For all of you who are planning to attend ABA TECHSHOW later this month, let's get dinner! On Thursday and Friday nights during the conference, there will be several "Taste of the ABA TECHSHOW" dinners. These Dutch-treat dinners provide attendees with the opportunity to meet and network with speakers and other attendees with similar interests. Mark your calendar for Thursday, March 25 because that night, Ernie Svenson, who was recently profiled on InsideLegal, and I will host a dinner for iPhone-using attorneys. I believe that the location will be Tutto Italiano Ristorante, but this may change. You'll be able to sign up once you get to the conference. This will be one of those rare times when it is not considered rude to use your iPhone during dinner! I hope to see you there.
Also, one quick programming note. I know that some of you never use Twitter at all, others are occasional users, and a few of you rely on Twitter to get all of your news. If you fall in the second or third category, I have been tweeting for a while now at @jeffrichardson if you want to follow me. I don't post very often so I won't overload your feed, but when I do run across something timely or when I have a major new post on iPhone J.D., I'll put a quick tweet on @jeffrichardson. But if you fall in the third category and you like to use Twitter to see what is new, this week I've started using the @iphonejd Twitter account to automatically post the title and a link for every new post on iPhone J.D. Feel free to follow that account if you want to get notice of every single new post shortly after it appears.
And now, on to the iPhone-related news of note from this past week:
- Attorney Finis Price compares the screen on an iPhone with the screen on the Google Nexus One on his TechnoEsq site. The Nexus One has a higher resolution 800 x 480 OLED display, compared to the iPhone’s 480 x 320 LCD display, but Price shows that the iPhone still does better with photos because the Nexus One display only displays 16-bit color.
- AppAdvice reports that Apple has decided to pull all Wi-Fi tracker apps from the App Store. I've have one called WiFi Track that I use occasionally and that I have recommended in the past, but I suppose I cannot recommend it anymore because it is no longer available on the App Store.
- AppAdvice also reports on the RedEye Mini, a $49 device that plugs in to the headphone jack on your iPhone and turns it in to a Universal Remote.
- Well that didn't take long. When I discussed Quickoffice and Documents to Go by DataViz on February 11, 2010, I noted that Quickoffice had just added support for some of the cloud document storage services such as Google Docs, and then I added in an update the next day that DataViz had announced plans to catch up by adding Google Docs support soon. Documents to Go was updated yesterday, so now either app can access documents on Google Docs. Click here for Documents to Go Premium ($14.99):
- Fortune just released their annual list of the world's most admired companies, and Apple is #1 in 2010. Dan Moren of Macworld points out that this is the third year in the row that Apple has taken top honors.
- Apple filed suit against HTC alleging that its smartphones running the Google Android operating system or the Windows Mobile operating system infringe on 20 iPhone patents. Engadget has this page with general information and this page analyzing the 20 patents at issue. John Gruber writes extensively on his opposition to the lawsuit here, stating "Whatever benefit in the market Apple hopes to achieve by this suit to me seems likely to be worth far less than the loss of good will and prestige Apple will suffer if they vigorously pursue this case (let alone if they initiate more such suits)."
- Kim Komando writes for USA Today about apps that let you turn your iPhone into a powerful mobile office.
- And finally, did you ever notice that Apple always found ways to make the iPod smaller and smaller over time, from the original generation to the nano to the shuffle, but with the iPhone OS Apple went from the small iPhone to the larger iPad? The French site BeGeek takes a humorous look at what this might mean for the future of iPhone OS devices. (Link via AppAdvice.) Here is what they, ahem, predict: