Review: Zenbe Lists for iPhone

Posted on Nov 22, 2008 in iPhone, Reviews

I’ve been reluctant to get invested in an iPhone todo app, because I still see Apple integrating the iPhone Notes application with the todo feature that Mac OS X offers in Mail.app.

However, it doesn’t look as though that is going to happen anytime soon, so I’ve been checking out a few iPhone todo applications. I’m not really interested in iPhone-only solutions, as I frequently write myself todos at my desk and mainly need a quick and easy way to reference those on my iPhone. But since I work on multiple Macs, I would also need a way to access my todos across multiple machines.

So far I’ve been able to narrow it down to two contenders: Zenbe Lists and Things.

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More iPhone Cisco VPN Feedback

Posted on Sep 30, 2008 in iPhone, Opinions

So now that I’m back in University, I’ve had a chance to use the iPhone’s Cisco VPN client more regularly on a daily basis.

So far it’s worked great: The VPN connection is established within a few seconds and all applications are able to access services through the VPN tunnel immediately. 

Browsing speed over wifi doesn’t seem to be impacted at all, as I’d already mentioned in my first look.

My only gripe? An on/off switch for your default VPN connection that’s accessible from the top Settings menu (similar to the current “Airplane Mode” toggle) would be useful for users who frequently need to access the VPN client.

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MobileMe Push e-mail Speed Test

Posted on Aug 24, 2008 in iPhone

There have been a number of complaints about MobileMe’s Push email speed. Some users seem to be experiencing “push” delays of up to 5 minutes.

I decided to time exactly how long it takes for a Gmail message to be pushed to the iPhone over Wifi and over GPRS / EDGE:

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A video says a 1000 words…

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 in iPhone

Quite a revealing comparison by MobileComputer of browsing speeds on the iPhone 2G vs. the new BlackBerry Bold. Apparently the iPhone 2G even beats the Bold’s 3G connection using its much slower on paper EDGE connection.

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Nike+ iPhone app- first generation iPhone compatible?

Posted on Aug 20, 2008 in iPhone

Well it looks as though us runners (well, wannabe runners at least) are in for a treat soon! Screenshots from a pretty authentic looking Nike+ iPhone app have surfaced on iPhon.fr. From the looks of things most of the core Nike+ website functionality is supported, as well as GPS route tracking, plus lots of snazzy stats and graphs. 

From the screenshots it looks as though this app will also take care of music playback, which makes sense given Apple’s policy on background applications:

What’s unclear is how the iPhone will track your run, but three options seem feasible:

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Jetplane Review: V-Moda Vibe Duo

Posted on Aug 17, 2008 in Featured, iPhone, Reviews


As many iPhone owners may have noticed, the headset Apple includes with the device is pretty decent and very useful – but the sound quality is just not that great. Other headphones you have may sound better, but don’t offer the handy microphone / clicker functionality of the original.

Enter V-Moda. Despite being relatively new to the Apple accessory industry, their flagship Vibe Duo earbuds for the iPhone seem to be the ideal replacement for Apple’s stock ‘phones…

What’s in the box

The Duo’s are in-ear headphones that are designed to block outside noise and sit just inside your ear canal. They feature an attractive all-metal enclosure and a sturdy fabric-shielded

cable. Apart from “Gunmetal Rouge” (pictured), V-Moda also offer black and chrome versions of the Duos. The main selling point for iPhone users is the built-in mic / clicker that lets you answer calls and skip tracks just like you can with Apple’s headset.

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