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3 years ago

Apple in early stage negotiations to buy Spotify?

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Apple in early stage negotiations to buy Spotify?

After rumors that Apple attempted to block Spotify from entering the US market, now there's a suggesting they might just be negotiating with the Swedish-based streaming music startup over a possible acquisition. TechCrunch reports:

"Apple and Spotify are in on-again, off-again discussions about an acquisition, but at best it’s very early in the process. No firm price has been offered, no term sheet tabled. Still, it’s interesting that the two are talking."

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3 years ago

RIM shows off BlackBerry PlayBook at AdobeMAX

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RIM shows off BlackBerry PlayBook at AdobeMAX

AdobeMAX got what RIM's own DevCon was denied -- an actual working demo of the upcoming iPad competitor, the BlackBerry PlayBook. I guess now we know why RIM co-CEO Balsillie mentioned Flash 3 times and RIM's own technology approximately zero in his hot retort to Steve Jobs last week -- they're going all in on AIR and Flash, at least at first. Is that risky, tying your platform's future to technology another company controls? Hey, they did it for years with Java 2ME on the BlackBerry, though arguably they suffered as much as they gained. Flash will no doubt get them to market faster, but after buying QNX to serve as their next-generation operating system, I can't help but wish they'd taken the time to roll their own user interface and software developer kit and come to market better. ActiveX waned, consumer-facing Java has waned, Flash might be next. It's a gamble but it's also one that could pay off, especially in the short term.

As to the demo itself, as Dieter noted it looks almost like what we'd expect from an HP PalmPad, cards and all, rather than a BlackBerry device, and what else can I say, it gave CrackBerry Kevin a happy.

Check out the video after the break and let us know what you think -- does it make this iPad competitor more real?

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3 years ago

Apple updates Apple Store app, teases white iPhone 4

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Apple updates Apple Store app, teases white iPhone 4

Last night Apple updated the Apple Store app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad and decided to tease us by including what looks to be white iPhone 4 reservations as part of the new functionality.

The caveat to this, however, is that not everyone is seeing the white iPhone 4 listed, and even if you do, when you try and reserve the it you get a popup stating they are not taking reservations for that product at this time.

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3 years ago

Apple now offering free iPad engravings

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Apple now offering free iPad engravings

Apple is now offering free iPad engravings, just in time for the holidays. Apple have always offered free ‘personalised’ iPod engravings, however, this marks the first time Apple have unveiled the same laser-engraving program for the iPad.

Like iPod engraving, the iPad engraving is available at no additional cost and you can add up to 2 lines of text. However, it will increase the shipping time by 1-3 days.

Will you be buying an iPad with personal engravings, this holiday season?

[store.apple.com]

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3 years ago

Apple not buying Sony, Facebook, Disney, AT&T, Google, Australia, etc.

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Apple not buying Sony, Facebook, Disney, AT&T, Google, Australia, etc.

Not to get in the way of any analyst/speculator/tabloid fed interweb crazy, but Apple probably isn't buying Sony, Facebook, or Disney, or Google, AT&T, or the continent of Australia for that matter.

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3 years ago

Reckless Racing HD for iPad - app review

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Reckless Racing HD for iPad - app review

If your looking for a fun, simple racer with awesome graphics, then Reckless Racing HD might be for you. Playing this game reminds of RC Pro Am Racing on the original Nintendo, or NES. The premise is simple; beat other racers to win the championship.

The game is played with an overhead isometric view. There are several different control options, but I enjoy the default which is gas and break on the far right and left and right turn arrow on the left, the control is spot on too.

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3 years ago

Square Mobile Credit Card Service Now Up and Running

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Square Mobile Credit Card Service Now Up and Running

Square is a new credit card payment service that allows users to take credit card payments directly to their mobile devices. Businesses can now apply for a Square merchant account, and if approved, will be given a free reader. Square was first announced last year and gained quite a bit of interest. The above tweet is from Jack Dorsey, founder of Square and co-founder of Twitter.

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3 years ago

VLC for iPhone now available in the App Store

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VLC for iPhone now available in the App Store

VLC has been updated as a universal app that now supports iPhone as well as iPad. The update is now available in the iTunes App Store and allows you to:

  • Watch natively unsupported videos on your iPhone or iPad (WMV, AVI etc)
  • Open natively unsupported video attachments from emails/internet
  • Open natively unsupported videos from other apps, like Dropbox

VLC also allows you to sync your favourite videos to your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad without having the need to convert them.

[ Free - [iTunes link](http://itunes.apple.com?at=10l3Vy&ct=d_im /us/app/vlc-media-player/id390885556?mt=8), thanks to everyone who sent this in! ]

by George Lim

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3 years ago

iPad live #27: Dead on Arrival

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iPad live #27: Dead on Arrival

We're listening to Steve Jobs lay the smackdown on Android and BlackBerry tablets, and watching Apple take the iPad back to the Mac. The stage is set for 2011 folks. This is iPad live!

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3 years ago

iOS 4.1 security flaw allows calls to be made on passcode locked iPhone

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iOS 4.1 security flaw allows calls to be made on passcode locked iPhone

It looks as if there's yet another Phone.app security hole, this time in iOS 4.1 that allows someone to get around a passcode locked iPhone, gain access to the owner's contact list, make calls and send emails to anyone in said contact list.  From MacStories:

"To reproduce the bug, make sure to have a passcode lock turned on and lock your device. In the lockscreen, tap on Emergency Call in the lower left corner. Now type a non-existent emergency number, I tried #946494. Start the call, and as soon as the red button appear hit the sleep button. You’ll be brought to the contact list."

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