There is finally a simple iPhone app to allow Gmail push notifications. Can’t wait every 15 minutes for your iPhone to automatically check your email? This app is for you and the reviews have been pretty good. Push notifications allow you to receive a new email rather than having your mail application check (or pull) for new email. Simply turn on the app, enter your Gmail username and password (running over encrypted SSL) and you can get push notifications with From and Subject fields. It supports a variety of alerts such as sounds, badge, or vibrate.
Remember how high-tech hidden cameras were in action movies? These rogue tools are now accessible to almost everyone. Miniature cellphones come with video recording capabilities like the iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 3G can also record video after it has been jailbroken with the Cycorder or Video Recorder app from the Cydia store. These devices are small enough to be hidden almost everywhere. ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews was recently a victim of a spy camera.
The Spy Camera Finder will help you find hidden spy cameras in your hotel, locker room, or next vacation. Just look through the view finder and scan your room to detect the location of hidden cameras (even if they are off). It works by using “optical” augmentation” to locate video cameras.
For $87, it is reasonable and affordable way to protect your privacy. It is also small and lightweight enough to be portable.
Via Gadget Grid
PayPal developers are sweating trying to fix an API that is preventing PayPal’s online purchasing service from working. Website buyers and vendors are reporting that online sales purchases are not going through. We can only imagine the millions of dollars lost every minute the online merchant is down.
Update as of noon, PayPal services are slowly coming back online. Whew! What a test for Cloud Computing.
Apple is releasing their next version of the widely successful Mac OS X Leopard now to be called (very originally) Snow Leopard for pre-order on Amazon.com. Are they running out of felines names to call? This timely release competes with Apple’s arch nemesis Microsoft with their Windows 7.
Snow Leopard is currently the number one best seller in the software category at the affordable $29 single, upgrade version. Windows 7 isn’t even on the list of top ten.
Snow Leopard Features
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard is built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability as well as industry-leading support for Internet standards
- Improvements include a more responsive Finder, new look and features for Exposé and Stacks, quicker Time Machine backup, faster common tasks and installation, a smaller install footprint, and plenty more
- New core technologies unleash the power of today’s advanced hardware technology and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation: 64-bit computing, multicore-optimization, OpenCL, QuickTime X, and more
- With virtually no effort on your part, Mac OS X protects itself–and you–from viruses, malicious applications, and other threats
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use Mail, iCal, and Address Book at home and at work
Is exclusive relationship between the Death Star (aka AT&T) and Apple reaching the breaking point as well?
The FCC recently sent AT&T, Apple and Google a letter of questions in regards to the removal of Google Voice App for the iPhone. AT&T has kept quiet until recently and now showing it’s true selfish colors but blaming publicly that it is all on Apple
“AT&T does not manage or approve applications for the App Store. We have received the letter and will, of course, respond to it.”
Now, it doesn’t take a genius to know that AT&T more than likely do not have paper trails that could hold them liable for anti-competitive behavior. Nope, a phone call to Steve Jobs to have him authorize the removal of Google Voice app will do just fine. Google Voice iPhone App can offer free SMS messaging which competes with AT&T and other telecom companies highly lucrative paid SMS service. Typically, you are paying for both incoming and outgoing text message. This isn’t true when it comes to receiving an international phone call. Only the person making the call has to pay. The recipient does not.
It will be very interesting to hear the responses from Apple and AT&T for the FCC inquiry in the coming days.
I was recently aware of this problem when I noticed I wasn’t getting visual voicemail for the past several weeks. I dialed and held the #1 on my keypad to see if I missed any voicemail. Turns out I had over 20 business and personal messages. So I Googled only to find out this problem has been going on for weeks and has appeared on both CNET and TechCrunch.
This leads to my rant on why the Visual Voicemail issue isn’t even the worst part. What really bothered me was AT&T’s lack of responsibility to notifying and informing their customers of this issue so people could manually check their voicemail until this issue has been resolved. AT&T is aware of this problem and has been supposedly working on a fix for several weeks now. Therefore, it is absolutely inexcusable for AT&T not to publicize this failure. Voicemail is an integral to our lives as email.
I contacted AT&T Tech Support twice and both customer service representatives were not aware of this problem. How can a system wide issue not be communicated to even their own support staff?
My real estate agent was also missing my voicemail until I told her about this issue. She’s had several dozen messages that were missed. Another friend of mine missed over 40 messages. How much loss in business do you think could have been prevented if AT&T advised their customers to check their voicemail manually? What has changed? There were not any new features in Visual Voicemail that could have broken it!
Our GadgetMETER writer, Jay Chang, made a wonderful suggestion: switch to Google Voice. Which is exactly what HE did.
Here is our laundry list of complaints with the Death Star known as AT&T….and yes, I cannot wait for the Class Action Lawsuit. Maybe George Lucas will make another Star Wars Trilogy.
- AT&T did not notify customers about a known issue with visual voicemail causing loss of business and life disruptions.
- Poor 3G service in New York City and San Fransisco. Would you bother upgrading to 3GS knowing you would get shady service in these cities?
- Long term contracts. I get it. The contracts help subsidize the iPhone purchase. However, AT&T has taken advantage of this by overcharging because Verizon is not in the iPhone game. Once Verizon is, I’m giving AT&T a two fingered salute goodbye!
- Still no official 3G tethering. I’ve heard they are planning to charge more. Why does AT&T plan to rape their customers? We already paid for the data plan, it shouldn’t matter what devices use it. Comcast Internet doesn’t charge me extra for additional devices I use on my Wi-Fi connection at home. If you want to do a simple hack to tether the iPhone 3.0, check out our post here.
- Telecom companies have never been known to innovate and move technology forward. It’s always been Silicon Valley. Once we move to Wi-Max and Google offers its own low cost or free universal Internet Access, I would excpect to see low cost data and voice plans.
If you are having iPhone visual voicemail problems, try these steps from CNET. It didn’t work for me but apparently it worked for others.
I cannot imagine all the problems in people’s lives this has caused. Share your stories with us.
One of the few things in the world of computers and gadgets that still drives me nutz are cables. Everything requires cables. Cables everywhere. Which cable is that again? I don’t know, let me follow it through this mess until I discover it’s source. Ugh.
Until that magic day (soon coming from what I understand) where almost everything (including power) can go wireless though, I’m stuck coming up with solutions to manage, organize, and hopefully hide the cord mess that clutters up my otherwise impeccable workstation. It’s the type A in me. I can’t help it!
Fortunately I found DOTZ. A cable organizing and labeling system that’s not only practical but looks really good too.
Color coded with the ability to number and label so you know which set of cables is which, which item you are depriving power from, and which peripheral you are about to unplug. Never again accidentally unplug your iPod while it’s still syncing! Or one of your three external hard drives without unmounting it first (if I had a nickel for every time I did that!).
Each packs are just $10 a piece for either eight reusable cable ties or ten cable-buttons.
Check out their products here: Dotz product site