Introducing the new and improved iPhone 5 [Video]

If you’ve ever been told that size doesn’t matter and actually believed the lies, just watch this (hilarious) iPhone 5 ad. Yes, it’s taller even than the 4″ display and features BodyTime (now let your imagination go wild), single snap Panoramic Mode, dramatically improved reception and ‘ultra’ HD widescreen. Your shiny new iPhone 5 doesn’t look as cool anymore, does it?

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TeleNav offering 1 year subscription to Scout Plus for Free ($24.99)

Now that we know Google won’t be releasing a standalone Google Maps app anytime soon, it maybe time to explore other options on the App Store if you’re adamant against using Apple’s own Maps app. Like this one here: Scout by Telenav. An award winning nav app for mobile devices, Telenav is currently offering a 1 year subscription to Scout Plus absolutely free (normally $24.99). With Plus, you’ll get all these features:

  • Our 3D turn-by-turn navigation with voice
  • Traffic rerouting
  • Offline navigation for when you drive out of cell coverage
  • Lane Assist, which helps you figure out what lane you should be in
  • Speed Traps & Red Light Camera Alerts
  • Search for the cheapest gas near you

It’s even got a little Siri happening as you can use your voice to tell the app what you’re looking for or where you want to go. Additionally, you can download offline maps for in the event you lose cell coverage while driving. Best of all, it appears that Scout’s turn-by-turn navigation even works on the now 3 year old iPhone 3GS. Grab the app via the link or check out the promo videos for Scout below.

Scout by Telenav TeleNav, Inc., Scout by Telenav - Free

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Google: No plans “yet” for iOS 6 Maps app

There’s certainly plenty to like about iOS 6, but unfortunately, one of its most touted features – Apple’s own Maps app – has been a fairly huge disappoint for many users. From missing POIs to warped 3D maps, and at times questionable turn-by-turn instructions, it’s been ridiculed to no end. And just when you were hoping that Google would come save the day with their release of a standalone Google Maps app for iOS 6, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed earlier today that nothing is in the works at the moment. This according to Reuters:

“We have not done anything yet. We think it would have been better if [Apple] had kept ours. But what do I know? What were we going to do, force them not to change their mind? It’s their call.”

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Apple Rolls out four new iPhone 5 ads

As expected with every major product release, Apple has posted 4 new ads highlighting some of the best new features of the iPhone 5. “Physics” (as seen above) shows off the phone’s bigger screen and slimmer build by posing the question “how can something get bigger, and smaller?”; “Cheese” demos the cool new panoramic feature of its 8MP camera; ”Thumb“ emphasizes how the 4-inch display still works great with one hand; and ”Ears” focuses on the redesigned EarPods, which are now “ear-shaped” and can actually fit in your ears. If the narrator sounds familiar, that’s because it’s Jeff Daniels, otherwise known as Harry Dunne in Dumb & Dumber. Hit the gap to check out the rest of the 30 second ads.

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iPhone 5 already jailbroken

Well that didn’t take long to jailbreak the iPhone 5. Renowned Cydia dev Grant Paul (aka Chpwn) tweeted last night an image of an iPhone 5 running Cydia, which is the first known jailbreak for Apple’s latest iDevice and A6 chip. Another tweet shows a 640 x 1136 screenshot (the new iPhone’s display resolution) of Cydia’s homepage. This iPhone 5 Jailbreak is not currently available to the public, and it’s not currently known when it will be. Hopefully, it’ll be sooner rather than later, as I’m definitely missing tweaks like SBSettings and Zephyr on mine. Two days ago, a jailbreak for iOS 6 was released in the form of redsn0w, though it is a tethered one and only works on the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4th gen and iPhone 3GS.

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How easy is it to scratch or crack the iPhone 5 screen? [Video]

Wondering how durable your new iPhone 5 is and whether its screen is easy to crack from accidental drops? Repair site iFixYouri has put the just released iPhone 5 to the test by scratching its 4″ screen with a razon blade and keys, as well as dropping it from varying heights. Judging from the video, it appears that the front glass is even more scratch resistant than before, and the screen didn’t break from multiple falls (until it was basically thrown on the ground).

This phone is by far the most durable iPhone we have seen. The strengthened new gorilla glass, paired with the light design is definitely beneficial to the iPhone being able to survive your average drop.

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Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle: Pay what you want for 9 award-winning Mac Apps

We’ve covered a number of Stacksocial deals on TMA before, but their latest offer really is quite fantastic. Following in the footsteps of the Humble Bundle, the The Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle lets you choose how much you want to pay for these great Mac apps, 10% of which will go to a charity of your choice.

That’s right. We’ve partnered with 9 of the world’s finest Mac App developers to bring you the first-ever Name Your Own Price Mac Bundle. You pay what you want for six different Mac Apps that will make you faster and more efficient on your Mac including

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The Humble Indie Bundle 6 is Here

Feeling charitable AND looking for some new games to play on your PC, Mac or Linux? Well the Humble Indie Bundle is back in its 6th iteration and you can once again pay what you want for several quality games.

Six mind-blowing games. Humble Indie Bundle 6 features six fantastic titles and five breathtaking soundtracks. Name your price and dive into the critically acclaimed action-RPG Torchlight; the rugged sci-fi action platformer Rochard; physics-based brick breaker Shatter; top down space combat sim Space Pirates and Zombies; and steampunk puzzle platformer Vessel. Customers who beat the average price will also get the incredible frantic acrobatic platformer, Dustforce!

Like all H.I.B promos, all games are DRM free and you get to choose how your payment is divided: between the developers and/or charity of your choice. Head over to the Humble Indie Bundle 6 page for the the complete details. Deal ends October 2nd.

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iPhone 5 Review Roundup

With just 2 days to go before launch and lineups already starting in various cities around the globe, iPhone 5 reviews have started to  appear on the web. Not surprisingly, most are glowingly positive, with plenty of emphasis given to it’s slimmer and lighter build, improved camera and blazing LTE speeds. Whether you’ve already pre-ordered, plan on waiting in line, or will be holding out until the iPhone 6 (or will that be the iPhone 5S?), it’s worth checking out what some of the more prominent tech journalists are saying about the latest and greatest iPhone. The roundup after the break.

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iOS 6 is now available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Apple’s latest mobile operating system – iOS 6 – is finally available to the masses. Available either as a download over-the-air and directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (go to Settings –> General –> Software Update), or by plugging it into your computer and updating via iTunes, iOS 6 contains over 200 new features, including Apple’s all-new maps app, Passbook, an improved Siri and more. We previous posted about its most notable new additions, as well as a list of features that are/aren’t compatible with older iDevices. For the complete scoop on the latest OS, hit Apple’s iOS 6 page, or start updating your iPhone/iPad to see first hand all the new goodies that are included.