Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

The fuss over the iPhone 5 is everywhere. While someone people are madly in love with it, others are more critical and don’t see the point. As Jimmy Kimmel’s experiment will show you, some people even have no idea what the difference is, but still love it, just to fit into the Apple crowd. One thing’s for sure, the iPhone is different. And as a tech blogger, it’s a must-cover topic. The 5 is taller, wider, and probably harder, better, faster, stronger.

First off, the size. The iPhone 5 packs a 4″ screen, an upgrade from the 3.5″ that Steve Jobs had initially presented years ago. This goes a long way when it comes to day to day use. It’s the same width as the previous phones, and just a little taller. So it’s still quite familiar to the veteran iPhone user, but allows a fresh breath of air as you hold something new in your hand. According to user reviews, it’s still ‘small’ enough that one hand use is convenient for any thumb.

Dock: Lightning
The dock is one of the biggest physical changes with many internal impacts. The ‘Lightening’ takes up less space in the overall physical frame of the phone, space which is saved up for other internal hardware and ultimately creating less weight. I personally don’t love the fact that my old iPhone chargers will become obsolete once I order one of these bad boys, but eh, it’s a good change for Apple and a solution that can be solved by an extra $30 for a second charger. According to Engadget, while the old adapter took five minutes and 6 second to downloaded 5.5 gigabytes of information from the 4S, the Lightening adapter took three minutes and 57 seconds from an iPhone 5.

Internally, the iPhone 5 has the new A6 processor chip which makes it twice as fast as the 4S. Geekbench has calculated that this creates a total of 1 gigabyte of RAM. If you’re an average laptop user, your laptop will most likely have 4 gigabytes of RAM, making your iPhone an impressive 1/4 as fast as your freakin’ computer. There are a lot more internal technicalities that are not as interesting to read about. One thing though, is the addition of LTE, which makes the wireless connection on your new iPhone 5 faster. While this technology has been around in other phones, it’s definitely a great addition to the 5.

While I can’t wait to see and test this for myself, the screen of the iPhone 5 is said to be fantastic. The 4S already had one of the best screens on the competitive market,  and the new screen made things just a little better. One argument against iPhones, and similarly iPads, has always been the screen’s weakness out in sunlight. By having less layers in the construction of the iPhone screen, this makes the screen more powerful outdoors.

The front camera on the iPhone 5 takes the spotlight as it is improved from a regular VGA to a 1.2 megapixel badass for FaceTiming and Skype. While some users don’t really turn on the front camera except for the white-girl-wasted party photos, for those of us who actually use Skype often, this is a huge improvement. The back camera is essentially the same. With the new A6 chip within the phone comes a faster shutter speed which competes with other competitors such as the Galaxy Nexus. An additional feature is the Panorama mode, which is a built in Panorama software for your camera. Just hold the phone up, and go from left to right to capture a 11,000 x 2,500 pixel image. Let the new Facebook and Instagram photos begin.

Overall? Apple kept it’s promise. The iPhone 5 is two times faster, better display, better battery life, and a new and slightly improved design. I personally love the fact that it’s a 4”. The extra .5” will go a long way. For now, I have to enjoy my cracked iPhone 4S. The poor thing is due for a replacing. It’s fallen in puddles, a toilet right after urinating in it,  (held my breath, dunked my hand in, and picked it right out), fallen down stairs, and much more.

No matter what you opinion is, I’m personally very excited. And for those of you out there who don’t even know the difference, go buy a Nokia.

-Can Cakmak

I’ve always been fascinated by the amount of information we have on our cell phones. If someone were to get a hold of your iPhone, for example, they would potentially have access to your Facebook, bank account, Twitter, emails, Amazon account, and more. But these are just account names and passwords; it’s hard to comprehend how vulnerable we really are.

This is exactly what Malte Spitz wanted to highlight. In his ten minute TED Talk presentation, he talks about how much power and information the cell phone has given to the individual. During social movements in the last few years, such as those in Egypt and Syria, cell phones and social media have played huge roles. There is no doubt the cell phone is no longer a novelty, it is a part of our day to day lifestyle. However, this is also where issues begin to arise. While cell phones have provided their users with all sorts of services, they also provide the service companies with information we probably don’t want them to have.

Every time we use our cell phones, there is a record of it; even more so now that location services are so readily available. Service providers can easily store this information. Spitz wanted a straight answer – what kind of information does your service provider have and how much of it? He requested the data, and after a few attempts and a couple of lawsuits, Spitz “received 35,830 lines of code — a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute account of half a year of his life.”

How scary is that? Spitz wanted the convoluted lines of code to be better understood by everyone in order to represent the drastic amount of our personal lives that are on record somewhere. He converted the codes into visualization. You can see 6 months of his life here. Your regular cell phone services which have been around for a decade, combined with location services, begin to reveal a lot about your lifestyle. In Spitz’s train ride from Berlin, you can see his call records, duration of each call, text messages received and sent, the amount of data he used and more. This information is all in the hands of our cell phone provider, whether we like it or not.

So what do we do about this? Nothing. We live this way. I mean, it’s not like your service provider workers are sitting there going, “Check it out, Joe just went on RedTube.” The information is available in their hands, but it’s likely ignored… in most average people’s cases. Just hope your significant other doesn’t get a hold of your cell phone data. Another option still remains; you could go AWOL, cancel your cell phone service, stop shaving, and go live in a tree.

-Can Cakmak

App Spotlight: Pair

Posted: May 25, 2012 by jerkmag in SURF -- tech
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Will you take Jessica, in sickness and in health, till the Pair app doesn’t work and you can’t communicate anymore? I do.

Assuming you’re able to get a girl or boyfriend, and assuming they somehow stay with you long enough to be in a committed relationship, and assuming they move to a different city and create an obstacle in your relationship’s path… do not fear. The folks at TenthBit Inc. have got you covered. Their “Pair” app is one of the latest ways of keeping in touch. The app’s marketing strategy is directed at couples, and offers them a way to keep in touch in an easier, (probably creepier), way.

The idea is simple; while your iPhone messaging app can share text, images and short clips, this app combines them all and adds much more. It integrates Facebook, Twitter, voice clips and even the ability to draw something. No not the game, actually drawing something and making little doodles for each other. This app essentially combines almost all forms of communication available in today’s world and makes it private between two people.

All joking, sarcasm, and Jerk-yness aside -this app is quite clever and the best part …  it’s free. Before iMessaging, one of the most useful apps on many peoples’ phones were apps like Whatsapp, which allowed you to text through your 3G connection, meaning you could text for free from anywhere in the world as long as you were connected to WiFi. With the release and automated switch into iMessaging, there’s no longer any use for apps like Whatsapp. This is where Pair is very clever. It recognizes what the integrated messaging app on your iPhone can’t do, and makes you feel like you need to do it. Could you survive without Pair? Definitely. But it’s free, and probably quite useful once you and your significant other get used to it. Even for families and friends who live apart, integrating all forms of communication and social media is a great way of keeping in touch.

Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Actually they have, Ryan the temp from the Office tried to patent WUPHF, but no one believed in him (I hope at least a few of you get this reference).

Normal Addiction: Siri

Posted: October 22, 2011 by jerkmag in SURF -- tech
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Please, give me another reason to be unhealthily attached to my cell phone. The newest model of the iPhone, the iPhone 4S—guess they didn’t make enough changes to call it the iPhone 5—includes a virtual personal assistant named Siri. As a grad student, I can’t actually afford the latest Apple product–shocker–but based on what I’ve read and the videos I’ve watched, Siri seems freakishly human.

I’m having trouble deciding if that’s good or bad. Let’s be honest, whether we’d like to admit it or not, most of us are addicted to our cell phones. I’m not sure giving us another reason to be more lazy than we already are is such a good idea, but I’ll admit the new technology is definitely convenient and cool…just not cool enough for me to shell out $199. I’ll wait for the iPhone 5.

-Erin Elzo

I don’t know what’s scarier: the new Scream 4 game for the iPhone, or just the thought of it.  As most gamers know, video games based on movies are usually complete crap (note Catwoman and E.T.).  However, the new Scream 4 game isn’t what scares me shitless.  It’s the fact that the Weinstein Company is planning to put out a whole slew of new movie video games. (more…)

Discounts are a wonderful thing, especially when they go to charity. In light of the recent events in Japan, the video game company Capcom discounted many of their iPhone games to $0.99 and promised to donate the proceeds to their home country. Being the generous fellow that I am, and because I love fighting games, I jumped on this opportunity to buy Street Fighter IV for my iPhone. So put down your Xbox controllers and pick up your iPhones, because I’m here to give you Jerks my full review of Street Fighter IV for the iPhone. (more…)

The 5 Grossest iPhone Apps

Posted: December 14, 2009 by Katie in VAULT -- archives
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  • My Vibe

Literally transforms your iPhone into a vibrator. Ladies, be courteous and don’t let other people use your phone afterwards. They don’t want to put your sex toy against their cheek.

Cost: Free!

iphone vibrator app

Turn your iPhone into a vibrator for $0.