Apr 27

White iPhone 4After nearly a year of waiting, Apple will begin shipping white versions of the iPhone 4 tomorrow, April 28th.

The white iPhone 4 will be sold in the United States in both AT&T and Verizon Wireless variants and will be available with the two standard storage capacities: 16GB ($199 w/ contract) and 32GB ($299 w/ contract). 

“The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.”

Apple did not clarify exactly why the white iPhone has been delayed for so many months, though theories range from yellowing of the white shell after prolonged use to light leakage into the built-in camera.

Additional Reading: Apple White iPhone 4 Press Release

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Apr 21

iHome iA100 App-Enhanced Alarm & Speaker System

Alarm clocks and speaker systems – even those for iOS devices and other modern handhelds – are usually simple, straightforward affairs; not so with the newest flagship product from iHome, the iA100 App-Enhanced bedside audio system.  This iPod, iPad and iPhone alarm and speaker is so chock full of features and options that it requires several days to become truly comfortable with its use – at least it did for me. 

And this will be off-putting for some, or even downright aggravating to others, but its complexity provides an opportunity to transform a seemingly basic accessory into something more powerful.  It’s simply a question of learning how the iA100 works and what it can do, and becoming familiar with how to make it perform the way you want. But once you do, the iA100 can accommodate just about any user preference, and if your iOS bedside speaker needs are more demanding than your peers’, it may just be the only solution to consider – if you can afford it.

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Apr 19

XtremeMac Incharge Portable Charger

No accessory is more fundamental to a smartphone’s operation than its charger.  Chargers aren’t sexy, but we need them – and often in more places than we might think.

Which brings us to our Accessory Spotlight for today: the XtremeMac Incharge Portable Charger (model IPU-ICP-11).

What makes the Incharge Portable interesting is that it’s a wall charger for iPhones and iPods that also has an integrated battery pack; so you can leave it plugged in and use one of its two USB ports (or both) to charge your iPhone and/or iPod, then disconnect it from the wall when you leave and take a little more juice with you.  There’s even a built-in LED charge indicator so that you know how much battery power is left when you’re on the go.

The best news is that this charger, which retails for $79, is available at Amazon.com for just $15.29.  Price subject to change at any time.

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Apr 07

Use Google Voice as Your Text Message ProviderI’m not a fan of text messaging as a primary form of communication.  Sure, there are situations where it’s preferable to a phone call, but watching people endlessly tappity-tap-tapping out texts in a messaging trance makes me queasy.  So I tend to shy away from the medium, lest I become one of them.

Because of this bias, I’ve opted not to pay for an additional messaging plan, choosing instead to take my per-message lumps whenever a friend texts instead of calling or sending email.  But this can add up quickly.

But now I don’t pay extra for bulk messaging or even per-use fees. ‘Cause I use Google Voice [App Store Link] for my iPhone text messages – and it’s free.

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Apr 05

Get New Contacts to Sync with Gmail, Hotmail & Other Web Services...If you you sync your iPhone with Gmail, Hotmail or some other Cloud service that supports PIM, new contact entries made on the phone are supposed to be instantly (or very quickly) synchronized with that service – and vice versa.  But Craig asks:

Why do new contacts I enter into my iPhone 4 show up in the phone’s contacts but not GMail?  If I add a new contact in Gmail in a web browser, they sync with the phone, but not the other way around. Help!

If this is happening to you, the problem (most likely) is that you don’t have your iPhone set to save new contacts to the Cloud service, but only to the phone itself. 

Let’s take a look at how to quickly fix this problem.

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