November 20, 2009

Apple Patent Application Shows Methods for ‘Pushing’ UI From Devices to Accessories

According to a recent patent application by Apple, the company is working on methods to allow devices like iPod to push their graphical user interfaces to accessory devices for the purpose of controlling the media devices remotely. In the patent application Apple says:
Existing remote GUIs are defined and controlled by the remote control device, and consequently, they may bear little resemblance to a GUI supplied by the portable media device (such as browsing or searching a database, adjusting playback settings, etc.) may be unavailable or difficult to find.

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November 19, 2009

Rumor: Apple Tablet Delayed Until Second Half of 2010 and will Feature OLED Screen

Digitimes is reporting that Apple reportedly plans to postpone the launch of its tablet PC from an original March launch to the second half of 2010. The delay is cause by Apple’s plans to switch some components and add a model using 9.7-inch OLED panel from LG Display. Digitimes’ sources say that in addition to Foxconn Electronics, Quanta Computer and Pegatron Technology are also expected to be manufacturing partners for Apple’s two tablet PC models – one with 10.6-inch LCD screen and other with 9.7-inch OLED screen.
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November 18, 2009

Qualcomm in Talks with Apple for iPhone Chips

Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs told Bloomberg “We continue to discuss it (with Apple), but haven’t made it yet. Hopefully, in the future, we will have the opportunity.” Paul was replying to a question related to chip supply for use in Apple iPhone.
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Phishing Scam Targeting Apple Customers

9to5Mac has posted an email from one of the readers, which could be a new phishing attack targeting Apple customers. The email says:
We recorded a payment request from “Apple Inc.” to enable of $7548.45 on your account.
The payment is pending for the moment
If you made this transaction or if you just authorize this payment, please ignore or remove this email message. The transaction will be shown on your monthly statement as “Apple Inc.”
If you didn’t make this payment and would like to decline it, please download and install the transaction inspector module (attached to this letter).

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Apple Already Developing Next Generation Mac OS X 10.7

MacRumors believes that an error message posted to a database recording changes to the open source “launchd” framework, which oversees booting of Mac OS X and administers processes running on the system, might be the first public evidence of next generation Mac OS X. The text string in the error message contains 11A47 – a reference to the Mac OS X build number being used.
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November 17, 2009

Asus and Toshiba Most Reliable Laptops

SquareTrade has analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. Asus and Toshiba were the most reliable laptops over a period of three years followed by Sony and Apple with both performing better than average.
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Verizon to AT&T: Stop Being a Crybaby and Improve Your Network

In the ongoing battle between Verizon and AT&T regarding “There’s A Map For That” ad campaign by Verizon, the company today filed an aggressive legal response to AT&T’s lawsuit. The lawsuit asked Verizon to pull the ads from the air. The ads highlight the poor 3G coverage offered by AT&T in comparison to Verizon. The legal response starts with an aggressive introduction:
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Rumor: Apple’s Black Friday Deals Leaked

BGR has posted a shot of Apple’s yearly Black Friday deals (image above), which they got from one of their connects. Their sources say that Apple will email this deals out shortly. The deals will be available on November 27th only and some stores will open at 6AM that day. The image shows that Apple will offer up to 30 percent discount on iPods, up to 25 percent on Macs and up to 15 percent off on Apple accessories, software and hardware.
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November 16, 2009

Microsoft Disputes Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims

Chester Wisniewski of Sophoslabs posted that in a test done by the labs 8 out of 10 viruses affected Windows 7. He wrote in his post “Windows 7 disappointed just like earlier version of Windows. You still need to run anti-virus on Windows 7, the new OS is no cure for the virus blues.” However, Microsoft didn’t like the results and called the findings biased.
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New Battery Technology Could Offer 10 Times More Capacity than Lithium-Ion and Upcoming Zinc-Air Batteries

A new battery technology developed by Fluidic Energy may solve the problem. The new technology called Metal-Air Ionic Liquid (MAIL), which uses ionic liquid salts in place of liquid to conduct electricity is much more stable and isn’t prone to drying and eventual decay. Also as the new battery can use metals denser than zinc to store much larger charge in the given volume.
Researchers at Fluidic Energy estimate that they can improve battery capacity by up to 900-1,600 watt-hours (Whr) per one kilogram (2.2 pounds) mass. That is 11 times more than lithium-ion batteries available today.
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Sprint Starts Selling Palm Pixi

Sprint today started selling the second webOS based phone from Palm. The new Palm Pixi is available on Sprint for $99.99 with two-year contract and after $100 mail-in rebate. The phone comes with 2.63-inch (320x400) touchscreen, 2-megapixel camera, Dual-band CDMA2000, EVDO Rev A, Bluetooth, GPS and 8GB of onboard memory.
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