$15 or free bumper: iPhone 4 ‘Antennagate’ reaches climax

Hello doooey! Remember the ‘antennagate‘ fiasco which gripped the tech industry with the launch of the iPhone 4 back in 2010? Yup,  the same “you’re holding it the wrong way” phone drama that catapulted into being one of the most talked about and unwanted issue of all times. Though Apple tried their best in negating this issue with several head-to-head comparisons with other smartphones, it still couldn’t prevent a lawsuit being filed against it which alleged that “the case and antenna design led to a substantial degradation in signal quality and dropped calls when the phone is used in a normal and foreseeable fashion by users“. Apple, in all honesty, couldn’t defend its stance and had to agree to settle the issue by giving all iPhone 4 owners (US only) either a $15 compensation or one of the company’s squeaky bumper cases. Those qualified can redeem the compensation from www.iphone4settlement.com either side of Apple’s email alerts regarding the same.

iPhone 4S heads to 15 additional countries this Friday

Apple has announced on their website that 15 additional countries will be getting the new iPhone 4S from this Friday, November 4th onwards. The 15 countries in question are: Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Malta, Montenegro, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania and South Korea. While the device itself will be reaching out from next Friday, November 11th, pre-orders start from this Friday in 9 countries (with the exceptions of Albania, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malta, Montenegro and Panama, where pre-orders won’t be available).

So by the end of the week, Apple’s latest iPhone will be spread over 44 different markets, with just few more countries and carriers to go before they accomplish their promise of the iPhone 4S being available in 70 countries and over 100 carriers by the end of the year which will mark their “fastest rollout ever.

Via Apple

Amazon’s Kindle Fire TV Commercial (video)

Amazon: “From Kindle, the Fire is born” …

The voiceover quotes French writer François-Marie Arouet Voltaire.

The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes property of all.

The new Kindle Fire tablet costs $199 and ships November 15. Visit amazon.com/kindlefire for more details.

Windows Phone ‘Mango’ coming as early as this Thursday (September 15)?

We’ve all been waiting for Microsoft to launch their next-gen OS, Windows Phone 7.1/7.5 Mango ever since we first heard about it back in May. Since then, the operating system has been progressing really well, being released to manufacturing (RTM) some time back. And now, some reports are suggesting that Mango could be within our reach as early as this Thursday, September 15th.

The rumored release date was first revealed on the Windows Phone Dev Podcast, a date that was allegedly backed up by numerous sources:

Next week is going to be a big week for Windows Phone.  We have been told by various sources that Mango will be dropping and the final tools will be dropping for developers, so that would be interesting and something to look forward to.

While its not yet confirmed, 15 September is surely booked on our calendar in Microsoft’s favor. The reports also suggest that Microsoft will roll out the Mango update to existing devices, though not all devices should expect an update as it is usually the carriers and OEMs who have the last word on when each device is updated.

So, what are your expectations from Mango?

Top 30 Cydia tweaks of 2011 for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad (video)

While you may be the one who likes to follow the rules, the folks on the other side of the fence aka the rule-breakers aka the jailbreakers are having some fun too, exploiting what Apple doesn’t want you to exploit. To show you how much they are having, a kid from somewhere-on-earth does a pretty good 15 minute demo of what Cydia can do to your device.

Would you jailbreak your device after watching this video?

Apple shows India some love, drops iMac and Mac Mini prices by 15%

Good news for Apple Fan Boys in India! Apple seems to have suddenly developed a soft corner for the second most populated country in the world. The company had always abandoned the Asian giants since it first launched the iPhone back in 2007. Since then, the Indians have been waiting for Apple products to arrive in India but to no avail. Apple kept ignoring the land of customs and cultures. But now, all of a sudden, things are starting to look brighter in this part of the sub-continent.

Previously, Apple used to launch products in India after 8-10 months of their U.S. launch, thereby attracting the wrath of the Indian consumers who felt Apple was using India as a dumping ground for old products. But now, Apple launched the iPad 2 in India after just 3 months of its U.S. launch. And guess what, they went out of stock within a few hours!

As if this wasn’t enough to suggest that Apple have started valuing India, the Cupertino giant has now slashed iMac and Mac Mini prices in India by a noticeable 15%! Following are the new prices, as mentioned by Apple Store India:

Strong rumors are also floating around that Apple is planning to launch factory unlocked iPhone 4’s in India this month end and that Airtel have already started pre-registrations. Guess Apple is eyeing India as a new major source of revenue. The Indians, of course, aren’t complaining and wouldn’t mind getting the goodies.

P.S. To know why India never featured in Apple’s marketing list, read this brilliant article on Technorati: Decoding Apple’s Marketing Strategy