Thursday, December 30, 2010

Apple to Announce Verizon iPhone by Valentine's Day?

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Apple may announce a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 that works on Verizon by Valentine's Day, according to BusinessWeek.

Apple's introduction of an iPhone for use on Verizon's network will come sometime after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, according to a person familiar with Apple's plans who is not authorized to discuss them publicly.

The article surmises that the blow to AT&T may not be as bad as suggested, mainly because most customers are either locked into a contract or will not want to go through the hassle of switching carriers.

Still, even if AT&T loses more than twice as many customers as Hodulik projects, the carrier will not suffer a fatal blow. If 6 million of its customers defect, the $6 billion in lost annual revenue would amount to about 10 percent of AT&T's wireless sales in 2011, according to UBS projections. The $6 billion would be 4.8 percent of its total projected sales of $126 billion in 2011.

Earlier this month, AT&T started moving up iPhone 4 eligibility dates for some customers in what was seen as an effort to lock down as many contracts as possible before Verizon gets the device.




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Discourse is a Beautiful New Dictionary App for iPhone

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Discourse is a beautiful new dictionary application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The main goal of discourse is to offer you a simple-to-use and beautiful-to-look-at english dictionary.

Features:
• Beautiful look: Discourse features a beautiful book-like interface, with great typography that makes it easy on the eyes and a pleasure to look at.

• Simple and unique interface: Just start typing and Discourse will show you results based on what you typed; press in a result and the book will slide showing the definition, example, and related words of the word you looked up. Slide the book to the right and you'll be on the search screen again.

• Bookmarks: Tap the bookmark icon in a word and a ribbon will be laid down to let you know that word is bookmarked.

• History: The last few words you looked up are saved in in history so you can find them easily.

• Random word: Just shake the device and Discourse will show you a random word.

You can purchase Discourse from the App Store for a limited time price of $0.99.














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Man Punches Teen for Refusing to Turn Off iPhone on Flight

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Russell Miller, a 68-year-old Treasure Valley man, punched a 15-year-old teenager after he refused to turn off his iPhone.

Witnesses say the teen was on his iPhone playing games and listening to music. When the intercom announced that all electronics be turned off, the teen ignored the request. As a result, Russell Miller got angry and punched the 15 year old. The pilots radioed air traffic control and cops were sent to the gate to arrest Russell Miller.

He punched him so hard there was a mark on the teen's arm," Lipple said. "That gave us probable cause to believe the reports from the other passengers."

Miller was charged with one count of misdemeanor battery and booked into the Ada County jail.




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Ok, first off there is an airplane mode on idevices for a reason! Second no one has the right to attack anyone on a plane weather you are provoked or not, let alone a miner. Isn't there supposed to be a cop or USMarshall on every plane or did they stop doing that? Flight attendants need to be trained to know which electronics have airplane mode and which don't, to avoid these kinds of things happening in the future.

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Leaked iPad 2 Case Mold Drawings Show New Port?

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9to5Mac has obtained leaked iPad 2 case moldings which show tapered edges, a slightly contoured back, a back camera, and a brand new port.

Some new information we have discovered through these drawings is a brand new port opening on the left side of the device. We’re not sure what this opening is for but it is there on these latest iPad 2 design schematics. On the drawings there appears to be an SD card going into the port but that could just be a piece of the case mold machine. The latest rumors point to either a mini USB or a full USB port being present on the iPad 2 so it very well could be one or a combination of the three ports.

The site has also heard that the thickness of the iPad 2 is 8.5mm. The current iPad is 13.4mm at the center.










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Do we have to remind you about the iPod touch 3rd gen cases and rumors that it would have the camera?? These are mainly guesses by manufactures of how these idevices will look, and anyone with a cad program can make this drawing it's not hard..






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Apple Expects iPad 2 to Outsell Market Estimates

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Touch panel shipment estimates reveal that Apple is planning to sell far more iPad 2s than the market expects.

DigiTimes reports:

LG Display is estimated to land orders for 35 million iPad panels in 2011, and Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI), who is scheduled to join Apple's iPad supply chain in the first quarter of 2011, will each receive orders for 15 million units.

Based on these estimates, iPad panel shipments (including first and second generation models) will reach 65 million units in 2011, which is significantly higher than market estimates of 45-48 million units for the year.

The latest iPad 2 rumors have the device sporting a sleeker shape, a camera, and a wide-range speaker.




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Angry Birds Creator Predicts iOS Will Be Number One For a Long Time

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Peter Verterbacka, known as the 'Mighty Eagle' at Rovio Mobile, offers his thoughts on developing for different platforms during an interview with technmarketing.

When asked how he viewed the various mobile OSs in regard to the future of mobile technology, this is his reply:

"Apple will be the number one platform for a long time from a developer perspective, they have gotten so many things right. And they know what they are doing and they call the shots. Android is growing, but it's also growing complexity at the same time. Device fragmentation not the issue, but rather the fragmentation of the ecosystem. So many different shops, so many different models. The carriers messing with the experience again. Open but not really open, a very Google centric ecosystem. And paid content just doesn’t work on Android.

Besides Apple and Google, it will be interesting to see how long it will take for Nokia to get their act together. MeeGo is clearly the future there, remains to be seen how big and how soon. HP-Palm webOS is a really cool OS and has been a pleasure developing for that one, but the volume is irrelevant for the time being. Everything else is more or less "interesting" right now, ie no real business to be had, at least not yet."

You can read the full interview with Verterbacka at this link...


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