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iPhone Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Aircraft

Trak Lord | Mar 24, 2011 6:18 PM CDT
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This is a definite "do not try this at home", kids.

"Jump Master" US Air Force Combat Controller Ron Walker was leaning out the side of a plane traveling at about 150 miles per hour when his iPhone 4 slipped out of his pocket. iLounge, to whom Walker originally emailed his testament (SPOILER ALERT: It was typed out and emailed on the same iPhone!), reported that immediately after losing the phone, Walker thought to himself

Well, guess I'll be buying a new phone.

Yeah. I'm sure that's exactly what he was thinking after dropping his phone out of an effing plane.

Walker reportedly used the "Find My iPhone" app on a friend's phone to locate the fallen phone. Walker probably had no hope whatsoever that the phone still functioned, but evidently wanted to back up his data (is Angry Birds really that addictive? Yes, yes it is).

I'm sure Walker was delighted to find that not only was his data intact, but the rest of the phone too. Walker speculated that the trees and brush may have slowed the iPhone 4's fall (doesn't that sound like a punchline?), but it was reportedly protected by a third-party Griffin Motif TPU case as well as a metal backing.

Now tell me this isn't the best advertisement that Griffin could possibly hope for.

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Cox Communications launches Trio guide and whole home DVR

Shane McGlaun | Nov 22, 2010 2:00 PM CST
If you live in an area of the US, where you get cable from Cox Communications the company has announced a new service that will get your attention quickly. The new service wraps a new Trio program guide into a package with a DVR system that works for your entire home. That means you can record a program on any DVR in your home and then play it back on any TV in the house.

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The part I like the best is that the new service has a bookmarking option. That means you can start watching a program in the living room and then bookmark it to pick up right where you left off in the bedroom. The DVRs used in the system have 500GB of storage.

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Foxtel enter the 3rd dimension

Anthony Garreffa | Sep 19, 2010 8:08 PM CDT
Foxtel are set to launch Australia's dedicated 3D channel.

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Foxtel, in November, are starting a 3D channel as well as introducing a new range of high-definition channels.

The quick move into 3D gives Foxtel an advantage as the free-to-air networks only broadcast 3D in trial mode. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) will limit the trial broadcasts of the AFL and NRL grand finals from the Seven and Nine networks to all major cities while it had "a review of certain spectrum, licensing and consumer policy issues associated with 3D TV".

Patrick Delany, the Foxtel executive director of sales and product development said that they had been trialling a 3D channel for a while now and had realised there was plenty of content to push such a channel. He also added "There's turning out to be quite a bit here, plenty of live stuff coming down the pipes".

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Scosche finally ships slick new reVIVE II Dual USB chargers for iPad

Shane McGlaun | Aug 11, 2010 1:08 PM CDT
When it comes to accessories like cables, docks and all sorts of other stuff for Apple devices like iPods and the iPhone, Scosche is a big favorite for many. Scosche is also big on accessories for the iPad as well. One of the first things that many iPad buyers realized when they went to charge their iPad from a computer is that not all USB ports are up to the task of charging the iPad thanks to the iPad needing 2.1 amps of power. That means many notebook and PC USB ports won't charge the iPad.

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Scosche put some cool chargers for the iPad up for pre-order a while back called the reVIVE II chargers. Both of the chargers are very similar with one notable difference. One of them is designed for use in the home with your AC outlet and the other is designed for use in the car via a DC outlet. Both of the chargers pack in dual USB ports.

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The Commonwealth Bank of Australia launch augmented reality app for home buyers

Steve Dougherty | Aug 4, 2010 6:16 AM CDT
Ahh, technology; a road that never ends and there's always something new on the horizon. A pretty funky iPhone application was launched today by the Commonwealth bank which more or less gives the ability to point their phone at a house from out the front and access both its sale price as well as giving a virtual peek inside.

The new app harnesses mobile phone camera and location based tech to map the user's position; then it simply matches it with information about the house such as how many bedrooms and bathrooms it has, the exterior or interior (or both) sale photographs and also its most recent sale price. Said information is obtained via property website and

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A CBA spokesperson has confirmed the information is made available publicly to anyone with the iPhone and its new app installed. There is no charge for using this facility (at this stage, at least). the CBA feels this is the way to go after noting results from a study by a media company initiative whereby it was determined that Australians are spending an average of 27 minutes a day online on their smartphones and that 70% of decisions in the home lending market have been made while online.

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