iTunes 11 Released, Download For Mac And Windows Right Now!



An improved version of Apple’s desktop media player - iTunes 11 has just been pushed out! As we’ve already reported, it was initially originally supposed that iTunes 11 would drop alongside the iPhone 5, and later with iPad Mini and iPad 4, but the launch was delayed due to well-explained reasons.

The main changes made with Apple’s 10 + year old jukebox is the design changes, as well as the effortlessness of use – “A completely redesigned player. A newly remodeled store. And even more iCloud features. The new iTunes looks easy, because it is easy. “

Along significant improvements to the products themselves, iTunes 11 has quite changed from an aesthetic point of view - both iTunes and the iTunes Store offering a revamped user interface, similar to what we have in iOS 6. The features for iTunes fans to sink their teeth into, as expected, include:  improved support for iCloud, the all-new unremarkable mini-player with fast access to music controls and a much simpler and refurbished UI.
Those who wish to grab the latest iTunes version can do so by either clicking here or alternatively, can navigate to the Software Update within iTunes, which is the preferred choice for the majority of users.


iTunes 11 Is About To Arrive


iTunes 11 was introduced back in September during the iPhone and iPod event. Since then, it was delayed from its originally announced October launch to some uncertain date in November. In difference with previous updates, this radical departure includes more iOS 6 like interface, and deeper, tighter iCloud integration. 

With some major changed needed to be made with the previous iTunes version, the reason for the announced delay was explained to be following: “iTunes 11 was taking longer than expected to get right”. The estimated delay was suggested to be “a month by engineering issues that requires parts to be rebuilt”.

It is widely believed that Apple will honor their new launch window and ship iTunes 11 by the end of this week – that means either today or tomorrow. With Eddy Cue, initially been in charge for iTunes, the iTunes Store, and the App Store, now given Maps and Siri as well, services have become the most critical part of Apple these days, delivering unsuccessful user experience lately. So with the whole iOS world looking forward to the new iTunes to finally arrive, let’s hope the extra time spent on it was spent productively

Chevrolet Cars To Feature Siri In Early 2013


With Steve Jobs’s dream to produce an iCar one day, Apple seems to be taking a step closer to reality – General Motors will introduce Apple’s digital voice assistant Siri into several of its car models in early 2013!

Working through the standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, the feature will be available to iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 owners and will serve minimizing distractions while driving. Siri will be activated without the need to light up the screen, meaning that the interaction with it will be available in an “Eyes Free” mode.

The capabilities Siri will bring to Chevrolet cars owners are the following:

Ability to make hands-free calls;
Play songs in iTunes library;
Listen to, compose and send messages;
Add appointments to calendar and many more.

However, tasks that are a bit complex and require displaying a web page will not work, according to the GM. Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director for small cars commented: “It says a lot about our commitment to small-car customers that Chevrolet has announced that Siri Eyes Free capability will be available in the Spark and Sonic well before the luxury brands.”

Previously we’ve heard about Mercedes and Siri connection, along with BMW and Honda having also announced Siri integration. In difference with other car manufacturers, GM differentiates itself by integrating Siri support in small cars first. What do you think about Siri in your car? Do not hesitate to share in the comments below.

Tell Your Life Story With Jumyo For iPhone


This week’s winner of our Free App Poll is Jumyo, a collaborative and social storytelling platform enabling users to share their life in real-time through photos and narrative with the people around you. Friends can create Jumyo stories together – may it be either a wedding, a sporting event or a party.

Once you download the app you’ll love the intuitive UI, ease of use and the beautiful layout. Jumyo is a great tool to have meaningful discussions with beloved ones. The incomplete list of the app features includes:
Create stunning visual stories with photos and narrative;
Add images or narrative to any one of your friends’ stories;
Use beautiful and free filters to add drama to your images;
Geo-located stories to see what is happening around you;
Ability to add narrative to images or as its own page;
Instantly share your stories through Facebook;
Create unlimited stories and upload unlimited photos!

You’ll finally find a place to communicate with family and friends and tell the whole story! The ability to document pictures, record memories and continue adding to the stories over time allows to keep everything one place and, eliminating the need to find the bits and pieces of the story. 
Jumyo For iPhone is available in the Apple App Store for free and requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 too.

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New Accessory By Will.i.am To Turn Your iPhone Into A 14-Megapixel Shooter!

Singer and entrepreneur Will.i.am, mostly known from The Black Eyed Peas, is planning to introduce a new accessory for Apple's iPhone. Dubbed as "i.am+", the upcoming accessory is said to transform the iPhone's 8-megapixel camera into a 14-megapixel shooter!

With the ability to simply clip on your smartphone, "i.am+" will be available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 users. The multi-Grammy-award-winning singer and musician described how he came up with the idea for the camera attachment at a photo shoot in London in 2008- Here’s what Will.i.am commented in his recent interview with The Telegraph: "We have our own sensor and a better flash. You dock your phone into our device and it turns you smartphone into a genius-phone. We take over the camera."

The i.am+ will be available in early December. The price details are not yet known, but recent rumors claim we’ll learn quire more about the upcoming camera “clip” on Wednesday, November 28.


Black Friday Deals – Get Apple At Cheapest!


While Apple’s mysterious holiday offer still remains secret, other retailers are preparing for the upcoming rush of Black Friday patrons, including Best Buy and MacMall offering nice deals. Helping fuel the busiest shopping day of the year, here are the Apple devices, apps and accessories that can be grabbed for sale on this wonderful day:

Best Buy –offers $50 off the third-generation iPad, adds a $75 gift card with each device sold. However the deal is valid only for the $649 64GB Wi-Fi-only black version for $649 and the $549 32GB Wi-Fi black and white variants.  So users are now able to get this previously expensive tablet models for $599 and $499, respectively. Additionally, some of EA, Gameloft and others have started discounting iOS games as well. Check the deals here.

As for MacMall, the retailer has already kicked off its Black Friday sale this afternoon offering nice discounts on current and previous generation iPads, iPods and more. The incomplete list of discounts includes the following:

16GB Wi-Fi iPad (4th gen.) $473.99
32GB Wi-Fi iPad (4th gen.) $557.99
64GB Wi-Fi iPad (4th gen.) $653.99
32GB iPod touch (5th gen.) $284.98
64GB iPod touch (5th gen.) $394.00
Apple TV (3rd gen.) $89.00
16GB Wi-Fi iPad (3rd gen.) $429.99
16GB Wi-Fi iPad (2nd gen.) $377.99
8GB iPod touch (4th gen.) $179.99

MacBooks, including both Airs and the new Pro models with Retina displays, are also on sale on top of these deals listed above. Any of the Mac computers are discounted by at least $100! The deals expire at midnight on Friday, so do not miss them!

However, we all still want Apple to amaze us with some great offerings we all hope are hiding behind the green teaser put up recently. For more details on what Apple might be hiding, check what to expect from Apple on black Friday.

Apple Releases Two New iPhone 5 Ads – “Orchestra” And “Turkey”


The two new video commercials have just been posted on Apple’s YouTube Channel, demonstrating the advanced Microphone and Shared Photo Stream feature of iOS 6.

Despite aiming to promote improved capabilities of Apple’s latest iOS, 30-minute Turkey focuses on the approaching U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, and starts off with... a turkey and all the fixings!

The ad also demonstrates how effortless it is to share photos with specific family and friends, who can then enjoy and comment on them on their own iOS devices.

As for the second one, the ad called” Orchestra” aims to highlight off the noise-cancelling microphone on the iPhone 5, with the idea that even if a whole symphony orchestra in is playing nearby, you’ll still have a better than normal chance at hearing your call – without the need of asking the conductor to pipe it down.

Below we’ve provided both of the latest classic Apple iPhone commercials, along with the captions. Check and do not hesitate to share what you think of them in the comments.




Well, it's that time of year again.
You know, picture taking season?
And, with Photo Stream, you can share all the photos you want.
With just the people you want.
It's as easy as pie. Mmmm… pie.



Excuse me, maestro? Bring it down please!
Better.
That's what happens to background noise when you're making a call on this.
This microphone here picks up the sounds around you and helps turn them down.
So when the world gets noisy, calls sound better.

What To Expect From Apple On Black Friday




Considering the time differences across the countries, Apple’s online stores have gradually gone green from east to the west! This time it’s nothing to do with the ecology, but to get consumers psyched up by introducing a special landing page outlining the November 23rd event – as most of you are aware – the Black Friday!

With the whole world anticipating the month of unbelievable discounts prior to the holiday period, usually it’s the time for buying gifts for friends or relatives. And considering the fact that there’s at least one Apple device in almost every wish-list, the green design of Apple’s website does give the hope that wishes may come true!


To recall the last year, Apple offered discounts on the iPad & iPod ranges, the iMac, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, as well as a bunch of accessories, but not the iPhone. With no details yet known, the only thing the website reveals is that it’s a one day teaser and the iPad with a smart case and Earbuds logically makes us assume that prices for these products will alter.

Anyway, one thing that we know for sure I that those who plan to get themselves an Apple logo-bearing gizmo, Black Friday is the day you’re going to find it very cheapest.

Considering the expected consumer turnout to be very high, you definitely need to be attentive not to miss out the wonderful deal for the device you have been looking for the whole year.

With the same landing page expected to emerge at other stores during the course of the day, the deals may be revealed at any given moment. So stay tuned, we’ll keep you updated on what exactly to expect from Apple on this year’s Black Friday!


With Indulge Me You’ll Never Get A Wrong Gift Again


The winner of our Weekly App Poll is Indulge Me by Compass Rose! The app allows people to create detailed wish lists of gifts, with pictures and bar-code scans, for special events like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, engagement, Thanksgiving, Christmas etc... With this app installed on your iPhone, users gain the ability to notify family and friends via email or Facebook immediately or a number of days before the event, so they have enough time to make the right purchase for the special person on their special occasion.

With the clear and intuitive UI and prompting options, Indulge Me is quite simple to use, all you need to do is to:
Create profile: Fill in your preferences and sizes.
Create Wish Lists: Take a picture or scan the barcode of your desired item. Add a description and any notes; tag the store’s location and the item price.
Share with contacts: Add contact details of people to inform by email or via the app for specific occasions, i.e. family and friends for a birthday or Christmas, colleagues for a baby shower, partner for an anniversary.

The new features added to the latest version of 1.02 include:
Share Wishlist to Facebook Friends;
more Share options;
Items Nearby section, so you can find any Gifts your contacts want, within your immediate area and a few UI tweaks.

Indulge Me allows you to send  personalized message to notify loved ones immediately of your preferred gifts in the very moment you find them, or you can choose to schedule a notification in advance of the event. Indulge Me is available in the Apple App Store and requires iOS OS 4.3 or later to be fully functional on your Phone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad.

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iPhone 5 Added To The Apple VS Samsung US Patent Case


A California judge has just allowed Apple and Samsung to add new devices to a patent infringement suit. Samsung has sought for this from early October, seeking to add iPhone 5 to the case as a violator of eight of its wireless data technology patents. However, Apple decided to pursue the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III and Android Jelly Bean. There is yet no information, about which Apple’s patents are infringed with these two devices and Google’s mobile OS.

"I think ultimately they know they're not going to be able to stop Samsung and Android from trading they're just going to try and slow them down, tying their time money and executives up in a court case. The only thing they get out of this is slowing them down." – says Adam Leach, principal analyst at Ovum. "However, Apple continues to take aggressive legal action that will restrict market competition. Under these circumstances, we have little recourse but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights,"- he added.

With the two companies having lawsuits in more than 10 countries, each of which end with different verdicts, the patent war seems to really become endless. The more new devices are added, the tougher the patent battle gets. The fact to note is that both Apple and Samsung represent about a half of smartphone industry together. Let’s see what the US judge decides this time, and hope the verdict is not anything like the one made by a UK judge recently.

Here - Maps By Nokia Soon To Be Available For iPhone


Nokia has confirmed that its new mapping platform, Here, will be covering the service beyond Windows Phone platform and will also be available as a dedicated app for iPhone! 

Moreover, as a part of its announcement, Nokia also promised a web-version that will support Mozilla's Firefox OS sometime next year too.

With iOS 6, suffering from apparent problems with Mapping service, Nokia seems to be appearing quite timely. Here app for iOS will reportedly feature turn-by-turn directions, public transportation information, and will be available "soon," pending approval by Apple. Additional features of Here include the ability to create 3D maps of the real world, augmented-reality information overlay and many more.

The precise launch date and price tag has not yet been communicated, but we hope them to be “soon and free”. Combining both local and cloud-based data and rendering, allowing allows for faster 3D rendering and a robust offline mode, we hope Here to be as useful on iPhone as it is on Windows Phones. Stay tuned, we’ll cover the app in details as soon as it hits the App Store!

Download iOS 6.1 Beta 2 For iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch – Registered Developers Only


Shortly after releasing iOS 6.0.1 and iOS 6.1 Beta 1 updates, Apple has now made iOS 6 Beta 2 available for developers to try out. However, despite the certain problems of iOS 6 Maps, Apple’s yet latest and greatest mobile firmware has been fairly incident -free. With the build number 10B5105c, the latest iOS 6 Beta 2 offers developers insight as to how they can integrate the new Maps service into their third-party apps, which is a positive step forward for Maps post-Google. 

With only few developers who’d possibly intertwine their app with Maps, Apple now allows app makers to lay the foundations that one day the Maps won’t be a substandard, apps profiting of navigation and such will be ready to go.

As in case of previous versions, iOS 6 Beta 2 is only available to those registered to Apple’s Developer program. So those who’d like to test out the very latest beta, will definitely need to register to the $99 per year package

Along with the iOS beta release, a new Apple TV beta, and the Xcode 4.6 Developer Preview 2 are also made available. Registered developers are allowed to download the updates via iOS Dev Center. However, those with their devices running iOS 6.1 Beta 1 can get the update OTA, by heading over to Settings > General > Software Update.

Will The Trial Production of iPhone 5S really Start In December?


According to a Chinese-language Commercial Times report, Apple is likely to begin trial production of an upcoming version of its iPhone 5, in December with initial production volumes likely to top 50,000-100,000 units The device is widely suggested to be called iPhone 5S. An extract from the report reads:

“Facing low yield rates in the production of iPhone 5, Apple has accelerated the certification processes for related parts and components for the iPhone 5S.”

Apple is expected to start trial production of the iPhone 5S as early as December. According to the source the volume production of the iPhone 5S could begin in the 1st quarter of 2013 and if it appears to be true, the iPhone 5S could be set to launch earlier than most of us have expected.

Having originally launched an iPhone in 2007, Apple has stayed on an annual mid-year release cycle since then. As a result, many have expected the iPhone 5's successor to arrive in the fall of 2013. 

However, it still stays doubtful for us how credible the Chinese source is, due to the fact that DigiTimes, who initially reposted the report from the Chinese Commercial Times report, does not link the original article anywhere in the whole piece. Moreover, there’s no single word about the Chinese Commercial Times’ source, revealing such important information to the whole tech world. It’s sad to see someone so reputable in the past becoming such a cheap attention seeker… But it’s even sadder that other trustworthy media representatives follow and repeat the non-argumentative nonsense by “a random Chinese guy” as well…

Learn How To Jailbreak iOS 6 And iOS 6.0.1


Popular Jailbreak tool most of the iOS users are aware of - Sn0wBreeze has just been updated to support iOS 6.0 and iOS 6.0.1, bringing the tethered jailbreak to the pre-A5 devices. The compatible hardware models include iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 – this means that the tool is not effective with iPad 2, or A6 devices like the iPhone5. Below you’ll find what’s new with Sn0wBreeze 2.9.7:

Added 6.0 (10A403)/6.0.1 (10A523) support. (Only includes iPhone 3GS & A4 devices).
The 6.0/6.0.1 is currently a tethered based jailbreak via iBooty (except for iPhone 3GS old bootrom users).
SAM is built-in for iOS 6 hacktivations. (Hacktivated phones can reboot to a semi-tethered state after being activated [rather than just hang at the Apple Logo]).

Below you’ll find the complete guide on how to jailbreak iOS 6 and iOS 6.0.1 with Sn0wBreeze 2.9.7. But before we start, please note once again that as mentioned above, this is a tethered jailbreak only, except for old bootrom 3GS users. This does not work at all with A5 devices like the iPad 2, or A6 devices like the iPhone 5. This only works with older pre-A5 devices like the iPhone 4, or iPod touch 4th generation. And one more thing – we are not responsible for any software/hardware related issues you may experience consequently of following the tutorial provided below.

Download Sn0wBreeze 2.9.7 from here and unzip the package. Run Sn0wbreeze-v2.9.7.exe as an administrator from the desktop. Click Okay > Next > and select Browse for IPSW. For those being not sure where the 6.0 or 6.0.1 firmware is located, it can be downloaded by clicking the Download iOS Firmware button instead of searching.

Once the proper IPSW file is selected for your device, a message stating that the file was verified should appear. Click Next > Simple Mode, and select Yes to Hacktivation - custom IPSW file should now be created and appear on your desktop. S3elect OK and place your iDevice into DFU mode. 

Next you need to click Start to put the device into Pwned DFU mode using iReb – the screen should go and stay black now. Once verified, you should open iTunes and the device should automatically be detected in a recovery mode – pick your device from the list and hold the Shift key on your keyboard while clicking the Restore. Then pick the custom IPSW file created by Sn0wBreeze and click OK.

While restoring like normal via iTunes, a snowflake icon should appear on your screen as it restores the custom firmware. Once the device is restored, go through the usual setup process until you reach the Home screen and swipe to the left to reach the second page – Cydia should be there. However, you cannot use it until you perform a tethered boot.

To complete the process, put your device back into DFU mode, start the iBooty folder located on the desktop and run iBooty. Again pick your device from the drop down menu, and click Start – your device should tether boot now, meaning that Cydia will be available for you to use once it arrives back at the Home screen. So once you’re back on home screen, try opening Cydia – if it starts successfully – Congrats! You’re now an owner of a jailbroken device!

6 Less Known iOS 6 Features You Should Be Aware Of


With the launch of iOS 6, the whole attention of the press was centered on Passbook, Siri and Maps – three major innovations brought by the latest mobile platform by Apple. However, there are many less known-features, some of which we’ve covered in our iOS 6 Hidden Features Series. (iOS 6 Hidden Features; iOS 6 Hidden Features - Part 2 and iOS 6 Hidden Features - Part 3)

However, we still decided to share some additional less known features of Apple’s latest OS, knowledge which we think will make your smartphone experience even smoother and more convenient.

Did you know you could control who sends you an iMessage? By setting restrictions, you are able to avoid people you don’t know or don’t want to contact you – you can set it the way that only your contacts can use iMessage for communicating with you.

With carriers still trying to catch up with this update, iOS 6 empowers your device to use FaceTime over cellular networks. However not every network allows this option for free, but as it usually happens, we should expect more wireless providers to hop on board and let users use the feature.

Have you noticed the thin status bar at the top that changes colors depending on what app you are running? Many users think this is quire annoying. Can’t really disagree- at least it’s not useful at all.

The Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions allow electronic signatures – this means you’re able to know for sure who sent the message and it can be time stamped. All you need to do is to simply configure the electronic signature information under the advanced setting of your mail.

According to psychologists, people stop reacting on Alarm clock sounds if they don’t change it time by time. However, with the terrible default wake up sounds available in the previous versions of the iOS-es, it was quite hard to choose one. iOS 6 now allows using songs from iTunes library as the alarm  sounds?

And the last one for now- the Bluetooth is now made effortlessly accessible. Being no longer available under the Gen. tab, the clearly identifiable location at the top of the settings page makes toggling Bluetooth on and off much easier.

Should you have identified some hidden/less known feature in iOS 6, do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments below!

Microsoft Office Coming To iOS First!


Probably one of the most-awaited Microsoft Office App for iPad and iPhone is a reality! Despite being rumored and speculated numerous times previously, there has been no official word heard from Microsoft, which remained obstinately quiet when it comes to company’s plans for the product. However, we’ve learned from several sourced close to the matter that the company will release Office version for iOS devices in early 2013!

The MS Office for mobile devices is said to debut as a free app enabling smartphone users to view and edit their documents while on the go. Similarly to the existing Microsoft apps for iOS – such as OneNote and SkyDrive, the upcoming MS Office will require a Microsoft account, which will provide access to the basic viewing functionality in the apps on the first launch. All types of Office docs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel will be supported. As for the edit functionality, it can reportedly be enabled with an Office 365 subscription. According to the recent reports, Microsoft will either allow users to purchase an Office 365 subscription within the app, or may let organizations distribute codes to enable Office Mobile editing for users.The recent Press Release from Czech Republic subsidiary of Microsoft reveals the MS Office app for iPS will arrive in March 2013.

Despite giving the editing options, “this won't go very far in attempting to replace regular full use of a desktop Office version” – recent reports claim. And some good news at the end - a company spokesperson confirmed that "Office will work across Windows Phone and Android devices as well."

Apple Updates Apple Store App, Check What’s New


The Apple Store app has recently been updated with two major new features:

“Buy new gift cards and email them to friends and family right from the app. These gift cards are easily integrated with the new Passbook app (U.S. only, iOS 6 required).”

“Ask Siri to help you find prices and shop for Apple products. (Siri-enabled device required.)” 

However, the emailable new gift cards were nowhere to be found, as there’s no single instruction on where to search for them. So with nobody having figured out how to email gift cards, here come the instructions – there are total 4 methods of finding them:

Products > iPhone > View All iPhone Accessories > Apple Store Gift Cards
Products > iPad > View All iPad Accessories > Apple Store Gift Cards
Products > Mac > Apple Store Gift Cards
Products > iPod > View All iPod Accessories > Apple Store Gift Cards

It seems the Apple Store gift cards can be emailed, in difference with the cards for iTunes, the App Store, or the iBookstore. However, when one gets the gift card, it can be effortlessly added to passbook for the later use. The feature appears to be pretty cool!

As for the new Siri feature – it seems to be quite useful. For example if you ask Siri about things like “what is the price of iPad mini”, it’ll take your directly to the sections of asked-about apps, as it’s demonstrated below.

To get the latest Apple Store App is available in App Store for free, so go and grab it and get the best use of the Passbook, which had practically been non-functioning since its introduction till now!

iPhone Sales May Be Banned In Mexico


Being widely popular and one of the fastest-selling device almost all over the world, it seems Apple’s smartphone is not quite welcomed in Mexico. With the slightly different scene, Apple has recently lost a court case in the country, possibly imposing a ban on the iPhone sales in Mexico. The whole falling-out is due to the striking phonetic similarity of the name iPhone with iFone - a Mexican telecommunications company which registered its name in 2003 - almost 4 years before Apple launched its first iPhone.

Despite stopping the telecommunications company from using this name, iFone fought back against Apple for reimbursements and may even end up receiving heft amount of the company’s revenue- the recent rumors claim the number may even go up to 40% of the revenue generated by iPhone sales in Mexico.

With the requirement to stop using the name “iPhone” in Mexico, it seems quite unlikely that Apple will change the name of their trademark product just for executing sales in the country. The fact is that till the agreement is reached between the two companies, Apple cannot continue selling the device in Mexico. The Cupertino Company is expected to apply the court of appeal, as the reports suggest Apple was refused when tried to reach a settlement with Mexican telecommunications company about the argued name.

Pixar Names Part Of Its Headquarters After Steve Jobs

According to the recent report by PixarTimes, the company honored Steve Jobs’s name with “more permanent home on Pixar’s campus – above the main entrance to the studio’s main building”. Despite the fact that Steve is mainly associated with Apple, his role in the creation of Pixar should not be ignored. And extract from the report reads:”… He financed the work at the studio long before it became profitable, pouring millions of his own money into keeping Pixar afloat because he believed in the work of the employees. After his death last year, some wondered how the animation studio would honor him.”

Here’s the tweet from Pixar’s employee, sharing the image of the building named after Steve Jobs:




The image confirms this is the main building that Steve Jobs himself played a major role in designing, as the outline of Sulley can be clearly seen. For those unaware, the building was designed the way that it leads to accidental collaboration, which may be avoided if everyone was stuck in their individual offices.

Being the perfect way to honor the legacy of Steve Jobs, his name above the main building is a meaningful representation of his influence on the famed building, as well as it reminds walkers and building guests about Steve’s importance to the formation of the studio.




Facebook 5.1 For iOS Available – Is It Worth Updating?


The app allowing you to keep up with friends is faster than ever – Facebook for iOS has been recently hit by a significant update, taking it up to the latest current version of 5.1. The core features, including:

Ability to see what friends are up to;
Share updates, photos and videos;
Get notified when friends like and comment on your posts;
Text, chat and have group conversations and
Play games and use your favorite apps  - have now been augmented with the following options:

Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who's available and send a message
Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites
Share multiple photos fast
Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only)
When sending messages, see who's active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply
To sort your feed, tap the button next to News Feed in the left sidebar.


However, the update is not as smooth for everyone as you may think, regardless the great features it brings. Some Facebook users are wishing they wouldn't have updated at all, as number of them complains to become unable to log in at all or the "Recent Updates" section of the update was blank after the update. While some struggling users have fixed the problem simply by uninstalling and re-installing the app, some still have trouble with it. Have you updated Facebook for iOS to version 5.1? Do you experience the same issues? Do not hesitate to share in the comments below.

Apple, A Year After Steve Jobs Left


It has been over a year since one of the founders of Apple, Steve Jobs, passed away. October 5th 2011 will be a day marked in Apples calendar to remember the man who came up with many of the innovations the company currently produces. The products which have been developed at Apple under Jobs supervision such as the iPod and iPhone are still in production today and are more popular than ever.

In fact the large variety of devices and service which Apple offers in its own unique style has allowed the firm to develop a customer base which is loyal to its products and this has helped Apple secure the first position for the most valuable firm in the U.S.. As of now Apple does hold a market capitalization value of over $600 billion, which makes it the most valuable U.S. Company in history.

Jobs’ plans are certainly paying off and today iPhone sales prove that his vision was indeed a profitable one. For instance at the launch of the iPhone 5 there were thousands of pre bookings for the device, and in just the first week of its debut over 5 million iPhone 5 devices had been distributed and sold. Demand for the product was so high that just after the first two weeks of making the device available Apple faced a shortage of the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 is the latest in the iPhone series and collectively since the debut of the very first iPhone, over 240 million of these hit smart phone devices have been sold.

It is estimated that by the end of 2013 this number of iPhone devices sold will have toppled the 500 million mark. The iPhone is a major selling point and a main product for Apple with nearly 60 percent of Apples revenue depending on this good alone. Also, profit generated from iPhone sales makes up 70 percent Apples’ total profit; the other thirty percent is catered to by other products including the iPad and Apple TV. All three of these products started off from being an idea and a thought in the mind of Steve Jobs.

Though once these products were launched it was not long before competitors such as Google, Amazon Sony and so many more quickly grasped the idea and started to mold out of it a creation of their own. They have given Apple a lot of competition but it doesn’t change the fact that Apple was the firm to introduce many of these gadgets. Apples previous CEO Steve Jobs was not only considered a great businessman but also an innovator and was renowned for setting high standards and achieving them. It is visible that these high aims have also yielded equally large results though things have not always been smooth for the firm.

For instance the recently launched iOS 6 which is the latest operating system for Apple smart phones, tried to integrate Apples’ own mapping function however this did not go quite as expected. Though, some say that the few errors that have put Apple maps down would not have existed had it been Steve Jobs who was overlooking the task. Even Apples’ employees who have worked alongside Jobs do mention that things such as the below par advert which was aired during the London Olympics would not have never gotten beyond the drawing board had Jobs had a look at it first.

London Street Lights Will Be Made Smarter With iPad


With much discussion about how to save energy and costs and make the street lights efficient, the alternative variable lighting solution has been found - the iPad controlled smart streetlights which are to be installed right across central London will tell technicians when they are broken or need replacing. Westminster City Council has successfully implemented a pilot scheme, and will make all 14,000 of its street lights smart over the next four years.

The extract from a report at West London Today reads: “The council says roll-out means an initial £3.25m investment which will be recouped through energy and maintenance savings within seven years, and the technology will go on saving council tax payers £420,000 a year from 2015/16 onwards.”

“This provides people in Westminster with the light they require to feel secure and continue to function safely in a 24-hour city. But it also will reduce our energy bill by nearly £1million every two years. A huge saving that we can pass onto the taxpayer,” – comments Cllr Ed Argar, cabinet member for city management.

It’s the first time in the country history that a system is electronically monitoring lights and infrastructure and dispatches the engineer a bulb that needs changing or broken a wire. Moreover, the system even has the ability to forecast when a lamp is likely to fail. “It also carries a function for brightness levels to be lowered or raised at the touch of a button, even from an engineer standing under the lamp column with an iPad and a corresponding application.”- says the report.

Scare All Your Friends With Zombiefy For iPhone!


Today’s winner of our Free App Poll doesn’t really need much to be said about – meet Zombiefy for iPhone! All this camera app does is that it uses face detection to turn the user into a Zombie!!  !! Enabling users to change their eyes, mouths and scars on the image so as to adjust them to fit the face, Zombiefy for iPhone provides unrivaled level of creativity and fun! The images can be posted to Facebook or Twitter when they’re ready.

Released for Halloween 2012, it seems the app got number of fans who took a snap of themself or mates (also works on groups!) and then let Zombiefy infect them with the Zombi Virus!! Despite being a Hallooweeny one, most of the users who try Zombiefy for iPhone will probably keep this app for a throughout-the-year use!

Zombiefy for iPhone is available in the Apple App Store for free and requires iOS 5.0 or later to be fully functional on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) or iPad!

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Apple Ordered To Rewrite 'Untrue' Apology To Samsung


Remember the resonant UK suit, according to which Apple lost an appeal over the Samsung Galaxy Tab? The UK judge forced Apple to post a notice on its site acknowledging the decision that Samsung didn't at all copy the iPad. However, Apple it added an announcement including the details from German suit and the massive US trial, both of which ended in favor of the Fruit Company. So instead of an apology, the notice created the impression that the UK court was incompetent, “while other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad”. 

The UK court found that some of these details were inaccurate and at a hearing in London on Thursday morning, the judge told Apple that it had to change the wording of the statement within 48 hours, carry it on its home page, and use at least 11-point font.  The judge Robin Jacob commented: “I’m at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this. That is a plain breach of the order.”

So with just hours left till Apple posts a new statement confessing that Samsung is not a copycat, check the previous “apology” all these buzz is about:


Samsung / Apple UK judgment

On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:

"The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design."

"The informed user's overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad.

Rumored iOS 6.0.1 Is Now Available, Check What’s New And Download Directly


iOS 6.0.1 update has just been released for the sixth chief iteration of the iOS mobile operating system compatible with iPhone, iPod touches and iPad. This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including: 

Fixes a bug that prevents iPhone 5 from installing software updates wirelessly over the air 
Fixes a bug where horizontal lines may be displayed across the keyboard 
Fixes an issue that could cause camera flash to not go off 
Improves reliability of iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation) when connected to encrypted WPA2 Wi-Fi networks 
Resolves an issue that prevents iPhone from using the cellular network in some instances 
Consolidated the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match 
Fixes a Passcode Lock bug which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from lock screen 
Fixes a bug affecting Exchange meetings

The update is compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 3GS, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini, iPod touch 5 and iPod touch 4 can get the update to iOS 6.0.1 over-the-air through the Settings > General > Software Update. However, there’s an alternative way of downloading the update through iTunes – below you’ll find official direct download links from Apple for all the compatible devices:

iPad mini (Wi-Fi)
iPad 4th-generation (Wi-Fi)
iPad 3rd-generation  (GSM, CDMA, Wi-Fi)
iPad 2 (GSM, CDMA, Wi-Fi)

iPhone 5 Launch Day Official Video Now Available


Some attentive Apple users noticed a noiselessly posted video at iPhone 5 launch dedicated page. Titled as “The Launch Day video”, this two-minute video clip demonstrates scenes from iPhone 5 launch events in Apple Stores around the world.

The video is not added to Apple’s YouTube channel yet, so we provided a ripped version of it below for you to enjoy. Muck likely it was not initially intended to be an advertisement, although it would definitely make an awesome one. Conveying the type of power Apple and its products have with buyers; this short clip is a pretty nice demonstration of how loyal the Apple customers are.

With 5 million devices sold in its opening weekend, iPhone 5 is now officially available in more than 30 countries. The Q4 financial results published recently show the record breaking sales figures of the latest smartphone by Apple, which is planned to become available in additional 70 + countries by the end of December.

Check the video provided below and do not hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below.


Donate Via iTunes To Help Supertsorm Sandy Survivors


A new page on iTunes now accepts donations for Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. The US Red Cross donation page, which can be accessed through the desktop iTunes Store in addition to the iTunes and App Store apps on iOS, authorities donations at the $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 levels.

100% of each donation will be directly transferred to the American Red Cross by Apple, letting users to have their contributions flawlessly billed to their current iTunes Store accounts. Apple holds over 400 million iTunes Store accounts with credit cards attached, so it can take advantage of the donation program with this very significant customer database.

With some skeptic folks wandering why would someone donate through Apple instead of directly to the Red Cross, my answer is that iTunes store gets much more eyeballs than the Red Cross site. Moreover, with quite a lot of credit card details on their servers, Apple allows you to donate with just one click.

It’s not the first time apple conducts the similar campaign – the most recent one was in March 2011, for the survivors of Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Apple contributed to Haitian earthquakes in January 2010 as well.

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