The "Send to Web Gallery" function added to iPhones over the past several days has caused some confusion. The button links with new .Mac iPhone integration functionality that allows photos to be sent directly from the iPhone to the new "Web Gallery" function (which offers an app-like interface to photos stored online). The same Web Gallery can be directly accessed in an iPhone-optimized fashion.
Like the Harper's Index, here are some numbers I've observed over the past 40 days... (well, 42 days actually).
Number of days in my possession: 42
Number of iPhones I purchased: 2
Number of which I kept: 1
Percent, to the nearest whole integer, of commission I took for getting a certain someone their iPhone: 0
Approximate number of hours waited in line: 10
Approximate number of days after I waited in line until the iPhone was sold out: 1
Number of people who cut in front of me in the line: 40
Number of people I allowed … Read more
It seems that a few iPhone users are encountering problems with the iPhone's touch screen, prompting Apple to replace some units.
Posters on Apple's support discussion boards and forums belonging to both AppleInsider and MacRumors have complained of dead spots on their iPhone's touch screen, almost like the old floor at the old Boston Garden. On a phone based almost entirely around touch-screen input, this would obviously be a serious problem.
It's not at all clear how widespread a problem this is. There were several active discussions about the problem on Apple's own support forums, … Read more
SpiralFrog is a proposed online service that would let users download songs for free in exchange for viewing some sort of advertising. It got some press coverage last August when it announced an agreement to license the music catalog of Universal Music Group, the largest of the four major labels. Over the next few months, however, a missed launch date and executive shake-up led many to write it off as dead.
The folks at DownloadSquad recently did some digging in the iTunes Localizable.strings file, which contains various text entries used by iTunes for error messages, user notifications, and interface text, and found an interesting entry:/* ===== iPhone Game Item Strings ===== */ "4329.001" = "Are you sure you want to remove the selected game from your iPhone?"; "4329.002" = "Are you sure you want to remove the selected games from your iPhone?";
We did a little more digging, and found some other interesting entries:"4320.077" = "Voice Memos"; "4320.079&… Read more
InfoWorld's Tom Yager tries his prima ballerina slippers on:
Apart from habitually being at odds with conventional wisdom, I share one other trait with Jobs: Far more often than not, when everybody else writes me off as an idiot, I turn out to be right. It's just a matter of patience.
Hubris, thy name is Yager.
Despite its successful initial launch, Yager apparently thinks the iPhone will fail if you just give it long enough. Well, good luck with that one, Tom. Although, the horned one should point out that only one of you and Jobs is going … Read more
I usually get up in the mornings and go to my office and turn on my desktop CPU to check the day's news, my email, etc. But before I even turn on my desktop on a given morning, the iPhone, which sits atop my office desk, will now tell me if I have new email that has come in overnight. (Note: I have to leave my iPhone outside of my room because the GSM signal interferes with my iPod/JBL music dock's speakers, making that noise--you know that noise). Being aware that I got email overnight is nice, … Read more
An iPhone Atlas reader has put together a remarkably well-done video rendition of how a copy/paste function might work on the iPhone. Produced in Shake, the demo video suggests that to copy text, the user would bring up the magnifying loupe then tap on another part of the screen to enter copy mode. You could then tap where you want the selection to end, and do another loupe-tap combo.
Pasting would require selecting a blank spot and loupe-tapping again, which would bring up a clipboard selection palette (we're not sure how the designer plans to make a distinction … Read more
Apple has posted three new Knowledge Base articles of interest to iPhone users.
iPhone: About Network Settings explains how to:select a carrier for phone calls: "Any international roaming charges will be billed by the carrier of the selected network through AT&T [...] Carrier menu only appears when you have more than one carrier available" See your usage statistics and more...
iPhone: About General Settings explains how to:Adjust screen brightness Set whether the iPhone adjusts screen brightness automatically Set Wallpaper Set whether the iPhone shows 24-hour time or 12-hour time Turn on Calendar time zone support … Read more