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    Anonymous
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    Hi Jason,
    The link to the ideal home screen doesn’t seem to be working any more for some reason – could you please post it again? I’d love to take a look.

    cheers!
    Jayne

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    jan delmas
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    I have an iPhone and have been using it for about 18 months now and absolutely LOVE IT! Mind you I also use a Mac and it integrates seamlessly with it.

    I have a few apps on my iPhone and the ones I use most besides the standard phone, mail, internet browsing and ipod are:

    Facebook – it’s a free app that lets you access and do most of the things you would normally do on Facebook

    LinkedIn – free app that lets you stay in touch with your LinkedIn information and feeds

    Tweetie – I use this for the majority of my tweeting

    Evernote – free app that allows me to copy and paste interesting stuff and also sync to the other Evernote apps (think Google Docs)

    NewsRack – it’s the only place I read all my RSS from. I can catch up on the bus, having a coffee, etc.

    Wordpress – free app I can write my blogs directly when I’m away from my computer

    Omnifocus – a GTD software which syncs with my Mac Version. A great to do list and reminds me when tasks are due.

    Plus a few more that are paid for or are free. There are great things out there, the problem is there is so much choice. And as most of the paid ones ar

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    FS Concierge, post: 29885 wrote:
    Hi Jason,
    The link to the ideal home screen doesn’t seem to be working any more for some reason – could you please post it again? I’d love to take a look.

    cheers!
    Jayne

    http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/2009/09/22/iphone-needs-a-new-home/

    That should do it

    J

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    KathrynH
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    I love my iphone but really only use it for email, social networking and as a phone.

    It’s also rather handy if I’m out with my daughter and need a few minutes peace!

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    Power Protect, post: 29957 wrote:
    http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/2009/09/22/iphone-needs-a-new-home/

    That should do it

    J

    Thanks Jason – very impressive. Good find! And I wonder if the comment halfway down the page is really from Steve Jobs ;-)

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    Hi,

    I decided to write a web based application, hosted offsite, using Ruby on Rails (web server/programming langauge) with mySQL as the backend database. Works perfectly for the iPhone and Safari.

    I dont have access to a Mac to write code to create an App, so I choose the more simplistic web route.

    So far, it’s looking good, cant wait to test it in the field, and wow my customers with my “on the ball” service.

    Chris

    Power Protect, post: 29616 wrote:
    Before I started out on my own I though the iPhone would be perfect but when the missus got one and I played with it, it became very apparent that it wasn’t really a business class device.

    Dont get me wrong, I think they are a fantastic toy and can be a used a great resource but the limitations placed on its os and software by apple is the problem. My biggest disappointment with the iPhone is its lack of a home screen. If your prepared to ‘jailbreak’ you phone on the other hand……

    As buggy as it is I’ve stuck with a WM6 device, and like most microsoft users I’m holding onto the hopes that the next version will be better.

    I’d be interested to see how your system works, is it app based or browser based?

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    Paul Serra
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    i havent started my business yet but the iphone has great apps that could suit most business types.

    Along with the basic, to-do list, calendar, notepad etc

    check out info2go (obviously to invoice on the go) and file app where you can wifi your pdf files to your iphone and upload and email important business docs
    to clients

    hope this helps

    #1024983
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    With the advent of my new website for my GCPets biz being WordPress … yes having an iPhone is going to prove to be my USP for my pet biz as none of the other local websites (except for maybe a dog walker) do the same.

    I’ll be using it primarily for that one business as the other biz (QLDmodels) has its own phones.

    I’ll be using the iPhone for the radar (to check on the weather as that does play a part in pet sitting), maps, to do list, iCal, email, internet access, wordpress app, tweetie (update my gcpets twitter with photos), facebook (update my ‘fan’ page with photos etc) and more.

    I’m waiting tho’.

    The next gen. phone (4G) is going to be available late June so in July I’ll go on a plan for the 4G one since it has exactly what I require: front camera, back camera, flash for the camera, zoom for the camera, multi tasking, ability to make folders, etc.

    Since my GCPets biz puts me out of the office a lot I need this.. as having my Macbook isn’t always viable yet I still need access to all these other services.

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    did u hear that the new 4G iphone will have embedded ads in apps? Has put me off buying one, looking at alternatives now

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    Yen, wow, I’m pretty impressed with the PDF and the apps it mentions, thanks for posting it! I often drool over iPhones and their capabilities. My 15 year old son has one and I wish I had one but I’m still under contract with my antiquated Sony Ericsson. Shouldn’t complain; until the iPhone came along, I was a pretty committed Sony Ericsson mobile user (never did get into Nokia).

    Meanwhile, my next door neighbour came over and showed me his Google Phone. Don’t know how he got it as I believe they’re still not available in Australia, but he’s absolutely in love with it. He’s been through 4 iPhones and had no end of trouble with them, and he does know his computer gizmos (way better than I do). Now I’m almost glad I don’t have an iPhone and am going to look more into the Google Phone’s capabilities.

    I LOVE the idea of being able to accept credit card payments through my existing payment gateway, via a mobile phone app (iCCPay). Would that be able to be used on a Google Phone, or are iPhone apps only suitable for iPhones?

    Also love VehiCal and Mobile Receipt. Such clever people out there.

    I basically use my Sony Ericsson mostly as a phone and calendar/diary. It has a Sony Walkman built right into it but I’ve never downloaded a single song. I take the occasional photo but rarely send any. I did MMS a photo of a hose reel to my brother one day when I was at Bunnings, to make sure I was buying the right one lol.

    Looking forward to my contract ending so I can get a lovely, shiny, sparkly new toy to use more efficiently.

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    King, post: 35670 wrote:
    did u hear that the new 4G iphone will have embedded ads in apps? Has put me off buying one, looking at alternatives nowUm, thousands of free apps already display ads to support them. If you don’t like the ads, you don’t use that app, or you pay $2.99 for the ad-free version. With iAd, Apple is simply creating an official platform for ads that should make it easier for developers to deliver higher quality ads. In return, Apple takes a percentage of the revenue, much as any other advertising network does.
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    Selene
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    I love my Iphone.

    I use
    Email – Plus as an extra, I get all my faxes as emails
    Informat (calendar/includes task list)
    Logmein (remote login)
    Maps
    Note2self
    Contacts
    Scan Biz Cards
    Imindmap
    Oh and also as a phone…

    Other than those I also have facebook, twitter and linked in all accessable via my iphone.

    I can’t wait for the Ipad 3G – all I have to do is convince my hubbie that it an important can’t do without business tool

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    IgniteDM
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    as I jump between 2 businesses @ 2 different locations and am always out and about at meetings.. my iphone is always glued to my hand !

    Im addicted to email, txt, phone capabilities

    always use Facebook app, and gmail app sometimes.

    My other favourite apps:
    Twitterific – lets me tweet for both my twitter accounts on the go
    Ebay – no more need be said haha
    Bills – track all the bills that need paying !
    MiPets – track when I need to give my furry companions their flea stuff
    Vehical – track car servicing etc.
    Scan2PDF – very handy

    Bento I have… but havent really got into using it. Im sure I will one day…

    and you cant really go past the dominos app ! order a pizza and track it on your iphone !

    I need to stress to iphone users to make sure you back up regularly ! Im already on my 2nd iphone.. my partner is on his 2nd and its slowly dying (waiting on 4G to come out). Having a full back up in itunes is a god send !

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    King, post: 35670 wrote:
    did u hear that the new 4G iphone will have embedded ads in apps? Has put me off buying one, looking at alternatives now

    as do most websites and apps I’m using now. thus it has not put me off. i’m used to the advertising.. I can easily ignore it. I also honestly doubt it will be so invasive that it make it a PIA to use basically.

    Flying Solo has ads.. does it put you off using the website ?

    I watch Masterchef on their “Catch Up TV” via their website which has ads embedded within the videos (you can’t skip) every so often… whatever… i still watch the video!

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    Hi Chris, i think for your specific requirement, writing your own web based system is a good way to go.

    Apps and web services tend to be more specialised and not complete solutions.

    For my biz i handle all transactions through a web based CRM installed on my server. I can then access it from any computer or iPhone to generate invoices, add leads, etc..

    My app roundup includes
    toodledo tasks
    toggl time tracker
    social, fb, tweetdeck, linkedin
    gmail app
    calendar scnched to gcal

    good luck
    cheers
    scott

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