iPhone Tips

Use the QRApp from the iTunes App Store to decode the above QRCode on your iPhone.

"Unlocking" the iPhone

The iPhone will default to connecting to the Internet via WiFi rather than 3G when it has a wifi connection available.

Using an iPhone 3g via wifi - everything works great, however when using 3g on the Vodafone NZ network you will get 'PDP authentication error' messages and no connection. It turns out that iTunes downloads an APN setting to the iPhone that effectively locks the 'unlocked' iPhone to a VFNZ iPhone plan only APN! To set the iPhone to use any APN browse (using wifi) to http://unlockit.co.nz on your iPhone and enter the prefered APN (use 'internet' for unrestricted access, no username, no password).

Choose 'Set Custom APN' - then input 'internet' as below - no username or password.

Choose "Download Custom Config"

Then "install".
Restart the iPhone and you will now find a "profile" setting in the iPhone settings with the new APN.

Now you can use the iPhone with any Vodafone data plan - including the brand new casual broadband data rate that works on prepay SIMs ($1per day for a 10MB per day data cap).

You are responsible for any voice and data plan costs that you use. WiFI use while on campus at Unitec is free.

iPod/iPhone Setup

  • Synch your iPod/iPhone
  • How to setup WiFi access
  • Basic Navigation
  • Email Setup
  • Creating Web Bookmarks

1. Synch Your iPod

Your iPod/iPhone is designed to be synchronised with only one computer!
When you logon to the Macs in the Music Lab at Unitec, you are actually logging onto the server. Your 'Home' folder and settings (including iTunes music) therefore lives on the server, so it does not matter which computer in the lab you use - it will be the same home folder. iTunes is used to synch various media from your Home folder to your iPod, including iTunes libraries, videos (imported into iTunes first), Safari Bookmarks, Addressbook entries, Calendar events, Podcasts, etc...

Your first synch will require you to create an Apple ID - which will be used if you later want to purchase songs through the online iTunes store. Remember your username and password!

Whenever you synch your iPod using iTunes, you can choose what media is synchronised from the iPod options in iTunes.

Software updates for your iPod are also downloaded using iTunes - a note will pop up when you plugin your iPod if there is new software available.

2. WiFi setup

From the main iPod/iPhone menu, choose 'settings', then 'WiFi'.

Make sure WiFi is 'On', and then all WiFi hotspots in range will be listed, showing signal strength and security status.

At Unitec, you will see at least Three hotspots:

  • '''Unitec Hotspot''' - giving basic web access with your Unitec login required every session.
  • '''WLAN-STUDENT''' and '''WLAN-STAFF''' both of which give more access, but require a 'secret' WPA password to be entered. Once entered the password will be remembered by the iPod for next time. (Only ITSC and Thom have this password)

When you are in range of other WiFI hotspots, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet (if you know the password, or if the hotspot is open!)

There are currently 363 Telecom WiFi hotspots listed throughout NZ, and 116 in Auckland (Telecom NZ, Feb 2008) (http://www.telecom.co.nz/content/0,8748,204163-1106,00.html), including Starbucks cafes, MacDonalds, hotels, and most shopping Malls.
If you are a Telecom Broadband customer, access to these WiFi hotspots is free. Otherwise it is $10 per hour.

If you have Broadband Internet at home, I recommend getting a Wireless hub so you can share the connection with your iPod Touch. The Apple Airport Express is a good WiFi Hub.

3. Basic Navigation

The iPod/iPhone has only 2 physical buttons

  • An on/off/sleep button on top
  • A wakeup and Menu button at the bottom.

Pressing the Menu button takes you to the main menu.
Pressing the Menu button twice (quickly) reveals a play controller in any menu - great for pausing or starting your Tunes quickly!

See the Apple Web site for tips and tutorials. http://www.apple.com/iphone/

4. Email Setup

Since version 1.1.3 of the iPod software includes a dedicated Mail application. It is easy to use and setup. Just choose create new account and follow the wizard. When setting up GMail on your iPod/iPhone, there is a 'create new GMail account' option.

5. Web Bookmarks

You can create a bookmark of any website on your iPod/iPhone by selecting the 'book' icon at the bottom of the Safari web browser screen.

When creating a bookmark, you can also turn a bookmark into a shortcut button on the iPod/iPhone Main Menu - great for frequently used sites - e.g. Newsgator.com, Blackboard, Your Blog etc...

The easiest way to create a set of web bookmarks for the iPod is to create them on your Mac or PC using Safari. Then when you synchronise your iPod with your computer the bookmarks can also be synchronised. HINT - I create a folder in my Mac Safari bookmarks called 'Web Apps' for collating all my iPod friendly web bookmarks.

Setting Up Your Online Accounts

  • Logon to your Blackboard or Moodle 'course'
  • Create an account online at http://qik.com QIK is a live video-streaming application for smartphones
  • Link your Qik profile to your YouTube and Twitter accounts - when you record a video stream via QIK, it will automatically be uploaded to your YouTube account, and 'announced' to all your Twitter 'followers'!
  • Edit your Blackboard Homepage or Moodle Profile:

Include the following info:
  • A headshot photo
  • A brief introduction of yourself
  • Your [ GMail] address
  • Your [ Wordpress] Blog address
  • Your [ YouTube] address
  • Your [ QIK] address
  • Your [ Twitter] username
  • Your [ MSN] username/address

GMail Setup

GMail Setup
A GMail account will also allow you to use the rest of the Google Web2 tools/services.
It's a great free service, and even if you already have several email accounts, a GMail account will be very useful (6.5GB and increasing free!).
Put your GMail address into your Blackboard Homepage.

NOTE: - turn on 'POP' access in your GMail 'settings' for it to work in other email applications!

ALSO: create a shortcut on your iPod Main Menu to Google Mobile:

GMail settings

There are three ways to access GMail on your phone/ipod:
1. Via mobile web browser
2. Via The GMail application (not available for iPod Touch)
3. Via the phones built-in email application

The mobile web-based GMail does not support adding attachments to new emails, so the best solution is to configure your built-in email application for GMail (Only available after the optional extra software update).

1. Web-based GMail
Setup GMail on your PC/Mac first by going to http://gmail.com
Create contacts for email, including your 'secret' VOX email address

Go to http://gmail.com in Safari on your iPod Touch

  • you can create and send emails via GMail this way, an search for GMail contacts
  • you cannot attach files to emails created this way :-(
  • you can create a shortcut to GMail on your iPods main screen by clciking the '+' and 'add to Home screen when you are on logged into GMail.

2. Using the Mail application on iPod/iPhone with GMail:

First Enable POP in GMail
First go to http://gmail.com on your PC and login to your account.
Choose 'settings', then 'pop & imap settings'.
Select the option to enable POP email before setting up your phone's email application.

On your iPod Touch go to the Mail application and select 'new account', GMail.

Fill in the required details for your GMail account.

You will now have an email account called GMail in your email settings.

To check your GMail settings, login to http://gmail.com on your PC.
Choose 'settings' from the top menu.
then choose 'Forwarding and POP/IMAP'.

In the 'Pop download' section choose 'Configuration instructions'

Standard instructions:

1. Enable POP in your Gmail account. Don't forget to click Save Changes when you're done.
2. Configure your client to match the settings below:
Incoming Mail (POP3) Server - requires SSL: pop.gmail.com
Use SSL: Yes
Port: 995
Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - requires TLS: smtp.gmail.com (use authentication)
Use Authentication: Yes
Use STARTTLS: Yes (some clients call this SSL)
Port: 465 or 587
Account Name: your Gmail username (including @gmail.com)
Email Address: your full Gmail email address (username@gmail.com)
Password: your Gmail password

Unless you're using recent mode to download mail to multiple clients, make sure you've opted not to leave messages on the server.

Setting up your Blog

Blog Setup
A Blog is an online journal, and will be the key activity of this iPod Trial, where you can document and reflect on your experiences. Twitter allows us to add some social networking features to facilitate collaboration.

  • Create a free account at http://www.wordpress.com
  • Choose one of the preset templates for your blog layout. If you choose you can even create your own banner.
  • You will need to provide a real email address for authenticating your Blog account.
  • After you have chosen and setup your Blog address (url) include it in your Blackboard Homepage or Moodle profile so that we can all find each other's Blogs for commenting!
  • Link your Wordpress Blog with your Twitter account for 'autotweeting' of new blog posts: Do this in your Wordpress Blog DASHBOARD, settings, sharing.
  • After creating your blog, you can subscribe to other Blog users that you want to be in touch with and notified when they make postings. You can 'subscribe' to each other's Blogs and collections using their RSS feed. Use Google reader.

Mobile Blogging from the iPhone

There are three main ways to moblog from your iPhone:
  • Using Email - for text and media (as email attachments).
  • Using the mobile web version of your blogsite for text blogging (http://m.wordpress.com).
  • Using a free media forwarding service such as PIXELPIPE for image and text blogging. Download the PixelPipe application from the iTunes store for free, and setup your online PixelPipe account.
  • Using a mobile blogging App - for example Wordpress, or iBlogger, or BlogPress

Email Blogging

Email uploads to your Blog etc...
Almost all Web2 services support email uploads of: blog posts, photos, audio and even video directly from mobile devices.

This is the easiest way to post to your blog from your iPod Touch.

In your Blog account you can find your own unique Blog email address (xxxxxxxxxxxxxx@post.wordpress.com).

You can publish posts using emails with the Post by Email feature. To enable this visit your My Blogs page and create a secret address.

To find it,

  • sign-in to your Blog
  • go to your 'account' or DASHBOARD
  • select 'My Blogs'
  • Select "Enable Post by email"
  • copy the email address provided
  • Also, select "Publicise", "Twitter".

3G Data Costs

Example Pre Pay Data costs:
'''Activity''' '''Amount of Data''' '''Pre Pay Cost $1/10MB''' '''On 1GB Plan Cost $30/1GB'''
Text Blog Post 4KB 0.05c 0.012c
2MP Photo upload from iPhone 500KB 4.5c 1.5c
1minute streaming video @ 320x240 from Qik 3MB 30c 10c
1 minute pre-recorded video @ 320x240 uploaded from Cycorder 18MB $5 54c
MSN message 4KB 0.05c 0.012c
Twitter post 4KB 0.05c 0.012c
Txt less than 4KB 20c
Pxt 300KB max 20c NA
Video Pxt 45 seconds $1 NA
Phone call 1 minute 49c NA

Vodafone NZ continually update 3G broadband data pre pay options, beyond the $1 per day 10MB cap - check out their website for the latest costs. E.g. options are:

  • $1 for 10MB cap per day
  • $10 for 100MB over a month
  • $40 for 512MB over a month

Video Streaming

video recording & streaming on iPhone 3G now available via [ ustream], [ bambuser], and [ Qik] - Qik streams kive video for free, and also has an iPhone video recorder (Qik Videocamera) for 2G/3G for $1.29

UStream Live Broadcaster

Released 10th Dec 2009 [http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ustream-live-broadcaster/id319362690?mt=8 UStream Live Broadcaster] works on non-jailbroken iPhone 3G & 3GS for LIVE videoo streaming to the UStream website. It supports Twitter announcements and YouTube archiving. A Great free app available from the iTunes App Store!



Setting up QIK

QIK is a live video streaming application for cameraphones, it has two versions and can be installed on a "Jailbroken" iPhone for live video streaming, or on a non-jailbroken 3GS iPhone for delayed upload of the video stream (cached on the iPhone during recording). It's a great way to capture and share events or even VODCast reflections! (Note Qik now is available from the iTunes store for free for the iPhone 3GS, but does not live stream video - it uploads he video automatically straight after recording it. However, it still supports geotaqgging, twitter announcements, and all the other great Qik features!)

1. Install QIK on your iPhone

2. Create an account online at http://qik.com

3. Link your Qik profile to your YouTube and Twitter accounts - when you record a video stream via QIK, it will automatically be uploaded to your YouTube account, and 'announced' to all your Twitter 'followers'!

QIK will currently stream video from the iPhone at a resolution of 320x240 pixels, at between 7 to 15 frames per second. This uses around 3MB of data per minute. So on 3G prepay, you can record a 3minute QIK live video within your $1 per day (10MB). Keep your videos short and to the point!


QIK now works on the Unitec WiFI. To record higher quality video you can use the Camera App (set to video) on the iPhone to record video directly to the iPhone's memory and then upload the video from a computer to YouTube later.


A VODCast is a video podcast.

Use either QIK or the Camera App (set to video) on your iPhone to record and share regular (at least once a week) reflections on your course and how you are using the iPhone within your learning. Upload these short videos (1 to 2 minutes long) to your YouTube account, and share them with the rest of the class - make comments on each other's VODCasts! You can then also embed the youtube VODCasts into your blogs!

Another way to share video from your iDevice is via PixelPipe

Setup your Pixelpipe account at http://www.pixelpipe.com


YouTube works great on an iPod Touch or iPhone - the built-in YouTube application works really well. Also, you can also view YouTube videos embedded in other websites or blogs - e.g. embedding your YouTube video in your blog will make it viewable on your iPod/iPhone (YAY!). So, rather than uploading your video's directly to your Blog, upload them to YouTube and then embed them in your blog.

To upload your videos to YouTube:
After recording and exporting your VODCast in either .mp4 or .m4v format, create a free account on YouTube and upload your movie to your YouTube account.

On your iPod Touch, choose the YouTube application, 'search', and search for your VODCast. Bookmark your VODCast on your iPod.
NOTE: - YouTube can take a while to convert and display new videos - be patient!

Next search for each other's YouTube VODCasts on your iPod.

Each YouTube 'show' also has an RSS feed that you can subscribe to. They are of the format: http://www.youtube.com/rss/user/yourusername/videos.rss - you can use Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader/i/) to subscribe to each other's YouTube shows!

Finally, embed your YouTube video into your Blog as part of a post.

Downloading YouTube videos

The YouTube application on the iPod/iPhone does not allow you to store YouTube videos on the iPod/iPhone. To download YouTube videos and convert them for transferring to your iPod/iPhone via iTunes you can:

1. Download YouTube videos from Firefox using an extension like "UnPlug"
2. In Safari - simply open the "activity viewer" window from the "Window" menu, Navigate to the YouTube video page you want to download, and start playing the video - note in the Safari Activity Window which file is downloading, and then double click on it - Safari will download the FLV video to your computer!
3. Convert the FLV video to MP4 using the free application VLC, using the "streaming and transcoding" menu of VLC.
4. Import the converted video into iTunes, and sync your iPod/iPhone - choosing to sync the video so you can watch it "offline".
5. Alternatively there is a free application for downloading and converting YouTube videos for the iPod/iPhone called "TubeTV"
6. Another option is to download the Perian plugin for Quicktime - which will allow you to view FLV videos directly within Quicktime Player itself, and use QuickTime Pro to convert the FLV to MP4 or M4V for synching to iPod/iPhone.

RSS Subscribing to Blogs, YouTube, etc...

'''Google Reader'''

Create a Google Reader account & subscribe to the classes blogs

A great FREE online news aggregator is '''GOOGLE READER'''
Your GMail username and password will get you into Google Reader.

Real Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary, is a way to 'subscribe' to news feeds from websites and blogs etc that you want to regularly read. Its a real time saver! Instead of logging onto all of your favourite websites one at a time, use a newsreader application to automatically download the headings of new posts, and then you can choose to visit the site for more info or not!

RSS is a great companion to Blogs - you can subscribe to your entire classes blogs in one simple window and keep track of your students progress.

Most news type websites now have RSS feeds. There will be an orange 'XML' or 'RSS' or 'FEED' symbol on the site, click this to find the site's RSS feed address and put it into your preferred RSS newsreading software.

There are two main types of feeds:

  • RSS
  • ATOM

Finding your VOX feed.

Go to your Vox Blog page, scroll down and copy from your side column the 'subscribe' link

  • Subscribe to a feed of these posts

URL on the side of the page for your blog (e.g. http://thomcochrane.vox.com/library/posts/atom.xml ). Copy and paste this url into the "Add Subscription" text entry in GOOGLE READER.

iPhone Applications

Free iPod/iPhone apps to install
Here's a list of really useful FREE iPod/iPhone apps you can install:

1. Blogit - not an 'app' but a great 'web app' - create a shortcut on your homescreen to Blogit.
2. AIM
3. MySpace
4. NetNewsWire
5. Facebook
6. Remote (iTunes remote control)
7. Scratch
8. Wikitude - augmented Reality Browser
9. PangeaVR
10. Google - quick search and links to Google Services on your iPod/iPhone
11. Wordpress
12. Palringo - multiclient Instant Messaging - YAY!
13. QR App - QR Code reader, QR Reader for iPhone - create QR Codes
14. Twitter, or Twitterrific, or Tweetdeck - for Twitter (obviously)
15. MoPhoto - online photo album collator (Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket...)
16. Palringo - multiclient instant messaging
17. Speedtest - check how fast your WiFi connection is!
18. eZimba - 'photoshop' on your iPhone
19. Air Sharing - copy files to and from your iPod/iPhone
20. Speedtest - see how fast your WiFi Internet connection is going
21. iTM MidiLab - demo version of MIDI remote control applications
22. Skype
23. Fring
24. iMovie
25. Google Earth
26. Pixelpipe
27. Cooliris
28. TED
29. Audioboo - PODCasting

Item Paid iPod/iPhone Apps worth buying

1. Mobile Flickr
2. Comic Touch
3. Sketches
4. FileMagnet
5. Band
6. Bomberman
7. Crash Bandicoot Nitro
8. Note2Self - voice recording for iPhone
9. Audio Recorder - record audio as either mp3 or mp4 directly to iPhone.
10. FourTrack - a virtual 4 track recorder on your iPhone!

Geotagging on the iPhone

The GPS built-in to the iPhone allows you to locate your position on Google Maps, plot directions, and geotag photos and videos (embed longitude and latitude data into photos taken with the smartphone's camera, allowing location on Google Maps etc...). Other more creative applications are also possible - such as locating restaurants etc...

Make sure "location services" is turned on in your iPhone settings, to enable the GPS

Online photo-sharing services, such as [http://www.flickr.com Flickr] or [http://picasaweb.google.com Picasaweb], and video sharing such as [http://www.qik.com QIK] or [http://www.flixwagon.com Flixwagon], support the use of geotagged data and provide direct links too Maps for locating the exact position where the photo was taken. This can be very useful. This data is usually embedded as EXIF data in a jpeg photo. Quote from Flickr:

What is EXIF data?
Almost all new digital cameras save JPEG (jpg) files with EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) data. Camera settings and scene information are recorded by the camera into the image file. Examples of stored information are shutter speed, date and time, focal length, exposure compensation, metering pattern and if a flash was used.

Use your Flickr account secret email upload address to attach photos to emails and upload to your Flickr account.
To upload photos to Picasaweb from the iPhone, use Pixelpipe, setting up picasaweb as a Pipe or 'destination'.

When a geotagged photo is uploaded to Flickr, a 'map' link option is presented, and clicking the "more details" link for an uploaded photo will reveal the EXIF data. e.g.

Flickr EXIF data example

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On the iPhone, an example GPS enabled geotagging application is "Mobile Photos" - an iPhone Flickr client that supports 'location' details for photos uploaded from the iPhone:

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Make sure the "Location Services" option is enabled in the iPhone's settings - as this turns on the GPS!


iPhone Recording Apps

  • http://www.audioboo.fm AudioBoo AudioBoo is an awesome FREE application and web sharing utility for the iPhone. It supports attaching images (and new images from the camera), GPS and Google Maps location, announcing new Audio recordings via Twitter etc... To enable the Geotagging feature of AudioBoo, make sure you turn on "Use Current Location" in your AudioBoo Account settings on the iPhone, and then whenever AudioBoo starts, the application will ask "AudioBoo would like to us your current location" - click "OK". Finally, AudioBoo provides embed code for inserting your recordings into your Blog, an RSS feed, an iTunes PODCast link, comments, and a 'Follow' feature - use these features to follow and comment on each other's AudioBoo posts! Its main limitation is that there is no direct download of your uploaded mp3 file, although there are ways around this (e.g. Use Safari and the 'activity' window to download the mp3 from its AudioBoo webpage). Synch your AudioBoo RSS feed to iTunes as a PODCast show, and then add it to your iPhone. Once the AudioBoo feed is synched to your iPhone you can download any AudioBoo updates directly to the iPhone. See the demo video here: http://www.screentoaster.com/watch/stU0hVRkJIR11dQF5VX1NdUl5Q
  • QuickVoice A FREE audio recorder for the iPhone fron iTunes store, allows email upload of recordings up to 2MB</li>
  • Voice4Fun $2.59 An audio recorder and editor - allows email sending of recordings</li>
  • Four Track $13.99 FourTrack is a four track audio recorder for the iPhone. It is quite useful, particularly if the rumour re version 2.2 of the iPhone software will include support for external microphones to be connected to the iPhone! Allows transfer of recordings via wifi by accessing your iPhone URL in your web browser. FourTrack website: http://www.sonomawireworks.com/iphone

Geotagging on the iPhone

  1. Turn on the iPhone GPS - Go to "Settings", "General", turn on "Location Services".
  2. Use a geotagging aware application to tag your photos, audio, path or video, e.g. AudioBoo, Shozu, QIK, Mobile Fotos, Path Tracker etc...
  3. Upload your geotagged media to a geotagging capable web site, then embed this in your Vox Blog. E.g. Flickr, Qik, AudioBoo, ...

Video Recording on the iPhone

  1. Record your video to the iPhone using either: QIK or the Camera App
  2. Upload your video to YouTube (You can setup QIK to do this automatically)
  3. Then embed the YouTube video into your Blog

Uploading and creating Word, Excel, and Powerpoint to Your Blog

  1. Use Google Docs to create and edit Word, Excel, or Powerpoint online - or upload docs to Google Docs for sharing via te web.
  2. Embed the Google Doc into your Vox Blog by copying the embed code from Google Docs, and pasting into the 'embed' option when creating a new Vox blog post

Blogging from the iPhone

The simplest way to blog to Vox directly from the iPhone is via email.

  1. Setup your email (GMail) on your iPhone - "Settings", "Mail", "Add Account", "GMail"
  2. Go to your Vox Blog, "Account", "Mobile Settings", and copy your secret email address for Vox, make sure you set the upload options for your email to "create post"
  3. Make your VOX blog email address a contact on your iPhone
  4. To blog to VOx, choose a picture from your photos on the iPhone, select email, then select your Vox address as the contact. The Subject of the email becomes the Title of your blog post, the main message becomes the post, and the attached photo gets embedded in your Vox Blog post!

Mobile Codes


Mobile Codes use your built-in camera on your phone to read and decode text or url's encoded into 2D images, a bit like a bar-code reader.

Many Nokia Nseries phones come with a default barcode reading application, simply called 'barcode reader'. The Nokia Barcode reader supports the two most popular mobile 2D code formats: 1. QR Codes, and 2. Datamatrix Codes. There are also several free Mobile Code reader applications available for the iPhone for free from the application store.

Install the 'Barcode' barcode application on your iPhone and decode the following codes.


To use:
  1. Turn on your camera (slide the cover open on the N95), then start the Kaywa Reader.
  2. Start scanning - point your cameraphone at a mobile code, until it focuses and recognises the code.
  3. Choose 'options' - 'browse' (or save as bookmark).
  4. Click the redirect link in your mobile browser.
  5. The web link will appear in your mobile web browser, or if it is a download link, the download will start.


Create Your Own Codes

There are several online forms for creating your own mobile codes, e.g:



Examples of 2010 Architecture student projects

  1. Archichur __http://archichur.wordpress.com/__
  2. OneManaBach __http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWmbNKumKMw&feature=player_embedded__
  3. Archifail __http://prezi.com/byy1rnidvw-i/archifail/__ Download the Archifail layer for Wikitude.
  4. Undiscovered Auckland __http://undiscoveredauckland.wordpress.com/about/ http://prezi.com/gmidl_bigpbv/copy-of-undiscovered-auckland/__
  5. Student Tutorial on creating an Augmented Reality broswer layer http://dave16288.blogspot.com/2010/11/wikitude-tutorial.html
  6. Student Feedback http://dave16288.blogspot.com/p/gadgets.html

iArchitecture Course Outline


Moodle Course:

Contact Info

Thom Cochrane


Academic Advisor (elearning & Learning Technologies)

09 8154321 x 7067