Jul 10, 2012 - 10:39 AM - by Maura
Digitimes reports that the success of the latest iPad has lead to a greatly increased demand for IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) panels. Digitimes says that according to industry sources, panel makers are starting to shift their focus to IGZO technology, as it is able to provide LCD screens with lower energy consumption thanks to its smaller, thin-film transistors (TFTs) and greater pixel transparency. Digitimes says that the technology also has higher electron mobility, enabling more current to pass through the TFTs, and therefore bringing more illumination capabilities. Digitimes notes that by focusing on producing IGZO panels, as well as similar types of panels, such as LTPS, AMOLED, and flexible displays, they are increasing demand for these new technologies, which could provoke a price war among the panel makers. The report goes on to say that panel makers are expected to start either creating new product lines or changing their existing product lines to IGZO by the end of 2012. Digitimes also says that in June, Sharp shipped around 100, 000 IGZO panels, with that figure expected to rise to 200,000 in July. Sharp will also be expanding its IGZO panel production by building a new plant in Guishan, southern China, doubtless to compete with the current demand.
Source: IGZO to become focus for panel makers
Jul 10, 2012 - 9:13 AM - by Maura
Apple has today announced that it will finally be launching the latest iPad in China on July 20. As 9to5 Mac notes, China is a massively important market for Apple, its second-biggest after the United States, in fact, so the delay in releasing the latest version of the iPad, which has already been out for several months in many other territories around the world, has been somewhat of a surprise, although it’s likely that it had something to do with Apple’s trademark dispute over the iPad name in China with Chinese company Proview. Or maybe it’s just a huge coincidence that Apple finally announces the launch of the next iPad in China following on from settling the dispute in the Chinese courts by paying Proview $60 million in compensation. As usual, Apple is giving nothing away! Well, whatever the reason, Chinese Apple fans won’t care, as they’ll now be able to officially buy the newest iPad, complete with gorgeous Retina display, from Friday July 20.
Source: Apple, Apple announces new iPad coming to China on July 20 | 9to5Mac | Apple Intelligence
Jul 09, 2012 - 4:55 PM - by Maura
Bloomberg reports that Samsung has had some good news and bad news today as the result of a court case that is currently taking place in London. As far as the good news is concerned, the judge in the case, Judge Colin Birss, found in favour of Samsung and ruled that Samsung’s design for three of its Galaxy tablets does not infringe Apple’s registered designs for the iPad. As far as the bad news is concerned, the reason that the judge gave for ruling that the Galaxy tablet designs did not infringe on Apples designs was because “they are not as cool,” as Apple’s designs. Ouch! The judge also said that the tablets “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design.”
Bloomberg writes that following the ruling, Samsung said that it showed that Galaxy tablets do not infringe on Apple’s design rights, and in turn, Apple’s spokesman Alan Hely said, speaking generally and not about this specific ruling, “It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property.”
Source: Samsung Wins U.K. Apple Ruling Over
Jul 09, 2012 - 1:47 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today on a new note to investors from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who says that he believes that Apple’s forthcoming iPad mini will retail for $299, and will have 16GB of storage. He positions the much-rumoured tablet as slotting in between the $199 8GB iPod touch and the $399 16-GB iPad 2. Munster goes on to say that he thinks that an iPad mini would cannibalize 10% of current iPad sales and 30% of total Android tablet sales in the December quarter. Based on this, Munster says that he thinks that Apple could sell from 4-6 million of these new, smaller iPads in that vital December quarter, and that if it was released in the fourth quarter, the iPad mini would add around 1% to Apple’s revenue and earnings-per-share for the quarter. AppleInsider notes that Munster had previously said that he expected Apple to release a smaller version of the iPad in the first quarter of 2013, but it sounds like he is falling into line with the general consensus that the iPad mini will be released this year.
Source: Apple seen selling up to 6 million 'iPad minis' this holiday
Jul 07, 2012 - 1:48 PM - by Maura
iPad mini rumours are gathering pace now, with AppleInsider reporting today on a new story that says that the new, 7-inch version of the iPad will be built at Foxconn’s new factory in Brazil, with production starting this September, ready for the smaller tablet to be released in time for the holidays. The news comes from Japanese website MacOtakara, which says that a reliable source in China has told them that CNC machine testing for the new device has finished in China, and the next stage is for the tablet to enter production in Brazil. As AppleInsider notes, parts of this story are in contradiction to other recent reports about the forthcoming iPad mini, many of which have said that the new tablet will be released in the fall. However, an end-of-year launch could be more likely, as Apple is widely expected to launch the next iPhone this fall. The sources for this latest story liken the new iPad mini to a third-generation iPod nano, as opposed to a smaller version of the iPad, although they also say that it is as tall as Google’s Nexus 7, and slightly wider, while also being slimmer than Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
Source: Rumor: 7-inch iPad to be produced in Brazil for fall launch
Jul 06, 2012 - 4:16 PM - by Maura
Playdek and Plaid Hat Games announced today that they have come together to create and release Summoner Wars for iOS. Based on the popular and critically acclaimed fantasy card game, Summoner Wars for iOS is the first free-to-play app from Playdek. In the game, players take on the role of a Summoner and control the Phoenix Elves as they battle a variety of opponents. Seven additional faction decks, such as the brawny Tundra Orcs, the calculating Guild Dwarves and the righteous Vanguards are also available as in-app purchases, which also unlock online gameplay after the first purchase.
Gameplay involves casting spells, summoning warriors to the battlefield and tactically maneuvering them in a bid to defeat their opponent’s Summoner. Each faction has its own unique gameplay style, which you must adapt to in order to emerge victorious.
“With deck-building elements, board game elements and dice to roll, Summoner Wars for iOS is the perfect mix that will hook you the first time you play it,” said Joel Goodman, CEO, Playdek. “Playdek’s first free-to-play game is our way to bring this incredible game to as many people as possible.”
Here are some of the game’s main features courtesy of Playdek:
“We heard from our fans that they wanted the Summoner Wars experience wherever they were without necessarily being face-to-face with their opponent, and Playdek presented us with the perfect opportunity to do that,” said Colby Dauch, owner of Plaid Hat. “We’re stoked to partner with Playdek to make this available to everyone who wants to give it a try.”
Click here to download: Summoner Wars for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store
• Phoenix Elves Faction is free
• Four AI opponents allow intense competition and strategy
• Seven new factions are available to purchase
• Eight Reinforcement Card packs are available to purchase
• Mercenary Card pack also available to purchase
• Online play unlocked with first purchase
Jul 06, 2012 - 3:30 PM - by Maura
Cnet brings the good news today that what many consider to be the best version of Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons, is now free on the App Store for the next week, both the iPhone and HD iPad versions. This marks a saving of $0.99 for the iPhone version, and $1.99 for the iPad version. Cnet says that the giveaway is due to Apple making the game its Free App of the Week on iTunes. The week started yesterday, Thursday, as far as the App Store is concerned, so you’ve got until next Wednesday to download the game if you don’t already have it. What is so great about Angry Birds Seasons is the ingenuity that goes into coming up with new updates. With all the regular seasons such as Christmas and Easter already being featured in the 2011 (and they’re all included here, as are all the updates), this year we’ve had much more inventive special occasions, as well as all the usual ones, such as Cherry Blossom season from Japan, Year of the Dragon from China, and the latest update, Piglantis, which features all new underwater physics. A genuine bargain, even when it’s not free!
Click here to download: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/angry...398329664?mt=8
Source: Get Angry Birds Seasons free for iOS | The Cheapskate - CNET News
Jul 06, 2012 - 2:47 PM - by Maura
The Next Web reports that as has been widely expected following Apple’s settlement of its trademark dispute with Chinese company Proview, the release of the new iPad in China is now imminent. The Next Web writes that according to a story on Chinese-language blog PC Pop, which was translated via MIC Gadget, a source has revealed that the newest version of the iPad will be released in China on July 27. It is unusual that Apple has taken so long to release this latest version of the iPad in China, and it doesn’t take much of a leap to conclude that Apple was waiting for the court case to be settled, especially as the actual name of the iPad was the reason why Proview was suing Apple. The Next Web notes that given the crowd unrest that occurred in China when the iPhone 4S was launched there, resulting in stores having to be closed early, Apple may well take steps to ensure that the stores are prepared for such scenes this time around.
Source: Apple Reportedly Aiming to Launch New iPad in China July 27
Jul 06, 2012 - 1:46 PM - by Maura
The Verge reports that AT&T is about to launch a new service that will enable users to report and block their phones and other devices when they are stolen. According to The Verge’s source, AT&T will launch the new service next Tuesday, July 10, having already informed its customer service representatives about the new scheme. The instructions that AT&T have sent out to its employees say that AT&T intends to create a blacklist of stolen devices, with service being automatically suspended should anyone try to use a device that has been stored on the blacklist. In order to add a device to the blacklist, you must directly contact an AT&T customer representative. For those customers who have the ability to use remote data wipe apps, they will be instructed to use them to wipe their device’s data before the device is suspended, to ensure that their personal data cannot be accessed. The Verge notes that its sources say that AT&T won't have a directory of blocked phones, and that only the person who initiated the block will be able to ask that the block be removed.
Source: AT&T to launch new blocking service for stolen devices on July 10th | The Verge
Jul 06, 2012 - 1:00 PM - by Maura
Following on from yesterday’s report that Apple is currently undertaking minor revisions on the newest iPad, Digitimes is saying today that it has heard from its industry sources that Apple is also working on revising the backlight module on the new iPad. The report says that Apple intends to return to the one-LED structure that was used in the iPad 2, rather than the two-LED structure that is used in the new iPad. Digitimes says that the reason for the intended revision is because it is thought that the two-LED structure is adding to the new iPad’s overheating issues, with both the extra backlights and extra power needed to heat said backlights causing overheating. Digitimes’ sources also said that having just one LED backlight module will not have any adverse affect on the luminosity and clarity of the new iPad’s Retina display. Just as with yesterday’s story, Digitimes says that this updated version of the new iPad will be released this holiday season.
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