Flexible smartphone prototype must have multi-million dollar iPhone case industry crapping their pants

Imagine an iPhone you could not only drop without fear, but also accidentally send through the washing machine and have it come out no worse for wear (albeit cleaner). That appears to be the idea behind this super flexible “paper computer” being shown off by Human Media Lab. While the idea of a paper-thin display sounds cool, the below video showing the use of “Bend Gestures” on a flexible, iPhone-like device looks slow and annoying as hell compared to... Read More

Celebrity Mac Chick Sighting: Jillian Barberie

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to post a picture of one of the hottest celebrity MILF’s out there, Jillian Barberie (Reynolds), and her iPhone. These backstage “before and after” makeup shots of Jillian getting ready for her hosting gig on Good Day L.A. really help point out just how amazing Jillian’s physique is, and for my money, the “before” shot in yoga pants is 10 times hotter than the dolled up “after”.... Read More

Happy Mother’s day! We’re giving away TWO Pink iMainGo: X Speakers for Mom!

This contest is over. Congrats to faithful Macenstein readers rkbrwn and Anamarie Admit it. You forgot, didn’t you? Mother’s Day is only three days away, and you haven’t gotten her ANYTHING, have you? Well, time’s running out, and you’re too old to just draw her a picture or something. You need a real gift, and you know she thinks flowers are a waste of money. So now to make up for it, you’re probably going to panic, run out this weekend and... Read More

Enter to Win: An IDAPT i2+ Universal Desktop Charger

According to our demographics, odds are if you are a regular visitor to Macenstein, you are a 23-35 year-old male college graduate, who may or may not be married with children, which means if I were to break into your home while you were out (or sleeping), I would expect to find no fewer than 4 USB-chargeable gadgets. Likely you own at least ONE iPhone and one iPad, and perhaps even an iPod or two. Well, it doesn’t take a 23-35 year-old male college graduate to know that... Read More

Submit your iPhone location data and help create some beautiful crowd-sourced art

crowdsourced iPhone data from Frankfurt For those of you are NOT flipping out about the iPhone tracking data being “crowd-sourced” by Apple, there’s a new project called “CrowdFlow” being developed by Michael Kreil, Lorenz Matzat, and Dr. Huxorn that allows you to submit your iPhone location log file in order to create a visualization of how various wifi and cell networks are distributed all over the world. The results, as you can see, are actually... Read More

Apple releases “Apple Q&A on Location Data” to calm down the Nervous Nellies

In addition to two other boring press releases (white iPhone 4 tomorrow, iPad 2 in Japan this week) Apple PR just released their far more fun to read Apple Q&A on Location Data (below) in an attempt to address the would-be media storm surrounding the unencrypted location tracking data stored on the iPhone. (And OK, I’ll admit, I also wanted to use my awesome “Mantracker” graphic again). As expected, Apple says it is not “tracking” anyone, and... Read More

How and Why Steve Jobs and The Grim Reaper Track your iPhone

Of COURSE! It all makes sense now! Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader Tim for the link!  Read More

Homer Simpson voice now available for Tom Tom iPhone GPS App (But seems kind of annoying)

GPS maker TomTom announced today that you can now download Homer Simpson‘s voice as a $5.99 in-app purchase to replace the default set of voices in their $49.99 TomTom U.S.A GPS App. Since I already own the TomTom USA App, and was a HUGE fan of the Simpsons (for the first 15 years or so, anyway) I thought this might be a cute no-brainer of a purchase. That is, until I listened to the two voice samples TomTom posted on their page and MY GOD I can’t think of anything... Read More

Steve Jobs says Apple doesn’t track anyone: But everyone else DOES

A MacRumors reader (along , I assume, with about 10,000 other people and press) sent an e-mail to Steve Jobs about the whole “OMG the iPhone is letting the terrorists know my every move” debacle, and actually hit the lottery and got a reply. And what a reply it is! Q: Steve, Could you please explain the necessity of the passive location-tracking tool embedded in my iPhone? It’s kind of unnerving knowing that my exact location is being recorded at all times. Maybe... Read More

Everyone’s a privacy nut until they get lost in the woods and need someone to come find them

It looks like I am apparently one of the few, if not the only, tech journalists out there who is not freaking out about the newly discovered “location tracking” file having been found on both the iPhone and the backup the iPhone makes on your computer each time you sync. If you somehow missed it, the short version is Apple has apparently been logging the location of every iPhone on the planet and storing the time and location of everywhere the iPhone has been for... Read More


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