From iPhone to iGroan

A survey for Computing Which? Magazine reveals that half of British adults feel overwhelmed by new technology and struggle to understand new jargon.
Although 71% of households in the UK have a personal computer, many adults have difficulty understanding the associated technical terms.
But for many adults like Mr Enfield it is not that they don’t understand but that they choose not to be interested, when they feel like they are being told they should.

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | From iPhone to iGroan


the ultimate iPhone Frequently Asked Questions list

Wow. Predictably, the torrent — and I do mean torrent — of iPhone commentary from the citizens of the Web is practically outflooding spam this week. Most of it comes from people whose shirt fronts are practically drenched in drool. Plenty is negative and bitter.
Another huge category is iPhone questions. Never mind that many of these questions either (a) have been answered by Apple, either on its elaborate, interactive Web site or the free video of Steve Jobs’s speech, or (b) come from people who fantasize about fitting the iPhone into their own particular wish lists.

The Ultimate iPhone Frequently Asked Questions – Pogue%u2019s Posts – Technology – New York Times Blog


Post-it Wallpaper

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Computers will continue to be overrated for many basic tasks until they become as easy and inexpensive to use as many analogue tools. What is easier than pen and paper? Pixelnotes “A wallpaper consisting of four layers of varying grey tones on a bright primary backing. Each layer is perforated in a grid format and backed with a tacky adhesive similar to ‘post-it’ notes. Pixelnotes is inspired by the way we work within a space. Pixelated formations and shapes develop according to our patterns of use.” There are a multitude of wonderful uses for a product such as this – finally a use for walls that allow people who are constantly coming and going from a space to leave each other simple notes. Looks beautiful too.
Duncan Wilson and Sirkka Hammer.


New Tom Bihn ID Laptop Bag

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I just received a new Tom Bihn ID bag in the mail this past week and hope to write a proper intro to the refinements that Tom Bihn has done to an already great bag (I own the previous version). I’m happily swamped with work till the end of February but it’s in the que.
The changes from the original are subtle, valuable, and well executed. It appears more svelte but that could very well be me being excited about something new arriving in the mail. With two kids I don’t get to buy much for myself. Some changes include: side pockets designed to carry your various mobile devices. The side pockets are lined with Ultrasuede and are closed by #8 YKK “splash-proof” zippers. Perhaps a perfect home for your new iPhone. Otherwise their is the practical addition of a side water bottle pocket that can be cinched down with compression straps if not in use. The Tom Bihn ID is $130.00US from their site.


Oops! Apple sued over use of iPhone trademark

Apple ignored another company’s trademark by using the name “iPhone” to describe the much-hyped new iPod-cum-mobile phone it launched this week. It now faces an expensive legal battle against Cisco Systems, the telecoms technology company, which launched legal proceedings for trademark infringement against Apple last night.


iPhone – now this is a revolutionary interface

This *has* to be the most lust-worthy device on the planet at the moment. I’d trade my Nokia N73 in a heartbeat for one of these.
What’s so cool about it?
* it’s beautiful. When was the last time you saw a beautiful mobile UI? (I can hear you saying ‘never’ from here). The interface design is sexy. Lustworthy. Typical Apple.
* it’s gestural. There’s one button, a home button, and your fingers do all the rest of the work. Check out the ’slide to unlock’ in the image above. Forget millions of tiny buttons – you have the interface you need at the time to do the job you’re doing (because this puppy is a phone, an iPod and more!). Forget styluses – they’re a pain in the neck and get lost all the time. Fingers are the input device of the future.
* it’s aware. It has sensors that tells it whether you’re looking at in in portrait or landscape mode and it adjusts accordingly. It knows when you’re using it as a phone and shuts off the interface. How clever!
* It does all the work for you. Sometimes it’s the simple things that count. Having spent hours and hours configuring and setting up my new Nokia N73 to utilise all the stuff that’s installed on it and some of it’s capabilities. How much easier is the Apple approach where the device does all the work for you.

disambiguity – � iPhone – now *this* is a revolutionary interface


US ‘licence to snoop’ on British air travellers

Britons flying to America could have their credit card and email accounts inspected by the United States authorities following a deal struck by Brussels and Washington.
By using a credit card to book a flight, passengers face having other transactions on the card inspected by the American authorities. Providing an email address to an airline could also lead to scrutiny of other messages sent or received on that account.
The extent of the demands were disclosed in “undertakings” given by the US Department of Homeland Security to the European Union and published by the Department for Transport after a Freedom of Information request.
Not only will such material be available when combating terrorism but the Americans have asserted the right to the same information when dealing with other serious crimes.

Telegraph | News | US ‘licence to snoop’ on British air travellers


iPhone: Not touchy feely

There’s an interesting tradeoff presented by the iPhone. While the phone can do more, and it’s interface is fluid, in some ways it widens the gulf between human and computer.
When you touch it it doesn’t touch you back.
That may prove to be a good thing. It may prove that what we think we need we don’t really need. The tradeoffs may payoff. But we’ve certainly lost the tactile feedback humans are used to when dealing with things that are right in front of us. Now the connection is simulated. Rich textures have been replaced with androgynous glass.

iPhone: Not touchy feely – (37signals)


ASUS Launches the AiGuru S2 Internet Phone with Skype

It certainly pales in comparison to the iPhone. A fate that is sure to befall most manufacturers for some time to come.

The AiGuru S2 is a cordless USB Internet phone offering support for Skype™ software, Windows® Vista™ SideShow™, and both Apple iTunes and Windows Media® Player for wireless music play. The AiGuru S2 remains true to ASUS’ three main product design concepts – style, ease of use and seamless integration with PC applications that users are no longer tied down to their PCs or laptops. The premium slim design, brilliant color display and backlit keypad make the AiGuru S2 comfortable to use around the house or office, regardless of where the computer is located. Access to broadband Internet is required.

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.


Apple Inc.’s Bluetooth Headset

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I’m sure we will learn more about this Apple bluetooth headset in the near future – perhaps with some better photos – but I’m happy to see that someone is taking a minimalist approach to one of the geekiest looking extensions to your mobile ‘phone’. I still haven’t gotten used to the fact that it seems like you are talking to yourself but at least this won’t make you look as silly as you sound.
via Engadget.


My Next Mac – The iPhone

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The rumours were true Apple introduced the iPhone. It appears to be a beautiful device that raises the bar on mobile user interfaces – it’s not the revolution that Apple states but it’s a definite improvement over the sickly devices I own and have used. Hardcore techies might be disappointed, this is a closed platform and the specs may seem familiar. This is all about trying to reduce complexity to make the phone almost a pleasure to use. And this is a complex device- it’s no ‘simple’ phone. We have been moving in this direction for some time and I wish we would once and for all kill the phone moniker. It’s a mobile Mac with built in cellular function. Watching the keynote this morning you can start to see the depth of this product, it’s a device that would entertain me for hours on end. Which in in itself gives me pause – do I really want to carry around a device so fun? I am worried about mobile email and the terrific productivity waster (yes waster) that that is. Imagine having so much fun in your pocket, would we ever work? There are a couple caveats. 1) It’s tied to a Cingular contract. The North American market is restrictive and backward. Apple didn’t try to change this. 2) Buying mobile phones has been much to date much more enjoyable in Asia. We always get the cool tech first and are never tied to a provider. Now for the fiorst time we must wait for the coolest phone to hit the market. It won’t arrive in Asia until 2008!
Follow a discussion here, Engadgets exhaustive coverage here and Apples excellent overview videos here.


Time iPhone interview

This is how Apple, and nobody else, introduces new products to the press. It can be awkward, because Jobs is high-strung and he expects you to be impressed. I was, fortunately, and with good reason. Apple’s new iPhone could do to the cell phone market what the iPod did to the portable music player market: crush it pitilessly beneath the weight of its own superiority. This is unfortunate for anybody else who makes cell phones, but it’s good news for those of us who use them.

Apple’s New Calling: The iPhone


Offline access to your online applications

This could be pretty useful if you use mostly online applications ala Basecamp, gmail, and Gcal.

A team of AJAX experts is working on a new capability to enable Web applications to work offline.
Brad Neuberg, a San Francisco-based software architect and programmer, said that he, along with the support of some developers at SitePen, of Palo Alto, Calif., is working on the Dojo Offline Toolkit, a small, cross-platform, generic download that allows Web applications to work offline. The tool kit is based on the popular Dojo Toolkit, an Asynchronous JavaScript and XML development system maintained by the Dojo Foundation. Major companies such as IBM and Sun Microsystems are members of the Dojo Foundation.
“I had been prototyping and playing with some ideas around bringing true offline access to Web applications in a simple, generic way,” Neuberg said.
To accomplish his goals, Neuberg said he will be working for the next three months “on bringing the Dojo Offline Toolkit from the drawing board to reality.”
The tool kit will be an open-source library that brings true, offline access to Web applications, where “users will be able to access their Web applications and work with their data even if no network connection is available, just like desktop applications,” Neuberg said.

AJAX Toolkit Lets Web Apps Work Offline