Friday, July 9, 2010

Lawsuit Against Apple and AT&T Receives Class-Action Status

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A lawsuit alleging that Apple and AT&T have formed a monopoly with their exclusive iPhone agreement has received class-action status, according to Wired.

Judge James Ware of the U.S. District court for the Northern District of California on Thursday granted class certification of plaintiffs’ antitrust claims seeking damages and injunctive relief for the complaint titled “Apple & ATTM Antitrust Litigation.”

Lead counsel Mark Rifkin tells Wired that the terms of AT&T’s two-year customer contract say that customers have the option to terminate whenever they wish for a fee to switch to another carrier. However, since the iPhone is only offered on AT&T, customers can't go anywhere else and are still locked down to the carrier.

“The court has allowed [multiple] plaintiffs to represent 20 million consumers who have been forced to use AT&T for iPhone voice and data service, despite an agreement that allows them to terminate at any time and presumably switch carriers,” Rifkin said.

Apple argues that “[T]here was widespread disclosure of [AT&T's] five-year exclusivity and no suggestion by Apple or anyone else that iPhones would become unlocked after two years. Moreover, it is sheer speculation – and illogical – that failing to disclose the five-year exclusivity term would produce monopoly power.”




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YouTube Announces Support for 4096p Video

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YouTube has announced support for videos shot in 4K (a reference resolution of 4096 x 3072); otherwise known as 4096p.

This resolution is nearly four times the size of 1080p and has an ideal screen size of 25 feet. For some perspective, IMAX movies are projected through two 2k resolution projectors.

To view any video in a source resolution greater than 1080p, select "Original" in the video quality pulldown menu.




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Next iPod Touch to Get 3.2MP Camera, Not 5MP?

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A couple reports indicate that the next iPod touch may get a 3.2MP camera instead of the 5MP one that John Lewis predicted at its Xmas in July event.

First, MacRumors asked iFixit if it was even possible to include a 5MP in the existing design. They were told that the iPhone 4 5MP (back) camera is 6.5mm thick, the iPhone 4 FaceTime (front) camera is 2.5mm, and the iPod touch (at edges) is 6mm thick.

This shows that the iPhone 4's back camera can not fit in the iPod touch, though the front FaceTime camera could. It's possible that Apple might "square off" the iPod touch design like the iPhone 4, but even so, Wiens still isn't sure that it would be possible in the current dimensions. That would mean Apple would have to make the iPod touch thicker as well as "squaring off" the design to accommodate the 5MP camera.

Today, 9to5Mac has heard from a 'well informed source' that the new iPod touch will have a 3.2 megapixel camera that has similar characteristics to the one found in the iPhone 3GS.

This camera would likely require less space allowing Apple to keep the current design. It would also add some separation between the iPhone and iPod touch.





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Google Co-Founder Says Steve Jobs is Trying to Rewrite History

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Google co-founder Larry Page is accusing Steve Jobs of trying to rewrite Android and iPhone history.

According to Fortune, Page notes that Google had been working on Android long before the iPhone was introduced.

"We had been working on Android a very long time, with the notion of producing phones that are Internet enabled and have good browsers and all that because that did not exist in the marketplace. I think that characterization of us entering after [the iPhone was introduced] is not really reasonable."

Fortune goes on to outline a timeline of Android and Apple events which has Google purchasing Android two years before the iPhone was introduced and a year before Eric Schmidt was elected to the Apple board.



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iPhone 4 Silicone Case for only $2.99 + free shipping and free screen protector!

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TwitExport 2 for iPhoto and Aperture

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Blue Crowbar Software has announced the release and immediate availability of TwitExport 2, the successor to iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter. TwitExport is a plugin for iPhoto and Aperture that lets you send tweets and photos to Twitter from within your favorite Mac photo application.

With TwitExport 2, the popular iPhoto2Twitter and Aperture2Twitter plugins have been merged into one product. The new name was required to comply with Twitter's updated trademark policy. On the outside, the new plugin has been redesigned to become even easier to use. Under the hood, support has been added for Twitter's new OAuth secure authentication system. The biggest advantage of that is that the user's password for Twitter no longer has to be shared with the 3rd party photo sites.

Key features:
* Sends your tweets from within iPhoto or Aperture
* Includes the selected photo or movie with your tweet
* Includes support for Mobypicture and TwitPic
* Can send multiple photos at once
* Supports 64-bit when used with Aperture 3
* Uses Twitter's secure OAuth authentication

Pricing and Availability:
TwitExport 2 is available immediately. A license for one user costs $5.90 (USD) and is valid for use with both iPhoto and Aperture.
The upgrade is free for all registered users of iPhoto2Twitter or Aperture2Twitter. A free trial version of the software can be downloaded from the Blue Crowbar website.



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Andrew Molloy Releases BabyGrow 1.7

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Independent software developer Andrew Molloy has announced the release and immediate availability of BabyGrow 1.7, an update to his baby growth tracking app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update includes several improvements and adds support for backing up users' data with the popular cloud storage solution Dropbox.

With BabyGrow, parents can easily keep track of the growth of their little ones from birth to age 3. Designed for parents by parents, BabyGrow makes keeping growth records simple, and helps parents understand their child's growth with easy-to-read growth charts and percentile calculations. BabyGrow uses growth standards from both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Now with BabyGrow 1.7, parents can have peace of mind that their child's growth information will be preserved using BabyGrow's new backup and restore feature. This feature uses the cloud storage service Dropbox to transfer backups between an iPhone or iPod touch and the users' home computer. Parents can also use this feature to transfer data from one iPhone to another - just in time for Apple's new iPhone 4.

Pricing and Availability:
BabyGrow 1.7 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category.



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BA Financial Calculator Comes to iPad

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Vicinno Soft has announced the release and immediate availability of BA Financial Calculator 1.0 for iPad, an iPad version of their best-selling emulator for the classic Texas Instruments BA II Plus. Identical in every aspect, the app provides a perfect emulation of the layout, functions, algorithms, capabilities, and key sequences of the venerable TI workhorse. Ideal for courses in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Mathematics, Sciences, Real Estate, and Statistics, it is an ideal financial calculator for iPad.

Released in 1978, the Texas Instruments Business Analyst II Plus calculator quickly became a standard among finance and accounting professionals. The device incorporates a vast array of functions, yet remains simple to learn and use. The model is one of only two calculators permitted on the Chartered Financial Analyst exam and the Society of Actuaries exam. Perhaps in tribute to its heritage, the read-out's simple black alphanumerics on a gray background maintain the blocky, LCD font of the original device.

Feature Highlights:
* Time-Value-of-Money calculations
* Amortization schedules
* Cash-Flow Analysis, Net Present Value, and Internal Rate of Return
* Depreciation with four different methodologies
* Break even, profit, and percent difference calculations
* Bond prices and yields "to maturity" or "to call" calculations
* 10 Memories for storage
* Choice of Chain and Algebraic Operating System methods
* Scientific capabilities, including log, sin, cos, etc.
* Key click sounds enabled via Settings

Just as the TI calculator, the app has two modes of operation: standard calculator and worksheet. The standard mode accommodates common mathematical operations, plus problems involving the time value of money, such as mortgages and annuities where payments are equal and evenly spaced. Trigonometric functions are also supported in standard mode.

The more complex worksheet mode provides step-by-step instructions for calculating amortization, depreciation, bond, and compound interest. All entries and results are saved in working memory, so recurring values are easily accessed. Basic interest and payment periods are well within the capabilities of the average user.

The iPad version includes a complete redesign of the graphical representation of the calculator for iPad. The numerical keypad is now light gray with white numerals, function keys are black with white symbols, and alternate characters are above each key in orange. Four colors: white, black, light gray, and orange make for excellent ergonomics, and an optional click sound with each tap provides additional feedback. And while the face and keyboard support only US English, operating manuals are available on the Vicinno website for the following languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, and Finnish, and are all accessible from within the app.

"BA Financial Calculator iPhone and iPod Version has been ranked within TOP 10 in Finance of more than 20 countries," commented CEO Liping Yang. "as the only BA II Plus calculator iPad app in App Store, the iPad version with more attractive features and redesign for iPad big screen will soon get more attention! "

Pricing and Availability:
The BA Financial Calculator 1.0 for iPad is $4.99 (USD or equivalent in other currencies), and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category. The BA Financial Calculator Lite model is free. Review copies are available upon request.



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News Wall 1.0 Released for iPhone and iPad

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Independent developer Daniel Wetzel has announced the release and immediate availability of News Wall 1.0 for iPad and iPhone. News Wall's user interface was designed to optimize the amount of information the user can consume. Instead of navigating through lists and folders, RSS feeds are used to build a virtual wall of articles. To keep track of all articles, the user can shrink single feeds, dim read articles or show images embedded in the feeds.

The app supports several tools for sharing and saving articles. News can be sent to Instapaper and Read It Later. They also can be sent to Twitter supporting URL shortening. Sending news as e-mail is included as well. The app uses RSS feed subscriptions. After entering the address of a webpage only, most often the feed is discovered automatically. Beyond that, the integrated feed browser makes it easy to find feeds and subscribe to them.

News Wall supports multitasking and Fast App Switching.

Feature Overview:
* Read and manage RSS news feeds
* Easy and beautiful user interface optimized for skimming and fast reading
* Auto-discovery of feed addresses, integrated feed browser to find feeds
* Instapaper support, unlimited amount of accounts
* Read It Late support, unlimited amount of accounts
* Twitter support (including bit.ly), unlimited amount of accounts
* No Internet connection needed to read on the move
* Fast App Switching

Price and Availability:
News Wall 1.0 is priced at $2.99 USD USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the News category. It will be available for the special price of $1.99 from July, 9th thru July 12th 2010.




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SimplyTweet 3.2 Ships With iOS 4

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MotionObj has announced the release and immediate availability of SimplyTweet 3.2, an update to their full featured Twitter application for iPhone and iPod touch. SimplyTweet combines a fast, simple user interface with a rich set of features, as well as offers built-in support of push notifications for new mentions and direct messages. Version 3.2 adds iOS 4 and iPhone 4 Retina display support, sending direct messages from the Contacts app, as well as many other features and fixes.

Some of the changes in SimplyTweet 3.2 include:
* Support for iOS 4 fast app switching
* Support for iPhone 4 with hi-res icons
* Pictures, tweets and direct messages are now sent in the background for 3GS running iOS 4 and iPhone 4. There is a setting to disable background sending.
* Send DMs directly from the system-wide Contacts app. You can now link Twitter accounts to your system-wide address book. Besides adding information to the address book, you can now tap on the "Twitter DM" field in a linked address book entry to start composing a direct message to that recipient
* Translation support for direct messages
* Improved accuracy of geo-tagging
* Music being played is now no longer paused/faded in, after playing a send/push sound

Recently added features include:
* Support for Instapaper mobilizer
* Translation of user description
* Add Instapaper and Read It Later option to swipe menu
* Add New Reply All mentioned option to swipe menu
* Filter search by language
* Thumbnails for TweetPhoto and Pic.gd are now shown in tweet view
* Number of tweets loaded upon startup is now configurable
* Offline Caching
* Improved Stability
* Faster Application Startup and Scrolling Speed
* All the Themes from SimplyTweet 2
* TwitLonger
* Improved Twitter Lists support
* Geotagging support
* New-style retweet support
* Read It Later support
* What The Trend support
* More URL shortening options
* Tweet the current playing music

SimplyTweet is a full featured Twitter iPhone Application that has builtin support of push notifications for new mentions and direct messages. It is developed by MotionObj, run by independent software developer, Hwee-Boon Yar who is based in Singapore.

Pricing and Availability:
SimplyTweet 3.2 is currently available at $4.99 (USD) exclusively through Apple iTunes App Store in the Social Networking category.




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Nimbuzz Messenger Adds Support for iOS 4

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Nimbuzz messenger for iPhone has been updated with multitasking, backgrounding, and full iOS4 support.

Nimbuzz is free mobile calls, instant messaging and more with friends on Nimbuzz and on Skype, Facebook, MSN/Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, AIM/ AOL Instant Messenger, MySpace, ICQ and more!

Supports:
✓ iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
✓ iPhone O.S 3.0 and higher
✓ 3G, 2.5G, 2G, Wifi, EDGE, GPRS network connections
✓ SIP & VoIP calling – SkypeOut, IPS, Gizmo, Sipgate, sipkom, Skytel Srbija and more
✓ SMS, MMS, voice messaging, video, location sharing via Nimbuzz to Nimbuzz
✓ Push notifications (unlimited)
✓ Landscape-mode chat
✓ Display pictures, avatars, emoticons, personal messaging
✓ Location sharing with Nimbuzz buddies

What's New In This Version:
Multitasking, backgrounding, and full iOS4 support:

✓ Receive Internet calls (Nimbuzz, Skype, SIP and other VoIP) while Nimbuzz is closed or while using another app.
✓ Switch to another app without dropping your call.
✓ Works perfectly with iPod, Spotify and Pandora, muting music on incoming calls
✓ Continue using Nimbuzz from the same screen where you left off when you closed it, thanks to fast app switching.
✓ Chat while you are on a call, by simply hiding the call screen.
✓ See the NimbuzzOut call rate for a dialed number before placing the call.
✓ Easy domestic dial support. No need to add country codes.

You can download Nimbuzz from the App Store for free.














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Fortune Names Steve Jobs as Smartest CEO, Jonathan Ive as Smartest Designer

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Fortune has named Steve Jobs as the Smartest CEO and Jonathan Ive as the Smartest Designer in Tech.

Steve Jobs:
He is a visionary, a micromanager, and a showman who creates such anticipation around new products that their releases are veritable holidays. And Jobs is a pop culture icon like no other business executive: An episode of The Simpsons a few years ago featured a Jobs-like character named Steve Mobs.

His dictator-like control can cause havoc for partners: Jobs, 55, has decided, for example, that Apple products won't support Adobe Flash, the code most video-heavy websites depend on, leading designers to switch to new tools. But Jobs' vision is also what gives these devices their elegance, causing consumers' hearts to flutter

Jonathan Ive:
Steve Jobs dreamed up the iPhone, but Jonathan Ive created it. As Apple's senior vice president of industrial design, Ive, 43, is an expert at manufacturing lust. Like his boss, he is a perfectionist who leads a small team working in near secrecy. Most Apple employees aren't allowed in his studio. From the iPod to the iPhone to the iPad, his contributions have set the course not just for Apple but for design more broadly.



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Mysterious 3x3cm Apple Touch Screen Surfaces

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A mysterious 3x3cm Apple branded touch screen has surfaced on Tw.apple.pro.

The site isn't sure what the panel is for but suggest possibly an iPod Touch nano, an iPod Touch shuffle or an iWatch.

Let us know in the comments if you have an thoughts for what Apple could be doing with this screen.











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Did Apple Use the iOS Kill Switch for the First Time? [Update]

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Apple may have recently used the built in iOS "kill switch" to remove copies of NDrive from customers devices.

NDrive offered customers 1.8 GB of US map data for only $2.99; however, PhoneNews suggests that they may have not fully licensed the map data used causing Apple to kill the app.

Multiple users, including PhoneNews.com staff, have reported that their copies of NDrive have vanished from both their iOS devices, as well as iTunes Libraries. Apple has stayed silent on the matter, we contacted them before business Monday asking for comment. We have received no response from Apple as of today. To date, no user with a missing copy of NDrive USA has reported an explanation from iTunes Customer Service either.

NDrive Customer Service issued the following statement:

“It has recently come to our attention that customers are experiencing difficulties with our iPhone navigation applications. Accordingly, NDrive acknowledges that our software listed in the Apple iTunes Store have been dissolved until further notice. We are currently working to address and improve the situation in an efficient manner. This issue has been assigned a maximum urgency level as we cannot inquire on the duration of our void from said markets. We are attentively listening and working hard to address all inquisitions submitted.”

If this is Apple's first use of the iOS kill switch it has not informed customers of its use, neither refunded the customers for the purchase.

Update:
Razorianfly reports that they've heard from multiple users who still have NDrive present on both their iPhone and respective computers; thus making it unlikely the kill switch was used.



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iPhone 4 Charge Times: USB vs. Outlet

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Take a look at this chart from When Will Apple comparing the amount of time it takes to charge an iPhone 4 by USB versus wall outlet.

Stating the obvious, the iPhone 4 takes longer to get a full charge on USB than an outlet. What you may not have realized is how big the difference was, an extra 30 minutes! That’s 23% longer to get a full charge on the USB. If you’ve ever had a completely drained iPhone, you know it takes a bit of time before it turns back on. Plugged into an outlet, it took 3 minutes 11 seconds to come back to life. On USB it took almost 2 minutes longer, taking 4 minutes 49 seconds.


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