Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Google Asks Manufacturers to Delay Google TV Launch

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Google has asked manufacturers to delay their launches of Google TV so that it can improve the product after it received lukewarm reviews, according to the New York Times.

Although Google already has a deal with Sony for its Internet TVs, other television makers — Toshiba, LG Electronics and Sharp — were prepared to flaunt their versions of the systems.

But Google has asked the TV makers to delay their introductions, according to people familiar with the company’s plans, so that it can refine the software, which has received a lukewarm reception. The late request caught some of the manufacturers off guard.

The NYT notes that Google has faced the same situation with its launch of Android for tablets and ChromeOS for netbooks.




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Noteshelf for iPad Gets Multitasking, Printing, Zoom Support

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Noteshelf, a note taking app for the iPad, has been updated with Multitasking, Printing, and Zoom support.

Noteshelf is a powerful note taking app that provides extremely smooth handwriting and a comprehensive set of notebook templates.

AMAZINGLY NATURAL INK
Silky smooth natural handwriting with a choice of 17 color shade ink pens allows you to create rapid and vibrant notes.

COMPREHENSIVE TEMPLATE LIBRARY
Enjoy note taking with our 17 beautiful and practical notebook templates that meet all your note taking needs. Everything you need is provided from simple ruled and checked notebooks to a day planner, task manager, personal journal, music notes and shopping lists to name just a few.

EMBED & ANNOTATE PHOTOS
Embed photos in your notes to bring them to life and make a lasting and memorable impression. You can even write on the photos!

EXTENSIVE ICONS COLLECTION
Easily highlight key points in your notes using our extensive collection of icons (over 450 icons in 5 categories) to put your own personal stamp on your notes.

WRIST PROTECTION
Our unique Wrist Protection feature allows you to comfortably rest your wrist on the screen without having to worry about overwriting notes or creating unwanted lines.

ZOOM WRITING MODE
Write comfortably with your finger or stylus and still fit more notes on a single page by using the special zoom writing mode.

EASY NAVIGATION
The thumbnail view of note pages enables you to quickly navigate between pages in your notebooks.

MANY EXPORT OPTIONS
Many export options including DROPBOX and EVERNOTE permits you to easily share or print your notes, exactly as you see them on your iPad, including even the page style.

UNLIMITED UNDO/REDO
Unlimited undo/redo capabilities should you ever decide to change your mind while taking notes.

BACKUP
The Backup/Restore function gives you the peace of mind that you wont lose your important notes.

USER GUIDE
The 'easily to follow' User Guide located on the note shelf make it a breeze to get the maximum use out of all the features right from the second you buy the app.

What's New In This Version:
- Zoom mode
- iOS Multitasking
- iOS Printing
- Export to iPad photo album
- Export quality improvement
- Stickers quality improvement
- New shelf theme
- Show date on notebook pages
- A number of usability enhancements

IMPORTANT: We recommend you backup your data before making the upgrade using the backup procedure described in the user guide.

You can purchase Noteshelf from the App Store for $4.99.












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World's Biggest iPhone Created With 56 iPads

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Square Enix has created the world's biggest iPhone display using 56 iPads to promote Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, according to ElectricPig.

The gargantuan iDevice made an appearance in London’s busy St Pancras International Train Station today to celebrate the launch of Lara Croft Guardian of Light on the Apple App Store.

Strictly speaking it’s not an iPhone. It’s made entirely using iPads – 56 of them in fact. A handful of lucky Londoners who were among the first to glimpse it even got to walk away with their own iPad.

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is the first ever co-op action/adventure game featuring La ra Croft. This brand extension incorporates the hallmarks of the Tomb Raider franchise including exploration, discovery, platforming, and puzzle solving. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light allows players to experience Lara Croft from an isometric viewpoint, and combines new gameplay features such as character progression, fun fast-paced combat, and elements of cooperation and competition.

You can purchase Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light from the App Store for $6.99.

















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Foursquare Adds Photos and Comments to iPhone App

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Foursquare has added photos and comments to their iPhone app that lets you easily tell friends where you are.

foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards.

While on the go, you can easily tell friends where you are, share pictures, get their comments ("I'm right around the corner, I'll stop by to say hello"), and get insider tips ("order the Lobster Ravioli; it's the best dish by far."). Tons of places offer discounts and freebies to foursquare users, and you earn points and badges for doing the things you love.

What's New In This Version:
Thanks for helping us hit 5 million users! Here's our holiday gift to you to say thanks: photos and comments in the app!

● Comments make meeting up and exploring so much easier. Improve your day by telling a friend that you’re around the corner and they should swing by. And getting a last-minute comment reminding you to order the best dish saves your meal.
● Tips with photos changes everything. See dishes before ordering them, figure out if a venue looks fun, or easily identify a hard-to-find spot. More info = better exploration.
● Memories come to life. You can visit your [history] page on
foursquare.com to see all the places you’ve been, with photos and comments preserved. Remembering is more fun than ever.

You can download foursquare from the App Store for free.
















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AT&T Acquires Wireless Spectrum from Qualcomm

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In an effort to enhance its mobile broadband network, AT&T has agreed to purchase spectrum licenses in the Lower 700 MHz frequency band from Qualcomm for $1.925 billion. The move will bolster AT&T’s ability to provide an advanced 4G mobile broadband experience for its customers in the years ahead.

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Qualcomm currently uses the licenses to support the service business of FLO TV Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, and the sale follows Qualcomm's previously announced plan to evaluate strategic options for the FLO TV business. Qualcomm expects that the FLO TV business and network will be shut down in March 2011.

The spectrum covers more than 300 million people total nationwide: 12 MHz of Lower 700 MHz D and E block spectrum covers more than 70 million people in five of the top 15 U.S. metropolitan areas — New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco; 6 MHz of Lower 700 MHz D block spectrum covers more than 230 million people across the rest of the U.S.

As part of its longer-term 4G network plans, AT&T intends to deploy this spectrum as supplemental downlink, using carrier aggregation technology. This technology is designed to deliver substantial capacity gains and is expected to be enabled with the completion of 3GPP Release 10. AT&T expects to begin deploying this spectrum once compatible handsets and network equipment are developed.

As more fully described in its separate announcement today, Qualcomm intends to integrate carrier aggregation technology into its chipset roadmap, to enable supplemental downlink to address increased consumer demand for rich mobile media content. AT&T expects to deploy this technology, demonstrating its commitment to deliver a great mobile broadband experience — now and in the future.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, and AT&T and Qualcomm anticipate closing the sale during the second half of calendar year 2011.




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Angry Birds HD for iPad Adds Game Center, 15 New Levels

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Angry Birds HD for iPad has been updated with Game Center support, 15 new levels, and more.

The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value. Each of the 210 levels requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy.

Features:
Features 210 levels, leaderboards, achievements, Facebook and Twitter integration, and lots and lots of Angry Birds!

What's New In This Version:
● A NEW THEME IN THE FRONTIER BADLANDS
● 15 NEW LEVELS – NO BELLYACHIN’
● A NEW GOLDEN EGG FOR Y’ALL CITY SLICKERS
● GAME CENTER SUPPORT
● COWBOY UP WITH THE MIGHTY EAGLE

You can purchase Angry Birds HD from the App Store for $4.99.









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Sams Club Offers iPhone 4 at Lowest Price Ever

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Sams Club is offering the iPhone 4 for $147 with a 2 year contract, the lowest price we've seen yet.

The Sams Club discount is being offered until Christmas day and also applies to the iPhone 3GS, bringing its price down to $47.


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Tracking App Secretly Records Owner's Whereabouts

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SolarSpark Productions has introduced Pro Track 1.0 for iPhone, their new utility that allows users to secretly record all movements made, and locations visited by anyone carrying an iPhone. Employing a combination of GPS and Cell Tower tracking data, all entries are stored in a log with date and time, and may be examined by opening Pro Track. The multi-tasking app runs invisibly in the background, and the owner may use the device and all its functions normally. Setting the app for maximum accuracy warns, "Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life."

Pro Track can be used to shadow anyone who carries an iPhone. It could be the user's 12-year-old daughter or aged father. It could also be the user's spouse, business associate, or girlfriend. Or it could easily be a courier service or other business, keeping track of their employees. The technology itself is neutral; only in specific cases might ethical questions arise. Clearly, creative technocrats will find unthought-of uses for a veritably tamper-proof, minute-accurate log of where someone has been and how they got there.

Feature Highlights:
* Secretly track the movements of any iPhone owner
* Five accuracy levels
* Tracking is performed invisibly in the background
* Records a detailed log of date, time, and location
* Ideal for long-term tracking over months, or short-term over hours

The app manual refers to the person being tracked as "the target", and recommends that the user weigh battery life versus required tracking accuracy when doing the initial setup. Five buttons offer a selection of accuracy settings: 3 km (1.8 miles), 1 km (0.6 miles), 100 m (328 feet), 10 m (32 feet), and Best (10 feet). For tracking over weeks or longer the 3 km setting is recommended, since it does not use the built-in GPS function at all, and consumes little power. The user can expect log entries to be made approximately every 3 km. With iOS 4 Apple introduced a new, supplementary positioning system based on a complex algorithm performing continuous positional triangulations between cell phone towers. And because the iPhone is constantly in "Receive" mode, searching for cell towers, these location coordinates are purchased with practically no cost to the battery. This continuous, background, global positioning system Apple calls Region Monitoring.

Choosing one of the more accurate settings activates the GPS system. At the Best setting the GPS remains on in the background continuously, providing extremely accurate data. Other settings employ the GPS only intermittently, helping to preserve battery power. Opening the app after it has been running allows the user to view the tracking log and all locations on the full screen satellite and/or street map. If the app has been stopped and re-started, this fact will appear on the log. The log data is displayed using Apple's infinite, rotating odometer with a horizontal colored line highlighting the fifth of ten visible entries.

"Have you ever wondered where your spouse has been all day?" asked SolarSpark Productions CEO, Spark So. "Now, with Pro Track for iPhone, you can get the answer."

Pricing and Availability:
Pro Track 1.0 is only $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Utilities category. Review copies are available upon request.






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