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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.



iPhone 3.0 gives easier access to Wi-Fi hotspots

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Last year AT&T opened up their national network of Wi-Fi hotspots so that iPhone users could have free access — Starbucks, McDonalds, airports, etc. But accessing these now-free hotspots was cumbersome, involving entering your phone number, receiving a text message, then clicking a link in that message.



iPhone/iPod Touch Plays MIDI

Welcome to my new blog here at iPhoneLife.com. It’s about all things iPhone and Music. After writing an article for this past spring’s print edition of the magazine, I realized that things are moving so quickly in iPhone app development that dealing with the long lead time print requires would mean missing out on cool new entries. So time to start blogging!



Grabbing the new iPod Update!

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 Well, thanks to Steve Green, instead of reviewing some software right now, I'm waiting for the new 3.0 upgrade to complete on my iPod touch. The download is 257.8MB so if you don't have a broadband connection, it might take a while. I simply synced my ipod, and in the Summary tab it indicated that version 3.0 was available. Click the Update button, and it should run without much interaction (beyond the usual iTunes verifications, of course).



How to use the 40 best new features of iPhone 3.0

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The website iSmashPhone has an awesome article titled "How To Use The Best 40 Features of iPhone 3.0." It not only lists these features, some which I hadn't heard about before, but often also tells you use to use them, complete with screen shots. The features include: e-mailing up to 5 photos at a time, shake to undo or redo, shake to shuffle, copy/paste, autofill username/password, Spotlight search, move an app across pages, mail search, and notes search.



iPhone 3.0 Update: Just Hours Away Now

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The highly anticipated iPhone 3.0 update is just a few hours away according to sources. The expected times are 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern time and will be available via iTunes.

The update is free for all iPhone users. All iPod Touch users will be charged an upgrade fee of $9.99. A worthy update to the platform, the 3.0 update will contain a host of new features and fixes and is the centerpiece to the new iPhone 3G S being released this Friday.



Apple sells out launch day iPhone 3G S pre-order units

The new iPhone 3G S, which will be on sale Friday, is already in high demand. According to InformationWeek, Apple and ATT&T have already sold out their allotment of pre-order units for the June 19 launch. Those who ordered after June 13 may have to wait one or two weeks to receive their iPhone.



How to get best pricing on your upgrade to the iPhone 3G S

TidBITS has a great article on the eligibility criteria for getting the lowest subsidized price for the new iPhone 3G S. While no one knows all of the criteria, the article explains that it's not simply how long you've had your phone. Another factor, for example, is your account history — and how promptly you pay your bill. Also, the article points out that their system sometimes makes mistakes, and that the only way you can be sure you're getting the lowest possible price is to call AT&T.



Can't download all those cute PPS attachments at work?

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Do you get a lot of personal email & go through them at work because ... well ... you're there all day? That's fine, but when people send you attachments & especially in the case of PPS files, may or may not contain adult content or high volume, you end up skipping those for the sake of your job.



Tripwolf — free app and travel guides

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Tripwolf is a free app just released last week that gives you travel guides for over 500,000 destinations worldwide, combining info from professional travel guide publishers and user-contributed information. The app limits you to having three destinations on your iPhone at one time. And while the guides for major cities have a considerable amount of information, lesser destinations, such as Kansas City, Missouri, or Des Moines, Iowa, only have a basic info page and a listing of accommodations. You can access the guides online, or you can download them for offline access later.



Interleague action, iPhone-style

How to keep track of both Chicago teams - while at Wrigley Field? Not on the hand-operated scoreboard. The MLB app iPhone Life publisher Hal Goldstein blogged about earlier in the season might let me know how the White Sox are doing 90 miles north playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It depends on the connectivity at Wrigley. More later.

UPDATE: The White Sox tie up their game on a home run by the pitcher, I see on MLB Gameday. The Wrigley scoreboard shows nothing until after the inning is over. Meanwhile, the Cubs threaten to tie or take the less themselves.


Toki Tori and Knights Onrush go lite

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Toki Tori and Knights Onrush are currently two of my favorite Chillingo games, as evidenced by my recent reviews (Toki Tori and Knights Onrush). Understandably, though, at a price point of $4.99 many people are hesitant to take the plunge regardless of glowing reviews. Chillingo has thankfully addressed that problem by providing lite versions of both applications. Here's what they have to say:



What you need to know about the iPhone 3G S

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Macworld has a great article titled "iPhone 3G S: What you need to know." It highlights the significant new features: speed, better gaming experience, camera, voice control, etc. And it answers commonly asked questions. Best of all, the article has a list of features unique to the iPhone 3G S and discusses some of them. These are features you'll get with the new phone that you won't have even if you upgrade your older iPhone with the new iPhone 3.0 software. See the list after the break:



My Daily Dose of E!

I thought for my inaugural blog post, I'd share with you my fav app right now.  I wonder if there is an app out there that could decipher a person's personality by loading in their 5 most used apps?  (If there isn't, wouldn't that be cool?  Developers out there take note!)  Then I wonder what personality trait I'm revealing by telling you that I am addicted to E! Online.



Take a photo with your iPhone and automatically send it as a postcard

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Postcards — how quaint. Yet if you're on some distant shore and you'd like to send a quick photo taken with your iPhone to someone who doesn't have e-mail, HazelMail Postcards is the ticket. The new app, launched yesterday, instantly turns your photo into a personalized postcard, and the prints the card, puts a stamp on it, and mails it for you.



WorldMate Live now on iPhone

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 Another fabulous WinMo application is now available for the iPhone. WorldMate Live, a travel service and utility that allows you to monitor flights, check weather, and plan and view online iteneraries through your phone! The basic app is free, and I downloaded it to my iPod Touch just to check it out (pretty stunted compared to the full version). It features weather, flight search, and a currency converter.



Sell your old iPhone to Gazelle

As discussed in a previous post, if you still have a lot of time on your contract, you'll pay more than $199/$299 for a new iPhone 3G S. (I did read, though, that an exception is being made for those who bought their iPhone 3G less than a month before the announcement.) If you are indeed eligible for the lowest subsidized price, or if you're going to bite the bullet and get a new 3G S even though you'll have to pay a couple hundred more, then the question arises what to do with your old iPhone. Gazelle will buy it from you. A company rep told me that in 2009 they've paid an average of $153 for used iPhones.



How cool! A Stencil Interface Template for iPhone apps

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Just saw this in Gizmodo. How cool is this?  Now, according to Gizmodo, there are only 100 of these, so go get it.



Fun for the whole family

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School is out for the summer, the kids are all home, & everyone is ... BORED. Now what? Just open up the Family Fun app, give it a shake & have some fun!



AT&T vs. iPhone Users: The Next Ice Age

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AT&T is firmly planted as the number two wireless carrier in the United States and there's little reason to believe that will be changing anytime soon. Apple's relationship with AT&T to be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone has been hugely profitable for both companies as well,  however there is a growing rift between Apple, iPhone users and the wireless giant.



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