Time Inc. in iPad Deal With Apple

Time Inc., the country’s largest magazine publisher, has reached a deal with Apple Inc. to make all its iPad editions free for print subscribers, marking a break in the impasse between publishers and Apple and lending support to Time’s contention that it’s business-as-usual after the ouster of its chief executive.
Time Inc.

Starting Monday, subscribers to Sports Illustrated, Time and Fortune magazines will be able to access the iPad editions via the apps, which will be able to authenticate them as subscribers. Time Inc.’s People magazine already had such an arrangement, but readers of most publications have had to pay separately for the iPad version regardless of their subscriber status.

Via: Wall Street Journal

Apple Finally Responds To “TrackingGate”

Over the past few days there has been a lot of brew-ha-ha over TrackingGate (I made this one up. Maybe it will start a life of its own like AntennaGate did). After is was discovered that the iPad and iPhone were tracking up to a years worth of user location data and storing it on the devices and consequentially syncing it to the computer many people including congress ware questioning Steve Jobs and Apple as to why is was storing and if it was why was it not encrypted. Here is the press release from Apple explaining it all. Of course they deny that they are tracking however it does seem odd that they are pushing software updates to both limit and encrypt the data. Sound a bit fishy? What do you think?

Read the rest of this entry »

iPad 2 vs. BlackBerry Playbook

RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook has finally hit store shelves, and it’s time for the inevitable comparisons to begin. While there are several tablets for it to compete with in the market already, of course the first one everyone will think of is Apple’s iPad 2 as it currently is the dominant player.
Read the rest of this entry »

iPhone Tracking Sparks Privacy Debate

As smartphone apps and hardware become more location-aware, technology is once again revealed as a double-edged sword.

In a report published yesterday by independent researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden, Apple’s iPhone was revealed to be keeping an awful close watch of its owners.

The pair say that the iPhone is constantly recording time-stamped GPS coordinates in a consolidated file, which is then stored on the user’s computer when they sync their phone with iTunes.

Read the rest of this entry »

Apple sues Samsung over its Galaxy phones and tablets [UPDATED]

Apple and Samsung may be business partners, with the former using some of the latter’s processors in its products, but that hasn’t stopped Apple from suing the South Korean electronics company. Apple filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday, alleging that Sammy’s Galaxy devices, like the Galaxy S, Epic 4G, and various Galaxy Tabs, “copy” the iPhone and iPad. The following statement is an excerpt from the suit:

“Rather than innovate and develop its own technology and a unique Samsung style for its smart phone products and computer tablets, Samsung chose to copy Apple’s technology, user interface and innovative style in these infringing products.”
Read the rest of this entry »

Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Pictures you’ve e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could be leaking location information threatening your safety or that of your children.

“Perfect, just like that,” cooed NBC Action News staffer Susanne McDonald to her four-year-old daughter Laine as she took a series of smartphone pictures. “Ready? One, two, three! Good Girl.”

We loaned McDonald and Laine a smartphone to see just how threatening a seemingly innocent snapshot could be once loaded online.
Read the rest of this entry »

Apple releases iOS 4.3.2 & 4.2.7 updates for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches

Apple released the iOS 4.3.2 update for the following products:

*iPad & iPad2
*3rd and 4th generation iPod Touch
*iPhone 3GS and AT&T iPhone 4

The update fixes or updates the following issues:

*Occasional blank or frozen video during Face Time call
*Prevention of international and domestic users from connecting to 3G networks on the Wi-Fi+3G iPad2 (check out video below from Jon at technobuffalo)
*Latest security updates

The iOS 4.2.7 update is specifically for the Verizon iPhone 4 and includes bug fixes and security updates.

To download click on link above or go to the “download and update” button in iTunes on your device.

Update: There is already a jailbreak for the iOS 4.3.2. Check out the complete “how to” guide from Redmond Pie.

Verizon iPad 2 Problems

Reports have been coming in from everywhere that some of the Verizon iPad 2 tablets are having issues with connecting to the cellular network. While it appears to only be a small percentage of them, as (bad) luck would have it, one of the impacted units belongs to our very own Jon Rettinger. He fired up the trusty video camera and filmed what it takes to get it working again, along with what also doesn’t work, and I have to say, this looks annoying as can be.

Luckily Boy Genius Report is reporting that the next version of iOS, 4.3.2, is already in the testing stages, and it looks like this will resolve the issue as well as fix a few other minor bugs with the tablet overall.

Have you experienced any issues with connecting to the Verizon network with your iPad 2?

Via: YouTube & Technobuffalo

Bing iPad app lands and it’s pretty cool

Microsoft isn’t shying away from Apple’s products, as it has just released a Bing iPad app and this program is actually pretty darn cool.

The Bing iPad app is similar to the iPhone version but it has been optimized for the larger screen. As you would expect, you can quickly do searches from the top bar and it does a solid job of auto-populating results and suggesting queries. You can also do voice searches thanks to the TellMe technology that’s built in.
Read the rest of this entry »

ESPN Launches New ‘WatchESPN’ App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

App Gives Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV Subscribers Live Access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com content

ESPN announced today its flagship network ESPN as well as ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com are now available to Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers via the new ‘WatchESPN’ App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, now available on the App Store.

In time for the early rounds of the Masters, the NBA Playoffs and the beginning of the Major League Baseball season, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS TV subscribers who receive the linear networks as part of their video subscription can now watch the channels from the convenience of their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Read the rest of this entry »