Our long national iPhone 5 charging nightmare is nearly over

iPhone 5 cord adapters are shipping, Congressman believes China's smartphones are Trojans, and how to StarStar your friends


In which I do that columnist thing once more, offering quick takes on a few bits of mobile news floating around the ether. This week’s topics include the fact that the sad contingent of new iPhone 5 owners who lost their charging cables can finally expect their converters to ship soon. What have they been doing in the meantime? What cat activities will be lost forever to the slow tide of time? We might never know.

Apple shipping out Lightning-to-30-pin adapters

iPhone 5 and its very special Lightning connector

When Apple changes its standards, it does so abruptly. The iPhone 5 has an entirely different charging port, dubbed Lightning, and it does not work with the 10 or so standard iPod/iPhone/iPad “30-pin” chargers found around the typical middle-class home. So that cord that comes with the iPhone 5 is all one had, because Apple’s 30-pin/Lightning converters were very much not heading to anybody. Until last night, when buyers of the $29 converter were notified of its shipment. Then again, many of them could have gotten away with the little-noticed $19 Lightning-to-USB adapter, but, in any case, no iPhone 5s shall sit unloved and uncharged, for the right price, from here on out.

Shoot better videos with just your phone camera

Nobody can stop new parents from running out and grabbing the best video camera or DSLR still shooter they can swing. Those are primal, ethereal forces at work. But in the situation where your smartphone is the best camera you have with you, you can often do much more than just apologize for the lighting and shakiness.

Wistia shows us a great example of how to shoot better smartphone videos, and then breaks down the specifics of how it got done. That video tutorial (which I found via Lifehacker) is honest about what you can and can’t get done with a tiny lens, but also how important lighting and framing can be in making the most of a fast-capture moment.

StarStar Me: Not just something your little niece says

The process of handing out and geting actual phone numbers into our phones can still feel a little old-fashioned. Sprint thinks it has a solution, and a ridiculous name for it: StarStar Me.

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