The New iOS Apple TV


So far, the only difference between the old and the new Apple TV is size and price. The new Apple TV is really tiny and still has a built in power supply (!) and at 99 USD it is a very affordable device.

For now, it is only for sale in the US. Does it work in Europe? Yes, it works well with 220V and 50Hz and a European flatscreen TV.
Is there any point in using it in Europe? No, not really.

If you live in the US and have a US iTunes account or a Netflix account, then you can use the Apple TV to rent movies and TV shows. It's quick, easy and fairly cheap and the image quality is good.

Auto HDR will revolutionize the photo industry

Automatic cellphone HDR test photo

The photo above is a freehand snapshot of the evening sky taken with my cellphone camera - it's unedited, straight out of the cellphone.

Well, I did use an application called "Pro HDR" that I bought a few days ago to take the snapshot and it did some heavy lifting inside the phone to get this end result. But from my point of view, I just snapped the photo casually with a single click.

iPhone 4 acquired

Waiting for the iPhone 4 in Helsinki, Finland

Finland was included in the second round of iPhone 4 releases on the 30th of July but there where only 55 phones available in all of Helsinki on launch day. Sonera - the iPhone operator in Finland - published a press release the day before the launch with information about where phones would be available at 7 in the morning the following day. There where 25 phones available at Sonera's own store and 10 each at three different Mac stores.

iPhone unlocked


I have now been an iPhone owner for two years. The phone is sold as operator locked here in Finland, but once the one or two year contract is up, the operator will unlock your phone if you ask. I called Sonera's customer support, explained what I wanted and the customer representative at the other end told me to wait 5 minutes and then sync the phone with iTunes using a non-Sonera SIM card. I did this and iTunes told med "Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked."

The choice of word - congratulations - is kind of ironic. But now I have an officially unlocked iPhone 3G.