The iPhone Dev-Team has been using a tool called Shatter to jailbreak iPhones and iPod Touches running iOS 4.1. It's not in userland yet--meaning, no, it's not ready for you to download and try--but it's a very promising jailbreak. It uses an exploit at a very low level of iOS that they say Apple might not be able to patch easily.
Apple today released an update for its MobileMe Gallery app, bringing full support for the iPad.
MobileMe Gallery is an app that allows subscribers to Apple's Internet services to view their MobileMe photo galleries. It also enables users to view any movies and video clips they may have stored on MobileMe.
Among the changes in MobileMe Gallery 1.2 is support for multitasking, a feature currently available on the iPhone and coming to the iPad with the release of iOS 4.2. Support for the iPhone 4's Retina display, and the ability to view a friend's gallery … Read more
Apple is working on a 3G MacBook, according to patents revealed this week. The plans indicate that Apple is developing laptops that incorporate 3G antenna technology similar to that found in the iPhone 4--and we all know how well that turned out.
The diligent chaps at Patently Apple spotted the 3G details in a list of 17 patents officially published by the US Patent and Trademark Office a few days ago.
Read more at "3G MacBook could use iPhone 4 antenna, what could possibly go wrong?" at Crave UK.
We made the case this week for holding off on buying the new and improved (and shrunken) Apple TV. We highlighted a few other boxes, notably those made by Roku, that might be better Internet TV choices, but also pointed out that the other devices sport features that Apple TV might eventually get.
That said, some consumers aren't going to be ditching their cable or satellite TV anytime soon, and for them the question is irrelevant.
For the others, the set-top market is going to be fractured and confusing, much like the burgeoning tablet market. And, well, that's … Read more
In case you haven't noticed, there's a revolution going on in how people watch movies and TV. Traditional services like cable and satellite are losing ground, as more people are streaming content directly from the Internet, using services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon Video On Demand. The revamped Apple TV is the company's aggressive move to capture the streaming-video business: for just $99, you get access to Netflix, YouTube, TV, and movies from the iTunes Store, plus all the music and videos on networked computers running iTunes. And with a pitch-perfect design and user interface, it'll … Read more
There is surely no easier job in the world than that of Italy's minister of tourism.
You are responsible for the most beautiful country in the world, one with the finest food, charmingly well-adjusted people, and a sense of style that influences every living soul. Even your cars don't rust any more.
So why, oh, why would Michela Vittoria Brambilla be getting so worked up about a mere iPhone app? The app, called What Country, is clearly trying to improve international relations.
Its blurb offers: "Want to see the world from a variety of angles? Interested to … Read more
Netbooks and mini-notebooks are still selling, just not very well.
Market research firm DisplaySearch crunched some numbers in its Quarterly Advanced Notebook PC Shipment and Forecast Report released today and came up with a good news/bad new scenario for the between-a-smartphone-and-a-notebook category.
The good news is that when combined, second-quarter shipments of tablets, Netbooks, and mini-notebooks were up 29 percent in the last year. The bad news? If you take out the 3.3 million iPads that Apple shipped during that same quarter, the tablet-mini-notebook-Netbook shipment numbers sink to 13 percent fewer shipments than the year before.
DisplaySearch is … Read more
Don't expect Time Warner content on the Apple TV anytime soon.
Speaking at the Royal Television Conference in London this week, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said that 99-cent rentals of his company's television shows makes no sense as far as the bottom line goes.
"How can you justify renting your first-run TV shows individually for 99 cents an episode," Bewkes said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He added that doing so could "jeopardize the sale of the same shows as a series to branded networks that pay hundreds of millions of dollars and make … Read more
The iPad may not look like an Apple TV unit, but inside there are some striking similarities.
Commentary attached to a teardown of the second-generation Apple TV by iFixit reads a little like a dismantling of an iPad. Similarities are most conspicuously seen in the Apple A4 chip coupled with 256MB of processor RAM--just like in the iPad. And the same Broadcom Wi-Fi chip.
And the flash memory? "Why...it's the same part we found during the iPad teardown!" according to iFixit. Namely, a Samsung 8GB flash chip.
And the 0.6-pound streaming-centric set-top box also uses … Read more
Apple has sued Nokia in the U.K. over nine patents, in a continuation of the legal battle that has raged between the two companies in the U.S. over the last year.
According to a statement from Nokia today, "Apple's action is an unsurprising development, which seems designed to put pressure on the ongoing dialogue between both companies." It is not yet clear which patents are the subject of the suit.