Favorite Posts of the Week: Sept. 7 – Sept. 13

13 09 2008

Here are my favorites posts (and websites) for the week of September 7th through September 13th:

Websites:

  • Cappuccino – “An open source framework that makes it easy to build desktop-caliber applications that run in a web browser”
  • Typechart – Browse, preview and compare web typography and get the corresponding CSS.




iPhone 2.0.2

19 08 2008

I’m glad that Apple is taking steps to improve iPhone 2.0. The 2.0.2 update was released today, just two weeks after the 2.0.1 update was released.
Apple doesn’t give much information on what it fixes, the only description given is “bug fixes”. There is hope that people with the 3G models will see their connectivity issues fixed. (Since I’m still using the older model, I haven’t experienced these problems.) There is also hope that the lag in the keyboard will be fixed (which irritates me to no end!)

Just to download the update takes a while to complete, and expect the backup and installation to take a while too. I’ll let you know what changes once mine finishes.

Update:
It seems like there are not any major changes, which I was not expecting anyway. Applications are loading a little bit faster, and the lag that I’ve noticed with the keyboard seems to be fixed. I usually had this lag when using the search feature in my contacts list, now this comes up a lot faster and the letters appear as soon as they are typed. Let’s give it a couple of days and see if these improvements in speed are fixed for good.
It’s also being reported that 2.0.2 provides a temporary fix for a few of the 3G problems — maybe. Read the article at Ars Technica.

Update – 8/21/2008:
Some iPhone 3G users have reported that they do not have the ability to make calls after updating to 2.0.2. Read the full article on Infinite Loop (Ars Technica).

Update – 8/22/2008:
I was really excited after updating when the keyboard lag I had been seeing seemed to disappear. But, like I said when I initially wrote this post, I would wait a few days to see if the “fix” was permanent. Yesterday, I was using the search function in my contacts, and it went back to taking forever to come up, and the letters didn’t show up as soon I typed them. So, that was only “fixed” for a couple days. *sigh*





iPhone 2.0.1 Update

5 08 2008

Apple released the iPhone 2.0.1 update yesterday. The update brings us bug fixes, so I’m hoping my phone (and anyone else who has had the same problems) will stop restarting on its own and stop running so slowly.

While I’m still in the process of updating my phone, I’ve heard from others that the update does NOT bring copy and paste, unfortunately. Considering that the version number did not change that much, there are probably not going to be any big functionality changes. I think that it will take a few days to realize what bugs have been fixed.

Update – 8/13/08:
I noticed today when I synced my music that this update seems to fix one of my biggest pet peeves. Before, syncing would literally reinstall your applications, making it necessary to reorganize your icons to your desired setup and login in again to any applications that needed it. After syncing my phone today, though, all of my applications are in the same spots and on the right homescreens. Also, I stayed logged in to all of my applications. Thank you Apple for fixing this!





Coolest iPhone Application

18 07 2008

Ok, so I have downloaded several applications and have only had problems with a few of them. And generally, my favorites had just been versions of websites that I use on a daily basis (Myspace, Facebook, Yelp). But I found the coolest application and I am so glad that I did! Here’s a little preface: I have a lot of mixed CDs from friends, that aren’t tagged with song titles, artists, or albums. I like my music library to be really organized, and mixed CDs are always a nightmare if I don’t know who the song is by. What I would normally resort to is listening to each song, pulling out a sentence or phrase from the song, and googling that. Usually that will come up with the artist and song name. Then I would go to Amazon and look up that artist’s albums. I would go through each album looking for the name of the particular song. Needless to say, this was a horrible way to do it!
Well, along comes Shazam (free). You just tap the “tag now” button, and it listens to the song and will come back with the artist, name of the song, genre, label, and album. Wow, what a time saver! So, I tested it out with some songs that I already had the information for. I tried some well know artists, and some lesser known or older artists. Shazam got it every time! So, I moved on to tagging a CD full of G Love songs, which are all from different albums. It got every single one of them. If I had more time today, I’d finish my entire music library, but I have quite a few unknown songs!
Anyway, point is, if you find yourself in the same predicament as me often, then this is definitely an App to check out!





App Store

10 07 2008

Ok, so this is kind of in response / an update of my post this morning about iTunes 7.7. Like I said before, the new version of iTunes is all about the App Store. I wrote my previous post before I actually went and played around with the App Store.
In case you don’t know already, to go see all of the applications, you don’t click on the Applications Link on the left hand side – you go to here. This is where you can see all of the applications currently available. Going back will take you to the main App Store page, where you can see the staff picks, what’s hot, what’s new (which is funny to me, because aren’t they all new?). And you can also browse all of the free applications.
Once you download an application, it will show up in your download section for a second (they are really fast), and then you will be able to see them in your Applications area. And tomorrow you will be able to add them to your iPhone.
I can’t wait to try some of them out, and get rid of those links for twitter, myspace, etc. on my homepage of my phone.
Update
It seems the App Store is working the way that I expected it to now. You can now access it through the Applications area (once you add it), and then click the link on the lower right that says “Get More Applications”. This will take you to the App Store (doing this earlier today told you that the App Store was not yet available.)
The other way to get to the App Store, that was not an option this morning, is to go directly through the iTunes Store. This morning there was no direct link from the iTunes Store and the App Store. However, now there is a link on the left hand side that allows you to go directly to the App Store.





Counting Down

3 07 2008

The 3G iPhone is coming out on July 11th at 8am – will you be there?
Personally, I won’t. I just got my iPhone and don’t think that the new features (that are specific to the phone, not the software) are worth buying another one. On top of that, rates are increasing along with text messaging not being included. Although, for people who may not already own an iPhone, I think that this is the prime time to get one (the price decrease in the phone may make up somewhat for the rate increase).
I am very excited for the software update though, and cannot wait to explore the app store! And I am for some odd reason extremely excited about being able to search contacts.
FYI: Apple posted a guide to the 3G iPhone. In case you didn’t already know, or haven’t seen it, here is the link: http://www.apple.com/iphone/guidedtour/ Some of it just goes over basic features of the iPhone that you already know about if you already have one, but other parts showcase new features.