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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.



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.



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?



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.)
 



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?



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.



iPhone Image Storage Locations

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The Camera and Screen Capture capability of the iPhone is extraordinarily handy, but only useful if you can then use the images (which generally means getting them onto your desktop/laptop computer).



iPhone 2.2 Firmware Released Today

Apple has quietly released new firmware for the iPhone and iPhone 3G today. The new revision, 2.2 has minor bug fixes to improve stability and add new updated features to current built in applications. The official list of updates are:



It's Official: Everybody Loves the iPhone

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According to a recent J.D. Powers study, the iPhone tops the smartphone list with the highest overall customer satisfaction among business users.

The Apple iPhone was scored at 778 on a 1,000 point scale and received high marks in the categories for physical design, ease of use and handset features. Following behind the iPhone by 25 points is BlackBerry, which has been the celebrated smartphone amongst business users for years now.



Google voice actuated search is out. Go get it.

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Google voice actuated search is out. Finally. Its pretty good. Works just like in the promo film. A few tips though, make sure you speak clearly and slowly. Do not blur your words together.
Another tip, say ‘Maps …. Berkeley’ to get maps up. When you click on the first return, it will give you the option to take that search to google maps.  There is a search ‘maps’ option, but it does not take you to maps.  Bummer.



Everything iPhone - Apps, Accessories, Reviews, Wallpapers etc | iPhone Life Magazine

The iPhone has become a benchmark for all other smartphones to compete with.  Reviews on the cases, accessories, apps, wallpapers and more are located below.  Here are a couple of Articles that showcase what we have to offer.  For eaxample, iPhone 4S by Alex Cequea (iPhone Life Magazine Editor in Chief).

In that article, Alex says that the iPhone 4S has the exact same physical form factor as the iPhone 4. However, the insides are a whole different story, and Apple tried to make that very clear. The most notable improvements are the 8MP camera with 1080p video recording, the A5 dual-core processor (same as the iPad 2), and an improved battery life (8 hours of 3G talk time, 200 hours of standby). As far as the capabilities, the new Siri Assistant feature was the highlight of the show. The Siri Assistant recognizes natural language and can answer questions such as, "What's the temperature out today?" Combined with the phone's GPS, you can say something like, "Remind me to call my wife when I get to work." The Assistant will not only know who your "wife" is, it'll also know where "work" is and pop up a reminder to "call Marcy" when you get there."

Here's another great article, The Best iPhone 4 Cases. This article goes on to explain that like its iPhone predecessors, cases have become one of the most popular ways to accessorize your cell phone. Most cell phone consumers buy a case bundled with their new phone to protect it from day one. And who can blame them? Mobile devices have become hugely valuable and expensive items; you want to protect them the best way you can. There are literally hundreds of cases on the market. Let's examine the different options available on the market to help you choose the one that's right for you.


What to know how to create your own app?  "The first step in creating an app is to understand what you want to create and how you will measure its success. Make sure the idea is well vetted and there is a solid business case behind it. There are roughly 600 new apps submitted to Apple each day—what is going to differentiate your app from the thousands that are already available and being launched each week? Here are some questions you’ll want to ask when getting your app idea..."

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