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WWDC 2011 liveblog: iOS 5, OS X Lion, iCloud and more!





WWDC 2011 liveblog: iOS 5, OS X Lion, iCloud and more! (stevejobswwdc2011liveblogkeynote1121)

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WWDC 2011 liveblog: iOS 5, OS X Lion, iCloud and more! (stevejobswwdc2011liveblogkeynote1117)


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Monday, June 6th, 2011. 20:25

iCloud Detailed: Initially Free with iTunes Purchase, $25 a Year Subscription



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The Los Angeles Times reports that iCloud will be offered for free with a purchase from the iTunes Store. That means that a digital download may include free online storage or a free subscription. Though many believe that subscription won’t be free, because users will want to form their libraries as quick as possible, and may cost as little as $ 25 per year.

The LA Times says Apple initially plans to allow consumers to store their data on Apple’s servers, and would like to offer much more than music in the realm of movies, television, and other digital content through iCloud’s publishing platform. Whether that storage involves uploading your own media or having iTunes scan your library is currently unknown, but we’re hoping for the latter.




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Friday, June 3rd, 2011. 15:23

OS X Lion To Be Offer iCloud Features for Free



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AppleInsider reports that its sources familiar with Apple’s plans claim that this summer the company will offer some iCloud features and services for free for users who will upgrade to Mac OS X Lion. According to recent rumors, iCloud will replace MobileMe.

People familiar with Apple’s plans indicated to AppleInsider that at least one of those secrets is expected to be that at least some of the services included in iCloud will be offered for free to Mac users who make the upgrade to Lion. iCloud is expected to replace the company’s existing MobileMe service, which offers e-mail and remote file storage, along with syncing of bookmarks, contacts and calendar events, at a price tag of $99 per year. That price tag may remain for users who do not make the upgrade to Lion, or for Windows users. But it is expected that the cloud services will become free to Mac users who run the latest version of Mac OS X.


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Samsung’s Lawyers Ask Apple To See iPhone 5 and iPad 3



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Samsung’s lawyers have asked Apple to hand over “final, commercial versions” of the next-generation iPhone and iPad and the retail packaging design of the devices. The company wants to evaluate if their future products, like the Droid Charge and the Galaxy Tab 10.1, could have similar features with them. This countersuit was filed after Samsung was asked to hand over Apple its prototypes of the Droid Charge, Galaxy Tab 8.9, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Infuse 4G and Galaxy S 2. In order to avoid future confusion with the Apple’s products, Samsung is asking the court to apply the same procedure that granted Apple’s lawyers access to Samsung’s upcoming products.


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Nike+ GPS App Becomes Temporarily Free



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Five years ago, Swoosh has released its Nike+ iPod kit intended for the morning jogging fans. To celebrate the anniversary of this event, Nike offers for free its Nike+ app at the App Store, the regular price of which is $2. The app is based on the iPhone’s GPS and MotionX technologyto track your jogging route (as in some places the GPS signals are weak, the MotionX tech is intended to bridge the gaps). The same technology by the way has been used in Jawbone’s stunning new Era Bluetooth headset.

You can download it here to enjoy the app and its additional motivational features and post-run sharing options.

And hurry up, as the app will probably become paid again.




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Saturday, May 28th, 2011. 20:11

Apple patents new LCD display for sunglasses’ fans



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AppleInsider has recently found new Apple’s application, which reveals the company has developed new unique liquid-crystal display. The document entitled “Display that Emits Circularly-Polarized Light” was first filed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in January 2011. It describes a liquid-crystal display in its essence, due to which the image is not distorted even when you look at the display through dark glasses of your sunshades.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2011. 19:54

Survey Reveals 63 Million iOS Gamers Download 5 Million Games Per Day



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Research firms Distimo and Newzoo conducted survey that revealed that there are roughly 63 million gamers on the iOS ecosystem who (individually) download, on average, 2.5 games per month. Games represent half of all apps downloaded across the iOS and Mac App Stores with more than 5 million games downloaded per day – based on the survey that included the US, UK and five other European countries. A clear majority of 4.6 million are downloaded for the iPhone or iPod Touch whilst just over 400,000 are for the iPad and just a sliver for the Mac with 41,000 per day.


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Apple Temporarily Freezing In-App Purchase Approvals



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A number of iOS developers have been unable for over a week now to get their in-app purchase content approved by Apple, as the company requires in the iTunes Connect developer portal to test IAP with a test user account, but this account has been offline with no explanation from Apple.

As a matter of policy, Apple requires developers to test in-app purchases (IAP) with a test user account before the application in question can be approved. Unfortunately, this test account has been offline for a week now with no word as to why. If you are a developer, you can see the relevant thread on Apple’s own developer forums here.


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Friday, May 20th, 2011. 14:58

New iMacs Can Only Use Apple’s Hard Drives



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The new 2011 iMacs — the ones with Thunderbolt, Sandy Bridge processors and better graphics — don’t allow you to use any other hard drive but Apple’s custom ones, which are running a custom firmware to provide temperature monitoring through a new 7-pin SATA connector.

For the main 3.5″ SATA hard drive bay in the new 2011 machines, Apple has altered the SATA power connector itself from a standard 4-pin power configuration to a 7-pin configuration. Hard drive temperature control is regulated by a combination of this cable and Apple proprietary firmware on the hard drive itself. From our testing, we’ve found that removing this drive from the system, or even from that bay itself, causes the machine’s hard drive fans to spin at maximum speed and replacing the drive with any non-Apple original drive will result in the iMac failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT).


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Saturday, May 14th, 2011. 21:59

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 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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iPhone 6 To Use Next-Gen Thinner Displays from Sharp



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Nikkan, Japanese newspaper, reports that Apple and Sharp may have entered into agreement on manufacturing displays for the sixth-generation iPhone. Rumors are based on the fact that Sharp has already begun preparation for the start of manufacturing in Spring next year at its plant in Japan for an iPhone display using next-generation technologies.


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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011. 16:42

Apple Updated iBooks App to Version 1.2.2



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On Thursday Apple published a new 1.2.2 version of its iBook app in the App Store.

Performance and stability Improvements include:

  • Fixed a problem when some books open with an unexpected font;
  • Increased responsiveness when work with books that have many items in the table of contents;
  • Fixed issues with playing video in enhanced books downloaded from the iBookstore.

The 14.9 MB download is available here for free and requires iOS 3.2 or later to run.




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Friday, April 22nd, 2011. 12:20

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

iOS 4.3.2 will fix Facetime and Verizon iPad 2 issues



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As usual BGR Source has the most recent unreleased iOS. They have recently took a look at 4.3.2 update and it looks like the 3G connections freezing issues on Verizon iPad 2 are fixed:

will fix the issues we’ve been hearing about with some Verizon iPad 2 models. Additionally, the new update is said to contain a fix for FaceTime in addition to security fixes for things like WebKit vulnerabilities and other minor changes.




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