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Rumor: Apple to release budget iPad starting at $299

Hit or miss rumor site Digitimes has reported that Apple may plan on introducing a low-end iPad 2 with a starting price of around $299 after the next-generation iPad hits the market.

Sources from Apple's supply chain have claimed that there will be two versions of the new iPad, one targeting the high-end segment and the other the mid-range. Digitimes Research believe the two new iPad models will both be equipped the A6 processor with high-end model coming with a high resolution panel (2048x1536) and the mid-tier model featuring the same grade of panel as iPad 2 (1024x768).

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Daily Tip: How to setup Emoji keyboard shortcuts in iOS 5

Curious how to make it easier to insert Emoji icons into a text message, email or iMessage? It turns out there's a great workaround to switching between the normal keyboard and the Emoji keyboard, navigating to the emoticon you're looking for, then switching back to the normal keyboard to resume your message. In this tip, we'll show you how to use Emoji much more efficiently using keyboard shortcuts in iOS 5.

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More hospitals using the iPad, iPhone to help increase efficiency

Hospitals are using the iPad more frequently to help improve employee efficiency, with the latest introduction being in the form of kiosks for doctors, nurses and staff.

The most appropriate “accessory” for this great tool is the iPad kiosk, a versatile frame that securely and conveniently holds the iPad in the most appropriate location for hospital staff use. In many instances, it is attached directly to a hospital’s diagnostic computer, where patient data can be integrated into an existing database for a more comprehensive picture of patient status.

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Bug: iOS 5 Newsstand icons out of place on iPhone and iPad Home screen

I noticed an oddity on the Home screen of my iPad 2 the other day. One of the magazines that I'm subscribed to in Newsstand decided to place itself on the Home screen, instead of where it's supposed to reside in the Newsstand folder. Luckily there's an easy fix, and today we're going to show you how to get around it if you ever experience the same problem.

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Apple SVP of Design Jonathan Ive gets official knighthood

Apple Senior Vice President of Design, Jonathan Ive has been made a Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE), in recognition of his work at Apple and contributions to the industry.

He described the honour as "absolutely thrilling" and said he was "both humbled and sincerely grateful".

Mr Ive added: "I am keenly aware that I benefit from a wonderful tradition in the UK of designing and making.

"I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design."

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Apple TV hacked to run iOS apps

iOS and jailbreak developers Steven Troughton-Smith and Nick, who goes by the Twitter handle @TheMudkip, have hacked together a working window manager for Apple TV, paving the way for the possibility of iPhone and iPad app compatibility on the non-touchscreen device.

I rewrote SpringBoard from scratch using only QuartzCore. MobileX isn't linked against UIKit.

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FCC to investigate Verizon's $2 convenience fee

After yesterday's news that Verizon would be charging a $2 fee for paying bills online and over the phone, the FCC has chimed in.

“On behalf of American consumers, we’re concerned about Verizon’s actions and are looking into the matter,” the statement said.

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SwitcherLyrics adds music lyrics to the Fast App Switcher [Jailbreak]

SwitcherLyrics is a new jailbreak mod in Cydia that offers the ability to view lyrics for any most tracks stored in your iPod music library.

With SwitchLyrics you can have your song's lyrics and information right in your Multitasking bar. You just have to double tap the Home button to make it work. SwitcherLyrics takes the song's lyrics from the iPod.app library. If iPod.app doesn't have any lyrics, SwitcherLyrics will search it on the web automatically.

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Daily Tip: How to use Restrictions to prevent deleting 3rd party apps from the Home screen

We've already mentioned a jailbreak mod in Cydia called No Uninstall, which removes the ability to delete apps from the iPhone Home screen, but what if you're not jailbroken? Well, Apple has included this ability within the Restrictions settings by default.

In this tip, we'll show you how to remove the ability to delete apps from the Home screen without having to jailbreak your iPhone first.

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Rumor: Apple to use Sharp IGZO panels for Retina display iPad 3

Randomly accurate rumor site Digitimes is reporting from "industry sources" that Apple plans to utilize Sharp's IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology in the iPad 3, which has been rumored to come packed with a 2048x1536 Retina display.

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Lock Screen Weather app adds weather to the iPhone Lock screen

Lock Screen Weather is a clever app that allows you to display live weather on the iPhone Lock screen without requiring a jailbreak.

The way it works is by playing a silent track through the iPod app, then using the album art for the track to display the weather based locations you set within the app. Because of the dynamic abilities of how album art is displayed in the iPod app, and subsequently shown whenever you lock your iPhone or iPod touch, this app essentially tricks the iPhone to display Lock screen weather without breaking any of Apple's strict developer guidelines.

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Verizon to begin charging $2 fee for online and phone payments

Our sibling site Android Central has confirmed that, beginning January 15th of 2012, Verizon Wireless will start charging a $2 fee for bills paid online or over the phone.

The fee will help allow us to continue to support these single bill payment options in these channels and is designed to address costs incurred by us for only those customers who choose to make single bill payments in alternate payment channels (online, mobile, telephone).

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Andrew's most-used iPhone and iPad apps of 2011

My most-used apps of 2011 consist of some of Rene's favorites, and for good reason. Like Rene and Leanna, I'd also prefer to list some of the great default apps included in iOS like Mail, Reminders, Safari Browser for iPhone and iPad etc., but that would just be boring. Instead, here's a list of some of the most-used iPhone and iPad apps I spent the majority of my time with this year.

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No Uninstall makes deleting apps from the Home screen impossible [Jailbreak]

No Uninstall is a A jailbreak mod in Cydia that prevents 3rd party apps from being deleted from the Home screen on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

This tweak removes the "X" when uninstalling an iPhone app. Good for pranking your friends and preventing accidental app removal.

No Uninstall requires iOS 4 or higher (got that wrong in the video -- sorry!).

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Rumor: Apple planning to double battery capacity in iPad 3, January release [Update]

Hit-or-miss rumor site Digitimes is reporting that Apple plans on doubling the size of the battery in the the iPad 3, and moreover, that Apple will release it as soon as next month.

The battery capacity for the high-end version of Apple's new iPad - due to be unveiled in January 2012 - will be increased to 14,000mAH compared to 6,500mAH used currently, according to industry sources.

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New phishing email scam asks you to update Apple ID billing information

The Mac Security Blog points to a phishing email scam in circulation that asks for users to update their Apple ID billing information.

A vast phishing attack has broken out, beginning on or around Christmas day, with e-mails being sent with the subject “Apple update your Billing Information.” These well-crafted e-mails could fool many new Apple users, especially those who may have found an iPhone, iPod or iMac under their Christmas tree, and set up accounts with the iTunes Store or the Mac App Store for the first time. The messages claim to come from “appleid@id.apple.com.”

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iPhone 4S coming to China by end of January

Fortune is reporting that Apple has completed the required steps necessary to bring the iPhone 4S to the Chinese mainland by January 23rd.

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Timelines coming to Facebook for iPad in late January

9to5 Mac has word that Facebook for iPad will be getting the new Timeline feature in late January.

Timeline was supposed to come to the iPad in December, but the release has been pushed back due to last minute bugs found during advanced testing. Facebook is now planning to launch the update between mid-January and late January.

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Rumor: Again with the Siri-powered Apple Television coming late 2012

Digitimes, the hit-or-miss rumor news site, has additional speculation from industry sources that Apple may be looking to Foxconn for assembly orders of their upcoming Siri-powered Apple Television, in addition to a number of potential bids for contracting component production.

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iPhone activations see huge spike on Christmas day, significant increase in App Store downloads

Apple's iOS device activation numbers saw a huge spike of around 353 percent on Christmas Day. In addition, app sales jumped up a full 252 percent after millions of people opened their new iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPod touch and headed straight for the App Store.

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