Category Archives: Apple

iPhone 5 Leak from China?

With evidence mounting that the iPhone 5 is coming in the fall, here is some more fuel for the fire. A new Chinese case design found on Alibaba.com, which is a business-to-business trading site for Chinese manufacturers and suppliers, claiming to be for the iPhone 5G. It is worth taking a look at as Chinese manufacturers often get design specs before the official launch.

The picture surfaced on GadgetsDNA, and shows two holes in the back of the case, one for the camera and one for…we’re not sure. Also, it seems to show a display that extends to the edge of the case with a thinner bezel. There has been evidence that has surfaced that Apple is planning a significant reworking of the iPhone with the iPhone 5, and other evidence that seems to indicate a more moderate update, maybe an iPhone 4S. Read the rest of this entry

Apple iPhone 4, App Store, Angry Birds Awarded Guiness World Records

The Guinness World Records is at it again, dealing out awards for various unusual feats. No category or industry sector is left untouched, with one of the previous awards going to Kinect as the fastest selling consumer electronics device. Today, new awards go out to Apple’s iPhone 4, the Apple App Store, and even Angry Birds.

The iPhone 4 has been named as the fastest-selling portable gaming system, after an estimated 1.5 million iPhone 4 handsets were sold on the first day of release back on June 24, 2010. In comparison, the PSP only sol 200,000 units on its launch date in 2005, and the DS took two weeks to move 500,000 units after its launch in 2004. However, neither of those devices functioned also as a smartphone, those this award’s a bit of a stretch. Read the rest of this entry

iPhone 5 Launches November 21st, Says UK Phone Retailer

Conventional wisdom has held that the next iPhone won’t ship until September, at Apple’s annual iPod event. That’s three months later than Apple’s historic iPhone release cycles would suggest.

If the idea of waiting an extra three months for your next phone gets your blood boiling, though, it might get even worse: one report is now suggesting that the next iPhone won’t ship until November 21st. Read the rest of this entry

Apple iPhone 4S to feature separate camera flash?

9to5Mac is reporting that the next iPhone, the iPhone 4S as it’s being referred to, will feature the LED flash for the camera on the opposite side of the case. There have been reports from a small group of individuals experiencing camera problems due to the iPhone’s built-in flash, and this looks like a way to solve the issue. Take a look for Read the rest of this entry

New Sim Case For iPhone 4 With Slide On Battery

Third Rail System introduced an amazing Slim protective Case for iPhone 4 with a slide-on Smart Battery which allows you also to add additional power if you run out of juice mid-day. Slim Case is being sold for $39.99.

Specs :

  • Product Dimensions : 4.96 in x 2.43 in x 0.46 in; 0.85 oz
  • Product Compatibility : Works with every iPhone 4, iPhone not included.
  • Box Contents : Slim Case for iPhone 4, Micro-USB Cable, User’s Manual

Features :

  • Complete Coverage : Durable hard-shell protection with a soft touch coating provides access to all iPhone 4 features.
  • Ultimate Flexibility : Daily phone power needs may vary – we feel that your solution should vary with it. A great protective case by itself and, if needed, transforms to a power case by sliding on any Third Rail™ Smart Battery (sold separately).
  • Share your Power : The Third Rail™ Slim Case is compatible with all Third Rail™ Smart Batteries so you can easily share Smart Batteries among family, friends, and coworkers.
  • Apple Certified : Officially a “Made for iPhone 4” product.

Microsoft Offers App Migration Tool For iPhone to Windows Phone 7

In a bid to win over more developers, Microsoft is offering up a new app migration tool to make it easier to port over iOS apps to the Windows Phone 7 platform. The new API Mapping Tool lets iOS coders take programming calls and translate them to the equivalent classes, methods, and notification events in Windows Phone 7.

The API Mapping Tool is available with plenty of documentation, videos, and other resources to help guide along developers. The API works more like a dictionary that allows developers to pick out bits of code to be translated. Microsoft notes that there’s “no magic wand that will do the work for you,” but that the new API will make things less painstaking. Read the rest of this entry

Apple iCloud May Serve More Than Music

Last week we reported that Apple was ahead of Google in launching a cloud music service, a digital locker of sorts that would allow users to store and stream their iTunes music. Apple’s momentum continues, striking at least two out of four successful deals with the record companies, and spurring rumors of a new “iCloud” branding after it was rumored that the company spent $4.5 million to acquire the domain iCloud.com. Now, it is further speculated that the iCloud will be serving up more than just music.

According to sources familiar with the situation, Apple is already using the name iCloud internally with several of the associated products it’s developing for their cloud service. They say that Apple is preparing beta versions of iOS 5.0 and Mac OS X Lion that can integrate with the iCloud. Users will be able to sync and store information on the iCloud much like they currently do with Apple’s MobileMe service. It is believed that Apple is busy at work to have this ready to demo at its upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, five weeks from now. Read the rest of this entry

Samsung “Alex” Chrome OS netbook revealed

The Chrome OS leaks keep coming, with the Acer ZGB netbook and Seaboard tablet being followed by details of Samsung’s offering with Google’s new platform. The Samsung “Alex” is a 1280 x 800 netbook powered by Intel’s dual-core Atom N550 1.5GHz processor, along with a SanDisk SSD P4 and Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G WWAN connectivity.

Other specs include 2GB of RAM, Bluetooth and WiFi, an integrated webcam and a Synaptics touchpad. That differs a little from Acer’s model, which has a 1366 x 768 display and seemingly uses one of AMD’s Fusion processors instead.

Samsung, Acer and ASUS are all among the company’s namechecked to be producing Chrome OS hardware for launch in the second half of 2011. However it seems likely that Google will do some sort of presentation of the latest hardware and software at Google I/O early next month.

[via Engadget]

Square launching new iPhone card reader this summer with encryption at read head

Of all the iPhone credit card readers that are available for mobile card payments today, the one that is most visible is the Square card reader. This is the one you can get now in the Apple Store and then start taking credit card payments right from your smartphone. Square made a big announcement this week with credit card heavyweight Visa making a strategic investment in the company. Mobile payments on a device as popular as the iPhone is huge for Visa and will give the credit card company one more source of revenue.

You might also remember that back in March the major competitor to Square, VeriFone noted that Square needed to recall all of its readers because they lacked encryption at the read point. VeriFone claimed that the lack of encryption at the point that the card was scanned left the user’s credit card details open to a hacker. Square fired back and claimed that its readers were hunky-dory.

While Square was touting the investment from Visa, Square COO Keith Rabois wrote a blog post that basically validated everything VeriFone accused the Square reader of. The crux of the post was that Square would be meeting Visa’s industry standards, and those standards mean they have to encrypt all the credit card data, including the data at the point the information is read. Square will be releasing a new reader of the iPhone this summer that encrypts the data as soon as it is read, VeriFone was accurate after all.

[via TechCrunch]

Swedes get iZettle in June for iPhone credit card payments

Here in the US we have a bunch of different credit card readers and associated apps to use for taking credit card payments right on your iPhone. One of the most popular that you can get in the Apple Store right now is the Square Reader. All the US card readers I have seen so far have the same thing in common, you have to swipe the card to get the data or manually enter it. Many of the credit cards today have integrated sensors so you don’t have to swipe.

We have all been standing in a store at some point and had the cashier swipe our card a dozen times, wrap it in a bag, and then swipe it again just to get your credit card to work. No one wants to have to try that with their iPhone. People needing to take credit cards on their iPhone in Sweden will have another option come June with iZettle. The cool thing about this card reader is that it takes payments from the credit cards that have chips with the card details in them.

That means that you don’t have to swipe the credit card with the iZettle system, you just slip the credit card into reader that plugs into the charge and sync port of the iPhone. The system will deposit the funds daily into the user’s checking account and the receipts can be sent to the people that pay via Facebook. The iZettle reader is large at almost half the size of the iPhone. The reader is EMV approved and meets PCI-DSS regulations that govern credit card security in Sweden. Those regulations ensure that the traffic on the card network is encrypted. The only downside to this is that at least here in the US, most credit cards lack a chip, and I see no swipe on the iZettle reader.

Update: Johan linked us up with a nice video of the iZettle in action, thanks!

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