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RoboForm for iPhone

RoboForm [ Free – iTunes link ] my favorite desktop password manager is now available on the iPhone. The RoboForm app makes it easy to log in to just about any mobile friendly website from your iPhone.

RoboForm Start Screen on iPhone

Just like the desktop version, the iPhone version provides you the ability auto-fill passwords, logins and forms with one tap of the finger.

One Tap Logins

The iPhone version of RoboForm has the ability to sync with the desktop version via RoboForm Online. Taking your passwords with you when you are on the go is awesome. In order to use this app you must have a RoboForm Online account, it’s a requirement. No worries, you can signup for a free RoboForm Online account if you don’t have one.

RoboForm Syncs

The only downside of the app is you are forced into using the integrated mobile browser once you’ve login into the website you accessed using RoboForm. If it had all the feature of Safari then things would be OK, but it doesn’t. :(

Integrated Mobile Browser

I give this app two thumbs up for it’s simplicity and it’s ability to make me more productive. I love it and I wouldn’t leave home with out it.

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iPhone Update of Google Mobile app includes a Ninja?


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Originally uploaded by factoryjoe

The latest update for the Google Mobile app on the iPhone includes a ninja. They call this out as specific feature update. You can find the ninja by opening the application to the search screen on your iPhone. You’ll see the Ninja appear as one of A. Googlers comments. Be patient, it might take awhile for him to show up. Trust me, he is there.  I would like to thank @chrismessina for pointing this out to me. Chris was also one of the first people to find the Bells & Whistle Easter egg in the previous Google MoApp update prior to Google announcement.

Check out the screen capture of the mobile ninja on my phone:

iPhone Screen Capture of Google Mobile Ninja

iPhone Screen Capture of Google Mobile Ninja

UPDATE: If you want more Google Ninja, check out the ninja shirt I made at Zazzle.com.

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How to Setup Ping.fm in Tweetie

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It took me awhile, but I finally figured out how to set up my Ping.fm account in Tweetie. I thought I would take a moment to write up a quick guide to walk you through the process of setting up your Ping.fm in Tweetie in case you are having trouble. The process is simple you just need to have faith…

 Learn more about the iPhone Twitter app Tweetie. (You’ll need iTunes to to view this page.)

A Step by Step Guide to Setting Up Ping.fm on the iPhone Twitter App Tweetie:

  1. Launch Tweetie on your iPhone. (Please Note: The settings for Ping.fm are not located in the Tweetie Settings under Settings. But, you will need to have the multiple accounts option turned on for this to work. That is found under settings.)
  2. Tap the Accounts button in the upper left corner of the app.
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  3. Tap the Edit button in the upper left hand corner of the app.
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  4. Tap on the Twitter account you would like to attach to your Ping.fm account to. Do not worry touching the account name will not “Delete” the account.
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  5. Tap on the Advanced options.
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  6. Tap on the Ping.fm option.
  7. Enter in your Mobile Key from Ping.fm. Go to http://ping.fm/key to get your key.
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  8. Success!!! You should now see an Authorized alert pop up.
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I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

P.S. I don’t know about you, but I’m really digging the new Dark theme for Tweetie. It’s Nice.

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Easter Egg in Google Mobile App for iPhone

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Google does believe in Easter after all. Apparently after a late night of eating cake in Zurich, the Mobile App Team at Google felt the need to add a few extra “Bells and Whistles” to Google Mobile App. The kicker is they hid the menu to these features and “neglected” to tell anyone about it. Last week on News Years Day they came clean by announcing the moApp Easter Egg for the iPhone. The post entitled “Ring in the New Year with Bells and Whistles” on Google Mobile Blog gives a little back story and a general outline on how to enable this feature in Google’s moApp. I really hope the announcement was their way of continuing the Easter Egg tradition they started last new years.

For the record, the Bells and Whistles feature was discovered prior to last week’s announcement from Google, which is contrary to what some have already posted. Chris Messina of Citizen Agency (twitter @factoryjoe) posted his discovery on Waxy.org, the blog of Andy Baio the founder of upcoming.org. Chris noted the different options listed in the Preferences.plist xml file under the kGMOPrefGroupSecretSettings node on Nov 18, 2008 almost a month and half prior to Google’s 1/1/09 announcement and only four days after the release of Google moApp version 0.3.144 which included the Easter Egg.

Google’s post is a little vague on how to access or activate these new features. Since their post leaves a few unanswered questions I thought I would take a moment to put together a Step by Step guide on how to unlock the Bells and Whistles Easter Egg in Google’s Mobile Application on your Apple 3G iPhone.

Step by Step Guide to Opening Bells and Whistles Menu

  1. Tap the Google moApp icon on your iPhone. Visit the App Store icon on your iPhone and search for ‘Google Mobile App’ or visit the iTunes store if you do not have it yet.
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  2. Tap on the Settings icon, located on the lower right hand side of the page.
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  3. Here’s where the suggested perseverance from the mobile team comes in to play… once the Settings screen loads start flicking the screen in an up ward motion.
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  4. Don’t stop until you see the new Bells & Whistles button appear below the About Button.
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  5. Don’t give up! Based on my testing, it took about 100 short quick flicks before the button appeared. When I tried it again and it seemed to show up quicker if I did long sweeping stroke.
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Bells and Whistles Summary

  • Theme Color – Let’s you select a different theme color for Google’s moApp interface.
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  • Sounds – Let’s you change the feedback sounds when using the voice recognition search functionality. Your two new options are Chicken and Monkey. I went with Monkey.
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  • Live Waveform – Turning on Live Waveform displays the signal pattern of your voice as you are speaking into the iPhone while performing a Voice Search vs. showing you just the static pattern when analyzing your request.
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  • Open Links in App – This option let’s you open search result links within the Google moApp interface instead of launching Safari. This is the most useful feature contained within the Easter Egg. Unfortunately it this option does not seem to affect the links within the App area. Let me know if I’m doing something wrong. 
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I hope you found this helpful. I really do hope this is truly a new tradition for Google. If so, i’m look forward to next years New Year’s Easter Egg Hunt presented by Google.

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Upgrade is Complete

In celebration of completing the upgrade of my site to WordPress 2.7, I thought I write my post using the the iPhone mobile WordPress app. It’s not a bad little app. I can add photos. I cannot add links within my posts. I’m still getting used to typing on this thing vs the blackjack. It’s not bad considering I have big thumbs.

The upgrade process was pretty easy. I went from WP version 2.1 to 2.7. I really enjoy the new admin UI. It was pretty easy to set up the plug-ins with integrated download plug-in feature. I’m going to leave the default theme in place until I can design my own.

Now that I’ve completed the upgrade I’m going to start on the redesign.

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