Apple iPhone GeoTagging, 3G On/Off Switch

May 22, 2008 by Sean R.  
Filed under Cellphones, Macworld, Wireless

Hey Apple iPhone fans, a few more reports have surfaced about the 3G version of the Apple iPhone. w00t!

This tasty round of nuggets tells us that the iPhone will include the ability to GeoTag photos (which means it will have GPS), users can toggle the 3G radio on and off, and I have some predictions on exactly when the iPhone will be available.

Continue reading my gadget loving friends as I have compiled a nice round-up of some recent wireless 3G and Apple iPhone 2.0 news that’s been circulating around the blogosphere.

GPS: According to Engadget, screen shots of the iPhone 2.0 beta software shows a “location services” feature. The two different screen grabs seen show GPS ability paired with the iPhone’s Google Maps application, as well as the ability to “set location” in the camera application.

These features are widely available on many other phones with GPS, including the N95 from Nokia.

However learning with somewhat more certainty that the next version of the Apple iPhone will have GPS is encouraging. I particularly like to be able GeoTag photos when traveling.

3G Switch: Another screen shot (some think it was faked, others disagree) that has been found in the iPhone 2.0 beta offers users the ability to switch the 3G radio on and off.

This is a vital feature. Why? Battery life. Having an active 3G connection drains cell phone batteries much faster than when they are in EDGE-only areas.

For example with my Nokia N95 battery will last two days in EDGE coverage ares, but if I travel into a 3G region, the battery becomes drained in just one day.

Since 3G has such an impact on battery life, this is a nice convenience feature to have and can help prevent people from being stranded with a dead phone.

Availability: Earlier this week, it was widely reported that the iPhone will be announced on June 9 and will be available “immediately”.

I’m thinking that the Apple iPhone will 99.9%, without-a-doubt be announced during Steve Jobs’ WWDC keynote speech on June 9 and the 3G iPhone 2.0 will be available for sale in stores on June 18.

Only time will tell… but I would love to know your thoughts on it.

I wonder if we should start placing bets on the release of the 3G… hehe… what do you think?


Macworld 2008 - More specs on the new MacBook Air

January 16, 2008 by colbert low  
Filed under Announcements, Laptops, Macworld

MacBook Air

Here’s some new specs I’ve learned on the new MacBook Air (see previous) . Thanks to Gizmodo for doing the live blogging thing, we now know that the MacBook Air :

1. Has an Aluminum case,
2. Has mercury-free and arsenic-free glass display.
3. The circuit boards are BFR free and PVC free.
4. Compared to a regular MacBook, the packaging has 56% less volume.

Lets hope the Gizmodo guys don’t pull a crazy prank at Macworld 2008 too, or they will be BANNED.

Macworld 2008 Keynote Address by Steve Jobs

Macworld 2008 Keynote Address by Steve Jobs

OK, I did have a look at Jayvee’s post speech notes on the Macworld 2008 Keynote Address by Steve Jobs and it was kinda funny. I did not catch the live feed as I was busy working. So here’s some bits to get your blood raising first. Oh the drama…

1. The new slim MacBook Air - Yeah, the yuppies and die hard Apple fans around the world will want one. Thin is in….Along with their iPhones, they will be typing away at your nearby Starbucks. This new super-thin laptop costs $1,800, is less than an inch thick, has a 13.3-inch screen, and turns on the moment it’s opened. Its also got an 80-gigabyte hard drive, with an optional 64GB flash-based solid state drive if you have spare change. Too bad an optional external CD/DVD drive goes for $99. This notebook goes on sale in 2 weeks.

2. Steve confirms Apple is diversifying into online movie rentals, where an alliance with all six major movie studios will offer films over high-speed Internet connections within 30 days after they’re released on DVD. More money in the coffers of 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Walt Disney, Paramount, Universal and Sony indeed.

3. The price of Apple TV drops from $299 to $229. Duh, Asian users don’t even us that.

4. iPhone - getting mapping upgrades, ability to switch around icons on the iPhones home screen and users can have up to nine home screens. What? They have not launched real iPhones in China yet and they have not capitalize on the big Olympics that’s coming up soon.

5. Something new called Time Capsule that allows Mac users to back up their data wirelessly on a 500-gigabyte drive ($299) or Terabyte drive ($499).

6. iPod Touch music players - get new software where they will be able to process e-mail and perform new mapping functions.

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Nokia BH-902 and BH-903 OLED Bluetooth headsets at CES 2008

Nokia BH-902 and BH-903 OLED

above : Nokia BH-902

Here’s some sweet looking OLED gadgets - Nokia BH-902 and BH-903 OLED Bluetooth headsets. Nokia not only promises tactile feedback phones this year, they’ve made us looked cool in OLED equipped Bluetooth headsets.

Nokia BH-903

above : Nokia BH-903

The BH-902 and BH-903 share similar designs and OLED display for SMS messages, Caller ID and phone status, but the former sits directly snugly on your ear while the latter has plug-in headphones, music controls , display the songs list on its display and a neck lanyard. They come with DSP for improving sound quality and as for battery life, the BH-902 manages eight hours talktime and the BH-903 at five hours.

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