Archive for the ‘iPhone and iPad’ Category

iOS 4 GM and Worms

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

iOS 4 (previously iPhone OS 4.0) Gold Master has been released to developers and I am happy to report that the brilliant Worms game finally works with it on the 3GS, unlike in all of the iPhone OS 4.0 beta releases where it would launch but return you to the springboard straight away then just sit in the list of open apps in the multitasking taskbar…

iPhone OS 4.0 beta 4

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

iPhone OS 4.0 beta has finally brought searching of text messages as well as a character count when composing text messages! 😀
There is also a nice little icon next to threaded messages, which is a welcome addition and makes it nice and easy to identify where multiple messages are collapsed into a single thread at a glance.

They seem to have fixed the slowdowns/lockups that were plaguing Mail on my my 3GS in beta 3 as well. Worms STILL doesn’t work under OS 4.0 for me though, even after multiple erase and restores! I even got so desperate that I tried putting all of my settings etc. back by hand instead of restoring from a backup…

iPhone OS 4 beta 2

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Worms still doesn’t work on iPhone OS 4 beta 2 with a completely erased and reset phone! I may have to actually spend my days being productive instead…

Spellchecker in iPhone OS4

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

iPhone OS4 has a spellchecking feature! 😀 This is going to be a lifesaver for me!

Any word you misspell is underlined with a red squiggly line, just like in the full blown OS X. A quick tap on a misspelt word pops up a menu in the same style used for the select/cut/copy/paste options with various suggestions from the dictionary.

iPhone OS 4.0

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I’ve been playing with iPhone OS 4.0 on my iPhone 3GS since it became available to developers after the press conference yesterday and so far impressions are good – it has broken the Worms app which won’t even launch any more 🙁 but everything else seems to be fine.

Multitasking pause/resume of apps seems to work quite well and is a welcome improvement, it will be interesting to see what happens once developers start to take advantage of the new APIs.

The folders/groups/stacks of apps is a great addition for those a little bit OCD who like to keep the apps on their phone organised. It’s already cut the number of screens on my phone from six to two (which could technically even fit on one!) which makes navigating between apps a lot easier.

There’s an interesting addition I’ve noticed where you can now set “complex” unlock passcodes which allows longer, alphanumeric strings to be used.

iPhone tethering

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Despite Apple and the assorted carrier’s best attempts to stop people from using the iPhone as a 2G/3G modem by pulling the NetShare App from their online store, it is still possible (and fairly widely documented, if you know where to look). All you need is a Jailbroken iPhone with the BIND (named) DNS server and 3proxy SOCKS proxy server installed.

The process basically goes along the lines of:

  • Create an ad-hoc network from your computer
  • Connect to it with the iPhone
  • Start the DNS and SOCKS proxy servers
  • Point your computer at the iPhone’s IP for DNS and SOCKS proxy
  • voila, very slow internet access on the move.

I’m actually witting this from a train, connected to the interwebs via my 2G iPhone. The combination of 2G and T-Mobile isn’t a good one. 2G/EDGE is slow enough as it is (I’m getting around 56Kbps) but that’s when I get any signal at all. I know the iPhone doesn’t have the best antenna in the world but my signal meter is swinging wildly from full to “no service” which is pretty frustrating (At my house, in the middle of Lincoln – a fairly large city – I struggle to get any singal when stood outside, let alone inside 2′ thick walls!. O2 doesn’t seem to have any problem inside or outside). As is the fact that I’m lucky to get a ping response of under two seconds!
Now, if I can ust convince MSN to actually use the SOCKS proxy…

Aside from being dog slow, there are a few gotchas.

  • It drains your battery REALLY quickly and makes the iPhone get a bit warm
  • Your app has to have support for connecting via a SOCKS proxy (no PPTP or IPSec then – TCP/UDP only)
  • You’ve got to hope that your carrier doesn’t block too many ports. I don’t seem to be able to get on to MSN/Yahoo/AIM despite the traffic being sent through the SOCKS proxy.
  • If you’ve got your iPhone set to lock itself after a set amount of time like I have to protect my e-mail and VPN (not much protection, I know. But good enough to stop your average bloke who might nick it or pick it up if I’ve left it lying around), then it will turn of the Wi-Fi when it does and won’t re-connect until you unlock it again.

All in all, usefull in an emergency but completely pants for day to day. I think it’s time I got off my arse and bought that 3G ExpressCard that I’ve been thinking about!

I’d better shut up now and post this before the iPhone battery dies. I’ve not got enough power in the laptop battery to be able to charge it 🙁