iPhone Week Is Here!

I have been on vacation for a week, and it was amazing; the iPhone hype was everywhere.  So, there I was, sitting on a boat in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, checking my email, when a fellow tourist leans over and asks me about the new iPhone coming out soon.

In the airport, on the way back from Texas, I counted no less then four conversations about the iPhone 3G.  Weird.  I don’t remember any gadget – EVER – being the topic of conversation like the iPhone 3G is. Personally, however, Firmware 2.0 is the bigger news.

The new firmware, combined with MobileMe, will make for an amazing phone experience.  I am still on the fence with the new iPhone.  I have to work on Friday, and will not be able to be in line (which is already forming in the Denver area).   I think I will give the new firmware a spin on my trusty iPhone 1.0 and see how it roles.  Then, in a few weeks, when the demand slows down a bit, I will go an play with a new one and see what I think.

How about you?  What is your iPhone purchasing plan?

iPhone Guided tour and AT&T Details

If you haven’t heard, the iPhone 3G is coming out soon.  Oh yeah, I forgot, everyone knows about the iPhone 3G because the hype has been deafening.

Here are some details that are not hype nor rumors – this is actually usable news.  First, head over to Apple for a guided tour of the iPhone 3G.  Yes, it features a black mock turtle neck, and the cheesy Apple guy that goes with it.

Also, AT&T has released all of the details regarding pricing, availability, upgrading, and data price gouging that they will feature in July. The images below have all of the dirty details:




Web App Wednesday – Out of this World Edition

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I have always been a bit turned on by space.  I remember, as a kid, watching the space shuttle launches.  I have also seen all of the major tragedies of the space shuttles.  I have even cheered on the little Mars Rovers that could as they went on for months and years passed their expected lifespan.

That is what makes this week’s web app so cool.  The Phoenix Mars Mission web app is keeping up with the lastest space project on Mars.  So far, the Pheonix has made some awsome discoveries including what is to believed to be ice.  There has also been a collection of awsome images sent back by the craft.

The Phoenix Mars Mission web app keeps track of the mission in real time feeding up any and all RSS feeds from NASA.  It also features a Mars weather report which I think is just awsome.  If you are into space at all, check out the Phoenix Mars Mission web app.  You won’t be dissapointed.

iTunes $.99 Movie of the Week – WarGames Edition

Would you like to play a game?  Howabout a bit of global, thermal, nuclear, warfare?  Those were the good ole days.  You remember, back in the 80’s when war was cool, and fun, and hacking was some sort of myth perpetrated by hobbyists through 2600 baud modems? If you would like to relive the glory days for a dollar (which is like .2 cents if you adjust backwards for inflation), head over to iTunes for the .99 movie of the week – WarGames (warning: iTunes link).

Here is the official description:

A young computer whizz kid accidentally connects into a top secret super-computer which has complete control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal. It challenges him to a game between America and Russia and he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he convince the computer he wanted to play a game and not the real thing ? Directed by John Badham.

WarGames will be on sale from Jul. 01, 2008 – Jul. 08, 2008 so rent it soon before the world blows up (for real, not in a movie kind of way).

iPhone to Come in Edible Eco-Friendly Packaging

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When you pick up a brand-spanking new iPhone 3G, it will come in a potato starch based tray.  These are the same package inserts made for Motorola by Dutch firm PaperFoam.  

This comes in response to Apple, among other big tech firms, to be more eco-friendly and green.Now, I am not saying that the package should be eaten, but it will be edible. Your iPhone could provide you with the much needed calories to surf the web extra fast.

The new package will consist of the edible tray, a fully recyclable and recycled cardboard box.  This new packaging scheme will reduce the Apple carbon footprint on this product by nearly 90%.  If you want to read more about this tasty package, check out the UK register.

iPhones Work with Windows Too

On this blog I am guilty of being Apple-centric.  I admit it, and I’m sorry.  I keep forgetting that there are many iPhone users that actually use Microsoft Windows.  That being said – this post is for you.

Mark/Space has relased The Missing Sync for iPhone (for Windows).  If you aren’t familiar with Mark/Space (if you are not an Apple user, you might not) they have cooked up all sorts of wonderul syncing applications.  The Missing Sync for iPhone (for Windows) congregates all of your data, including SMS, notes, call log, and notes.  It then syncs this information with your PC.  Another good thing about this software is that, if you are not an iPhone user, but soon will be, it will push all of your current information from a Blackberry, Windows Mobile device, or a palm device to your new iPhone 3G.

There you go Windows users, I hope you forgive me.  If there is any Windows / iPhone love I have missed, let me know and I will gladly cover it.

Web Appplication Wednesday – Voyeur Edition

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So, picture twitter in your mind – now replace every little micro-blog with a photo.  Does that sound interesting.  I didn’t think so either, but I tried iTookThisToday out anyways.  It is much more intriguing than I originally expected.

It is almost like a photo-twitter, and it meets some sort of sordid voyeuristic need that I have to see the world through other peoples eyes.  The iTookThisToday people put it best:

Here’s how it works:
1. You snap a picture, probably with your phone.
2. You email the picture to photos@itookthistoday.com
3. Your picture is posted at the top of the list.

You can browse the photos or add yours to the growing list of frozen moments in history.  As I was browsing them, I had the sense that the service was a bit like flicker.com, a little like twitter, but the combination of the two creates a sort of simplistic and impromptu beauty.

Give iTookThisToday a test drive and see if you are as captivated by it as I am.  There is a chance I am just weird and like it because of some odd voyeuristic fetish I have, but then again, maybe your weird too.

iTunes $.99 Movie of the Week – Robocop

“Drop it!”  I have to admit, when I was younger, I just loved Robocob (Warning, iTunes link).  I had the Nintendo 64 game, I watched the cartoon, and I owned the VHS.  For the low cost of $.99 I was able to take a walk down memory lane and relive a part of my childhood.  If you haven’t heard much of Robocob, here is the official description:

There’s a new law enforcer in town and he’s half man, half machine! From the director of Total Recall and Basic Instinct comes a “sci-fi fantasy with sleek, high-powered drive” (Time) about an indestructible high-tech policeman who dishes out justice at every turn! When a good cop (Peter Weller) gets blown away by some ruthless criminals, innovative scientists and doctors are able to piece him back together as an unstoppable crime-fighting cyborg called “Robocop.”Impervious to bullets and bombs, and equipped with high-tech weaponry, Robocop quickly makes a namefor himself by cleaning up the crime-ridden streets of violence-ravaged Detroit. But despite his new, hardened exterior, Robocop is tormented by scraps of memory of his former life, and relives vividnightmares of his own death at the hands of the vicious killers. Now he is out to seek more than justice…he wants revenge! “Fast, furious and entertaining” (L.A. Daily News), Robocop is “a fiercely paced action film” (Screen International) that doesn’t let up on the thrills.

Head over to iTunes now with your dollar and rent yourself a campy classic, but you better head over quickly, Robocob is only on sale from Jun. 24, 2008 – Jul. 01, 2008.

iPhone 3G Hype Continues – Now with More Porn

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iPhone Porn was a headline circulating the internet the other day.  In fact,an article showed up on the online version of Time. Somehow, people have the notion that the 3G iPhone will supernaturally attract porn from the air or something.

What the hysterical porn-mongerers don’t realize is that the iPhone, like any other of the billions of web enabled devices in the world, can load a web page.  Now, rumour has it that *gasp* there is porn on the internet.

I remember the same hoopla over the Sony PSP.  a Fox Affiliate in Minnesota was running a piece that said that the PSP could pull porn down “out of the air”.   The iPhone article in Time is no better. Here is a quote:

Steve Jobs’ company is keeping a civil, if embarrassed, silence on one of the potentially most lucrative and controversial uses of its handheld jewel: porn.

These type of irresponsible stories may make headlines but they don’t make sense.

No iPhone for you-san!

I guess that when you have all of the greatest toys in the known universe, you don’t need an iPhone.  According to a recent survey, 91% of Japanese people won’t be buying an iPhone.

What does that mean for Apple and Steve Jobs?  My guess is absolutely nothing.  Heck, even if 9% of the Japanese did by an iPhone, that would be almost 11 million people.  And, if the hype is to be believed, a bagillion percent of Americans are dying for the iPhone 3G.

What this does represent is how rich and fantastic the gadget scene is in Japan.  To be honest, they get so many great toys released, it wouldn’t surprise me if the iPhone was hum drum.  Unfortunately, for us in the States, the iPhone is about as revolutionary as it gets.