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iPhone 5 Now Available to Preorder Online from T-Mobile

T-Mobile iPhone 5 preorderIt’s a day many of us thought may never come: T-Mobile USA is finally an official, Apple-sanctioned carrier for the iPhone as online preorders for the iconic handset are now available.

Right on schedule, T-Mobile’s U.S. website has opened for business on Friday with the iPhone 5 now available as a preorder item. The nation’s fourth-largest carrier will begin selling the 16GB iPhone 5 in stores on April 12, but eager customers can plunk down their hard-earned cash online today and have it delivered to their home next week.

If you’re in the market for a 32GB or 64GB model, that’s actually your only choice: T-Mobile retail stores across the United States will only be stocking the 16GB variation, which is sold outright for 9.99, or as payments of down and per month for the next two years as part of its new “UNcarrier” initiative.

Needless to say, the larger-capacity models will set you back a little more, but in all cases, the iPhone 5 models arrive unlocked, making them a bargain compared to buying direct from Apple, who sells the 16GB model for more than T-Mobile.

T-Mobile is also the first U.S. carrier to introduce HD Voice, which is supported by all models of the iPhone 5; the magenta network will also offer the iPhone 4 and 4S for even less, but only in what they refer to as “select markets.”

Although the product pages are live on t-mobile.com, things may not be completely ready to go yet — but don’t let that stop you, keep checking back and eventually you’ll get your order in.

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iPhone 5 Available from T-Mobile April 12 for $99 Down

T-Mobile iPhone 5T-Mobile will finally offer the iPhone — officially — next month. The carrier is the last major U.S. network to finally offer Apple’s smartphones, but today’s announcement is more than another product being added to a company’s stable. Instead, T-Mobile will sell the iPhone 5 under a unique payment system.

T-Mobile announced its plans to begin selling the iPhone 5 on April 12 during a press event. Furthermore, as previously mentioned, T-Mobile will offer its own 4G LTE network to support the new devices. For years, T-Mobile subscribers have been forced to use unlocked iPhone units, and then to connect to T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA network.

Essentially, the T-Mobile iPhone 5 is the exact same model every other carrier received half a year ago. But T-Mobile will offer the 16GB iPhone 5 for upfront, with 24 subsequent monthly payments of each. Alternatively, you can pay for the iPhone entirely at the time of purchase. 

If you do pay for the iPhone 5 completely, you can enjoy a no-contract, “UNcarrier” plan from T-Mobile. And even the payment plan option doesn’t incur a contract, in regards to wireless service. The agreement is specifically intended to pay the device off. While T-Mobile may be a bit late to the Apple party, the company has managed to offer a unique alternative in regards to plans.


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Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Graphics Card Now Available for Mac Pro

Looking for an upgrade to the standard graphics card packed into your Mac Pro tower? Sapphire has officially launched the HD 7950 Mac Edition, offering a huge boost in frame rates and other performance factors. And in terms of flexibility, the card is capable of running in either a Mac or Windows machine.

“Exclusive to SAPPHIRE, the HD 7950 Mac Edition is based on AMD’s latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture,” reads today’s press release. “This highly acclaimed architecture delivers a significant graphics performance boost for Mac Pro users in a wide range of applications including gaming, audio or video editing, and content creation.”

Sapphire 7950 HD

According to Sapphire, the HD 7950 improves gaming frame rates by as much as 200-percent, in comparison to the NVIDIA 8800GT card found in most Mac Pro units. The card includes 3GB of GDDR5 memory, and provides support for Open GL 4.2 and Open CL 1.2.

The HD 7950 includes two mini DisplayPorts, pushing out a max resolution of 3840 x 2160 on either monitor. The card also contains an HDMI port and Dual-link DVI port.

Keep in mind, you’ll need a 2010 or later Mac Pro with a PCI-Express x16 slot to use the HD 7950. But thanks to a dual firmware switch, you can also use the Mac Edition with a Windows PC.

Newegg is currently selling the Sapphire card for 0.


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Adobe Photoshop Touch Now Available for iPhone, iPod touch, Android

Adobe Photoshop Touch for PhoneWhat manner of witchcraft is this? Adobe has shrunk down the tablet version of its touch-based Photoshop and is now making it available on the iPhone and Android-based smartphones.

Adobe announced the release of Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phone on Wednesday, a new version of the company’s image editing app optimized for the iPhone, iPod touch and Android handsets.

Sadly, the phone version is not just Adobe Photoshop Touch for iPad as a universal build — you’ll need to shell out another .99 to purchase it for your smartphone, but judging from the screenshots, it seems Adobe has managed to pack all of the same features into the smaller-screen version.

“Mobile phones are increasingly becoming the primary tool for people to take and edit photos,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “Adobe is dedicated to serving our customers’ evolving creative workflow and we heard, loud and clear, that Photoshop fans wanted some core Adobe imaging magic on their smartphones.”

Among the features of Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phone are the ability to enhance images with popular Photoshop features such as layers, selection tools, filters, tonal and color adjustments, apply effects and add graphical text, edit images as large as 12 megapixels complete with layers and easily combine images using the Scribble Selection feature.

Adobe Photoshop Touch for Phone is now available from the App Store or Google Play for .99 and requires iOS 5.0 as well as an iPhone 4S or fifth-generation iPod touch or higher. The app can automatically sync images to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes 2GB of storage free.

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Kickstarter iOS App Now Available

Crowdfunding has grown into a such a phenomenon in the world of tech and start-ups, that the concept is becoming just another normal part of the process. Starting today, you can check out new projects to back directly through your iOS device with the Kickstarter app.

An iOS app for Kickstarter seemed like an inevitability. More and more, indie creatives and even bigger companies are taking to the service to fund new projects. The app features the familiar look and interface of the Kickstarter site, and allows you to browse through current funding drives.


But more importantly, the Kickstarter app is a nice way to track the projects you’ve already backed. Checking on updates is a snap, and feels much more streamlined.

Project creators can also benefit from the app, as managing your project or updating backers is an easy process. And hey, if you’re trying to raise money for that new idea of yours, checking the donation levels is pretty much a full-time obsession. Now you can do it on the go.

The Kickstarter app is available now in the App Store for free.


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