Apple once again has taken the blogosphere by storm with their latest iteration of the iPhone and its software. The Palm Pre was released just this Saturday and the blogs were ablaze with chatter (until today) with all things Pre. Earlier this month, Google's Android development team released the much anticipated cupcake update (Firmware 1.5). With all the news coming at breakneck speed, it's difficult to stay abreast of all the developments and all the details. Below is an attempt to highlight the hardware differences between four devices, the iPhone 3G, the new iPhone 3GS, the Palm Pre, and the HTC G1 in a concise table. As you can see, the hardware is very closely matched.
The Otterbox impact case does a great job at protecting the iPhone 3G without adding too much bulk. I've bought a handful of thin iPhone cases, but haven't liked any of them as much as the OttherBox iPhone 3G Impact Case.
Slingbox posted a new page on its site that shows off the Slingbox iPhone application. I got to check out one of Slingbox's test units back at CES 2009 and I can't wait for Apple to approve the application.
Apple announced iPhone 3.0 software today at a press event in Cupertino. There are more than 100 new features, but the one that's most interesting to me is teth...
I do a lot of hands-on research on smartphones. I do this for two reasons. First, I believe they are fast becoming one of the prevalent cloud clients, and second, they are fast becoming a popular device to consume video. AMD obviously is involved in building the cloud with the AMD Opteron Processors but also conversion to make a video smartphone-friendly can take a tremendous amount of compute power, and ATI Radeon HD 4800 series graphics and AMD Phenom II X4 processors do those conversions quite well.
Here's a hilarious cartoon that illustrates how annoying iPhone users can be in social situations. The older phones don't take too kindly to the iPhone's attitude.
Arnold from MacRumors discovered some digital breadcrumbs that hint that Apple is testing the next generation iPhone. This may mean there's an iPhone with significantly different features compared to the iPhone 3G.
Knights Armament Company's Bullet Flight for iPhone is an application that takes all the guesswork out of sniping your opposition. This isn't a video game, but an application that can improve your shooting accuracy with your favorite rifle.
Dexim, the maker of a number of iPhone products, showed me their upcoming USB hub, card reader, and iPhone/iPod doc for the MacBook Air. The look and feel is sp...
I have used a number of of FM radio adapters like the iTrip in the past, but Griffin has done a great job at improving upon previous approaches. The iTrip is not only for iPods. Any device with a 3.5 mm headphone jack will do, including a laptop.
Numberkey is an application that turns your iPhone into a numerical keypad pad. To make Numberkey work you need to install the $1.99 application on your iPhone and your MacBook.
The FastMac iV Extended Battery for the iPhone is an innovative little battery pack that triples talk time, adds a camera flash and a USB port for charging your bluetooth headset.
AT&T's iPhone 3G customers can finally get free WiFi at Starbucks and other AT&T hotspots. AT&T's 3G service is spotty (to say the least), which is especially frustrating for those of us spending $30 a month for the service. Free WiFi is the least AT&T can do for forcing so many iPhone 3G users suffer on the EDGE network.
Technologizer surveyed a couple thousand iPhone users to gauge their satisfaction and despite numerous issues, the vast majority of them seem to be happy campers. The respondents answered some pretty detailed questions that give some great insight into what it's actually like to be an iPhone user. More than 80% of the respondents complained that their iPhones sometimes or frequently freeze or crash. Eighty percent complained about slow Internet access and about 60% complained about battery life. About 55% experienced dropped calls and 40% experienced poor call quality.
OtterBox announced the Defender series case for the iPhone 3G is now available. The iPhone 3G Defender Series case is shock resistant, rated to protect from drops of up to three feet.
Here's some serious one-of-a-kind bling for your iPhone. These iPhone cases are made out of gold carbon fiber leather. The Case-Mate CEO was trying to explain the process of how the gold is woven into the carbon, which is some how bonded with the leather, but I was too mesmerized by the sparkling diamonds to pay too much attention.
Apple's next iPhone firmware update will bring some much-needed improvements to Google Maps and SMS. iPhone users will finally be able to send text messages to multiple contacts and use Google Maps for Mobile's GPS-ish locating service.
Here's a video that shows you how to make your own iPod or iPhone out of a $100 bill, or any other currency. This is a cool use of oragami skills.
Google's built a custom interface for iPhone users to make it easier to access all of its services, including Gmail, Docs, Blogger and Calendar. The new interface is much a huge improvement compared to Google's mobile site, which is still accessible on other mobile devices.