Lonely Planet offers iPhone audio phrasebooks

Lonely Planet offers iPhone audio phrasebooks

Lots of publishers and developers are pushing their content onto the iPhone, but not everything necessarily takes advantage of the format. Travel publisher Lonely Planet’s audio phrasebooks are a logical inclusion however, including both written and pronounced versions of common phrases in 10 different language versions. The phrasebooks are selling…

Why You’re Better Off Avoiding the iPhone

Why You’re Better Off Avoiding the iPhone

If you’re a free software lover who’s concerned about your privacy and the limitations of DRM, you don’t want an iPhone. Amidst Apple’s iPhone advertising blitz helped along by positively bubbly media coverage, the Free Software Foundation calls out the dark sides of the new iPhone. iPhone completely blocks free…

Use TwitterMail to track replies on Twitter

Use TwitterMail to track replies on Twitter

While Twittermail promotes itself as a means of posting to Twitter via a unique email address, it has a much more useful feature: a daily summary of tweets that have been directed at you (using the @name convention) sent to any email address you specify. If you’re following a large…

Twittervision shows tweets on world map

Twittervision shows tweets on world map

Twittervision shows real-time posts from Twitter users around the world on a Google Maps interface, providing odd insights from all corners of the globe. You can get added to the site by following ‘twittervision’ on Twitter itself, and use simple location codes to change where your tweet appears. We haven’t…

iPhone pricing: Choosing the best Telstra plan

iPhone pricing: Choosing the best Telstra plan

As last telco off the rank to release its full iPhone pricing, you’d think Telstra might have had a few surprises up its sleeve. Unfortunately, it’s no surprise that its deals turn out to be the worst value of the lot, reflecting its commitment to charging a premium for access…

MeeBone Packages Meebo Chat for Your Desktop

MeeBone Packages Meebo Chat for Your Desktop

Windows/Mac/Linux (Adobe Air): MeeBone, an Adobe Air implementation of chat aggregation service Meebo, makes the previously web-only chat service feel like a standard instant messaging app, complete with a skinny buddy list and pop-up chat windows. You can sign into AIM, GChat, MSN, ICQ, or any other service supported by…

How much data does your 3G iPhone plan need?

How much data does your 3G iPhone plan need?

Although news of Vodafone’s iPhone pricing has been leaking all over the Web – Nick at Gizmodo AU has the scoop – we’re going to hold off on analysing those deals until Vodafone decides to make all the details properly public. In the meantime, Danny Gorog at APC has analysed…

‘Neo-Amish Drop Outs’ Eschew Email, Web

Writer Kevin Kelly is making a list of technologists who have dropped out of certain kinds of tech completely—like email, mobile phones, or the web. He’s got two so far, and the best quote comes from Donald Knuth, author of The Art of Computer Programming, who hasn’t used email since…

Why You Should Write Snail Mail for Product Complaints

Why You Should Write Snail Mail for Product Complaints

Margaret Garcia at the Wise Bread blog shares her stories of consumer product woe and notes that in three separate cases, phone calls and emails led to half-hearted apologies, but ink-on-paper letters got her and her family free replacements: (My husband has) bought the same model of New Balance running…

Better Flickr Firefox Extension Gets an Upgrade

Better Flickr Firefox Extension Gets an Upgrade

All platforms with Firefox: Just posted an update to the Better Flickr Firefox extension, a long-neglected compilation of Flickr Greasemonkey user scripts. The new version 0.3 adds Firefox 3 support, and two user scripts, including Jason Rhyley’s Photo Page Enhancer and Thumbnail Page Enhancer. It’s also got a shiny new…

Can Social Tools Really Replace Email?

Can Social Tools Really Replace Email?

Tele-commuter and IBM “social computing evangelist” Luis Suarez writes in the New York Times that he was able to cut down his weekly incoming email by 80 percent—seriously—by responding to messages that would normally start a chain reaction through wikis, blogs, and instant messaging instead. He also started picking up…

Write a Quick and Effective Thank You Note

Write a Quick and Effective Thank You Note

The Simple Dollar blog breaks down the standard thank you note into four simple but vital pieces, offering help for those among us who get stuck as soon as they pick up a pen. Author Trent notes that the pieces are very similar, whether it’s a note for a job…

Yahoo Mail Offers Random Subject Lines in a Click

Discovered a fun little feature in Yahoo Mail this week that made me wish for the same in Gmail: the Subject-O-Matique, a random subject line inserter. When you just can’t think of the right subject for your message, click the subject button in the new version of Yahoo Mail to…

Lose Weight Publicly with Twitter

Blogger Dennis Best is peer-pressuring himself into losing weight by using Twitter to broadcast his progress and setbacks. Twitter’s 140 character update limit makes for an easy, low-overhead method of staying accountable to friends. [via]

Oprah Winfrey’s Stanford Commencement Address

Oprah Winfrey’s Stanford Commencement Address

Last weekend Oprah Winfrey addressed Stanford graduates at their commencement, offering her take on how to make the big decision of what to do with your life. This is only worth watching if you’re a suckers for this kind of “follow your dreams” stuff (and an Oprah fan), like we…

Vodafone teases pre-registered iPhone customers

Vodafone teases pre-registered iPhone customers

pre-registered for the iPhone. “We are keen to make sure that we can give you the very best deals on your new iPhone 3G and we are putting the finishing touches to these offers,” the email reads. The most sensible way of interpreting this is that there’s unlikely to be…

Now Telstra becomes an iPhone choice

Now Telstra becomes an iPhone choice

The ongoing rumours that Telstra doesn’t want Optus and Vodafone to get all the iPhone customers have ratcheted up another notch, with a report on Australian IT saying that Telstra will indeed start selling the phone, albeit not until July 22. (The Australian‘s Michael Sainsbury is impeccably well-connected when it…

EzyDVD to offer movie downloads

EzyDVD to offer movie downloads

Online retailer EzyDVD has announced that it will be rolling out a movie downloads service, EzyDownload, in September this year. Not much word on the details yet, other than it’s based on the now-defunct Reeltime service and that the company actively wants to partner with ISPs to not have movies…

Foxtel sets June 22 for official HD launch

Although Foxtel started installing HD-equipped iQ2 boxes in early June, the company has set June 22 as the official date for the launch of the Foxtel HD+ service. The occasion will be marked with an HD broadcast of the World Cup qualifier between Australia and China.According to Foxtel, more than…

Will the iPhone cause a data boom?

Will the iPhone cause a data boom?

People clearly want their iPhones. I was in a suburban Vodafone store yesterday and a woman pushed a pram into the store (no mean feat) and asked: “Do you have a price for the iPhone yet?” When the sales assistant said “no”, she replied: “Oh well, I’m just going to…

3 plots iPhone plans while we pray for delay

3 plots iPhone plans while we pray for delay

Like Nick at Gizmodo Australia, we’ve seen a few postings this weekend indicating that 3 is telling customers it too will be offering an iPhone in Australia. How quickly that comes to pass remains to be seen, but we’re hoping it doesn’t happen in a big hurry. As

Share Your Baby’s Milestones at TotSpot

Share Your Baby’s Milestones at TotSpot

It’s going to be a few years before your toddler’s LiveJournaling, but for now you can share the latest baby news and developments with webapp TotSpot. TotSpot incorporates features of many popular social media sites to create a virtual baby book for parents to catalog their child’s growth. With TotSpot…

Completely Erase Your iPhone’s Data

Completely Erase Your iPhone’s Data

There’s currently no Apple-provided method to securely erase your iPhone’s data, and previous owners’ data has been found on refurbished phones on sale at Apple. If you want to make your iPhone safe for resale by securely wiping any trace of your personal information from it, it’s possible—though not easy….

Play Six Degrees on Wikipedia

Play Six Degrees on Wikipedia

Breathing new life into the 90’s game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, researcher Stephen Dolan at Trinity College Dublin created the Six Degree of Wikipedia. Users can key in any combination of items into the script on his site and find how closely or distantly related the two things are….