Monthly Archives: September 2008

PDANet iPhone how-to guide

PDANet for the iPhone is the first application to truly offer you an option for sharing your iPhone’s internet connection with your computer. It doesn’t use proxy or socks protocols with complex setup procedures; it simply turns your iPhone into a wireless router. This is a step by step how-to guide on getting PDANet up and running with your iPhone with Windows Vista.

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True modem for your iPhone, internet sharing for your computer

NetShare was the first application that gave users a taste of internet sharing/tethering (if only for 20mins), and now PDANet delievers the whole package. Apple’s app store it would appear does not allow applications to be sold on their store that allows tethering, software that basically turns your iPhone into a modem. NetShare got on to the store but was taken down, then put up again and finally taken down for good. Other applications have been released available to people who have jail broken there phone via Cydia. These included iPhoneModem zsrelay and iPhoneModem by Addition. These both work via a protocol called socks 5 which works like a proxy. It requires you to setup socks 5 info in your programs that use the internet (such as Firefox) or installing an application that will re-route all the internet traffic for all programs on your computer for you. Both of these things require some work and in many cases don’t work in a lot of configurations. PDANet is different however, read on to find out why.

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Using your iPhone as a portable storage device or thumbdrive

The iPhone is this year’s hottest gadget, and with a list as long as of features it is a shock to some new iPhone owners that the device lacks the ability to use the device as a massive thumbdrive. With a minium of 8GB and max of 16Gb storage capasity definatly isnt the limiting factor. It would seem that this would be a corporate limitation that has stopped this feature, although it seems strange that this feature can be found on older modes of the iPod and iPod shuffle. It could be that they feel this would open up the device to hackers, although the rule with hacking is not if, but when (its only a matter of time till something get hacked). Read on to find out how to turn your iPhone into a thumbdrive.

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iPhone 2.1 update to fix 3G

Just days after the launch of the 2.1 updated for the iPod touch Apple has released it for the iPhone. The list of claimed improvments is quite impressive however only time will tell of the degree of improvments, if any at all. Major points include 3G signal strength display and improved battery life. After I have road tested this update for a few days I will report back on my experiences. Continue reading for the full list of improvments.


iPhone 2.1 Software Update

iPhone version 2.1 contains many bug fixes and improvements, including the following:

•  decrease in call set-up failures and call drops
•  significantly improved battery life for most users
•  dramatically reduced time to backup to iTunes
•  improved email reliability, notably fetching email from POP and Exchange accounts
•  faster installation of 3rd party applications
•  fixed bugs causing hangs and crashes if you have lots of 3rd party applications
•  improved performance in text messaging
•  faster loading and searching of contacts
•  improved accuracy of the 3G signal strength display
•  repeat alert up to two additional times for incoming text messages
•  option to wipe data after ten failed passcode attempts
•  Genius playlist creation