Preview: the bit theme for iOS 7 is a brand new set of 8-bit icons

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With all of the same, flat-looking iOS 7 themes being released lately, this is a nice change of pace. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an 8-bit iOS theme, but it’s the first we’ve seen that takes Apple’s iOS 7 icons and gives them an 80′s makeover. (more…)

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What are you looking forward to seeing from CES 2014?

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As a predominantly Apple site, we aren’t as interested in CES as most people. But for a lot of the technology industry, CES is the largest and most public tradeshow of the year, and it starts next week.

There will be announcements that affect Apple. Primarily, CES serves as an excellent way for companies to show off their accessories for Apple’s iDevices. Of course, those tend to be lost in the crowd, but larger product announcements do stick out. Other smarpthone manufacturers also take part in the event, though there aren’t any major devices expected from the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, or Motorola.

Personally, I’m interested to see what T-Mobile does at its keynote. T-Mobile is easily the best value for a carrier in the US, even if its network isn’t perfect. I’m also interested to see LG’s webOS TV. What are you looking forward to?

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Happy New Year from iFans!

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It’s a new year, and we here at iFans want to wish every single one of you the best. It’s been a pleasure writing for you on the frontpage and talking with you in the forums. As the New Year rolls around, we look forward to more interesting stories and moments to share with all of you. It’s an exciting year to be interested in technology — particularly with Apple — and we have big things planned for the site this year.

On behalf of all of the iFans staff, Happy New Year. Here’s to another 365 days of excitement, interesting news, and — more importantly — sharing it with all of you, our readers and members.

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This iOS 7 multitasking concept is intriguing and confusing

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When you get a chance to watch the video after the break, you may falsely assume that it’s the brainchild of famous iOS concept artist “Sentry,” otherwise known on YouTube as s3ntry93. That’s because the below concept–which is a brand new take at multitasking and incorporates iOS 7 flat design–is of similar quality and imagination.

I don’t know how practical the concept is though. It’s a bit hard on the eyes. Hit the break for the video. (more…)

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Reminder: Comment to win a Truffol Autograph skin!

The giveaway is winding down, so be sure that you have commented to enter! Fifteen (15) lucky winners will be chosen at random and messaged a promotional code that can be redeemed at truffol.com for one (1) Autograph skin for an iPhone 5, 5S, or Galaxy S 4.

Also, be sure to subscribe to the Truffol newsletter for future deals!

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Giveaway: Win one of 15 Truffol Autograph Skin!

 

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Truffol is one of the most interesting companies in the accessory world. On the high-end, their quality is almost unrivaled. Until recently, they didn’t have an affordable product. That has changed, however, with the introduction of the Autograph line of leather skins.

These skins stick to the back of your iPhone 5SiPhone 5or Samsung Galaxy S4. Crafted from excellent leather, the skin itself is only .6 millimeters. This isn’t your cheap, plastic skin that will be peeling from use in a month.

How to enter:

Entering is simple: just comment on this post. At the end of a week, I will close the thread and randomly select 15 (fifteen) winners that will receive a promotional code for a free Autograph skin to use on Truffol.com. Those users will be messaged on the via the forums, so be sure to check back and use the promo code if you are selected!

What else?

You should check out Truffol.com. They have multiple products, with their line if Signature cases being utterly fantastic. The Autograph skins are also exceptionally affordable, at just $18 for the basic model.

Lastly, you should subscribe to Truffol’s newsletter, as they offer deals and other exclusive content regularly.

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Sprint may try to purchase T-Mobile in 2014

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A report from The Wall Street Journal today states that Sprint, at this time, intends to make a bid for T-Mobile in 2014.

AT&T was prevented from purchasing T-Mobile earlier this year, due to competition issues. T-Mobile doesn’t have the best network, but its prices are incredibly competitive, and it supports unlocked devices better than any other carrier.

The bid would make sense from a business perspective, but there are various hurdles that must be cleared. Primarily, Sprint’s third-generation network is based on CDMA. T-Mobile is still pushing its GSM/HSPA network out. Both have settled upon LTE as their next-generation network of choice, but neither have a large footprint with that technology.

There are also regulatory bodies to be cleared. It seems unlikely that the United States government will allow only three major carriers to dominate the market.

[The WSJ via MacRumors]

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What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Round?

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Round?

The potential benefit of this screen technology isn’t quite clear yet, but Samsung is touting a new feature called “Round Interaction,” which allows you to look at information such as missed calls, battery life, and the date and time when you tilt it on a flat surface with the screen off. Samsung also claims that switching between home screens will feel like one continuous transition, and has worked on new tilt- and tap-based interactions for the music and photos apps.

Samsung yesterday unveiled the Galaxy Round, one of the world’s first–if not the first–smartphones with a curved OLED display. What do you think of the device? BGR was especially harsh, saying “The curved shape of the phone adds nothing of value to the user experience and once again, Samsung didn’t even attempt to add any useful new functionality to the device. It’s a gimmick.”

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Previously untold, this is how the original iPhone came to be

Previously untold, this is how the original iPhone came to be

2013-10-05 11_08_48-iphone-original.jpg - Windows Photo ViewerThe iPhone could play a section of a song or a video, but it couldn’t play an entire clip reliably without crashing. It worked fine if you sent an e-mail and then surfed the Web. If you did those things in reverse, however, it might not. Hours of trial and error had helped the iPhone team develop what engineers called “the golden path,” a specific set of tasks, performed in a specific way and order, that made the phone look as if it worked.

So it turns out that the iPhone barely worked on the day it was introduced. Steve Jobs went as far as requiring his team to develop special hardware that would allow the device’s screen to be mirrored in live time on the screen. He had to perform certain actions in a certain order to keep the phone from crashing. Here’s the story of the employee who’s fault it would have been if the demo fell apart. Fascinating.

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