Friday, September 17, 2010

FolderEnhancer Brings New Features to iOS Folders

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FolderEnhancer is an upcoming tweak that will bring new functionality to iOS folders.

Features:
● Open folders faster and full screen
● Supports icon pages
● Enables subfolders
● Works with Iconoclasm to offer custom icon layouts inside a folder
● Extends MultiIconMover allowing you to move multiple icons at once from a folder

We'll let you know when FolderEnhancer reaches Cydia. In the meanwhile, take a look at this nice demo below...


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Windows Phone 7 Will Be GSM-Only Until 2011

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Microsoft has announced that Windows Phone 7 will be GSM only in 2010 leaving behind Verizon CDMA customers much like Apple did with the iPhone. The company made the decision to delay the CDMA version earlier this year opting to target the more global GSM market instead.

"We had to make some trade-offs," senior product manager Greg Sullivan told CNET today. "Even Microsoft doesn't have unlimited resources. We had to prioritize doing fewer things, really, really well."

Earlier this week Verizon announced that it would not have a Windows Phone 7 device until 2011. It was thought at the time that this was a setback for Microsoft; however, it turns out that phone was simply unavailable to Verizon.

"For the worldwide market, the vast majority of phones are GSM phones, so we focused on GSM first and then plan to deliver an update that will have great CDMA support in the first half of 2011," Sullivan said. "That's device availability in the first half and we're very confident of that. That's probably a conservative estimate."

"Look, we could do more things, or we could do fewer things really, really well. We chose intentionally to do fewer things really, really well. We absolutely have to build that quality first and then we have to quickly achieve reach and scale," Sullivan said.

Yesterday, Microsoft finalized the Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools and released demos of Twitter, Flixster, Netflix and other popular applications running on the new platform.



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Intel Confirms Leaked 'Master Key' to Unlock HD is Real

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Intel has confirmed that the leaked HDCP 'Master Key', which can be used to unlock encrypted HD content, is real.

"It does appear to be a master key," said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman for Intel, which developed and oversees the HDCP technology.

HDCP is used in Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and HD TVs to prevent you from connecting to another device to duplicate HD content.

"What we have confirmed through testing is that you can derive keys for devices from this published material that do work with the keys produced by our security technology," Waldrop told FoxNews.com. In other words, "this circumvention does appear to work."

Intel is not very concerned about the leak because "for someone to use this information to unlock anything, they would have to implement it in silicon -- make a computer chip". Then they would have to build it into a device. That is not likely to happen.

"It would be a lot of work and a lot of expense to do that," Waldrop said.

FOX notes that pirates in countries less respectful of copyright law could take on that expense, releasing Blu-ray players and televisions that bypass the licensing fees and knock a chunk off retail costs.

"We will use the appropriate remedies to address the issue, where we choose to," Waldrop said. "HDCP remains an effective component for protecting digital entertainment. It relies on these licensing agreements to ensure that implementations are done appropriately, and there are legal enforcement methods available for cases where it is done inappropriately."


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Apple and Other Tech Firms May Settle With DOJ on Anti-Poaching Agreements

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Technology companies, including Apple, are in the final stages of negotiations with the Justice department to avoid a court case over their anti-poaching agreements.

Companies including, Google Inc., Apple Inc., Intel Corp., Adobe Systems Inc., Intuit Inc. and Walt Disney Co. unit Pixar Animation have agreements to not poach each other's employees. The Justice Department says this holds down wages and harms workers.

According to the WSJ, the talks are still fluid, these people said, with some companies more willing to settle to avoid an antitrust case than others. If negotiations falter, both sides could be headed for a defining court battle that could help decide the legality of such arrangements throughout the U.S. economy.




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Best Buy CEO Says iPad Cannibalizing Up to 50% of Laptop Sales

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Best Buy Chief Executive Brian Dunn tells the WSJ that the iPad has cannibalized sales of laptops by up to 50%.

Best Buy said smartphone sales continued to rise compared with a year ago, as did portable computer totals, buoyed by the iPad. However, television sales fell despite the rollout of new 3D models, with both average prices and total volumes notching "low-double digit" declines compared with last year. Mr. Dunn also said internal estimates showed that the iPad had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%.

"It's a very different environment now," said Stephen Baker, the chief electronics analyst for market researcher NPD Group Inc. "The real cool stuff now will be the tablets, e-readers and probably the higher-end digital cameras."

Best Buy recently announced that it will expand availability of the Apple iPad with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi +3G models to all 1,093 U.S. stores beginning Sept. 26.




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Suppliers Gearing Up for Next Generation iPad?

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Component suppliers of touch panels and reinforced glass are completing validation with Apple for the next generation iPad, according to a DigiTimes report.

Taiwan-based component suppliers tell DigiTimes that Apple is expected to launch the second-generation iPad in the first-quarter of 2011

The new capacity of TPK Touch Solutions and Wintek, the 4.5G plant of Cando, and the 4.5G plant of Chimei Innolux (CMI) are reportedly completing validation of ultra-thin glass-based touch panels with Apple, the component suppliers said.





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Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display Now Available

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The Apple 27-inch LED Cinema Display is now available for purchase from the Apple Store.

Connect the 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Display to your Mac and supersize your view with an incredible 2560-by-1440 resolution, LED backlighting for instant-on brightness, and an amazing 178-degree viewing angle. The LED Cinema Display features a universal MagSafe connector that charges your notebook, a Mini DisplayPort cable for easy connectivity, and three USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a built-in iSight camera, microphone, and 49-watt speaker system that provide a true desktop experience. Made of aluminum and glass, the LED Cinema Display is the perfect companion for the MacBook family. It’s also compatible with Mac desktop computers that have a Mini DisplayPort — Mac Pro, Mac mini, and iMac.

The display costs $999 and ships in 1-2 weeks.

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Warner Bros Says Participating in iTunes Rentals Would Hurt Full Season Sales

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Warner Bros says participating in Apple's iTunes TV Show rentals for 99 cents would have hurt sales of full seasons, according to the AP.

Chief Executive Barry Meyer made the comments at an investor conference hosted by Merrill Lynch in Newport Beach, California.

Apple launched the 99 cent rental service alongside a new Apple TV. Fox, ABC, and BBC agreed to the plan; however, Warner Bros refused because the 99 cent rental price was too low.


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Apple Stock Closes at Record New High of $276.57

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Apple has beat its previous high set last June and closed the day at $276.57, according to a Fortune report.

With the iPad set to go on sale the next morning in China and five South American countries, Apple (AAPL) shares rose $6.35 (2.35%) Thursday to close at a record $276.57. The stock is still a couple dollars shy of the record intraday high of $279.01 set on June 21, 2010.




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ABC's My Generation Sync Pushes Content to iPad While You Watch the Show

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ABC's My Generation Sync App pushes content to your iPad while you watch the show

Introducing ABC’s My Generation Sync for the iPad. For the first time, experience interactive TV in a whole new way. Interact with exclusive content pushed to your iPad while you watch ABC’s My Generation on your TV.

Features:
The app’s sync technology connects your iPad to your TV allowing you to participate in real time with the show. Take polls and quizzes, get behind the scenes info. All in real time. No additional equipment required. Turn on your TV, tune in to ABC’s My Generation, launch the app and hit the sync button to get started. You can use the ABC’s My Generation sync app while watching recorded episodes of My Generation as well.

ABC’s My Generation Show Description
What a difference 10 years makes. In 2000, a documentary crew follows a disparate group of high schoolers from Greenbelt High School in Austin, TX as they prepare for graduation, then revisits these former classmates ten years later as they return home to rediscover that just because they're not where they planned doesn't mean they're not right where they need to be. As these classmates return home to revisit their old hopes for their future, they'll discover that, even if you don't get exactly what you thought you wanted out of life, it's not too late to get what you need.

You can download ABC’s My Generation Sync from the App Store for free.














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The Sims 3 Ambitions Arrives in the App Store

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Electronic Arts has released The Simes 3 Ambitions in the App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch.

Now your Sims can turn passions into professions…Build dream homes or businesses…Even have BABIES! Get everything you love about The Sims and more from this all-new member of The Sims family of games for iPhone & iPod touch.

CAREER MODE! MAKE A DREAM A DESTINY
For the first time ever on iPhone & iPod touch, turn your Sims’ hobbies into fulfilling jobs. Will your Sim become a Firefighter? Rock Star? Artist? Teacher? Chef? Sports Star? Get down to business with new career-oriented goals, mini-games, outfits, and locations. Follow your Sims to work and see them get happier as they make their dreams come true.

BUILD MODE! CREATE A DREAM HOME OR BUILD UP A BUSINESS
Think big with the improved and expanded Build Mode feature. Resize, add, or delete rooms, floors, walls, doors, and windows as you make a new home for your success-driven Sim. Buy and sell furniture and objects. And now you can also build workplaces like a Bistro, a Preschool, or a Night Club for your musical Sim to rock.

BABIES! WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WISHING FOR!
Your most requested feature is here! For the first time on iPhone & iPod touch, your Sims can have babies! Feed them, play with them, and put them to bed! Watch Sims babies become Sims toddlers. Take them to the park, play hide-and-seek, or give them a little cuddle. Having Sims children changes everything!

IMPORT & EXPORT BETWEEN OTHER SIMS GAMES FOR iPHONE & iPOD
Bring in your favorite Sims from The Sims™ 3 and The Sims™ 3 World Adventures for iPhone & iPod touch. Give them the chance to pursue their dreams, too!

A COMPLETE EXPERIENCE! THE BIGGEST, BOLDEST YET
With all-new features, plus more of the Sims gameplay you know and love, this really is the fullest experience of The Sims ever made for iPhone & iPod touch!

You can purchase The Sims 3 Ambitions from the App Store for $4.99.














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