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Samsung mocks Apple

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2010

Samsung just couldn’t resist taking a shot at Apple over the whole Death Grip issue. As Apple is beginning to process the iPhone 4 bumper case refunds today, Samsung UK took a moment to gloat and have some fun by posting a Galaxy S ad.

The ad references the Death Grip and reminds users that the Galaxy S has strong cellular reception. Apple fanboys won’t like it, but it’s pretty funny. Nice one Samsung.

Apple delays white iPhone again

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 23rd, 2010

Steve Jobs can’t be happy about this. Apple has another iPhone 4 problem. This time, the elusive white iPhone strikes again, by being delayed again. All we know is that it will arrive sometime “later this year.”

Here is their statement: “White models of Apple’s new iPhone® 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.”

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.

Slot Machine iPhone Dock

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2010

Jackpot Slots is both an iPhone app and a dock. Seems like it is perfect for the grandma in your life who gambles. That’s right, your iPhone can now become a tiny one armed bandit.

As is often the case with gambling, you will lose more than you make. The Jackpot Slots dock costs $40, so you are out that much right from the start. It includes the eponymous app which gives you access to several different slot games “of varying levels of difficulty.”

Firefox Home on your iPhone

Posted in Firefox by Conner Flynn on July 16th, 2010

There’s no mobile version of Firefox for the iPhone yet, but the Firefox Home app lets you sync your desktop browsing session to your iPhone and browse it via Safari while you’re on the go. It’s not a real browser like Firefox, but we weren’t even sure that Apple would give the go ahead to Firefox Home.

Luckily they did. The app is available in the App Store, and there are instructions on Mozilla’s blog to get you started. Anyone interested in this one?

TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

So you need to make a choice between holding your infant and holding your phone, but it’s not socially acceptable to let your kid crawl around on the sidewalk while you answer texts. The $25.99 TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder is the answer.

It allows you to wheel your baby around in a stroller, while your smartphone remains right in front of you at all times, just waiting for a thief to come by and rip it right off.

Apple engineer warned Jobs about iPhone antenna early on

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

Now we have more drama in the Apple antenna saga. Bloomberg says that someone “familiar with the matter” claims Apple’s own antenna expert, Ruben Caballero, told Apple management that the iPhone 4 antenna design could cause problems and dropped calls.

Caballero is a senior engineer for Apple who holds many antenna patents under his belt. We don’t know the whole story but it is the latest twist to this sorted tale and suggests that Steve Jobs had been alerted to this problem during the design phase.

GE iPhone app lets you set the mood in your room with light

Posted in GE by Shane McGlaun on July 15th, 2010

There is an app for everything on the iPhone. Many of the apps are for things that I never really needed or wanted though. A strange new app from GE has surfaced that lets the user take a picture of a room of their house with the iPhone camera.

Once the pic is taken the app then lets the user apply lighting filters to the pic to get an idea what different light moods would look like. If you find a lighting mood that you want, you can get a list of the bulbs to get to set the mood.

BMW to put iPod and iPhone menus on car navigation screens

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

Controlling the music and content on your iPod or iPhone is easy to do with the Apple menus. Things can get more difficult if you have to use a system on an accessory that is different though. BMW has announced that it will support the iPod Out feature on iOS4.

The feature will allow BMW to put the actual menus from the iPod touch or the iPhone onto the cars in dash screen. BMW will support the feature on future BMW and Mini models.

ArkHippo protects your iPhone, assaults your senses

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

We are all for protecting that expensive iPhone with the bad reception, but if it looks like you’ve wrapped a cinder block around your phone, we’ll pass. And that’s just what this case does. The ArkHippo is made of a proprietary material which is somewhat similar Crocs shoes, so you can drop it without worrying.

Of course portability goes out the window. And your once lovely device is now just plain fugly. Nothing on pricing and availability yet, but I don’t see many of you buying this thing anyway.

iPhone exclusive deal lawsuit granted class action status

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 12th, 2010

There have been a number of lawsuits filed against Apple in the years since the iPhone debuted. Many of the suits were for alleged patent infringement. One of the early suits was against Apple and AT&T over the exclusive deal for the iPhone.

The suit was recently granted class action status, which means anyone who purchased an iPhone all the way back to June 29, 2007 is part of the suit. The core allegation is that consumers who entered into the 2-year agreement were actually in a five-year agreement due to the exclusive deal with AT&T.

Exovault metal iPhone cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

These EXOvault cases for the iPhone look down right awesome. Each is handmade from metal, and some models are engraved with intricate designs. They add a touch of old world metal chic to your iPhone. Each of EXOvault’s cases are crafted from lightweight metals, like brass or anodized aluminum, and feature an inlaid rosewood accent on back.

There’s also a minimal black aluminum case that looks pretty decent. They are priced at $110 to $165. All of the cases are designed for the iPhone 3GS, but hopefully they will out some iPhone 4 designs soon.

iPhone Sniper Stand

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2010

Here’s a minimalist approach to a stand for your iPhone, iPod or other pocket media player. The Sniper Stand is simply a contoured plastic disk with criss-cross slots that you attach to the back of your device. Then You just insert a credit card to complete the stand.

Simple solution. Until you get so used to using your credit card in this way that you leave it behind. That would suck. The first batch of stands are in production and will be finished in a black gloss. The stand comes with a Scotch 3M VHB adhesive pad that’s super strong yet easily removable.

Chase iPhone app lets you deposit checks from anywhere

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2010

Looks like banking giant Chase is finally getting itself into the 21st century with the latest version of its iPhone app. It allows you to deposit paper checks into your Chase account using an iPhone. All you have to do is take a picture of the front and back of the check, hit a few icons, and you’re done.

This is a major time-saver for people and it’s super useful. You don’t have to make a special trip to the bank anymore just for a deposit. We love that.

Waterproof Toughcase with built-in GPS for iPhone/iPod Touch

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

You could go for a plain jane iPhone case or you could opt for Magellan’s waterproof Toughcase, priced at $199.99. Two hundred bucks gets you IPX-7 waterproof standards, allowing it to be submerged up to one meter for up to 30 minutes, and there’s also an integrated 1,840mAh battery that can “double the life” of your iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS or second / third-generation iPod touch.

There’s also a high sensitivity SiRFstar III GPS chipset for quality GPS reception, and you can still access the touchscreen. You get all of that, but your device loses any sexiness it ever had and there’s no official support for Apple’s newest iPhone.