iPhoneTracker reveals the data your iPhone is gathering about cell towers you connect to

Link: iPhoneTracker reveals the data your iPhone is gathering about cell towers you connect to

Interested in the data recorded by your iPhone about cell phone towers you’ve connected to? Check out iPhoneTracker.

Courtesy of @flowingdata.

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Apple abandons its Xserve product line

Just saw this from news.yc: Apple is abandoning its Xserve product line enterprise customers. So, I’m not sure what this will lead to. For now, their PDF states that the roadmap for new customers is to run OS X Server on either a Mac Pro system or a Mac Mini. While both hardware options offer either performance (Pro) or a compact, sweet little server (Mini), they don’t work well in a rack environment.

I wonder (but seriously doubt) if this means Apple has something new they are going to introduce for the data center during Q1 2011?

Publish your own books on the iPad

I don’t know if this is the best deal in town but Apple has approved Lulu as an aggregator for their online book store. Lulu is a drop-dead simple digital publishing engine and with this it’s a great way to publish your content for use on the iPad.

They offer:

  • Document conversion to Apple-ready ePub format
  • Automatic listing in Apple’s iBookstore
  • Free ISBN
  • Automated sales reporting and payments
  • Distribution to other channels in all formats (paperback, hardcover, and eBook)

Head over to Lulu to find out more about this.

iPad: helpful tool for faculty


iPad: helpful tool for faculty

Originally uploaded by seanmckay

I’m grading this morning and the iPad continues to wow me in being a part of a mobile toolkit for working with my class. First off, I appreciate the ease with which I’m able to navigate 15 weeks of course material on the iPad. Scrolling with a wheel or magic mouse gets tedious with the number of screenfulls on my course homepage. The iPad, however, provides an efficient scrolling solution. Swiping through the pages is a much quicker process.

The iPad proves to be a portable and handy 2nd screen while I’m grading student work. I was able to view and bring up student work on the iPad while editing my feedback using my MacBook Pro. The iPad’s screen is excellent for reading and eliminates the need to switch between multiple windows or tabs on my laptop.

Quick, instant on browsing access is a serious strength for the iPad. The only wait time that I’ve experienced is when I first bring the iPad into a new wifi network as it takes a few moments for it to connect to the access point.

Finally, the iPad’s email application is incredible. The screen it completely utilized for email — no general operating system user interface bits and pieces are visible…just email. Furthermore, an iPad with an Exchange connection to Google Apps for GFU (including Gmail, which is coming this summer) means I have my email, my calendar, and the university address book available.

All in all, I have not missed Adobe Flash. The only site that I have encountered a problem with is Flickr’s Flash based slideshow.

That’s all for now. I will continue to share as I gain more experience.

Spotlight search on iPhone 3.0

So, the next killer tool in iPhone 3.0 is the ability to search globally on the entire device. I coincidentally needed to find an email from someone on my iPhone last night. Usually, when I need to any searching for an email, I’ll fire up my computer and pull up either Outlook or Gmail (depending on the account) and search there. This time, I entered their name in the global search tool from the home screen on the iPhone and was amazed by both the results that it gave and the incredible speed at which it found items on the device. Not only did it find all of my recent emails associate with this person, it found all calendar events, contacts, and notes that had their name. Very impressive!

Spotlight search results for "it"
Spotlight search results for "it"

iPhone 3.0 + Exchange + CalDAV + Google = Sweet solution

So I just upgraded my original iPhone to 3.0 and it’s working great so far. The thing that I was most waiting for with 3.0 was the ability to connect to both my Exchange calendar at work and my personal Google Calendar. It only took a few minutes to get it setup. After deleting my former Exchange connection from my phone to Google Calendar, I setup a new Exchange connection to our server, enabling Mail and Calendar. After that, I setup a new CalDAV account for Google Calendar. The settings that worked for me were:

CalDAV Setup for Google Calendar
CalDAV Setup for Google Calendar

Once you save the settings, tap on the Advanced Settings button and confirm that Use SSL is turned on to ensure that your account credentials are being passed to Google over an encrypted connection.

CalDAV Advanced Settings for Google Calendar
CalDAV Advanced Settings for Google Calendar