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ELEMENTCASE Vapor 007 & AR15-V extreme metal case for iPhone 4

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fancy being james bond? well, now you can take a step closer to your dream by donning your iPhone 4 with this Vapor 007 Extreme Metal case from Elementcase. this limited edition, serialized iPhone 4 case is raw machined with hand brushed grain, befitting a top (ever cool) secret agent. brushed aluminum is not exactly tactical or stealthy in looks, but it certainly goes well with your black tuxedo and impressing your beautiful date in the process. neat huh? Continue reading ELEMENTCASE Vapor 007 & AR15-V extreme metal case for iPhone 4

how to take screenshots on iPhone 3G, 3GS & iPhone 4

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since 3G, iPhone with OS version 2.0 and above has the ability to take screenshots. the capability comes in handy when you need to capture screen of error messages, or getting a screenshot of your game. to take a screenshot, just press the HOME button and the ON/OFF button simultaneously. if done correctly, the screen will flash and you will also hear a camera-click sound, and the screenshot image will be saved to the iPhone’s Camera Roll. you can then download this via iPhoto or simply send the screenshot via email to yourself. easy.

also read: how to send multiple images or photos via email on iPhone

how to send multiple images/photos via email on iPhone

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iOS 4’s multitasking capability has made sending multiple images or photos via email on iPhone very simple. here’s how you can do it:

Step 1. go to Photos app, select the first image/photo you want to send. tap, hold the image/photo and tap on the ‘Copy‘ option that pops out
Step 2. quit Photos app by clicking HOME button once. go to your Mail app and go ahead to compose a new mail message
Step 3. tap and hold (till the magnifying glass appears) and select ‘Paste‘ from the pop-up option
Step 4. double click your HOME button to bring up the background program, your Photos app should be there. select it.
Step 5. choose the 2nd image/photo you want to send, tap, hold the image/photo and then select Copy.
Step 6. double click your HOME button to bring up the background program, your Mail app should be there. select it.
Step 7. scroll down to the blank space below the first image, tap and hold, select ‘Paste‘ from the pop-up options.

above steps are based on the assumption that you had your email set-up on your iPhone. these steps show the process of sending 2 images/photos, if you need to send more just repeat Step 4 to 7. if your image file size is too big, you will be given 3 options of file size to send. just go with the one that suits your requirement. but do watch out your data limit, just in case.

the glif iphone 4 tripod mount & stand

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this is interesting. a dedicated tripod mount & kick stand for your beloved iPhone 4. i would love to have one but then i have to do without an iPhone case, don’t i? or maybe switch to slip on case instead. nevertheless, this is really an interesting project and an attractive product name. very well made video too. now, how about an iPhone hard case incorporating the glif? 🙂 the glif is the brainchild of Thomas Gerhardt and Dan Provost. the glif was posted in kickstarter – a fund seeking website for creative projects. as at now, Tom and Dan has achieved more than what they have asked for but i think innovative ideas deserve continual support.

show your support for the glif here.

visit the glif website.

thoughts: iPhone vs. the world

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why iPhone vs. the world you may ask. the reason being, the smartphone segment can’t help but to compare themselves to an iPhone whenever a smartphone is being launched. never mind the fact that iPhone could be already been a year in the market (e.g. 3G & 3GS), they will still be making the comparison anyway – both critics and manufacturers alike. to the smartphone market, iPhone seems to be the benchmark. i know you critics would fervently deny this, but let’s face it – this is the fact. let’s talked about the anti-iPhone sentiment first. so why the hatred, so to speak, about Apple’s smartphone? ok, maybe ‘hatred’ is a bit of a strong word to use, but it certainly sounded that way. in fact, it is not just about iPhone, it is everything about Apple that some dislikes or even hate. maybe it is the green eye monster that is doing it’s bidding in them?

i read an article a couple weeks ago in a local technology news, entitled “Bad apples – but some will still bite them.” the author wrote about Apple’s ‘flawed’ (‘flawed’ as in his perspective) products, namely iPad and of course, the iPhone 4. i will touch on what was it about iPad that he didn’t fancy but first, on with the iPhone 4. every products almost certainly will have its flaws, let alone a smartphone. ever since the launch of iPhone 4, they has been reports of ‘defect’ with the phone, such as the blue tint effect, flawed retina display and most notably, the antenna issue. so it was not a surprise to note that the author brought the iPhone 4 antenna issue up. quoted from the article “There is no problem, as some iPhone fans have told me. Just buy a case, problem solved.” and he went on with “such forgiving rational and practical minds of Singaporean consumers which I have grown accustomed to.”

majority of users will have a case on their iPhone, which explains the huge variety for iPhone cases ever since iPhone 3G. never in history have we seen such a huge variety (brands and designs, materials included) of cases (& accessories) for a single product. before the days of iPhone, users hardly don up their mobile or smartphone with anything but the factory provided case. or maybe some cheap dust-magnet silicon skins. so am i an Apple fanboy trying to justify a flawed product? i hardly think so. i was well aware of the antenna issue. i weighed the (probable) issue(s) with other factors. factors (or specs) such as faster processor, high resolution IPS display et cetera and made an informed decision. i am a big fan of beautifully designed stuff, but the decision to move from 3GS to iPhone 4 is not solely on design, because i knew that i would probably have a case over the iPhone anyway. and mind you, it was not the case of ‘just get a case’.

back to the article that i talked about earlier. the author wrote about 3G version of the iPad being, in his own word “gimped”. as you would have guessed they were about (1) low-res YouTube clips on 3G but high-res clips on WIFI; (2) 3G can’t download apps larger than 20MB. i was baffled on why these were even brought up. first of all, consumers were given choices: 3G+WIFI or just WIFI enabled iPad. it was a decision made with understanding of probable limitations of wireless connectivity. secondly, 3G gives freedom to connectivity and the 20MB restriction is only a rule applied to ‘apps’. in the event you’re in need of connectivity, and there’s no WIFI, 3G connection is your only savior, even if gives you low-res. last check, email and websites doesn’t come in high-res. thirdly, both ‘issues’ 1 & 2 is to safe-guard users and to some extent, probably Apple themselves. without the restriction, some users may run the risk of overusing their data plan, which potentially could be hundreds of dollars in extra charges. remember that not all users are on unlimited plans. seriously, i never thought the above-mentioned 2 points were an issue. do you?

ok, maybe it’s more than just iPhone vs. the world – it’s probably Apple vs. the world. if a product hits the community beyond the current Apple’s domain (i.e. Mac users) and ‘intrudes’ into the ‘mass’ domain (i.e. more consumers) than it is sure get of attention and probably wakes up some green eye monsters in the process.

how to pair Playstation bluetooth headset with iPhone

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in case you have forgotten or not sure how to pair your Official Sony Playstation bluetooth headset with your iPhone (3G & above), here’s a little guide for it. the Playstation bluetooth headset is quite versatile, it can be used for online gaming communication, skype and of course, as a headset for your mobile phone. in this case, i’m going to pair it with the iPhone 4. it works the same for 3G & 3GS.

1. first go to your iPhone bluetooth setting page (setting > general > bluetooth) turn the bluetooth to ‘ON’ – once the bluetooth is ‘ON’, iPhone will start searching for discoverable bluetooth devices
2. now, over to the headset. assuming your headset is fully charged and ‘OFF’ – hold on to the ‘POWER’ button and the ‘MIC/MUTE’ button together for about 5 secs. the ‘ring’ around the ‘MIC/MUTE’ button will turn red, signifying that the headset is now in discoverable mode and at the same time, the iPhone bluetooth page now shows ‘Wireless Headset’ being detected but ‘Not Paired’
3. select the ‘Wireless Headset’ and key in ‘0000’ when prompted to enter the PIN.
there you have it, the ‘Wireless Headset’ is now shown as ‘Connected’

if for some reason, you want to remove the bluetooth headset from your iPhone list, just tap on the blue circle with the arrow (‘>’) next to ‘Wireless Headset’ in the bluetooth page. tap on to ‘Forget this Device’. confirm by tapping on the red button that says ‘Forget Device’ and you’re done 🙂

for benefit of those who are really new, below is the pictorial guide:

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thoughts: will iphone continues to dominate the smartphone market?

in my opinion ‘yes’. i have been a user of smartphone since 2004, and i have my fair share of gripes about windows mobile and symbian OS. i have since given up on both OS. my last was samsung i780 before switching to iOS in 2008. for the last two and half years, i was an iPhone user – from 3G to 3GS – until 2 weeks ago i decided to give Android a shot and see for myself what’s the hype about.

i have been using the Google Nexus One running on manually updated Android 2.2 aka Froyo for the last 2 weeks. so how was it? here’s my verdict: i can’t wait to get my hands on iPhone 4 from my local telco. i have listed the pros and cons in my earlier posting, now i got more to add. Apple will likely to dominate the smartphone market. iPhone has changed everything. being both a hardware and software company certainly brings about advantages when designing and producing the smartphone, or any products for that matter. being both a hardware and software company means both hardware and software can have much better integration. it eliminates or at the very least, minimize the issues between hardware and OS. productivity-wise, the software (the OS) will be more efficient as they only need to ‘talk’ to a single hardware designing company. it is better for software developer to develop for a single product (iPhone) which enables them to concentrate in making it better, rather than having to split their resources to develop for different manufacturers and different models. end result for Apple is a more stable product.

Apple has garnered much talks by controlling the distribution of iphone (itouch and ipad) apps. some critics disapproved of such control which curbed their freedom to develop. well, after using Nexus One for 2 weeks, i am beginning to appreciate Apple’s apps store and it’s intentions. android market does not have as many apps and variety compared to Apple’s apps store. i think it will not be as big as the apps store in anytime soon. why? there are simply too many models of android-based smartphone with varying screen resolution and possibly, proprietry UI features. it’s not going to be easy for developer to iron out bugs for all models in the market. on top of that, newer OS version is not readily available to all models in existing market which makes apps update a daunting task. very often then not, you will see comments such as ‘this apps doesn’t work on xx model’ on the android market. rather than commenting on the actual quality or usefulness of the apps, like usually you will see in the apps store. developers will likely to shy away from developing for such market, especially if its for monetary purpose. on top of that, there are several ‘independent’ markets sprouting out for android and these ‘independent’ markets even spammed the comments section of some apps in official Android Market to draw people to their sites. to me that’s definitely very unprofessional and unorganized. nobody ensure quality in the android market.

any tom, dick and harry can submit an app. i’d be hesitatant in buying paid apps on the official Android Market because i am not sure of its reliability in terms of credit card information handling. don’t get me wrong, i am not out to thrash android. android is a great OS. but perhaps, Google should design and manufacture their own hardware, and maybe have some control over the apps. i do have fun with the Froyo. it is fun and rather intuitive but it also reminds me of windows mobile. all i need is a straight forward phone. i don’t want to navigate through pages and pages just to reach a basic setting. nowadays, we all have too many things to learn and to do, it will be nice to simplify things a little. Google are you listening? 🙂

posted via AndroBlog on Google Nexus One (Android 2.2)

review: ONKYO UP-A1 iPod/iPhone dock

when i bought the ONKYO TX-SR507 AV receiver and i knew i would need an iPod dock, if they have any. i chanced upon this sweet little dock on the Official ONKYO website and have been trying to get my hands on it. months later, i found out its availability in Singapore and i wasted no time in getting it. got it from Harvey Norman Singapore @ Funan Digital Lifestyle Mall for less than 100 bucks. i hardly want to talk about build quality but it is good. the unit comes in shiny piano black. frankly, that’s a potential fingerprints magnet but then again, we hardly neat to touch the unit after setting it out. the unit connects to the ONKYO AV receiver via 1.5m long cable with a universal port connector. the dock itself has a little round ‘button’ where you can adjust to suit the different iPods or iPhone you are going to dock with. nice touch.

this unit does support visual interface & supports video playback up to 1080i (known as the extended mode) and photo slides but only on higher series of ONKYO AV receiver, therefore, i can’t comment on the user interface. the beauty of this unit is that it allows user to do basic music control of their iPod/iPhone via the stock ONKYO remote. functions such as scrolling through the albums, forward, next, play et cetera. the lack of interface support for lower end AV receiver can be a minus point. from a far, without visual, users can’t see the songs when scrolling though the menus and songs list. we all know how tiny the iPod screen can be. for those who has the ONKYO SR507 AV receiver might want to reconsider this option, if you desperately need to have a interface. i ended up squatting in front of the unit to do the selection. so much for remote control, huh?

this unit is compatible with most iPod models except for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations iPods. there’s not much installation to talk about. ‘installation’ is basically plugging in the universal connector to the universal port at the rear of the compatible ONKYO AV receiver – so there you go, the true meaning of ‘plug & play’. usage is simple. just dock your iPod or iPhone and switch your AV receiver to ‘Port’ and you are ready to savor those music jammed in your iPod or iPhone. when docked, the cradle also charges your iPod or iPhone. neat huh? this plug-play-charge at the same time is already kind of a must-have feature in all dock/cradle. As mentioned earlier, this dock does not work with all ONKYO AV receivers. The manual indicated TX-SR507, TX-SR577, TX-SR607 or later models. so those hunting for one of these do take note, and remember if you are those who cannot live with visual, then i would suggest you give this a miss.

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