Here is a great site for the real time tracking of Columbia HTC Cycling team members on the Tour De France. It provides the GPS location, Speed, Heart Rate, Power and Cadence. I wish I had the heart rate of these guys when I ride...
Verizon placed a full page ad in the New York Times this week with the following copy:
"And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make calls."
I agree with Macworld assertion that even though "all's fair in love and advertising", why would Apple provide their device to a company making disparaging public comments about the device they would sell if they could.
Users are reporting 100KB upload max on MacRumors in major metropolitan areas. MacRumors link I can attest to that. Here is my Speedtest.net history.
You can see a 1586Kbps on 6/30 and starting 7/2 100Kbps is the max I can get. Is this a cap or a technical problem? I think it has to be the latter given that before iPhone 4, I was getting 150Kbps. If it is a cap that would not be too cool. -- Post From My iPhone
I wish Verizon Business had their act as together as the FIOS division, I am struggling with getting business fiber installed. The orders are taking forever and it seems to be more of a process and corporate culture issue, than with the technology. Maybe the FIOS division needs to take over Verizon Business' fiber network...
Antenna issue: With all of the hubbub this week regarding the antenna issue, I am glad it has not impacted my use. I think you may have to really go out of your way to make it happen. That said, it is clear that this is a black eye for Apple and they need to address it. As I was writing this entry Apple released a statement defining the problem as software related and (http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/07/02appleletter.html) they will be issuing an update in the next couple of weeks.
I have used an INCIPIO silicon case with my 3G and 3GS, and plan to do the same with my iPhone 4. I used my 3GS case initially which was loose on the iPhone 4 and was looking at a silicon case from Zagg, the makers of the Invisible Shield. I was in Montgomery Mall on Thursday and saw an Invisible Shield booth right in front of the Apple store, what great marketing. I wanted to stop by but there was a line and I did not have time to wait. Bottom line, with or without a software fix the antenna issue won't be an issue for me. Yesterday, I happened to be at a Radio Shack looking for a weird battery, anyway I saw they had an iPhone 4 INCIPIO silicon case for $14.99 and I purchased it. I think this is a great case, although the included screen protector is so so. I find it very bizarre that Radio Shack is not promoting their cycling team with Lance Armstrong in their stores by selling team stuff. It would help promote cycling as well as their brand.
Battery: In the first couple of days of use, I got concerned about battery life, but that seems to have worked itself out after several full charges. I can now attest that battery life is much better than my 3GS and by 5 PM I am still above 50%. Unless I am using the iPhone 4 heavily during the day it looks like I can forgo my midday charge. Yesterday, I used it pretty heavily with over an hour of Slinging and by 9 PM I still had 25% left.
All in one inbox: I love having access to multiple Exchange mailboxes in one view. I can't even do that with Outlook 2010, or at least have not figured out how to create a view with my two Exchange accounts. Unfortunately, Apple still does not support flags, how do they prioritize email in Cupertino, maybe they don't or they use folders which I think only addresses part of the email organization problem.
I knew there was a reason I was keeping my old Think Outside Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard from my Windows Mobile days. Windows Mobile and for that matter Blackberry and Palm had Bluetooth keyboard profiles in 2005. Apple has finally implemented the keyboard profile for both the iPad and now the iPhone.
The Apple keyboard profile is compatible with the Think Outside (acquired by iGo) StoweAway keyboard.
Here is a picture of my 5 row Bluetooth keyboard paired to my iPhone 4. The fn + key don't seem to work which makes sense but otherwise it is fully functional. There is also a smaller 4 row keyboard which is available on eBay northwards of $170. It has crossed my mind to sell it but I like the portability.
The month of June is such a great month for Apple iPhone users. We usually get access to the next hardware model and the latest major release of the iOS.
You have to give credit to Apple for plodding along on a regular basis delivering both hardware and software updates. Which other smartphone maker does that? I had been a long time Windows Phone user, tried Android and one of the most annoying aspects of owning a device using those OS' was the lack of regularity and delivery of updates to your specific device. Not that the iPhone is perfect (there is still room for much improvement, i.e. mail flags and Bluetooth AVCRP next/last track), but knowing that I will get regular updates and will not be forced to buy a new phone on a yearly basis (yes, the original iPhone is no longer supported) to receive those updates goes a long way to making me an Apple iPhone fan.
Memorial Day is a United States public holiday that takes place on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. Today, many Americans use Memorial Day weekend to also honor family members who have passed away.
The weekend of June 12th and 13th, the US Air Force is sponsoring three cycling events; the Clarendon Cup, the Crystal Cup, and the Crystal Ride. All of these events are in support of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. One of the goals of this fund is to support the design and construction of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), an advanced facility dedicated to research, diagnosis and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health issues. On Sunday June 13th, I plan on riding as a member of Team Intrepid Heroes.