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If you're planning to migrate from iOS to Android it's hard to look past the Google Pixel manufactured by HTC. In addition to being one of the best Android smartphones on the market it is demonstrably superior to the iPhone 7 in several important ways; including display quality and battery life. This video lists five things Google's Pixel phone can do that the iPhone can't.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.


Beta versions of the iPhone and iPod touch 3.0 firmware indicate that convenient, free re-downloading of App Store purchases directly to the phone will be phased out. Previously purchased apps can still be re-downloaded for free through iTunes and then synced, so most Apple watchers are guessing the move is an anti-piracy stance against iTunes account "sharing." Still, if you'd like to avoid the hassle, you might want to re-download any apps you've spent money on now, before the 3.0 firmware drops (presumably after the June 8-12 Worldwide Developers' Conference).


iPhone/iPod touch only: The lamest omission in the whole of iPhone development is the lack of sync for Notes. Let's be honest—the iPhone keyboard is nice, but you don't want to have to use it for all your notes. That's where RemoteNote comes in, a donationware iPhone application available through Installer.app. Whenever you run it, you can view, edit, create, delete, back up, and even print your notes through your web browser. Similar shareware tools have been available, but RemoteNote is the first no-cost option I've seen. RemoteNote works with both the iPhone and iPod touch, requires installation of the Jiggy Runtime (also from Installer) and a jailbroken iPhone. Thanks Lee!


Here's an update on the story I posted yesterday "Does this mean Telstra got the iPhone?" Yesterday I speculated about whether a job ad placed by Sensis looking for a business analyst to help them develop an iPhone search app meant that Telstra had landed the iPhone contract for Australia, or if Sensis was just planning a search tool for use across carriers. They emailed back this morning confirming the latter is the case. I've updated the story accordingly. Hopefully when we get the iPhone it will be available through a choice of carriers, rather than locked to one. Are you listening Apple? :)


UPDATED 10.30am, 6 March

With Apple Australia still silent on when we'll get the iPhone, the rumour mill has been working overtime about which carrier (or carriers) will get the coveted contract when it launches in Australia.  I've just spotted a job ad which should help kick the rumour mill along.Sensis has placed a job ad seeking a Design BA for an iPhone search application on an industry website - does this mean Telstra got the iPhone contract?The Sensis ad, listed on 3 March on the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association website, offers a 2-3 month, Melbourne-based contract.The job spec reads:

"Are you a business analyst with experience gathering and documenting requirements for interactive web or mobile products? We’re looking for a BA with a technical front-end UI background to help us design cutting-edge search applications for the iPhone. This isn’t boring old specification-heavy BA work. This is exciting and agile BA work to help us envision mobile search applications that work great and look beautiful. Let us know if you think you’ve got the right combination of creative flair, geekiness, and detail orientation to get the job done."

I've emailed Sensis for further information - it's possible that Sensis will be developing its own search app similar to Google's iPhone  optimised search app for use by multiple carriers. Either that, or Telstra's Edge network (the only one in Australia compatible with the current  iPhone) has won the contract to bring the iPhone to Australia. Hopefully we'll know more tomorrow.

UPDATE:  Just heard back from Sensis, who say "We intend to develop iPhone applications which can be used across carriers." Ok, we'll go back to hoping that iPhone in Australia will be a multi-carrier affair. :)


So according to The Age, some legal academics in Queensland have studied Apple's business model for the iPhone and believe that its policy of locking the phone to just one network (as it has done in the US with AT&T) would be illegal in Australia. Of course, until its tested in court it remains just an opinion, but we can hope for the sake of consumer choice that Apple will consider this carefully before trying to lock the iPhone to one Australian network.


For the Aussies out there who have been brave enough to obtain an unlocked iPhone for use in Australia, I spotted a tip which might help you.WA-based Tech Crunch blogger Duncan Riley has blogged about his experience of upgrading his iPhone using iNdependence and the Revirginising Tool. He pointed out that Australian users may hit a stumbling block with the region setting, and offered up the fix he found: 

"... with my unlocked 1.1.2 iPhone the keypad for dialing numbers didn’t work. You’d dial one number then the screen would disappear. I looked everywhere for a solution and didn’t find one, aside from a guy on YouTube who solved it by hacking the country code on the iPhone. Turns out my iPhone was set to Australia on the International region screen, for what ever reason this causes the keypad to play up. Turn it back to United States and bingo: it works."

Hopefully that tidbit will be useful to someone out there. Thanks, Duncan!

Upgrading an iPhone from 1.02 to 1.1.2