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Saturday, January 31, 2009

iPhone Becomes a Noise Meter

iPhone is a device with practically unlimited possibilities and potential. Well, the hardware of iPhone is fantastic, however, what makes it a real wonder device is the abundance of applications and software that have been pouring in for the past several months.

A new cool application called Noise Meter transforms your iPhone into a portable noise meter. The application is marginally simple. You start it and then tap the big round button and voila.

What I liked about this application is that it gives you human understandable information. If you are a pro, you know what a dB means but what about mere mortars? So, the application simply gives you the level of noise in plain English. Namely, noise levels are grouped as follows:

0-20: Quiet, suitable for living and sleeping
20-40: Comfortable, suitable for office
40-60: Busy, suitable for business
60-80: Bustling, suitable for traffic
80-100: Noisily, suitable for factory
>100: Terrible, don't stay for health

As soon as I downloaded the application, I started testing different places. Believe me, this application is very useful and exciting and best of all, it's absolutely free.

The download link is:
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beginner Tip #2 - How to Arrange iPhone Icons

Unlike other mobile devices, arranging icons on the iPhone is extremely easy. However, it is not very easy to guess how to do this. Well, as a matter of fact, I've come to this feature purely accidentally when I first got the device. So, here's how you do it:

1. Tap and hold your finger on any of the icons until they start shaking. Don't panic, there's nothing wrong with your phone (well, I was really scared when the icons started shaking as I had no idea what was going on with them, really funny).

2. Now you can simply drag the icons and place them anywhere you want them. You have complete freedom in re-arranging them.

3. When you are happy with the organization of your icons, press the iPhone Home button to save your changes.

That's it.

If you liked this tip, you may like to check out a post listing all of my beginner tips.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Firetask - Action Management at its Best

Effective and efficient time management is important not only for professional managers, but for everyone appreciating time. While there "are" some folks with "abundance" of time (take our AJ for example and her two-hour showers), for us, mere mortars, time is extremely scarce. In traditional time management priorities play a central role. However, a time management method invented by David Allen, called Getting Things Done (GTD for short) places more emphasis on control and perspective.

Computers and especially smart phones are very good aids for managing your time. It shall not be a surprise that numerous applications exist for task management for any platform. However, most of the applications that I've seen so far (not only for iPhone but for Symbian and Windows Mobile) are too simplistic and they follow the traditional time management methodology. A new iPhone application called Firetask is extremely useful for managing your time and literally getting things done. Firetask has just been released by Gerald Mesaric Task 1 Consulting.

What I liked about Firetask is that it combines both the traditional and the above mentioned GTD approaches.

The application features a nice and intuitive interface and sleek design. The "Today" screen is the central part of the application. It shows only the tasks due today and in the following days together with the first open task per project. Thus, you are not overloaded with irrelevant tasks. Another very interesting feature is the "Waiting for" list. Its main purpose is to keep track of delegated tasks. The Inbox is used for quickly gathering thoughts and ideas.

Firetask 1.0 is now available through Apple's iTunes App Store for $4.99 (USD) for iPhone
and iPod touch. The application supports English and German user interface.

You can learn more about Firetask at I also recommend that you check out David Allen Company web site at

Finally, I would like to thank Gerald Mesaric Task 1 Consulting for providing me with this nice and useful application.
Monday, January 26, 2009

The Latest 3G iPhone Unlocking Software Released

A new 3G iPhone Unlock software is launched by UK entrepreneur Mark Scott and his team of software developers. It gives iPhone customers the chance to use their handsets with any network provider worldwide and also enabling the use of third party applications.

The main reason of development of this software comes after complaints from prospective customers regarding the handset being exclusively available on the o2 and AT&T networks, depending on the country of origin, and disappointment came over finding that the phone lacked standard features such as MMS, video recording and instant messaging amongst others.

According to the PRWEB, the contemporary 3G iPhone unlocking software also enables all of these features and comes with full 24 hour customer support via Email, Live Chat and by Phone.

"The Apple iPhone is a fantastic piece of technology, but that doesn't mean it's perfect." Mark Scott, Company Director of iPhone unlocking Ltd. "Using our 2G and 3G iPhone unlock software, the iPhone becomes compatible with all GSM network providers worldwide and enables the use of thousands of great 3rd party applications, therefore making the iPhone arguably the best mobile handset available on the market today."

Originally posted on
Sunday, January 25, 2009

Beginner Tip #1 - How to Rename Your iPhone

Sometimes simple and obvious things are difficult to accomplish. Even such a simple action as renaming your iPhone may not be clear immediately. At least, I have seen a number of people asking this on different forums. Generally, Apple software is one of the best in terms of usability. Most of the aspects are well thought out and designed. Unfortunately, renaming iPhone is an exception.

It turns out that renaming your iPhone is very easy but this functionality is not apparent and visible immediately. Simply, start iTunes and double-click your phone in the DEVICES area. Most people right click the phone and then expect to see the rename command in the shortcut menu. It is a bit disappointing that we don't see a command to rename the phone in the short-cut menu. But again, double clicking does the job.

If you liked this tip, you may like to check out a post listing all of my beginner tips.
Sunday, January 25, 2009

iPhone Beginner Tips

Recently, I've been getting numerous e-mails from our readers to post beginner tips for iPhone users. So, here we go. Beginning from this week, I will be regularly posting beginner iPhone tips and links to interesting resources featuring beginner tips and how-to articles. You may wish to bookmark this post, since I will be adding links to each tip here. At the same time, you can always see all tips by navigating to them from the labels menu.

Useful tips on how to tap a cell phone at

Tip #1 - Howto Rename Your iPhone

Tip #9 - Some SecretTips!

Tip #18 -  MakeYour Music Sleep

Tip #19 -  Unlock youriPhone

Tip #22 -  OneMore SIRI Trick

Tip #28 -  SiriSecret Commands

Friday, January 23, 2009

iPhone - The Hottest Device in the World

Recently, iPhone has become the hottest device in the world. Well, not literally. HOT or NOT, a vibrant Social Entertainment Network™ has introduced its iPhone application. This application coupled with iPhone will definitely make your life hotter. All of your favorite HOT or NOT functionality is there: rate and date millions of members worldwide, upload photos, e-mail hotties and DoubleMatches, buy and send virtual gifts and whatnot.

The best of all, the application is absolutely free and easy to use and is available for an immediate download from the Appl Store.

Let the hottest application hit your iPhone.
Monday, January 19, 2009

Twenga Comes to the iPhone

Twenga is a shopping search engine operating in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Poland. With over 40 million products indexed, Twenga offers users features like historical price tracking and personalized recommendations like Shopping Ideas and Twenga’s Picks. Twenga helps you make the smartest shopping decisions by delivering content with absolutely no merchant bias. You get good, honest advice from Twenga. That's it.

And now, you have the Twenga power on your iPhone. The application is available for immediate download from the Apple App Store absolutely free of charge. The Twenga iPhone application features a clean and easy to user interface and in my opinion is one of the most useful application that you can install on your wonder device. Install the Twenga application on your iPhone and you will be able to:

  • Compare prices on millions of high-tech products, at any moment, to be sure that you are getting the best price.

  • Benefit from promotion codes offered by online stores: free delivery, 5% to 10% reduction. Buy online via Twenga and save even more.

  • Consult product specifications and user reviews. No need to run after a salesperson to help you decide!

  • Get the most complete choice of offers and the best price.
So, what are you waiting for? Download the Twenga iPhone application now.
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Travelling Made Easy with ICOON

If you've ever traveled to a foreign country where English is not widely spoken, you know what a problem a language barrier can become. Proudly written "WE SPEAK ENGLISH" on one of the bank's window, which I noticed in Valencia last summer was a good proof of it. A while ago I was in vein trying to communicate with a bank's operator in Rome. When I finally managed to see the manager of the branch face to face, my happiness was quickly spoiled by the fact that even the manager would not speak English. Well, you get the idea. Even though English is a worldwide lingo, knowing it will not always save you.

Let's see how our wonder device iPhone can help with this problem. Meet ICOON, Europe’s most popular language dictionary, which has made travelling easier than ever before. Well, a dictionary is a dictionary you would say. Not that fast dear friends. ICOON is not an ordinary dictionary. Rather, it is a picture dictionary. Thus, no matter where you are in the world — Bejing, Bali, Berlin, or Boise, Idaho — ICOON translates any language into recognizable symbols. So, whether you’re in an emergency, looking for a WiFi hotspot, or just terribly hungry, help is just a click away. With ICOON you get what you need. ICOON is an essential language tool for any leisure or business traveller. The application boast with a uniquely-designed collection offering more than 500 useful symbols structured into twelve common categories — from hygiene to hair styles, money to measurements, health to accommodations. With ICOON, you’ll never be at a loss for words. Just download ICOON to your iPhone and let icons speak for you!

Now the good news is that while ICOON is not freeware, it's price is symbolic - 99 cents and is available for immediate download from the App Store.

Finally, I would like to add that ICOON was developed by Karsten Warrink from Germany. In Germany ICOON is in the Top-5 of travel applications. I am confident, ICOON will become one of the most useful application in your iPhone.
Friday, January 16, 2009

Does a 4GB iPhone Make Sense?

Rumors about Apple building a 4GB iPhone ain't that fresh. However, according to an UBS analyst Maynard Um, supply chain checks suggest that Apple is building an iPhone with 4GB of memory. So, these rumors can pretty well turn into reality. But wait, does it make sense to introduce a 4GB model?

The only reason why a company can offer a slightly cut down product is to sell it at a lower price. In terms of costs, there shall not be a big difference between pouring in 4GB of memory instead of 8GB. After all, memory is not that expensive today. Let's speculate, what a possible price difference can be between the currently available 8GB and the rumored 4GB models. Can it be $10 or maybe $50? Slight difference makes no sense. Considerable difference is even bigger nonsense because this decision would cannibalize the current offering. I am confident Apple won't do that. So, we can logically conclude that the average price of both the 8GB and 16GB models will go down. iPod Touch shall get cheaper as well.

In the end, it makes sense to introduce the third (4GB) model and at the same time cut prices on the current models. After all, in terms of contract revenues, it does not matter whether a 4GB, 8GB or a 16GB model is sold.
Thursday, January 15, 2009

Jobs in Declining Health, Takes Medical Leave

Nick and I were talking how lucky Steve Jobs was to battle his decease when the shocking news spread on the Internet. Steve Jobs is taking a medical leave.

It turns out that Jobs' health condition is worse than it seemed initially. At least, in the e-mail dated Jan 5, Jobs denied reports that he was in declining health. However, today, Jobs sent an email to Apple employees asserting that "during the past week I have learned that my health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought." Apple COO Tim Cook will be taking over Apple's day-to-day operations while Jobs is absent. However, Jobs plans to "remain involved in major strategic decisions."

Steve Jobs is a living legend and one of the greatest CEOs of all time. Hopefully, Jobs will get well soon and will surprise us with new revolutionary products in the years to come.
Thursday, January 15, 2009

iPhone Phenomenon Teams Up With The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

With their new album Lonely Road finally hitting stores on February 3rd, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have teamed up with the number one free game on the iPhone, Tap Tap Revenge. All you need to do to play is download the game onto your iPhone or iPod Touch. The band’s current single, “You Better Pray” is featured in the addictive game.

Tap Tap Revenge is a free game that challenges players to keep up with infectious songs by tapping the right spots on the phone’s (or iPod Touch) screen. Since the game debuted in July, it quickly found its way towards the top of the iPhone application store. It has since been downloaded more than 3 million times and is now Apples most popular free game.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus recorded Lonely Road , at the Valley Village, CA, studio of super-producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Hoobastank, P.O.D., Less Than Jake, Daughtry, Seether, All-American Rejects). The album follows up Don’t You Fake It, the band’s breakthrough debut, which charted for 62 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200, scanning over a million copies in the U.S. to date, and selling more than 2.1 million copies of its singles.

We invite to check out The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus' MySpace page here and of course download Tap Tap Revenge from the App Store.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Slacker Radio Comes to iPhone

Slacker is an interactive Internet radio service that allows users to create their own customized music stations starting with either Slacker's presets or a list of one or more artists. The Slacker radio service is available to all Flash-enabled web browsers. Alternatively, the radio service offers a downloadable application.

And now comes great news for iPhone users. The Slacker radio service is available as a free application for the iPhone. According to Slacker, the following features are supported:
  • Unlimited free music on your iPhone
  • Over 100 expert-programmed stations
  • High-quality stereo sound over any connection
  • Create your own custom stations directly on your iPhone
  • Displays large album art, album reviews and artist biographies
Now, if you are not in the USA, don't rush. Slacker is a US only service.

The application can be downloaded from the App Store.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Chipotle Mobile Ordering is Removed from the App Store

Recently Burrito restaurant chain Chipotle has launched a new free iPhone application, Chipotle Mobile Ordering. As you can guess the application allows iPhone and iPod touch users to customize orders from Chipotle's full menu. To make things cooler, the application allows you to save orders as Favorites. Thus, future ordering becomes even easier.

Now, the bad news. The application has been removed from the Apple App Store. The reasons why the application was removed are unknown. However, users have commented that the application was buggy, which most likey became the reason for application's removal. Hopefully, the application will be available for download shortly.

Source: MacRumors
Friday, January 09, 2009

iPhone is the #1 Mobile Browsing Device in the US

According to AdMob, which serves ads for more than 6,000 mobile web sites and 400 applications around the world, worldwide iPhone requests grew 86% month over month to 668 million in December, giving the iPhone a 10.8% share of total requests. Further, according to the report, the iPhone OS has already surpassed the RIM OS and Windows Mobile combined. iPod Touch has been enjoying huge growth as well. As you can see in the pie-chart, in the US, in December, iPhone generated a whopping 48% of smartphone requests, up from just 9% in May.

The report released by AdMob is very interesting and can be viewed in full detail here.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Refurbished iPhones for $50 Less at Best Buy

The $90 iPhone offer from AT&T is over. If you wanted to get your iPhone at a discounted price but for some reason were not able to do so, there's good news for you. Best Buy is planning to start selling refurbished iPhones. The 8GB and 16GB phones will retail for $149 and $249, respectively. The prices for the new phones will be $199 and $299. As our readers may recall, Wal-Mart remains the best place for buying new iPhones , where you can get one for $2 less than at other places.

Via ChannelWeb
Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Excel-enable Your iPhone

As a main mobile device I use Nokia E90 Communicator. Unfortunately, some very important functionality is missing from iPhone to make it my primary mobile device. Office applications is an area where both Symbian and Windows Mobile based devices have traditionally been very strong. However, the situation is quickly changing. Quickoffice Inc., a leading provider of office applications for mobile devices (yes yes, Nokia E90 features their software), has recently introduced an application for editing native Excel 2003 files on your iPhone.

The application is called MobileFiles Pro and costs less than 10 bucks (pretty nice price tag). Under the hood, MobileFiles Pro includes three complete products.

With MobileFiles Pro you can access and transfer files between your desktop and your iPhone. Both PC and Mac are supported. You can also remotely access your Apple MobileMe iDisk files and folders and the shared iDisk folders of friends and family. Included file manager helps you in organizing and sharing your digital content.

With MobileFiles Pro you can view most common file format types including images, media files, Microsoft Office, iWork, PDF and many others.

And of course the most important functionality of the application is the capability of editing Excel files.

All in all, the application is very useful and the price is very attractive.

For fullness of this post, I will mention that there are a couple of alternatives, Spreadsheet, Spreadsheet LX and iSpreadsheet to name some.
Monday, January 05, 2009

iPhone for Comparison Shoppers

iPhone applications have started pouring in like rain. In less than six months since its launch, the Apple store lists over 10,000 applications. In this post, I would like to talk about a cool new application from Twenga.

In a nutshell, this application helps shoppers find the best price available before buying in-store. The application is extremely useful because it can help you save here and there, accumulating pretty good money by the end of the month. Twenga is available all around the world in such countries as the UK, France, the US, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Poland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands.

As you may expect, the interface of the application is tailored specially for iPhone.

You can install the application via iTunes at the following URL:
Friday, January 02, 2009

10 Most Awesome iPhone Apps of 2008

No device exists in isolation and no matter how feature-rich an offering from the manufacturer is, the real power of a device comes from availability of third party applications. Windows Mobile and Symbian OS have armies of devoted developers and thousands of third party applications exist for devices based on the above mentioned operating systems. Even though, iPhone is the youngest device and the Apple's App Store has been functioning for six months only, the store has passed a 10,000 applications mark. Wow!

Picking ten awesome applications out of more than ten thousand is not an easy task and I believe all of us have our top-ten lists.

Folks at have prepared a very interesting list of applications really deserving to be among the 10 most awesome apps of 2008.