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iPhone OS 3.1 "New" feature list

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Yes. It’s late considering I’ve already shown why iPhone OS 3.1 sucks.  But, to stay trueish to the tech stuff floating on the intertubes I realized I should post what Apple considers an update. Can you tell that I am pissed about 3.1? Ok. Good, because I am not –not (that’s a double negative if you didn’t pay attention.)

For what it’s worth:

iPhone OS 3.1 Software Update

This update contains bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

• Genius recommendations for Applications
• iTunes 9 support
– Genius Mixes
– Organize your apps directly in iTunes
– Improved syncing options for music, movies, TV
shows, podcasts and photos
– iTunes U content organization
• Redeem iTunes Gift cards, codes and certificates in the
App Store
• Display available iTunes account credits in the App Store
and iTunes Store
• Browse and download ringtones wirelessly from the
iTunes Store*
• Save video from Mail and MMS into Camera Roll
• Option to “Save as new clip” when trimming a video on
iPhone 3GS
• Better iPhone 3G Wi-Fi performance when Bluetooth is
turned on
• Remotely lock iPhone with a passcode via MobileMe
• Use Voice Control on iPhone 3GS with Bluetooth
headsets
• Paste phone numbers into the Keypad
• Option to use Home button to turn on Accessibility
features on iPhone 3GS
• Warn when visiting fraudulent websites in Safari (anti-
phishing)
• Improved Exchange calendar syncing and invitation
handling
• Fixes issue that caused some app icons to display
incorrectly

Products compatible with this software update:
• iPhone
• iPhone 3G
• iPhone 3GS

* Not available in all regions.

That’s correct. Still no MMS.

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Written by Samir Banjanovic

September 16, 2009 at 10:44 pm

iPhone OS 3.1 Non-Responsive

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I updated my phone to iPhone OS 3.1 yesterday, since then my phone randomly becomes non-responsive.  I did some research and found that others are having the same issue on the Apple forums.  The phone randomly stops responding to anything, neither the home button nor lock button are recognized.  The only way out is by performing a hard reset.  This is very frustrating since I don’t know if it’ll shut off (assuming it’s shutting off, I don’t know what’s happening) in the middle of the night–it’s my alarm clock.

There’s a video below showing that the phone won’t do anything. I didn’t shut off the phone and make it look like it’s non-responsive, what would be the point of that?  I did notice the phone locks up after a it’s been jerked around; that makes me wonder if the accelerometer is causing an issue. Anyway, if you’re having the same issue post it in the Apple forum and comment below.

In case you’re wondering, it’s an iPhone 3G.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

September 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

TweetDeck for iPhone

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TweetDeck for the iPhone is aiming for a very unique Twitter experience on the iPhone.  Goal is to bring the desktop experience to the iPhone without compromising experience.  If you are familiar with the desktop program then you’ll know that it uses columns to organize data and that’s it’s rather quick.

On the desktop version you’re given three columns by default:  friends, mentions, and direct messages.  The layout is minimalistic in the aspect that it only has buttons that you need.  To respond to someone you hover over their profile image and you’re given four options: reply, direct message, retweet, and other options.

Desktop Version of Tweet Deck

Desktop Version of Tweet Deck

As mentioned earlier the design is clean, simple, and informative.  If you look you’ll see that you can add more columns; such as facebook status updates, and twitterscoop.  Whenever there’s an update to Twitter you are presented with a small pop-up in the upper right (by default) letting you know a new tweet has appeared, or someone updated their facebook.  However, there seems to be a small problem with the program. I’ve tried choosing the option to have the pop-up appear in the lower right, but it seems that the change doesn’t register with the program. Either way, this is a review for the iPhone app. not desktop, that’s for another time.

iPhone TweetDeck:

Moving on to the iphone app.

tweetdeckicon

Now, where do I begin? As you can see the app. icon is a silhouette of what I think is a canary (I assume the twitter bird is a canary) with a golden background. I really like this icon, it’s an icon so there isn’t much you can mess up on. It’s simple and great looking just like the app itself (more on that to come). Right now I am torn between which icon design I like more: TweetDeck or TwitterRiffic (pictured below.)

Twitterrific

As you can see both icons are well designed and appeal to most anyone. However, I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I see little birds waving at me. That’s just me.

Design and Desktop application aside, this is supposed to be about the iPhone TweetDeck application. I hope someone is still reading this.

Do It To It:

Let me begin by saying that TweetDeck for the iPhone has almost acomplishes what no other app. has: bring the desktop experience to your iPhone.  When you start up the app. for the first time you go through the usual Twitter account verification. After verfication you come to the unique part of TweetDeck.

Sync your phone app with your Desktop

Keep it all together

You are given the option to create a TweetDeck account, or log-in with an existing one, which will allow you to sync your mobile app. with your desktop app.  Pretty cool.

Looks very similar to the Desktop App.

Looks very similar to the Desktop App.

As you can see this app has columns as well. It looks very similar to when you have the Pre in card view.  You’ll notice that the color theme has been kept the same as on the desktop app. creating a feeling of familiarity.  In general there’s really nothing bad you can say about the design. You move from column to column by swiping to which direction you want to go.  If you want to read a column you just tap on that column and it’ll come into focus.

Focused view of column

Focused view of column

You can move from column to column while focused in by taping on the arrows or by swiping in the direction you wish to go.  To return to column view you just tap the “Columns” icon or the icon in the upper left (not sure what it’s called.  Return to Thy Column View?)

Post a new Tweet:

To post a new tweet you tap on the yellow icon in the upper right resulting in the appearance of the tweet screen.  The tweet screen is as simple as it gets.  You have a text holder with a word count, user name, shorten link, take picture, or find current location.  Once you’ve typed whatever it is you want to tweet you click “send” and you’re done.  Not much to write home about.

Simple as 1,2, send.

Simple as 1,2, send.

Alerts:

When a new tweet is posted a small “growl” like window will pop up in the upper left (you can see it in the image under the performance section.)  You will also receive a counter update in the “update” section, which is located in the lower left.  If you tap on the update icon a small pop up will appear and tell you what kind of updates have arrived. Such as the world is ending, you need gas, or that you’re favorite store is having a sale. Joking aside. The pop up will show information on friend updates, mentions, direct messages, and whatever else you have.

Good news! World isn't ending!

Good news! World isn't ending!

Performance:

In the two days that I’ve used the app. it’s crashed on me only a few times.  I noticed that the app’s stability depends on your usage. The more I used the app the less it became reliable.  On the second day I started getting a weird message when I started TweetDeck, something about No/Slow Internet, yet I had all the bars.  To me it seems the app may have been specified to expect WiFi like speed for it’s updates.  I don’t see why it should be an issue to fix, so expect an update soon.

All 3G bars are present. Still not fast enough?

All 3G bars are present. Still not fast enough?

Conclusion:

Is TweetDeck ready to be your main twitter app? Maybe.  Is it a unique experience when using? Yes. It feels like you’re using the desktop app., only smaller. If you’re currently using TwitterFon, Twitterrific, Tweetie, or any other major twitter app., I would suggest you stick with it. Use TweetDeck for its unique experience and becuase it’s cool new thing.

Right now I don’t believe TweetDeck is ready to be the main app for any hardcore twitterers (and twitterees?).  Once they fix some of the stability issues, and that annoying slow intertubes pop up then it should make for a good main app.  For now I am sticking with Twitterrific and Twitterfon, but I’ll use TweetDeck jut for the looks :).  Either way.  TweetDeck is headed in the right direction.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes popular in the Twitter world after a few updates.  However, for now it’s not quite there.

Rating:

UI Design: 5/5

User Experience: 3/5 (the crashing and annoying internet speed needs to be fixed)

Tweet Options: 3.5/5 (I’d like the ability to delete tweets, change font size to see more tweets and to view the thread conversation)

Overall: 3.5/5 (If they fix the small problms it’ll become a hit.)

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Apple App. Store Down -High Traffic

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Traffic Fail.

Traffic Fail.

I’ve been trying to download an update to Shazam (iPhone 3.0 Tested) but the App. Store seems to be down.  I’ll update when the App. store seems to be getting back up.

Update: Friend of mine having same issue. Now I know it’s not my phone.  More updates coming.

Update 2 (7:35pm EST): Getting a new error now, and app is gone :(.

That can't be good.

That can't be good.

Update 3 (7:40pm EST): Seem to be making progress accepting iTunes Terms and Conditions. And got a warning message informing me that Shazam may contain mature content. That’s new.

I am older than that. Thanks.

I am older than that. Thanks.

Shazam is back on the phone. Now you can tweet what song you tagged. Cool. I probably shouldn’t tweet every song I tag. Damn you Miley Cyrus.

Be careful what song you tweet :)

Now the whole world will know.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 17, 2009 at 7:07 pm

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Using Select and Select All function for deleting text on iPhone 3.0!

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Sometimes we do things we regret. Send a drunk text message that nobody understands. Call someone at 5a.m. (also while drunk). Or just not writing a girl’s phone number down (while sober.)

Thanks to Apple the drunk text messages are now easier to delete before you send them off.  In previous versions you had to hold the delete button to delete all the text you were about to send off.  However, 3.0 allows you to use the select and select all pop options to delete large chunks of text.

For example, this is what you might attempt to send after having had a drink or two (or 12).

Yeah...about that.

Yeah...about that.

As you can see spelling becomes an issue as well.

Let’s imaging that a friend took your phone before you pressed send, and they were kind enough to delete it all.

To do so they have to double tap on the text field to bring up a  little pop up menu. Then they chose select all.

It's ok buddy. It'll soon be over.

It's ok buddy. It'll soon be over.

With the click of one button (is it really click on a touch screen?) they’ve saved you from a very embarrassing morning story.

That’s it. Just make sure to tell all your friends how to do it so they know the proper steps.

You guys can thank me later.

Note: Text messaging also allows for a landscape keyboard, I just didn’t use it.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 16, 2009 at 3:53 am

iPhone 3.0 – Copy and Paste walkthrough – and Landscape keyboard!

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To follow up on my first iPhone 3.0 post I’ve decided to post information about copy, paste, and landscape keyboard (in e-mail specifically).

After 3 years of begging and pleading Apple has finally given us copy and paste, and a landscape keyboard in all major applications. How does it work? Absurdly amazing. It’s nearly as simple as doing it on a keyboard. But you know…not really. However, I do think it’s simpler than doing it on a smart-phone with a physical keyboard, because you don’t have to use two fingers to activate the shortcut.

Follow these easy steps!

To bring up the copy and paste option you tap on the cursor on the screen which brings up a small pop up menu.

To pop up copy/paste menu just tap the cursor

To pop up copy/paste menu just tap the cursor

If you chose “Select” a small anchor will appear at that location, followed by another anchor at the end of the word. Obviously I don’t need to explain what select all does. (note: I am not sure if those things are called anchors but just go along with it. OK? Thanks)

If you tap and hold an anchor you can extend your selected field

If you tap and hold an anchor you can extend your selected field

Once you’ve selected what you want to copy and paste, you release whichever anchor you were holding.  Once you let go of the anchor another pop up will appear giving you the options to copy or cut.

Once you've decided on your selection the cut/copy pop up appears

Once you've decided on your selection the cut/copy pop up appears

Once you’ve clicked to copy or cut the text is placed in the clipboard, which is global. Meaning you can copy and paste from e-mail to text message, to Safari, to Notes, or to whatever else your little heart desires.    To paste something all you have to do is move the cursor to your desired location and then tap it to bring up another menu, with the options to Select, Select all, and Paste.

Tap the cursor and menu to paste will appear

Tap the cursor and menu to paste will appear

I am not sure why Select, Select all is giving as an option since you’re in a new line.  When I clicked select it selected the word app (two lines above) and all the empty space up to the cursor; I think it does this as long as text is present.  I believe had I started a blank e-mail the option to paste would have only been given. At least that’s how it was when I went into other apps  (i.e. Messaging App and Notes)

Anyway. Assuming you clicked paste, the text we previously selected will appear like magic!

It's like magic - oh my!

It's like magic - oh my!

Wow. Sham. Bam. ShamWOW! (?).

Copy and Paste away my children.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 16, 2009 at 3:14 am

iPhone OS 3.0 – First Impressions

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Thanks to gizmodo I was able to get my hands on the iPhone OS 3.0 before it officially comes out. I haven’t been using it for a long time, so don’t take think of this as a complete review, consider it the first part to a series of updates. If you’re interested in getting your hands on the same image I currently run on my iPhone then hit up your favorite torrent site and look for one of the follow three.

  • 1st Gen. iPhone: iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw
  • iPhone 3G: iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw
  • iPod Touch: iPod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw

Sometimes you’ll have to edit the name of the file you’re looking for. I know I had to when I was looking for the image. The size of the 3g version 230MB (241,229,233 bytes to be exact) keep that in mind when looking at the torrent information. I am not encouraging you to go out and download the image; whatever you do you’ll be doing so at your own risk.

Warnings and hints aside. The third version of the iPhone OS isn’t much of a drastic change as when 2.0 introduced with the apps capability. However, there are minor tweaks that do make the phone more enjoyable.

Spotlight

First of all, it works great, it’s pretty swift to run through your phone and locate whatever you search for, the only complaint I have is that it’s a local search. I would love for it to be like the Pre’s global search. If something isn’t located on the you are given the option to search Wiki, Google, etc. However, it’s still

pretty awesome.

I’ve found myself using Spotlight a lot. I’ve used it to search my e-mails, music, and contacts. It’s by far my favorite feature in the entire iPhone OS.

I am not sure how I did without it until now. It’s very thoughtful of Apple to make it such a quick and responsive addition. I’ve used it while listening to music without having my music cut in and out. Now, that could be because there isn’t all that much to search on my phone. There’s about 5.9GB of music on my phone, and about 100 contacts. So yeah, it’s not nearly as much as some people will have, but I imagine it’s still rather swift regardless of the amount of data on your phone.

I forgot to mention the range of Spotlight’s search. I felt lazy and didn’t want to type up the range. So, I give you a picture! You can re-arrange the way the searchdisplays results, which I really like.

With spotlight the iPhone is now more awesomer.

Phone Call Information

Since the first version of the iPhone you had to estimate how long your phone conversations were. Apple has finally realized that there are some teenagers out there that like to brag how long they talk on the phone to “that guy” or “that girl.” So Apple decided instead of over estimating, and people constantly nagging for evidence they’d finally include that information.

Pretty awesome, right? Now you have prove that you talked to a girl for longer than 30 seconds. Props to Apple. Side note, the provided screen shot isn’t “that” girl.

Camera Application Changes

Whatever Apple did to tweak the camera application it worked. It opens much faster and is a lot more responsive. The only weird thing that I noticed in the app is a black square in the lower left (look at picture. Note: I don’t live in a dungeon, the iPhone sucks at low light environments). I am still disappointed that Apple didn’t give 3G users video recording. It can’t be that hard. Jailbroken phones have been doing it since there is jailbreaking. I’ll wait it out and see what Apple’s reasoning is. Better be good. Funny stuff happens to me and I

can’t record it to show to you guys.

UPDATE: The black square displays the last picture taken. In this case I took a picture that was very dark, thus it looks like a black square.  No problem!

Final Thoughts

That’s it for now. I’ll keep this going as 3.0 get’s officially released and they finally give us push. I am looking forward to trying out the Push Notification System Apple promised us with 2.0.

I am done here. Behave until I come back.

Written by Samir Banjanovic

June 13, 2009 at 12:25 am

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