iPhone OS 3.0 is coming
Endgadget announced today that (well they are invited)Apple is holding an invite only event on the 17th of March where the intention is to show a preview of the 3.0 firmware and it’s capabilities. Meanwhile still hoping for a point release in the 2.x firmware to enable copy and paste… I know, I know, but hope springs eternal. 🙂
One month with the iPhone
So about a month ago, I did it. I took the leap and bought an iPhone, – in the process selling my Nokia E71, my Nokia E61, and my imate Windows Mobile.¬†Didn’t¬†end up putting in too much money out of pocket, plus took advantage of Vodafone offer of Rs. 500 off my phone bill for 10 months – effectively my iPhone 3g 8GB only cost me about Rs. 1500.00, so very thrilled..
After living with this phone for an even month – I am willing to effectively disown my own post written August last year. Sure there are some glaring flaws – not least of which the inability to copy and paste, and forward an SMS which are the only ones – ¬†which really bother me.
The development platform that the iPhone SDK has empowered, really impresses me. Wether it is ¬†an application like Ocarina, which turns the iPhone into the wind instrument by the same name, or Midomi,¬†which¬†does a fantastic job of¬†identifying¬†music that I have without any ID3 information. The fact that this is the first phone I have had that supports (almost) 3D gaming with games like ‘Hero of Sparta’ and ‘Super Monkey Ball’ . So much so that I paid for them…
That’s not to say that the free apps are not good – Stanza, a beautiful ebook reader that can plug into the Gutenburg free library and download books, as well as sharing them from my Mac. WifiRemote Lite which allows me to use the iPhone as a trackpad.
What about Jailbreak-ing – I did Jailbreak my phone twice, and found that the only app I needed to jailbreak for was a Keyboard extension that enabled copy and paste. I actually found my Jailbroken iPhone running slower (not tested scientifically but my impressions).
The last word – Im happy, I think my 6 monthly phone upgrade cycle may actually have ended. And the next upgrade would be to an iPhone with improved hardware 🙂
Google Search is fixed
As of 8:52 pm IST — Its working again.. So Google What happened? Apparently you do know how to run websites. Scroll to the bottom of the article for this beautiful piece that Google knows plenty about running big Web sites, thank you very much. “Google runs Web services with many users and servers too and we launch changes weekly or faster,” he said.
Google Malware warnings – Acting Up
It seems Google’s service wherein it protects you from suspicious site and malware generating site is acting up, As of 8:15pm India Time today all search results (Including Google.com, Microsoft.com, and Apple.com) are being highlighted as sites that way harm your computer. The safe browsing diagnostic page meanwhile does not seem to be working -¬† It seems like a gear fell out of the Googles :0. Initially¬† I thought this may have been a glitch with the Gmail Offline I had just installed, but then my brother and father complained that they probably had viruses on their machines, and the same problem, But my MacBook and Linux Machine had the same problem so there is something going on…
Wikipedia and donations
But.. would you give a donation to Wikipedia, to enable paychecks for its 23 Official members of staff. What about the rest of the Internet community (150000 strong) who is responsible for adding the content that makes wikipedia what it is.
I personally belive that wikipedia should run ads, like the rest of the blogging community and stop the funding drives every so often.
The bulk of the Open Source world acknoeledges the contributions of non-paying (cash) but givers of time.Wikipedia on the other hand, just finds it easier to ask for a dole out. Of that dole out less that 50% is going into technology to keep the encyclopedia running. Another 96K is going to the Wikimania conference. (A move which many in the corporate world would be avoiding right now, calling the travel to Beunos Aires a needless expenditure)
So I ask the question – would the donations (not tax free BTW) be handled correctly by the Wikipedia team?
Unlock your iPhone 3G
So.. it has finally happened. An application known as yellowsn0w has made it possible to unlock the iPhone 3G and use it with any network of your choosing.
Unlocking requires Jailbreaking your iPhone and then using the Cydia application installer to install yellowsn0w. Post installation it is a matter of removing the sim card and pushing a button. Voila .. unlocked iPhone.
Steps to unlock iPhone
- Update iPhone to version 2.2 firmware
- Run Pwnage
- Add the relevant Yellosnow repositories to cydia
- Download and install Yellowsnow
- Remove the Sim, run Yellowsnow
- Put in new sim.
- You’re done
So as I wait to purchase my iPhone 3g goodness, those of you who have it can unlock it for worldwide use.
3G auction delayed
The DoT has delayed the auction of the 3G spectrum by 14 days to January 30th. The nominal reason given is to give the potential bidders time to bone up on all steps of the auction.
Concerns – My one concern is that the winning bidders (I;m looking at Airtel and Vodafone here) despite having running test will still take their own sweet merry to roll out the services.
There should be a condition added to the auction – Ability to roll out services within 3 months of winning spectrum, Else you forfeit it.
Tripmela sells out its customers
Tripmela is selling its customer database to whoever can offer a price on eBay... The asking price for a 80000 strong database started from as low as 1500 rupees.
Life imitating Star Trek
How many people amongst us remember the crew of the USS Enterprise D running into an alien ship, – Up the ship’s captain comes in the viewscreen, and the message goes out – “¬†DaHjaj ‘oH QaQ jaj Da¬†”. The magical universal translator would kick in and convert it to ” Today is a good day to die” and the Klingon warbird would blow the Enterprise and its wimpy captain Jean Luc Picard to smithereens… Ok, Ok so i escaped into a bit of fantasy there – the destruction of the Enterprise D that is.. The first part though fantasy no more…
Thanks to Cisco and its Telepresence¬†products videoconfrencing has become an absolute reality. Crystal clear picture and call quality and screen sizes actually belay the fact that parties may be on seperate sides of the world. The newest feature that Cisco is working on right now for telepresence is icing on the cake though,as Cisco¬†will add real-time translation to its TelePresence high-definition conference technology next year, enabling people in several different countries to meet virtually and each hear the other participants’ comments in their own languages.
The service which would be rolled out in the second half of 2009, would be initially available in 20 languages, across a spectrum of continents and languages including Asia, European and Western languages.
Cisco is also planning to bring Telepresence to the consumer masses around the same time, making video-calling an¬†ubiquitous¬†reality – this was something that was hoped to have been achieved by 3G services worldwide, but video-calling never really caught on.
<p style="text-align: left"> The translation system will be able to scale beyond two-way meetings, according to Cisco. In a press confrence demonstration on 10th of December Cisco executives gave the example of a TelePresence session among participants from four countries, speaking in four different languages. Each would be able to hear and read everyone’s words in his or her own language, they said.
<p> Around the same time that the translation system becomes available, Cisco will offer a transcription feature ¬†to perform speech-to-text conversion of video content. This will create a searchable word-for-word transcript and allow users to go directly to the spot in a video they want to see. </p>
UK Wikipedia content filters removed
In what is obviously a win for net users worldwide, UK ISPs have removed the controversial filtering of conten that a governing body construed as possible child pornography.
It was a side effect of this filtering which would also disallow UK residents from activly editing other Wikipedia pages, as it prevented the IP protectection features of Wikipedia from working correctly. This was due the fact, that the whole of UK had been given 1 IP. This would have pulled down the whole superstructure of the community encyclopedia for the UK.
It is a scary fact that this was ever allowed to happen, a self governing – albeit non-profit -¬† body was given control over content that effects an entire country.