Archive for Jun 25, 2010

Steve Jobs confirms WiFi iTunes sync is coming, iPhone Hold button was pointless

Steve Jobs confirms WiFi iTunes sync is coming, iPhone Hold button was pointless

The new iPhone 4 might be making waves but Steve Jobs hasn't given himself a day off to celebrate.  Instead he's been catching up with his email correspondence again, sending out the usual terse replies to the Apple faithful (or at least curious).  Unsurprisingly it's the new smartphone that has been on most peoples' minds; Jonathan Cowperthwait wondered how users are meant to put people on hold now that the in-call button has been replaced by the FaceTime icon, only to be told by Jobs that in fact the hold button "doesn't do anything more than Mute."

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AllGo $15 Android computer could enable super-cheap tablets [Video]

AllGo $15 Android computer could enable super-cheap tablets [Video]

We're seeing Android tablets all around, but just how many of them are actually reaching shelves where we can buy the damned things is another question entirely.  ARMDevices discovered what manufacturers AllGo are describing as an Android-based computing platform with a bill of materials coming in at $15; thrown in a 7-inch WVGA resistive touchscreen and a battery and they reckon it could still be just $35.

Video demo after the cut

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StealthArmor squashes iPhone 4 signal issue [Update: Not so fast!]

StealthArmor squashes iPhone 4 signal issue [Update: Not so fast!]

While telling customers "you're not holding your iPhone 4 properly" doesn't exactly seem the best way to endear yourself, with hundreds of thousands of handsets in the wild Apple look unlikely to do anything more constructive than tell us where to grip.  One solution users have discovered is Apple's Bumper case, but Fusion of Ideas have an alternative if you're more interested in keeping your smartphone's clean, rubber-free lines.  They've sent us some shots of their StealthArmor for iPhone 4 edge protection strips, which not only protect the stainless steel from scratches but have the neat side-effect of bypassing the antenna issue.

Update: We've now tested the strips, and things aren't as clear cut as Fusion of Ideas might suggest. More after the cut.

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Fusion Garage criticized for JooJoo software GPL failure

Fusion Garage criticized for JooJoo software GPL failure

Fusion Garage are coming in for some criticism over their handling of the JooJoo tablet's software, with open-source advocates discovering that the company aren't distributing their source code as required by the GPL.  Matthew Garrett spent some hands-on time with the JooJoo recently, and aside from some concerns over the hardware - "pretty much held together by string and a following wind" is how he describes the slate - his biggest complaint is that not only is the source for Fusion Garage's modified Ubuntu OS not available, when he contacted them they told him they're not yet distributing it.

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The Daily Slash: June 24th 2010

The Daily Slash: June 24th 2010

We're at the tail-end of the week, and we're not going to lie: we can feel it. All the way to our bones. If you're getting paid this Friday, hopefully you've already decided on something to buy yourself -- gotta spend that earned money, right? Or, maybe you've already waited in line for the thing you wanted to get yourself? That's probably the case. But, moving away from the Apple-phone for a short time, let's take a look at The Best of R3 Media. First up, we've got a software update for the EVO 4G coming soon, an updated keyboard that we want, and some wireless syncing for BlackBerrys. And then, in the Dredge 'Net, Hulu's still being passed around, RIM does pretty well for itself, and head to a Microsoft Store to play some Kinect.

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iPhone 4 Launch Day Wrap-Up

iPhone 4 Launch Day Wrap-Up

Well, you survived. At least, we hope you did, with some semblance of your sanity left over. If you were one of the many, many people out there to stand waiting in a line to get your hands on the latest and greatest gadget from the ridiculously smart minds at Cupertino, then hopefully you're busy enjoying it as we write this. What is this, you might ask? Well, as you could probably glean from the title, it's a wrap-up of all the craziness that was today. And yes, it was crazy.

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Apple Clarifies iPhone 4’s Poor Reception

Apple Clarifies iPhone 4’s Poor Reception

There's always going to be an official statement. And, thankfully, in the case of Apple, they're quick about it. While plenty of people out there have been reporting that the iPhone 4 loses reception, or just the bars that reflect that reception, throughout the day (and even yesterday), Apple's ready to come forward and clarify the situation. The result? Hold your iPhone in a different way.

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