iPhone 3.0 has brought some fantastic new features that are well known like Cut, Copy & Paste. However some smaller tweaks have been made to the operating system that provide a better user experience. To me most of these changes effect Podcasts. For example you now have easy access to the speed controls and a 30 second skip-back button incase you missed something. Fantastic for shows that go in-depth on specific topics like Security Now!

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Also seen in the screenshot is the little envelope icon. This button allows you to share current podcast with a friend via an iTunes Link. This does not work on podcasts not featured in the iTunes store, so if you’re subscribed to an RSS feed you are unable to share.

The feature most important to me for daily use isn’t MMS, but the ability to quickly see the remaining battery life. My way around this was a little app called Free Memory, which has the auxiliary feature of telling you the battery life percentage. The app is still worth keeping around if you own an original iPhone or an iPhone 3G and for the ability to free some memory on your device. For iPhone 3GS owners, you now have a nice little option to show the battery life in the top tray of the iPhone.

To access the battery life option, head over to your settings button on the iPhone home screen. From there tap General, then tap Usage, and there will be a slider button on the top. This option is turned off by default and hidden in a screen most people never make there way into.

Battery Percentage

iPhone OS 3.0 has been great to me so far, but my big excitement is over the speed of the new 3GS which I was reluctant to pick up at first. A full review of my 16 GB 3GS White will be coming up soon. In the meantime, what features of the iPhone 3.0 update have proved useful to you?

Updated: Added text to help clarify that the battery percentage feature is an iPhone 3GS only feature. Thanks to the astute folks in the comments for pointing this out.

Maccast 2009.05.01

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. iPhone and Verizon rumors continue. Snow Leopard adds YouTube spots. Latest iPhone beta requires new iTunes. Mobile Me now offers 24/7 chat support. Apple goes on hiring spree. What’s up next for Apple hardware? WWDC is sold out, again. Don’t forget Automator. Snitch on Mac connections. Converting audio in iTunes. Keeping Macs in Sync. Fox News Gadgets & Games appearance.

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New music, HeavensaLie by Lacuna Coil (iTunes)

EOL: Lego Luxo Jr. iMac G4 (Link)

When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. — Bernard Bailey

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Maccast 2009.04.26

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 264. Apple’s Q2 results. Not too shabby. Vendors vie for Apple Netbook. More next gen iPhone stuff. 1 Billionth app downloaded from App store. Feedback on online backup services. Formatting USB drives, another tip. Correction on iPod recycle credit. Shortcuts for display sleep. Review of MAXPower 802.11 USB 2.0 Stick Adapter. Challanges of getting ‘Back to your Mac’. Managing ‘remembered’ Wi-fi networks.

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New music, She’s Changing My Mind by John Hoskinson (iTunes)

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Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.. — George Iles

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Things
A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. A special interview with Michael Simmons from Cultured Code. In this episode Michael shares his insights and experience on how to successfully launch and bring to market an award winning iPhone and Macintosh based application. We discover how he and the team at Cultured Code developed and planed the award winning application Things for it’s launch at Macworld 2009.

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Maccast 2009.03.23

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 260. iPhone 3.0 announcement. What’s missing from iPhone 3.0? What about new iPhone hardware? Apple discontinues BT headset. AT&T to offer contract-less iPhones. OS X Security Expert says Mac is easy pick’ins. Mac sales slowed in February. HD Movies find their way to iTunes. Some final Apple updates.

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New music, Lately by Spaceman Spiff

EOL: I got nothin’.

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!. — H. L. Mencken (1880 – 1956)

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Maccast 2009.03.16

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 259. Mac netbook rumors gaining strength. Apple release talking iPod Shuffle. iTunes 8.1 released. Pre iPhone 3.0 announcement. More on DIY Mini upgrades. A case for in-bag Macbook protection. Trouble on the Universal Magic Bus. Macworld 2009: Iomega. Using iWork to open Appleworks docs. Removing duplicates in iPhoto.

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New music, Rosie by Young Dubliners (iTunes)

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Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places. — E. Joseph Cossman

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Maccast 2009.02.19

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 256. Apple gearing up for VOD service? Sacconaghi chatting up Apple’s bright future. New iPhone going matte. Apple may be taking the App Store offline. A bunch of iPhone stories and stats. Security and Java Updates from Apple. Mobile Me adds easy iDisk File Sharing. A couple more Snow Leopard features leaked. Apple wants to keep option to jail Jailbreakers. 17″ Unibody Macbook Pro dissected. Quicklook in the Finder. iPhone calendar colors now syncing? Resize Faces add new face box the normal way. Macworld 2009: Intuit Quickbooks. Understudy adds Hulu and Netflix to FrontRow. Apple TV syncing and storage. Protecting yourself from Trojans

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New music, Buy You a Life by Young Dubliners (iTunes)

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)

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Maccast 2009.02.11

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 255. New Intel Pro Processors soon. Will Macs follow? New iMacs may be twins and quadruplets. Mac gain almost 10 percent web market share. Apple may have a bumpy road ahead. iPhone 2.2.1 update causes crashes for some. Has Apple pushed notification for background? Gargeband updated to fix lessons. iPhone Carrier Update. Snow leopard details and speculation. Apple briefly posts an Apple TV survey. Many shortcuts to Network Preferences. iMovie HD 6.0.3 download still available. Macworld 2009: Kensington. DVD burning woes and possible solutions. Defining printing presets. Finder quitting after Quicktime 7.6 update

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New music, It’s On Me by Show Me The Skyline (iTunes)

EOL: Your 9-year uses an iPhone? This kid programmed one.

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro — Hunter S. Thompson (1939 – 2005)

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Maccast 2009.02.01

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 254. Apple awarded iPhone Multitouch patent. iPhone 2.2.1 update. iPhone sales impact AT&T’s Q4 results. Apple mysteriously pulls NVIDIA update. Papermaster starts at Apple in the Spring. Flash on iPhone. Adobe’s got the ball. Rumors of new iMacs. Apple promises to give your money back. First impressions of iLife ’09. No iDVD update in iLife ’09. Add multitouch zoom in Places. Greening of Apple isn’t in shipping. Slow down Core Animation effects. System Preferences shortcuts. Mixed up album art on iPod or iPhone. Is your backup portfolio diversified?

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New music, No Truth Anymore by Justin Winokur

EOL: Macintosh Software Dating Game

I’m kind of jealous of the life I’m supposedly leading — Zach Braff

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Maccast 2009.01.26

Written by: Adam Christianson

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A podcast about all things Macintosh. For Mac geeks, by Mac geeks. Show 253. Apple Q1 results call. Updates for Macbook White and Quicktime. Intel Quad price cuts spawn iMac rumors. New trojans and exploits target Mac. iLife ’09 shipping Tuesday. NVIDIA Graphics Update 2009. Mac turns 25. Listeners like ‘Things’ too. An Apple without Jobs. $200 Unibody Macbook Pro matte screen replacement Macworld 2009: Griffin Technology. Bulk Address Book changes. Formatting on Mac drives. Force iWeb to convert text to graphic. Backing up your iTunes library to DVD.

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New music, Foul Mouth Blues by Syrym

EOL: The Apple Cloud

I am never afraid of what I know. — Anna Sewell (1820 – 1878)

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