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6 years ago

Apple holding Black Friday online shopping event

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Apple holding Black Friday online shopping event

Apple Online and Apple Retail have only one sale a year -- Black Friday, held the day after Thanksgiving -- and Apple has already got a helpful reminder posted on their website:

Come back to the Apple Online Store the day after Thanksgiving for a special one-day-only holiday shopping event. You'll find dozens of great iPad, iPod and Mac gifts for everyone on your list.

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6 years ago

Steve Jobs: iPad with iOS 4.2 is a target few other tablets will hit

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Steve Jobs: iPad with iOS 4.2 is a target few other tablets will hit

When announcing the iOS 4.2 update yesterday Steve Jobs once again took the opportunity to lay into the tablet competition, saying:

“Once again, the iPad with iOS 4.2 will define the target that other tablets will aspire to, but very few, if any, will ever be able to hit.”

Unlike iPhone, which got iOS 4 back in June, iOS 4.2 is a generational improvement for iPad, which has been stuck on iOS 3.2 since it debuted back in April. Multitasking, folders, AirPrint, AirPlay, threaded email, unified inbox, and more (see our complete iOS 4.2 for iPad walkthrough for all the details).

While RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook, HP's webOS PalmPad, and no doubt a legion of future Android 2.3 and 3.0 tablets are waiting in the wings, only the Galaxy Tab has shipped to date (not counting Windows Tablet PC or Archos, which are different in kind).

I had a chance to try out the Bell version of the Galaxy Tab over the weekend and came away thinking it doesn't really compete with the iPad at all. That's not to say no one will buy a Galaxy Tab -- 600,000 have reportedly been sold in the last month --but at 7-inches and running a thinly skinned version of Android 2.2 Froyo, it felt more like a big Galaxy S phone than a distinct tablet device.

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6 years ago

iPad live podcast #31: Team Pure vs. Team Jailbreak

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iPad live podcast #31: Team Pure vs. Team Jailbreak

Rene watches Chad's Team Pure vs. Ally's Team Jailbreak battle for what's left of Georgia's soul. Oh, and iOS 4.2.1 GM, subscription newspapers, the Beatles, and the week in apps!

Want to join us as a special guest on an upcoming iPad live? Enter our So You Think You Can Podcast contest now!

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6 years ago

iOS 4.3 rumored for December?

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iOS 4.3 rumored for December?

MacStories is claiming a "reliable source" has told them Apple was previously targeting a December release for their next update, iOS 4.3 for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad:

when Apple didn’t know about the WiFi issues in the GM seed of iOS 4.2, the OS was scheduled to be released weeks before Nov. 22nd. Apple found out about the WiFi issues, released a second GM build and iOS 4.2 came out yesterday. It came out in November, but it should have been out in the first half of November. Anyway, before the WiFi issues were discovered, Apple was already planning to release a new build of iOS 4.x in mid-December. Most specifically, they were planning for an iOS 4.3 release on December 13th, which is a Monday.

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6 years ago

Ninja Tip: How to re-enable iOS 4.2 network AirPrint on Windows

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Ninja Tip: How to re-enable iOS 4.2 network AirPrint on Windows

Interested in how to get network AirPrint working again via your Windows PC? Without much of an explanation, AirPrint was severely gutted just prior to iOS 4.2's release, retaining support for only a small handful of wireless printers. However, we recently posted on how to restore network printing to Mac OS X 10.6.5, and now we're here to tell you how to restore it to Windows 7 as well. Check our easy to follow step-by-step instructions after the break!

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6 years ago

BugMe! updated, now universal app for iPhone and iPad

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BugMe! updated, now universal app for iPhone and iPad

BugMe!, the “Original Sticky Note App,” has received a nice little update and now offers a universal binary for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. In case you are unfamiliar with BugMe!, here is a quick description:

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6 years ago

No new text tones in iOS 4.2 for iPhone 3GS -- why?

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No new text tones in iOS 4.2 for iPhone 3GS -- why?

We mentioned this back during the betas, but it's worth a mention again as many iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS owners out there finished their iOS 4.2 update yesterday only to discover something missing -- the new text tones! Yes, for some reason Apple has chosen to only make those available on iPhone 4. No iPhone 4, no new text tones.

But why, you ask? We're wondering the same thing. We know this can't be performance-related, that's for sure. This makes us curious about what an email response from Steve Jobs would look like on the matter.

(Not that the new text tones are anything to write home about -- check out the video after the break if you want to hear them in action.)

Any iPhone 3G or iPhones 3GS owners out there feel left out in the cold and care to speculate?

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6 years ago

Otter Box Commuter Series for iPad- accessory review

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Otter Box Commuter Series for iPad- accessory review

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The Otter Box Commuter Series for iPad may just be the ultimate in rugged cases. I know, that is a bold statement, but I am really that impressed. What separates this case from the competition is that is clearly engineered by people who like their iPads and want them protected. You get a low-profile case with a lot of extras. Like many iPad cases on the market, the Commuter is a three-layered system...

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6 years ago

iOS 4.2 bugs: iPhone music gone after the update? Here's the fix!

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iOS 4.2 bugs: iPhone music gone after the update? Here's the fix!

If you've just updated to iOS 4.2 on your iPhone only to discover all your favorite music has mysteriously gone missing, don't worry, you're not alone. Our tip line has exploded with users complaining about the very same thing. It's a scare for sure but luckily the fix is quite simple. Check it out after the break.

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6 years ago

Apple to hold special iPad subscription newspaper event in December?

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Apple to hold special iPad subscription newspaper event in December?

We though the Back to the Mac event would be Apple's last for 2010 but according to Daring Fireball there might just be one more in December -- a Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch powered The Daily subscription newspaper for iPad event:

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6 years ago

Did you update to iOS 4.2? [poll]

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Did you update to iOS 4.2? [poll]

Did you update to iOS 4.2?online survey

Did you update to iOS 4.2 (4.2.1) yet? Will you? I know some of us were hitting update every minute on the minute, wanting to grab the new OS the moment it was available. I'm sure others will do it the very next time they're plugged into iTunes. If you haven't done it yet, are you waiting on the iOS 4.2 Jailbreak, or are you just not going to do it?

Give us your current status in the poll up top and let us know why -- or why not -- in the comments below.

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6 years ago

GridTab for Safari (Jailbreak]

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GridTab for Safari (Jailbreak]

GridTab has been released on Cydia for all Jailbroken iPhones and iPod touches running iOS 4.x. GridTab configures Safari to use a gallery system much like the iPad when navigating through different tabs. For those of you who like using multiple tabs, this will give you a much quicker and easier transition between them. Why Apple has not made this feature standard in iOS is puzzling, but leave it up to the Jailbreak community to bring it to you first!

GridTab is available for $0.99 on Cydia.

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6 years ago

Subsidized iPads coming to the UK, could the US be next?

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Subsidized iPads coming to the UK, could the US be next?

Orange and T-Mobile UK both announced that they'll be offering subsidized pricing options for iPads purchased with their data plans. Users must agree to an 18 or 24 month contract in order to grab an iPad with the discounts, which may reach as high as 62% off retail price.

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6 years ago

iOS 4.2 features: The triumph and tragedy of AirPlay [video]

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iOS 4.2 features: The triumph and tragedy of AirPlay [video]

One of the flagship features of iOS 4.2 for iPad and iPhone was and arguably still is AirPlay -- the ability to wirelessly beam video to an Apple TV or audio to an Airport Extreme with speakers or other AirPlay-compatible (formerly called AirTunes-compatible) audio gear. And it works great. It really does. Magically even. Like Star Trek. Provided you only want to beam video from the iPod app (Video on iPad and iPod touch) and YouTube app. With any of those apps, you get the AirPlay video option, tap it, and your Apple TV throws the content right up on your big screen. You can even exit the player app and, thanks to iOS 4.x multitasking, the video keeps playing via Apple TV while you surf the web, check email, etc.

Sure, you already have a YouTube app on Apple TV, but if you've found a great video on your iPad, this saves you the time and effort of searching for it again on your Apple TV. You just tap AirPlay and you're sharing. Theoretically everyone in the family could have a video on their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad and take turns sharing them without having to stop and search for them one after the other on the Apple TV. It's the convenience factor.

But here's the rub -- any other app, even Apple apps like the iTunes Store's streaming video podcasts and YouTube videos played in Safari don't have a video option -- they're audio-only. Same goes for apps like Air Video and even Netflix, which is already built into the Apple TV anyway, just like YouTube.

Same goes with the Photos app. You can show your pictures, no problem, but there's no way to show a video shot with your iPhone and stored in the Camera Roll. There's no AirPlay button available for that and if you try to work around it with the AirPlay widget in the fast app switcher UI, you get audio-only at best and nothing at worst. You actually have to sync home movies off your iPhone, and then sync them back in order for them to work. That's frustrating to say the least. The ability to quickly shoot and wirelessly show off home movies via AirPlay is the killer apps for parents.

Maybe Hollywood is to blame. Apple is uber-careful about not offending the incredibly offensive folks who make the movies and generally treat their own customers as content criminals. That might explain things like locking out the Air Video ap, which can load MKV and AVI files (torrent favorites), but why not iTunes? Why not home movies in the Photos app?

It makes the kind of sense that doesn't, and it turns what should be a terrific new feature in iOS 4.2 into a bit of a tragedy in this first incarnation.

Update: John Gruber thinks Apple might have run out of time, wanting to ship iOS 4.2 in November and not able to finish system-wide AirPlay support. Perhaps, like network AirPrint, the full implementation was scaled back for the release version. If that's the case, hopefully there'll be an iOS 4.3 early next year...

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6 years ago

Untethered 4.2.1 Jailbreak Requires Saved 4.1 SHSH Blobs!

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Untethered 4.2.1 Jailbreak Requires Saved 4.1 SHSH Blobs!

Dev Team has announced that Greenpois0n will be updated within the next few days to allow for 4.2.1 to be Jailbroken. As of right now, the Jailbreak will be tethered for all 4th gen based devices (iPhone3GS w/ new bootrom, iPhone4, iPad, iPodTouch3&4) but Comex is hard at work creating a userland exploit to untether 4.2.1. Word is that this untethering will require 4.1 SHSH Blobs. If you have not saved your blobs yet, even if you are not currently Jailbroken and/or not currently using iOS 4.1, you can go ahead and use TinyUmbrella to save them. However, since 4.2.1 was just released, Apple will stop signing 4.1 SHSH blobs very soon (any minute really) and once that happens, you are out of luck!

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