Wallpaper: Blue Christmas


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Edit: Forgot to give credit to John at FiftyFootShadows


Wallpaper: Notes On Darkness


This picture was taken by John Carey at fiftyfootshadows.  Carey bought this little LED light-up egg when he was in Seoul. It flashes different colors and he took just the right shot when it turned white. Taking the photo when it turned white was really smart because it provided the most contrast to the dark background. Just click the picture to download. This photo was actually taken with the iPhone 5, which has a bigger screen, so the resolution may be a bit different.


iOS Facebook App Updated, Android Coming Soon

Today, Facebook released an update for their iOS app. The end user won’t see any aesthetic changes, but they will see faster loading times and faster performance due to the switch from HTML 5 to native iOS code. Anybody that’s ever used the android Facebook app knows that it’s just as clunky as the iOS version used to be. Zuckerberg is taking charge and he’s now forcing all employees to use android phones instead of iPhones, so they can suffer the same issues android users do. He thinks this will help the developers find out what needs to be changed and actually have a need to fix it.


iPhone 5 – Stuff You Might Want To Know

The above image is a picture of what the iPhone 5 body is expected to look like. It looks fantastic, so, there’s no doubt that it will become a huge success for Apple. Rumors that the iPhone 5 will be $800 dollars have taken twitter by storm. The twitter topics “#800dollarsforaniPhone” and “iPhone 5 $800″ have stayed on the trending page for a few days now. Some people tweet funny stuff such as “#800DollarsForAnIphone it better be able to download food!” or “It better turn into a  jet when I put it into airplane mode.”  Most people find this price outrageous, especially since the iPhone 4S costs $399 (subsidized) and around $600 unlocked. Apparently Tim Cook hinted at a hefty $800 price tag, which probably applies to the unlocked version. Even if the carrier-locked version is subsidized, it’ll probably cost significantly more that the predecessors. Also, the 30-pin connector on the bottom of all the previous iDevice iterations has been replaced by a 15-pin connector to make room for a headphone jack on the bottom of the device instead of the top. That means that all iHomes and third-party accessories (including your iSkin) will be rendered useless unless you use an older iDevice. Apple must have a lot of enhancements in store if they tout a price tag that high. It’s mostly rumors for now, but we’ll have full details once the device releases.

To recap the specs (some confirmed and some rumors):

  • 4-inch screen (made by Sharp). This is only 0.5 inches bigger than before, but 4 inch screens have been in the android ecosystem forever; it’s almost industry standard now.
  • NFC (Near Fields Communication). This is a little chip embedded into the battery that allows you to pay at a store by holding your phone over a scanner (around 4 inches away) instead of swiping your card. Money is transferred electronically and it’s the same technology used for Google Wallet.
  • LTE (Long Term Evolution 4G). This is the same 4G system that Verizon has in place for quite a while now. If Apple is going to compete with the competing smartphones, then they have to upgrade the chip from 3G to 4G.When you see ads for android phones that can utilize 4G speeds, this is the technology they’re talking about. It’s coming to iPhone, so you can load up pages with lightning speed (300 mbps). Unfortunately, most carries use HSPA+ instead of LTE, so only Verizon customers will be able to utilize the new chip unless you live in specific areas.
  • A6 Dual-Core Chipset. This is completely rumored, but probably true. Most android phones are dual-core these days, and multiple phones (Samsung and HTC) are going to be coming out with quad-core chips by the end of the year. This can prove a problem to Apple because Samsung and HTC are their biggest competitors, Samsung has more market share than Apple and Samsung’s profits have skyrocketed due to the SGS III. Apple does a fantastic job at optimizing hardware and software for battery life and performance, which android is not, so they may even out in the end.


AT&T May Charge For FaceTime Over Cellular

AT&T May Charge For FaceTime Over Cellular

When testers were playing around with the developer version of iOS 6, attempts to use facetime resulted in a popup message prompting the user to contact AT&T to enable the new feature. They spoke out, saying they are working closely with Apple on the new developer build of iOS 6 and that they would share more information with customers as it becomes available. (They never denied making consumers pay extra for the service). The new iPhone is rumored to include a 4G radio (which is standard in all android phones now), so people don’t have to worry about not having enough bandwidth. Apple announced that carrier charges may apply and that it will require either an iPhone 4S or a 3rd generation iPad. It seems Ma Bell has big plans for the future.


2012 iPhone Body Image Leaked

2012 iPhone Body Image Leaked

The iPhone 4S and the leaked version of the 2012 version side by side

An image of the new iPhone’s aluminum body was leaked today and it seems to match up with the speculated thoughts that were floating around a while ago. The new iPhone seems to have a bigger screen (reportedly 4.3 inches – 0.5 inches than previous models). There is also less bezel around the top and bottom, which is a welcome change. More details at the source.


iOS Trojan Found In ‘Find and Call’

iOS Trojan Found In 'Find and Call'

Today is not a good day for apple. A russian app called ‘Find and Call’ was caught by kaspersky today. It would scan your contacts, upload their numbers to a server, and spam every number in that contact list. Luckily apple took it off the app store because it violated the app store policies. Earlier today, people found out that apple’s servers were sending out corrupt binaries of certain apps on their app store (including titles like instapaper and angry birds space). The corrupted binaries would cause constant crashing. Apple has already fixed this issue, but over 150 apps were affected, so we’re lucky it was caught quickly.