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Apple Won’t Have An Event or Launch Next Generation iPhone on September 7th

August 12th, 2011 08:17 admin View Comments

iPhone 5

Yesterday, Japanese site - Kodawarisan revealed that Apple is planning to hold a special media event on Wednesday, September 7th. We were hoping that Apple will also launch iPhone 5 along with the new iPod product line.

After numerous rumors and speculations about the month Apple’s next generation iPhone will be launched, it was good to finally get a tentative date. 

But  Jim Dalrymple of The Loop who has a good track record when it comes to Apple related news reports that Apple will not have an event or launch the next generation iPhone on September 7th.

Jim Dalyrmple reports:

Reports began to surface yesterday that Apple would hold a special event on September 7 to launch the new iPhone, but that’s not happening. 

According to my sources, Apple will not have an event or launch the next iPhone on September 7. It’s hard to say how that specific date was chosen by the sites that started the rumor, other than it fits into the timeline of previous Apple events.

So it is anybody’s guess as to when Apple will unveil the highly anticipated new iPhone and when it will be available to users.

 A report earlier today claimed that Apple will launch iPhone 4S and iPad 3 in late October.

[via The Loop]

Source: Apple Won’t Have An Event or Launch Next Generation iPhone on September 7th

Rumor: Apple To Launch iPhone 4S And iPad 3 In Late October

August 12th, 2011 08:23 admin View Comments

iPhone 5

Japanese blog - Macotakara reports that according to their sources, Apple will unveil iPad 3 and iPhone 4S in September and will be available to users at the end of October.

So if these rumors are to be believed, the availability of the eagerly anticipated next generation iPhone continues to slip, first it was September, then early October and now it’s late October.

Macotarkara reports:

According to sources, iPhone 4S which is based on iPhone 4(CDMA) and new iPad will be started produce since 1st week in September and will be shipped in late October.

We’ve heard conflicting reports about next generation iPhone’s form factor. According to some reports, next generation iPhone will be completely redesigned and will look more like iPod Touch 4G rather than iPhone 4, which will be called iPhone 5. While, some reports claim that fifth generation iPhone will be called iPhone 4S, which will come with improved specifications such as faster processor, 8-megapixel camera etc. just like iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, but won’t feature an all-new design and will look like iPhone 4.

There have been several rumors that have suggested that it will be launched inSeptember, though more recent rumors have claimed that it will beOctober, not September. This is the first one to claim a late October launch.

It is also not the first time it is being speculated that iPad 3 will arrive this year, despite the launch of iPad 2 earlier in the year. Few months back, John Gruber of Daring Fireball who has a good track record when it comes to Apple rumors, speculated that Apple is planning to launch the third generation iPad in September this year.

We have also discovered evidence of iPad 3 in the beta versions of iOS 5 that have been seeded to developers of iOS Developer program.

But it seems unlikely that iPad 3 will be released this year as Steve Jobs had categorically stated that “2011 is the year of iPad 2â€. But if Apple launches the rumored iPad 2 Pro or iPad 2 HD as a complimentary iOS device to the iPad line then Steve Jobs’ statement will still be true, though it will definitely annoy early adopters of iPad 2.

Are you waiting for Apple to launch iPhone 5? Are you disappointed that it will only be available only by late October? Any comments on the possibility of Apple launching iPad 3 this year? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via Macotakara]

Source: Rumor: Apple To Launch iPhone 4S And iPad 3 In Late October

iSSLfix: Jailbreak Tweak Fixes SSL Vulnerability For Jailbroken iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch On iOS 4.3.3

August 12th, 2011 08:03 admin View Comments

JailbreakMe 3.0

Apple had released iOS 4.3.4 to fix the vulnerability used by JailbreakMe 3.0, which was one of the easiest solutions to jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Comex had also released a patch called PDF Patcher 2 on Cydia to fix the vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files.

It was meant for users you didn’t want to upgrade to iOS 4.3.4, but also didn’t want to be exposed to the security vulnerability.

However, Apple quickly followed it up by releasing iOS 4.3.5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to fix the security vulnerability for certification validation. This meant that users who had jailbroken their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using JailbreakMe 3.0, but didn’t want to upgrade to iOS 4.3.5 were exposed to the security vulnerability with certificate validation.

The goods news for these users is that a new jailbreak tweak called iSSLfix has just been released on Cydia that fixes the security vulnerability with certificate validation, thus bringing them on par with iOS 4.3.5.

Here’s a quick description of the fix from Cydia:

Fix for iOS SSL vulnerability CVE-2011-0228 for iOS < 4.3.5 + stoen Comodo certificates blacklist for iOS < 4.3.2

You can follow these instructions to install the iSSLfix on your jailbroken iOS device:

  • Launch Cydia from your jailbroken iOS device homescreen.
  • Tap on the Search tab and search for iSSLfix.
  • Tap on iSSLfix from the search results and then tap on the ‘Install’ button.
  • Then Tap on the ‘Confirm’ button to install the patch on your iOS device.
  • After the patch is successfully installed, reboot your iOS device.

With this you have the best of both worlds, you have patched the vulnerability that is likely to be fixed by Apple in iOS 4.3.4 and you also get to keep your jailbreak.

Source: iSSLfix: Jailbreak Tweak Fixes SSL Vulnerability For Jailbroken iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch On iOS 4.3.3

Apple Also Sues Motorola For Copying iPad

August 11th, 2011 08:33 admin View Comments

Apple Vs Motorola

Couple of days back, a district court in Düsseldorf, Germany had granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands.

FOSS Patents reports that Apple has also sued Motorola in Europe, claiming that Motorola Xoom tablet infringes upon the design of Apple’s products – read that as iPad.

Back in October last year, Motorola had filed against Apple accusing Apple of infringing upon several Motorola patents for technologies related to 3G, GPRS, 802.11 wireless, and antenna design. At that time, Apple had responded in kind by filing two lawsuits against Motorola. The two lawsuits alleged a total of six patent infringements by Motorola related to various technologies originally used in the Apple iPhone. But things were quite after that, so we assumed that Apple and Motorola had settled their disputes out of court. It doesn’t look like it.

FOSS Patents reports:

Prior to or simultaneously with the motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung, Apple also filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Motorola Xoom tablet. 

FOSS Patents isn’t sure if Apple has also requested for a preliminary injunction in the complaint, but they go on to add:

While it’s not stated explicitly, I suppose that the complaint against Motorola also asks the court for an EU-wide injunction — but perhaps just for a permanent injunction without a previous preliminary one.

Meanwhile, 9 to 5 Mac reports that asking for preliminary injunctions to stop the sale of competitors devices is a risky strategy adopted by Apple:

If Apple loses it will be liable for the business lost by Samsung in the meantime.

“Apple has a strategy of filing patents, getting some protection and trying to prevent other people from entering the market in the short-term,†said Nathan Mattock, an intellectual property lawyer at Marque Lawyers in Sydney. â€If Apple’s wrong it will have to pay Samsung a considerable amount of damages, so it’s potentially quite risky.â€

It looks like 2011 will witness to a long drawn legal tussle amongst various bigwigs of the mobile phone world. Though we understand that a company needs to protect its intellectual property, at times it is frustrating to see how much money and resources are wasted in these patent wars.

What do you think? Please share your views in the comments section below.

[via FOSS Patents]

Source: Apple Also Sues Motorola For Copying iPad

Small, Sneaky Squid Produce Big Sperm

August 10th, 2011 08:58 admin View Comments

spacing is important

What’s the News: In the squid world, the body size of male spear squid determines the mating strategies they use. Small male squid, which have no chance of physically competing with their larger rivals, must try to get with the females of the species on the sly. Now, researchers in Tokyo have learned that this difference in mating behavior has resulted in the evolution of divergent sperm types, though perhaps not in the way you’d think: diminutive male squid actually produce larger sperm than big male squid.

What’s the Context:

  • Male spear squid, also known as Bleeker’s squid, are either large “consorts,†or small “sneakers.†During mating, consorts will try to court a female by flashing vibrant colors across their bodies; if successful, a consort will place a packet of sperm, called a spermatophore, into the female’s oviduct, a tube that leads to her ovaries. As you’d expect from his title, the consort male will then guard his mate and try to keep other males away while the female lays her eggs.
  • Sneaker males are also true to their name. Rather than courting, a sneaker waits for a female to begin laying her eggs, at which point he rushes in head first and deposits his spermatophore near her external sperm storage organ (just under her mouth). When timed well, the released eggs will pass over the sneaker’s sperm and possibly become fertilized, if the eggs haven’t already been fertilized by the consort’s sperm inside the female’s oviduct.
  • The males are specialized for only one mating strategy and transitioning from consort to sneaker (or vice versa) is unlikely. As the authors point out in their study (pdf) published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, “it is not known to what extent either genetic or environmental factors determine male morphology or mating tactic.â€

How the Heck:

  • The researchers began by collecting and measuring the sperm size of consort and sneaker male squids. They found that the average size of both the head and flagellum of consort male sperm were smaller than those of sneaker males—in total, consort male sperm were about 73 micrometers, compared to the sneaker males’ 99 micrometers. This is the first time scientists have found sperm differences in dimorphic males.
  • The team then decided to take a look at the fertility of the different sperm, and found that both types were able to fertilize squid eggs in vitro. Moreover, the researchers found no difference in sperm mobility between the males (though, surprisingly, they did see that the spermatophores of consorts contained more sperm cells than those of sneakers).
  • The researchers believe that the the sneaker squid’s sperm may be adapted to work better for their particular fertilization technique; the bigger sperm may work better in seawater than the smaller sperm of the consorts.

[via Livescience]

Image courtesy of Y. Iwata et al / BMC Evolutionary Biology

Source: Small, Sneaky Squid Produce Big Sperm

Amazon Takes The Web App Approach With Kindle Cloud Reader To Bypass Apple’s App Store Policies

August 10th, 2011 08:03 admin View Comments

Kindle Web App

Apple’s In-App purchases policy had managed to upset quite a lot of developers, even after they loosened the rules a bit. Amazon’s Kindle app was directly affected by these policies and had to remove the direct content sales link from the app to avoid getting kicked out of the App Store.

Today, Amazon has silently launched Kindle Cloud Reader, a web based Kindle avatar to tackle this problem. It not only allows users to read books, but also purchase them through Amazon and keep them on their devices for later use just like the native app.

Currently, Kindle Cloud Reader works on the iPad and the desktop, but it is very likely that Amazon will roll out an iPhone optimised version of the web app as well. Surprisingly the Kindle Cloud Reader page doesn’t say anything about Android tablets, most probably because Amazon is content with Google’s relatively liberal guidelines.

The web app uses HTML5′s local storage capabilities to allow users to read and store purchased books, online as well as offline. It also comes with standard eBook reader features like choosing font size, text color, background color etc. It syncs your last read page with Kindle and other Kindle apps like the native app. It also allows you to see all the notes highlights, and bookmarks that you’ve made on other Kindle apps or on Kindle

When bookmarked on the home screen, it is a compelling alternative to the native version of the app, due to its seamless integration with the Kindle Store.

Have a look at the screenshots below to see what Kindle Cloud Reader looks like:

Kindle Cloud Reader 1

Kindle Cloud Reader 2

This is just the first amongst many eBook stores to be available on Mobile Safari. Kobo, another eBook store, had announced similar intentions to bypass Apple’s restrictions. But it looks like Amazon has shown the way of how exactly it should be done.

You can visit https://read.amazon.com on your iPad to try out Kindle Cloud Reader and tell us how it goes. Would you stick to the native app or switch to the Cloud Reader?

[Amazon via TechCrunch]

Source: Amazon Takes The Web App Approach With Kindle Cloud Reader To Bypass Apple’s App Store Policies

Verizon To Start Blocking Unofficial iPhone Tethering Using Jailbreak Apps From Today?

August 9th, 2011 08:27 admin View Comments

Verizon iPhone

Last week, we had reported that AT&T was adding the tethering data plan to the current data plan (including grandfathered unlimited data plan) for customers using unofficial iPhone tethering using jailbreak apps like MyWi.

Forbes reports that Verizon – Apple’s second iPhone carrier partner is also going to follow in AT&T’s footsteps. According to Forbes, Verizon will start blocking customers using the unofficial tethering from today.

While AT&T sent customers using unofficial tethering options an email stating that “records show that you use [tethering] but are not subscribed to our tethering plan” and followed that with a reminder before adding the tethering plan to their current data plans, Verizon has put a system in place, which will redirect users using the unofficial tethering to a webpage on Verizon’s website where they can buy the mobile hotspot option for an additional $20 a month.

Forbes reports:

Verizon today began blocking customers from tethering their data through jailbroken apps, following in AT&T’s footsteps as the company fights to stay on top of the U.S. wireless market.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based carrier now requires users have a hotspot-capable data plan if they want to tether data from their smartphones to other devices.

There has been a lot of debate and speculation on how carriers detect the unofficial iPhone tethering and developers of jailbreak app – PdaNet also released an update, which they claimed would hide the unofficial iPhone tethering.

It is unfortunate that carriers are charging users for the tethering option, ideally you should be able to use the data the way you want as you’ve paid for it.

Do you use MyWi or any other jailbreak app for iPhone tethering? Are you being redirected to Verizon’s website prompting you to ? What do you think of Verizon’s move to block unofficial iPhone tethering?

[via Forbes]

Source: Verizon To Start Blocking Unofficial iPhone Tethering Using Jailbreak Apps From Today?

Apple Granted Preliminary Injunction Barring Sale Of Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 In European Union

August 9th, 2011 08:01 admin View Comments

Apple VS Samsung

Apple had sued Samsung couple of months back for blatantly copying iPhone and iPad.

German news agency dpa (via FOSS Patents) reports that a district court in Düsseldorf, Germany has granted Apple a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands.

Samsung had unveiled two new Honeycomb tablets at the CTIA 2011: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to compete with Apple’s iPad 2. Samsung had calling them the “world’s thinnest tablets” at just 8.6 millimeters, slightly thinner than iPad 2 at 8.8 millimeters.

In the lawsuit, Apple claimed that Samsung has not only copied the hardware shape but also the user interface and packaging from the iPhone and iPad.

FOSS Patents reports:

The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1, barring distribution of the product in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands. I can confirm that Apple has a separate lawsuit underway in the Netherlands as well, asserting (European) Community utility model no. 000181607-0001.

Apple alleged that the Galaxy Tab imitates the iPad and infringes on various intellectual property rights owned by Apple. Apple asked the Landgericht (district court) of Düsseldorf, Germany, to order an injunction under which Samsung is threatened with fines of up to EUR 250,000 (US$ 350,000) for each violation or imprisonment of Samsung’s management for up to two years in the event of continued infringement. Those are standard sanctions under German tort law for contempt of a preliminary injunction.

FOSS Patents notes that Apple might have filed a separate lawsuit in Netherlands. Apple had also requested for a similar injunction in Australia, which had forced Samsung to delay the launch of Galaxy Tab 10.1 indefinitely. You can checkout FOSS Patents article, which provides more details.

It will be interesting to see how the injunction will affect Apple’s relationship with Samsung who is one of the main suppliers of A4 and A5 system-on-a-chip, LCD Displays, flash memory that is used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod product lines.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

[dpa via FOSS Patents]

Source: Apple Granted Preliminary Injunction Barring Sale Of Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 In European Union

Cablevision’s Optimum 2.0 Turns Your iPhone Into Your Personal TV & Allows You To Use It As a Remote Control For Digital Cable Boxes

August 9th, 2011 08:26 admin View Comments

PwnageTool

Back in April, Cablevision – the 8th largest cable company in the US with more than 3 million subscribers in New York alone, had released Optimum app for iPad, which allows their customers to watch approximately 300 live channels and video on demand (VOD) on their iPad, transforming the iPad into their personal TV.

Cablevision has finally released a new iPhone app, which also turns the iPhone or iPod touch into an additional TV, albeit with a smaller screen and also released a new version of the iPad app. With Optimum 2.0, you can also use your iOS device as a remote control for your iO digital cable boxes.

John Trierweiler, Cablevision’s executive Vice President of product management had this to say:

“We are also pleased to maximize the value of our Optimum App as a navigation and programming discovery tool by incorporating controls for home TVs as well.  The introduction of this remote control functionality will make it even easier for our customers to locate and view all of the content they already receive as part of their television subscription, whether they want to watch on conventional TVs or these Apple devices.â€

Here’s what’s new in Optimum 2.0:

• Watch live TV within your home • Playback any iO TV On Demand asset on your device • Ability to schedule and manage DVR Plus recordings • Your favorite channels (“Favoritesâ€) now automatically appear in the Optimum App on all of your devices • Parental controls automatically get re-applied when the Optimum App is re-installed – no need to re-enter your parental controls • Use your device as a remote control and control your iO digital cable boxes

You can checkout the screenshots of the new iPhone app below:

If you’re Cablevision customer then you can download the iPhone app from the App Store using this iTunes link or Optimum for iPad using this iTunes link and use it for free or update it via the App Store on your iPad if you’ve already installed it.

Please don’t forget to drop us a line to tell us what you think about the iPhone app and the new remote control feature.

Source: Cablevision’s Optimum 2.0 Turns Your iPhone Into Your Personal TV & Allows You To Use It As a Remote Control For Digital Cable Boxes

A Vibrating Glove That Actually Enhances Your Sense of Touch

August 8th, 2011 08:43 admin View Comments

spacing is important

What’s the News: Georgia Tech researchers have now created a glove that heightens your sense of touch. Presented in May at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the glove—which applies high-frequency vibrations to the side of an exposed fingertip—can improve a wearer’s motor skills and tactile sensitivity. “This device may one day be used to assist individuals whose jobs require high-precision manual dexterity or those with medical conditions that reduce their sense of touch,” Georgia Tech assistant professor Jun Ueda said in a prepared statement.

What’s the Context:

How the Heck:

  • The key part of the glove is an actuator, made from layers of lead zirconate titanate, which generates steady, high-frequency vibrations that provide a kind of white noise to the wearer’s sense of touch. They then attached the actuator to a glove that leaves the index finger exposed. The actuator only makes contact with the side of the fingertip, leaving the sensitive palm side free to touch things.
  • The researchers tested the device on 10 volunteers in several different experiments, and saw statistically significant improvements in the participants’ sense of touch across the board. In one test, the volunteers had to match up different pieces of sandpaper that were hidden from their view: they chose the correct sandpaper 15 percent more often when they were exposed to the vibrations than not.
  • In another experiment, the researchers touched the participants’ exposed fingers with strands of fiber of various weights. The stimulated white noise allowed them to feel lighter filaments.

The Future Holds: The researchers are now trying to determine the optimal amplitude and frequency for their device, since the participants experienced maximum sensory boosts at different vibrations. The team will also be looking into the effects of long-term exposure to the vibrations.

[Popular Science]

Image courtesy of Georgia Tech/Gary Meek

Source: A Vibrating Glove That Actually Enhances Your Sense of Touch

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