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Apple News

January 3, 2011

Apple iPhone alarm problems persist

by Darren Allan
It seems that the bug with the iPhone's alarm function hasn't been sorted yet, as Apple promised it would be. As we reported yesterday, this problem hit after the new year arrived, with the smartphone taking a turn for the dumb and failing to wake folks up (just as another bug did after the hour changed back in ...

December 22, 2010

Sky+ Arrives on iPad

by Brian Turner
Sky today announced its Sky+ App for iPad is available on the App Store. Now, iPad users with a Sky+ or Sky+HD set-top box can search for and record their favourite programmes no matter where they are in the world. The Sky+ App has a number of features, including a highlights showcase section where customers can find the top programmes of ...

December 20, 2010

iPad 3G outsells wi-fi version considerably in the UK

by Darren Allan
Apparently the iPad 3G is more favoured than the wi-fi model as we approach Christmas, and what's more, buyers in the UK aren't afraid to stump up for the top-of-the-line 64GB slate. This is according to a study from research outfit Context, as reported by V3.co.uk. Context reckons that 3G iPads ...

Angry Birds v1.5 out on the iPad

by Darren Allan
Rovio has released an update for Angry Birds HD on the iPad. Version 1.5 adds 15 new levels with a wild west theme, a new golden egg, and the mighty eagle. The latter has the power to automatically clear a level for you, but that comes with a couple of caveats – it can only be used once per ...

Smartphone apps spying and transmitting user details

by Darren Allan
Not only is big brother watching us, but little brother is also, in the form of the smartphones we carry around. Or more specifically, the popular apps which are loaded onto mobiles, and then spy on users relaying information which can be used to better target adverts. This particular story was run in the Wall Street Journal, which conducted a study of ...

December 19, 2010

Infinity Blade breaks App Store records

by Darren Allan
Epic, which has the likes of Unreal and Gears of War under its belt, has another massive hit in the making with the company's first mobile iOS gaming effort. Infinity Blade is a 3D action role-player where you fight against numerous monsters on your iPhone or ...

Word Lens translation app planned for Android and more

by Darren Allan
On Friday, there was a lot of buzz about a new instant translation app for the iPhone, called Word Lens. Word Lens takes text in a foreign language captured on the iPhone's camera, and translates it near enough instantly, pasting the translated text directly into the image. It's been described as ...

December 18, 2010

Scalextric app now available for iPhone and iPad

by Darren Allan
Ahh, Scalextric, how we loved you as a child, particularly the Le Mans edition with the cars that had working headlights. Until TCR came along, that is, and stole us away with its lane-switching model car racing... Anyway, if you fancy a virtual version of Scalextric this holiday season, you'll be pleased as Christmas punch that an official ...

December 17, 2010

Word Lens instant translation app for iPhone

by Darren Allan
Word Lens is a new augmented reality app for the iPhone which has the potential to become the traveller's best friend. It's one slick looking app the makers describe as “like Google Goggles meets Google Translate... in Photoshop!” Basically, the user captures a sign in a foreign language on the iPhone's camera, ...

Nokia makes another move in legal wrangle with Apple

by Darren Allan
Nokia has launched more legal action in a long running ding-dong lawsuit battle over the usual patent infringements with Apple. Previously, Nokia filed suits against Apple in October 2009, alleging ten patent violations by the iPhone, and then a broader suit in January at the start of this year, which alleged ...

December 16, 2010

Apple Mac App Store will open January 6th

by Darren Allan
Apple has announced that its Mac App Store will go live at the end of the first week of January. Catering for everything Mac OS X, the App Store will serve 90 countries upon its launch, with free and paid-for apps in a number of different categories, including education, games, lifestyle, ...

December 15, 2010

Everything Everything to stream live gig on iPad

by Darren Allan
Everything Everything is a Manchester indie “art rock” band – not to be confused with Everything Everywhere, the mobile network partnership between Orange and T-Mobile. And NME reports that the band is making history by streaming a London gig live to a specially produced ...

December 14, 2010

Amazon Windowshop, redesigned site for the iPad

by Darren Allan
Amazon UK has launched Windowshop, which is effectively a redesign of its online shopping site for browsers on the Apple iPad. Apparently Amazon Windowshop features an “intimate and fluid user interaction”, which almost sounds quite rude, but actually refers to the fact that it has a responsive new interface only made ...

December 13, 2010

Paul Allen’s lawsuit dismissed for now

by Darren Allan
The Co-Founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, has seen his lawsuit dismissed by a federal judge. He had filed the suit against a number of technology companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook, eBay, Yahoo, AOL and others (Microsoft not being one of them, strangely enough). It accused them of infringing patents relating to web ...

Google Latitude app arrives on iPhone and iPad

by Darren Allan
Google Latitude is now available as an app for iOS. While Google wanted to make the service available on the iPhone last year, Apple blocked it via the approval process. However, the recently relaxed stance the Cupertino company has taken on approvals means that the app is now available on the ...

December 12, 2010

Kobo Reading Life brings social aspects to e-books

by Darren Allan
Kobo has launched Reading Life on the iPad, a new app which the company has labelled the “first social e-reading experience.” The idea is users will be able to share books or highlighted passages they like, and they can also “check-in” with characters or locations. So for example, when reading Alice ...

December 10, 2010

Two cameras looking likely for iPad 2

by Darren Allan
So, the iPad 2 speculation continues, and according to one source Reuters cites, the iPad 2 is going to be sporting two cameras when it arrives. The lack of a camera on the iPad has been one of the bigger sticking points for some consumers who aren't tempted by Apple's tablet, and have perhaps plumped for twin camera ...

Apple Rewind names top iOS apps for 2010

by Darren Allan
Apple has compiled its annual iTunes Rewind, a chart of the apps of the year on the iPhone and iPad for 2010. So what were Apple's fave apps on these devices? According to an article on Mashable, the big A picked Flipboard (a social ...

Custom iPhone 4 made from T-Rex tooth and meteor

by Darren Allan
By now, Stuart Hughes is a name you might well recognise in conjunction with the iPhone. He's the Liverpudlian purveyor of pricey technological gadgets which he usually clads in gold and encrusts with liberal sprinklings of diamonds. However, his latest trick is something a bit different. While it does come with some ...

December 7, 2010

iPad 2 will ship from Foxconn in February

by Darren Allan
The latest buzz on the iPad sequel is that units are expected to start shipping from manufacturer Foxconn next February. In fact, according to DigiTimes, Foxconn has been given an order to the tune of 500,000 iPad 2s to be readied for shipping before the end of February 2011. This makes the ...

Analyst shows Apple benefiting from “iPad effect”

by Darren Allan
Analyst firm DisplaySearch has compiled its latest Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report, with some interesting results. The juiciest statistic being that Apple has actually notched up a 12.4% share of global mobile PC shipments in the third quarter of this year, with that figure driven by its iPad tablet (almost two-thirds of those shipments were iPads). The ...

Norman Foster to design new “Apple City”

by Darren Allan
It seems that famous British architect Norman Foster may be working with Apple. At least according to 9to5Mac, which relays a report from the Spanish newspaper El Economista, stating that Foster will be designing the new campus for the iGadget maker. Apple has recently bought another 98 acres on its Cupertino site, ...

December 6, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab has now sold 1m units

by Darren Allan
The sales of Samsung's Galaxy Tab have outpaced the company's target for the end of the year. A month ago, Samsung said that it hoped to sell a million of the devices before 2010 was out. And now, according to Computer World, the company has announced that it has already shifted a ...

Rumour: Mac App Store to launch in a week

by Darren Allan
The Mac App Store could be launched a week today, the latest rumours swirling around the net indicate. The launch wasn't expected just yet – Apple set itself a three month deadline, which gives it until the end of January to get things rolling – but it seems the company has ...

White iPhone 4 coming in Spring 2011

by Darren Allan
The saga of the white iPhone 4 has been a long running one to say the least. The white wonder phone has been delayed no less than three times this year, and despite Stephen Fry having one, the latest release date from Apple – which we reported back in October – was spring 2011. It seems that this has ...

December 4, 2010

Guardian iPad app on the way, and new iPhone subscription charge

by Darren Allan
The Guardian has revealed that it's about to update its iPhone app, and also release an app for the iPad. The new improved iPhone app will boast a landscape reading view, fresh video content (award-winning video, no less), live football scores and the ability ...

December 3, 2010

3 unveils iPad tariffs with 15GB monthly data

by Darren Allan
3 Mobile has revealed how much it will be charging for the Apple iPad on contract deals. Matching Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) on the basic pricing scheme, 3 will charge £199 up front for a 16GB ...

December 2, 2010

Apple gets no-glasses 3D patent

by Darren Allan
Apple has been granted a patent for an autostereoscopic system of 3D viewing, in other words, 3D without the glasses a la the Nintendo 3DS. There are plenty of companies interested in 3D display technology, given that it's the latest craze, and getting rid of the goofy glasses is a major boon. Yesterday, we heard news of the ...

December 1, 2010

Dotzler calls for MS, Apple and Google to stop stealth plug-ins

by Darren Allan
Asa Dotzler, the Co-Founder of the Spread Firefox marketing portal, has been criticising the likes of Microsoft, Apple and Google for installing plug-ins without asking permission first. In a blog post (initially spotted by the Register), he complained strongly about unwanted plug-ins being dumped into his Firefox browser without any request pertaining to the installation. He wrote: “When I installed ...

November 30, 2010

Richard Branson’s Project magazine launches on iPad

by Darren Allan
The first issue of Project, the iPad magazine from Virgin, is out today. It's now ready to download on iTunes, with the app itself being free, but each issue priced at $2.99, according to Engadget. While we speculated that it sounded like an in-flight magazine ...

November 29, 2010

Smartphone owners lack brand loyalty

by Darren Allan
It seems that the majority of smartphone owners don't have any strong feelings of loyalty towards any one single brand, being prepared to switch to another company or operating system if a new model of phone or OS is offering more of what they want. That's the conclusion of a Gfk survey conducted across Europe, the US and Brazil, which quizzed ...

Orange unveils iPad contract details

by Darren Allan
Orange has unveiled the full details of its subsidised iPad contracts. The basic 3G 16GB iPad will cost £199 on a two year deal, as we already knew, but if you want 32GB of storage, that's upped to £249, and for the 64GB slate you're looking at £299. Of course, these aren't ...

November 27, 2010

Angry Birds Christmas Edition coming soon

by Darren Allan
The Angry Birds Christmas Edition is coming from Rovio – who was that coughing “cash-in” at the back? While the Halloween Edition of the game has not been long out, in actual fact, Rovio is making the latest themed incarnation of the annoyed avians a free update to those who've purchased the Halloween version. So no coughing or cries of cashing ...

HTC smartphones more searched for than Apple iPhone

by Darren Allan
Apparently, the Apple iPhone 4 isn't the most searched for handset according to a survey by comparison site Good Mobile Phones. Mobile Magazine reports that Good Mobile Phones carried out research over a period of a month, monitoring which phones were searched for on its site by UK consumers. And the most ...

November 26, 2010

3 announces subsidised iPad deals

by Darren Allan
Earlier this week, Orange and T-Mobile (Everything Everywhere) announced that they were going to offer the iPad on contract deals for an up front price starting at £200. That would be for the 16GB 3G version of the iPad which normally retails at £529, ...

Virgin prepares to launch iPad magazine

by Darren Allan
Earlier this week we heard about Rupert Murdoch's plans to launch The Daily, an iPad only daily tabloid with a broadsheet tone. And now it seems Sir Richard Branson also wants to get in on the iPad publishing market, with a magazine which apparently goes under the name Project at the moment, according to a report on the ...

November 24, 2010

Skyfire 2.1 iPhone app now out and available in the UK

by Darren Allan
Skyfire for the iPhone has been mightily popular over in the US, as it's an app which allows iPhone users to play Flash video on their handsets. The app, which effectively provides a workaround solution that allows Flash to be converted and streamed as HTML5 via the Skyfire servers, was so ...

Acer Iconia dual display tablet PC launched

by Darren Allan
Acer revealed a triplet of tablets to challenge the iPad yesterday, although today's offering from the company has more to do with Microsoft than Apple, in a manner of speaking. That's because, if you cast your mind back and recall the Microsoft Courier, a dual screen tablet that MS built a prototype ...

November 23, 2010

Tuesday NewsBytes: iPad 2 out next April; Virgin Media plans public wi-fi scheme; Acer unveils trio of tablets

by Darren Allan
The iPad 2 will be out next April, says analyst Brian Marshall of Gleacher and Co. He's basing his prediction on information coming from board manufacturers out in Taiwan, although it's a fair bet that Apple will stick to its regular schedule for new hardware anyway, ...

Apple to unleash iPad 2 next April

by Darren Allan
Rumours whizzing around the net are pointing to the fact that Apple will be unveiling the next generation iPad in April 2011. Tablet Crunch reports that analyst Brian Marshall of Gleacher & Co has speculated this will be the launch date, amongst other sources. Let's face it, exactly a year on ...

iPad is Oprah’s number one favourite thing ever

by Darren Allan
Oprah's final Favourite Things Ever show (alternate title, Massive Plugs Ever) was screened over in the US yesterday. C-net pointed this one out, and in the show Oprah revealed her most favourite thing that she couldn't possibly live without, even more so than Classic Sparkles Ugg Boots, the Herb Savor (triples the life of your fresh herbs!), or ...

Berners-Lee warns Facebook is fragmenting the web

by Darren Allan
Web architect Tim Berners-Lee has had his soap box out again, on the subject of the great worldwide construct he is credited as inventing. Berners-Lee has written an article in the Scientific American accusing online juggernauts such as Facebook of subverting the web for their own ends. Or as he puts it, “some of its most successful inhabitants have ...

November 22, 2010

iOS 4.2 emerges for your iGadget

by Darren Allan
Batten down the hatches, hold on to your horses, and partake of a number of other pointless measures, because the latest version of iOS has finally arrived. iOS 4.2 is ready to download onto your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, bringing with it some new goodies. In fact, there are over ...

Monday NewsBytes: Orange and T-Mobile to offer iPad for £200; Jolibook now on Amazon; Murdoch to launch The Daily on iPad

by Darren Allan
Orange and T-Mobile (or to put it another way, Everything Everywhere) are both set to sell the iPad on contracts at £200. That's for the 16GB 3G version of the tablet, meaning customers can avoid the normal £529 up ...

Orange and T-Mobile to offer iPad for £200

by Darren Allan
News has broken this morning that Orange and T-Mobile (who are now both under the Everything Everywhere umbrella) will be offering Apple's iPad in subsidised form. According to Mobile News, both operators will be able to make ...

The Daily paper coming to the iPad courtesy of Murdoch

by Darren Allan
A new daily newspaper is coming to the iPad, but this isn't any old virtual rag – it has the backing of Rupert Murdoch. The News Corporation and Apple collaboration is reportedly called The Daily, and will be due out soon, exclusively on the ...

Apple abandons embedded sim for iPhone plan

by Darren Allan
Apple has thought better of an idea to have the next iPhone come with a built-in sim card. The plan would be to remove the traditional slot, and have an embedded card which supports all operators, allowing users to easily switch between them. But mobile networks weren't happy with the concept, and according ...

November 19, 2010

Economist now available in app form on iPad and iPhone

by Darren Allan
The Economist magazine has decide to get on board with Apple's iPad and iPhone in app form. The publication has made the move despite the fact that sales of its printed mag haven't declined. In fact, according to the Guardian, The Economist was up ...

November 18, 2010

Cut the Rope hits 3 million download mark

by Darren Allan
Cut the Rope, the latest big mobile game from Chillingo, the company that published the original Angry Birds, has now reached the 3 million downloads milestone. It sold a million copies in its first 10 days, and then another million in the following 10 days, although it has taken twice as long, almost three weeks, for the game ...

November 17, 2010

Independent spin-off i launches iPad app

by Darren Allan
The cut price, compact version of the Independent newspaper, simply called i, has launched an app for the Apple iPad. The print version of the 56 page paper costs 20p, and is designed to appeal to younger readers used to getting their news on the net, with short stories being the order of the day. And the ...