Wednesday, October 27, 2010

iDOS Emulator Runs DOS and Windows on the iPhone, iPad

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iDOS, a DOS emulator based on dosbox, for the iPhone and iPad, has been released on the App Store.

TouchArcade notes that the 'capabilities of this emulator is insane'. Users have been already been successful in installing Windows 3.0, Space Quest, Sierra adventure games, and more.

Just for an idea of exactly how deep the iDOS rabbit hole goes, and what the emulator is actually capable of: After blasting this link out to everyone I know, my friend Sam successfully installed Windows 3.0 and is currently playing Windows Solitaire on his iPad:

Features:
- PC compatible soft keyboard
- Mouse support
- Screen mode: Portrait/Landscape/Fullscreen
- You can force 4:3 screen aspect ratio
- Customizable floating keypad for iPhone, and iPad fullscreen mode.

You can purchase iDOS from the App Store for $0.99. It's unclear if this was an accidental approval by Apple. You may want to download it quickly just to make sure.












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Steve Jobs 'Raged at Microsoft' Over Halo Acquisition

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Steve Jobs reportedly 'raged at Microsoft' over the acquisition of Bungie, the company that created Halo.

According to Ed Fries, the former VP of Game Publishing at Microsoft, Jobs was furious to lose the developer who was working on Halo for Mac and PC. The Apple CEO had hosted a public preview of Halo at Macworld just months before.

Fries was responsible for brokering a deal with Apple back in 2000 to make the peace.

"As soon as we announced we bought Bungie, Steve Jobs called," Fries said.

"He was mad at [Microsoft CEO Steve] Ballmer and phoned him up and was angry because we’d just bought the premier Mac game developer and made them an Xbox developer."

"So, during the day, I got an email from Steve Ballmer asking me to phone Steve Jobs and calm him down about the whole thing," he said.

"Anyway, we did this deal with Apple where we’d port some PC games to the Macintosh and help Peter Tamte create this company to do it, and I had to go to a Mac developer conference and get on stage and talk about this whole new partnership. It was a pretty strange time."




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Amazon Launches Windowshop App for the iPad

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The Amazon Windowshop app is a top to bottom rewrite of Amazon.com designed and built specifically for the iPad.

It is an amazing new way to shop Amazon's millions of items. Same selection, same low prices, same fast delivery, same benefits of your Amazon Prime membership – just a completely new fluid interface designed specifically for lean-back, touch screen tablets. With the flick of a finger you will be able to visually browse across many best selling product categories.

Windowshop for iPad allows you to:
• Discover more products within a category by touching the category (column) heading and be presented with all of the subcategories with hundreds of additional, related products.
• Explore the deep Amazon.com catalog by selecting the Browse button and picking the list type desired (Best Sellers, New Releases, Recommendations, etc…) then browse the categories and subcategories to find the products you are looking for.
• Learn more about the products by selecting the product from the grid of product images and be presented with the detailed product screen including the pictures and videos related to that product (which includes 30 second samples for the music items). Included are tabs for product details and description, user reviews, and related products.
• Take advantage of Amazon Prime membership by easily discovering which products qualify for Amazon Prime.
• Get a close-up view of the product by tapping on the product image and leverage the iPad capabilities to zoom into the hi resolution images.
• Complete purchases quickly by taking advantage of Amazon 1-Click checkout.
• Share items you have discovered via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
• Save an item for later by adding it to your Wish List.
• Access all of your wish lists.
• Continue your Amazon shopping as the Windowshop application uses the same Amazon account, cart, wish, list, authentication, etc.

The categories within the Amazon Windowshop App browse experience include: Books, Textbooks, Kindle Magazines & Newspapers, Movies, Music, TV Episodes, Games, CDs, Electronics, Home & Garden, Automotive, Baby, Beauty, Camera & Photo, Cell Phone & Services, Clothing, Computers, Grocery, Health & Personal Care, Home Improvement, Industrial & Scientific, Jewelry, Kitchen & Dining, Magazines, MP3 Music, Music Instruments, Office Products, Patio & Garden, Shoes, Software, Sports & Outdoors, Video, & Watches.

You can download Windowshop from the App Store for free















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White iPhone 4 is Available to Reserve in Updated Apple Store App

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The much sought after white iPhone 4 is available to reserve using the newly updated Apple Store app.

Navigating to the store of your choosing, selecting the "Reservations" tab, followed by "Reserve Product" will actually allow you to select the white iPhone 4 in either 16GB or 32GB configurations.

This is hopefully a sign that the device will make its appearance before the holidays. If you have been waiting for its release you may want to make a reservation as soon as possible.




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Apple Store App Updated With Check-In, Reservations, Engraving

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The Apple Store app has been updated with the ability to check-in at Apple Stores for reservation pickup and customer assistance, as well as, the ability to reserve products and add engraving and gift wrapping to select purchases.

Tap the Apple Store app on your iPhone or iPod touch, and you can do all things Apple. Buy Apple products and accessories and read customer reviews. Add free laser engraving and choose signature gift wrap on select products to make your items even more special. Find Apple Retail Stores, reserve select Apple products for pickup at your favorite store, and request help when you are at the store. Schedule Genius Bar and One to One reservations and check in for them when you arrive.

The Apple Store app is also the easiest way to buy or reserve your new iPhone — right from your current iPhone. You can do it in just a few taps, without entering your AT&T account information. Order your new iPhone from the Apple Online Store and it's shipped to you free and ready to use. Or reserve your new iPhone, pick it up at an Apple Retail Store, and we'll set it up for you in minutes.

Apple Online Store Features
- Explore new and featured products from Apple.
- Buy a new iPhone and other Apple products, accessories, and software.
- Add free personal engraving to any new iPad or iPod.
- Choose signature gift wrapping for any iPad or iPod, select Mac notebooks, and select Apple software and accessories.
- Read customer reviews and get answers to product questions.

Apple Retail Store Features
- Reserve iPhone and other select products for pick up.
- Request help, check in for reservations, and receive meet-up alerts when you are at a store (iOS 4 required).
- Make Genius Bar and One to One reservations.
- Sign up for workshops and events.

What's New In This Version:
- Add engraving and gift wrapping to select purchases from the Apple Online Store.
- Reserve products for pickup at an Apple Retail Store.
- Check in for reservations and request help within stores (iOS 4 required).
- Add Apple Retail Store reservations directly to iCal.

Please note: With Location Services on and the Apple Store app open, Apple will use your location to identify nearby Apple Retail Stores and to offer additional services when you are in a store. If you have previously opted into the Apple Store app using location but do not want this new feature, you can update your Location Services preferences in General Settings.

You can download Apple Store from the App Store for free.














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Shopping for Kosher? There's An App For That!

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Davka Corporation has announced the release of cRc Kosher 1.0 for iOS, an app that includes kosher product lists, a guide to kosher fruits and vegetables, and a listing of over 80 Kosher agencies worldwide recommended by the cRc, the Chicago Rabbinical Council.

Crc Kosher provides up-to-date information about the kosher status of popular beverages, fruits and vegetables, liquor, and specialty drinks. These product lists are updated daily and provide specific information regarding kosher requirements for a wide variety of foods. Users can scroll through an alphabetical list of brands and foods, or quickly search the app's database to find the necessary information.

CRC Kosher's listing of more than 80 recommended kosher agencies worldwide is particularly helpful for travelers, who may not be familiar with kosher symbols used on local packaging. The app illustrates the different types of kosher agency symbols and logos used on packaging, as well as the contact information for the various agencies. Users can view the listing of recommended agencies by country, and can even search for agencies by the shape of the specific agency logo.

In addition, cRc Kosher also provides one-click email access to the cRc for posting questions and information requests regarding products and agencies listed in the app.

Pricing and Availability:
cRc Kosher 1.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.



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Apple Developing Custom Built-In SIM Card for iPhone?

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GigaOM reports that Apple has partnered with digital security firm Gemalto to create a custom SIM card that would exist as a built-in chip inside the iPhone to allow users to activate their devices with a broad array of carriers without requiring extensive interactions directly with the carriers.
It is rumored that Apple and Gemalto have created a SIM card, which is typically a chip that carries subscriber identification information for the carriers, that will be integrated into the iPhone itself. Then customers will then be able to choose their carrier at purchase at the Apple web site or retail store, or buy the phone and get their handset up and running through a download at the App Store as opposed to visiting a carrier store or calling the carrier.

The report notes that the new technology would be of most use in Europe, where there are many competitive carriers operating on similar technologies within a relatively compact geographic area.
The Gemalto SIM, according to my sources, is embedded in a chip that has an upgradeable flash component and a ROM area. The ROM area contains data provided by Gemalto with everything related to IT and network security, except for the carrier related information. The flash component will receive the carrier related data via a local connection which could be the PC or a dedicated device, so it can be activated on the network. Gemalto will provide the back-end infrastructure that allows service and number provisioning on the carrier network.

Sources for the report have indicated that executives from several French carriers have traveled to Apple's Cupertino headquarters in recent weeks to discuss the development, which could allow Apple to significantly simplify the iPhone sales and distribution process while offering customers the flexibility to easily activate service and switch carriers on their own.

Apple's iPhone currently utilizes a removable SIM card, issued by the user's carrier to allow the device to operate on its network.




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WSJ Readers Believe Microsoft Has the Best Mobile OS

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WSJ readers believe that Microsoft has the best mobile operating system, followed by Google, and then Apple in a distant third place.

BlackBerry maker RIM fired back at Apple, saying it thinks "many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple." The statement comes in response to comments from Apple's Steve Jobs saying that RIM is out of its comfort level in unfamiliar territory. At the same time, Google is chiding Apple for its closed operating system while Android invites participation. Who's right? What's the best system, technologically? For consumers?

We aren't really sure how this result is possible considering that Microsoft only just released Windows Phone 7; however, the company has managed to capture 41.7% of the vote.




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Microsoft Releases Messenger for Mac 8 With Video Chat

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Microsoft has announced that Messenger for Mac 8 is now out of beta and available for download.

Messenger for Mac 8 provides real-time collaboration between Mac users and their Messenger friends, whether those friends are using Messenger on a PC, phone, through Hotmail, or on another Mac. You can use instant messaging, audio, and video calls to communicate with your Messenger contacts by signing in with your Windows Live ID.

You can download Messenger for Mac 8 from here. It will also soon be available as part of the Office for Mac 2011 suite.




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Nielson Blunders on Claim That 1/3 of iPad Owners Never Downloaded an App

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Nielson has backtracked on their startling claim that 1/3 of all iPad owners have never downloaded an app.

The usually reputable Nielsen Company now says, "This article and the related download have been amended to reflect updates to the percentage of iPad users in the survey downloading apps."

Turns out the percentage of iPad owners that have never downloaded an app is 9%. You can see the updated chart below...

Original


Revised



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Safari Extension Converts All YouTube Videos to HTML5

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An unofficial Safari 5 extension removes the need to use flash on YouTube by converting all videos to their HTML5 tag equivalents. It also has the benefits of decreased CPU usage compared to flash, and the removal of in-video ads.

Compared to the Youtube HTML5 beta, this extension coverts all videos, even those with ads such as Vevo. You can also view videos in HD by selecting it in system preferences (720p or 1080p). To download the extension, click here(make sure you have extension enabled)







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Microsoft Releases Software to Sync Windows Phone 7 to Mac

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Microsoft has released a beta of Windows Phone Connector for Mac, an application to sync your Windows Phone 7 device with your computer.

Windows Phone 7 Connector lets your syncronize your favorite music, videos, photos and podcasts from iTunes and iPhoto to your Windows Phone 7, so you can take your media with you wherever you go.


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Critical iPhone Security Bug Lets You Bypass Passcode Lock [Video]

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A new security bug has been found in iOS 4.1 that lets you bypass an iPhone's passcode lock to make calls and access contact information.

Instructions to Reproduce:
● Lock your iPhone using a passcode
● Press Emergency Call
● Dial a non existant number #946494
● Immediately press the Power button as it begins making the call

After performing these steps the contacts application will open giving you access to the entire address book, recent call history, and voicemail of the person's iPhone.

You can also make calls and send emails.

Apple has reportedly been notified of the security bug already.

Bug no iOS 4.1 from Salomão Filho on Vimeo.












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Fast Copy Makes iPhone Copy & Paste Perform Snappier

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Fast Copy is a new Cydia tweak that removes the lag when copying and pasting on the iPhone.

The editing menu (Copy, Paste Select All, etc.) always seems to lag for a moment with the button you pressed highlighted before actually performing the action. This is actually just a delay; this tweak removes it, making copying and pasting feel much snappier

Comex has made Fast Copy available to download free from the BigBoss Cydia Repository.




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Apple Begins Selling HDMI to HDMI Cable

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Apple is now selling its own HDMI to HDMI cable for use with the Apple TV.

The Apple HDMI to HDMI cable lets you connect an Apple TV, Mac mini, or other HDMI device to an HDTV or A/V receiver. Both high-definition digital video and multi-channel digital audio are delivered over this single cable for stunning picture and sound.

The cable is 1.8m long and can be purchased for $19.00


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