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The Best Screen Cover to Protect Your New Mobile Devices

New toys around the holidays can be fun, but if you’re having too much fun, it’s easy to forget to protect them. This is a friendly reminder to invest in our favorite screen covers from Amzer. It won’t turn your smartphone or tablet into an indestructible brick, but it’s well-priced and makes everyday dropping less painful for your phone.
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iPhone Users Performed Better Than Others on ‘Test of Wits’

As it turns out, iPhone users are generally better at the problem solving game ‘Test of Wits’ than any other smartphone users. In Ladbroke’s small survey of 1000 smartphone users, iPhone users averaged 94 seconds for the brainteasers while Google users were second with 99 seconds and Blackberry was last with 118 seconds.


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Romo: A Robot Friend With One Half iPhone Body

Robots are incredible manifestations of science fiction, and unless you’re in Japan, they’re hardly a part of everyday existence. Enters Romo, powered by iPhones and iPads it’s a Roomba sized pet with personality and brains the likes of your smartphone.

As you can see in the promo video below, the Romo is a body accessory that gets its brain power from an attached iPhone and app.
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Taiwan Fines Apple for Interfering with Carrier’s iPhone Pricing

iphone5cThe Fair Trade Commission (FTC) in Taiwan has fined Apple $667,000 for price fixing. According to the penalty, Apple is not allowed to meddle with carrier’s pricing plans once they have purchased the rights for iPhone distribution, which gives carriers complete rights to sell the iPhones at their own discretions.

In a statement about the fine, the commission also added, Through the email correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market.”

The ruling only applies to iPhones – iPads were not mentioned in the fine. If Apple does not comply, the FTC will bring on an additional fine of $1.67 million.

Free Language Education App is Apple’s 2013 App of the Year

It’s been a great year for apps, and now that the year is nearly over, it’s time to highlight some of the best, starting with the apps being honored in the iTunes store. The coveted app of the year award was given to Duolingo, a free, educational language app that uses images and games to teach users up to 6 foreign languages. Compared to the Rosetta Stone at $274, Duolingo is a great bargain and extremely practical.
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Comedian Pranked LA Cops with Fresh Baked iPhone Cookies

Randy Liedtke likes his phones as cookies and his jokes expensive. On December 11, 2013, he drove around LA with some fresh baked iPhone cookies in an attempt to lure cops. Evidently, one cop took a bite of the bait, but he also had a warrant for unpaid parking tickets. There’s no word yet on the charges or how much it will cost, but based on Liedtke’s Twitter update, he’s not going to lure cops with cookies again.

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Everything is a Remix Video Explores Inspiration for iPhone Design

For documentary filmmaker, Kirby Ferguson, Everything is a Remix. His previous works have explored film and music, but now, he’s focusing on case studies, like the iPhone. In this short video, Kirby isn’t saying the iPhone or  Steve Jobs wasn’t original – it’s just that Apple’s iPhone was a culmination of various inventions by many people, not necessarily a new technology, but unprecedented in the way it used all of a whole host of things we’ve already seen. In other words, not new, just remixed, and sometimes from Android phones.

Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Interactive Map Shows Average Prices of iPhone 5S per Country

iphone price mapApple’s iPhones are notoriously expensive compared to Android models, but is there any consolation for Americans, who are also paying the lowest rate of $707.41 USD? For comparison, the costliest iPhones are in Jordan at a whopping $1091.01 USD. That’s a rather large margin of $516.40 USD.

Even when compared to national GDP, the US is 4th on the list at 1.3682% while India’s price is 22.32%. So while the US is paying the lowest price, Quatar, with its GDP of $100,889 has higher buying power and therefore, is paying less. Read more

Someone Paid $461,000 for Gold Earbuds Designed by Apple’s Jony Ive

gold earbudsApple’s Jony Ive and Marc Newsome along with Bono managed to raise nearly $13 million in curated and designed goods at the 2013 Red Auction – a benefit event for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Among the items sold was this nearly tawdry Rose Gold Earbud earphones that sold for $461K - way over its estimated value of $20K-$50K. The highest priced item was a special desk made of anodised aluminum which sold for $1,685,000 and a Red Mac Pro for $977,000. Read more

Google’s Schmidt Shows iPhone Users How to Make the Switch

Eric SchmidtEric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has a Christmas gift idea for iPhone users: an Android phone. The tech titan even offered a tutorial on how to make the switch from an Apple world to a Google one with four steps he detailed in a Google+ post over the weekend.

More from Schmidt here:

Many of my iPhone friends are converting to Android. The latest high-end phones from Samsung (Galaxy S4), Motorola (Verizon Droid Ultra) and the Nexus 5 (for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile) have better screens, are faster, and have a much more intuitive interface. They are a great Christmas present to an iPhone user!

Like the people who moved from PCs to Macs and never switched back, you will switch from iPhone to Android and never switch back as everything will be in the cloud, backed up, and there are so many choices for you. 80% of the world, in the latest surveys, agrees on Android. Read more