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Today, Apple Debuted A Watch And Killed The iPod Classic

Earlier today, Apple somehow took almost two hours to announce some slightly bigger smartphones and a pricey phone accessory, then throw a surprise U2 concert. There was something that they didn’t announce during that presentation, though: the end of the original click-wheel iPod. [More]

Man Suspected Of Swapping iPods For Erasers At Target Caught, Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty

Man Suspected Of Swapping iPods For Erasers At Target Caught, Arrested, Pleads Not Guilty

Remember the guy in California who gave his wife an iPod box filled with erasers for Christmas, but not intentionally? When he tried to exchange it for a box with a real iPod in it, the new box contained erasers, too. We publish a lot of stories like this, but here’s something unusual: a follow-up story with the arrest of the person behind the alleged eraser-swap. [More]

Christmas Gift Of iPod Was Actually A Box Filled With Erasers

Christmas Gift Of iPod Was Actually A Box Filled With Erasers

One San Diego man obviously isn’t a regular Consumerist reader. He bought his wife an iPod for Christmas, and she opened it up to find…four erasers and some specially-cut index cards filling up the spot that’s supposed to cradle the iPod. They’re probably very nice erasers, but you can’t play music on them. Light percussion, maybe. [More]

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FAA Panel To Recommend Allowing Use Of Electronic Devices During Takeoff & Landing

Since last June, a Federal Aviation Administration Panel advisory panel has been gearing up to finalize its recommendation on how the agency could maybe perhaps allow the use of personal electronic devices during flights. That means you could be listening to music, texting, emailing and otherwise tapping away on your whathaveyou during landing and takeoff instead of gripping the armrests like your life depends on it. If that’s your thing, that is. [More]

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Apple Offering $10 Discount To Customers Trading In Third-Party USB Adapters

After reports surfaced that iPhone chargers have been shocking, and in one case, killing a customer who answered her phone while it was charging, Apple is offering a discount to customers who trade in third-party chargers. In an announcement on the company site, Apple says third-party adpaters and counterfeit versions might not be designed correctly, so in the interest of customer safety, it’ll dispose of those adapters and set you up with an authentic one. [More]

Zagg Full-Body Protection Left My iPod Coated With Perma-Goo

Zagg Full-Body Protection Left My iPod Coated With Perma-Goo

Sure, those clear adhesive protective covers for small gadgets are supposed to last for a long time, but what happens when the film starts to peel and your iPod has plenty of useful life left? Then you do what reader Rob did and peel it off, discovering an unmovable coating of perma-goo on the outside of the device. No solvent can remove it. [More]

Dear Target Employees: Lying Is Not A Valid Extended Warranty Sales Tactic

Dear Target Employees: Lying Is Not A Valid Extended Warranty Sales Tactic

It’s one thing to repeatedly push extended warranties on customers. We’re not fans of this particular revenue-drivng tactic (or of most extended warranties in general) but there’s nothing fundamentally dishonest about it. What is dishonest is what David says that an employee at a midwestern Target store did. While selling him an iPod Touch, the employee told David that Target’s extended warranty covers accidental damage. It doesn’t. [More]

Apple Will Replace First-Gen iPod Nanos For Overheating Risks

Apple Will Replace First-Gen iPod Nanos For Overheating Risks

If you have an iPod nano sold between Sep ’05 and Dec ’06, you could be eligible for a replacement under a new worldwide recall issued by Apple to deal with battery heating issues. [More]

Report: Apple May Phase Out Older iPods

Report: Apple May Phase Out Older iPods

As Apple prepares to unveil the iPhone 5 next week, it also may soon bring down the hammer on the long-beloved but now largely obsolete iPod Shuffle and iPod Classic. [More]

The iPad Vending Machine At Macy's

The iPad Vending Machine At Macy's

I know iPad and iPod and gizmo-disgorging vending machines are nothing new, but it was still unnerving to see one as I passed through a Macy’s men’s department this weekend. I kind of hate it, and I kind of love it. [More]

Don't Bend Your iPod Back And Forth Until The Battery Explodes

Don't Bend Your iPod Back And Forth Until The Battery Explodes

Adolescence is a time for people to learn by doing, but here’s one bit of advice we’d like share with the future of America now: As tempting as it may be, don’t go bending your iPod — or really any electronic device — back and forth until it breaks, the battery explodes and the ambulances come. [More]

Google Shopper App Recognizes Products By Their Cover

Google Shopper App Recognizes Products By Their Cover

Google has jumped into the shopping app fray with “Google Shopper,” which stands out from the crowd by being able to id products by their cover art. The feature works on book, CD, DVD, and video game covers. You can also search by voice, along with the usual barcode scanning, local pricematching and the ability to save items. If you’re a RedLaser fan, this could be a serious contender to replace it on your home screen. The app is free and available on both Android and iOS. [More]

No, Apple Won't Engrave Swear Words On Your iPod

No, Apple Won't Engrave Swear Words On Your iPod

RedOryx and her sister both ordered shiny new iPods directly from Apple, and they made an annoying discovery: you can have pretty much anything engraved on the back of your iPod…as long as it doesn’t include any swear words. [More]

See Your iPhone In 3D Thanks To Snap-On Binoculars

See Your iPhone In 3D Thanks To Snap-On Binoculars

For those who find 3D glasses too liberating and are interested in making their portable devices less portable, Hasbro is making a viewfinder that lets you see your iPhone or iPod screen graphics in 3D. [More]

Apple Debuts Overhauled Line Of iPods

Apple Debuts Overhauled Line Of iPods

As many predicted, Apple used its much-anticipated press event today to show off the latest development in their iPod devices. And though some had hoped Big Chief Fanboy Steve Jobs would be unveiling a new version of the iPod, it was really just updates — ranging from the blah to the significant — to the existing line. [More]

Best Buy Drowned 3 Of My iPods, Offers $25 In Consolation

Best Buy Drowned 3 Of My iPods, Offers $25 In Consolation

Do you enjoy having a functioning iPod Touch? Then don’t let Best Buy get their clumsy mitts on it and hire them to apply the tricky, delicate Zagg Invisible Shield. Reader Span_Wolf writes that he thought that he had a run of terrible luck with buying defective iPods, but eventually figured out the real cause of his troubles: he thinks, and Apple agrees, that Best Buy staff’s misapplication of the fancy plastic cover damaged the devices. [More]

Smaller iPad Coming Next Year?

Smaller iPad Coming Next Year?

If the 9-inch iPad is an enormous iPod touch, what does that make the rumored 7-inch version? An iPad mini? The iPad Portable? Or maybe just the product Apple should have made in the first place, since it will come at a lower price point and won’t require a special jacket just to carry it. [More]

iPhone 4.0 Software: Multitasking, Billions Of Ads, No Porn Store

iPhone 4.0 Software: Multitasking, Billions Of Ads, No Porn Store

Apple honcho Steve Jobs today unveiled the latest version of the company’s iPhone operating system software, which adds long-awaited multitasking functions, so that you can finally listen to Pandora and check email at the same time. The new OS will also include the iPad’s iBooks app and an email app that will let you manage multiple accounts from a single inbox. What’s missing? Java and Flash are still no-shows. And don’t expect a porn store anytime soon. “There’s a porn store for Android,” Jobs said in response to a question about opening the App Store to unsanctioned products.”You can download it, your kids can download it. That’s a place we don’t want to go, so we’re not going to.” [More]