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Tag Archives: Apple

The Readycase Is The Swiss Army Knife Of iPhone Cases

iPhone cases?! Yaaawwn!! Amirite? But hear us out: the Readycase doesn’t look like your average, run-of-the-mill case. Although it is primarily a 3mm thin protection for your mobile, it also doubles as a multipurpose tool. It’s loaded with a bunch of things that could actually be useful now and then. For instance, it’s got a “headphone clip; a magnetic quick-snap ring for interchangeable camera lenses; a 8GB/16GB USB drive which doubles as a multi-orientation, adjustable kick-stand; a multi-tool with a bottle opener; serrated blade, and screwdriver.”

Right now it’s a fully-funded project on IndieGoGo and $40 will get you started. At that price you get both an iPhone 4S and 5 body, as well as a 8GB flash drive.

Hit the jump for pics and links.

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Stupid Apple Ad: Why Should Headphones Be Round?

Why indeed? Why, dear Apple, were yours painfully round for, what, 13 years?

If you’re going to make an ad, please make sure it’s not made by folks whose memory spans less than one month.

VIA [Reddit ]

This Is The One Thing Apple Maps Does Better Than Google Maps

Apple’s Maps application is garbage. Haha. We sure like to beat a dead horse, on the Internets, but we do it because some things stay funny even when they’re not. That is, they’re funny until someone makes a left turn off a bridge… But to be perfectly honest, the Maps application from Apple is very pretty and does at least one thing better than Google’s: it is much more data efficient. This means that you’ll use up to 7 times less data on it for the same actions on the other one. From the folks at Onavo:

Our data experts performed an identical series of activities on Google Maps and Apple Maps that included searching for several US cities, addresses and airports and zooming in and out to locate specific locations. On Google Maps, the average data loaded from the cellular network for each step was 1.3MB. Apple Maps came in at 271KB – that’s approximately 80% less data! On some actions, such as zooming in to see a particular intersection, Apple Maps’ efficiency advantage edged close to 7X.

Why the difference? Mostly because the Apple Maps app uses vector graphics that can resize infinitely without having to reload any new data. But if you’re on a limited data plan and need to use this application a lot, we suppose that it’s some kind of silver lining.

[ Full Analysis ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Video: What Happens To An iPhone 5 Being Zapped By 5 Overpowered Lasers At Once?

The same thing that happens to any other cellphone, of course! But if there’s one tradition that seems to have held up over the last few years is the filming of gratuitous and wanton destruction of every new iPhone with as creative an arsenal as possible. We don’t find lasers particularly creative, to be honest, but it’s just one level of sophistication above guns, so we’re going to write about it. Above is a video of five of WickedLaser’s Spyder III Arctic 1.25W blue lasers (regular pointers are about 5 mW) pointed at the iPhone 5 all at once. The phone from Cupertino doesn’t enjoy the heat but keeps on ticking, despite the melted spot on the screen. But it’s done in completely by the company’s Torch, a 4,100 Lumen behemoth flashlight that eats through its batteries in 5 minutes of operation.

It’s an obvious marketing ploy, but we don’t care so much when we’re mildly entertained.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Even Storm Troopers Need Some iPhone Lovin

Zing!

Ok, we’ll see ourselves out.

VIA [ GeeksAreSexy ]

Can’t Wait? Now You Can Buy a (Fake) iPhone 5 for Just $5

Fake iPhone 5

Word on the street is that Apple will finally be unveiling the iPhone 5 this September 12th. But given Apple’s unpredictability, we’ll just all have to wait and see if they really will be making the big reveal next Wednesday.

Rumors about the iPhone 5′s features and specifications have been growing increasingly intense these past couple of weeks. But how would you like to be one of the very first in the world to own an iPhone 5? And for only five bucks?

Yes, you read that right. Now you can buy your own iPhone 5 for the price of a couple of burgers. But there’s a catch: it’s fake. And by ‘fake’, we actually mean to say that it’s only a mock-up that’s probably based on all the rumored specifications we mentioned earlier.

Obviously you won’t be able to make calls or send texts using these mock-ups, but at least you can tell people that you own an iPhone 5 without having to lie about it. They’re available in almost every street corner in China and are for sale on Taobao, which is the Chinese version of Amazon.

VIA [ MIC Gadget ]

Is Apple’s iPhone 5 Going to Look Like a DSLR? Adam Sacks Seems to Think So

iPhone 5 Parody

You don’t have to be an Apple fanboy (or fangirl) to know that the next iPhone is coming–and it’s coming soon. While the world waits with bated breaths, Apple is taking their own sweet time before making the big reveal.

So while they do that, New York-based comedian Adam Sacks decided to take matters into his own hands and “leaked” his own version of an “official” iPhone 5 promo video. And while it’s all sorts of ridiculous, it’s hilarious and extremely amusing at the same time.

Self-proclaimed and true-blue foodies like to use their iPhones to take photos of their food. That’s the point Sacks latched on to and decided to expound in the video. The iPhone 5 he boasts of is a basically a DLSR in the guise of a phone, stamped with the Apple logo, and that was it.

Check out the video after the jump for a few laughs.

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MacBook Pro Security Case

By David Ponce

Almost as soon as the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display was announced, bank accounts everywhere were drained of upwards of $2,000. Matter of fact, this dreamy machine cost a small fortune with some configurations reaching close to $4k. And yet Apple didn’t see fit to include a cable lock port on the device. You can remedy this unfortunate situation with the above MacBook Pro Security case. The clear acrylic base attaches to the laptop and features a security lock. It also slightly elevates the MBP for added ventilation, though we suspect that this became a “feature” only after the fact. If you wish, you can add a top cover and completely envelop your portable, though at this point you’ll be adding 0.7lbs of weight to your setup, which may become a deal killer for some. Still, if protection is high on your mind, $70 will get you this product which includes the cable.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Techcrunch Gadgets ]

The Hone Lets You Find Your Keys Up To 150ft. Away

By David Ponce

Bluetooth 4 is pretty cool for number of reasons. One of these is the low power consumption that allows gadgets like The Hone above to stay functional for up to 6 months without needing a charge. It’s a keychain that pairs with your iPhone 4S and iPad 3 (the only iOS devices that support Bluetooth 4, by the way) and makes it easier to locate your lost keys. With a range of roughly 150 ft., simply launching the application will let you do two things. For one, a press of a button will make it emit a sound. But if that’s not enough to find it (if it’s not within ear shot), you can also play a game of “colder” or “warmer” by using the signal’s perceived strength, until you’ve located The Hone and your keys. Or whatever else you’ve chosen to attach it to.

It’s currently on Kickstarter and well on its way to achieving its funding goal. If you pledge $49, you could expect to get yours by October of this year.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ CultOfMac ]