iPhone: Push GMail without an App

By on Jan 25, 2010 | 5 comments

People have been searching a long time for applications to push GMail messages to their iPhone or Touch. Many pay apps have become available in the App Store which send the user a push notification of new mail to their GMail accounts, but that is literally all they do. I can’t believe I never came across this before, but thanks to Twitter I saw a link posted regarding Google Sync. Below are the simple steps involved to set up Google Sync on your iPhone or Touch. By doing so, it will set up your Gmail account to work basically like Mobile Me (an Apple service) and push your mail directly to your Mail App in real time. It will also sync your Contacts and Calendars if you choose to do so. Requirements and Upload 1. Google Sync is only supported on iPhone OS versions 3.0 and above. You can check your current version by going to Settings > General > About > Version. To upgrade, follow the instructions at http://www.apple.com/iphone/softwareupdate/. Please upgrade to iPhone OS 3.0 before setting up Google Sync. 2. Perform a sync with iTunes to ensure that Contacts and Calendars from your iPhone are backed up to your computer. 3. If your business, school, or organization uses Google Apps, your administrator will first need to enable Google Sync before you can take advantage of this feature. Getting Started 1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen. 2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars. 3. Tap Add Account…. 4. Select Microsoft Exchange. Enter Account Info 5. In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address. If you use an @googlemail.com address, you may see an “Unable to verify certificate” warning when you proceed to the next step. 6. Leave the Domain field blank. 7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username. 8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password. 9. Tap Next at the top of your screen. 9a. Choose Accept if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears. 10. When the new Server field appears, enter m.google.com. 11. Press Next at the top of your screen again. 12. Select the Google services you want to sync. 13. Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes. If you want to sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the “All Contacts” group instead. You’ve set up Google Sync for your iPhone. Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your phone. You can also open the Mail, Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync. More detailed information for this process can be found here:  Google Sync: Setting Up Your iPhone or iPod...

iPod Touch with camera? Maybe

By on Jul 6, 2009 | 1 comment

As usual, the rumors are circulating around the internet regarding Apple products. This one has been going around for a while now, and it seems we are getting closer to finding out whether it is true or not. According to this TechCrunch article, sources in Asia say that “Apple has placed an order for a massive number of camera modules of the type that they include in the iPhone. These are inexpensive cameras, in the $10 range. And the size of the order means they can only be used for one thing – the iPods.” It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if this turns out to be true. The iPod Touch is usually updated in September, so this gives plenty of time for the newer models to be manufactured. With the current success of other hand held video devices this seems like a logical progression for the iPod line. I have included a poll below regarding a new iPod. Please vote. I am curious to see if this is a feature people are really looking for. Which audio codec do you prefer? MP3 AAC Other (please specify in comments) View Results  Loading...

iPod Touch 2.0 Firmware

By on Jun 16, 2008 | 0 comments

I was sitting here thinking about the iPhone/Touch and thought of a good question. I wonder if Apple is going to charge for the 2.0 update like they did the others? The reason I am questioning this is quite simple… The main new feature is the app store. The app store by design is made so that Apple can make as much money as possible without doing any actual work. The app store will primarily be filled with apps and games by other developers. So, with that in mind, is Apple stupid enough to charge $20 (or maybe even more) for this firmware update considering the main draw would be the app store which has unlimited profitability? Which audio codec do you prefer? MP3 AAC Other (please specify in comments) View Results  Loading...

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