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My wfe’s iPhone stolen: Anyone know how to have Find My iPhone “auto refresh” the location?

Well, this evening the Bride of Macenstein’s iPhone was stolen. While I was of course pissed, I was also thrilled at the prospect of using Find My iPhone to find the thing. We’re in a relatively wussy, crime free town, so I figured it would be kids who took her bag and it shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Long story short, we tracked the iPhone down to a restaurant, but were of course unable to actually go around shaking down the help and patrons, even with... Read More

Prediction: Apple will begin giving away bumper cases with iPhone 4’s and issue $30 credit for early buyers in the next 2 weeks

When I first heard Gizmodo‘s report that iPhone 4 cell reception was adversely affected by touching the stainless steel band that surrounds the iPhone 4 and serves as the antennae for the device, I was a bit skeptical. The fanboy in me wanted to think that since Gizmodo clearly has a bit of an ax to grind with Apple, they may be exaggerating the claims, or perhaps it was a problem affecting only a select number of handsets. Besides, everyone knows Apple would never sacrifice... Read More

[UPDATED] Words with Friends tech support appears to suck

[UPDATE: They fixed my games] ๐Ÿ™‚ Public embarrassment and ridicule โ€“ย the last hope of a desperate man. Many of my faithful readers know that I am a self-confessed “Words with Friends addict, having given the game my first and only “10 out of 10” review for a game. I invited all of you to get the game and then come beat me (username Dr Macenstein) – and the majority of you did just that, I’m sad to say (there’s even a Facebook group dedicated... Read More

7 things Apple can do to REALLY clean up the App Store

When Apple decided to make its somewhat arbitrary iTunes “porn” (and I use the term loosely) purge last month, one of the made up reasons it gave for justifying the move was that developers and customers were finding it hard to find quality apps amidst all the “adult” material. Well as we saw, removing those 5,000 apps (or less than 3% of all apps) did more or less nothing to fix the issue. While we certainly do not wish to see ANY developers’... Read More

Why does it seem that only old people win stuff?

When it was announced yesterday that the winner of the iTunes 10 billionth song giveaway was 71 year-old Louie Sulcer, I was torn. On the one hand, I was happy for Louie โ€“ he seems like a nice fellow, easy going, and into Johnny Cash apparently. But on the other hand, I HATE Louie with a passion. Why? Because he’s OLD, that’s why. Now granted, Louie appears to be more with it than your average 71 year-old in that he not only owns an iPod but actually knows how... Read More

I hate 13-year olds

God, I am so pissed at 13 year old Connor Muicahey of Weston, Connecticut who basically stole my Billion iPhone app prize. That’s right, a 13-year old won my $10,000 iTunes card, my Time Capsule, my 32 GB iPod touch, AND my 17″ MacBook Pro. Wouldn’t YOU be pissed if someone did that to you? I mean, it’s almost like the kid broke into my house. Why didn’t he take my TV while he was at it? Man. And what’s even worse is that the Mac media seems... Read More

Media Temple sucks, Part 2

cartoon via PCWeenies Well, THAT sucked…. Our outage today was (for once) not directly related to Media Temple, other than we finally got so fed up with them that we moved the site to a new host. Unfortunately, things did not go all that smoothly (for some reason the database was merged with that of another site we have on Media Temple). We’re not sure why that happened, but in the end we are now about 50% sure we are now up and running. So let us know if you notice... Read More

MediaTemple blows

Our site has been more or less down all weekend, and we have no idea when it will be back up on a regular basis. Sorry. [UPDATE:] down for 50 hours now… [UPDATE 2:] I think we are up. slow, but up. Not sure it is for real yet, so if we come and go, forgive us.  Read More

Where the #$%@ is the iPhone 2.0.1 firmware?!

In the first 13 months of owning an iPhone I restored my iPhone ONE time, and it was a voluntary act I performed to see if it would get rid of a little sluggish behavior (which it did). Since upgrading to the iPhone 2.0 firmware, however, I have had to restore my iPhone six times, in just 8 days. And this 6th iPhone restore really hurt. Yesterday I went on a trip into NYC with the family to see Miley Cyrus perform in Bryant Park (not exactly my idea of fun). The 4am trip involved... Read More

OK, now this is just getting embarrassing

Remember a couple weeks ago when I accidentally washed and dried my iPhone headphones? Miraculously, despite being somewhat crinkly, they appeared to work just fine. Well, for about a week anyway. After a week or so the left earbud began emitting a horrible static sound about 80% of the time, so it was off to the Apple store for another $20 pair of earbuds. Well, wouldn’t you know it, lightning has struck twice, and my brand new set of earbuds have followed in the in the... Read More


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