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New Angry Birds game coming in March





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Angry Birds is obviously one of the most popular games in App Store. And now its funs are waiting for the next version of their favorite game. The developer of the game, RovioMobile, has announced that new version of Angry Birds will come to the App Store in March. It’s based on the upcoming animated film Rio. Rio is a film about rare birds which are kidnapped by other birds and is about them escaping to freedom. The film Rio will be released on April 15th but the new game will be available earlier, in March.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, January 31st, 2011. 15:27

Skype 5 for Mac Exits Beta, Group Video Calling Now Premium Feature



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As reported, Skype 5 has recently exited the beta stage that began in November 2010. Company made some improvements in the program, having reduced the size of the application window.

We've reduced the minimum window size, so that those of you who prefer to keep Skype to one side of your screen, for example, can do that more easily. We've also tightened up the contact list, so that you can see 30% more contacts at once. We've reduced the amount of whitespace in the sidebar too.

Other changes include the return of full-screen mode for video calls and easier access to chatting functions during calls. But the most important change is availability of group video calling to Skype's premium package for $4.99 per day or $8.99 per month. Free during the beta testing period the option was free.

You may download Skype 5 from here




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Friday, January 28th, 2011. 15:56

Sony unveiled its next-gen PSP and Android game store



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Today at the media event in Tokyo Sony unveiled its next-gen PlayStation Portable that will challenge Apple's iOS as a game platform.

The device's codename is NGP (Next Generation Portable) and it was built around five concepts: Revolutionary UI, Location-based Entertainment, Social Connectivity and Converging Real and Virtual Reality. And here are the characteristics of the device according to Engadget:

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Written by SimplyMax

Thursday, January 27th, 2011. 21:27

A Woman Tried to Commit A Suicide Because of Lost iPhone



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Chinese newspaper Oriental Daily has recently reported about a woman who tried to commit a suicide because... of an iPhone.

Mrs. Wong, who lives in Hong Kong, recently bought an iPhone 4. She was so happy about her purchase that when she accidentally lost it, she immediately called her husband and asked him to buy another one. But the truth is she has two kids to think about and Mr. Wong is just a bus driver, so two iPhones in one week for such a family appeared to be expenses they couldn't afford.

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Written by SimplyMax

Monday, January 24th, 2011. 17:28

1 Megapixel Rear Camera On The iPad 2



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The latest iOS SDK code for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad revealed evidence that shows that the next-generation iPad will in fact offer both front- and rear-facing cameras. The first one will be a 1 MP rear camera capable of shooting photos and videos, and the second one will be a VGA front-facing camera for FaceTime and other camera functionalities. Such camera is pretty close to the fourth-generation iPod touch’s 0.7 megapixel back camera. That means you’ll be able to take 720P video with your new iPad. A 1-megapixel camera on the iPad 2 would be significantly lower than expected 5-megapixel lens on the iPhone 4.




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iPad 2 May Get a Proximity Sensor



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This week another blog about iPhones called blogdoiphone.com found a mention of a proximity sensor in the beta-version of iOS 4.3. Its developer build includes two strings entitled "PAD_CASE_LOCK_FOOTER" and "PAD_CASE_LOCK".

Both of them were found in the Settings application for the iPad. They allow user to enable or disable a new feature, which is described in description:

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Apple Working on 'Photo Streaming' and Other Social Features in iOS



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Apple seems to be working on integrating more social features to iOS. The code (see below) found in the latest iOS 4.3 beta 2 has revealed that Apple is planning to bring Photo and Media Streaming to its devices. There are several files and folders references to two new features related to MobileMe called “Photo Stream” and “Media Stream”.  Apple is likely to be working on a serious MobileMe overhaul to offer social networking functionalities that would appear in iOS 5.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Thursday, January 20th, 2011. 17:48

FaceTime, Camera and PhotoBooth Icons Confirm Camera in iPad 2



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Apple's developer release of iOS 4.3 Beta 2 includes the three new app icons. This includes FaceTime, Camera and Photo Booth. The images were found in the latest beta and are used by iOS to show a preview of your wallpaper selection. These icons do not exist on the images contained in iOS 4.2. Such icons might be new evidence confirming that the next iPad will carry both a front facing and rear facing camera as well as the Apple Camera App and Photo Booth App.


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Apple Releases Second Beta of iOS 4.3 to Developers



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Yesterday Apple released a second beta version of iOS 4.3 to registered developers. This build is labeled as 8F5153d and available in versions for the iPad, iPhone 4 and 3GS, and third- and fourth-generation iPod touch. It doesn’t seem like Apple added any new features in this release.


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Parts supplier selling purported iPad 2 screen, iPad vibrating motor



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One parts supplier began selling the screen part for Apple's next-generation iPad from Globaldirectparts.com. The part listed is the "iPad 2 LCD Screen" which is "out of stock" but is listed for a price of $218.19. Since the website currently offers replacement screens for the original iPad for $63.35, the higher price of the so-called "iPad 2 screen" could possibly corroborate reports of a 2048x1536 resolution display on the second-generation tablet. Globaldirectparts.com is also selling an "OEM Apple iPad Vibrating Motor" for $9.99. No photo is provided, but it's a curious part since the iPad currently has no vibrating motor. It's possible this is simply a mislabeled iPhone part, but does raise the possibility of the feature making its way into the next iPad. The part may be evidence that Apple is working on vibrating alert functionality for the second-generation iPad.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Monday, January 17th, 2011. 13:05

Another Apple's Patent Reveals a New Capacitive Touchscreen Technology



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This week U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made public another patent application from Apple. It is entitled "Touch Sensing Device Having Conductive Nodes" and reveals a new way of creating new capacitive touchscreens that allow to make devices even thinner than before.

It is noted that existing capacitive sensing technology works very well, but it can be further improved, and not only to make devices thinner, but also to achieve better results in power saving and therefore battery life.

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Apple Releases iOS 4.3 Beta to Developers



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Yesterday Apple released the first beta of iOS 4.3 for the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. iOS 4.3 brings new multi-touch gestures built specifically for the iPad, including 4- and 5-finger gestures. The new beta reportedly allows users to pinch to access the home screen, to swipe up to reveal the multitasking tray, and swipe left and right to switch between open applications. The new update also reportedly adds the ability to change the functionality of the iPad hardware switch. The new beta confirms rumors that Apple would add its new Personal Hotspot feature to existing GSM iPhones with iOS 4.3. The functionality allows users to share their 3G data connection with up to five devices over Wi-Fi. Those reports claimed that Apple plans to publicly release iOS 4.3 in March.




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Apple confirms New Year's alarm bug, says to wait until Jan 3



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Apple has confirmed an iOS bug where one-time alarms had stopped functioning after the device's clock had ticked over to January 1, 2011. Non-repeating alarms fail to ring on the first few days of the new year. As reported, the issue  affects devices running the iOS 4.2.1, the latest version of iOS. Apple recommends users to set recurring alarms until January 3, when the alarms will resume working properly.

Apple spokesperson Natalie Harrison said: “We are aware of an issue related to non repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.”




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011. 17:39

2011 Breaks iOS Alarm Functionality



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Yesterday’s morning numerous iPhone users around the world discovered that the built-in iOS alarm functionality didn’t support the transition to the new year and has not functioned properly. It’s a recurrent issue with iOS 4.0 and above, as you might remember a similar issue occurred during the daylight saving time change. This time however, only non-recurring alarms are affected, instead of the recurring ones. This is rather important bug, as non-recurring alarms are a very popular feature and an incredible amount of users around the world rely on it to wake up every morning in time.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011. 17:39

Beta-version Of Jailbreak For iOS 4.2.1 Released



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The iPhone Dev team has just released the second beta of their untethered RedSn0w jailbreak (the first beta has been released few hours ago and has more bugs).

New jailbreak is called "Jailbreak Monte", as it uses new "backup method". The iPhone Dev Team warns that their beta-version is not a general release and you should back up all your media before using it. There are also other limitations and bugs:


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