Does your phone have Carrier IQ? Now you can know

Does your phone have Carrier IQ? Now you can know

I offer a hat tip to Gizmodo, which has put together a list of smartphones that have Carrier IQ. The company disclosed the information as part of a US Senate inquiry. Sprint subscribers are the most likely to have the spyware installed — 26 million, or nearly half of them. Verizon: None. The information is also available in a statement from Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), just not as quickly scannable.

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December 17, 2011

Gizmodo won’t be charged in iPhone 4 prototype case

Gizmodo won't be charged in iPhone 4 prototype case

By Ed Oswald, Betanews

Bloggers with Gizmodo will escape prosecution surrounding the receipt of an iPhone 4 prototype last year, although two others will be charged in conjunction with the sale to the blog.

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August 11, 2011

Chao & Eero Jewel bring emoticons to your fingers

Chao & Eero Jewel bring emoticons to your fingers

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Chao & Eero Jewel’s innovative yet fun new SIGNS silver collection features a range of little emoticons on rings, cufflinks and necklaces.

Our favourite has to be the simple smile.

Prices vary and they’re available to order directly from Chao & Eero.

Via Gizmodo.

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April 25, 2011

What’s wrong with iPhone 4’s antenna?

What's wrong with iPhone 4's antenna?

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

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The rumors are true: iPhone 4 signal strength wavers when the device is held in the hand. Isn’t that like the typical position for holding a cell phone? I can confirm the behavior with the unit FedEx delivered about 3 hours ago. When the phone is flat down, I see four to five bars. When I hold the device in my left hand, the bars slowly go down until either there is one bar or “searching” appears on the screen.

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June 24, 2010

This blog post could save you from Steve Jobs’ iPhone 4 Reality Distortion Field


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave one of his better sales pitches during the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote earlier today. He had to. Gizmodo’s iPhone 4 prototype series revealed the major details. Other than the gyroscope, iBooks and iMovie for iPhone, Jobs shared little that wasn’t already known or reasonably guessed from Gizmodo’s reporting about iPhone 4.

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June 8, 2010

Cops raid Gizmodo editor home — you don’t mess with Steve Jobs


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By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Gizmodo’s big “next iPhone” scoop has generated more than pageviews. Now it’s the police raid. Late this afternoon — actually at stock market close — the gadget blog posted about the police raid, which occurred Friday night at the residence of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen. Law enforcement exercised a search warrant before confiscating — count `em — four PCs and two servers.

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April 26, 2010

Twelve billion iBalls fall into Gizmodo’s lap

Twelve billion iBalls fall into Gizmodo's lap

By Carmi Levy, Betanews

What’s a mobile device prototype worth?

Depends on who you are. If you’re Apple, it’s priceless. When you tightly control every aspect of the product development process, anything that subverts the message is a potential risk to the brand. Loss of control to a company like Apple is unthinkable. If you’re Gizmodo, the answer is ,000 — which is the amount the tech blog reportedly paid to an unnamed individual who supposedly found the prototype of Apple’s upcoming fourth-generation iPhone in a California bar.

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April 21, 2010

Ask Santa for one of these compact digicams for Christmas

Ask Santa for one of these compact digicams for Christmas

By Joe Wilcox, Betanews

Are you shopping for or asking Santa for a compact digital camera this holiday? Sure, it seems like everyone who is anyone wants a digital SLR for their Christmas stocking. But compacts have their place — and a newer crop are closer to digital SLRs in performance and photo quality.

But to be fair, close is still a long ways off. Shutter response, action shooting, optical viewfinder, photographic quality and changeable lenses all put dSLRs way ahead of compacts. Still, compacts can be easily carried pretty much anywhere, and many newer models sport surprisingly pro features.

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December 17, 2009