Archive for June, 2009

iPhone Remote App is now an external keyboard and gesture-based control for AppleTV

The most annoying defect of AppleTV is having to use the IR remote to enter text. And for me it’s a frequent task since I use it to search for YouTube videos, movie trailers and songs.

But the new AppleTV OS combined with the updated iPhone/iPod Touch Remote App solves this issue elegantly. Now you can use the Remote App as an external easy to use keyboard and it also allows you to control the AppleTV using gestures, with some swipes it’s now faster than using the standard remote control.

In fact, I misplaced it and I don’t care where it is 😉

Posted by ShoZu


iPhone 3.0 Tethering Test Speed results on Telcel México were: 0.69 Mbps Down and 0.33 Mbps Up

I had configured Leopard to use iPhone 3.0 Tethering but just today I tried it on Windows XP and it was unexpectedly easy.
The only drawback is that it requires iTunes 8.2 and some of our enterprise laptops have software installation restrictions that may make impossible to install it.
But once installed iTunes 8.2, you only need to connect your iPhone, enable Tethering and the new connection is automatically detected and configured on Windows XP.

BeejiveIM (IM client for iPhone 3.0) now supports Push Notifications and â€˜Meta-Contacts’

BeejiveIM is my favorite IM client. It supports MSN and GTalk, the two networks I use and it sends an email when a message is received and the app is not running. This is very convenient, but not always reliable, sometimes the email is received an hour after sent and then it’s useless.

Since the Push Notification was announced some months ago I’ve been waiting for BeejiveIM to include it. Today they’ve released an update and Push notifications works as expected. Messages appear almost instantaneously when the app is not running, it looks like the app were running on background.

Additionally, the app has an improved gray UI, and the contacts witho more than an IM account can be grouped in meta-contacts.

Posted by ShoZu

Evernote for iPhone 3 has now map view, landscape thumbnails and an improved local list of notes.

Evernote is a simple but powerful online Note system. It allows to organize notes in different ‘notebooks’ and assign multiple tags to each note.

The notes are always available online using the web version, and there are local versions for different platforms, including Mac, Windows, iPhoneOS and other mobile phones.

The new version for iPhone has improved the graphic interface, my favorite changes are:
• New map view to list and filter notes with geotags.
• A local list including all the online notes titles.
• A beautiful landscape mode showing notes thumbnails.

Posted by ShoZu

Omnifocus for iPhone 3.0

I’m a fervient GTD practitioner and once I moved from PalmOS the first thing I missed was the flexible ToDo app.

Fortunately, since day one of AppStore Omnifocus appeared as the best ToDo and GTD management system.

It always had the option to sync with MobileMe allowing to have a single synced list between the Mac and the iPhone. Omnifocus always makes contexts more meaningful using iPhone location, so when you’re at home or office only the relevant tasks appear with just pressing the Nearby button.

With the version for iPhone 3.0 Omnifocus has been improved, my favorite new features are:
• Graphic Nearby view using maps,
• Repeat settings on iPhone, repeat tasks were supported in previous versions but they should be configured on the Mac version.
• More flexible tasks configurations, now a task can be converted to a project or moved between projects without needing to use the Mac version,
• Landscape mode,

Now I’m just waiting for the missing feature: Notifications 3.0

Posted by ShoZu

Tethering on iPhone 3.0

Another great feature in the iPhone OS 3.0 is the ability to Tethering, or sharing your unlimited cell data plan with your laptop.
To enable Internet Tethering there is a new option in Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering.

You can share your connection using Bluetooth (after pairing) or the USB cable. I just tested the USB option, once enabled Leopard displayed a message asking to configure a new Ethernet connection in Network Preferences and after some moments the iPhone changed to Tethering mode, a blue status just like the green one when in a call.

The connection is pretty fast, actually this post is created using the iPhone connection.

TELCEL (Mexico) doesn’t enable by default Internet Tethering but it’s simple to activate it using Property Editors and iTunes 8.2.23.

Location Services

Location Services was not improved with the latest carrier settings for TELCEL (Mexico). This feature was working since betas of iPhone 3.0, and its accuracy was improved in the last weeks.

At the beginning it showed me a circle of around 500 meters in Mexico City that DID NOT included my iPhone actual location. Now it shows a smaller circle, around 50 meters, and it is almost centered on my iPhone actual position. It’s good when you forgot if the iPhone is at home or at the office, but not good enough if you know it’s at home and you hoped the map could show you in what room.
What works flawlessly is the location message, it is displayed on the iPhone screen along with an alarm sound (even in mute mode). If you misplaced your iPhone you can sign into your mobileme account and ask the iPhone to sound for some minutes.
I’ve read that these features should help you to locate your iPhone in case it’s stolen. It may be true if it was stolen in USA, but I don’t think it could help in anyway if it’s stolen in Mexico City. What would you do? Ask police to search your iPhone? And even if you’re lucky enough to find a cop eager to help, would a 50 meter diameter circle be good enough in a public place?
Anyway, these are cool features and can be used to impress some friends 😉