Top-3 connected devices in U.S. made by Apple, tablet market continues to balloon in Q3

By on December 6, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Top-3 connected devices in U.S. made by Apple, tablet market continues to balloon in Q3

As connected devices continue to proliferate in the United States and around the world, a new study suggests Apple’s iOS products are the three most widely used mobile devices in two key markets: the United States and the United Kingdom. Mobile ad network JiWire on Tuesday released its latest Mobile Audience Insights Report, which offers data on various market trends in the third quarter of 2011. In both the U.S. and U.K., JiWire found that the most widely used connected devices between July and September were Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Smartphones powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform following in the No.4 spot in both regions, but they are oddly all lumped together whereas other entries in JiWire’s top-10 charts are listed by device, not platform. Read on for more. More →

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Hackers port Siri to iPhone 4, iPod touch; how-to guide now available [video]

By on December 5, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

Hackers port Siri to iPhone 4, iPod touch; how-to guide now available [video]

A group of iOS hackers have managed to successfully port Apple’s virtual assistant software Siri to the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch, and the software needed to perform the port is now available to the public. Tech blog InTech-BB posted the necessary links on Sunday along with a how-to guide, and a number of users have reported successfully installing Siri on their devices using the tools and steps provided within the guide. Several users note problems with their cameras after installing the ported Siri software, but a fix is apparently now available. IPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch owners who understand the risks involved with jailbreaking and installing unauthorized software can follow the read link below for a step-by-step tutorial along with a video of Siri in action on an iPhone 4. More →

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Apple’s big Black Friday sale brings little discounts, leak reveals

By on November 23, 2011 at 8:05 AM.

Apple’s big Black Friday sale brings little discounts, leak reveals

Details surrounding Apple’s Black Friday sale have reportedly been revealed and as has been the case in the past, the discounts afforded are minimal. 9to5Mac on Wednesday published what appear to be images of a pamphlet outlining all of the deals Apple has in store this coming Friday, November 25th. Sale items this year include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac, all available for $101 off retail pricing. Discounts on Apple’s iPad 2 will range from $41 for the less expensive models to $61 for the high-end tablets, and Apple is lowering the iPod nano’s price by $11 during its one-day sale. The iPod touch will also see discounts ranging from $21 to $41 depending on capacity, and Apple Stores will offer sale pricing on a host of accessories. Two images of the leaked pamphlet follow below. More →

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Apple iOS 5.0.2 update reportedly delayed due to memory leak issues

By on November 21, 2011 at 4:45 PM.

Apple iOS 5.0.2 update reportedly delayed due to memory leak issues

Apple has reportedly delayed the release of iOS 5.0.2, German-language technology blog Macerkopf.de said on Monday. Rumors surfaced last week suggesting that Apple was preparing to release the update, which is expected to address poor battery life with iOS 5, out of the door before the end of this week. Macerkopf.de said iOS 5.0.2 has been delayed to fix “address-based memory leaks,” or bugs that cause apps to consume memory without releasing resources once they are no longer needed. A new release date for iOS 5.0.2 has reportedly not yet been scheduled. More →

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iPad most wanted holiday gift among young children, study finds

By on November 18, 2011 at 1:15 AM.

iPad most wanted holiday gift among young children, study finds

If you have children aged 6-12 in your family, chances are they want an iPad, iPod touch or an iPhone for the holidays. According to new data from The Nielsen Company, the iPad is the most desired electronic gadget this season. 44% of the children surveyed are interested in buying (read: receiving as a gift) an iPad in the next six months, 30% want an iPod touch and 27% want an iPhone. Those figures are on a par with last year’s numbers. In 2010 31% of kids aged 6-12 wanted an iPad, 29% wanted a computer, 29% wanted an iPod touch and 25% wanted a Nintendo DS/DSi/DS Lite. The story changes a bit for kids over 13, but the iPad still sits at the top of gadget wish lists. 24% of teenagers older than 13 are interested in buying an iPad during the next 6 months, 18% want to buy a computer and 18% want to buy an eReader. Nielsen’s survey was conducted during October 2011 and it involved 3,000 participants. An infographic showing data for kids aged 6-12 follows after the break. More →

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Apple plugs huge security hole with iOS 5.0.1

By on November 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM.

Apple plugs huge security hole with iOS 5.0.1

Apple has addressed a major security vulnerability with the latest version of its iOS software. Just released on Thursday afternoon, iOS 5.0.1 was welcomed with open arms by iPhone users plagued by poor battery life. Apple promised that this new build addresses issues causing the lackluster battery performance — though its effectiveness remains in question — and it also addresses a much more serious problem. Security expert Charlie Miller revealed a major security flaw in iOS last week that allowed developers to sneak malicious apps past Apple’s App Store review process. Once installed by an end user, a hacker was able to use the vulnerability to steal data or perform any number of other unauthorized functions. IOS 5.0.1 addresses the vulnerability, Forbes reports, preventing apps from receiving malicious payloads. Apple credits Miller with having discovered the bug — he reported it to Apple nearly a month before going public — though the company has yet to restore his developer account, having banned him from its developer program after he planted an app in the App Store in order to demonstrate the vulnerability. More →

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Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

By on November 10, 2011 at 1:15 PM.

Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Battery life with iOS 5 eating away at you? Apple’s software update, and the first update since iOS 5 was released, is finally out. Changes include improved battery performance on iOS devices, other bug fixes and changes like the return  of multitasking gestures for the original iPad, improved voice recognition, and more.

iOS 5.0.1 Software Update

This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation

Products compatible with this software update:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPod touch (3rd generation)

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

It’s available at the moment as an update in iTunes, it will also be available as an over-the-air update right from your device, no cables required, within a few minutes.

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iOS 5 now on nearly 40% of iPhones, study finds

By on November 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM.

iOS 5 now on nearly 40% of iPhones, study finds

Following the highly anticipated launch of Apple’s latest major iOS revision, iOS 5, Chitika Insights found that the new build accounted for 20% of iOS traffic within just five days. Now, as we approach the one-month mark since iOS 5 was released, the new OS can be found on more than 38% of iPhones, 30% of iPads and 12% of iPod touch devices. Using impressions served by its mobile ad network as a guide, the firm analyzed traffic between October 22nd and October 28th to determine how widely iOS 5 had been adopted across Apple’s various iOS devices. Read on for more. More →

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Hacker uncovers major iOS security flaw [video]

By on November 8, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

Hacker uncovers major iOS security flaw [video]

A major security flaw in Apple’s iOS operating system that could allow hackers to remotely gain unauthorized access to an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad has been uncovered by a security expert. Described by Forbes as a “serial Mac hacker,” Accuvant LABS computer security researcher Charlie Miller has uncovered a security flaw that allows hackers to build apps that look legitimate and pass through Apple’s App Store approval process. Using a code-signing vulnerability, however, the malicious apps will automatically connect to a remote server following installation and download new unapproved code that might grant hackers access to system files, personal data and a host of unauthorized functionality. Read on for more. More →

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GarageBand now available on iPhone and iPod touch

By on November 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM.

GarageBand now available on iPhone and iPod touch

Apple announced recently that its popular GarageBand music creation software is now available on the iPhone and iPod touch. Prior to Tuesday, it was only available on Mac computers and on the iPad. “GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch,” Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide product marketing Philip Schiller said. “The innovative Multi-Touch interface combined with Smart Instruments makes it easy to create great sounding music, even if you’ve never studied music or played an instrument before.” GarageBand is available for $4.99 to new users or for free to those who already own the app on an iPad. It is supported by the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and the third and fourth-generation iPod touch. Read on for the full press release from Apple. More →

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Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 to developers; here are the changes

By on November 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM.

Apple releases iOS 5.0.1 to developers; here are the changes

iOS 5.0.1 update

Apple has just seeded iOS 5.0.1 to developers for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices. Here are the changes, and most notably, Apple has confirmed that some users have experienced unideal battery life and iOS 5.0.1 should fix that:

iOS 5.0.1 beta contains improvements and other bug fixes including:

  • Fixes bugs affecting battery life
  • Adds Multitasking Gestures for original iPad
  • Resolves bugs with Documents in the Cloud
  • Improves voice recognition for Australian users using dictation
  • Contains security improvements
  • iOS 5.0.1 beta introduces a new way for developers to specify files that should remain on device, even in low storage situations.
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Google launches official Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch [updated]

By on November 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM.

Google launches official Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch [updated]

Google released an official Gmail application for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Wednesday. According to Google, the application supports the following features:

  • Get alerted to new messages with push notifications and sounds
  • Find an email in seconds with search across your entire inbox
  • Autocomplete email addresses from your Gmail contacts or select from your device’s address book
  • Upload photos with a click using the new attachment button in compose view
  • On iPad, navigate your inbox and read your mail simultaneously with split view

Additionally, Gmail for iOS offers a priority inbox feature for finding your most important messages, threaded conversations, labeling, archiving and more. It also supports touch gestures so that users can swipe left or right to view labels and folders. Gmail requires an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone running iOS 4 or newer. It is available for free in the iTunes App Store now.

UPDATE: And just like that, it was gone. “The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications,” Google posted on Twitter. “We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.” More →

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Apple reports Q4 earnings; misses big on iPhone sales, steady on iPad, Mac sales

By on October 18, 2011 at 4:34 PM.

Apple reports Q4 earnings; misses big on iPhone sales, steady on iPad, Mac sales

Apple on Tuesday reported its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011. Wall Street was expecting revenue of $29.5 billion and earnings of $7.29 per share. The company delivered revenue of $28.27 billion and earnings of $7.05 per share. Apple sold 17.1 million iPhones, 11.1 million iPads, and 4.89 million Macs. While this was Apple’s biggest September quarter ever, the company still missed on most Wall Street estimates. During the third fiscal quarter this year, Apple recorded revenue of $28.57 billion on sales of 20.34 million iPhones, 9.25 million iPads, and 3.95 million Macs into channels. Apple’s full press release is after the break.
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