iPhone 1.1.5 Update – iPhone Firmware Version 1.1.5+ Release Date

With the release of iPhone firmware version 1.1.4 (beat my predicted release date by 2 weeks), many of us were expecting large changes – many of which were listed and noted in my last post about the iPhone 1.1.4 firmware update. There was no specific feature list released with the 1.1.4 iPhone firmware update, however Apple did release a statement saying that the 1.1.4 update is primarily for bug fixes.

Since many of us were anticipating release of the SDK with the 1.1.4 iPhone firmware update, we’ll now have to look toward the 1.1.5 firmware update for any new features. After scouring through all pages and settings on my iPhone after I installed the 1.1.4 update, I have realized that no new features are offered. Here is my question – Why was the download for the 1.1.4 update 160MB? Is it possible that the 1.1.4 update preps iPhones for the release of the SDK, however the features are just inactive until a specified date?

Either way, I’m over the latest iPhone software update, and now I’m anxiously waiting the release of the iPhone 1.1.5 firmware update. Here are some features (taken from my last post) that I’m hoping to see in the next release of the iPhone firmware:

  • Copy & Paste
  • Wi-Fi updates rather than syncing
  • Flash Player for Safari browser
  • Sync notes
  • Purchase third party apps directly from iTunes – this would be a very nice feature because if applications were sold through iTunes, it would allow the apps to be tested and approved by Apple prior to release – more on this later.
  • Send photos through text message

As for a release date of the 1.1.5 firmware… I’m predicting a mid-March release date. What features do you all want to see?

iPhone Firmware Update

Though the release date of the 1.1.5 firmware update is still unannounced and unknown, the iPhone 2.0 firmware update does have an expected release date, click here to read more.

Brett Favre Retires – Packers Official Website Falsely Leaks Article About Favre’s Retirement

On Thursday, the Packers’ official website briefly reported that Brett Favre was retiring, but the page under the breaking news section was live for only a few minutes. A canned article had been created in case Brett Favre were to retire, and somehow, the page was accidentally leaked to the breaking news section of packers.com. Retirement for Favre would be a bad option at this point considering the receiver core that he has surrounding him.

“There’s nothing to it,” Packers spokesman Jeff Blumb told the Associated Press. “People who handle our website had set up a dummy page in the event he was to retire. They were asked to take down that page.”

GMC Yukon Hybrid – Does the GMC Yukon Hybrid Gas Mileage Justify the Price

After seeing the success that Ford and Toyota have had with small SUVs, the Escape and the Highlander, respectively, GMC has now released a hybrid version of a full size SUV – The GMC Yukon Hybrid. So here is my question – Does the difference in gas mileage make the escalated price worth it? The standard GMC Yukon gets gas mileage of 14 city/20 highway, and the GMC Yukon Hybrid gets gas mileage of 21 city/22 highway. I’ll admit, the 7 extra miles per gallon during city driving would be nice, but only 1 extra mile per gallon on the highway? What’s the point? I suppose the Yukon Hybrid would be a good option for soccer moms who just drive around town all day long dropping their kids off and picking them up, but for anyone with a job or a daily commute, I have to say that the standard GMC Yukon would be the best option… unless you just feel like blowing an extra $10K.

JohnChow.com – Why Advertising on John Chow’s Website is a Bad Idea

If you have a blog and you’ve ever put in a little bit of time to search for “make money online” or “earn revenue from your blog” or anything similar, you’ve most likely come across John Chow’s website johnchow.com. John Chow does huge amounts of traffic, and more importantly, has a huge loyal following with a subscriber base of 16,000+ readers… and always growing. The problem with the 16,000+ subscribers to John Chow’s blog is that a vast majority of them are tech savvy.

These tech savvy users are out looking to make money online. Plain and simple. These people understand that advertising revenue is typically the best way to make money online – whether it be through contextual advertising networks or sponsored posts or paid advertisements. These people aren’t looking for advertisements to click on, they’re looking for content… they’re looking for ideas and ways to improve their own site. I’d be willing to bet that less than 1% of the subscribers to John Chow’s blog actually ever click any of the ads on his site, in fact, they probably don’t even see the advertisements.

Once you’re an experienced internet user and blog reader, you learn how to scan sites. What do I mean “scan sites”? Most savvy readers have taught themselves how to read articles, blogs, posts, magazine, etc. without paying any attention to whatever advertising might be inter-twined within the page. I know the typical size & placements of advertisements, I’m going to be very unlikely to click on any advertisement… ever… and I’m assuming that most of the readers of John Chow’s blog are just like me.

I’m just writing from personal experience, so feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. I own and operate multiple websites, from this small needle-in-a-haystack blog, to large heavily trafficked e-commerce websites. It is my feeling that a subscriber or reader will be more likely to just browse a site for content and posts and pay far less attention to ads. So who will be more likely to click on ads? Users who find your site through a search engine, or related link will be more likely to click on advertisements… especially contextual advertisements like Google Adsense, Yahoo Publisher Network, or Kontera text ads. I’m sure that johnchow.com gets plenty of organic search engine traffic, but judging by the number of subscribers, I’d assume that a vast majority of his traffic and page views are from subscribers. I’d be very curios to see numbers on direct/bookmarked traffic vs. organic traffic. And would it even be possible to track the CTR for advertisement between the two?

A note to John: I’m not trying to discourage people from advertising on your site, I’m just questioning whether subscribers/readers or organic traffic has a higher CTR for advertisers. You’re obviously doing something right, and I think I’ll be duplicating some of your moneymakers on this site real soon! 😉

Amazon Sells Tanks Now? Best Product Review Ever!!!

So my friend just sent me a link to a $20,000 Land Cruiser/Tank that is being sold on Amazon.com. After checking out this giant piece of scrap metal, I decided to check out some of the reviews on it (not because I was going to buy one) because there were quite a few. The first review I read literally had me crying – here it is:

I’ll admit it. Shopping for a personal tank can be a bit daunting. Many times in the past I’ve purchased overpriced, so-called “battle tanks”, then driven them into battle only to be wrecked in ten minutes by the first blow off of some insurgents home-made morter.

But not this baby, no way.

This tank R-O-C-K-S! Literally- the 400-watt sound-system keeps me rockin like a crazy man as I’m dishing out justice commando style. Wow. I just can’t say enough. And the kids love it, too- imagine the look of terror in the eyes of the enemy as I’m dropping off my kid’s team to their soccer game. Shock and awe, my friends, SHOCK AND AWE!

I had NAO install the optional GPS-guided white phosphorus missile system, and talk about *SWEET*! Burn baby burn!!!

Oh, it also has plenty of room for groceries, and if you need to like move a loveseat or something it’ll fit if you use a little bungee cord.

The only real negative with this tank is that it shows up on radar a little more than I like (although there is a polyresin graphite stealth model available). Also, the included spare isn’t full size.

Overall, a great tank.

The user rated the tank 5 stars. Check out the original review here.

Check out the tank here.

Google Adsense Merges Account Login with Standard Google Accounts

Up until today, logging into your Google Adsense account was done through a separate login from all of your other Google accounts. However, if you logged in today, you were probably asked if you wanted to merge and/or link your Google Adsense account with a different Google Account. This is great news for publishers (like myself) who signed up for Google Adsense way back prior to the existence of Google Accounts – Google’s single interface for managing all of your different types of accounts that you might hold at Google, such as:

  • Adwords
  • Analytics
  • Base
  • Calendar
  • Docs
  • Finance
  • Gmail
  • Reader … just to name a few.

If you haven’t read any of my “Google Owns You” series, check that out here.

Blackberry – A problem occurred while trying to render the page

We recently got my wife a BlackBerry Curve and for the most part, it’s been working great. Just recently however, it started giving the following error when trying to connect to web pages via the internet:

A problem occurred while trying to render the page.

I’m not sure if this is caused by a bad WiFi connection or if the T-Mobile network that we’re connected to. When I check the status of each network on the phone, it seems like everything is fine. Or is the “A problem occurred while trying to render the page” caused by the BlackBerry web browser? I also received this error while trying to view pages with the Opera Mini web browser.

iPhone Dash Mount – iPhone Car Mount Ideas and Reviews

I finally installed the PA11-HON2y in my Honda Pilot and its working great. I love having the ability to control my iPhone via the sterio controls and via the steering wheel controls, and I also like how I am still able to control the iPhone directly through the iPhone interface, using Cover Flow, or by using the standard Song, Artist, Genre lookup. Now that I’ve got my iPhone wired into my car, I now need to find a way that I can mount it to the dash. Here are my requirements:

  1. Not too bulky like many of the car dash mounts that are out there
  2. Must be able to swivel so that I can use both standard song lookup and cover flow
  3. Can’t require me to stick something to the back of my iPhone… it still needs to fit in my pocket
  4. Swivel must allow room for the dock connector attachment to move freely

That’s it. Not looking for too much. Here are a couple of the options that I’m currently exploring.

If you’ve got your iPhone mounted to your dash, please post pictures.

Stop Receiving Pre-Approved Credit Card and Insurance Offers – Prevent Identity Theft

Do you receive a Pre-Approved Credit Card offers in the mail? People will get Pre-Approved offers from occasionally to daily… unfortunately, I’m one of those people who seems to receive credit card offers in the mail DAILY! I’ve come to learn that these preapproved credit card and insurance offers that come in the mail are one of the key ways that people become the victim of identity theft. Thankfully, the Federal Trade Commission has gotten involved and has given us a way to stop the junk mail. Let’s be honest here… I’m tech savvy, if I want a new credit card, I’m not going to reply to one or all of the 10+ offers that I get each week. I’m going to go online, probably to Google, and search for a credit card that fits the criteria that I’m looking for.

According to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) of 1970 as amended in 1996, the four major credit bureaus have the right to sell your information to companies that want to offer you a credit card. Fortunately, the amendment also stipulated that credit bureaus must provide a way for consumers to have their names excluded from pre-approval lists. If you’re a United States citizen sick of getting pre-screened credit card offers, this article will show you how to avoid receiving them.

Many companies that solicit new credit card accounts and insurance policies use prescreening to identify potential customers for the products they offer. Prescreened offers — sometimes called “preapproved” offers — are based on information in your credit report that indicates you meet criteria set by the offeror. Usually, prescreened solicitations come via mail, but you also may get them in a phone call or in an email.

Prescreening cannot hurt your credit score, but it can become a big detriment to your mailbox (and even your mailman)… Imagine how much less weight your mailman would have to lug around if there were no more prescreened or preapproved credit card offers sent through the US Postal Service?

Have a got your attention? Do you want to get your name removed? Continue on to read the next page and find out how – best of all, its free, its easy, and it works!

Protecting Yourself From Identity Theft

A new service called LifeLock Identity Theft Protection offers. LifeLock basically monitors credit reports, credit offers and more on your behalf in order to help minimize the risk of identity theft. LifeLock offers a $1,000,000 service guarantee plus identity recovery services in case you do become a victim of identity theft or if your wallet is stolen. Here are some key features of the LifeLock Identity Theft Protection system:

  • They set up fraud alerts with credit bureaus on your behalf and renew them every 90 days
  • Request that your name be removed from pre-approved credit card mailers
  • Order free credit reports annually and have them sent directly to you
  • Help you cancel/recover lost wallets with their WalletLock service