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Iphone clone

An iPhone clone is a device featuring most of the hardware and software similar to the Apple, Inc. iPhone 3G. These devices look and feel like the Apple company iPhone 3G but are usually of a lesser distinction of quality. The software and hardware are of lesser value and complexity. Most of the iPhone clones have defective hardware and software which may consist of bugs. The various popular iPhone clones available on the market mostly originate from china and are priced very economically. The hardware and software incorporated into the device are also of good quality. The M88 Smartphone, the Sciphone i9, the i9, the N99i and the T32 phones are good examples of the iPhone clones in the market today.

The CECT i9 iPhone clone or the iClone as it would be called has all of the major features of the iPhone. The best part being the price which is cut in half of the original Apple iPhone 3G price. The tilting and shaking function of the device is an advantageous feature. This feature of the iClone i9 allows scrollerless advance and return of viewed image on the screen. A simple shake of the wrist will allow for a change in the image being viewed on the screen. The latest models of the i9 come with 8GB of data storage giving ample space for large files like videos, images and applications. The i9 iClone comes with the trendiest body construction and in many colors too.

The CECT M88 is the competition to many of the latest iPhone clones in the market. The one thing that sets this device apart is the Wi-Fi facility. The super fast Wi-Fi access that can be utilized in this device allows for superior web surfing experience added with highly compatible browsers and of course Java support. Java support enhances the gaming experience to the fullest. The vibration coordinated with the gameplay of many popular iPhone games that can be downloaded using the high speed access is an added fun feature. The biggest thing about this iClone when compared to the original Apple company iPhone is the fact that there is a camera built into the device. The 1.3 MP camera does enough wonders for a quick shot while on a call at some hotspot.

The Sciphone i9 is another variant of the i9 but is not the same. This iPhone clone device also features the major attractions of the original Apple company iPhone plus added Java support. The latest Java downloads enhance the gaming experience wonderfully. The speakers integrated into the hardware of the device are just clear enough to listen with comfort. The camera and built in FM radio tuner give sophistication to this clone of the Apple iPhone. Even more attractive are the e-book reader and the webcam facility.

While many of these devices feature the major attractions of the original iPhone, the cost price is the best part. You stand to receive all the kickass operations of the Apple iPhone and more for half the price  in most cases.

Iphone Accessories

Any freshly innovated piece of electronic gadget comes with only itself in the market for company. Accessories are fashioned to suit the compatibility issues of the devices. Whatever the accessory, it is usually made with the adage “ necessity is the mother of innovation” in mind. If a gadget seems incomplete by itself, then the whole world takes to its labs to produce just that accessory which would make the user experience with such a device only more complete.

The Apple, Inc. creation, the iPhone came in just this fashion into the market. It was pretty lonely without any compatible security accessories or additional support in the form of software or hardware. The hardware versions of the accessories are the most commonly available in the market while the software application variety are mostly devised to enhance productivity. The range of accessories available apply to various functionalities of the device itself.

The docking station would be the most useful accessory for the iPhone 3G. The docking station allows for multiple input modes like the augmented aid of an external keypad or a mouse in tandem with the phone’s processor. The device can also be used for networking and as a display unit. The speaker docks made by several brands stand to enliven the audio experience with your favorite music and music videos too. Just download your most preferred tracks from iTunes and you are already on the way to a dance night. The youtube videos you could play on this device would sound the richest using any of the most popular speaker dock brands. Imagine listening to a lecture by Raymond Kurzweil added with his wittiest futurisms ever or even one by Richard Dawkins to ponder whether God could have made a gadget like this one. The latest singles by Britney Spears or that really rare 70s disco track someone loaded onto youtube can be very appealing to view and listen.

The sports armband made by any popular manufacturer of these accessories could be a very useful investment when you have a routine at the park. Jog on to the dance beats or a medley of rock while the  iPhone straps onto your arm like a smoker’s remedy patch. The strap comes in handy while at a household chore or during a stint under the hood of a car.

The cases are the best other investments to make for iPhone accessories. These cases are crafted to fit in the iPhones like a snug. Carry one in your purse or backpack for that unforeseen moment when you may want to tuck away your iPhone for later use, maybe when in class or in a meeting at office.

The bluetooth headset is another attractive but very useful accessory which is a gadget in itself. There are multitudes of brands of these devices which sit on your ear and allow you to speak on your phone without opening it out of your case. These things make you look like a star trekker.

The car charging appliance would be very convenient to use while traveling. Just plug the iPhone through this appliance to your car charging outlet and way to go!

Unlock iPhone

The one big deal with iPhones or any popular mobile cell phone is the fact that the sim card of one network remains in use anywhere in the world the phones are taken. For example if the iPhone sim card is derived from one carrier brand then the network usage of the particular iPhone is done through the payment arrangements of that carrier alone. Unlocking an iPhone would allow for using sim cards from other carriers in other places of the world without the complexity of restriction to one single network and its arrangements with other networks. This process of unlocking iPhones would be against the law in most cases and should only be attempted with care. The AT&T network sim card comes with the Apple iPhone  on a contract basis. Breaking out of this would require a user to hack into the workings of this device and unlock the phone for use with other network sim cards that are usually not recommended for use with this device.

The first such hack which has been recorded was in the hands of a teenager who disassembled the device and performed tweakings on the hardware and software of the device to achieve an unlocked iPhone. The methods used by this teenager proved to be very complex for other users with a fast lifestyle to even think aside of. The massive requirement of equipment and other resources like lengthy periods of concentrated effort make the unlocking of an iPhone to be the most unappealing thing to do.

Myuch of the unlocking today is done by much more convenient methods of software applications. Whatever you do with your iPhone gadget expecting to achieve an unlocked phone with flexibility of network usage, do be aware of all the junk you could be left with in case the mission were to fail. Many people around the world have failed in there attempts and ended up with destroyed phones. Even tweaking the software could result in the gadget turning dysfunctional. Any firmware upgrade that may be available for download could only be more secure than the previous versions to prevent unauthorized access to unlocked iPhones.

There are many touting scam artists out there who might recommend a tweak to you but most of these come with as huge a price tag as the iPhone itself. Think before you tweak this device. Neither do you want to end up with a dysfunctional device nor do you want to feel guilty of unauthorized manipulation. The web is full of apparent methods for a full unlock of your iPhone device which are usually the worst methods resulting in a broken device both to touch and feel as well as operate. Updates to the newer iPhones would only make it more difficult to hack into the functions and unlock. The one advantage of leaving the iPhone as it is would be the fact that it is already available with a perfect economical package on contract with AT&T. If in future the device comes with compatibility among other networks and sim card interchangeability then a lot of folks would be truly happy.

iPhone Frenzy, Medialet’s monetizing the apps

iPhone Frenzy, Medialet's monetizing the apps

Will there be iPhone frenzy on July 11? We know that there will be plenty of phones to go around, but still my friends and I are already planning to line up at the Apple Store in the wee hours of July 11th to get first dibs. Why do we care this much about a mobile phone upgrade?

The new iPhone 3G has a lot going for it—simply stated, the pricing strategy alone is a win-win (we’ll pay less upfront and about $40 more in the long-term). But, it’s not about the price or the 3G tech, or the new plastics involved.

Far more significant than the hardware upgrades, all iPhones will be able to connect to the App Store, an on the internet service from Apple that will allow us to easily install third-party software that utilizes all of the iPhone’s capabilities. This newfound ability to run virtually any application will soon let the tiny, mobile Apple computer in our pockets do things for us that the machines on our desks could only dream of.

But what will all these life-changing applications cost us? Will the $200 I save on my iPhone 3G just eventually get gobbled up by the App Store instead? Will the average iPhone customer even want to pay for these apps? And, how in the world will companies focused on the Apps, like newly launched actually monetize the software?

Enter Eric Litman, founder and CEO of Medialets, a New York-based advertising delivery platform whose work I hope will end up saving me a lot of my hard-earned cash. His company encourages developers who might otherwise charge up-front licensing fees to instead give their wares away for free. The costs of development would be supported by showing innovative, dynamic advertisements displayed inside the apps with Medialets technology.


Logitech Mac-compatible webcam

Logitech Mac-compatible webcam

Logitech, which makes some of the best webcams for PCs, just announced its first Mac-compatible webcam, featuring premium autofocus technology and, most importantly, Carl Zeiss Optics.

Add the sleek black and silver Logitech QuickCam Vision Pro webcam to your Mac computer, and you’ll be recording sharp 720p high-def video clips, and VGA-quality video at up to 30 frames per second while video calling with iChat and Skype. Features a 2-megapixel sensor, and Logitech’s RightLight 2 Technology, which enables the webcam to “adjust intelligently in dim or harshly backlighted situations.”

Available in July for approx $129.99. Mac owners rejoice!

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Life With The iPod Touch

I just got an iPod Touch last week. I bought it because I was working on a project and I needed the iPod Touch for the project. I’ve seen and played with the iPod Touch when it first came out but I didn’t “live” with it.

I guess I didn’t appreciate the iPod Touch as much as I do now. It’s really like a mini-computer that fits at the palm of your hand.

In the week that I’ve had my touch, I barely used the music features of it. I used mostly the internet features of the touch. From surfing, chat all the way to checking email. The Touch made it so convenient for me.

Although I didn’t use the music features a lot, I did use the video features. It was also a great coincidence that I got iTunes GCs as a present from my dad. I loved the fact that I could rent a motion picture on iTunes, begin watching it on my Mac, transfer it to my iPod Touch, watch it there some more and transfer it back to my Mac if needed. This feature really came in handy during my hospital visit.

What really got me was the ton of apps I could install on my Touch. My favorite is TouchPad Pro. It allows you to control your Mac via VNC. While there’s a lag, it’s good as a remote control. It needs some work but it’s really a great tool.

The apps really got me excited for the launching of the App store. I can’t wait to see the apps that will be available.

Now after living with an iPod Touch, I can’t see my life without it. I realized I don’t need the huge storage space that the Classic has. I need the features of the Touch more.


How nice are you… on the net?

How nice are you… on the net?

However caring and compassionate you are in real life, according to new research, things tend to turn nasty when you log onto the internet. The BBC says that an annual report into web habits by internet guru Dr Jakob Nielsen shows that most people want to use the internet for finding information, and so get frustrated and angry at the amount of pop-up ads and interactive content on offer – it’s too distracting.

Video content which was designed to make websites more user-friendly and interesting often make sites slower to load instead and people get really steamed up about it – pretty much the opposite of what was intended. (I wonder if that’s what drives some of the abusive comments bloggers get?)

Nielsen concludes that the reason search engines are so popular is that we are all impatient: we want our info, and we want it NOW. No messing. “Basically search engines rule the web,” he says.