Saturday, April 30, 2011

iOS 4.2.7 Jailbreak Untether Released For Verizon iPhone

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iH8Sn0w and Pushfix have released a Cydia package to untether your currently tethered Verizon 4.2.7 iPhone. This package will work for those who have jailbroken by pointing RedSn0w to the 4.2.6 ipsw.

I originally ordered a Verizon iPhone 4 for my upcoming SHSH blobs dumper. Then I + many others on twitter realized that an untether was not available for 4.2.7. Over the past few weeks, I've been sick and didn't do much, but today I was finally able to get the strength to work on this Verizon untether. Since i0n1c's payload is not easily reversible, I went to previous exploits. After trying, pod2g's + posixninja's kernel exploit for 4.2.x is STILL in 4.2.7! After some more work, I managed to get this thing untethered!

You can install the "Verizon Untether for 4.2.7" by adding the http://cydia.pushfix.info repo to Cydia.

iH8Sn0w has also released Sn0wBreeze 2.6.1 with support for the iOS 4.2.7 untether.



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OSX Lion new external monitor settings.

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Along with the release of an updated OSX lion beta release come new findings, like the new way that lion handles an external screen. Usually when you have an external screen connected to your Mac leopard and below and you close the lid on your MacBook your Mac goes to sleep, now it seems that OSX Lion has new settings that leave the Mac up and running when you have an external monitor connected and lid is closed as shown in the video below:

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Reading List feature coming to Safari in Mac OS X Lion

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MacRumors found an interesting new feature in the latest Mac OS X Lion builds called the Safari Reading List. Reading List is a feature akin to services like Instapaper, and allows you to save webpages “to read later”. The feature is not fully activated in Lion Safari, but the application’s help menu breaks it down.

If you come across a webpage or link that you want to read later, Reading List gives you an easy way to save the link.
The concept is very simple. When you want to save a link for later, simply click shift and click the link and it will go into your reading list for later viewing:


To open up your reading list, simply click the reading glasses icon next to the bookmarks icon (not yet visible in Lion). You can also view saved links/articles in “reader mode” – a feature that debuted with Safari 5 last year.

Instapaper’s Marco Ament comments and reactions via Twitter are below:


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More evidence pointing to Find my Mac launching with Mac OS X Lion

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When the first developer previews of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion were released, we reported on our findings of “Find my Mac” strings hidden deep in the operating system. At that time there was no concrete evidence that Apple is bringing their Find my iPhone service to the Mac, but now there are some strong indicators in the latest Lion update, that Find my Mac is launching with Lion. The first would be the Find my Mac icon, which is reminiscent of the Find my iPhone icon.


Additionally, there is something called Find my Mac messenger. We’re not too sure what this is, but we speculate that it might be a way for the Mac’s finder to instant message with the Mac’s owner. Apple is set to unveil a revamped MobileMe, so it’s possible that Apple will throw some instant messenger client for Find my Mac into the new web interface.


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Friday, April 29, 2011

NPD: Verizon iPhone stops the Android marketshare march

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NPD data shows that the iPhone, backed by its release on Verizon in the US, actually reversed the market share growth of Android for the first time in two years. This news comes amid mixed information about CDMA iPhones. Reports surfaced today that CDMA iPhone production was cut in half, yet Android-heavy Sprint said the Verizon iPhone had materially impacted its own sales.

Android still did account for half of all US sales, however.

According to NPD’s “Mobile Phone Track” consumer tracking service, for the first time a majority (54 percent) of all new mobile-phone handsets purchased by U.S. consumers were smartphones. Driven by increases in smartphone sales in Q1 2011, average selling prices for all mobile phones rose 2 percent over the previous quarter to reach $102; however, average prices for smartphones actually declined by 3 percent (falling to $145).The Android OS lost ground for the first time since Q2 2009, falling to 50 percent of smartphone unit sales in Q1 2011 compared to 53 percent in the prior quarter. Apple iOS share rose 9 percentage points to comprise 28 percent of smartphone unit sales. BlackBerry OS also lost ground, falling 5 points, to 14 percent.“The rise of Apple and HTC show how companies can drive change in a mature device market to change the rules of the game,” said Rubin. “The overall success of U.S. market leaders Samsung and LG will be tied to their success in the smartphone market.”
It appears that the US smartphone race is coming down to two horses.

Perhaps the white iPhone will keep the momentum going in the next quarter?

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Foxconn employees leaked iPad 2 design to accessory makers

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Three Foxconn employees are accused of leaking the iPad 2 design to accessory maker and are being charged with it, DigiTimes reports.

Several online shopping retailers in China were able to sell iPad 2′s protective case products before the iPad 2 was even launched, leading Foxconn to suspect that there might have been some employees leaking the design of iPad 2 which it reported to the local police. The local police on December 26, 2010, arrested three employees that were suspected of leaking the design, and officially charged the three employees for violating the company’s trade secrets on March 23, 2011, the reported added.

First iPad 2 cases surfaced last December, a possible indication that some accessory makers may have been given iPad 2 design specs four full months ahead of the official introduction. Our original post was asked to be taken down, yet many more designs appeared. A lot of Apple-related leaks originate these days from Asian suppliers and contract manufacturers, but it has been rare to see those companies press charges against sources.
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Verizon iPhone hurt Sprint sales

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Sprint Nextel has just reported their first quarter results, their first full quarter of Verizon iPhone availability. Despite adding more than 1.1 million total wireless net subscribers (prepaid: 846,000, postpaid: 310,000), best ever prepaid churn of 1.81 percent, and the lowest prepaid churn of 4.36 percent in over five years, they could have attracted even more customers if it weren’t for that pesky CDMA iPhone.

Sprint CEO Dan Hesse told analysts on a conference call that Verizon’s introduction of the iPhone “did have an impact on our performance for the quarter”. He would not put a dollar value to it, though. On the other hand, there are indications that CDMA iPhone sales are not currently brisk. Digitimes reports that Apple may have cut CDMA iPhone 4 orders by half to five million units, down from the ten million CDMA units originally commissioned for the entire 2011. Are potential Verizon iPhone buyers simply waiting for a next-generation iPhone?
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If you need a white iPhone 4 now, head to a store, online inventories are going fast!

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The mythical white iPhone 4 has finally landed on store shelves, as Apple promised yesterday. This time it’s for real and long lines in Hong Kong serve as an indication that Apple may have another hit on their hands, even if they only changed the color from black to white. Having waited ten months for Apple to finally produce the elegant device, it’s understandable people don’t want to wait another day.

If you’re in the market for a white iPhone, better head to the nearest Apple store right away because online orders are estimated to ship in 3-5 business days. Ouch. Looks like all stock of white iPhones is being sent to own retail stores, carriers and third-party retailers like Walmart and Best Buy. Makes sense to avoid repeating the iPad 2 launch woes when a lot of disappointed customers left home empty-handed after having waited in the line for hours.



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Credit card giant Visa funds Twitter founder’s Square mobile payment startup

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Jack Dorsey, the man who co-founded Twitter and Square, has managed to secure financial backing for his latter startup. The much-needed cash will be provided by Visa, one of the leading credit card brands. The funding comes on top of existing investments by Sequoia Capital and Khosla Ventures.

Square makes a handy dongle that turns your iPhone or Android phone into a mobile credit card reader. They hit the ground running when Apple put the device on sale on both its online and brick-and-mortar stores.




Reuters reports that Visa got a seat on Square’s advisory board although the extent of their investment remains unspecified.

The funding hasn’t changed anything in Square’s product portfolio. Furthermore, the company continues to offer their free smartphone software and the iPhone/Android dongle.

This could be the beginning of a lucrative side-business for Visa because Square targets people who need to charge clients on the spot, which includes a wide variety of professions and real-life situations.
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South Park spoofs iPhone location tracking

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Apple is again all over South Park. Season 15 of the animated television series premiered yesterday and it aired with a bunch of humorous takes on Apple’s latest PR fiasco surrounding the iPhone location tracking issue. Plus, they also ridicule the iPad as the latest fashion must-have item.

Check it out in Gawker’s reel or go to the official site and watch the entire episode entitled “HUMANCENTiPAD”, it’s worth your time (sorry, they don’t allow video embedding). Plus, the episode also pokes fun of lavish Steve Jobs media presentations.

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Apple Purchases iCloud.com for $4.5 Million?

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GigaOM reports that it has received word that Apple has purchased the iCloud.com domain name for a sum of $4.5 million. The domain had been used until recently by an online storage firm of the same, but the company recently rebranded its service as CloudMe.

My source, who is familiar with the company, says that Xcerion has sold the domain to Apple for about $4.5 million. Xcerion hasn't responded to my queries as yet. At the time of writing, the Whois database showed Xcerion as the owner of iCloud.

For the time being, iCloud.com redirects visitors to CloudMe.com, but presumably Apple will take over the domain when needed if the claim is in fact true.

We had received a heads-up about the iCloud-to-CloudMe rebranding last week, but were unable to dig up any information specifically linking the change to a purchase by Apple at that time. Obviously, specific rumors of Apple acquiring the domain with a specific purchase price lend credence to the original speculation, but we'll still be watching for the domain to officially change hands, presumably to MarkMonitor, the brand management firm that handles Apple's domain registrations (along with those of many other high-profile companies).

Apple of course is said to have completed work on a new cloud-based storage system for media, and appears to be in the final stages of securing deals with record labels before launching the service


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Apple field-testing iOS 5?

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As we nudge closer to WWDC 2011, Apple has reportedly started to field-test iOS 5. This is based on crashlog reports received by iPhone app developer FutureTap. The crashlog didn’t mention if the device was an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch but did show a device running iPhone OS 5.0, or what Apple publicly refers to now as iOS 5.

“Just received the first iOS 5.0 crash report. MKUserLocationBreadCrumb sounds interesting.”

It looks like Apple has made a few changes to the location and mapping APIs used by Where To, the app FutureTap received the crashlog from. The log didn’t reveal very much information outside of the unreleased OS, but it’s good to see they’re working hard in the background as we get closer to a summer release.

What new and exciting things are you hoping we’ll see in iOS 5? Let us know in the comments below!


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iOS 4.3.3 Coming in the Next Few Weeks?

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It appears that iOS 4.3.3 could be dropping in the next few weeks. In Apple’s recent response to the iPhone’s location-tracking database, the company mentions that an update to iOS is coming, “sometime in the next few weeks.”

Due to a bug in the iPhone’s location database, Apple plans pushing an incremental update to iOS very soon. There’s no word on an official release date, but we should be seeing iOS 4.3.3 before the end of next month.

In its Q&A, Apple said that the next update to iOS would include,

“reduces the size of the crowd-sourced Wi-Fi hotspot and cell tower database cached on the iPhone,

ceases backing up this cache, and

deletes this cache entirely when Location Services is turned off.

In the next major iOS software release the cache will also be encrypted on the iPhone.”

So, no major updates to speak of, but people that were concerned about the privacy issues related to this location-tracking issue will be able to rest easy.

There most likely won’t be any added features or enhancements to iOS until we see iOS 5 this summer.

In the meantime, jailbreakers make sure to save your blobs. An untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.2 was pushed out pretty quickly, and we suspect the same thing will happen if 4.3.3 comes out in the next couple weeks.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Apple Store goes down, only white iPhones coming up

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Apple has just pulled down the Apple Online store and the white iPhone 4 is of course coming up. Our colleague Mr. X has let us know that the white iPhone 4 will be the only thing coming up this time around (save for new iPad 2 countries). iMacs will likely wait until next week. Speaking of iMacs, we’ve been told that certain Apple Store employees will be at work early on May 3rd (naturally a Tuesday), putting up new posters and displays. Catching my drift?

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Android has more freebies as Apple makes big bucks from 3x paid apps

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The headline won’t shock anyone following the mobile space, although there’s more to it than meets the eye. A Distimo survey, relayed by TechCrunch, shows the Android application store rocks more free programs than Apple’s App Store. Utrecht, Netherlands-based Distimo counted 134,342 free items on Android Market versus 121,845 freebies on the App Store.

Even though Apple’s store was the slowest growing mobile bazaar in March 2011, it still leads in terms of quantity and remains the most vibrant app community on the planet. The number of App Store items is approaching the 400,000 milestone (Distimo counted 367,334 apps). At current 16 percent growth rate, however, Android Market will overtake Apple’s store in app volume five months from now.

Also interesting: iPad submissions grew 12 percent in March to 75,755 apps, with an average daily revenue nearing a cool $400,000. As any iPad owner knows, a larger canvas commands premium prices ($5.36 on average for an iPad app). Another tidbit: Distimo expects BlackBerry App World to overtake Nokia’s Ovi Store by the end of next month. Some insight and more pretty charts after the break.




The 12,497 free apps difference in favor of Android is negligible in the greater scheme of things. Both platforms offer enough free alternatives to common apps. However, iOS is running circles around Android with three times higher number of paid apps. Let’s not forget iOS is the home to higher-quality software than Android. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners are spending more money on mobile apps compared to their Android-toting friends. This is especially true for premium games that are far and few between on Android. This particular category is a whole new ball game as iOS titles slowly but surely eat Nintendo’s and Sony’s breakfast.

All of the aforementioned factors currently work in Apple’s favor. As of February 2011, Apple paid two billion dollars to app developers – and that’s after the company’s 30 percent cut on each sale. Poor revenue performance on Android should be blamed, in my personal opinion, to ad-supported culture, fewer triple-A games and lower software quality in general. Summing up, Android is not the home to top-notch software and there’s a survey for that, too. Android people have figured that out – hence, not a lot of them buy apps. Just my two cents. Of course, each person has his or her own pro et contra arguments so do share yours in the comments.






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Still No decision on when Steve Jobs is going back to full time at Apple

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As part of the interview Steve Jobs gave to AllThingsD on white iPhones and Location security, he was asked when he would return to Apple full time. Jobs brushed the question aside saying only:

Look, we’re here to talk about location today, not me.
It is probably best not to read too much into the non-statement and the current part-time role seems to be fitting everyone just fine.
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Crowd-sourced traffic service from Apple due “in the next couple of years”

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The blogosphere is abuzz this morning with Apple’s official response to the Locationgate scandal. While the company’s powerful PR machinery is in full swing trying to dodge the bullet, we have pinpointed a rather interesting line in Apple’s document entitled “Q&A on Location Data”. Before we dive into that – and for those who didn’t get the memo – Apple has confirmed a database residing on the device that contains anonymized data generated by tens of millions of iPhones sending the geo-tagged locations of nearby WiFi hotspots and cell towers.

They use it to “help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested”. Storing a year’s worth of data was a “bug” that will be fixed with a forthcoming iOS update. “We don’t think the iPhone needs to store more than seven days of this data,” the company wrote. But Apple may be planning to use this crowd-sourced information to release a new traffic service in the future, quite possibly a turn-by-turn traffic service. Apple itself alluded to this in the document:

Apple is now collecting anonymous traffic data to build a crowd-sourced traffic database with the goal of providing iPhone users an improved traffic service in the next couple of years.
What might this service be like?

I remember that Google has been experimenting with a similar crowd-sourced traffic service in Japan. They were tracking phone movements to see where there is traffic congestion. If a phone on a highway was staying relatively still, then Google knew there were traffic delays. Multiply this data by millions of handset owners and you get a pretty detailed insight into near-real-time traffic patterns in any given area. We also know Apple was seeking engineers to take the Maps app “to the next level” and they later added more engineers specialized in navigational software. Plus, we also know, as MacRumors noted, that Apple acquired mapping startups Poly9 and Placebase.

These acquisitions were for a purpose and if Apple intends to create its own mapping service, as we believe it will, then a crowd-sourced turn-by-turn based service sounds like a no-brainer.

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Apple confirms white iPhone 4 launch tomorrow April 28 2011

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Apple has just issued a press release confirming the April 28 launch for its sought-after white iPhone 4. The device will be available from Apple’s online and retail stores, AT&T and Verizon Wireless stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The statement quotes Apple’s worldwide marketing honcho Phil Schiller:

The white iPhone 4 has finally arrived and it’s beautiful. We appreciate everyone who has waited patiently while we’ve worked to get every detail right.



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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Developer interest in iOS grows even as market for Android smartphones expands

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The latest survey from a respected research firm has Android as the #1 smartphone platform in the US for the month of March. Nielsen reported this morning that Android tops the charts as the country’s leading smartphone platform with a 27.9 percent market share measured by units, followed by the iOS platform which grabbed 27 percent market share. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry came in third with 22 percent of the market.

Just six months ago iOS led the pack with 27.9 percent of the smartphone market, followed by RIM (27.4 percent) and Android (22.7 percent). Some 31.1 percent respondents planned on buying an Android phone in March versus a 30 percent inclination towards iPhones. That’s also an increase for Android from a 25.5 percent preference and a drop for the iPhone from 32.7 percent, both six months ago. And now, the good news…



Despite Android’s lead stemming from a rich assortment of devices in different shapes, sizes and price points sold by dozens of carriers around the world, iOS is still the platform of choice for app developers. According to another survey of 2,760 developers by Appcelerator, they remain strongly attracted to iOS as “fragmentation and tepid interest in current Android tablets chip away at Google’s recent momentum gains”. About two thirds of polled developers think it’s game over for other platforms, namely RIM, Nokia, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard. Nearly the same proportion of respondents cited Android fragmentation as the biggest hurdle for the platform.

A whopping 91 percent are “very interested” in writing apps for the iPhone (86 percent for the iPad) versus 85 percent for Android phones (71 percent for Android tablets).




Despite Android’s lead, if I may add, Apple still controls about half the profits for the entire cellphone industry. That being said, it’s no wonder developers are shifting away from Android towards iOS. As I argued before, Android people reluctantly buy apps. The reasons are many, such as Android’s emphasis on ad-supported models and lower-quality apps in general. This tweet that sums it up best:

Room with 60 students. 40 have Android, 20 have iPhone. None of the Androids have ever bought a paid app. Almost all of the iPhones did.


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Jobs and Rubin on smartphone privacy

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AllThingsD posts quotes from both Steve Jobs and Android head Andy Rubin on how their devices deal with private data.

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Apple’s cash pile worth more than market caps of Nokia, RIM and Motorola Mobility, and it's still growing...

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Apple ended its most recent quarter with nearly $66 billion in cash, increasing its war chest by an astounding $6.1 billion in just three months. Their cash pile is worth more than the combined market capitalization of Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola Mobility – or half of Google’s enterprise value – explains Asymco’s Horace Dediu:

The funds are big enough to place Apple’s CFO office in the top 100 largest fund managers in the world and larger than any hedge fund manager. If Apple had no revenues, the current cash would sustain operations (SG&A and R&D) for over seven years, or until the middle of 2018.

Matter of fact, Apple’s funds have grown more than tenfold in the period between the fourth quarter of 2005 and the latest quarter. Most of it isn’t so-called risk capital, the author explains, adding that if you owned $100,000 of Apple stock, “$19,000 of that would be cash and only about $80,000 would be ‘at risk’ capital”.

Oh, and more thing – Apple’s cash growth in the March quarter was so substantial that if you added component pre-payments back, the cash increase would match Motorola Mobility’s market cap. Not bad for a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy just fifteen years ago, don’t you think?

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You can buy an official white iPhone 4 now… If you’re in Belgium!

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That precious white iPhone 4 which was just a pipedream? As of today, that’s over. If a small Belgian retailer called Van Roey is to be believed, first batch of the mythical device could be shipping to retailers in Europe as we speak. This particular retailer snapped up the above image as a photographic evidence of them having received and stocking the sought-after unit. They are apparently selling both the 16GB and 32GB white iPhone 4 model via their web store and shipping them within the Benelux region.

Anyone from Belgium who can confirm this finding? Meet us in comments.

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Locationgate Lawmakers summon Apple, Google for Senate judiciary hearing in May

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Apple’s and Google’s practice of collecting geographical location data on their smartphone users has prompted lawmakers to quiz both companies over the privacy implications. Senator Al Franken and Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan have each summoned Apple and Google to appear before a Senate judiciary hearing on mobile privacy scheduled for May 10. Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan said in a statement:

I want to know whether consumers have been informed of what is being tracked and stored by Apple and Google and whether those tracking and storage features can be disabled.
And here’s from Senator Franken:

Recent advances in mobile technology have allowed Americans to stay connected like never before and put an astonishing number of resources at our fingertips. But the same technology that has given us smartphones, tablets, and cell phones has also allowed these devices to gather extremely sensitive information about users, including detailed records of their daily movements and location. This hearing is the first step in making certain that federal laws protecting consumers’ privacy-particularly when it comes to mobile devices-keep pace with advances in technology.
Other privacy watchdogs will speak at the May 10 hearing, including privacy expert Ashkan Soltani, top brass from the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice and Justin Brookman, Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology’s Project on Consumer Privacy. Meanwhile, CNET has learned that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 also tracks users’ location and phones home.

Both Democratic Senator Franken and Republican Senator Ed Markey last week issued public letters to Steve Jobs and Google seeking clarification to a number of questions related to the collection of location data on iPhone and Android users without their consent. But things have already gone too far and possible probes from the governments of South Korea, France, Germany and Italy are the least of Apple’s worries. Read on…




This comes just as we learned that two Tampa, Florida-based iPhone customers have sued Apple over location tracking. An email purporting to be from Steve Jobs dismissed the reports as false, saying Apple doesn’t track anyone and instead stressing that Android does. However, The Wall Street Journal discovered that turning off location services doesn’t prevent iOS from tracking your location. The device keeps collecting this information in regular intervals by triangulating cellular towers. iOS stores this data in a database on a device, copying it to a file on your computer at each iTunes sync. The file is unencrypted unless encryption is turned on in iTunes.

Most folks rarely use iTunes encryption, however, because it slows down the syncing process considerably. As a result of this, malicious users could theoretically steal your device or a computer and access up to a year’s worth of location history. A spokesperson for Google insists that Android location sharing is an opt-in, claiming any location data sent to Google’s servers is anonymized.




Apple hasn’t yet publicly commented on the issue, but various tests confirm that neither iOS devices nor desktop iTunes send back your location data to Apple. Both companies maintain they track location in order to improve the experience for users. It’ll be interesting seeing how this plays out because privacy advocates are all over this story. Plus, there’s no doubt that Locationgate will give VIP users of iOS devices a pause, including President Obama.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Apple fighting off supply problems with $11B purchase commitments

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Timothy Cook, Apple’s chief of operations and a temporary Steve Jobs replacement, called iPad “the mother of all backlogs” in a recent conference call with Wall Street analysts. He was defending sales of just 4.69 million iPads during fiscal 2011 second quarter, which is below the 6-7 million consensus and the 7.33 million units shipped during the December quarter, even though the new iPad 2 was only on sale during the quarter’s last two weeks. Low iPad numbers are blamed on supply and production issues amid the iPad 2 manufacturing ramp up. How’s Apple going to fix those problems?

According to their 10-Q filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the company will spend an astounding $11 billion dollars on components in the March quarter, a notable increase over the $7.9 billion in purchase commitments from the December quarter. What’s Apple going to buy with all that cash?




It is no secret Apple’s using its vast cash hoard to block out competitors. Component purchases usually cover Apple’s needs for up to five months ahead. Long-term supply deals, the filing reveals, are worth about $2 billion and come on top of the secret $3.9 billion long-term deal for components. Now, conventional wisdom has it that the 39 percent sequential increase in purchase commitments might signal greater quantities of iPads and iPhones. However, with the rumors of iPhone 5 scheduled for a Fall or end of year release, it’s more likely that Apple is securing components to build more iPad 2s as demand and supply are not in balance yet.

Apple will this week bring iPad 2 to thirteen new countries, with more to follow in the coming weeks. Their business in the Asia-Pacific region grew 151 percent to one quarter of total quarterly revenue. With China being Apple’s next success story, maybe they’re gearing up for the 1.4 billion market? We also know Apple’s North Carolina facility is due to become operational this Spring so maybe the increase is somehow related to Apple’s super datacenter or a rumored storage purchase?

Asymco’s Horace Dediu projected a 65 percent revenue growth for the March quarter (versus Apple’s 47 percent guidance) based on sales of 14.7 million iPhones and 9.8 million iPads. He justified a 200 percent annual increase in iPad shipments on belief that “the ramp for the iPad 2 may get sorted out”. Dediu also thinks a part of Apple’s $6.2 billion increase in cash reserves will go towards capital expenditures such as new manufacturing plants (Brazil, anyone).




When challenged on a conference call to shed more light on iPad 2 shipments, Cook said this:

I can tell you that I’m extremely pleased with the progress of the manufacturing ramp And so I’m very confident that we can produce a very large number of iPads for the quarter.
While saying Apple does not anticipate any material impact to their component supply or cost in the March quarter, Cook cautioned everyone that “the situation remains unpredictable”. Steve Jobs was also quoted in Apple’s earnings release as saying that “we will continue to innovate on all fronts throughout the remainder of the year”, which indicates a number of product refreshes requiring component purchases.

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Apple Including Ultra High Resolution Artwork in Lion for Possible Retina Displays?

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A finding earlier this month by OSXDaily has generated some speculation about Apple's plans for "Retina" display Macs. The Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview 2 released in late March included an ultra-high resolution version of the background desktop image at a resolution of 3200x2000. A few observers noted that this is higher than any Apple display has ever supported, generating speculation that Apple is preparing for "Retina" display Macs in the near future.

Some people reported that Mac OS X Lion has made some under-the-hood changes opening the door to such super-high resolution displays.

Taking cues from iOS, Apple has reportedly built in support for what it calls "HiDPI display modes". These HiDPI modes allow developers to supply 2x-enlarged images to support double-high resolution displays. Like the iPhone 4's Retina Display, this means that user interface elements will remain the same size, but everything will be twice the resolution and therefore twice as detailed.

Now, MacMagazine.com.br has found that Apple is already starting to include other super high resolution artwork in Lion. They found several icons stored as 1024x1024 sizes, up from a previous maximum of 512x512.

Of course, this support for super high resolution displays is only the first step, but suggests Apple is planning ahead when the hardware becomes available.


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Apple Testing iPhone for T-Mobile USA

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BGR provides photos of an iPhone prototype that supports T-Mobile USA's 3G service.

Thats right, youre looking at photos of an iPhone prototype with T-Mobile USA 3G bands. The actual internal model is N94, and if you remember, the Verizon model is N92 while the standard GSM variant is N90. We have verified that the phone itself is running a test version of Apples iOS, much like the one we saw in those videos from Vietnam, and it includes internal Apple test apps like Radar and Apples employee directory app.

The T-Mobile US network uses different frequencies than AT&T's, requiring different hardware to support. It's not clear what this will mean given that AT&T is planning to acquire T-Mobile USA, though that transaction will take some time before it goes into effect. In the meanwhile, T-Mobile continues to operate as an independent carrier in the U.S.


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White iPhone 4 Finally Launching This Week

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In case you've missed all the recent signs, the white iPhone 4 is finally being launched this week. All signs point to April 27th as the launch day. European carriers point to the 27th, Best Buy does too, and Apple has started shipping units to Apple Stores this week. In fact, Vodafone UK even sold one prematurely to a customer. Meanwhile, we've heard rumblings from both Best Buy and Apple Retail sources of the same.

With all rumor-eyes looking toward the next generation iPhone 5, it's not clear how much demand there is for the white iPhone 4 which is now 10 months late from the original launch.

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South Korea and others going to probe Apple over LocationGate?

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As I’m sure you know, the iPhone location harvesting issue kinda blew up last week. The latest development in this ongoing story includes a possible investigation by the South Korea government which suspects that the collection of longitude and latitude data without users’ consent could breach the country’s privacy laws, reports Bloomberg:

The Korea Communications Commission asked Apple how often information is collected and saved, and whether users have a choice over whether it is saved or deleted, the commission said in an e-mailed statement today. Apple must explain why such data is saved on devices and if it’s stored on the company’s servers.
French, German and Italian privacy regulators are also keen to investigate the issue, the publication reported. Nobody knows why exactly iOS is amassing location information, but disabling iOS location services does nothing to stop your iPhone or 3G iPad from tracking your location . Although the researchers who discovered this stress that neither iOS nor iTunes appear to upload this database to Apple’s servers, the issue is threatening to snowball into a privacy nightmare while earning Apple bad press.




Locationgate, as some have called it, predictably had privacy advocates cry foul. Senators Al Franken and Ed Markey even wrote a strongly-worded letter to Apple’s chief Steve Jobs, seeking explanation.

On the other hand, some pundits claim it’s a harmless bug and point out that Android handsets phone home every couple of minutes, sending location information and other device stats.

Meanwhile, anyone can download a Mac app that plots their amassed location data on a world map or use a tool to stop jailbroken iPhones from storing longitude and latitude information.

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Verizon activates 2.2 million iPhones in seven weeks, Android who?

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Verizon Wireless just released their first quarter earnings, their first quarter with official iPhone sales. The carrier activated 2.2 million CDMA iPhone units in the seven weeks between the February 10 launch and March 31, 2011. They reported a 6.3 percent annual increase in service revenues based on 1.8 million net additions which includes 906,000 retail postpaid net customer additions. The carrier had 104.0 million total connections, including 88.4 million retail customers.

Data revenues were up 22.3 percent and operating income margin was 25.8 percent. Verizon also activated 260,000 HTC Thunderbolt units over the two-week period. Verizon’s iPhone figures compare to 3.6 million iPhones AT&T activated during the entire quarter. Crunching the numbers from Apple, AT&T and Verizon yields interesting conclusions. Read on…




Timothy Cook told analysts on a conference call yesterday that US iPhone sales grew 150 percent annually, meaning some 6.75 million units were sold in the US in the entire first quarter. So, Verizon’s 2.2 million iPhones plus the 3.6 million units activated on the AT&T network leaves about a million iPhones (or 950,000 units) in the US channel inventory.

These are the units either waiting to be activated or stocked. This estimate doesn’t take into account iPhone sales at third-party retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Target and others which, of course, are also activated on either AT&T or Verizon network.

Also worth a note is the fact that Verizon was selling iPhones at a faster rate than its rival AT&T, about 53,000 units per day versus about 40,000 units for AT&T. Another thing which surprised me is that the combined AT&T and Verizon acitvations represent less than a third of the 18.65 million iPhones shipped worldwide during the quarter.
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IMO this is the beginning of the end of Android! When Verizon didn't have the iPhone Android had around 64% share of the entire Verizon subscriber base, as soon as the iPhone came into play Andriod fell to only 48% Apple and the iPhone have taken a 31% stake in Verizons subscriber base. Don't forget that these numbers are not counting the people that can't upgrade yet to the iPhone and or the people who are waiting for the iPhone 5 to upgrade! We see that once the iPhone 5 is released for Verizon Andriod will only have 12-20% stake in Verizon's subscriber base. Once every carrier will have the iPhone available Android will go to a meager 12-20% across all carriers!




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Friday, April 22, 2011

Prototype next-gen Mac Pro detailed, redesigned, rackable, stackable

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Typically, when Apple sets out to develop new products, they build a few prototypes to choose from for the shipping product. This is evident most recently through a report that claims Apple is currently toying with three different iPhone 5 prototypes. Apple also does this with its Mac hardware.

Looking at the Pro Mac design evolution, it is interesting to note that the Mac Pro’s current design first hit the market in the form of the Power Mac G5 in mid-2003. Nearly eight years after the Mac Pro’s current design debuted, Apple is toying with a re-designed version of the product. The new design is said to be narrower at just over 5-inches and a few inches shorter at around 19-inches. One of the reasons that Apple might be making this particular Mac Pro prototype smaller is because it is able to fit on to a standard server rack.

This possible new design could alleviate some of the system administrator distress caused by Apple’s discontinuation of the Xserve. The new machine is said to carry “stacked” drives with two drives per sled which will allow a higher drive density than what’s already out there. These stacks are not only built for conventional hard drives, but faster, more reliable SSDs in different configurations. The width of this system configuration is said to be 3U (U = 1.75 inches).

Beyond what we’ve heard, it would seem appropriate that these new Mac Pros would also have a Thunderbolt port and perhaps even BluRay options for the Final Cut Professionals.

With the new version of Final Cut Pro coming in June, we can’t think of a better time for Apple to update the 8-year old design of the Mac Pro (and the iMac!).

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Free RockmeIt browser hits the App Store, Get it asap!

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RockmeIt, a desktop browser available on Macs and PCs since last November, just hit the App Store last night (it was one we glossed over because of the earnings). If you’ve used the desktop version, expect quite a different mobile experience. RockmeIt is a browser focused on social media, which is all the rage these days in mobile.

Similar to the Skyfire web browser, RockmeIt lets you log into your social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook to stay on top of things while browsing the web. It’s also got a built-in RSS reader and it syncs everything seamlessly with your desktop. The app packs in a bunch of useful features, like saving articles for offline reading, rich sharing features and so forth. More features, screenshots and a video introduction after the break.

You can access your Facebook news feed and notifications, like and comment on posts, see your Twitter mentions, reply and retweet to tweets in your stream and add custom sites to get instant updates. You’ll love quick sharing of links, photos or videos to your Facebook and Twitter friends and seamless sync between the mobile and desktop version.

This means that anything you do on your iPhone gets automatically synced to your computer via the cloud and vice versa, including bookmarks, fav sites, View Later items, the number of unread items for the sites you’ve been following and more.

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Why did Foursquare executives check in at Apple Inc?

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A few days ago Foursquare’s co-founder Dennis Crowley, a PR representative, and a business and partnerships executive are enjoying burritos at Apple’s employee cafeteria on the 1 Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California. But why?Apple is known to be looking at key acquisitions to put them even farther ahead of their competitors, maybe Foursquare would be a good pickup? Apple is rumored to be working on a new, location based social networking system called ‘Find my Friends.

Foursquare is a new social network that is all based on location and “checking in” at locations. Foursquare even has a popular application for the iPhone, Android, Palm, BlackBerry, and Nokia’s Ovi platform. Perhaps Apple is getting some “assistance” on this new network – presumably coming in iOS 5 – from the Foursquare team. Looking at which executives are there, the possibilities are seemingly endless at this point. Thanks, Jim D.
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