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3 years ago

No FaceTime for Middle-East iPhone 4?

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No FaceTime for Middle-East iPhone 4?

Looks like there's no FaceTime for the Middle-East version of iPhone 4 if local product pages are to be believed. Michael Rose of TUAW:

This adjustment to the product sites -- just ahead of the anticipated late September launch of the phone in these countries -- may represent merely a cosmetic tweak, keeping the cultural sensitivities of these largely Islamic countries in mind. Or it might mean the feature itself is going to be blocked for iPhone users there; note that it's not just the image that's changed, the current versions of the iPhone pages omit the description of FaceTime as well.

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3 years ago

iOS 4.2 Voice Memo icon - one of these things is no longer like the others

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iOS 4.2 Voice Memo icon - one of these things is no longer like the others

iOS 4.2 for iPhone brings with it a new Voice Memo icon and with it the most drastic redesign of a built-in iOS app icon to date.

Yes, Calculator got a facelift recently, but it retained that pseudo-realistic look and feel Apple used for the other "utility" apps, like Compass and Camera. Voice Memo goes from faux microphone to strictly white icon, similar now to Phone or iPod, but without the diagonal pin stripe. If it was in the dock it might fit, but grouped in the default Utility folder, it kind of sticks out.

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3 years ago

Updated: VLC for iPad hits iTunes App Store

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Updated: VLC for iPad hits iTunes App Store

VLC for iPad has hit the iTunes App Store, bringing with it support for a far wider ranger of video and audio formats than are natively supported by Apple.

They don't state exactly which formats are supported by VLC though we're guessing those AVI and MKV files so popular on the internet will be among them.

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3 years ago

Napster iPhone app now available in App Store

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Napster iPhone app now available in App Store

The music subscription-based Napster application is now available in the App Store to use on your iPhone or iPod touch. Last year the application seemed to be ready to go but due to apparent high licensing fees it was never released. The app made it's debut last night and gives you the capability to save songs, albums and playlists for offline playback and also tosses in music recommendations for your listening pleasure.

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3 years ago

Apple buys Polar Rose face-recognition company

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Apple buys Polar Rose face-recognition company

Apple has once again opened that $40+ billion bank account and, according to reports, purchased Swedish face-recognition company, Polar Rose.

The Malmö-based company specializes in developing technology which makes facial recognition, not unlike what Apple already has and uses iPhoto for Mac OS X. Through sophisticated algorithms, manages the software of the Arctic Rose to recognize faces in images and the company offers three different products using this solution. Two of the (Face Cloud and FaceLib) them seem to be very interesting for Apple.

Likely yet another talent and technology acquisition, will this simply be used to bolster the existing iPhoto/Aperture Faces feature, or could Apple have grander plans for facial recognition? They do have iSight on Mac and front-facing cameras on iPhone and iPod touch, and likely iPad as well soon.

[Mac1 via 9to5Mac, additional video via MacRumors]

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3 years ago

Facebook is absolutely working on a phone (or they're nuts)

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Facebook is absolutely working on a phone (or they're nuts)

Facebook phone was the big internet flurry of the weekend -- are they making one, are they not making one, what does a Facebook phone even mean?

Techcrunch, who claim the Nexus One vindicated their longstanding assertions of a Google phone, now say Facebook is also working a branded device.

Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware.

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3 years ago

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD for iPad - app review

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD for iPad - app review

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars HD for iPad (GTA henceforth) is a great homage to its console brethren. Good story? Check. Good graphics? Check. Plenty of adult-themed action, adventure, and melodrama? Check. Check. Check.

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3 years ago

iPhone 4 coming to China on September 25

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iPhone 4 coming to China on September 25

Apple announced last night that iPhone 4 would be headed to China on September 25, availability will be via:

Apple Retail Stores including the new Apple Store® Hong Kong Plaza in Shanghai and the new Apple Store Xidan Joy City in Beijing opening on the same day. iPhone 4 will also be available on Saturday at China Unicom retail stores for qualified buyers with a new two year contract.

And pricing:

iPhone 4 will be sold in China through Apple’s retail stores for a suggested retail price of CNY4,999 for the 16GB model and CNY5,999 for 32GB model without a contract. At China Unicom stores, iPhone 4 will be available for qualified buyers with a new two year contract, sold separately. For pricing and tariff information please visit www.10010.com.

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3 years ago

Best of Smartphone Experts, 19 Sept 2010

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 19 Sept 2010

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3 years ago

iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

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iPad live tonight! 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

You know the drill. Come time, we'll be talking about everything iPad. We'd love to talk with you, so come by, chat, and share you views.

We'll be talking iOS 4.2. Be there!

  • 6pm PT/9pm ET/2am BST

We're back on:

http://www.imore.com/live/

So click on through, we start setting up 15 min. before show time. Chat with you soon!

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