Apple’s worst kept secret is out… now!
One of the most anticipated tech events of the year occurs this week with the release of the iPhone 5. Unfortunately, our columns are due on Tuesday, and Joe wouldn’t push back publication to accommodate the release of the iPhone. So what I have to give you is just the best guess of what’s coming. Fortunately for me, the iPhone 5 is probably Apple’s worst kept secret. You’ll know for sure by the time you read this.
If all the rumors are true, the iPhone you wish you were holding in your hand by now is a significant redesign. The 4-inch screen is longer and thinner, allowing an extra row of icons and more accommodating to HD video. And of course it is thinner than its predecessors. While the new 8-pin dock connector is well overdue, you are still somewhat bitter that all your old accessories are relegated to eBay. The 4G LTE will be awesome, and I can’t imagine iPhone shipping without iOS 6.
Did an iPad mini get announced? Maybe, but I’m doubtful. I’m guessing that Apple would want to create additional hype. At any rate, get your pre-ordering done early. It would be hard to image that the iPhone 5 would be anything less than the best phone on the market.
Injured Gadgets — This past week a friend of mine stopped by to show me how he cracked the glass on his cell phone. A common occurrence… I’m sure all of us have known someone, like a spouse or child, to crack up a cell phone. I thought that the only way to have these things fixed was to take them back to the carrier and essentially trade up to a new phone and new plan.
Turns out, that a number of sites are popping up offering replacement parts and DIY instructions. One that my friend found was Injured Gadgets out of Norcross, Georgia. They offer a large number of replacement screens for a wide variety of smartphones and iPads. They have also posted DIY videos on YouTube.
Fair warning… you had better be comfortable working on tedious tasks before you set off on this adventure. If not, these guys also do repair. Either way, you have another option before having to submit to the carrier’s will.
Nerf Arms Race — In 1969, Nerf was invented. And much like the cavemen who fought with stones and sticks, I grew up throwing Nerf balls at my brothers and beating each other with Nerf bats. And just like stones and sticks evolved into more sophisticated armaments, so has Nerf.
The Nerf Ballistic Ball introduced in 1989 began the current generation of ball blasters. The Nerf Arrow released in 1991 proved to be the most accurate Nerf projectile… at least until a fin was bent. The Mega Dart came in 1992, and the Whistler Dart in 1993. Each generation of blaster designed to increase distance and capacity, seeking superiority over the blaster owned by the kid next door. This year, the Nerf Arms Race went nuclear.
Introducing the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail Fire, the highest capacity blaster ever produced by Hasbro. This blaster holds 8 x 18 dart clips for an astonishing 144 darts without reloading. Utilizing Hasbro’s new Elite Dart technology, this blaster has a range of an equally astonishing 75 feet! The N-Strike Elite also provides a motorized semi-auto mode that allows the shooter to unload darts as quickly as they can pull the trigger.
The downside? Now you’ve got 144 of those stupid darts to pick up and reload.
And, yes, in case you are wondering, GoDaddy is still up. Until next time, I’m off the grid @gregory_a_baker.
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