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WeatherBug Debuts HTML5 Mobile Lightning Widget for Developers at SXSW
08 March 2013 9:00 PM | No Comments
AUSTIN, Texas & GERMANTOWN, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Just in time for severe weather season, WeatherBug is unveiling its new Spark™ HTML5 Mobile Lightning Widget for app developers at South by ...Read More
First NSTIC Pilot Goes Live with Secure Online Identity Verification via Smartphone
08 March 2013 4:54 PM | No Comments
RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Daon®, a leading provider of identity management and authentication solutions worldwide, and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), today announced that AAAE is the initial pilot participant to...Read More
Faith Wonderworks Establishes Infant and Child Educational App Specialty Label “Kids App Planet”
08 March 2013 9:56 AM | No Comments
TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Faith Wonderworks, Inc. (FWW) that is known for its mobile entertainment site in Japan established “Kids App Planet”- a new label specializing in educational for smartphones and tablets geared for...Read More
Rokform Announces the Updated RokShield v3 iPhone 5 Case
07 March 2013 5:00 PM | No Comments
SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rokform®, a leading manufacturer of functional and creative cases and accessories, announces the updated RokShield v3 case now being solely made...Read More
Incredimail Recreates the Email Experience
07 March 2013 3:00 PM | No Comments
TEL AVIV, Israel & SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Perion Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: PERI), developer of the leading email client Incredimail, today debuted its latest version of Incredimail, forever changing the email experience for iPad...Read More
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Posted on June 24, 2010 | No Commentsdigg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_4_bezel_antenna_actually_makes_it_DROP_calls'; What's more annoying than spending hours lining up for a shiny new gadget? Learning that your precious phone can't actually connect to the network. Well, depending on how you hold it -- word has it that the iPhone 4's bottom-left corner isn't playing nice with your skin. If you recall from the keynote, that's where the Bluetooth / WiFi / GPS antenna meets its GSM / UMTS counterpart. So we decided to test on two brand new iPhone 4 handsets purchased today in the UK.
One iPhone 4 demonstrated the issue everytime it was held in our left hand (as a right-handed person is apt to do) so that our palm was essentially bridging the two antennas. You can see that in the video after the break. Bridging the two with a finger tip, however, didn't cause any issues with the reported reception. If we had to guess, we'd say that our conductive skin was acting to detune the antenna -- in fact, we've already managed to slowly kill two calls that way so it's not just an issue with the software erroneously reporting an incorrect signal strength. That said, we had no issues when Apple's $29 rubber bumper accessory (given to us free for standing in line) was attached, creating a buffer between our palm and the antennas. Our second UK-purchased iPhone 4 was fine, showing none of these handling symptoms. See the video evidence after the break including Insanely Great Mac's version which got us to worrying in the first place.
P.S. Don't forget to take our poll and let us know if you're seeing both the yellow spots / stripes and reception issues. Unfortunately, we're suffering from both flaws which is not a good sign for quality control on this first batch of Apple handsets.
P.P.S. Since some of you are asking, our review unit showed none of these issues.
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Posted on June 23, 2010 | No CommentsWhat’s the difference between a tech pundit and some dude who likes the iPhone? Not much, actually. That’s why I’m glad to see that, thanks to Apple’s inability to release units on the right day this week – it appears FedEx didn’t hold the shipments and basically bombed them out like they would for everyone [...]
Posted on June 18, 2010 | No CommentsTokyo's most famous gadget maker, Thanko, has another hit product in its portfolio, the UDGZDC8M [JP]. For reasons unknown, the infamous company decided it's time to give the world a combination of binoculars and an 8MP digital camera. And people living outside Japan can get it, too.
Posted on June 15, 2010 | No CommentsDon't look now, but a UK retailer has the the brand-spanking-new Sony NEX-5 cameras in stock. We can't say that about a single US-based seller right now so this seems like the best bet if you must be the first kid on the block with Sony's latest camera. Of course this previledge comes at a premium as the camera is selling for £589 ($867), which is a tad more than the US's MSRP of $650. Worth it? Hells yeah it is! You're reading a gadget blog, what side do you expect us to endorse?
Posted on June 14, 2010 | No CommentsThis isn’t so much mobile news as it is news that mobile users should probably know about. That coffee company, Starbucks.. maybe you’ve heard of them? If not, open the blinds at whatever location you’re currently sitting at, and look across the street (or, at most, down to the corner). Surprise! It’s a Starbucks! Well, [...]
Posted on June 7, 2010 | No CommentsLegend to HTC's Desire, if you will, but we're hearing that Sony Ericsson may have another Android device in the works that would slot in beneath the high-end Xperia X10. The phone -- allegedly codenamed "Shakira" -- is said to have a 3-inch display, but otherwise, we don't have any details; the tipster says that it could be running either Android 1.6 or 2.1, and with Sony Ericsson's custom skin in full effect, it's impossible to tell from this shot. Of course, the SE community has a legendary reputation for creating unbelievably convincing mockups, so we can't rule this real until the day it's announced; then again, it stands to reason that they'd want to make something cheaper than an X10 and less of a novelty gadget than the X10 mini. Stay tuned, folks.
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Posted on June 3, 2010 | No CommentsIf you spend any more than a few minutes a day on the Internet, you've probably already heard the story of Giorgio G.: Upset with AT&T about his iPhone eligibility dates, he e-mails the company's CEO. A few days later, he e-mails again for a different (albeit related) matter. Within a few days, AT&T responds... with a threat to send him a formal cease & desist letter unless he stops e-mailing the CEO. 'Twas the voicemail heard around the blogosphere. Within a few hours, just about every gadget-oriented blog and news network had mentioned it, none of them too happy. Undoubtedly looking to save a bit of face in the situation, AT&T has publicly apologized to Giorgio.
Posted on June 3, 2010 | No Commentsgadget bicycle chargers for, well, ever. But it's good to see a company with the global reach of Nokia getting into the action with a €15ish kit all its own. Nokia says that a 10 minute bike ride at 6mph (10kph) will produce enough power for 28 minutes of talk time or 37 hours of standby. The kit, primarily intended for developing markets, ships globally before the end of the year with a handlebar mount, dynamo, and 2-mm charger jack. But there's nothing stopping you from picking up a micro USB adapter (at your own cost) and using the charger with Nokia's smarter (and more power hungry) handsets like the N97, N900 and forthcoming N8**. Coupled with Nokia's free turn-by-turn guided Ovi Maps, the kit could be quit handy when navigating the countryside on a long weekend bike ride, or for navigating within cities, like, oh we don't know, Amsterdam.
** Nokia N8 can be charged over 2mm or micro USB connectors, fancy.
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Posted on June 3, 2010 | No CommentsDeLorme announces Earthmate PN-60w, a satellite messaging GPS unit Buy a Nook, get a $50 B&N gift card Motorola officially announces its weirdo square phone, the Flipout Woah, the Asus Eee Tablet e-reader looks kind of awesome in action A DIY pen holder for your Moleskin (or other overpriced) notebook Sony releases Piiq headphones for skaters, kids who want to [...]
Posted on June 1, 2010 | No CommentsMmmm gadget p0rn. What a nice way to return from an extended holiday weekend. There’s one more after the jump. [via zdnet]