We love the latest and greatest gear, but we’re suckers for old ideas brought to life with new technology, too. Enter Battle of Waterloo, a choose your own adventure story for the iPhone or iPod touch.
If you're interested in tethering your MacBook to your iPhone and you're certain you won't run afoul of your carrier, you might want to check it out here.
UPDATE: Well, that was short lived. NetShare has once again been pulled form the iTunes App Store. Nullriver states on their site, that as of August 1, they still have not received word from Apple on why the app was pulled. Apple has yet to comment on the matter.
Bloomberg L.P. is known to most of us for the financial news the company provides over WBBR radio, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg magazine, and the Bloomberg terminal, a source of financial analytical tools. Recently the company spotted your Bloomberg-free iPhone and created an application for it, thus securing dominance over all media.
Although the iPhone comes with a Yahoo stock application that provides similar information, the Bloomberg app, with stellar features like an international news service, effortlessly one-ups Yahoo.
NullRiver released NetShare, a tethering app, in the iTunes App Store only to have it pulled after a few minutes. the app would have allowed iPhone owners to share their mobile internet connection with their laptop.
Yeah we know, it would have been great.
NullRiver states on their website that they haven't received any word from Apple on why the app was pulled from the store, and that the app doesn't violate any developer or App Store agreements.
"Furthermore, plans(unless specifically designated for tethering usage) cannot be used for any applications that tether the device (through use of, including without limitation, connection kits, other phone/PDA-to computer accessories, Bluetooth® or any other wireless technology) to Personal Computers (including without limitation, laptops), or other equipment for any purpose."
Nullriver hopes that Apple will release the app in countries without tethering restrictions in their mobile contracts.
Kelso, at Kelso Cartography, is concerned about the iPhone 3G’s ability to geotag photos, and cautions people about posting images with exact location. He gives a couple of examples of how evildoers browsing Flicker, or some other photo sharing site, can track you down through the GPS location information embedded in your photos. Perhaps a bit alarmist, but he does offer some solutions for people concerned with being stakled.
The first fuil-proof solution, a no brainer, don't allow apps to to use your current location. The first time you launch a location enabled application, press “Don’t Allow” and off you go. You can also go to General Settings>Reset>Reset Location Warnings if you have inadvertently allowed locations to become active in an app and you wish to remove that feature. When you load the app next time just be sure to tap "Don't Allow" when it asks if you want to use your location.
His second solution is app based, you can use PhotoInfoEditor for Macs to edit or erase GPS coordinates stored in photos EXIF file. Allowing users to upload images without location, but coordinates are still available for personal or private use. So, now you can upload images of your hydroponic garden on the web without the world knowing the exact location.
Kelso suggests photo sharing sites shouldn’t show geographic location as the default, unless viewers have permission. Also, there should be an on/off toggle for Placename tags and GPS coordinates per photo. He also recommends a slider control for Placename and GPS location giving the person uploading images complete control of location info.
And there is the most oblivious solution, don’t post private images on the web.
So you want to be a blogger? Not just any blogger, you want to be a super mobile blogging Ninja. Blogging as you take down your enemies. Blogging as you sharpen your katana. Blogging while in line waiting for an iPhone 3G.
For those of us who demand quality blogging on the go, WordPress is available as a free application in the iTunes App Store. It brings convenient mobile blogging to any iPhone or iPod touch running iPhone software 2.0.
Scrabble has seen a lot of press lately thanks to the showdown over Facebook’s Scrabulous application. Whatever you think of that legal brouhaha, one thing is certain: folks love their Scrabble. Now iPhone and iPod touch users can join in the fun with a new, lawyer-approved take on the venerable board game.
Last night David G. of Apple posted MobileMe Update #3. The update explained that Apple has finished restoring Mail service to the 1% of customers who experienced historical message loss.
If you are still experiencing email loss problems, Apple has created a dedicated chat line for you to speak with an MobileMe specialist.
David also noted that a syncing bug, which caused calendar and address data to not properly sync over-the-air to the iPhone and iPod touch, was discovered and fixed. If you are still experiencing issues with over-air-syncing to your mobile device, you should follow the instructions here to restore your data.
We're getting closer to MobileMe nirvana folks. Maybe if we cross our fingers and wish upon a star it'll happen sooner rather than later.
The group is recruiting readers to book slots at their local Apple Store's Genius Bar to question the employees about Apple's policies concerning the iPhone development, DRM and Apple's use of proprietary standards.
We love open-source and DRM-free software and music as much as the next guy. It just seems that asking the Genius Bar employee about larger company policies is like asking the guy who pumps your gas why the price the oil is so high.