Sunday, August 8, 2010

Apple Orders Millions of Qualcomm CDMA Chipsets for Verizon iPhone?

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Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone, according to a TechCrunch report.

Sources with knowledge of this entire situation have assured me that Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December. This production run would likely be for a January launch, and I’d bet the phone is nearly 100% consistent with the current iPhone 4 (with a fixed internal insulator on the antenna).

The Verizon iPhone rumor has been beaten to death but most analysts agree that Verizon will definitely get the device. It's predicting the date that seems to be the hard part.

I can’t say with 100% accuracy that an iPhone will hit Verizon store shelves in January, but all of the signals point that way, and it would give Verizon’s CEO some interesting things to talk about in his CES keynote (though he may have to refrain as CES comes before Apple’s typical January keynote). I may be proven wrong, but based on my history dealing with components and selling to Apple, a Verizon-compatible iPhone looks to be a done deal.




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Dashboard for the iPad

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PXL Creations has announced the release of DashPad (version 1.2), bringing even more functionality to the iPad user experience. Rated 4 out of 5 stars by MacDirectory and featured on MacWorld, the new and improved DashPad delivers eight handy widgets in one Dashboard-like app, which includes a clock, calendar, calculator, unit converter, sticky note, Google search, Yellow Pages search and weather widget.

With a newly designed user interface and improved security, DashPad not only looks slick, but also eliminates the pesky iPad limitation of running only one app at a time. Running in Mobile Safari exclusively on the iPad OS, DashPad brings multiple apps to your iPad without jailbreaking or Apple approval. There are no crazy menus or confusing layouts; it's clean and easy to use.

Q.) How many widgets does DashPad run?
A.) Eight, including:

* Clock
* Calendar
* Calculator
* Unit Converter
* Sticky Note
* Yellow Pages Search
* Google Search
* Weather

Q.) Can I add more widgets?
A.) You can't add widgets yourself, not yet at least. We're working on it.

Q.) What platform does DashBoard run on?
A.) Exclusively on the iPad OS.

Q.) How much does DashPad cost?
A.) DashPad costs $9.99.

Q.) How can I pay while still being secure?
A.) We use PayPal to process our transactions, which is safe and secure. We also never share your personal information.

Q.) How do I install DashPad after purchasing it?
A.) After purchasing DashPad, you will receive an email with a unique password and username in it. You then enter that password and username into the DashPad app (full instructions are in the email).

Q.) Is DashPad for me? How can I justify the cost?
A.) DashPad is for anyone that wants to run more than one small application all at a time. If you need to quickly check the time or weather in Buffalo, DashPad is for you. Apps are constantly added to DashPad to improve the user experience, so it's functionality grows over time.

Q.) How will I know if DashPad is updated? Do I have to pay again?
A.) DashPad updates automatically as new versions become available. Each update is FREE. You can check which version DashPad is running by looking at the top right hand corner in the DashPad App.




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Mark Papermaster Leaves Apple After iPhone 4 Antenna Controversy

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Mark Papermaster, Apple Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, has left the company in the wake of widely reported iPhone 4 antenna problems.

According to the New York Times it is not clear if he was ousted or left on his own accord.

Apple spokesman, Steve Dowling, confirmed the departure saying that Papermaster "is leaving the company and Bob Mansfield, senior vice president of Macintosh hardware engineering, is assuming his responsibilities."

Observant readers may have noticed that Papermaster was not present at the iPhone 4 press conference. DaringFireball's John Gruber says, "from what I’ve heard, it’s clear he was canned. Papermaster was a conspicuous absence at the Antennagate press conference. Inside Apple, he’s "the guy responsible for the antenna" — that’s a quote from a source back on July 23. (Another quote from the same source: "Apparently the antenna guys used to have a big chip on their shoulder. No more.")"



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Intelligent Chore Charts on the iPad

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Nannek has released Chore Pad 1.0, their new productivity app for iPad. Chore Pad is the iPad's fun, simple and interactive way for you and your family to keep track of your chores and earn rewards. Chore Pad presents a full weekly chore chart to each user, just as you'd get with a traditional paper chore chart, but layered with technology that tallies points, collects stars, presents achievements and manages rewards. Here are some of Chore Pad's great features:

Weekly Chore View:
* The current week of chores is automatically shown on user selection
* The current day is automatically highlighted in the chart
* Look to the future or review the past with simple navigation arrows
* Popover protection to guard against accidental changes to the past or future

Easy User and Chore Setup:
* Add any number of users, each with their own chore chart
* Add a photo to customize your chore chart
* Set up chores to occur on any combination of weekdays and with repeat options
* Assign a value of 1-5 points for each chore

Robust Rewards System:
* Create rewards with custom point values
* Accumulate points for every completed chore
* Cash out rewards at your convenience
* See reward histories for each user, complete with point values and days received

Achievements:
* Earn a star for every completed chore
* Earn trophies as your star total increases

Settings:
* Configurable settings to prevent unwanted changes

Coming soon:
* Changeable themes
* Drag and drop chore ordering
* Optional passcodes for further tampering protection
* Shared rewards and goals
* Configurable trophy values
* Portrait mode

Pricing and Availability:
Chore Pad 1.0 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.







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More Than a Handy Flashlight

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Redbits has announced the release and immediate availability of SOS LED 1.0, a new app for iOS devices with flash LED. SOS LED is much more than a handy flashlight. It's a useful app to help deal with many everyday inconveniences or nuisances. SOS LED can emit SOS pulses of either light, sound or both. Discretely sends an email to designated recipients containing a pre-defined text and subject; optionally with the current GPS location and link to Google Maps. Calls a pre-defined phone number.

In settings the user can choose between three types of SOS pulses (slow, medium and fast) and three modes of operation: maximize the number of pulses, maximize the battery life or an adaptive mode that monitors the battery level and adjusts pulses to the residual battery life.

When in adaptive mode, the app is able to send SOS pulses for many hours. This app unique feature is that it sums SOS pulses and flashlight with emergency call and email into one handy app. In the upcoming 1.1 update, a second type of signal has been added for situations where the international SOS signal can't be used because it's reserved for severe distress conditions.

Supported Languages:
* US English and Italian

Pricing and Availability:
SOS LED 1.0 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category.




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SMEStorage Releases Mac Cloud Drive beta 4

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SMEStorage has released the fourth beta of a Mac Cloud Drive which enables up to 10 commercial storage providers to be accessed directly from a virtual drive in Mac Leopard and Snow Leopard Operating Systems.

CEO Ian Osborne states, "We are really pleased to announce the fourth and most robust beta of our virtual cloud drive for the Mac. This drive enables users to access their cloud storage files directly from their shell or Mac file manager"

"We have completely re-written huge parts of the drive in this beta to deal with the nuances of Mac Finder. The result is a huge step forward in our goal of having a robust multi-cloud drive for the Mac OSX. The drive now supports the encryption features of our gateway which can overlay any cloud, as well as giving the ability to generate a URL directly from the desktop."

"The term 'Cloud Gateway' is now becoming a recognized term and we believe we are only at the very beginning of users accessing their data in the cloud directly from the desktop rather than storing data on disparate internal servers. Key to an organizations data strategy in the future will be 'Access Anywhere Anytime'".

"Supporting the Mac is a key part of our strategy to enable a robust cloud-to-desktop- environment on WIndows, Mac and Linux and having a client that works on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry".

"The next beta will continue the hardening of the offering and will incorporate sync-to-desktop above all the clouds we support"



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Simple Home Design Comes to the iPad

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Helix Coding has announced the release and immediate availability of LivingRoom 1.1 for iPad. LivingRoom lets users create floor plans, lay out furniture, choose and apply materials, and share the results with one press. It provides professional and amateur designers alike with a complete set of tools to plan and design spaces.

LivingRoom is ready to use from moment one. It includes a large library of structural and design objects and more than 100 built-in textures. Any image can be used as a custom texture, so real-world pictures of textiles, flooring, and other materials to be used in a project can be applied directly to the design plan. Users can keep notes for each project, and email those notes, along with a PDF of the room, right from within LivingRoom.

Feature Highlights:
* Includes dozens of object types and more than 100 textures
* Easily move, resize, and rotate objects, as well as adding custom labels
* Add your own textures from your photo library
* Keep notes with each project
* Attractive rooms gallery lets you browse all of your projects
* Save rooms as images or email PDFs

Pricing and Availability:
LivingRoom 1.1 for iPad is $4.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) and is available worldwide via the App Store in the Lifestyle category.







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Become An All-Knowing Tea And Coffee Guru

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Nigel Green has announced the release and immediate availability of Cuppa-Time Version 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. Cuppa-Time stores the personal preferences of people in regards to how they take their tea or coffee. This effectively means that it is no longer necessary to ask the same people over and over which beverage they prefer to drink and how they take it, doing away with those hastily written lists on scraps of paper.

Some examples of where Cuppa-Time can be used are at the office, family get-togethers, when unexpected guests drop in, events and functions, or any other gathering. In addition to being able to record their name and preferences, a "Special Request" option is included and is especially useful for when people have difficult to remember requests such as "Extra hot", "Half cold water", "Weak", "Strong" or "Add milk first". Preferences are chosen using a quick and easy step-driven selection process starting with whether the person wants tea or coffee. Each step is progressively made based on the previous selection until all the required information is gathered.

Cuppa-Time displays people's preferences on what is called the Master List, using easily recognisable images to represent these choices. Each person from the Master List can be selected individually to be added to a custom-made list called the Order. To quickly select or deselect large amounts of people, "Select All" and "Deselect All" buttons are provided. The Order is a read-only list containing the preferences of only those people selected from the Master List. At the bottom of the Order screen is the total number of tea's and coffee's required and also the total number of cups.

Features:
* iOS 4 multi-tasking is available for supported devices
* Special Requests can be entered in the Preferences screen and are shown along-side each person's name on the Master List and Order screen
* Easily identifiable images of how each person takes their tea or coffee
* A Reset Preferences button for starting over

Pricing and Availability:
Cuppa-Time 1.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent in other currencies) and is available worldwide exclusively on the App Store in the Productivity category. For more details please visit the Cuppa-Time Support Website. Members of the media may contact Nigel Green to obtain a free promotional code.




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Doodle Farter: Eat More and Save the World

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Apalon has announced the release of Doodle Farter 1.0, their new game for iPhone and iPod touch. In this simple but addictive game everyone can perform an honorable mission of saving the humanity and the whole world carrying out quite unusual for this purpose actions namely eat, eat even more, fart, get boosts and come up to the sky.

Users' task is to simply come up as high as they can while eating hamburgers and hotdogs in Human mode and brains in Zombie mode while farting loudly getting the boost. Using accurate tilt controls players tilt the device left and right which allows the character to move in the right direction in quest of hamburgers and hotdogs.

Once the game is over users can easily submit their scores to Facebook or Twitter to immediately let all their friends know how well they have done so far. The game is also OpenFeint enabled which gives players possibility to track their progress, share their scores and achievements as well as compete with other players.

"When we develop our apps we always keep in mind our users and their preferences. I'll be glad if beautifully simple concept of our game juiced up with challenging and fun gameplay and lots of replay value suit users' taste" - said Peter Melnikov, VP of Apalon.

Pricing and availability:
Doodle Farter 1.0 is $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and is available on the App Store in the Games category.


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My Virtual Girlfriend Updated

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WET Productions has announced that My Virtual Girlfriend, the humorous virtual dating app for the iPhone and iPod touch, has been updated with a host of new features, including support for iOS4, additional levels, a progressive rewards system, and much more. My Virtual Girlfriend, version 1.1.0, is now live on the iTunes App Store and on sale for a limited time for only $.99.

My Virtual Girlfriend is a humorous, highly entertaining app that offers a variety of virtual girls for players to spend their spare time with. My Virtual Girlfriend features hundreds of ladies, each with her own unique personality, and ready to receive or rebuff the player's advances. All the girls are rendered in full 3D and are completely interactive via talk, gestures, gifts, actions...even touch!

Version 1.1.0 of My Virtual Girlfriend updates the app to support the iOS4 operating system. In addition, the level cap for each virtual girlfriend has been extended to 20, and a new progressive rewards system has been added that allows players to unlock new activities with each level. Also, the virtual currency system has been refined, game balance has been enhanced, and the virtual girlfriend AI and graphics have been improved.

"We designed My Virtual Girlfriend to be a comical commentary on the dating scene in the digital age," said Michael Amerson, president of WET Productions. "Though the app definitely pokes fun at the lengths men will go to impress a woman, the game is still highly entertaining and offers an incredible amount of content that players can enjoy, even if they only have a few minutes to spare away from their real relationships. Best of all, it's clean, witty gameplay that players don't have to be embarrassed to play."

Key Features of My Virtual Girlfriend:
* An entertaining look at the dating scene that offers clean fun, but with enough mature humor to keep players coming back for more
* Progress through 20 levels with each virtual girlfriend, with the ultimate goal of falling in love
* Hours of entertainment that can be enjoyed for minutes or hours at a time
* Hundreds of girls rendered in full 3D, each with her own personality and outfits - even lingerie
* Clever and witty dialogue that changes based on the girlfriend's personality, mood and history with the player
* Players can interact with their virtual girlfriends via talk, gestures, gifts, actions and touch
* Multiple 3D locations that players can explore by zooming and rotating the camera

Pricing and Availability:
My Virtual Girlfriend 1.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.



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SharkWatch! iPhone App for Shark Enthusiasts

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Fortuna Mobile has announced the release and immediate availability of SharkWatch 1.0 for iPhone and iPod touch. SharkWatch! is a social networking app, dedicated to shark sightings and education. If you've had an encounter with one of our finned friends, SharkWatch! enables you to share your experience with other users of the app, and with other social networking groups.

SharkWatch! is the go-to app for anyone curious about our ocean's apex predator. Whether you're a surfer, diver, researcher, beachgoer, or just interested to know about sharks nearby and around the world, SharkWatch! is your must-have app.

SharkWatch! users can share their shark encounters with other users of the app, as well as with Facebook and Twitter friends; browse through nearby shark sightings; find out which species of shark may get up close and personal at the local beach; learn about documented shark attacks dating back to the 1800s; peruse through beautiful images and detailed information for the various shark species, and more!

Whether you revere or fear sharks, you will find plenty to captivate your mind and curiosity in SharkWatch!

Position-Based Shark Sightings:
* Want to know about shark encounters in your neck of the woods? Just choose the "nearby" feature to see postings for sightings in the vicinity
* Expand your search to check out encounters around the world, just by inputting a location
* Each sighting includes associated images, and firsthand details of the encounter
* If you've been fortunate enough to have had your own shark encounter, share your experience with the world by creating your own posting. Share your posting with your Facebook and Twitter connections, right from the app

Identify Shark Habitats:
* Discover the types of sharks known to inhabit the waters by your current location
* Easily navigate to detailed information and striking photos for each species
* Change to landscape mode to open the Regional Map, the key to knowing worldwide shark distributions
* The Regional Map is interactive, and will take you directly to the listing of species living in your area of interest

Shark Attacks:
* Read through the documented accounts of shark attacks that occurred throughout the world, dating back to the 1800s
* The database is regularly updated to include the most recent attacks
* Read detailed accounts of some of the most famous shark attacks in history, complete with images associated with each incident

Pricing and Availability:
SharkWatch 1.0 is only $0.99 USD, and available exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Social Networking category. Visit SharkWatch! online for more details, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @SharkWatchApp. Send us an email with your questions, comments, or suggestions.


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Cicero Lets You Add Search Engines to iPhone Safari

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Cicero lets you add custom search engines directly to Safari for the iPhone and iPad.

Features:
● Switch search engines by tapping on the current engine's icon.
● Grab search engines from OpenSearch-compatible websites.
● View search suggestions as you type (available with some engines).
● Incorporate even more search engines from MyCroft's search engine index (look for ).
● Delete a search engine you no longer want with a horizontal swipe.

You can download Cicero for $2.49 from the Big Boss Cydia repository.











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Microsoft Internet Explorer Reports JailbreakMe As Unsafe Site

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Microsoft Internet Explorer has blocked navigation to JailbreakMe.com warning that it is an unsafe site, according to a tweet by @comex.

Reported Unsafe Website: Navigation Blocked
This website has been reported as unsafe: http://www.jailbreakme.com

We recommend that you do not continue to this website. This website has been reported to Microsoft for containing threats to your computer that might reveal personal or financial information.

This of course has no effect on jailbreaking your device with MobileSafari but is noteable nonetheless.

You can find instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod, or iPad here


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eBay for iPad Adds Messaging, Notifications, Feedback

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eBay for iPad has been updated with messaging, notifications, feedback, and more.

With a brand new simple interface optimized specifically for the features of the iPad, eBay members will enjoy a new rich search experience with seamless transitions, no pages, to buy and pay for items. Integrated access to My eBay makes it easy for members to quickly check on an auction or monitor sales activity from wherever their iPad has taken them. The eBay iPad experience is streamlined, colorful, and simpler than ever before!

What's New In This Version:
- Messaging
- Notifications
- Leave feedback for buyers and sellers
- View seller's other items
- Ask seller a question
- Bug fixes

You can download eBay for iPad from the App Store for free.














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Retina Wallpapers Offers Over 10,000 iPhone 4 Wallpapers Free

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Retina Wallpapers HD offers over 10,000 high resolution wallpapers for your iPhone 4.

From Pop Culture to foreign cultures, Retina Wallpapers HD gives users the world in pictures. Each high resolution image has been perfectly formatted to fit the iPhone 4 high resolution screen and comes with a host of user-friendly features.

The stunning UI allows you easily tap and swipe your way through the multiple image galleries. Play slideshows, rate individual photos, receive feedback from within the app.

Features:
✿ 10,000+ Retina Wallpapers…and counting
✿ Beautiful Full Screen Slideshows
✿ Stunning UI
✿ Easy Navigation – Swipe, Zoom, Pinch
✿ In-App Feedback for User Questions
✿ New Wallpapers Added Daily

You can download Retina Wallpapers HD from the App Store for free.














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iLock 1.1.1 Brings iOS 4, iPad Support

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iLock, an enhancement to your jailbroken iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad that allows you to unlock your device in different ways has been updated with iOS 4 support. Using plugins, iLock lets you replace "slide to unlock" with other innovative methods (both secure and insecure).

iLock comes with a default "Pattern Lock" plugin that enables you to draw a graphical pattern to unlock, similar to Android devices. Take advantage of iPhone OS-specific features, such as themes, multi-touch patterns, retrace patterns, multiple grid sizes, fun sound effects, and more!

Features:
● Multi-plugin architecture with FREE open source plugin SDK (coming soon) - anyone can make a plugin
● All plugins made by SIC Mobile are theme-able with WinterBoard, even sounds
● Settings take effect immediately, no respring needed
● Compatible with 3rd-party lockscreen software such as Cydget and LockInfo
● Pattern Lock (default plugin) - emulates Android's pattern unlock system
● Pattern Lock plugin has iPhone OS specific features: multitouch, sounds, vibration, retrace, and up to 5x5 grids
● Pattern Lock plugin comes with 4 fun themes: iLock PL Maya, iLock PL Tiles, iLock PL Tech, and iLock PL Taller
● "Visibility" feature allows you to view your lockscreen better when 3rd-party lockscreen software is shown (such as LockInfo)
● Integrates with Passcode Lock (both PIN/numeric and alphanumeric types)
● Integrates with Emergency Call (iPhone devices only)
● Recovery password feature resets your unlock pattern / authentication method in case you forget it
● Fully international ready with 15 language translations coming soon
● Works on iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch (2g - 3g), and iPad, on iOS versions 3.0 - 4.0.1
● Look for upcoming iLock plugins by SIC Mobile in the near future, including BioLock (Biometric Face Recognition), VoiceprintUnlock, ComboLock and others

What's New In This Version:
● Fixed auto-activation issue with iOS 4
● FEATURE: iOS 4 compatible (3.0+ still works great too)
● FEATURE: iPad support (BETA)
● FEATURE: German translation, thanks to Volker Kopetzky!
● FEATURE: Russian translation, thanks to Greg Larchev!
● FEATURE: PatternLock: Customizable delay for incorrect pattern
● FEATURE: PatternLock: New "iLock PL Taller" theme allows easier entry of patterns
● FEATURE: iLock Settings now available under main Settings app area as well as General Settings
● FEATURE: Recovery feature added to Settings app as well so you can reset your
pattern if you forget it FEATURE: "Tap to appear" completely reworked into new Visibility options in Advanced Settings
● FEATURE: Visibility methods: Tap to Show, Slide to show, Always Show
● FEATURE: Tap to Hide (tap outside the plugin to hide iLock again)
● FEATURE: Change visibility prompt (for example "Tap to Show") from within iLock Settings
● FEATURE: iPad lock screen buttons (such as Slideshow) on Visibility UI
● BUG FIX: Vibration stops working after a while
● BUG FIX: Only allow vibration on devices which support it
● BUG FIX: LockInfo integration: When lock slider is hidden by LockInfo, you can still swipe to unlock, bypassing iLock
● BUG FIX: LockInfo integration: When iLock shows the original lock slider, LockInfo can interfere and leave the user with no way to unlock

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Apple In Talks to Buy Chinese Gaming Company Handseeing

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Apple is in talks to buy Chinese gaming company Handseeing, according to an executive at the company.

"We should have a decision in about one or two months," Tian Bo, vice-president for operations told Reuters by phone. "They're still talking about it and it's not quite settled yet right now."

Reuters notes that Handseeing is a little-known gaming company headquartered in southwest China's Sichuan province. It designs online games based on popular Chinese folklore. If Apple does purchase the company it would their first acquisition in the country.

It's estimate that deal could be worth up to 150 million dollars.




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