Whilst sitting at home the other day my good lady decided that she waned to play around with my iPhone, something she really has had zero interest in since I got it back in July 08.  I was pleasantly surprised when she actually told me that she thought it was cool and easy to use.  

This got me thinking how much mobiles have come along since my first analogue OKI handset that I had way back in the Early 90’s on Vodafone in the UK.

So I thought I would just write a quick post which lists them, so here goes.

1. OKI handset unsure of model but it looked like this one below, 

Oki

2. Motorola MR1

My first digital handset, could even receive txt messages, but not send them.

Motorola MR1

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ShowTime iPhone App

September 22, 2008

Ok for those of you who use an iPhone and also love going to the movies (most of us I guess) I thought I would scribble down a small review of the iPhone App Showtime.

ItÕs essentially a movie time application so you can see what movies are on and what time. However this app takes things to the next level. It retrieves your location via GPS, brings up a list off all your local CinemaÕs, gives you access to maps if your not sure how to get there and also a scoring system for the movies that are showing.

I found it useful straight off the bat as I wanted to watch ÒStep BrothersÓ I opened the app, it brought up my local movie house and told me what was on, awesome. One problem was that the movie was not on at a convenient time, so I clicked on the movie title and then it brought up a list of the cinemaÕs showing in and at what time.

It also has the ability to pull down trailers off the movies, although I donÕt think that works in Australia just the US. Add this to the list of popular titles showing and rated titles and you have all the info to make a great choice of what to watch at the movies without the hassle

RunKeeper App update

September 22, 2008

Also there has been an update to Runkeeper, which I use to track my runs, there is a review of the app on the blog in a previous post.

This time you have more control over your workouts, plus the ability to upload manually rather than whilst your exercising, this means that you can now wait till you go home and upload the route via wi-fi rather than using your data allowance.
Also improved GPS fix and a signal meter so you know how strong the signal is. Not a massive upgrade but non the less a worth while one.

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

The FOOF arrives

August 8, 2008


The Guys over at foofpod.com did a great job with postage on my foodbag and foodpod ordered late Wednesday and arrived early this morning.  They arrived well packaged and I was very excited to receive them so quickly.

The quality of the product is very high, great quality material and manufacture.  The sizing is also spot on, both units fitting snugly but not to tight so all your expensive tech goodies remain safe and well.
I placed the Macbook Pro in the bag this morning and it will now be the resting place for it when its not being used, just to keep it safe from dust and scratches.  Its a worth while addition for transporting your MBP whilst in a laptop bag as well, I like the extra confidence the foofbag provides when carrying the computer away from the home.

The foofpod for the iPhone is awesome.  I really need something extra above and beyond the bodyguardz that I have on the rear of my iPhone, mainly because I commute to work on the bicycle and it gets places in a pocket of my Crumpler messenger bag, which although is safe there is a large potential for damage and from the elements when the weather is bad.  Again this product gives me extra confidence that my iPhone will be safe.  I also like the open end so that again when the iPhone is tucked up in the pod the speaker is not obstructed meaning you can hear the phone ringing without any problems.
Although not the cheapest method for storing your products, quality, service and style that is provided by the guys at Foof is second to none.  Thus I highly recommend these products with no problem.

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.