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3 years ago

iPad magically solves crimes on NCIS

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iPad magically solves crimes on NCIS

iPad showed up on the hit CBS show NCIS tonight, helping out with the forensics work, though sporting a red hot skin case rather than the traditional lab jacket.

NCIS has a long history of using iPhones going back to the original, and so many shows have iPhones these days there's no way we can post them all, but iPad sightings have been far less common to date.

Is this a sign that's about to change? Has the TV iPad onslaught begun?

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3 years ago

New iPhone 4 ad focuses on Every great thing about Retina Display

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New iPhone 4 ad focuses on Every great thing about Retina Display

Apple has just posted a new iPhone 4 commercial, this one called "Every" and focused on the 960x640 Retina Display.

Calling it the highest resolution phone screen ever, it shows zooming in on a photo of a child's freckled face, the Pixar(!) movie Up, the calligraphic logo-type of the New York Times, highlighting in iBooks, the official Twitter for iPhone app, CoverFlow in the iPod app, Epic's amazing Unreal engine, and a home video.

It also confirms Apple has gone full circle from focusing on features for the original iPhone 2G, to focusing on apps for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, to once again focusing on features for iPhone 4 like FaceTime and now Retina Display. It makes sense as competition first caught up to (and exceeded) features of previous models and are now beginning to catch up on apps. Reframing around the brief window of feature advantage iPhone 4 enjoys and adding in a big fat helping of emotional resonance will solidify the already iconic Apple brand in customers' minds.

The only question is, as Retina Displays and video calling becomes the norm, what's the next differentiator for Apple? AirPlay?

UPDATE: Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac checked out the Twitter IDs shown off in the video, and sure enough, the accounts are real. The people on the other hand... we doubt it.

Video after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Mobile App for iPhone adds Google Goggles support

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Google Mobile App for iPhone adds Google Goggles support

Google Mobile App for iPhone has just added Google Goggles support. Goggles is the awesomely named camera-search based service that debuted on Android and lets you find information about something just by taking a picture of it.

In the new version of Google Mobile App just tap on the camera button to search using Goggles. Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes -- just click on them to find out more.

You can see how it works in the video after the break. It's totally Star Trek, but it's also still a work in progress according to Google:

Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn’t yet work for some things you might want to try like animals, plants or food.

Get it, it's hot.

[iTunes link via Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

UPDATED: Apple TV (2010) bug lets you watch iTunes rentals for 30 days?

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UPDATED: Apple TV (2010) bug lets you watch iTunes rentals for 30 days?

Rent a movie from iTunes on Windows or Mac and stream it to your new Apple TV (2010) and it never starts Hollywood's 24h-48h countdown, which means you have 30 days to enjoy them as much as you want. Here's the steps as MacRumors outlines them:

We've successfully tested this procedure on latest iTunes (thanks to forum user TheBritishBloke), and it works (at least in the short term as the new Apple TV hasn't been out for 30 days):

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3 years ago

iPad poised to become 4th largest consumer electronic category?

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iPad poised to become 4th largest consumer electronic category?

People are buying iPads so fast it's poised to pass gaming platforms and cell phones to become the 4th largest consumer electronic category according to analysts with Bernstein.

I'm a little confused on how a single device like iPad can be a category, so maybe they mean it will be akin to how iPod is dominant and has come to be synonymous with MP3 player. So for the purpIf that proves to be accurate it will be quite the achievement for a device many predicted would be a flop, much larger companies tried to establish as a product category for decades before, and until competition arrives next year is pretty much carrying the entire form factor on its black glass and aluminum shoulders.

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3 years ago

Once again: Android can't outsell iPhone

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Once again: Android can't outsell iPhone

Nielsen is once again trudging out a survey saying Android outsold iPhone and BlackBerry in the US. So once again we'll trudge out this kindly, helpful reality check:

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3 years ago

AT&T Navigator for iPhone update + give away!

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AT&T Navigator for iPhone update + give away!

AT&T Navigator for iPhone -- powered by TeleNav -- has just been updated to version 1.7i and here's all the new stuff you get:

  • Lane Assistance: Need to know what lane you should be in? Lane assist will help you with exactly that, making easier to know where you should be to prepare for your next maneuver.

  • Traffic Camera Alerts: Want a heads up before heading into the next traffic light? Traffic Camera Alerts gives you exactly that – a simple way for you to know what’s coming up ahead at the next traffic signal!

  • One Touch Speech Recognition: Now, with AT&T Navigator 1.7i, you can now with just one button speak in commands to quickly find the information you’re looking for! You can say things like “Search for the library” or “Drive to Las Vegas, Nevada.”

  • Battery Saver Mode: Is there any bigger bummer than finding our your cell phone’s battery has died? With Battery Saver Mode, when you’ve arrive at your destination or have been stationary for a while, this feature will give you peace of mind by turning off your GPS – and helping to save your battery.

  • Multitasking: Big fan of iOS4? Then without a doubt, multitasking is an important feature to you.

  • Smoother 3D Animations: In the new version of AT&T Navigator, we’re now using a new “OpenGL” engine that allows us to use higher frame rates, better transition animations, and renders faster when panning in 3D maps! What does that mean for you? A better navigation experience!

If you want to see it in action, there's video after the break. If you want to win one of three (3) free one year subscription, head on over to the iPhone App Forum now!

[iTunes link]

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3 years ago

Apple TV and Forum Feedback - From the Forums

Apple TV and Forum Feedback - From the Forums

The TiPb forums are naturally a great place to talk, commiserate, celebrate, get help, and offer advice to your fellow iPhone users. In order to create a new thread of your own or reply to any of the existing threads, you must be a registered member. Becoming a member is easy and free so if you haven’t already, head on over and register now!

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3 years ago

Apple needs and acre of land, farmers need $1.7 million for it

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Apple needs and acre of land, farmers need $1.7 million for it

When Apple needed land for their $1 billion dollar data center the farmers who owned it decided they needed $1.7 million to sell. Not bad considering they bought it for $6,000 just 34 years ago.

“They told us to put a price on it and we did,” said Kathy Fulbright, 62, seated on a brown leather sofa in the living room of the home she and her husband built with the proceeds. The 49-acre property boasts a 4,200-square-foot house with a Jacuzzi in the master bathroom, as well as a manmade pond stocked with bass and catfish.

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3 years ago

iPad live #24: PlayBooked

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iPad live #24: PlayBooked

We're loving our iPads, everything on Target, 7-inch rumors that just won't die, are we going ambidockular, and the HP Slate hands-on. Hit CTR-ALT-DEL folks, this is iPad Live!

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