Tethering an iPad to an iPhone 3GS: It works!

For ages I tried to connect my iPad (with only WiFi and no 3G) to my iPhone 3GS to no avail. The iPad was unable to find the iPhone over BT and vice versa. I actually started to believe this was Apple’s method of saying: “Get an iPhone 4!”
But after some further research I found out that this was actually not the case. I just did something wrong. I tried to connect the two devices before actually enabling the Personal Hotspot function. So the iOS devices see no reason to connect and don’t find each other over BT. So here’s what you have to do:

  • Enable BT on both devices
  • Enable the Personal Hotspot on the iPhone
  • Go to the BT settings on the iPad and connect to the iPhone
  • Start surfing!

That was actually not that hard, wasn’t it? 😉

Ask The Readers: Help me find a new keyboard

For quite a while now I have been using Microsoft’s Wireless Entertainment Desktop 7000. I really like the look of the keyboard and it’s relatively small size, but there are a couple of drawbacks. For one, the mouse that came with the keyboard has massive problems with its rechargeable batteries. And while I really love the keys on the keyboard, it’s always a hassle to remove single keys when you want to clean the keyboard. I always fear that I break it in the process. And getting crumbs under the keys is the best way to render it totally unusable. Normally keyboards are not that delicate, alas this one is.

So I have been looking into alternatives. And of course I found a great keyboard pretty fast, but there’s a problem: it’s the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The keyboard looks and feels almost perfect but since it’s meant for Apple computers it’s not really a perfect fit when used with Windows 7. Of course I could get it to work with my PC but there still would be the problem that certain keys are missing. Seriously, I don’t want to live without a Delete key. Using Fn+Backspace instead is just too much hassle. It would be much better if there was a Windows keyboard with a similar look and feel like the one from Apple but with everything needed to run under Windows 7. It doesn’t have to be wireless, but it should be pretty small.

So, what would you guys recommend? Are there any keyboards I should check out?

My Top 5 iPhone Apps

When Apple opened the iPhone for 3rd party developers and introduced the AppStore the iPhone stopped being a good mobile phone and became a great one. With the right apps your iPhone can be much more than a simple smartphone with a touchscreen. Here are my 5 most favorite apps:

Tweetie 2
Tweetie 2Tweetie was my favorite iPhone Twitter client until Tweetie 2 came out.
What makes Tweetie 2 stand out from all the other Twitter clients is it’s great UI and the ease of use. It even has some powerful features like autocomplete of Twitter usernames, reply-to-all and threaded direct messages that I am missing in most desktop Twitter clients.

Alas Tweetie 2 isn’t free but sets you back €2.39 which is pretty reasonable considering the long list of features.
For more information check out the official website or get it on the AppStore.

 

 

 

Trillian for iPhone
Trillian for iPhoneWhen you have been following this blog you probably already know that I love Trillian. The new Trillian Astra not only looks great but also comes with all the features you want from an multi-protocol messenger. Trillian for iPhone now brings all the Trillian goodness to your favorite mobile phone.

Trillian for iPhone synchronizes with your Trillian Astra account, has support for push notifications and saves your chat sessions server-side, so you never miss a message. Trillian for iPhone costs €3.99 and is available on the AppStore. For more details check out the official announcement on the developer’s blog.

 

Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus Of course there are a lot of ebooks and ebook readers on the AppStore, but Eucalyptus is a true gem. It is the only ebook reader I know that feels like a book or better like a whole library at your fingertips. Eucalyptus combines the access to over 20,000 books (from the Project Gutenberg library) with a very good-looking and accessible user interface.

Alas this comes at a hefty price. The app sets you back €7.99 which is quite a lot compared to the free Stanza application. But in my opinion Eucalyptus is worth every penny. You probably won’t find a better ebook reader app for the iPhone. You can get more details on the AppStore or the official site.

Dicenomicon
Dicenomicon When you also follow my other blog Stargazer’s World, you probably already know that I am an avid roleplaying games fan. And what is the most important tool any roleplayer needs aside from a pencil and paper? Dice! Dicenomicon is my favorite dice-rolling application for the iPhone so far. It doesn’t look as pretty as some of its competitors but it has a lot of cool features. It not only features the standard dice like the d4, d6, d8 etc. but also allows you to roll Fudge dice or lets you set up more complicated dice combinations like “roll 4D6 and add up the highest three”.

The Dicenomicon sets you back €3.99 on AppStore. For more information check the official site and the review I’ve written for my other blog.

 

Wikipanion
Wikipanion Wikipanion is one of the apps that lets you access the Wikipedia from your iPhone. Of course, you can always use the Safari browser to go to Wikipedia directly but Wikipanion makes reading and searching for Wikipedia articles much easier. Especially when you want to access the world’s largest encyclopedia while on the commute or when you don’t have access to a PC, Wikipanion is a live saver. And the best of all: it’s free. There’s a Wikipanion Plus that costs a few bucks, but for most users (including me) the free version is more than sufficient.

You can get more details on Wikipanion on its official site and get it for free from the AppStore.

Dropbox application now available for iPhone

Some time ago I wrote a short review of the file-storage service Dropbox. I listed the lack of an iPhone app as one minor drawback. This has been resolved now by the release of a free and quite handy Dropbox application on the iTunes AppStore.

 

 

 

The app not only allows viewing all the files on your Dropbox, you can also download files for offline use or you can upload photos from your iPhone. The application is fast and responsive and seems quite stable.

Source: iphoneblog.de

C64 Emulator now available in App Store

The C64 Emulator by Manomio is now available for purchase in the iTunes App Store and sets you back mere €4. Alas they had to remove the BASIC interpreter to get approval, but the developer hopes to reintegrate it at a later date.

The app comes with the following games: Dragons Den, Le Mans, Jupiter Lander, Arctic Shipwreck und Jack Attack.

If you love one of these games and if you can live without the BASIC interpreter, you can get the C64 Emulator here.

More details on the C64 app are available at http://c64iphone.com!

Update: The app has been removed from App Store again. Obviously the BASIC interpreter was still part of the app which left to another ban after Apple found out about this! Bummer!

C64 iPhone App seems to come after all

It seems the C64 emulator for the iPhone will be available in the AppStore after all. The application that fully emulates the home computer from the 80s even comes with access to several classic games. Alas the app has been rejected from App Store approval by Apple back in June, but the developer didn’t give up and now it seem they will get approval after all.

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At least a recent tweet from the developer looks quite promising:

C64 for iPhone UPDATE: Contacted by senior director at Apple today and we have BIG news coming. Thank you to EVERYONE for the support

For more information on the C64 emulator for the iPhone check out this post at TouchArcade or the official site.