One of our readers sent us a story that was too good not to share. James, an iOS developer living in the UK, cleverly rigged his iPhone 4 against the peephole in his front door to catch a prankster that had been ringing his doorbell and running away every morning. His story is below.
For the past week, every single morning between 8 AM and 9 AM, someone has been ringing the doorbell to our flat several times and running away. We knew it was another resident of the flats — as the outer door is locked and requires a buzzer to get in, our doorbell is obviously next to the internal door. I tried many times to catch the culprit, but the best I could do after leaping out of bed and rushing to the door was to hear the sound of footsteps running on one of the lower floors.
I’m not a morning person, as I’m usually up late learning how to build apps. I then came up with a plan to simply wait by the door and watch through the peephole. This was a failure, as not only is craning my head to watch the peephole for an hour uncomfortable, it also prevented me from being able to carry on my usual morning routine of massive coffee consumption.
Then I had a brainwave! I noticed the camera on my iPhone 4 was the same size as the peephole. With a bit of fiddling and adjusting the zoom I was able to stick my phone to the door using blue tac, thus providing a convenient window to the outside world and the ability to capture a pic of the culprit to use as evidence.
I had planned to try and stream live video from the peephole, into my iPhone and stream it to my iPad or MacBook. Sadly, I never managed to go that far as I couldn’t find an app for that.
Sure enough though, this morning
One thing US iPhone users have always wanted to do has been unlocking their phones, especially since unlocked phones have been available in other countries for a while. If a Twitter source is to be believed, the wait will soon be over, as US Apple Stores might be getting unlocked iPhone 4′s in just 3 days.
According to a tweet by @chronicwire, the release of unlocked iPhone 4′s is imminent:
Unlocked iPhones headed to Apple Stores for Wednesday: MC603 (16GB, Black) MC604 (16GB, White) MC605 (32GB, Black) MC606 (32GB, White)
Apple has offered unlocked iPhones in other countries for a while, like Canada or the UK, as well as other countries where makers are mandated by law allow handsets to be unlocked.
As you can probably tell, Apple is sparing no models, since all of them will now have an unlocked version. Should we drop our current US iPhones for unlocked ones, now that they will be legally available? Not so fast.
The only way Apple is able to sell the iPhone 4 for $199 is by attaching it to a 2-year contract with a preferred carrier, like AT&T, which will in turn subsidize the phone. Setting the phone free also means that there will be no subsidization, meaning that we might pay as much as $600 for the lowest-end iPhone 4, much like what we used to pay for the original iPhone when it came out, way back in the summer of 2007.
If that wasn’t enough, rumors of a
PhoneItiPad: The App Which Enables You To Make Calls And Send SMS From Your 3G iPad Is Now Available For Download [video]
Just last month, we reported on PhoneItiPad, an iPad tweak that lets 3G-capable iPads take full advantage of a connection to a cell network, allowing users to make and receive phone calls, as well as send and receive SMS.
A few weeks later, the tweak is finally available to the general public, for $19.99.
Here’s how to set it up:
Step 1: Locate your Serial Number, which you should be able to find under System > General > About. This is your unique mobile identifier, which you’ll later need to set up PhoneItiPad.
Step 2: Purchase PhoneItiPad by clicking on this link (you can do this from computer). Insert your Serial Number when requested.
Step 3: Fire up Cydia and add the following repository: http://apps.iphoneislam.com. Then locate the “PhoneItiPad” and install it.
Step 4: From here, the tweak should work directly, and you should be able to make calls and send SMS messages, as showcased on the original video released by iPhoneIslam:
Apple has integrated weather and stocks widget into the Notification Center in iOS 5, which gives users access to real-time weather and stock information from any application with a single swipe.
If you were disappointed that the widgets were limited only to weather and stocks, then we have some good news. Will Homer – a UK based iOS developer has figured out a way to hack iOS 5 to create widgets for Notification Center.
As an example, Homer has created a test widget, which says “Hello World”. He explains:
Its pretty easy to understand, you create a class that implements the BBWeeAppController protocol. The only required function you must have is ‘- (UIView *)view’ in which you must return the view that you want to appear. There are also other methods in the protocol for launching URLs when tapped and for rotation detection, view height, etc.
The i is set by settings the ‘AppBundleID’ key in the Info.plist file to an app id. The icon will then be the icon for that app (e.g. Setting ‘AppBundleID’ to ‘com.apple.mobilesafari’ will make your widget have the Safari icon). The name is set in the ‘InfoPlist.strings’ file.
You can checkout the screenshot below of the test plugin:
iOS 5 ‘Swipe To Camera Roll’ Feature Ripped Straight Out Of Windows Phone 7; Violates Microsoft’s Patent [VIDEO]
It’s no secret that a lot of of the new features announced in iOS 5 seem to be taken straight out of competing mobile operating systems like Android, BlackBerry OS and, of course, Windows Phone 7.
Notification Center, which works by swiping down on the status bar, is lifted from Android’s notifications bar. Both work on the exact same principles, although Apple’s implementation is bit cleaner.
iMessage works a lot like BlackBerry Messenger. You can send unlimited text messages via 3G/WiFi to anyone with an iOS device at no extra cost. You can send text, photos, videos, contacts and locations. Group messaging is also available.
Yep, very much like BlackBerry Messenger!