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ShadesCases has introduced its new Shades for iPhone 3G. Shades for iPhone 3G are made from 100% polyurethane, measure only .4mm thick, and offer built-in clear screen protection, while allowing for full usability of the iPhone’s touch screen and full access to all ports and controls. Shades for iPhone 3G are available now in 11 different colors, and sell for $17 each.
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Harman/Kardon has introduced its new MS 100 all-in-one audio system. The MS 100 offers a number of audio options, including a slot-loading CD player with MP3 and WMA support, FM radio, and an iPod dock. It features S-Video and composite video outputs for output of iPod pictures and video to a TV, a USB port for syncing the iPod with a computer, 5-inch high-excursion woofers, dome tweeters, and built-in amplification. The Harman/Kardon MS 100 audio system is expected to ship in October; pricing has yet to be announced.
Grantwood Technology has announced the release of its QuickFlipCase for iPhone and iPhone 3G. The QuickFlipCase is a horizontal leather case featuring contrast stitching, a permanent belt clip, a magnetic closure for the lid, open access to the iPhone’s headphone jack, sleep/wake button, speaker, and microphone, and a center push-up hole for easier removal of the device. The Grantwood Technology QuickFlipCase for the iPhone and iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $19.
Philips has announced its new CinemaOne home theater system, which packs a DVD/CD player, iPod dock, five channel amplifier, six speakers, and a subwoofer all in a single unit. The all-in-one system features six precisely angled speakers spread around its body and a 4-inch subwoofer built into the base, all of which are powered by a five channel amplifier and Digital Signal Processing unit. A built-in iPod dock in the top of the unit lets users play music and video with on-screen track information, and the iPod can be controlled via the CinemaOne’s remote control. Other features include DVD upscaling up to 1080p, auxiliary input, Composite video and HDMI output, and a USB port for connecting other digital music devices. Pricing and release information has yet to be announced.
Twentieth Century Fox, the first studio to offer an iTunes Digital Copy on select DVD and Blu-Ray releases, has announced 20 upcoming Digital Copy releases. “Our research shows that when given the option, consumers recognize the incredible value proposition that Digital Copy provides as a simple, fast way to move content to a portable device,” noted Mary Daily, Executive Vice President, North America Marketing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. “Digital Copy puts the disc at the center of the digital revolution happening in households nationwide and meets the entertainment needs of the entire family from the TV, to the computer to an iPod.” Fox titles Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space, The Girl Next Door, Grandma’s Boy, There’s Something About Mary, Dodgeball, Super Troopers, Behind Enemy Lines, The Day After Tomorrow, Die Hard, Fantastic Four, Hide & Seek, I, Robot, Independence Day, Speed, The Transporter, X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X3: The Last Stand, and Reno 911!: Miami - More Busted Than Ever Unrated Cut will all be released on September 23 for $20 each, with an iTunes Digital Copy included.
Vimpelcom, the second-largest carrier in Russia, has announced that it has signed a distribution deal with Apple to sell the iPhone 3G in Russia. “Vimpelcom announced today it has signed an agreement with Apple to bring iPhone 3G to Russia, expected later this year,” the company said in a statement. Last week it was reported that all three major Russian carriers, MTS, Vimpelcom, and MegaFon, has signed iPhone deals with Apple; Vimpelcom is the first to make an official statement confirming an agreement.
More labels are considering keeping new release albums off iTunes in a bid to increase full album sales, according to a Wall Street Journal report. iTunes policies prevent artists from selling their music in full album format only, requiring songs to be sold as singles, on which they see less profit. The article points to Warner Music Group, which kept Kid Rock’s latest album “Rock ‘n Roll Jesus” off iTunes and has seen sales increase in 19 of the past 22 weeks, recently pulled an album by R&B singer Estelle from the iTunes Store the same week that one of its songs entered iTunes’ top 10 best-selling list.
Bloomberg News inadvertently published a pre-written obituary for Apple CEO Steve Jobs, only to retract it a short time later. While the lengthy document contains little to no new information on Jobs, it discusses various people that the organization would contact for comment, and highlights a number of career and personal events. Gawker has saved and reprinted it in its entirety. It is quite common for major publications to have obituaries on hand for high-profile people such as business leaders and politicians; thus, the appearance of the obituary likely has little to do with recent concerns of Jobs’ health.
Flickr user and iPhone 3G owner eastrain has posted an interesting series of photographs taken with an iPhone camera that has been modded to change its focus for more up-close photography. Explains eastrain, “Both iPhone models have the same style generic mobile phone camera module with a screw style focus adjustment which has been glued at infinity in the factory. Once you break this glue, you can turn the lens counterclockwise to bring the focus closer.” Note that attempting to modify the iPhone in this way will likely void any remaining warranty with Apple.
Marware has introduced its new Sidewinder Deluxe case for the iPhone 3G. The Sidewinder Deluxe combines a slim clear Flexi-Shell case and a rubberized snap-in holster featuring a detachable low-profile belt clip and a patented slide-out side arm cord management system. The Flexi-Shell case offers open access to all the iPhone’s ports and controls, while the snap-in holster offers compatibility with the Sport Grip for iPhone 3G as well as the included case. The Sidewinder Deluxe for iPhone 3G also includes clear protective film and a microfiber cleaning cloth, and is available now for $35; additional black and white Flexi-Shell cases will be available soon.
iPhone developer Nicolas Solan has released Earth3D, a new application for the iPhone and iPod touch that presents the user with 3D views of the Earth, Moon, and Sun. The application allows users to drag one finger to rotate the Earth; multiple fingers stop and start the rotation of the camera. Earth3D is available now as a free download from the App Store.
Sony has introduced three new iPod-ready car stereos. The CDX-GT630UI features the ability to connect directly to both iPods and iPhones via USB, and Passenger Control which allows passengers to control the connected device while being charged. Other features include front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs, a flip-down detachable faceplate, and a 13-segment, LCD with black LED display. The CDX-GT430IP comes with a 1.5 meter cable featuring a 30-pin connector to provide full menu control and charging for iPod. It too offers Passenger Control, as well as a black LED screen and front and rear/sub preamp outputs. Finally, the CDX-GT330 offers compatibility with the $50 XA-120IP adapter to allow for charging and head unit control of iPods. Sony’s CDX-GT630UI, CDX-GT430IP and CDX-GT330 head units all include a wireless remote control, and will sell for $160, $130, and $100, respectively, when they go on sale in September.
Digital Lifestyle Outfitters has introduced its new HomeDock HD Professional TV entertainment dock for iPod. The HomeDock HD Pro features an integrated iPod dock offering video upscaling to 1080i or 720p and an optical digital audio output. Other features include HDMI output and an HDMI input for extending the reach of other HDMI equipment, RS-232 and RS-485 support for integration into a custom home entertainment system, component video and RCA audio outputs, an auxiliary audio input, an included RF remote and an IR input jack to allow for control via universal remote, and an on-TV interface featuring album art in an icon-based visual flow format. The DLO HomeDock HD Pro will be available this Fall; pricing has yet to be announced.
Following iPhone 3G reception testing and an informal survey from earlier this week suggesting that the device’s speed problems were tied to its individual carriers and not the phone itself, an Orange representative has confirmed (Translated link) that the company is capping all French “hybrid” phones to 384kbps. According to France Info, the cap is placed all phones with handheld computing capabilities; Orange has promised to raise the cap to 1 megabit per second starting on September 15. [via AppleInsider]
ION has introduced its new CarbonFiber Leather Shell for the iPhone 3G. The open faced case features a hard shell wrapped in premium leather, with an exposed stripe of carbon fiber running down the center of the case’s rear. It offers open access to the iPhone’s touch screen and home button, volume and power buttons, ringer/silent switch, and headphone and Dock Connector ports. Available in white, black, or grey, the ION CarbonFiber Leather Shell for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $80.
An Apple television ad for the original iPhone misled customers, ruled the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), a regulatory body in the United Kingdom. BBC News reports that the ASA received two complaints concerning the statement that “all the parts of the Internet are on the iPhone.” The group said that because the iPhone lacks support for Flash and Java, the claim was misleading. Apple has argued that the claim referred to the availability of webpages, rather than their specific appearance; however, the ASA said the spot “gave a misleading impression of the internet capabilities of the iPhone” and must not be aired again in its current form. “Because the iPhone doesn’t support Flash or Java, you couldn’t really see the internet in its full glory,” said Olivia Campbell, a spokesperson for the ASA. “They made a very general claim that you can see the internet in its entirety, and actually that’s not quite true - so we’ve upheld.”
This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 3G at the Holiday World theme park in Santa Claus, Indiana. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!
Apple has pulled Electronic Arts’ new Spore Origins game for Click Wheel iPods from the iTunes Store. Released yesterday evening, the game was exhibiting lock-up problems with both iPod classic and some fifth-generation iPod units, causing the game to stick on the loading screen, and forcing the user to perform a hard reset to remedy the issue. It remains unclear when users can expect the game to return to the store.
Update: The game is one again available from the iTunes Store.
The iTunes Store is once again accessible from within China after a being blocked by the Chinese government’s firewall last week. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that while the bulk of the service is now available, the page for the pro-Tibet album Songs for Tibet remains blocked, suggesting that last week’s blockage was in fact related to the album.
NextWorth, a consumer electronics upgrade and trade-in company, has announced its new trade-in service for the original iPhone. NextWorth is offering customers up to $200 for an original 8GB iPhone in “light wear” condition and $300 for 16GB models; trade-ins for more heavily worn or broken iPhones will be accepted as well, with prices adjusted dynamically according to market conditions. For more information on the iPhone trade-in program, visit nextworth.com.
iPhone developer Noah Witherspoon has announced that he will be pulling his Tris game from the App Store on Wednesday, due to a complaint from The Tetris Company. Witherspoon says he was contacted by Apple about a complaint from The Tetris Company over Tris, which is based on Tetris, and only pulled the game because Apple told him it would “take action” of its own if he didn’t resolve the “dispute.” The developer adds that he will be pursuing a solution to the issue, and hopes to make the game available again sometime in the future.
Kelly Blue Book has announced the launch of its new website optimized for the iPhone and iPod touch. The web app will allow users to access new and used vehicle information, view videos, images, and new car reviews, and submit free dealer price quotes. Kelly Blue Book’s iPhone mobile site can be accessed by visiting kbb.com from any iPhone or iPod touch.
Movie-focused social network site Flixster has acquired the popular iPhone and iPod touch movie application Movies (formerly Movies.app) and has re-released the application on the App Store. According to TechCrunch, the application was created by Carnegie Mellon sophomore Jeffrey Grossman, and has been downloaded 250,000 times. Grossman will join Flixster as an consultant while attending school.
AT&T has announced two new international data plans for iPhone users traveling abroad. The new plans, which offer 100MB and 200MB of international data and cost $120 and $200 per month, respectively, join the company’s current international plans for smartphones, which offer 20MB and 50MB in the same countries. “AT&T has worked diligently to provide affordable options for international roaming because the feature-rich mobile experience of iPhone is indispensable to users,” said Bill Hague, executive vice president of International for AT&T’s wireless operations. “With these new international data plans, iPhone users can access more data in more countries for less cost.” AT&T says customers can make calls in more than 200 countries and access the Internet in more than 150 countries, more than 60 of which offer 3G coverage.
Readers and iLounge Editors have discovered that a lockup bug affects Electronic Arts’ new iPod game Spore Origins, released last night for the fifth-generation iPod, iPod classic, and third-generation iPod nano. The lockup, which causes the iPod to freeze while the hard drive is still spinning and requires a hard reset to remedy, takes place on the game’s initial loading screen on iPod classics running both 1.0.x and 1.1.x software; we have tested using the most recent software version 1.1.2. It does not appear to affect the third-generation iPod nano or fifth-generation iPod running the latest software. Are you having trouble with Spore Origins? Let us know in the comments below.