The amazing history of Apple’s iPhone

With huge advances in smart phone technology and features over the last few years, it is easy to forget what an amazing device the iPhone was when the original iPhone was released in 2007.

The iPhone revolutionised the phone in our pocket from something you called your friends with to a mobile computer that you rarely use to make phone calls on.

But where next? Many said of the iPhone 5 that Apple had lost their advantage despite the continuing rise in sales. The biggest feature I want is longer battery life – you should not have to turn off all the great features or add a second battery for your phone  to last all day. Especially annoying when it runs out in the middle of a game of angry birds.

History of iPone

Christopher Wellbelove

Battle of the mobile brands – which tribe are you?

Fun new advert from Nokia features guests at a wedding arguing from entrenched camps over which mobile phone is the best.

Many of us have been sucked in to taking a single camp, some loyal to a particular brand, others in the anti-camp rejecting a brands phone no matter what they do.

How clever the marketers who took human tribalism to help them sell mobile phones.

Digital notes just got easier

I work across multiple computers and mobile devices, and whilst sharing data across these is getting easier it is still far from perfect.

I have my personal computer, day job computer, elected councillor laptop, testing computer, personal iPhone and two blackberrys (one for work and one for the council). This may seem excessive however with my wide range of responsibilites I have a wide range of communication needs which for various reasons are not allowed to cross polinate.

In the past I have spent a great deal of time emailing one computer from the other, for instances sometimes social sites may be blocked by a corporate firewall so to get a screenshot for a presentation I will use my personal PC to grab a screenshot then email to the appropriate account. 

I do not carry all my phones with me all the time and have been caught out in the past when a piece of information that I needed was on another device or at home on a PC or laptop.

Evernote describes itself:  ‘Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere.’

From my intial tests I have found this extremely useful. Immediately that I save a screenshot on one PC it appeared on the other. I saved a note on my iphone and uploaded a photo and within a few second this was also avaialble with notes and images saved via my PC also available on the iPhone.

One feature I really liked was the ability to create multiple notebook folders which can be viewed separately or all notebooks viewed as once.  Searching these notebooks is also hugely flexible with the ability to tag notes as well as Evernote being able to search text within images.

Evernote will take entier web pages, saving all the links contents within them, photos and enable you to search words in them (ie: business cards / whiteboards / labels on products), audio clips, to do lists, notes an reminders. 

Evernote can import your delicious links which are then searchable within evernote.

Evernote is currently free for up to 40MB of uploads per month then 5USD for more monthly uploads, stronger security and faster image recongnition.

Whilst there are lots of ways to work across several computers, with remote desktop etc, I will be giving Evernote a trial for a while simply because its ease of use and setting up was a doodle.

Twideas for Twitter

Twitter Mashups are arriving at the plenty. With some you struggle to see their worth, but recently I have discovered some that I can immediately see some clear uses for:

Dwigger threads Twitters and enables users to vote on tweets. I really like the fact you can also filter down for a selection of areas (the UK being one, New York another).

Twitter Grader may at first just seem to be satisfying the ego of Twitterers, however with no stats available within Twitter it could help measure the impact of a campaign that incorporates Twitter, as could Tweetburner which enables you to measure the number of clicks on a URL you post within a tweet.     

Other of my favourite Twideas:

TwitterFeed automatically posts a Twitter when you add a post to your blog or other RSS feed.

Twellow a directory of Twitters by subject.

Twitt Earth shows Tweets as and where they are coming from, not really useful but one of my favourites and makes a great screensaver.

On my iPhone I use Twinkle which lets you filter twitters from 1 to 252,000 miles from you.

This post is clearly not an extensive list of Twitter apps, there are plenty of sites that do that. I wanted to share my favourites and my excitement over the amazing Twideas that Twitter inspires and will continue to as the microblogging phenonemum continues to grow.