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iPhone Earbud Replacement

I absolutely love my iPhone. It is the first phone that I have ever had that didn’t make me want to throw it against a wall at some point. However, the earbuds that same with it have bothered me since the beginning. They never stay in my oily ears and one of them already sounds like its busted and that was around month 5.

I run trails, hike, and bike ride a lot, so its very important to me that the earphones stay in my ears at all times. Sure I could use other sets of earbuds and be happy, but this is where Apple has you. See the ones that come with it control the built in ipod an phone calls perfectly.

You can buy the more expensive($80) apple in ear headphones (which I did and wished I hadn’t) which will surely stay in your ears and sound great, but believe it or not the volume control does not work using these and its well documented. Shame on you APPLE!!

For the longest time I have had great success running with a cheap $10 set of Sony earbuds that wrap around your ear. They sound great too, very loud. Now if only these were attached to my iPhone Cable so I could answer calls and skip tracks, this would be perfect. Hrmmm if only …..

Wait a minute…how hard can this really be? Surely someone else has done this before right? YES it has been done and its been documented already on YouTube.

After watching the video you will know all you need to know about completing this project. It took me all of 20 minutes to complete and its well worth it.

Here is the video.

Here are some photos I took with the iphone of the newly wired set with the blue sony wrap around the ear speakers, and I also took the Apple earbuds and put them back on the Sony cable so they were not a complete waste.

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How To Jailbreak The Iphone 3G with Redsn0w

Hey everyone, sorry for not posting in such a long time. I have a good one today for you Iphone users out there.

In today’s article I will explain how I jailbroke my iPhone 3G.

What is jailbreaking you ask?

The jailbreak is a term used to refer to devices that can freely install and run whatever application the user might want or need. Read more on that here

Please understand that JAILBREAKING is not UNLOCKING your device.  Unlocking is when you free the iPhone to run on other cellular carriers other than ATT. Jailbreaking is a risk free process where you will open the OS of the phone to install and run whatever applications you wish. Also, you can ALWAYS restore your device to the factory state using iTunes, which will vanish the jailbreak modifications.
Everything that was working before this process will continue to work, including all the default applications and pre-installed software’s like AppStore and it’s applications. Jailbreaking will simply just open another door for you to choose a path.

Recently I was visited my my brother-in-law and he had just jailbroken his iPhone. I had always thought I might try this one day but I was scared it would mess up a lot of things like my Itunes account, syncing, corrupt the phone OS, slow the phone down, etc. He showed his phone to me and it was totally fine. He was able to carry on just like before but now there were lots of new tweaks on his phone that I always wanted the iPhone to do, like video record, the ability to block calls like many of my older simpler Nokia cell phones uses to do, and also have a simple battery percentage meter(see below), which just came out on the new 3GS by default but not in the new 3.0 OS update from Apple for the current 3G iPhone. Why Apple Why? See the bottom of this post to see how to enable this nice little feature.

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How to Force Quit Restart Reset iPhone OS 3.0

You must have noticed lots of visible changes in OS 3.0 but there are many hidden changes.  One of them is Forcely Quit app in iPhone.  Sometimes an application (from the App Store or even like Safari) can start taking up so much memory that it starts to decrease the performance of the device.  In OS 2.X.X we used this trick “ Press and hold the home button.  Holding this home button for about 10 seconds will force that app or game to quit. ” But for iPhone OS 3.0 and iPhone 3G S there are certain changes.

If something isn’t working right, restarting, force quitting an application, or resetting iPhone will likely solve the problem.  Force quitting can be good avenues, not only to exit a misbehaving or frozen app.  It’s also a good practice to quit background apps like Safari and Mail, which take up precious memory, especially before starting a game.

How to Force Quit an App : To force quit an application in 3.0, press and hold the sleep/wake button until the slide to power off screen appears, then press and hold the home button until the application quits (about six seconds).

How to Reset iPhone : Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

How to Restart iPhone : Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears.  Slide your finger across the slider to turn off iPhone.  To turn iPhone back on, press and hold the Sleep/Wake until the Apple logo appears.  If you can’t turn off iPhone or if the problem continues, you may need to reset.  A reset should be done only if turning iPhone off and on doesn’t resolve the problem.

Sync your Iphone Contacts and Calendar with Google

How to Sync your iPhone Contacts and Calendar with Google

When setting up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod touch device for Contacts, the iPhone will delete all Contacts.
Please upload all your iPhone Contacts to Google before setting up Sync.

Only the following information can be uploaded:

* People’s names and job titles
* Company names
* Email and postal addresses
* Phone numbers
* IM names, including the type of service
* Notes

Other information, like custom ringtones and photos, are not uploaded. Please sync them to Outlook first.
Upload Instructions
1. Connect your iPhone or iPod Touch to your computer using the USB cable.
2. Open the iTunes application.
3. Select your iPhone and click the Info tab.
4. Check the Sync Contacts with option and select Google Contacts from the drop-down menu.
5. Click Configure and enter your Google username and password.

6. Press Apply to sync your device with iTunes.

(Note: After you have completed this step, your iPhone may contain unwanted Contacts from your Google account. Most of these will be removed when you complete the next steps and sync your iPhone directly with Google.)
Calendar & Contacts Sync: Set Up Your iPhone or iPod Touch
To set up Google Sync on your iPhone or iPod Touch device, please follow the steps below.

Requirements and Upload
1. Make sure your device has version 2.2 firmware or above. You can check your current version by going to Settings > General > About > Version.
To upgrade, follow the instructions at http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/.

2. Upload any Contacts and Calendars from your phone to your computer before proceeding. The iPhone will delete Contacts and Calendars during setup.

3. The contacts that are replaced on your device will be the contents of your My Contacts group. This is the only group supported at this time, so make sure to clean up your My Contacts before syncing.
Tip: If you have a Mac, make sure that Synchronize with Google in the Address Book app is OFF. Otherwise all of your contacts will sync to Address Book.

4. Mail sync is not yet supported. You may receive error messages if you attempt to turn on Sync for Mail.

Getting Started
1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Tap Add Account….
4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter Account Info
5. In the Email field, enter the name of the account (anything you’d like).
6. Leave the Domain field blank.
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
10. A new Server field will appear. Enter m.google.com.
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

12. Select the Google services you want to sync. Currently only Contacts and Calendar are supported.
Make sure that you have uploaded your data before proceeding.

13. Press Sync twice when warned about data loss.

You’ve set up Google Sync for your iPhone. Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your phone. You can also open the Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

Tip: If your business, school, or organization uses Google Apps, your administrator will first need to enable ActiveSync before you can take advantage of this feature.

My Top Ten Wish List Items for the Next iPhone Update

Hopefully a new update to the iPhone is on the horizon, possible slated for release next month.

Just in case Apple is listening, here is my My Top Ten Wish list Items for the next iPhone update.

1. Backgrounding – How many times have you been in an application like IRChon for instance (irc chatting program), then had to press the home button to get to your notes or simply answer a call or text message, then when your done you have to relaunch your program and reconnect? This is terrible and I don’t want to resort to jail breaking my iPhone to get this functionality!!

2. The ability to add more than one photo attachment to an email – The last time I attached a photo to email on my iPhone I needed to send three to the same person and had to compose 3 separate emails.

3. Forwarding of text messages – There have been many many times when I have needed to forward a message and cant. Its a real shame something so simple, something that has been a part of text messaging since it began has been withdrawn or overlooked. If I could copy and paste I would copy the message and at least paste it in an email, but simple cannot. This brings me to my next gripe/wish for the next iPhone update.

4. Copy and Paste – We are all tired of asking. Think of how convenient it would be if I could copy text from an email, text message, web page, or whatever and do with it as I wish. I know without a doubt my productivity on the iPhone would increase dramatically. C’mon Apple!

5. Save a text message as a draft or canned response – I am in dire need of this really. I like to have a few canned responses to text message handy and cant do it on the iPhone. Canned responses like “Be right there”, “On my way”, “Call me when you can”, “Cant talk right now”, you get the idea. It would be nice to make these messages and have them saved to drafts or templates as I have always done.

6. The ability to cancel a text message – At this time if you are typing someone, and decide not send them a text, there is no cancel. You can press the back button, or actually its called “messages” or even the home button to get out of it, but you will be right back at the unfinished message when you want to text this person again. Best you can do is backspace over the message, thats it. Who has the time for that? The iPhone is supposed to make all things better. A simple cancel would save much time.

7. The ability to take video and upload it to YouTube or any other video site – This is long overdue, just think of the possibilities.

8. Time and date stamp on photos – This seems like it can be handled with about 3 lines of code inserted into the correct place. This is OS X in your pocket right? Well everything done on it should create a time and date stamp of the actions so why not reflect that on each photo so that I will know when I took it. Instead I have to download them to the computer to know.
Not satisfactory Apple!

9. Organize photos – I think I would be nice if I could create folders and manage my photos on the iPhone. I recently had a folder with many sub folders on my computer and as I used iTunes to move the photos to the iPhone, and everything was organized perfectly on my Windows Computer. Once it was synced, the only folder that stayed true to form was the root folder, all the sub folders I created vanished. Itunes dumbed all 1054 pictures into one folder. Thanks!

10. Do not lock my screen while using GPS – Not sure who to blame here, Google or Apple. When I use the Google Maps as a navigation device, my screen will lock after my preset time. Many use this app as their main GPS in their vehicles. If you are following along the route that Google calculates for you and your screen dims, then 20 seconds later locks, you will have to tap/slide to unlock. This seems like more than you need to be doing while driving. Google should either add the function in the settings to turn the locking feature off while the application is in use, or Apple should maybe not allow the device to lock while the GPS is in use, and their should be a setting to turn that on or off as well.

Feel free to leave a suggestion of your own that you would like to see in the next iPhone update in the comments section.

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