Tim and David both got the new iPad, and share their thoughts. Also up for discussion: PSP Vita, the lovely attitude cell phone carriers have of their customers, the Qmadix Portfolio, a dedicated MAME handheld, and David falls out of love with Blizzard over Diablo III.
On the 27th of October the network carriers Vodafone and O2 celebrated their adoption of the iPhone 4. Already having had the iPhone on its network for some months now, eplus didn’t have as much to celebrate, other than being able to sell the iPhone unlocked and free to use with all carriers now. I went to the O2 flagship store in Cologne, Germany with a friend to get her new iPhone 4 with a contract adaptation of her previous mobile contract.
O2 greeted us on that morning with free drinks, food, a DJ and gorgeous O2 hostesses. Waiting in line with my friend to get her iPhone 4, we noticed that it was taking a very long time for the five people in front of us to complete their purchases. The O2 employees informed us that their servers were not responding and that only one of their computer terminals had access to the system.
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Like many Photoshop users I upgrade to the current version when the need for the newest features becomes too tempting to ignore. The latest version of Adobe Photoshop is CS5. A bevy of extraordinary new improvements such as Content-Aware Fill, Camera Raw 6, Brushes, Puppet Warp, Refine Edge Dialog, amongst others, make this application a creative and more efficient way to process workflow.
Guest writer Roman Woznik’s first report from Europe
I work for eco, The Association of the German Internet Industry, during my college years. Following the call of eco, I attended the United Nations Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania. It’s a Multi-Stakeholder conference on Internet Governance where participants from the governmental, private and civil society sectors meet and discuss the future of the Internet and its policies.
While sitting at the huge round conference tables I was greeted by lots of glowing Apples. I was amazed to see rows upon rows of MacBooks and MacBook Pros being used by civil rights activists and government officials alike. Looks like that’s one thing they could agree upon was using great computers. I would say the ratio of PC notebooks to Macs was at least 50/50. Having switched my whole digital life to Macs and an iPhone about half a year ago I guess I didn’t realize how common they have become, and the prejudice of Macs being solely for designers and video editors was soon forgotten.
v-JAYS over-ear lightweight clear-bass folding headphones
Company: JAYS (of Sweden)
Price: $98 US (not available until approximately November, 2010)http://www.jays.se/products/headphones/v-jays.html
Martin Taylor enjoys listening to music. But he doesn’t like headphones, any of them, because “they always color the sound in a way that is unnatural.” I asked him to help test the new v-JAYS from Sweden. He was impressed. (He is a MyMac reviewer, The Other Martin Taylor, not the famous jazz guitarist although our Martin does play a Taylor guitar. He also owns a Martin.)
“Bass is very strong and clear, Nemo,” he said. “Much more than I’ve heard before. These must be expensive headphones.” Not especially, I told him. They are priced under $100.
What about design, construction, and fit? “Really lightweight and comfortable,” said Martin. “I could sit and listen with them all day, both for pleasure and at work. The folding earpieces aren’t essential, but they’ll help with packing and travel. Is there a case provided?” No, I told him.
Griffin iClear with Armband for iPhone 3G
Company: Griffin Technology
With all of the cases that have appeared for the iPhone 3G, there are always special cases designed to fill a specific niche for certain users. Griffin Technology’s iClear case for the iPhone 3G fills a specific spot for the active user who wants to take their iPhone along with them whenever they are on the go. Whether you are into running, bicycling or walking, then you need to check out the iClear case.
Having been into running for many years, and used to having my iPod along for the run, I was just a bit hesitant when it came time to look at and try out a case for my iPhone 3G. Something kept telling me that you just don’t take your phone along with you when you’re out there running, calls can wait. However, the capability of having the iPhone with its many capabilities outweighed that voice in the back of my mind and I chose to try out Griffin’s iClear. To begin with, the iClear case comes with a frosted hard polycarbonate back piece with a rotating belt clip, a clear front bezel piece, a static peel screen protector, an adjustable stretchable armband and, of course, a cleaning cloth. Installing your iPhone into the case is a snap, place the belt clip into the arm band, plug in your earphones and off you go.
Luxe Red/Black Case for iPhone 3G
Price: $19.99 USD
Time to check out ifrogz’s contributions, case-wise, for the iPhone 3G. For those who are looking for sporty, hard-style case to keep their iPhone 3g protected in, take a look at ifrogz’s Red/Black Luxe Case.
The Luxe is a hard plastic case with a two-tone finish, in this case, red and black, that offers a more up-to-date modern look to your iPhone 3G. For those iPhone users who have no wish to carry their iPhone on their belt, and feel totally cool with it in their pants or coat pocket, ifrogz’s Luxe case just adds a little bit more style and helps keep the back of your iPhone from scratching up. Light-weight and yet thin so as to not add additional heft, the Luxe case allows you to add a dash of color and pizzazz without going overboard.
Sidewinder Deluxe for iPhone 3G
If you’ve just purchased a new iPhone 3G and you’re considering a case, you may just want to wander on over to Mareware’s website and take a look at the new Sidewinder Deluxe for the iPhone 3G.
If you’re like most people, you have a tendency to forget where you left your earphones for your iPhone, at least I know that I have. Marware’s Sidewinder Deluxe solves that problem for you by including a retractable side arm that you can wrap your earphones around and carry it with you wherever you go. Sporty and light, you just take your iPhone and place it into Marware’s Flexi-Shell case, then just snap it into the black plastic holster, place it on your belt with the clip and go.
Marware has more than one iPhone case up its sleeve. Marware’s C.E.O. FlipVue is a another well designed leather case for your iPhone 3G that you might want to consider taking a look at for daily use. Marware had already produced a version for the original iPhone that was previously reviewed by David Weeks and since the arrival of the iPhone 3G, a newer model appeared on the scene.
Just as with Marware’s C.E.O. Sleeve, the FlipVue is made of Nappa leather that provides a holster-type case that you slip your iPhone into and the flap comes down and is held in place by two small sections of velcro and provides cover over the front of your iPhone. The side elastic also provides the grip to hold your phone in place besides the drop down flap. In appearance, both the Marware C.E.O. Sleeve and the FlipVue are identical, with the FlipVue having the flap to cover the front of your iPhone. In the previous version for the original iPhone, there were apparently some complaints of accessibility to iPhone items that Marware has taken care of in this version. Your earphone mini-jack, speaker, volume control, mike and dock connector are all readily accessible.