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    by Published on 12-18-2010 10:49 AM

    Several weeks ago, reports first surfaced about a life-like Steve Jobs figurine that captured the ire of Apple and prompted the company to direct its legal team to swiftly put an end to sales of the product. The folks at MIC Gadget had experienced such a great reaction to the little action figures that their M.I.C Store quickly sold out of the first batch of 300 limited edition Steve Jobs ...
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    by Published on 12-17-2010 04:15 PM

    Apple is advertising for four new iOS software engineers, and all of them need experience in developing navigation software. The new listings are seen as the strongest signal yet that Apple is looking to come up with an in-house version of the Google service that drives the Maps app, potentially including turn-by-turn navigation.

    In addition to skills with navigational software, ...
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    by Published on 12-17-2010 12:06 PM

    Rupert Murdoch is bringing the "Daily" to the iPad next month. News Corp. will officially launch the digital publication on or around January 17, All Things Digital reported on Friday. Of course, this isn't the first time we've heard a "concrete" launch date for the "Daily," which is being hyped as a publishing revolution. Despite the previous delays, however, all signs now point to a January 2011 launch. ...
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    by Published on 12-17-2010 11:35 AM

    Sharp is teaming with Apple on a $1.2 billion-dollar facility that will crank out iPhone screens faster than you can say iOS. According to Japanese paper the Nikkei business daily, Sharp is coughing up some of the cash to optimize the plant, but Apple is rumored to be coughing up a lot more. Apple will also buy "most of the panels produced by Sharp," a company that has previously supplied ...
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    by Published on 12-17-2010 09:42 AM

    Apple continues to look at circular designs as better ways of using the limited screen space, especially on mobile devices. A few weeks ago we looked at a patent for "radial menus" that would allow a user to use one finger - or mouse movement - to scroll and select items from a list. A new patent application published yesterday discusses a "receding spiral" GUI that would replace Cover Flow.

    The new ...
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    by Published on 12-17-2010 02:38 AM

    QuestVisual has just released Word Lens for the iPhone. Word Lens is a translation app similar to Babelfish, but instead translates text from the iPhones camera in real time. Simply point the camera at any text, such as a street sign and the app will instantly translate the words for you on the fly. Word Lens doesn’t have to have an internet connection to perform this magic, however, instead it handles all of the ...
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    by Published on 12-16-2010 05:21 PM

    An employee at an Apple parts supplier has been caught on tape selling inside information [pdf] about Apple to a hedge fund broker. The information, potentially worth millions to the broker, was sold by Walter Shimoon for a mere $22,000. Shimoon has since been fired by camera and charger component maker Flextronics International, and was arrested by US law enforcement this morning. Among other things, he was recorded ...
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    by Published on 12-16-2010 11:55 AM

    Apple's appetite for patents and intellectual property is practically insatiable. On the heels of MMi's recent report about Apple allegedly making a play to secure the portfolio of patents presently held by Nortel Networks, Foss Patents reported Thursday that CPTN Holdings LLC has acquired 882 Novell patents. What does this have to do with Apple, you ask? Apple, along with Microsoft, EMC, ...
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    by Published on 12-16-2010 09:34 AM

    On Thursday, Apple announced that it will officially open the digital doors of its new Mac App Store for Mac OS X Snow Leopard early next month. The store will open with both free and paid applications available for download on January 6th, 2011. Pointing to Apple's past as a way to hype it's future, CEO Steve Jobs stated the following in his company's official press release today:

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    by Published on 12-16-2010 09:09 AM


    The company that provides graphics chips for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has just bought another company that is known for its photo-realistic 3D graphics technology. Imagination Technologies says that it is definitely going to bring the cutting-edge ray tracing technologies it's getting from Caustic Graphics into its mobile products, which means that iDevices are going to see ...
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    by Published on 12-16-2010 03:05 AM

    Today, Apple updated the iBooks app to version 1.2, adding new features including illustrated books, the ability to organize books and PDF’s into personal “Collections” and new printing capabilities. iBooks can now also fit more words on a page by hyphenating longer words, although this feature is only available in iOS 4.2.

    iBooks was originally conceived as an e-reader with better multimedia ...
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    by Published on 12-16-2010 01:34 AM

    Reports coming out of Asia today indicate that Apple will upgrade the MacBook Pro and iMac lines during the first half of 2011. There are said to be four new MacBook Pro models that feature new screen sizes and should be priced more competitively than current models. iMacs are also expected to see updated designs and new screen sizes as well.

    Apple plans to release the latest Mac OS X ...