Pro-tip: If you are spending hundreds or thousands of dollars to purchase something from a stranger, it’s wise to check and make sure you’re actually getting what you’ve bought. Case in point, a naive 21-year-old woman living in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, who searched around on a Craigslist-y site called Gumtree for a new iPhone. A fellow Gumtree-er got back to her and said that she actually had two Apple (crucial fact) iPhones she was willing to part with for $1,200 Australian bucks. The two met at a local McDonald’s and exchanged cash for the phones. Only …
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Imagine opening your fridge to find a couple boxes of chow mein from last night, but not much else (you probably don’t have to try too hard to conjure up this scenario, huh?). The only problem is you don’t feel like chow mein, so you snap a quick photo of last night’s noodles, post it to a new app called Leftover Swap, and start scrolling through other local leftover offerings to see if anyone might have some pizza or a sandwich to trade. Are you grossed out or intrigued? Either way, you’re not alone. “It’s obviously not for everybody,” Leftover Swap co-founder Dan Newman told NPR. “But for as many people who seemingly have a problem with it, there’s people who love the idea.” Keep reading »
When I spent a ridiculous amount of money on a brand new smartphone, I knew it was only a matter of time until I broke it, and sure enough, two weeks after I got it, I was touring a house my best friend was considering renting, and dropped my phone while attempting to take a photo of the view from the deck. The screen was shattered, but miraculously the phone still worked perfectly. I couldn’t afford to replace it right away, so I’ve been making do with a cracked cellphone screen ever since. The first couple days–when sending a simple text would coat my fingertips in bits of glass–were a bit rough, but after that, I’ve actually come to realize there are some unsung benefits of a cracked cellphone screen. Here are five of them… Keep reading »
This is the coolest iPhone case I’ve seen in forever. And the best part? At only $15, it’s cheaper than a real bottle of Chanel nail polish. [The Custom Art]
I’m always looking for new ways to get motivated to talk on the phone. I absolutely dread answering and returning phone calls. But I do love bananas. This radiation-proof iPhone handset is sure to put the fun back in phone time. Or, if nothing else, it should inspire some situational comedy when seen walking down the street asking a banana, “How are you today?” [$21.99, Amazon via Outblush]
I can’t be the only Mac addict whose iPhone gets lost over the course of the day somewhere underneath the mail, lip balms, and napkins in my purse. How am I supposed to respond to my What’s App? messages within 12 seconds of receiving them if I can’t find my phone?! Rest assured, because there’s an adorable kittycat iPhone stand from ModCloth to help. Now I can vie for the title of office cat lady and see my phone at all times. [$17.99, ModCloth]
Sure, your plastic iPhone case might look stylish and keep your phone safe from cracks and scratches, but it has one major design flaw: you can’t eat it. That’s where the Senbei Survival iPhone Case comes in. Designed and developed by a Japanese baker, the survival case is made of rice and salt, and doubles as a nutritious treat in the event that you become trapped somewhere and find yourself slowly starving to death. Sounds like a sweet deal, right? The only problem is the rice cracker phone case is so fragile, its chances of making it through your morning commute–let alone a natural disaster–are slim to none. The product website explains the likelihood of the case breaking is 89% if you put it in your pocket, 50% if you try to turn up the volume on your phone, 18% if you use the touchscreen, oh, and one more thing: there’s a 9% chance it will break in the box while being delivered to your house. Still, it seems that people are willing to overlook these minor issues for a chance to munch on their iPhone cases: the phone has already sold out at select retailers. [Daily Mail]
Ladies and Gents, it’s time! The iPhone 5 is here. So what’s so special about this version? For starters there’s a larger Retina display. This basically means that everything on your phone is going to be crisper and clearer. The LTE wireless technology will also speed up all connections and the new A6 chip makes everything twice as fast so you can get the information you need at lightning speed. Here’s the kicker, it won’t drain your battery life. So, what’s the downside? New type of charger and still no flash. Whether this version is going to be the best ever yet is up to debate. In the meantime, I figured why not compile a top 10 list of apps that have made my phone the most important item in my purse.
1. Find iPhone App: If you lose your phone this app will pinpoint its location on a map for you. Even better, if someone’s stolen your phone you can remotely wipe it and shut it off. Read more…
Yes, that’s everything I think you need to know about the iPhone 5, i.e. everything I think is important about the phone that is going to be mine, allllll minnnnnnne, in just a week! All the info I’ve deemed special and important and awesome after the jump. Keep reading »
Just when you thought it was safe to go into the cellphone store, here, at long last, comes the iPhone 5. Set to be launched September 12, it will be more of the same from Apple – a small, slate-style phone with one button and a big, bright screen. But there are a few things to know when it comes to understanding whether to pick up the latest glamour phone … or whether to sit this upgrade out.
Here are a few tips to help you understand the much-awaited Apple toy and what it means for the world of iPhone lovers. Keep in mind that all of this is based on rumor and innuendo, but this launch has been the company’s worst-kept secret in years. Read more…