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Sure, we've given you a list of our top 10 most popular stories of 2013, but we figured we'd go a bit more broad than that. We also thought it would be interesting to give you a look at the top ten most read stories on this site this year, period, regardless of what year they were posted. We must say, we're just as surprised as you are at what did (and didn't) make the list! For example, you guys seem to really like Apple. Here we go:

  1. Sleeptracker Watch review: This one focuses on a watch that tracks your sleep data and aims to wake you up when you are in your lightest phase of sleep. The result is that you wake up feeling more rested, and more refreshed.

  2. Flash on iPhone is just around the corner: This five-year-old article made it's way back after being linked to by John Gruber of Daring Fireball. Since then we've learned that just because it's in testing behind closed doors, doesn't mean that it's going to make it's way to public release. Also, John, why couldn't you have linked to when we broke what was the biggest Apple software leak of the decade?

  3. Mod your Xbox without a mod chip: This is an all-time favorite of our readers. It dropped out of the top 10 last year, but has reappeared for 2013.

  4. Apparently that Xbox 360 Red Ring of Doom issue hasn't been fixed

  5. OS X 10.9 Mavericks Developer Preview 3 now available

  6. How To Mod Your iPhone on Windows Using iBrickr

  7. Apple releases iOS 7 beta 2 with iPad support: iOS 7 beta 1 supported the iPhone and iPod touch only. When beta 2 arrived with iPad support, many were excited.

  8. TiVo out-of-home remote streaming arrives on Roamio Plus, Roamio Pro DVRs: We'd been waiting for this feature for a long, long time, and it is finally here.

  9. Exclusive details on the next Nike+ FuelBand: We got exclusive details on the new Nike+ FuelBand months before its release.

  10. iPhone 5s review: Our review of Apple's flagship smartphone for 2013.

Any surprises? For a trip down memory lane, check out the top ten most-read stories in 2012, 2011, 2010.

We've also compiled a list of the stories that have dropped out of the top ten between 2012 and 2013, which you can check out after the jump, and don't miss the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2013 either!

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Rear plastic shell of upcoming budget iPhone leaked?

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

Budget iPhone rear shell rumor

The big iPhone rumor this year is that Apple will release a lower-cost model with a polycarbonate plastic backing, similar to the one found on the iPhone 3G and 3GS. Today, an image has cropped up that purports to show the rear shell of the budget model iPhone. As you can see, it's similar in size to the iPhone 4, and is mostly flat, rather than the rounded 3G/3GS design. Tactus, the company that is making the claims, also has other details:

I’ve also heard on the grapevine that the alleged budget iPhone will have an A5 processor like the iPad Mini with a 32nm diecast. It’s also rumoured it will have a 3.5 inch retina screen, much like the 4S, but not as big as the iPhone 5 … I’ve also discovered the factory producing this secretive project have confirmed the device will be available in Black, White, Blue, Red and Yellow.

A multi-colored low-cost iPhone? What do you think?

Read More | Tactus

Top 10 most read Gear Live stories of 2012

ColorWare Beats by Dr. Dre

Sure, we've given you a list of our top 10 most popular stories of 2012, but we figured we'd go a bit more broad than that. We also thought it would be interesting to give you a look at the top ten most read stories on this site this year, period, regardless of what year they were posted. We must say, we're just as surprised as you are at what did (and didn't) make the list! For example, you guys seem to really like Monster's Beats by Dr. Dre audio line. Here we go:

  1. ColorWare now offering custom-painted Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones
  2. White iPhone 4 vs. black iPhone 4 comparison
  3. iPhone 3G vs iPod touch 2G in pictures: Odd that an image gallery featuring the iPhone and iPod touch from two years ago made our top ten list, but there it is!
  4. Exclusive: Pink Beats by Dr. Dre Charles Hamilton customs
  5. Limited Edition white Beats by Dr. Dre headphones hands-on: You can't deny that Monster has a hit on their hands with the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones.
  6. iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 4S vs. Original iPhone in pictures
  7. iPhone 5: White & SIlver or Black & Slate? (gallery)
  8. iPhone 5 White & Silver unboxing gallery
  9. Bleeding Edge TV 190: How to Replace Your iPhone Battery
  10. iPod touch picks up 4-inch display, better cameras, new colors, and Siri

Any surprises? We've also compiled a list of the stories that have dropped out of the top ten between 2010 and 2011, which you can check out after the jump, and don't miss the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2012 either!

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AT&T will start unlocking out-of-contract iPhones this Sunday

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Cell Phones, Corporate News

AT&T unlock iphone

Are you rolling with an out-of-contract AT&T iPhone? If so, there's no reason to keep it locked to the AT&T network as of this weekend. Starting on Easter Sunday, AT&T will unlock any out-of-contract iPhone at the request of the customer. This means you can swap out the SIM for that of any other GSM carrier. This makes it super-easy when traveling abroad. In order to get the unlock, your account needs to be in good standing, so make sure you're all paid up.

Read More | Engadget

iOS 5.1 now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

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

iOS 5.1 OTA install

As Apple promised this morning during its iPad event, iOS 5.1 is now available for download. What's new? Well the major items include the fact that Siri can now speak to you in Japanese, photos can be deleted from Photo Stream (finally!), and a camera shortcut is now always visible on the lock screen of the iPhone and iPod touch. Other additions include a 4G indicator on the AT&T iPhone 4S, and optimized audio for iTunes TV and movies to make the audio louder and clearer when watching on an iPad. Download it now!


Install Siri on any jailbroken iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with Spire

Posted by John Ball Categories: Apple, Handhelds, Mods / Hacks, Software

Siri Jailbreak

The first legal Siri port has been developed and released for jailbroken iPhone 4, iPhone 3G and 3GS, iPod touch 3rd and 4th generations, and both iPads, and it's called Spire. The way the tweak works is by using an external proxy server to mimic Apple’s own Siri servers, which are used exclusively for the iPhone 4S. Spire has a quick install and a simple setup that takes no time at all to get up and running. There are some minor issues with the method however, namely that for every iDevice connected to a proxy server, Apple is losing money. The problems don’t stop there though. This also leaves the "official" iPhone 4S Siri possibly open to vulnerability for use with these proxy servers, which can potentially lead to unreliability within the phone itself and possible personal information being leaked from all the connected devices.

Moving away from the negatives to the positive, looking at the Spire, it functions exactly like its older sibling for the iPhone 4S as you are not running it on the iPod Touch 3rd generation (the tweak takes full advantage of the external microphone.) Have you got Siri up and running on your jailbroken iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch?

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Top 10 most read Gear Live stories of 2011

ColorWare Beats by Dr. Dre

Sure, we've given you a list of our top 10 most popular stories of 2011, but we figured we'd go a bit more broad than that. We also thought it would be interesting to give you a look at the top ten most read stories on this site this year, period, regardless of what year they were posted. We must say, we're just as surprised as you are at what did (and didn't) make the list! For example, you guys seem to really like Monster's Beats by Dr. Dre audio line. Here we go:

  1. ColorWare now offering custom-painted Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones

  2. Limited Edition white Beats by Dr. Dre headphones hands-on: You can't deny that Monster has a hit on their hands with the Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones.

  3. SLEEPTRACKER Watch review: This one focuses on a watch that tracks your sleep data and aims to wake you up when you are in your lightest phase of sleep. The result is that you wake up feeling more rested, and more refreshed.

  4. Exclusive: Pink Beats by Dr. Dre Charles Hamilton customs

  5. iOS 5 review

  6. Yes, Steve Jobs is back at Apple Campus

  7. iPhone 3G vs iPod touch 2G in pictures: Odd that an image gallery featuring the iPhone and iPod touch from two years ago made our top ten list, but there it is!

  8. Modify your Xbox without a mod chip: This one comes as no surprise--there are a lot of modders out there.

  9. White iPhone 4 vs. black iPhone 4 comparison

  10. Exclusive: Red Beats by Dr. Dre LeBron James customs

Any surprises? We've also compiled a list of the stories that have dropped out of the top ten between 2010 and 2011, which you can check out after the jump, and don't miss the ten most popular Gear Live videos of 2011 either!

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iRetrofone: A classic phone dock for iPhone

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Accessories, Apple, Cell Phones

iRetrophone

Who says that we have to sacrifice tradition with technology? All versions of the will dock to the iRetrofone base, turning your smartphone into a traditional corded phone like the one in your grandma’s kitchen. In addition to being a functioning phone in its own right, the iRetrofone also syncs and charges your iPhone in retro style. The iRetrofone comes in a variety of different styles and colors, such as pink, red, green, purple, and clear.

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iOS 4.1 update brings HDR photos, HD video uploads, and plenty of bug fixes

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

iOS 4.1

Apple just announced this morning at their that they’re shipping iOS 4.1, which aims to fix a lot of bugs in the platform, while also bringing new features. Here’s a rundown:

  • Bug fixes: Proximity sensor, Bluetooth, iPhone 3G performance
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos
  • High definition video upload over Wi-Fi
  • TV Show rentals
  • Game Center

iOS 4.1 ships next week for iPhone and , and it will be free for both.


iPhone 4 unlock now available with ultrasn0w!

iPhone 4 unlock

We knew that once the iPhone 4 jailbreak dropped, it would be just a matter of time before the unlock method would be made available. Well, two days later, it’s here. Ultrasn0w, the software unlock we’ve come to know and love over the years, has been updated to version 1.0-1. With that update comes support for the iPhone 4 baseband 01.59 and iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.12.01, and 05.13.04. If those numbers confuse you, no worries, this basically just means that any iPhone 3G/3GS/4 device that you have in your hand as of today is unlockable. Just download ultrasn0w through Cydia, and you’re all set!

Read More | Dev-Team

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