Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BackBoard Saves Your iPhone Home Screen Configuration

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BackBoard is a new Cydia app that saves your iPhone Home Screen configuration and lets you easily switch between multiple backups.

Easily backup your Home Screen. Ever wished you could set up a theme and never have to do it again? Well now you can! With BackBoard, you can easily switch between multiple Springboard backups with a tap of your fingertips. Never bother with taking hours to set up the most complex themes.

BackBoard creates a backup of all:
● User settings
● Home-screen layout
● Mobilesubstrate configuration
● Hidden Apps
● Webclips
● Home-screen wallpaper
● Folders

You can download BackBoard free from the ModMyi Cydia Repository.










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Sanwa Releases HDMI Adapter for iDevices

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Sanwa has released an HDMI adapter that is compatible with the iPhone 4 and iPad, according to akihabaranews.

It allows you to display videos from your device on your TV with a 720p quality, as well as pictures, presentations via Keynote, and any file Goodreader can open. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with earlier versions of iPhone or with any iPod at the moment. Measuring 53.5×53×13mm it sells for 5980 yens.
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CNN Names Antenna Gate the Biggest Tech Fail of 2010

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CNN has named Antenna Gate the biggest tech fail of 2010. Ping also makes the list at number ten.

1. iPhone 4 'Antennagate'
First Apple said the problem didn't exist. Then they said it was a software issue. Then they kind-of admitted it existed and gave away free cases to help. Then, they said it doesn't really exist anymore and stopped giving away the bumpers.

Months later, the problem is all but forgotten and the phones show no sign of dipping in popularity. So "fail," in this case, is a pretty relative term.

10. iTunes Ping
There's a whole social network set up in Apple's iTunes store now. Didn't know that? Well, there you go.

Not all musical artists are on there. And it doesn't integrate with Facebook. (Although Ping and Twitter just linked up). And, a lot of the time, it simply pushes you to buy music. Needless to say, Ping hasn't really caught on.

Hit this link to view the entire list...

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Apple Sued Twice Over User Tracking

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Apple is facing two lawsuits over the collection and sharing of user data with outside companies, according to an iLounge report.

Both suits—Lalo v. Apple and Freeman v. Apple—were filed in the Northern District of California; the former was first reported by Bloomberg while the latter was spotted by Wired. Both suits appear to be heavily based on research compiled and published by the Wall Street Journal, which showed that some apps send age, gender, location, and phone identifier information to ad networks without notifying the user.

The suit, filed on behalf of Jonathan Lalo, complains that "Some apps are also selling additional information to ad networks, including users' location, age, gender, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation and political views."

The Freeman suit holds Apple responsible for approving the applications that track user data. "Defendant Apple, by exercising significant control over App developers and sharing profits with them, has created a 'community of interest' with the other Defendants to render them joint venturers, who are responsible for each other’s torts. Defendant Apple has also aided and abetted the remaining Defendants in the commission of their legal wrongs against Plaintiffs and the proposed class."

Lalo identifies offending applications such as Pandora, Paper Toss, the Weather Channel and Dictionary.com, naming them as defendants along with Apple. Freeman names Toss It, Text4Plus, The Weather Channel, Talking Tom Cat, and Pimple Popper Lite in addition to Apple.




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IKEA App Lets You Toast to the New Year

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IKEA Skål is a new app that automatically exchanges contact information while you toast to the New Year.

Choose what drink you'd like to toast with (champagne, wine, beer or milk). Find a nice person to toast with (that also has the app). Skål! (Cheers!) When you toast you automatically exchange names and photos (so that you can stay in touch). Both cameras will take a picture of the toast so that you can cherish that moment forever. You can then share the combined picture with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Last but not least, you can share your picture in our photo gallery (or just browse other people's pictures).

You can download IKEA Skål! from the App Store for free.










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Apple to Release Wi-Fi, UMTS, and CDMA Versions of iPad 2?

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Apple will reportedly release three versions of the iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, according to DigiTimes.

Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, according to industry sources, citing upstream component makers.

Apple is also working on strengthening the iPad 2's anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments to compete with the Kindle and other e-Book readers.

The iPad 2 is expected to launch by the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second and DigiTimes sources estimate that Apple will ship 40 million units in 2011, accounting for 65-75% of the entire tablet market.




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Mozilla Developer Discusses Possibility of Firefox on iOS

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Mozilla developer Matt Brubeck comments on whether Firefox Mobile ever be released for iOS devices on Quora.com saying,

"We have no plans to release the full Firefox browser for Apple iOS devices. The current iOS SDK agreement forbids apps like Firefox that include their own compilers and interpreters.

Other browsers for iOS use the built-in WebKit libraries (like Skyfire) or do not execute any JavaScript on the device itself (like Opera Mini, which uses a proxy server). Mozilla could create a browser that did one of those things, but it wouldn't be related to Firefox in any way.

It's technically possible to port Firefox to iOS, and some people have done some work on that in their spare time. But unless Apple removes these restrictions, Mozilla will not spend time and money on this project. The development would likely violate the SDK agreement, and it would not be distributable to non-jailbreak iOS users."

This has pretty much been the standard Mozilla response; however, its interesting to note that some work has been done on the port. Currently, Mozilla's only presence on the iPhone is Firefox Home, an app which provides access to your desktop history, bookmarks, and open tabs.




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