Monday, July 26, 2010

iPhone Case With Gaming Control Pad [Prototype]

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Although iControlPad never materialized, gPod, an iPhone case with an integrating gaming control pad, hopes to see the light of day.

Interfacing with the Apple 30 pin connector and providing tactile buttons in the conventional game pad layout, the iPhone Game Pad allows a massive library of arcade and console games to be ported to the iPhone and not loose that old school interface that people who grew up in the 80′s and 90′s enjoyed so much.

A proof of concept working prototype was produced to suit the original iPhone and is shown in the video below. A refined design has been developed to suit the iPhone 3G and 3GS.

If you think you can contribute to the project please contact them using at the link below...









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Government Declares iPhone Jailbreaking and Unlocking Legal

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The Library of Congress has deemed that jailbreaking your iPhone in order to install applications not approved by Apple and/or to unlock is legal under new rules announced today.

According to the Associated Press, the decision to allow the practice commonly known as "jailbreaking" is one of a handful of new exemptions from a federal law that prohibits the circumvention of technical measures that control access to copyrighted works. Every three years, the Library of Congress authorizes such exemptions to ensure that existing law does not prevent non-infringing use of copyrighted material. Another exemption will allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.

This is great news for the jailbreak community! We'll have more details as they become available.

Update:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has issued a press release outlining the three critical exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anticircumvention provisions made today.

The Copyright Office rejected Apple's claim that copyright law prevents people from installing unapproved programs on iPhones: "When one jailbreaks a smartphone in order to make the operating system on that phone interoperable with an independently created application that has not been approved by the maker of the smartphone or the maker of its operating system, the modifications that are made purely for the purpose of such interoperability are fair uses."

"Copyright law has long held that making programs interoperable is fair use," confirmed Corynne McSherry, EFF's Senior Staff Attorney. "It's gratifying that the Copyright Office acknowledges this right and agrees that the anticircumvention laws should not interfere with interoperability."

Update x2:
Here is the ruling itself.


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Apple to Begin iPad Engraving for the Holidays?

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Apple may offer consumers the ability to personalize their iPads with engravings later this year, according to Erictric. The site learned this from one of their sources "who legitimately holds a position at the company and has asked to remain anonymous".

“From what I understand, Apple’s going to be offering customers the option to get their iPads engraved just before the Holidays roll around,” noted the source in an email to me.

No confident word as to whether or not personalization will cost consumers extra, though our source believes — much like iPod engraving — it will be free: “…most likely free, especially since they’ll be trying to sell a ton more of the tablets during the holiday season.”

Although unconfirmed this wouldn't come as much of a surprise. Engravings would make the iPad an even more popular gift idea.




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Apple Officially Announces iPhone 4 Launch in 17 Countries on Friday

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Apple has issued a press release announcing the availability of the iPhone 4 in 17 more countries on Friday.

Apple’s iPhone 4 will be available in 17 more countries this Friday, July 30. iPhone 4 features FaceTime, which makes video calling as easy as one tap, Apple’s new Retina display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone, resulting in stunning text, images and video, and a beautiful all-new design of glass and stainless steel that is the thinnest smartphone in the world.

Beginning this Friday, customers can purchase iPhone 4 in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. iPhone 4 will be available for purchase through Apple’s retail and online stores and Apple® Authorized Resellers.

There was no mention of pre-orders in the press release.




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