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Apple issues routine updates to iLife '11 applications

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 7:50pm
Apple on Monday issued a set of updates to its suite of iLife '11 applications, including iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, iWeb and iDVD.


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Apple soliciting devs to get their Lion-ready apps into the Mac App Store

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 7:00pm

Apple has sent out an email to developers soliciting them to get their Lion-ready apps into the Mac App Store so they can be ready for customers alongside the launch of Lion later this month. From the email:

OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system, will soon be available to millions of Mac users around the world. Submit your Lion apps for review now so they can be on the Mac App Store when Lion ships this month.

Apple also asks that developers be sure to build, test, and compile their apps using the latest developer release of Lion and Xcode 4.1. As MacRumors notes, this call for submissions would be cutting it close if Apple is to release Lion this week, as most Mac App Store submission take about a week. However, Apple has been known to speed up new release submissions for apps in the past.

Apple soliciting devs to get their Lion-ready apps into the Mac App Store originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video App Demo: Tango Remote

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 6:30pm

We've taken a look at Tango Remote before, and I've always thought it was functionality that Apple should have included in iOS to begin with. Tango Remote allows you to remotely control the music on one iOS device from another iOS device. This way you could plug in your iPod touch to a stereo, but use an iPad or iPhone to control that music. There are several other features, so check them out in the video below.

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Video App Demo: Tango Remote originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iLife updates add full-screen Lion support, change iPhoto UI elements to match Lion

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 6:00pm

Today's earlier iLife updates are a sign that Lion is set to drop any day now. Not only do the updates add full-screen support to the iLife apps under the latest Lion Developer Preview release, they also tweak some UI elements of iPhoto to match the upcoming UI Finder elements found in OS X 10.7.

The image shows a side-by-side comparison of the source list of iPhoto '11 (version 9.1.4) and iPhoto '11 (version 9.1.5). Both are running under Mac OS X 10.6.8. Gone are the colorful icons designating Events, Photos, Faces, and Places. They've all been replaced with grayed-out counterparts that mimic the look of the Finder's source list in Lion.

The source list in iWeb has retained its color icons, though that's no surprise as iWeb (and most likely iDVD) has no future as part of the iLife suite and their minor updates today were solely focused on 10.7 compatibility.

iLife updates add full-screen Lion support, change iPhoto UI elements to match Lion originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Canada, US courts approve Apple-led group's $4.5B purchase of Nortel patents

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 5:00pm
Courts in both Canada and the U.S. have approved the proposed $4.5 billion purchase of more than 6,000 wireless patents from bankrupt Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel by Apple and five other companies.


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W3C goes after Apple on HTML5 patenting

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 5:00pm

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has put out a call for prior art request in hopes of invalidating patents Apple has applied for over the HTML5 standard. At issue are two patents Apple holds which describes how mobile apps can request sensitive material, according to ComputerWorld.

The W3C's issue with these patents is that, if Apple is allowed to hold them, HTML5 developers who use the technologies will need to pay royalties to Apple. The W3C says that those specific technologies are already part of the royalty-free HTML5 stack and thus encompasses web standards that can be used without paying royalties to any company.

As a member of the W3C, many feel Apple should provide a royalty free license for the patents in question -- something Apple has yet to do or even comment on. Until Apple does so, the W3C hopes to find examples of the technologies in Apple's patents that were in use before Apple patented them. Proof of pre-patent use would invalidate Apple's patents, thus allowing the technologies to be rolled into the HTML5 standard and be used royalty free.

W3C goes after Apple on HTML5 patenting originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple says Mac OS X Lion due soon, invites developers to submit apps

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 4:10pm
Apple on Monday formally invited developers to begin submitting applications written for Mac OS X Lion its new Mac App Store, promising that a next-generation operating system will be released "soon."


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GetJar responds to Apple's cease and desist over App Store term

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 4:00pm

It's come out this week that Apple sent a letter last month to mobile application database GetJar asking them to cease and desist using the term "App Store" to describe their mobile app offerings. Apple's been trying to keep the term "App Store" for itself, with varying degrees of success, and this is another push by the Cupertino company to keep other mobile app platforms from confusing the iOS app delivery service with anything else.

But GetJar's not budging -- a post on the service's developer blog says Apple can stuff it, more or less. To be fair, the company says it's not really competing with Apple, instead both directing customers to the iOS store, and serving lots of users from other systems and devices. But GetJar also says it's been running since 2005, before the iPhone's release, and it's been using the term "App Store" since 2009, even though Apple has issued the C&D only now. Apple's been unsuccessful in securing a trademark on the "App Store" term, it's lost injunctions against Amazon and Microsoft in the past regarding the term, and GetJar basically says that it won't kowtow to what it calls "bullying" by Apple.

GetJar has also started a Facebook group called "The Open and Free App Movement," to better organize developers and application vendors who are "fed up with this crap." Interesting. We'll have to see what response Apple has to all of this. This might not be the fight it wanted to pick.

GetJar responds to Apple's cease and desist over App Store term originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Inside Apple's iOS 5: Assistive Touch allows accessible gesture commands

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 3:00pm
Available in Apple's latest beta build of iOS 5 is Assistive Touch, a new feature that will allow for quick gestures to be replicated for those who may be at a physical disadvantage.


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Courts approve sale of Nortel patents to Apple, others

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 3:00pm

Courts in both the US and Canada have approved the sales of Nortel patents to a consortium of companies led by Apple. On July 1st Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, EMC, Sony and RIM beat out competing offers from Google and Intel to win a treasure chest of 6,000 Nortel patents. The total cost of the sale was US$4.5 billion.

After the sale there was some concern that that patents would give the winning companies unfair advantages in the marketplace and over the weekend it was reported that the Feds were looking into how Google and its Android OS would be affected. Being the losing bidder, it's no doubt that Google held out hopes to have the sale blocked, but Reuters now reports that courts both in the US and Canada have approved the sale. This gives the winning bidders - mainly Apple - a significant advantage in the smartphone sector as many of the patents were related to the up-and-coming 4G LTE technologies.

Courts approve sale of Nortel patents to Apple, others originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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TUAW's Daily iPad App: Puffin browser

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 2:30pm

When you absolutely, positively need to be able to view Flash websites, the new Puffin Web Browser for iPad (US$0.99, universal app) is an inexpensive way to do so.

The app, much like Skyfire ($4.99) before it, runs the sites through a server for rendering and compression before delivering the results to your iPad. The result? You can watch Flash animations and movies that are not viewable with Safari.

I asked my TUAW cohorts to recommend a few Flash-heavy websites to check out Puffin, and each passed my tests with flying colors. First, Victor Agreda had me check the Fluidmaster website. This site is for a toilet repair kit company, and just going to the site in Safari was a total fail (see below).

Opening the same site in Puffin, I was immediately able to view all parts of the site, including the ultra-cheesy Flash-animated "Bob the Plumbing Expert" (below). Rendering was fast over Wi-Fi, so moving from page to page was quick and pain-free. As you can also see in the image below, Puffin provides tabbed browsing on the iPad.

One of our resident sci-fi experts, Dave Caolo, recommended trying to watch the Flash video episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars available on Starwars.com. When I loaded the site in Safari and went to one of the episodes, all I got was R2-D2 telling me I needed to load the latest Adobe Flash Player (below).

Popping over to Puffin, I was immediately able to watch an episode. In comparison to watching it on my iMac in Safari with the Flash Player, the video was a bit choppy, and the audio occasionally got out of sync.

One issue I did have with the app is that at the present time, cut and paste isn't supported. This was irritating when I was trying to paste in a password and couldn't. The Puffin folks say that it will be supported in a future version of the browser. The "drag" mode, which brings up a hand icon to facilitate dragging frames or scroll bars on websites, was also non functional for me.

Still, the app is much less expensive than Skyfire; $0.99 gets you Puffin on both iPhone and iPad, while you'd need to spend $7.98 to get Skyfire on both devices. For those who really need to view Flash sites on mobile devices, Puffin is a capable browser at a bargain price.

TUAW's Daily iPad App: Puffin browser originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple reportedly to add another iPad 3 manufacturer

TUAW.com - Mon, 07/11/2011 - 2:00pm


Apple may begin producing the iPad 3 soon and manufacturers needed to assemble this tablet device are being chosen. Not surprisingly, the primary manufacturer is expected to be Foxconn, a long-time manufacturer of Apple devices. A recent explosion at Foxconn's Chengdu plant has impacted Foxconn's production rate and Apple is looking for a second manufacturer to meet the expected high demand. Both Pegatron and Quanta Computers are reportedly in the running to snag this second place spot. Taiwanese sources claim Pegatron is a better position to win the contract as it is supposedly manufacturing the iPhone 5 for Apple. The sources also claim the iPad 3 is slated to launch late in the third quarter or early in the fourth quarter.

Apple reportedly to add another iPad 3 manufacturer originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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