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Bleeding Edge TV 195: iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Feature Walkthrough

UPDATE: In case you thought this was fake, Steve Jobs just confirmed that our 1.1.3 coverage is real in his MacWorld 2008 keynote.

Our iPhone 1.1.3 news has been blowing up the Internet. Quite a few people think the images in our iPhone 1.1.3 image gallery were fake, so we figured, why not put up a video? Here is our video proof that 1.1.3 firmware is, in fact, real. Any questions you want answered about it? Let us know in our iPhone 1.1.3 thread. By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker.

Meantime, the video shows you all the features that we have found (so far) in the 1.1.3 update. That includes the home screen shuffling and reorganizing of the icons, the multi-person SMS sending, the new “Locate Me” feature in the Google Maps application, Hybrid mode in Google Maps, and creating web bookmarks and putting them on your home screen.

At the end of the video, we show you the Gear Live custom painted iPhone that we will be giving away to one of you viewers, courtesy of Monster Cable.

By the way - if you liked this episode, please check out our Top 10 Most Watched Bleeding Edge TV for 2007 - we think you’ll get a kick out of it!

EDIT: We are answering your questions! Check out our first batch of iPhone 1.1.3 answers here.


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iPhone 1.1.3 firmware feature gallery

iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware: New Google Maps Options

UPDATE: In case you thought this was fake, Steve Jobs just confirmed that our 1.1.3 coverage is real in his MacWorld 2008 keynote.

Looks like the soon-to-be-released firmware 1.1.3 has quite a few surprises. We were able to get a look at it, and here is what we found:

  • The ability to send an SMS message to multiple people is now there
  • Google Maps application can now pinpoint your location using cell tower triangulation
  • Google Maps can now display the Hybrid map view
  • You can now drag and drop application icons on your home screen
  • The home screen supports pagination
  • You can now add web bookmarks to your home screen

That is all we have found for now. We also know that is you used AnySIM to unlock your phone, you can expect the 1.1.3 update to brick it. Good times. Take a look at our iPhone Firmware 1.1.3 Gallery for a photo tour of the new stuff. By the way, if you are looking for an excellent program to create custom ringtones for your iPhone, check out iPhone RingToneMaker.

EDIT: We are answering your questions! Check out our first batch of iPhone 1.1.3 answers here.

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Gallery: iPhone 1.1.3 firmware feature gallery


Bleeding Edge TV 193: A Look at 2007 Holiday iPod Lineup

The holidays are right around the corner, and while we’ve been sharing our picks for what you should buy in our 2007 Holiday Gift Guide, we also feel we should drop some knowledge in video form as well. I mean, it’s what we do, right? Anyhow, in this one, we give you a look at the complete lineup that is available this holiday season. If you wanted a refresher on exactly what each iPod model has to offer feature-wise, this is the video to check out. We are talking about everything from the iPod shuffle, all the way up to the itself. Strap yourself in and check out the video, and if you plan on buying an iPod for someone special this year (or yourself), let us know which you choose.


Unboxing the iPhone Loaner Kit

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Handhelds

iPhone Loaner Unboxing

If you ever find yourself unlucky enough to have your go crazy and you to the point where it needs to be sent in to AppleCare, do know that there is at least a faint glimmer of hope. When you send your phone in, will send you an iPhone loaner kit in return. This means that you aren’t left without a phone while your iPhone is resuscitated back to life by the Geniuses at Apple. Check out the full gallery at Geekmatica.

Read More | Geekmatica

Driin’s Device Holder Keeps Gadgets Off The Floor

deviceholderHoliday traveling means (at least) two things - packing up handheld electronics to keep yourself entertained and connected, and trying to find places to stow those gadgets while they’re charging.  In hotel rooms and guestrooms across the country outlets may abound, but there isn’t always a place close to the outlets to safely sit your stuff while it recharges.

Enter Kikkerland’s Portable Device Holder by Driin.  The L-shaped accessory has a large hole in the top through which you plug the charger into the wall.  Sit your gadget of choice on the little shelf and voila - no need to rest your precious metals (or plastics, silicones, or combinations thereof) on the floor.

Read More | wejetset

A pouch for the paranoid: cellphone blocker

Posted by Sparky Categories: Accessories, Cell Phones, Wireless / WiFi

brando black hole bag

Brando is now offering the Black Hole phone bag, a pouch for your phone with two pockets. One of the pockets is ‘normal’ and just carries your phone, but the other pocket features a cell blocking material which essentially turns it into a Faraday cage. Slipping your precious mobile into this special pocket blocks all incoming and outgoing cell signals. It seems like a strange solution when simply turning off the phone offers the same functionality without the $12 price tag, but somehow we suspect that that may not be enough for the ultra-paranoid among us.

Read More | Brando Mobile

Bleeding Edge TV 190: How to Replace Your iPhone Battery

has locked down the battery, which means that once it can’t hold a charge, you need to send it in. If you’d rather just buy your own battery and replace it yourself, we’ve got your hookup. Nate and I got together to film this this tutorial, which shows how to replace your iPhone battery. Heck, even if you have decided that you will never open up your iPhone on your own, we think it’s still pretty cool to see the process - so just hit play, okay?

Oh, and just to be sure we’re all clear, we take absolutely no responsibility if you try and replicate what you see in our video and end up bricking or damaging your phone. Okay, happy viewing!


USB handstrap also charges your phone

USB Handstrap

Don’t you hate it when your cell runs out of juice…and your charger is back home? Well here’s something to consider: the USB Leather Handstrap.  It’s an innocuous-looking, always-handy strap…that is until it’s time to charge your phone. Then, just slide the block down the strap, revealing both a cable that plugs into your computer, and a mini-USB for your phone. Now you’re ready to charge away! Measures 7” long x .3” Wide. The strap will not work with all phones, so make sure yours can be charged via USB before ordering. Currently on sale for $12 USD.

Read More | Everything USB via Gear Diary


Nokia Releases N82

Nokia N-82

The latest in the long line of Nokia products to come out is their 5 megapixel N82. With Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon Flash for low light, it’s all about the camera. The phone/cam also features high-quality video recording, an orientation sensor, and can send pictures instantly. A successor to its N95, it comes with a 2 GB microSD memory card for 900 images or 84 minutes of video. The N82 also has WiFi capability and comes equipped with Nokia Maps. Count on a price of €450 (~$658.00.)

Read More | Nokia

Why I Love LG’s VX9400 Cellphone (aka the “TV Phone”): A Review

LG's VX9400 from Verizon

In August, my contract with T-Mobile ended, and I was ready to upgrade my cell phone. Like most everyone else, I desperately wanted an , but the $500 price tag was too rich for my blood.  I also considered the Sidekick, which would have allowed me to stay with T-Mobile (whose service I love). Then one day I wandered into a store to check out their “TV Phone”: ’s VX9400. You’ve probably seen the commercials of people watching “The Daily Show” or “Spongebob” on their cellphone and wondered “Just how good is that thing?”  Well, I was hooked instantly and purchased it the next day. Despite the phone’s drawbacks – and they are major—I’ve been in love with it ever since. Here’s why…

Click to continue reading Why I Love LG’s VX9400 Cellphone (aka the “TV Phone”): A Review


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