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Apple ebook trial against the DOJ is set to start 2013

Apple ebook trial against the DOJ is set to start 2013

The U.S. government said that Apple was being anti-competitive with it’s Book Store. They also said that Apple had a collision with book publishers jack up prices. The DOJ will take their case to court but not for a long time. This means Apple has almost a year to beef up their case.  The case will go to court on June 3, 2013. In an ironic twist Apple says  they’re trying to keep the eBook market free from Amazon dominance. Funny, last I looked Apple had a monopoly on digital music.  They don’t seem to have a problem with that dominance.

Amazon  was selling book at $9.99 which very cheap for books and led to Amazon having a big market share. Just like Apple charged 99 cents for songs and go a big market share. Only difference is that Apple did not have the market and went after it hard and illegally. Steve Jobs was stated as wanting to offer publishers a means to boost prices, and “create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.” Apple says it has not conspired to fix prices for e-books.  Apple must have a lot of Lawyers on retainer. It seems there are cases against them or by them weekly.… Read the rest

IBM says Sorry Siri

IBM says Sorry Siri

If you work for IBM guess what? Don’t bring your iPhone 4S to work with you. If you decide to bring it anyway you might want to turn off one of its best features. Siri has been blocked at the tech giants offices. Big Blue is concerned that the digital assistant keeps what you say in server somewhere that only Apple has access to. What’s more they are also worried that you might tell her somethings that you should keep to yourself. I am frankly surprised that more companies are not blocking Siri from their networks due to concerns over privacy.

Siri sends anything you ask to a data center in North Carolina. No one knows what Apple is doing with the data. No one knows how the data will be used. No one knows how long the data is kept. The generally thought is that the data is being used to make Siri better but who really knows. Siri is still technically in beta so anything that may or does go wrong can be written off. Apple’s iPhone Software License Agreement clearly says: “When you use Siri or Dictation, the things you say will be recorded and sent to Apple in order to convert what you say into text,” Apple says. IBM CIO Jeanette Horan said that “The company worries that the spoken queries might be stored somewhere.”

[Also posted at TekCommunity.com]… Read the rest

Facebook buys Instagram: This is how to transfer your pictures out.

Facebook buys Instagram: This is how to transfer your pictures out.

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When I heard that Facebook had brought my beloved Instagram; I was shocked, angry, sad, and finally at peace. Someone told me those are similar emotions felt when you lose a loved one. It was enough to open the floodgates to Android. I was happy for that move but to sell out to Facebook is taking a big plunge into the unknown. Everyone is aware of the privacy issues Facebook has. That is the reason I hardly use the social network.

Instagram is a model of what all programs hope to be. Loved and valuable. Instagram managed to attract not only a loyal but dare I say rabid fan base. The side effect of that success was the release of a plethora of clones on the AppStore harping for some of the spotlight. None however could manage to shine brighter than the original.

What I noticed right away was that Instagram had no advertisement. No pop-ups, not so much as a in app upgrade feature. The app it’s self was free to download. So, that’s millions of users on a nonmonetized app. Surely there must be a plan to cash in. It seems there was a plan brewing behind the curtain. One wonders how many meetings Instagram had with Facebook before papers were signed. Was the release of an Android app a stipulation of the deal or was it a show of good will? Did millions of downloads overnight jack up the asking price?… Read the rest

How to install Apps that require you to have 5.1 without updating your iOS to 5.1

How to install Apps that require you to have 5.1 without updating your iOS to 5.1

Apps that require iOS 5.1 tend to be Apple’s way of fighting the Jailbreak community. It’s not like the iPad 2 or iPhone 4S are not compatible with the new updated apps. If only there was a way around this limitation. Glad you asked. There is a way around it and it is pretty simple. The work around works for  iPhoto, iMovie and so far all apps that have asked me to update to 5.1 Please note this method only works on iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

The steps to install 5.1 apps on your 5.0.1 device is as follows:

  1. Close AppStore if you have it opened. Don’t forget to check the multitask bar as well for it.
  2. Start up iFile (It’s a jailbreak app in Cydia)
  3. Once in iFile go to /System/Library/CoreServices
  4. Click SystemVersion.plist file
  5. Click Property List Viewer
  6. Click ProductVersion
  7. Change 5.0.1 to 5.1
  8. Click back and and then click Done
  9. Respring your iOS device
  10. Go to App Store and install your desired app.
  11. After it is successfully installed put ProductVersion back to iOS 5.0.1
  12. Click Cydia
  13. Search for iPhoto501Fix and install it
  14. Respring your device
  15. Enjoy 🙂
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iPad 3 or iPad HD: Here is what to expect

iPad 3 or iPad HD: Here is what to expect

 

Apple + press conference in San Francisco tomorrow. This means only one thing. Apple will have an announcement that will change the landscape of the world once more.  As always supply chains have leaked all kinds of info. As a result we have a pretty clear picture of what the iPad 3 will look like. We will find out tomorrow.  Here is what we can expect.

  •  Retina display that should have  (2,048 x 1,536)
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • Quad-core thanks to the Apple A6.
  •  Thicker case thanks to the bigger battery and LTE chip
  • Same battery life
  • 8-megapixel camera just like the iPhone 4S.
  • iOS 5.1
  • Same prices at $499, $599 and $699, and cellular connectivity available for each at a $130 premium.

Will we be right? Tune in at 1PM… Read the rest

iPad 3 already on the way to stores?

iPad 3 already on the way to stores?

WeiPhone seems to think that Foxconn is sending iPad 3’s to the U.S. Funny thing is that the iPad 3 has not even been announced to the world yet. The rumors are  flying all over the place but when is a rumor about an Apple product not.

iPad 3 china shipments

The translation of the document says: “Our company started undertake a load of top-secured cargo. The owner has extreme requirements for the security. In order to prevent the cargo from being dragged on the airport ramp for too long, as well as shortening the time the cargo stay on the airport ramp, we hereby require XXXX to schedule all the XXX cargo planes from Feb. 26 to Mar. 9. to XXX slot.”

If the document is to be believed then shipments should hit  stores by March 9th.  The wonderful blog site 9 to 5 Mac  said that Apple would take pre-orders of the iPad 3 this year and the entire iPad 2 line would be discontinued. If the rumors are true, iPad 3 will have Retina display, a Quad Core processor, a real cameras, same battery life and 4G.

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iPad 3: Seems to be real and coming real soon

iPad 3: Seems to be real and coming real soon

There are  images of the iPad 3′s new case design. These are always are early clues to how the new designs will look. Although they are not perfect; they are close enough to get an idea of what is to come.  Apple’s next  tablet should be released just next month. The iPad 3 should have Retina Display, an 8-megapixel camera,  4G LTE and a larger battery but the same battery life.  Word is that Apple will unveil the iPad 3 at a press conference on March 7th.… Read the rest