Apple app review service sells fake 5 star ratings on iTunes

Companies charge a fee to Application developers to post glorious reviews

Apple’s utopian iTunes application store has fallen victim to typical troll manipulation.

Rob Walch, host of Tii, emailed me concerned about what he uncovered. When you are looking for apps to download in iTunes, or looking in any app marketplace for that matter, user reviews are something that heavily influence the decision making process of most buyers. This is essentially a user forum for that specific product. If 10 guys said it crashes and runs like crap, most people would likely avoid paying for that download. Naturally, it would work the other way.

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Apple iPad review: The future is in your hands

Apple iPad next to Apple's Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard - Photo: Fabrizio Pilato

Apple’s mysterious new “magical” device has created a big stir across the world. What are we supposed to do with this thing? Is it going to replace my desktop? Probably not. How about my laptop or netbook? Still no. So what is it good for? Well, that’s the magic of it. It does many things, but it’s not here to step on anyone’s toes.

The name iPad is strangely clever. It probably took Apple an entire 5 minutes to come up with the name. It’s clearly not a notebook computer, and we already have the iBook. How about that other relative, the notepad. Ideas went around, and voila – Apple’s latest thing is the iPad. Names aside, what the heck is this thing good for anyways? What am I supposed to do with this iPad?

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Three-quarters of Japanese smartphones are Apple iPhones

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You know, before the iPhone launched in Japan, I thought it was going to be a disappointment for Steve Jobs and Apple. It wouldn’t be a flop, but I didn’t think it would achieve the same level of market penetration as it was able to enjoy in the United States. Oh boy, was I wrong.

A study conducted by MM Research Institute has revealed that the iPhone has a 72.2% market share in Japan. There are 2.34 million iPhones in the land of the rising sun, representing a dominating force among smartphones.

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Apple iPad 3G in stores April 30, International pre-orders May 10

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Apple today officially announced that on Friday, April 30, Wi-Fi + 3G models of the magical iPad will be delivered to US customers who pre-ordered the device before April 3rd. It will also be in Apple stores the same day after 5:00pm.

A higher demand for the iPad caused a delay in international shipments. Estimates show over 600,000 units were sold in the first six days of sales, that’s a good number, and doesn’t include those waiting for the 3G version.

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iPhone 4G prototype real: Apple says we want it back

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Gizmodo’s actions could have consequences, severely. Apple’s attorneys have sent notice to Gawker Media, the owners of Gizmodo requesting the unit to be returned immediately. Bruce Sewell, the attorney representing Apple wrote the formal letter. No mention of any legal action against Gizmodo or Gawker was mentioned, however Apple does have recourse according to Apple Insider.

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Rogers to sell Apple iPad end of May, the world waits

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Right now, the only version of the Apple iPad that you can buy comes with Wi-Fi alone with a 3G radio nary in sight. In fact, Canadians can’t officially buy one within our borders yet, having to trek down to the United States to get an iPad. That’s going to change very soon.

That’s because Rogers will sell it and, hopefully, this will be at a subsidized price. That can help you save hundreds in the short run, though you’ll be stuck with a data contract in the long run.

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Apple MacBook Pro now available with Core i5, Core i7

New Apple MacBook Pro line sports theIntel Corei5 and i7 CPUs

We knew that this day had to be coming, but we probably expected Steve Jobs to make a bigger deal of it by hosting another event in or around San Francisco. Instead, it seems that Apple has (quite quietly) updated the entire MacBook Pro line with several solid upgrades.

If you go over to the Apple online store, you’ll find that the MacBook Pro is now available with your choice of Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Well, that’s true of the 15-inch and 17-inch versions.

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Apple drops support for 1st Gen iPhone

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When Steve Jobs began to announce the new iPhone OS 4 features last week, the excitement was palpable. Years of anticipation finally realized with the addition of multitasking as well as other tent-pole features. That was the climate of the room until the very end when Jobs casually mentioned during the Q&A that many of those shiny new features you were just made to drool over were not going to be available on the iPhone 3G (so iPhone 3GS and newer only).

At no point was our good ‘ol metal battle ax iPhone (first generation) mentioned. Steve Jobs has now confirmed what many had assumed.

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Apple iPad gets added to the ColorWare collection

Colorware application to custom design your iPad

The crazy kooks at Colorware are taking their massive paint buckets to the iPad. I guess we should have only expected so much. If you go over to the Colorware website, you’ll see that they are now painting iPads at will. As before, you don’t get anything extra in terms of specs, features, or performance, but you can stand out from the crowd with a vividly colored iPad.

The blue and yellow scheme featured looks pretty good, I’d say, but I’m thinking that going with a red iPad could just spur on an increasingly overwhelming number of immature jokes about feminine hygiene.

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Apple to release iPad nano in 2011?

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The Apple iPad has only been on the market for less than a week and it hasn’t even launched in Canada yet, but that hasn’t stopped a Digitimes analyst from predicting the future of the platform. While the iPad is bigger than the iPhone, it seems that we could be getting an iPad nano too.

According to a senior analyst at Digitimes, Apple is planning to release a smaller version of the iPad that will boast much of the same functionality, but in a smaller form factor.

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iPhone 4.0 is official: Apple brings you multitasking and more

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iPhone OS 4 was announced today at Apple’s live press event, and out comes a rabbit from the hat. Seven major updates are coming to the iPhone 3G and 3GS models, iPod Touch 2G and 3G, with seven major improvements including multitasking, and 100 other minor ones ranging from searchable MMS/SMS to 5x digital zoom for your camera.

The major feature we have all been waiting for is multitasking, our iPhone 4G poll showed over 52% of iPhone owners would like multitasking, and Apple delivered. Improved Battery Life topped the charts at 61%, but with added multitasking this may only worsen performance.

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iSuppli: Apple iPad costs start at $259.60

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iSuppli is punching numbers again, this time they’ve come up with hardware costs for the Apple iPad. Being magical and all isn’t just a marketing tactic, iSuppli found there’s a lot more to the iPad than initiaullay estimated. Their first calculation put the iPad at $219.35 for materials, but once they actually got the unit and cracked it open, they found that the touchscreen was controlled by three spearate chips, bringing the materials cost up to $259.60 for the 16GB iPad.

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HP Slate specs revealed, How does it compare to the Apple iPad?

HP Slate vs. Apple iPad Specs

Everyone is super excited about the new Apple iPad and Steve Jobs couldn’t be happier. At the same time, this is going to open up a whole new market for competitors and it seems like the HP Slate could be a real contender. If you look at the spec sheets recently released, it beats the iPad in several areas.

Sure, the HP Slate hasn’t quite the market yet and the iPad has, but this list of features really seems to put the iPad in its place. For starters, the Slate gets a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Menlow Z530 processor, which should be peppier than the 1GHz Apple A4 processor in the iPad.

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Apple iPad stays productive with Evernote app too

Evernote for iPad is free from the iTunes App Store

One of the best note-taking applications available on the iPhone and iPod touch is Evernote. It’s incredibly popular among business users, students, and the general public alike. Well, now Evernote is available for the iPad too.

By taking advantage of the larger display, Evernote for iPad can be even more useful to Apple lovers on the go.

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Apple creaes controller patent for iPhone devices

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One of the biggest knocks at the iPhone as a gaming device is the lack of some sort of control buttons. With no gaming buttons, it can be difficult to control a game, as there is no feel to the iPhone’s current controller: the touch screen. This is especially prevalent in the Zenonia games. To correct this problem, Apple has filed a patent to put controls on the iPhone and possibly future iPad versions.

The new controlling patent, as shown on Patently Apple, shows a shell case like the Powermat which wraps around a portable touch screen device to create a more traditional portable gaming device.

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