One advantage to the Android platform is that you're not locked into a single device. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't license out its iOS platform to other mobile phone makers, so it's the iPhone or bust. But what if you want a slideout keyboard instead of just a virtual one? In that case, you're simply out of luck, but maybe not for long.
It's hard enough snapping pics with your smartphone on the down-low, and we imagine it would be near impossible to covertly take snapshots with Photojojo's iPhone telephoto lens. Turning you into a professional spy isn't really the goal, however, and as goofy as it looks, the telephoto lens adds an 8X telephoto zoom to your pic taking arsenal.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology in Germany have shown that an iPhone or iPad can be hacked to reveal passwords stored in Apple's keychain password manager. This can be accomplished even if the device is locked with a passcode. The attack requires no special circumstances, just an iPhone, jailbreaking software, and the code developed by the researchers.
As is the tradition these days, the new Verizon iPhone has been torn down by interested parties to see what makes it tick. There are a few minor differences. For instance, the vibration mechanism is different, the speaker housing has been tweaked, and it has a dual-mode GSM/CDMA radio. Wait, what? Indeed, the new iPhone has a Qualcomm Gobi MDM6600 chip capable of both CDMA2000 and HSPA+ data. It's certainly a sign of things to come, but it might not be of use to customers using the iPhone 4.
As the Verizon iPhone gets ever closer to release, some survey results paint a frightening picture for the purveyors of othersmartphones on Big Red. In an online survey of 700 users of BlackBerry and Android users on Verizon, a total of 54% are considering to switch to the Verizon iPhone 4. By comparison, only 26% of AT&T customers in a similar survey planned to switch carriers for the handset. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
Think Verizon Wireless customers aren't jonesing for a "middle aged" iPhone 4 device, as Consumer Reports calls it? Think again. Despite the lack of any upgraded features -- and arguably a few CDMA-based downgrades -- it didn't even take a full day for Verizon to run out of pre-order stock. There will still be one more chance to avoid the in-store rush.
A federal class action lawsuit alleges "AT&T bills systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving an iPhone or iPad account," Electronista reports. The lawsuit likens the situation to a tampered gas pump that "charges for a full gallon when it pumps only nine-tenths of a gallon."
Patrick Hendricks, who's named as the plaintiff in the suit, hired a consulting firm to investigate the matter. After a two month study, the firm alleges that Web traffic was frequently inflated by 7 to 14 percent, though sometimes as much as 300 percent. Because it's usually done in small increments, subscribers aren't likely to notice, though the cumulative effect could lead to a "significant portion" of AT&T's data revenues.
Good news for early Verizon iPhone 4 adopters. The wireless carrier isn't planning to axe its $30 unlimited data plan, at least not yet, Verizon's chief operating officer Lowell McAdam told investors.
In speaking with The Wall Street Journal, McAdam said, "I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot." Without a $30 unlimited plan, McAdam fears there would be a barrier for AT&T customers who want to switch over to Verizon. Even though new AT&T subscribers must choose from a tiered plan, there are still millions of customers grandfathered into unlimited plans, which could be a deciding factor if Verizon were to nix its own $30 data buffet.
Like all good things, though, this one won't last. McAdams said the unlimited offer is only temporary and that Verizon will ultimately switch to usage-based billing. Those who jump on the unlimited plan will get to keep it until they switch devices.
"For example, a customer purchases an iPhone 4 or Droid X along with the $29.99 data plan," a representative explained. "This person's contract expires February 10, 2013, but they love their device so much they never come in and purchase another device. They continue to pay us monthly and we continue to bill them for the exact same services. We don't change their plan. Now let's say in 2014, they want a new phone and they come in and purchase a new phone, then they subscribe to whatever service is offered at that time and pay that price."
By comparison, AT&T subscribers grandfathered into an unlimited plan are able to keep it even after upgrading their smartphone.
It was seven months ago to the day that Apple released the GSM version of its iPhone 4, which was supposed to be available in black and white trim. But for whatever reason, Apple hasn't been able to offer its customers the white version in all that time. That might be about to change.
Mac Rumors claims to have received a screenshot from an un-named source showing the white iPhone 4 SKU in Best Buy's database. This was initially reported as an inventory database screenie, but BGR says it's actually a snapshot of Best Buy's Employee Toolkit. The reason this matters is that in-stock dates, which the screenshot shows as February 27, 2011, usually don't represent the launch date.
In any event, it appears that the iPhone 4 in white digs will show up very soon, likely by the end of March.
I want a 3DS. Really badly, in fact. Of all the shiny new tech toys I desperately want to fiddle with at the moment, Nintendo's eye-popping portable is very nearly at the top of the list. I mean, the 3D effect looks stunning, and the brittle dam on my gushing nostalgia practically explodes at the mere mention of 3D updates to Metal Gear Solid 3 and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Call me weak, but the thing's a day-one purchase for me, and I'll be drooling all over the packaging during the drive back home.
It's a damn shame, however, that such a neat little machine's being born into a world that's already passed it by. Sad to say, the game's changed. New players have entered the arena, and Nintendo's not even on equal footing – let alone prepared to trade blows and come out on top. But hell, I almost can't blame Nintendo for its current predicament.