Another good source of iPhone/iPad info…


I came across this site recently and have found it to be a useful source of information with PodCasts and Blogs about iPhones and the iPad.

Tube Deluxe for iPhone


I’ve already blogged about and use the free ‘London Tube’ app for the iPhone. However, now I’ve been told about ‘Tube Deluxe’ at a cost of just 59p from the app store, which keeps you up to date with the very latest ‘real time’ status of the London Underground. This surely is a must have app for London Underground iPhone commuters. In the status view, stations are listed on the left along with a status symbol on the right, e.g. green tick with “Good service” to a red triangle with exclamation mark with “Severe delays”. Tapping on the status symbol then gives more information about the station being checked. The map view, as you’d expect shows a zoomable map of the whole London Underground. The plan view lets you plan your journey. The departures view gives you a ‘live’ departure time of tube stations of your choice and updates itself automatically which I think is really kool! 🙂 The locate view will show you the nearest tube stations based on your 3G/GPS position. It will list the station name and the lines it has, e.g. Embankment, 0.1 miles serving Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Northern lines. Finally, the map option will show you a ‘Google Map’ of your location with the traditional blue spot and London Underground station locations shown with a red map pin. Tapping on the red map pin, gives the station name and how far away it is from you.

Free Wi-Fi Finder for iPhone


When I first started playing with Wi-Fi Hotspots a number of years ago, I expected lots and lots of truly free wireless hotspots to be available in Central London near where I work. Sadly that was never the case and even now, free Wi-Fi Hotspots are in my opinion, not plentiful enough 😦 At best, cafes and coffee shops give you free wireless internet access whilst you sit in their venue indulging yourself in a Latte or Bagel etc; ok, hotel lounges are a bit more ‘giving’ with free wireless internet access to guests.
With free Wi-Fi internet access thankfully starting to be more available these days; this ‘Free Wi-Fi Finder’ app for the iPhone enables you to search for free wireless hotspots. Using GPS, you can quickly see where free hotspots are near you. Using my much loved ‘Google Maps’, you’ll see the traditional blue spot showing your precise location; then the app will show you a green symbol representing the location of a free Wi-Fi Hotspot near you; as shown in the screenshot. If you tap on a green symbol, you’ll see the name of the hotspot and part of the address. Tapping on the ‘>’ next to the chosen hotspot will then give: the full name and address of the hotspot, a contact number, directions, add to favourites and share this hotspot.
A word of caution when using free Wi-Fi hotspots in public areas, beware that hackers may be able to see your personal details such as usernames/passwords, so be careful!

The Phones Show Audio Chat 60


The latest audio podcast No.60 is now out and features: Nokia N8, Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro, Orange San Francisco (Android), Motorola XT720, iPhone 3GS and much more. Subscribe to this and other great audio podcasts from

The Phones Show 123


The latest great ‘Phones Show’ video podcast (No.123) from Steve Litchfield is now out and covers: A hands on review of the Nokia X3-02 Touch and Type, plus news of Steve’s Top 5 phones in Europe for October 2010.

Podcast Speed and Rewind on an iPhone


Here’s a couple of useful commands that you may not have used yet, when listening to a podcast on your iPhone/iPod Touch.
When the podcast comes to a part that you’d like to fast-forward, just tap on the white box marked 1X, the podcast play speed will speed up 2 fold and you’ll now see a blue box marked 2X, as shown in the screenshot. Tap on it again to change the speed to 1/2x speed and again to return to 1x speed. From podcasts I’ve listened to, I’ve found audio still is understandable, even when it’s playing at twice the speed.
Another useful feature when listening to a podcast, is to ‘REWIND’; simply tap on the semi-circle with two arrow points with ’30’ in the middle. The podcast play will then rewind 30 seconds and play it again. This is particularly useful if you want to make a note of what you’ve heard in the podcast.

The Phones Show Chat Forum


Forum for Phones Show Chat and Phones Show listeners and viewers.