The best email we’ve ever received (and some tips on how to care for your iOS device)

By Sébastien Page on Dec 14, 2013

We receive about 3.5 tons of emails every given day here at iDB, and I have to admit that I don’t get past the second sentence of 95% of them before trashing them. Then there is an actual 4.9999% that I actually read and reply to or forward to one of our editors. Finally, there is this 0.0001% of emails that really stand out. They stand out because they are intriguing, well written, funny, or even bizarre, and in some cases, they’re all of the above.

This week, we received what I believe to be the best email that ever graced my inbox. It was so entertaining that instead of reading it while standing at my desk, I went downstairs, picked up my iPad mini and read the email from the comfort of my couch. I would lie if I said the idea of pouring myself a glass of Crown Royal didn’t cross my mind.

It was so entertaining to me that I wanted to share it with you. Read More

 

Senior iOS architect for Honda R&D uses brainwaves to control iPhone

By Cody Lee on Mar 11, 2013

This is pretty interesting. Senior iOS Architect at Honda R&D America Duane Cash is claiming that he has come up with a method of controlling Siri, and subsequently his iPhone, using a brainwave-reading device.

Cash uploaded a video of his project in action yesterday, which he describes as an effort to create a mind-controlled virtual assistant on the iPhone. And what he has so far looks pretty impressive. Check it out… Read More

 

The Automee S: a tiny robot that cleans iPhone and iPad screens

By Cody Lee on Feb 9, 2013

Raise your hand if you like robots. Ok, now raise your hand if you hate cleaning the fingerprints and debris off of your iPhone and iPad screens. Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a product out there that combined these two things?

Believe it or not, there is. Meet the Automee S, a tiny, round, Roomba-like robot that’s built to automatically clean the screen of your smartphone or tablet in a matter of minutes. We’ve got a video of it in action after the fold… Read More

 

Glitch in Sprint’s GPS service points Find My iPhone users to innocent man’s house

By Cody Lee on Jan 15, 2013

Imagine you are awoken in the middle of the night by someone pounding loudly at your door. It’s a man and his girlfriend, and they’re upset because someone just stole her iPhone, and the Find My iPhone app led them straight to your house. Now imagine this is a regular occurrence.

Unfortunately for Wayne Dobson, he doesn’t have to imagine. Due to a glitch in Sprint’s location-tracking services, phone finding apps have been sending owners of missing iPhones and other handsets, as well as police, to Dobson’s home in North Las Vegas for the past two years… Read More

 

The iPhone quick-draw system

By Cody Lee on Jan 10, 2013

What’s your take on belt clip cell phone holsters? I used to sell cell phones, and I would cringe every time a customer would buy one. They’d say, “it’s just so accessible.” I even had one guy show me how much faster it was taking it out of the holster than it was his pocket. Ok.

But what if you want that kind of accessibility, without the fashion faux pas? Then you might be a candidate for this new iPhone quick-draw system. The contraption fits around your arm, and catapults your iPhone from under your sleeve to your hand in milliseconds… Read More

 

This iPhone app promises to help you detect skin cancer

By Cody Lee on Jul 19, 2012

Sometimes it seems like the list of things our iPhones can do is endless. Third-party apps turn our devices into heart monitors, sleep machines, scanners and more.

Apparently, there’s even an app that can help you detect cancer. UMSkinCheck for iPhone promises to help you easily detect skin cancer without the need of a trained professional… Read More

 

Forget watch bands, this guy uses magnet implants to carry his iPod

By Cody Lee on May 10, 2012

While we’ve seen several watch bands and other accessories made to ensure your iPod nano is with you at all times, we’ve never seen anything like this. Dave Hurban, of Newfield New Jersey carries his iPod with him via magnets in his arm.

That’s right, this Dynasty Tattoo tattoo artist had four powerful magnets implanted into his left arm to hold his late-generation iPod nano in place… Read More

 

iTunes user files lawsuit against Apple over refund policy

By Cody Lee on May 4, 2012

Although Apple has created one of the strongest (likely the strongest) digital content stores in the world, it’s far from perfect. The iTunes Store has a number of fundamental problems, including the lack of a proper refund system.

Perhaps no one is more aware of this than Robert Herskowitz. The iTunes user was recently billed twice for the same song — Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want from Me” — and was denied a refund by Apple. So he’s suing them… Read More

 

Narcissism just got its own app, and it’s called Ugly Meter

By Cody Lee on May 3, 2012

Define narcissism: excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one’s physical appearance. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, you might be interested in this new iPhone app from Dapper Gentlemen.

Ugly Meter uses your handset’s front-facing camera to scan (in other words, take a picture of) your face, and then rates your attractiveness on a scale of 1-10 based on a few different data points… Read More

 

Smugglers caught sneaking iPhones into China in glass beer bottles

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2012

M.I.C gadget passes along an interesting story regarding a recent smuggling bust that took place at the Sha Tau Kok border in Southern China. Chinese officials seized hundreds of iPhones from a woman traveling from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.

The craziest part of this story is how the handsets were being transported. The Customs agents found the iPhones hidden inside 25 ounce solid glass beer bottles. How’d the smugglers manage to pull this off? Watch this video… Read More

 

Psychologist enters your dreams through an iPhone app

By Oliver Haslam on Apr 12, 2012

Few apps in the App Store can claim to be part of an experiment, but Dream:On can.

Created by self proclaimed “psychologist, author and magician,” Professor Richard Wiseman, the app aims to influence a user’s dreams once they fall asleep, all through the power of sound.

Whether it works or not, well, we’ll just have to see… Read More

 

Woman sues Apple after walking into one of its retail store’s glass doors

By Cody Lee on Mar 26, 2012

Just when we thought we had heard it all, this story surfaced. CBS New York is reporting that an 83-year old woman has filed a lawsuit against Apple after she sustained injuries walking into a glass door at its Manhassett Store in Long Island, NY.

The woman’s name is Evelyn Paswall, and she’s going after Apple for a staggering $1 million dollars in medical expenses and punitive damages. Apparently Evenlyn broke her nose during the incident, and is now suing the company for negligence… Read More

 

Talk on your iPhone like it’s 1999 with the 90’s Phone Case

By Cody Lee on Mar 10, 2012

The styling of the iPhone 4, and now the iPhone 4S, has received a lot of praise over the past two years. It’s been described as “classic” and “retro.” In fact, Steve Jobs himself likened the handset’s design to that of a “beautiful, old Leica camera.”

But the folks at ThumbsUp! decided to create a case that would give the iPhone’s look a different kind of “classic, retro” feel. Introducing the 90’s Phone Case. The case turns your iPhone into a functional, albeit extremely bulky, flip phone… Read More

 

Why is Apple hiring automotive engineers in China?

By Cody Lee on Mar 2, 2012

Earlier this week we talked about the possibility of Apple entering other markets to keep up its ridiculous growth pace. There’s only so far the company’s current iPhone and iPad products can take it before sales start to plateau.

When we mentioned the idea, we had no clue that the automotive industry was on Apple’s list of potential new markets. But according to a recent job listing, the Mac-makers are in search of an automotive engineer for an undisclosed project… Read More

 

Service adds ‘sent from my iPhone’ to your messages for $1 a month

By Cody Lee on Feb 24, 2012

I’ve heard the expression, “fake it ’til you make it” but this is a bit ridiculous. The Financial Times is reporting that a new trend is starting to catch among China’s mobile users — fake iPhone signatures.

I know, an Apple-related knock off in China, big surprise. But this might actually be taking things too far. Apparently users are willing to pay money for services to auto-add ‘sent from my iPhone’ to all of their messages… Read More

 

Cupidtino: a dating site for folks who love Apple products

By Cody Lee on Feb 14, 2012

Looking for a significant other that enjoys Apple products as much as you do? Well there’s a dating site for that. Aptly-named Cupidtino, it’s the first (and only) dating service that matches up Apple fanboys and fangirls.

The site has been around for quite some time, but we figured with today being Valentine’s Day, why not mention it? So if you’re still looking for that special person, and prefer someone from within the Apple community, you might want to check this out… Read More

 

Yummy! These Apple Products Look Delicious

By Cody Lee on Jan 25, 2012

It appears that Apple’s popular products haven’t just “inspired” the competition, but they’ve also influenced a certain Taiwanese bakery. It’s obvious that the cake-makers over at Comte have taken their packaging cues from the Cupertino company.

Their most popular product, the iFong, is a pineapple-flavored cake cut into 6 pieces and served up in an all-too-familiar iPhone-shaped box. But that’s not all this bakery is offering… Read More

 

iPads Being Switched for Clay at Some Canadian Retail Outlets

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 18, 2012

As is the case with any desirable piece of technology, the iPad has been the unfortunate subject of more than a few scams in its time, and a new one has come to light in Canada recently.

According to reports, some unlucky buyers have picked up new iPad 2 units from some Best Buy, Future Shop, Walmart and London Drugs stores only to find that the boxes do not actually contain iPads as expected, but rather a giant grey slab of modelling clay.

It’s not even a nice color… Read More

 

iPod Touch Gets Siri From iPhone 4S Backup

By Cody Lee on Jan 18, 2012

This is kind of interesting. After all of the attempts we’ve seen by developers to try and port Siri to non-Apple-supported devices, it appears this guy did it by simply restoring his iPod touch from an iPhone 4S profile.

How’d it happen? Well as Gordon tells it, he recently purchased a late-model white iPod touch. And instead of setting it up as a new device, he decided to restore it from an iCloud backup made from his iPhone 4S… Read More

 

Batman’s iPad-Inspired Bike is Awesome!

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 16, 2012

All kinds of weird and wonderful things pop up at CES, and this year’s event was no different. Possibly the most off-the-wall thing we’ve come across has to be this custom bike, put together by Mark Abate.

If Batman had a bike made that featured an iPad and two LCD panels where the mirrors used to be, then we are fairly certain this is what it would look like! If neon lights and huge speakers aren’t enough to get your juices flowing, just look at the size of those tires… Read More

 
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