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  • Blog Post: Bing app now available for iPhone

    My colleagues over on the Bing team released an iPhone app on Monday. This brings the total number of Microsoft apps currently available for the iPhone to three: there's also the tag reader and Seadragon. I got to see the new Bing app in action before its official release, and the single word that...
  • Blog Post: Paul Robichaux: "The iPhone as a mail device, 3.0 edition"

    Paul Robichaux, one of the Exchange MVPs (who happens to know his way around Entourage very well), posted a great blog post considering the iPhone as a mail device, 3.0 edition . The gist of his post is in his executive summary: Apple invested a ton of time in the 3.0 release, but most of it went...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: why don't new events created on my iPhone show up in Entourage?

    I got a question about using Sync Services on Entourage 2008 with an iPhone: I have trouble synching my iPhone and the calendar feature. For some reason it does not always work very well. Things I write on the phone never make it to my calendar on my Mac. Any thoughts? Make sure that your...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How do I sync from Entourage to my iPhone?

    I got a question via email about syncing from Entourage to your iPhone. Specifically, the question I was asked was: Is there a way for me to sync my Entourage Notes & Tasks with my iPhone? For the sake of completeness, I'll talk about syncing more than just tasks and notes, though. (This...
  • Blog Post: why developers complain about the App Store

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about why Mac users complain about the App Store . In the intervening weeks, the story about the App Store has just gotten worse. Today, Jason Snell of Macworld wrote a story about the developer side of matters. He titled it , but he could have titled it 'Why developers...
  • Blog Post: an iPhone observation

    When you're in an organisation where at least half of the people around you have an iPhone, it's amusing to watch everyone start patting their pockets when an iPhone rings or sets off the reminder tone. By extension, that means that in any given meeting, you know when it's 15 minutes before the hour...
  • Blog Post: why Mac users complain about the App Store

    Mac fanboys (this correspondent included) don't like to admit it, but there is one simple truth: Mac users are spoiled. And we can be awfully whiny about it, too. The App Store for the iPhone and iPod Touch is underscoring exactly how spoilt we are. Listen to the complaints about the apps available...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: Would a 3G iPhone be better for you?

    I got a question yesterday in response to my thoughts after living with push Exchange on my iPhone for awhile : Do you think your experience would be better if you had upgraded to the v2 hardware? The short answer: No. The long answer: All of the improvements that I really want for...
  • Blog Post: living with a pushy iPhone

    The latest release of the iPhone software has been out for a couple of weeks now. As I mentioned before, I didn't jump to an iPhone 3G , so I'm just running the v2 software on my v1 iPhone. Now that I've been living with it for a couple of weeks, I'm mostly happy with it. This is probably just me...
  • Blog Post: the iPhone heartbreak of the business traveller

    Today was a bad day to spend eight-plus hours in the air. As I was leaving my East Coast hotel room at 6am, I saw that Software Update had popped up to let me know that iTunes 7.7 was available. I didn't have the time to download it then. By the time that I had gotten to the airport and cleared security...
  • Blog Post: reflections on one year of iPhone

    After being goaded by my big boss , I bought my iPhone on launch day (and without queuing up for it, thankyouverymuch). Before that, I'd had some annoying flip phone and, separately, a Palm of some flavour that I've now forgotten. Although my phone had various features, it served exactly one function...
  • Blog Post: wherein our heroine admits to not being a good Apple fangirl

    The talk all last week was about the new iPhone. Honestly, though, my reaction was: meh. Don't get me wrong. I appreciate that the iPhone has finally gone 3G. GPS is a natural addition. But on the hardware side of things, there's nothing that makes me think that I should run out and get a new iPhone...
  • Blog Post: other iPhone features I want

    Whinging about the iPhone earbuds got me thinking about some other iPhone improvements I'd love to see ... Apps should be able to write to the home screen. When I'm listening to music, I like that turning my iPhone back on means that I get to see what song is playing at that time. It's a nice little...
  • Blog Post: the one thing that really annoys me about my iPhone

    The single thing that annoys me the most about my iPhone isn't how often Safari crashes or the slowness of EDGE. No, the thing that really drives me batty is the earbuds. I'm really hating the earbuds. I'm not a big fan of Bluetooth headsets. It's has nothing to do with the technology, it has everything...
  • Blog Post: usability versus usage -- an iPhone example

    Today, I noticed an article in Information Week titled Businesspeople Face Steep Learning Curve with iPhone , which discusses a usability test conducted against the iPhone from a company called User Centric, Inc . This is excellent timing. I've had a post banging around the inside of my head about the...
  • Blog Post: living with the iPhone - listening to music

    Up until I purchased the iPhone, I was an old skool iPod owner. I still had my old 2G iPod. I received an orange iPod Shuffle for my birthday, and have begun to use it now that I'm back to travelling extensively again. I haven't had any experience with a standard iPod after the 2G one — I've never used...
  • Blog Post: living with the iPhone - crashes

    Now that I'm a few weeks into my relationship with my iPhone, he's started to leave the cap off of the toothpaste tube. The issue is application crashing. It actually took me a little while to figure out that I was seeing crashes. I'd touch an app button and find myself at my home screen, and think...
  • Blog Post: living with the iPhone - making calls

    I'm surprised at how well the iPhone does as an honest-to-goodness phone. I have to admit that I'm a bit annoyed that getting to the phone functionality isn't instant: wake from sleep, slide to unlock, hit the home button if I'm not already there (which I'm usually not), hit the phone button, hit the...
  • Blog Post: alpha geek

    One of the coolest things about working for MacBU is that I get paid to be a Mac geek. Even better, I get paid to work with another 180 Mac geeks. Is it possible to get better than this? I can't imagine how. For the past few months, the single most discussed topic for hallway conversations has been...
  • Blog Post: what I love about my iPhone so far

    Someone pointed out in the comments to a previous post that I've just whinged about things. That's completely accurate, so this is time to change it. Physically, I like the device. It fits comfortably in my hand. The weight is comfortable. The dock connection is tight. (I should say that I've still...
  • Blog Post: digital turnip twadding

    In Opus today, Berkeley Breathed takes on the iPhone. The official Opus site at comics.com doesn't have it available online yet (not sure what their schedule is for posting new Opus es), but you can view it courtesy of the Washington Post . I need at least a few more features than digital turnip...
  • Blog Post: iPhone UX issues and inconsistencies

    I've noticed a few iPhone UX inconsistencies and issues in my cursory poking at the device. Widgets everywhere : Upon playing with the iPhone, it's pretty clear that most of the apps are actually widgets. My first thought is that you can consider all of the 12 icons on the upper part of the screen...
  • Blog Post: iPhone acquired

    For all of my wibbling yesterday, and my GM's hypnotism today, there really wasn't a question as to whether I'd buy an iPhone. I couldn't queue up today, so I was vaguely concerned that I wouldn't be able to get one. Turns out that I didn't need to be concerned. I walked up to the Palo Alto Apple Store...
  • Blog Post: queue with Woz for your iPhone

    According to the Los Angeles Times , Woz is going to queue for the iPhone just like the rest of us . Hmmm, there are only two San José Apple stores, so figuring out which one he's at can't be too hard. I wonder if anyone will notice if I take off to go queue up with Woz ... ;) Edit, 3:19pm...
  • Blog Post: wibble

    Okay, I admit it. I'm wibbling about the iPhone. On one hand, it's new and shiny and cool and waaaaaaaant. On the other hand, there are some limitations to v1 that I'm not sure I like. EDGE is one of them, uncertainty about Exchange support is another. Craig , our new all-knowing and all-powerful...
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