Tagged With iphone 5

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For five straight years, I spent an inordinate amount of time staring at the screen of an iPhone. I'm not alone in that, but I am usually quick to buy new models and even quicker to download new operating system updates. Perhaps I'm a little too quick, because earlier this year my enthusiasm got the best of me.

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Back in January, we stumbled across one of the most exciting iPhone accessories we've seen in years. FLIR took the thermal imaging technology it sells to law enforcement and the military and squeezed it down into a compact iPhone 5/5S case called the FLIR ONE that will finally be available for pre-order starting tomorrow for $US350.

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When Apple rolled out the bright lights and party favours for the new iPhone launch, we were lucky enough to get not one, but two new iPhones: the flagship 5s and the colourful 5c. The 5c is still almost a carbon copy of the iPhone 5 under the hood, so which one should you buy? A used iPhone 5 or a shiny new iPhone 5c?

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If your holiday involves a scuba adventure to some exotic underwater locale, of course you're going to want to take photos to make everyone back home jealous. And since the iPhone has become the go-to pocket camera for most tourists, Thanko's now selling a monstrous, over-engineered case that promises to keep your iPhone bone dry, and functional, to depths of around 100m.

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The '80s might be long gone, but your fond memories of Reebok Pumps, Cabbage Patch Kids and those water-filled sand art pictures will forever live on — at least that last one. Because someone has gone and made an iPhone case backed with hypnotic sand art that's constantly changing as you move your phone.

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When you're digging for CES gold, you can usually ignore about 99.99 per cent of the iPhone accessories announced at the show. But in that last 0.01 per cent is where you can find some real treasures. This year, FLIR has managed to shrink the same thermal imaging technology it sells to law enforcement and the military so that it fits inside an iPhone 5 case — letting us civilians share in the fun too.

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If your iPhone gaming addiction involves more than just matching jewels or candy, you're probably well aware that a touchscreen doesn't make for the best controller. But why carry a separate solution when the Arcadie Go incorporates physical buttons into a reversible case that's always guaranteed to be there when you need a hit of sweet, sweet mobile gaming?

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Since the iPhone 5s landed in the hands of new owners a few weeks ago, there have been reports that on-board sensors like the gyroscope, compass and accelerometer haven't been working properly on some devices. We've confirmed the new iPhone's failings on our own. It's not just off. It's embarrassing.

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Grand Theft Auto has long been known for parodying everything from vehicles, to advertising, to pop culture, to even the technology that dominates the time. So it's not surprising to see one of the characters in the recently released GTA V using an iPhone parody called the iFruit. And now you can actually get your hands on one — kind of.

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Last week's announcement that the new iPhone 5 will include a fancy new fingerprint scanning security system was met with a chorus of protests. What if someone lifts my prints and makes a fake finger and unlocks my phone? What if the government snoops on my phone (more than it already does) and steals my fingerprints?? Oh God, what if muggers cut off my thumbs to unlock my phone when they steal it?!? Relax. None of that's going to happen. Here's why.

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If you absolutely have to put your iPhone in a case of some sort, Hard Graft's Draw case provides more than just peace of mind. Made from stitched leather lined with a soft felt interior, the case includes a long drawstring cord that does double-duty: It keeps the case securely sealed shut when your iPhone's inside, but also serves to prop it up in landscape or portrait orientations.