All Articles by Joseph Keller

Infuse plays videos in multiple formats, keeps track of what you watch

Infuse, a new app that can play video in several formats, has been released for iPhone and iPad. Infuse supports fourteen file types for videos, including MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, WebM, and WMV. You can add videos to Infuse through iTunes syncing and file sharing, email attachement, and Dropbox.

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Smartphones out-ship feature phones for the first time, iPhone reaches Q1 high

Smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time in Q1 2013, with the iPhone reaching a new first-quarter personal high for shipments. Apple had the second-highest number of smartphones shipped, coming in behind Samsung.

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Instapaper sold to Betaworks

Marco Arment, creator of popular read-it-later service Instapaper, has sold a majority stake in the service to Betaworks. Arment was concerned that he alone was not able to give Instapaper the attention that it needed going forward, determining that to remain healthy, it would need a full team of developers.

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WWDC tickets go on sale, sell out in two minutes

The tickets for this WWDC 2013 have come and gone in record time, with passes for this year’s event selling out in an astounding two minutes, after going on sale at 10 AM Pacific. The speed at which the tickets sold out can at least be partially attributed to the fact that Apple pre-announced when they woud go on sale, something that they haven’t done in past years.

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Tim Cook auctions off coffee with himself for charity

Tim Cook is holding an auction for coffee and conversation with himself on Apple's campus for charity. The terms of the deal state that the meeting will last between thirty minutes and an hour, and will cover two people. The auction is being run through Charitybuzz.

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Apple celebrates ten years of the iTunes Store with special iTunes section

The iTunes Store turns 10 this Sunday, April 28, and Apple is celebrating with a new area in the store chronicling a decade of selling music, movies, TV, and apps. “A Decade of iTunes” commemorates the store’s milestones in a separate section for each year.

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AppShopper Social uses your friends to find apps for you

App discovery service AppShopper has reappeared on the App Store after being removed last year, and their new app, AppShopper Social, relies heavily on social features to help users find apps. After creating your AppShopper account, you can populate the Friends list either by manually adding friends or adding your Twitter account.

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Apple adds "Download Later" option to iTunes in the Cloud

Apple has added a new option for iTunes in the Cloud users, allowing them to defer large downloads of movies, TV shows, and music box sets for a later time. Currently, this new option does not work for apps, and is available only in places where iTunes in the Cloud is live. This option is available on iOS 6 and in iTunes 11.

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Volkswagen announces iBeetle, a car with deep iPhone integration

There have been previous rumors about Apple building an iCar, but it now seems that instead of building the vehicle themselves, they have partnered with Volkswagen to create the iBeetle. The car, which Volkswagen says was designed in coordination with Apple, boasts integration with the iPhone through Volkswagens iBeetle app, which provides access to entertainment and diagnostic functions.

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Apple keeps anonymized Siri data for up to two years for testing and improvement purposes

After privacy concerns were raised regarding data it gets from Siri, Apple has revealed that it keeps that data for up to two years. Apple generates a random string of numbers to associate with your voice data, rather than using your Apple ID, and any Siri data they collect from you goes under that number. Data, however, is decoupled from that number. According to Wired an Apple spokesperson explained:

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Jony Ive named one of TIME's 100 most influential people

Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Industrial Design, has been named by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, coming in at number 46. Of Ive’s relationship with his team, U2’s Bono, writing for TIME, says that Ive is akin to a certain Star Wars icon:

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Yahoo releases Yahoo! Weather for iPhone

Yahoo has released a brand new weather application for iPhone, presenting a great deal of information with a crisp, clean user interface. Opening the app displays a large photo from near your location, and the current temperature is prominently displayed, with the high, low, and current conditions sitting atop it.

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Funny or Die releases iSteve

Funny or Die’s Steve Jobs parody biopic iSteve, has been released on the site. Starring Justin Long as Steve Jobs and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak, iSteve is a satirical take on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

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Time Warner Cable to allow customers to stream select channels anywhere through iOS apps

Time Warner Cable will soon allow users to stream live television while away from their home. Time Warner Cable currently lets customers stream programs from select channels while on their own home network, but that is set to change starting 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning as channels like BBC America and the Big Ten Network will be available while on the go, according to a comapny spokesperson

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T-Mobile USA says iPhone 5 gave them one of their biggest launch weekends ever

After announcing a strong first day of sales on Friday, T-Mobile USA has announced that the launch of the iPhone on their network has resulted in one of their biggest weekends ever. While declining to give specific numbers, T-Mobile’s Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert said that sales exceeded T-Mobile’s internal goals, and noted that there were lines outside of stores when the phone launched on Friday.

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Facebook for iOS updated with news feed redesign, brings Chat Heads to limited number of users

Facebook for iOS has received a major update today, bringing the promised redesign to both the iPhone and the iPad, along with a major feature from Facebook Home, Chat Heads. The redesigned news feed emulates the new look of Facebook on the web, with content becoming more prominent and sporting an overall cleaner look.

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Mailbox ditches reservation system, opens to everyone with a Gmail account

Popular email app Mailbox has annonced that they have gotten rid of their reservation system. In a post on the company blog, the team says that they are now delivering over 100 million messages per day:

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Logitech unveils Harmony Smart Control, uses your iPhone to control your entertainment center

Logitech will soon allow you to control your entire home entertainment system from your iPhone using its new Harmony Smart Control system. Centered around a small black box called the Harmony Hub that connects to up to eight devices through Wi-Fi, the Harmony Smart Control lets users control their television, sound system, game console and media players using Logitech’s iOS app.

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YouTube for iPhone and iPad updated with support for live events

YouTube for iOS has been updated with a new features and enhancements, including support for live events. Events like Coachella have often been streamed live on YouTube in the past, but users could not view them on iOS devices. iOS users can now view live events through the app, and YouTube has added a feed called “Live” to the “From YouTube” section of the guide which lists the live events that are currently available.

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DISH Network makes bid to buy Sprint out from under SoftBank

DISH Network has launched a $25.5 billion bid to merge with Sprint. Although Japanese carrier SoftBank is currently preparing to purchase Sprint, shareholders for the third-place U.S. carrier would have the opportunity to reject that bid in favor of DISH Network’s.

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