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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Get a Deal on the iPhone 3GS From AT&T

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:22 PM

"Starting January 7, new and existing AT&T customers can get the iPhone 3GS 8GB model for just $49, this is not a refurbished unit, it's brand new. The low price is valid only through AT&T stores and online, which has caused many to speculate the reason for the price drop is to try and grab as many customers as possible before the release of a Verizon iPhone that is anticipated sometime in the near future."

$49.00 USD is a heckuva deal, so it sounds like they may be clearing out inventory or trying to snag customers into sticking around ahead of the pending Verizon (rumored of course) deal with Apple.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Best Buy Offers Deal on iPhone 3GS, Today Only

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 12:47 PM

"Only a few days after Radio Shack unveiled the first iPhone sale in recorded history, Best Buy's done one better -- it's offering up the 8GB iPhone 3GS "to qualified customers" without charging a cent for the handset."

Pretty good deal, even if you have to commit to two more years. Unless of course you are holding off waiting for that Verizon CDMA iPhone, but perhaps changing your mind is the intent.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 App Updated for Barcode Scanning

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 07:00 AM

"The Amazon iPhone app received an update Tuesday, allowing iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 users to scan barcodes anywhere and instantly compare prices on the scanned item at"

Great for comparison shopping, just point at the barcode and you can tell instantly if has a better deal on it. Now the question is, will it be enough of a deal to fight back that instant gratification urge and allow you to wait for it to ship versus buying on the spot.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Comparison of iPhone 4, Flip Ultra HD and iPhone 3GS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"iLounge has posted a suite of brand new videos comparing the video capabilities of the new iPhone 4 to those of the iPhone 3GS and Flip Ultra HD."

iPhone 4 versus Flip Ultra HD: iPhone 4 Video 1 from from iLounge on Vimeo.

Interesting comparison of video samples, the one above from the iPhone 4. You can see the Flip Ultra HD here and the iPhone 3GS here.

Friday, November 27, 2009

For The Person That Has Everything?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Goldstriker International, a company which specializes in dipping mobile phones in gold and platinum, appears to have snatched the title of world's most expensive mobile phone from the iPhone 3G King's Button with the creation of the iPhone 3GS Supreme."

Just in time for Christmas shopping, you can get that special person on your list this iPhone 3GS and be assured there is no danger they have already received one. This iPhone is selling for £1.92 million, which is approximately $3.14 million USD, and which is also well beyond my budget limits not to mention the limits of my taste.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

iPhone 3GS and Action Photography

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 02:00 PM

"OK, so we've already established that the iPhone camera is capable of some pretty amazing photography, even if you don't use one of the many fantastic photography-related apps available on the Store. One thing I've not seen it used for to date has been action shots; but Oregon-based photographer Jared Souney has been putting his 3GS to good use for just that."

Interesting article on how a pro photographer has been experimenting with his iPhone 3GS to take action shots of BMX competitions for example. This isn't a specific how-to article however, more of a generalized discussion on how he takes the shots, what applications he uses to help him and that sort of thing. Still, I was a able to get a few tips on technique and some new apps to try out from the article so there may be something in it for you too.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Qik For iPhone, Sort Of

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Qik users hoping for an official iPhone app can finally rejoice-as long as they have an iPhone 3GS. Other limitations sour the experience, though, and live streaming is still a pipe dream."

Qik has finally brought an app to the iTunes store, but it only works with the iPhone 3GS, you can only upload via Wi-Fi and you can't stream. So you have the integration with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, but not having streaming would really hamper it in my opinion. Isn't that the benefit of using Qik? Has anyone out there used Qik with other devices and think lack of streaming is too big of detriment in the iPhone version to be useful?

ZGrip Announces a More Affordable iPhone 3GS Grip

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"Dave Caolo tempted TUAW readers in early July with news about Zacuto's ZGrip iPhone Pro, a handy (no pun intended) articulated grip for taking steadier video with the iPhone 3GS."

You may recall Vincent's post about the $295.00 USD version in July, well now ZGrip has announced a more economical version for iPhone 3GS owners. Calling it the ZGrip Jr., it will be available on August 15th this year, for $69.00 USD. This one doesn't have the swivel head on it like the more expensive ZGrip, but it does have the tripod mount and light mount. I don't know if I would get one, if I'm going to carry one of these around I might as well just carry my video camera. What do you think, is this something you would be interested in?

Monday, July 27, 2009

iPhone 3GS and Security

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"The new iPhone 3GS includes hardware-based encryption, giving the impression that your data is more secure than on previous models. A well-known iPhone security expert shows, however, that the data is just as easy to grab using simple hacking tools."

This is an interesting article about encryption on the iPhone, and for the casual user it seems you don't have much to worry about. However if you become the target of a serious hacker, you could be in trouble. Not too likely in my circumstances, but I suppose it could happen if I were an enterprise user and kept sensitive data on my iPhone. I do keep some sensitive data but I use the normal password feature plus 1Password for that extra peace of mind. And I also have the option of the remote wipe if it came right down to it as a MobileMe subscriber. Anyone worried about your iPhone being hacked?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Apple Ad: Voice Control

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

The "Voice Control" ad from Apple.

Friday, July 10, 2009

iPhone 3GS Will Download Really Fast, Upload Much Slower

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"Macworld is reporting that while the iPhone 3GS chipset does indeed support the new (for North America!) HSPDA download speed of 7.2 Mbps, Apple didn't see fit to equip it with the matching HSUPA upload speed of 1.4/1.9 Mbps. Indeed, they claim the iPhone 3GS will top out its uploads (sending videos to YouTube, emailing photos, etc.) at a comparatively anemic 384 Kbps."

Image Credit: The iPhone Blog

I find it hard to get worked up over upload speeds. The download speeds I get are pretty solid and considering I spend a gigantic majority of my time downloading and not uploading, I'm perfectly happy. There are times when I've wanted a bit more oomph in my uploads (namely when sending vids to YouTube) but it's not something I absolutely must have to survive. Basically, it would be a nice luxury, but nowhere near a necessity.

You guys?

Details on MobileMe Updates

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has detailed in a support article some changes that have occurred recently to its MobileMe online service."

Apple has published a lengthy list, but some of the highlights (at least for me) are the ability for iPhone 3GS owners to publish videos directly to a gallery (one is automatically set up if you haven't done so prior to posting), being able to keep a copy of calendar or contacts on mobileme even if you disable the syncing on the iPhone, iPhone contacts keep their assigned ringtones when synced and of course the remote wipe/find my phone features. And the list includes numerous features that improve anyone using the 3.0 software, not just for iPhone 3GS owners.

I've had a MobileMe account for a number of years, but this is really the first time I feel like they have added a lot of value to the service. If you don't have it, you may want to check it out. Anyone else out there using MobileMe, and if so, what do you think of it?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Complete Technical Demo of iPhone 3GS Video Capabilities

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"The iPhone 3GS feature that I was most excited about was video. The very first thing I did when I got my phone was shoot Technologic Overkill, so I could put the video camera through it's paces. In the process I discovered quite a few useful bits information about how the video works."

The guys at The Automatic Filmmaker make the point I've been making since the 3GS announcement: it isn't necessarily that the iPhone 3GS has the best camera ever or that it's the first, it's that it's one you'll have with you, making it, by default, the most useful. The video above is a good demo, but the true meat and potatoes of the demonstration are in the article itself with lots of explanations for each section.

All in all a very good article and worth a read if you're interested in video on the iPhone.

New iPhone 3GS Ad, All About Video

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple has a new iPhone TV advertisement that touts the new editing capabilities of the iPhone 3GS. The commercial consists of a person recording a skateboarder, followed by cutting out the end of the video clip where the skateboarder falls. The iPhone user then continues to email the video to a friend. Again, it is very well made."

The more I use the video on the iPhone 3GS, the more I like it. They make it so easy and the quality is very good.

Shoot Steady Video For Only $295!

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Introducing the Zgrip iPhone PRO, a completely adjustable and quick releasable handgrip system for shooting professional, stable video using the iPhone 3Gs. This is the first serious solution for shooting video with the iPhone 3Gs. It's all about stability."

$295 to shoot low-res video with the aid of a pistol grip? I'm sorry, but did I miss something? And not for nothing, but how much more stable will this make a camera? There's nothing holding the camera to your shoulder, just a pistol grip that sits in your hand. I could possibly live with this at a much lower price point, but $295 has me asking, "Are these folks serious?"

Friday, July 3, 2009

AT&T Broke Sales Records With 3GS

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"According to an AT&T company memo, the launch of the iPhone 3GS wasn't just a banner sales day for the carrier this year but broke records for any single day of retail sales in the company's history -- including for already stellar iPhone sales."

This was a pretty good sales day for the iPhone 3GS, so I guess this shouldn't surprise me, but it did. More so for some of the other records that were also broken that day, deemed "iLaunch Day 2009" by AT&T. They also came in 2nd for actual floor traffic, first in number of upgrade eligibility checks and had the highest number of orders via the AT&T website. All this information was from a memo provided by MacDailyNews, obtained from multiple anonymous sources. One interesting thing is that the 3GS sales overtook the sales for the 3G on it's launch by noon, Texas time.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mixed Up iPhone Icons With 3.0

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"But not the right place, and that's the problem. Apple support boards are seeing increasing message traffic about icons that vanish, or attach themselves to the wrong app. This seems a problem with iPhone 3.0. Older versions seem unaffected."

This hasn't happened to me yet, but some are experienced some messed up icons. There are also icons that are turning white, some that aren't showing up at all and some that are in the wrong positions. One developer said it was seen in the beta version and was pretty common. It isn't happening with everyone and as of yet they haven't described a common denominator. Some of the solutions are to delete the app and re-download it, or sync without the apps then re-sync with them. Anyone out there experiencing this or the one that Vincent described in an earlier post?

Check iPhone Availability Online

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"You decided to skip the lines on June 19th and now you just have to purchase an iPhone 3GS for yourself. If you're like some of our readers, you've found out the hard way that availability of the latest iteration of iPhone is limited. Wouldn't it be nice to know which Apple Stores actually have the devices in stock before you hop in the Family Truckster, drive through traffic, and only then find out that they're out of iPhones?"

This worked out well during the 3G launch for me, used it several times to check availability when I was waiting for the Portland stores to replenish. You can access this at Apple, so if you haven't purchased a 3GS yet, check it out to see if your neighborhood stores are depleted or not before you burn all that carbon (only in the US though).

Friday, June 26, 2009

YouTube Mobile Uploads Up 400% Since 3GS Launch

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 01:00 PM

"iPhone owners are certainly a multimedia-aware bunch. Less than a year after the original iPhone’s release, it had already become the most popular cameraphone on photo-sharing site Flickr, and that lead has only continued to grow with two subsequent, more affordable iterations. Furthermore, it appears that the impact of the newly-released iPhone 3GS on video may be no less profound. In a post on the YouTube blog product manager Dwipal Desai and community manager Mia Quagliarello say that the number of videos uploaded to the sharing site from mobile phones has jumped 400 percent a day since the iPhone 3GS’s release last Friday."

It's never a bad time to share a cat video!

Anyway, how insane is that? 400%? This proves what people following the industry (and paying attention) have known for a long time. It isn't just about having a feature on a phone. It's about having a feature and making it so brain dead simple that people are inclined to use it. Lots of phones are capable of uploading to YouTube (hell, every phone with an e-mail address set up on it is capable) but because the iPhone 3GS makes it so easy, it's actually being used.

Granted a lot of these videos are probably "test" videos, but considering the iPhone's popularity, I'm not sure this is just going to suddenly end. What about you, oh faithful readers? Flash in the pan or sign of a trend?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

How The 3Gs Oleophobic Screen Works

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"The new 3GS iPhone has a coating that helps you leave no, well hardly any, prints–-fingerprints. The glass screen is coated with a polymer, a plastic that human skin oil doesn't adhere to very well. People in the chemical bonding business like to call the finished surface "oleophobic." Such a lovely Greek cognate may sound like it means "afraid of oil." And, it does, but it also connotes (or carries with) "aversion" or "not-like-to-be-around-tivity," if I may. Instead of sticking to the bonded-plastic surface of your new phone, the oil from you fingers or cheekbone or tip of your nose stays more or less together as its own smooshed droplet."

What sounds like the most gimmicky feature ever in a phone is actually really functional. My 3Gs has a screen that's only a small wipe away from cleanliness. My 3G would also get cleaned with a swipe of the shirt, but the smears and such would stick around or take a lot of effort to get rid of. Not any more, though, and it's noticeable right away the first time you use it.

Anyone else impressed with this barely-mentioned new feature?

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