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Some customers qualify for free units
Users are starting to receive their ordered Lion Recovery USB sticks, 9to5Mac reports. Apple, which bowed to customer requests for a physical item from which they could install Lion, sells the Lion Recovery USB stick for $69 retail but is also offering it free of charge to customers...
Dev finds iOS 5 can do custom notify widgets
UK developer Will Homer on Friday found that it was possible to develop custom widgets for the Notification Center in iOS 5. Without having to use the SDK, Homer created a classic "hello world" widget with the proper background. The writer went so far as to post sample code...
Colorware offers customizing options for iPad 2
Colorware has began offering custom painted iPad 2s, with a configurator now available on the company's website. The rear body can be painted, as well as the Apple logo on the rear and the home button on the front, all independently of each other. There are 21 solid color options,...
V-MODA offers customized Crossfade LP headphones
V-MODA has just introduced a number of customization options for its flagship Crossfade LP over-the-ear headphones. Buyers can now choose the color of the headphones, the metal plates over the ear and engrave up to eight characters on the ear cover along with one of four graphics....
Also adds custom street treatment to Megadrive
French artist oskunk93 has painted two Sega Dreamcast consoles with wild custom art. The photos have been posted on his Flickr photostream and will interest fans of console modding as well as those of Sega's sadly ill-fated Dreamcast console. In particular, fans of Dreamcast...
Sony offers custom built VAIO S notebooks
Sony has begun offering customers the option of custom VAIO S notebooks from its website. The four-pound, 13.3-inch computers can now be configured with up to a 256GB SSD, as much as 8GB of RAM and a 2.66GHz Core i5. Also on offer is a backlit keyboard, a Blu-ray drive, Windows...
Sprint and T-Mobile lead customer service study
Both AT&T and Verizon were tied for last place among major US cellular carriers in customer service, a study found on Thursday. The two received overall C+ marks as poor retail and web help dragged them down after otherwise good phone service. Staff at either of the largest...
Custom iPod iPhone cases
Shinnorie.com has launched GEN Label, its made-to-order iPhone and iPod case design service. Customers build the designs online, choosing from a variety of colored leather or nylon materials for the basic construction. Other options include custom thread colors, structural modifications,...
Flip Mino custom designs
Flip Video on Tuesday announced a partnership with CafePress to offer customers a no-cost option of creating their own exterior color designs for Flip's Flip Mino camcorder. CafePress, which specializes in selling custom designs on products ranging from to coffee mugs to t-shirts,...
iPhone lures customers
Apple's iPhone is helping its UK wireless carrier partner to lure customers from competitors, according to FT.com. O2 CEO Matthew Key says about 60 percent of UK iPhone customers are new to his company, and expressed confidence in the prospect of landing an exclusive deal for...
Creating custom ringtones
Apple today released an informational note about creating custom ringtones in GarageBand 4.1.1. "With GarageBand 4.1.1 you can export your original song, your original audio recordings, or use Apple Loops and iLife jingles to create a custom ringtone for your iPhone," the company...
Apple's custom ringtones
Apple chief Steve Jobs today introduced custom ringtones for iPhone owners during the company's special event in San Francisco. "We're going to ship a new version of iTunes tonight to support some new products," Jobs said. "The biggest new feature: ringtones." Apple's boss unveiled ringtones Apple-style,...
Biz customer iPhone ban?
Apple's iPhone is scheduled to ship on June 29th, but customers with Cingular/AT&T business accounts may be unable to purchase the handset unless they stand in line as individuals through retail channels. "I just spoke to a Cingular/AT&T business representative from the headquarters of the company (not...
1m iPhone customers?
Confirming that Apple's iPhone is expected to available at the end of June, AT&T executives made some positive comments about Apple's first entry into the mobile phone market and said the company has over 1 million customers waiting to buy the device. Countering recent rumors of iPhone software snags,...
iTunes customer cries foul
One angry iTunes customer is voicing his frustration with Apple's iTunes Music Store after he purchased a South Park, Season 10 Season Pass, only to receive seven episodes instead of the entire season. Comedy Central decided to 'split' the season into two halves and offer each half for $11.99, confusing...
Custom iTMS for Loop
Chicago radio station The Loop has released a custom branded iTunes Music Store (iTMS) on its website. The store front is based on Adobe's Flash technology, making it not only the first customized iTMS for a radio station, but also the first iTMS offering to be fully Flash-enabled...
Rival ships custom Minis
Rival Computer today began shipping custom Mac mini systems with 1.83GHz, 2.0GHz, and 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo processors. Consumers can choose a 60GB (included), 80GB ($50), 100GB ($100), or 120GB ($175) 5,400 RPM hard drive, or alternatively a 100GB ($200) 7200 RPM hard drive. Custom Mac minis include...
Custom-colored iPods, Macs
ColorWare today launched custom-colored versions of Apple's fourth-generation iPod. The company offers both the 20GB and 40GB versions of the "iPod G4" in 20 different colors for a premium over the standard retail pricing. The 20GB iPod, which usually sells for $300, is available...
Existing BT Broadband customers get discount on new mobile plans
British telecommunications giant BT has started its return to the mobile phone market earlier than expected, by offering its customers cellular connections. Becoming a carrier once again, after spinning off what would become O2 in 2001, BT is providing modest SIM-only contracts to consumers, with existing...
Customers can walk in, provide phone number, and be summoned to the store
According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, the latest changes to Apple retail by Angela Ahrendts is coming to stores soon. Most Apple retail stores will shift walk-in Genius Bar appointment notifications to one using customers' mobile phones as de facto pagers, not only giving time estimates...
Carrier must pay $40M in refunds to customers for restricting unlimited data plans
A carrier has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over complaints it offered mobile phone contracts that claim to have "unlimited" data, but turn out do not. TracFone was accused by the FTC of capping and throttling customers on the "unlimited" plans, with the carrier agreeing to pay out...
Early-stage talks could see Sky selling O2 lines to customers in quad play package
British carrier O2 has received some considerable interest in recent months, with broadcaster Sky allegedly in discussions with the mobile phone network. Reports claim Sky and O2-owner Telefonica are in early-stage talks, which could lead to a potential "strategic partnership" offering lines to customers...
OnePlus still developing its own custom Lollipop-based ROM
Late last month, smartphone maker OnePlus asked their users for feedback on naming the custom ROM for the OnePlus One. An alpha release of the ROM, based on Android v5.0 "Lollipop," has been available at the OnePlus forums since just before the New Year. Today, an interview with Cyanogen founder Steve...
Uber customers can request van for local deliveries
Uber may soon offer deliveries to customers alongside its existing transportation services, if an experiment is found to be successful. UberCargo is being tested by the company in Hong Kong, which allows customers in some cities to hail a van to transport goods or furniture to another location, without...
Dropzone and Control Room intended to add value for existing, new customers
Wacom, makers of digital input tablets and other devices for artists, have announced two new free cloud-based services for their customers. These two services, which allow content and device settings to be stored and shared across platforms, are the first in a series of services planned for release over...
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