Water Damaged Apple iPhone: What To Do?

Nowadays there are phones that are not afraid of water at all (Sony’s super-resistant Xperia phones, Motorola’s Defy and some of Nokia’s old feature phones come to my mind at once). But unfortunately, water can kill cool expensive smartphones like the Apple iPhones in minutes. On the other hand, you can try to save and revive a water-damaged phone, even if it’s an iPhone, and if you follow the steps below and don’t waste much time, you’ll be able to make it work again.

1. Turn your wet iPhone off (if it’s not off already). It’s very important, since it will raise your phone’s chance to stay “alive” after water contact. Remember that you’ll be able to switch it on only after 72 hours.

2. No, don’t take it to the warranty center – they won’t help you, since water damage is not a warranty case.

3. Remove the SIM card.

4. Shake the phone and try to remove as much water as possible. If it doesn’t have much water inside, that’s great.

5. Dry the iPhone with a towel.

6. Don’t try to dry your iPhone in a microwave or stove. And don’t use any hairdryers or other things like that on it – they’ll kill your favorite phone in minutes.

7. Put your iPhone in a bowl or bag of uncooked rice and leave it there for at least 72 hours. Rice will absorb the moisture well and dry your phone safely.

8. Patiently wait for 72 hours.

9. Take your phone from the rice bag or bowl and if it’s completely dry, switch it on.

Is everything OK with it? If yes, congratulations! You did well! If no… Well, at least you know you did everything you could.

Source – TeqnoLogical

Eye-Tracking Software Capable of Reading Minds

The eyes are supposed to be the windows to the soul, and they can tell a lot about a person. Many people consider someone who speaks while looking the other person in the eye trustworthy and confident. Someone who avoids eye contact is either considered shy, or they have something to hide. They are many more aspects that can be told about a person from their eye activity than trustworthiness. Now, marketers are looking to use this to their advantage to find out exactly what people are thinking.

Slate’s John Villasenor had this to say about it:

Did our eyes linger for a few seconds on an advertisement that, in the end, we decided not to click on? How do our eyes move as they take in the contents of a page? Are there certain words, phrases, or topics that we appear to prefer or avoid? In the future, will we be served online ads based not only on what we’ve shopped for, but also on the thoughts reflected in our eye movements?

Apple has already applied for a patent to create an eye-tracking device for iPhones and iPads that will understand what each blink a person makes represents, and to pay attention to whether eyes focus on a certain word or image. The European company Senseye is already preparing to install eye-tracking software into smartphones sometime next year.

This is just one more way of turning the consumers into a product. These companies will use the information they gather and sell it to many different marketing companies. These front-facing cameras will not only pay attention to what the user is reading online, but it will assess how that information is read. This will give marketers an idea about what types of adds to send that person’s way.

At the moment the technology has not been fully developed to be this nosey, but it is only a matter of time before someone has worked it out. Most companies that are considering this technology are hoping to have it available by 2015.

It really does seem that more and more companies are considering their customers’ privacy to be of little importance. If it has really come to the point where a phone cannot be owned without the manufacturer being able to assess every thought that the owner thinks about a product, they might have finally gone too far.

People Discovery Apps

In a world where new socialization is being more and more focused online, people are losing the process that existed for thousands of years beforehand. That would be actually meeting them in person either through similar likes or by mutual acquaintances. Now, app designers are coming up with ways to unite people in real life again.

One of the newest additions to this mix is the iPhone app Highlight created by Paul Davison. It will run on user’s devices in the background and can make connections with people up to 50 meters away. When connections are made either by address, Facebook likes, photos, or mutual connections, each user will receive the other’s profile.

Another new app currently in its beta is called Uberlife. This app also only currently available on iPhones works by creating hangouts or linking users to hangouts in whatever vicinity they choose. Users can be connected through similar likes. It’s a way of making real-life connections by using the user’s interests.

Glancee is an app that many people have probably already heard about. It works a lot like Highlight, and is available on iOS and Android. Users can be notified by connecting through Facebook when someone they know is in close distance at events. It will also notify users whenever someone is nearby who share similar interests. So far, this app has over 10,000 users.

Sonar is really like the rest of these apps. Its purpose is to notify the user of connections they may be missing by “highlighting shared friends, networks, and interests.” This one requires that users sign up using Foursquare which does in return require user to sign up with Facebook. It kind of seems like a reason just to use Foursquare.

One last app is Banjo. This one is a little too extreme for my tastes. While it does work to connect people that are using different social networks. It is more about not missing anything that happens in these other people’s lives than just connecting on a real life scale. While it will keep each user constantly up to date about the other by using Foursquare. I just think allowing an app to automatically check you in every place you go is a bit much.

Out of these I would say Glancee is by far at the top of the list in my opinion. I like how it finds people based on similar likes, but is not shoving it down your throat about every place that they go. Uberlife will most likely be great once it gets more users. By actually creating a hangout, it does not invade privacy, and gives the user the opportunity to meet new people. I would like to have more to say about Highlight because it looks very cool, but I use an Android system phone, and there is no web based app.

iTether Is Back, And Apple Can’t Do Anything About It!

Let’s cut to the chase, Apple is a great company, but they hate sharing anything with anyone else. Remember when they started to sue everyone over stupid things – they went as far as to sue the German Mom and Pop cafe when Apple found out they were using an apple on their logo – not Apple’s apple, but just a simple apple. So it wasn’t a surprise that when iTether came out the first time, Apple instantly shut it down because it successfully bypassed the iPhone’s hotspot limitations. A limitation that forced users to purchase or install an overpriced application.

But now iTether is back, but this time Apple can’t do anything about it. In the past, the iTether application needed to be running in the actual phone, but now, it runs as an HTML5 code. Which means, we don’t have to install anything into the phone – but most importantly, we don’t have to jailbreak our phones to get it working. If you watch the video above, you download the drivers to your computer, and then connect your iPhone to the computer via an ad hoc connection. Then simply go to http://tether.com/web on your phone and you’re done.

Companies usually sell us expensive packages to include the “tethering” applications. The packages range anywhere between $20 – $30 a month, and sometimes even more. But there are small companies out there that still make a killing and bring in profits by selling you the same capability with less than $3 a month. The iTether is $30 a year, or $15 if you get it in the next week from the iTether site. [via The Verge]

People in China Pay $1 a Month to Have Their e-mails Read “Sent From My iPhone”

Have you ever received an e-mail from a person and at the very bottom of the e-mail it reads ‘sent from my iPhone’? Well, apparently there is a market for this. People who want to have this signature at the bottom of their e-mails can pay a company $12 a year and they can add the signature line at the bottom.

Apparently, the demand is so high that people are actually falling for this. They don’t want to pay the $800 it costs to buy an iPhone so I guess they think, $1 a month is pretty awesome, I’ll make people believe I have an iPhone for basically free!

A Chinese sales site called Taobao say “The iPhone is too expensive. If you don’t want to spend that money, then fake it!” After you sign up for the service you are prompted to give them your password and they will set you up with an awesome signature line to make people believe you have one.

Of course you wouldn’t fall for this silly and ridiculous offer. The offer is trying to target users of China’s QQ Messaging service which is used by younger people who are not really familiar with their technologies yet. So here, I’ll spare you a $1 and teach you how it’s done.

Gmail

1. Pull up your Settings!
2. Click on General in the top right hand corner
3. Go to the “signature line”
4. Type your signature, “sent from my iPhone”
5. Click “Save Changes”
6. You’re done.

Yahoo

1. Pull up your Yahoo! Mail account
2. Click “Options” in the top right hand corner
3. Click “Mail Options”
4. Click “Signature” – the link is on the left of the page
5. Type your signature, after choosing “Show a signature on all outgoing messages”
6. Click “Save Changes at the top of the page”
7. You’re done.

OR you can simply search Google, I’ve taken the liberty to Google it for you, click here and see how it’s done. Via Gizmodo

Foam Ball That Allows you to Play Bowling with your iPhone

At first look I thought, why would anyone want to carry an iPhone in a 1960’s football helmet? And unless you’re extremely clumsy with your items, this over the top extra secure smartphone case is just what you need. It has several inches of padding, it’s large enough that you won’t lose it in between the couch cracks, it looks like a ball so if you DO drop it, it won’t get run over by cars, and lastly, who in their right minds would want to steal a ball?

Well, as it turns out, this is actually an “appcessory” intended for interactive games like bowling or hot potato. The ball is just … a ball made out of foam. There is nothing really special about it. The ball has a cutout for your iPhone, iPod, or Android to fit inside to where it won’t fall out.

This ball is supposed to make games a bit more realistic, like bowling, instead of throwing the ball and swiping your fingers across the screen to make the ball move, you simply roll the ball in one direction and the accelerometer takes care of the rests by translating the motion of the ball into the actual game.

The video above shows people having fun playing all different types of games; they even have a party where the main attraction is the bowling app. If you really want one you’ll have to wait on the pricing or availability, since it was just revealed at Toy Fair, the details are still in the dark. TheO via Chip Chick

iPhone App Lets You See What’s in front of You While You Text

How many times have you been walking and texting down your street and you hit your chin against the tow hitch of a truck? I’ve done that once, and ever since I’ve learned to at least look up after every word. Every time  I text, and walk I’m thinking to my self how much I wish my phone was see through so I could see what’s behind it.

I’ve seen a couple of prototypes made out of glass, but they are expensive and years before they are complete, but luckily, there is an app available for the iPhone on iTunes that costs .99 cents! The app uses your phone’s camera to display what’s behind the phone. The images at the bottom give you a demonstration of how this works. Now you can see exactly where you’re walking while you’re typing.

The only problem with the app is that it has to be manually launched every time you want to send a text, which can be a hassle if you’re only going to send one text to a person. If you’re going to be sending multiple text messages to people, this app can really come in handy. Keep in mind that this app is for texting while walking and not texting while driving, I’ve seen several people who text while driving by having the phone above the steering wheel, and while this app may make that a bit safer, it doesn’t mean you should try it.

LomoKino Adapter Lets Your Phone Capture 35mm Movies Without an App

Lomography makes awesome still cameras, but they also make an awesome gadget called the LomoKino which is basically an attachment for your iPhone that lets you capture 35mm video with the whole scratchy, grainy, old video of the past. The cool part about the LomoKino is that it doesn’t use an app what so ever, instead it uses a small handle/crank that you have to crank in order to get the retro fix you desperately need.

If you want to get the small adapter you’ll need to go and check out the Lomography website and throw out about $25, You’ll also need to spend about $100 for the LomoKino camera and LomoKinoscope viewer. So this is an expensive set up for a regular hobbiest like me, but if you’re serious about your films, this is a really cool gadget! The video above shows you exactly how to use it and what you can do with it.

Overall, if you really want to take video with a 1950’s feel, this is probably the cheapest way to do it, you could add a 1950’s after effects, but this is a bit more “natural” since your camera will be moving up and down as you crank the wheel. [via The Verge]