Apples response to reception issues??? Free Bumpers for all! [Update]

Thats right during todays press conference. Steve Jobs announced that they will be providing a free bumpers or cases for everyone who has:

  • Already purchased an iPhone 4
  • Plans on purchasing one before September 30th
    • After Sep 30th Apple will re-evaluate the situation and ether extend the free case offer or provide a different solution.

Apple will offer a free iPhone 4 Bumper or other select cases to iPhone 4 customers. Details on how to order a free Bumper or case will be available soon on apple.com.

Apple also did some research and determined that all smart phones suffer from this phenomenon when  you cover the internal antenna. The only difference with the iPhone 4 is its so obvious given that the problem occurs over one of the black bands on the antenna of the phone.

What color bumper will you be picking? I’m going for white myself.

Update (8/10/20210): Apple didnt offer any color other than black for the free iPhone 4 Bumper deal. But I received mine about a week ago. I really like it but was also really hoping for a white one =(

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Why you might want to hang onto the unlimited iPhone data plan

I recently just assisted with a project that involved rewiring a server room for a company in San Diego. Given that the project was over the corse of two, 8-hour days. I wanted to have a bit of music to listen to.  I didn’t even think of resetting my phone’s stats to see how much data I actually used until after the first day was over, after resetting the iphone I found that one 8 hour day of listening to pandora over my 3G connection pulled 180Mb of data. If you were to listen to music every day at work that translates to 3.6GB. Now I hardly use that much data but I like to know I can if I need it.

This is not the primary reason however I think it would be in your best intreats to go ahead and hang onto your unlimited plan. the iPhone 4 (Which I have already pre ordered) will offer FaceTime, while this will initially only work on a WiFi connection I can guarantee once they release it on 3G and we all know apple is itching to see it over 3G. its going to cut into your data usage. I don’t know about you but I’d like to not have to worry about how much video calls I make. I already know quite a few people that will be getting an iPhone 4 along side me so I know I’ll be using FaceTime.

Whats your thoughts on Apple killing the Unlimited Data plan and do you decide to keep you unlimited plan or save the $5 a month to cripple your iPhone to 2gigs a month? That being said however I will have to admit that the most data I have ever personally used since having an iPhone was 600Mb. I’m just looking toward whats to come, Data’s not getting any smaller if anything we’ll be seeing much higher resolution images for download to take advantage of the much higher resolution Retina display.

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iPhone 4

Apple has done it again, I’ll be pre-ordering one on the 15th will you? The only question on my mind is White ore Black. To tell you the truth, I like them about the same, maybe leaning just a little on the side of Black, but than again, I don’t want to be like every other person out there. and for that reason alone there is a very good chance I may be going with the white. The biggest thing the iPhone 4 will be sporting will be the introduction of FaceTime and I’m really stoked to hear apple will be making it an open standard.

Another new feature will be the front facing camera, for the video chat as well as simply taking self portraits. This has been annoying on the iPhone across all the previous versions. Its not so much not being able to see the screen but trying to find the button it is after all on a touch screen. Theres a very easy fix for this and I jail-broke my first iPhone (first gen) to get this feature, allow the volume buttons to act as a shutter release! But thats all in the past because now you can simply use the front facing camera to frame your face and be able to see where the shutter button is.

Another amazing feature is the Retina display sporting an insane number of pixels, (326 per inch) Apple says the pixels are so fine your eye can not distinguish individual pixels. I can’t wait to see if its as good as they claim =)

What are your thoughts on apples latest gadget?

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Belkin Neoprene Kindle Case

Belkin Neoprene Kindle Case

Just picked up a Belkin Neoprene Kindle Case for my kindle, figured just shoving it into the bottom of my backpack wasn’t all that good for it. The Belkin case has a Neoprene interior and exterior with a bit of vinyl wrapping around the majority of the external bits.

The interior of this case is very soft which is great at protecting the device, I have a bit of scratches on the border around my screen. For some reason the screen itself has remained in extremely good condition even with it bouncing around my bag with all the other random things. theres also a bit of a lip around the edge to protect the kindle form the zipper of the case. All-in-all I find this an extremely good deal, if your looking for a case for your kindle I recommend this one 100%

Belkin Neoprene Kindle Case

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Boxee to get its own box?

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Thats right according to a blog post by the boxee developers during CES they were approached by several device makers with the intrest of embeding boxee in there devices. For now your only option is to set up a Mac or Linix computer to your TV, and install Boxee on that system. While you can also install it on the AppleTV its not fully supported yet (Netflix is non funtional along with a few other bugs, again still alpha software!).

I have to admit the concept of buying a dedicated box (as long as it has the avaliable HD space) is rather exciting. I for one already have boxee installed on my AppleTV and will be installing it on my iMac (just for the nifty interface for Netflix).

Anyway if your as excited about a dedicated boxee device as I am you can read more about it over on the boxee blog, they are actually looking for input on this idea and have a quick survey set up over there to gaterh information on this concept.

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