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Giveaway: Two new Element carbon-fiber iPhone 4 cases (TUAW.com)

Jun 2nd 2011 1:25PM I haven't dropped my iPhone before. I'm just too extra careful, anal retentive with the thing. I even walk around with a little microfiber cloth, just so I can buff the hell out of that BEAUTIFUL RETINA DISPLAY EQUIPPED SCREEN.

OMG I heart my iPhone olol.

But hey, because that's kind of boring. Who wants to hear about my not-accidents with my phone? So to honor the spirit of the contest, I'm gonna make a story up.

One day, way back in the day (I believe it was around ought-9, ought 10ish), I was talking to Mabel. Mabel wasn't too terribly bright, but she did love a game of pigskin gridiron football. So I says to Mabel, "Hey, Mabel, go long", and she did. Unfortunately for the game, I didn't have a pigskin gridiron grade football, but I did have my incredibly well built and surprisingly aerodynamic iPhone 4...

little aside, I know the iPhone 4 wasn't out in ought-9, but since my granddad works at an Apple store in California, I was able to get a prototype. I think ended up leaving it in a bar somewhere by accident. Dunno what happened to it after that.

But anyway, to get back to the story, I chuck my well built and surprisingly aerodynamic iPhone 4 at Mable, who's about roughly 60 yards away by this point (54.864 meters for our European readers). It flies. Oh, it flies. A nice smooth arc across the cerulean blue sky that clear summer day was sporting.

Unfortunately for our fun, there were badgers out that day. Now for those of you not in the know, badgers love white shiny objects.

Oh, and another little aside. I know the white iPhones 4s weren't out in ought-9, but I had a can of spraypaint and the will to spraypaint.

But anyway, this badger goes right for my flying iPhone. Intercepts it like a PRO! It was amazing to watch, that badger, leaping into the air to catch my throw intended for Mabel.

Long story short, things went down, adventures happened, I found Jimmy Hoffa's body, some pirate gold, and amazingly, the iPhone survived with nary a scratch. Sure, it was encased in concrete, but that's another story altogether. No one makes 'em quite like Apple.

But just in case I do accident destroy it one day, I'd like to have a nice case to maybe mitigate the damage a bit. Like it's rolling THAC0 against asphalt or something.

And that's my iPhone droppage story.

Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac beta now available (TUAW.com)

Jun 1st 2011 8:13PM What TSSaloic said. Inside of Windows, Avast eats up around 30 meg of ram, and hovers between 0.5 and 2% CPU during normal usage. I couldn't imagine those numbers being much different on a Mac.

iOS 5 to feature 'completely revamped' notifications, widgets (TUAW.com)

May 28th 2011 1:45PM One of the reasons why I ended up jailbreaking was for SBSettings, which gives you the ability to fire all these off from a handy dropdown menu inside of just about any application. Hopefully, Apple ends up aping this a bit for iOS5, because it's so, so much handier than going into settings and changing everything there.

iOS 5 to feature 'completely revamped' notifications, widgets (TUAW.com)

May 28th 2011 3:08AM Android phones give you a little pop up notification that lets you know something's going on, but doesn't get in the way of what you're doing. When you finally want to get around to checking it out, you do a little swipe down gesture from the task bar, and there they are.

This is opposed to iOS, which does this whole...


...so, yeah. There's alot to love about iOS, but the notification system isn't one of 'em.

Apple eyeing Samsung AMOLED display for the iPad 3 (TUAW.com)

May 26th 2011 4:43PM It doesn't matter if it's AMOLED, IPS, TN, or what. Anything but e-ink is gonna be fairly hard to read in direct sunlight.

And AMOLED isn't exact a step back from anything. It's currently the only thin display technology that can match the contrast ratio, response time, and color gamut of old CRT monitors. If Samsung and Apple can manage to make a 10 inch Retina AMOLED, then what do I care if I can't watch a movie or read a book while standing out in the middle of a park at noon? Unless Apple goes with the aforementioned e-ink, there isn't a single display technology out there that'll make that feasible on an iPad. I might as well settle with the best display otherwise, and accept that one weakness.

TUAW's Daily Mac App: BetterSnapTool (TUAW.com)

May 23rd 2011 7:06PM Yeah. God forbid someone port over a handy and useful feature from another OS.

Screw options! I'm sticking with the default! :D

MacDefender malware protection and removal guide (TUAW.com)

May 19th 2011 5:42PM Oooh. Mac malware. Is this finally the day that everyone learns OSX isn't nearly as solid as Apple claims? Not really. It does proves the old adage that a computer is only as secure as the person using it, though.

Right now, almost every bit of Windows malware you get is similar to this whole Mac Defender BS you're seeing here. Viruses and worms? Since the introduction of the UAC, and all the other very 'nix like bits and pieces MS has added to Vista/7, they're practically nonexistent these days. What you're getting instead are a bunch of moms and dads downloading Windows Defender because it popped up on the internet and said they're infected with 50 kajillion viruses.

Doesn't matter that the UAC popped up and warned them that it was gonna make changes to their computer. Doesn't matter that opening the download tells them that it's an unverified program from the internet. They want it on their computer.. They initiated it. If you transplant these people to a Mac, they're gonna type in their admin password so it can make changes there, too.

There is no defense against this. You can have the most bulletproof OS in the world, and it still won't be able to protect itself against the person using it.

Right now, this Mac Defender thing isn't that big of a deal. OSX is still a relatively small percentage of the OS market, and most of the people who use it are savvy enough not to be tricked by it. But Apple's marketshare is growing, and those same moms and dads who downloaded Speed Up My PC are gonna move over to a Mac, because they hear it's a better place to be. Guess what they're gonna do there? Yup.

And there's nothing anyone can do about it. The Mac App store will mitigate this somewhat. But as long as OSX still allows you to download and install applications outside of it, then social engineered malware will always be potential problem, no matter what you're using.

Nuu ships MiniKey for iPhone 4 (TUAW.com)

May 13th 2011 12:21PM I somewhat agree with you when it comes to the iPhone. When I was first getting into smartphones, I thought I'd prefer physical keypads due to the tactile feedback they provide. I figured it'd make for less mistakes because I could feel the keys under my thumbs.

Nowadays, I think a little differently. I think keypads feel too cramped, and have come to rather enjoy using the virtual keyboard on my iPhone. Still, I can see why some people would prefer one over the other. If not for speed, then for at least the added perk of not having a little graphic keyboard eat up half your screen space.

For an iPad, it'd depend on what I'm doing. If I'm typing up a long, drawn out document, I'm gonna want access to a good laptop sized keyboard. Being able to touch type properly, and not having to stop to switch between letters and numbers is a huge advantage here. Using the virtual keys are great for posting to up a tweet, or firing off a couple quick emails, but can be a little slow and tiring when you have to spend more than 15 minutes with something.

So, you know, YMMV. Subjective opinions. Ect. Ect.

White, black iPhones same thickness say Phil Schiller, Consumer Reports (TUAW.com)

May 2nd 2011 3:23PM I just ordered one of these damn things not five minutes ago. This is my first iPhone, so I don't know what to expect. Well, nothing beyond the fact that I'm fairly sure it'll be better than the horrible, horrible Blackberry Storm I've been stuck with for the past two years.

Thick or thin. Whatever. It better be a magical experience that'll change my life forever. Or else. >:[

Farewell, Internet (Download Squad)

Apr 12th 2011 7:59PM Gotta say that I'm gonna miss you, DLS. Though I, like many others, didn't comment on your articles and get involved as much as I should've, I did check out the site at least once a day, and loved all of what you posted.

It's a shame to see you all go, and I hope you all land better, and obviously more secure jobs elsewhere. You all deserve it. :)