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Frag the Editor Friday – September 17

What are you doing in two hours? Well, that’s cool, but it’s not as cool as hanging out with us on Frag the Editor Friday. Check out what we’re playing this week and join us at 4:00PM PDT/7:00PM EDT! Just send the editors a request in the game on on Game Center if you want to play, or come to our Steam group to see if we’re playing Team Fortress 2.

This week the editors are playing the following:

Ray Aguilera – Strategery, Username: raguilera

Susie Ochs – Enigmo 2 and Words with Friends – Game Center – Username: sfsooz

Florence Ion – Fruit Ninja and Team Fortress 2 from 4:30 – 5:00PM PT

Roberto Baldwin – Enigmo 2 – Game Center – Username: strngwys

 

See you then!

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Free iPhone 4 Case Program Ends September 30

 

If you’re considering the purchase of an iPhone 4 in the next few weeks, we’ve got some news that might make you want to hustle to your nearest Apple or AT&T Store. The Apple iPhone 4 Case Program is winding down at the end of the month. That’s right: on September 30, the “antenna gate” free case extravaganza will be no more. For those of you who missed out on all of the action this past sunny summer, Apple launched the iPhone 4 Case Program in response to media and consumer furor over alleged reception problems arising from the iPhone 4’s integrated antenna design. When the handset was held in a particular manner known as the “Death Grip,” many users reported significant signal loss. Apple’s solution to this was to offer free cases to iPhone 4 users.

If you’re planning on picking up a free case before the deadline, all you need do is prove to Apple that you purchased your phone before the end of September. Easy, right? Sadly, those of you who bought your iPhone before July 23rd and wanted to pick up a case on Apple’s tab are out of luck: the cut off for early adopters was August 22. Good luck and happy case hunting!

 

 

 

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Free iPhone 4 Case Program Ends September 30th

 

If you’re considering the purchase of an iPhone 4 in the next few weeks, we’ve got some news that might make you want to hustle to your nearest Apple or AT&T Store. The Apple iPhone 4 Case Program is winding down at the end of the month. That’s right: on September 30, the “antenna gate” free case extravaganza will be no more. For those of you who missed out on all of the action this past sunny summer, Apple launched the iPhone 4 Case Program in response to media and consumer furor over alleged reception problems arising from the iPhone 4’s integrated antenna design. When the handset was held in a particular manner known as the “Death Grip,” many users reported significant signal loss. Apple’s solution to this was to offer free cases to iPhone 4 users.

If you’re planning on picking up a free case before the deadline, all you need do is prove to Apple that you purchased your phone before the end of September. Easy, right? Sadly, those of you who bought your iPhone before July 23rd and wanted to pick up a case on Apple’s tab are out of luck: the cut off for early adopters was August 22. Good luck and happy case hunting!

 

 

 

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Apple Posts September 1 Media Event Video

September 1 media event
(Image courtesy of MacRumors)

Feeling a bit of a techno hangover this morning after waiting up last night for iTunes 10 to finally rear its head? Maybe you’re ready to relive the day’s fun all over again? Apple has you covered, as the full stream from Wednesday’s media event is now online.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple has posted the full stream from the Wednesday, September 1 media event which brought a shotgun blast of new products in rapid-fire succession, ranging from iOS updates to new iPods to a tiny new Apple TV.

Yesterday’s live stream of the media event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco was limited to Mac OS X 10.6 and iOS users exclusively, but Apple is now providing the stream in multiple formats that can be viewed by most any Mac or Windows computer, and a podcast of the event is also available for download via iTunes (you’re rocking iTunes 10 already, right?).

One thing we’ll say for Wednesday’s media event: It sure wasn’t a long, boring drawn-out shindig! Steve Jobs kept the new stuff coming fast and furious and squeezed an awful lot of goodness into 90 minutes of showtime. While we have iTunes 10 to tide us over, the wait now begins for all the new products to trickle out to stores — iOS 4.1 and new iPods next week, the new Apple TV in four weeks and last but not least, iOS 4.2 in November, which promises feature parity at last with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

Sing it with us now: “The waiting is the hardest part…”

Follow this article’s author, J.R. Bookwalter on Twitter

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Apple Live Streaming September 1 Event (And We're Liveblogging It!)

Apple just announced that it will be live streaming its music event tomorrow morning. The video feed will be available through Apple’s own HTTP Live Streaming, which is based on open standards. You’ll need a Mac running Safari on Mac OS X 10.6, and iPad, or an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 3.0 or higher to view the feed. The live broadcast will begin at the same time as our live blog, 10am.

However, should your browser crash and render itself unable to buffer the live stream, the Mac|Life staff will be there liveblogging the entire event. Additionally, if your boss is over there checking over your shoulder to see if you’re slaving away, making sure every minute counts while you’re on the clock, you might want to put away the live stream video and check out our text and photo liveblog. It’s quieter and easier to conceal. You can also view it on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. And if you’re stuck on a PC at work or school, our liveblog works on that platform, too! So does our Twitter feed!

See you all tomorrow!

Follow this author’s article, Florence Ion, on Twitter.

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GTA: Chinatown Wars HD Coming to the iPad on September 9

It’s no secret–we’ve got a whole lotta love for Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars for the iPhone. So much so, that when we reviewed it back in January, we had no choice but to prop it up with a coveted Editor’s Choice Award. Playing the iPhone version of the game, it’s easy to lose track of time thanks to the GTA Chinatown Wars’ user-friendly controls, awesome cell shaded graphics and excellent missions and storyline. To put it bluntly, being a drug dealing scumbag has never been more fun.

Just imagine how excited we were to discover that all of the criminal shoot ’em up goodness we’ve come to adore on the iPhone version of the game is being embiggened and refined for consumption on the iPad! That’s right: RockStar Games has announced that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD will be available for for purchase from the iTunes App Store on September 9.

In addition to the extra screen real estate afforded to us by the iPad, we’ll also be able to enjoy updated high-definition graphics that have been designed to make your iPad-based crime spree that much sweeter. As with it’s handheld counterpart, GTA Chinatown Wars HD boasts 50 satisfying missions that allow you to follow the adventures of the game’s protagonist Huang Lee as he works his way through Liberty City’s criminal element looking to solve the murder of his father.

Needless to say, we’re stoked, and if the game’s iPad version is anywhere near as impressive as its iPhone counterpart, you should be too!

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