We finally received word that the BBC News App would be released on Friday 23 July after months of waiting in the wings at the behest of the BBC Trust and many angry competitors. These competitors claimed that the release of a BBC app would be anti-competitive. But, in a period where news corporations are starting to charge to read their stance on world news, is it really anti-competitive or is it anti-capitalist?
The real question is, what does our licence fee cover? Initially, it has covered TV and radio but now that we’ve moved into the 21st century and the BBC are leading the way in online development. If they are spending our licence money in the online arena, surely an iPhone app (other formats to follow) is a necessary right to those that choose to purchase an iPhone.But is the app actually that good? It’s been waiting in the App Store queue for a while now so it was obviously finished some time ago. Has it been surpassed while it’s been sitting in the sidelines?The initial splash screen oozes the quality that we are used to from any BBC production.
It’s been a while since my last blog post, too long in fact.But I have an excuse! I do most of my blogging when I’m on the Tube. On those days when it’s so cramped, you can’t actually hold the Evening Standard infront of your face, what better way to fend off the stench of body odour than to use your iPhone as a shield and get lost in some pointless blogging.That was the case, until I upgraded to WordPress 3.0. I’d been eagerly awaiting this because I’d had some problems with my installation of 2.9.2.
No sooner was it announced that the iPhone was stealing many portable gamers away from more traditional consoles, Nintendo announced the 3DS.A new iteration of the outstanding DS series, it will actually render 3D graphics without the use of glasses. Nintendo are constantly at the forefront of technical advances in gaming and there’s no doubt that there would be no XBox or Playstation without them. (The fact that the first Sony Playstation was codesigned with Nintendo is testament to this).
But, Nintendo have always taken the same stance as Apple in waiting until it is ready to announce their product. What makes this announcement even stranger is that it came straight after the release of the DSi XL in Europe. Although it has been out in Japan for many months, surely an announcement like this will put off any would be DSi XL purchasers?
I am trying to vary my blog posts but 3 days into owning the holy grail of current technology, I felt compelled to post about the iPhone again. But, this isn’t an ordinary post! For those that find it, it can serve as a tutorial on how to receive push calendar combining iCal and gCal. There is an added twist as well!I’ve used girlfriend for the duration of this explanation, please alter accordingly1 – The SituationI lead a pretty hectic life if you include work, freelance work, mates, girlfriend, family, girlfriends mates (in no particular order). I do not own a diary, the iPhone was going to be the answer to my prayers. A diary at the touch of a button, great!My problem is that when my girlfriend tells me she’s arranged a date for the diary, it goes in one ear and out the other. Although, I swear that sometimes she never tells me and just assumes that I know (but that’s neither here nor there).The solution, my girlfriend can update my calendar from her iPhone or the Internet and it will wirelessly update on my Mac, on the Internet and my iPhone, no wires attached! You may say it’s easy, but you may also have a MobileMe account, or you may have paid for BusySync or NuevaSync etc… If you are like me and you’ve already shelved out enough money on the phone itself, I’d rather do things as cheaply as possible – or free. Believe me, this is going to stop a lot of arguements and my grey hair growth may slow down as a result.Solution:
Sign up for Google Calendar (I’m sure you already have).
In iCal, add your gCal account in preferences using CalDav – View tutorial (you can now read and write from iCal – gCal, test by refreshing)
Set up CalDav in your iPhone – View Tutorial – (you can now read/write from your iPhone – iCal & gCal, test by refreshing)
Share your google calendar with your girlfriend. Give her read/write privileges (under settings)
Download the Google Apps App for iPhone on your girlfriend’s phone
Log in to Google Calendar (gCal) scroll down and click settings, you may need to deselect>save>exit, reselect>save>exit the shared calendar in order to make it visible in the browser window
Test it, your girfriend should be able to edit something in the shared Google Calendar (on iPhone/Internet). This should update in your iCal (Mac), gCal (internet), iCal (iPhone).
Ta da! No more arguments, well, no more arguments about arranging your life.
A nice touch from the lovely people at Google is that if your girlfriend edits something that you’ve already input, you’ll be sent an update email! How nice!
Issues:I haven’t gone to the trouble to find out how to totally share iCals from iPhone > Internet > iPhone because I don’t need to. My girlfriend still uses an old fashioned filofax but she can keep me updated wirelessly.I haven’t found out how to share and update multiple calendars so I’m just going to use one.I’ve trawled the web looking for a free answer to this so when it happened, I thought it was too good to be true, I’ll update you if there are any bugs because I can’t believe that I’ve solved this problem. Alternatively, let me know if this is easy and Ive just been looking in the wrong place! I look forward to your feedback (as long as it’s constructive).
Today was the day, the day that I’ve been waiting for. I finally got my hands on an iPhone. I had been desperate to get one as soon as they came out but could never commit to an 18 or 24 month contract. Now, after returning from travelling, the need for information on the move has got too much. I need my email, I need 24/7 internet access albeit via 3G, I need Google Maps at the tip of my finger!To be honest, the iPhone would have made travelling the world that little bit easier but they don’t travel well and it would have cost a bomb to keep it running whilst on a budget. Now, after perusing the market, I nearly purchased a Google phone, but the Google support for iPhone is still outstanding thanks to Eric Schmidt.Having bugged the staff of Carphone Warehouse and O2 for the past week, being rejected over and over again, I finally managed to beat the rush. Even in sleepy old Ipswich, I was third in the queue and when I left some twenty minutes later, there were 9 people waiting to be seen. The shop only had 2 members of staff who were already kissing goodbye to their lunch breaks! Damn that Jonathan Ives!En route home, I nearly crashed into a taxi whilst dreaming about the afternoon’s festivities. When I used to get phones ‘back in the day’, I looked forward to setting it up and really getting to know the interface. Not so with the new iPhone, especially for Mac users. I plugged it in, it uploaded my contacts, calendars, emails, songs, videos and photos with a few clicks and I was up and running.Right, now what’s this app store all about.