Author: Bob Bounila

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iPad Friday for nine more countries

It’s official, the iPad is going to be sold in nine more countries this Friday, July 23rd. So everyone in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Singapore get your camping gear on, you have 4 days and 3 nights of Apple fanaticism to endure. The iPad has sold millions of units and Apple’s getting ready to sell a few million more. Check out our iPad review here if you haven’t already, to know what you will be waiting in line for.

HTC
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HTC, Nokia, RIM refute Apple’s diversion

Apple sure has created a big stir with the Antennagate conference. Thinking that a $100 million anechoic chamber announcement and a free case would increase customer confidence and appreciation, and satisfy their troubled minds. But their tests and remarks towards other phone makers has prompted an immediate response from industry and consumers.

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Apple’s $100 million test chamber, Droid Eris and Blackberry Bold 9700 suffer the same

In addition to Apple’s press conference this morning, which is now available to watch online at the Apple website, Apple unveiled their massive 100 million dollar test chamber. I call it the clockwork orange room. Here engineers spend thousands of hours being repro.. er testing the iPhone 4. They knew good and well ahead of time that it would lose signal when you held it a certain way.

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Apple to fix ‘Grip of Death’ with free iPhone 4 case, White model weeks away

Apple today held a press conference detailing their plans on how to rectify issues with their latest smartphone release, as well as other tidbits of information that may be useful to some. With the “Grip of Death” on most iPhone 4 owners minds, Apple’s press conference today brought about news that they hope will settle the surrounding confusion regarding this non-existent problem.

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Guy makes iPhone into a DSLR, but why

It must be a “mine is bigger than yours” thing, because this iPhone DSLR mount prototype is just way out to left field. Anyone with any photographic sense knows that the quality of glass you shoot with is tres-importante. But adding a lens on top of a lens seems on top of an iPhone is like a sick act of desperation, perhaps some type of shooters withdrawl?

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Firefox Home for iPhone is not complete, but a good start

I’m pretty content with Mobile Safari, I don’t need a full-fledged browser for my smartphone and I highly doubt Apple will allow something to go above and beyond the current native offering. We’ve seen Fennec (FireFox Mobile) get released for Android, and Windows devices, so naturally Apple iOS should be next.

News
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Boeing to unleash hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye with 450 pounds of payload

Capable of flying at 65,000 feet for four days straight with its 150 foot wingspan and 450 pound payload, the Phantom Eye will surely keep any neighboring infidels in check. Powering the aircraft are dual 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engines that provide 150 horsepower each, although not stealthy, the cruising speed of approximately 150 knots is enough to conduct surveillance or just drop a few bombs on the “enemy.”

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Future Nintendo DS, Sony PSP will have 3G

The next Sony PSP or Nintendo DS you buy may be fully equipped with 3G wireless capabilities, according to rumors surrounding Japan’s largest mobile phone company. Whispering fairies say NTT DoCoMo is negotiating with both Nintendo and Sony, makers of the DS and PSP mobile gaming consoles, and that could only be for one very specific thing – to take mobile gaming to the next level of online multiplayer action. Connected anywhere, anytime, by 3G.

Science & Tech
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Unmanned British stealth jet Taranis is the largest of its kind

The massive Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) can reach the “speed of jets,” if it can keep up with the SR-71 Blackbird, that would mean 2070 mph. Having no pilots is apparently to lower risk for their men when patrolling enemy skies. It’s main purpose is to carry out long-distance surveillance between various continents around the world. Now it won’t be traveling mach 20 like DARPA’s hypersonic glider, but it could still very well go missing if satellite communications are interrupted.

ROBOTS
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South Korea deploys grenade launching robots at border

Anyone planning on illegally crossing the North/South Korean border better think twice, the government has deployed a couple sentry robots that can sense heat and motion and deploy 40mm grenades at the target, or just fire off a couple thousand rounds of ammunition its way. Audio and video is sent back to the command center allowing them to make the call on whether or not the response requires such offensive action. Check the video below for a peak at the command UI.

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iPhone 4 sales reached 1.7 million units in just 3 days
1.7 million iPhone 4 units sold since launch

I’ll have to admit, the iPhone 4 has been getting much more negative feedback from owners than we had expected. Despite all this, the smartphone does have the most advanced hardware and features of any phone to date. Apple has sold 1.7 million units since the June 24 launch, that’s in just three days and it’s expected to keep going once additional countries are added to the shipping list.

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How to replace your iPhone 4 screen after final contact

Has that new iPhone 4 screen of yours shattered? Dropped from a mere 3 feet and making an impact with it’s destiny. DirectFix.com has created a simple video to show how quick and easy it is to repair your busted screen. Apple has made the iPhone 4 easily serviceable with simple tools and a couple screws. If you didn’t opt in for that insurance plan, or didn’t get an iPhone 4 case yet, DirectFix’s tutorial may be your only answer.

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What will ye have? An iPhone 4, HTC EVO, or the next Google Phone?

With all the iPhone 4 glitz and glamour out there, some other options may get left behind. The HTC Droid Incredible which we looked at just a few weeks back is quite the challenger, but the EVO seems to be a more advanced offering from HTC. There’s also the possibility of a new Google phone, perhaps a Nexus 2, coming to combat the iPhone 4. So what gives you that charged and static feeling?