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Incredible iPhone Pranks

Monday, November 28th, 2011

WebApp iPhone Trick

Drink beer on your iPhone. And coffee, cola, water, milk…
“Best iPhone app” (CNN, TIME & NY Times). This hilarious visual gag behaves like a real pint of beer thanks to the iPhone sensors and our spare time.

“Best iPhone app” (CNN & NY Times)
“Must-have iPhone app” (FORTUNE & TIME)
“Top 10 iPod touch app” (Newsweek)
“iTunes Bestseller Awards” (Apple Charts)

Fake Calls.
Simulate calls with this great application! Have you ever been in the situation where you need the perfect excuse to get out of the room or step out of an annoying conversation? Easy: Open FakeCalls and within seconds or minutes the application will simulate a fake call. (No real calls are made; this is just simulation. Good news is: you are the only one who knows that!). Then answer the call, decline it or just let the phone ring to fake a missed call.

ATTN – IPhone Software Owners – You Are Mobile!

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Rich IPhone Software is key to freedom from wires!

The year 2007 ended with the release of a device that is in the process of changing the way we view our communication abilities. Recently I have been promoting some iPhone download services for the many new iPhone users out there. These services offer unlimited downloads for a one time fee. I have received some great feedback regarding the users of these services. However, as with any new technology there are those whom (myself included) need a little extra time to wrap they’re mind around what they are using.

I received an email from a customer who purchased one of these download services asking me if I could help him. It seems that he subscribed to the service but was unable to download any software or music to his new iPhone. After a brief email exchange I asked him if he was actually trying to download from his iPhone or from an external PC. As you might guess he was trying to transfer files from his PC to his iPhone using the download service. I explained that he doesn’t need to use a PC to get software on his iPhone instead, he can simply browse to the download service with his iPhone and start downloading away.Once this was understood everything was working perfectly!

So your asking what’s the point here? The point is with it being 2008 we still are living by a cabled mentality with regards to our communication abilities. Many of us still have landlines in our homes, and most of us grew up with at least one land-line in our home regardless if we had cellphones as well. This will not be the case for the current and upcoming generation. Devices like the iPhone make it possible for us to do whatever we need to do online without wires. Even with Cell phones having Internet capability for full functionality in the past we simply piggybacked our laptops on top of our cellphone Internet connection. With mobile devices like the IPhone we no longer need to do so. In fact, we don’t need any special cables or wires to do so either. By simply opening up the integrated browser on the IPhone we are granted the freedom to browse, download and exchange data without wires!

It stands to reason then that even though we have all these high tech wireless devices coming out on the market that will end the need for us to even have a computer hooked to a telephone line once and for all it will be some time until we can as a society shake from our brains that we actually need wires to communicate. That a mobile device no longer has to be connected to a PC for some of it’s functionality. Blue-tooth is an amazing protocol that has helped to revolutionize the way our gadgets interact. A very good example of what I’m talking about just happened recently:

I was in the process of making a video presentation on my laptop when my microphone headset went out. This is a legacy headset that has a 1/8th microphone jack that simply plugs into the audio input on my laptop. I was frantic as I had this video to make and no sound input. I tried for an hour to fix the microphone by rewiring with no luck. Then after about 2 hours it hit me that I could use my blue-tooth headset as a audio input on my laptop thanks to it’s integrated blue-tooth capability. Now some of you might be going “well duH!” but for me since I haven’t used my blue-tooth devices for my laptop before and only for my cellphone this was something new. But it’s a good example of how ingrained the “wired” concept is in our heads. I wasn’t thinking at the time how I could maybe go out and pick up the latest and greatest wireless microphone. Instead I was thinking about where I could go to get an old legacy microphone that was exactly like the one I had!

So the moral to this story is to start thinking outside the box and how we can further detach ourselves from the wired networks. The more detached we are, the more mobile we are and, the more mobile we are the more free we are! To you and your new year!

Are Macs Really More Secure Than PCs?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

For years, Apple has claimed that Macs are unassailable to attack, while rebuking Windows as being filled with security holes. Now not only has a Trojan been able to infect Macs and create a botnet, but many famous researchers caution that the Mac’s Operating System is more vulnerable than both Windows or Linux.

There has been a lot of media hype recently about the detection of the world’s first Mac botnet. On downloading a pirated copy of iLife, Mac users found that their machines were corrupted by a Trojan which opens a port on the local connection hosts by acting as a back door.

While addressing the Trojan, Apple claimed that the chances of being infected by this virus is negligible. But the very fact of its existence, and a botnet run by it, proves that Apple’s declaration that Macs are impenetrable to attacks is simply false.

Hackers say that they find Macs less secure than their present Windows equivalent. They say the code quality, in terms of security, is superior in Windows. Apple has fallen behind as far as security is concerned in the last several years.  This is largely because the spotlight has been on Window’s OS but not as much on Mac’s.

The general perception that Macs are invulnerable to attacks is fast changing. On the contrary, more people these days assert that Macs are far easier to exploit than Windows. The steps taken by Windows to ensure that it is harder for an exploit to work are not followed by Mac. This makes hacking into Macs so much easier as one does not have to jump hoops and deal with all the anti-exploit measures that can be found in Windows.

The security aspect also has to do more with the operating system than with the target program. Firefox on Mac is very easy to hack into. The underlying OS does not have built-in anti-exploit patches. Firefox on Windows is another matter altogether, rated one of the most secure browsers across all platforms.

There is another simple explanation as to why Macs are easier to hack into than Windows.  Bugs that pop up on all platforms are mostly the same, but it is very difficult to write an application for Windows. Hence, it is equally difficult to write an exploit for Windows, making hacking Macs comparatively easier.

From the start, Mac has had a UNIX foundation. This is why several years ago Mac was more secure than Windows. But the latest kinds of Trojans can override all the UNIX protections and hence the edge that Mac has held over Windows has been nullified and Macs are now inherently less secure than the latest versions of Windows.

There is also the belief that Apple’s polished reputation has little to do with its hardware, but is all because of excellent marketing. It may be that the legend of the Mac’s superior security is more about marketing genius and less about actual facts.

So for those in the Mac community who are still under the impression that the Mac is invincible: Sorry to break it to you but that is a thing of the past.

You can find more great articles, resources and free downloads for the Mac at Macintosh Tools.

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Apple iPhone – A Consumer Product Review

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The iPhone is firmly established as one of the very top smartphones available. The 3G version has been available since June 2008 and offered several improvements over the original. These included a real GPS locator and 3G connectivity. At the same time Apple also introduced the ability to download applications onto the device. But does it all live up to the hype? This is a consumer product review on the iPhone.

Alongside the iPhone 3G, Apple released version 2.0 of the operating software. This was unfortunately quite buggy and made things such as writing text texts quite hard, as the virtual keyboard would really lag behind what you were typing. However, Apple soon updated the software and many of the issues became history. Owners could look forward to making the most of their iPhone.

Now there are over 15,000 applications available for the iPhone and over 500 million downloads have been made. That is a pretty staggering statistic and clearly the iPhone has changed the game for mobile phone handset makers, but do these really add value to the iPhone experience? There are several free apps that do help out. One is the Google application which has a very good voice activated search. Other than that many people download games, a great deal of which are free. Most iPhone users would agree that the games are far superior to those available on other handsets. If your iPhone has battery then you will never be forced to endure a moment of boredom.

So the games are great, but what else? The web browser is excellent for such a small device. You tend to click on links by accident too much, but I doubt this can be helped. The key issue with the web browser is that it doesn’t support flash, so film clips, on the whole, are inaccessible. If you are used to using plug-ins in your browser, you may also find yourself missing these. However, the key issue is the lack of MMS (picture) messaging. You can only send photos via email, which isn’t always ideal.

The key is to review your current handset and ascertain what features you really use. Then check out the iPhone and see if they are available. You might find a few surprises, but on the whole the iPhone experience is good.

More Consumer Product Reviews can be found at Consumer Review UK. A great site for UK product reviews and to discover the best products.

Two Basic Methods of Downloading and Watching Movies on Your IPhone 3G

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

If you are a movie buff and looking to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the go, downloading movies to your iPhone is the way to go and can put hours of enjoyment into your pocket. Before downloading movies onto your iPhone there are few things you will want to consider. Since there are so many available sites on the Internet for downloading a movie for your iPhone, you want to make certain you go with a reputable site that is legitimate and will not cause you problems with viruses and other malicious elements. You will also want to make certain your virus software is up to date before downloading anything.

Although it is possible to rip movies from DVD, if you would like your movies to be in the correct format (MP4), your best bet is to download them directly from a website like iTunes. The site provides literally hundreds of downloads from every genre for a very reasonable price.

In order to download from the iTunes site and set up your iPhone to watch movies you will need an account with iTunes. The process is similar to downloading to an iPod except the iPhone is a much more powerful version of the iPod.

If you do not mind converting your movie to the MP4 format, you will need to install a DVD to iPhone converter for Windows or Mac. The converter is also really handy for downloading YouTube, MySpace, and Google videos that otherwise rely on the Flash application in order to operate. Since iPhone does not support Flash you will need to convert them to MP4.

Another way to watch movies on your iPhone is to download them directly from sites on the Internet. There are many free sites as well as paid sites; however, many of the free sites also have many viruses permeating the environment so you probably would be better off paying a membership to a legitimate site with a good reputation. Most of the reputable sites will provide lifetime access with your membership and you will not have to worry about the expense of buying a whole new computer.

There is no limit to how many movies you can download, however, the amount you can actually store on your iPhone will depend upon your iPhone’s capacity. Normally, the standard size iPhone capacity ranges from 8G to 16G.

Basically, you are looking for two different methods of downloading and watching movies on your iPhone. You can opt to rip a favorite DVD movie to your computer and then install it on your iPhone 3G or you can choose to download movies to your iPhone 3G from a reliable Internet site.

To get a free Apple iPhone, visit Free Cell Phones. Jonathan Hartman is an avid iPhone user who is always looking for great deals on cell phones.

Steve Jobs Just Says No To iPhone Porn

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

There has been a lot of talk around the iPhone Porn since it’s release into the mainstream. At the AVE awards convention in Las Vegas recently several industry heavy hitters commented on how they view the iPhone as “the” next adult media platform. There has been talk of all sorts including giving away free adult content feeds in return for you viewing promotional materials.

It seems however, that Steve Jobs is wanting to put the nix on porn on the iPhone. At the Apple press conference earlier this month this statement was released:

But Apple’s plan has restrictions that will probably still ensure that the illicit world of “jailbreaked” applications continues to exist. During his presentation, Steve Jobs flashed up a slide with six categories of apps that won’t be allowed: “Porn, privacy, bandwidth hog, illegal, malicious,” and “unforeseen.” Though Apple didn’t go into details, that probably means “bandwidth hogging” peer-to-peer applications are out along with anything Apple feels could potentially violate media copyrights.

What does this mean for the adult industry? Nothing at the moment. It’s not surprising that Apple is going to try and keep a tight leash on what is developed for the iPhone for the immediate future. Of course if history serves us well it won’t be long before the closely guarded SDK is all over the place and you have renegade developers releasing all sorts of goodies for your iPhone.

The iPhone is the biggest gadget to be released to the general public since the early personal computing revolution the early 1980′s. Millions of them are already being sold and, the price will continue to drop. It won’t be long before the iPhone is part of the normal “free phone with contract” promotions. Having a device in the palm of your hand that gives you just as much connectivity as a laptop or desktop PC is a huge step forward in mobile communications. Right now millions of people have the iPhone however, most people do not. The iPhone also has spawned a whole new generation of smartphone. Since AT&T has an exclusive contract with the iPhone for the first 5 years other carriers are scrambling to be able to develop devices that will offer similar functionality.

Sooner or later Apple will be forced to allow more people access to it’s SDK thus the prospect of adult entertainment being a big player in mobile communication content is simply inevitable. Similar to how the VHS took adult entertainment out of the theaters the iPhone will put such content in the hands of anyone who chooses to view it. I’m sure if you put your imagination to work you can see how such a medium is almost perfect for the adult industry.

If history has taught us anything that is it’s bound to repeat itself. I can see a whole new set of high profile obscenity trails being fuels from adult iPhone content. This is probably the number one factor that has Steve Jobs so outspoken on the subject.

So for the meantime enjoy your family friendly iPhone content. For those who are wanting something a little more spicy in the realms of iPhone Porn, your wait-time isn’t going to be long.

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How To Make Your iPhone Ringer Louder

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Perhaps one of the most aggravating aspects of having a cell phone is when you miss a telephone call. There are many reasons why you can miss a phone call, however, when you miss a very important call due to your ringer’s low volume, this is extremely aggravating. If you own an iPhone, than you may have missed many phone calls due to the low ringer volume, which is very surprising. When you have a cell phone as high-tech as the iPhone, than you expect it to be able to properly notify you when you have a phone call, however, due to the iPhone’s lower than normal ringer volume many people are missing phone calls. But what can you do about the iPhone’s low ringer volume?

Many people who have an iPhone think that the reason why the ringer volume is so low is because of the iPhone’s small speakers. And this makes sense because the smaller the speakers are, the lower the volume, right? While this may seem to be a great reason why the iPhone’s volume is so low, it may not be the actual cause. The main cause for a ringer volume that is extremely low may be due to the actual audio levels in your phone. Many people have found that with their iPhone, the stock ringers have such a low volume. In order to fix this, you may have to find new ringtones other than those that are already on your iPhone.

The main cause for the ringtones being so quite is the fact that they are made of a low frequency. Thus, if you want to be able to have a louder ringtone, than you will need to find a ringtone that is made of a higher frequency. This may sound difficult, but you can find a higher frequency ringtone by simply turning to your computer. If you are a MAC owner, than you will be able to go into the application Garage Band and find a new ringtone within this location. Perhaps the best ringtone from Garage Band is the “Cell Phone Ringing” sound clip.

However, putting a new ringtone onto your iPhone requires a little work on your part. In order to put this clip onto your iPhone, than you will need to run iFunstastic, which is for individuals that have an Intel-MAC, or if you are using a Windows PC than you will want to run the application iPhoneRingToneMaker or iBrickr. These applications will install the ringtones from your computer to your iPhone, thus giving you the ability to have a ringtone that is clearly audible.

The key to having a successful ringtone is picking one that is naturally loud by default. This will increase the sound volume that is being release, and thus you will never miss another phone call because you didn’t hear it. When you have an iPhone, you want to enjoy every aspect of it, however, if the volume of the iPhone is lower than desired, than you will not be able to enjoy your iPhone to its fullest.

Speedy USB 3.0 spec to be unveiled

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The USB 3.0 specification, a next-generation high-speed connection standard is coming out way! The specs will be formally announced next Monday at the first SuperSpeed USB Developer Conference in San Jose, CA. It will then be handed over to early adopters who plan to design products utilizing the much faster USB 3.0.

Hewlett-Packard, Intel, NEC, NXP Semiconductors, Microsoft, and Texas Instruments are all backers of SuperSpeed USB.

Speaking at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles, USB-IF President Jeff Ravencraft said he expects the final specifications to be made public on November 17.

Read more on Cnet.com.

How to Setup IMAP For Gmail on Your iPhone

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

If you are always on the go and want to be able to check your email, an Apple iPhone is right for you. The iPhone, as per my experience, is very effective in terms of handling all forms of communications. On another note, I’m sure that you have heard that Gmail is now becoming the number one e-mail client in the world. This is because Gmail provides their account holders with constantly increasing supply of storage space, and the e-mail interface is extremely simple and user-friendly. Just like the Google Search, Gmail service doesn’t have ads placed everywhere on your page, and you are able to find the information or e-mails that you want in an instant.

This is why Gmail and the iPhone are well matched together. Functionality wise, Gmail and the iPhone are both efficient. So now, you are probably wondering how you can integrate your Gmail account with your iPhone. In this article, you will learn how to setup IMAP for Gmail on your iPhone.

The IMAP application allows Gmail account holders to check and read their e-mail on any offline e-mail readers that is just perfect for iPhone users. Adding this protocol to your iPhone, for strictly Gmail accounts, has been recently announced by Google.The IMAP application is super simple to install and run on your iPhone, allowing you to flawlessly integrate your iPhone to your Gmail account.

In setting IMAP account, the first step is to go to your Gmail account and enable IMAP. To do this, simply log-in to your Gmail account and then go to Settings. From Settings, click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP, then click “Enable IMAP.”

Then, grab your iPhone and tap Settings, then tap Mail. Make sure that you click Add Account. After you have done so, do not click the Gmail option, because this has not been updated to the newest IMAP settings yet. Instead, click Other. Once done, you will then begin to enter your information. Enter your name, then you will be asked to put the Host Name, which is: imap.gmail.com. After putting the host name, you will then be asked to enter your full Gmail account address, this includes the @gmail.com at the end of your username, example: johnsmith@gmail.com

After the incoming host name set-up, you will then move to the Outgoing Mail Server, or SMTP. Under the Host Name, you put: smtp.gmail.com then save all of your changes. Then you’re done! You have now just set up your Gmail account on your iPhone, thus allowing you to view all of your Gmail messages, both old and new.

It is really amazing to see how technology works. And one of these, is being able to check your e-mail wherever you are, which is extremely important in our fast paced society. iPhone users, whether business professional or a student, who needs constant access to their e-mail account will find it convenient that they can now check their emails straight from their iPhone.

There is always a consequence, either professionally or socially, if you weren’t able to reply to an e-mail message quickly. Using the iPhone, no more missed emails and you can stay connected to the people who matter… no matter where you are.

David Chan loves to try out the latest in mobile technology. He shares his experience with the Apple iPhone including how to setup IMAP for Gmail on your iPhone. The Apple iPhone is one of the coolest Phone PDAs on the market. Find out more about how to best use the iPhone and even how to win one for free at everypathnbeyond.com

P.S. In addition to text-based step-by-step instructions, Google has now posted a video demonstrating how to setup IMAP Gmail on the iPhone. The process is pretty simple: Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings through a Web browser, then create a new “Other” mail account in your iPhone’s mail settings (the “Gmail” icon for creating new accounts doesn’t yet work with IMAP). The video is displayed below, but you won’t be able to view it on an iPhone due to the lack of Flash support.

Top iPhone Complaints

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

We have the technology. Behold, the brand new iPhone 3G! In all its wonder, this new piece of equipment has single-handedly revolutionized cell phones now and forever. With more tricks and gimmicks than one could learn to use in a lifetime. It wouldn’t surprise me if it could keep you alive underwater!

But like almost every brand new technology these days, there are bound to be bugs involved. And this time, the iPhone 3G contains the whole colony. Widespread around the country (and around the world) is a panic of disappointment in the almighty iPhone and its lack of quality and reliability. Not only is it neither of those, there have also been complaints about almost every aspect of the phone. Just to list a few iPhone complaints:

  • The iPhone 3G doesn’t ring in sleep mode
  • It can’t sync notes except for using a web-based application which slows it down
  • Pulling up contacts to make a call slows the iPhone down immensely
  • Very hard to select text; even with an application that lets you copy, cut and paste
  • Notes are sometimes completely deleted one letter at a time if you hit Backspace
  • No removable battery – Must send to Apple to replace

But these are just some of the petty bugs that have been exposed about the iPhone. The main problems with the phone are of much greater importance. For example, the battery life is considered to be far below average and inferior to other cell phones that have been on the market for the past 5 years.

The lack of reception in certain areas has also been one of the largest topics of argument in iPhone complaint forums all over the web. One unsatisfied customer (alliphonecomplaints.com) Liza reports, “The AT&T signal bars now indicate the phone receives the highest signal in my home….but the calls invariably drop out. I can’t begin to say how frustrating that is!!! I could kick myself for buying this piece of…so I can dump the phone”.

The customer service provided by AT&T is said to be horrendous as well. Not to mention over a hundred iPhone complaints but one new customer said, “I had the phone less than 24 hours and AT&T wouldn’t replace it” (alliphonecomplaints.com). Originally, there was only one company providing service for the iPhone (AT&T). Can you say ‘monopoly’? Of course, now that problem has been fixed but this is just another issue going to show how many problems surround this new piece of technology. I could go on and on for light years about how many different complaints there have been regarding the new iPhone but it all boils down to one important understanding:

Overall, iPhone 3G is more of a toy than a useful tool that can be reliably used for conducting business. So if you love playing games, designing iPhone apps, and surfing the web to find weather stats in 4,901 different time zones, the iPhone 3G is perfect for you. But if you want reliability, great reception everywhere, great customer service and a flexible and competitive service plan, your best bet is to simply go with an alternative.

For more information on iPhone complaints visit http://www.AppCraver.com


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