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iPhone 1.1.3 Leak [video]

Here it is… video evidence of the new unreleased iPhone 1.1.3 software improvements. The embedded video below is a nice and thorough walk-through of the unreleased iPhone 1.1.3 feature updates hosted by Andru from GearLive.com. Watch it fast before Apple’s lawyers take it down. Anyone still think it’s fake? If the embedded video above doesn’t load, then click here. methodshop Continue Reading

6 iPhone Hacks An iPhone User Would Probably Want

I don’t own an iPhone, but my neighbor & buddy & fellow entrepreneur does. Recently he showed me some cool things he’s done with the phone. So here are 6 iPhone hacks any iPhone owner would probably want [to check out]. Note: You take responsibility for your actions.
iphone hack
  1. iPhone Interface Tool – This toolkit lets you move files around on the iPhone, run any desired applications on the iPhone or activate the phone without iTunes.
  2. Use LED lights to create your own flash for the iPhone camera.
  3. Drop your iPhone and broke the screen? No problem, learn how to replace it here.
  4. Here’s another way to unlock your iPhone SIM card.
  5. Include the WiFi music store with this firmware version of 1.1.1 release.
  6. Not a true “hack” in the traditional sense, but create and order your own customized cover design for the iPhone.
When my buddy isn’t chatting it up on his iPhone or texting with the footer “Sent from my iPhone” he runs a nice little Photo Birth Announcements business. Continue Reading

USB Turntable has Direct Connect to iPod

Ion Audio introduced the USB turntable a while back. It’s an excellent tool for converting vinyl records to MP3. It’s interesting to see the growth of this product from when I first reported on it. At the time back orders took nearly 6 weeks to fill, now I see them at Costco and every holiday mail-order magazine that appears on my doorstep. Ion Audio has stepped it up – and I’m thinking it’s from popular demand. The Ion USB turntable now has an iPod dock station so going from LP to iPod is nothing more than Continue Reading

LG MP3 Player the UP3 Stone Sports USB

Looking for an edge in the marketplace, LG is launching a “jewelry concept” line of MP3 players. The Stone has been around, but the newer version has brushed metal body, USB connector and full color 65,000 OLED display.
lg stone UP3 S2
The Shining Stone UPS S2 comes in 1, 2 & 4GB sizes with jewelry like style names such as black diamond, crystal silver, ruby red, pink topaz and sapphire blue. Still a tough sell for the MP3 connoisseur, unless LG includes the model with the player. THEN we’re onto something. Source: Aving News Continue Reading

Worst iPhone Accessory

Hate fingerprints on your iPhone or iPod Touch? Enough to spend $9.90 on some finger condoms? A enterprising company in Austria is selling something called Phone Fingers that prevent smudges and fingerprints on the screens of the iPod Touch and iPhone.
Here’s a video of the “Phone Fingers” in action. It has a strange ending. One more thing, the Phone Fingers only come in black and make the user look like they have a severe case of frostbite. Silly product idea, weird choice in color and a demo video that ends in a theft… Yep, the Phone Fingers are a gag gift… like the Pet Rock. Apple’s touchscreen technology works by sensing the electrical fields in your skin. A latex finger condom is an insulator and would prevent the iPhone and iPod Touch from detecting any input from your fingers. The Phone Fingers website even says “This is probably the funniest accessory for the iPhone available!” But if you go over to Digg.com, there’s a pretty heated debate going on in the comments. A lot of people initially thought this was serious product, not a gag gift. If you have a few minutes, it makes for a pretty entertaining read. BeSocial: methodshop Continue Reading

Napster Mobile Coming to U.S.

AT&T is making Napster’s entire music catalog (5 million songs) available for direct-to-mobile purchase in mid-November via a new service called Napster Mobile. While not compatible with the iPhone, the catalog will be accessible via AT&T’s network for the price of $1.99/song or 5 tracks for $7.49. Matchbox Twenty’s new album “Exile on Mainstream” will kick off the service.
Two things strike me as odd about this deal: Continue Reading

Make Your Mac Work Like a DVR

The Mac can easily and quickly become a DVR with the right software and hardware. This Mac only tip comes just in time for this season’s prime time TV.
mac is dvr
Using a Mac, other than the one pictured, with a USB TV Tuner (like EyeTV Tuner) along with some DVD Burning software (Toast) you can watch, record and burn every season premier your wife demands while you’re watching real TV (Football and Baseball). For all the details jump to Macworld. Thanks LifeHacker. Continue Reading

Blaupunkt Purposely Forgets CD Player in Car Stereo

I’ve been saying forget CDs for years and Blaupunkt agrees as with their latest car stereo model, the SD27, they gave CDs the finger.
usb car stereo
This CD-less car stereo supports flash memory as the primary music input. The MP3 and WMA player supports MMC and SD cards with a well displayed LED for ID3 tags. The Blaupunkt SD27 car stereo also supports USB connectivity with optional direct-connect to iPod and Bluetooth interfaces. At $160 even the stone-aged audio cassette junkie could make the migration to digital music. Source & picture: Giz Continue Reading

Hack: iPod Touch as Mass Storage Device

As if you need one more device for storing files you eventually can never find, the iPod Touch can now be used as a USB mass storage device.
ipod touch hack
At this time, the following hack only applies to MacFanBoys – I’ll post a PC solution when found. Per TUAW:
You know that “Enable disk use” checkbox? The one that appears in iTunes for most modern iPods? That checkbox isn’t there for the iPod touch. The touch provides no built-in disk access utilities but if you have an Intel Mac, and aren’t afraid of the command line, you can use these Media Folder utilities to copy files to and from your touch.
Note: To follow updates jump over to TUAW. Continue Reading

iTunes Dream Machine

SANS Digital is pushing this steller two bay network storage enclosure with iTunes server support. Although you can home-brew your own USB drive with iTunes support and give public access to your home network, the SANS Digital MobileNAS MN2L will also do the trick.
itunes server
For the “out of the box” type the MN2L has FTP support for easy access through the internet – something our home-brew version does not – along with RAID 1 or 0 settings for protection against hard drive failures. Another feather in the cap is cross platform support for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you’re feeling spendy, this will set you back $299. SANS Digital MobileNAS MN2L product page. Continue Reading

DVR Snuggles Up With iPhone & iPod

ReplayTV is not the first to introduce a USB dongle for DVR use, however, they are the first to integrate a format easily playable on Apple hand-held devices like iPhone and iPod touch. The Personal HD system bundles both digital ATSC and analog NTSC technology and play over-the-air HDTV signals or old school analog TV source. So now you TV junkies can overload on adictively pathetic reality TV shows (well, except Survivor).
replaytv iphone ipod
The real joy of the USB tuner is the software. The Personal HD specifically supports transfer of video to a format playable on widescreen hand-held devices made by Apple. Not to leave anyone out in the cold, the software can preserve multiple shows at once and even support USB devices from rival companies, such as ATI (AMD) and Pinnacle. The ReplayTV goodie bag for the Personal HD system include direct encoding in a 4:3 ratio, intelligent keyword filter system to find shows by cast member names, show IDs or genre. Although the reply system isn’t out just yet, it will be later this fall at the tune of $100. Source: Electronista Continue Reading

3G iPhone Just Months Away, 2008

It’s been confirmed:  The iPhone will be 3G and the new version is due out sometime in early 2008.  Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, made the following statement at the “Mum is no longer the word” press conference at a London Apple store earlier this week:
“You can expect a 3G iPhone later next year… We are working on the next iPhone already, the one after that and the one after that.”
The news comes as a 2G EDGE-enabled iPhone will be available in the UK on November 9th. When asked why the current model didn’t have 3G, Jobs blamed power issues saying that the 3G chipset would be too much of a drain on the unit’s battery life which promises 8 hours of call time, but said that future models would have the technology. BeSocial: methodshop | digg story Continue Reading

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