Tips: Paste Your Phone Number into DialPad

9 10 2009

You may have upgraded your iPhone to iPhone OS 3.1. There is one minor feature you may not know but you’ll definitely find it useful. It’s not an revolutionary feature but very handy:

Copy and paste phone number into the Dialpad

iPhone comes with a built-in capability to detect number as phone number, so you can tap and make the call directly. However, not all number are detected correctly as phone number. Before iPhone OS 3.1, when you come across such phone number in note, web page or documents, you need to memorize the phone number and key it in the dialpad. With the upgrade to 3.1, you can simply copy the phone number and paste it into the dialpad to make your call.

Copy & paste a phone number is the same as you copy any other text on iPhone. Simply tap on the phone number and hold for a second. iPhone will pop up a context menu for you to select and copy the phone number. With the text copied, go to Phone application and paste back the phone number to make your call.




Microsoft Releases iPhone?

9 06 2009

bingiconMicrosoft releases its new search engine called that intends to replace the search and challenges the leading position of Google. is now live and you can try it out yourself. But one tip to use the full-featured Bing is that you’ll need to set the country to United States. Otherwise, you may only see a stripped-down version of


Microsoft’s new search engine is pretty good. The interface is simple with an awesome image as the background, which will change daily. The search is very fast and the search results are much better that in I especially found the image search useful. The image search results can be filtered by size, layout, color, style (photograph / illustration) and people.

So, will I switch from Google to For now, the answer is no. The index size of Bing is relatively smaller than that of Google. I still feel more satisfied for the search result returned by Google, just based on a few test searches. And, of course, I already get used to Google’s simple interface.


And, one thing you and I may concern is whether works on iPhone. I launched mobile Safari on iPhone and type in Bing! It directs me to Live Search. Obviously, is still not iPhone (or even mobile) ready. Anyway, it’s good to see an early start of Bing and you can head to to test it out.

Amazon Kindle Store Are Optimizes For iPhone

24 05 2009

kindle_for_iphoneiconAmazon released a Kindle application for iPhone that lets you purchase Kindle-based book and read it on iPhone. If you have read my review on Amazon’s Kindle app, you probably know at that time, the Kindle store is not designed for iPhone. The Kindle app itself is great but the Kindle store is not easily to navigate and definitely drags customers away from purchasing books.

Just take a look at the old Kindle store, will you zoom in and out to shop around? Definitely not.


Now, Amazon achieves a great milestone for Kindle store, which is now optimized for iPhone Safari. As you launch the Kindle app and tap “Get Books” button, the app will take you to the iPhone-optimized Kindle store. The user experience is much better than the old one. It’s just simpler, less clutter and easier to navigate.

The home screen of Kindle store is pretty simple with just a search box and a few options that let you browse books by categories or look for top sellers. However, you may feel a bit strange when you perform a book search. Instead of displaying the search result inside the app, Kindle app shows the book result in iPhone’s Safari. After that, you can continue to navigate the store in Safari and buy books by using Amazon’s 1-click purchase.



Once the you purchase a book or download a sample chapter, the book is automatically downloaded right into your iPhone. And, you can immediately start reading it using the Kindle app. The iPhone-optimized Kindle store is a great improvement and definitely can attract more iPhone users to purchase Kindle books. But, it’s still not perfect. What I expect is a seamless experience that I can purchase books right inside in the Kindle app. Probably in a very near future, Amazon will take my request into account and rolls out a perfect Kindle app.

Apple To Release Tablet For $500-$700?

22 05 2009

There’s mounting evidence to suggest Applewill introduce its own tablet-based device that will sell for $700 or less, according to researchers for Piper Jaffray and relayed by AppleInsider.

“Between indications from our component contacts in Asia, recent patents relating to multi-touch sensitivity for more complex computing devices, comments from [chief operating officer] Tim Cook on the April 22nd conference call, and Apple’s acquisition of P.A. Semi along with other recent chip-related hires, it is increasingly clear that Apple is investing more in its mobile computing franchise,” analyst Gene Munster and his team wrote.

More specifically, the analyst said these investments will likely culminate with the launch of a touch-screen tablet with a display somewhere between 7- and 10-inches at a special event sometime in the first half of 2010.

The analyst believes the device will retail between $500 and $700 bridging the gap between the $399 iPod touch and the $999 MacBook. Read more here.



Stanford Offers Free iPhone Development Course

8 05 2009

stanford-iphone-prog-courseHere’s your chance to learn all the development skills to create a great iPhone application. Stanford University has been teaching iPhone development course since last year. The university is begins to offer free course materials and lecture videos for anyone who are interested in learning iPhone programming.

The iPhone Application Programming course is originally a 10-week computer science class (from Apr 1 to Jun 3), taught by two Apple employees in School of Engineering. Now, you are free to join the programme by downloading course presentation and lecture video via Stanford’s iTunes U. The lecture video will be available two days after the course meeting. The material that are available to the public is exactly the same as those received by students on campus. However, you’ll not receive any course credits from Stanford. This shouldn’t be the problem for those who just want to learn the iPhone development skills.


The first lecture was started on Apr 1. The presentation material and lecture video for this lecture is already available for download. It gives a basic introduction to iPhone programming, Objective-C and the development tools. For more information about the course, you can check out:

I have already downloaded the course presentation and is now grabbing the lecture video. Gone back to the old days, I admire I can study at Stanford University. I’m really thrilled that Stanford University offers a free chance for the general public to attend the lecture (virtually).

If you’re planning to create your iPhone application, go ahead to download the course material. Let’s join and study the course together. What do you think about the course? Feel free to leave comment below and share your view.

iPhone OS 3.0:Streaming Bluetooth Music To a Toyota Venza

8 05 2009

You may know that the upcoming iPhone OS 3.0 will let you stream audio via Bluetooth A2DP. A tech expert from has tested the iPhone 3.0 Beta and showed how you can stream music from iPhone to the audio system of a Toyota Venza via Bluetooth. That’s really cool. In future, you can throw away the audio adapters.

iPhone Turns Into Chrysler’s Peapod Car Key

8 05 2009

peapodIt’s not uncommon you can find iPod or iPhone integrated with music system of a car. With the popularity of iPhone, Chrysler tries to take one step further by turning iPhone into a car ignition key. Simply dock your iPhone and start up the car engine.



[Image Via AutoBlogGreen]

From Chrysler’s brochure, this concept will be implemented in its cute & economical-friendly car – Peapod. Not only you can use the iPhone as car key, Peapod lets you use iPhone as the entertainment system and a trip advisor, showing how much you can save by driving green. With the upcoming release of iPhone 3.0 and further innovations by Apple Engineers, we’ll soon see more innovative usage of iPhone. The device is just awesome!