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Best Buy offers up to $100 off new iPhones

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 23rd, 2009

Best Buy offers up to $100 off new iPhonesWould you like to save $100 on a new iPhone? Who wouldn’t? Best Buy is giving its Premier Silver Reward Zone members the chance to get $100 off the price of any 8GB or 16GB model. Sadly, other non-premier members will have only $50 off. But hey, that’s still a $50 savings.

You’ll also get other discounts when you sign up for a new plan. The window closes on this deal on the 28th, so you better hurry. Assuming you’re a member. If not, then too bad.

Three new iPhones rumored for 2009

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 8th, 2009

New iPhone in June?According to an analyst with the Canadian research firm Canaccord Adams, three new iPhones will appear in 2009. According to a report on Seeking Alpha, analyst Peter Misek identifies the most lavish of the trio as a 32GB iPhone 3G that will be available in a variety of colors. Then there’s a lower-cost handset based on the 2.5G iPhone, which is targeted for China and India. Third is a smaller version of the phone, about one-third the size of the 3G iPhone that will cost 40% less and we should see that one by year’s end.

The rumor seems to be gaining traction, and it fits with some of what we’ve been hearing, but we are taking it with the usual grain of salt until we hear more.

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone Flash

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2009

Apple teams up with Adobe for iPhone FlashOnce thought to be building Flash for the iPhone mostly on its own, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen has revealed that Apple and Adobe are working together on making Flash a reality on the iPhone. It seems like they’re not going for the watered-down Flash Lite, but it’s also uncertain if we’ll get a full on Hulu-friendly version. No word on when it will be ready.

They’re calling it a “hard technical challenge” and explain that that’s why they are collaborating. Not sure what hurdles they have to overcome, but Narayen is pleased with the progress.

Apple plans premium game section of App Store

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 30th, 2009

Apple plans premium game section of App StoreLooks like Apple has plans to make even more money from games by introducing premium games in the App Store. The titles will retail for around $19.99 if they meet a new set of quality requirements. It will be interesting to see what kinds of titles will be released.

Certain genres will work better than others on the iPhone/iPod touch’s interface. Apparently the initiative will be open only to a restricted number of commercial game publishers, shutting out smaller developers that have helped the App Store grow from the beginning.

showTIME connects your iPhone to your TV

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 29th, 2009

showTIME connects your iPhone to your TVThere are some people out there who like to bore the rest of us with slideshows of their vacations, weddings, and other things we could care less about. You sit, you try to be nice. “Oh that’s lovely. Where did you take that pic?” You’re sorry you asked after a fifteen minute explanation.

This device will help such people bore you more effectively, by letting them connect their iPhone to the TV. It’s a cable. If you see them pull this out, run! But if you are the picture shower, just plug one end into your iPhone or iPod and the other into the RCA input on a TV. Then you can control a slideshow or show a video.

CameraBag: Instant iPhone photo processing

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

CameraBag: Instant iPhone photo processingNevercenter, (the company that is always on the left or right apparently) has a solution for all of you whose iPhone/iPod Touch photography skills are a bit crap. Just mask the picture with some filters and you’ll look like you know what you’re doing. Some may even think that you are an actual photographer.

Just pull up the picture in the CameraBag App, put in the effects and save. You’re done. There are seven filters that do different things. For instance, “Cinema” creates film-like widescreen stills, while “Mono” smoothly grades the photo from black to white. You can manipulate things further using the options menu.

Lorex Wireless Camera: Monitor your home with your iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Lorex Wireless Camera: Monitor your home with your iPhoneThe Lorex LNE 3003 Remote Surveillance Camera is Lorex’s most affordable connected camera at only $300. Obviously it’s WiFi enabled (802.11 b/g), and the LNE 3003 can stream VGA video in real time to your iPhone as well as other internet enabled mobile devices.

But is it worth it? Gearlog was kind enough to offer up a review, where they found the mobile phone interface difficult to use and hard to configure, due to the fact that the company does not provide a user friendly iPhone specific application. Other then that they seemed to like it on the desktop where it ran exceptionally well.

Here we go again: iPhone nano now rumored for June

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on January 13th, 2009

Here we go again: iPhone nano now rumored for JuneMacworld just ended and already we have more iPhone Nano rumors. The Chinese trade paper Economic Daily News is now reporting that Taiwan Semiconductor Company (TSMC) will be handling chip manufacturing for a low-cost device being referred to as…cue music…The iPhone nano. The paper has a pretty good reputation, but take it with an iPhone sized grain of salt.

The source is citing a June launch of the handset, just after an order for the components in March. Apple does like to intro iPhones in the Summer, so if history is any indication, the timing fits. China has no deal for the iPhone, so a lower-cost version may be perfect for Asian markets. The nano could have a bunch of ready users.

More iPhone Nano rumors

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2008

More iPhone Nano rumorsWhether there is any shred of truth to the iPhone Nano or not, it sure is stirring up some big rumors for such a small device. Adding to these rumors, case-maker Vaja today quietly added the category to its website. We’re not sure what to think. At this point, it’s a lot like the X-Files. The truth is out there. Somewhere.

Apple could produce a cheaper phone, but why? They could just as easily add another on the high-end. Yet, there it is on the site of a reputable accessory manufacturer with a brand new phone listed. Something seems to be afoot, but what?

LED Football 2 for iPhone

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

LED Football 2 for iPhoneWhile it won’t impress today’s kids who grew up on Madden NFL, this will be a familiar sight to those of us who grew up in the 70s/80s. It’s an updated version of the LED football handheld we all knew and loved. It’s up at the AppStore.

Some new features include running, kicking, punts, field goals and passing. You won’t even have to worry about wear to the plastic buttons or buying a new 9 volt battery. With Passing you have total offense. This is how football was played once upon a time, as blips on a screen.

Clear iPhone case makes your 3G naked

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

Clear iPhone case makes your 3G nakedSome things are good clear. Water, windows. Some things not so much. Wonder Woman’s plane comes to mind as well as this clear iPhone 3G case. We don’t have a problem with clear cases, but the guts inside have to look cool, otherwise what’s the point?

You’re either gonna love it or hate it. Yes, it’s missing the camera and some other stuff. The case is manufactured by a company in Russia. It’s not a bad idea as you will definitely want to stand out from the rest of the black iPhone using world, but damn the inside of an iPhone is fugly.

iPhone 3G hit Wal-Mart today

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

iPhone 3G hit Wal-Mart todayToday the iPhone arrived at that place where workers get trampled by angry Black Friday crowds. There’s bad news and there’s more bad news. The bad news is that you can probably still get trampled by an angry mob in search of rolled back prices. The other bad news is that rumors of a $99 Wal-Mart iPhone were incorrect.

Wal-Mart will sell the iPhone for only $2 less than the regular price with a two-year contract: $197 for the 8 GB model, or $297 for the 16GB model. The ad should read “Save just a little money. Live just a tad better.”

32GB iPhone coming at Macworld?

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 28th, 2008

32GB iPhone coming at Macworld?You know how rumors are. They circulate like a virus and they are twice as hard to kill. This one has been around for a bit. Rumors have been flying regarding the 32GB iPhone. AT&T is playing it’s part, by adding some fuel to the fire, by offering 8GB refurbished iPhones for $99. Then there is Macblogz, who received an anonymous tip which points to the release of the 32 GB iPhone.

Theoretically, to sell a less-expensive iPhone, priced at about $99, Apple would need to introduce a new model with less storage. The current models would get bumped in specs, and a cheaper iPhone would be introduced and outfitted with less storage than it’s bigger brothers. The current 8GB iPhone would be left out in this line up, and will probably be discontinued.

Student increases iPhone battery life by 12x

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 25th, 2008

Student increases iPhone battery life by 12xA PhD student at Carleton University in Canada, Atif Shamin, has out-thought Apple by inventing a ‘transmitter system on-package’ that significantly extends the battery life of mobile devices. It all has to do with the connection between the circuit board and the antenna.

Instead of using wire, he designed a high frequency micro-transmitter and receiver that avoids the usual loss of power through a wire. That’s a significant breakthrough in energy efficiency in mobile devices. He created a module that replaces all of the wires connecting a phone’s electrical circuits and the antennae, making them all communicate wirelessly.

iPhone Nano concept photo surfaces

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on December 23rd, 2008

iPhone Nano concept photo surfacesRumors of an iPhone nano have been persistent for weeks now, and here are the first pics of the so-far fantasy phone. It looks about 3/4 the size of the iPhone, slimmer but still sexy. Is this just wishful thinking?

It could be true, but many don’t see it happening in January. For an announcement of this calibur, Steve Jobs would be making it, right? He’s not going to be at the Macworld keynote next month. But think about this. Why does he have to be there to make the announcement? Why not “phone it in” on an iPhone Nano?