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Apple working on physical game controller for iPads and other iOS devices





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AnandTech's Anand Lal Shimpi reports Apple is working on its own physical controller to similarly enhance gameplay on its iPad and other mobile devices. He has been made aware of "an internal Apple project to bring a physical controller to market."

Regardless, Lal Shimpi believes such devices may soon be a necessary accompaniment for hardcore mobile gamers, especially as smartphones and tablets come close to equaling the performance of existing game consoles.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, April 2nd, 2012. 21:56

iPhone And Android Own Over 90% Of U.S. Smartphone Market



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According to the latest data from research company Nielsen, Apple’s iOS and Android have both accounted for over 90 percent of U.S. smartphone purchases in last three months. During the same period the closest competitor RIM’s Blackberry was bought only by 5 percent of respondents. Other operating systems such as WebOS, Symbian, Windows Phone get only 4 percent share combined.


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RIM hiring iOS developers



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Research in Motion has recently posted a job listing on its website that reveals that the BlackBerry maker is looking to hire developers for an undisclosed iOS enterprise app to be distributed through Apple's App Store. A RIM spokesperson confirmed the rumours. As he said, “the company is indeed developing an iPhone app as part of its BlackBerry Mobile Fusion project.”

Along with the usual coding and communication skills, requirements called for a candidate well-versed in creating apps for both the iPhone and the iPad.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, March 23rd, 2012. 16:12

China Surpasses U.S. In Terms Of Android And iOS Activations For The First Time



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Mobile analytics company Flurry reports that China has surpassed U.S. for the first time in activations of new Android and iOS devices.

“February, Flurry calculated that China surpassed the United States in monthly new iOS and Android device activations for the first time in history. China is now the world’s fastest growing smart device market”.


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Written by maxim

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012. 22:52

Antitrust Investigators Subpoenaed Apple For Information On Search Deal With Google



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According to Bloomberg, Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust investigators subpoenaed Apple requesting details on the company’s agreement with Google, according to which Google has become the default search engines on iOS devices. Reportedly, last year Google has paid Apple $1 billion in the iOS search agreement, and the subpoena is part of an antitrust investigation that is currently conducted over Google’s business practices.


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Written by maxim

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012. 3:33

Apple Is Going To Remove Evi From App Store Due To Similarities With Siri



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TechCrunch reports that True Knowledge, a company behind a popular Siri-like app for iOS devices, received a call from Apple, who informed that the company is going to remove Evi from the App Store due to its similarities with Siri.


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Qualcomm Announced Its Fifth-Generation Gobi Chip



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Today chip maker Qualcomm took the wraps off its new chip, a fifth iteration of its Gobi platform. It includes a comprehensive support for TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, LTE on TDD and FDD networks and has GPS capabilities. Also it supports the EV-DO and HSPA+ for backwards compatibility. Theoretically, such a powerful combination would allow Gobi devices to connect locally to the faster LTE network and stay connected to the Internet on 3G networks worldwide.


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Written by maxim

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012. 0:52

Microsoft Office For iPad Soon Will Hit The App Store



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Confirming earlier reports, tablet-only magazine The Daily claimed it had hands-on experience with a version of Microsoft Office app for iPad and posted the above picture to prove the existence of this app. The Daily reports:


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Apple wins German injunction against Motorola over 'slide-to-unlock'



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Judge Dr. Peter Guntz of the Munich Regional Court on Thursday found that a number of Motorola products had infringed on Apple's slide-to-unlock patent that gives the iPhone maker the option to enforce a German injunction against any offending devices. Apple's first win against Motorola could result in a complete reworking of how Motorola devices handle screen unlocking.

The German court looked at three different Motorola implementations of gesture-based device unlocking and found that two infringed on Apple's patent, namely those used by the RAZR maker's Android smartphones.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, February 17th, 2012. 15:50

Apple Became The Top Smartphone Vendor In 4Q 2011



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Today analytics firm IDC published a report covering five major smartphone manufacturers by market share and shipments for the final quarter of 2011. There is no surprise that Apple takes the first position. According to firm’s data, smartphone manufacturers shipped 157.8 million devices in the fourth quarter, of which 37 million came from Apple, accounting for 23.5% share of the market in the quarter.


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Apple removes blatant copycat apps from App Store



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TechCrunch reports that Apple removed from the App Store a number of copycat applications such as Temple Run, Tiny Wings and Words with Friends that closely mimicked the titles of successful games after they provoked a public outcry from developers over the issue. The fraudulent apps were largely the work of developer Anton Sinelnikov.

Sinelnikov, however, is not alone in his efforts, as dozens of other applications from other developers have attempted to dishonestly capitalize on the successes of others. Numerous developers and users asked Apple to take down the offending apps. Keith Shepherd, the creator of Temple Run, noted on his account that an app like Temple Jump "taints the integrity of the App Store." After Apple pulled the app, Shepherd posted on Twitter that he was "thankful."


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iPad Accounted For 58% Worldwide Tablet Shipments In 4Q 2011



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Today research firm Strategy Analytics published its estimates of worldwide tablet shipments for the fourth quarter of 2011, showing that Apple continues to dominate the market while Android increases its share on the strength of Kindle Fire.


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Written by maxim

Friday, January 27th, 2012. 0:41

iOS Users Without Siri Can Use Evi



We have already seen Siri competitors making their way to the Android and Windows Phone Markets. Evi is another Siri counterpart that might actually become its true alternative for non-iPhone 4S iOS and Android users.


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New Apple suit claims Galaxy Nexus infringes on 'slide-to-unlock' feature



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Mere hours after serving up a ruling on Friday for a failed Samsung lawsuit against Apple, the Mannheim Regional Court held a hearing about Apple’s complaint against Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. It is the first time when Apple has named the South Korean electronics manufacturer's flagship Android handset in a lawsuit, claiming the device infringes the iPhone maker's "slide-to-unlock" utility model that was first introduced with the original iPhone in 2007 and subsequently patented with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in October 2011

Examinations of utility model registrations are not as stringent as patent filings and don't carry a presumption of validity which is necessary for a court ruling. Thus the Mannheim court does not foresee an immediate decision in the "slide-to-unlock" suit as it believes the validity or invalidity of the invention is too close to call.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Saturday, January 21st, 2012. 23:22

Strong Secondary Market For Used iPhones Benefits Apple, Users and Carriers



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AllThingsD reports on a survey made by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) which analyzes the impact of the market for iPhones that are given away or resold when users buy the latest models. The survey looked at users upgrading to new iPhones beginning with the launch of iPhone 4S in October and found that 53% of those customers had returned their used iPhones to the secondary market.


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