Reader Patricia Whitney has done the Bad Thing to her iPad and wonders if there’s a way to make it Good. She writes:
I dropped my first-generation iPad and now the screen’s colors are all wrong. Blacks are green and there’s a lot of “static” in all the images the iPad displays. Is there anything I can do to fix it?
In the days of classic sitcoms there was an old wheeze where Main Character A would suffer a bump on the head, causing said A to lose his or her memory. After the ensuing hijinx, the arrived-at solution was invariably to bean them again, thus restoring their memory. Those penning today’s sitcoms avoid such advice, understanding the litigious society we now live in.
I offer this stroll down the hoary path of television history to suggest that while our ancestors may have lived in a black-and-white world, they knew a thing or two about fixing misfiring systems. Take your iPad, for instance.
It's been a busy weekend for tech news, with rumors of a new AT&T prepaid service on the way, Facebook retaliating against Path's API access for reasons unknown and Google Glass rumored to soon gain an iPhone app. If you were too busy out and about for the last couple days, feel free to kick back and soak in all the news in bite-sized morsels as part of our Monday morning recap.AT&T Rumored to Launch New "All in One" Prepaid Service in June
Fierce Wireless is reporting that AT&T plans to launch a new prepaid initiative in mid-June marketed as "All in One." The service is said to include a $35 per month offering for feature phones and a second $50 per month plan for smartphones, each including unlimited talk and text plus an allotment of HSPA+ data -- as much as 2GB in the case of the latter. The report claims AT&T will begin testing the service in the Florida and Texas markets later this month, with a nationwide launch on June 15. While AT&T is confirming nothing at this time, it's not hard to imagine the move is in response to T-Mobile's recent "UNcarrier" plans, which are contract-free and far more generous than Ma Bell's existing prepaid GoPhone service.Facebook Punishes Path by Disabling Find Friends Access
TechCrunch reported Saturday that Facebook is restricting the Path app's access to its API, a move presumably in response to last week's allegations of Address Book spamming. While Facebook has not blocked Path's ability to log in or even share posts to the social network, it has completely disabled its "Find Friends" ability, which is now limited to a user's Contacts, Gmail account or Twitter, with the latter being added on Friday as part of a 3.0.4 update to Path. Facebook has yet to confirm the reason why it is blocking Path from API access, but the blow to Path couldn't come at a worse time, having just hit 10 million users only last week.T-Mobile TV App Now Available for Existing Subscribers
While there are plenty of great subscription services already available on the App Store, T-Mobile is jumping into the pool with one of their own now that the iPhone is officially available on the fourth-placed U.S. carrier. The free T-Mobile TV app for iPhone is free for the first 30 days, then only $12.99 per month which includes plenty of live, on-demand sports, programming for kids, primetime shows and much more. Five other packages are also available priced from $5.99 to $9.99 per month offering Spanish-language fare, kid shows, Crackle and more specific genres. Best of all, users don't need to be a T-Mobile customer to subscribe.Google Glass Expected to Add More iPhone Support Soon
TechCrunch reported Friday that iPhone users will soon have their very own companion app for Google Glass, the futuristic eyeglasses which will enable text messaging and navigation, exactly like what Android users already enjoy. Glass already works with the iPhone over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, but turn-by-turn directions won't work without a dedicated app. For the early adopters paying $1500 for the privilege of being the first to own Google Glass, we're sure the addition of a native iPhone app will be like an early Christmas present.Corel Updates Pinnacle Studio for iPad with Speed Control
Corel Inc. announced a major new update to Pinnacle Studio, the company's $12.99 video editing app for the iPad. Version 3.0 introduces a new speed control for adjusting how fast or slow a particular clip will play, which the speed altered with the pinch of your fingers. Editors can also now create a freeze-frame effect with just a tap, as well as seeing exactly which media is used by any given effect. The update also adds faster render times, easier audio editing thanks to a new snapping feature and additional user interface language support for Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. As always, the Pinnacle Studio 3.0 update is free for existing users, and available now from the App Store.
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When you’re working in a deeply nested folder (a folder within a folder within…), the Finder provides several options for moving back up through the hierarchy. But only one option provides both at-a-glance info and powerful shortcuts for working with files: the Path Bar.Reveal the Path Bar in the Finder by opening a window and then selecting View > Show Path Bar.
Open a Finder window (Finder > New Finder Window) and then choose View > Show Path Bar. The Path Bar appears at the bottom of all your Finder windows, showing the complete path from your computer to the current folder. (A path is the series of subfolders that leads to a specific folder or file.)
This is the only way you can see a folder’s path when a Finder window is in the background, but that’s merely the most obvious of the conveniences the Path Bar provides.1. Access folders in the path Double-click a folder in the Path Bar (at the bottom of a Finder window) to see its contents in the current window.
Is the path too long for its folder names to show? Just point—no clicking necessary—to a truncated name, and it expands so that you can read it. This point-and-expand technique works even on background windows, whether you’re in the Finder or in another app. Double-click a folder in the Path Bar to see its contents in the current window. Or, open a folder into a separate window with a Command-double-click on its miniature in the Path Bar.
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You probably have a few different duds from the thrift store, or perhaps you're a vinyl enthusiast. Heck, maybe you just watch old shows online. One way or another, you likely do something that embraces the retro style. Our phones keep getting fancier, but sometimes you long for the old days. Give your iOS device a throwback feel to it with a Retro Handset from Cozy Gadgets. It's on sale in our latest Deal.
It might not be an add-on rotary dialing system, but the Retro Handset still manages to give you that old school feeling without limiting your smartphone's capabilities. Plug it in and get a high-quality call with the built in speaker and microphone in the handset. You'll eliminate the phone radiation that would otherwise be pounding your face and you'll gain full access to your phone's functions without have to turn on speaker phone. It's fashionable and functional.
The Retro Handset from Cozy Gadgets usually retails for $40. If you want to save yourself some cash and still get that style, head over to our Deals tab. You can save 62% off that price. That means you pay just $15 for this fun phone accessory.