Monday, June 28, 2010

Jawbone ICON

NoiseAssassin® version 2.5 with wind reduction

6 unique designs in new contemporary design

Size and Weight
Length: 45 mm
Width: 18.25 mm
Height: 24 mm
Weight: 8.2 grams

Power and Battery
On/Off Switch
Up to 4.5 hours talk time
Up to 10 days standby time
Battery life is displayed on your iPhone’s status bar
Built-in rechargeable Li-ion polymer
MicroUSB standard connector interface

Bluetooth V2.1 compliant
Supports Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
Range up to 33 ft (10 meters)
Supports Multipoint for two audio gateways including PC
Profiles Supported Headset V1.1 and Hands-Free Profile V1.5

PC Compatibility
Platform Windows 7, Vista, XP
Mac OSX 10.5 and higher
Environmental Information and requirements
Packaging 100% recyclable
Operating Temperature 0° to +55° C
RF Regulatory Radio FCC Part 15 certified
Contact & Air Discharge EN61000
Safety UL and EN 60950 certified
Hazardous Substance RoHS/WEEE compliant

In the box
1 Jawbone ICON headset
3 Fit earbuds
4 Round earbuds
1 Optional binaural earloop
1 MicroUSB cable
1 A/C Wall adapater
1 Quick Start Guide
1 Wallet sized Cheat Sheet

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

RexRegina makes the Winston Case for the Apple iPhone.

RexRegina makes the Winston Case for the Apple iPhone.
The Winston Case is a horizontal design for customers who prefer a belt clip. The clip is integrated into the design of the case, so it won’t break, disconnect or pop off. The Winston Case has subtle design features that enhance the usability of the iPhone. The Winston Case is available in the Classic and Nouveau design collections.
The Winston case is made from the best Italian leathers, and comes in a variety of colors and textures from RexRegina’s design collections.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Apple responds to iPhone 4 reception issues: you're holding the phone the wrong way

So, we just spoke with Apple and got the straight dirt on the reception issues that have been plaguing users today... and it's a little surprising. In essence, Apple cops to the fact there are reception issues with the new iPhone -- namely, that if you cover the bottom-left corner of the phone and bridge the gap between the notch there with your naked flesh, you could see some signal degradation. Yes, you read that right: it's not a software or production issue, simply a matter of the physical location of your hand in regards to the phone's antenna. The company's suggested fix? Move your hand position, or get a case which covers that part of the phone, thus breaking contact. As you can see in the email above which just arrived in our tip box, this is a sentiment which runs pretty high at the company. Here's the official statement:

Gripping any mobile phone will result in some attenuation of its antenna performance, with certain places being worse than others depending on the placement of the antennas. This is a fact of life for every wireless phone. If you ever experience this on your iPhone 4, avoid gripping it in the lower left corner in a way that covers both sides of the black strip in the metal band, or simply use one of many available cases.

We know what you're thinking, and we're thinking it too: this sounds crazy. Essentially, Apple is saying that the problem is how you hold your phone, and that the solution is to change that habit, or buy one of their cases. Admittedly, this isn't a problem that exists only for the iPhone 4 -- we've seen reports of the same behavior on previous generations (the 3G and 3GS), and there is a running thread about this problem with the Nexus One. While it is definitely true that interference is an unavoidable problem, we can't help feeling like this is really a bit of bad design. If the only answer is to move your hand, why didn't Apple just move the antenna position? What we can say without question is that in our testing of the phone, we had improved reception and fewer dropped calls than we experienced with the last generation, and we never noticed this issue. Additionally, when using a bumper we can't recreate the signal loss. So, now we have an answer... all we're wondering is whether or not the company will start handing out bumpers pro-bono to those who are experiencing problems. It certainly seems like the right thing to do.

Update: To add a little perspective, check out a video from 2008 after the break showing the same issue with the now-ancient iPhone 3G (thanks Inge).

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

White Apple iPhone 4 delayed due to manufacturing problem


Apple has confirmed that the white iPhone is delayed and will not be available until the second half of July. An unspecified challenge in the manufacturing of the handset is at the root of this unfortunate hold up. Whatever the cause, it thankfully does not affect the availability of the black iPhone 4 which is expected to launch June 24th. All you folks camping out in front of Walmart hoping to score a white iPhone should either change your color preference pronto or pack up your gear and go home.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nokia: pre-alpha release of MeeGo for handsets coming June 30th

We've already gotten an early peek at what's in store for MeeGo on handsets courtesy of some leaked UI guidelines, and it looks like folks now won't have to wait too much longer to try it out for themselves -- Nokia has confirmed that the pre-alpha release will be available on June 30th. That will be followed by the "fully productized" version sometime in October, which should also coincide with the release of some actual MeeGo-based handsets. No further details beyond that just yet, but N900 users should be the first to get a taste of a true MeeGo handset experience -- despite Nokia's lack of official support.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Verizon releases a Droid X teaser


Remember those leaked scripts for the Droid X commercial? Well Big Red has just posted a portion of one of them to its YouTube channel. Being a teaser, it doens’t really give us any information, though it does indicate the handset will be launching in July. You know, just like we said. We cannot wait to hit up the VZW/Motorola event this Wednesday to (hopefully) get all of the details. Hit the jump to check out the ad!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Best Buy's iPhone 4 launch manual leaked?

Like the iPad launch guide before it, Best Buy's iPhone 4 launch plan has just made its wily way into our collective lap, replete with loads of details on how your favorite blue-shirted electronics salespersons are going to be spending their Thursday morning. While we've yet to see any hot scoops inside its two dozen pages (aside from some confusing, contradictory gibberish about whether Best Buy will have iPhones at launch at all) we have learned that stores will open up previously suspended preorders on launch day, accepting reservation fees for devices that customers can pick up at a later date. What we're not seeing here is anything about specific number of units, but there are various lines that caution against expecting much in the way of non-reserved phones -- should there be any, the guide advises first come first serve once the store opens. In other words, it's business as usual: call ahead and show up early.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Apple iPhone 4 to include 512MB of RAM

iPhone 4

While current Android handsets and Windows Mobile phones of yore boast of their prowess, by proclaiming the heftiness of their internal RAM, Apple has been silent on the internal memory included within the various generations of the iPhone. Both the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G shipped with a meager 128MB RAM while the 3GS doubled that capacity with a respectable 256MB. The iPhone 4 was presumed to share the same 256MB capacity; a teardown analysis of a leaked prototype uncovered a 256MB DRAM from Samsung. Prototypes may provide a glimpse of an upcoming product, but their specs are not always written in stone. According to information disclosed by Apple at a WWDC session last week, the latest version of the iPhone will not feature 256MB of RAM, but will instead boast 512MB of RAM. 512MB sounds good to us. How about you?

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Xbox 360 loses ability to flash a red ring, can still probably die a fiery death

It's a color we know so well, but it looks like Microsoft would like to dissociate itself from its RROD heritage, or perhaps just ran out of red LEDs: the new Xbox 360 only has a green ring around its power button, so even if you wrap the thing in a blanket and set it on fire, it won't be flashing red to tell you how it feels. This was unearthed in a spec sheet that Joystiq received from a tipster, along with all the other fancy specs you can see above. Overall the console is 17% smaller, which really goes to show that Microsoft was much more interested in noise and heat reduction than sliding the new 360 into a smaller crevice of your home entertainment center.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Motorola’s Droid X gets a thorough hands on


Whoops. Looks like Motorola and Verizon’s corporate security team will be busier than normal tonight, as Engadget has posted a thorough hands on with the highly-anticipated smartphone. We don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder, but let’s just say the screen is even larger than previously thought and that the processor is ever faster.

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New images of the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Pro S leak out


It seems that there was a bit of doubt surrounding yesterday’s leak of the Sprint-bound Samsung Galaxy S Pro. Well in order to put the debate to rest, two new images of what’s shaping up to be a really nice Android handset. They don’t reveal a whole lot of new information, but we can clearly see that there’s an LED flash underneath the 5 megapixel camera (something which the regular Galaxy S doesn’t have) and that the phone does indeed carry both Galaxy S and 4G WiMAX branding.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

New Xbox 360 250GB S now available for preorder at GameStop, Newegg and Amazon

We had our unboxing already, but you're just days away from yours -- the new Xbox 360 Elite S (or whatever Microsoft plans to call it) is now available for preorder at the likes of Amazon, Newegg and GameStop. $300 buys you the freshly-announced Stealthbox with 250GB of storage and built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, a Kinect-ready auxiliary port and enough vents to hopefully make RRoD a thing a thing of the past. We'd tell you to read our early impressions and perhaps wait for our full guide, but if you've read this far you know what you want -- the preorder details -- and you'll find them three times over at our source links.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

iPhone 4 display all high res’d up

For those of you tracking every single detail of Apple’s “we-invented-the-remix” iPhone 4, we have some high resolution shots of the display all ready to go courtesy of Robert Scoble. It is actually pretty mind-blowing that the pixels are so amazingly tiny — we can’t wait to get one in our hands. How about you?

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Magellan's Indestructible, Waterproof iPhone/iPod ToughCase For Outdoorsmen

Packing a battery pack, a GPS receiver, IPX-7 waterproofability into a single case to protect the otherwise svelte iPhone sounds like overkill, but if you're going to put a case on a phone, you should do it right.

How it works

First off, yes, this case is really big. After you insert your iPhone (or iPod touch, which also fits with an included sleeve), the device becomes nigh-unpocketable, yet retains most of its functionality. It's not so big or so heavy that you have a problem carrying it around, but it is about three times as thick as an iPhone 3GS. Which means it's going to be 4 times as thick as the iPhone 4. And yes, they will have a version for the iPhone 4.

You can still access the screen through the touchscreen layer, still talk on the phone as normal, still listen to music (but the line-in microphone stops working), still access data through 3G/Wi-Fi and still use the on-board GPS or the GPS in the case itself, which is more accurate than your 3GS/3G's chip.

Magellan's Indestructible, Waterproof iPhone/iPod ToughCase For Outdoorsmen

Who it's targeting

At $200, it's somewhat of a niche product for construction workers, hikers, bicyclists, sailing enthusiasts, people in dirty conditions and just plain clumsy folks who drop their phones and need extra protection. The battery pack, GPS and indestructibility are all very welcome additions, but an extra $200 to the cost of your iPhone might not be worth it to everybody. However, for iPod touch users, this adds the ability to use those App Store turn-by-turn driving directions, turning your iTouch into an actual navigation device. That, plus the battery pack, definitely justifies the price.

The water-proofability, letting you hold it at 1-meter for 30 minutes, really makes bath time all that more enjoyable for everyone. And since it's Magellan, they have vehicle mounts, belt-clips and other accessories for it coming down the line.

So should I get it?

It depends on whether you're one of these specific markets that really need it. The ToughCase is so specialized that you should immediately know if this appeals to you or not. iPod Touch users who are in need of a GPS (but don't want to buy an iPhone for it) are in that camp. So are iPhone users who need extra battery life and tend to drop their phone all the time. So are giants with huge pockets.

Magellan's Indestructible, Waterproof iPhone/iPod ToughCase For OutdoorsmenOnce they can get the price down on the product a bit—after they ramp up manufacturing and sell a bit of these—it'll be more tempting for people who don't need it all the time. Those who just want to carry their phones on a trip to the beach, or to the pool, or out on a hike where there isn't great GPS reception.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Palm Settles Shareholder Suit, AT&T Giving Away Pixi Plus

Palm said today that is has settled at least one shareholder lawsuit regarding the planned acquisition by HP. The shareholders who filed the suit felt Palm's management should have held out for a higher sale price. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. One other lawsuit is pending, though Palm will be holding a shareholder meeting June 25 to give shareholders a chance to vote on the sale. In other Palm news, AT&T has dropped the price of the Palm Pixi Plus from $50 to $0 mere days after the device went on sale. A new contract is still required.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

iOS 4 gold works with any iPhone / iPod touch via iTunes 9.2, jailbreak also updated

Want to get your hands on an iOS 4-equipped device now without being a registered Apple developer? As a number of readers have pointed out, it seems yesterday's gold build release works on any applicable iPhone / iPod touch whether or not its UDID has been sent to the dev center. Now that the previous restraint has been lifted, the only requirement now is a copy of iTunes 9.2 -- currently for Macs only and still blocked by the developer gate, but once you manage to obtain the appropriate files, the only thing in your path is time itself. Sure enough, we just got through installing the build on an unregistered iPhone without a hitch. Details available via Gumball Tech, and please, don't forget to back up your data ahead of time.

In less rule-abiding news, the not-quite-surgical hand of the jailbreak community has taken a gander at the gold. A developer known as msft.guy, whose previous credentials includes recently-released binary "which enabled blacksn0w unlock port for iPhone 3GS on iOS 4 Beta 4" according to Redmond Pie, has updated PwnageTool for yesterday's update. As always, proceed with that one at your own risk, and if you're curious but hesitant, the ever-reliable iPhone Dev Team promise a full jailbreak / unlock suite later this month. Either way, video proof is available after the break.

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Monday, June 7, 2010

AT&T gives the iPhone 3GS a price cut

Maybe your current iPhone is falling apart at the seams or perhaps something about the iPhone 4 just rubs you the wrong way, we don’t know, but in case you’re desperate to get a new iPhone today, AT&T has announced it has cut the contract price of both the 16 and 32GB models. The 16GB model now goes for $149 while the 32GB goes for $199. It’s probably not the most wise decision to grab one considering what’s going down in 18 days, but this is definitely your last shot at getting a 3GS before it gets its capacity neutered down to a measly 8GB.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Yep, the iPhone runs Android 2.2, too

Sure, we might be seeing some big changes to the iPhone tomorrow, but what if you could see some big changes on your very own iPhone, today? Well, you can if you're brave enough to try installing Android on your iPhone, which we've seen done before, but not with Android 2.2 (otherwise more deliciously known as Froyo). Still not convinced that such a thing is possible? Then head on past the break for the video evidence, and hit up the link below for the complete, not-for-the-faint-of-heart instructions for performing the feat yourself.

P.S. Of course, "runs" isn't exactly the same as "runs well." The iPhone in the video apparently got noticeably hot after five minutes of use, and there's some issues with Android not recognizing little things like WiFi or the phone's GPU.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

HP commits itself to webOS smartphones after all

HP CEO Mark Hurd certainly stirred the pot yesterday when he said that “we didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business” and that puring money into developing webOS smartphones “doesn’t in any way make any sense.” Well just like we predicted, HP’s PR machine went into damage control mode this evening. Here’s the statement they just sent out clarifying what it was Hurd meant.
When we look at the market, we see an array of interconnected devices, including tablets, printers, and of course, smartphones. We believe webOS can become the backbone for many of HP’s small form factor devices, and we expect to expand webOS’s footprint beyond just the smartphone market, all while leveraging our financial strength, scale, and global reach to grow in smartphones.
We’re certainly glad that’s settled.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

White iPhone 4 casing shows up in yet more photos

Steve Jobs didn't seem too upset over the story of the lost / stolen iPhone 4 last night at D8, so we're sure he won't mind that yet more parts for his next-gen phone have leaked out -- this time has scored the white version of the casing. As usual, the Engadget staff is now in a fierce and somewhat disturbingly violent debate over the relative style merits of black and white iPhones, so don't look for us to get much done for the rest of the day. Many more pics at the source link.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Is this the AT&T HTC Aria?

While it could just as easily be a Photoshop job involving a Droid Incredible and an EVO 4G, let’s assume for a moment that what we’re looking at is the AT&T-bound HTC Aria. Shot up by one of AndroidGuy’s “pretty solid” tipsters while situated next to a business card to give us an idea of the overall size of the device, it’s said that the Aria will be the “smallest Android device” yet with a display under 3″. Other alleged specs are said to include a 5 megapixel camera, optical trackpad, microUSB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Of course previous rumors would see the Aria come complete with a sliding QWERTY keypad, but as we said above, let’s assume this is legit. Nothing fancy, but at least it runs Android 2.1 with Sense UI and shows more promise that AT&T’s current Android offering which consists of nothing more than the Motorola BACKFLIP. Dying to know more? Apparently it’s due for an official outing on June 7th. A poor choice of days, we know.

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