Jul 16, 2012 - 3:18 PM - by Maura
The Next Web writes that Apple is currently working to block the recently revealed App Store hack which enables users to download in-app purchases in certain apps for free. However, The Next Web writes that so far, Apple is not having much success in plugging the hole, which is currently still open. During the weekend, Apple started to block the IP address of the server from which the hacker, Alexey V. Borodin had been authenticating purchases. It then issued a takedown request for the original server, also taking down third-party authentication, and even issued a copyright claim on the video posted by Borodin to YouTube that showed how the hack could be executed. PayPay has also tried to help Apple out by blocking the original donation account because it violated PayPal’s terms of service. But despite all that, The Next Web says that Borodin is working hard to circumvent the obstacles that have been placed in his way, by, among other tricks, setting up a new server, which is offshore. He has told The Next Web that his new server has an improved authorization and transaction protocol. The Next Web says that Borodin is “unrepentant” and has told Apple to adapt its APIs or put new blocks on the service. He also says that Apple have not contacted him directly on the issue.
Source: Apple Takes Down Servers, Videos to Block In-App Purchasing Flaw
Jul 16, 2012 - 2:11 PM - by Maura
9to5 Mac reports that Apple has today released the third iOS 6 beta as an over-the-air update for those developers running iOS 6 beta 2, as well as releasing it to Apple’s iOS Developer Center. 9to5 Mac says that at the time of writing it is not known what changes are featured in the new beta, but it expects it to be primarily bug fixes and performance enhancements, and they’ll be checking to find out if there is anything more major than that contained in the update. Basically, what this means for the non-developers amongst us, is that iOS 6 has just got a little closer to being released, which means we’re ever closer to getting our hands on Apple’s new Maps app, and all manner of enhancements to current apps such as Siri, Safari, Mail, iCloud, and shared photo streams. There is still no official date set for the release of iOS 6, with predictions ranging from August to September.
Source: Apple seeds iOS 6 beta 3 to developers | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
Jul 16, 2012 - 1:10 PM - by dgstorm
The host of rumors that has been circling around the Internet about the upcoming ipad-mini plans from Apple seems to have a new proponent. The New York Times jumped on the band wagon reporting that the mini iPad might come out on the market as soon as this autumn. Is Apple rushing things? The editors of NYT seem not to think so.
The fact is that the tablet race is getting more and more competitive with Google starting the shipments of the Galaxy Nexus 7 last week. This tablet comes at a cheaper price and is smaller and maybe more practical than the iPad. Also Microsoft has made public its intentions of unleashing a tablet of its own, which it has nicknamed Surface. Amazon is not wasting any time either and is already working on a different version of the Amazon Kindle which is rumored to bring a larger screen.
Bearing this in mind, it is no wonder that Apple would think of producing a cheaper device so as to not fall behind in the race. As the market for tablets is expanding sales will rise up to 85% and the iPad is a very big part of the revenue coming from all parts of the world at the Cupertino hq.
This is an obvious change of strategy. Back in 2010 late Apple boss Steve Jobs commented on the subject of a 7-inch tablet saying that it would constitute a useless device since there would not be enough room to fine tune finger movements. Apparently that dogma has changed.
Jul 14, 2012 - 9:29 AM - by Maura
Following on from the story last week when Apple was found to have pulled out of the government-sponsored environmental standards group EPEAT, AppleInsider reports that Apple has now made a rare acknowledgement of the criticism that followed, and has reversed its decision. Apple’ about-turn was announced in a letter from Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, Bob Manfield, which appeared on the environmental section of the official Apple website. In the letter, Mansfield said that Apple’s commitment to environmental causes had “never changed”. He went on to say, “Our relationship with EPEAT has become stronger as a result of this experience, and we look forward to working with EPEAT as their rating system and the underlying IEEE 1680.1 standard evolve.” This move from Apple comes, as AppleInsider notes, after the city of San Francisco announced that it would no longer buy Apple products without EPEAT certification for the products.
Source: Apple acknowledges 'mistake,' places eligible products back on EPEAT
Jul 13, 2012 - 2:17 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports that 2012 continues to be a record-breaking year for Apple, with analyst Charlie Wolf from Needham & Company issuing a note to investors on Thursday saying that he is increasing his June iPad shipment forecast up to 20 million units from his original projection fo 13.5 million units. Wolf says that he feels that his initial estimate, which was made in April, was “hastily formulated,” hence the much bigger figure now. Wolf went on to say that he believes that it is only a matter of time before iPad shipments start to exceed iPhone shipments, because he says the iPad is making inroads into the business market much faster than the iPhone. Also, the iPad’s upcoming launch in China on July 20 will result in a significant boost in sales. As AppleInsider notes, should Wolf’s estimate be correct, that would be a massive increase from the year ago period figure of 9.25 million units shipped, and would be a new record for iPad sales in a quarter, with the previous record being 15 million iPads sold in the 2011 holiday period. Wolf says that iPad has been selling especially well to business and education customers, with the 16GB iPad 2 proving to be very popular.
Source: 20 million iPad sales projected for Apple's June quarter
Jul 12, 2012 - 7:20 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider writes that according to internal rumours, as reported on by the New York Observer, News Corporation has put its flagship table publication, The Daily “on watch” as a result of the company’s cost-cutting measures. AppleInsider reports that this probationary period will last until after the US elections on November 6, when News Corp will reassess The Daily’ status. AppleInsider writes that The Daily has been reported as losing $30 billion per year. Overall, this wouldn’t be much of a surprise, as The Daily hasn’t really lived up to projections, certainly sales-wise, at least. However, should The Daily close, it will be a disappointing end to News Corp’s first venture into iPad publishing (the app was originally launched for iPad only), especially with Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, launching the app with much fanfare alongside News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch at the beginning of 2011.
Source: News Corp's money losing 'The Daily' put 'on watch' - report
Jul 12, 2012 - 6:35 PM - by Maura
With the London Olympics mere days away now, Mashable reports that NBC has today announced a couple of apps covering the Olympics. NBC Olympics Live Extra and NBC Olympics will both be available for iPhone and iPad, with Live Extra offering streaming of every competition, making a total of 3,500 hours of live video footage and 302 medal competitions. The NBC Olympics app will act as a companion app to the streaming app, featuring stats and results, profiles of the athletes competing, highlights, written articles, and social networking elements. Both apps were based around Adobe, but presumably not Flash! In order to access the streaming coverage, Mashable writes that you must be in the US, first off, and must also subscribe to a verified cable, satellite or telco service, and also pay for a video tier that includes CNBC and MSNBC. With this being the first summer Olympics since the rise of the tablet, it will be interesting to see how much second-screen usage goes on.
Jul 12, 2012 - 5:25 PM - by Maura
MacRumors reports that Tiny Wings 2 has arrived in the App Store, but it’s actually more a case of Tiny Wings 2.0, as the long-awaited new version of the game is actually a major update rather than an entirely new game, meaning that if you already own the game, you’ll get the update for free, of course. Indie developer Andreas Illiger said that he decided to make Tiny Wings 2 a free update rather than a new version “as a thank-you to my loyal fans (and because I don’t particularly like in-app purchases).” The new update features Retina support, as well as a new game mode, Flight School, which features 15 new hand-designed levels, a flock of baby birds, fish, and much more. The update also includes iCloud support, syncing your game between the iPhone and iPad versions, and new languages, namely German, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
At the same time as releasing the update, Illiger also launched a dedicated iPad version, Tiny Wings HD, which offers all the regular content, as well as split-screen multiplayer mode, called Hill Party.
Click here to download the iPad version for $2.99: Tiny Wings HD for iPad on the iTunes App Store
Click here to download the iPhone version for $0.99: App Store - Tiny Wings
Source: 'Tiny Wings' 2.0 and iPad Version Now Available - Mac Rumors
Jul 12, 2012 - 3:01 PM - by Maura
9to5 Mac reports today that several solid signs that an iPad mini is on the way have made it onto the web. First off, we have some iPad mini molds that turned up on a site called GottaBeMobile, and which seemed to show that the iPad mini will be thinner than the current iPad. This was followed up today with schematics and cases that were posted on ThinkiOS, with the cases being made by case company FullHull.com. The report says that according to these new leaks, the iPad mini will have a 7-inch screen, 5.3-inches in width, and 7.87 inches long. As 9to5 Mac says, we have no way of knowing if these various leaks are genuine, but the pattern of leaks certainly has a familiar ring to it, being exactly the sort of thing that started to appear on the web before the launch of previous versions of iPads and iPhones.
Source: Chicken or the Egg? ‘iPad Mini’ schematics conveniently appear on web after purported molds leak | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
Jul 10, 2012 - 4:34 PM - by dgstorm
LTE iPad owners will be happy to know that extensions of LTE coverage are happening all over the U.S. and Canada as we speak. Verizon for example has just made the announcement that their LTE market will be spread to cover Georgia and New York. And if Verizon isn’t sleeping, AT&T is not either. The carrier has boosted coverage as well and now includes Florida, Texas and New York.
Canadians are playing catch up as well, because as it turns out LTE is quite popular north of the American border. A recent blog post from top Canadian carrier Rogers brings good news to interested customers announcing that by the end of 2012, 4G LTE coverage will spread over 35 new markets. The first network started functioning in Ottawa on July the 7th 2011. When the new networks will start functioning, more than 60% of Canadians will enjoy being part of the LTE family.
Rogers had to spend a whopping $2.2 billion to get the networks moving, but seeing the major interest Canadians have for LTE connectivity the carrier should get back its money guaranteed. So far, Rogers LTE networks are available in Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, St. John’s, Toronto and Vancouver. By 2013 Rogers will add: Abbotsford, Ajax, Burlington, Cambridge, London, Oakville, Pickering, Regina, Windsor, Winnipeg to quote a few.
Source: LTE rollouts continue throughout the U.S. and Canada for Verizon, AT&T, and Rogers iPads | iMore.com - The #1 Site for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV owners
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