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SoftBank’s CEO Reveals How He Brought The iPhone To Japan

Tyler Lee March 14, 2014

SoftBanks CEO Reveals How He Brought The iPhone To JapanThe iPhone is probably one of the more desired smartphones in the world at the moment, and despite what its critics and detractors have to say about it, they have to admit that it is true to a certain level. What this also means is that carriers are more than happy, for the most part, to offer the phone on their network.

However getting the iPhone onto a network isn’t as simple as placing an order with Apple. In fact based on what we have heard in the past from carriers, usually this means buying a certain amount of phones from Apple as well as agreeing to some of Apple’s demands, like no installing of carrier bloatware on the iPhone. (more…)

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    Campaign Calls To Boycott Apple Products Due To Use Of Toxic Chemicals

    Tyler Lee March 14, 2014

    Campaign Calls To Boycott Apple Products Due To Use Of Toxic ChemicalsIn the past, Apple has gotten a fair amount of flak regarding working conditions in the factories of their partners, such as Foxconn. Apple has since made efforts to change that perception by instating rules and regulations that would ensure that their manufacturing partners adhere to certain guidelines.

    In fact these guidelines extend to the use of conflict material in Apple products to ensure that certain components are not sourced from particular regions in the world. However it seems that despite Apple’s best practices to ensure that their partners follow their guidelines, there are some who feel that Apple has not done enough. (more…)

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  • Campaign Calls To Boycott Apple Products Due To Use Of Toxic Chemicals original content from Ubergizmo.

        



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    Apple Patent Describes Phone With Detachable Camera Lens

    Tyler Lee March 14, 2014

    Apple Patent Describes Phone With Detachable Camera LensOne of the ways companies market their smartphones is by boasting its camera’s capabilities. To a certain extent megapixels are still used as ammunition when it comes to marketing a camera, but as we all know, megapixels don’t determine a camera’s quality and that there are other factors that need to be taken into consideration.

    Companies like Nokia have marketed their cameras to be great in low-lighting situations, while companies like Sony boasts the use of its Exmor RS sensor and G-lens. According to a recent patent by Apple, it shows the Cupertino company possibly considering the idea of a detachable camera which would undoubtedly make for a great piece of marketing. (more…)

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  • Apple Patent Describes Phone With Detachable Camera Lens original content from Ubergizmo.

        



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    iPhone Air Concept Video Surfaces

    Edwin Kee March 10, 2014

    Considering how the MacBook has received the MacBook Air treatment in the past, do you think that the folks over at Apple might also do the same to their coveted iPhone range as well? I am quite sure that we are all pretty much well aware by now that there will be another iPhone released in due time later this year, but as to whether it will be known as the iPhone 6 or not, remains to be seen. Right now, what you see above happens to be the iPhone Air concept video, which could possibly be the closest resemblance to what the real deal would look like.

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  • iPhone Air Concept Video Surfaces original content from Ubergizmo.

        



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    Stun Gun Disguised As An iPhone, Dispenses 50,000 Volts

    Edwin Kee March 10, 2014

    Stun Gun Disguised As An iPhone, Dispenses 50,000 VoltsWhat’s it with stun guns or tasers being stashed away silently these days? Apparently, what you see above is not really an actual iPhone, but rather, it is a conversion of Apple’s famous smartphone that comes with a built-in stun gun that dispenses with a shock to the tune of 50,000 volts – huge enough to actually cause a heart attack. This particular stun gun was discovered by the police after they searched a 14-year-old in Manchester city center. Other than this unique and dangerous weapon, the boy was also found to have a knife.

    According to Sgt. Phil Marsh, “It has the appearance of a black iPhone but the volume buttons are more prominent. The top has a silver strip with two points from which the current is discharged. The volume buttons appear to activate the device. People need to be aware that possession of them is an offence under the Firearms Act.”

    Apparently, this particular device can be purchased for a mere £15 over on the internet, where it has been specially marketed as personal protection devices. What do you think of this unique design for a stun gun? Frankly, I am not surprised that we have not seen a version with the Samsung Galaxy S4 design to date.

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  • Stun Gun Disguised As An iPhone, Dispenses 50,000 Volts original content from Ubergizmo.

        



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    BlackBerry’s John Chen Calls iPhone Users Wall Huggers

    Tyler Lee March 8, 2014

    BlackBerrys John Chen Calls iPhone Users Wall HuggersBlackBerry isn’t doing so good at the moment, based on our earlier reports which shows that the company actually lost market share to Windows Phone, not to mention having carriers lose confidence in them. All of this seems to make for an uphill battle for BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, who despite the odds believes that he will be able turn things around.

    If anything Chen has a sense of humor regardless of how bleak the situation is, and even has no qualms about poking fun at the competition which he recently did during the Oasis Montgomery conference. (more…)

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    iPhones More Likely To Be Stolen, But Less Likely To Require Repairing [Study]

    Tyler Lee March 7, 2014

    iPhones More Likely To Be Stolen, But Less Likely To Require Repairing [Study]It is no secret that when it comes to smartphone theft, iPhones are the smartphone of choice. This is thanks to the fact that iPhones are typically seen as being desirable products (say what you will about specs and the pitfalls of iOS) and can be resold at a higher price. Apple has since introduced features such as Activation Lock which is part of iOS 7 thus making the phone more secure.

    That being said, would you rather have a phone that has a higher probability of being stolen, but in exchange is less likely to break or require replacing? Or vice versa? Well according to device insurance firm, ProtectCell, it has been found that while iPhones tend to be stolen more often, they do require less repairing and replacement. (more…)

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  • iPhones More Likely To Be Stolen, But Less Likely To Require Repairing [Study] original content from Ubergizmo.

        



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    Phone Number On Russian Snowboarder’s Helmet Causes Flood Of Images & SMS

    Edwin Kee February 10, 2014

    Phone Number On Russian Snowboarders Helmet Causes Flood Of Images & SMSA Russian snowboarder, Alexey Sobolev, has inadvertently caused his iPhone to crash – after he placed his phone number on his helmet. The reason he did that? He claimed that he was bored, and hence, decided to place his phone number on his helmet. Unfortunately, the wonders of modern day technology such as freeze frame and high resolution video has caused his phone number to be taken down, and that is where the problems begin. In fact, so many people took advantage of his phone number by making calls in his direction, so much so that the amount of messages and images overwhelmed his iPhone, that it actually froze.

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    An iPhone Back In 1991 Would Have Cost At Least $3.56 Million

    Tyler Lee February 10, 2014

    An iPhone Back In 1991 Would Have Cost At Least $3.56 MillionTechnology has definitely come a long way since two decades ago. For those who grew up in the 1990s you guys probably remember that computers cost a bomb back then, and that owning a computer was truly a luxury (it still is in certain parts of the world). Laptops would be crazy expensive and people would pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for additional storage which can now be had for $10-$20. That being said, have you ever wondered how much an iPhone would have cost you back in 1991? Well according to Bret Swanson at Tech Policy Daily, he has estimated that an iPhone back in 1991 would have cost at least an eye-watering $3.56 million! Yikes!

    According to Swanson’s breakdown, the A7 chip would have cost $620,000, the flash memory of 32GB $1.44 million, and the 15Mbps data connection at $1.5 million. “Considering only memory, processing, and broadband communications power, duplicating the iPhone back in 1991 would have (very roughly) cost: $1.44 million + $620,000 + $1.5 million = $3.56 million.” Of course this doesn’t take into consideration things like the Touch ID sensor found in the iPhone 5s, the display, the touchscreen technology, the camera, and etc., but with 3 components coming in at $3.56 million already, we’d hate to think how much the final product would cost.

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  • An iPhone Back In 1991 Would Have Cost At Least $3.56 Million original content from Ubergizmo.

        



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    Apple Reportedly Lowers MFi Licensing Costs

    Tyler Lee February 10, 2014

    Apple Reportedly Lowers MFi Licensing CostsHave you ever wondered why accessories endorsed by Apple are so expensive? We can only assume that part of the reason is because manufacturers are trying to capitalize on the popularity of the iPhone/iPad, but at the same time the fault could be attributed to Apple as well who have made it expensive for manufacturers as well, as apparently licensing fees to create Made for iPhone (MFi) products can get pretty high as well. The good news is that there is a chance that future MFi products could see a price reduction as Macotakara has reported that Apple has lowered the licensing cost for MFi products.

    Hopefully what this means is that future MFi products will be priced lower as their licensing costs would have dropped as well, although we’re guessing if companies wanted to maintain their prices, their profit margins would be higher which would undoubtedly work out in the company’s favor. Apple’s MFi program was launched back in 2005 (it was known as Made for iPod then) and was created to ensure that there was a certain degree of quality when it came to accessories for Apple’s iPhone, as well as to ensure that these manufacturers adhered to Apple’s supplier responsibility code, such as safe working environments, no hiring of underaged workers, and so on.

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