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In Search Of The Perfect Case: Almost There

While some of us could care less about the latest gadget, or even how we treat the ones we own, there are those out there that love their gadgets like they love people. They clean them, buff them regularly, and treat them like family. So it’s inevitable that cases for any gadget should be available launch day in fear of dropping your new machine you just threw down cash for.

And most of us are picky.

Recently, I had the chance to try a new experience in case design, called Coveroo (coveroo.com). They specialize in partnering with case-makers (like iLuv, Incase and many more) to give you a customized case different than those mass-produced. You’re guided through a couldn’t-be-any-simpler process of picking an image, a device (iPhone, Blackberry, iPod, iPad, Kindle, Palm, Samsung, and just about every gadget maker out there), and a type of case for that device.

The image selection available at the website is odd is some areas, and great in others (mainly sports). It consists of a select few genres, some among the bunch are (a few) TV shows, (a few) music groups, and other oddities that are more mainstream than some would like. However, if they don’t offer anything to your liking, Coveroo can receive your picture of choice by email.

After you’ve selected your image (that goes on the back of the case, and only covers the middle back), you choose your device and type of case . This again couldn’t be simpler. Prices start at $35 not including shipping and you can add a personal message (much like an iPod engraving) on the lower-middle-back of the case for only $5 that’s 15 characters long. They even give you a handful of different fonts.

There were only two problems I experienced during the process.

The first was that the image that you selected on the website may look great, but on the bigger iPad case that I received, it was pixilated with a rough white boarder around the image. When someone pays for the product, they should get a clear crisp image, not some pixilated mess. On a smaller device like an iPod, it probably isn’t an issue, but it’s important you stock large images for large products. Pretty simple.

Secondly, along with the case I received an iPad stand. You know the material that they package headphones in? That ugly plastic that you usually need scissors to cut open? That’s what the stand is made of, and it was equally hard to fold into position. It was a nice bonus, but it was way to flimsy for me to risk my iPad in. Pretty much a loss to toss that in with the case.

Verdict: As cases go, Coveroo tops the lot of them. Not only can you personalize the case for just about any gadget in production, but they also feature popular cases from the most popular case makers. You can get a really sturdy, quality case personalized to your liking for almost the same price as you would a normal case! There are only a few kinks left in this awesome process. I recommend looking into Coveroo (coveroo.com), but for now, stay away from larger devices and stick to the smaller ones. Smaller devices have a much better case selection and images aren’t as pixilated.

**note: iPad case received w/ personal message and shipping, free of any charge.

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How to Jailbreak your iOS device in 1 minute

It’s a little hard to believe but the long pain to jailbreak iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) has now ended. All you have to do is to go to http://jailbreakme.com on your iOS device and slide the bar to begin jailbreaking. The process will take about a minute or two and Cydia will be installed.

For those of you that are a little skeptical about jailbreaking, you will be pleased to know that recently it has been made legal by the library of congress. They have given us to right to mod the software to get access to a certain apps. Thanks to thecreativeone for the video!!

Some Droid X Handsets Suffering from Screen Defect; Verizon Offers Fix

Yes, not every phone is perfect. And while the Droid X is going under every sites check list, some handsets are suffering from something more serious than sub-par software: a major defect in it’s 4.3 inch screen.

A small amount of early adopters have reported (and shown on YouTube) that either their screens will flicker at an amazingly fast (and unusable) rate, or the bottom half of the screen simply fails to show anything.

Verizon and Motorola have acknowledged that some handsets do have an issue, but it has already been fixed in units shipping currently. For those who are experiencing the issue, you can call Verizon and expect a replacement unit. “Motorola has resolved the issue and is continuing to ship the phones. Any consumer who experiences a flickering or banding display should contact a Motorola customer support center or Verizon Wireless,” a Verizon Wireless spokesperson told Engadget.

Skype Updated for iOS4, Multitasking Is Go.

Skype, a program used for internet calling (including video too) has been updated for iOS4.

The latest update brings fast-app switching and multitasking, allowing the program to run in the background. This has been a long time coming for many users. The update is free, and so is the app if you don’t have it yet. There are some bugs, like push notifications putting any call on hold, but for the most part it’s a solid update

On a side note: to use FaceTime over 3G, check out “Fring”.

Kindle DX Isn’t Dead: Coming In Graphite w/ Lower Price

No matter how many iPads fly off the shelves, Amazon is determined to keep it’s ebook market share up. Helping them do that is a brand new Kindle DX, and price drops across the board.

The Kindle DX now sports a graphite color along with the available white, and the screen has a 50% improved contrast ratio. The best part is the price, however which has dropped to $379 (it was $489 before). The normal-sized Kindle 2 also saw a price drop from $259 to $189. The Kindle 2 is available now, and the new Kindle DX will be available July 7th.

Mozilla Wants “Firefox Home” on App Store

Firefox wants their own web browser on the App Store following Opera’s recent (approved) success: Opera Mini.

The Mozilla App, dubbed “Firefox Home”, is set to be a weird, almost incomplete browser that is meant to sync your tabs, bookmarks, and history between your iDevice and your computer. It is expected to browse the rest of the web however. It has yet to be approved as of writing. VIDEO after the break:

RIM Announces OS 6 for Blackberry

Blackberry users should be excited.