We already have push-to-talk and audio MMS messages, but leave it to Apple to try and reinvent - and re-patent - their own system. According to a new patent application made in November 2009, Apple envisage a setup whereby audio notes are transmitted via the voice channel rather than a carrier's data backend server, thus removing one potential point of overload. The outgoing message could be recorded audio or it could be text automatically converted into audio for transmission through the voice channel.
If you want to stand out in the increasingly crowded iPod speaker-dock market, you need a gimmick. That might be superlative audio quality, extreme design or some other sort of novelty; in Gear4's case, they've given the SoundOrb Aurora two claims to fame. Not only does it come with a wireless subwoofer, the sub actually lights up in a variety of different colors. So, enough to catch your attention, but does the Gear4 SoundOrb Aurora do enough to warrant a lasting place in your living room? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Horrified at Apple's recent lawsuit against HTC, and refuse to flaunt the company's brand on your iPhone any more? We think you're probably taking the patent litigation a little too seriously - Mommy and Daddy still love each other, they just choose to show it via the ITC - but just at the right time comes Hack N Mod's gadget polishing tutorial, showing you how to take a battered iPhone (or any other gadget) and with a little elbow grease bring it back to unbranded life.
It's a great urban legend. In September 1983, the Alamogordo Daily News of Alamogordo, New Mexico, reported in a series of articles that between ten and twenty semi-trailer truckloads of Atari boxes, cartridges, and systems from an Atari storehouse in El Paso, Texas were crushed and buried at the landfill within the city... it has been speculated that most unsold copies of E.T. are buried in this landfill, crushed and encased in cement.
While Apple may be ostensibly going after HTC with this latest round of legal wrangling, it's starting to look like the Cupertino company is actually looking to take on Google. HTC's devices - spanning Android and Windows Mobile - have been name-checked across the board, but Apple's case saves some serious bile for their Android implementation. Meanwhile, examination of the specific patents in question raise questions about whether Apple's target really is the device manufacturer, or in fact the underlying platform on which so many of their recent smartphones have been based.
Sad faces over at HTC today, we'd wager, as Apple unleashes their latest patent-related lawsuit on the makers of the Hero, Desire and Legend. Filed in the US District Court in Delaware together with the US ITC, the suit alleges that HTC have infringed on twenty Apple patents that are all related to the iPhone, whether it's UI, architecture or hardware. It's also accompanied by the usual "create your own tech, don't steal ours" quote from CEO Steve Jobs.
For a "hobby" project, we certainly seem to be talking about Apple TV a lot lately. Even before the new Boxee Beta landed on the set-top box, Apple were decrying plans to integrate the Apple TV into a full HDTV; instead, reckons at least one analyst, they're intending to develop it into a "serious gaming" platform. According to Michael Patcher, at Webush Morgan Securities, the obvious path for Apple to take is into gaming hardware, albeit relying on third-party developers for actual titles.
It's been a few months since we last heard anything regarding the iControlPad joystick-controller accessory for the iPhone and iPod touch, but according to the project site things have been progressing well. As of earlier this month, mass production of the controller began, complete with two different versions.
Given Apple's previous attitude toward developers for its App Store, and the regulations it puts in place, it should come as no surprise really that they've thrown the cat among the saucy pigeons this week. The Cupertino company have rolled out Phil Schiller, head of worldwide product marketing, to explain why purveyors of titillating apps - including swimsuit-clad ladies, jiggling chests and rock-hard glutes - are finding their software unceremoniously yanked, despite meeting Apple's previous age restriction guidelines. The answer? Some developers had been submitting "an increasing number of apps containing very objectionable content."
Apparently Apple was tiring of customer complaints that the App Store was turning too top-shelf in its offerings, though as we've seen before there's a degree of inconsistency that has led to several accusations of hypocrisy on the company's part. While many titles from small developers have been pulled from the virtual shelves, others - such as from Playboy and Sports Illustrated - are still on sale.
Adobe already have a version of Photoshop available for the iPhone in the App Store, but what if your tastes run more retro than that? Ansca Mobile have taken their Corona iPhone development platform and a copy of Photoshop 1.0, and produced a special version intended for last week's 20th anniversary of the Adobe app. It allows access to the Photoshop 1.0 Levels panel, taking any image in the iPhone's gallery and letting you tweak white point, black point and gamma, in separate red/green/blue or combined channels.