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App review: 720tube

Apple loves to tout the HD video recording and editing capabilities of its new iPhone 4. Shoot.Edit.Share, says the slogan. Unfortunately, something nasty happens between the shooting and YouTube sharing: compression. Apple squashes your magical 720p memory into a rather glum looking 360p video just as soon as you select “Send to YouTube.” And there’s no easy way around it. That is, until we stumbled upon a little app called 720tube from Drakfyre’s Software.

It’s simplistic in its design but works exactly as advertised. Once you’ve shot or exported your video fromiMovie, simply launch 720tube, login to your YouTube account (credentials can be saved) and select the video from the iPhone camera roll. Then add a title, description, tags, and category, and off she goes into the unbridled ether. You can even make the video private if you’re not quite ready to come out as a true Justin Beleiber. Seriously though, the 720tube app is dead simple and has been rock solid during our testing, even over 3G connections — it’s exactly what we’ve been waiting for.


Automatic refunds, or so the email says. We’ve been on the receiving end of a deluge of tips this morning pointing out that Apple has begun funneling cash back into its users’ pockets — a most unusual event, to be sure — to live up to its retroactive promise of free Bumpers for all (who buy their iPhone 4 before September 30). If the particular wording is to be trusted, that should mean that even those who haven’t yet bothered to put in a claim, but did purchase a Bumper, will find themselves enriched in due course. Apple estimates this bandaid solution to its antenna problems will cost $175 million in real cash money, but we suspect the biggest price to pay will be in the form of pride and reputation.

Via: Engadget

Headline says it all folks. Obviously the company is going to be getting out in front of this antenna drama (finally).10AM PT, Friday the 16th. Stay tuned for updates.

Colorware douses iPhone 4 in double rainbow, might just solve your reception issues — Engadget.

Phone 4: The duct tape solution

After minimizing the iPhone 4’s antenna issues on its Electronics Blog 10 days ago, Consumers Reportsmade news Monday by announcingthat it could not recommend Apple’s (AAPL) newest smartphone phone after all. It had reexamined the signal attenuation problem and determined that it was real.

Then it did something unusual: It offered a funky, “affordable” workaround.

“Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape or another thick, non-conductive material. It may not be pretty, but it works. We also expect that using a case would remedy the problem. We’ll test a few cases this week and report back.”

And so ConsumerReports.org joins the dozens of sites that have found inexpensive ways to make the iPhone’s so-called Death Grip problem go away. Among the fixes I’ve seen:

  • Electrical tape. I tried this. I didn’t get the doubling of download speeds I’d read about.
  • Nail polish. Didn’t have any handy.
  • Rubber wrist band. This worked like a charm until one of the holes I’d carved into it ripped.
  • Hold it differently. This is Steve Jobs’ suggestion. Not so easy if you are left handed.
  • Apple’s $29 Bumper. These are back ordered. I’m tracking mine through FedEx. It left Shenzhen, China, on Wednesday.
  • Third party cases. They are legion. Perhaps Consumer Reports will do a survey and get back to us.

Via: Apple 2.0

Photo: Consumer Reports

Well look at this. The iPhone 4 takes an average of 23 percent longer to charge while charging via USB than it does while charging via a standard electrical outlet.

Now, of course, this isn’t exactly breaking news in the traditional sense of the phrase—I’d be shocked if you didn’t know, or at least suspect, that it takes longer to charge via USB than via an outlet.

In dollars and cents, that means the iPhone 4 takes an extra 30 minutes to charge via USB.

And there’s this handy chart.

The more you know, folks. The more you know.

[via iClarified]

What FaceTime Looks Like Over 3G

Looks like crap, apparently. Okay, we’ll admit that FaceTime is cooler than we thought, but having it only work on Wi-Fi makes it less useful. But after seeing FaceTime fail over 3G, we’ll take less useless over being unusable.

The guys at LaptopMag tested out a FaceTime call over 3G by using the HTC Evo’s Mobile Hotspot feature, with its 4G turned off. The Evo used its 3G network to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal to get the iPhone 4 to connect to. Sneaky. The other iPhone 4 was connected to a real Wi-Fi network and if things went swimmingly, it’d be another instance of AT&T handcuffing the iPhone. But swim it did not, their video test went horribly wrong. According to them, “audio came through only in patches, and video was like a slideshow at best”.

Of course, the entire setup, from res to bitrates, is optimized for WiFi, so this isn’t quite a fair test. But it is an interesting setup in terms of seeing how Facetime does under the pressure of a bad internet connection. What happens when your wifi is very slow, or you have a really slow DSL connection? Same as if you had a 3G connection isn’t it? It either scales down or it gets lousy.

That’s not to say that FaceTime over 3G is always going to look like this. But since your 3G connection is volatile and hinges on so many different things like signal strength, tower proximity, how many users are connected to a tower, being indoors or outdoors, magnetism, unicorns, fairy dust, and how you hold your phone, you just never know what you’re going to get. Over Wi-Fi, it’s consistent. Over 3G, it’s a crapshoot. [LaptopMag]

Your iPhone 4 Warranty and Insurance Options.

“iPhone 4 pre-order sales on June 15 were 10-times higher than the first day of pre-ordering for the iPhone 3GS last year. Demand is simply unprecedented. We’re thrilled to see the excitement around iPhone 4 and are committed to helping as many customers as quickly as we can. As we said last week, we’re committed to fulfilling preorders first – and are on track to do so. Here is an update that we just posted:

AT&T is on-track to deliver iPhone 4 to customers who preordered the device on June 15. We look forward to offering iPhone 4 to all other customers beginning Tuesday, June 29, when it goes on sale in all AT&T sales channels.

Here are a few guidelines for customers buying iPhone 4 from AT&T:

• Preordered for home or business delivery: iPhone 4 will begin arriving this week for customers who preordered. We’ll send an email when each order has shipped.

• Preordered for store delivery: AT&T retail representatives will begin calling customers this week to let them know their iPhone 4 is available for pick up in store.

• Retail purchase (no preorder): AT&T plans to have iPhone 4 inventory – available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last – on June 29 in its retail locations, at http://www.att.com, and in business sales channels. As inventory sells out, AT&T will offer the convenient option of purchasing iPhone 4 and having it delivered to a home or business or an AT&T store. As always, customers will receive an email once their order is placed, and again when it ships.

To help customers stay up to date on iPhone 4 activities and important information, AT&T will post a series of videos beginning early this week at http://www.facebook.com/att. The videos will be informative and packed with customer-friendly tips and instructions around order fulfillment, iPhone 4 activation, inventory and – importantly – the new MicroSIM unique to iPhone 4 devices.”

Apple has traditionally been — how shall we put it — cagey with revealing memory and CPU specifics of its mobile devices, but MacRumors is today reporting its discovery that the fourth-gen iPhone’s RAM apportionment will be a very healthy 512MB. We’ve heard similar rumblings from reliable sources of our own. What it means is that iPhone 4 users can look forward to not only the same processor (though potentially at a lower speed) as their iPad compatriots, but also double the memory allowance. Of course, this will hardly be the first handset to offer half a gig for the OS to dance inside, but at least Apple’s keeping up with the times. Wouldn’t wanna disappoint all those pre-orderers now, would we?