The iPhone 5S release is close enough, according to rumors, that we are already hearing consumers ask, “Should I buy the iPhone 5 or wait for the iPhone 5S?”
The questions heated up last month when iPhone 4S owners started receiving notifications that is was ok to upgrade to a new iPhone, and with a collection of big iPhone 5 deals for the summer.
This may be the last time carriers offer early-upgrade options for an iPhone, as many are moving to a full two-year contract periods between upgrades, which makes waiting for the latest iPhone an even bigger deal.
Yes, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon offer or will soon offer upgrade plans that let users pay extra to get a new phone every 6 to 12 months, but these special plans require additional fees and stipulations that some users may not want.
Jason Huggins sells a robot that mimics the touch of the human finger. But it’s not what you think. Known as Tapster, his contraption is a means of testing new software applications on the Apple iPhone and other touchscreen devices.
Software developers often use automated programs in testing their new applications, but Tapster takes the idea much further. It’s not a software program. It’s hardware — and it has a finger (see video above).
Well, it’s really an iPad stylus. But it acts a lot like a finger, and you can program the thing to behave the way you want it to. Huggins will sell you one for just under $1000. Or you can build your own. He has also open sourced the Tapster design using BitBeam, a collection of parts that can be assembled with 3D printers.
Microsoft’s Office Mobile for iPhone is a “half-baked” effort that breaks basic features like file compatibility, according to the chief executive of rival CloudOn, which provides Office compatibility across the Apple iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms.
However, Milind Gadekar, CloudOn’s chief executive, acknowledged that Microsoft’s offering was superior in its offline capabilities, a lead that it hopes to erase throughout the rest of the year.
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