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4 years ago

Apple arming Made For iPhone accessory makers with new Bluetooth authentication protocol

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Apple arming Made For iPhone accessory makers with new Bluetooth authentication protocol

Japanese news site Macotakara (translated) reported last week that Apple has supplied Made For iPhone accessory makers with a new authentication chip using Bluetooth 4.0 and the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, making it easier to setup and authenticate devices for use over the dock connector and Bluetooth with a specific push for fitness and health-related apps.

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4 years ago

Weekly Mod: how to replace a shattered or unresponsive iPhone 3G/3GS digitizer assembly

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Weekly Mod: how to replace a shattered or unresponsive iPhone 3G/3GS digitizer assembly

Shattered the glass on your iPhone 3G or 3GS, or have a touchscreen that has stopped responding, and wondering how easy a screen replacement is to DIY? Well, you're in luck -- a screen replacement is a relatively easy repair to perform. You'll just need a few tools and a new digitizer assembly to make your broken iPhone 3G or 3GS good as new! This repair can also fix an unresponsive home button as well.

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4 years ago

Vote now for the social networking app of the year [2011 TiPb Awards]

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Vote now for the social networking app of the year [2011 TiPb Awards]

TiPb Awards: Social Networking App of the Year

Not content with having one of the most popular apps in the history of iOS, Facebook launched a second -- Facebook Messenger to create a quicker, cleaner path to owning your conversations. While Facebook as diversifying, LinkedIn was differentiating, releasing a new version of their app with their own, finally unique take on the social experience.

Path also released a new version with a bold, breathtaking new user experience and slightly more picturesque and timeline based focus. Apple added yet another separate social network to their portfolio, this time Find my Friends which offers very fine grained privacy control wrapped it more stitched leather than a puffy couch. And Google got into the game in a huge way with Google+.

Twitter for iPhone shed it's Tweetie heritage and while power users howled, it just might have become more usable for the mainstream. Luckily power users had plenty of places to turn with Tweetbot offering an entirely different take, with that trademark Tapbots look and increasingly deep functionality, and Twittelator Neue offering eye-popping animation and amped up interactions.

Verbs also did the remarkable by showing how simply and elegantly instant messages could be handled on mobile.

Incredibly different, incredibly rich, it's hard to pick just nine, never mind one -- but that's your job. Vote up top and tell us why you voted they way you did in the comments! These are your awards, so get to it!

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4 years ago

LunaTik Touch Pen seeks Kickstarter funding, an all in one rollerball and iPad stylus

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LunaTik Touch Pen seeks Kickstarter funding, an all in one rollerball and iPad stylus

The LunaTik Touch Pen is currently seeking Kickstarter funding and before you assume that it is just another stylus, it does offer something quite unique. The stylus is actually a rollerball pen but with a click of a button, the ink point disappears and it becomes a capacitive stylus for your iPad.

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4 years ago

UI concept designer Jan-Michael Cart to intern at Apple

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UI concept designer Jan-Michael Cart to intern at Apple

Jan-Michael Cart, noted for his iOS user interface concept videos, is heading off to work at Apple.

And like that, my time has come — I am now a member of the Apple community. I will still update my website with random small portfolio additions. I will also open up the blog portion of my website to document my day-to-day happenings in Cupertino. Stay tuned!

Several of Cart's UI videos focused on notification handling, making him the latest in a series of notification-centric designers brought in by Apple, including ??, known as the father of webOS notifications, to Peter Haas, who developed the Jailbreak MobileNotifier package.

Curiouser and curiouser. Check out a few of Cart's videos, below.

Source: Jan-Michael Cart via iPhoneinCanada.com

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4 years ago

What's going on between Apple and Digitude Innovations?

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What's going on between Apple and Digitude Innovations?

According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple has entered into some kind of relationship with Digitude Innovations, seemingly one of those delightful non-practicing entities fondly referred to as a patent troll. Based in Virginia, founded in 2010 and working off $50 Million from Altitude Capital Partners, Digitude has filed patent infringement claims with the International Trade Commission (ITC) against the likes of RIM, HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, Amazon, and Nokia -- but notably not Apple -- all with what appear to be patents previously held by -- none other than Apple. The patents noted are:

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4 years ago

UK network O2 now offering to lease the iPhone 4S with no upfront costs

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UK network O2 now offering to lease the iPhone 4S with no upfront costs

UK mobile network O2 has started offering the iPhone 4S on a new service which it is calling O2 Lease. The O2 Lease service, according to O2, is unique in the fact that it offers customers the option to rent an iPhone 4S with no upfront costs. The deal would run for twelve months after which you can return the phone back to O2 or renew the deal for a newer iPhone model.

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4 years ago

Daily Tip: How to kill background apps in iOS 5

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Daily Tip: How to kill background apps in iOS 5

iPhone or iPad feeling kind of sluggish or an app freezing up on you and wondering how to manually force-quit multitasking apps to free up memory? iOS 5 does a great job automatically pausing or killing background tasks, but once and a while a big game, rogue process, or similar situation can drain resources or tie up memory. Luckily, iOS 5 makes it easy to quit these apps any time you like.

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4 years ago

Forums: iOS 5.1 Beta 2, Photostreams on your PC

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Forums: iOS 5.1 Beta 2, Photostreams on your PC

With another week now kicked off, we're excited for what this week will bring and hope you'll join us for it all. Thus far, Apple has given us a new iOS Beta to play with and if you're looking to discuss it some more -- we have just the spot. The TiPb forums. You can register now to get started today and make sure you check out some of threads below:

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4 years ago

iTunes 10.5.2 update adds improvements to iTunes Match

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iTunes 10.5.2 update adds improvements to iTunes Match

Apple has updated iTunes to version 10.5.2, fixing an audio distortion issue when playing or importing specific CD types as well as adding improvements to its iTunes Match service.

What’s new in iTunes 10.5.2

iTunes 10.5.2 includes several improvements for iTunes Match and fixes an audio distortion problem when playing or importing certain CDs.

Apple has been vague on the improvements included to their iTunes Match service, so let us know if you see any specific changes in the comments. You can grab the update from the Apple Software Update Utility or as a direct download from the website.

Source: Apple

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4 years ago

App Giveaway: Twittelator Neue for iPhone

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App Giveaway: Twittelator Neue for iPhone

Twittelator Neue is a gorgeous Twitter client for iPhone. We have listed Twittelator Neue as one of the Top 10 best alternative Twitter apps for iPhone and we're excited to give it away!

As Rene said, Twittelator Neue is pure eye candy. Everything about it is just gorgeous and it's by far my favorite app for browsing Twitter. One of my favorite features is the way it displays in-line photos. Most twitter apps show a tiny thumbnail of the photo, but Twittelator Neue shows a slice of the photo that's just as wide as your timeline and as you scroll through your timeline, the image also scrolls in the background so that you slowly pan through the image through that slice. My description doesn't give it justice - it really is beautiful. Even the sounds are cool.

Twittelator Neue is lacking in a few features like native push, but it's only at version 1.0.5 and I look forward to what's to come.

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4 years ago

Microsoft OneNote now available for iPad

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Microsoft OneNote now available for iPad

Microsoft has released an iPad version of their note-taking application OneNote. Now you can capture all your thoughts and to-tos on the go and keep them in sync with OneNote on your desktop.

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4 years ago

Apple takes steps to obscure future iOS device references from nosy bloggers

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Apple takes steps to obscure future iOS device references from nosy bloggers

In the latest iOS 5.1 Beta 2 it looks like Apple has taken steps to start hiding future iPhone, iPad and other iOS device model references from the bloggers and deep code divers who have previously delighted in finding and exposing them.

Mark Gurman of 9to5 Mac first noted the new, obviously obfuscating entries on Twitter, and now it seems that in the USBDeviceConfiguration.plist, Apple has thrown in over 100 entries have been added for everything from iPad10,1 to AppleTV9,2, and so on.

Interesting new move in the cat and mouse game, to say the least.

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4 years ago

iDoodle: Patent ban Risk

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iDoodle: Patent ban Risk

"Hmm, I'm losing in Germany and Australia, but if I can just secure Canada and Mauritius...!"

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4 years ago

iOS 5.1 features: Delete individual photos from Photo Stream

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iOS 5.1 features: Delete individual photos from Photo Stream

The just-released iOS 5.1 beta 2 adds a small but incredibly important feature to iCloud's Photo Stream -- the ability to delete individual photos.

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