iPhone 4 finds its $1 antenna solution that’s actually practical

The iPhone 4, an amazing piece of technology is plagued by that nasty antenna issue where if you simply hold the phone “the wrong way” as Steve Jobs puts it, you lose your connection. The real issue is actually the design, and the Apple Bumper Case which is essentially a plastic rubber-band fixes that. And that’s for $30 (which is frankly ridiculous). Enter Oliver Nelson from the iPhone Guru. Simply take your favorite charity wrist band that you find for $1 (or Neil Armstrong’s) with the measurements of “about 1.125-inches long and about 0.125-inches wide”, cut a few holes for the ports, and voila! Instant solution. Problem solved, for no more than a dollar.

Via: Wired, iPhone Guru

Reminder: Starbucks starts offering free Wi-Fi starting today

So, if you didn’t remember the old announcement, here’s a reminder to refresh your mind. Starbucks announced that they would be offering free Wi-Fi across all US and Canada stores starting today, with no time limits and none of the darn annoying logins. Just free Wi-Fi for you, your iPad, Android phone, breakable iPhone 4, or the M11x this was typed on. Of course this means that with my caramel-topped frappuccino that there will be never be a seat at Starbucks again, but at least the one near our 42-story apartment building is set in a place full with benches and fountains.

Oh, what the heck, I’d find a seat somehere.

Via: Starbucks Newsroom

Motorola’s DROID X takes a (serious) jab at the iPhone 4’s antenna wreck

Interestingly, Motorola thinks that the iPhone 4’s antenna issue is a great practice session for their marketing department (so do we). So in a full page ad in the New York Times today, Moto does exactly that:

[…] And most importantly, it comes with a double antenna design. The kind that allows you to hold the phone any way you like and use it just about anywhere to make crystal clear calls. You have a voice. And you deserve to be heard.

True, true. There’s no excuse for ‘ol Steve telling us how to hold his precious iPhone 4; I should be able to hold the iPhone 4 with my feet and still get a reception. BTW, the ad’s full-size image is after the jump!

Via: BGR

Microsoft has killed the Kin. THANK YOU!

Microsoft said:

We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.”

Good riddance, I say. The KIN was an absolute failure in terms of ideas and design. The only problem I have now is that I can’t figure out which phone to label the “Dumbest and Worst”, because soon the Kin will cease to exist. RIP Kin, because your pricing was ridiculous, and your interface was so bad it wasn’t even amusing. Thanks Microsoft.

Oh! Apple’s Looking for Eight Extremely Experienced iPhone Antenna Engineers

So, what goes with the quirky title of this story? At this point, that’sall I can think of. In internal docs Apple is telling its AppleCare employees to smooth over the antenna and reception problems with customers, as well as not providing them bumper cases for free, in ALL CAPS (see here).

In the meantime Apple is looking for eight experienced antenna dudes who would work on the iPhone and iPad, as well as manufacturing experience and in total being in the industry for more than 10 years. Probably Apple wants to make sure the iPhone 5 (or 4G) will be held anyway you want, so it is more revolutionary.

Go figures then. ;)

Via: TC

Hulu Plus Announced: On Your iPad, TV, iPhone, Or Whatever

Finally, Hulu Plus has been announced. Bringing a monthly charge of $9.99, you can view full seasons of shows (including HD ones) on Fox, ABC, NBC, and other networks. For iPad and iPhone owners, a Hulu Plus app will be released (you can stream via Wi-Fi or 3G).  For the other media consumers, there will be support for Samsung connected TVs and Blu-ray, and TVs and Blu-ray players from Vizio and Sony (coming fall 2010), PS3 (in July) , and Xbox 360 (as part of Xbox LIVE, in early 2011). A select few users have been invited to the new service, and you request an invite at the source link. Some of you are licking your chops by now I suppose, eh?

Via: Hulu Plus

LaptopMemo Giveaway: Another $10 iTunes Gift Card

So, it’s another giveaway you say? It’s for another $10 iTunes gift card, and since 1.7 million people just bought iPhone 4s in the last 4 days, I think you’d really want it. The same rules apply people:

  • It’ll run till Saturday, July 3rd
  • You have to leave a comment with a valid email address, telling us why you think you should get the gift card
  • The winner will be picked at random
  • One entry per person, multiple entries will disqualify you
  • Your email address will only be used to contact you with the card’s details
  • You’ll have to be in the U.S of A (that’s what the card says anyways)

Good luck!