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Apple European USB chargers may be dangerous

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

Apple has announced a USB Adapter replacement program for Europe. This recall affects both in box and sold-separately USB adapters. Apple says they may "overheat" and "pose a safety risk". 

These adapters were sold or delivered with iPhones from 2009 until 2012.

Model A1300 - affected model

Model A1300 - affected model

Model A1400 - New unaffected model

Model A1400 - New unaffected model

You can access Apple's information page here (link)

iBell is an old-school alarm for your iPhone

Edward KiledjianComment
Most iPhone owners use it as their primary alarm so I'm always interested in "new" techs that make the experience better. So what could be better than improving the wake-up experience while cherishing yesteryear?
You can now all metal bell to your iPhone so you can wake up to the metallic ring reminiscent of your school days. You can relive this wondrous time of pimples and bullies for a merer $17 but it only works with iPhones that use the old 30 pin connector (all iPhones except the most recent iPhone 5).
Buy the iBell on Amazon here.
Although I am providing a link to Amazon, it is not an affiliate and I get no compensation for it.

An Olloclip for $10?

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

I wrote an article about the Olloclip here

I own the original Olloclip (that costs $US69) and love it. 

It seems some of my readers just learned about it from my blog post and love the idea but find the cost prohibitively expensive. They wanted to know if there are any other alternatives.

WARNING: I haven't bought any of these so buyer beware

If you want something like the Olloclip but don't want to pay the price of the original, you can always take a look at Olloclip "clones" being sold on AliExpress.



Browsing through, I found clones for the iPhone 4/4s and iPhone 5.

I recommend you read my review about Aliexpress here.

The Olloclip original has served me well and I am sure these clone will satisfy many of you (especially at the incredibly reduced price). If any of you go ahead and buy one of the clones, let me know what you think. Is it good? How are the pictures? 


$0.99 Lytro alternative for the iPhone

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

Related Article: 

I remember first hearing about the wondrous Lytro camera before it was even released. I was amazed at what they had done and the promise of the incredible technology. Unfortunately the cost of the generation 1 camera is so high (Starts at $399) that I couldn’t justify getting it just yet.

Imagine my surprise when I found a $0.99 app called tap2focus which simulates the light-field focus technology using clever and simple techniques. You tap the first area of focus and it takes a picture, you then repeat this process for other areas you may want to focus on later and built this refocusable image. In reality it is taking multiple pictures with different focus points and storing them in its own format which brings up the appropriate picture when someone clicks on the picture. You can email the picture to anyone that has the app or share it via a weblink (works on smartphones, tablet and PCs).

Of course this isn’t real light field photography and has many quirks (like keeping the camera absolutely stable) but it could be fun for iphoneography.

I think this is a novelty app that you will use a couple of times then forget about but it’s great to see developer thinking outside of the box. If you have $0.99 to spare and like iphoneography, download it and enjoy.