Sunday, July 29, 2012

New purported next-generation iPhone parts photos show fully assembled device

Posted By Ray Nicolini

Via 9to5mac

You’ll remember that 9to5Mac was the first to show photos of purported next-generation iPhone parts. Since then, many of the details – including the smaller dock connector – were affirmed by multiple mainstream reports. Unsurprisingly, as the new iPhone moves into production, more of these parts are starting to leak out to more repair shops.
iphone 5? 
Today, repair shop iLab has posted its own photos , but these images apparently showcase a fully assembled body. The new photos give a clear look at what a black, fully-assembled next-generation iPhone might look like when it ships to customers this fall. The repair shop also has some photos of other individual components like home buttons and volume keys.
See the full image gallery after the break:

Photos of Complete Next-Generation iPhone Enclosure Leaked

Posted By Ray Nicolini
Japanese website iLab has posted a set of high-resolution photos  (via CydiaBlog ) of what is alleged to be the next-generation iPhone. 

The front of the next iPhone
CydiaBlog gives this assessment  of the images: 
The leaked parts shows the bigger screen, different internals (such as a new flex cable holding the Home button in place), and the camera modules (front and rear). The camera module cutout looks to be larger, there is an enhanced version of speaker and microphone configuration at the bottom, new smaller dock connector (instead of 30-pin Dock Connector, 16-pin connector could be introduced). Another notable design change in the new iPhone front panel shows the FaceTime camera has been moved to a centered position above the earpiece speaker (it is currently to left of the earpiece in iPhone 4S and iPhone 4).
Rear image of new iPhone
The photographs mirror reports from this past May  that the next iPhone would sport a taller 4" screen, but would remain the same width. The next iPhone is expected to be released this fall along with iOS 6.

Monday, July 23, 2012

i-Mentalist releases Slotch - a FUZZengine enabled alarm clock for the BlackBerry PlayBook

Posted By Ray Nicolini
Via CrackBerry

Awhile back we told you about i-Mentalist's new personalizing tool called FUZZengine. It's a great app for downloading images, videos, and sounds for your BlackBerry PlayBook but it's real purpose, customizing and personalizing your native and third party applications, was not yet available. Well the wait is finally over! I-Mentalist let us know that they've just released their first FUZZengine compatible application called Slotch.

Slotch is more than just your basic alarm clock. By combining world time and weather with beautifully designed graphics and multi-alarm capabilities all in one package you get a simple, easy to navigate, and useful alarm clock application for your BlackBerry PlayBook. It allows you to view as many cities as you want so you'll always know what time it is around the world, see current and future weather conditions in any of your cities when you wake up, and backup and restore your settings using their cloud service, SkyParrot. For those of you who like easter eggs that are embedded in applications, I discovered that if you enter in an alarm without a name, random jokes appear on the screen in its place.
  • Current time and date
  • Digital and analog clock
  • Seconds counter on digital and analog clock
  • 12 and 24 Hour time
  • Override device display timeout
  • Multi alarms with notes
  • Post alarms on Social Networks
  • Custom sounds for every alarm
  • Override device volume
  • Custom snooze time for each alarm settings
  • Custom volume settings for each alarm
  • 5 days weather forecast
  • Unlimited number of cities in weather forecast
  • Unlimited number of world clocks
  • Unique User Interface
  • Advanced gestures control
  • Social Networks connection
  • Dual view (Weather/Clock - World/Clock)
  • Includes FUZZengine customizing features
Slotch works like a charm on my PlayBook and offers a clean graphical interface. I recommend doing a restart after installing if you experience any issues. As for the social networking integration it only lets your friends and followers see your alarms and if you're using the application. If you don't want to make that information public you can easily enable or disable this feature in options.
This application is currently available for the BlackBerry PlayBook for $2.99 in BlackBerry App World but coming soon to BlackBerry Smartphones running OS 5.0 and higher. As someone who can't wake up in the morning and uses more than one alarm clock to get out of bed, you can never have too many alarm clocks. While it may not have all the bells and whistles of other available alarm clock applications I do like the FUZZengine integration for changing my alarm sounds and images and how simple it is to swipe between the different cities.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

ntoxicase Protects Your Phone, Opens Your Bottle, Counts Your Beers

Posted By Ray Nicolini

The Intoxicase Plus protects your iPhone, opens your beer (Photos: Intoxicase)
At a tailgate and no one brought a bottle opener? Maybe you can use one of the tricks you learned in college: Use a lighter, bang it on a table… but if you’ve got your phone wrapped in an Intoxicase Plus, you’ll always have an opener at hand.
Not just some novelty case with an opener welded to it, the Intoxicase Plus ($45)  was specifically designed to withstand heavy use. (And you heavy users know who you are…)  Slim and made of solid polycarbonate to protect your iPhone from dents, dings and scratches, the opener is crafted from stainless steel, and was “evaluated by  dozens bartenders (with) hundreds of bottles opened.” Good enough for bartenders, good enough for me.
And if having solid phone protection that’s your personal bottle popper isn’t enough for you, the Intoxicase Plus comes with a free app. The app features sound effects that play when you open a bottle, a counter that keeps track of how many bottles you’ve opened, and the ability to share your enjoyment of a cold one with the world via social media. And should your counter start winding up too high on a given night, you can also use the app to call a cab to get your beer-soaked self home.
So basically it’ll not only protect your phone, but you too.

Monday, July 16, 2012

How to back up and restore your BBM contact list

Posted By Ray Nicolini
I am pretty certain that there is nothing worse than losing your BBM contact list. Us BlackBerry addicts rely on it so much. Backing up your BlackBerry Messenger contacts is not something new, however I often see on Twitter and other places the frustration that some people have who manage to lose all their contacts for one reason or another. Many people back up all their information using the BlackBerry Desktop Software but I also know a lot of people that don't. If you were to damage your BlackBerry beyond repair and were lucky enough to get a replacement or new one straight away you can restore you BBM contacts within seconds if you know how.
You will see that you have a couple of options for backing up. You can do it locally, which will be to your device/MicroSD card, or remotely to an email address. Backing up to the memory card works just fine but if you lose your BlackBerry you will have lost the memory card too. The remote option is probably the safest bet as this will allow you restore your BBM contact list on a new BlackBerry as soon as you have that particular email account configured.
The process is so quick and easy that if you have not done it before chances are you will after seeing the video.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Savi People app brings 'smarter' contacts to iPhone, integrates with your favorite social networks

Posted By Ray Nicolini
Savi People brings 'smarter' contacts to iPhone, integrates with your favorite social networks
If you haven't been completely content with the stock Contacts app on your renowned Cupertino handset, and were wishing there was a little more to squeeze out of it -- there might just be something in the App Store waiting to meet your needs. Enter Savi People. The 99-cent application essentially brings all your address book connections into one hub, but what separates it from the Contacts you've come to know is its integration with most of your preferred social networks -- you know, the likes of Twitter, Facebook and, with the latest update, Instagram. Assuming you give Savi People the credentials to get into your accounts, you'll be tweeting, sending direct messages and posting on people's walls in no time directly from the app. You can grab Savi People for a little less than a dollar right now, though that could change at any time as it is a "special" price.