iPhone Application (Hack): IRC on iPhone

iPhone Application (Hack): IRC on iPhone

If you are one of those who are hooked on to IRC (Internet Relay Chat) and are on the lookout for new applications for your iPhone, then there is some good news. Folks at GearLive have published a tutorial to help you get IRC running on your iPhone.

More details on how to get IRC running on the iPhone after the jump.

[images courtesy GearLive]

iPhone hackers develop “iPhoneInterface”: Huge step in cracking open up the iPhone

iPhone hackers develop “iPhoneInterface”: Huge step in cracking open up the iPhone

It has barely been a week since the iPhone launch and iPhone hacks are popping out just about every day. It all started with the blogging fraternity guessing the most likely iPhone hacks, then we had a YouTube video that gave a step by step on how to disassemble an iPhone, then it was DVD Jon who claimed of hacking the iPhone activation to make it run without AT&T (minus the phone feature) and now iPhone hackers are claiming to have taken another huge step forward last night.

More details about the iPhone hack available after the jump.

Hack: Convert your Windows mobile phone into an iPhone

Hack: Convert your Windows mobile phone into an iPhone

While the rumor mill continues on which carrier will be bringing iPhone to Europe, will it be O2 in UK and T-Mobile for Germany, lets not forget that there is still time for the iPhone’s Europe launch, so for all those in Europe who would like to give their Pocket PC a face-lift to make it look like the iPhone, here is a way.

YouTube video and more details after the jump.

Apple Developer Connection: Web Development guidelines for iPhone

Apple Developer Connection: Web Development guidelines for iPhone

Apple has provided guidelines on how to optimize web applications and content for the iPhone at the Apple Developer Connection (ADC) which is the centerpiece of the Apple’s developer community.

So if you were looking to develop something for the iPhone, please find details after the jump.

DVD Jon hacks iPhone activation: iPhone without AT&T

DVD Jon hacks iPhone activation: iPhone without AT&T

The best thing about the iPhone in my opinion is that its a phone with a music player and whats great is that the music player is the best iPod Apple has ever made. So I am not sure how many of you out there are going to be excited to hear that DVD Jon has hacked the iPhone activation such that you can activate the iPhone without AT&T.

More details available after the jump.

iPhone Hacks: YouTube video gives step by step on how to disassemble an iPhone

iPhone Hacks: YouTube video gives step by step on how to disassemble an iPhone

I will not be doing it to my iPhone whenever I get one (which will be as soon as Apple launches the iPhone in Europe) and I am sure most of you lucky ones who have got their iPhone will not be doing it as well, but thanks to folks at PdaParts.com you can see this YouTube video of taking the iPhone apart.

Watch the video after the jump.

Website traffic surges post iPhone launch

Website traffic surges post iPhone launch

Apple seems to have delivered BIG, BIG, BIG numbers as analyst reports suggest that iPhone sales hit half a million in the opening weekend sales. Apple and AT&T were not the only ones pleased with the success of the iPhone. It has brought a smile to my face as well and I am sure same would be case for other fellow bloggers (iPhone related) as I have seen a substantial jump in traffic to my iPhone Hacks blog.

More details after the jump.

I guess in my case it might have also helped being on the number one spot at Google, Yahoo and MSN for "iPhone hacks" search term. Today’s traffic has already crossed yesterday’s (1st July) peak page views which has not been included in the graphs as we are still in the middle of the day. Lets hope the party continues and only gets louder.

Okay, I am not getting excited here, the point I am trying to make is that the iPhone launch would have resulted in a surge in traffic to iPhone related websites.

Fellow bloggers it would be great to know if you have seen similar traffic surge since the iPhone launch in the comments below.

Update: 2nd July traffic further increased to at 6,329 page views in line with expectation as weekend traffic is usually lesser than that observed on weekdays.

Seven Most likely iPhone Hacks

Seven Most likely iPhone Hacks

Based on early estimates, Apple has sold more than half a million iPhones up to the first weekend, the demand has been probably expected for the so called "God machine", however there are quite a few things iPhone can’t do yet and there is the opportunity for all the geeks out there to get the iPhone to do what is not possible.

There have already been some blog reports of iPhone firmware hitting the internet so we are probably not too far away from seeing iPhone hacks popping up. Based on reports from Engadget, it looks like the iPhone’s system restore image has already shown up online; it might be a while before anyone can de-construct this thing into meaningful though so far everything looks well encrypted so far.

More on iPhone hacks after the jump.

Which one will be your “God Machine”? Apple iPhone VS HTC Touch

Which one will be your “God Machine”? Apple iPhone VS HTC Touch

With the launch of Apple’s much-hyped iPhone now only a couple of weeks away, I am sure many of you have already made up your minds to camp outside Apple or AT&T stores to be the first to get their hands on the iPhone. However with a string of announcements  by Apple’s comptetitors of new version of their own smartphones dubbed as iPhone killers I am sure there are a sizeable number of those who are sitting on the fence unable to decide which one of the new smartphone should they buy.

It has been a pleasure to bring you comparison of Apple’s iPhone versus Helio Ocean, Nokia N95, BlackBerry Curve (8300), Palm Treo 755p & Motorola Q to help you take a more informed decision. However, the good news (gives you a wider range to choose from) or bad news (if it wasn’t confusing enough) depending on the way you look at it is the list does not seem to end there.

In last few weeks there has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding HTC’s Touch running on Microsoft’s latest Windows Mobile platform (Windows Mobile 6), so let us see which smartphone will win the battle of the "God machine", Apple iPhone or HTC Touch after the jump.

Email: As HTC Touch runs on the Windows Mobile 6 platform, one will have Microsoft’s Direct Push technology so you get real-time e-mail delivery and automatic synchronization with your Outlook calendar, tasks, and contacts via Exchange Server. This is quite an important feature for business users.

Office documents: The big news here is since HTC Touch runs Windows Mobile 6 it will now have the full Microsoft Office Mobile Suite so you can not only see said files but also edit them. Another important feature for a smartphone.

Third Party Applications: Third-party software for Windows Mobile will be abundantly available. It’s unlikely that an investment in Microsoft OS would leave you wanting for any application.

User Interface: The HTC Touch’s large 2.8 TFT touch screen with TouchFLO technology allows you to either use your fingers or stylus to move seamlessly between functions. In addition to TouchFLO you can also use the five navigation key to navigate and open applications, thus giving a user multiple options based on his/her preference.

Messenger:
Due to the Windows Mobile 6.0 platform you should also get Live Messenger (formerly MSN Messenger) so now, you can have multi-person chats and send images and voice clips via IM.

A microSD card slot: This ensures that the HTC Touch is versatile enough to transfer media quickly and more importantly giving you the option of expanding the memory capacity.

PS: Some of the features mentioned above have been assumed based on Windows Mobile 6 Professional features as the details of these features are not currently available on HTC Touch website.

Advantages of Apple iPhone VS HTC Touch:

iPod: iPhone is a not just a phone it is widescreen iPod with
touch controls that lets you enjoy all your content including music,
audiobooks, videos, TV shows, and movies on a beautiful 3.5-inch
widescreen display (BlackBerry Curve only has a 2.5 inch screen). The
BlackBerry curve does have a media player, however with all the iPod
features and 4 GB/8 GB space, it makes the iPhone the best music phone.

Email reminder from Apple: Get ready. iPhone is coming June 29.

Email reminder from Apple: Get ready. iPhone is coming June 29.

Apple announced the official release date of iPhone, probably the much awaited gadget in a decade with the roll out of three iPhone Ads on 3rd June and followed them with another iPhone ad later in the week.

However, Apple wants to be sure that all those who had shown interest did not miss the release date of iPhone as they have now started sending out an email notification informing everyone of the launch date.

I just received my email couple of hours back, did you get your copy?? If not, have a look at the email from Apple after the jump.

Some observations on the calendar functionality by folks at iPodTips.com:

  • Looks like there is a Day / Week / Month view buttons
  • There is a today button
  • The calendar uses a dot to represent an event in the day of the month
  • A plus button would be for adding events
  • Shows the time at the top of the screen
  • Indicates the current month in highlighted blue
  • Shows events for that day below calendar view with time

If the image above is not readable then please find below the text of the mail:

iPhone arrives on June 29. iPhone features an amazing mobile phone, is the best iPod we’ve ever created, and puts the Internet in your pocket with desktop-class email, web browsing, searching, and maps. And iPhone makes it all easy to use with its revolutionary multi-touch user interface. iPhone syncs with your PC or Mac just like an iPod, so organizing your content now will help you start calling, texting, emailing, surfing, listening, and watching even faster when you get your iPhone. Here are a few suggestions to help you get ready:

Contacts

Making a call with iPhone is as simple as tapping a name. You won’t need to re-enter all your contacts because iPhone syncs with the address book you already use on your computer—Address Book or Entourage on a Mac, or Outlook or Outlook Express on a PC. If you keep your contacts on the web using Yahoo! Address Book, iPhone can sync with them, too. To get ready for iPhone, organize your contacts in one of these applications and make sure they’re up to date with the latest phone numbers and email addresses. If you don’t have contacts on your computer, don’t worry. You can still enter them directly into iPhone.

Calendar

Using its built-in calendar, iPhone lets you check your appointments with the flick of a finger. iPhone uses iTunes to sync with the calendar application you already use on your computer—iCal or Entourage on the Mac, or Outlook on a PC—just like it does with your contacts. If you don’t already use one of these applications to manage your appointments, now is a great time to start, so you’ll be ready to sync when your iPhone arrives. If you choose not to use a calendar program, that’s OK. You’ll be able to enter appointments directly into the iPhone calendar.

Email

iPhone is the first phone to come with a desktop-class email application. So now your phone can display rich HTML email with graphics and photos alongside the text. iPhone will even fetch your latest email every time you open the application and automatically retrieve your email on a set schedule, just like a computer does. iPhone works with the most popular email systems—including Yahoo! Mail, Gmail, AOL, and .Mac Mail. If you’re not already using one of these services, now would be a great time to get an account. iTunes will make email setup on iPhone a breeze by automatically syncing the settings from email accounts stored in Mail on a Mac or Outlook on a PC. Don’t worry if you’re not on one of these email services; iPhone also works with almost any industry-standard POP3 and IMAP email system.

Photos

iPhone has a 2-megapixel camera and a gorgeous 3.5-inch display, so it’s a great way to enjoy and show off your digital photos. iPhone uses iTunes to sync your photos from iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop Album, or any picture folder on a PC. You can carry thousands of photos on iPhone, but you can start by creating an album or two with 50 to 100 of your favorite photos, so that when you first sync your iPhone, you’ll be ready to quickly show off some of your best shots.

Music and video

iPhone is the best iPod ever. Its beautiful, 3.5-inch widescreen display allows you to easily enjoy the music, TV shows, and movies you have in your iTunes library. If you already use iTunes, you can start getting ready for iPhone by creating a playlist of a few hundred of your favorite songs. If you don’t have iTunes, now is a good time to download it and start a music and video library. That way, when you sync your iPhone with iTunes, you’ll be able to take your favorite music, as well as a few of your TV shows and movies, with you wherever you go.

iTunes Account

To set up your iPhone, you’ll need an account with Apple’s iTunes Store. If you already have an iTunes account, make sure you know your account name and password. If you don’t have an account, you should set one up now to save time later. To set up an account, launch iTunes, select the iTunes Store, and click the Sign In button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Sign in and you’re ready to go.

Source: Email from Apple