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    by Published on 11-07-2011 11:04 PM
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    Digitimes is reporting that Apple is planning to change how the iPad 3 is back lit in order to support the device's much rumored Retina Display.

    According to the report Apple’s next-generation iPad will utilize a LCD panel with a higher resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels. Apparently the increased resolution means the current iPads’ single LED light bar solution wont be enough to illuminate ...
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 12:31 PM
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    Apple touted the iPhone 4S’s improved camera during the phone’s announcement highlighting its improved lowlight performance, 1080p video capture, and improved speed.

    They even have a commercial dedicated to showing off the new camera.

    Well, Belkin is the first accessory maker to take advantage of the iPhone’s improved camera by creating a physical shutter release for the iPhone 4S. ...
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    by Published on 11-07-2011 10:21 AM
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    Apple’s iPhone 4S pre-orders sold out 10 minutes after becoming available last Friday in Hong Kong.

    It looks like Apple’s increased focus on the Chinese market is already paying dividends.

    Ticonderoga Securities Analyst Brian White claims that his checks with his sources indicated the iPhone 4S sold out within the first 10 minutes of availability Friday. Concerns about slowed iPhone 4S sales because of Siri not ...
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    by Published on 11-06-2011 04:23 PM
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    Thought the only person who could read your text was the creep looking over your shoulder on the subway? Think again. A little program called iSpy can read what’s being typed on a smartphone from nearly 200ft away.


    Created by Jan-Michael Frahm and Fabian Monrose from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the software is able to distinguish the letters being typed on a smartphone from about 200ft using HD footage captured from a DSLR. Using footage off a smartphone's camera limits the useful distance of capture to about 10 feet.


    The software analyzes the footage by identifying those huge pop-up letters that have become so prevalent on touchscreen keyboards. This allows the software to know which key has been pressed. Sometimes pop ups overlap, but the program is reportedly 90% accurate when it comes to guessing, based on context, which letter was pressed if there is any overlap.


    Turning one's back might not prevent those trying to spy on your texts from doing so, the software can even capture footage from reflections in windows or a persons glasses and successfully decode the texts. Somehow, I don’t see a mobile version of this software hitting the App Store any time soon. Invasions of privacy like this don’t tend to go over well unless the creators want to license it to government agencies. Hooray for Big Brother seeing everything I do.


    Anyone have a text-disguise app they’d like to recommend or develop?


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    by Published on 11-06-2011 03:45 PM
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    Apple’s iPhone 4S battery life issue isn't the phone's only problem. A twenty-nine page thread in the Apple Support forums contains user complaints about not being able to hear anything when making outgoing calls.

    The bug—reported on all three major carriers—doesn’t occur with every call, but occasionally prevents outgoing callers from hearing anything in their earpiece when making a call. Some cases appear worse than ...
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    by Published on 11-05-2011 05:46 PM
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    The last ten years have been good for those fortunate and talented enough to be part of Apple’s Senior Executive team. And not it just got a lot more lucrative.

    According to the Wall Street Journal Apple awarded members of it Senior Executive team stick grants worth roughly $60 million dollars valued at current market prices. The document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ...
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    by Published on 11-04-2011 08:48 PM
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    Foss Patents broke news about Motorola possibly winning an injunction against Apple products in Germany. If true it would be a huge blow to Apple’s presence in the European market.

    Good thing for Apple it's not.

    Motorola did in fact win an injunction against Apple in a regional court in Germany. The judgement does not mean Apple can be kept from selling the iPhone and their other products as ...
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    by Published on 11-04-2011 04:47 PM
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    Apple’s Vice President of Global Security John Theriault has left the company following another lost iPhone controversy in San Fransisco earlier this summer.

    The San Francisco iPhone reportedly turned out to be a lost iPhone 4S. An Apple employee lost the prototype and Apple went as far as showing up at the finder’s home and offering him cash for the phone. The controversy in the case though stemmed ...
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    by Published on 11-04-2011 02:37 PM
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    U.S. Cellular turned down an offer from Apple to carry the iPhone because the proposed terms were “unnacceptable” according to a report by Fierce Wireless.



    Dillon's comments during the earnings call make U.S. Cellular the second carrier to drop or decide not to carry the iPhone due to Apple’s business terms (a Czech carrier cited similar reasons earlier this week). However, ...
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    by Published on 11-02-2011 09:08 PM
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    Gamestop's gaming tablets went live today with three offerings ranging in price from $329 to $538.

    The tablets themselves are the Acer iConia Tab A100 ($329), ASUS Eee Pad Transformer ($399), and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 ($499). All of these tablets house a NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 1GB of system memory. What makes these tablets different from their non-Gamestop counterparts is basically nothing.
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    by Published on 11-02-2011 05:42 PM
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    Apple officially admitted the iPhone 4S is having battery issues.

    Actually they admitted a "small number of customers" are experiencing crap battery life. I suppose a "small number" is PR speak for "so many people have started complaining that we'll release a statement assuring them they're in the minority and that a fix is on the way."

    The Loop coaxed the following statement out of an Apple spokesperson:
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    by Published on 11-02-2011 10:21 AM
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    Czech carrier Telefonica Czech Republic (TCR) is refusing to carry Apple’s iPhone 4S and is dropping all prior iPhone models according to Bloomberg.

    TCR’s move is in response to unfair “business terms.” The terms in question are most likely the industry leading subsidies Apple requires from carriers to sell their devices. Obviously “business terms” is a loaded phrase, but Sprint’s CEO revealed Apple’s ...