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Apple Fall 2011: Worst Case Scenario (for Apple’s Competitors)

Apple Fall 2011: Worst Case Scenario (for Apple’s Competitors)

In my last column, I discussed what I consider a fairly plausible, if unsurprising, set of expectations for Apple this fall. I called it a Best Case Scenario (for Apple’s Competitors). Click through to read it, or if you need the Cliff’s Notes version, that would be:

1. The existing iPhone 4 remains on the market or is replaced with an 8 GB version.
2. Apple introduces the iPhone 5 with a larger display, dual core processor, and camera spec bump. And it’s thinner.
3. Apple updates the iPod line with new colors, tweaked designs, and a smaller nano that is designed to work well as a watch.

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iMessage support revealed in iChat for OS X Lion

iMessage support revealed in iChat for OS X Lion

Apple first introduced the new iMessage feature for iOS 5 back at WWDC 2011 as a unified messaging service that could deliver both text and multimedia messages over WiFi or 3G. It also offered read and delivery receipts as well as real-time typing indication. It was set to work for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. And now, it appears Apple plans on integrating the feature for Macs as well.

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With a little work, Google Talk could blow iMessage out of the water

With a little work, Google Talk could blow iMessage out of the water

As the rumors go, Apple's iMessage announcement came as quite the unpleasant shock to the carriers, who until now had been happily encouraging SMS overuse on the iPhone. Reports of RIM executives weeping visibly over BBM are all anecdotal. iMessage promises to further prise the operator's hands from the ruddy teats of the SMS cash-cow, shifting traffic to cheaper data connections instead. Yet the real game-changer may still be waiting in the wings: with a little work, Google could blow iMessage, BBM and SMS out of the water.

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Apple WWDC 2011 Super Wrap-Up

Apple WWDC 2011 Super Wrap-Up

The Apple WWDC 2011 keynote today revealed all the details for Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and the iCloud as was promised. Although there was no mention about any upcoming hardware such as the iPhone 5, the event was a major step forward for the company in software. Here's all the highlights and everything you need to know about the event wrapped up in a tidy little package. Plus, you can check out the full keynote video after the cut.

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iOS 5 Gets Social With New Game Center And iMessage

iOS 5 Gets Social With New Game Center And iMessage

New features for iOS 5 continue to be unleashed here at Apple's WWDC 2011 keynote. It looks like iOS 5 is going to get fun and social. It's just been revealed that the platform will feature a new Game Center that's more "socialized." And, the platform will be integrating iMessages for a better messaging solution.

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Former Google geeks launch MightyText

Former Google geeks launch MightyText

A couple of former Google workers named Maneesh Arora, and Amit Sangani set out to create a tool to allow people able to read and reply to text messages sent to an Android device no matter what device they happen to be using. The duo's product has been in beta testing for several months, and has now launched and is officially called MightyText. The goal was to create an app for Android users similar to Apple iMessage, it reminds me a lot of Google Voice too.

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iOS 7.0.3 appears, making way for iPad reboot

iOS 7.0.3 appears, making way for iPad reboot

This week the likes of iOS 7.0.3 has appeared in the wild, working on Apple employee and partner iPhone devices in what very well may be the last update before iOS 7.1, the version headed for the first iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 release. This release has been suggested to be taking place later this month, with an Apple event likely set for closer to the 15th of October. What you'll find for iOS 7.0.3 is likely bug fixes, with the public release headed for the middle of next week.

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BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent has revealed BitTorrent Chat, its secure take on instant messaging using the peer-to-peer technologies that made it notorious for file-sharing so as to escape the eyes of the NSA. Described as "a pre-Alpha experiment in server-less messaging" the new chat client promises to shuttle conversations across an encrypted, peer-to-peer network rather than routing them through a central server, as iMessage, Skype, and other services currently do.

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iPhone 5s Touch ID prompts US Senator security concerns

iPhone 5s Touch ID prompts US Senator security concerns

US Senator Al Franken has waded into controversy over Apple's Touch ID biometric system on the iPhone 5s, challenging the Cupertino firm to address his security concerns about stolen fingerprints and data privacy. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook - in which he's quick to point out that he himself uses an iPhone - Senator Franken highlights the fact that fingerprints, unlike a password, cannot be changed by the individual. "You have only ten of them" the senator writes, "and you leave them on everything you touch; they are definitely not a secret." However, while the letter makes some reference to Apple's already public security measures, it also seems to confuse exactly which part of the finger Touch ID is assessing.

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