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AT&T Mark the Spot is a free app that lets you help AT&T pinpoint problems with their network. If you have a dropped call, failed call, no coverage, data failure, or poor voice quality, the app uses your GPS location and makes it a snap for you to send AT&T an alert. (If you have a first-generation iPhone, it uses triangulation to pinpoint your location.) Of course, the question arises: if you have no service, how can the app send an alert? There's an option for marking your location and sending the info after the fact when you do have service.
We all want voice recognition. What could make things simpler? You just ask your iPhone to call one of your hundreds of contacts, and it does so. No searching, no flipping through the list. That's the promise. The reality is, of course, a bit short of that. Still, there are a number of applications that are trying to make this a reality. Vocalia is among them, and it claims to be the only 100% hands-free speech recognition app for the iPhone that enables speech access to your address book, iTunes library, and Safari bookmarks. Some users, seemingly the more savvy ones, find that it works really well.
I love seeing these new sorts of gadgets. And it always makes me wonder, What will they think of next? In this case you can use your iPhone to unlock or lock your car doors, start your car, open your trunk, or press the panic button — all from your iPhone, and all from wherever you are using the Viper SmartStart app. Say you're in a movie theater and realize you forgot to lock your car. Press a button on your iPhone, and it's done. It has virtually unlimited range, and you can control multiple cars from your iPhone.
Big change yesterday. Until now, if you wanted to use Skype or another voice-over-Internet app that lets you make free or low-cost calls via the Internet, you had to do it via Wi-Fi. You couldn't use your iPhone's data connection. Yesterday AT&T announced that their policy had changed. People had long wanted this change because, for example, they can make international calls a lot cheaper using a VoIP service. This article from MacWorld gives more information.
MacWorld has a great article on MMS — what you need to know about installing, enabling, and using MMS (multimedia messaging). It explains how to send images, location data, videos, and voice memos. And the article talks a bit about performance. An article on CNet says that some users have had problems sending messages and gives a fix. And while there had been concerns whether AT&T's network could handle the additional volume, AT&T is reported to have said that things have gone fairly smoothly.
Earlier I posted a link to a news report about some iPhones exploding in Europe. "Explode" was a bit of media exaggeration, since what happened was that the glass shattered. But no one got hurt, and there was only a small number of instances. Now the BBC is reporting that Apple investigated the issue and that in every case if found that some kind of force had been applied to the screen, though some people involved deny that.
iTriage is a health care app for that helps patients learn about certain diseases, and where to get access to health care. The app contains over 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases and 350 medical procedures. For each disease the app will give a brief description of the disease. The app will also describewhat your doctor would likely order as far as labs, x-rays and other common diagnostic testing for a particular disease.
I’ve been a huge fan of the iPhone user interface for a long time – and a big believer in how effective and impressive it is in providing a user experience that is so compelling that users end up getting tons more out of their device and out of the many applications for it than they do on any other mobile platform.
Recent months have hammered this point home to me more than ever – as I’ve watched my daughter get to know the iPhone, and rapidly become a very adept user of it. At the age of 6. In fact, she became so adept so quickly that when I upgraded to the iPhone 3GS in June, my wife took over my 3G, and my daughter (Zoe) took my original V1 iPhone, with the phone service turned off.
Here are just a few of the things she does with it and is very comfortable doing:
- Takes screencaps
- Takes pictures and sends pictures via email to her parents and grandparents
- Use a Gmail account to send and receive email from family - and manage switching to her own account when the mail app opens to her mom's
- Browses the web, and uses Google's native app and via the browser to search for things and research things
- Sends text messages to her cousin
- Browses the App Store, researches apps, and presents her dad with ones that need to be acquired
- Creates, chooses, and selects different wallpapers for the lock screen
- Creates paintings with the amazing Brushes app, and other similar ones
- Plays and enjoys many games - from Disney fairies to catapulting penguins and many others
- Reads and enjoys ebooks, from classics to animated stories and new creations specially for the iPhone
- Uses Nabbit and Shazam to identify songs on the radio
- Moves apps around between home screens
- Searches for things via Spotlight
Zoe rarely has many questions or needs much help in any of her iPhone activities. Her iPhone has 5-6 screens worth of apps that she happily navigates through and gets great usage out of.
I’ve used PDAs, converged mobile devices, and smartphones for many years – but I cannot think of a single other device that could’ve offered anywhere near this level of experience to a six year old. I’m continually amazed and pleased with how much fun Zoe gets out of the iPhone, and how effective a learning tool it is for her as well. I really can’t imagine another mobile device that could offer so much to her.
How about all of you? Do your kids use your iPhone? Have their own, or an iPod Touch? Are there other mobile devices that your kids are getting great mileage out of?
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I'm sure my lovely little iPhone wouldn't do this to me, but apparently some of them have, well, exploded. CNet reported a few days ago that the European Commission is looking into reports of exploding iPhones. The account in the New York Times says that one person so far has been slightly injured when his iPhone overheated and shattered, sending debris into his eye. So far it seems like the incidence is rare, so you likely don't have anything to worry about. But do be cautious if you're iPhone or iPod touch feels real hot.
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Apple's first ad for iPhone 4S highlights Siri; Also, more Siri humor
Apple's first ad for iPhone 4S highlights Siri; Also, more Siri humor