Stories by Dan Moren

iPhone owner survey shows high satisfaction

We know a lot about the iPhone, but here's one thing we don't know: how do you feel about your iPhone? It's a hard thing to measure, to be sure, but our good friend Harry McCracken--former Editor in Chief of our sister publication PCWorld--has taken a shot at it on his new blog, Technologizer.

App Store banning continues, iPhone developers protest

App banning: it's all the rage these days. Last week came news that Apple had refused entry to an application called Podcaster, because it "duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes." Which is either extremely suspect or just someone at Apple not understanding the difference between what the app does and what the podcast section of iTunes does.

AIM for iPhone

One of the most frequently voiced complaints about the iPhone since its introduction last year has been a lack of instant messaging support. There are plenty of workarounds, to be sure, but they ranged from potentially expensive (like using the iPhone's SMS system) to slow (web-based applications) to illicit (clients that ran on jailbroken phones).

Jobs confirms iPhone application 'kill switch'

Last week's news that Apple had incorporated <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/134909/2008/08/iphone_blacklist.html">some form of application blacklist into the iPhone 3G</a> certainly got people talking. While the purpose of said blacklist wasn't apparent, there was still quite a bit of argument over whether or not an application blacklist was a method that Apple should be employing.

Another iPhone application slashed from App Store

There's a serial killer on the loose, and he's picking off iPhone applications one by one. The Machiavellian criminal has already done away with <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/134877/2008/08/netshare.html">NetShare</a>, <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/134818/2008/08/boxoffice_disappear.html">Box Office</a>, and <a href="http://www.macuser.com/itunes-store/infamous_i_am_rich_app_finally.php">I Am Rich</a>--now he's set his sights on an application near and dear to his own heart: Slasher. The application in question has vanished; its last known whereabouts place it squarely in the vicinity of the App Store, the same place the other three missing applications were last seen.

Fifteen countries due to get iPhone 3G in August

Brace yourself: the onslaught is at hand. Last month, in Apple's Q3 conference call, Tim Cook said that Apple was still on track to roll out the iPhone 3G in 70 countries by the end of the year. Furthermore, he dropped the tantalizing detail that Apple would <a href="http://www.macworld.com/article/134605/2008/07/iphone_august.html">add an additional twenty countries on August 22nd</a>.

Twitterrific 3.1

Editor's note: The following review is part of Macworld's Summer of Mac Gems series. Each business day until the middle of August 2008, the Macworld staff will use the Mac Gems blog to briefly cover a favorite free or low-cost program. Visit the Mac Gems homepage for a list of past Mac Gems.

Google releases instant-messaging web client for iPhone

I'm not particularly a part of the consolidated Google empire. I've got a Gmail account, but it's relegated mainly to collecting spam, or messages from people who can't remember my actual email address. But I know plenty of people who swear by Google's web-based email and its attendant calendar and chat programs.

The Apple of the future

During the last several weeks, I've been rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from start to finish. While the TV show has held up well for the most part in the 15 years since it premiered, I was struck by a peculiar thought when I recently watched a time travel episode that saw several characters transported to Earth in the year 2024. Technology that was--from the perspective of TV show writers in 1995--futuristic ended up looking, well, primitive compared to what we take for granted today. That's how much things have changed in just over a decade.

iPod nano case roundup: silicone skins

If ancient paintings on cave walls in France are any indication, then primitive humans discovered the silicone skin case just after they discovered the iPod itself. Since then, it's become one of the most popular varieties of protection for your valuable electronics. Today, we take a look at five silicone skin cases for the third-generation iPod nano, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, with an eye towards helping you pick the one that's right for you.

Revisiting iPhone wish list

This week marks the year anniversary of Steve Jobs giving the world its very first glimpse at the iPhone. Which means it's also the anniversary of the first time someone looked at Apple's mobile phone and said, &quot;It sounds nice and all, but what it really needs is...&quot;