Thursday, July 15, 2010

US Senator Writes Open Letter to Steve Jobs Over iPhone 4

New York Senator Charles E. Schumer has written a letter to Steve Jobs expressing concern over the problems with the iPhone 4.

Schumer says the solutions offered to date are "insufficient" and urges Apple to act swiftly on the matter.

July 15, 2010

Dear Mr. Jobs,

I write to express concern regarding the reception problem with the Apple iPhone 4. While I commend Apple's innovative approach to mobile technology and appreciate its service to millions of iPhone users nationwide, I believe it is incumbent upon Apple to address this flaw in a transparent manner. According to Consumer Reports' review, released Monday on its website, the iPhone 4's signal-strength problem is a hardwire glitch triggered by gripping the device in a particular manner. This finding, according to Consumer Reports, "call[s] into question” Apple’s recent claim that the problem is “largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software." Consumer Reports declined to recommend the iPhone 4 because of this hardware design flaw.

Given the discrepancy between Consumer Reports' explanation of the reception problem and the explanation provided by Apple in its July 2 letter to customers, I am concerned that the nearly two million purchasers of the iPhone 4 may not have complete information about the quality of the product they have purchased. The burden for consumers caused by this glitch, combined with the confusion over its cause and how it will be fixed, has the potential to undermine the many benefits of this innovative device. To address this concern, I ask that Apple provide iPhone 4 customers with a clearly written explanation of the cause of the reception problem and make a public commitment to remedy it free-of-charge. The solutions offered to date by Apple for dealing with the so-called “death grip” malfunction—such as holding the device differently, or buying a cover for it—seem to be insufficient. These proposed solutions would unfairly place the burden on consumers for resolving a problem they were not aware of when they purchased their phones.

I also encourage Apple to keep its promise to provide free software updates so that bars displayed accurately reflect signal strength; I further urge Apple to issue a written explanation of the formula it uses to calculate bar strength, so that consumers can once again trust the product that they have invested in.

I look forward to Apple's swift action on this matter, and once again laud Apple for its innovative efforts and service to millions of Americans.


Charles E. Schumer

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How FaceTime is Coming to the iPad, iPod touch

It has been reasonably assumed that Apple will bring FaceTime to the iPod touch and iPad in the future. Here is how they are planning to do it.

According to a BoyGeniusReport source, Your Apple ID will be registered with your device/s, and that will allow other Apple devices to start a FaceTime call using your email address. Apple will also reportedly make use of push notifications to deliver these incoming FaceTime connection requests as we have been informed there is a push notification detector tied into the FaceTime frameworks in the new iPhone OS 4.1 beta.

The site has managed to obtain some screenshots showing the registration of your email for FaceTime which can be seen below...

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Steve Jobs Was Warned About iPhone 4 Antenna Design

A senior antenna expert at Apple warned Steve Jobs early in the design phase that the antenna placement could lead to dropped calls, according to a Bloomberg report.

Last year, Ruben Caballero, a senior engineer and antenna expert, informed Apple’s management the device’s design may hurt reception, said the person, who is not authorized to speak on Apple’s behalf and asked not to be identified. A carrier partner also raised concerns about the antenna before the device’s June 24 release, according to another person familiar with the situation.

However, in our experience it isn't the design or placement of the antenna that causes problems. Rather, it is the lack of a electrically insulating layer on the bare metal that is causing an issue.

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Apple Readying 11.6-inch MacBook Air, 3MP iPod Touch?

Apple may be readying a new 11.6-inch MacBook Air and a 3MP iPod touch capable of photo and video recording, according to a DigiTimes report.

The new slimmer and lighter MacBook is said to feature an Intel Core i-series ultra-low voltage processor and be released in the second have of 2010. Shipment volumes are estimated at 400,000 units for the remainder of the year.

The new iPod touch is said to use Apple's latest A4 processor which is also found in the iPhone 4. Shipments are expected to reach 17-18 million for the remainder of the year.

Both devices will be manufactured by Quanta Computer, according to Mingchi Kuo, senior analyst at Digitimes Research.

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iOS 4.0.1 to be Released Today?

Apple may release a minor update to iOS 4 in advance of a press conference tomorrow, according to iPhoneHellas.

The 4.0.1 update would presumably be to fix the signal bar issue. The site expects Apple to release iOS 4.1 around September after a few more beta versions.

It is imperative that those looking to jailbreak save their SHSH Blobs using Firmware Umbrella.

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PC2Me+ 3.0 Remotely Controls Windows Applications

1stWorks Corporation, has released PC2Me+ 3.0 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. This latest update adds more power to this multi-tasker app, which lets users remotely control and enjoy their PC desktops on their iDevice. PC2Me+ is multiple apps in one, so users can leave the desktop control open while enjoying media or accessing files.

PC2Me+ 3.0 delivers a user's PC desktop to a user's iDevice. It can remotely control all Windows applications in ANY language and keyboard, plus music and other forms of streaming media, files on all drives and much more, whether the user is in their own home, traveling or otherwise away from their computer.

This application is fast, efficient and very powerful, with highly intuitive multi-touch technology for easy use, even when remotely controlling a mouse or keyboard. Users always stay connected when online, as PC2Me+ refreshes the iDevice up to ten times per second.

Developers have created PC2Me+ to be a multiple app, meaning that it handles a variety of tasks from within one convenient place. The sound is stereo in PC2Me+, drawing from the power of a user's desktop and the quality of WiFi radio, if listened to. Streaming multi media is top quality and users are likely not to miss their computers at all when away from them.

These are some of the phenomenal features found in PC2Me+ 3.0:
* Acts as a portable desktop for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
* Doubles as a turbo fast, powerful remote for your desktop files and streaming video for users' iPhone or iPad
* Enables remote control of all Windows desktop applications or content at any screen size
* Allows users to stays connected to webinars, meetings, live with charts and slides, watch and listen to presentations on their iPhone or iPad, even when traveling
* View and access any drive on the desktop, even mapped network drives
* Listen to full CD quality stereo audio over WiFi or high quality audio over 3G and EDGE
* Highly intuitive touch gestures; multi-touch technology
* Refreshes iPhone display up to 10 times per second
* No need to close desktop control to remotely play media or access files

In parallel to the release of PC2Me+, 1stWorks is also announcing PC2Me Local offering similar features and benefits to PC2Me+ 3.0 but designed to deliver that access within a single Wi-Fi network. Work from somewhere else in the home or office, as long as you can connect to the same network as your Windows PC, you have complete control. If you need remote access over 3G or live streaming from the PC, a webinar for example, then choose PC2Me+ 3.0.

Pricing and Availability:
PC2Me+ 3.0 is only $9.99 (USD) and PC2Me Local 1.0 for use in a single Wi-Fi network, is only $3.99. Both are available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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Streamline the Process of Calculating Gold Value

Rade | Eccles has just released the latest update of Pennyweight for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. Pennyweight 1.3 was designed by professional dealers, for professional dealers, with an eye toward streamlining the process of calculating the value of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium based on weight, market price, fineness, and margin percentages. Pennyweight 1.3 provides a trustworthy mobile calculator that helps jewelers, pawn brokers, other dealers and individuals save time and money.

Users need only choose a few criteria such as fineness (purity), unit of measure (troy ounces, pennyweight, or grams), and enter the weight. Pennyweight will automatically calculate the value based on the current market price. If they want to break it down further, users can source their data from the New York Spot price or the London Fix price, fine tune their buy/sell multipliers, and base the calculation on current market price, previous day's close, or a custom base price of their own.

Other features of Pennyweight 1.3 include:
* Quickly calculates values for gold, silver, platinum, and palladium
* Live market feeds and 24 hour charts from Kitco
* Instant access to New York Spot and London Fix market prices
* Calculate value based on the current market price, yesterday's close, or a custom price
* Historical charts from in 30 day, 60 day, 6 month, 1 year, 5 year, and 10 year increments
* Ability to set margin percentages for buying and selling (e.g. buying at 60% and selling at 120% of market price)
* Privacy options include the ability to show or hide market prices on the main screen and set margin percentages on a separate screen so they are not visible to customers
* Feedback on the transaction and calculated value on a per unit basis (e.g. "Buying at $22.87 per dwt")
* Separate configuration settings and values for each alloy
* Cached memory that stores all settings and values between sessions. Safely exit the application to answer a call or use another app and resume where you left off
* Support for currencies of more than 125 countries

Business owners with have found that Pennyweight can also lower overhead costs. By making an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad available to employees, business owners no longer need to supply expensive hardware or laptops and can be assured that all calculations are trustworthy.

With the ability to instantly access the current market price and set up different margins for buying and selling as well as separate margins for each metal, Pennyweight 1.3 helps dealers process transactions faster and with greater accuracy. You can learn more about Pennyweight 1.3, and other useful apps from Rade | Eccles on their website, or check them out in the App Store.

Pricing and Availability:
Pennyweight 1.3 is only $9.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Financial category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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Trailing Stop for iPhone Helps Cut Stock Losses

Bottle Studios has released their latest update, Trailing Stop 1.2 for iPhone and iPod touch users. Trailing Stop is not only an app, it is also a system used by successful traders for cutting stock losses quickly while letting winners ride. This method of trading eliminates emotional decisions, alerting users when closing prices for their stocks indicate that they should sell. Trailing Stop is the only app in existence that provides this service. In today's volatile stock market, using a trailing stop strategy can mean the difference between big losses and realizing gains.

Trailing stop is actually a term for a simple yet effective money management technique whereby when a stock reaches a certain low point, investors sell it off to minimize any loss that would occur if the stock was held. Usually, that low price is called a stop price and is based on a drop percentage set by the investor. This weeds out the losers and builds a portfolio of winning holdings.

The trailing stop method of monitoring investments is commonly used by successful traders, whereas small investors typically do not apply the system when trading their shares. A Bloomberg study of 88,000 investors found that smaller investors are one and a half times more likely to sell a winning stock than a losing one. Not intentionally, of course. They are just unaware of how to choose top performers for maximizing profits and minimizing losses.

This is where the Trailing Stop app comes in. The application will keep track of the closing prices for a list of stocks traded on any U.S. stock exchange and determine whether any of them have crossed their stop price. When they do, the app indicates via colored lights that it's time to sell. A yellow light next to a stock symbol means it's dangerously close; a red light indicates that the stop price has been crossed and the stock should be immediately sold. Of course, a green light means that all is well.

Todd Johnson is the Chief Technology Officer at Bottle Studios and the person responsible for initiating the Trailing Stop app. "I use exactly this method for my own trading and it has improved my returns. I wanted to buy an app of this sort, and when I couldn't find one, I built it myself. It takes the tedium out of managing your stops by hand and makes it super easy," explains Johnson.

As the market has been so volatile of late, it is worth noting that anything that can easily help minimize an investor's losses is a great investment, in itself. Serious economic conditions make investors more prone to emotional and impulse decisions as they try to chase their money from losing stocks, which is a financially dangerous practice. Trailing Stop removes the emotional aspects and tends only to the business of closing prices and advising sell times.

Trailing Stop offers a host of important features:
* Easy-to-use interface
* Works for all U.S. Stock Exchanges
* Updates data after market close by downloading from server
* Eliminates impulse and emotion based decisions
* Helps cut losses quickly while letting winners run
* Trailing stop is a system proven to lead to improved gains
* Quick glimpse lights let users know when it's time to sell
* This is the only trailing stop app in existence

Pricing and Availability:
Trailing Stop 1.2 is only $7.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Finance category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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Apps Helps Those Suffering From Flight Phobias

Hypnovisualization, the developer of AIRelaxation, has released a valuable travel product for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad users. The application is designed to help those suffering from flight phobias to reach a state of deep relaxation, both mentally and physically, in order to fly more comfortably. AIRelaxation uses a hypnovisualization technique that employs guided narration to inspire visual images and includes soothing alpha rhythm sounds. The method is convenient, affordable, promises fast results and can be carried with a user everywhere on their iDevice.

AIRelaxation is the perfect answer for those who are anxious or fearful about flying yet they don't want to have to medicate themselves in order to travel by air. The app uses guided visualization and stereo alpha rhythm sounds to put the user into a deep state of mental and physical relaxation, quickly and easily.

Dr. Norman Miller created the app's fast acting technique. Dr. Miller is a master hynovisualist and former pilot from Montreal, who has spent more than thirty years teaching at the University level. Over all that time, he's gained some valuable insights about how the brain works, "The mind is a visual instrument. To access a thought and comprehend it, the mind works best when it can see an image of it."

The AIRelaxation program consists of three short hypnovisualization exercises: a twenty minute exercise to be listened to at home before heading to the airport, as well as ten minute pre-takeoff and pre-landing stereo audio tracks to be listened to while on the aircraft. These easy exercises deeply relax and allow the listener to visualize flight in a completely unique way. Specially engineered background music includes subliminal alpha sounds that mimic the activity of the relaxed brain.

There is also a soothing narration by Dr. Miller, which reassures and instructs simultaneously. Dr. Miller's experience as a pilot has allowed him to understand the basic element of flight phobia: fear of falling through a void. He shows the listener how supportive air can be in his unique manner of guided visualization.

Features included in the AIRelaxation app:
* Includes subliminal alpha rhythm sounds
* Digitally recorded in stereo
* Suitable for frequent and occasional flyers
* Individual audio tracks devoted to take-off and landing
* Pre flight relaxation audio designed to be listened to at home
* Easy, touch screen buttons
* Uploadable to mobile devices
* Suitable for helping anyone relax, whether they fear flying or not
* This helpful tool is always available on a user's iPhone, iPod touch or iPad

Pricing and Availability:
AIRelaxation 1.0 is only $2.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Travel category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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Tension Software Announces DMG Master 2.3

DMG master is a simple and optimized Cocoa software to create standard Disk Image Archive recognized by any Mac, with just one click. Disk Images Archive is the preferred and standard way on the Mac to exchange group of files compacted in a single file. It uses a format universally recognized by any Mac. Clicking an archive, results in it be mounted by Mac OS X as virtual disk on any Mac (no additional software required, no DMG Master required to mount it).

The unique ‘document based’ approach used by DMG Master lets the user save a lot of time in the use of the software if compared with the classic ‘utility’ approach. Using DMG Master the user has to do that just one time and save all the settings in a document. After that, the user opens the document from disk and press the ‘Make Disk Image’ button. The disk image is created on the fly with the updated content.
From this release, DMG Master can use a 'Make Disk at Opening' option to create backup archive without user interaction, using scripts or launcher utilities (Cronette or others), simply opening DMG master documents.

DMG Master can be useful to create archives for different purposes:
* Make generic backup of your data, also unattended.
* Make backup for remote server archiving private data encrypted for safety transmission
* Store data on a ftp server
* Store data on CD in a compact form
* Sending reserved data via the net (using encrypted archives)
* Using GMail as a backup server (sending to your gmail account archives as email attachment)
* Storing files on external devices
* Release software as software developers

New in this release:
* Source list now accepts multiple files drag and drop
* 'Launch from finder' new command
* Redesigned Help

DMG Master X is $20 (Universal Binary)

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Tug of War Ultimate 1.0 for iPhone

ASC Software has launched a new product for iPhone and iPod touch users. The application offers short, fun games of speed during which multiple players try to collect power up items while winning a tug of war game. Tug of War Ultimate is new to the App Store and is perfect for those who don't have much time for playing.

Two players can pit their skills against one another on a single phone, or users can access a challenge on multiple phones via Bluetooth technology.

The games and gameplay are intentionally fast, providing a burst of excitement perfect for work breaks or anytime that a user has a few minutes to spare. Challenge isn't comprised however, as players try to gain control of the tug of war rope over a choice of maps, while at the same time, do what they can to pick up important items such as a banana or energy drink. In-game items have power-up capabilities that can move a loser to winner status.

Gameplay may keep a user engaged but it is easy to move around in Tug of War Ultimate. The interface offers touch recognition controls for smooth, fast manipulation throughout the cool graphics in the background.

Check out the Tug of War Ultimate features:
* Two player game on single or multiple iPhones
* Fun game of speed
* Power-up collectables
* Variety of maps to play over
* Easy, touchscreen controls
* Attractive interface with polished graphics
* Perfect for those with time restrictions

Everyone can fit a game of Tug of War Ultimate into their schedule. It does not require much of a time commitment, only someone else with a couple of minutes to spare for the challenge of a short contest. This app may be the only fun that some people have in a whole day. Learn more about this unique application by visiting the ASC website or the Tug of War Ultimate page on iTunes.

Pricing and Availability
Tug of War 1.0 is only $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website or blog you represent when making your request.

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Full Bluetooth AVRCP Support in iOS 4.1 Beta

The iOS 4.1 beta firmware brings full AVRCP Bluetooth support to the iPhone and iPod touch, according to 9to5Mac. AVRCP lets bluetooth devices take control of the audio functions of your handset.

This new feature reportedly supports skipping forward, back, and volume. Prior to this beta, only volume was accessible on third-party bluetooth devices. This is a nice addition to the operating system, and it furthers Apple's push of safety. Instead of having to use their phone while driving to control their music, users can simply use their bluetooth headset or controls built into their vehicles.

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Calling from an airplane? iPhone 4's FaceTime works

To make a call from an airplane, your only real option is those phones on the seats you have to pay for (and even those are rare now). Using your cell doesn't work, and neither does VoIP as it's often blocked by Wi-Fi providers. You know what does work? The iPhone 4's video chat component, FaceTime.

At least, it works for now. The Unofficial Apple Weblog managed to put through a call to someone on an airplane and the connection is pretty solid, all things considered. Personally, I bet the days of this working are severely numbered, as the ban on cells and VoIP in America isn't a technological consideration. It's just policy.

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What can HTML 5 do? Check out the future of the Web here

Who says you need to use Adobe Flash to do anything cool on the web? HTML 5 is aiming to take its place, and a group of artists and developers have put together a site with more than 100 demos of some of the crazy things they can do. We're warning you — if you go here,
it might cost you the rest of the afternoon.

As you can see, HTML 5 is capable of a multitude of tricks, making simple video playback and animation look like child's play. There's something wonderful about doing all that in a browser without the need for any plug-ins such as Silverlight or Adobe Flash. And, sites using HTML 5 have no limitations when you're using Flash-bashing Apple products such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

On the other hand, Flash 10.1 can still whip HTML 5's ass in some cases. But that's changing fast.

These demos played beautifully on the latest Chrome browser, but they also work well in Safari and the latest beta of Firefox 4. Go ahead, gaze into the future!

Via Chrome Experiments

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Apple Releases iOS 4.1 Beta to Developers [Update x2]

Apple has announced to developers that iOS SDK and iOS 4.1 beta are now available from the iPhone Dev Center.

Apps built with iOS SDK 4.1 beta should only be tested on devices running iOS 4.1. Make sure to read the Xcode 3.2.4 Readme and the iOS SDK 4.1 beta Release Notes before installing and downloading these new releases.

The SDK build number is 10M2304 and the firmware build number is 8B5080c.

Hopefully some of the false reception readings and proximity sensor issues will be resolved in this update. Developers please let us know your experiences in the comments...

● Signal Bars seem to be fixed and are taller
● New Baseband (02.07.01)
● Game Center is back with new look (see screenshot)
● Camera Switch and Flash buttons reposition in landscape mode (see screenshot)
● You can now choose to add Favorite as voice or FaceTime.
● Spell Check can be turned off in Settings
● FaceTime and Game Center Parental Controls
● Full Bluetooth AVRCP Support

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Save Your iOS 4.0 SHSH Blobs Before It's To Late

This is a reminder to all those hoping to jailbreak and unlock their iPhones to save your SHSH blobs for iOS 4.0.

You can do this with Firmware Umbrella and you do not have to be jailbroken. It's very important you do this before Apple releases iOS 4.1 or 4.0.1.

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Apple to Hold iPhone 4 Press Conference on Friday!

Apple has announced that it will hold an iPhone 4 press conference this Friday at 10AM PT, according to Engadget.

Presumably they will finally address the issues experienced with the new iPhone.

We will post more details as they become available...

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iOS 4.1 Beta Fixes Inaccurate iPhone Signal Bars

The iOS 4.1 Beta which was released earlier today seems to include AT&T's formula for correctly calculating how many bars to display for a given signal strength.

With this new update, bars 1, 2 and 3 are also bit taller so they are "easier to see." The baseband, or modem firmware has also been updated to 02.07.01. Gamecenter has also been reported to be included in the new beta.

After investigating iPhone reception issues Apple said they were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. Our formula, in many instances, mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength. For example, we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place.

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Microsoft Says the iPhone 4 is Apple's Vista

Microsoft has joined in as the latest to mock the iPhone 4 calling it Apple's Vista, according to a Computer World report.

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that," said Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, in a keynote speech at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference.

"One of the things I want to make sure you know today is that you're going to be able to use a Windows Phone 7 and not have to worry about how you're holding it to make a phone call," he said earlier in his talk.

While the comparison between Vista and the iPhone 4 is hardly similar, it is clear that Apple must act now to prevent any further bad publicity.

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There are two differences here, one: no matter the problem the iPhone will always sell ( it is still sold out of every store everyday, till today), two: apple isn't going around like Microsoft and making adds similar to *windows Mojave* ad campaign statin that there was no problem with vista! Apple may make excuses but they will exchange the iPhone for you at the apple store, (also we will see what Fridays press conference with apple will reveal) windows never offered it's customers a free copy of xp, at least apple is exchanging the iPhones (with miner headache, or wait) even though when we went to the apple store with no appointment they had helped us and offer a new/ refurbished iPhone within 10mins of testing the device, we understand every case is unique and some might have to wait longer or go through a lot of bs (as one of our readers had) overall they will fix this and we won't have to wait the same amount of time it took Microsoft to release windows 7!
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Indigo Touch 1.6 for iPad and iPhone

Perceptive Automation has announced the immediate availability of Indigo Touch version 1.6, an update to the company's free iOS App for full control of the Indigo intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X. With Indigo Touch, users can easily control their lights, appliances, thermostats, lawn sprinklers and dozens of other items found in the home, from anywhere in the world.

New with this release is support for Apple's iPad and iOS 4 compatibility. iPad support includes using the full screen resolution which is especially useful for custom control pages. Control pages may now be designed to show more device and scene control elements as well as larger graphic elements without the need to scroll.

Indigo Touch also now supports improved gesture support for zooming in and out of custom control pages as well as new resizing heuristics to support the various devices with different screen resolutions and sizes. Other new functionality introduced in Indigo Touch 1.6 includes support for rotation to all device orientations, faster launch time, significantly improved battery usage when Indigo Touch is running and the device goes into sleep mode, improved UI as well as several bug fixes.

Pricing and Availability:
As with all previous versions, Indigo Touch v1.6 is a free download from the iTunes App Store. Indigo Pro v4.1 is available now for $179.95 (USD) and Indigo Lite v4.1 for $89.95, both through the Perceptive Automation website. Owners of v4.0 can upgrade for free; owners of previous versions of Indigo can get an upgrade discount to Indigo v4.1. Also available online is a 30 day trial copy of Indigo Pro. Indigo runs on Mac OS X 10.4.11 or greater, and requires a supported INSTEON or X10 computer interface for controlling home lighting and appliance modules.

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PhatWare Releases PhatNotes for iPhone 2.0

PhatWare Corporation has nnounced the immediate availability of PhatNotes for iPhone 2.0. PhatNotes is the first iPhone and iPod touch notes organizer to offer WritePad handwriting recognition technology for text input in addition to keyboard entry as well as full synchronization with PhatNotes Desktop software.

5 Top New Features in PhatNotes 2.0:
* Optimized for the iPhone OS 4.0, and uses new OS features to improve usability, performance, and appearance of the application
* Features the latest version of WritePad handwriting recognition technology, including inline gestures, improved spell checker, custom menu commands, and more
* The new User Reminders (alarms) feature no longer requires an Internet connection to create and receive alarms
* The new Styles feature allows users to change the note editor appearance by manipulating text, page and ink colors, and fonts
* Updated graphics, including the new application icon, provides improved appearance on devices with high-resolution screens

"We are continuously improving our product line to deliver the most comprehensive and easy to use software for our customers." said Serena Perley, Director of Marketing of PhatWare Corp. "With the release of PhatNotes for iPhone 2.0 we are pleased to further improve one of PhatWare's oldest products, delivering full compatibility with iPhone OS 4.0 and integration with the latest version of WritePad handwriting recognition technology."

Pricing and Availability:
PhatNotes 2.0 for iPhone is sold exclusively in the iTunes App Store and is priced at $9.99 (USD). To purchase a copy of PhatNotes or to download a free upgrade, visit the iTunes App Store.

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iPhone 4 Recall Could Cost Apple $1.5 Billion

If Apple were to issue a recall for the iPhone 4 it could cost the company up to $1.5 billion, according to Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi.

Barrons reports that the Sacconaghi believes the time has come for Apple to “explicitly and constructively address the iPhone 4’s reception problems - ideally with an explanation for the root cause of the antenna issue, and a solution(s) for addressing it.”

An in-store fix would cost Apple approximately $75 a piece, or $450 million assuming 6 million units. A full recall could run $250 a phone, or an estimated $1.5 billion.

Sacconaghi thinks a more likely solution will be the issuance of free bumpers costing the company about a dollar each.

He says the bigger problem is “the emerging pattern of hubris that the company has displayed,” for example:
● Refusal to fully discuss Steve Jobs‘ health.
● Refusal to discuss plans for large cash position.
● Attack on Adobe Flash.
● Probe of lost iPhone, resulting in raid on a reporter’s home.
● Restrictions on app development.
● Dismissive stance on iPhone 4 reception problems to date.

“The worry is that collectively these issues may over time begin to impact consumer’s perceptions of Apple, undermining its enormous prevailing commercial success."

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