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iPhone 4 slide-on cases can lead to cracked glass

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 11:33 pm

Ever wonder about the extreme shortage of slide on cases available for the iPhone 4? Most of us had never heard of "bumper cases" until the Antennagate incident. Well, it seems that the antenna may not be the only flaw in the iPhone 4's design; the reason for no slider cases is that when you pull the slider back off, your iPhone 4 could end up looking like this:

 

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According to Ryan Block of gdgt.com, the Apple engineers found out that slider cases can cause serious scratches if particles get between the glass and the case, leading eventually to cracks in the glass that you never know happened. This is why Apple had, until this week, blocked any third party cases from the Apple Store. Manufacturers who have signed on to give Apple a 10-15 percent cut of their profits for the highly desired and official "Made for iPhone" badge that allows cases to be sold in the Apple Store will most likely be out of luck. Keep this in mind when considering a case for your iPhone 4.

Mobile App of the Day: Netflix for iPhone 4

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 8:23 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day today is Netflix for iPhone 4.

 

Netflix is one of the biggest names out there when it comes to video and movie streaming. They have recently released an update to their popular app that allows the iPhone4 and newest iPod Touch to directly stream content to your TV or monitor.

 

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There are other minor fixes included as with most updates, but the video out function is a real step forward for those with an iPhone 4 or new iPod Touch that do not have another way to stream to their television. Before, this functionality was only available on the iPad. If you're looking to expand your Netflix experience to your iPhone 4 or iPod touch, update your app or grab the fresh new version here. Make sure you hve your Apple cable and unlimited data plan handy.

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Skype for Android hack allows 3G calls in the U.S.

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 8:03 pm

The announcement of Skype's official Android app was a long time coming for Android fans, but folks in the U.S. were quite disappointed when it was found that 3G calls were a no-go. Well, the rooting community has worked their magic again and come up with a 3G solution for Android's Skype app.

 

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Xeudoxus over at Droid Forums is the guy that sprinkled his magic over the Skype app to make it 3G capable in the U.S., and now you don't have to be tied to a WiFi point to enjoy some Skype calling. Ready to give it a try? According to the posts, no rooting is necessary so check out the download links and instructions here.

CTA Digital's SMG accessory for PS Move: For when a puny light gun won't do

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 7:49 pm

With all respect to Sony's recently announced Shooting Accessory, some Playstation Move fans will want something a little more macho when blasting their foes to oblivion. CTA Digital has your hookup with their Submachine Gun peripheral.

 

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Boasting "the size and weight that serious military gamers have long been clamoring for," the SMG attachment works by connecting the Move's glowing baton into the "barrel" and connecting the nunchuck controller into the grip. The stock and scope are both detachable if you prefer a more compact version to destroy your enemies. The Submachine Gun is planned to be available in late November for $29.99 USD.

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PayPal iPhone app update makes it easy to deposit checks

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 7:04 pm

One of the things that I hate to do is go to the bank and deposit checks. Luckily most of my pay doesn't come on checks so I can skip this hassle for most of the month. If you use PayPal a lot and have lots of checks to deposit the company has announced a new update to its iPhone app that will save you a trip to the bank to deposit the check. The update is version 2.7.

 

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With version 2.7 of the app PayPal now allows you to take an image of a check front and back and then submit the check for deposit without having to actually go anywhere. PayPal isn't the only bank who does this; there are some other major banks that have a similar service. PayPal does say the user needs to hang onto the check for 15 days.

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Energizer unveils new AP1201 Rechargeable iPhone 4 Case with Battery

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 6:06 pm

Of all the complaints about the iPhone in all its various models, one of the most common is that the smartphone has a short battery life. The battery life each user gets varies a lot depending on how they use the device and sometimes even humidity can affect the run time of batteries. Whatever the reason the battery life for users is shorter than they like, many people turn to cases with batteries inside to get more use from their iPhone.

 

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There are already several cases on the market today that offer a battery inside for the iPhone 4 and older models. None of them has the same sort of name recognition as Energizer does though. The battery giant has announced a new case specifically for the iPhone 4 called the AP1201. The case has a battery inside that claims to "almost double" the battery life of the iPhone 4 while protecting the device from drops and bumps.

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Samsung debuts new NF310 netbook

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 5:04 pm

The iPad has bit into netbook sales significantly according to some analysts. The netbook market is still doing well though with robust sales. There are many netbooks to choose from on the market already today, and that number just keeps growing. Samsung has several notebooks and netbooks already and the company has announced the addition of a new netbook to its lineup called the NF301.

 

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The NF310 is a 10.1-inch netbook with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 and LED backlighting. The netbook has an Intel Atom N550 dual-core CPU and runs Windows 7 Starter. Other features of the machine include 1GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB of storage, and a 3W stereo speaker system. The battery promises over nine hours of run time per charge and the netbook has 802.11b/g/n networking.

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Sony Playstation game The Shoot lands on October 19

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 4:04 pm

There are gamers all around the world who are waiting to get their hands on the new Playstation Move controller system. Many of those gamers will certainly be looking to play some of the shooting games that are offered for the console and will want a gun accessory to make those games more realistic. The official Sony Shooting Attachment accessory is set to launch this month along with an exclusive PS3 game for use with the accessory or without.

 

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Sony announced today that the retro looking Shooting Accessory pistol accessory will land in the US on October 19. That is the same day that the PS3 exclusive shooting game called The Shoot will hit store shelves as well. The Shoot will cast the player as an action-movie hero that has to go through five different movie sets blasting away at enemies.

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Razer offers up new Ironclad mouse pad for gamers

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 3:24 pm

There are as many choices for a mouse pad for gamers as there are other gaming peripherals. Some gamers like rough textured cloth pads and others like really smooth, low friction plastic surfaces that let the mouse glide around without much resistance or noise. If you are the type of gamer that likes a mouse pad that glides easily around a surface Razer's new Ironclad may be just for you.

 

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The new mouse pad is made from anodized aluminum with a finely sandblasted surface. The Ironclad is made to minimize hand discomfort and to improve control. The mouse pad also promises enough friction that you can aim accurately. The surface of the Ironclad is extra large to allow for more mousing area.

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 7.0.544.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 7, 2010 11:14 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 7.0.544.0 Beta.

 

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

 

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

 

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Incognito mode

 

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

 

Safe browsing

 

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

 

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.

 

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