Showing posts with label iphone. Show all posts
Showing posts with label iphone. Show all posts

November 9, 2009

Digitally pimping a home network

While visiting Michiel in Singapore, I pimped their home network a bit. It was fine, but cumbersome and loosely tied together: 5 laptops, PS3, Wii. They have a cable modem, but didn't know their connection speed. WiFi was setup but not used because downloading over a fixed connection into the WiFi router was "going faster". Hehe, I told them their ISP limits the speed and after a bit of testing concluded that their 8 Mb down-link would scarcely fill the 54 Mb/s bandwidth of their 802.11g WiFi network. So no need for the fixed network hook-up not sitting near the router, freedom to sit around the house wherever they wanted to. I moved the Linksys WRT54G into a nook, out of the way, receiving thousands of thank-yous from the housekeeper who hated the nasty blue box on the floor in the livingroom. ;)

I then tied the PS3 and Wii to the WiFi network. This meant all devices were now on the same subnet. I installed PS3 media server on Molina's Vista Acer laptop. (It's free, open source and supports Windows, Mac and Linux!) Up until then, they'd had borrowed the HDMI cable from the PS3 if they wanted to watch downloaded TV series. Fine, but why swap cables?! :) Now, they hook up USB disks with movies, music and series to the Vista laptop, fire up ps3 media server, turn on the PS3 and watch or listen to anything from the Windows laptop. :)

linksys WRE54GNext, after seeing this digital revolution in his house, Michiel asked if he could somehow get WiFi on his 17 m2 roof terras, overlooking the Singapore skyline? I said sure, but he'd likely have to drill a cable up to the roof. The reinforced concrete would be unlikely to pass his WiFi signals. So did a little digging and after MrVanes suggested WiFi Range Extenders (I had been looking for that term), it all came quickly together:
* get a WRE54G Linksys Range Expander to get unobstructed full speed WiFi access outside on the roof
* pulling a cable up from the livingroom
* Connect a QNAP TS-410 NAS server to a free network port on the WRT54G and add some disks to taste.

QNAP NAS SOHOThe NAS supports Windows, Apple and Linux, has built-in everything and is expandable with hot-swap drive bays. The UPnP/DLNA media server supports their PS3 so the Windows laptop can be used as a workstation instead of doubling as a media server, the built-in bittorrent (BT) client let's them download directly to the NAS and the iTunes server let's them stream their music collection to their laptops, iPhones or iTouch devices. If only I could be there to install it and see it work!!! :)

October 28, 2009

Android 2.0 SDK

Google's just released the Android 2.0 for mobile smartphones with the Android OS.
Highlights are:
* multiple (G)mail accounts
* support for Exchange mail accounts
* more camera controls
* search in all SMS/MMS messages
* HTML5 support in browser (needed for Google Wave)
* Bluetooth 2.1

Google is actively looking at what Apple's iPhone brings and improving it. And open source... :)
Update: Engadget shows ass-kicking turn-by-turn navigation on Android using the free Google Maps! OMG!

September 9, 2009

Palringo - next generation IM client

Friend of mine pointed me to Palringo, a new IM client for PC, Apple and mobile phones. Currently only iPhone and Android, but Symbian coming (soon I hope) and Symbian S60. It is different in that it combines voice mail and photos with IM. So you send someone a photo easily while in chat. Of coruse, it supports all IM protocols including MSN, ICQ, GTalk and Jabber. So it is not different from Trilian, Miranda, Pigdin, Adium and so on. But having the same IM client on desktop and phone plus the ability to send photos easily could make me switch... we'll see

August 26, 2009

designspray - sonic chair for iPod


Everyone has an iPod these days. Nano, shuffle, Touch, Phone. So what do you do to distinguish yourself from others? You get different headphones. Sennheiser, retro Sony or Philips big black head sets or... you get the designspray - sonic chair!

Thanks to Mirel for the tip!

August 3, 2009

T3: Spotify Apple iPhone app

apple iphone spotify app
Streaming music is coming to a device near you soon. Sites like Youtube, last.fm and spotify are quickly becoming the de facto platform choice for many people, mostly the young. Granted. But with Apple launching an iPhone app for Spotify where this is the touted iTunes killer, and Microsoft adding Spotify and last.fm support on the Xbox 360 Live OS, streaming music is here to stay and may rescue the dreaded music business after all.
At the same time, it will allow musicians to manage their own music (by uploading it to MySpace, last.fm or Spotify) or just to see who exactly has listened to what and when. Add facebook and twitter to this pictures and suddenly it's a totally new and direct way to stay in touch with fans. :) Cool!

June 22, 2009

T3: iPhone 3G S has underclocked CPU

Some people just have to see how things work. And thanks to one iPhone fan we all get to see what's inside Apple's latest smartphone offering. One Californian has demonstrated his love of the latest flagship handset by flying 5,400 miles across the Atlantic and queueing overnight outside the London store to be the one of the first to get the new phone. He then promptly ripped it to pieces to show the world what Apple's new phone is really made of. Check the video on T3 magazine

June 18, 2009

Linux On The iPhone from Geek Hero Comic

If you're a geek, we know who you are, you have to check the Linux On The iPhone comic from Geek Hero Comics. Brilliant!

May 7, 2009

Last.fm introduces the Visual Media Player

I had just noticed it myself this morning, but T3 did the post for me: Last.fm introduces the Visual Media Player.

They built-in webplayer became HD sized (i.e. wider than high vs the old square block). On the background of the player, they cycle images from the artist or their albums. The Player page has also been revamped and is more pleasing to the eyes. Nice, I like it! BTW, anyone using the iPhone or Android player yet?
last.fm visual player

April 15, 2009

Object-based media: an iPhone and RFID together

Given that everyone has a smartphone these days, OK everyone in the Western world i.e. roughly 1/5th of the world population ;), there are some pretty cool things you could do if objects would have an RFID chip in them.

Researchers have made a proof-of-concept with an iPhone and RFID in a object-based media project. The phone will show particular video clips depending on which is the nearest you. Commercial, sure, but it could also be a tour guide video, a music video, a health hazard warning or directions...

iPhone RFID: object-based media from timo on Vimeo.

March 31, 2009

March 18, 2009

Apple announces iPhone OS 3.0 update


T3 has a story on Apple's latest OS for the iPhone: iPhone OS 3.0. Check the specs at Apple...

January 17, 2009

Seam Carving aka Content-Aware image resizing

After research showed a prototype (PDF) years ago and the open source community jumping on it, giving the GIMP the first public filter that does content-aware image resizingaka "seam caring", photoshop and the iPhone now also get it.

January 15, 2009

iPhone AppStore has 4 browser alternatives

It seems Apple is reevaluating their AppStore policy and has allowed 4 alternative 3rd Party Browsers for Safari. Sadly Opera and Mobile Firefox still lack approval. Hopefully soon!

December 13, 2008

iPhone Antenna Boost tricks

I read more and more reports on signal strengths issues with the iPhone. I even notice them myself with my Nokia SmartPhone, so some of these tricks may work in general. As phones become smaller and smaller, our hands cover many places that the phone uses for signal reception. These tricks try either improve the reception in a alternative area, or boost the signal in a specific area. :) Easy
Check out C|Net's iPhone Atlas, Griffin's ClearBoost sleeve or external antenna's from the iPhoneAntenna guy. The latter can even be used with a general external signal booster. :) Fugly but will work for sure!

Note that these solutions will enhance your voice calls in case you're in an area with bad reception, for instance office buildings with heat shielded windows, many other signals interfering with your voice call or rural areas where the signal simply isn't that strong. But they also can strengthen your WiFi signal.

December 4, 2008

Simplify Media - stream your music to your iPhone

A colleague mentioned this really easy utility that lets you stream your music collection to your iPod or iPhone. Simplify Media installs as a server on your existing mp3 collection and stream music to you and any friends that you authorize! But it also streams it to your iPod, as the Touch model has WiFi access, as well as your iPhone. Whether on the road over 3G (!) of at home over WiFi.
It probably uses the DAAP protocol, which is already in iTunes and other players. So this is not really something brand new. It exists. But SimplifyMedia makes it really easy and... cross-platform for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux! Works with Ubuntu and Rythmbox. W00t! It can hook your entire iTunes, WinAMP or mp3 folder up to your friends, no wires necessary...

December 2, 2008

Linux on the iPhone

ArsTechnica: "An iPhone hacker has successfully ported the open source Linux kernel to Apple's popular mobile device. Although the port is still at a very early stage of development and currently only supports a slim subset of the iPhone's capabilities, it demonstrates the versatility of the Linux kernel and the ingenuity of iPhone modding enthusiasts."

November 3, 2008

On the Google Android G1 phone

Speaking of the Android, here's what Jason Chen from Gizmodo has to say about the Android... It's not done yet. Duuh. iPhone 1.0 was also bad, 1.x was better. 2.0 had major improvements and finally at v2.2 it is getting near what it should have been at launch. Rumor has it the iPhone III (March/April 2009) is what we want. :) But I love an open platform, no matter how incomplete. It means you can do all kinds of things that a finished platform wouldn't let you do. ;)

PdaNet - your iPhone as a WiFi Router for your PC/Mac

Read about this app for the iPhone that can turn the phone into a WiFi AP so your PC, laptop or netbook can use it to access the net! Genius!PdaNet would be a must-have for me, if I'd have an iPhone. And for some reason, am leaning towards the Android instead...

October 30, 2008

Fembot comes to iPhone

Just read that Fembot has arrived on the iPhone. WTF? It's a useless but fun application that has dancing female bot on your phone and she moves depending on your *touch screen* input gestures... It's also a bot from Austin Powers. But even youtube doesn't have ay mobile phone videos yet...

October 15, 2008

Apple updates MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air


Most important news: NVIDIA 9400M GPU so you finally get some real oompf in the thing. LED display that's brighter and more energy efficient. Multi-touch trackpad much like what the touch screen on the iPhone and iPod Touch do.
Read T3 magazine for the details, check Apple for the source.