The lovable nerds over at Gizmodo are reporting on a ginormous flaw in the iPhone’s “security.” As it turns out, setting a four-digit passcode for your phone is about as secure as that Post-It Note on your monitor that has your network password written on it. With a few not-entirely-unintuitive-anyway taps, anyone who picks up your locked phone can browse your contacts and make calls, surf the web, see your bookmarks, and have full access to your email and SMS messages.
Ahhh, the silent ringtone. It’s been on every phone I’ve had in the last eight years or so. But, like voice dialing, one-touch speed dialing, MMS, and the ability to shoot video of my dog running around at the beach, it’s one of the things I’ve had to give up since transitioning to an iPhone.
I can hear you already. “Just flip the switch to make your phone silent, Stupid.”
But I don’t want my phone to be silent; I want the ability to selectively silence my phone for certain callers. Those annoying telemarketing recordings come to mind. Or maybe your crazy ex, or perhaps your parole officer if you’re on the lam. Anyway, the point is, the iPhone doesn’t offer a No Ring option for your contacts. But with a little GarageBand fiddling, you can roll your own non-ring in a couple minutes, with just a few clicks.
Learn how to make your own silent ringtone after the jump.
You've made it through the line, finally foisting the iPhone 3G upwards like the captain of a hockey team with the Stanley Cup. If you're upgrading from an original iPhone, here's how to transfer your old settings to the new device.
Plug in the new iPhone, and Control-click its name. This phone is just called "Apple's iPhone" since we didn't bother coming up with a name while in the store. Choose "Restore from backup," and pick the name of your prior phone from the next screen.
Wait several minutes while iTunes transfers network settings, mail details, and other information. The new iPhone will then take the name of the old phone; click the name once, and press Return to rename it with a snazzy new moniker. Finally, sync everything to the new phone.
When finished, your new iPhone will have the same contacts, calendar, and applications as the original. And unrelated to this brain transfer, your old iPhone should behave like an iPod touch. (Ours, upgraded to version 2.0, did as soon as their SIMs were deactivated.)
It's a picture of the web site on the web site, freaky man.
iPhone Software 2.0 brought us a nice utility that's been sought after for some time. Screen grabs.
To take a screen grab on your iPhone with Software 2.0, just hold down the home button, then tap the top button. Your screen will flash white signifying you have captured your screen.
The image will pop up in your camera roll in the Camera app or Photos app.
Wanna have fun with this new feature?
Grab a friends iPhone and take a screen grab of their home screen. Open the image and leave the iPhone on the victim's friend's desk. Next time they try to use their iPhone, they'll be perplexed that the buttons don't seem to work. Eventually, the menu for images will pop-up and you'll all have a good laugh. Hopefully.
The iPhone is a fantastic device that revolutionizes how you communicate, consume media, and surf the mobile web. But one thing it doesn’t do, at least out of the box, is let you delve into instant messaging on the go. Your only option is to use text messaging on your carrier’s network, which can quickly become costly and doesn’t give the instant gratification of an IM client or chat room.
Your wireless service provider really doesn’t care that your life just isn’t going to be complete without an iPhone G3. Instead of wishing you well and letting you go, they want you to pay an Early Termination Fee of a couple of hundred bucks or so before they’ll release you from your contract.
Learn the how to get out of your current mobile providers contract after the jump.