I’m old enough that I’ve stopped giggling at Chinglish in most of its forms, but I hold a still hold a pecial place in my heart for the way the knock-off shops of Shenzhen will mutate and mutilate the iPhone’s branding when slapping a name upon their crappiest phones. Perhaps why I love it so much is that, unlike Chinglish, these guys know exactly what they are doing.
Consider, for example, the iPhoue, found at the notorious Shanzhai Market by our friends over at M.I.C. Gadget. Instead of going through all the hard work of releasing a competent phone, these guys just contented themselves with turning the “n” in “iPhone” upside down, slapped an Apple logo on the handset, dusted their hands and called it a day, without even considering the hysterical pronunciation of the resulting “brand.” Gentlemen… meet the iFoo.
Now that Apple’s killed off the XServe once and for all, there’s not a lot of options when it comes to fitting the existing Mac server options into a standard 1U rack space… or is there?
The RackMac mini by Sonnet Tech allows system admins to install two Mac minis in a standard rackmount enclosure while allowing full access to the CD drive, power LEDs and even the IR port on the unibody mini.
I’m no admin, but Sonnet seems to have thought of everything here, right down to a wiring and ventilation system to prevent the Mac mini from overheating. Each kit costs $16.
Apple just delivered a small but welcome tweak to the Mac Depending on whether or not, like me, you’ve accidentally bought a $50 piece of software on the Mac App Store through the errant click, you’ll find this either a welcome prophylactic against your own casual stupidity, or an irritant that doubles the clicking required to actually get the app you want.
Unfortunately, if it’s the latter for you, the Mac App Store doesn’t allow you to toggle the purchase confirmation off, as in the iOS App Store, so you’ll just have to live with the redundancy for now.
App Store a window that pops up when you click “Purchase” next to an app, asking you to confirm your decision.
If you’re on an iOS device, today’s Google logo is pretty neat. Simulating the brass-plated portcullises of Captain Nemo’s Nautilus in order to celebrate Jules Verne’s birthday, the logo will read your iPhone or iPad’s accelerometer and slosh around the subaquatic view accordingly.
If you’re on a laptop or a device without an accelerometer, no problem: a handy joystick next to the logo will simulate the effect.
While the long-awaited delivery of the Verizon iPhone has been the big story of the week, evidence continues to mount that another semi-mythical model of the iPhone 4 might be dropping at almost the same time, at least if this Best Buy shelf sticker for the 16GB iPhone 4 is anything to go by.
Other than this shot and the fact that Canada’s The Source chain of retail outlets are also gearing up to sell the white iPhone 4, about the only concrete knowledge to be gleaned here is that the white iPhone 4 will be selling for $599, which is the same off-contract price as the black iPhone 4.
Keep calm, everyone: you only have a few more weeks to wait until the white iPhone 4 is yours… just a few months before the white iPhone 5 makes you wish you’d never bought a new phone more than halfway through the lifecycle of the previous gen!
Worried that your Verizon iPhone might not be as jailbreakable as the AT&T version? Don’t sweat it: as it turns out, the Verizon iPhone shipping to customers this week with iOS 4.2.6 works with the same GreenpoisOn utility that Chronic released over the weekend for untethered jailbreaks under iOS 4.2.1.
Of course, once iOS 4.3 comes out, everything’s likely to change again, so if you’re going to jailbreak your new Verizon iPhone… better get it in under the wire while you still can.
If you prefer to use Twitter as a source of interesting news stories throughout the day, you should try Smartr, a free app by Factyle that filters all of the cat updates and #cairo hashtags from your Twitter stream and instead serves up an attractive and uncluttered collection of the articles your friends and followers are linking, complete with page preview and summary. You can then easily read those articles, retweet them, or even push them to Instapaper to read later.
Smartr’s a fantastic looking app, and best of all, it’s free. Give it a try.
For the adventurous spirit wishing to go back to the 80s and live on the frontier of national cellular service, all the while carrying around a phone roughly the size of a Korean War field radio, here you go: Thumbs Up’s ’80s Phone, a case for your iPhone 4 that is sure to make you look like Gordon Gekko sent hurtling forward in time. Yours for about $20.
The App Store might have just racked up its 10 billionth download, but the vast majority of those apps have only been given the most cursory examination by users: in fact, according to analytics firm Localytics, 26% of all apps are only used once after they are downloaded.
Localytics’ findings aren’t specific to iOS: they studied thousands of apps across the Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone 7 platforms. Across the board, though, one-time use was on the rise in 2010, making it more important than ever for app developers to make that first impression count.
Go down to your local Apple Store and you might just see this wonderful display for the new MacBook Air. Channeling Pixar’s Up, the display features a single helium balloon dangling aloft an 11-inch MacBook Air.
All is not as it seems, of course: nearly invisible fishing wire is being employed to create the illusion. The Air’s light, of course, but not so light that it can be lifted by a child’s balloon.
Still, this calls for an experiment: I wonder who out there is brave enough to figure out how many balloons are needed to send an Air into the stratosphere and willing to back up their math by lending their notebook and its iSight camera to the cause?