So what does WordPress’s application for iPhone give you that sets it apart from just blogging through the browser?First and foremost, it allows you to blog while off-line. I’m writing this while sitting in the Tube, under the streets of London where network signals are not in abundance. Having the option to compose offline and then seamlessly publish could be a boon to people like me who often find themselves offline. The mobile app also let’s you take photos, a feature that I am testing in this post, so more on how well that works later. [Update: there was an error sending the picture so some bugs still need to be worked out.] On the downside, the app doesn’t have any spelling tools (actually a problem with all iPhone apps). The auto-correction software built into the iphobe can be both a blessing and a curse in this regard, both fixing up obvious mistakes and introducing insidious errors you don’t catch until it’s too late. (iPhone 2.0 has started to auto-correct ‘its’ as ‘it’s’ which can be particularly problematic). One wish-list item for me would be geo-tagging of posts using the Skyhook-supplied location platform demonstrated at this month’s Mobile Monday London (and built in to the iPhone). I doubt even Skyhook, though, could locate me 200 feet below Tottenham Court Road. One more note on location: all iPhone apps now prompt the user for permission when they try to locate you. I believe this is a function of the underlying software – and if that’s the case …

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I was amazed to find today that I can detect 9 WiFi networks from my home office location. That’s crazy!  Most of them have SSIDs like “BTHomeHub…” and “BTVOYAGER…” so these are clearly set up by BT engineers. There is even a “BT Fusion…” hotspot so at least one person within a stone’s throw of my house has the new-fangled BT Fusion phone that can hope seamlessly between GSM and your home hotspot. I wish I knew who it was — I’d like to find out how well that works. Apart from my network, there’s only one other with a sensible SSID name. I’m also happy to see that all of them are using security of some kind. This is not a tech-heavy neighborhood, so it seems like we’ve quietly crossed some kind of threshold with regard to WiFi penetration among the general populace. This could have some interesting unintended consequences as more and more devices (both mobile and otherwise, like the famous Nabaztag rabbit) become WiFi enabled.