Facebook for iPhone, iPod touch Updated to 3.1.3

Yesterday, an update for iOS (formerly known as iPhone OS) was released to the Apple App Store.

The main improvements for Facebook 3.1.3 is the ability to watch videos, writing on event walls, and a change in how wide uploaded photos can be (now 720 pixels wide).

You can update to Facebook version 3.1.3 by hitting the App Store icon on your iPhone or iPod touch, or by using iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.

iPad owners: the iPhone/iPod touch application will work on your device in low res mode. While you can scale it up to 2x mode, in my opinion, the text looks terrible. I still recommend that you use Safari to browse to the full Facebook website.

Apple Earbud Replacement Program

While reading the July 2010 issue of MacWorld, yes, I still read paper magazines, I stumbled across an side bar article on Apple’s earbud replacement program. According to the Apple notice, ear buds with in-line remote work intermittently or have stopped working altogether.

The following notice, Apple Headphones with Remote Replacement Program, is from Apple’s website:
Apple has determined that the Apple Headphones with Remote included with the iPod shuffle (3rd gen) may fail under certain conditions. A very small percentage of iPod shuffle owners have experienced this issue. These headphones were included with the iPod shuffle (3rd generation) made between approximately February 2009 and February 2010.
If your headphones stop working or work intermittently as described below, Apple will replace them, free of charge, for two years from date of purchase.
Symptoms
  • Controls are non-responsive or work intermittently
  • Unexpected volume increase or decrease
  • Unexpected playing of voice feedback
Product Description
  • Apple Headphones with Remote – included with iPod shuffle (3rd generation).
Note
Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic and Apple Earphones with Remote and Mic which exhibit the symptoms noted above are also covered under this program.
For more details on this issue, including directions for determining if you have a set of earbuds that are eligible for replacement, visit the Apple website.
If you are in the market for a new set of headphones for your favorite i-device, MacWorld has their complete headphone reviews online. MacWorld also has you covered with their headphone buying guide if you’re not sure what to replace your stock Apple earbuds with.

HTC Touch Pro 2

The company I work for is continuing it’s search to find the perfect smartphone to replace our existing Treo 700p and 755p fleet of phones. This past Friday, I found a new phone to take out for a test drive: the Verizon Wireless edition HTC Touch Pro 2!

The Touch Pro 2 is a Windows Mobile 6.1 powered phone that has one of the largest screens I’ve ever seen on a Windows Mobile phone. (The last two Windows Mobile phones I’ve used where the Palm Treo 750 and Palm Treo Pro.)

There are two things that you will immediately noticed as different with the Touch Pro 2 than other Windows Mobile phones. The first is the Touch Pro 2 is has a slider that reveals a roomy landscape keyboard that will make people who complain about cramped keyboards happy. The screen also tilts up toward the user. The second thing that you will notice as being different in this Windows Mobile phone is the the special sauce that HTC has added; TouchFlo. TouchFlo is HTC’s customized user interface (UI) that added the much needed “cool factor” to Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

To learn more about the HTC Touch Pro 2, visit the HTC website.