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.