Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Just Rambling

I know it's been like for ever since I've updated this blog but I have been just going through some personal stuff and I'm only human, right? Right!
It's not like I had a huge following anyway but I will always appreciate the few that do read my blog and actually enjoy it. So to them, I am sorry.

First of all, I have noticed that I've been receiving a lot a friend requests for the Facebook profile I created to make that tutorial a little while back. I honestly never intended to use that Facebook account for anything except tutorials maybe or something? It is really nice though to see the friend requests in spite of all that. So now I'm starting to think I should make it an actual page for me, this blog, or whatever. What do you guys think?

So what's been going on with me lately?
Nothing much actually! I will admit that I have been getting a little too addicted to games lately. Facebook actually sucked me in to a bunch of games until it just became overwhelming. Then I started playing on the Nintendo Wii that we recently got. It's going to sound silly but I've been pretty obsessed with a little game call "Animal Crossing City Folk". I know, I know, it's like a child game but you wouldn't believe how many adults actually play it. I actually started playing it on my Nintendo DS Lite and it's so easy to get sucked in. I finally got away from it and then they came out with a version for the Nintendo Wii.
However, what I have really been getting interested in, is the whole cheating side of these games. Not because I want to cheat, but because I'm interested in the whole hacking side of things and how they come up with these specific codes to make certain things happen. It's been really intriguing me. I actually went out and bought this little gadget they call a "USB Gecko". I haven't actually tested it out yet but I know you can create cheat codes with it (for the wii anyway)and learn how these games work. Apparently it's useful for all kinds of stuff and I'm going to attempt to figure out how it works (I hope LOL)... does anyone know about these things? Anyone that may want to help a girl out? I'm also a really obsessive researcher when I'm curious about something ... Wish me luck!

I usually try to figure things out myself because if you go into any of those forums or chat rooms filled with little hackers and act like a newbie to all this, they will rip you apart and the best answer you'll get is "why don't you try reading" or my favorite response "Google is your friend" LOL! There are the rare times though where you'll get somebody willing to help you and not criticize you. I have experienced the nice ones a few times but I really think it's only because I'm a girl that thing went easier on me,,, who knows?
So that's where my head is now! Curious about hacking and how games work.... and how to create cheat codes for others that actually work!

I'm still debating on the whole upgrade to 3.0 on my iPhone 3G. I have way too many jailbreak apps that I can't live without. Plus the whole backing up, reinstalling, re-jailbreaking, reinstalling everything..etc... seems like so much work! My phone works really well and has everything I need so why fix what ain't broken? It's kind of funny that most of the upgrades on new iPhone 3GS were things that all of us with jailbroken phones already had it for a really long time now. So honestly, why do we need to rush an upgrade?

Oh yeah I forgot! Because a lot of apps out now can only be used on 3.0!! That is the one thing that kind of pisses me off but whatever.

Okay my rant is over for tonight! Thanks for listening and come again!

Oh yeah by the way, I am really excited because that free Macbook Pro is almost in my possession! I never realized how hard it was to get referrals! I mean wouldn't you think it was easy to get friends or family to sign up for something that costs them nothing and helps you out in the long run? Yep that's what I thought... but I know better now! So when I finally, finally, FINALLY get this laptop, I will appreciate it a hell of a lot more since I really did have to work for it!

I also kept asking myself, if somehow all my begging and pleading ended up giving me enough referrals for more than one prize, what would I do?
Well, I've decided that if that happens, I'll hold some kind of contest to give some lucky person an awesome prize! How cool would that be? I think it would be awesome! It really is just as fun to give as well as receive if you can do it. It just gives you this really great feeling inside that you would never know any other way. Trust me I know!
Whenever I got my hands on extra money or something like that, I would always try and find someone might need things a little bit more than I do and send it in them anonymously. Sometimes it would be food basket, sometimes clothes or sometimes just plain old money donations to those who really needed it at the time and every single time I've done this, I just felt so good inside and knew that this was a feeling that could never be felt any other way.
I just wish I could do it all the time. Yep it definitely feels better to give than receive.... but receiving is pretty cool too hehehe

Wow I got a little sentimental and corny there... must be the season. Okay I'm signing off for real this time! Niterz!

Monday, July 6, 2009

What is SwagBucks???

I recently found a site that lets you earn prizes just for searching the web like I always do!
Ever since I joined this site, I've been having so much fun and already collected my first prize.
It's almost like playing a slot machine but instead you're using a search engine.

You just search for things like you always do on Google, but instead you're going through the
SwagBucks site, which uses Google's search engine. So you're basically getting paid for doing something you already do.
It's cool because you just search like normal and occasionally a page will pop up saying congratulations you've won one swag Buck or however many. It could be $10 $20, who knows? It's just fun!

Here is what the page looks like when you win while doing a search(I won this Buck searching for "internal bleeding" LOL):

Just click the photo to see it larger.

Now check out this site because it explains everything much better than I can and there's also a link to sign up so you can start earning too! There's an explanation of Swagbucks, how it works, winning tips, and also photo proof of others that have claimed prizes! So what are you waiting for?

Go here now and start winning! It is so fun!

or Click Here or Banner Below to just Sign Up
and Have Fun!

Search & Win

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Facebook Photo Tip(s)

(clicking on any of the images below will open the full-size image to get a better view)

Lately I've been noticing a lot of thumbnails on Facebook are off-center and I started wondering, "maybe they just don't know how to fix it? Or they don't care LOL". Well this post is for the people who just don't know how. For those that don't know, the thumbnail that I'm talking about is the one that is used all over Facebook whenever you post something. You know, that little picture next to all your comments. in my opinion, this is kind of more important than the photo on your profile page because this photo is used EVERYWHERE on Facebook! Well there is a really easy way to fix this. On your profile page, there is a big picture of this thumbnail on the top left corner of your page. This is the big version of your thumbnail.

If you right-click on that picture, a little menu will pop down and one of the choices is to edit your thumbnail
Scroll down to the option that says "Edit Thumbnail" and click on this to bring up the edit thumbnail window (see image below).

In the "edit thumbnail" window (image shown below), you can use your mouse to move around the thumbnail image into the position you want which should be in most cases, your face in the center.

Save your thumbnail, and
your image will be automatically corrected anywhere it is shown.

Optionally, you can also edit your thumbnail in your upload window. For instance, if you click on "upload a picture" to upload a brand-new profile photo, they also give you the option to save your thumbnail in that area also (as shown in photo below).

Another small tip that I learned was about updating statuses on Facebook. Some of you may know this, but if you don't then here you go. If you wanted to share a video, picture, link...etc... with all your friends, then you should always click on the "Home" button up top and post it under the "What's on Your Mind?" Box on that page instead of the one on your profile page. If you click on your profile page and post it on that one, it will only show up on your "Profile" page and people will have to physically go to your profile page to even know you posted it. The "Home" page however, will post it in the newsfeed to all your friends as an announcement.

This may have changed since Facebook is constantly changing, but this is how I do it.

Okay thanks for reading and if I learn any more tips I'll let you know!

I joined SwagBucks & it's so fun!
Search & Win

Monday, June 15, 2009

Free Apps I Use On My iPhone

Who said that if it's FREE that means it's no good? One of the really cool things about my iPhone is that there are millions of free apps available and sometimes they can be better than paid ones (not always but there are some gems in there). Here are a few of the free apps that I thought were worthy of valuable space on my iPhone. This list is only my opinion and they are in no particular order.

I found this first app helped me a lot in finding other free apps. The great thing about it was that it would tell me which apps were free for only that day for a limited time.
A lot of apps that cost money will occasionally go on sale for free or very cheap for only a day or so and with so many apps in the app store, it would be impossible to always find which ones were on sale but not with this.

It is called PandoraBox (link opens iTunes) and it is also free!
It gives you a list of apps that are free or just became free and also gives you a list of apps that have dropped in price. Just like in the app store, you get a description\photos and you can create a list of favorites if you want to save a certain app to keep track of price or be informed when it dropped to a certain price. It's a great little app and has saved me a HUGE amount of money by informing me of really great apps that were only free for a day. It is definitely worth having on your iPhone and checking at least once a day.

There are similar apps available but I found PandoraBox to be the best for the price and features. If you're looking for alternatives, AppSniper is a really good one too but you have to pay to get the features of PandoraBox or get a limited Lite version of it. The others I've tried have been less than impressive in my opinion.

This is something I found when I first started using my iPhone & exploring the app store. It's called "App Fiend" (link opens their website) and of course it's free.
Have you ever been asked by your other friends with iPhone's what apps you use? If so, then this will be great for you! You sign up easily for a free account and you list all the apps you own. Then you can give each app a review either by star rating or actually writing what you think. Each of your friends who has the app can be added to your friends list and view all your apps\reviews and vice versa. I thought it was pretty cool and now I can easily see what everyone else has without having to ask plus I trust their reviews.

For some reason I can't find this in the app store right now but if you can download it, I definitely recommend it. The link I posted goes to their website.
I've also read that there is a service like this available online called "I use this" and you can check that out here However, check out this app if you can because it's pretty cool.

Vlingo (link opens in iTunes) is a cool voice app that I found when I first started using my iPhone also. It was free and it seemed to work pretty well at the time and I guess I'm just used to it now. It works with your contacts, dialing, Google search and maps among other things. I liked being able to update my Facebook and Twitter status with it at the same time. Try it out, you might like it!

Melodis Voice Dialer (from the same makers as "midomi") is another free voice app that came out a little bit after "Vlingo" and it's not that bad at the voice recognition. that is exactly what it is though, a voice dialer. So if all you need is something to dial for you, then this is a great alternative but if you need more, go for "Vlingo".

Yelp (link opens iTunes) is a must-have on my phone! It gives you reviews in places around where you live or where ever you want to look up. It's pretty straightforward but useful. I'm always wondering about places nearby and would rather have some kind of information from real people. Also if you're ever in an unfamiliar place you can search the area by your location and find a place to go. Simple as that! You can open an account for free with yelp or just browse without an account. Try it out!

Before I got my iPhone, I was actually debating on getting the Kindle 2 from because this was going to be a gift to me and so I was looking into one semi-high-priced item. When I saw that you could actually read e-books on the iPhone, that was the deal breaker! So I immediately downloaded the Kindle for iPhone app to my iPhone. It was pretty cool and there were a lot of Kindle books available, but there were also other free e-book readers. I also tried "eReader" and "Stanza". Out of all of them, "Stanza" is my absolute favorite because you can upload every other type of e-book to it and it also converts all your e-books into whatever format you want. I keep the Kindle reader also because will only let you upload previews of books onto thier reader but I definitely use Stanza the most because I can use ALL my e-books\documents on it. There is nothing wrong with eReader app, but there are no major advantages either.

I don't really play a lot of games but it's always great to have something to kill time right? So what do I use? Well, I love most of the games that are made by SkyWorks (link opens up SkyWorks website). Mainly the Arcade Bowling Lite, Arcade Hoops Lite, Ping-Pong Lite, and the Horseshoes. With the exception of horseshoes, they are all available in a free lite version. They are nothing mind blowing but they're fun, short and don't require thinking just a fun little ways to kill time. Don't get me wrong, the graphics are nice and the arcade games are almost like the real ones but it's just something fun that I enjoy. Plus they are free!

Shazam (link opens in iTunes) was pretty much on everyone's iPhone when it came out, including mine! How cool is an app that can listen to whatever song you're listening to, and tell you the name of it? Then came the free app called "midomi" (which is now called midomi Ultra and incidentally is also by the Melodis Corporation) and this one not only lets you play a song to it, but you could also hum or sing a song to it and that was a little bit cooler. However, they decided to no longer be free and instead they now charge $2.99 for this app which in my opinion, it is so notworth it! I did get it when it was free, but I still prefer "Shazam" on my iPhone!

I also have a social networking apps of course. For Twitter, my personal favorite free one "TwitterFon". For instant messaging I prefer the separate apps like the free AOL messenger, and the free Yahoo messenger. IM+ Lite 3.0 isn't bad either but it will only keep you logged in if you use the paid version and AIM does it for free.
I also have "Facebook" app for iPhone, MySpace mobile,
and a few other basic apps but I won't list all those unless you want me to?

This list is in no way complete, and my choices are always changing, but for now, this is a good start. I'm sure I forgot many things and will probably do a new list considering a new iPhone system is coming out soon (along with a new iPhone! I'm so jealous!) So we'll just have to wait and see!
There are also a lot of apps available only to jailbroken iPhone's that I rely on heavily but that's another list!

If you can think of any free apps that you use, please comment and list them! I don't require anyone to register to make comments so it can't be any easier! Thanks again for reading and don't forget to subscribe!

I tried signing up for this Feedzilla thing but I'm not sure how it works. If anyone knows please tell me!

You Can Host Your Own Website!

Well if you own a Mac you can! Actually you can probably do it on other systems in lots of other ways, but I am going to focus on what I used when I learned this...

Okay so I have this old PowerBook G4 which technically was the best available out there at the time but now unfortunately times change and I am now the proud owner of a dinosaur LOL! Luckily it's not too old to install the new operating system Thank God!

So after not touching my PowerBook for about two years(I use WinXP on my desktop which is my main computer), I decided to update it with Leopard OSX (version 10.5.7) and like I usually do, I went exploring on the new system. As I was looking through "System Preferences", under "Internet and Network" options there is a preference labeled "Sharing" and inside this folder, there are all kinds of neat ways to share your computer with other computers on your network and things like that. I noticed one of the options was labeled "Web Sharing" and so I clicked on it. It told me that the link to my personal website is (okay that's not the real address but you get my point, it's basically IP address and your username.). So of course I had to go to that website and see what it said. It basically told me that this was the homepage of my own personal website and if I click that little web sharing option, then others would be able to see my webpage\website whenever I am online! How cool is that?

There is a folder in your user's folder with your name on it (Apple calls it your "home folder") and inside of that folder is another folder labeled "Sites" (so it's basically MacHD\Users\Your Name\Sites) and this is where you put all of your website files for your site. Right now, in my sites folder there is an index.html file and an images folder. The index file is basically the main page of your site and that is the first page you would edit to make your home page. Then you can add however many pages you like or photos, or even upload files for other people to download I believe. As long as your computer is online, people will be able to access your website. Just make sure you have Web sharing option on in your system preferences of course!
Also, I don't think this is specific to the Leopard Operating System. I'm just telling you what I was using and the instructions for that because I'm not completely sure about other systems. I do know that you can do it on Tiger and Panther but don't quote me on it!

I just thought this was a pretty cool thing and a lot of people don't seem to know about it. I didn't know! I just happen to be very nosy when it comes to certain things. I love to see how things work and find little tips and tricks. So I hope you all use us and send me your webpage if you want! I'd love to see what others have done!

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stick It by Tapfactory -- Review

My review for the
"Stick It
" iPhone app
by Tapfactory
Website link:

Stick it icon

Apple finally added Tapfactory's new app to its app store and I have to admit, it's pretty cool!
With so many apps to choose from in iTunes, I'm here to point out some specific ones for you, like "Stick It" by Tapfactory for the iPhone/iPod so read on!

First of all, the icon is cute and definitely relevant to the app itself. It's a picture of some sticky notes of course (image shown above and links directly to the app website not iTunes). It starts up very quickly and runs smoothly on my iPhone 3G and offers lots of customization options.

The user interface is so self-explanatory that even the most technically challenged users will be able to use this app with no problems in my opinion.
It's pretty straightforward, and does exactly what it says it will, but it makes creating reminders fun.

You can create regular looking sticky notes or choose from a va
riety of styles and colors, then add your text and choose from the list of included fonts which also includes the option to change the color and size of your text (which can be extremely helpful for fitting text perfectly on any note style you choose, big or small).
Last is the option of backgrounds which include brick walls, steel, paper and many others. If you don't like any of those, use your own photos stored on your iPhone or take a picture! The note styles also include many different talk bubbles if you feel like turning your picture into a comic! I love that feature!
All of these options are created easily with the touch of a well labeled button or swipe of the screen. I had absolutely no problem navigating and performing everything I wan
ted to do with this app. Honestly, they could not make it any easier to use this!

After creating your note you can export it to your photo folder on your iPhone, then just add it as your background and it will appear on your lock screen so it's the first thing you see when you turn on your iPhone or iPod! Perfect for important reminders! There's also a preview button so you can see how it will look before you save it.
I love the idea they showed on the demo video using a metal plate as your note and adding your info as the text so if your phone is lost the first thing they will see is where they can return it! The note style and background is a great touch to make it look stylish.
I also love the comic effect you can add t
o your own photos for a fun, personal touch. Check out the examples I posted that were all created in this app in my personal photo with a comic note added for fun.
Add one note or many! The choice is yours!

Problems Experienced:

The only problem I actually had with this app was when I was scrolling through the note styles. It appeared to be stuck and would not swipe to the next screen (the note style choices are the same format as your iPhone home screens where you are to swipe to the next screen for the next note style and when you choose one, you would tap the note itself).
I spoke to the developer about this and was informed me that I needed to swipe above or below the note in order to move from screen to screen. I was actually tryin
g to swipe on the note itself in the middle of each screen.
I went into the app again to see if that was actually the problem and sure enough, it was! Swiping above and below the note made the transitions much easier. So I thought I would mention this in case you got this app and thought it was not working properly like I had thought. This was the only thing not apparent.

Additional Information:

I'm told an update was submitted to Apple already and I
believe they will be adding more choices to customize your notes in future updates. In my personal opinion, this developer seems genuinely dedicated to the apps they create and distribute.
I can comfortably recommend this app to anyone who is looking for something like this or just likes these kind of apps. The amount of options available is just awesome and worth the small price. Now go get it!

Links for "Stick It" App:

My personal images created in "Stick It"
(you can click each image to view a larger version)

Go to developer website for more images and information.

Quote from website:
Stick It

The most versatile custom reminder tool for your iPhone/iPod. Quickly, and easily create wallpapers for your lockscreen.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Forget Type Tweeting!

Note: Links open webpage not iTunes

Has anybody ever tried audio tweets?
Well I've been playing around with this new app for my iPhone called TweetMic and it's actually pretty cool. I guess if twitter is technically for busy people then TweetMic would be for really really busy people! Now you don't even have to type your messages, you just speak into the app to record a "Tweetcast" (as they call it) and if you want to write a little message, it gives you a space for that, then just send! It automatically posts to your twitter account. It cannot get any easier!

If you don't want to type a message, they actually have a default message already in place that says "listen to my audio tweet". That's pretty self explanatory, right?
I love it, but it's a little awkward for me because I'm one of those people that hears their voice in a recording and can't believe that it's them LOL! Yes it's silly but we are who we are. I will however post a TweetMic post for just this occasion on my twitter account to announce this blog post and then I'll probably never do it again, ha ha! Seriously though, I do think it's a really cool idea for those of us who are comfortable with that sort of medium and this app actually accomplishes the task at hand rather well.

It's only $.99 at the app store what are u waiting for?

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Cool New Sticky App!

What could be better then a sticky note to keep all your little reminders right there on your iPhone screen? A sticky note app that you can customize to your hearts content!

TapFactory just submitted a new app to Apple called "Stick It" and it seems really cool!
There is nothing better than having options and "Stick It" gives you a lot! You can change the note style from your average everyday looking sticky note to a cool looking metal plate, and lots more! They also let you customize the font style, size and color! I can just see myself playing with the customizations constantly! I love stuff like this. So if you're anything like me and you love to play around with styles, colors and fonts, then you'll probably love this too! Our iPhone's look great so why shouldn't we make our reminders look great too? Hopefully now we can!

Let's just hope Apple gets on the approval process quickly so we can all try it out!
I'll Definitely post again when it comes out and let you know if it lives up to the hype!

New iPhones in July??

Could it be true? According to a few rumours it could very well be true for July 17th and Im a little excited.
I did just get my iPhone technically but I'll happily upgrade for the improvements!

-32 GB
-longer battery life
-better camera
And more! How can u NOT upgrade??
Well no real confirmation from Apple yet but it's looking like a real possibility! My birthday is in July so I can't think of a better present! Happy birthday to me!

Ill post my sources later cuz I'm posting this from my iPhone right now :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Google App Easter Egg Secret!

Download FREE Google Mobile App Here -- this link will open up iTunes.

For those who don't know, Google added an Easter egg to their new app which is kind of neat.
If you don't have the app, download it from the link above.
Open the program, go to settings and scroll down until a new option appears
called "Bells and Whistles" (see image below). Just keep scrolling down until it pops up.
I won't tell you what's inside their because I don't want to ruin it for you.
Don't you love little tricks like this? I do!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Why Twitter?

What is so special about Twitter? When the service first came out, I completely ignored it and then I started hearing about it everywhere! So I decided to go back and check it out, but I still just didn't get it and had no idea why so many people were hooked on it.... especially celebrities!

I was already a member of Facebook and MySpace which already had that status feature plus a whole lot more. They couldn't understand why people chose a service that only had one thing instead of the services that offered plenty.
Then I started thinking about it and realized that the biggest reason I didn't always go onto Facebook or MySpace was because I always felt obligated to keep it updated and write blogs or edit pages...etc... it seemed like a chore almost and that's when it clicked! Twitter it is like a modern way of communication without having to put too much effort into it or something like that. Since it's only asking you for a status message (a short one at that!) It's easy to just get in, make a quick update, and get out!
It's like communication for busy people! LOL!

So anyway, I've been on Twitter for a few weeks now and I'm actually really starting to like it. I've had a few good conversations and just basically had fun without any real hassles. I guess you could say I understand it now. What I really like is that a lot of celebrities that are on Twitter, actually take the time to post themselves and interact with their fan base instead of getting some robotic assistant to reply for them. I guess it makes it easier for them too. I am still technically new to the whole Twitter game, but time will tell.

Okay so now I've been looking at Twitter apps so I can do everything from my iPhone. It's strange because there is like one Facebook app and like a million Twitter Apps on ITunes so How Can You Choose? It's Crazy!
So far I've tried a few and I seem to keep coming back to "Twitterrific Premium" and I'm not completely sure why but it definitely seems like I can do pretty much everything on this one including delete some tweets which is pretty important because I accidentally send tweets all the time and with a few other apps, I've had to close out and go on another app to delete. This definitely becomes a hassle. I want all my features in one spot. Although Tweetie is pretty cool too. My favorite feature on that app is when you check out somebody's profile, they give you the option to read all the posts that users write to that person. For instance you look at a profile, and one of the options says "search @screenname" which brings up a screen with all the people that have been posting to the person and normally well on other apps, you have to type that in manually. Screen name obviously wouldn't say screen name,,, it would say the actual persons name of whoever's profile you are looking at. For those who aren't familiar with what I'm talking about, when you go to view someone's Twitter page, it only shows what that person is typing. So if you're reading it, you just see somebody answering a whole bunch of questions but you never see the questions,,,, unless of course you type it in manually and search but that's a pain in the butt.
I'm probably really confusing right now LOL! Hopefully somebody will understand what I'm saying.
Okay well I guess that's all I have to say for now.
Until next time.......

In the meantime check out.....
29 Twitter Apps for the iPhone Compared

Monday, May 11, 2009

GMate Mail for GMail

GMate Mail for Gmail

GMate Mail for GMail
Release Date: May 09, 2009
Genre: Utilities
© 2009 TripleSpin Solutions

Click the image to open in full size.

GMate Mail for Gmail (link will open up iTunes)

I just bought this app from iTunes and I think it is really great! I use this extension on Firefox called Gmail Manager where you can put multiple Gmail accounts and it and check them with just a click of the button and I love that because I have so many Gmail accounts to check.
Now somebody made this kind of thing for iPhone and it works really well. You can add multiple Gmail accounts and use a simple pulldown menu to change accounts and the mail shows up more like it does when you check mail through the browser. Whenever I check using iPhone's mail system, it always seems limited and doesn't always show me everything but this app solves that problem for me.

It runs rather quick in my opinion and it is just really useful for people like me with more than one Gmail account. It's only $.99 and I think it was really worth it. I just thought that I would mention it here in case anyone didn't know about it.

Another thing I forgot to mention, it also allows you to view web pages in the app right
through Google just as if you were actually on the Google homepage. All the links are
there to calendar, Web, news,,,etc.. and you can even view image searches on it.
It is exactly like using the Google homepage from the regular web.
There is also a button that lets you open the page in Safari if you don't like
looking through this app or if you want to save a bookmark since this doesn't have that ability.

It also supports landscape view and you can type in landscape view.
I keep learning new things about this as I play with it.
I definitely recommend it! For $.99 how can you go wrong? LOL well I guess you can go wrong
but I think this is worth it.

It's just really cool!

Small Update:

I've had a chance to play with it a little more and even talked to the developer.
There were a few problems at first like the spacebar was totally unresponsive when trying to write an e-mail and honestly, how can you write an e-mail without spaces?
Also there was a strange error whenever I looked at a webpage through the app and try to go back to e-mail.
I talked to the developer and he was very responsive about addressing problems and fixing them. So far these things have not been an issue since speaking with them and I feel confident that this person will actually try to improve this app and not forget about it.

I also asked about the push feature and being able to use your iPhone contacts for e-mails. He wouldn't say specifically but I am getting the feeling that these features may be added soon. One can only hope! I really do want to use this more often but unfortunately the iPhone e-mail is the only one that is truly integrated with the rest of the phone features. We'll just have to wait and see!


Friday, May 1, 2009

Sing or Hum a tune...

To find out the name of the song! There is this cool little iPhone app called midomi that I just found out about and it's just like Shazam except so much more!

With this app, you can actually sing or hum a tune and it will guess what the song is.
I've tested it out a little bit and it's not so great at guessing with my singing ,,HaHa,,, but yours might be better? (It did actually guess a few songs I sang very badly LOL)... It also has the same feature as Shazam where you can play it a song and many other ways to identify that song you're trying to figure out the name of.
I just love this one because it has a whole bunch of stuff all in one so you can't go wrong!

It was actually free when I got it but now it seems to be $2.99.
I do really think it's a pretty good app although I can't be your judge and I definitely can't make you spend the money but if you have it to spare, I say go for it! They have actually upgraded it since I first used it and it's now called "midomi Ultra"! I don't know if I could justify spending the money on this when shazam is free because I don't know if I would have purchased it had I not gotten it for free but the choice is up to you of course!

Click here to open iTunes right to the "midomi Ultra" page.

midomi Ultra Website
Melodis Corporation
Release Date: May 05, 2009
Genre: Music
© 2009 Melodis Corp

Monday, April 27, 2009

Arranging iPhone Apps across Screens

I don't know how anyone else manages to move their numerous apps across all those screens on their phone but I thought I would mention how I do it.
I used to actually move them one at a time, screen by screen but then this became extremely frustrating and time-consuming. Especially when I started to really collect a lot of apps!

So now what I do, is I temporarily remove the icons from my dock (that little strip on the bottom of your iPhone screen where you usually put your most frequently used icons) and replace them with the apps I want to move. Then I just flip to whatever screen I want to place them on and pull them off the dock. When I'm done moving all my apps that I want to move, I just put my original icons back on the dock and I'm done!
It's nothing genius but at least it gives me the ability to move 4 apps at a time, without having to go page by page. I think it's a lot quicker but that's just my opinion!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

I gave in to Jailbreaking my iPhone!

Yes I know some people think it is horrible to do this to your beautiful iPhone and risk screwing it up. I actually thought that to then maybe I still do to a point but here is my take or rather how I came to the decision.

I've only had my iPhone for a few weeks and being one of the latecomers to the iPod\iPhone craze, I got a really good deal and didn't have to pay insane amounts of money for the pleasure. So technically it's not as big of a loss to me if something goes wrong as it would be for someone who paid like 700 $$800 for their phone.
In the beginning I kept wondering what the point of Jail breaking was. They have so many free applications available and it already looks pretty nice. So I was already decided I would most likely not attempt any kind of Jail breaking and I didn't think I needed to. Then I saw a friend of mine on Facebook post his different themes he put on his iPhone and I started to get a little envious but still not enough to do it to my own phone. However, it was always in the back of my mind nagging at me.

Searching the Web for new iPhone information, I ran across an article called "Why Jailbreak iPhone " and it had some really good points.
First of all it said that it was risk-free (and I'm not an idiot, I know nothing is risk-free) which was really nice to hear even if it isn't always true.
Next he went on to list other things you could do with your Jailbroken phone and I was pretty much sold but I still needed more info. After all, I still loved my iPhone the way it was and really didn't want to have to go without it because it turned into a paperweight.

I looked up information on how to actually do it and it surprised me how easy it was. Plus I like that you can restore your phone back to before the jailbreak if you don't like it. Keep in mind, that I am on Windows XP and the method I used was for somebody who NEVER intends to unlock their phone. I don't know if that's what made it easier, but it was definitely simple. I watched a video of someone else doing it just to make sure I knew what to expect (I chose this YouTube video at random so I don't know if there are any much better for not) and then I was ready! By the way, it was a really good thing that I watched that video first because at the end of the software installation, it looks like your phone freezes forever and I probably would have turned it off if I didn't know any better but in the video he mentions that it takes about 12 minutes toward the end after your phone reboots so keep that in mind!

I backed up my phone just in case, but I did not restore it to factory settings before jailbreak. Surprisingly, no one ever mentions whether you need to start the Jail breaking with a freshly restored phone or if you can just run it over your phone the way it is. I took a chance on that one! I left everything intact the way it was and downloaded the software to jailbreak (It was called QuickPwn-2.2 and I found it through a search on Google) and ran it. That was it! It took a total of 12 to 15 minutes and when my phone restarted everything was exactly the same except now there was a new icon for Cydia and one for Installer. I must admit that I was kind of scared and crossing my fingers as I waited for it to finish. Now that it's done, I'm extremely happy and don't regret it at all!

For anyone that's wondering, after I jailbroke my phone, I was still able to use my iTunes apps and I was still able to sync with iTunes, I had all my contacts, text messages, photos, app data. Honestly, everything was exactly the same and iTunes worked exactly the same.
Since I had a backup anyway though, I did attempt to restore my phone to make sure I could go back and it worked fine. Everything went back to normal Apple standards and I Jailbroke my phone again.

My experience went well but it could've gone badly for any number of reasons so if you're going to do it, make sure you think hard and read everything you can before you attempt it so there are no surprises!

Now here is my pretty new theme:

P.S. I don't condone stealing apps from the app store. There are a numerous amount of things available through Cydia and other sources if you just take the time to look. Plus most of the apps are either free or pretty reasonably priced.
I still buy and download from iTunes as usual!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Unlock iEmoji FOR FREE!! Legally

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This does not require your phone to be jailbroken but I think it does require 2.2 firmware.

DO NOT PAY for an Application to Unlock iEmoji!!! It can be done for FREE with a FREE application from iTunes NOT a paid one! (Link posted below)
I took a screenshot with some simple instructions on how to use this on your iPhone to unlock these cute little pictures for use in texting, e-mailing, Instant Messenging and even websites like Facebook. The catch is, in most places like Facebook (any webpages), e-mailing and such, only other iPhone users will be able to see them and they must be looking at them with their iPhone of course.

How I found this little trick:
one day I was checking out the iEmoji app and thought it was really cool but really didn't want to pay two dollars for that. So I did a search on iTunes with the word "iEmoji" and this application called "Spell Number" popped up which piqued my curiosity. I just read a few reviews and found out that this FREE app also unlocks those cute little iEmoji's.... and it does it for free! So now I wanted to share with everyone else because I don't think people should have to pay for something that is available for free.

- First of all follow my link (which opens iTunes to the app "Spell Number") and download the FREE app "Spell Number" to your iPhone.
Open the program and type in the number on the image shown below.
Do not do anything else after typing this number except close the app.
- Next go into your iPhone settings Under settings, go to "General"
then scroll down to "Keyboard"
scroll down again and go to "International Keyboards"
next, scroll down to "Japanese"
in their should be an option that says "Emoji" and just turn it on.
If the option is not there, then you probably typed the wrong number in so go out and do it all over again.

Next go into something you can type in like "Notes" and on your keyboard you will now see a little icon next to the space bar that opens up the menu for the new icons and that's it!

You can choose to delete the app after you unlocked the iEmoji. I keep it around in case I might need it again.

Now go tell everyone you know that has an iPhone so you can text each other with cute pictures LOL ;)

There are lots more iEmoji's but I just typed a few to show what they are.

This link will open up iTunes to the "Spell Number" app.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

iPod Option

I found something cool on the Internet (on eBay actually). Before I got my iPhone I first bought an iPod Touch and was upset because it didn't have a microphone. Well now I see this nifty little gadget that I could have used. It's a little microphone that plugs in to the earphone jack on your iPod! How cool is that?

I'm still happy that I bought my iPhone but it's nice to know there are always options!

Monday, April 20, 2009

My iPhone Obsession

Ever since I got my iPhone I've been lately obsessed with it and finding all kinds of stuff on the Internet and everywhere but no one to share with.
So I decided to create this blog to share information on whatever I'm obsessed with at the moment and right now that happens to be my iPhone 3G.

I bought it a few weeks ago from AT&T but then they went up for sale so I called them up all ready to complain but they gave me no argument. Instead the AT&T guy was very pleasant to talk to and credited my money back (around $60) within 5 minutes. Not to mention I only spent about 5 seconds on hold after the automated service told me I would be waiting 10 minutes. So the entire experience was actually really great and made me pretty happy with AT&T.... for now anyway.

I also bought my iPhone refurbished and had a slight problem with the voicemail button not working properly. So I called them up about that and spoke to a nice woman who quickly set up a replacement to be sent to me immediately. I actually received a replacement the next morning which surprised the heck out of me! Both units were in brand-new condition with the exception of the voicemail button which may or may not have been something I did, but I won't go into that hehe.
As of right now, I would have to recommend AT&T because I've had nothing but great experiences with them so far.