Archive for July, 2010

Free Bumpers: Apple's iPhone 4 Antenna Problem Solution

During todays Apple conference, the conclusion is that the signal problems are an industry wide problem which Steve Jobs claims has been blown out of proportion.

Apple are committed to making their customers happy and therefore will be offering a free case for all customers.  If you have bought one already you can claim a refund.  If they run out of bumpers, they will offer an alternative.

Make your own iPad stand using pencils and rubber bands

If you’ve spent all your disposable income on an iPad and have found yourself without the funds to purchase a stand, there’s no need to fret – with a little DIY magic, you can make your own functional, cool, and inexpensive iPad stand with just a handful of pencils and rubber bands.

Julian Horsey of Geeky Gadgets is the mind behind the pencil iPad stand. His crafty design, an expansion on a pencil iPhone stand he designed last year, uses six pencils and four elastic bands that form a triangular base for the iPad to rest on. A single pencil, reinforced by four other pencils, props the iPad upright.

The pencils’ erasers provide protection and friction for the iPad and grip for the stand’s legs, while the metal parts of the pencils that connect the erasers serve as locators for the edge of the iPad. According to Horsey, these metal locators “work like a dream, providing just enough friction to keep the iPad in either landscape or portrait orientation.” He cautions that the metal could scratch your iPad’s edges if it’s not in a case, though he offers work-arounds for that dilemma as well.

You’ll find photos of the stand at Geeky Gadgets, and while assembly instructions aren’t provided, the stand should be easy enough to make on your own with a few reference photos.

Disney acquire Tapulous, the makers of Tap Tap Revenge and Twinkle

The Walt Disney Company has confirmed it has bought app-based music gaming company Tapulous, the company behind the Tap Tap Revenge franchise.

Financial details were not disclosed but as part of the deal Tapulous co-founders Bart Decrem and Andrew Lacy will become SVPs at Disney Interactive Media Group.

Tapulous has over 30m users of its different games and has built bespoke versions of Tap Tap Revenge for acts including Coldplay, Lady Gaga, Metallica and Nickelback.

It has also launched the motion-based Riddim Ribbon game built around the music of Black Eyed Peas and the Tap Tap Radiation game for the iPad.

It is expected Disney will now move deeper into both mobile and gaming with its music properties such as Hannah Montana and High School Musical.

When asked by MocoNews why his company had acquired Tapulous, Disney Interactive Media Group president Steve Wadsworth said, “Because they have great talent. They have proven success with iPhone games and applications, and they’ve built a big footprint with the applications they have. And they’ve demonstrated an ability to very effectively monetize what they do.”

Last month, Warner Music signed a deal with Tapulous to build bespoke apps around a number of its acts.

Tap Tap Revenge was one of the first apps to allow in-app track purchasing and through this, it has sold over 5m downloads.

iPhone 3G is the most recycled phone

The Apple iPhone 3G is the most-recycled handset in the UK, according to a price comparison site, as people seek to cut the cost of upgrading to iPhone 4.

Thousands of people have been trading in their old mobile phones for cash in order to help pay for an upgrade to Apple’s latest handset, the iPhone 4.

Sell My Mobile, a mobile phone recycling price comparison site, reports that the iPhone 3G, Apple’s second-generation handset, is the most popular phone to be recycled in the UK this month, with owners getting up to £170 in exchange for their unwanted iPhone.

According to the site, the 8GB and 16GB models of the iPhone 3G, as well as the 16GB iPhone 3GS, the third-generation iPhone, were the most-recycled handsets last month. The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music was also one of the most-recycled, as was the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

Sell My Mobile said the average price offered to phone users for their unwanted handset was £77.75, but warned that there were big differences in the prices offered by different mobile phone recycling sites. Users looking to offload the 16GB model of the iPhone 4, for instance, could lose out on an extra £132 if they didn’t shop around for the best recycling price deal.

Apple said that it had sold more than 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the three days after the device went on sale on June 24, making it one of the most successful launches in Apple’s history.

However, scores of users have complained about poor reception on the new phone, caused whenever the left hand covers the antenna points that run around the side of the device. Apple has since admitted a problem with the phones, but said it was a software issue, whereby an incorrect number of bars were displayed to indicate signal strength.

Why a software fix won't fix iPhone 4 reception issues

Apple has admitted that the software update for the Iphone 4 antenna flaw will not fix the problem of dropped connections.

Steve Jobs has described the fact that people have to use the expensive gadget in their right hands, or hold it in just the ‘right’ way to avoid suffering signal losses, as a “non-issue”.
However many expected that the software geniuses at Apple would create a fix for the problem.
Now according to Apple’s favourite magazine Gizmodo, Applecare has confirmed that the upcoming software update won’t fix the Iphone 4 transmission and reception problems.
Applecare is saying that the solution is to spend more money and buy a case or hold the phone just as Steve tells you.

Not that software was likely to fix a hardware design problem, but many Apple fanbois secretly believed that Steve would not force them to put up with a broken phone.
Instead Apple seems to think that a cosmetic change to the signal strength bar display will make users happy. But it won’t.

Applecare three times confirmed to Gizmodo that the software update will not fix this antenna problem, only change the way the phone displays the available signal to make it more accurate.
Gizmodo is calling for Apple to issue free cases to fix the problem. Meanwhile Iphone 4 sales continue to go through the roof. Which sadly goes to show that Apple fanbois are not actually interested in buying a product that “just works”, they are interested in buying an expensive object with a fruit logo on it.

Source: The Register

Consumers are keen to recycle their old iPhone 3G/3GS

Current owners of iPhone 3G phones are keen to trade-in for cash in order to pay for new iPhone 4 deals – according to mobile phone comparison site, Sell My Mobile.

The site has said the iPhone 3G is the most popular phone to be recycled in the UK this month. Those swapping their iPhone for money are getting up to £170 in exchange, which can then be put towards the purchase of Apple’s newest device, the iPhone 4.

Last month, the 8GB and 16GB models of the iPhone 3G and the 16GB version of the iPhone 3G S were the most recycled phones. Other handsets that were also popular included the Nokia 5800 Xpress Music and the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

According to the most recent statistics, the iPhone 3G 8GB fetches up to £169, the iPhone 3G 16GB achieves up to £188, and the iPhone 3G S 16GB up to £233. The Nokia E71 and Nokia N95 are also popular handsets being recycled in the UK currently.

The iPhone 4 sold an incredible 1.7 million units in its first 3 days of launching on 24 June, placing it ahead of the original iPhone and the iPad in terms of strong sales.
If you’re keen to buy the newest Apple smartphone, you may want to read our iPhone 4 reviews. Unlike the original iPhone which launched exclusively on O2 for the first two years, the iPhone 4 is being offered through O2, Orange, Vodafone, 3 and T-Mobile, which allows you to shop around and find the deal that’s right for you.