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Apple finally squashes iPhone bugs

September 19th, 2008 | Comments Off on Apple finally squashes iPhone bugs
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Technology

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While I was off vacationing in Ukraine the last couple of weeks, Apple pushed a huge update to the iPhone with version 2.1 of the software. I never got a chance to bitch-blog about the headaches I was having with insanely long backup times and having to delete & reinstall applications for the last few weeks because of major bugs in the 2.x system, but thankfully they’re all a memory.

Long story short, if you have an iPhone, you owe it to yourself to download iTunes 8 and iPhone 2.1. Applications install (and delete) way faster, backups are finally as zippy as they always should have been, music playlists now feature the artist name under the song titles and yes, no more of this nonsense with applications ceasing to work for no reason. Oh, and you’re supposed to get longer battery life and better 3G reception, which seems to be the case on my end. Kudos to Jobs & Co. on this one!

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Five more excellent free iPhone applications

August 23rd, 2008 | Comments Off on Five more excellent free iPhone applications
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Technology

Despite the last couple weeks of having apps randomly go bad on me, requiring deleting everything and then reinstalling all of them to get things working again, my love affair with Apple’s iPhone App Store is still in full bloom. And I’m happy to say I’m back with some more recommendations!
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The five best free iPhone apps you should go download right now

August 13th, 2008 | Comments Off on The five best free iPhone apps you should go download right now
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Technology

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Apple’s fantastic iPhone App Store has been out for just over a month now, and yet it’s taken me that long just to blog about it here. I guess that means I’ve been busy downloading stuff and playing with it more than writing about it!

As the swell of applications increases, it becomes harder and harder to find the gems amongst the stuff that’s crap (especially with the amount of tip calculators, Sudoku games and things that make you go, “What were they thinking?“). And there’s a ton of free stuff that isn’t worth the time to download and try ’em out. So, without further ado, here are the 5 free apps that I’m using most frequently, and recommend to everyone:
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End of the summer and end of an era…

August 31st, 2007 | Comments Off on End of the summer and end of an era…
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Tempe Entertainment

Wow, this has been a fast summer, not unlike last year! But it’s been one of the best summers in recent memory, too.

Things kicked off on June 29 with the release of Appe’s iPhone. Yes, I was one of the geeks who waited in line for 6 hours outside of my local AT&T store to get one (two actually, since the wife wasn’t about to allow me to get just one for me!), and it lived up to (and exceeded) all of my expectations. I’ve actually become a more social person as a result, since I can now leave the house and still service my Internet addiction. 😉 If you haven’t gotten one for yourself, go immediately to an Apple or AT&T store and hold the thing in your hand… you will want one too!
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I’ve got a case of iFever…

June 6th, 2007 | Comments Off on I’ve got a case of iFever…
Posted by J.R. Bookwalter under Apple Talk, Gadgets, Random Thoughts, Technology

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So Apple finally set a date for their damned iPhone, which I’ve already been salivating about since it was announced in early January. Sadly, June 29 is still 3+ weeks away at this writing, and of course given the amount of interest in this device, there’s not even a guarantee that I’ll actually get one of the little bastards unless I want to go camp out in front of the nearest Apple or AT&T store all night (and frankly, I’m a little old for that now).
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