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For nearly a decade now i've been telling my friends and family while we're watching TV, "I don't care who does it, I just want a small box I can connect to the TV that will replace these annoying loud commercials." And who, none other than Apple has answered my prayers; at least they have begun to anyway.
It seems that Apple started talking with a few different cable providers recently, with the goal of bringing a set-top box experience to cable subscribers. The idea with such a device would be to provide an Apple TV-like experience that also works through live TV and has special additional features like AirPlay functionality, iTunes capabilities (if cable providers would allow it) and more.
A new patent from Apple shows that Apple might be looking into the idea of using illuminated touchpads. Whether this is aimed at the MacBook line or the Magic Trackpad, or both, it's hard to say.
It seems that Apple is no longer content with third-party app systems that assist shoppers, as Patently Apple recently uncovered an Apple patent for their own alternative to these barcode scanning programs.
When it truly came down to who was winning though, it was always hard to clearly say one side or the other. Recently though, Apple has managed to find what some critics believe is the “smoking gun” needed to swing the case in their favor for good- an internal memo that recognizes that Samsung needs to copy the iPhone.
A year-old patent filing from Apple has now been made public, in the filing Apple details out a cover that can take power and data from a dedicated connector on the side of a tablet and then can use at least one segment of the Smart Cover to augment the main display with useful information such as notifications, additional icons, multimedia controllers and similar functions.
Yesterday Mobile Magazine reported that a special Apple event was coming on September 12th that would likely see the announcement of the iPhone 5 and even possibly the new 7-inch iPad. While iMore was the first to unofficially confirm the news, it seems that sources have also passed the same news to AllThingsD. With two major news sites behind the rumored event, it seems more than likely that it is really happening after all.
It's official, the Hulu Blog has now confirmed that they are rolling out Hulu Plus to Apple TV boxes, today.
Bummed out by the idea that you'll have to wait all the way until October to get your hands on the next iPhone? According to sources reporting to iMore, you won't have to, instead the iPhone 5 may be announced at a special event on September 12th of this year with a launch to follow just nine days later on the 21st.
Samsung's secret weapon in turning the tide of this war has been information and evidence that strongly suggests Apple itself somewhat copied or was directly inspired by Sony-style designs. Samsung hoped to use this information to discredit Apple's own claims, but it turns out that this weapon was a total dud.
The Samsung-Apple patent wars continue to push on at full swing revealing all sorts of dirt including Samsung ignoring Google's warnings that their designs were too close to Apple, and internal memos that show that even the iPhone was actually influenced by earlier Sony-style designs. This war doesn't seem to be slowing down and no real victor seems in sight, but at least all these court discoveries and findings are kicking up interesting prototype/mockups that help us see the clear evolution that took place as Apple designed its various iOS-based products.
When you have as much money and power as a company like Apple you can do just about anything and that includes making up your own dimensions, as a new Apple patent for 5D technology clearly shows. What is this mystical new 5th dimension that Apple discovered? It's actually just a marketing gimmick, and is actually a set of unique TV, gaming and motion-based applications that they apparently decided would be deemed “5D Technology”.
The Samsung and Apple continue to fight a constant global legal war against one another, with every little legal battle pushing the scale in on direction or the other, but largely seeming to go nowhere. Recently Apple won a bit of a victory with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7's German ban extending its way to the entire EU.
A new court decision will require that Apple address the findings of the July 9th London court decision, which basically states that Samsung Galaxy tablets don't infringe on Apple's registered designs.
In order to better help organize the layout of apps in the App Store, a new “Food & Drink” Category has made its way over to iOS.
One of the newest patents awarded to Apple is something called iTravel, which is an NFC-based transportation check-in system.
What if the iPhone were semi-permanently attached to your hand in some weird twist of bio-electronic engineering? We're getting closer to that reality with the so-called iPhone 5 Spider concept.
Here we go again. Rumors of a smaller Apple iPad have been around for as long as the iPad itself, but with the arrival of the Google Nexus 7, a so-called iPad Mini could really see the light of day.
According to iFixit, there is one clear advantage to the Nexus 7's design versus the iPad- it's extra space inside makes it much easier to repair.
According to TechCrunch, the new smaller 19-pin Apple port has been independently verified. While the form factor and actual size are still yet to be revealed, it seems that there may be some truth behind the rumors of a smaller port after all. The new Apple 19-pin iDevice port seems similar to what we already have on many MacBooks with the Thunderbolt port, but TechCrunch says that three independent manufacturers have said that this new Apple port is in fact different.
And you don't have to tell Tim Cook about the Surface, because it's surely caught his attention too... as well as the attention of Apple's legal team.
No pre-production Galaxy III was mistakenly left behind at a bar one night and that's because Samsung took several measured steps to keep their secret project as secret as possible.
One of the many changes that you'll find in iOS 6 is the departure away from Google Maps and toward Apple's own Maps app...
No longer content with letting Google control the mapping world with Google Maps, Apple announced it was diving in with its own solution. Taking a closer look at the new map system, Apple Maps has Apple doing all the cartography itself, has turn-by-turn navigation in iOS 6 with narration from SIRI and also has full integration with Yelp.
The 15.4-inch display rocks an incredible resolution of 2880x1800 pixels, giving you 220ppi.
Apple's WWDC 2012 kicked off today with the keynote and one of the big announcements was the unveiling of "the world's most advanced mobile operating system." So, what's new with iOS 6?
That's why Apple moved to the micro-SIM for its current line of iPhones, but even that isn't small enough. Now, the nano-SIM has been confirmed and it's 40% smaller than the micro-SIM.
The iPod (and iTunes) shook up the way that we listen to music. And now it looks like Apple is going to tackle the world of digital photography.
It seems that an new iOS 5.1.1 error message has shown up that leads the tech world to speculate that Apple is considering implementing FaceTime support over the 3G.
We've all encountered this problem. You want to plug in your iPhone to charge, but it's dark and you can't see the port. The CordLite fixes that
About a year ago, a judge ruled that HTC was in violation of an Apple patent due to just how closely their “tap system” works in comparison to Apple's. With this system, you click on a number, text message, or whatever and it gives you a choice of what to do. After the ruling, HTC vowed to make a tweak that would get around this infringement in future Android devices.
People thought Apple was crazy when it entered the mobile phone market with the iPhone, but look at where we are now. People are saying the same thing about Apple getting into TVs, but we've got reason to believe an Apple HDTV is very real and very much on the way.
It turns out that we're wrong and the newer batch of iPad 2 tablets is actually an improvement over the original iPad 2.
As great and as versatile as touchscreen displays may be, they don't offer the same kind of tactile experience as physical buttons. We've seen haptic feedback solutions before, but nothing quite like what this Apple patent seems to be depicting.
Another day, another iPhone rumor, and another iPhone concept. While it doesn't look like the boys and girls in Cupertino have quite figured out how to make a T-1000 just yet, it looks like French designer Antoine Brieux is applying some liquid metal to his latest iPhone concept.
As far as we can gather, Apple isn't going to launch the next iteration in the iPhone series until some time this fall, but that hasn't stopped designer Antonio De Rosa from dreaming up what he calls the iPhone Plus.
After three months of negotiating, tweaking and pushing Apple, Sparkling Apps finally has their Siri-alternative, Voice Answer, out onto the market.
After getting all sorts of stark denials out of Cupertino, it has now been officially confirmed by Philippe Starck himself that he isn't working on a new Apple product at all.
Phillipe Starck is an esteemed French designer, having designed everything from toothbrushes to motorcycles, but he has apparently been working closely with Apple on a brand new product. And that brand new product will be revealed to the world within the next eight months.
You would think that a lawsuit like this might come from a direct competitor, but that's not the case. Instead, the antitrust lawsuit is being filed by the United States government, naming Apple and several book publishers as the defendants.
Recently, the training materials for the California District Attorneys Association found there way online, and as a result there has been a lot of worry that Apple might have a way around pass-codes altogether.
Oh, look at that Retina display! Oh, look at those quad-core graphics! Oh, look at that... what? Why isn't my Wi-Fi working? Yup, apparently there have been "many" new iPad owners who have been complaining about Wi-Fi issues, Apple has very much recognized the pressing problem and are out to fix it.
Ever since the new iPad was released there seems to be a plethora of issues that owners have been complaining about, such as potential overheating issues and even an alleged charging problem. Just like with the heating issue though, Apple's official response is that there is nothing wrong.
The war over a standard for nano-SIM is now in full swing as Apple is trying harder than ever to get its new standard accepted over the rival design from Nokia, Motorola and RIM.
Apple started the whole "Retina Display" craze with the iPhone 4. Then, it made Retina Displays even bigger with the new iPad. Now, it looks like there's no turning back and Apple is well on its way to integrating Retina Display technology in this year's MacBook refresh too.
The new iPad from Apple has been available in places like Canada and the United States for a little while, but now more international customers can get their hands on the latest too. The expansion is substantial and will likely build on the momentum already brought on by the launch in the first set of countries.
The new iPad offers plenty of exciting improvements such as the retina display and a faster processor, but nothing everything about the newest model is for the better. One such issue that seems to plague the device has to do with overheating.
No, it's not quite the same as having Siri, but the Dictation feature in the new iPad is still there for some of your voice recognition needs, but it turns out that it could also turn into an invasion of privacy. This is partly conjecture, to be fair, but it is still something worth noting.
When the new iPad was revealed to the world, Apple told us that the new A5X chip spanked the Tegra 3 processor from NVIDIA. But those are just claims. How does the comparison stack up when you put them under real benchmarks and real world experiences?
If Steve Jobs were still alive today, I don't think this would happen. He had publicly stated that he had no interest in 7-inch tablets, but it looks like the Cupertino company he left behind is moving ahead with a so-called iPad mini.