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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.

Is this the new iPod Shuffle?

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 9th, 2010

The folks at tw.apple.pro say that this photo comes from “deep inside the throat”(Google Translate). So we are guessing they mean a deep throat like source within the company. It’s a 1.2inch x 1.2inch screen which could be the next iPod Shuffle.

The component is marked “Apple,” and there’s no reason to believe it isn’t legit. But just how would you operate a 1-inch touchscreen? What could you really accomplish on a screen so small?

iPhone 4 catches fire and burns owners hand

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

Apple has had its own share of trouble with its popular gadgets bursting into flames. The allegations resulted in an investigation in Europe. The iPhone 4 has had its share of complaints already with poor reception and other things.

A photo of an iPhone 4 has surfaced that reportedly caught fire as the owner was plugging the device in to charge with the Apple USB cable. The power reportedly burnt his hand.

Flash comes to jailbroken iPad thanks to Frash

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on July 5th, 2010

I am sure that there are lots of people out there who are like me and wish their iPad would support Flash video. Steve hates Flash that the chances of that happening officially are nil.

A guy has created a new hack for jailbroken iPads that ports Flash from Android to the iPad. The port works well and allows Flash games and content to run on the iPad using a compatibility layer.

Apple hiring antenna engineers

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

Why is Apple hiring antenna engineers? I thought we were holding it wrong. According to several job postings, Apple is looking for Antenna Engineers, with the job definition including “Define and implement antenna system architecture to optimize the radiation performance for wireless portable devices.”

The postings were made on June 23rd, about the same time that folks started noticing the iPhone 4′s antenna issues. Thing is, they had engineers already that should have caught this.

JayBird offers iPhone app that provides AVRCP control

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 30th, 2010

I mentioned yesterday that JayBird had unveiled a new set of Bluetooth headphones that offer controls for tracks on the headphones. The downside was that those controls won’t work with the iPhone since it doesn’t support that feature.

JayBird has announced that it has a new app called Blutrax that adds that Bluetooth music control feature we all want into the iPhone. The app offers full control for skipping tracks, pause, play and more.

OSU plans to pilot iPads in classroom this fall

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

OSU has announced some interesting plans for some students this fall. The new plans include evaluating how well the iPad works in the classroom as an educational tool. The school will offer about 125 students taking five different courses the ability to use an iPad.

The courses are offered on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses of Oklahoma State University in the School of Media and Strategic Communications and the Spears School of Business. The students will get over $100 off the cost of the iPad.

Apple sells 1.7M iPhone 4 smartphones in three days

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 28th, 2010

After lots of waiting and anticipating Apple finally launched the iPhone 4 last week. The device had a ton of pre-orders and there were huge lines at some stores to get one.

There were estimates early in the launch that numbers could go as high as 1.5 million units sold. Apple has officially confirmed that over the first three days the iPhone 4 was available it sold 1.7 million units.

Apple patent app shows haptic feedback for gestures

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 24th, 2010


I like running across patent applications from companies like Apple because they give us a glimpse at the kind of tech our gadgets will offer in the future. A new patent app has surfaced that Apple filed last year for haptic feedback called “Multi touch with Multi Haptics.”

The app outlines a way that Apple could provide haptic feedback for touchscreen devices like the iPhone and iPad. The patent has a bunch of haptic actuators around the screen under the surface.

iPhone 4 at Walmart ready for launch day

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 22nd, 2010

I don’t like pre-ordering gadgets. I prefer to walk in and walk out with what I want. If you feel the same way and didn’t pre-order an iPhone 4, your best bet to get one on launch day may be Walmart.

A source has sent Engadget picture of the iPhone 4 in its cellophane wrapped cardboard box waiting in the back area at Walmart. The device is ready to go.

Face Time calls will use no voice calling minutes according to Apple

Posted in Apple by Shane McGlaun on June 21st, 2010

One of the cool new features of the iPhone 4 that Apple talked about at WWDC was Face Time. Face Time is a video calling application that only works between iPhone 4 users via WiFi.

Some were wondering if AT&T would be charging users for voice minutes when using Face Time. Apple now says that Face Time calls will not use voice minutes. If a Face Time call is started within a voice call, the voice call ends when Face Time connects.

Scosche offers new iPhone 4 cases and films

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

Scosche makes a ton of accessories for the iPhone and iPods from Apple. The company has announced its new line of cases for the iPhone 4 that was launched early this week. Scosche will be offering eight cases and three screen protectors for the phone.

The cases include the kickback g4 with a polycarbonate shell and a kickstand. The switchKASE g4 is silicone with a stand; the metalliKASE g4 is a polycarbonate case in chrome with a mirror screen protector.