Archive | October, 2011

Google set to release native Gmail app for the iPhone – Rumor

31. October 2011

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MG Siegler writes that Google either already has or is on the verge of submitting a native Gmail app for acceptance into the iTunes App Store. Now why in the world would I need a native Gmail app you might be wondering. After all, the web-based version of Gmail is pretty slick and accessing Gmail [...]

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Siri hacked to run on the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch

31. October 2011

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Developer Steven Troughton was successfully able to port Siri to the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. Siri as you probably now is currently an iPhone 4S exclusive. Some have speculated that this is on account of Siri needing the processing power of the A5 found in Apple’s latest iPhone. In other words, previous hardware wasn’t [...]

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Apple acquired 3D mapping company C3 Technologies in 2009

31. October 2011

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The iPhone homescreen is a prime piece of electronic real estate and you can bet good money that Apple isn’t thrilled to have two Google properties sitting there – YouTube and Maps. As for the former, there’s not much Apple can do there. YouTube is one of the most popular websites in the world and [...]

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Australian Judge agrees to fast track Samsung’s appeal of Galaxy Tab injunction

31. October 2011

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Earlier this month, Apple won an injunction against Samsung in Australia preventing the Korean-based manufacturer from marketing and selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the country. The ruling, handed down by Justice Annabelle Bennet, follows Apple’s rejection of a Samsung settlement offer that would have allowed Samsung to sell its tablet in the country while [...]

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Apple begins work on OS X 10.8

31. October 2011

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Since launching last July, sales of OS X 10.7 Lion have been through the roof. During Apple’s iPhone 4S event in early October, CEO Tim Cook explained that Lion was already running on 10% of the Mac customer base after only two weeks. In contract, Cook said, it took Windows 7 twenty weeks to reach [...]

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When Compaq CEO Ben Rosen emailed Steve Jobs to tell him he was a Mac enthusiast

31. October 2011

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Former Compaq CEO Ben Rosen recently penned an article detailing some of his memories of Steve Jobs. Rosen’s ties to Apple and Jobs date back to the late 70′s, with Rosen subsequently playing a major role in introducing Jobs to Robert H.B. Baldwin of Morgan Stanley when Apple was planning to go public in 1980. [...]

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Apple releases 3 new commercials for Siri, iCloud and the iPhone 4S camera

31. October 2011

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Apple on Sunday released three new advertisements highlighting some of newest features in iOS 5 and the iPhone. First up we have a new Siri commercial titled “Snow Today”. This is Apple’s second Siri oriented commercial and highlights even more real-world uses for Apple’s voice recognition software. Second we have Apple’s iCloud commercial which highlights [...]

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Steve Jobs was “depressed and annoyed” following bevy of iPad complaints

30. October 2011

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Though the iPad has quickly ushered in a new era of tablet computing, its initial introduction didn’t capture the imagination of the public in the same way that the iPhone struck a chord with consumers the instant they saw in action. Commenting on this in the newly released Steve Jobs biography, Walter Isaacson relays that [...]

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Apple Lossless Audio Codec is now open source

30. October 2011

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Apple’s Lossless Audio Codec is now open sourced under the Apache License. The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is an audio codec developed by Apple and supported on iPhone, iPad, most iPods, Mac and iTunes.  ALAC is a data compression method which reduces the size of audio files with no loss of information.  A decoded [...]

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Mona Simpson, Jobs’ sister, pens heartfelt eulogy

30. October 2011

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A heartwarming and insightful eulogy from Mona Simpson, Steve Jobs’ biological sister. This is a must read, incredibly written and a touching portrait of an admittedly polarizing figure. Read the whole thing here at the New York Times. eulogy A few highlights: He didn’t favor trends or gimmicks. He liked people his own age. His [...]

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Steve Jobs explains object-oriented programming

29. October 2011

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Steve Jobs never had any formal engineering training, and hell, no one would venture to say that he was an engineer a programmer or anything of the sort. Still, Jobs possessed an uncanny understanding of technology and though he may not have been well-versed in the nuts and bolts of various technologies, he had a [...]

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NYT claims Apple working on an HDTV with Siri functionality

28. October 2011

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In the wake of Steve Jobs claiming in his biography that he “cracked” the problems inherent in creating an integrated HDTV, not to mention reports that iPod and iTunes guru Jeff Robbin is heading up development efforts on an Apple Television set, Nick Bilton of the New York Times writes that the missing piece to [...]

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