Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hello Sears, this is Apple. We are going to have a little problem here.

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Macenstein points to this listing on Sears’ website for iWork at a $39.99 price point. iWork getting a price reduection?! Nope. It’s a project tool set called iWork and it even has an Apple-ish logo. Wikipedia can explain trademark infringement. The funny part is that Sears sells Apple’s iWork productivity suite too.

Buy the iWork Tool Set here, something tells us they are going to be off the shelves soon!


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LG announces their Apple TV competitor: ‘Smart TV Upgrader’ (Plex?)

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LG just announced their upcoming Apple TV competitor called the ‘Smart TV Upgrader’. The device will be officially unveiled at CES next week and will go on sale during the second quarter of 2011. It will bring a TV web browser (ugh) as well as “premium content” (shows and movies) to your TV including ‘LG apps’. If this works out for LG we are probably not to far away from an App Store for the Apple TV.

“The market for Smart TVs is set to take off this year, and the ST600 offers a perfect entry point,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the LG Smart TV Upgrader, we’re taking the excitement and convenience of Smart TV and adding in LG’s trademark ease-of-use because we see a significant audience who are interested but not interested enough to buy a whole new TV.”
The real question is: Is this the mythical Plex Box? Plex and LG signed a huge deal to work together earlier this year.

Above is a picture of the device and here are its technical specifications (and more info):

Main CPU: BCM7615 - DDR 384MB, 1GB Flash - LG Add-on Architecture + Web Browser - AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz - Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DLNA (DMP) - USB: 1EA (USB mouse, external storage) - Input Devices: Finger Touch RCU - Premium Content - LG Apps - Size: 11cm x 11cm.

To compare LG’s offering to the Apple TV it has only 1GB of flash storage in comparison to the Apple TV’s 8GB. This means that LG’s unit is heavily cloud based as 1GB is not enough for a rental system similar to Apple’s. Maybe for TV shows only but LG’s unit will do full on movies too. Just like Apple’s offering, LG’s will be touch based with a peripheral called the “Finger Touch RCU.” Apple has their iOS Remote application for their set-top-box.

Here’s the full press release:

LG SMART TV UPGRADER MAKES EVERY TV SMARTER ST600 Smart TV Upgrader Lets Users Enjoy Web Browser and Premium Content on Their Regular TV Sets SEOUL, Dec. 30, 2010 – At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling the Smart TV Upgrader (ST600) that makes it easy for viewers to transform their regular TVs into Smart TVs at an affordable price. Embracing all the benefits of internet connectivity, the Upgrader gives regular TV owners access to all of LG’s Smart TV functions including premium online content, Smart Share and the full range of LG Apps. “The market for Smart TVs is set to take off this year, and the ST600 offers a perfect entry point,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the LG Smart TV Upgrader, we’re taking the excitement and convenience of Smart TV and adding in LG’s trademark ease-of-use because we see a significant audience who are interested but not interested enough to buy a whole new TV.” By connecting the ST600 to a regular TV set, users can access a vast range of premium content from global providers, as well as the best locally sourced shows and movies to cater to different tastes around the world. The ST600 also connects users to the growing range of LG Apps, which are custom designed for use on TVs and offer everything from language classes to games. LG makes the viewing experience more compelling still with its superb compatibility, which lets users simply and wirelessly transfer content from their Digital Living Network Alliance(DLNA)-compatible PCs and other compatible devices for viewing on the big screen. LG’s Smart TV Upgrader will be unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and rolled-out to TV owners in the second quarter of 2011. Specifications: – Main CPU: BCM7615 - DDR 384MB, 1GB Flash - LG Add-on Architecture + Web Browser - AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz - Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DLNA (DMP) - USB: 1EA (USB mouse, external storage) - Input Devices: Finger Touch RCU - Premium Content - LG Apps - Size: 11cm x 11cm



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Enable Native Fast App Switching for Apps That Don't Support It

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Go Native, lets you enable native fast app switching for those apps that do not yet support it.

Enable native fast app switching for those apps that do not yet support it. Alternative to backgrounder if all you want to do is use native multitasking for all apps. Optionally allows overriding the explicit (dis)allowance of fast app switching with your chosen setting, letting you control if apps quit.

There are no new icons added to your home screen, you can configure options from the Settings app. There are no screenshots.

You can download Go Native free from the BigBoss Cydia repository.



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Apple Forces Alibaba to Remove iPad 2 Case Listings?

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Alibaba has received a legitimate takedown request for iPad 2 case listings which may have provided details about the upcoming device, according to the WSJ.

"We do not know whether these products are what they say they are, but we have received a legitimate takedown request and are removing the listings," Alibaba Group spokesman John Spelich said.

Alibaba has declined to comment on the source of the request.

The WSJ contacted Fullchance, one of the companies who had posting a listing on Alibaba. The company claimed that it works with Hon Hai Precision Industry and said Fullchance possesses firsthand material regarding the features of a new iPad, making the design of their case "extremely accurate." The man declined to give his name or to elaborate, saying the matter was "very serious."




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iPhone Alarms Will Not Work Come New Year's Day!

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According to numerous complaints on twitter, it seems that the iPhone's alarm clock will not function properly come New Year's Day. This particular glitch in the iOS software will affect all users who use the alarm clock without recurring alarms. According to 9to5mac, the glitch will fix itself on January 3rd. You may recall a similar bug in the iOS software which was later on fixed in iOS 4.2.1.

For now, make sure to set all your alarm clock to reoccur, or repeat on the days you want it to. This bug is present in 4.2.1 and earlier versions of iOS 4.




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Happy New Year Everyone

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Happy New Year, best wished to all and to the future of idevice jailbreaking and a new cat and mouse game, let's hope it's easier this year more than last.

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