Archive for: iPhone

SpringBoard Invaders Creates Time Machine That Only Goes To 1978

  • July 1, 2011 2:40 am

Anyone remember that amazing arcade game from the late 70′s? Space Invaders - one of the most addicting games I have ever played. We actually have one of the original units at our GS headquarters that gets used day in and day out. It usually ends up making me happy and Mike mad, but that is what you get when you are a n00b at the 70s type pwning like he is.

Anyways, now that it is 2011, we have iPhones. If you are like us, you probably have your iPhone Jailbroken which means you are rocking tons of emulators. Playing legendary games like Super Mario Bros., Excite Bike, Battle Toads, and even some Atari games. Whether or not, you probably have at least heard of Space Invaders, or have had the high score in your local pizza parlor or arcade.

But thanks to the amazing 3rd party app/tweak devs that are out and about - Velocity Apps - we have the gem that is SpringBoard Invaders!! This amazing tweak turns an extra added SpringBoard page into a widget style game that lets you pwn all the retina icons you want…

Review: EXOvault 10 iPhone 4 Case.

  • June 30, 2011 1:37 pm

The iPhone 4′s styling oozes simplicity, sophistication and sleek, industrial design. Most cases cover all of that up in the name of protection. Though considering the iPhone 4 is covered by glass on it’s two larges sides, we can certainly understand wanting to cover it up. But there are a few case manufacturers out there producing high-end, fashion-forward cases.

One such manufacturer, EXOvault, was kind enough to send us a sample of their latest EXO 10 case. How does it fair? GS investigates. Hop inside for the review…

Another iPhone 5 Concept Hits The Interwebs.

  • June 30, 2011 8:06 am

As we inch closer to the iPhone 5′s release this September, rumors of specs and concept renderings continue to trickle out. The concept design you see above (credt: Michal Bonikowsk) is the latest in a growing fascination with Apple’s now 4-year old “Jesus Phone” and our personal favorite concept we might add. It blends the aluminum tapered back and claimed larger display into a much more legitimate looking rendering.

Besides borrowing design cues from the iPad 2, the next-gen iPhone is rumored to have a the faster A5 dual-core processor, up to 4″ display, and 8-megapixel camera. There have also been rumors pointing towards a smaller, more affordable “iPhone 4S”. Though depending on which day and analyst you talk to, this iPhone 4S either is or isn’t real.

Either way, if the iPhone 5 resembles the image above we’ll be mighty happy campers. You?

iPhone: 4 Years Later. [Infograph]

  • June 29, 2011 11:03 am

Exactly four years ago to the day, Apple introduced the iPhone. And love it or hate it, the iPhone changed the mobile landscape faster than any previous phone — smartphone or not — ever had. The biggest departure from the at then, modern smartphone, was the use of a large 3.5″ capacitive touchscreen display that looked better than anything around. Add to that a new OS that was completely touch driven and you can see why the iPhone has grown into the multi-device juggernaut it has today.

But before we get too nostalgic, let us stop and simply point the iPhone lovers to the handy “History of iPhone” infograph waiting just after the break. Everyone else — move along…

Samsung Moves To Ban US Import Of iPhone, iPad With Latest FTC Filing.

  • June 29, 2011 10:54 am

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The back-and-forth volleying of allegations and lawsuits between Apple and Samsung took a new spin today. Rather unsurprisingly, a new FTC filing by Samsung asks the courts to ban the import of any and all iPhones, iPods and iPads into the United States.

“Mobile Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Tablet Computer.”

Given the whole Samsung/Apple spot so far, it’s highly likely that the FTC will investigate Samsung’s claims, though a final judgement (to ban or not to ban) could take up to 18 months.

After all is said and done we’re pretty sure neither party will invite the other to company cookouts anytime soon. Just sayin’…

Report: 95% Of All iPhones Running iOS 4.

  • June 29, 2011 9:39 am

While we’ll be the first to admit that we love Android just as much as iOS, Google still has a problem with the various Android versions floating around and getting carriers/manufacturers to actually push out timely updates.

With that said, a new report by Apprupt shows a full 95% of all iPhones are running some flavor of iOS 4 one year after release. The remaining ~5% break down into iOS 3 (4.22%) and iOS 2 (0.17%).

Yes, Android 2.3 adoption is finally getting around to “mainstream” over 6 months after it was initially released, but it’s no where near 95% of the Android ecosystem — a sad fact of reality that Google still refuses to buck up and deal with.

Poll: What version of iOS are you running? Are you merely following the herd with iOS 4.x or reliving the past with iOS 2.x?

Chinese Retailer Now Accepting iPhone 5 Pre-orders.

  • June 28, 2011 7:51 am

More iPhone 5 rumors to start your Tuesday morning — the sign to your right was spotted in an authorized Apple reseller in Dalian City, China. The writing beneath the picture simply reads “accepting pre-orders”. On the other side of the poster (the picture taker was affraid to snap the more blatant image) says “available on September 9th”. With all the commotion around Tim Cook’s recent spotting at China Mobile headquarters, rumors about a 4G phone dropping on said network, and rumors of a mid-August production for the iPhone 5, a September release looks pretty evident.

Further evidence previously leaked includes a message posted to (Chinese version of Twitter) from a China Mobile employee whom also said the iPhone 5 would launch in September. The message has since been deleted.

Looks like we’re going to see a new iPhone at some point in September. Just sayin’…

Cydia Tweak Brings Banner Notifications To Phone Calls.

  • June 27, 2011 10:52 am

Apple made iOS notifications wholly better in iOS 5 with the Android-esque drop down shade. But they forgot one core app — the phone. While all other notifications can now be relegated to a much less intrusive banner notification, new phone calls still rip you out of the currently open program, interrupting an otherwise seamless experience. Thankfully, the jailbreak community has delivered once again with a new Cydia tweak that adds call notifications to the same notification window and banner style.

The new tweak isn’t yet available yet but according to the two devs behind the hack — @limneos and @sh8kespeare — availability will be “soon”.

Will Apple “borrow” another jailbreak feature in time for iOS 5′s official debut?

Rumor: iPhone 5 To Feature Dual LED Flash.

  • June 23, 2011 7:36 am

In conjunction with a reportedly upgraded 8-megapixel camera, Apple’s 5th generation iPhone will see another photography-minded feature — dual-LED flash. We’ve heard similar rumors several times in the past. But the iPhone 5 may just debut with such a feature.

On cellphones, low/no-light shooting is rarely respectable. Though the situation has improved in recent years thanks to better optics, software, and the addition of LEDs for added light. The iPhone 4′s camera is one of the better mobile cameras around and holds its own when the light gets low thanks to its own LED flash.

A new report by DigiTimes claims Apple is dropping their current LED supplier (Phillips) and moving to one of several Taiwanese suppliers including Everlight Electronics, Edison Opto and Lite-On Technology. So far, the aforementioned companies have all denied working on dual-LED flash modules. Given Apple’s tight control of not only their own employees but 3rd party manufacturers, such claims aren’t all that surprising.

With the added 8-megapixel camera and possible dual-LED flash, the iPhone’s digital camera conquering ways are sure to increase, and with that, put an even bigger nail in the coffin for point-and-shoots.