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Media sharing with on-hold callers





Everyone knows that being on hold is quite often and it is not always a pleasant experience.  You can be entertained by music, ads or just hear nothing and enjoy the silence. Apple guesses that it is a much better idea to look through photos from the recipient or listen to your favorite music.
On Tuesday Apple obtained a patent which enables the company to replace the usual on-hold message with content you want to share with people who are calling you. The patent describes how the system works - the way you open the menu, chose the options and send them to the recipient until you can answer the call.


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Written by Lizzen

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. 23:18

Apple Will Refund $6.000 to Careless Father



This is the article devoted to all parents and their children. Lee Neale, an aerospace engineer from Somerset, UK, lost as much as $6.000 due to 8-year-old daughter and his own carelessness.  Here’s what The Mirror reports about:


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Written by NickTarasenko

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. 22:45

iOS 7 Design Tool



Those who don’t like the new iOS 7 design now can customize it and make the operating system look just as they want. This is all due to a new tool developed by Usvsth3m. Well, unfortunately this is just a kind of web app or game, but not a real iPhone tweak.


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Written by NickTarasenko

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. 20:51

Apple's Testing a 13-inch iPad and a Larger iPhone?



According to the latest rumours, Apple is currently testing larger screens for iPhone and iPad. The Wall Street Journal claims the company from Cupertino ordered several prototypes from its Asian suppliers several months ago.


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Written by NickTarasenko

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. 1:25

Sim cards can be easily hacked



Karsten Nohl claims that some SIM cards feature a flaw in the encryption technology, so that telephones with the cards can be spied on.

This flaw enables the hackers to send a spoof text message to the device. The latter will answer by revealing the 56-bit data encryption standard key (DES). Using the key, the attacker gains possibility to install dangerous software on the device and even listen in on your phone calls, access/send text messages and much more.


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Written by Lizzen

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013. 0:58

iPhone sales data



The new data presented in June by Consumer Intelligence Research state that Apple's iPhone 5 sales account for 52% of the company's smartphone sales. The figure of iPhone 4S corresponds to 30% of the sales while the one of iPhone 4 only reaches 18%.

The sales Phone 5 seem to be occupying more than half of all iPhone sales, figures registered nine months after the   launch of newcomer. Whereas the earlier model, iPhone 4S, accounts for almost three-quarters of iPhone sales nearly a year after its launch. Last but not the least, iPhone 4S had 90 percent of all iPhone sales in the immediate after-launch  period , compared to about 70 percent for iPhone 5.


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Written by Lizzen

Monday, July 22nd, 2013. 23:38

Vanity Fair in your iPhone



The Vanity Fair app for iPhone has recently been updated.
Having Vanity Fair installed on your iPhone will enable you to enjoy high-profile interviews, breathtaking photography and thought-provoking subjects. With the help of  interactive graphics, galleries, and video the app has been redesigned to look like a real print glossy magazine.

You can subscribe now from a complete access. And if you can already boast a print subscription,  the online app  version is free - just download it and enter your subscription information. You can also buy single issues.


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Written by Lizzen

Monday, July 22nd, 2013. 22:12

Apple’s Developer Center Was Hacked



Apple’s developer website was hacked. This is the official statement made by Apple today. As you probably know, the dev webpage has been down for more than 4 days now due to the work on restoring the database system, updating the server software and troubleshooting. Well, at least this is what we’re told.


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Written by NickTarasenko

Monday, July 22nd, 2013. 20:14

iTunes revenue in Q3



FORTUNE has found out how much iTunes earned in Q3.

iTunes, Software and Services  have recently been consolidated by Apple into one line item which had a revenue of  $12.9 billion in fiscal year 2012. They are now the second fastest increasing  revenue torrent and according to analysts it will be ahead of both the iPhone and iPad in year to take the first place.

iTunes revenue has recently been estimated by nearly 40 analysts  - 22 Wall Street professionals and 18 amateurs. The range of their estimates is from $5.6 billion suggested by Jefferies' Peter Misek to as low as $3.3 billion from Sunil Shah, an independent analyst from the Braeburn Group. The average estimate is of $4.17 billion. The figure is 30% higher than the $3.20 billion listed for the same quarter last year.


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Written by Lizzen

Sunday, July 21st, 2013. 22:59

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iPhone 5S rumored fingerprint sensor



Apple has recently published a patent which describes that the rumored fingerprint sensor for the iPhone 5S will be built into the  screen. It was suggested before that the sensor would be inserted in the Home button.

iPhone 5S has been long rumored to have a fingerprint sensor, the latter being a distinguishing feature from the previous models. In the new model the fingerprint sensor will be used to  verify purchases and to unlock the device. It will certainly be a breakthrough technology. However, it essential to say that Apple is not the first company using  new technologies such as  cardless payments. Fingerprint sensors have been rumored to be used in iPhones since Apple acquired the  mobile security company AuthenTec last year.


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iOS 7 Beta 3: Benchmarks on iPhone 4 and iPhone 5



iOS 7 Beta 3 performance has been recently tested on two iPhones - iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. A YouTube user with a nickname adrianisen compared these devices using two different benchmark tools and here’s what he managed to find out.


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Written by NickTarasenko

Sunday, July 21st, 2013. 16:41

Portable Charger for Apple Devices - Kii



It sometimes happens you need to charge your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch while traveling. And the Lightning or the older-one 30 pin cable is missing from your suitcase. All you have is your smartphone with a ‘Low Battery’ indicator in the upper right corner of the screen and a laptop, which can possibly be used as a source of energy. So what to do?


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Sunday, July 21st, 2013. 14:30

Apple Store App Will Get a New Look



According to an unknown source, on Tuesday, July 23rd, Apple will introduce a completely redesigned Apple Store app for both iPhone and iPod touch. It will get a new design in order to match the recently updated App Store, iTunes Store, and iBookstore apps for iOS 6. However, this is not the only reason for such a change of appearance.


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Sunday, July 21st, 2013. 10:45

Google is launching Nexus 7



On July 24th Google is holding an event in San Francisco, where it is likely to show an upgraded NExus 7 tablet. It was rumored that the tablet will cost $229 for 16GB and $269 for 32GB. Retailers are about to get stock of the device on July 20th and they are offering sales on the current versions.

Thanks for 9to5Google, the photos of the next Nexus 7 tablet are revealed. It is claimed that the manufacturer of the device is ASUS and it comes in 16GB and 32GB models. The tablet has two cameras, a 1.2MP shooter on the front and a 5MP rear made by Chicony.

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Written by Lizzen

Sunday, July 21st, 2013. 2:23

Apple is purchacing a Canadian mapping company



It is not the first time Apple is purchasing a smaller local company to improve  mapping. There were at least three big purchases,   Placebase, C3 and Poly9. All of them helped Apple modernize its growing mapping and location services effort. Apple's maps leave a lot to be desired, so the company's PR managers claim: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

It has been reported recently that  that Apple has signed a deal with Locationary, a Canadian service which helps manage databases of location, cope with duplicate information and delete outdated entries.
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Written by Lizzen

Sunday, July 21st, 2013. 1:06