- Hot Air picks up on David Pogue's iPhone music video
- The Email Wars wonder how many IPhone emails could we get: "With the launch of the new iPhone last week, I could only imagine how many emails people got that had the word iPhone in it, or was from Apple or ATT about it. Bill McCloskey most likely can tell us in his blog next week or in the Email Insiders column. (Bill did you hear me, I am asking you to share with us just how many iPhone emails crossed the web in the past 15 days up till launch and there after.)"
- Treehugger has its own take on the iPhone: "fact is, the iPhone will be the last phone you will ever buy. You will not trade it in 18 months. It is unlikely you will drop a $600 phone in the toilet. The iPhone and its kind are going to end the planned obsolescence cell phone cycle. That's why Apple is the leader, and that's why the iPhone is great." (originally from Gizmodo)
- Gizmodo reports that iPhone stocks have been replenished coast to coast.
- The Mobile Games Blog has written about a workaround for mobile gaming on the iPhone.
- GigaOM writes that the Nokia n800 does what iPhone doesn't: "They have just released a new version of their operating system, Tablet OS 2007, that has some cool new features."
- LXNDR says that it's not an iPhone but an EyePhone: "The more I read about the iPhone, I’m more convinced: it’s not an iPhone, but an EyePhone. It’s a beautiful phone to look at! Anyway, this is the last thing I write about the iPhone. The next iPhone post will be about me buying the iPhone, *next* year, maybe iPhone 2.0 is out, LOL."
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- The Guardian Blog picks up on the news that replacement iPhone batteries will cost $85.95
- Switched reports that hackers have set their sights on the iPhone
- Hack the Day asks if the iPhone can get your things done. "is the iPhone the ultimate productivity tool, as some have been hoping? I take a look into how this device will impact your working style."
- Tangled Wires wonders how much better the iPhone will be in six months time, and lists problems with the current iPhone and their chance of being 'fixed' on the second generation model.
- iPhone Atlas writes about echoing and background noise on iPhone calls: "A number of readers have reported an issue where the iPhone generates echoing and background noise on the receiving end of phone calls. Most users reporting this problem describe a situation where “everyone can hear themselves in the background.” Funny, I get that on other mobile phones, at times.
- Twisted Intellect writes on why the iPhone is 5 years ahead: "After seeing so much of the iPhone over the last couple of days (though not in the flesh, as I’m in Europe,) its suddenly very clear just how right Steve Jobs was in his assessment that the iPhone would be five years ahead of the competition. And features have nothing at all to do with it…"
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Intuit have just released the MyBizTracker App for the iPhone which promises to keep you in touch with your business accounts whilst on the go. It is always welcome to see a useful app, especially one that is free and does not rely on any pre-purchased software, but what exactly does this app do and how does it represent the developments being made in the world of business?
MyBizTracker from Intuit
MyBizTracker is pretty much what the name suggests; an app which allows you to track your business accounts whilst you are away from the office. It records all your incoming and outgoing expenses in real time as well as recording any expenses you incur on business trips (such as meals and taxis).
The app is certainly very good at doing everything it claims to do through its intuitive and simple navigation. The beauty of it is that as long as you have an internet connection (and where doesn't these days?) it is almost as good as being at the office.
The app has a simple display showing your business' finances and whether you are in the red or the black in real time. This means that your financial information is always kept up-to-date and you don't have to worry about what is happening to your cash whilst away from the office.
What does the app say about the world of business?
Intuit's app is a very simple idea but very effective and can be seen as a logical extension to their existing QuickBooks Online accounting software. This employs cloud computing technology for business use, enhancing various aspects of basic financial operations.
Cloud software has been positioned as a prime area of growth for businesses over recent years with an increasing number of services transferring their software to this virtual realm. There are numerous benefits to this and with such strong popularity, similar approaches towards other areas of business are expected to characterise the future of company dealings.
What does the app offer?
As with any app, it is never enough to simply do what it claims and MyBizTrack is as user friendly and functional as it is effective. It is set out in line with HMRC requirements so you can be confident that it is going to be reliable and do more than simply display basic information.
If you have
a business and find yourself away from the office wondering exactly what is
going on whilst you are away this really is worth trying out. It is absolutely
free and is a completely stand-alone piece of software. Intuit have a record of
making some of the best accounting software available inside the office and
with this app they have proved their ability to transfer these skills outside
of the office too.
Our daily roundup of bloggers' views on the iPhone and all things (generally) related:
- The Gadgets Page claims that The Nike+ does not work on the iPhone: "Yet another reason for me to wait for second gen."
- Anand Vardhan is concentrating on LG's YouTube phones, coming soon: "the major parallel to the LG deal is the one YouTube and Apple made for optimizing the iPhone for the video site."
- LifeParticles picks up on the rumour that AT&T employees were instructed to sell at least one accessory to each iPhone customer
- SiteVista picks up on Apple guidelines for iPhone web applications: "Most interesting to me was the meta tags you can add to your page to control the page zooming. As you'll have seen in the demos, sites usually load zoomed out and you double-tap to zoom in. Turns out you can override this, and have it load at a specific zoom level, or page width. Apple recommends most applications are designed to be 320px wide, to avoid the zoom entirely in both portrait and landscape mode."
- Gadgetell reports that Apple has acquired the iphone.com domain name: "Though the actual numbers of the deal weren’t disclosed, it is certain it was worth upwards of 6 figures. Believe it or not, the decision was a hard one for Mr. Kovatch. (Probably) Due to the iPhone’s increasing hype over the last 6 months, iPhone.com had seen a sharp upswing in traffic, leading him to believe there was still money to be made."
- D Miessler writes 6 steps to getting the most from your iPhone battery: "I’ve had my iPhone since launch and days one and two were very worrisome for me in terms of battery performance. The first day I only made it to around 5pm before my charge was gone (starting at 8am). The second day I made it to around 10pm. But now — a few charges later — my battery life just keeps improving. Today I went a full 18 hours with moderate to heavy use of all features. I think the key is both how you have your phone configured during the day, as well as the quality of the charging process."
- Los Anjalis raises an interesting societal issue in the iPhone hype and kids’ consumerism: "Some adults waited up to 15 hours in line, camping out for the iPhone release. Others felt like they had low self-worth if their local store had run out of iPhones. Still others felt like they had joined the upper eschelon of society with this $500 purchase. How can we blame the kids for their consumerism and constant interest in the newest toys?"