Unless you’ve been living underneath a Zune, you’re likely aware that Steve Jobs and his Apple empire held a music-centric event in San Francisco today in which the company's best-selling line of portable musical devices received yet another refresh (the holidays are coming up, you know). And while some of the updates were the usual benign, tech trickle-down one might expect, Jobs did break some new ground with an Apple TV do-over and an iTunes update that’s more social network than music store.
Apple is known for nosing out unique and revolutionary manufacturing tech, and they may have just done so again, according to the knowledgeable folks over at Cult of Mac. Insiders say Apple's recent licensing deal with Liquidmetal Technologies is a play to gain the device maker access to the most advanced materials manufacturing technology on the planet.
Remember the Minty Boost, the DIY battery-powered USB charger for your portable devices that fit neatly in an Altoids tin? It was a decent fix for those constantly failing early iPod batteries, but that 2006 incarnation has had to be updated several times to keep up with the changing architectures of a certain very closed-sourced company's products. Minty Boost recently received yet another DIY update to make it functional with iPhone 3GS. Even better, that update comes with a video showing exactly how to reverse engineer an iPhone charger and create your own backup battery pack.
It's done via the app store--download the "iPhone 4 Case Program" app, enter your Apple Store ID, and pick your free case--an Apple bumper or one of a few other third-party cases. All are currently backordered 3-5 weeks.
Rather than continuing to communicate only with Steve Jobs's contradictory, condescending emails, Apple has called a short-notice press conference to address the growing problem that is the iPhone 4's faulty antenna design. Will there be a recall? Free bumper cases? Follow along with one of many liveblogs (we liked Ars Technica and GDGT last time) and check back here for analysis after.
Update: Apple kinda sorta admitted there is a problem, and will pay for an Apple "bumper" or another third-party case for any current iPhone 4 owner who requests one via the web.
A long, long time ago, Icarus and his father Daedalus did something pretty incredible: they constructed wings out of wax and feathers and flew. Apple too has achieved remarkable greatness--after proving themselves consistently capable of pushing mobile gadgets further than anyone else, here lands the iPhone 4, the best smartphone ever made. Onwards and upwards, to the sun.
But what's that faint honey smell? And the feathers slowly peeling off, drifting lazily back down to Earth on the wind? There are problems. The wax is starting to melt.
By Adam Frucci/GizmodoPosted 06.24.2010 at 5:29 pm 20 Comments
Videocalling has been a sci-fi staple for decades. From 2001 to Back to the Future people chatting face-to-face from great distances was a way of saying "Hey, look, it's the future!" So does Facetime mean we're in the future?
Want to conduct Sunday Mass but don't have your copy of the church missal? There's an app for that.
The Rev. Paolo Padrini, an Italian priest who consults with the Vatican, is launching a free iPad app that will contain the complete Roman missal -- the book containing everything that is said and sung during Catholic Mass throughout the liturgical year.
It will be available in July, meaning iPads could start appearing on altars in the next few weeks.