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How to Grill a Phone

How fire-resistant is your cellphone? If you’re the owner of an HTC Surround Windows Phone 7 device, you’ll be happy to know that your phone will last longer in direct heat than either the iPhone or the T-Mobile G2 running Android.

In a rather interesting marketing campaign for EZ-Grill, the company decided to fry up three different cell phones. You have to admit that the strategy is a good one, even if you find it a waste of good devices. After all, you watched the video and took the time to form an opinion of it, right?

What other types of online marketing campaigns have you seen lately that are close to crossing a line between what you feel is right and wrong?

Should the iPhone Have a Physical Keyboard?

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Recently, someone asked me on Facebook if I felt the iPhone should have a physical keyboard. My answer, in short, is a resounding NO.

I am very grateful that my iPhone does not have a physical keyboard. You might remember that the first video I ever recorded about the iPhone was one stating my reasons for not wanting one. One of the biggest reasons was that it didn’t have a physical keyboard. However, I’ve never been able to type faster on a mobile device of any kind than what I do on my iPhone.

I don’t think the iPhone would be served well at all by having a physical keyboard attached to it. If you want to attach one yourself, go right ahead. I think that the trend is going to continue to remove these from as many smartphones as possible.

Don’t judge until you’ve had the chance to really use a virtual keyboard. I love that it corrects my text when I am typing. Can you see that happening with a physical keyboard? About 80% of the time, my phone knows what it is I was trying to type.

What are your thoughts? Do you miss having a physical keyboard if you no longer have one? Do you think more phones should stop including them?

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iPhone and iPod touch Tips and Tricks

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David created this fantastic screencast to give all of you some tips and tricks for your iPhone and iPod touch that you may not have known about.

  • Double Tap for Music – When in the lock screen and listening to music, double tap your home button. It will bring up a small menu of things to do.
  • Experience Music Differently – When in your iPod, you can do a number of things, such as shake the device to shuffle the play list.
  • Monitor Data Usage – Go into Settings and check your data usage under general and see the stats on what you’ve done on your phone. You’ll find out how much data you have used, how many texts you have sent and etc.
  • Spotlight Search – When on the home screen, slide your finger to the right and the search screen will show up. It’s simple to find a song, file or contact in an instant.
  • How to Take a Screen Shot – To take a screen shot, hold the Lock button and the Home button at the same time. The screen shot will appear in your Photos folder.
  • Accessibility Options – This tip is for people who may need to have larger text on the screen.
  • White on Black (Invert Colors) – Inverting the colors looks great, and is easier on the eyes for some people.
  • Delete and Move Apps – To move an app, hold your finger down on the app until it starts to shake. Move it out of the folder it’s in. Click the Home button to finish. To delete an app, hold your finger down on the app and then click the little red x in the corner.
  • How to Caps Lock – Double click your shift button. Once it turns blue, you are in Caps Lock mode.
  • How to Clear History – Go into your Settings and scroll down to Safari. At the bottom of the screen, clear your History, Cookies and Cache.
  • Turn of Notifications – Go into Settings and click Notifications. This will bring up a list of the apps on your device. Slide the notification to “off” if you don’t want to receive these updates.

There you have it – eleven excellent tips and tricks for anyone who uses an iDevice – from beginners to power users.

Thanks, David, for the excellent tutorial.

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Why Can You Not Buy a White iPhone Yet?

A white iPhone has been spotted in the wild in NYC. The reporter managed to snap a few covert shots, and then worked up the courage to talk to the owner of the device. They felt that we deserved to know why this random person was able to use one and we were not. It turns out that white isn’t always white, and there isn’t much of a reason beyond Apple’s insistence on perfection to blame for the delay.

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According to the man carrying the phone (he wished to remain anonymous), the white iPhones are abundant on the Cupertino campus. A friend of his “hooked him up” with the device. The explanation behind the delay in shipping, according to this man, is much simpler than you may have guessed.

Well, according to our jacket wearing gent, Apple is having trouble getting its two suppliers in the Far East to match the white used in the manufacturing of the parts. The white home button color doesn’t match the white front face plate color, it turns out.

The reason you have to keep waiting and praying for a white iPhone boils down to the color of white not always being exactly the same. I’m guessing it’s worth the wait. How ticked would you be to spend that kind of money for your coveted phone only to have it look obviously weird? You know you’d complain that the two colors didn’t match up, right?

All good things come to those who wait… and wait… and wait.

Jailbreaking Thoughts

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During live calls recently, Oscar wanted to know my thoughts on jailbreaking now that the courts have decided that it’s legal. It’s not that I dislike jailbreaking in the past. I didn’t find it compelling. I love my iPhone because it comes with a total package – the hardware, software and user experience are all excellent. Sure, I’m not happy with AT&T much of the time, but why would I want to take a chance of messing up my phone for that reason alone?

I was at a local tweetup recently, and someone went on and on about their jailbroken phone. He showed me a couple of neat things he could do with his iPhone that I cannot. However, as he’s showing me what it can do, the phone began rebooting. Yeah – I don’t want to do that to my phone.

If someone wants to jailbreak their phone, go for it. I don’t plan to do so with my phone. I actually think Google should work to develop a version of Android specifically for the iPhone, since so many people want to jailbreak them.

I doubt I will ever jailbreak my iDevices.

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How to Fix iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

How to Fix iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

Pixie’s still wearing her “cone of shame” today, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to see if she could boost my iPhone 4 antenna signal. Indeed, I’m now getting 5 bars where I usually only get 1!

All kidding aside, the antenna issue is a real doozy. All over the Internet, you’ll find stories of people who are losing signal and calls when holding the iPhone 4 in certain ways. While I have yet to experience this phenomena myself, I have no doubt of its validity. Hundreds of people – independent of each other – have thoroughly tested this device. The problem has been replicated over and over. What remains to be seen is what Apple intends to do about it.

What would you do if faced with this issue concerning a device you recently bought? Would you feel it’s a huge problem and demand your money back? Or are you more likely the type of person who finds a way to correct the trouble and continue on with your life? Duct tape may not be the correct answer, but there is one out there. You can buy a case for your phone – BAM! Problem solved. How many of you plan to run around with nothing covering/protecting that beautiful glass back, anyway? I have a feeling the vast majority of you will be using a case. Why, then, is it such an issue if something *might* happen to your phone’s signal when not using the case?

I’m definitely not making light of the issue. Apple messed up. I’m not debating that fact. The important thing is how they handle it. With their offering of Bumpers, I feel that the Cupertino company has more than redeemed themselves.

What are your thoughts? If a company such as Apple releases a product with real issues – large or small – easily corrected or not – should they recall the devices? Should they offer up other solutions, such as Apple has done with the Bumper?

This is a hot topic right now – online and off. It will be interesting to see how this plays out… not only in the press and blogs but also the stock market. Could something such as antenna issues cut off a company at the knees?

Unicorn Disco Lets You Dance Inside Your iPhone or iPod touch

Unicorn Disco is a Dance Jukebox Visualizer that lets you build lifelike characters which will dance to the music on your iPhone or iPod touch. You can customize your little person to look the way you do – or the way you wish you did.

Give the characters a face using your camera or photo library… or choose from the app’s Face Gallery of Cuddly Animals, Icons and Creepy Monsters. Dress them up in some cool styles and pick out the perfect hairdo. Play your music or post your dance scene to Facebook with the tap of a finger.


I have to admit – there’s something a little addictive about dressing yourself up in a silly outfit and dancing around like a crazy person… not that I would know, or anything.

No Verizon iPhone in the Near Future

There have been rumors running rampant about a possible Verizon iPhone for nearly as long as the iPhone itself has been on the market. Customers want it so badly they can taste it… and spread mis-information about the possibility. Today, we learned that there is definitely no merger between the two companies coming any time soon. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg stated that “We would love to carry it when we get there, but we have to earn it.”

Seidenberg does, however, allude to the possibility of something beautiful happening in the future, once Verizon’s 4G network is running smoothly. He feels that whenever Apple is ready to make a 4G iPhone, they will be ready to help unleash it upon the World. “I think 4G will accelerate the process,” he said, “and any other decisions Apple makes would be fine with us. Hopefully, at some point Apple will get with the program.”

Verizon isn’t getting an iPhone, but you can still get the best software and apps right on our site.

CamHelium Home Office Tour

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I’m not sure why so many of you demand that I create a home office tour video. I’ve done several of them in past years. Nothing has really changed. I have a lot of crap. I’ll have the same crap next year.

Since I knew I had to give in and show off the office to keep you happy, I thought it would be fun to record the video using my iPhone and the new CamHelium app. This 99-cent app puts a helium balloon inside of your iPhone. It gives your voice that lovely balloon-y sound effect we all know and love. Tap the button to start and stop recording… and you’re done. There’s nothing fancy or tricky about the application.

Record video messages for friends, children, family and even your boss. Share your creations immediately via email, Facebook, YouTube or MMS. Sit back and enjoy the laughter that will soon follow.

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Line Art Drawing App for iPhone and iPad

Line Art has thousands upon thousands of little particles which respond to your touch. As they move around, they leave behind colorful lines. Over time, they change color as well as how they react to your touch. This keeps things interesting, and allows you to create an unlimited number of designs.

When you leave the app alone, the particles begin to move all by themselves… just as if they were alive! The app features VGA out support, is universal (working on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad), has ten different interaction modes and boasts stunning and smooth graphics.

How many millions of ways can you come up with to create works of art on your Apple device?