Monday, September 12, 2011

Thieves Steal $60,000 in iPads From Best Buy in 60 Seconds

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It took thieves just 60 seconds to steal $60,000 worth of iPads from Best Buy earlier today, reports naplesnews.

Lee Sheriff's Office deputies responded to an alarm activation at Best Buy located in Coconut Point, 8000 Mediterranean Drive, Estero, just before 5 a.m. They found the rear door pried open and merchandise on the ground.

The store's manager said an initial check showed a cage door pried open and 60 to 90 Apple iPads missing. The manager estimates the value to be about $60,000.00, according to reports.

The three men broke into the store by prying open the back door. Dressed in dark clothing with their heads covered and wearing gloves, they quickly searched for the iPads, loaded them into a bin and left before police arrived.




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BGR: iOS 5 Beta 8 due this Friday, Gold Master September 23?

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Boy Genius Report thinks it has nailed some important dates regarding pending hardware and software updates from Apple. Per their report, the eighth and final beta of iOS 5 is due this Friday, after which Apple will introduce a Gold Master build on or around September 23. Author Jonathan Geller explains:

We believe that build is what will be loaded onto the already-assembled iPhone 5 hardware currently waiting for final software in China. Apple will then request that carrier partners give technical acceptance to the Gold Master by October 5th if there are no issues with it.
It’s unclear at this stage what might happen should Gold Master fail to pass technical acceptance, but the publication speculates that “odds are it will still be loaded on the iPhone 5 at launch with a software update made available almost immediately following the device’s release”. Boy Genius Report is known for their deep connections with wireless companies in the United States.

Their story does jibe well with the September 30 pre-orders 9to5Mac first heard about mid-August. Today also brought us the news of a possible October 15 iPhone 5 release date from France Telecom/Orange CEO St├ęphane Richard. Mac4Ever reports that the executive said in an interview with BFM Business radio station:

If I believe what we heard, the iPhone 5 will be released on October 15.
Note that October 15 is a Saturday, an unusual day for such a high-profile global product launch. Whichever the case, a growing number of leaks are now pointing at an imminent launch of Apple’s next handset. Just this past week brought us the first public image reportedly taken with the iPhone 5′s eight-megapixel camera and more clues of Sprint iPhone based on a blackout for a major phone launch for the first two weeks of October.

Said leaks arrived on the heels of the much-reported lost iPhone 5, a bizarre repeat of a similar incident last year when an Apple engineer mistakenly left an iPhone 4 prototype on a bar stool. The device found its way to a high-trafficked tech blog which revealed the exterior design of the iPhone 4 to the world weeks ahead of its formal introduction at WWDC 2010. Looks like iPhone 5 will be Apple’s most popular iPhone yet. More than 22 million iPhone 5s are being manufactured for the fourth quarter, market sources tell. In addition, the latest ChangeWave survey shows “unprecedented” demand for iPhone 5, per the below chart.




Chart courtesy of CNN Money’s Fortune blog. Click for larger.

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HTC boss: College kids don’t want an iPhone ‘because their dad has one’

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Martin Fichter, the acting president of HTC America, has a daughter down at Steve Jobs’ alma mater, Reed College, where he conducted the very scientific focus group:

On the iPhone 5 hype: “Apple is innovating. Samsung is innovating. We are innovating. Everybody is innovating. And everybody is doing different things for the end consumers. I brought my daughter back to college — she’s down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: ‘My dad has an iPhone.’ There’s an interesting thing that’s going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacture’s devices. If you look at a college campus, Mac Book Airs are cool. iPhones are not that cool anymore. We here are using iPhones, but our kids don’t find them that cool anymore.”

They also have no interest in dad’s Porsche.

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I don't know what college students he talked to but all I see are iPhones, iPod touch, and iPads all over. iPod touch for those who use prepaid phones such as Metro pcs, Virgin mobile and others. iPads for textbooks and iPhones for everything else.
On the MacBook Air front, I have seen more airs than pros recently, however I have seen more iPads than any Mac.

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TNT, TBS, NBC now stream full length television shows and movies to iPad

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Cable television channel TNT, owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner, has released an iPad app which gives you complete access to full-length television shows and movies aired by the network. As you’ve come to expect from similar apps, TNT for iPad lets you access behind-the-scenes videos, check out program guides and schedule reminders. It also integrates with GetGlue, Facebook and Twitter so you can pollute your friends’ social stream with the seemingly unimportant “I’m watching…” status updates.

Important caveat: Watching full episodes of television shows such as The Closer, Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles requires authenticating through your television provider. The TNT for iPad app is a free download from the App Store. Go past the fold for three additional screenshots of the TNT for iPad app.

NBC has also updated its iPad app with the same content found on the NBC.com web site. Yes, you can finally stream The Office to your iPad! Also, their TBS for iPad program does the same for Turner’s other shows, including episodes of Conan, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, available free on your tablet.

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iPatch to Offer Glowing Logo Mod for iPhone 4

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iPatch will soon offer a glowing logo mod for the iPhone 4, reports CultofMac. After your phone has been modded, the logo will illuminate every time your screen lights up.

This awesome mod is expected to cost less than £100 (approx. $159) when iPatch begins offering the service, which they estimate will be in less than a month. What's more, the process will take less than an hour and it uses your iPhone's original rear casing without adding any increase to its depth whatsoever.

iPatch will announce the availability of the service on its Twitter account.






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Get your MacBook Air ready for Thunderbolt with EFI firmware update 2.1

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Apple’s Thunderbolt hardware pieces are coming together and to get ready, Apple is updating MacBook Air firmware. The 4 MB update promises to enhance the stability of Lion Recovery from an Internet connection, and resolve issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility and Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode performance on MacBook Air (mid 2011) models.

Thunderbolt parts have already began shipping and new products include Docks, external PCI Card adapters, as well as storage.



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mLogic rethinks Mac’s expansion ports with three new accessories

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While we’ve yet to witness the abundance of Thunderbolt-enabled peripherals (they are coming, though), accessory makers have finally begun churning out interesting products for getting some mileage out of your Thunderbolt Mac. We spotted mLogic’s mLink this past weekend and love it a lot. The $399 box, SlashGear explains, hooks up with your Mac via a Thunderbolt port and acts as an external chassis that lets you connect PCIe cards to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, just like Magma’s ExpressionBox 3T. They also launched mDock and mBack accessories. The mDock, aimed at mid-2009 or later MacBook Pros, includes either a 2.5-inch Time Machine-friendly 500GB or 1TB SATA 5400rpm hard drive, port extender and port blocker.

Of course, you can add additional storage by attaching your own external drive via front-facing USB ports. The accessory replicates all of the ports found on the side of your notebook, including MafSafe and mini DisplayPort for hooking up external monitors. Its USB ports provide 10 watts of power for charging the iPad and the box doubles as a standalone charger when not docked. Pity it lacks a pass-through Thunderbolt port. The mDock also neatly routes cables to the back, an important feat for the people in the never-ending pursue of the clutter-free desktop.

The mBack includes the mDock’s storage functionality (via a 3.5-inch eco-friendly, quiet operation drive) and Time Machine compatibility minus the ports. The storage device attaches to your computer’s mount and is made of aluminum to complement the iMac’s design. The mBack supports 20- and 24-inch iMacs from mid-2007 to early 2009 and 21.5-inch and 27-inch models from late 2009. It also works with the Apple Cinema Displays and Apple Thunderbolt Display. The mDock costs $219/$299 with a 500GB/1TB hard drive and the mBack will set you back $169/$209/$349 for 1TB/2TB/3TB. No word on availability of these products at press time.




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Steve Jobs Bio balloons to 656 pages, publication date gets murky

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As noted by SetteB.it, the Steve Jobs bio “Enhanced eBook” is now set by Simon and Shuster at 656 pages. That’s over 200 additional pages more than the previous page count which may have been a very low estimate. Recently, Walter Isaacson said that Jobs’ resignation would be added to the book, but it seems like a stretch that that chapter would add 50% more content.

Also, the publication date has move from November 21st, to “on or around November 21st”, signaling that there may be some movement in the release date.

You can pre-order the book at Amazon or on Apple’s iBookStore where it still is listed at 448 pages.



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FTC: When it comes to curing acne, there’s no app for that

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Well, what do you know, the Federal Trade Commission is putting acne-curing apps out of business with the announcement that developers will stop promoting them under FTC settlements. Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the FTC, summed it up nicely:

When it comes to curing acne, there’s no app for that.
Computerworld explains that the FTC’s action was the first-ever against overblown health claims by mobile apps not supported by scientific evidence. Apps which claim to treat acne were found on both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Android Marketplace. The ruling puts programs such as AcneApp for iPhone and Acne Pwner for Android out of business as App Store and Android Marketplace comprise the biggest chunk of mobile app downloads. Said programs, the agency explained, “both claimed to be able to treat acne with colored lights emitted from smartphones or mobile devices”. The apps would have you hold the display next to the area of skin to be treated for few minutes daily. The ruling won’t affect apps that educate on acne treatment, such as this one.

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Samsung Galaxy S II clocks the fastest GPU in any current smartphone, but it likely won’t be a match for iPhone 5

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Image courtesy of Anandtech

Anandtech has published some interesting findings based on their extensive Samsung Galaxy S II review. It’s the first smartphone to use the graphics processing unit based on the Mali-400 core from ARM Holdings, a fables chip maker from the UK. In fact, Samsung has engineered and manufactured its own system-on-a-chip solution for the handset.

They call it the Exynos 4210 and it combines a dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU core and the aforementioned Mali-400 GPU sporting four cores. The resulting performance, says Anandtech, is comparable to Texas Instruments OMAP 4 chip that incorporates Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR SGX540 GPU core. However, the quad-core 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 probably won’t hold a candle to iPhone 5, which will likely carry the same dual-core processor-GPU combo as the iPad 2′s 1GHz A5 chip:

Samsung implemented a 4-core version of the Mali-400 in the 4210 and its resulting performance is staggering as you can see above. Although it’s still not as fast as the PowerVR SGX 543MP2 found in the iPad 2, it’s anywhere from 1.7 – 4x faster than anything that’s shipping in a smartphone today.
Interestingly, and per the GL Benchmark included below, the Exynos 4210 is more than twice as fast compared to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that runs Nvidia’s Tegra 2 chip and nearly four times speedier than iPhone 4′s 800 MHz A4 chip that sports the PowerVT SGX535 GPU core. However, the 4210 falls short in the triangle throughput department, a big disadvantage over the iPad 2′s A5 processor that clocks nine times the graphics performance of the original iPad’s A4 chip.

Triangle throughput is important in graphics-intensive games and will become key in “future games that may scale along that vector rather than simply increasing pixel shader complexity”. The video of Anandtech’s Samsung Galaxy S II review below..





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HP unveils Printer Control for iOS with scan to Facebook, Google Docs and email

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The ailing computer maker, Hewlett-Packard, announced a brand new iOS app with remote management and printing capabilities. In addition to the usual assortment of features ranging from automatic printer discovery and setup, printer status notification, remote ink/printer status and troubleshooting cartridge identification, HP Printer Control turns your printer into a two-way communications device with scan to Facebook, scan to Google Docs and scan to email capabilities.

The app works with most ePrint-enabled Photosmart, Officejet and LaserJet printers released in 2011 and is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later. The app wasn’t on the App Store at the time of this writing. HP also supports Apple’s AirPrint technology on select printers and has recently rolled out AirPrint compatibility to eight new LaserJets.

By the way, don’t try opening the official PDF document in Safari or Preview – it appears garbled. Chrome renders it properly, though. Kinda makes you wonder what was HP thinking here, even with the bigger worries on their mind. Official release notes below.

HP Printer Control allows users to access and control their HP printer from anywhere, through a robust and simple mobile experience. HP Printer Control makes printer management easier and more convenient for those who are on the move or not always situated next to their printer.

Key features
- print, copy and scan interactively from a mobile device
- easily scan documents to Facebook, Google Docs and email directly from a mobile device
- use a mobile device as a scanner
- printer management features allow for automatic printer discovery and setup, printer status notification, remote ink/toner status, troubleshooting cartridge identification and more
- print photos, PDFs and Microsoft Office documents from anywhere to HP ePrint-enabled printers



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