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iPhone4 is on Verizon and released today

by Savan Thongvanh February 9, 2011

Yep it’s finally here the Verizon iPhone.  Tomorrow will the the apocalypse.  Just kidding about the whole apocalypse thing but the phone is here.  Standing ovations in parking lots and malls everywhere as people line up for the new phone.

All the specs were beaten to death during the 1st coming of the iPhone4.  A4 processor, retina display, revolutionary antennae design (hah), walk on water battery life, etc so is there anything new this time around?  Yes.  CMDA.  CMDA is a different type of  cellphone technology and it’s used primarily in the US.  CMDA is why you’re seeing all those ATT “you can surf while you’re on a call” commercials.

While it’s true that you can use data and voice simultaneously on GSM and not CMDA I think this might be Verion’s saving grace.  This will actually help their cause in terms of network congestion.  Although it’s been said that the impact of simultaneous data and voice is minimal (mostly by VZW) it will reduce the amount of iPhone related traffic on Verizon’s network.

Early reports have seemed to indicate that yes, call clarity is better.  But, they also seem to be alluding to the fact that the ATT 3g data service is noticeably faster.  Which do you care about?  Personally I’m not jumping ship because I’m grandfathered into ATT’s old unlimited data plan and you’ll be prying that out of my cold dead hands. I’d love to hear your Verizon iPhone pros and cons.  

iPod to phone hack

by Savan Thongvanh February 1, 2011

Well we’ve seen iPod to iPhone hacks before. Here’s a much more “refined” one posted up at lifehacker. This hilarious bug eyed looking case is strangely well designed. No not designed as in something you buy, designed as in something you make. That’s right. This iPod mod uses the iPods own packaging.

Check this out from lifehacker:

Maybe not an alternative to the ATT for VZW iPhone but cool none the less.

iPhone iOS4 Signal Strength Software Update

by Savan Thongvanh July 2, 2010

Today Apple announced that they’d be releasing an update for it’s operating system iOS4. The update is said to fix an incorrect equation used for calculating and showing signal strength. The fix is to be released in “a few weeks”. The update also contains a change to make the first few bars of the signal strength indicator taller and consequently easier to see..

Apple iPhone 3gs iOS4 upgrade experience

by Savan Thongvanh June 21, 2010

I just wanted to do a quick hit on my upgrade experience for my iPhone 3gs.

I came home for lunch today so I could do my upgrade.  I hit up iTunes PRAYING that I wouldn’t get queued up for download like last time.  Also in my prayers was that after going through the trouble of downloading that I wouldn’t get the dreaded “cannot contact activation server” error.


iPhone 4.0 Leaked: Lost and Found (by gizmodo)

by Savan Thongvanh April 19, 2010

Gizmodo may have the scoop of the year with their story today on the possible iPhone 4.0 prototype that was found in a bar. Where else would it be found?


March 27th Apple App Store Roundup

by Savan Thongvanh March 27, 2010

This week’s app is called Chalkboard Stunts and it’s done by Manta Research. I’d sum this game up as excite bike on a chalk board with a truck. Except you can’t build your own courses. Aside from that it’s a fun little app from the company who’s also done other games like Cubes, Cubix, AppSniper, and Virus.

The objective of the game is to navigate your truck through various obstacles using the controls provided. Four onscreen buttons allow you to go forward or backward and also rotate your truck clockwise and counter clockwise in case you get flipped over.


3/13 Apple App Store Roundup

by Savan Thongvanh March 13, 2010

This is the first installment of a weekly feature here in the interweb, our App Roundup. In this feature we’ll recap the top 10 free apps for the week in the iTunes App Store and review the top app or if we’ve already reviewed that we’ll cover the next one in the list.

Here we go!

Childhood classic Qbert hits the iPhone and Touch

by Savan Thongvanh March 1, 2010

This is an app you may not have been dying for but if you’re from my generation you might be dying to get. Sony has released the bouncing beeping classic game Q*bert to the iTunes Store.

This version has:

  • a bluetooth multiplayer co-op mode
  • 10 levels of play
  • 50 new levels, and
  • 5 special themes for iPhone and iPod Touch

Of course you can get it from iTunes or the AppStore

Could this be the iPad and iPhone’s long awaited camera?

by Savan Thongvanh February 15, 2010

I think we’ve all realized that the mobile device race is not about size anymore. Today’s race is about feature density and Toshiba has leapt past all of it competition in the mobile camera department.

Today Toshiba announced a TWELVE megapixel camera and chip for mobile. With most a US domestic cameras using cameras at or below 5 megapixels this is a chip that really pushes Moore’s law.

Canadian TV brings the 2010 Olympics to your iPhone

by Savan Thongvanh February 12, 2010

With the start of the Olympics here who better than the Canadians to keep us on top of the events. Canadian TV has an iPhone app to help you stay on top of your Olympic Games.

Screenshots after the jump (more…)

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