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When Will The iPhone 5 Come Out?

The next must-have gadget to help usher humanity into the future is merely weeks away from release. It’s the original smartphone – the iPhone. And rumors about its release have been running wild for months. We break down the rumors and take a look at the future of iPhone:


The iPhone 5 will be slimmer, although this artist’s rendition probably more likely resembles the iPhone 7. 

iPhone 5 will be slimmer and wider. A wider display will look great for movies and games. A Slimmer profile will give the iPhone 5 an even sleeker look.

iPhone 5 will include Qualcomm Chipsets. In the cellular industry there are two competing network technologies. Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM – founded in 1987) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). CDMA was a standard developed by Qualcomm. Qualcomm makes the GSM/CDMA chipset; AT&T uses a GSM network, while Verizon uses the CDMA network. The iPhone 5 is rumored to be equipped with a Qualcomm chip with a CDMA, GSM and UMTS baseband processor. This would allow for only one model of the iPhone 5 to be produced, lowering the cost of the hardware, at least for Apple.


The iPhone 8 might be have a crystal clear display – literally. Where will they hide the circuits? 

iPhone 5 will use a Apple’s A5 Processor. The A5 powers the iPad2. This means a much faster phone and faster loading speeds for media. The small screen may be underwhelming when playing high-definition video content, but it will look crystal clear. A faster processor also means more power for games.

We’re definitely looking forward to the iPhone 5 and the next generation after it.

(Updated 1/2/2012)

iPhone 5 Release Date
So back to the original question: When will the iPhone 5 come out? Analysts that track iPhone and Apple’s manufacturing timelines point to a mid-late summer 2012 release. Here’s why: iPhones usually release in summer, this gives time for Apple and service providers to work out bugs before the holiday season buying rush. 

No matter if you’re just a phone geek or want to become an app developer, the iPhone 5 is an exciting upgrade to the world’s greatest smartphone.

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App of the Month: Galaga 30th Collection (Review)

Game: Galaga 30th Collection
Developer: Namco
Rating: 3 out 5 stars
Price: $7.99 for the collection, $2.99 per game

1981. Prince Charles marries Lady Diana…the first Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes flight…and Cabbage Patch Kids dolls are all the rage in toy stores. On July 23 of that same year, Namco shakes up the game world by introducing Galaga in arcades. The game goes on to become one of most beloved shooters of all time.

To mark the game’s 30-year anniversary, Namco has released Galaga 30th Collection for iOS. The game collection brings together Galaxian, Galaga, Gaplus (aka Galaga 3) and of course, the first updated version of the classic shooter, Galaga ’88.

Playable on both the iPhone and iPad the Galaga 30th Collection features reworked graphics that lean more toward a modern remixed feel than their retro cousins – the games also feature (oddly) an optional scan-line filter and score-tracking HUD.


Four servings of Galaga await you in the 30th anniversary collection.

As far as gameplay goes, not much has changed in 30 years. Players still blast away at insect-like aliens that attack from the top of the screen, while trying to make it to the challenging bonus stages and collect extra ships. The game still delivers solid shooter thrills with two modes of controls that are similar to the arcade version. The “virtual joystick” mode moves your ship left and right across the screen at a speed similar to the arcade originals, while a “slider” mode moves your ship as fast as you can swipe your finger back and forth across the screen.

The History of a Classic
Galaga (pronounced as “gyaraga” in Japanese) was released in Japan by Namco and released to arcades in the U.S. by Midway. The game was part of the shooter craze that tried to capitalize on the success of Space Invaders, which was released in 1978.

Galaga was actually a sequel. It was based on Galaxian which was released in 1979. Galaxian took the invader concept and expanded on it, with insect-like aliens breaking off from the main formation and attacking the player independently. Galaga also spawned sequels of its own, like Gaplus (1984) and Galaga ’88 (released at the end of 1987).


The original flyer that was sent to arcade owners to convince them to buy the game. Note the cocktail table in the lower left corner; recently Galaga cocktail tables have sold on eBay for $4,000. 

Since its release in 1981, the game has been remade countless times. In 1995, Namco’s PlayStation version of the arcade game Tekken featured a side game consisting entirely of challenging stages. The game developed such a following that it has been paid homage to frequently in pop culture: on the ABC TV series Lost (in which a submarine is named “Galaga”), the show’s writers were such fans of the game that they played it between writing sessions; and in the 1982 film WarGames, the game machine makes an appearance alongside star Matthew Broderick. The greeting-card company Hallmark even released a Christmas tree ornament shaped like a Galaga arcade machine – complete with sound clips from the game.

The original arcade game was available in two versions, a standing upright cabinet and a sit-down cocktail table. Original Galaga cocktail tables are highly collectible now and command prices of up to $4,000.

Making Your Own Video Game
Today, a simple shooter like Galaga can be developed easily. Learning to make video games isn’t as hard as you think, provided you receive the right training. Plus, in the casual games age we live in, simple addictive games like Galaga have regained popularity. Who knows? Thirty years from now, we could be celebrating your videogame creation.

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iPad 2 Facebook App Revealed

It’s been rumored for a while that Facebook has been quietly working on a Facebook app for the iPad – and we can now confirm that the rumors are true! The new Facebook iPad app was revealed today by a hacker who was using a jail-broken iPad to run the app. The hacker was able to modify a file hidden within the Facebook for iPhone app to unlock the iPad Easter egg. (This according to our friends at Mashable.com.) The result? A fully functional Facebook for the iPad!


Check out all the screenshots for the Facebook iPad app over on Mashable.com.

Facebook for iPad: We Like!
Sure, iPad owners can still download Facebook for the iPhone and run it on the iPad, but the app doesn’t display in high definition. The newly discovered iPad app is legit, though. (We confirmed as much with a development source close to the project – who had seen the iPad app.)

The iPad app uses many of the same features that third-party Facebook apps use, but instead has full access to the Facebook API, making the interface much better. The iPad’s drop-down menus and built-in keyboard make it much easier to navigate and update your status on the go. The iPad interface is very close to Facebook’s online look, and while Facebook Chat is supported, video chat doesn’t look like it will be available for launch.

When does the Facebook iPad app release? As of press time there’s no official release date, although development insiders say it looks like it won’t be long, since the app is near feature-complete.

App Development for iDevices is exploding, and the Facebook app represents just one example of that trend. Why not get started creating apps for the iPhone or making games for the Android?

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Set Up an iPhone E-mail Account in 10 Easy Steps

In an age of instant access, why not have it all? E-mail included. There’s only one problem: You are your own IT support and you have to set up your e-mail account. Don’t worry: learning how to use your new iPhone isn’t as scary as it sounds – Apple has made the process pretty easy, even though the iPhone doesn’t come with a manual. Just follow our guide; before you know it, you’ll have advanced to building apps and games for your iPhone.


The iPhone was meant to be an everything smartphone; e-mail is an essential and basic feature. 

Setting Up Your iPhone E-mail
First things first. In order to set up your e-mail account properly, you need to provide the following information:

- The e-mail service provider for your e-mail account

- The username and password for your e-mail account

- If your e-mail isn’t provided by a major provider like Google or Yahoo, you’ll need the incoming and outgoing mail server information. (Contact your e-mail provider, i.e. your employer or company, for that.)

  1. Locate and open the “Settings” on your iPhone.
  2. Select “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”
  3. Select “Add Account.”
  4. Select the type of account you’re adding. If your account is with a major provider (such as Yahoo, Gmail, MobileMe or AOL), all you have to do is enter in some basic info (e.g., email address, name and password). When you select “Add” after logging in your data, you’ve completed the process. If you’re using a provider not listed, select the “Other” option, followed by selecting “Add Mail Account.”
  5. Enter your email address, name and password. When you’re finished, select “Next.”
  6. Now select “POP” or “IMAP” depending on your account type. With a POP setting the server downloads your messages, but then erases them. IMAP, on the other hand, sends you copies of your messages, leaving the original messages on the server. IMAP is the default setting, and the one most people use.
  7. You should now see the personal data you entered with Step 5 is filled in. In the Incoming Mail Server section, input your host and username. This information can be supplied by your e-mail provider.
  8. Fill in the information for your Outgoing Mail Server. The information you enter here may not be the same, since host names relate to SMTP servers. If you get an error or the iPhone isn’t retrieving your email after setup, check with your e-mail provider to confirm your correct host name. Click “Next” to move to the next selection.
  9. Almost at the Finish Line. All that really remains is for you to decide which sort of data you get from this email account. “Mail” is the default setting and the setting most people use.
  10. Select “Save”…you’re now ready to get your e-mail on the go.

 

Technology makes your life easier. Don’t put off learning how to set up features on your mobile phone because they seem too complicated. In many cases, you can easily set up these features. In the long run, taking advantage of all the things your iPhone or any other smartphone can do will save you time and effort.

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