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Apple cuts maximum iPhone trade-in value to $225

Less than 24 hours after extending its in-store and online iPhone trade-in program to Italy (and coming to Australia later this week), word on the street reaches us that Apple Stores have now slashed the maximum trade-in value of eligible iPhone models, as part of its Reuse and Recycle program, to a new low of $225 for good condition iPhone 5 units…

Razer introduces ‘Junglecat’ MFi gaming controller

Accessory maker Razer earlier in the year jumped on the iOS 7 controller bandwagon with the introduction of the Kazuyo and has now announced the Junglecat, a Made for iPhone (MFi) gaming controller with a cool slide-out design and a powerful companion iOS app.

Coming later this summer, the $99 gaming accessory has a place to house your iPhone 5s or iPhone 5 and offers the familiar D-pad augmented by a set of A, B, X and Y face buttons and the left/right shoulder bumpers…

Verizon announces VoLTE rollout for later this year, iOS 8 expected to support it

Verizon Wireless has announced the roll out of its Voice over LTE technology – better known as VoLTE – will begin across the US later this year.

The new technology will move Verizon’s LTE service past data and will offer an HD Voice experience, using the AMR-wideband standard. “This solution provides the best voice quality available now and allows for future interoperability with others using the standard,” Verizon claims.

The Augment offers a new take on the iPhone battery case

If you’re in the market for an iPhone battery case, you really only have one option. Well, actually you have hundreds of options, but for the most part they all look the same. Don’t believe me? Do a Google Image search for the term ‘iPhone battery case.’
Enter the new Augment iPhone case, by Rubix. It features a square design, with a detachable battery pack, so that you can get extra power when you need, and none of the added bulk when you don’t. This is definitely not your typical mophie juice pack…

Logitech’s Case [+] review: the only case you might ever need

There are thousands of different types of iPhone cases on the market. You can spend less than $10 for a very simple back case, or hundreds of dollars on a luxury leather executive cover. There is a case out there for everyone.

Logitech has recently launched the Case [+], which may just be the right fit for every one. It is more than just a case. It is an all-in-one accessory kit for your iPhone 5 or 5s. The kit comes with a protective back cover, a car mount, a credit card holder, a backup battery, and a flap that doubles as a stand. The Case [+] kit comes with nearly everything you’ll ever need for your iPhone.

We have been putting the Case [+] through the paces to find out if it is all it is hyped up to be. Check out our hands on review of Case [+] below…

Lunecase for iPhone uses electromagnetic energy to display LED alerts

An interesting new iPhone case is garnering some attention in the tech world right now. It’s called the Lunecase, and it features a built-in LED alert system that can let you know when you are receiving a phone call or text message via a glowing icon.
That may not sound like a big deal, but the real trick is that it’s able to do this completely wirelessly, without the need for any batteries or a connection to your iPhone. And it pulls this off by utilizing the electromagnetic energy emitted by the device…

Apple gives you extra $80 trade-in credit for iPhone 5 with faulty sleep/wake button

Apple last week put forth a new replacement program dealing with the malfunctioning sleep/wake button on some iPhone 5 devices.

Apple has confirmed that “a small percentage” of iPhone 5 models manufactured through March 2013 exhibit an issue where the button may stop working or work intermittently and the firm has moved quickly to allow for free sleep/wake button replacements on the affected handsets.

It’s now come to light that Apple’s brick-and-mortar stores will also treat owners of the affected iPhone 5 handsets to an extra $80 when they trade in their device, although employees were instructed not to advertise this benefit actively…

Apple launches replacement program for iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake button

Apple announced a new replacement program today for folks having issues with the Sleep/Wake button on their iPhone 5. The program allows for the replacement of the button on select iPhone 5 models where it has either stopped working completely, or only works intermittently.

The Cupertino firm says that it will offer the service free of charge to iPhone 5 customers with models that exhibit this issue, and have a qualifying serial number. It has set up a website with all of the details on the program for the ‘small percentage’ of people that have been affected…

Samsung exec: we didn’t copy Apple’s iPhone, we just had better marketing

Apple is claiming in the latest patent trial on-going in a California court that Samsung ripped off its iPhone to become the top-smartphone maker in the world, while Samsung says it was just pure marketing genius that helped turn the smartphone tide over the years.

Todd Pendleton, the chief marketing officer for Samsung’s American division, became the first Samsung executive to take the stand on Monday in the latest patent spat. He explained that marketing Samsung’s phones as the “Next Big Thing” helped it beat Apple, HTC, and BlackBerry, who in 2011 all held a lead over the South Korean electronics giant.

“I think people knew Samsung for televisions,” Pendleton told the court, when reminiscing on 2011. “But in terms of smartphones, there was no recognition for what our product was or what it stood for.”

What early iPhone 5 buyers wanted: stronger battery, better Maps, bigger screens and more

According to Apple’s internal survey conducted with early iPhone 5 buyers, the company was well aware it didn’t have what consumers wanted most, as far back as the Fall of 2012.

An internal research note from Apple’s lawsuit with Samsung, published by Business Insider reporter Jay Yarrow, indicates the one thing iPhone 5 buyers wanted most was longer battery life, hardly a surprise as the longer-lasting battery is the most frequently cited complaint among smartphone buyers in general.

Early iPhone 5 adopters were also asking for a much improved built-in Apple Maps application, the #2 item on the wish list, and a bigger screen as the third most often requested feature. We’re of course expecting iPhones with bigger screens in the second half of this year.

If there’s any substance to the rumors floating around, Apple is working on a 4.7-inch iPhone and another one with a screen measuring between five and 5.7 inches diagonally, although the latter model could be delayed over issues with in-cell production technology for the larger screen size…