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11 04, 2015

Sony MDR-7506 iPhone Mod for Detachable Cables – Updated 2018

By |April 11th, 2015|Categories: Audio, Do it Yourself, Do it Yourself, Recommendations|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

**2018 Update - Since we produced this article in 2015, there have been many technology shifts. Including the removal of the headphones jack on many smartphones. To account for this, we've added a new headphones recommendation to the site. Check it out here.** After a lot of research, screw turning, and soldering, I'm excited to share the Sony MDR-7506 iPhone mod with you. Let's back up a little bit to explain why I made these headphones iPhone-compatible. To me, "Beats" is a bad word. Dr. Dre w [...]

10 03, 2015

I Don’t Believe in the Magic of Apple, but Not for the Reason You Think

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is a difficult post to write. I’m not afraid of what people will think of me. I’m not worried that it goes against the last seven years of my life. Actually, it's difficult to write this because I believe people need to know the truth about Apple, and I have to figure out how to get them to listen. I don't think the Apple Watch is stupid, or that Apple is going downhill. I don't think they'll ever make a car, but they'll definitely improve our driving experience. I'm not writing this to hur [...]

12 02, 2015

People Hate Green Bubbles – The New Class Discriminator

By |February 12th, 2015|Categories: Articles, Society, Tech|Tags: , , , |

I'm judging you every time you text me. I don't actually care much, but there are plenty of people on Twitter who judge others based on the color of their texts. This is silly, right? Why would the color of my texts matter? Apparently, it means everything to some iPhone owners. They're absolutely appalled when someone sends them a green bubble. People hate green bubbles. If you don't believe me, do a quick search on Twitter for "green bubbles." You'll see tweets like this: If I'm texting you [...]

11 09, 2013

Real Gangsters Don’t Use Gold iPhones – Battery Life Episode 1

By |September 11th, 2013|Categories: Battery Life, Podcasts, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome to the first episode of Battery Life, our new technology podcast. In this episode Jason and Josh Carr (they're brothers) talk about Intel's new Broadwell processors, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, the new Yahoo! logo and the latest iPhone lineup: iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. The title from this episode was a jab from Nokia to Apple during the keynote presentation. It's also a throwback to Breaking Bad. Our hosts, Jason and Josh, both work in the technology industry. Jason is a software [...]

15 02, 2011

Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers – Updated

By |February 15th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

**** Updated 1/15/12 **** Most of you are coming into this post with the latest 5.0.1 jailbreak because it broke your iBooks app just like the 4.2.1 jailbreak in 2011.  Thankfully, there's a fix for you too.  Just today, @saurik put out an update to Corona in Cydia.  Version 1.0-4 is the latest edition of Corona and it's supposed to fix your iBooks issues.  Try that and you should be good to go. I just recently updated my iPhone to 4.2.1 thanks to the greenpois0n jailbreak.  Yes, I jailbreak... [...]

10 02, 2011

Jailbreak your iOS device with greenpois0n

By |February 10th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sure, jailbreaks have been around for a long time now, but there hasn't been a good, untethered jailbreak for the current iOS software until Chronic Dev released their updated greenpois0n tool last week.  This Jailbreak even works with the newly released 4.2.6 Verizon iPhones.  We've had the opportunity to put it through the paces and we liked it. Please remember, this is for jailbreaking only.  Chronic Dev suggests using TinyUmbrella to preserve your baseband before you update but we're not cov [...]

8 02, 2011

Enable Verizon iPhone Personal Hotspot

By |February 8th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

One of my friends asked me a couple questions about their new Verizon iPhone this morning... and I couldn't answer the last one easily.  They were excited to get everything going but they couldn't figure out how to enable the Personal Hotspot feature of their new phone.  Everything I saw online showed it on the homescreen of the Settings application, but you have to enable it first. Settings -> General -> Network From there, it's pretty self-explanatory but neither of us knew the right pla [...]

4 02, 2011

Verizon iPhone 4 cannot be unlocked

By |February 4th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

This post will put all of the rumors to rest: you will not see an unlock for the Verizon iPhone. We're sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the complication involved with the Verizon iPhone unlock is two-fold: it's completely illegal, and every unlock would require carrier-specific adjustments to succeed. If you were to follow @MuscleNerd and @pytey on Twitter, you too would have come across this information.  The conversation started with MuscleNerd tweeting this: An "unlock" of next week's i [...]

4 02, 2011

iPhone 4 breaks Verizon launch record

By |February 4th, 2011|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone... The iPhone 4 broke all previous Verizon device-launch records within the first two hours of its pre-sale.  What does this mean?  Every device that has debuted on Verizon was overcome by the iPhone 4 sales in the first two hours.  Furthermore, no one cares about Android or Blackberry. Well, maybe someone cares but it's not necessarily Verizon customers.  A new survey from uSamp (link to PDF) states that a whopping 50 percent of current Verizon custom [...]

12 11, 2010

iPhone 4 metal backcase review

By |November 12th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , |

About a month ago, TUAW.com did a piece on a brushed metal backcase for the iPhone 4.  We loved the look of it and decided to grab one for ourselves so we could put it to the test.  It looks like there's been such an overwhelming demand for metal backcases (plates, whatever you want to call them) that the company responsible is shipping multiple options.  We purchased the beveled gunmetal backcase if you're interested in this one.  Otherwise there's plenty of options to choose from on their webs [...]

22 10, 2010

The HTML5 plot thickens… Apple bans Flash

By |October 22nd, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Apple has decided to stop shipping Flash pre-installed on their devices beginning with the newly released MacBook Air. No one was really sure what to expect when news broke that the MacBook Air didn’t come with Flash out of the box. There were a lot of cool things to ship along with the MacBook Air: the higher resolution displays, the USB restore drive, the solid state memory… but those pale in comparison to the potential political statement they’re making by removing Flash. [...]

18 10, 2010

Verizon iPhone 4 rumors persist

By |October 18th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

To be honest, we’re extremely tired of writing about the potential Verizon iPhone. Everyone knows that the iPhone 4 exclusivity contracts are either recently expired, will expire soon or invalidated by AT&T’s terrible representation of a great Apple product. We can’t pick one source for this article… it’s been discussed by countless sources since the 1st generation iPhone came out in 2007. Instead of getting your hopes up, we’ll give you all of the reas [...]

26 07, 2010

Library of Congress says Jailbreak/Unlock is legal

By |July 26th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

For once in my life, I like the government.  The LoC has determined that jailbreaking or unlocking your mobile device is completely legal.  There's not much more to say than that.  Ever since the first iPhone jailbreak appeared, legality was a question in everyone's mind.  You own the device, shouldn't you be able to modify it in any way you see fit?  The LoC thinks so. The biggest part of this ruling is the potential that Apple will need to extend their warranties to the unlocked/jailbroken com [...]

24 07, 2010

Apple calls out another phone for signal issues… again

By |July 24th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

During the iPhone 4 press conference last week, Steve Jobs showed us the first few videos of their new web series: "Hey, these phones suck too."  We got a peak at BlackBerry, Samsung and HTC all demonstrating the same signal issue as the iPhone.  Since then, they've dedicated a whole page on their website to the accusation of other mobile companies.  They followed the pilot episode by adding the Nokia N97 Mini: this appeared to be directly related to Nokia's blog response.  We came across episod [...]

14 07, 2010

Why iPhone 4 is worth the money

By |July 14th, 2010|Categories: Articles, Tech|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

(Editor's Note: From time to time, SocialApples.com will write editorial opinions... not just news.  This little gem came from our newly-inducted writer, JoshMac.  We'll also be introducing Robb Davidson and David Peterson (we'll link soon) into the mix shortly.  Normal news sites will say that the views expressed in the article don't necessarily represent the views of the company.  Here, they do.  While each writer may differ in opinion, we're all SocialApples.com -- you're all SocialApples.com [...]