Monday, July 20, 2009

"Spoof" your CallerID to any number

Use this webapp to make calls to your friends with a different Caller ID.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

For the people, by the people: iPhone

Apple has gotten many of its ideas for iPhone OS directly from the community itself, and that also means from the iPhone Dev Team, and the jailbreak community. Here's a list I've compiled of applications and ideas that Apple got from them.
Note: keep in mind that not all of these are 100% accurate, it may just be a coincidence that apple did the exact same thing that the community had already done.

1) The Appstore: Installer existed long ago in the days of firmware 1.1.1, and although support has been dropped for it by it's developers for a while now, cydia has effectively replaced it.

2) Original iPhone Applications on the iPod Touch: Remember back in the 1.x.x firmwares when the iPod Touch only had a few applications? Remember when mail, weather, maps, photos, stocks, and notes where iPhone ONLY? The community added those applications to the iPod Touch at least 2 firmware versions before Apple did.

3) Voice Notes: Yes, voice notes was on repositories long before it made its way to your home screen.

4) Add events in the iPod touch calendar: Yes, that was on jailbroken devices way before it was official

5) Video Recording: Cycorder and other applications in Cydia had video recording long before the 3GS came out, where do you think apple got it from?

More will be added here when I think of it. Right now I dont have my iPhone in front of me to help me remember.

Now dont get my wrong, Apple had a few original ideas of their own. On 1.1.3 they enabled the wiggle feature to move applications and delete weblinks, which of course extended to deleting applications.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Just got the iPhone 2G

It may not be the 3G or the 3GS, but it does come with a less expensive data plan, and thats what I can afford. I got it in a trade with my cousin; he had verizon and just wanted an ipod touch, and I had at&t and an itouch.
It turned out to be very inexpensive when its added to a family plan. just 10 dollars for the line, and 20 dollars for data + 200 texts. If you put that next to similar plans for hybrid phones such as the eternity and the impression the price is exactly the same.
Its very cool, and nice to have internet everywhere. Kinda slow, but I'll live.