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Apple supplier Pegatron facing pollution concerns in China

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 9:46pm
Several subsidiaries of Apple manufacturer Pegatron are addressing complaints after its production facilities came under fire for alleged environmental violations, a new report claims.


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Daily Update for October 24, 2011

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 9:06pm

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world.

You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here.


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Daily Update for October 24, 2011 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 23:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple issues Apple TV 4.4.2 and MacBook Pro 15" video updates

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 7:36pm
Apple on Monday issued Apple TV software update 4.4.2 to resolve issues with recent versions of the set-top box's software, as well as Video Update 1.0 for mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pros.


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Daily iPad App: Seahaven GT

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 7:00pm

Seahaven GT ($0.99) offers a simple iPad adaptation of Free Cell solitaire. I first encountered Seahaven GT a few years back and thought it was a terrific implementation of a basic card game. It is fun to play and has really satisfying interaction elements.

Then a few months ago, I noticed it had disappeared from the App Store. So I pinged Dave Hardin, its developer to see what had happened to it. Turns out that life had interfered with his iOS work and he had pulled the app for the time being.

It wasn't until mid-October that crises cleared up and Hardin was able to re-introduce the app back to the store. Now that it's returned, here's your opportunity to pick up the game. It only costs a buck and offers a good value for the money.

Seahaven GT is not a particularly shiny adaptation. It doesn't have tons of bells and whistles or any special effects. What it does have is solid game play. I have played this game a lot and it just...works.

When you drag cards around, they do what you expect them to. When you double-tap them, they make sensible hops up to the free cells. When you reach the end of a game, the app knows it and provides a pleasing animation / sound effects.

There is a lot to be said for apps that are unspectacular, whose joy comes through the actual game play rather than the ornamentation around them.

If you're a card game enthusiast, give Seahaven GT a try. I'd love to see Hardin given the opportunity to develop more card games (hint *Spider* hint) if this re-launch takes off.

Daily iPad App: Seahaven GT originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Tidying up location contacts for Siri and Reminders

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 6:00pm

My personal address book has no shame. I have contacts for people I haven't spoken to in years, contacts for people who I met at tech conferences, contacts for schools, for local stores, for repairmen, and so forth. It's one big old happy jumbled mess.

I'm cool with that.

When I want Siri and Reminders to be able to trigger a location-based event, I just throw it into my address book where it joins the hundreds of other often sad and neglected entries.

I believe this makes makes me a type "N" on Myers Brigg or something like that.

Not everyone will be happy with this kind of unstructured approach and an overflowing address book, or this kind of lack of organization.

If you want to be able to to set location reminders without messing up your address book, TUAW reader Will Herbert has a solution. On your Mac, launch the Address Book application and create two new groups. Call one Contacts and the other Locations.

Drag all your normal contacts into the Contacts group and create a set of location-only contacts in the other. Add stores, offices, dry cleaners, supermarkets, and so forth. These are all places that you don't necessarily want in your day-to-day contacts list.

Each of these is still available in the address book and therefore still available to Siri and Reminders. At the same time, they won't clutter up your standard contacts.

Score one for the Felixes of the world. The rest of us Oscars will trudge on as we were.

Tidying up location contacts for Siri and Reminders originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Steve Jobs left iTunes creator in charge of connected TV initiative

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 5:32pm
Jeff Robbin, an Apple vice president and engineer who helped create both iTunes and the iPod, is leading the company's efforts to produce a connected TV with integrated search functionality, according to a new report.


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Sega kicks off the Halloween app sales

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 5:00pm

We've seen quite a few holidays this year get bookended by app sales, and it appears that Halloween will be no different. Sega has kicked off the spooky season by putting all of its iOS apps on sale, dropping prices down to as low as 99 cents.

Apps on sale (starting tomorrow, and going through the weekend) include the recently released Brick People, the iPad version of Chu Chu Rocket, the classic Virtua Fighter 2, and perhaps most exciting, the iOS port of the great Gunstar Heroes 2D shooter.

There may be even more titles on sale -- the company asks you to go just search "Sega" in the App Store for more. Or just stay tuned; I doubt these will be the last titles we'll see drop in price over the upcoming holiday weekend.

Show full PR text SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - October 24, 2011
SEGA(R) of America, Inc. and SEGA(R) Europe Ltd. announced scarily low prices for several of their hit titles on the App Store, including family favorite Brick People[TM] and everyone's beloved ChuChu Rocket![TM]. With savings of up to 80% you'll be screaming about these great deals!

The SEGA Halloween App Store Sale starts October 25 and lasts until October 31; visit the iTunes(R) App Store at http://www.itunes.com/appstore/ and search "SEGA."

Sale-priced titles include:
Brick People[TM] for iPad: $0.99/ £0.69 / €0.79
(was $1.99/ £1.49/ €1.59/ AUD$1.99)
ChuChu Rocket! [TM] HD for iPad: $0.99/ £0.69 / €0.79
(was $4.99/ £2.99/ €3.99/ AUD$5.49)
Gunstar Heroes[TM]: $0.99/ £0.69 / €0.79
(was $2.99/ £1.99/ €2.39/ AUD$2.99)
Virtua Fighter 2[TM]: $0.99/ £0.69 / €0.79
(was $1.99/ £1.49/ €1.59/ AUD$1.99)
For more information about the SEGA Halloween Sale on the App Store, visit the official SEGA blog at http://blogs.sega.com/. For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA or "like" us on Facebook.

Sega kicks off the Halloween app sales originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android tops iOS in total mobile apps downloaded, still trails in downloads per user

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 4:55pm
Despite besting iOS in total mobile app downloads for the first time ever, Android's downloads per user are still only half that of Apple's.


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Apple TV updates to 4.4.2 (updated)

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 4:25pm

The Apple TV has updated to 4.4.2, barely a week after releasing (then pulling and releasing again) the 4.4.1 update. That update contained a number of bug fixes, and we're assuming this one will have the same.

However, TUAW editor Victor Agreda reported that updating his Apple TV to 4.4.2 has lost all of his information and is setting up the device as if it was brand new, then showed it was still on 4.4 instead of 4.4.2 and required another "update" round before the 4.4.2 update stuck, so you might want to make this update with a bit of caution.

Update: Apple has released a support document saying that settings on the Apple TV must be reset before updating to 4.4.2; if you neglect to reset them, the update will thoughtfully do it for you.

The update is available now through the Apple TV's software update feature, but you'll have to restore your settings (App Store, Netflix, etc.) after applying the update. You can usually do those settings quite a bit faster if you use your iPhone or iPad and the Remote app, rather than trying to type in passwords and user IDs with the regular remote.

Apple TV updates to 4.4.2 (updated) originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:25:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPad rental business is booming in Madrid, Spain

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 4:00pm

PadInTheCity is a company offering up an intriguing proposition: Rent a 3G iPad while you happen to be touring around the city of Madrid, Spain. I do happen to be traveling to Europe next year, and while I just bought an iPad for myself, I can see the benefit of not only being able to carry an iPad around, but also a 3G iPad already configured to work with the local wireless networks. PadInTheCity charges 25 Euros, or about $35, a day to rent the iPad, and they'll even deliver it to your hotel and pay for all the data you use in the same period.

The company is also targeting hotels and events, perhaps renting iPads to conference attendees, or setting them up for hotel guests when they buy certain packages. Each iPad is equipped with a certain number of apps set up for feeding users information about the area, but it's not clear if users can add their own on if needed.

It's quite an idea, and apparently business is going great in Madrid so far. Apple has even forwarded a few customers on to the company, and in one or two years, PadInTheCity plans to have outlets in places like London and New York, and hopes to "talk about profits." I don't know yet what my plans are in Europe next year, but if I make my way down to Madrid, maybe I'll check the service out.

iPad rental business is booming in Madrid, Spain originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Yahoo data center head Scott Noteboom joins Apple

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 3:30pm

Apple has picked up the former head of Yahoo's Global Data Center Infrastructure, Scott Noteboom, according to his LinkedIn profile. Noteboom's been with Yahoo since back in 2005, but now lists his job as working at Apple as a "Distinguished Gentleman" (a well-earned title, obviously, though probably unofficial). Noteboom was instrumental in managing multiple data centers while at Yahoo, and he'll likely be doing the same type of work at the Cupertino campus, as Apple moves further up into the iCloud over the next few years.

Noteboom's hire is likely a long time coming -- Apple's been steadily building up its resources for these data centers, including the big installation in North Carolina, and bringing on experienced directors like this one will only help as the operation gets even bigger and more important.

Yahoo data center head Scott Noteboom joins Apple originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Settlement in iTunes Gift Card class action suit offers $3.25 per customer

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 3:16pm
A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit involving iTunes customers who purchased songs from the online music store for $1.29 with gift cards whose packaging promised songs for only $0.99.


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NYC Grand Central Apple Store to be ready for "Black Friday"

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 3:00pm

The huge new Apple Store that's going into the NYC Grand Central Terminal is set to be open before "Black Friday", November 25th. That's the Friday after Thanksgiving, marking the official beginning of the holiday gift-purchasing season. The Grand Central Apple Store is being built in the former location of the Metrazur restaurant and covers a 15,230 square foot expanse of very expensive retail space.

Employees for the new location have been hired and are currently receiving training at a "hotel in Times Square," according to PhoneArena. That training will continue until November 11th, at which time the new employees will most likely be involved in stocking and prepping the new store for the crush -- not only of Black Friday, but also the craziness that accompanies any new Apple Store opening.

In related news, 9to5Mac has posted a photo from an MTA employee (see above) that shows that there is still a considerable amount of construction work to be completed before the flagship store is opened to the public.

NYC Grand Central Apple Store to be ready for "Black Friday" originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Unlicensed China Mobile says 10M iPhones on its network

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 2:14pm
Despite not having an agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone, Chinese carrier China Mobile claims over 10 million customers are using the device on their network.


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Siri being tested in jailbroken iPad 1

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 2:00pm


It's been ten days since Siri hit the scene and the virtual assistant is in the process of being torn apart by the hacking community. Siri, as it exists on the iPhone 4S, has been ported to the iPhone 4 and now the iPad 1. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith, who worked on the iPhone 4 port, has shared his progress with @jackoplane who has successfully ported the app to the iPad 1. Several images of Siri running on the tablet device document this achievement.

Unfortunately, neither the iPhone 4 nor the iPad port is fully functional at this point. Siri still needs to connect to Apple's servers to work and the servers are configured to accept requests only from the iPhone 4S. Potentially, these devices could be spoofed to look like an iPhone 4S which could open this functionality to jailbroken devices.

Jailbreaking and porting may be the only solution for owners of older hardware who want Siri on their iOS devices. It's doubtful that Apple will bring Siri to the iPad 1 or the iPhone 3GS. Apple may not want to support this older hardware and these models may also lack the processing power required for the voice assistant. But as some of you pointed out in one of our latest "You're The Pundit" posts, Apple could decide to bring Siri to the iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 once it comes out of beta.

[Via Jailbreakstory]

Siri being tested in jailbroken iPad 1 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Daily Mac App: Disk Speed Test

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 1:00pm

You've got a shiny new SSD-equipped machine, but you're wondering just how fast that SSD really is. Disk Speed Test from Blackmagic will give you a quick, straightforward answer.

It's incredibly easy to use. Disk Speed Test writes large chunks of data to your chosen disk and then reads that data, giving you a real-world read/write speed in MB/s. The program then tells you what kind of uncompressed video that drive will be able to handle and allows you to save the results as a screenshot.

As you can see from the image above, my magnetic hard drive-equipped MacBook Pro isn't going to win any speed awards. It also couldn't handle anything above uncompressed SD video according to the app -- but then again that's not the sort of thing I would even dream of trying. If you're looking to capture uncompressed video direct to a disk, Disk Speed Test will give you an indication of whether it's going to be up to the job.

So, if you're curious about your hard disk speed, regardless of whether it's just a simple magnetic hard drive, an internal SSD, a network mounted disk array, or even a beast of a Thunderbolt SSD drive -- Disk Speed Test will quickly and easily answer that for you with just one click.

Blackmagic's Disk Speed Test is available for free from the Mac App Store.

Daily Mac App: Disk Speed Test originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Steve Jobs biography on pace to become Amazon's best seller of 2011

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 12:49pm
After officially going on sale today, Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs may become the top selling book of 2011 for the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com.


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Jobs bio fosters resurgence in Apple-branded TV rumors

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 12:00pm

The Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs has just been officially released and now everyone from TUAW readers to Wall Street analyst Gene Munster is reading between the lines to see what Apple's "next big thing" will be. The biggest rumor? That Apple will be coming out with a branded HDTV that will revolutionize the television-watching experience.

A lot of us don't expect this to happen -- in a recent TUAW poll, about 57% of readers thought it was unlikely that Apple would every make a TV. But based on a statement in the biography, Munster is even more convinced that Apple is going that way -- and he's even starting to forecast revenues for an Apple HDTV line.

Munster has been "certain" of an Apple-branded TV since 2009, and according to Apple 2.0's Philip Elmer-Dewitt, he keyed on a particular section of the book where Jobs said "I'd like to create an integrated television set. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud... It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it."

Munster thinks that the "code" that Jobs "cracked" is combining live TV with shows that were previously captured and stored on iCloud. The Piper-Jaffray analyst also believes that Apple could add Siri support "to bolster its TV offering and simplify the chore of inputting information like show titles, or actor names, into a TV."

There are a number of meetings with suppliers and patent filings (including the one noted by Patently Apple in the screenshot above) that Munster cites as more evidence of an upcoming Apple TV. He goes on to show that the device, if released in 2012, could add as much as US$6 billion to Apple's bottom line in calendar year 2014.

Jobs bio fosters resurgence in Apple-branded TV rumors originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple television with iOS, Siri & FaceTime seen as $100B opportunity

AppleInsider.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 11:45am
An anticipated Apple high-definition television set, complete with iOS features including Siri voice commands, FaceTime video chat and access to the App Store, would be a strong product in a massive $100 billion market, according to a new analysis.


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Daily iPhone App: Age of Monsters - Rock Paper Scissors

TUAW.com - Mon, 10/24/2011 - 11:30am

Jeff Matsuda is the award-winning creator of the cartoon series The Batman, and while his style doesn't appeal to me personally, it is quite distinctive, and can make for some really cool looks. Matsuda has put his skills to work in Age of Monsters - Rock Paper Scissors, in which monsters battle it out rock/paper/scissors style. The gameplay is simple, yet provides a nice framework to carry out some epic, real-world RPS battles. Whether you're wagering a free lunch, who's going to take out the trash or just the honor of the participants, Age of Monsters is a good way to go. You can even play with friends asynchronously online, which is a nice bonus which works well.

There's a solo training mode to get you ready for battle plus Game Center integration. Two extra monsters are offered up via in-app purchase, and I presume we'll see more in the future. As a freebie, Age of Monsters is worth a download, as the art and style really push this simple game further than it would otherwise go.

Daily iPhone App: Age of Monsters - Rock Paper Scissors originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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