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[BRIC+]: This Great iPhone Charging Case With Built-In Zoom Lens Deserves a Better Name
December 18, 2013
A new Kickstarter campaign for a built-in case, battery and 3.5x optical camera lens aims to hit three key enhancements many people want for their iPhones: a better camera, better battery life and a protective case. Specifically, BricWave's [BRIC+] Productivity Case for iPhone 5 and 5s is a slickly designed, slim case with a built-in battery pack and a handy camera lens that snaps on and off.
Apple Breaks Legal Serve in Samsung's Home Court
December 13, 2013
A South Korean court has dismissed a lawsuit claiming Apple violated three Samsung short-messaging patents. It found that two of the patents allegedly violated were not unique leading-edge technology exclusive to Samsung, and that nothing in the third patent applied to technologies used by both companies. Samsung's patents cover the display of text messages and the grouping of messages on a phone.
Free Mobile Streaming Hits the Spotify
December 12, 2013
Spotify announced Wednesday that it is offering a new free mobile streaming option to listeners, a move that could help it compete in the evolving digital entertainment space. Mobile users previously were limited to the Spotify Premium plan, which provides streaming access on phones or tablets for $9.99 per month. Spotify also announced the addition of Led Zeppelin to its content lineup.
Low-Light-Loving iPhone Photogs Get Ring of Fire
December 11, 2013
The challenge for any fun-loving youngster old enough to party in dark places is that the quality delivered by iPhone cameras just doesn't match up with the memories of the moment: Smiling faces are washed, vague or blurry, and the color tones, it seems, are never what your mind remembers. Of course, depending on the scope of low-light fun, the photo might be the only thing remembered.
Apple Scores Huge China Mobile Deal
December 06, 2013
Apple and China Mobile reportedly have cut a deal that will bring the iPhone to China's largest mobile carrier. The official announcement of China Mobile's iPhone rollout is expected on Dec. 18, when the carrier plans to raise the curtain on its new 4G network. "The reason this deal is important is it adds seven Verizons to Apple's available market," said Carl Howe, research director for the Yankee Group.
Here's Looking at Me, iPhone
December 05, 2013
USPTO just granted Apple a patent for a facial recognition feature that could unlock a mobile device as well as control how it works. That's right, Apple just got a patent so our iPhones can look at us all the time. I just got used to the idea of using my fingerprint to unlock an iPhone 5s, but now my face? I'm vaguely uneasy about the potential for dark uses this sort of technology opens up.
Shoot Super Widescreen Films With an iPhone? Seriously?
December 04, 2013
Budget filmmakers, here's one for you: Scott Cahall, a lens designer at Moondog Labs, has invented a 1.33x anamorphic adapter lens for the iPhone 5 and 5s and is offering it through a Kickstarter project. What's anamorphic? An anamorphic lens let you capture expansive panoramic images and film in gorgeous widescreen. It introduces organic lens flares and distortion that add character and depth.
iPhone 5c Lures Android Users to Apple
December 02, 2013
The new iPhone 5c appears to be working as Apple had surely hoped -- that is, it is enticing consumers with a lower price point to make the jump to the Apple brand, according to new smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. In fact, during the three months ending October 2013, almost half of iPhone 5c buyers switched from competitor brands, particularly Samsung and LG.
Macy's Dips Toes in Brave New Marketing World
November 22, 2013
Blaring bargain news over PA systems may become a thing of the past if a pilot project launched Thursday by Macy's and Shopkick catches on with the brick-and-mortar set. The companies are conducting the experiments in Macy's San Francisco and New York City stores. The pilot feeds deal and discount information to shoppers as they roam through a store.
Logitech Outfits iPhone for Gaming Control
November 20, 2013
Logitech on Wednesday introduced its new PowerShell Controller + Battery, a device that's designed to turn users' iPhones into gaming consoles. Compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and fifth-generation iPod touch devices running iOS 7, the PowerShell offers analog off-screen controls along with a battery pack for $99.99. It is now available.
Wiggly Takes the Jiggle Out of iPhone Moviemaking
November 13, 2013
I was far up on the St. Joe Rive in Idaho one September, fly fishing with a buddy. We were filming some of the action because we were having such a great time. I spotted a big cutthroat trout and handed my friend the camera. Everything went perfectly: The trout rose and took my fly; I hooked it and fought the wild fish in a fun and spunky battle. Then I returned home and saw the footage.
Apple Designers May Be Hugging Curves
November 11, 2013
It appears Apple is bending to the latest in smartphone designs -- it's reportedly working on iPhone models with curved displays and larger screens. The new designs reportedly will feature screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, which would make them the largest iPhone displays yet, and glass that curves downward at the edges. "Why would they bother?" wondered ABI Research's Michael Morgan.
iPhone App Points Non-Guzzlers to Alt Fuel Fill 'Er Ups
November 08, 2013
The Department of Energy has developed an iPhone app designed to help drivers locate the nearest alternative fuel stations. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory unveiled the iPhone app Thursday. Users can choose the alternative fuel they need -- electricity, natural gas, biodiesel, E85, propane or hydrogen -- and the app will display the 20 closest stations within a 30-mile radius.
Apple May Be Getting 'Repair, Don't Replace' Religion
November 08, 2013
Common repairs for its latest iPhone models, including display replacement, reportedly will soon be performed in Apple's retail stores. Apple already performs some iPhone repairs at its stores, but the new program would cover a host of components, including displays, volume buttons, vibrating motors, speaker systems, rear-facing camera and home buttons.
iQi Mobile Wireless Charging for iPhone Is a Cool Convenience
November 06, 2013
iQi Mobile, created by Fonesalesman, aims to bring wireless charging to iPhones. Thinner than a credit card, it uses a flexible ribbon and a tiny Lightning connector to get power into an iPhone's battery. It's designed to be placed flat against the back of an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c and folded around to meet the Lightning port on the bottom of the phone.
iPhone and the Amazing Microfluid Dreamcoat
October 30, 2013
Forget the gold iPhone 5s and the tiny color palette of the iPhone 5c because they might not matter if CODE Fluidics can produce its color-changing case through a new Kickstarter campaign. Here's the premise: CODE Fluidics developed a microfluid technology that lets consumers express themselves by changing the color of their products in real time as often as they want.
5c Wobbles in Apple's iPhone Balancing Act
October 16, 2013
Apple has slashed orders to suppliers for the iPhone 5c and parts for the device, just three weeks after its debut. Apple claimed 9 million 5c and 5s iPhones were ordered in the first three days following their release Sept. 10, but it declined to break down the figures. The consensus among analysts was that the 5s was outselling the 5c by a considerable margin.
iPhone 5c May Flourish Despite Slow Start
October 15, 2013
Apple's latest version of its flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5s, is outselling the company's mid-tier iPhone 5c at a rate of two to one, according to statistics from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. Apple's simultaneous launch of two iPhone models was a first for the company, so there was no basis for gauging consumer reactions. It now appears the 5s is far more popular.
Job Ad Triggers Heated Apple-China Mobile Speculation
October 11, 2013
More evidence that Apple is moving toward cutting a deal with China's largest mobile carrier appeared Wednesday on an Apple website. An employment notice for an engineer with extensive knowledge of China Mobile's homebrew mobile technologies was spotted on Apple's China website. The Beijing-based engineer reportedly would support and drive the carrier approval of mobile phones.
Rumored 4.8-Inch Screen Ignites iPhone 6 Speculation
October 09, 2013
The market has only just absorbed the newest offerings from Apple -- the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s -- but already certain elements have started to get excited about the next, big smartphone thing coming out of Cupertino: an iPhone with a larger screen. The speculation was kicked off on Monday by a research note from analyst Peter Misek of Jefferies & Co.
Apple's Sneak Attack on Gaming Is Now in Play
October 03, 2013
Apple let a silly game demonstration take center stage at WWDC in June, and it released a new framework with instructions on how developers could build physical game controllers. The two together led me to believe that an Apple sneak attack on living room gaming was imminent. Since then, two more elements have risen to the surface, and now I think the sneak attack is well under way.
iOS 7 Is a Stomach-Churning Ride for Some Users
September 27, 2013
Apple's new iOS 7 is making people sick -- literally -- based on complaints that have begun appearing on Apple forums. "The zoom animations everywhere on the new iOS 7 are literally making me nauseous and giving me a headache," wrote Ensorceled on one forum. "It's exactly how I used to get car sick if I tried to read in the car." Once a user makes the decision to update iOS, there's no going back to the previous version.

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