Good news for TV lovers, as Bloomberg brings word that Apple and Time Warner Cable might be striking a deal in the near future. This means that owners of the Apple TV will soon get a bunch of extra channels to entertain themselves with.
Why is that exciting? Because a deal with Time Warner Cable would bring a full host of live/regular channels, to complement Apple TV’s other features. Most importantly, the smart TV would be able to better compete with Roku, which already offers a broad array of channels to choose from.
Sources familiar with the matter have commented that both companies involved in this possible deal are interested in going all the way through. More than that, Apple has co-opted Hulu senior vice president Pete Distad to bring his expertise to the negotiations. However, Time Warner Cable is already in business with the services Apple is trying to compete, namely Roku, Xbox and apparently the future Samsung smart TVs. A Time Warner Cable spokesperson recently denied any deal with Apple being finalized, by saying “We don’t have an agreement with them at this time.” Bloomberg is giving them a few months to do so.
The company has been trying to integrate more and more services into its TV. It has added recently the HBO Go app. It’s a step forward, since so far, the Apple TV has only limited itself to offering videos-on demand and bringing different media to the TV screen.
Apple has seen a lot of trials throughout its history but the latest one is a little more interesting. The tech giant is not being attack by another competitor (like Samsung) but by a seemingly harmless university professor.
Lecturer Theodore D. Moustakas from the University of Boston claims that he invented the gallium nitride film, the very same that Apple is now employing when assembling iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs. He explained that his prototype dates back to 1995, way before Apple filed a patent for such films in 1997.
The University of Boston is supporting the professor’s decision to go in a court of law and is asking for the prohibition to sell iPhones, iPads and MacBook Airs in the United States. From their actual petition:
“Several of the Defendant’s products including iPhone 5, iPad and MacBook Air include a gallium nitride thin film semiconductor device claimed by the ‘738 patent and thus infringe one or more claims of the ‘738 patent’
The plaintiff, who teaches electrical computing and engineering, is asking Apple to provide full compensation for the “wrongful infringement”.
Apple has been hitting some rough patches in the lawsuit sector lately. Just in the last months, a court sided with Samsung and its accusation on patent violation. The court ruled that the iPhone 4, iPad and iPad 2 should be pulled off the market. Cupertino is of course trying to appeal the decision and it has 60 days to do so.
Jul 04, 2013 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm
Everyone here on the iPadForums.net staff would like to wish the entire community a very happy and safe Fourth of July!! So, what are your plans for the holiday? BBQ? Relaxing poolside? Fireworks? All of the above?
Samsung has been putting up quite the fight in the war for mobile platforms supremacy. However competing against the world’s favorite technology maker, and here of course we mean Apple, is not an easy task even in Samsung’s home land – South Korea.
A new study covering customer satisfaction in this particular country by Quality Insights and relayed by Naver illustrates that Apple products provide Korean customers with the highest degree of gratification. Not Samsung.
The research is pretty massive and has included over 44,168 people who own a smartphone and actively use them. They have been asked to report their satisfaction with their devices over the course of an entire year. Customer service provided by the companies making the smartphones has been an issue in the survey as well.
Why are Apple products providing the best consumer experience, even in Samsung’s own grounds? According to the findings of the research, customer service efficacy represents a big deal for most device owners. Thus, 52% of South Koreans declared themselves the most happy with Apple’s after service services, while 50% declared loyalty to Samsung. Completing the top 3, LG managed to snatch 46 percent. This basically means that Apple takes less time handling technical difficulties encountered by users than any other smartphone maker.
On top of that, Apple’s gear is not easily damageable, in the first place. 17% of iPhone owners experienced some kind of trouble with their smartphone within the first year. Compare this to the 25% of LG and 31% of Samsung.
There are few games that seem to amaze me these days, but one in particular has struck me as very intriguing. It probably has to do with its dark, mysterious atmosphere and the fact that it’s almost devoid of colors and musical background. Developed by Danish game maker Playdead, Limbo has quickly grabbed the attention of Indie fans.
And this week we finally get to play Limbo on our iPhones or iPads, as the game has been officially launched on the App Store.
Become immersed in this depressive universe, where you play a boy (?) character struggling to find his way in a bleak universe. Towards what? The gameplay is quite engaging as you can climb, pull, crawl, jump in order to solve puzzles and uncover the path leading you further into the darkness. For those who played the game on PC, the iOS version is pretty similar, but of course few controls have been modified to accommodate the touch screen experience.
Limbo has been originally launched back in 2010 on the Xbox Live Arcade and since then has been warmly received by game critics and gamers alike. From there, it has spread its wings towards the PlayStation 3, Vita, Mac App Store and Steam. Its popularity thus grew, selling more than 3 million copies worldwide.
Gamers interested in the iOS version can get the game in the App Store for $4.99.
iTunes link for Limbo
Even if at the beginning Apple had to be pushed by environmental organization to go green, it seems that the company has acquired a taste for it. According to a report coming from Gigaom, the Cupertino company is preparing to open another eco-friendly data center, located this time in Reno, Nevada.
The facility will get its energy from a massive solar panel farm which will be located in its vicinity. This new center represents Apple’s largest effort so far in the renewable energy sector. In order to make this project come to life, the tech giant has partnered up with local NV Energy and aims to produce up to 20 megawatts of power. NV Energy will fully be acquired in the near future by MidAmerican Energy Holdings. The solar farm that will power the data center is going to be built by SunPower.
Apple publically stated that the Nevada plant represents its latest effort of bringing every facility it owns into the eco millennium. For this purpose they are investing a lot in the project, but the actual sum was not disclosed to the public. However, we can safely assume that the costs are similar to the ones invested in the North Carolina plant – around $1 billion.
“All of Apple’s data centers use 100 percent renewable energy, and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels,” the company officially stated.
The arrival of Apple to Nevada will create some jobs in the area. The facility is set to be completed in eight months.
The rich who are into technology had a new attraction to behold at the ShowBoats Design Awards in Monaco. Ever wondered how a Star Trek ship designed for the water might look like? Then take a look at the futuristic boat designed by John Shuttleworth called Ädastra. It already won the “Most Innovative Design” of 2013 prize and other awards, so it caught the attention of opulence seekers.
The yacht has been estimated to cost as much as $15 million and is not only a heaven of luxury and comfort, but also a very technologically advanced wonder. One of its most impressive features is that it can be controlled via an iPad. The Apple tablet can remotely send instruction being as far as 50 meters from the starship, so the owners can chill at their mansion while the yacht is awaiting them in the harbor.
In terms of speed, this super boat doesn’t disappoint either, as it will surf the waves at 43 kilometers per hour. That’s because its body has been constructed of light glass and carbon which allows it to float without problem. Designer John Shuttleworth explained that the yacht is eco-friendly and doesn’t use up a lot of fuel.
"Adastra's longer, slender main hull has extremely low drag, which is why she is so fuel efficient. The smooth, seamless, unbroken surfaces also help to reduce weight."
The lucky owners of this 52 tons seafaring beauty are the billionaire Anton Marden and his wife Elaine.
Jul 02, 2013 - 3:16 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider has word today of a new network of schools due to open in Holland in August, where pupils will be taught almost entirely using educational apps on iPads. The 11 schools in the Dutch town of Breda, which have been referred to as “Steve Jobs schools” will teach children from ages four to 12, and will do away with traditional schooling methods such as formal classes, seating charts, and so on. According to the report, which first appeared in Spiegel, teachers will still be on hand to help the pupils use the iPad apps, but they will be more “learning coaches” than traditional teachers. And with the curriculum being entirely digital, students will be able to do their homework either inside or outside of the classroom.
There will also be some non-iPad activities to ensure that the children get a fully-rounded education, including playtime activities such as building, drawing, and physical exercise.
“The iPad keeps teachers and parents constantly informed about what children are doing, what they have learned, and how they are progressing,” said Marco Evers in Spiegel. “If a math app is neither enjoyable nor successful, the teacher simply orders another one.”
Source: Dutch 'Steve Jobs schools' to use Apple's iPad for entire education experience
Jul 02, 2013 - 2:26 PM - by Maura
AppleInsider reports today that Apple has just been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a touch-sensitive bezel that would extend over part of the device and hide or uncover that area with a simple one-touch command from the user. According to the patent, the touch-enabled bezel would be either partly, or completely, light-transitive, with the screen shown in the patent divided into two parts; the uncovered part being the “active viewing area,” and the covered part called the “second portion.” When the user’s fingers are detected by the bezel’s embedded sensor, the controller sends signals that will cause the second portion to light up, changing the state of the bezel. According to the patent, the bezel could show a variety of different status changes in this way, such as changing colour, or transmitting light, or something more complex, such as an opaque bezel turning transparent. AppleInsider speculates that the smart bezel could possibly be used in a wearable device such as the rumoured “iWatch” (see story below).
Source: Apple's 'smart bezel' hides portions of a device display until needed, acts as secondary input
There have been a lot of rumors related to Apple building a smart iWatch that users can wear around their wrists, but nothing concrete seems to be happening in this department. Well, we are here to drop another set of rumors on you. This time, it comes from the Bloomberg publication which claims that the Cupertino tech giant has already applied for an iWatch patent in Japan. An Apple spokesman has been contacted to comment the information, but he declined to say anything on the matter.
This move might be related to the fact that Apple’s arch enemy in the tech industry, Samsung, has also started working on a smart watch of sorts, according to reports.
Other people familiar with Apple’s so called plans in the smart watch business have been heard to comment on the matter. They have disclosed private information according to which, the intelligent watch might feature iPhone and iPad-like features. Also, more than 100 developers are said to be already working on software for the upcoming wrist gadget.
If the iWatch does indeed see the light of day, it will not be the first wearable technology we have seen so far. For example, Sony has released a similar device entitled simply SmartWatch, that’s capable of accessing Android smartphones.
As some people believe that Apple really needs to upgrade its product portfolio and come up with something really mind blowing, a smartwatch might be a good idea to come back on track.
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