Archive for October, 2010

10 Things to Hate About the iPhone

Posted by aifkod on October 16, 2010

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iPhone complaints started flying around the internet almost as soon as the first people who purchased it were able to activate it. Last year, and even now, the iPhone is the tech gadget everyone “has to have.” Their sales continue to be phenomenal, even surpassing Apple’s own expectations. Many of the iPhone complaints are minor compared to the incredible capability of this electronic gadget. Here are a few workarounds to general complaints:

There are numerous places online to download music, movies, applications, games and more for the iPhone. A complaint made by iPhone owners is the very slow download speed the iPhone experiences.

Many people workaround the slow download speeds by consciously scheduling when they plan to do downloads for their iPhone. Although, this does not increase the download speed, planning can reduce the aggravation of waiting and waiting.

When the iPhone became available for purchase in June 2007, to activate it as a cell phone, you were required to signup (lock in) to a 2 year contract with AT&T. This caused a huge complaint by many who 1) don’t like to be told who they have to use as a cell phone service; 2) don’t particularly like AT&T service; and so on.

Los Angeles CNN reported on September 1, 2007 “Code to Unlock iPhone Cracked” Their story explained that “anonymous developers” have created software enabling the iPhone to be used by ANY phone network and will be selling the software program soon.

The unlocking software became available and people “unlocked” their iPhone from the AT&T 2 year contract, or purchased an iPhone, then “unlocked” it. Apple did an “upgrade” which was supposed to make the unlocking software obsolete. The “anonymous developers” quickly “upgraded” the unlocking software. It seems that these software developers may be able to overcome any locking features Apple may introduce.

The “anonymous developers” have now made the most current iphone unlock software online, free. They also give you easy to follow instructions on “jailbreaking” the iphone, unlocking it and activating it. If you wish to use your iPhone on a cell carrier of your choice, you can download the free unlock software.

An iPhone complaint that has even generated a lawsuit, concerns its battery and its battery life. The iPhone battery is sealed within the device and cannot be changed. You can not change it for a longer lasting battery or if it becomes defective.

Most cell phone owners are used to being able to change the battery of their cell phones at will. When the iPhone came out with the sealed battery, many new owners were upset because they were not made aware of this restriction up front. This lack of communication from Apple has turned into a lawsuit.

A way to insure you continually have battery “juice” is to purchase several iPhone recharging docks and make sure you locate them in convenient places. Keep one at home, at work, in your purse, backpack or brief case. This way, when your iPhone battery charge goes down, you can easily plug it in to the recharger.

The largest memory capacity available for the iPhone is now 16GB. Initially, the first iPhones available were only 4GB and 8GB. People have complained about the low amount of memory available, especially if they are used to 20GB iPods. They desire more memory because there are so many fun downloads available, yet they all take up memory! Unfortunately, at this time there are no workarounds to increasing your iPhone’s memory capacity other than buying a new iPhone with the largest memory capacity of 16GB.

Apple is listening to their iPhone customers. They are quickly incorporating changes to new models planned in the future to help eliminate complaints. Remember, the iPhone is a very new, and like no other device. If we give Apple time, I have no doubt, they will have it almost “perfect” for most users.

By Anne Dixon, Copyright 2008. Anne Dixon writes about many different topics including fun electronic devices and gadgets. If you would like to learn about & find the newest iphone products, free tips & services, discounts and iphone download reviews, please visit iphonestrac.com

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Jailbreak iPhone 3.0.1 Firmware

Posted by aifkod on October 12, 2010

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How Car Manufacturers Connect Your Car and iPod

Posted by aifkod on October 7, 2010

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Introducing the mini iPod Mini: the iPod Shuffle

The iPod shuffle is basically a smaller version of Apple’s extremely popular iPod and iPod Mini. The shuffle is much smaller than the iPod (about the same size and weight as a pack of gum), but holds fewer songs as a result. You can now purchase either a 512MB iPod shuffle, or one with a full 1GB. Keep in mind that the regular iPod can now hold up to 40GB, so it has quite a bit more storage. The shuffle though is designed to be a super-mobile, light-weight device that you can wear around your neck and take just about anywhere. You are limited to about 10 CDs worth of songs that play in a random order on default. Below you will find some more information about the device, including a manufacturers description and review.

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Time to mix things up. Meet iPod shuffle, the unpredictable new iPod. What will it play next? Can it read your mind? Can it read your moods? Load it up. Put it on. See where it takes you.

Random is the New Order

Welcome to a life less orderly. As official soundtrack to the random revolution, the iPod Shuffle Songs setting takes you on a unique journey through your music collection — you never know what’s around the next tune. Meet your new ride. More roadster than Rolls, iPod shuffle rejects routine by serving up your favorite songs in a different order every time. Just plug iPod shuffle into your computer’s USB port, let iTunes Autofill it with up to 120 songs and get a new experience with every connection. The trail you run every day looks different with an iPod shuffle. Daily gridlock feels less mundane when you don’t know what song will play next. iPod shuffle adds musical spontaneity to your life. Lose control. Love it.

DJ Your Day

If you favor cycling to a hip-hop soundtrack and snowboarding to a little electronica, Autofill iPod shuffle from a specific iTunes Playlist and roll. Download an album from the iTunes Music Store and listen to it in order before you Shuffle it into your collection. Or just drag and drop individual songs from iTunes onto iPod shuffle. With Play in Order mode, you manage the music. If things take a turn for the predictable, never fear. Turn iPod shuffle over, flip the slider to Shuffle and mix on the go.

Goes with Everything

iPod shuffle weighs as little as a car key and makes a tuneful fashion statement. Just throw the included lanyard around your neck and take a walk. Or run. Or ride. There’s nowhere your skip-free iPod shuffle can’t go, and with up to 12 hours of continuous playback time, it keeps going as long as you do. A neat little cap protects the USB connector, and those signature white earbud headphones tell the world you love to listen in style. You can even make your iPod shuffle splash-proof, arm-hugging, and longer-running with optional accessories. Ready for anything from a Transatlantic flight to a weekend at the beach, the iPod shuffle makes the perfect, low-maintenance pal.

Touch of Genius

Good things really do come in small packages. The controls on the iPod shuffle feel as intuitive and easy to use as those on every iPod model. Play, pause, skip, repeat, shuffle and hold at the touch of a thumb: The circular, ergonomic controls and one-click slider make it simple to listen without looking.

The Music Store in Your House

Add to the iPod shuffle mix with songs downloaded from the iTunes Music Store. Browse and preview more than one million songs, then buy what you want, 24-7, from the comfort of your Mac or PC. With the iTunes Music Store and iPod shuffle, you’ll always have music at hand…literally. The smallest iPod yet, iPod shuffle fits neatly in the palm of your hand and looks just plain neat around your neck. Prepare to make friends and influence people when you wear it biking, hiking, snowboarding, dog-walking and anywhere else that could use a great soundtrack.

That includes off-the-beaten-path spots where you may need to play, pause, move back, skip forward, shuffle and turn up the volume without looking. Luckily, iPod shuffle pays due respect to its elders with a thumb-friendly, circular control pad that puts the ‘go’ in ergonomic.


iPod shuffle makes syncing a piece of cake. Cupcake, even. Use the optional Dock to connect to your computer or just plug iPod shuffle directly into a USB port on any computer. Then drag and drop individual songs, Autofill your favorite playlists or Autofill your iPod shuffle with a random sampling from your music library. Since iPod shuffle automatically charges while syncing, it stays ready for your next adventure.

Our First Look at the Shuffle

First of all, the iPod shuffle is a very simple looking device that follows the same style as the famed iPod. It really is the size of a decent pack of gum, easily worn around the neck as Apple proposes, or in your pocket. The connection to your computer could not be easier; all you have to do is hook it into your usb port like you would a regular usb memory stick. You can then copy onto the shuffle any songs or groups of songs you would like. For those of you who already own and iPod, you will be happy that the device takes AAC files, as well as MP3. Once on the shuffle, the songs begin to play out in random order. If you want to hear a particular song, you have to keep hitting forward until you reach it – there is no display on the device to show you what songs are coming up. This is one of the very few downsides to the music player.

The music sounds really good, even with the headphones it comes with. The music did not skip once, substantiating Apple’s anti-skip claim. It would have been nice to see an FM tuner feature, but then again, it was designed to be a simply device without the bells and whistles that make other similar players $100 more expensive. Also, the battery life is just about 12 hours, which is about 5 hours less than the industry average. Most of the time this is not a problem, however, since it is so easy to recharge (it even recharges while you are loading songs onto it).

The fact that the songs play randomly on the device is going to be seen differently by different people. It can be somewhat liberating not to have to worry about which song you will hear next, or in what order you will hear a group of songs. In fact, it’s just like mindlessly listening to the radio, except that you only hear songs you like, and there are no commercials – two really good things! If you want more control over your songs, or you really need to see where you are in your play list, then a regular iPod may be the better choice. But for those who want a simple, light-weight, spontaneous alternative to the iPod, the shuffle is just about the best choice.

Bradley James is a senior editor at SciNet.cc, a website containing many helpful consumer electronics review articles. For more information on Apple iPod shuffle , please visit our iPod Shuffle webpage.

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Crapgadget: ‘cubicle shoot-out’ edition

Posted by aifkod on October 1, 2010

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This crapgadget installment features things that would get you immediately fired from most right-thinking American corporations, HR Department be damned. Seriously: if Morty over in Accounts Receivable ever rolls into work with a USB fan tie, fingerless USB powered hand-warmin’ gloves (or, failing that, a mouse that also heats up), or starts fussing over the goldfish in his desktop USB aquarium, it’s time to start working out escape routes (or at least look forward to a mention in a revised edition of Mark Ames’s Going Postal). But what about the landline telephone shaped like a large set of lips? Oh, that one’s totally awesome.

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