Thursday, June 25, 2009

Apple TV 2.4 software update avialable.

When I got home today, my apple TV informed me that a new update was available. This new update, version 2.4, was made available. Below is a table summarizing the new features made available in this release. The remote control from iphone is interesting, I played with it and its to use. The updated transport is a good fix, as during playback the clicking right used to accelerate (annoyingly) to a new chapter instead of fast forwarding. I hope to make use of this during the upcoming weekend.

Remote app directional controlControl your Apple TV with simple finger gestures via the Remote app. This feature requires Remote 1.3 running on an iPhone or iPod touch with iPhone OS 3.0.
Flickr SearchSearch Flickr photo tags to find recently updated photos of interest. Save searches to quickly find new photos or use as a screen saver for Apple TV.
New view optionsView movies By Genre, By Movie, or Unwatched. View TV Shows and Podcasts By Date, By Show, or Unwatched.
Updated transport and chapter modesDuring video playback, click right or left to fast forward or rewind. Additional clicks increase the speed. Click down to show chapter markers.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

blogger hates iphone

I tried, for fun, to post a new entry via my iphone this morning. the site worked for the most part, but creating a new post was not possible as the text area that edits posts must be something special the iphone can't handle.

iphone 3.0 firmware - updated

so at last, around 7pm last night, my iphone finally updated. wasn't painful at all once the activation server was available. It download the carrier specific features with no fuss either. i sent an mms message this morning, have searched content and used the under reported shake to shuffle feature that was part of the last ipod nano feature last fall.

since I cant upgrade on htis release, I get to sleep in while all the n00bs get to line up early at rogers tomorrow morning to get the new 3gs.

iPhone 3.0

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

activation server unavailable

So. I went out for the afternnon with my folks who are visiting me from the US to distract me from the iPhone 3.0 release. I got home this afternoon expecting to update my phone. I fired up iTunes and was greeted with the joyous message "iphone 3.0 firmware is availabe"!


So I confirmed the update and watched it download at highspeed. I clicked ok, to accept the new terms and conditions and watched it unpack. Next thing I know, the sad message "The iPhone cannot be updated at this time because the iPhone activation server is temporarily unavailable".

Dermo!!! No iPhone joy for me!

I tried again and again to install but no joy for me. I will try again after supper, but I suspect this will take until tomorrow to have the traffic jam solved. I hope Apple learns from this and adjusts for Fridays launch of the 3Gs.

iphone 3.0 firmware

So today is the day. The 3.0 firmware should be out later today. After the huff (including yours truly) over the upgrade pricing for the 3Gs I realize that the 3.0 firmware on my current phone will be a big step forward. It will be interesting to see how well the world wide launch will go.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

iphone 3g uses whine about upgrade

so there is an article over at Gizmodo telling iphone 3G owners to stop whining about the iphone upgrade price. Apparently in the US you could get the iPhone 3G on a 2 year deal. I would love that - but when I got my iphone last year it was 3 years or nothing. I have no qualms with paying the $299 price for the new phone, it's the contract part that frosts my lizard. At this rate, I won't be able to get a new phone without penalty until iphone 5 is released in 2011. This of course assumes that Apple pumps out a new model of these wonder devices each and every year.

Monday, June 8, 2009

no upgrade for iphone 3g users

So Apple's shiny new iPhone 3Gs ships 19 june in Canada. However, Rogers has stated that there is no upgrade or plan extension possible for existing iPhone 3G users. The upgrade is only possible for persons completing the second year of their contract. well since we only got our phones a year ago, this is just impossible. Unlike our cousins in the US who could had the opportunity to pay a higher price for the phone to get a 2 year contract and thus an upgrade opportunity this year, we are frozen out until next year.

My guess is that the new iPhone will flop in Canada. All the apple fanboys who wanted one, bought one during the frenzy last year. new iphone 3gs contrcts will be incrimental at best - especially with current 3g being $99. I also predict that in another year when we can upgrade, we will take the opportunity to take the "next" iphone.