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16Dec/11Off

Grace Eco Pod case: Take your iPhone / iPod touch for a swim

Want a case for your iPhone or iPod touch that is not only waterproof, but floats when dropped in water? Would shock resistance be an extra added bonus for you? The Grace Digital Audio Eco Pod (US$49.99) case definitely fits the bill if you need all of this protection and the ability to clamp it on a bike as well.

While it's not the most svelte iPhone case at 1.75" thick x 4" wide x 6.75" tall, the Eco Pod is probably the case you'd want your device wrapped in at the beach, while camping, or on a long bike ride in challenging weather conditions. In case you're wondering why it's so big, it's probably because the Eco Pod is designed with a bit more room inside so you can also stuff your credit card, driver's license, and some cash in there along with your iPhone or iPod touch.

The Eco Pod comes with a pair of waterproof earbuds should you wish to listen to music in the shower or while snorkeling, and is made of a tough polycarbonate to protect your device from drops or falls. The case is bright orange, useful if you happen to drop it while at the beach, skiing, or it floats off along with your trunks while snorkeling.

Gallery: Grace Digital Audio Eco Pod Case for iPhone / iPod touch

Other features of this case include IPX7 approval (that's the international waterproofing standard), a clear view front panel so you can see if your stuff if still in the case, a exterior pressure release valve that insures that the case closes air tight but can still be opened at both low and high altitudes, and a very cool carabiner clip to attach the Eco Pod to your backpack, tent, or ski parka.

There's also a built-in belt loop, and if you're a biker, you can purchase an optional bike clamp for $9.99 and stick the EcoPod on your handlebars for your listening pleasure.

TUAW readers should note that you cannot use the iPhone or iPod touch without actually opening up the Eco Pod and manually fiddling with your device. If you need something that's waterproof, but still allows you to use the device while it's in a case, consider the LifeProof cases -- they're much more expensive, but work flawlessly in a lot of nasty conditions while providing touch access to the screen.

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Find My Car Smart is first Bluetooth 4.0 app for iPhone

Bluetooth 4.0 became official recently, and now the first app to use this technology has made its way into the app store. The app, Find My Car Smart, is part of a Kickstarter project from FMC Smart. If funded, the company will make a Bluetooth 4.0 module that'll sit in your car. The app on the phone will locate the module and help you find your car in a crowded parking lot.

Bluetooth 4.0 is the latest version of the wireless technology to hit devices. It's meant for low-power, sensor-filled devices like the car dongle above. The specification was only recently finalized, and consumer products using it are expected to debut in 2012. Once these products hit the market, Apple owners will be ready and rearing to go as Bluetooth 4.0 is already supported by the iPhone 4S, the Mac mini and the MacBook Air.

[Via MacRumors]

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16Dec/11Off

Xmas Find in Difference


Xmas Find in Difference (2011 Christmas Hits) (Free) by iMobile Worldwide

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Ok, so the name of this Christmas-themed game is a little weird, but the game itself is ok! It’s one of those “find the difference” games where you have two mostly identical photos and you have to tap on the spots where the photos differ.

You get three “lifelines” for when you’re stuck and time is running out, making a wrong guess takes 5 seconds off the clock, and overall this game is pretty barebones but it’s Christmasey and it gets the job done. The music is cute at first, but if you play long enough you’ll get really sick of hearing dogs barking Jingle Bells over and over again, but hey it’s free and if you have kids they’ll probably like it.



Fun Sure
Sound & Graphics Not bad
Controls Just tap tap tap
Replay Value Up until Christmas… sure why not
Overall A free Christmas game! Go for it
App Name: Xmas Find in Difference (2011 Christmas Hits) (iTunes)
Version: 1.0
Price as of this writing: Free
iTunes category: Games
Available on: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Developer: iMobile Worldwide
Device & iOS used for review: iPhone 4, iOS 5.0

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16Dec/11Off

Santa’s Christmas greeting cards free


Santa’s Christmas greeting cards free (free) by pickZy

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

I’ll just come out and say it: don’t waste your time with this “greeting card” app. And if the paid version is as incompetent as the “free” version which won’t let you email your Christmas cards unless you pay, don’t waste your time with that one either.

I normally don’t go out of my way to slam apps that stink; in fact, I usually don’t even bother reviewing them at all. But I’m kind of offended that I wasted 5 minutes of my life in finding out that (a) upgrading is required to get any use out of this app at all, and (b) the handling of images and decorative elements is so horrendously bad that trying to make a decent greeting card at all is more or less an exercise in futility. I’m going to repeat that for the developer: the handling of images and decorative elements is horrendously bad. No resize, no rotate. There are photo frames but you can’t stick a photo in them. Ugh.

The one thing this greeting card app does right is that it tells you right from the start that upgrading is required to send anything… and that’s your cue to delete it!

If you want to send Christmas cards from your iPhone or iPad, use Christmas C@rds.

 

Visual Presentation Passable, at least the decorative things look decent
Ease of Use Terrible
Functionality Terrible
Value vs. Price I want my 5 minutes back
Overall Dear pickZy the developer, releasing this kind of garbage makes you look really bad! Please get better at making apps and, when you do, I hope you make a lot of money from it. Until your apps are good, make them free (like REALLY free, none of this upgrading BS) and continually try to improve on them. This sage advice is my gift to you! Merry Christmas.
App Name: Santa’s Christmas greeting cards free (iTunes)
Version: 1.0
Price as of this writing: free
iTunes category: Photo & Video
Available on: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Developer: pickZy
Device & iOS used for review: iPhone 4, iOS 5.0

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16Dec/11Off

Carrier IQ on millions of phones admit US operators

The saga of Carrier IQ and its tracking software installed on untold numbers of mobile phones on carriers in the US continues. Senator Al Franken started his investigation into carriers by sending out letters demanding to know what major wireless carriers were using the software for, how many handsets had the software, and what was done with the data. Some responses have returned and the number of handsets running the software is scary.

The response Franken received back from some of the larger carriers were disturbing to those concerned about privacy. In the response to Franken’s inquiry AT&T admitted that it had Carrier IQ installed on 900,000 handsets that were in consumer hands. However, AT&T claims that it only collects data from about 575,000 of those handsets.

Sprint, on the other hand, has 26 million handsets on the market running Carrier IQ software. The carrier maintains that while it has been using Carrier IQ since 2006 it only collects details on network and device performance. Sprint claims that it has never used data collected to serve targeted ads or for any other purpose than device and network performance. Sprint also claims that only about 5% of those 26 million devices are collecting data at any given time. About 30,000 are queried by Sprint personnel at any given time.

[via Computerworld]


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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Accessories Hands-On

We didn’t just grab the new Verizon Galaxy Nexus yesterday, we picked up the official accessories too, so whether you’re concerned about power-hungry LTE or just want to treat your new toy while you’re still in the honeymoon period, there’s probably something for you. For most it’s the extended battery ($49.99) that will hold most appeal, an NFC-enabled 2,100 mAh Li-Ion pack offering an extra jolt of runtime at the expense of a slightly bigger phone in the hand.

In fact, you get 250 mAh more than the regular Galaxy Nexus LTE battery – itself 100 mAh bigger than what’s supplied with the slimmer HSPA+ version – though given how power-hungry 4G is we’ll take anything we’re given. We’ll have feedback on exactly how much extra runtime the extended Galaxy Nexus battery grants after some testing, but the good news is that we’ve found it actually makes for a slightly more comfortable phone in the hand thanks to the extended rear cover. Unfortunately it won’t fit into the battery compartment in the HSPA+ Nexus.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus official accessories:

Since we now have two batteries, we also grabbed the Battery Charger with Stand ($39.99), a compact plastic sled that allows you to charge a battery without having to actually slot it into your phone. A notch allows you to prop up the Galaxy Nexus for easy viewing on your desk – in either portrait or landscape orientation – and there’s a useful Y-adapter that means you can power both your phone and the Battery Charger with Stand from the one AC adapter.

Finally, we grabbed the Anti-Glare Screen Protectors ($14.99 for a pack of three), a matte-finish adhesive screen cover that not only helps avoid scratches to the fortified glass front of the Galaxy Nexus. As with all screen protectors they require a reasonably steady, careful hand to apply if you don’t want bubbles trapped underneath, but they certainly make a difference for outdoor usability. More details in the video above, and check out our full Verizon Galaxy Nexus LTE hands-on for more on the smartphone itself.


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16Dec/11Off

Comet Lovejoy survives pass through sun’s corona

A newly discovered comet dubbed Lovejoy has survived an unbelievably close pass by the sun. The comet actually survived a pass through the sun’s corona on December 15. The comet came within 87,000 miles of the surface of the sun. The temperatures in the corna can reach 2 million degrees Fahrenheit according to Space.com.

Lovejoy was not expected to survive the brush with the sun and was being observed by scientists and was expected to be completely destroyed. The NASA solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft followed Lovejoy on its path through the corona, expecting to see the comet’s demise, and surprisingly saw Lovejoy streak back out into space. Scientists were so convinced that the comet was going to be vaporized that some were shocked and elated when the comet survived.

Lovejoy has a core that is about 660 feet wide and is in a class of comet dubbed Kreutz sungrazers because of the orbit that brings it very close to the sun. The comet was discovered by an Australian amateur astronomer named Terry Lovejoy, which is where the comet name comes from. Comet Lovejoy was discovered on November 27.

[via Space.com]


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Klipsch Gallery G-17 Air AirPlay speaker debuts

Klipsch has some of the best speakers for all sorts of uses that you will find on the market today. The company has announced its latest gadget called the Gallery G-17 Air AirPlay Speaker. This speaker is Apple AirPlay certified and promises very impressive sound. The speaker connects to your wireless network for AirPlay compatibility.

It allows you to control your iTunes music using an Apple smart device like the iPhone. The speaker uses Klipsch’s famous horn-loaded technology in a thin speaker for better sound. The speaker is in a thin cabinet with a minimalist design that is glossy black in color. I am not a fan of glossy finishes since they tend to gather dust and fingerprints.

The G17 is designed to be wall mounted or placed on a table or desk using the included smoked glass base. The speaker is 17-inches long but makes big sound. It will work with just about any iPod on the market along with the iPhone and iPad. The biggest downside is the price at $549.99 each.


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The Louvre museum and Nintendo team for 3DS guided tours

One of the most famous art museums in the world is the Louvre in France. The museum is famous for more than its art collection; one of the most noticeable landmarks is the glass pyramid out front. The museum and Nintendo are working together on a project that allows the visitors to the museum to use the Nintendo 3DS for guided tours of the exhibits.

The museum has traditionally offered audio guides to people that visit the museum if needed. The 3DS rollout is part of a plan to step up digital device use at the museum. Nintendo is providing the museum with 5,000 of the consoles as part of a partnership with the museum. Each of the little consoles will be loaded with various itineraries that will cater to specific groups and desires.

There will be a kid’s itinerary and hundreds of different recorded commentaries in seven languages on the art and other works on display at the museum. Nintendo developed the content for the museum with the Louvre in editorial control. I am sure that Nintendo is hoping the deal with the popular and heavily toured museum will raise the notoriety of the 3DS.

[via AFP]


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Verizon Galaxy Nexus gets teardown treatment

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus has gone under the knife – or the screwdriver at least – to bare its silicon guts in the now-traditional post launch teardown. While we’ve already seen what’s going on inside the HSPA+ version of the Samsung smartphone, ZDNet‘s breakdown of the LTE model shows there are some big differences when you get past the 4.65-inch Contour Display and 100mAh bigger battery.

We’d already noted the shifted, smaller microSIM slot in our hands-on with the Verizon Galaxy Nexus yesterday, but there are also radio differences to handle the CDMA/EV-DO/LTE functionality. For instance, Silicon Motion’s FCI FC7780 Dual-band CDMA EVDO transceiver makes an appearance on the Verizon phone’s motherboard.

Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and in this particular Nexus’ case it’s just how fast LTE can deliver. We’ve already seen average download speeds of 11.69Mbps and upload speeds of 7.16Mbps on Verizon’s 4G network, faster than many people get from their home broadband.

Verizon Galaxy Nexus hands-on:


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