The New Apple Trade-In Program Launched Today
Since the first iPhone launched in 2007 and changed the direction
of smartphones, users have been unable to trade in their old
iPhones for a newer version at
) retail stores. Today, the company is changing that, finally
launching a trade-in program for older iPhone models.
Such buyback programs are currently offered by retailers like
). At those stores, and depending on the model, a traded-in iPhone
can garner a customer between $150 and $350. The Apple Store
trade-in program will pay customers with store credit towards a
newer model. According CNBC, those customers must sign a new
contract for cell phone service in order to take advantage of the
trade-in program. The Apple Store is also offering a service to
recycle non-functioning iPhones, but does not offer any financial
compensation for it.
Apple is now competing with online companies like Gazelle, which
allows smartphone users to mail in their old phones and get paid
with a check, an
) gift card, or via PayPal. In many cases, users can make even more
money selling their old phones on
(EBAY) and on online market places like Craigslist.
Amidst the already successful competition, it remains to be seen if
Apple can offer its customers a competitive option for trading in
their old iPhones.
One Software Developer Decided to Design the Perfect
The American software developer, author, blogger, and entrepreneur
Jeff Atwood, most known for co-founding the programming
, spends a good amount of his time in front of his computer.
Frustrated with the current state of keyboards, he contacted Weyman
Kwong of WASD Keyboards early last year and launched a project to
develop his version of the perfect keyboard. Over a year later, the
result of that collaboration has been released: the CODE keyboard.
As Atwood describes it, the keyboard is the "only simple, clean,
beautiful backlit mechanical keyboard [he has] ever found."
The keys of the CODE are made with Cherry MX Clear mechanical
switches, which give actual physical feedback to a user's typing,
but without any clicking noise. The keyboard is backlit by LED, has
a detachable USB cable, and is fully modifiable for users who like
to arrange the keys differently than the standard QWERTY setup. The
customization options even allow for the switch from Window's
"Control" key to Apple's "Command." And for all you font
aficionados out there, Atwood and WASD went with Helvetica for the
There are two models of the keyboard, one with 104 keys and one
with 87. Both sell for $149.99. You can check them out
A One-Button Android Controller, Kickstarted in Less Than a
The Pressy in an Android phone, from the device's Kickstarter
Pressy is a 0.7mm-tall device that plugs straight into the
headphone jack of any
(GOOG) phone (running Gingerbread of later) and allows the phone's
user to customize special controls with the Pressy's one, discrete
button. Confused? Well, with the Pressy app, users can assign any
task on the phone (calling Mom, taking a picture, etc.) to a series
of clicks with Pressy's one small button: two short clicks could
call your mother, one long click could take a picture.
The project has been wildly successful on Kickstarter: Within its
first day on the crowdfunding website, which was yesterday, the
small, simple device raised $108,435 from 4,889 backers (as of this
writing, it is up to $237,143 from 9,951 backers). Being funded
within less than a day (it's initial target was $40,000), the
Pressy joins the ranks of other mega-popular Kickstarter devices,
like the Pebble smartwatch and the Bolex Camera, a pistol-gripped
video camera that shows its footage as uncompressed RAW files,
doing away with the need to transition from one format to another.
is a link to the Pressy Android controller's Kickstarter page, in
case you want to get in on the action.
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