Posts with the tag "iPhone"
An independent programmer has taken steps to use technology to improve services in a way city departments haven’t yet achieved. Alex Bell, a graduate student at Columbia University, has developed a free mobile app to track New York City’s subways in real-time.
It was 9:15 a.m. I was sitting in a Starbucks in Chappaqua, New York drinking a tall hot chocolate. My brother was at work and I was waiting for him to pick me up around noon. While men in seersucker shorts and women in spandex pants ordered their favorites beverages, I passed the time on my IBM laptop.
I visited the New York Times, transcribed some interviews and watched Whale Wars. Like my hot chocolate, my computer was uncomfortably hot. After awhile, I sat the machine down in front of me and grabbed my iPhone. As I perused some unread e-mails, I came across one that my brother had sent me. It was about the new Netflix application for the iPhone.
Using Starbucks’ free wi-fi, I downloaded the free app in no time at all. In less than a minute, I fired it up, logged in and started watching an episode of The Office. The picture quality was perfect and I didn’t need to buffer at all.
Since I don’t have the unlimited data plan, I can’t comment on the 3G viewing experience.
Never the less, the Netflix app is a terrific download for any subscriber. Get it while it’s free.
A few days ago I visited the Onondaga Lake Skate Park in Liverpool, N.Y., to research a skateboard story for the local newspaper. Most of the skaters there were around 12-years-old. Some had braces, all of them had scars.
I spent a couple hours chatting with some local skateboarders and shooting some video with my new iPhone 4.
The entire experience was sublime. The iPhone 4’s HD video capture is scarily easy to use. All I had to do was select the “Camera” icon, switch to video mode and turn the unit sideways.
At the Wall Street Journal’s D8 conference, Steve Jobs touches on the company’s recent spat with Gizmodo over the allegedly stolen iPhone prototype. What do you think? Be Sociable, Share! Tweet