Category Archives: Apple

Apple opens iOS 7 beta to developers, public release creeps ever closer

It seems like Apple just rolled out its iOS 7 beta 4 — and its bevy of bug fixes — to developers, but Cupertino is already seeding the next build. The iOS 7 beta 5 is available as an OTA download via Software Update, and we imagine it will bring even more performance tweaks this time around. Registered devs can hit up the source link to learn more, while the rest of us will have to be content with knowing the mobile OS must be getting pretty close to a public release.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple Developer

SimCity for Mac arrives on August 29th

The splines of SimCity for Mac have been reticulating for longer than many mayors would like, but that’s about to change come August 29th, when the game officially hits online servers for download. The release of the Mac version — which costs $40 for the standard edition, or $60 for the deluxe version — allows EA to finally make good on its promise of cross-platform, multi-player city building. If you happen to own both a Mac and a PC, you’ll find that one purchase allows you to download both versions from EA’s Origin store. Naturally, we’re crossing our fingers that SimCity for Mac will have a smoother launch than its PC counterpart, but it seems that we’ll have a definitive answer by month’s end.

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Via: Joystiq

“Safety issues” prompt trade-in program for off-brand iPhone adapters

Trade your third-party adapter in to Apple, get a first-party one for just over half price.
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Starting on August 16, Apple will offer users of third-party iPhone, iPad, and iPod power adapters the chance to trade their old chargers in and pick up a genuine model at a discount. The USB Power Adapter Takeback Program will allow you to bring your third-party adapter in to an Apple Store or Apple authorized service provider and get an Apple-branded adapter for $10 (“or the approximate equivalent in local currency”), just over half of the standard price of $19. The program is being offered in response to “safety issues” related to “counterfeit and third-party adapters.”

“Customer safety is a top priority at Apple,” the company said in its announcement. “That’s why all of our products—including USB power adapters for iPhone, iPad, and iPod—undergo rigorous testing for safety and reliability and are designed to meet government safety standards around the world.”

This program has almost certainly been prompted by reports from last month, which alleged that an iPhone had electrocuted and killed a Chinese flight attendant. Later reports pointed to a third-party charger, not the phone itself, as the actual culprit.

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Apple to start USB power adapter trade-in program, offer new chargers for $10

Apple to start USB power adapter trade-in program, offer new chargers for $10

Apple is investigating the death of a flight attendant who was electrocuted by answering an iPhone 5 that was charging, and now it’s taking a step to ease fears about potentially faulty USB power adapters. Though Cook and Co. don’t identify whether the plug involved in the deadly incident was from a third-party manufacturer, they explain that “recent reports have suggested that some counterfeit and third party adapters may not be designed properly and could result in safety issues.” With that in mind, the House that Jobs Built is instituting the USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, which will let folks pick up first-party iPad, iPhone and iPod plugs for $10 (instead of the usual $19) if they return their any of their current adapters. Don’t plan to stock up on the power-giving cubes though, as the deal is limited to one adapter for each device you own.

While the company does draw attention to concerns with chargers made by other manufacturers, it notes that “not all third party adapters have an issue.” If you’re interested in trading the accessory for some peace of mind, you’ll have to head to an Apple retail store or an authorized service provider between August 16th and October 18th.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple

“Most” of Apple’s developer site services to be restored “this week”

Roughly two weeks after it first acknowledged the problem, Apple has restored many of the services that were taken offline when its developer site servers were accessed by an “intruder” on July 18. Developers can once again access iOS and OS X betas, view prerelease documentation, download certificates, and watch videos from Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) sessions just as they could before the security breach. Apple today sent out an update via e-mail to registered developers regarding the remaining services.

“We plan to reinstate most of the remaining services this week: Xcode automatic configuration as well as access to license agreements, TSIs, program enrollments, and renewals in Member Center,” the company said. The message went on to reiterate that the status page that Apple created about a week after the breach remains the most up-to-date source of information, and developers whose program subscriptions were set to expire during the outage would continue to have their subscriptions extended. Membership renewal is one of the services that remains down, and extending these developers’ subscriptions guarantees that their apps won’t be delisted from Apple’s various app stores.

Following the breach, Apple promised that it would be performing an “overhaul” of its developer systems, including security updates and a rebuilding of the company’s database. In its initial status updates on the security breach Apple promised that no “sensitive” information had been accessed, but as always we recommend a password change and two-factor authentication for any registered Apple developer whose information may be at risk.

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gdgt’s best deals for August 5: Dell Inspiron Laptop, 22-inch LG LED 1080p HDTV

Ready to save some cash on your tech buys? Then you’ve come to the right place. Our sister site gdgt tracks price drops on thousands of products every day, and twice a week they feature some of the best deals they’ve found right here. But act fast! Many of these are limited-time offers, and won’t last long.

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Today’s hottest deals suit those looking for cheap back-to-school basics. You can prepare to move into the dorm with a Dell Inspiron laptop and a 22-inch LG HDTV for a total of $430. Join gdgt and add the gadgets you’re shopping for to your “Want” list. Every time there’s a price cut, you’ll get an email alert!


Weekly Roundup: Moto X preview, Nexus 7 review, Chromecast review, and more!

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You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.


Older iPhones won’t be banned as Obama Administration vetoes ITC decision

On Saturday, the Obama Administration vetoed the International Trade Commission’s potential ban on a few models of older Apple phones and tablets.

Samsung opened the case against Apple with the ITC in 2011, and the commission decided in June that Apple had, in fact, infringed upon a Samsung patent, US Patent No 7,706,348. The decision garnered attention because the patent is considered essential to industry standards, meaning Samsung is required to license the patent (rather than sit on it, or refuse license it to some competitors). The ITC ended up recommending a ban be placed on the infringing products brought forward in the case, which included AT&T models of the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, iPad 3G, and iPad 2 3G.

In June of 2013, Ars wrote of the ITC’s ban: ”The decision can only be appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the nation’s top patent court. Theoretically, the President can also block an ITC-ordered import ban, but that hasn’t happened since the 1980s.”

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US government vetoes ITC ban on some AT&T-compatible iPhones and iPads

Remember that ITC ban on the import, sale and distribution of some AT&T-compatible iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, iPad 3G iPad 2 3G models Samsung won in June? Irving A. Williamson, Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, has officially vetoed the ruling. In a memo to the ITC, he explains that the descision considers the ban’s “effect on competitive conditions in the U.S. economy and the effect on U.S. consumers.” If you’ll recall, the case focused on patent 7,706,348 for encoding mobile communications, which Samsung claimed the aforementioned devices infringed upon. Williamson notes that despite his decision on the ruling, Samsung will still be able to “pursue its rights through the courts” (i.e. monetary compensation, etc.).



Via: WSJ, 9to5Mac

Source: United States Trade Representative

The Daily Roundup for 08.02.2013

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You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.