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Simplify Connecting to Your iPhone via Your Local LAN

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Due to the Apple SDK constraints on developers of iPhone software, data exchanges with your phone is limited to email and local area network connectivity. 

Some iPhone applications such as “Files” allow you to import and read your Word, Excel, and PDF files from your desktop computer to your phone, and move that data to the iPhone by establishing a wireless connection between the phone and desktop over a LAN.



Rocky upgrade here at iPhone Life

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 I'm posting partly just to apologize for the rough handling of this Web site for the past few days.  I did an upgrade to the Drupal software that powers our site, and a number of things did not go as smoothly as I would have liked.

I am also posting to try out some of the features that other bloggers have reported problems with, to see if they work in my own blogging account.  One complaint is that blog entries get truncated after just a line or so of text.  If you can read this, then I was unable to duplicate the problem.



Microsoft releases free image-browsing app

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In the news today is Microsoft's release of its first application for the iPhone: Seadragon Mobile, an image-browsing app. And it has raised eyebrows because the same app hasn't been released for Microsoft's own Windows Mobile platform.



Great game rebates and other news

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Before I, finally, publish the iPhone Gaming bible Part I, some news for you all.

ngmoco:) news

ngmoco:) is one of the best games developer for the iPhone / iPod Touch. They're celebrating the upcoming (on 12/18) release of their new, really promising puzzle-platformer title, Rolando.



Secure iPhone Screen Protection

3M recently sent me a sample of their new 3M Mobile Privacy Film, a twelve dollar adhesive screen protector with "microlouver technology" (essentially what looks like a polarization filter). When applied, this layer makes the screen appear dark and fuzzy when not looking directly at the screen. The margin of angle is fairly tight and the filter does what it advertises. Of course, this also means that watching videos on the iPhone can become a challenge due to the exact nature of the viewing angle necessary to watch without blurring the image.


Merriam-Webster's Dictionary Review

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 There are some things I like about lugging around a real dictionary: it requires no power source, and you can quickly flip to a section and scan page after page. In fact, I would argue that technology has yet to match the human hand/eye coordination and acuity for quickly scanning through written documents, but that’s another post.



What's the best way to get an iPhone and why?

Groucho Marx once said he wouldn't belong to a club that would have him as a member.  The iPhone club, while already setting records in the smartphone industry, is about to get bigger.

Not everybody has the luxury of an Apple store nearby, and not every AT&T store sells the iPhone.  Plus, when the iPhone 3G was introduced, online ordering went away.  With all of these obstacles, Apple knows there is always room for improvement.



Copy & paste coming to the iPhone

One of the common complaints about the iPhone has been the lack of copy & paste. A hot news item on blogs the past couple days is the imminent arrival of Pastebud. According to Gizmodo, it's pretty limited: you can copy and paste from Safari to Mail, and from one web page to another. It's a jury-rigged solution that uses functionality already available on the iPhone -- no need to install an app.



Home activation to return to the iPhone

A week back I wrote a commentary on iphone's going on sale in wal-mart's (still officially rumor) and wrote the following:

What if Apple supplied a specialist per store?  Well, that could work, but is it worth it?  Do you really think there are enough people who are looking to buy an iPhone to go to Wal-mart to make it worth staffing those stores?



101 Most Essential iPhone Apps of 2008

Mac Life has posted an article titled 101 Most Essential iPhone Apps of 2008. The authors identify these apps as being high quality -- and indispensable. The selected apps include not a few games and some really handy utilities, like Remote, which lets you control your music from any room in the house.



BEST strategy game Orions: Legend of Wizard out for the iPhone! + Strategy Guide

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In my opinion, the best turn-based strategy game ever released for Windows Mobile, Orions: Legend of Wizard, has just been released at a very low introductory price ($1.99 / 1.79 euros). (On the screenshot below, this isn’t visible as I’ve purchased it from AppStore right away; hence the “Installed” tag. With the, compared to Windows Mobile or other platforms, really cheap AppStore prices, it was a no-brainer for me. After all, I’ve paid $20 for the first two episodes on Windows Mobile – and it was already a, IIRC, 20% rebate.)
 



Auto login for Starbucks works pretty well. And its not from Starbucks or AT&T

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There is a starbucks near where I live, but the wifi there is horrible. Worse, I cannot get 3G, so basically, I go elsewhere. Then AT&T announced they were going to give iPhone users free wifi access. Great! But, you have to go through this silly login process: Link to process.. Whatever. It’s not a chore so much as just plain annoying. So much so, I do not bother and stick with edge.



PDAmill releasing new iPhone games!

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PDAmill,  an apps vendor who has a long-standing habit of creating well-crafted games for the WinMo platform, is bringing some of their favorites over to iPhone and touch. You can check out the current titles here.



Vlingo -- free voice recognition app

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I recently posted about Google's new mobile search app that recognizes voice queries. However, I had mixed success, and am going to try Vlingo — voice-powered software that Cnet says is better than Google's. CNet's review includes an impressive demo video of Vlingo in action. A version for iPhone was released (free!) last month.



MacWorld versus CES (Consumer Electronics Show)... either way, Apple is everywhere!

Next month I will be heading to Las Vegas once again to cover the Consumer Electronics Show.  I've been going to CES (or Comdex when that existed) since 1988 and it's always a great way to see the latest gadgets from numerous vendors.  But one firm is conspicuous in their absence.  Macworld is always held around the same time, and that's where Apple holds court.  So it's understandable that Apple puts all of its eggs in one basket... or maybe it's a basket of apples?



LiveStation ( live TV) on the iPhone Demo shown today

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I logged into Livestation's desktop player and watched a live discussion of their new iphone application that hopes to provide live TV (mostly international news).  Its still early, but based on the video I saw, they are getting there. We still do not have a timeline for release, and todays interactive Q and A was more about getting feedback then any anouncements, still, it looks quite promising. Have a look at their site here..



10,000 Apps and counting . . .

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Fortune is reporting that there are now over 10,000 applications in the iTunes App Store. 148Apps.com (which gets its name from the total number of apps that can be installed) has created a mosaic of all 10,000 app icons — with each icon clickable.



Let's Make the Best Smartphone Even Better!

The iPhone was 'Designed by Apple in California', but it can be improved by iPhone Life readers in cyberspace! 

Don't get me wrong... I love my iPhone and it is almost always attached to my hip.  But over the years, I have owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, a Nokia e62 and more. I love technology and my allegiance is to whatever device offers the most convenience, ease of use, quality, reliability, value, and overall experience. That might mean Sun Solaris, Linux, Windows, or a Mac, all of which I use everyday.



using your itouch as a phone... Sure, all you need is WIFI

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Just read in TechCrunch about a new itouch app by UK-based Truphone that allows you to make phone calls on your itouch if you have WIFI access. Sounds pretty good. Calls are free to other itouch users as well as other supported mobile devices and low rates to those outside the system, much like Skype. What is interesting to me here is idea of taking an itouch and getting near iphone capabilities.



Free VPN for iPhone

An article in the excellent weekly newsletter TidBITS tells about the free VPN application AnchorFree. VPN, as you probably know, stands for Virtual Private Network, and it's a very important consideration if you're using public Wi-Fi hotspots. It's very easy for someone to steal your personal information such as passwords, so protection is in order. The article explains the need for VPN and how to use AnchorFree.



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