iPhone Tip: Dummy Plugs Protect Your iPhone from Dust and Dirt

With the iPhone's beautiful and vibrant LCD, the last thing anyone wants to do is risk damaging or negatively affecting it. One of the most typical problems with LCD screens on mobile phones, smartphones, and PDAs is dust and dirt getting behind the screen. In many cases, what users identify as dead pixels is actually dust or dirt.

If you're like us, with the iPhone's two big, wide-open inputs, you might be feeling a little paranoid about dust and dirt getting inside the iPhone itself. If you carry your iPhone in your pocket, chances are every time you pull it out you'll find a bit of dust or pocket lint lingering in the dock connector. More worrisome, perhaps, is the headphone jack. When the LCD screen is illuminated, it's easy to see just how far down inside the iPhone offending particles can travel via the headphone jack.

The good news is that there's a neat and tidy solution to the problem - well, at least part of it. For usually less than $5, you can pick up a rubber dummy plug that protects the dock connector from unwanted particles when in your pocket, a purse, or wherever.

Apple, AT&T Share Prices Fall on iPhone Sales Fears

Shares of both AT&T (T) and Apple (AAPL) fell today based on news from AT&T that it activated only 146,000 iPhones in the first two days of the iPhone era, June 29th and June 30th. Though AT&T shares closed down only $0.35, Apple shares slid a whopping $8.81 or 6.13 percent.

Investors were shocked at the low activation total, as some analysts had estimated that Apple sold as many as 700,000 iPhones during it's opening weekend. Despite the lower than expected numbers, AT&T assured investors that all was well with AT&T, Apple, and the iPhone. Still, despite the fact that 40% of the iPhone activations AT&T reported were new customers, AT&T slid for the day.

Most likely, investor worry over AT&T's activation numbers is misplaced. One of the most important details to notice about AT&T's activation report, is that it omits one day of the iPhone's opening weekend - Sunday, July 1st. Many of you will recall that very large numbers of customers who arrived home with their iPhones were unable to activate their phones due to technical issues and backlog experienced by AT&T and Apple.

Chances are high that most of the iPhones purchased on opening weekend were not activated by AT&T until that Sunday, which fail to make the recently report AT&T activation statistic.

iRovr Launches Social Networking Site for the iPhone

We've seen a lot of new sites popping up designed specifically for the iPhone. What's more, many existing sites have designed iPhone-sized interfaces to make the iPhone user experience of their services more welcoming. The latest of these offerings, iRovr, is a full fledged social network designed specifically for the iPhone.

iRovr offers blogging, photo sharing, video sharing, bookmarking and user profiles - but all sized to fit the iPhone's screen. Media sharing is accomplished through POP email aliases.

Sites such as Digg and Del.icio.us have already offered iPhone an iPhone sized interface. However, the largest sites in social networking land - such as MySpace, Facebook, and Orkut - have not.

Apple iPhone Bluetooth Headset Hits Stores, Unboxing Pics Surface

The first shipments of Apple's iPhone Bluetooth Headset hit Apple stores today, and details about the headset and unboxing pics are surfacing already. Preliminary reports indicate good sound quality from the headset and a nice array of included extras.

The headset offers, for the most part, a fairly typical BT earpiece feature set, including the ability to answer incoming calls, end current call, ignore incoming calls, answer calls when on an existing call, etc.

Unfortunately, what's missing is any indication or information on the how to use the "single button that lets you make and receive phone calls simply and intuitively" to actually make calls. That tidbit is mentioned in the headset's product information on Apple's online store and previously led to speculation (by your's truly) that the iPhone headset might bring with it some sort of voice dialing capability to the iPhone. Instead, despite the claim on Apple's online store, there's no mention of actually making calls with the headset. Instead, the manual instructs users to make a call on their iPhone.

As highlighted by flickr user nomad7674's unboxing pics, one nice feature of pairing the headset with your iPhone is

Google Offers up iPhone Sized Search

If you're bothered by scrolling around and zooming on your iPhone when trying to search for something on Google, you might be happy to hear that Google is offering an iPhone-sized interface to their famed search engine.

This scaled down version of the standard Google search offers only 8 results per page, and omits clickable options such as similar pages and cached. That said, users may find the scaled down version more useable on the iPhone as the fonts are readable without zooming and less scrolling is needed when navigating returned results.

A scaled down version of Google's image and news searches are also available.

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