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3 years ago

Apple-acquired Lala ending service May 31, iTunes.com not starting replacing it any time soon

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Apple-acquired Lala ending service May 31, iTunes.com not starting replacing it any time soon

Streaming music service Lala, acquired by Apple back in early December, 2009, has sent a letter to subscribers telling them they're shutting down as of May 31, and while remaining credit will get transferred to iTunes, streaming music won't show up in an iTunes.com any time soon.

The Lala service will be shut down on May 31st.

In appreciation of your support over the last five years, you will receive a credit in the amount of your Lala web song purchases for use on Apple's iTunes Store. If you purchased and downloaded mp3 songs from Lala, those songs will continue to play as part of your local music library.

Remaining wallet balances and unredeemed gift cards will be converted to iTunes Store credit (or can be refunded upon request). Gift cards can be redeemed on Lala until May 31st.

Click here or visit Lala.com/support for more information, or to view Lala's Terms of Service.

Thank you.

Lala

Rumors have persisted that Apple bought Lala for the talent, or for the lower-cost transaction system, or to take iTunes to the cloud. None of that has materialized so far, but speculation remains that Steve Jobs will drop hints of a Lala-inspired iTunes future at the All Things Digital Conference (where he's introduced a new version of iTunes before), or at WWDC 2010 alongside the 4th generation iPhone (iPhone HD/iPhone 4G) and the final version of iPhone OS 4. If not, Apple's traditional September iTunes and iPod event would be the next likely candidate.

That is, if music companies allow it.

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3 years ago

H.264 ascendant: why Apple's no-Flash, no-Theora gamble is playing off

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H.264 ascendant: why Apple's no-Flash, no-Theora gamble is playing off

H.264, the video codec Apple supports for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad playback, and for the HTML5 video tag in Safari, and now Microsoft is supporting it as well, which means its 66% share will likely go up. Add to that Steve Jobs think the competing, Firefox-supported license-free alternative, OGG Theora, will face patent infringement claims, and it's looking like we have a web video standards winner.

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3 years ago

How fast is your iPad 3G on AT&T?

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How fast is your iPad 3G on AT&T?

How fast is your iPad Wi-Fi + 3G on AT&T? Dieter is testing his out and the results so far don't seem too shabby. We've seen the plastic top strip meant to allow better, stronger radio signals and we've seen about all the details in the iPad 3G tear down, but real-world results are what matter here so run your favorite speed test, website or app, tell us which one your run, and let us know your results.

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3 years ago

New and notable iPhone games for May 1, 2010

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New and notable iPhone games for May 1, 2010

Sure, new and notable iPhone games isn't a theme, but with so many new and such a large swathe of notable, who needs a theme? Join us after the break to see what's going on in the iTunes App Store this week!

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3 years ago

iPad Wi-Fi + 3G: torn down

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iPad Wi-Fi + 3G: torn down

Bookending the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G unboxing from earlier today is the other classic staple of geekdom: the tear-down. As usual iFixit did the deed, and here's what they uncovered:

  • There are actually FIVE antennas in this iPad. Two antennas handle the cell reception -- one is in the RF window on top, the other attaches to the LCD frame. A single GPS antenna is also housed in the RF window on top. Just like the iPad Wi-Fi, there are two antennas that handle Wi-Fi / Bluetooth connectivity, one in the Apple logo and another to the left of the dock connector.

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3 years ago

How to setup an AT&T account for cellular data on iPad 3G

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How to setup an AT&T account for cellular data on iPad 3G

Curious how to setup an AT&T account on Apple's iPad Wi-Fi + 3G so you can get going with cellular data? Dieter's going to take you through it, step by step, in fine video form after the break.

  1. Either tap the popup that asks if you want to setup a 3G on startup, or tap the Settings app.
  2. Go to Cellular Data
  3. Tap view account (and then wait, it takes a while).
  4. Enter your user personal info and credit cards details and create a login.
  5. Choose your plan, $14.99 for 256mb or $29.99 for unlimited
  6. Remember, it rolls-over automatically so you'll get billed again next month!
  7. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the terms of service (seriously?) and tap to agree.
  8. Add international data if you're a traveler.
  9. Wait for them to notify you when it's complete.
  10. Once you get the notification, you are good to go!
  11. (If you want to, you can go back to Settings and make changes to your account).

Done? Done! Let us know how it worked for you!

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3 years ago

iPad Wi-Fi + 3G: unboxed

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iPad Wi-Fi + 3G: unboxed

iPad Wi-Fi + 3G is at TiPb HQ and editor-in-chief Dieter Bohn is unboxing it the way unboxing is meant to be -- and had to be -- done.

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3 years ago

Just get an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G? Here's what you need next!

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Just get an iPad Wi-Fi + 3G? Here's what you need next!

Today the day Apple's iPad Wi-Fi + 3G finally goes on sale which means a bunch of you are waiting by the door for the delivery truck or getting ready to head out to the Apple Store and pick one up. While you're waiting, or once you get it and come back, you might be wondering what's next? Don't worry, TiPb's got your back:

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3 years ago

Quick Review: GoodReader document manager, viewer for iPad

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Quick Review: GoodReader document manager, viewer for iPad

GoodReader for iPad [on sale for $0.99 - iTunes store] is a gem of an app for anyone who wants to access and manage their documents on the go, especially large PDF files. It is upscaled from the iPhone version, but while the interface isn't radically different this is one case where bigger translates effectively into more and better.

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3 years ago

LAST CHANCE: Five 1-year subscriptions to AT&T or Rogers Navigator powered by TeleNav

LAST CHANCE: Five 1-year subscriptions to AT&T or Rogers Navigator powered by TeleNav

Spring has sprung and what better way to celebrate the great driving weather than teaming up with TeleNav to give away five (5) 1-year subscriptions to AT&T Navigator (for those of you in the US) or Rogers Navigator (for those of you in Canada).

Want? Great, all you have to do is head on over to Facebook and:

(You must become a fan of both to qualify. We'll check!)

Give away starts now and ends Friday, April 30 at 12pm PT so get to it!

Legal stuff after the break...

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