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Apple offers to replace overheating iPod nanos in Japan

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 11th, 2010

The overheating issues with first generation iPod nano players from Apple have been well documented. There have been numerous fires and burns linked to the devices overheating. Apple has now offered Japanese owners of the first generation iPod touch a replacement.

Apple says that any Japanese owner of an iPad touch showing symptoms of overheating like deformation or discoloration can get a replacement device. Apple will also replace the battery for users who worry that their device might overheat.

Human Touch massage chair gets iPhone control

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 9th, 2010

There is an app for just about everything you might want to do. That world of apps has gotten bigger now with an app that can actually give you a massage. A new massage chair from Human Touch has been unveiled.

The chair is the 9500 and it can be controlled completely from the iPhone or iPad. The chair uses an app that lets the user completely customize and save their own massage programs.

Images of screen for iPod touch 4 surface

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

Yesterday we saw some images of what is supposed to be an iPhone touch 4 mockup and case surface. Today we see some new shots of what it supposed to be the screen for the next iPod touch.

The images come from MacRumors and the site claims to have received the images from an Apple supplier. The screen clearly shows the hole needed for a front facing camera.

Dish Network unveils DVR scheduler app for iPad

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on August 6th, 2010

Dish Network and DirecTV are the two satellite providers that are available for most of us in the US. The two companies have offered DVR scheduler apps for smartphones for a while now that let you control the DVR from anywhere.

Dish Network has announced that it has released the world’s first DVR controller application that is designed specifically for the iPad called Dish Remote Access. The app lets the iPad user have full control over any DVR in the home from anywhere with a web connection.

New iPods, smaller iPad and iPhone 5 in early 2011?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 4th, 2010

Word on the street is that there will be a revised set of Apple devices coming soon (as if that’s a surprise), specifically an iPod shuffle with a touchscreen display, a 7″ iPad for early next year, and a fifth generation iPhone as early as next January.

We would guess that the 7″ iPad is the focus, since it would make the device all the more appealing in a smaller form factor. Time will tell what the items will be, but at least we know that there are always more Apple products falling from the tree.

Apple iOS 4 security breach gives complete access to your iPhone

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on August 3rd, 2010

Apple fanboys have long gloated about the “fact” that Apple users are safe and secure compared to PC users. It’s utter nonsense of course and here’s further proof. Owners of the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad need to be careful. Visiting a web page and loading a simple PDF file might actually set off a security bug that affects all iOS 4-powered devices.

All it requires is for the user to visit a web address using Safari, and the site will automatically load a simple PDF document that holds a font which hides a special program. When the IOS 4-powered device you are using displays the PDF file, the font will begin the stack overflow condition that allows embedded code in the font to gain full control of your device.

OWC offers more RAM for buyers of new iMac

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 29th, 2010

Every time I look at computers on a manufacturer’s site, I get a little sick to my stomach when I see how much they want to charge you for RAM and HDD upgrades. Sometimes even a small upgrade can add a $100 or more to the price you pay.

If you tend to buy your rigs with the minimum RAM available and upgrade alter you aren’t alone. OWC has announced that it has new RAM kits put together specifically for the newly updated iMac computers.

Motorola’s new Droid X ad makes fun of iPhone 4

Posted in Apple,Motorola by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2010

You have to live under a rock to not know about the issues that iPhone 4 users are having with the antenna on the new smartphone. Apple has admitted there is an issue and has offered up free cases for users to fix the issue.

Apple is even refunding users that bought the bumper case with their smartphone. Motorola is taking the chance to make fun of the iPhone 4 and its need for a case in its new ad for the Droid X.

Apple releases new 27-inch LED Cinema Display

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

Apple has just announced its latest 27″ LED Cinema Display. It features a stunning 2560 x 1440 resolution and 60% more screen real estate compared to its predecessor. It has a built-in iSight video camera, microphone and speakers, a powered USB 2.0 hub and universal MagSafe connector.

This good looking $999 monitor also sports a beautiful 16:9 edge-to-edge glass display on an aluminum stand with an adjustable hinge, so that tilting the display requires almost no effort at all. Let’s not forget the 178 degree viewing angle.

Apple unveils Magic Trackpad

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2010

The rumors were right and here it is. The Apple Magic Trackpad is a wireless touch input device that just debuted in Apple’s Store app for iOS 4. The glass-covered device sports an aluminum shell that replicates the multitouch area of Apple’s MacBooks.

The device is powered by a built-in battery, so you’ll need to keep it juiced if you’re going to use it a lot. The Apple Magic Trackpad will retail for $69 and uses no wires thanks to built-in Bluetooth.

LG can’t meet demand for iPhone and iPad screens from Apple

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2010

I think that anyone who has tried to buy a new Apple product like the iPad or iPhone on launch day and the days and weeks thereafter knows that shortages are common. The main reason for shortages of Apple products like these is that Apple can’t get enough screens.

LG Display builds the screens for many of the Apple products including the iPad and iPhone. LG has stated that it will not be able to meet the demand that Apple has for screens.

Apple buys mapping company Poly9

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 14th, 2010

Apple has just purchased another mapping company, Canadian 3D mapping startup Poly9 Group. Poly9 makes a browser based 3D globe similar to that of Google Earth. Neither Apple or Poly9 have confirmed the acquisition yet, but a French Canadian News site states that two of the companies employees have now relocated in Silicon Valley and are bound by a non disclosure agreement.

Last year Apple purchased another mapping company called Placebase, which adds layers of data on top of maps. Looks like they are planning a Google Earth of their own.

Apple deletes mentions of Consumer Reports’ iPhone 4 piece on forums

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2010

Consumer Reports stated that it “can’t recommend” the iPhone 4 until the antenna issues are fixed. It’s labs as well as others have verified the issue. Now it looks like Apple is trying to mind-wipe their users of the whole affair.

Apple has apparently deleted threads about the Consumer Reports article from its support forums. Keep in mind, this is nothing new; there’s moderation, plus the company regularly deletes discussion of hardware flaws that it’s not ready to confess to. Plus, Jobs was responsible for deleting R2-D2′s memory of Anakin building 3PO, so the prequels would make sense. Thank God Apple doesn’t own the internet.

BMW to put iPod and iPhone menus on car navigation screens

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 13th, 2010

Controlling the music and content on your iPod or iPhone is easy to do with the Apple menus. Things can get more difficult if you have to use a system on an accessory that is different though. BMW has announced that it will support the iPod Out feature on iOS4.

The feature will allow BMW to put the actual menus from the iPod touch or the iPhone onto the cars in dash screen. BMW will support the feature on future BMW and Mini models.

iPhone exclusive deal lawsuit granted class action status

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 12th, 2010

There have been a number of lawsuits filed against Apple in the years since the iPhone debuted. Many of the suits were for alleged patent infringement. One of the early suits was against Apple and AT&T over the exclusive deal for the iPhone.

The suit was recently granted class action status, which means anyone who purchased an iPhone all the way back to June 29, 2007 is part of the suit. The core allegation is that consumers who entered into the 2-year agreement were actually in a five-year agreement due to the exclusive deal with AT&T.