Apple Posts Guide On How To Move Your Original iPhone Contents And Settings To iPhone 3G

Apple has posted a new article ‘How to replace an original iPhone with an iPhone 3G’ on Apple Support website that contains step-by-step guide on how to move the contents and settings on your first generation iPhone to iPhone 3G.

The steps basically require the use of iTunes (version 7.7 or later required) to back up the contents and settings of the original iPhone, and then connect the new iPhone 3G to restore the backup into it. You can transfer SMS messages, email accounts and passwords, photos, notes, and other personal settings from original iPhone to iPhone 3G.

Survey Shows 29% Japanese Consider iPhone Switch

Another good piece of news to build up the momentum before iPhone 3G is released this Friday July 11. This time it is from a survey published by kakaku.com, a price comparison portal in Japan for home appliances and electronic goods. The survey results show that many are considering purchasing the iPhone 3G, and about 29% of the other carriers’ subscribers are apparently considering switching in order to use iPhone. iPhone 3G will be released by SoftBank Mobile exclusively in Japan on July 11.

The survey results showed that the intention of buying the iPhone is strong among the respondents: Those who answered “I have already pre-ordered one,” “I will definitely purchase one,” “I intend to purchase one” or “I am considering purchasing one” accounted for 50.9% of all respondents, Kakaku.com said.

Reasons cited for why they want the iPhone 3G include “Because its functions seem interesting”,”Because its design is superior”,”Because its interface seems easy to use” and “Because I like Apple’s products”.

Kakaku.com portal conducted the survey from June 19 to June 25 and received 7,963 responses, about 90% of which are male respondents.

Source: TechOn!

Upgrade The RAM Memory Of Your Mac

Upgrading the RAM of your Mac is often the cheapest way to make programs run smoother. When you are running multiple programs at once, Mac OS X will swap the memory occupied by idle applications to hard disk when the active applications have insufficient RAM to work with. This constant swapping of memory to slower hard disk ‘slows down’ your computer. Increasing the RAM of your Mac does not increase the speed of the machine, it just makes the computer swap lesser and run at its optimal best.

We recommend a minimum of 2G for general computer usage. You will need as much RAM as possible if you run ‘heavy duty’ programs such as virtualization software (VMWare Fusion, Parallels Desktop), Photoshop, Aperture, digital audio video editing programs etc.

Buying RAM from Apple Store is notoriously expensive compare to compatible RAM that you can get elsewhere. For example the 4G memory kit (2x2GB SO-DIMMs 667MHz DDR2 PC2-5300) for MacBook Pro from Apple Store is $400. Compatible RAM from Crucial for the same 4G memory costs $104. We have been using compatible RAM on our Macs for quite sometimes with no problems whatsoever and do-it-yourself upgrading of RAM on your Mac is easy.

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iPhone 3G Line Starts At Apple Store New York A Week Ahead of Launch

Line for the iPhone 3G has started outside of Apple’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York, a week ahead of iPhone 3G’s launch on July 11. News is some people in the line are there to attempt to break the world record for waiting in line. We salute the people in the line, and what a way to spend your Fourth of July weekend and seven days of your life!

From GearDiary:

“This is the first line forming for the 3G iPhone at the flagship Apple 5th Avenue Store in New York City. About 10 people in line with the first two being a man and woman with a young child. I talked to the security guards and New York police who will allow everyone to stay and indicated that as of yet there are no plans to put out barricades. It appears that most (if not all) of the people in line are part of some group who may be either attempting to set a record for waiting in line or gain some publicity for themselves. It’s too early to tell if this is a hoax or whether these folks will stay in line through sun and rain for the next seven days”.

Number one in line is a man and woman with a baby, lets hope we don’t see the baby everyday for the next seven days. Are these people there for world record? Or for some kind of publicity stunts? Are they hired by Apple to hype up the launch? Will the line get longer and stretch over to wall street? Seven days to all the answers…

Source: GearDiary

Google Releases New Version Of Google Talk For iPhone And iPod Touch

google-releases-new-version-of-google-talk-for-iphone-and-ipod-touchGoogle has released a new version of Google Talk instant messaging application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Google Talk runs entirely under the Safari browser of iPhone and iPod Touch and there is no software to download or install. Just point your iPhone or iPod Touch browser to www.google.com/talk.

Announced the release yesterday in Google Mobile Blog, Google Talk for iPhone does not provide the same always on experience as the desktop version due to its web application nature:

There are some differences from using Google Talk on your computer. For instance, in order to receive instant messages with Google Talk on your iPhone, the application needs to be open in your Safari browser. When you navigate away to another browser window or application, your status will be changed to “unavailable” and your Google Talk session will be restarted when you return.

It is great to see more instant messaging platform release on iPhone, providing alternative to traditional SMS text messaging available on mobile phone. With AOL AIM Client confirmed for iPhone, let’s hope we get MSN/Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger on board soon. Market share estimate that AIM has about 50 percent of the instant messaging market, followed by MSN/Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. Google Talk has about 2.5 percent of the market, according to Nielsen Online.

Reddit On iPhone

reddit-on-iphoneReddit is one of the social news bookmarking site that we like to visit, it is similar to Digg where community votes for the news to be on the front page. There is now an iPhone friendly version available at http://reddit.buxfer.com, made possible by Buxfer.

This is the best you could get to read Reddit on your iPhone, there is no news if Reddit is working on its own iPhone version. The iPhone version of Digg is at http://digg.com/iphone

Apple Dropping Web Access To .Mac Bookmarks On July 06

apple-dropping-mac-web-access-to-bookmarks-july-06Apple posted on its .Mac website to inform .Mac subscribers that web access to bookmarks stored on .Mac account will be taken offline on July 06. Web access allows subscribers to access to their bookmarks stored in .Mac from a web browser, similar to Google Bookmarks service. Without web access, subscribers will need to sync their .Mac bookmarks to local computers or iPhone to access them.

This is part of Apple .Mac online service’s transition to MobileMe. Beside web access to bookmarks, other .Mac features dropping from MobileMe include .Mac slides, iCards, and .Mac Sync if you use OS X 10.3.

MobileMe will let you easily access your bookmarks from anywhere by syncing them across all your computers, and pushing them over the air to your iPhone and iPod touch. However, the existing .Mac Bookmarks application will be taken offline and will no longer provide web access to your bookmarks.

Apple advice .Mac subscribers to sync their .Mac bookmarks by July 06 this Sunday. Apple posted a knowledge base article with instructions on how to sync .Mac bookmarks with Safari on the Mac.

Store Your Important Documents in Digital Formats

store-your-important-documents-in-digital-formatsIf you are still in the habit of yanking out important documents (birth certificates, driving license, marriage certificate, income tax statements, education certificate etc) from your drawer and make photocopies each time it is required, consider digitize them for some convenience.

Most of the time, original document is not required when you apply for a job, credit card or a bank loan. If you have digital copies, you can simply print out the relevant documents instead of photocopying, and easily email the documents as attachments when required.

We recommend you to scan the documents at 600dpi resolution and save them in PDF format. This high resolution is good enough for print out copies. Keep a version of the documents at a lower 150 dpi resolution, use this smaller-size version when you need to email the documents to save some bandwidth.