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20th Century Fox Joins Universal on iCloud

Apple’s argue with HBO has come to an end. Few months ago, Apple finished the debates with HBO who agreed to make Universal Pictures content available for download. Fox went live this Thursday and joined the other movie studios on iCloud.

Thus, iCloud users can now download content from Lions Gate Entertainment, Sony Pictures, Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, Time Warner’s Warner Bros, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

Back in March,  movie catalogs from both Universal Pictures and Fox were accessible, but only Universal movies were available for download. Several iCloud users noticed last night that the warning marking movies from Fox had disappeared, meaning that Fox Studios finished negotiations with HBO and got loosened of its constraints.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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First Signs of Retina Graphics for Apple Store

Apple is on its way of revamping the online store with powerful, high-resolution graphics. Callum Strong, front-end developer with Fat Media, has discovered the signs of Retina graphics on Apple’s server.

On Wednesday, the Apple Store got closed for an update that, as Callum claims, was aimed for the new Retina-graphics support, meaning that the update hasn’t got live. Third generation iPad and new MacBook Pro owners still have to deal with pixelated images when browsing the Apple Store.

The updated graphics can be differentiated by the regular ones after the tag “2x” thus, retina graphics can be identified by the name store-header-footer-sprite@2x.png.

Apple began to silently upgrade the resolution of the images in the Apple Store before the third generation iPad was launched and the yesterday’s update is the proof of a wonderful work in progress.

Source: AppleInsider


Apple Constrained to Advertise for Samsung in U.K.

Due to the July 9 London court decision that Samsung Electronics does not infringe Apple’s iPad design patents, the Cupertino company will have to state it clearly on its U.K. website and on U.K. newspapers that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets don’t copy the design of the iPad.

Judge Collin Birss said that Apple will have post the notification on its home page for 6 months and will have to pay for notices also in the Financial Times, the Daily Mail, Guardian Mobile magazine, and T3. Judge Birss concluded that Samsung infringes none of the design patents because the Galaxy tablets “are not as cool” as the iPad.

Richard Hacon, Apple lawyer, commented on the humiliating situation by telling the court that “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website” and that the decision constrains Apple to “advertise” for Samsung. Samsung’s lawyer Kathryn Pickard said during the lawsuit that Apple’s patent infringement accusation was unfair and “caused real commercial harm.”

Still, Judge Briss granted Apple’s permission to appeal the 9 July London court decision.

Source: Bloomberg

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New iPhone and iOS Interface Patent Scored by Apple

The new patent received by Apple concerns the way in which electronic lists and documents are displayed on an iPhone’s new graphical user interface. I reckon that this patent is one of the surprises that Apple has prepared for us and that it will bring with iPhone 5 and with iOS 6 a revamped GUI.

The patent covers the use of a multi-touch interface and of various modules and programs, such as email, camera, video player, calendar, widgets, search, notes, maps and others and a virtual keyboard respectively. This patent is closely related to another recently granted patent, namely that concerning music playlists and multiple windowing.

The iOS interface relates to a method that is based on movement detection; users will be able to select and to display certain portions of a document. The method is detailed in the figure below.

Source: PatentlyApple

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Apple Rejoins EPEAT’s Registry

Due to the rough criticism received and to the controversy concerning the banned products in San Francisco, Apple decided to rejoin EPEAT’s list of environmentally friendly products.

Few weeks ago Apple has decided to withdraw all 39 models of desktop and laptop computers from the list of the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, claiming that EPEAT’s standards cannot cope with Apple’s standards and does not cover all their devices.

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, announced last Friday in a letter that the Cupertino Company will relist its products on the U.S. government-backed registry of environmental friendly products. The federal government said that it is mandatory for a device to be EPEAT certified, thus, Apple had no choice but to relist its product in order to avoid sales ban.

In his letter, Bob Mansfield felt the need to explain Apple’s decision of withdrawing the devices and the fact that EPEAT does not measure its progress and also the reason for which the Company cancelled its decisions:

“We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the Epeat rating system,” he said. “I recognize that this was a mistake.”

Also, according to Mansfield, as an aftermath of this controversy, the relationship between Apple and EPEAT has become stronger than before.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Nielsen: Android and Apple on Top of Smartphone Market

A Nielsen survey from June, 2012 showed that RIM and Windows are hanging by a thin thread while Android and Apple are pushing them away from the smartphone market. On the other hand, as smartphone ownership grows with each day, both Android and Apple are growing, too, but Android outruns iOS.

According to Nielsen’s analyze, Android expanded with 51.8 percent while iOS with 34.3 percent. As for Blackberry, it seems that only 4 percent of the new smartphone owners chose a RIM phone, expanding with just 8.1 percent.

The significant difference between Apple and Android is due to the smartphone manufacturer share. Android scored such a positive expansion thanks to Samsung, HTC and Motorola while Apple alone had to fight the three of them. Though Apple scored higher than the other mobile giants Android is still more required than iOS.


iPod Nano Watches and Apple Watch concepts that would rock on your wrist

An outstanding watch is always going to be a good accessory, being popular among both men and woman. But a watch that has the features of Apple devices is not just a regular watch but something that allows easy access to the world of music, movie, social media, pictures and so on and so forth.

This accessory embodies your iPod Nano into a genuine advanced watch designed for all the moments of your active lifestyle. Syre is the support that copes with your Apple device creating a one-of-a-kind watch that lets you perform and listen to your favorite music while doing sport or any other activity like cyclist, rock climber and runner and so on and so forth.  You won’t need your wired headphones anymore thanks to this accessory.

Cookoo watch is a piece of technology that notifies the user every time he has a missed call, a message or a message from a social network site. You are notified in real time so you won’t have to worry that you missed an urgent call.

The 3D printed iPod Nano bracelet: Nanolet is designed as an alternative solution for the other watch models available for the Nano. It has already gained popularity, especially the Curve Creative Nanolet model which has an impressive design; it’s minimal, lightweight and perfect for people on the run.

Last but not least, iWatch, a concept that resembles quite well to Apple devices. The Swedish designer Andres Kjellberg has come with its version of iWatch, a concept that resembles quite well to an Apple product. If you were to see it on the market, you’ll have no doubt that it was created by Apple.  The concept provides Retina Display, Video Recording, HD (1080p), Built in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, 16 GB storage, iTunes/ App Store, AirPlay, Charging via Wi-Fi, Synching via Wi-Fi, Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor.

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Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones for Active Music Addicts

Sportsband combines in an attractive way the retro ages with the modern ones, adding a bit of the 80’s style to the sleek finish of the most powerful Bluetooth headphones. Let the clear, deep resonance of the music and the smooth bass flood your ears without getting interrupted by annoying wires. The quality of the sound offered by Sportsband Bluetooth Headphones SB2 is similar to the music performance offered by a CD.

The headphones are comfortable and lightweight and offer a perfect fit. The overhead band is thin and flexible while the underside band has a thin rubber layer. Your ears are protected by two retro earpads. Sporsband offers a range of 9 color combinations. Once connected to your iDevice, you can control the music and the volume and take calls.

The 9 hours battery life lets you experience the high quality music on Bluetooth headphones. Sportsband SB2 from JayBird can be purchased for $99 and for an additional price of $50 each, iPhone and iPod can choose also an apt-X device and an iSport one for enriched bass quality.



Apple Devices Banned in San Francisco after Withdrawing from EPEAT

Due to Apple’s last week withdrawing from EPEAT’s list of environmentally friendly products, the San Francisco Department of Environment decided to ban the purchase of Apple’s products for the citizens.

Apple retorted on Tuesday with two powerful reasons: the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool doesn’t have such high standards as Apple in measuring toxins and doesn’t cover smartphones and tablets. Apple’s spokesman, Kristin Huguet told The Loop that

“We also lead the industry by reporting each product’s greenhouse gas emissions on our website, and Apple products are superior in other important environmental areas not measured by EPEAT, such as removal of toxic materials.”

In addition to this, Apple measures also carbon footprints, which are not measured by EPEAT, proving that EPEAT’s certifications are in need for a refresh. Apple’s actions for a friendly environment, such as recycling programs and the use of solar panels, are various and already popular; also, a story describing the company’s environmental footprint and that often gets updated is published on the official web page.

Source: The Loop


The Last OS X Mountain Lion Update Released for Developers

Apple has announced at this years’ WWDC a new OS X with hundreds of new features, including Power Nap, AirPlay Mirroring, and Game Center and other technical goodies, such as Messages and Twitter instead of iChat, deeper iCloud integration, Reminder, Notes and Notification Center.

The wait for the developers stopped on Monday, when Apple released the final update of Mountain Lion 10.8, called Gold Master. The Golden version is the same with the version that will be released to public, except few technical issues and tweaks. Yet, unlike the developers who can download it anytime, Mac users will have to wait until the end of July, when they will have the possibility to buy the upgrade for $19.99.

Taking into account the release of the previous OS X version, we can expect that the Gold Master version will be released by the same time. Apple released OS X 10.7 on July 24, last summer, one day after the earnings announcement, thus, Mac users should be prepared to get their hands on Mountain Lion 10.8 in few weeks.

Source: Mashable