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Bleeding Edge TV 195: iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Feature Walkthrough

UPDATE: In case you thought this was fake, Steve Jobs just confirmed that our 1.1.3 coverage is real in his MacWorld 2008 keynote.

Our iPhone 1.1.3 news has been blowing up the Internet. Quite a few people think the images in our iPhone 1.1.3 image gallery were fake, so we figured, why not put up a video? Here is our video proof that 1.1.3 firmware is, in fact, real. Any questions you want answered about it? Let us know in our iPhone 1.1.3 thread. By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker.

Meantime, the video shows you all the features that we have found (so far) in the 1.1.3 update. That includes the home screen shuffling and reorganizing of the icons, the multi-person SMS sending, the new “Locate Me” feature in the Google Maps application, Hybrid mode in Google Maps, and creating web bookmarks and putting them on your home screen.

At the end of the video, we show you the Gear Live custom painted iPhone that we will be giving away to one of you viewers, courtesy of Monster Cable.

By the way - if you liked this episode, please check out our Top 10 Most Watched Bleeding Edge TV for 2007 - we think you’ll get a kick out of it!

EDIT: We are answering your questions! Check out our first batch of iPhone 1.1.3 answers here.


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Bleeding Edge TV 189: Driving Tips from GM’s Milford Proving Grounds

When General Motors contacted us about bringing us up to their Proving Grounds in Milford, MI, we jumped at the chance at getting to visit what we figured would be an awesome place. We were right - General Motors’ Milford Proving Grounds was the industry’s first dedicated automobile testing facility when it opened in 1924. It covers 4,000 acres, and over 4,800 staff work in its 107 buildings today. The proving ground includes the equivalent of 132 mi of highway-quality roads for vehicle testing. Some roads are open only to drivers who have passed special performance driving training.

We got a first-hand look at the new StabiliTrak technology that GM will be making a standard feature on all their vehicles in a couple of years, which aims to give drivers a lot more stability during sudden turns and avoidance maneuvers. In addition, GM gives us some tips on how to maintain control of your vehicle, even in extreme (and often unsafe) conditions. Check out the video for all the goods, and leave us any driving tips you may have in the comments.


Bleeding Edge TV 188: MTV and HP’s Take Action Make Art Competition

Alright gang, this is our final video from the Your Life is the Show event that put on recently. In this episode, we chat with Jonathan Kaye about the collaboration between HP and MTV on their “Take Action…Make Art” competition. In essence, the contest is open to anyone who’d like to their their art transformed into the newest HP notebook design. Over at the official TAMA site, you can see all current entries, download design templates, upload your own creations, etc. It’s all fairly slick, plus the winner gets their design made and printed on 50,000 notebook computers. Plus they get one of their own. Not too shabby, right? Head on over to the site now to participate before things closes on October 17. Let us know what you think and definitely if you enter, and stay tuned for one more video more from the event.


Bleeding Edge TV 176: The Ultimate iPhone Interface Walkthrough

This episode was sponsored by Geek Squad’s Idea Festival. Submit your ideas for using technology to save the planet at ideafest.geeksquad.com.

We’ve been getting to many questions from readers as to different features that we figured it was time for us to try and answer just about all of them with a video. This is our Ultimate iPhone Feature Walkthrough. We look at each and every feature of the iPhone, including all of the sub-options in each. Going through the list, that includes everything from SMS, to YouTube, straight through to the new functionality. Oh, and the phone too.


Bleeding Edge TV 175: Activating the Apple iPhone

This episode was sponsored by Geek Squad’s Idea Festival. Submit your ideas for using technology to save the planet at ideafest.geeksquad.com.

One unique aspect of the is that you, as the buyer, get to activate it yourself using , rather than having the phone activated in-store. We figured we would activate the phone on camera to show how seamless (or non-seamless, depending on how you look at it) the iPhone activation experience is. Watch the video, and let us know what you think.


Bleeding Edge TV 174: DARPA Grand Challenge Qualifier: Carnegie Mellon and GM’s BOSS Vehicle

We visited one of the fifty or so groups participating in the DARPA Urban Challenge during one of their qualifying rounds. In case you are unaware, the DARPA Urban Challenge is a charge given publicly to groups who are capable of designing and proving the technology for autonomously driven vehicles. Carnegie Mellon University teamed up with GM to create an autonomous SUV they call “Boss.” In order to participate in November’s 60-mile urban driverless race, they need to pass this benchmark. Check out the video to see Boss pull perfect three point turns and beautifully follow traffic rules - even at four way stops with other cars. We’re crazy excited to see this technology come alive in our society. The team from DARPA is darting back and forth across our country qualifying and disqualifying entries. Some of the remaining companies and teams will bring us autonomously driven cars during our lifetime, its amazing how close we already are.


Bleeding Edge TV 166: Myst Online URU Live Interview

Gear Live friend Doug Dobbins was able to sit down and chat with Rand Miller of Cyan Worlds, the folks behind Myst, Riven, and URU Live. We get a first-hand look at URU Live, the concepts behind it, and how it came about through association with GameTap. Rand gives us a peek into his mind as it pertains to gaming, both as a developer and as a fan of the medium. Check the video for the full scoop.


Bleeding Edge TV 163: AMD’s Pete Hayes Chats With Us About Branding

Since aquiring and merging their products and brand into their own, has seen quite a bit of change over the past six months. We talk to Pete Hayes, AMD’s VP of Advertising & Brand Strategy, to first and foremost find out what exactly that title means. Once we get past that, Pete talks about what has changed at AMD, and what the future holds for the company.


The Bleeding Edge 119: Microsoft Vanishing Point Party

When Microsoft threw the final Vanishing Point bash in Seattle, we made sure we were there to see what all the fuss was about. In this episode, we interview those who made the contest happen, and talk about some of the prizes. Want to know all about the grande prize trip to space? It’s in here…


CES 2007 Video: Why Are You Here?

CES is a monstrosity, spanning several million square feet of exhibition space and with every breed of gadget you’d ever expect to find. It’s really quite ridiculous. That being the case, we thought we’d survey the guests and ask what they were most excited about, and what they were there to see. The resounding consensus? “New stuff.”


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