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.
Modern technology has created some thorny problems (Can a particle accelerator open up a cataclysmic black hole that will destroy the Earth? What the hell should we do with all of these nuclear weapons anyhow?), but perhaps none is so persistent as a (predominantly) female problem known as the little black dress conundrum. As in, "where will I keep my cell phone if I wear this incredibly form-fitting, irresistibly sexy but pocket-less little black dress?" High-tech high-fashion purveyors CuteCircuit have finally found the solution: a dress that IS a cell phone.
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.
In a disaster, cell phones are not even as useful as the antiquated land line -- towers might topple, and service may jam as people overload the system with calls. Australian researchers tested a new system last week that aims to solve this problem, as well as introduce cell phone coverage to remote areas. It essentially uses cell phone swarms, enabling regular mobile phones to make and receive calls without cell towers or satellites.
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?
At first glance the just-announced Verizon Droid X by Motorola looks a ton like Sprint's HTC EVO 4G, and at second glance the two handsets are more or less comparable (save for the EVO's 4G connectivity, which doesn't do most of the country any good, anyway).