for you. AT&T has announced that if you're eligible for an upgrade in July, August, or September, you no longer need to wait. You can get your new phone right away — at the lowest upgrade price.



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