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Facebook reportedly hiring former Apple iPhone engineers for phone project





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The New York Times claims that Facebook is drawing upon former Apple engineers and has hired "more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone" to develop its own phone. The New York Times’ report also said that Facebook is interested in buying a smartphone company. It raised $16 billion during its recent IPO, enough to purchase either Research in Motion or HTC.

One tipster suggested that the current effort is the company's third attempt to build a smartphone. People who reportedly worked on the first attempt told the Times that the project fell apart because it proved to be more difficult than expected. As a result, Facebook is believed to have realized that it needs industry-experienced veterans to develop hardware, specifically Apple alumni.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012. 16:34

Absinthe 2.0: Untethered iOS 5.1.1 Jailbreak Released!!!



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Chronic Dev Team released Absinthe 2.0 with much anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1.

Absinthe 2.0 supports the following devices:

  • iPad 3 (WiFi/CDMA/Global)
  • iPad 2 (WiFi/CDMA/GSM)
  • iPad 1
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4 (GSM), iPhone 4 (CDMA)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPod 4G
  • iPod 3G

You can download Absinthe 2.0 here.

Step-by-step tutorials are available here.




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HP Plans To Reenter Tablet Market With Windows 8-Based Device



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HP attracted a considerable amount of attention when it initially wanted to find its niche in the tablet market with webOS, which was acquired along with Palm in 2010. HP introduced its TouchPad running on webOS in early 2011 and launched it on July 1 last year only to exit the smartphone and tablet business six weeks later.


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Written by maxim

Saturday, May 12th, 2012. 14:22

Apple Will Use In-House Mapping Service In iOS 6



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Google Maps (left) and mockup of Apple's 3D mapping mode (right)

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is going to move away from Google Maps in iOS 6 by implementing an in-house mapping service with 3D views. The report notes that Apple’s purchases of mapping companies Poly9 and Placebase are ready to pay off, with the recent acquisition of 3D mapping company C3 Technologies complementing the suite of services.


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Friday, May 11th, 2012. 20:57

Facebook Unveils App Center For All Devices And Platforms



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Facebook announced the launch of a new App Center that will offer Facebook users Android, iOS, desktop, web and mobile web apps. Facebook said that it is not directly competing with Google and Apple as the App Center will forward users to both the Android and iOS platforms. So, for example, if you are visiting the App Center from an iPhone, and enter Words with Friends, or other Facebook-compatible games, you will be sent to the corresponding app’s page on the App Store for installation.


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Written by maxim

Thursday, May 10th, 2012. 12:53

iOS Dropped To 29 Percent Of US Smartphone Sales In The First Quarter



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CNET reports that iOS U.S. market share dropped by 12 percent in the first quarter, which enable Google’s Android to take almost two-thirds of the market.

According to market research company NPD Group, Android was able to capture 61 percent of the U.S. market, which is a considerable gain from the 49 percent registered in last year’s fourth quarter.


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Amazon Released Cloud Drive Desktop App For Windows And Mac



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In addition to the browser app, Amazon has released the desktop app for managing files in the Cloud Drive. Files and folders can be downloaded and uploaded in the background, but the Amazon Cloud service does not support syncing or a desktop browsing client like Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive and SugarSync.


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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012. 23:40

Apple's iPhone climbs to 31% share of US smartphone market



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comScore released on Tuesday quarterly data from its MobiLens service, which surveyed 30,000 mobile subscribers users, revealing that the  iPhone made up 30.7 percent of the U.S. smartphone market and 14 percent of the mobile market in the first quarter of 2012.

Apple's share of the smartphone market grew 1.1 percent when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The figures were up 0.5 percent from Apple's three-month average from February.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012. 16:55

Greenpeace Criticizes Apple Over Coal-Powered Data Centers



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Today activist group Greenpeace published a new report with the title How Clean Is Your Сloud? targeting large Internet companies including Microsoft, Apple and Amazon over their heavy use of power derived from coal for massive data centers.


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Written by maxim

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. 23:05

Let's compare iOS Text Editor apps



Brett Terpstra posted an in depth comparison of all the text editor applications available for iPhone and iPad.

This is a feature comparison of text editors on iOS. The information was compiled by the web community on an open Google spreadsheet. I cannot vouch for its current accuracy, but will be verifying everything as I'm able. It's meant to help you find the most useful way to write, code or take notes for your personal needs. Every editor is geared toward a slightly different purpose, with their own strengths and focus.

The table is available here or as an image below:

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Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012. 22:50

Consumer Groups In 11 EU Countries Request Apple To Change AppleCare Policy



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In December last year AFP reported that Italian anti-trust regulators fined Apple $1.2 million for misleading commercial practices relating to AppleCare warranties. According to the decision of Italian competitor regulator, Apple’s AppleCare warranties have failed to inform consumers of a 2-year mandatory warranty required by EU law.


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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. 0:16

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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Wednesday, March 14th, 2012. 3:33

Apple Using OpenStreetMap Data in iPhoto for iOS



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Following the launch of Apple’s iPhoto for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch application, several reports noted that the mapping integration into the software was not Google-based. With Apple working on an in-house iOS maps product for the last couple of years, Daring Fireball's John Gruber later clarified that maps for Photo Journals and slideshows were coming directly from Apple.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation has now issued a blog post revealing that Apple is using at least some of its mapping data for these features, although it does note that Apple is using outdated mapping data and is not crediting appropriately for its usage.

The new iPhoto for iOS, however, uses Apple’s own map tiles – made from OpenStreetMap data (outside the US). [...]


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Apple published the list of 100 best of the best apps



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Apple’s iTunes AppStore has recently reached 25 Billion downloaded apps. Apple has an updated its all time most popular apps list for both iPhone and iPad. There are 4 categories - iPhone apps, iPad apps, Free and Paid.

This list varies from country to country. For example, US AppStore number one apps are: Angry Birds, Facebook, Pages and Angry Birds HD Free, while in Russia - WhatsApp Messenger, Facebook, Angry Birds Seasons HD and Skype iPad.

You can take a look at the list in iTunes (link) or below:


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Apple And Five Other Mobile App Distributors Agree To New Privacy Policy Standards



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Today the California Attorney General's office announced that Google, Apple Amazon, Hewlett-Packard, Research In Motion and Microsoft have agreed to meet new requirements in notifying users of app’s privacy policy.


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Written by maxim

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012. 13:47