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Apple Bumper refunds start

Apple Bumper refunds start

Whether a free Bumper is enough to salve your iPhone 4 concerns is one question; a more pertinent one, perhaps, is when this free Bumper will arrive.  According to forum members over at MacRumors, Apple is beginning to send out refund emails to those who bought their Bumper through the online Apple Store.  The refunds include any shipping fees and taxes that may have been applied, and will be made straight to the credit card originally used.

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OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 4 promises ruggedness & no antenna glitches

OtterBox Defender Series for iPhone 4 promises ruggedness & no antenna glitches

As two sheets of glass in a sandwich with a thin metal band, the iPhone 4 isn't exactly the most rugged smartphone we've seen.  Happily third-party manufacturers like OtterBox are around to address that: their new Defender Series for iPhone 4 promises to wrap the Apple smartphone in three layers of protection: a shatter-resistant polycarbonate shell, a clear display screen cover (as well as a clear cover for the Apple logo cutout on the back) and a silicone skin.  Together, OtterBox reckon, it's enough to make the iPhone 4 "nearly indestructible", plus it also addresses the antenna issues too.

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Consumer Reports: free iPhone Bumper isn’t good enough

Consumer Reports: free iPhone Bumper isn’t good enough

Consumer Reports got a few name-checks at yesterday's Apple conference, in fact the independent reviewers even managed to get onto Steve's big screen with their "The Bumper solves the signal-strength problem" quote.  Unfortunately, if Apple thought that giving all customers a free Bumper would placate the reviewers, they'll be disappointed; Consumer Reports say that it's good but not good enough, and they're still withholding their "Recommended" award from the iPhone 4.

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iPad Cam-Case concept sets sights on big-screen FaceTime

iPad Cam-Case concept sets sights on big-screen FaceTime

Apple's decision to omit a webcam from the iPad is even more frustrating when you consider the number of people playing with FaceTime on their iPhone 4 smartphones, and so Chet Rosales' Cam-Case concept seems mighty topical.  Intended to not only protect the Apple tablet but add a rotating webcam for front- and rear-facing video use, it would also make the iPad easier to hold by virtue of its rubberized edges.

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Thermaltake Element V Unveiled

Thermaltake Element V Unveiled

When it comes to cases, there's plenty of options. And Thermaltake is definitely no stranger to the market. But with this latest piece of hardware, the company can put a notch on their belt of "firsts." This particular model, called the Element V, is actually the very first full tower chassis to be completely certified by NVIDIA. And for good reason -- it has plenty of features tucked away in here that anyone interested would probably love to get their hands on one.

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Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

Magellan rugged ToughCase for iPhone boosts GPS & battery

GPS specialists Magellan have launched a new combination ruggedized battery case and signal-enhancing GPS cradle for the iPhone and iPod touch, promising increased accuracy as well as the freedom to take your Apple device out into the rougher elements.  The Magellan ToughCase is waterproof to up to a meter for 30 minutes, together with being resistant to dust, rain, mud, water and snow.

There's also a 1,840mAh battery in there too, which Magellan reckon is sufficient to double your iPhone's runtimes, while the SiRFstar III GPS chipset is accurate down to three meters.  It's not just usable with the company's own RoadMate software, either; just about any GPS app in the App Store should get the positioning boost.

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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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