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15% of mobile apps launched while offline





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The mobile analytics firm Localytics’ study shows that 15 percent of applications for mobile devices are launched while a phone is offline. The firm analyzed data sent to their servers by apps that integrate Localytics’s framework in their code and comparing the app’s launch time with the delay in receiving the data (Localytics works in real time), the firm came to the conclusion 15% of apps are opened while a device can’t connect to the Internet.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011. 11:54

Apple's New Data Center Focus of Nuance Voice Recognition Partnership



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Last week we reported that Apple is in talks with voice recognition firm Nuance Communications. The scope of the deal is some sort partnership linked to rumors that Apple is integrating significant voice capabilities into iOS 5. As was reported previously, Nuance is a leader in voice recognition technology and holds a number of key patents in the field. TechCrunch now reports that the deal relates to utilizing Nuance's technology in Apple’s new North Carolina data center to drive centrally-hosted voice services. The partnership is said to likely be introduced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) early next month.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011. 11:36

Apple Changes Its App Policy, Focuses On The Quality, Not Quantity



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Recently Apple has made changes to its app policy and focused on making the iOS App Store the most attractive rather than simply the biggest.

Lately the company has banned the idea of "incentivized app installs", which was used by certain game developers to prompt players to install other apps if they want to continue playing. Because of the incentives some apps become artificially popular and don’t reflect the actual situation in top games chart, for instance.

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Apple Released 3rd Build of Mac OS X Lion Preview 2 - What's New



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This Friday Apple has released a second update for Preview 2 of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. A 1.22GB download is recommended for all users running Mac OS X 10 Lion Developer Preview 2 and is available via Software Update. The version of the latest build is reportedly 11A444d.

So what's new?

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Apple Officially Responds On Location Tracking Issue



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After a week of discussions around the discovery that the iPhone has an inbuilt algorithm of keeping track of users' locations in unencrypted file, Apple finally shed light on the subject.

Before we repost the company's official statement, here is a short summary. Apple says it's not tracking the location of iPhone users. It maintains a database of celltowers and Wi-Fi hotspots that allows to calculate your location when requested much more quickly than it can be made with the help of GPS only. The location data is being sent to Apple in anonymous form, and users' iPhones download only the necessary part of the database.

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Next iPhone with larger screen revealed



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M.I.C. Gadget posts two images of the co-called “iPhone 4S” - an iPhone they’re pretty sure isn’t an iPhone 4, but possibly an updated model that includes a 3.7″ display, and the same proximity sensor as the white iPhone 4. The new display is nearly edge-to-edge. The photos show us the new screen to be slightly taller and slightly wider. If the image is legitimate, it appears to be closer to 3.7 inches than 4 inches. M.I.C. Gadget also speculates that it may have an A5 processor (a prototype model) that game developers are using to build games. Strings in iOS 4.3 revealed that the iPhone was slated to receive the updated processor, and recently a white iPhone was rumored being tested on T-Mobile’s network packing an A5 processor.


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The Problems with a Retina Display on the Mac



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The latest build of Lion includes some icons which are sized at 1024x1024. That's twice the current 512x512 size of icons in Snow Leopard. Additionally, on April 2nd, Mac blog OSXDaily found some of the default wallpaper resolutions in Lion to be as large as 3200×2000 pixels (see the shot below). A few observers noted that this is higher than any Apple display has ever supported, generating speculation that Apple is preparing for "Retina" display Macs in the near future.

Taking cues from iOS, Apple has reportedly built in support for what it calls "HiDPI display modes". These HiDPI modes allow developers to supply 2x-enlarged images to support double-high resolution displays. Like the iPhone 4's Retina Display, this means that user interface elements will remain the same size, but everything will be twice the resolution and therefore twice as detailed.


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Apple Gives Selected Developers the So-Called iPhone 4S For Creating New Titles



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9to5Mac has posted interesting information on Thursday, which reveals that Apple is going to make gaming performance of the next-gen iPhone as one of its major marketing points.

In order to do that Apple has already selected highly professional developers and gave them devices that look exactly like iPhone 4 but have an A5 processor instead of an A4. It is obviously possible due to the support of A5 chip, recently found in the iOS 4 SDK. The source of this information calls the device as the "iPhone 4S" (iPhone 4 Super?) and says it is used only in Apple's offices.

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Written by SimplyMax

Friday, April 22nd, 2011. 13:37

Free Mobile Version of RockMelt Browser Appears in App Store



As you may know, last November was released RockMelt, socially improved desktop browser for Macs and PCs. The idea of its developers was to customize Google Chrome browser in a way that would allow to interact with your friends even more while surfing the Internet. Last night the mobile version of the app appeared in the App Store.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2011. 16:38

Apple’s financial results for Q2 2011



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Yesterday Apple reported its financial results for the second fiscal quarter of 2011. In this quarter Apple earned $24.67 billion and net quarterly profit amounts to $5.99 billion. In the year-ago quarter the company’s revenue was $13.50 billion and net quarterly profit was $3.07 billion. Gross margin was 41.4 percent, compared to 41.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 59 percent of the quarter’s revenue.  This fiscal quarter is also the best quarter for the iTunes Store with $1.4 billion revenue. $2 billion was paid to developers in App Store.


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Safari 5.1 Gets “Do Not Track” On OS X Lion



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According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple has added a “do-not-track” option in the latest developer build of OS X Lion to prevent advertisers and other web companies from tracking you online.

Apple Inc. has added a do-not-track privacy tool to a test version of its latest Web browser for keeping peoples’ online activities from being monitored by marketers. The tool is included within the latest test release of Lion, a new version of Apple’s Mac OS X operating system that’s currently available only to developers. The final version of the operating system is scheduled to be released to the public this summer. Mentions of the do-not-track feature in Apple’s Safari browser began to appear recently in online discussion forums and on Twitter.

This “do-not-track” option was originally offered by the FTC and was already built in Internet Explorer 9 and Firefox 4. The option may be enabled or disabled by a user at any time.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, April 14th, 2011. 15:35

Using front camera iPad 2 can show 3D



Developers built apps that actually track the direction the iPad 2 viewer is looking at the screen. When the viewer moves, so does the perspective. This allows to show 3D objects. Watch the video:




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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011. 14:13

US Privacy Investigation Targeting Smartphone App Developers



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Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have started investigation concerning the issue with illegal obtaining and transmitting data from users their consent or knowledge through various smartphone applications. The prosecutors are investigating whether various applications on smartphones such as the iPhone and various Android phones are not notifying users what data is being collected and why such data is required by the application. As far as we know, in the United States it’s prohibited for IT companies to collect any information about user without notice. The Wall Street Journal tested 101 applications and discovered that 56 of those transmitted the unique identification number for the device without letting users know, 47 transmitted the phones location and 5 sent a users age, gender and other personal information.




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Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Untether Jailbreak iPhone 4 Using RedSn0w 0.9.6rc9 (Windows) [iOS 4.3.1]



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This is step-by-step instructions on how to perform untethered jailbreak of your iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3.1 firmware using RedSn0w 0.9.6rc9 for Windows.


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Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Untether Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w 0.9.6rc9 (Windows) [iOS 4.3.1]



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This is step-by-step instructions on how to perform untethered jailbreak and unlock for your iPhone 3GS on iOS 4.3.1 firmware using RedSn0w 0.9.6rc9 for Windows.

If you need unlock Redsn0w will provide you with choice of updating your baseband to 06.15.
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