iPhone users in Brazil who also subscribe to a magazine called Capricho recently got an extra bonus in one issue. But it wasn’t a promo code for a free iTunes track or anything like that. No, it was a special printed cover that turned the rolled up magazine into a passive amplifying speaker for their phone.
The clever stunt was, not surprisingly, an advertisement for Coca-Cola — specifically a special promotion that was running in South America. But if you study the video carefully and are handy with a hobby knife, there’s no reason you couldn’t also turn a copy of Sports Illustrated or National Geographic into a similar speaker dock that isn’t shilling sugar water.
As someone who solely uses his iPhone one-handed (it's a holdover from my T9 flip-phone days), I'm excited about Microsoft's new Word Flow keyboard, which offers offers a solution to the sometimes annoying thumb-travel distance of the standard iOS keyboard. It comes with a curved, one-handed mode that looks futuristic and supports both tapping and swiping across words. It sounds good -- but does it actually work?
Vodafone has today launched a new type of plan for prepaid customers -- with fully customisable plans available under a service called MyMix. With plans ranging from a 7-day to a 90-day expiry, anywhere from 500MB to 8GB of data (with bonus data included for those who sign up in May), Vodafone aims to provide a more flexible option for prepaid customers.