iPhone 4S hacked to charge wirelessly

By Cody Lee on Jul 6, 2012

Rumors that Apple is working on a wireless charging solution for its iOS devices have been bouncing around for years. We’ve even seen evidence of this in the company’s patent filings.

But if you can’t wait for Apple to implement the feature, you could always do it yourself. Tanveer Islam did it with his iPhone 4S, using a Powermat and a little know-how… Read More


New suit from China takes aim at Siri

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 5, 2012

Just as Apple has finally settled its long-standing legal dispute in China over the iPad moniker for a cool $60 million, paving the way for the official tablet launch in the country, a new patent infringement claim has been filed.

This one targets Apple’s Siri digital personal assistant. As it would seem, Siri might have taken more than a few clues from an interesting voice-activated technology a local firm patented back in 2006, months before the first iPhone had been unveiled.

This development could potentially be devastating now that Apple is gearing up to launch the iPad in the country because the device will come preloaded with Siri as part of a fall iOS 6 software update… Read More


Prepaid iPhone lands on Virgin Mobile, also available via Best Buy and RadioShack

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 29, 2012

Confirming earlier reports, prepaid iPhones are now available at Virgin Mobile, a Sprint-owned carrier in the United States. The 16GB/32GB iPhone 4S will set you back $649 ($549 for the 8GB iPhone 4) with one of Virgin’s no-commit plans priced between $30-$50.

The plans offer unlimited data and messaging and you can also get a $5 discount if you sign up for automatic monthly payments. The devices is available at Virgin’s ten brand spanking new retail stores (their first retail outlets in the U.S.), but also over at Best Buy, RadioShack and select local retailers… Read More


Google Chrome vs Safari speed test on iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2012

It’s funny to hear so many reports about how much slower than Safari Google Chrome will inevitably be, due to its lack of access to the Nitro Javascript engine. While that may be true from a technical standpoint, and no doubt data heads will be able to show me numbers that back that fact up, in real world usage, such stats tend to be tossed to the sidelines.

I’m not going to claim that the following speed test is anything close to scientific, but it will give you a decent idea as to what to expect from Google Chrome.

So, who won our speed test? Check inside for the details… Read More


Google Now pitted against Siri in voice assistant face-off

By Cody Lee on Jun 28, 2012

Google announced a lot of shiny new things yesterday during its mid-morning media event. Among those, was the next version of Android OS with a built-in voice assistant.

The company’s Google Now voice commander is the latest in what’s becoming a long line of “Siri competitors.” But it looks like this one might actually be up to the task… Read More


Virgin Mobile opens its first 10 retail outlets tomorrow to showcase prepaid iPhone

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 28, 2012

We reported three weeks ago that Virgin Mobile will become yet another U.S. carrier to sell unlocked iPhones with month-to-month prepaid plans. It seems Virgin means business as a new report by Bloomberg Businesweek has it that the carrier will open its first ten retail stores in Chicago tomorrow, on the eve of its prepaid iPhone launch. These stores could lead to a national rollout and are said to be “aiming to profit from the iPhone’s expansion into the prepaid wireless market”Read More


How to enable Passbook in iOS 6

By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2012

One of the more intriguing iOS 6 features that Apple announced at WWDC was the new Passbook application. The app is essentially Apple’s first go at a digital wallet.

But unfortunately, Passbook is broken in the developer beta — it’s just a splash screen. So there’s no way to play with it. That is, unless you follow these few easy steps… Read More


Prepaid iPhone 4 and 4S now available on Cricket

By Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2012

As expected, Apple’s smartphone went on sale at Cricket Wireless this weekend. The carrier is the first to offer a prepaid, no-contract iPhone here in the US.

The company says that the launch is generating quite the buzz, with customers lining up outside of several of its retail stores to buy the handset… Read More


LunaTik unveils new high-end iPhone case: the TAKTIK

By Cody Lee on Jun 21, 2012

Last year, LunaTik raised a million dollars for its iPod Nano watchband project. Made with high-quality materials and attention to detail, the bands were a hit.

Today, the company is hoping it can get lightning to strike a second time around, with its latest creation: the TAKTIK, a premium case for your iPhone 4 or 4S… Read More


LG announces new Siri competitor ‘Quick Voice’

By Cody Lee on Jun 21, 2012

Since it debuted back in 2007, the iPhone has become somewhat of a point of reference for other smartphones. It seems that every time a new handset is released, we hear: “is this the iPhone killer?”

And it looks like the same thing has happened with Apple’s digital assistant. “Siri competitors” seems to be becoming a popular meme, as we’ve already seen one from Samsung, Google, and now LG… Read More


China Unicom in talks to extend Apple partnership

By Cody Lee on Jun 20, 2012

It looks like folks who were worried about Apple’s progress in China can rest easy. Thanks to “better than expected results,” China Unicom is in talks with Apple to extend its current 3 year partnership.

The Chinese telco is the tenth largest carrier in the world, and was Apple’s first iPhone partner in mainland China back in 2009. And it appears that the relationship has been equally good for both parties… Read More


Chevy Sonic, Spark to be among first Eyes Free adopters

By Cody Lee on Jun 20, 2012

A few days ago, we found out a little bit more about the mysterious Eyes Free feature that Apple unveiled last week. The Siri component will allow vehicles to offer native, in-car support for the digital assistant.

Today, we’ve learned some information regarding those cars. According to a new report, GM is looking to be a frontrunner in the Eyes Free adoption race. And it plans to start with its Spark and Sonic models… Read More


More details surface on Siri’s Eyes Free feature

By Cody Lee on Jun 18, 2012

As Scott Forstall rattled off a list of Siri’s new capabilities in iOS 6, there was one particular feature that really stood out: Eyes Free. Apple will be teaming up with auto-makers to take its digital assistant act on the road.

But outside of a list of manufacturing partners, and a brief explanation of how Eyes Free will work, not much else has been said about the new feature. How will it be implemented? And when can we expect to see it? Read More


Turn-by-turn navigation and Flyover in iOS 6 Maps is limited to iPhone 4S, iPad 2 or later

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 12, 2012

Apple really stick it to Google with jaw-dropping 3D Maps and full turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 6. However, those headline features won’t be supported on hardware released prior to 2011. In other words, you’ll need at least A5-enabled iOS devices to enjoy Flyovers and turn-by-turn navigation.

This means either the latest iPhone 4S model or the second- or third-generation iPad. So, did Apple just pull a Siri, all over again? Read More


Use the Force to protect your iPhone with these new Star Wars cases

By Cody Lee on Jun 9, 2012

If you’re a case-maker trying to play in a crowded space like the iPhone market, you really just have two options. One, try to be the best (see Otterbox, Case-Mate). Or two, use a niche to try and appeal to as big of an audience as possible.

PowerA has definitely gone with the latter strategy for its new line of officially licensed, Star Wars cases. Well I guess if you’re targeting large audiences, the iPhone-toting Star Wars crowd isn’t a bad choice… Read More


Turn your iPhone into a laptop with Clambook

By Cody Lee on Jun 7, 2012

With a dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and Wi-Fi capabilities, the iPhone 4S is more of a portable computer than a cell phone. And the folks at Clamcase are looking to capitalize on that.

Introducing the Clambook, a MacBook Air look-a-like laptop shell that aims to turn your iPhone into a portable computer, complete with a 16:9 laptop display and a full-size keyboard… Read More


Virgin Mobile offering prepaid iPhone with $30 a month unlimited data beginning June 29

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 7, 2012

Confirming recent rumors, Virgin Mobile USA, a Sprint Nextel subsidiary, today announced that it will be offering Apple’s iPhone on a prepaid basis beginning June 29. The iPhone 4 and 4S will be available with a month-to-month unlimited data option costing $30 a month, with data throttling once you get past your monthly allowance of 2.5 gigabytes.

With this development, Apple’s device will soon be officially available on a total of sixteen carriers in the United States, three of them being prepaid telecoms: Boost Mobile (another Sprint property), Cricket Communications and Virgin Mobile… Read More


Drop test: Samsung Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 4S

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2012

Ever since Apple unveiled the original iPhone, the handset has been a point of reference for the rest of the industry. It seems like every new device is pitted against the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone to test its caliber.

The latest notable handset to play this game is Samsung’s new Galaxy S III. And while we’ve seen the device’s voice assistant take on Siri, and other comparisons, we’ve yet to see the two smartphones in a drop test. Until now… Read More


SkateBack: an iPhone case made from recycled skateboard materials

By Cody Lee on Jun 5, 2012

MacRumors spotlights an interesting new iPhone accessory from Grove, a well-known iDevice case-maker, called the SkateBack. As the name implies, the SkateBack is an iPhone case made from recycled skateboard scraps.

The company has teamed up with MapleXO — an outfit known for its recycled skateboard jewelry — to produce the covers, which work with both iPhone 4 and 4S models, and are constructed of 100% waste materials… Read More


iPhone allegedly going prepaid on Boost Mobile in early September

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 1, 2012

Apple made waves earlier this week by diving into the prepaid market with the addition of Cricket Communications, America’s seventh largest wireless company which has thus officially become the nation’s very first prepaid carrier to offer no-contract iPhones come June 22.

Cricket iPhones are gonna be available with a cool $150 discount compared to Apple’s asking prices for unlocked devices, along with unlimited everything month-to-month plans. Per new rumor, the iPhone is about to go prepaid on Boost Mobile, too… Read More