White iPhone Arrives Tomorrow

Release the pigeons and let the trumpets sound. There has not been this much anticipation for a release since Chinese Democracy was finally released by Guns & Roses. The white iPhone 4 is actually coming to a store near you tomorrow in all its versions (Wi-Fi, AT&T 3G and Verizon 3G). So for those of you who stood fast and stayed strong it is your time. Go, go to the store or online and claim your reward. Enjoy the sweet victory of success. Yes, I have gone off the deep end but announcements like this just can’t be passed on silently. Oh, the official Apple press release is below.

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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?

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See what you’re missing with new Qik Video Connect apps:Live iPhone-to-Android video chat and much more!











Have you been asking “when will I be able to do video chat with my Android device and call my iPhone 4 friends?” Well, now you can. Qik video connect not only lets certain Android phones do this you can also send a video mail. Check out the release from Qik below.

We’re excited to announce Qik Video Connect—a new version of Qik for Android and an update to the latest Qik iPhone app. Qik Video Connect has lots of great new features and one incredible capability—live video chat with friends across Android phones and iPhones!
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Apple vs. Android location tracking: Time for some truth

Story by JR Raphael from Computerworld. Check out Windows Phone 7 is safer than iOS, Android when it comes to mobile phone tracking related story.

Smartphone location tracking is stirring up quite the controversy right now. It’s no surprise: A report issued last week alerted us to the fact that Apple’s iPhones and iPads are quietly recording users’ locations and saving the data to unencrypted files. The files live on the devices and are also copied over to PCs during iTunes synchronization. They’re apparently even preserved and restored if a user migrates to a new device.

The problem here isn’t simply that the gadgets are accessing location data, of course; most of us know that that’s a possibility if we choose to use location-based smartphone services. The problem is that Apple’s devices appear to be collecting and storing this info — lots of it — in ways users aren’t aware of. And, even more concerning, iPhones and iPads are logging the data even when users have opted out of location tracking, according to an investigation published by The Wall Street Journal.
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Apple gets smart with iPhone 5: the strategy guide

From Russia we have additional confirmation of this morning’s Reuters claim that the Apple [AAPL] iPhone 5 won’t hit the shops until September, as we already knew. So how will Apple maintain sales momentum and land a killer blow against the Android menace? Focused sales efforts in growth areas along with strategic price changes, that’s how.
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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.

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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.”
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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.
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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.

University student earns $50,000 a year jailbreaking iPhones

For the less technologically adept, the thought of jailbreaking an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad might be a little intimidating. A quick glance at Craigslist will prove that there are plenty making a pretty penny off of that intimidation. Kevin Lee, a George Mason University senior, certainly didn’t think that helping a few friends and family members with jailbreaking their devices would turn into a lucrative business.
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