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Next-gen iPod touch, nano, shuffle cases surface

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 26th, 2010

You know the drill. An Apple event is imminent and lo and behold some cases turn up online. Yep, we’ve been here before. These come from Chinese case retailer X-Doria. There’s a case for what appears to be a 4th-gen iPod touch with a camera, and one that’s described as a case for a “nano 6G,” which could be for a new iPod shuffle with touchscreen.

The iPod touch case looks like it has a curved back similar to the current model, while the nano / shuffle case looks like it will hold that 1.7-inch Apple touchscreen that was rumored last month.

Griffin PartyDock unveiled by FCC

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 26th, 2010

There are tons of docks on the market for the iPhone and iPod touch. The docks are typically only used for charging and playing music and other content through external speakers and screens. A new dock has been revealed by the FCC from Griffin.

The new dock is called the PartyDock and it is design to enable multiplayer gaming in the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone. The dock has four wireless controllers that will function with the three included PartyDock games. Those games include Midway Motors, Fishing Frenzy and Flippin’ Frogs.

Apple Global Supply Manager arrested for taking $1 Million in kickbacks

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 15th, 2010

Apple has had it’s share of problems lately and now an Apple supply manager has been arrested, accused of taking more than $1 million in kickbacks from suppliers of accessories for the iPhone and iPod.

Paul Shin Devine allegedly used his position at Apple to supply about half a dozen Asian suppliers with information which put them in a better position to receive Apple contracts. Devine allegedly used several foreign bank accounts and a false company called ‘CPK Engineering’ to process the payments, and he is now in the custody of US Marshalls.

iBand Aid fixes iPhone 4 antenna booboo

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 13th, 2010

These slick little stickers to stop your skin from killing your signal strength on the iPhone 4 surfaced a while back. If you like, the idea of fixing your iPhone 4 antenna woes without a case these may be for you.

The little stickers look a lot like Band Aids that my daughter wears every time she gets a scratch. You can get a package of seven iBand Aids for right under $5. That much green gets you beige, gray, black, blue, green, and white versions of the thing.

Apple offers to replace overheating iPod nanos in Japan

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

The overheating issues with first generation iPod nano players from Apple have been well documented. There have been numerous fires and burns linked to the devices overheating. Apple has now offered Japanese owners of the first generation iPod touch a replacement.

Apple says that any Japanese owner of an iPad touch showing symptoms of overheating like deformation or discoloration can get a replacement device. Apple will also replace the battery for users who worry that their device might overheat.

Human Touch massage chair gets iPhone control

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

There is an app for just about everything you might want to do. That world of apps has gotten bigger now with an app that can actually give you a massage. A new massage chair from Human Touch has been unveiled.

The chair is the 9500 and it can be controlled completely from the iPhone or iPad. The chair uses an app that lets the user completely customize and save their own massage programs.

Images of screen for iPod touch 4 surface

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

Yesterday we saw some images of what is supposed to be an iPhone touch 4 mockup and case surface. Today we see some new shots of what it supposed to be the screen for the next iPod touch.

The images come from MacRumors and the site claims to have received the images from an Apple supplier. The screen clearly shows the hole needed for a front facing camera.

Dish Network unveils DVR scheduler app for iPad

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

Dish Network and DirecTV are the two satellite providers that are available for most of us in the US. The two companies have offered DVR scheduler apps for smartphones for a while now that let you control the DVR from anywhere.

Dish Network has announced that it has released the world’s first DVR controller application that is designed specifically for the iPad called Dish Remote Access. The app lets the iPad user have full control over any DVR in the home from anywhere with a web connection.

New iPods, smaller iPad and iPhone 5 in early 2011?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Word on the street is that there will be a revised set of Apple devices coming soon (as if that’s a surprise), specifically an iPod shuffle with a touchscreen display, a 7″ iPad for early next year, and a fifth generation iPhone as early as next January.

We would guess that the 7″ iPad is the focus, since it would make the device all the more appealing in a smaller form factor. Time will tell what the items will be, but at least we know that there are always more Apple products falling from the tree.

Apple iOS 4 security breach gives complete access to your iPhone

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

Apple fanboys have long gloated about the “fact” that Apple users are safe and secure compared to PC users. It’s utter nonsense of course and here’s further proof. Owners of the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad need to be careful. Visiting a web page and loading a simple PDF file might actually set off a security bug that affects all iOS 4-powered devices.

All it requires is for the user to visit a web address using Safari, and the site will automatically load a simple PDF document that holds a font which hides a special program. When the IOS 4-powered device you are using displays the PDF file, the font will begin the stack overflow condition that allows embedded code in the font to gain full control of your device.

OWC offers more RAM for buyers of new iMac

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

Every time I look at computers on a manufacturer’s site, I get a little sick to my stomach when I see how much they want to charge you for RAM and HDD upgrades. Sometimes even a small upgrade can add a $100 or more to the price you pay.

If you tend to buy your rigs with the minimum RAM available and upgrade alter you aren’t alone. OWC has announced that it has new RAM kits put together specifically for the newly updated iMac computers.

Motorola’s new Droid X ad makes fun of iPhone 4

Posted in Apple,Motorola by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

You have to live under a rock to not know about the issues that iPhone 4 users are having with the antenna on the new smartphone. Apple has admitted there is an issue and has offered up free cases for users to fix the issue.

Apple is even refunding users that bought the bumper case with their smartphone. Motorola is taking the chance to make fun of the iPhone 4 and its need for a case in its new ad for the Droid X.

Apple releases new 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Apple has just announced its latest 27″ LED Cinema Display. It features a stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate compared to its predecessor. It has a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, a powered USB 2.0 hub and universal MagSafe connector.

This good looking $999 monitor also sports a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge, so that tilting the display requires almost no effort at all. Let’s not forget the 178 degree viewing angle.

Apple unveils Magic Trackpad

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

The rumors were right and here it is. The Apple Magic Trackpad is a wireless touch input device that just debuted in Apple’s Store app for iOS 4. The glass-covered device sports an aluminum shell that replicates the multitouch area of Apple’s MacBooks.

The device is powered by a built-in battery, so you’ll need to keep it juiced if you’re going to use it a lot. The Apple Magic Trackpad will retail for $69 and uses no wires thanks to built-in Bluetooth.

LG can’t meet demand for iPhone and iPad screens from Apple

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

I think that anyone who has tried to buy a new Apple product like the iPad or iPhone on launch day and the days and weeks thereafter knows that shortages are common. The main reason for shortages of Apple products like these is that Apple can’t get enough screens.

LG Display builds the screens for many of the Apple products including the iPad and iPhone. LG has stated that it will not be able to meet the demand that Apple has for screens.