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  • Protect Your Phone in Style with New Speck Cases for iPhone 4S

    Protect Your Phone in Style with New Speck Cases for iPhone 4S

    PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Speck, a leading designer of innovative, form-fitting cases for all kinds of personal electronics, today announced its new lineup of cases for the iPhone 4S. Speck’s cleverly designed...

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  • CrunchGear contest: keep that old iPhone 3GS alive and useful

    CrunchGear contest: keep that old iPhone 3GS alive and useful

    The iPhone 4 is trickling into people's hands before Apple really wanted them to; but not everyone is jumping on the upgrade bandwagon. Whether your contract term hasn't yet expired, or you just don't feel compelled to upgrade to the latest device, we've got a giveaway bundle that'll make you happy to keep using your iPhone 3G or 3GS! Headphones, docks, skins, portable power, and more: this giveaway is valued at more than $400. And you can have it all! Details inside!

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  • iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking)

    iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you — what’s missing (spoiler: multitasking)

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/apple/iPhone_3G_iOS_4_and_you_what_s_missing'; While iOS 4 is delivering on every promise for the iPhone 3GS users out there, as we were all told up front, the iPhone 3G would be missing some of those touted new features. Granted, we knew such disparities would exist but were never given the finer details. Now that the final build is percolating through the internet, we decided to take a look at what features are and aren't working on the earlier year's model.

    What's there
    • Folders
    • Threaded mail
    • iTunes playlist creation / editing
    • 5x digital zoom: just tap on the display near the capture button, but be warned, it doesn't paint a pretty picture
    • iBooks: we were having issues with the earlier build, but it seems to be running fine after today's official download -- PDFs work, too.
    • Photos: you can now sort by albums, events, faces, and places
    • Game Center: the icon is present, but as of this writing we're unable to connect to the servers. (Update: a number of readers saying it didn't come with today's download. We nabbed ours as a gold build, which might explain the discrepancy despite still being considered "up to date" by iTunes.)
    • Spell check has been updated
    • Spotlight search: you can search the web and Wikipedia from the home screen search bar. That said, not all our queries -- "Engadget," for example -- weren't offering the option. [Thanks, jkane08]
    What isn't
    • Multitasking: this is the big one. Double-tapping the home button doesn't give you the handy menu, there's no fast app switching, and background use is missing in action.
    • Screen lock: normally in the multitasking menu (which isn't available on 3G), it's nowhere to be found, even under Settings. Bummer.
    • Home screen wallpaper: you'd think this simple addition would make the cut, but sadly no. The dock has been given a visual upgrade, though.
    • Bluetooth Keyboard support: we haven't tried this ourselves, but an influx of reports from Twitter suggest this is also a no-go.
    We'll keep testing, but be sure to let us know your own discoveries below!

    iPhone 3G, iOS 4, and you -- what's missing (spoiler: multitasking) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 19:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone 4 first hands-on! (update: FaceTime video demo)

    iPhone 4 first hands-on! (update: FaceTime video demo)

    Digg this! We've just gotten some face time (ha ha!) with the new iPhone 4, and let's just say this: it's incredibly sexy. We'll hand it to Apple, the phone is so thin it's kind of mind-boggling. The 3GS by comparison looks bloated. Feast your eyes on the pics below, and check out the FaceTime video demo after the break! Oh, and special thanks to hand models Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg.

    Some takeaways about the device:
    • As we said, it's shockingly thin.
    • The screen is truly outrageous -- you basically cannot see pixels on it. We're not being hyperbolic when we say it's easily the best looking mobile phone screen we've ever laid eyes on.
    • The build quality is really solid. The home button feels much snappier, and on the whole it just feels like a tightly-packed device, but it's not heavy.
    • The side buttons are really nice and clicky.
    • iOS 4 is very familiar -- there's not a lot added to fit and finish.
    • The general speed of the whole OS is way snappier. The camera app in particular is noticeably faster -- shots get snapped in an instant.
    Update: More pics! We've also thrown in a video demo of the iPhone 4 running its FaceTime video chat app. Check it out at the usual location.

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    iPhone 4 first hands-on! (update: FaceTime video demo) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 07 Jun 2010 15:08:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone OS 4.0 – now iOS – is here

    iPhone OS 4.0 – now iOS – is here

    The second biggest news out of San Fran today? The announcement of iPhone OS 4.0, Apple’s biggest improvement to the iPhone OS since, well, 3.0. This new version includes multi-tasking (although backgrounding would be the proper term), app folders, a new version of Mail, and a carrier unlock (Not officially sanctioned by Apple, but available [...]

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  • Nokia N8 hands-on

    Nokia N8 hands-on

    digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gadgets/Nokia_N8_Hands_on_PICS'; Good old London, full of little wonders and flagship devices for you to discover. We were at Nokia's local HQ this morning to talk to the company's Head of Design Marko Ahtisaari, and the good gent happened to bring with him a prototype N8 for us to play around with. It was stressed to us that it's a prototype, so small cosmetic changes might still occur, but we are for most part looking at the hardware that will be hitting retail shelves in Q3 of this year. Speaking of Q3, Marko was adamant that that will be when Nokia "turns on" the Symbian 3 housed within the N8, which -- disappointingly -- meant that we couldn't get to grips with the new UI experience in person. Ah well, there are plenty of pictures to be devoured in the gallery below, and we can provide you with a few observations of our own to tide you over till then.

    The anodized aluminum shell feels very well built and is remarkably light. So much so that our first instinct was to ask whether the battery was inside or this was just a hollow mockup. We'd compare it to the feeling of picking up the Zune HD for the first time, it's a strikingly light device. Plopping it into our pocket also felt extremely natural, which might be attributable to the particular curvature of the N8's sides. Attention to detail in the physical design, as Marko said, was of paramount importance to Nokia. That doesn't come without sacrifices, however, with the user replaceable battery being substituted by an integrated cell, but to quote the man himself, the "overall design concept overruled" such considerations. We found the home button on the front a bit of a pain to press in, but it's still very early to form conclusions about the experience on this device. For now, just go gawk at it below and look out for the in-depth writeup of our chat with Marko Ahtisaari later today.

    Nokia N8 hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 11 May 2010 07:05:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Motorola’s Opus One leaks out, whispers of ‘iDEN’ and ‘Android’ overheard

    Motorola’s Opus One leaks out, whispers of ‘iDEN’ and ‘Android’ overheard

    There's an excruciatingly small amount of detail to go on right now, but the Boy Genius has managed to snag a few tasty shots of what could be the world's first iDEN Android handset. The Opus One (as it's currently codenamed) certainly smacks of the myTouch 3G in terms of design, though the bottom-mounted ball is obviously replaced with what appears to be an intensely large home button. Hit the source link for a couple more images, and drop your wildest estimations of a specs list in comments below.

    Motorola's Opus One leaks out, whispers of 'iDEN' and 'Android' overheard originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 06 Dec 2009 13:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Review: Nyko Wand Action Pak

    Review: Nyko Wand Action Pak

    Although only a few Wii games support the light gun interface, if you're a heavy player you may want to look into getting the $39.99 Wand Action Pack if you're planning on adding a controller to your line-up. This kit includes Nyko's Wand Wiimote - essentially an exact clone of Nintendo's product - along with a sleeve and gun attachment for light gun games.

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  • iPhone ‘home’ button earrings are for serious fangirls  (and guys) only

    iPhone ‘home’ button earrings are for serious fangirls (and guys) only

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    We've seen plenty of phone-inspired earrings -- it's a multitasking age, after all, so it's not really a surprise to see gadgets inspire jewelery. It is kind of surprising to behold these earrings, however, which appear to have been made with iPhone 'home' buttons. What, there are so many disused iPhones laying around that someone just had to make jewelery out of them? Poor reception got you down? If you want to scoop up a pair of these, hit the read link... but be warned: these bad boys will run you $14.95.

    [Via Make]

    iPhone 'home' button earrings are for serious fangirls (and guys) only originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Mon, 16 Nov 2009 14:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Tutorial: How to Tether on an iPhone 3G or 3GS running OS 3.1.2

    Tutorial: How to Tether on an iPhone 3G or 3GS running OS 3.1.2

    When the iPhone OS 3.1 update rolled through town, it brought with it a handful of new features – but it also killed off one, not-so-official feature: unauthorized data tethering on AT&T. Early this morning, the endlessly ingenious iPhone hacking community released Blacksn0w, a carrier unlock for the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Even if you have [...]

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  • Jailbroken iPhone gets Expose-like view, you retail users just keep on scrollin’ (video)

    Jailbroken iPhone gets Expose-like view, you retail users just keep on scrollin’ (video)

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    Jailbroken iPhone gets Expose-like view, you retail users just keep on scrollin' (video)
    How many apps do you have on your iPhone? Yeah, we figured it was a lot. Being able to re-arrange items now is mighty helpful, but not so helpful as this little hack from Steve Troughton-Smith that adds Exposé-like functionality to the mix. Just press the Home button and up pops a view of all the application pages; tap one and you're taken straight there, as shown in the video after the break. Nice and simple -- and at this point not available even to jailbroken handsets. We're sure that'll change soon, but it's anybody's guess if or when Apple will add something like this to the official OS. Yet another reason to go ahead and roll your own.

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    Jailbroken iPhone gets Expose-like view, you retail users just keep on scrollin' (video) originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Thu, 15 Oct 2009 08:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • iPhone Homescreen Exposé Concept: Would you use this?

    iPhone Homescreen Exposé Concept: Would you use this?

    We get the strangest e-mails in the MobileCrunch tips line. Sometimes people will write in to tell us about their day, using us as an archaic, vacuum-esque livejournal. Other times (and quite often), internet newbies fail to realize this isn’t a store, and ask us when we’ll have such and such item in stock. Less [...]

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  • Slab-Like iPhone Case Hewn From Solid Metal

    Slab-Like iPhone Case Hewn From Solid Metal

    Every morning my inbox is almost full of pitches for various iPhone cases. Gel skins and anodized pictures of sock monkeys are today’s offerings. They are almost always humdrum, and usually virtual clones of one another, probably all starting life in the same Chinese factory. But the Exovault is different, and not just because no PR [...]

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  • IPhone Teardown Reveals Underclocked 833MHz CPU

    IPhone Teardown Reveals Underclocked 833MHz CPU

    Rapid Repair has, as expected, descended on the new iPhone 3G S, bristling with sharp tools like some sci-fi torture-bot, and splayed its remains on the cold slab of the teardown lab. It’s not an easy job — you’ll need a heat gun to remove some parts, other sections can be taken apart but not [...]

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