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5 years ago

Review: RichardSolo 1800 for iPhone Battery Charger

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Review: RichardSolo 1800 for iPhone Battery Charger

The iPhone doesn't have a user-changeable battery. To some that was a non-starter. To others, that was a call to action. Enter the iPhone external battery charger. We've seen them in several forms now, from built-in cases like the Mophie Juice Pack to plug-in units like the RichardSolo 1800 for iPhone.

TiPb had a chance to meet with the very gracious Richard Thalheimer at Macworld, who shared his enthusiasm for the RichardSolo 1800 and asked us to give it a try. Seeing as how, between email, twitter, blogging, texting, and calling, I was draining our iPhones near dry, I was more than happy to.

So how did it do? Read on after the break!

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5 years ago

Emoji Emoticons Enabled for All by frostyplace App!

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Emoji Emoticons Enabled for All by frostyplace App!

The inimitable iJustine has tastily blog snacked about an App Store goodie named frostyplace (iTunes / $0.99), a Japanese RSS reader that by-the-way works around the iPhone's limitation of only allowing Emoji (the massive emoticon collection used in Japan that adds to smiley face things like panda bear, train station, and mountain) on it's official Japanese carrier.

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5 years ago

4 Pencils and Rubber Bands? Got iPhone Stand!

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4 Pencils and Rubber Bands? Got iPhone Stand!

Roland dropped us a note about this improvised iPhone stand he whipped together with nothing but several pencils, rubber bands, and a needful dream. He put it together so he could enjoy a little landscape video.

Check out his site, geeky-gadgets.com, for more pics and instructions.

Anyone going to try Macgyver'ing this one up at home?

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5 years ago

[Sponsored Post: Body Glove Silicone Case for iPhone 3G]

[Sponsored Post: Body Glove Silicone Case for iPhone 3G]

Sponsored Post: Body Glove Silicone Case for iPhone 3G

The Body Glove Silicone protective case offers great protection for your iPhone 3G.  This slim case features a durable, translucent material that is easy to grip and shields your phone from bumps and scratches. An adjustable stand is built into the belt clip, allowing for multiple viewing possibilities.     

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5 years ago

iPhone at CES 2010 Update -- What About Macworld?

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iPhone at CES 2010 Update -- What About Macworld?

With Apple announcing that Macworld 2009 would be its last, rumors began to fly that maybe CES 2010 would get Steve Jobs' attention instead. TiPb still isn't buying that -- given Apple's stated reasons, it makes no more sense for them than Macworld.

However, now word comes that iLounge has begun working with the CEA (the organization behind CES) to create an iPhone (and iPod) "iLounge Pavilion" at CES as a rallying and gathering point for exhibitors -- perhaps in lieu of Macworld 2010.

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5 years ago

Quick App: Get iJiggles-y with the iPhone

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Quick App: Get iJiggles-y with the iPhone

It seems the iPhone, with its OpenGL and CoreGraphics/CoreAnimation is just begging for some body distortion. We've seen it before (and seen it get rejected before), and it just keeps getting more fully featured. Says the developer, Smells Like Donkey:

everyone assumes that iJiggles is strictly a boob app. It is of course the first thing everyone does with it and it does it well, but it's designed so you can have fun with it on any picture.

Indeed, version 1.1 will include: Smoother and Faster Animations, new "Inflate" feature to further enhance parts of your photos, multitouch interactivity, saving and loading.

Gallery after the break.

(And BTW- TiPb is still waiting for the ladies to get a little pay back with these apps. Maybe in our Forums?)

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5 years ago

Palm Comments on Apple Multi-Touch Patents

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Palm Comments on Apple Multi-Touch Patents

Following up on Apple Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook's comments during yesterday's Q1 conference call, and the supposition that he was hinting that Apple may just take legal action against the Palm Pre for violating Apple's intellectual property (i.e. patents), PC Mag quotes a reaction from Palm:

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5 years ago

Birthplace of the iPhone: Rare Glimpse of Apple Design Studio

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Birthplace of the iPhone: Rare Glimpse of Apple Design Studio

While conducting a follow-up interview for the upcoming documentary, Objectified, the film makers were able to catch not only a rare glimpse inside Apple's design guru Jony Ive's studio, but managed to snap an almost unheard of picture of the man himself at work. (via Daring Fireball)

This is where the iPhone was designed and prototyped, people. We're talking unicorns being born or Norse dwarves forging Uru hammers or something...

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5 years ago

Quick App: RepairPal for the iPhone

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Quick App: RepairPal for the iPhone

RepairPal, from the website of the same name, leverages the power and convenience of the iPhone to provide highly targeted -- and at times vitally important -- information when and where you need it. Say the developers:

We made this application because it addresses the real world disconnect with auto repair. Many times when your car needs repair, you aren't at the computer. People may end up at an unfamiliar shop in an unfamiliar town so they need something to reassure them that they are not getting ripped off.

We built this for the iPhone because we need to convey a lot of information to the user. Development tools for iPhone allowed us to build an application that is easy to navigate and provide the best user experience. Being able to take advantage of features like GPS makes a lot of sense for our application since people may not always be sure of their location when they are broken down on the side of the highway.

Looking for some repair work? Give this FREE app a try and let us know how it works for you!

More screenshots after the break...

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5 years ago

Round Robin: We Have Our Winners!

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Round Robin: We Have Our Winners!

As it did the year before, the Smartphone Round Robin needed to go into overtime again this time around -- but we're finished now!  If you haven't been following along, here's what you missed:  Each of the editors of our five Smartphone Experts sites swapped phones for a week or so, reviewing and leanring what it's like to wear another smarphone user's shoes.  The result is the entire series of articles you see linked on this handy page, the Smartphone Round Robin of 2008.

What will you learn there?  You'll learn that there was no single smartphone that 'won' the Round Robin -- but that's by design.  There's no perfect smartphone out there, but there just might be the perfect smartphone to fit your needs.  If you're looking to get a new smartphone soon, think about what you need it do to and then hit up these articles -- you'll find that depending on what each of us care about, we'll give you a useful perspective on whether a given smartphone matches up. 

Actually, we explain it all pretty well on this page. Oh, yeah, one more thing, we are giving away fabulous prizes:

Find out who the winners are, after the break!

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5 years ago

Quick App: Air Mouse 1.5 for iPhone

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Quick App: Air Mouse 1.5 for iPhone

Chad reviewed Air Mouse a while back, and now they've let us know they're back with a 1.5 update that adds some nifty new features, including:

the computer notifies Air Mouse as to which app it's currently running so that Air Mouse can show the correct keys for that app. We plan to make more use of this system in future versions and think that this is the directions that all remotes will be heading in the future.

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5 years ago

Patent Watch: iPhone Audio Sensor for Ringtones

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Patent Watch: iPhone Audio Sensor for Ringtones

Apple Insider brings word that Apple has filed a patent for:

an ambient sound sensor to the iPhone that would allow the handset to adjust its ringtone volume to its surrounding audio environment, which would ameliorate potentially-disruptive audio outputs.

Sounds nifty! In addition, Apple has also filed for a patent for self-cleansing audio jacks:

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5 years ago

Apple Defuses iPhone nano Rumors?

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Apple Defuses iPhone nano Rumors?

Also touched on briefly during Apple's Q1 conference call yesterday was the prospect of a low-end iPhone, and Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook was quick to dispel hopes of that (and of an iPhone nano?) as well (text via Macworld):

Tim: We're not going to build a low-end voice phone. Our objective is not to be unit share leader, it's to build the world's best phone.

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5 years ago

Apple Hints at Palm Lawsuit?

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Apple Hints at Palm Lawsuit?

As we mentioned briefly during TiPb's live coverage of Apple's Q1 conference call yesterday, and our new sibling site, PreCentral.net elaborated on, Apple's Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook, might have made a shot across Palm's bow when it comes to the Pre and Apple's multi-touch patents (text via Macworld):

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5 years ago

Apple Q1 Conference Call Highlights: 4.4M iPhones Sold, 13.6M in 2008

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Apple Q1 Conference Call Highlights: 4.4M iPhones Sold, 13.6M in 2008

We're listening to Apple's Q1 conference call, looking for any and all iPhone details in particular to share, and we'll update as soon as we get them!

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