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iPhone speed tests super fast

Tuesday, 19 August 2008 02:24 by Michael Olivero
I just upgraded my iPhone to firmware 2.0.2 and decided to conduct some tests. This website conducts some latency tests and then does a bandwidth test right afterwards. I feel this test is more valid than say the speed test within the app store because there are delays with DNS resolution and transfer start up times which unfortunately are included in the timing. While I agree the speed test app in the app store may represent real world scenarios, it does not measure nor report brute download capacity accurately. I did find this website with a casual google lookup and I am in awe with the repeated results with a poor 3G signal. See for yourself: No matter how many times I try (in this case three) I find it difficult to match the brute timing above with the free speed test app in the app store. See for your self:   UPDATE 8/20: Just to not create the wrong expectations, the speed I was obtaining was at 2:30am when surely there was very little traffic on the 3G network.  All throughout the day I was obtaining values from 400k-800k.
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Tetris for iPhone - Tris

Friday, 15 August 2008 00:53 by Michael Olivero
One of the best games for the iPhone is now available -- and it's FREE! I normally do not play games much nor was I ever a crazy tetris fan, but this native application by far exceeds all expectations for an iPhone game. The game has excellent animation by having the pieces smoothly move down for each descending step.

The most impresive feature though is the touch interface along with the smooth animation. Everyone who I have shown Tris to instantly said "wow" when the first moved a piece with their finger. A unique feature of the finger interface is the ability to move the piece up again. You might say, "hey wait a minute that's not allowed in Tetris". But indeed you can though. At first I thought this was a simple one time helper feature because I was not able to move the pieces up consistently. In the end though it turns out I can move each piece up -- but only if I accelerated it by moving it down with my touch first. In other words you can move the piece up only as far as it would normally be if you hadn't accelerated it down. I really recommend the game and I easilly give it a full five stars! Search for Tris in the app store to download it.
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iPhone Backup Taking Too Long - The Fix

Monday, 4 August 2008 06:27 by Michael Olivero
  Are your backups taking too long with your new iPhone?  There is great debate online as to why the iPhone takes so long -- some claiming its due the apps, while others claiming they won the IBL (iPhone Backup Lottery) if they can sync without performing an automatic backup.   For sure this issue will be resolved by Apple in the next iTunes/iPhone updates however until then we need a solution so here it is: MAC Users: First exit iTunes and then open your terminal window and type in the following command:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes DeviceBackupsDisabled -bool true

 

[caption id="attachment_47" align="aligncenter" width="449" caption="Sample Terminal Window"]Sample Terminal Window[/caption] This command simply accesses the MAC OS X user default system [defaults] using the [write] command to change an attribute of the [com.apple.iTunes] application setting it's [DeviceBackupsDisabled] boolean attribute to [true]. Now, simply exit iTunes & restart iTunes.  After doing this, the Backup is no longer performed automatically nor is it an option from the iPhone's device's context menu.  To re-enable backups, just type the same command with false and relaunch iTunes. Some Sources: http://www.macworld.com/article/134525/2008/07/iphonebackingup.html
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Push mail with Gmail

Tuesday, 29 July 2008 04:13 by Michael Olivero
You now can easily set up push mail service with gmail transparently. Unlike prior to the iPhone 2.0 update, yahoo mail now seems to push as expedited as exchange. So it is only natural to want this from our trusty gmail account too as shown below. To start, make sure you setup your two email accounts -- one for Yahoo, and one for Gmail.  We'll be using the push services from Yahoo to simulate push for Gmail email.  Make sure push is setup for Yahoo and Manual is setup for Gmail as shown below. photo Once both accounts are setup, login to your Gmail account and setup forwarding to your Yahoo mail account.  Now wait, you are probably saying "NO!  I want to reply and my reply to also come from Gmail".  Just bare with me with me as we'll get to that shortly.  Note, you can also setup advanced filtering where you forward only important email -- however for now I recommend just absolute forwarding with the option to automatically archive mail. Once that is done, any email arriving to your gmail account should now push alert you within a few seconds on your iPhone.  How about the reply?  The reply is simple, just click reply on the email as you would normally from within the Yahoo email account and select the from address. Once you select the from address, all possible senders appear for your selection.  Here select Gmail and your done, the email is delivered using your Gmail account and is automatically associated to the original email in Gmail as an archive. NOTE:  I'm using Google apps, so you see my domain email rather than my gmail account but it works the same. photo UPDATE: 8/7/2008 If you are using MobileMe, you can actually turn off the default SMTP from MobileMe and turn on Gmail's SMTP for the MobileMe account.  So if you follow the instructions above with MobileMe, you can simply reply and the email will automatically be sent and archived with your Gmail account.
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