January 20th, 2008
At Macworld, one of the speciality programs was a lecture series called iPhone Supersession given by Ben Long and Christopher Breen.

The iPhone Supersession takes you way beyond the basics, exploring areas including converting the media you own to an iPhone compatible format, contact and event organization, the best of Web-based iPhone applications and accessories, and power management. Need more? We’ll explore popular (and not so popular) hacks for turning your iPhone into a portable entertainment and information powerhouse.


Christopher Breen has kindly posted his slides to download in PDF format.

The presentation is a remarkably comprehensive overview of iPhone usage and the most important tips and tricks to effectively use your iPhone. Even power users might find some excellent information, and it’s certainly a must-read for new iPhone users.

The presentation is broken down into the following sections:

Text and typing, Sync or swim, Smarter about playlists, The portable information manager, Email matters, Picture this, Content connection, Third-party applications, Web apps, Travel tips, Custom ringtones, Accessories, Troubleshooting

January 20th, 2008

Sales of Apple’s iPhone in the UK have reportedly fallen short of expectations. O2, the UK network with exclusive rights to the iPhone said at the launch that it expected to sell some 200,000 handsets in the first two months after the launch. The sales target was considered by some analysts as being artificially lower than expectations so that the company could claim a “staggering success” if the target was smashed. However, sources have told the London Financial Times that sales barely reached 190,000.

O2 declined to comment on iPhone sales figures, but said it was “delighted with the response to the iPhone, which has seen unprecedented levels of customer satisfaction”. It also confirmed the iPhone was its fastest-selling handset ever “by a significant margin”.

Equally, the UK retail chain CarphoneWarehouse refused to comment on sales volumes when announcing its results last week, but comments about the high footfall in the stores being successfully converted to other handsets may hint that iPhone enquiries are not translating into sales as easily as the companies had expected.

iPhone sales had been strong in the run up to Christmas, but had subsequently tapered off, according to people familiar with the situation.

On the web: Financial Times

January 19th, 2008

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Skype, a peer-to-peer Internet telephony network, has for years provided free and low-cost voice and text communications to its users. Now Shape Services has brought their IM+ for Skype client to the iPhone through a new web service. IM+ for Skype for the iPhone allows you to place VOIP calls to Skype users around the world, as well as any landline and mobile phone, using the SkypeOut service*. Though it’s not free, it sure is a lot cheaper that at&t’s international rates.

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In addition, you can check to see if other Skype users are online (to see if they are ready to receive a call) or text them for free using the integrated messaging client. IM+ for Skype was designed especially for iPhone’s touch screen and is intended to complement the iPhone interface. The current beta of the software is free for a limited time, so check it out below and let us know how it goes.

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IM+ for Skype for the iPhone (information page)

IM+ for Skype for the iPhone (application link for iPhone only)

*Note?please be aware that although Shape Service’s IM+ for Skype client uses the Skype API, it is not a product of Skype (who provides the SkypeOut service).


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