New Skype on the iPhone rumors

From GigaOM we have the latest rumors about a Skype application for the iPhone. The buzz is that it will be announced next week.  I’ll believe it when I see it on the iTunes app store.

Cell carriers are going to start coming around to the reality that for smart phone users, they are a data carrier.  Voice is secondary and they want greater flexibility.

Update: Ok, I believe it.  I downloaded the Skype app from the iTunes app store today.  It only works over WiFi, but if you can get a WiFi connection, you can talk to your Skype buddies without AT&T having anything to do with it.

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3.0 iPhone software

The big news, Cut & Paste!

The new software is supposed to announced tomorrow.  Rumors of a tethering app as well, but expect AT&T to want extra for it.

Non-Safari browsers for the iPhone

Apple is now allowing third party browsers on the iPhone.

Don’t get too excited, these are all Safari based browsers.  

When I can load Opera, Chrome or Firefox on my iPhone, that will be a real crack in Apple’s control over the device.

Actually went smoothly this time

I upgraded my rev 1 iPhone to the 2.1 firmware Sunday.  Unlike the last time, this process went smoothly.

New iPhone firmware

Version 2.1 is coming out on Friday.  Based on the really lousy way Apple handled the last upgrade, I won’t touch it until next week.

The hot tech gadget…

is the old Rev 1 Apple iPhone.   Tech consumers are spend up to $600 for a 16 Gig Rev 1 iPhone according to WirelessImports.com, a seller of used iPhones. That is $100 more than they sold for new! Even the 8 Gig iPhones are selling for the same $100 markup.

One of the main reasons given for the demand for the rev1 phones is that they are easier to unlock than the rev 2 3G iPhones.  An unlocked (i.e. hacked) iPhone can be used on other networks than AT&T.

Another good iPhone etext reader

I’ve tried Stanza, which has the advantage of being free. 🙂

It takes advantage of the nice big screen on the iPhone nicely.  Easy to read and page back and forth.

They have a large number of public domain books to download, including ERB  and H. Beam Piper. Two of my favorites.

I haven’t looked into what other libraries are available, but what they have is sufficient to keep many voracious readers busy.  It makes a good replacement for the dog eared paperback in the back pocket.