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What's the Best iPhone 4 Screen Protector?


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Someone sent me an email recently to ask what screen protector I recommend for the iPhone 4. Up until now, I really didn’t HAVE a recommendation because most of the ones I’ve tried suck. However, the SGP STEINHEIL Anti-Fingerprint Screen Protector sent to me recently is by far the best I’ve tried.

I do love matte screen protectors. I cannot stand glare of any kind coming off of my phone. Not only is this particular protection full of matte win, it also does a fantastic job of keeping fingerprints and other disgusting stuff off of my screen. I placed one of these on the back of the phone as well, to cut down on debris there.

An excellent point to make about the SGP is that it absorbs oil from your fingers and face… including the make-up oil from you women. Think about the last bad screen protector you used – how impossible was it to wipe off the human oils that naturally deposit themselves on your device as you use it? This in and of itself puts this little baby heads and shoulders above the competition.

What screen protector do you use?

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What’s the Best iPhone 4 Screen Protector?


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Someone sent me an email recently to ask what screen protector I recommend for the iPhone 4. Up until now, I really didn’t HAVE a recommendation because most of the ones I’ve tried suck. However, the SGP STEINHEIL Anti-Fingerprint Screen Protector sent to me recently is by far the best I’ve tried.

I do love matte screen protectors. I cannot stand glare of any kind coming off of my phone. Not only is this particular protection full of matte win, it also does a fantastic job of keeping fingerprints and other disgusting stuff off of my screen. I placed one of these on the back of the phone as well, to cut down on debris there.

An excellent point to make about the SGP is that it absorbs oil from your fingers and face… including the make-up oil from you women. Think about the last bad screen protector you used – how impossible was it to wipe off the human oils that naturally deposit themselves on your device as you use it? This in and of itself puts this little baby heads and shoulders above the competition.

What screen protector do you use?

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iPhone Speeds Through the Years

Mike Hellers and his friend Chris Pinnock put this video together to show you the actual differences in speed amongst the different iterations of the iPhone. They included a 2G model, a 3G, a 3GS and the iPhone 4 – side by side. The differences from the 3GS to the 4 are not as large of a gap as you might think they are. However, when compared with the 2G, the iPhone 4 is blazing fast.

Surprisingly, there were a few small areas where the phones were fairly equal. For instance, they all opened Google Earth at nearly the exact same time. However, when loading up Safari, the iPhone 4 blew its predecessors away.

How does your latest cell phone stack up against older models? Is there truly much of a difference?

Apple to Sell Unlocked iPhone 4 in Canada

Those of you in the U.S. are going to be absolutely green with envy once you read this news. I know I am. Imagine having an iPhone 4 and being able to choose your own provider – without resorting to jailbreaking the device. That’s exactly what customers in Canada are now going to be allowed to do. Apple has announced that when the iPhone 4 begins selling this Friday in Canada, customers will be able to choose from amongst the three main wireless providers: Bell, Rogers and Telus. Canadians can order their device through the Apple stores or at the provider locations.

Amit Kaminer, an analyst with The SeaBoard Group telecommunications consultancy, said that “Having no contract? Some might say that you can’t put a value on freedom.” If Canadians buy the phone directly from an Apple store, it will be unlocked and contract-free. Users can then shop around for the wireless deal that best suits their needs and budget. The problem is, though, that the cost of the phone is a dramatic increase over what it runs in the United States. The 16GB model will sell for $659 while the 32GB version will cost $779.

Apple is also selling the 3GS with 8GB of storage in Canada for about $549. This version is unlocked, as well, and offers the same benefit to consumers wishing to choose their own provider. These moves put a higher value on the iPhone 4 inside of Canada than it has in the United States.

With so many rumors running around the Internet lately as to exactly whom will receive an iPhone contract here in the USA, I can’t help but wonder if Apple is planning a similar move here. Can you even begin to imagine buying an iPhone and choosing the carrier YOU want to use – with no jailbreaking or unlocking required? What are your thoughts? Will Apple take the ultimate plunge and do this here?

I'm Not in Love – an Android vs iPhone Song

Imei has decided it’s time to make a change and begin using the iPhone 4 in her daily life. Following is the post she wrote to explain her choice.

You’ve probably heard me as “the voice of reason” when it comes to Android vs. iPhone. I believe Android gives iPhone a run for its money by producing creativity in open source apps, and competition to the run-away favorite. But my year as the n00b of Social Media is coming to an end, and I need a seamless user experience I can take to the bank as my businesses take off. Chris Pirillo told me last year to wait for the next iPhone. Well, I’ve waited. And it’s time (I’m expecting a free bumper, though).

Using Looptastic HD on the iPad, a Bose speaker, my Yamaha 0RS-700 keyboard for percussion, a microphone and a portable speaker, I can get some live sound in my library/office! If you want to learn more about Looptastic, take a look at my other video about using Looptastic HD to become your own iPad DJ. The mix you hear on this video took only two minutes for me to find and create. By setting the bpm’s, I can sync that to any other looping program — it just so happens to be my keyboard. Once I add a six-channel mixer to the apps, you can add harmonies and other melody lines, or layer in another song.

I want to thank T-mobile for six years of great service. I really like T-mobile as a company. I just wasn’t satisfied with the battery life, the forced closing of the My Touch nearly every hour (with very few apps), and the slow response. The camera quality is also poor quality even compared to the iPhone 3GS. But I am looking forward to the next Android phones to keep all phone companies and dev’s staying sharp and creating the best products ever!

All of the music and lyrics in this video were created by Imei herself.

Have you made any type of major change in provider service? What prompted the decision?

Apple Handing Out Free Bumpers with a Little Help From Their Friends

The anticipated app to help you snag a free case or Bumper is ready for download. It’s pretty simple to use: sign in with your iTunes account information and choose the case you want. That’s right… you can choose. You don’t have to grab the Bumper if you don’t want to. Apple is also offering up select cases from Belkin, Griffin, Incase or Spek through the end of September.

The official email from Apple stated that “For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later thanAugust 22, 2010; otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase. To qualify for this program, you must purchase your iPhone 4 bySeptember 30, 2010.” If you have already purchased a Bumper on your own, you can receive a full refund from the company. And, of course, “If you are not completely satisfied with your iPhone 4, you can return your undamaged iPhone 4 to any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If you purchased your iPhone 4 from AT&T, you can also return it to an AT&T Store.”

Are you taking advantage of the free case offer? Which one will you be choosing?

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iMovie for the iPhone


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I realize that after having used iMovie on the iPhone a number of times it would be easier to demonstrate it to all of you instead of simply talking about it. It is insanely easy to edit and process your movies and videos using iMovie. Don’t let its ease of use fool you, though. This app is very full-featured and powerful. With iMovie for iPhone, you can start several projects and finish them whenever you want and wherever you are.

After I chose a theme, I selected the video from my phone. I clipped and scrubbed the video in a matter of seconds. I was able to clip the dead air off the beginning of the video by selecting my place and tapping to clip it out. I wish there was a way to clip audio, but I suppose we can’t have everything we wish for.

I pressed the config icon next and made a few selections to change the theme and the theme music. You can choose theme music from the default or your iPod library, which is pretty sweet.

I added my location and “title” (I run one of our website URLs through the entire video) by going into the settings and toggling those options.

As you can see, it really is a snap to use iMovie for your iPhone. It’s a beautiful experience, I promise!

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Do You Want to Read Tweets From the Womb?

I honestly thought that after all these years I had seen it all. I truly thought nothing more could completely shock me to the point where I stared at the computer screen with my mouth hanging open. We’ve seen so many silly things come across the tubes that we tend to be able to filter out and not even see the new inane things that pop up. However, reading about this particular new little invention was sort of like a train wreck: you know you have to keep going, but you cannot help but stop and stare.

The Kickbee is a belt-like device that a pregnant woman wears around her stomach. Every time the little bundle of joy kicks mommy square in the ribs or bladder, a tweet or text message will be sent out letting the expectant Daddy know. The trouble is… everyone following the momma-to-be will know, as well. Is this really something a Dad wants to see? I asked a few friends who either are expecting children or have small tots running around. Not a single one of them showed any interest at all in this gadget.

To be honest, I find it kind of creepy. What do you think?

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HTC, Motorola and Other Handset Companies Not Happy with Apple

During its already-infamous iPhone 4 conference on Friday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed that antenna issues are native to “most phones.” He went on to specifically point to phones made by HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Nokia and RIM. It’s as though the tech giant is trying to make light of their design flaws by trying to paint a picture wherein all cellphones of the world have the same issues. According to the named manufacturers, though, this is NOT the case at all. These five companies all issued press releases today refuting the “facts” as Jobs outlined them.

Nokia wrote:

Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.

“Studying the way people hold their phones out in the field” – isn’t that an interesting concept? Apple themselves should have thought of this. This is something that needed to be thoroughly tested. You cannot tell me that it was and that they “didn’t know” how much of an issue this is. If they did, then we have a serious case of “we’ll do it our way anyway, and you’ll go along with it because we’re Apple.”

Research in Motion states:

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

Let’s repeat a small part of RIMs statement again: “Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions.” I have to agree completely. If someone at Apple decided that we consumers wanted a thin phone rather than one whose antenna simply works, then they need to own up to that. If they believe they know what we want without asking us, they again need to step up to the plate.

The bottom line is that Apple needs to take ownership of this issue – and fast. People aren’t returning their iPhones in droves, no. However, by continuing this charade of “we didn’t do anything wrong,” they are starting to chip away at the sterling product reputation they once had. And, of course, they’re showing people that perhaps they really don’t care all that much when it comes to what we want and need.

Life Without Computers

I had to chuckle when I read Decimic’s question on Lockergnome earlier. Up for discussion is what our lives would be like if computers had never been invented. A few of the answers are funny, with people gasping over the fact that they would have to go back to reading books or drawing pictures. Heck, they might even have to go outside!

One answer in particular caught my attention, though. EoinMuurphy stated simply that “No one can answer this, because we have become so engulfed into the computer world that it’s almost impossible to think what life would be like without it.” Boy, ain’t that the truth? Can you even begin to imagine what your life would be like right now if there were no computers? Sure, we’d all like to think we’d have more time on our hands if we weren’t attached to our machines. Is that really true, though? Wouldn’t your work take up even more of your time without the aid of your various devices and gadgets?

Personally, I don’t even want to think about what my life would be like without a computer nearby. I’m not quite sure how this whole live-streaming thing would work. What do you think? Do you want to imagine a life without computers long enough to ponder what you might be doing differently in life?

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