[SHOCKING] World’s Largest IPHONE cost $28,000, biggest picture

What’s the best way to spend $28,000? I dunno! Probably something charity-related. But a noticeable way to spend $28,000 is to group a bunch of iPads together and call them the biggest iPhone in the world.

You can visit this display yourself at London’s St. Pancras International station, where it’s being used to promote a new Lara Croft iPad game instead of to play the world’s largest game of Angry Birds. Which itself seems pretty wasteful! [The Geek Engineer, Kotaku]


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[ BEST ] Iphone the Barcode scanner

Nothing ruins a recent purchase quite like finding lower prices online as soon as you bring it home. With one of these barcode-scanning, price-crunching smartphone apps, that never has to happen again.


The Best Barcode Scanner Apps

A quick, relatively accurate barcode scanner from the company that provides the basic scanning functionality for many other apps on this list, including Amazon’s, eBay’s and FoodScanner’s. Independent of any particular retailer or price aggregator (though now owned by eBay), RedLaser is free to search a variety of online sources for the best prices, which, combined with its best-in-group scanning ability, makes for a hugely useful app on any post-3G iPhone. Free, iPhone.

The Best Barcode Scanner Apps

A RedLaser alternative with a powerful price comparison engine, ShopSavvy is a good second line of defense against bum in-store deals, and occasionally finds a lower price than its competitor. Its only problem? It doesn’t scan terribly well, especially on older iPhones. When it does work, though, it’s quite fast. Free, iPhone.

The Best Barcode Scanner Apps

FoodScanner is blessed with good scanning technology, a great calorie-counting concept, and an interface that’s sufficiently streamlined so as to make a otherwise tedious process—keeping a food diary—pretty bearable. It’s also mindful of the shortcomings of barcode scanning for keeping track of all your food, providing a number of ways to document calories that aren’t barcoded, or even branded. At $5, downloading FoodScanner is an expensive proposition, but looking back on even a few days of scanned food intake is likely to make you rethink your eating habits. $5, iPhone

Price Check by Amazon: Good for a quick barcode scan and ballpark price comparison, but the fact that it’s limited to Amazon and its associated sellers limits utility.
eBay: This is an eBay app with a scanner widget, not the other way around. Only really appropriate for existing eBay users.
Pic2Shop: An early competitor to the likes of RedLaser and ShopSavvy, but lack of polish, unreliable scanning and a somewhat kludgy interface hold it back.
NexTag Mobile: Essentially an iPhone client for the NexTag price comparison engine, which is a bit too friendly to unreliable no-name online retailers.


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The Best Barcode Scanner Apps

It’s easy, as a good barcode scanner should be: fire up the Barcode Scanner, scan the barcode. It’s a straight scanner, Barcode Scanner handles both UPC codes (which does a quick product search) and QR codes (which will give you options to add contact, show on map, download, etc) with ease and throws in a few extra features (like searching within a book you scan) as a bonus. Gives you an option to create your own QR codes too. Free, Android.

The Best Barcode Scanner Apps

An original Android app that’s still great after all these years. ShopSavvy continues to stands out by being excellent at finding products for price comparisons, offering local listings and price alerts. It works with QR codes too and when the app gets updated in the next version (ShopSavvy 4), it’ll bring a new deals section, a new crowdsourced product database and a prettier interface. Free, Android.

The Best Barcode Scanner Apps

It’s a cross between Google Goggles and a barcode scanner, so to judge it as just a barcode scanner (it’s much more versatile than that) is sort of pigeon holing the great app. But still, because it’s made by Google, the app does a really great job at finding products along with keeping a history, giving an option to star and sharing the stuff you find. Free, Android

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Apple admits iPhone 4 reception issues, says fix is coming

(Mashable) — After initially dismissing the reports about the iPhone 4 antenna reception issue, Apple has officially admitted it exists, promising a software fix in a couple of weeks. There’s a catch, though.

Apple’s promised fix may not be good news for users experiencing the problem. Apple claims it has erroneously calculated the formula which displays signal bars on the iPhone, and therefore the iPhone has been showing too many bars in areas with weak signal strength.

Here’s how Apple explains it:

“Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.”

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Unfortunately, this seems like Apple is only acknowledging one part of the problem. Anandtech’s in-depth analysis showed that the signal drop when you grip the iPhone 4 by its lower-right side is very real.

Therefore, Apple’s fix probably won’t fix that part — arguably the biggest part — of the problem, and will merely make the iPhone 4 display fewer bars in weak signal areas.

Interestingly enough, Apple claims the miscalculation was present “since the original iPhone,” so the fix will apply to older generation iPhones as well.

Here’s Apple’s official announcement:

Dear iPhone 4 Users,

The iPhone 4 has been the most successful product launch in Apple’s history. It has been judged by reviewers around the world to be the best smartphone ever, and users have told us that they love it. So we were surprised when we read reports of reception problems, and we immediately began investigating them. Here is what we have learned.

To start with, gripping almost any mobile phone in certain ways will reduce its reception by one or more bars. This is true of iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, as well as many Droid, Nokia and RIM phones. But some users have reported that iPhone 4 can drop four or five bars when tightly held in a way which covers the black strip in the lower left corner of the metal band. This is a far bigger drop than normal, and as a result some have accused the iPhone 4 of having a faulty antenna design.

At the same time, we continue to read articles and receive hundreds of emails from users saying that iPhone 4 reception is better than the iPhone 3GS. They are delighted. This matches our own experience and testing. What can explain all of this?

We have discovered the cause of this dramatic drop in bars, and it is both simple and surprising.

Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays two more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display four bars when we should be displaying as few as two bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying four or five bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

To fix this, we are adopting AT&T’s recently recommended formula for calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength. The real signal strength remains the same, but the iPhone’s bars will report it far more accurately, providing users a much better indication of the reception they will get in a given area. We are also making bars one, two and three a bit taller so they will be easier to see.

We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G.

We have gone back to our labs and retested everything, and the results are the same- the iPhone 4’s wireless performance is the best we have ever shipped. For the vast majority of users who have not been troubled by this issue, this software update will only make your bars more accurate. For those who have had concerns, we apologize for any anxiety we may have caused.

As a reminder, if you are not fully satisfied, you can return your undamaged iPhone to any Apple Retail Store or the online Apple Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund.

We hope you love the iPhone 4 as much as we do.

Thank you for your patience and support.


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