What apps I’m using on my iPhone

July 31, 2009 at 2:21 pm (Technology) (, )

Occasionally I like to post these because there are so many AWESOME apps on the iPhone, and hard to keep up with all of them. I just got my 3GS and I’m back up and running, and here’s what I’ve been using.  I’m also cheap, so these are all free.

  • fring – If you’re looking for push notification for Skype, AIM, GTalk, ICQ, Yahoo or AIM this is it. Unfortunately the twitter support will push ALL mesages to the phone and as far as I can tell that is the only option in fring. I’ve also been playing with the SIP support for Gizmo5 and Google Voice.
  • Chess with Friends and Words with Friends – These 2 apps support multiplayer chess and scrabble, enough said. My username is doctorsound.
  • Bump – Transfer contact info between two bump users via a fist bump. I wish more people had this set up already…
  • World War – I’m again addicted to another unimaginative MMO iPhone app, this one focused around the military. my ‘alliance’ code is J8YDEB
  • Cube – First Person Shooter for the iPhone, seems to be kinda buggy. It’s got a lot of potential, especially with better Multiplayer capabilities.

What are some apps that have caught your attention?


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Recieve Google Voice calls via PC

July 30, 2009 at 10:36 pm (Technology) (, , )

EDIT: Gizmo5 registration is closed as of now, so this process is no longer valid.

So if you’re like me and always looking for a new way to nerd out, you’ve  already gotten your Google Voice number and are asking, now what? Personally, I’ve been wanting to take my Google Voice calls on my computer. I’m also cheap, so I wanted to receive my Google Voice calls for FREE. Here’s how, because most guides online are quite more complicated than they need to be, or not complete.

Please note, I am not an expert in IP Telephony, so YMMV and use at your own risk. I’ll be able glad to help as much as I can if you run into anything.

1.) Get a Google Voice invite. This is probably the hardest part seeing that it is still invite only.

2.) Go to Gizmo5 and create an account. Pay attention to the SIP phone account they assign you (It’ll look like 1747xxxxxxx), you’ll need it in a second.

3.) While in your new Gizmo5 account click the “My” tab on the top right. One of the top section is used to connect your Gizmo5 number to Google Voice, enter the info and save.

4.) Download SIP Communicator and install. It will prompt you to add your information under the SIP account (Top Left account). Add you SIP information as ‘1747xxxxxxx@proxy01.sipphone.com’ placing your number you got on the last step and your Gizmo5 password.

5.) Head back to Google Voice, and bring up your settings and add a new forwarding phone, choose it as a Gizmo5 and add your 747 number. Receive the confirmation call in SIP Communicator and enter the verification code (To bring up the dial pad, press the icon in the bottom left corner, that looks like a circle).

6.) You now can receive calls on your desktop when someone calls your Google Voice!

Please note that I’ve seen info change on this daily it seems, mainly on the length of received calls through Gizmo5, but the most recent I’ve seen it’s unlimited incoming.

This is just the tip of the iceberg of what Google Voice can offer, and there will be many more things to come.

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IMHO: Bold vs. iPhone

February 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm (Technology) (, , , , )

Let me start by saying a couple things. First, this is by no means an in depth review of either, and all information is ‘as is’ and is subject to truthfulness and change and in no way is a representation of either AT&T, Apple or Blackberry. Second, I know this is about 4 months too late, but I’ve now had enough time with both to find all the quirks. Lastly, I love both of these phones. They are hands down 2 of the best phones you can buy via carriers today. Do not mistake my criticisms for fanboyism for either product.

1st up, the crowd favorite, the iPhone:


  • App store: If there is one thing that I miss the most about the iPhone, it’s the app store.
  • Touch screen: Now, I haven’t had a lot of face time with the big competitor on this one, The Storm, but it is hands down better than any other touch screen phone I’ve handled.
  • Texting: Full keyboard, auto correct, threaded text that is so simple and easy I can do it one handed. drunk. in a windstorm. with a chimpanzee on my back beating my skull in. You get the point.
  • Accessorize: There are more cases available for the iPhone than you can shake a stick at, plus many more cool accessories.
  • Email: It looks pretty, full html email support is awesome, especially if you actually want to read those emails newegg.com sends you.


  • Everything already stated by everyone criticizing the iPhone: mms, copy/paste, background tasks, video, etc…
  • Email support sucks: It does. It’s pretty (above), but between the pain in the ass setup process and limited support. Have you tried to set up a charter.net email on an iPhone? Don’t bother.
  • No insurance: I couldn’t trust myself with that thing.
  • No Turn by turn GPS: Or traffic rerouting for that matter. I think there is big money to be made here.

The Underdog (Blackberry Bold)


  • PUSH. EMAIL. SUPPORT.: For everyone, any email service. end of story.
  • Solid keyboard: I’m pretty picky about my keyboards now, the Bold is definitely hands down the best physical keyboard. When you pick it up and start slamming out some text, you’ll notice the difference.
  • Less app restrictions: Less restrictive API and no manufacturing blessing necessary. Opera mini and Youmail are my two favorite apps, which will never be available on the iPhone if things stay the way they are.


  • Coolness: Definitely less cool than the iPhone. Yes I am that vain and self centered.
  • Leather Back: While it looks classy, mine is already all torn up.

Either way, you’re getting an awesome phone, and do recommend both, you just need to decide what is important to you. What phones do you guys recommend?

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Youmail, Voicemail on steroids

February 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm (Products, Technology) (, )

I recently started using youmail for my voicemail, and I have to say, it is AWESOME! Essentially it’s voicemail on steroids. There are a lot of cool features that definitely enhance how I use my phone. It’s VERY easy to setup, and they lead you through the whole process (With pictures!).

First off it you can listen to your voicemail from any computer, pretty nice if you loose your phone, and you can receive voicmail updates via email and text. They call this “Visual Voicemail”, but if you’ve used an iPhone, it’s just not the same. But wait, there’s more! If you have a blackberry, you CAN have visual voicemail like on the iPhone! The Youmail program does the exact same function of the iPhone visual voicemail. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s getting there. All of this is FREE too, can’t beat that!

Youmail also offers a transcriber service as well, at reasonable prices. If someone leaves you a voicemail, within 10 mins you get an email with a transcription of their message! I signed up, just to see how well it worked, 5 out of the 5 messages I got were spot on, the 6th was close enough.

There are a couple other cool features such as, ability to import contacts, set assigned voicemail to certain people and block calls (Or assign them a voicmail that states the phone has been disconnected!). My phone is for business and personal use, so I’ll setting my friends for a more personal greeting, and my work contacts can have something a little more formal.

There is some room for improvement, mainly the phone application support. The blackberry should definitely be able to recieve a push notification from youmail, and alert you that you have a voicmail via audio and vibration, without having to have a text sent to you. Hopefully they’re working on this, as well as more supported phones. Also the transcription service sometimes takes up to 15 mins on high quality. Youmail still seems like it needs some work before it can go mainstream, but it’s definately worth checking out if you can benefit from it’s features! Below are some pictures of the service, unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the visual voicmail app though. 😦

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