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Is Apple Ditching the Physical Home Button on the iPod Touch?

As any owner of an aging iOS device can tell you, the iconic Home button does not stand up well to long-term abuse. A leaked photo, purportedly of a fifth generation iPod Touch, suggests that Apple may finally be joining the rest of the gadget industry and switching to capacitive touch buttons. The blurry cam shot, if it's to be believed, also indicates that the iPod prototype packs 128GB of st...

Read This: How the iPod Has Changed Our Cultural Fabric

The danger now is different. The man no longer needs a monopoly on musical taste. He just wants a few cents on the dollar of every song you download, he doesn't care what that song says. Other times he doesn't even care if you pay that dollar, as long as you listen to your stolen music on his portable MP3 player, store it on his Apple computer, send it to your friends through his Verizon netw...

All-In-One Gadget Stand for Apple Fanboys (and Girls)

Sorry, Apple fanatics -- it's just a prototype. But if Andrew Kim is as clever as this all-in-one iPad/iPhone/iPod stand suggests, you should be able to get your iLoving hands on it soon enough. The plastic on plywood PolyPly lets you snap your devices into place, and even leaves room to connect their cords. It's beautiful in its simplicity and matches Apple's minimal designs without just rippi...

NY Lawmaker Eyes Fine for Digitally Distracted Pedestrians

New York State Senator Karl Kruger, who represents the rough-and-tumble streets of Brooklyn, wants to make those streets safer by banning pedestrians' use of electronic devices while walking. That's right, New Yorkers, your elected officials are using valuable legislative time attempting to make it illegal to listen to your iPod, talk on your phone and send text messages while crossing the streets...

Girl Scouts Get a 'Cookie Tracker' App to Follow Shortbread Into Our Bellies

Like any other business, selling Girl Scout cookies requires finesse, responsibility and a handy app to track your sales. What was (at least, in your author's day) a mess of paper, piles of order forms, sticky notes and bits of half-nibbled Thin Mints has been sensibly simplified to an iPhone/iPad app. The 'Cookie Tracker' doesn't exactly help those with a cookie craving get quicker access to the ...

The Vyne Lets You Embarrass Yourself and Wear Your iPhone

We're not sure who would want to wear their iPhone -- or, for what reason -- but the company behind the Vyne figures that there must be someone out there who wants to do it. The Vyne is a flexible plastic strap with a clip on the end for holding your iPhone or iPod touch. Bend the plastic strap to fit around something -- like, say, your neck or a favorite household pet -- and you can relax and wa...

Ring in the New Year With a Little High-Tech Help

As we're sure you know, tomorrow is New Year's Eve: a night when people from all over gather together to celebrate the completion of one revolution of the Earth around the Sun starting at an arbitrary point in space as determined by the Gregorian calendar. People celebrate in various ways, but here in the U.S. we do it by dropping a crystal "ball" (it's really a geodesic sphere made up of thousan...

Skype for iPhone Gets Video Chat Over 3G, Devours Data

Skype for the iPhone has finally gotten around to adding video-calling capabilities to its popular VoIP app. (You'll need an iPhone 4, 3GS, or the latest version of the iPod touch to use the feature.) Amazingly, you can place video calls over both Wi-Fi and 3G, and you can even switch between the front- and back-facing cameras, just as you can with Facetime. Obviously, the 3GS doesn't have a front...

Apple Adds Cherokee Language Support on iPhone

The Cherokee tribe counts about 290,000 members, yet only about 8,000 of those still speaks the nation's tongue. And most of those 8,000 are over the age of 50. Chief Chad Smith wants desperately to preserve the language, and as part of his efforts (which include creating a Cherokee language immersion school) he has convinced Apple to extend support for the language to the iPhone. Joseph Erb, who...

Mighty Eagle Now Available for 'Angry Birds' Players (With iDevices)

Christmas has come early for impatient 'Angry Birds' addicts, because the Mighty Eagle has just landed in the App Store. As expected, the new feathered projectile allows players to skip particularly frustrating levels in one fell swoop, and pick up extra achievements along the way. The catch, however, is that the eagle can only be used once every hour, and it's not free. The basic app update is f...

Gift Guide: All-in-One iHome iB970B Charging Station for Under $100

We're willing to bet that you have at least one special electrical outlet that plays host to an overtaxed and exhausted power strip -- you know, the one swarmed by chargers for your cell phone, iPod, PSP or Nintendo DS, and perhaps an iPad or e-reader for good measure. (That's not even counting your roommate or significant other's contributions.) For overwhelmed sockets, we'd recommend the satisf...

iOS 4.2 Music Bug Got Ya Down? Here's How to Fix It

Chances are that if you own an iPod touch, iPhone or iPad, you jumped up to get the latest iOS update. iOS 4.2, in addition to introducing multitasking to the iPad, brought along a little bug that's making music collections vanish into thin air. A number of iPhone 4, 3GS and iPod touch owners have complained that, after updating to 4.2, the iPod app displays a message reading "No Content" (even if...

The Week In Design: iPhone Goes 3-D (Sans Glasses!), Cadillac's Sexy Hybrid

The Web is teeming with the unrealized ideas of both students and established designers who set out to produce astonishing renderings and prototypes for unusual products. Unfortunately, due to the lack of time, money, or technology, many of those products never move from the planning stages to the mass market. But that doesn't mean we can't salivate over their creations, nevertheless. This wee...

Vent Your Apple Frustrations With These Destroyed iDevices

As well-constructed and virus-resistant as Apple gadgets may be, they will inevitably crap out. And, once that MacBook begins to whine with a death rattle, you can think of little more than the several paychecks you dropped into it. That's when we, like Michael Tompert and Paul Fairchild, want to go postal. Behold the beautifully cathartic remains of iDevices shot, stabbed and sawn. ...

Take Control of Your iPod and iPhone's Playlists (With an Ironlike Grip)

This week we've primarily covered iTunes as it exists on your computer, but we've left out an essential component of the iTunes system: mobile devices. Of course, managing music on your iPhone and iPod opens up a brand new set of problems and issues. By default, your iDevice is set to automatically sync with your iTunes Library; if you've got an extremely small media library and rarely listen to ...