Microsoft Releases Bing.com-For iPhone?

9 06 2009

bingiconMicrosoft releases its new search engine called Bing.com that intends to replace the Live.com search and challenges the leading position of Google. Bing.com 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 Bing.com.

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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 Live.com. 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 Bing.com? 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.

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





How to Passcode Lock Your iPhone

9 06 2009

We all worry about misplacing our precious phones or, worse yet, having them stolen. Some may even worry about snoopers trying to read our private info when we’re not looking. In case one of these things happen, you should really consider protecting all of your personal data on the device.

From the homescreen, tap the Settings icon. From there you will want to press the General tab.

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Once you are within the general settings tab you will see Passcode Lock is set to off.

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Now tap Passcode Lock and you will be prompted to enter a four digit passcode.

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After entering your four digit code you will now see the following options.

  • Require Passcode: allows you to select a time period that has to pass before the lock is enabled. If you don’t want to have to enter your code too frequently but still want some protection, you can set this to 15 minutes or even 1 hour or more.
  • Show SMS Preview: on by default, this shows incoming text messages on your homescreen. Turning this feature to off will only display “New Text Message” on the home screen, which can keep the identity of your texter safe from snooping eyes if that’s a concern.
  • Erase Data: simply erases all data on your iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. This is the nuclear option, but if you’re really worried about losing your iPhone and have really important data on it, it can be something to consider.

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Once you have configured your settings as you see fit, tap your home button to exit and that’s all there is to it. You have successfully passcode locked your iPhone. It’s as simple as that.





How To Reset Your iPhone When It’s Hung

8 05 2009

hard_reset_iphoneiconYou may have already experienced this…

Open up an iPhone application, it just freezes and hangs there. You probably try to press and hold the POWER button to turn off the iPhone, but it doesn’t respond.

This is not uncommon for you to encounter the above hang problem as you install more iPhone applications. A friend of mine, who have bought the iPhone 3G for around 2 weeks, gave me a call and asked for resolution.

So, what can you do to resolve this problem and bring your iPhone back to normal? For experienced iPhone user, you may know what to know. But for iPhone beginner, this hang may scare you. The solution is trivial and simple. What you have to do is to do a Hard Reset on the iPhone. To reset the iPhone, simply press the POWER/SLEEP button and Home button together. Hold them until you can see the boot screen, which is with black background and Apple logo. One point to note is you have to release both buttons at the same time.





How To Import SIM Contact To iPhone

21 03 2009

This quick tip is for you to start using your brand new iPhone. Simply go to “Settings” -> “Mail, Contacts, Calendar”, you can find an option called “Import SIM Contacts”. Then tap on it and iPhone will import all SIM contacts to your contacts list.

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Can’t find this option in Settings? You may be using an stone age iPhone with older version of firmware (Prior to firmware 2.0). For user with older version of iPhone, I’ll recommend you to upgrade to the latest firmware version. You can just upgrade it by using iTunes or upgrade using my guide here on how to unlock & jailbreak iPhone 2.2.1.





iPhone OS 3.0 Is Jailbreakable

21 03 2009

As you may already know, iPhone 3.0 offers over 100 new features including copy & paste, MMS, voice recording, etc. This update is huge and you’ll definitely want to upgrade your iPhone once it’s released this summer. See iPhone OS 3.0 features here.

iPhone Dev-Team confirmed that iPhone 3.0 Beta can be jailbreakable for both iPhone 2G & 3G. It’s incredible how iPhone Dev Team does that in so short period of time. But one thing the team stressed is that, DO NOT UPGRADE TO iPhone 3.0 directly for iPhone 3G when it is released. This will upgrade the baseband that your iPhone can no longer be unlocked using yellowsn0w:

And for those wondering, yes the 3.0 OS is jailbreakable on all devices. It’s just those using 3G yellowsn0w that have to show some restraint and wait for PwnageTool to create a custom IPSW that avoids the baseband update.

For those who are new to iPhone 3.0, it is the next version of iPhone firmware. Presently, it’s still in beta and available for iPhone developers. Apple is target to release it publicly this summer.





Guide To Sync Google Contacts & Calendar With iPhone

7 03 2009

Google announced the public release of Google Sync (BETA) that allows you to sync Google Contacts and Calendar events over the air. Any changes in your Google Contacts or Calendar will be pushed directly to your iPhone. If you’re a regular user of Gmail and Google Calendar, you’ll probably find Google Sync useful.

Note: Before your proceed and use Google Sync, you iPhone shoulde be running on iPhone 2.2 or latest firmware.

Backup Your Contacts Using iTunes

There is a catch in setting up Google Sync. All contacts and calendar events will be removed during the setup process and replaced with your contacts in your Google account. So, make sure you sync all contacts via iTunes to Google before configuring Google Sync.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer using USB cable
Step 2. Open the iTunes application.
Step 3. Select your iPhone and click “Info”.
Step 4. Check the “Sync Google Contacts” option and you’ll be prompted to enter your username & password of Google account.
Step 5. Enter your Google account and click “OK”.

Step 6. Click “Apply” to start upload your contacts to Google account.

Step 7. Wait until the sync process completes. All contacts on iPhone should have been uploaded to your Google account. You can login Gmail to further validate the contacts. The contacts should be found under your “My Contacts” group.

Configure Google Sync on iPhone

Step 8. On your iPhone home screen, tap “Settings” application.
Step 9. Next, tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”
Step 10. Tap “Add Account….”, followed by “Microsoft Exchange”.

Step 11.In the Email field, enter the name of the Google account.

Step 12. Leave it blank for the “Domain” field.
Step 13. Enter your Google Account email address for the “Username” field.
Step 14. For “Password” field, type in your Google Account password.
Step 15. Tap “Next” at the top of your screen.
Step 16. Next, a new “Server” field will show up. Enter “m.google.com”.
Step 17. Tap “Next” at the top of your screen again. You may be prompted with a warning message. Just “Accept” it.

Step 18. Select the “Contacts” and “Calendar” for sync. Presently, the “Mail” option is not supported yet. So, only enable “Contacts” and “Calendar”.

Step 19. Tap “Sync” to confirm the synchronization and then tap “Sync” again for the data loss warning.

Step 20. Google Sync should now erase all your Contacts and start synchronizing them from your Google account. So, if you go to “Contacts” on iPhone, you may find it empty. But don’t worry. Wait for a while and you’ll see the Contacts come up after complete the Sync.

Tip: For Contacts, all your iPhone contacts are placed under “My Contacts” group in your Google account. So, you find any contacts missing in iPhone. It’s probably the contact is not put into the “My Contacts” group and you’ll have to move it.

Testing Out Google Sync

As a common practice, Google released Google Sync as a Beta product. From my test on both Contacts and Calendar, the Sync works as advertised. After configuring Google Sync, try go up to Gmail and add a new Contacts in your “My Contacts” group. Or add a new event in your Google Calendar. You’ll find the contact or calendar event automatically push to your iPhone.

ut probably it’s still a Beta product, I find the Sync for Contacts is not instantly updated on my iPhone. Most of the time, I need to wait a few minutes until the new contact shows up on my iPhone. However, it seems I only got this delay problem with Contacts. For Calendar, as soon as I add a new event in Google Calendar, the event is right there when I launch my iPhone Calendar. As you can see there is an option for “Mail” in the Sync setting, I think Google will soon bring Push Mail to iPhone.





Google Book Search For iPhone

4 03 2009

google_book_search_logoWouldn’t be great to read free book on iPhone? Now, over 1.5 million public domain books in the US (and over half a million outside the US) are now available for iPhone access. The Google Book Search is now optimized for iPhone’s Safari browser, so you can read them anytime and anywhere.

To try out, point your iPhone to http://books.google.com/m and you’ll be brought to Google Book Search application for iPhone. The interface of the application is intuitive and the performance is pretty fast. You can search books by titles, authors or subjects. Or you can just browse by different book categories including business & economics, classics, drama, travel, etc.

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Once you select a book to read, the application will automatically put your book into a “My books” section, that you can easily access it next time. One drawback of the application is the book are pretty dated. Don’t expect you can find up-to-date book that you see in bookstore. Anyway, it’s great to see Google put more efforts on iPhone and bring 1.5 million electronic books to iPhone. Probably, in near future, we may be able to buy eBooks and see more up-to-date eBook on Google Book Search.

For more information about the release of Google Book Search for mobile, you can check out Google Book Search Blog.