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3 years ago

iPad 2 to include two cameras, FaceTime [rumor]

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iPad 2 to include two cameras, FaceTime [rumor]

Barron's is reporting that OmniVision will supply the CMOS sensors for two cameras in the next generation iPad 2 -- a 5MP camera on the back and a VGA quality camera on the front.

OmniVision (OVTI) will supply CMOS image sensors for a second-generation Apple (AAPL) iPad that will launch in the calendar first quarter of 2011

A second generation iPad 2 would most likely be introduced early 2011, perhaps in April like the original. WIth cameras would come FaceTime support. Now that Apple has opened up FaceTime to the iPod touch and Mac, we could be looking at a huge surge related to mobile video calling.

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3 years ago

Apple Passes RIM to Become No. 4 Global Mobile Phone Vendor

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Apple Passes RIM to Become No. 4 Global Mobile Phone Vendor

The IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker claims that Apple's record Q3 this year was exactly what it needed to bypass RIM and take over the fourth spot on their list of global mobile phone vendors. Apple is currently still behind, Nokia, Samsung and LG according to a report from Business Wire. Apple has been a dominant force in mobile phones since the introduction of the original iPhone 3 years ago but has never been able to sneak into the top 5 list of global mobile phone vendors. Their arrival into the top 5 knocked out Sony Ericsson devices the first time since IDC started this survey back in 2004.

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3 years ago

Fortune: Verizon iPhone confirmed

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Fortune: Verizon iPhone confirmed

Fortune, in an article today describing the long and winding relationship between Apple's Steve Jobs and Verizon's Ivan Seidenberg, claims they've confirmed a Verizon iPhone is coming in "early 2011".

According to the story, Verizon passed on the iPhone in 2005 because Steve Jobs wanted too much control over where it was sold, too high a cut of service fees, and wanted to take on too much of the customer relationship. When Seidenberg tried to revisit the idea in 2007, just prior to the original iPhone launch, Jobs had concerns about CDMA not being a global standard. 4G LTE plans weren't enough to jumpstart the discussions back then.

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3 years ago

iPhone live podcast 123: Team Jailbreak

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iPhone live podcast 123: Team Jailbreak

We're talking iPhone passing BlackBerry, AT&T vs Verizon, white iPhone delayed... again, greenpois0n vs. limera1n vs. pwnage tool, and the week in apps. It's team Pure vs. team Jailbreak folks and this is iPhone Live!

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3 years ago

Apple posts higher revenue than Microsoft

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Apple posts higher revenue than Microsoft

Apple earned more revenue this quarter than their ancient frenemy, Microsoft. Roughly $20 billion to $16 billion, or $4 billion more. Not too long ago they passed Microsoft in market cap as well, another impressive sounding, if not terribly meaningful measure. Microsoft still leads in revenue due to their software-centric business being much higher margin than Apple's hardware-heavy mix. But that too could and just might change as well.

Apple, thanks to the Apple II, got off to an impressive lead in the early days of command line personal computing. But things changed. Apple squandered the Mac's first mover advantage and Microsoft and Windows ended up ruling the graphical user interface world. Now things are changing again. And that's where it gets interesting.

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3 years ago

Google Makes Improvements to mobile web version of Gmail

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Google Makes Improvements to mobile web version of Gmail

Google has posted an update to their blogger account notating some new changes to their mobile version of Gmail.  From the looks of it, scrolling looks to be much improved as far as smoothness goes.  Before the pages seemed to be a bit more choppy and the distance it would scroll wasn't always very accurate.  That problem appears to be fixed.

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3 years ago

How to save your SHSH blobs with TinyUmbrella [Jailbreak]

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How to save your SHSH blobs with TinyUmbrella [Jailbreak]

With Cydia currently not giving new users the ability to save their SHSH blobs it seemed like a good time to go over how to save your SHS blobs with an alternative, TinyUmbrella. An SHSH blob or ECID SHSH is basically a unique signature which is checked against Apple servers whenever you decide to restore the firmware on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Once a new firmware is released, Apple stops signing the older firmware, hence making it impossible to restore back to the older firmware from iTunes. So, YOU MUST SAVE YOUR SHSH WHILE APPLE IS CURRENTLY SIGNING THEM.

Now to “why is it important to save your SHSH blobs”: The creator of Cydia has setup a new server which basically mimics Apple’s verification server and can save your older signature (SHSH blob) so that you can downgrade or restore back to the older firmware. This is important because if you don’t have your SHSH blob saved, and accidently update to new firmware, you’ll loose your jailbreak and furthermore, you wont be able to downgrade back to older firmware to re-jailbreak your device.

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3 years ago

Apple Going Towards Stainless Steel With A Nitride Coating? [Patent Watch]

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Apple Going Towards Stainless Steel With A Nitride Coating? [Patent Watch]

Apple has shown an increasing interest as of late in creating stainless steel devices that are more durable to everyday wear and tear, and have been experimenting with an external coating of nitride to make this possible.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published information relating to Apple's latest invention of a new application which they call "Nitriding Stainless Steel for Consumer Electronic Products." This describes a cost-effective system that would include placing a layer of nitride on top of the stainless steel exterior to help it wear better over time. The application reads:

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3 years ago

Which costumes should we where for our Halloween iPad Live podcast?

Which costumes should we where for our Halloween iPad Live podcast?

The next edition of the iPad Live podcast comes you on October 31, Halloween, and you know what that means? Costumes! But with so many options to choose from -- Georgia as Steve Jobs, Rene as the mythical white iPhone, Chad as Evernote?! -- we need a little help deciding just what to wear. If you have a suggestion, send it on to us via Twitter:

Then tune in live on Sunday to night to see just what we picked!

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3 years ago

iOS 4.2 for iPad already Jailbroken

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iOS 4.2 for iPad already Jailbroken

It looks like hackers have had their hands on the iOS 4.2 beta 3 for iPad long enough to jailbreak it. Last night, well-known iOS hacker @iH8sn0w tweeted a picture of an iPad running MobileTerminal, a jailbreak app giving the user full access to the terminal command line interface. From iH8sn0w:

Yay! iPad 4.2 b3 jailbroken -- Weird that MobileTerminal runs in simulator

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