If you actually use your iPhone’s best features--the 3G network,
push notifications, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Location Services, all those
bells and whistles that make it so awesome--you’ve probably noticed your
battery needs recharging every day or two at least. We never leave home
without the cable and AC adapter that came with our iPhone, so we’re in
luck as long as we can find a power outlet or USB port to plug in to.
But wandering beyond walls and away from computers requires some extra
gadgetry to keep our iPhone charged, namely Belkin’s Dual Auto Charger
for the car and the iPWR SuperPack backup battery for everywhere else.
The Apple TV may not be as popular as other Apple products, but that
doesn't mean that it's going away anytime soon. One analyst speculates
that the Apple TV may be getting an update with new features, such as DVR
capabilities and a subscription service for TV shows.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And now that multimedia
has taken over the Web, flat 2D images sometimes just aren’t enough
anymore. But going from a series of photos to an interactive 3D image
can take a bit of work. After stitching the photos together, additional
processing is required to turn them into interactive, virtual reality
files viewable in a Web browser. Some stitching programs have the
capacity to output QuickTime VR (QTVR) files. Flash developers,
meanwhile, have made huge strides in coding Flash to display
interactive virtual reality images, and a handful of dedicated programs
now create Flash-based VR files.
It was only a few days ago we discussed how the iPhone was growing in its third place status, but still lagged behind Research in Motion's Blackberry and Nokia's smartphones globally. In smaller markets, though, the picture is a little different.
Earphones are a personal thing. Everyone has different criteria for
what makes a good set. Some might be looking for bass, others might be
more interested in noise reduction. Certain people might only be
interested in ’phones that come in standard-issue “iPod white,” while
someone else is looking for something a bit more interesting,
I’ve always used Mail’s POP3 settings to manage my Gmail account,
and I’ve been able to remain a one-account guy. But the university
where I work wants me to use their servers for my work email. Mail
successfully synced up with the provided IMAP Account; however, I now
find my main inbox doing double duty. During a busy day, it becomes
difficult to separate messages at a glance. I can click on the message
and check the recipient, or click on the mailbox and do the
subtraction, but both of those are cumbersome. Worst of all, I also
find myself occasionally replying to messages using the wrong account.
Word on the street is that Apple plans to have its annual iPod event on September 9. How will this event coincide with the staff's plans to play The Beatles Rock Band? Only time, and bad impressions of John and Paul will tell.
The iPhone shoots up the camera chart on Flickr and we answer all your burning questions with soothing answers that should be applied twice daily.
As you may or may not know, Quake Live is making its debut for the Mac today. And, as a Mac user with a sweet tooth for PC gaming, I thought I’d take it upon myself to show you the ropes before you get thrown into the cutthroat world of Quake Live. But worry not, with a little bit of know-how and a steady hand, you’ll be fragging from your browser window before you know it.