Ok I thought I would review my latest App Store purchase, Run Keeper.  Its a GPS based training device designed with runners in mind.  I do a little running, not much maybe 30k a week on average, I’m no expert or am I into it that much, however the app seemed appealing so I thought I would fork out the 12 bucks for it and try it.

The main features of the product are :-
  • Map your runs using GPS in Google maps on a personalised web page
  • Tracks speed and pace
  • Tracks distance.
This product will only work with 3G iPhones.
Ok so here goes.  I set ou ton my first run with Runkeeper yesterday just to test it out.  My usual 5k or so around the local oval was an ideal test run, as it just a short jog to get a feeling for the device working.   
First up open the App by clicking on it, you will then be presented with a initial screen asking you to input an email address and a password, this is used to track and log your runs at the end of your session should you want to.  Once that has been completed you will be presented with the actual screen that is used to start and stop your session.
The program will then start to report, several things which are of interest to runners, speed, pace and distance.  They are all displayed and updated in real time, although I just used my arm band and let it do its thing until the end of my exercise.  The app must remain open during your activity, however you can also listen to your ipod part of the iphone whilst using it.
The program also gives you a graph for every minute of exercise you have completed, showing average speed and pace for that minute, something that is handy to see where in your run you hit a low point.

Once you have completed your run, just hit save and your information will be saved to the device and also uploaded to your personal webpage, this time giving you  a map showing the route and KM/Mile markers along the way.  

All up this is a great way to track, runs, bicycle rides and even walks.  It gives you a pretty accurate picture of how your performing on your activities, the big plus for me is that I can se if I am improving, I can compare my performance for say a morning run  to an evening run.  I can compare how fast I am on one route to another of the same distance.  
There are a few things that I would have liked to have seen in the App, it would have been awesome if it could have pulled in data from the weather app and recorded the weather against each activity, as again the weather has a bearing on sports performance, also the ability to out put a file that is Google Earth compatible.  Maybe these are things that will appear in future releases.
But for now I am very happy with how it has turned out and for 12 bucks its something I will use more than Super Monkey Ball.
My score 8/10

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Ok having been bored today I decided I needed some excitement, so I set about reading the guide over at mactalk.com.au written by WhiteiPhone which is easy to understand and so so quick and easy. You can find the guide here.
All in all it takes about 10 mins after you have downloaded the files, both of which have links to them on the guide. There is not much on CYDIA but who cares, I put myself a custom operator logo and I will wait for more programs to come as time goes.

All in all pointless really but at least I’m equipped for the apps when they arrive

Ok so I thought I would write a small review of Twitterrific on the iPhone 3G.  Its  a great application that allows you to read and write “tweets” for Twitter, a micro blogging social network site that has taken off in a big way.

First of all you will need to sign up for Twitter, an easy and simple process that will, in the end give you a twitter user name and address such as twitter.com/durx which is mine.  You then start typing tweets, basically short bits of txt limited to 140 characters , very similiar I guess to an SMS message.  Anyone can read these tweets in the public timeline, or if you have friends that are using the service they can “follow” you meaning that everytime you post a tweet it will appear on there friend feed, a list of tweets from everyone that they know on the site.
Sounds boring but its highly addictive and great fun.
Ok so thats twitter out of the way, perfect when your at home or work.  However twitter works best when your out and about, when funny or weird things happen to you.  Twitterriffic allows you to post your tweets from your iPhone.  You can also post pictures directly from your iPhone camera or photo album.
You will have full access to your replies and direct messages as well.  Direct messages are pretty straight forward, same as emails I guess only you can see them, great for sending something private that you do not want to share with the rest of your friends or followers.  Replies are a way of communicating something directed at an individual, but everyone else can also see it.  You can direct a reply at a follower by using the @ symbol, so for example you could direct something at me by entering the following…. @durx what you upto …… then I would know someone is asking me a question.
I find twitterrific a great way to relieve the boredom if I am catching the train or want to get  a message to someone when a call or SMS is not really worth doing.  When you post a picture to the service on the go, the program will upload and shorten the url automatically for you allowing you to simply type your message with no real knowledge of how it all works.
Below is a screen shot from the service taken today.  If you want the application for your iPhone download it directly from the iTunes App Store today, the free version is obviously free, it has small ads every now and again which don’t really get in the way.  If you like and use the application regularly then you should consider paying the $12.99 for the full version where the ads are removed.

3g iPhone unlocked

July 24, 2008

3g iPhone unlocked at last read all about it…

Well is this real or another rip off from the Dev Team early release.. who knows … time will tell
Kinda have mobileme working, still a few teething problems but I can now get into the system which is a plus, I’m sure that by the time I get up in the morning everything will be sorted, there’s a engadget article below if you fancy a read

Engadget

Apple fesses up to MobileMe transition difficulties

by Paul Miller, posted Jul 11th 2008 at 1:12AM

It doesn’t talke a genius to figure out that there’s something wrong with Apple’s MobileMe transition — which was originally scheduled to take place Wednesday evening. Now, into the early hours of Friday, and almost a day after the iPhone 3G’s launch in NZ, we’ve seen maybe a total of 30 minutes of scattered uptime for the service, and Apple is finally confessing that the transition is “taking longer than expected.” The good news is that .Mac users should still be able to check their mail, sync their contacts and use their iDisks, but at the moment there’s no telling when MobileMe’s sexy new web apps will be available, or what to expect next as far as those other services.

Update: For what it’s worth, MobileMe is up again — now with working eMail and new “Getting Started” tours which we haven’t seen before. Looks promising but we’ll need to give it a few hours to burn-in. Screenshot after the break.

[Thanks, Alec A]

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iPhone 3G is here

July 11, 2008

Ok so I said yesterday that I was not getting a new iPhone, but sticking with the gen 1 model. Who was I kidding, I could hardly sleep all night, wondering if I should get it. I finally caved in at 645 this morning when my alarm went off. I didnt get into my lycra and make a mad 36km dash for the hill of Narre Warren, OH NO. I got in my car and drove to Fountain Gate I shopping center I thought would give me a good chance of an iPhone.

The wait was long, the process to get it activated and switched on even longer, but who cares. I have in my posession a 16gb iPhone in White, and dam sexy it is aswell. In my humble opinion much nicer than the black and a great match for my Macbook.

I have set it up with the new iTunes and all is working well, the music, videos and ringtones all sync’ed with out a hitch. I love it, cant say I find it much faster than the old iPhone, but its legal, no stressing everytime an update comes along and if it breaks I know it will get looked after.

I hope everyone else is as happy with their new iPhone as I am and wish you all a very happy iPhone day.

Vodafone/iPhone Petition

July 10, 2008

With all the bad feeling around iPhone fever I felt it right to get some people to express their disappointment for Vodafone and tell them how they have taken the excitement out of this whole experience, which should have been a happy time for all.

Vodafone and Iphone Petition

To: Vodafone Au PTY LTD

We would like to draw your attention to the handling of the release and presale information reguarding the Iphone Launch here in Australia. The Iphone is due to release on the 11th July 2008, the plans have been made public less than 24hours before this date.

There is also no definite news as to when some of the plans will be made available. As a result of this I fear that the mistakes you have made in the handling of this situation will mean that you will lose a huge amount of business and good faith.

We recommend that in future you spend more time on creating value in YOUR product, rather than relying on the good name and reputation of Apple to sell your product.

Many of us who have been or were seriously thinking of becoming customers will now be moving to an alternative provider, mainly due to the secrecy and lack of public information made available.

We would truly appreciate if your office takes these issues in consideration and implements appropriate policies so that such a problem does not occur in future

Sincerely,

The Undersigned