“I need it because, I need it …!”
The Apple iPhone is a multimedia/Internet-enabled phone announced by Apple CEO Steve Jobs during the keynote address at the Macworld Conference & Expo on January 9, 2007. The iPhone has a scheduled US release date of June 2007, (later outside the US) and will be available from the Apple Store and from Cingular Wireless. iPhone has a planned launch price of US$499 for the 4 GB model and $599 for the 8 GB model, based on a two-year service contract. The iPhone’s functions include those of a camera phone, a multimedia player, mobile telephone, and Internet services like e-mail, text messaging, web browsing and wireless connectivity. iPhone input is accomplished via touchscreen with virtual keyboard and buttons. The iPhone is a quad-band GSM phone, though Jobs mentioned in his keynote that Apple has a “plan to make 3G phones” in the future. Apple has filed over 200 patents related to the technology behind the iPhone.
Touch screen The 3.5-inch (8.9cm) display (320×480 px at 160 ppi) touch screen is specifically created for use with a finger, or multiple fingers for multi-touch sensing. No stylus is needed, nor can one be used, as the touch screen requires bare skin to operate.
Phone The iPhone allows conferencing, call holding, call merging, caller ID, and integration with other cellular network features and iPhone functions. For example, a playing song fades out when the user receives a call. Once the call is ended the music fades back seamlessly.
|[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/9248/phone_calls_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Making Calls||[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17145/phone_sms_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Writing SMS|
iPod The layout of the music library differs from previous iPods, with the sections divided more clearly alphabetically, and with a larger font. The Cover Flow, like that on iTunes, shows the different album covers in a scroll-through photo library. Scrolling is achieved by swiping a finger across the screen.
|[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/9245/ipod_music_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Playing Music||[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17147/phone_photos_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Showing Photos|
Internet The iPhone has built-in WiFi, with which it will be able to access the Internet (through a wireless network) via the Safari browser. The iPhone will also be able to connect to the Internet through Cingular’s EDGE network. An agreement between Apple and Google provides for access to a specially modified version of Google Maps, see the video below.
|[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17042/internet_maps_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Showing Maps||[flv:http://shots.ikbis.com/video/17151/internet_widgets_f_20070109.flv 250 250] – Internet Widgets|
Email The iPhone also features an HTML e-mail program, which enables the user to embed photos in an e-mail message.
And to see Apple CEO Steve Jobs who delivered the Macworld Conference & Expo Keynote Address. Here are some trimmed highlights of the show.
|[flv:http://youtube-107.vo.llnwd.net/d1/04/6B/ScJMBhgb790.flv 300 250] – Macworld Highlights|
+And the full videos by Youtube:
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 1
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 2
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 3
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 4
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 5
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 6
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 7
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 8
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 9
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 10
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 11
- Macworld 2007 – Steve Jobs Keynote Speech – Part 12
- iphone Keynote – Pt 1 (Intro)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 2 (New UI – Leapfrog Product)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 3 (iPhone Design)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 4 (Widescreen iPod)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 5 (Reinvent the Phone)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 6 (SMS & Pictures)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 7 (internet Communications Device)
- iPhone Keynote – Pt 8 (Safari)
The biggest Jordanian mansaf (traditional meal) is being prepared by a group of Jordanians to be included in the new edition of Guinness Book of World Records. The mansaf is a Jordanian traditional meal usually served in large round plates at public occasions such as wedding parties, festivals and celebrities where a large number of people are invited to the meal. Its main components are rice, lean meat and jamid (dried yoghurt). The giant manasf, the biggest ever, will be prepared in a very large plate of 30 meter diameter with a total cost of JD146,000 ( US$210,000), said Jordanian engineer Shaher Abdullah al-Basha, who initiated the idea. About 20 thousand of Jordanian orphans and elderly people will be invited to the mansaf meal which will be held on March 19th in presence of representatives from Guinness Book organization, Basha said. Preparations for the mansaf will take 9 hours of continuous work. The meal, sponsored by local companies, consists of 5000 kilos of meat, 2500 kilos of rice, 2500 kilos of yoghurt, 1000 kilos of jamid, 980 kilos of pine nuts, 1,750 kilos of dried almonds, 150 kilos of vegetable fat, 65 kilos of locally made animal fat (cooked and clarified butter), 35,000 pieces of shrak (largely flattened, very thin and circular pieces of bread) , and 275 kilos of spices made especially for mansaf, Basha told Petra. The mansaf meal will be served in a very large plate made of galvanized and anti-corrosion stainless steal accredited by the Health Ministry. It is 490 sqm, 10 centimeters deep, one meter high above the ground with 600 meter long base of iron to carry it up and there are 400 cubic meters of thermal sand to preserve the food temperature at a certain degree, he said. He added five teams will oversee the cooking; each team consists of one chef and 15 assistants. There will be 15 butchers to cut the meat into piece, each 250 grams. 90 large pots and 90 gas cylinders will be used for cooking and more than 150 volunteers will help in preparing the meal, which will be served by a host committee formed by one of Amman five stars hotels, said Basha. He said he was attempting to register four breaking records for Jordan, the biggest mansaf, the biggest ad placard, the biggest candle and the biggest tent.
A little boy went into a store, reached for a soda carton and pulled it over to the telephone. He climbed onto the carton so that he could reach the buttons on the phone and proceeded to punch in seven digits. The store owner observed and listened to the conversation.
The boy asked, “Madam, Can you give me the job of cutting your lawn?” The woman replied, “I already have someone to cut my lawn”.
“I will cut your lawn for half the price of the person who cuts your lawn now.” replied the boy. The woman responded that she was very satisfied with the person who was presently cutting her lawn.
The little boy was even more perseverant and said, “I’ll even sweep your curb and your sidewalk, so on Sunday you will have the prettiest lawn in all of Palm beach, Florida.” Again the woman answered in the negative.
With a smile on his face, the little boy replaced the receiver.
The store owner, who was listening to this conversation, walked over to the boy and said, “Son I like your attitude; I like that positive spirit and would like to offer you a job.”
The little boy replied, “No thanks, I was just checking my performance on the job I already have. I am the one who is working for the lady I was talking to!”