Apple held a press conference today to clarify the iPhone 4's antenna/reception problem. See videos above and below. Apple presented a lot of data defending the iPhone 4's performance, claiming that users aren't calling AppleCare to complain and that users aren't returning the iPhone 4 in large numbers.
|Apple has called a press conference tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the iPhone 4 reception problems. The event is to begin at 10 AM at its headquarters in Cupertino, CA.|
Apple didn't provide further details and didn't confirm whether the press conference is to address the signal-strength problems that users have reported when the device is held a certain way.
Apple has faced a lot of criticism from users and analysts over its handling of complaints about the reception problem. Apple initially appeared to dismiss or ignore the problem, allowing it to balloon into a major problem in the news. Apple recently reported that the signal bar on the iPhones was calculated incorrectly. However, Consumer Reports recently reported that they couldn't recommend the iPhone 4 until the reception problem was solved.
Consumer Reports' engineers have confirmed that there is a problem with iPhone 4 reception. When your finger or hand touches a spot on the phone's lower left side, especially if you are left-handed, the signal can significantly degrade enough to cause you to lose your connection altogether if you're in an area with a weak signal. Due to this problem, Consumer Reports announced that they can't recommend the iPhone 4.
IZEA, a social media sponsorship company, who currently owns SponsoredTweets and SocialSpark, has launched WeReward; a mobile incentive platform that pays cash to consumers for actions they take in the real world, enables consumers to discover local businesses and earn rewards for their patronage. (See video above).
ZOMM, an emerging technology company, announces that the world’s first wireless leash for mobile phones, a CES award-winning device also called ZOMM, is now available in Best Buy stores nationwide.
Using Bluetooth technology, the keychain-sized ZOMM prevents users from losing or misplacing their mobile phone by vibrating, flashing lights and sounding an alarm when they separate from their phone. With added features of call notification, a fully functional speakerphone with a noise-canceling microphone and personal safety device, ZOMM is the ultimate, multi-functional accessory for any Bluetooth-enabled phone.
| The U.S. Government has launched its own App Store for the iPhone. The store was created to distribute apps like "My TSA", "FBI’s Most Wanted", "Find Your Embassy" and "U.S. Postal Service Tools" to provide various information to consumers. There are currently 18 apps that can be found at http://apps.usa.gov.|
For now the apps are only available for the iPhone, although President Obama is well known preferring Blackberry devices. Consumers using other smartphones, which includes BlackBerry, Android devices, and Windows Mobile, will be redirected to a mobile web version accessible for the phone's browser.
| DriveSavers, a provider of data recovery services, today announced that the company’s data recovery services are available for Apple iPhone 4 users and its iOS operating system. As the first company to successfully perform iPhone data recovery, DriveSavers offers the most technologically advanced data recovery service to iPhone users.|
All iPhones use Flash-based memory technology, which requires less power, runs silently and are more resistant to shock than common hard drives. However, Flash based technology can be compromised by user error, mismanagement and software or hardware failure. Videos, digital photos, address book contacts, calendar entries, notes and music are all vulnerable if the iPhone data hasn’t been synchronized with a desktop or laptop computer.
| Apple Inc. revealed today that they were "stunned" to find that its iPhones for years have been using the incorrect formula to determine how many bars of signal strength they are getting.|
Apple admitted that the cause of the many complaints from iPhone 4 users about the sudden drop in signal strength when they hold the handset in a way that covers a small black strip on one edge of the phone. That drop in signal seems exaggerated because the phone may display four or five bars of signal strength incorrectly when it shouldn't.
In a letter to iPhone 4 users, Apple stated, "Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place," the company said in a letter to users. The iPhone 4 was launched on June 24 in the U.S. and 4 other countries.
However, some outside engineers and users blamed the iPhone 4's reception problems on the antenna designed into the case.
|Rebtel, the world’s largest independent mobile VoIP company, today announced the new version of its Android app is now available, allowing users to make free Android-to-Android international calls between more than 50 countries, and realize savings of up to 95 percent when making calls to any other phone, compared to traditional long-distance rates.|
Rebtel for Android v. 1.1 includes:
|On the day of the Apple iPhone 4 launch, EA Mobile dominates the Apple Top Grossing App chart for iPhone with 12 of the top 20 titles. EA Mobile also welcomes iPhone 4 with the release of NCAA Football which has been specifically designed to maximize the power of iPhone 4’s new Retina display.|
EA Mobile titles are optimized for play on iPhone 4 delivering a new level of immersion, sophistication and pure excitement in iPhone gaming.
NCAA Football, the first game by EA Mobile designed specifically for iPhone 4, takes advantage of the device’s new Retina display. Players choose from over 55 of the most popular colleges to represent their school or create a new one, and lead them to glory in the BCS National Championship.
|Apple has announced the availability of iOS 4 for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod. The update is available for download at iTunes and takes from 10 to 20 minutes to download and install. For the iPhone, the update includes a number of new features, including multitasking, threaded email, support for multiple Microsoft Exchange accounts, unified inbox, folders, Gaming Center, support for iBooks, and Bing search from Microsoft. The software is a free download at iTunes. However, not all features are supported on the iPhone 3G, and the original iPhone cannot use iOS 4.|| |
|Avaak, the leader in easy-to-use, wire-free personal video networking technology, today announced its award-winning Vue personal video network is now available for purchase at Costco.com. The user-friendly Vue system consists of small, battery-powered wireless cameras which stream real-time video directly to the Internet or via the VueZone for iPhone application.|
Since its launch, the Vue has received rave reviews from media and technology enthusiasts alike for its worry-free set up and wireless video streaming capabilities. Free from complicated software or power cords, users simply plug the gateway into their router and position the miniature Vue cameras via magnetic mountings anywhere inside the home or office. To view live video, consumers simply log into their personal, password-protected VueZone account—where real-time video streams can be recorded or shared with family and friends.
Just in time for the summer travel season, FlightView, the flight tracking application preferred by mobile users for accuracy and ease-of-use, today announced the immediate availability of FlightView for iPhone users.
Combining a highly intuitive user friendly design, the ability to organize and interact with travel information and the industry’s most accurate and actionable flight information, the application represents a major breakthrough in the trade-off between cost and functionality in the extremely competitive market for iPhone apps.
Whether flying for business or leisure, more smart phone users trust FlightView to help navigate day of travel challenges. Using almost 30 years of expertise, FlightView has built a sterling reputation for accuracy and timeliness that drives better decision-making by travelers.
Available for just $0.99 at iPhone’s app store, FlightView’s app delivers features in a highly visual and easy-to-interact-with interface that meet the demands of even the savviest traveler:
| NextWorth, a leading player in consumer electronic upgrade and trade-in programs, announces its new trade-in program for Apple iPhone owners that covers the full subsidized price of upgrading from the current iPhone 3Gs to the new iPhone 4.|
Currently, NextWorth customers can receive between $208 and $260 for their 16GB iPhone 3Gs when trading in their iPhone through the service. With the new 16GB iPhone 4 prices starting at $199, trade-in amounts will fully cover the cost of an upgrade – plus extra cash for accessories.
| StarView Solutions, an industry leader of business-ready Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) solutions, today announced the launch of istarsip 3.0, the first native SIP/VoIP application in the Apple Store. This latest innovative phone application adds a second number to any iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that works over 3G, WiFi or cellular networks. In addition, the application will seamlessly integrate with StarView’s Hosted PBX solution as well as traditional office and home phones.|
“We are excited to release our first phone app which turns a smart phone into a virtual VoIP phone that can reduce long distance charges while traveling or calling overseas,” said David Walsh, President of StarView Solutions. “istarsip was developed because other similar applications were lacking some key functionality and feature issues that we were able to incorporate, making this a top-of-the-line product.”
Unlike the other VoIP calling applications on the market, istarsip is fully automated which means there are no hardware or software configurations needed to use the application. Another distinctive feature of istarsip is that every user has a dedicated line as opposed to other applications which share phone lines.
Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, today announced the new iPhone at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. The upgraded iPhone is called iPhone 4 which features:
- Brand new design for the hardware
- Metal and glass materials
- 24% thinner than iPhone 3GS at 9.3mm thick
- Front-facing camera
- LED flash
- 5x digital zoom
- Records 720p HD video 30 frames per second
- LED light for low-light situations
- On-device video editing via iMovie for iPhone, which includes titles, transitions and other features.
Apple today announced that iPad sales have topped two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3.
Apple began shipping iPad in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK this past weekend. iPad will be available in nine more countries in July and additional countries later this year.
iPad allows users to connect with their apps, content and the Internet in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before. Users can browse the web, read and send email, enjoy and share photos, watch HD videos, listen to music, play games, read ebooks and much more, all using iPad’s revolutionary Multi-Touch user interface. iPad is 0.5 inches thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds—thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook—and delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.
|Starting June 7, 2010, Apple will host its annual developer’s conference (Worldwide Developers Conference) where it's expected that the company will unveil the latest version of the iPhone. The event run until June 11 in San Francisco, however, it's no known if Steve Jobs will be the keynote speaker. |
At last year's conference the third-generation iPhone was unveiled, which went on sale about 2 weeks later. It's expected that the fourth-generation iPhone will have new features such as front-facing camera.
Apple today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 7 through June 11 at San Francisco's Moscone West. The five-day conference includes the first ever iPad(TM) development sessions and hands-on working labs for iPhone OS 4, as well as Mac OS X core technology labs.
"This year's WWDC offers developers in-depth sessions and hands-on working labs to learn more about iPhone OS 4, the world's most advanced mobile operating system," said Scott Forstall, Apple's senior vice president of iPhone Software. "WWDC provides a unique opportunity for developers to work side-by-side with Apple engineers and interface designers to make their iPhone and iPad apps even better."
Tech Blog Gizmodo recently got their hands on the unannounced version of the next-generation Apple iPhone after a software engineer lost the phone last month. Apple has recently responded via its attorneys that the device be given back to Apple. Gizmodo ripped the phone apart to analyze it and posted their findings on their Blog. Above is a video posted by Gizmodo of the phone features.