Tuesday, February 23, 2010

News: Aerial Video Shows Apple’s Massive North Carolina Data Center

Real Estate Agent Bill Wagenseller has posted a video of Apple's new data center facility in Maiden, North Carolina. The video shows just how large the facility is, and offers a better understanding of what 500,000 square foot really means. The facility is almost five times larger than Apple's current data center in Newark, California, according to DataCenterKnowledge.com.

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News: ngmoco Buys Mac and iPhone Game Maker Freeverse

Game developer ngmoco just extended its reach into the iPhone market thanks to its purchase of long time Mac and iPhone game maker Freeverse. The purchase followed a venture capital round that raised US$25 million.

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Hot Forum Topic: Forum Poll: iPad or New iPhone?

The iPad launch is only weeks away, and if history is an indicator, updated iPhones will be available in June or July. Are you planning on buying both, only one, or sitting out this round? Take the TMO forum poll and let us know.

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Quick Look Review: YAPPER

Nancy Gravley takes a look at Yapper, a tool for building your own iPhone app without any coding skills -- assuming you can accept a few limitations.

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News: Report: AT&T’s Problems Isn’t the Size of the Ship, It’s the Motion of the iPhone Ocean

AT&T's network problems don't stem from the capacity of its network, but rather from the ways in which the iPhone and other smartphones connect to that network, according to a report from ArsTechnica. The site based its report on information from O2, the UK iPhone carrier who had experienced similar problems to AT&T, problems not shared by other carriers in Europe.

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TV Networks Continuing to Resist Apple's Effort to Slash iTunes Pricing


The New York Times reports that television networks are continuing to resist Apple's push to lower episode pricing for their shows to $0.99, down from the current $1.99 price point for standard definition content. The networks reportedly con... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple Releases iPhone SDK 3.2 Beta 3 for iPad [Updatedx3]


Apple today released an update to its iPhone SDK 3.2 for developers looking to create applications for the company's forthcoming iPad tablet device. The new update is the third beta version of the SDK, and there is no word yet on changes inc... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Phil Schiller Acknowledges New App Store Sexual Content Ban and Exceptions

The NY Times reports on Apple's new policy blocking overtly sexual apps. Apple's head of worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller explained the reasoning behind the decision, citing an increasing number of apps with objectionable content:

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AT&T Tops 3G Wireless Performance Study

PCWorld reports on the results of its recent 13-city performance tests of wireless carriers in the United States, and Apple's iPhone partner AT&T came out well ahead of the pack in both upload and download speeds while also faring well in reliability... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

Apple COO Tim Cook Speaks at Goldman Sachs Conference

Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook today participated in a Q&A session at the Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference, and while he did not offer any major revelations, some of his comments off... [ Full story from MacRumors : Mac News and Rumors ]

New iPhone ads concentrate on voice calls, MMS

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/iphone3gs-baby.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple is now airing two new TV ads for the iPhone, "On Hold" and "First Steps." The former suggests that the phone is handy when waiting for someone to pick up the line, since a person can spend the time checking e-mail, paying bills or downloading games. Cellular calls are one of the few functions that the iPhone OS allows multitasking with; it is impossible to run two third-party apps simultaneously....

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Apple becomes top-five computer seller in France

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/macbookpro15.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple has made significant strides in Western Europe by gaining a fifth place spot in France during the fall, analysts at Gartner said on Monday. The company pushed out Toshiba after a 43.5 percent jump in its Mac shipments year-over-year to 182,000 for the quarter, or enough to claim 5.5 percent of the country's market. It was the fastest-growing major computer builder in the country where ASUS grew 27.6 percent to claim 10.2 percent of France's PC business....

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'Sexual' App Store purge affecting over 5,000 titles?

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/playboy.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple's cleansing of "overtly sexual" apps from the App Store has taken over 5,000 titles offline, claims ChilliFresh. Responsible for one of the first apps to be banned, Wobble iBoobs, the developer says that it has learned the information in discussing the situation with Apple. The figure may be backed by data from AppShopper, which said that 4,000 apps had been culled as of last Friday....

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Google Earth gets more features on Android 2.1 phones

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/googleearth-android.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Google today launched its first version of Google Earth for Android. The release comes well after the iPhone version but is championed as the best version of the mobile app. It adds a Roads feature previously only available in the desktop version and uses Android's built-in voice search to find specific addresses....

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New ProClip mount supports TomTom-loaded iPhones

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/proclip.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />ProClip and TomTom have collaborated on a new car mount for the iPhone. As with some existing kits, users can fit the ProClip mount in a car for use with TomTom's iPhone navigation app. The ProClip gear attaches directly to a part of the dashboard, however, eliminating falls because of problems with windshield suction....

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Mini Countryman to use iPhone for Internet radio, data

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/minicountryman.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />BMW's sub-label Mini today revealed that the 2011 Mini Countryman will be one of the first cars to have tight app-level integration with the iPhone. The semi-rugged compact will have an optional central computing system known as Mini Connected that will tie into Apple's handset through two native apps. At its simplest, a "web radio" app will use the iPhone's 3G connection to reach any one of a set list of Internet radio stations; the car's center column display will give control over radio stations using the Countryman's own interface....

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Aerial video shows Apple's 500,000 sq. ft. server farm in NC

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/data.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />An aerial video, captured from a helicopter, allegedly shows Apple's new data-center located on 225 acres of land in Maiden, North Carolina. The enormous building is said to cover 500,000 square feet of floor space, over four times the area available in the company's server farm in Newark, California. The project is said to have cost over $1 billion....

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Apple ranks high in customer service comparison

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/germany.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple has achieved a high ranking in yet another customer service comparison, placing third in a BusinessWeek lineup. The company gained nearly 10 percent in the scoring to reach the highest position of any computer maker, with the retailer L.L. Bean holding the top spot and the insurance company USAA coming in second....

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HippoRemote Pro 2.0 adds Twitter plug-in, improvements

<img align='left' src=' http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/hipppo.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />RoboHippo has released an update to its HippoRemote Pro iPhone app. The utility features a virtual keyboard and multi-touch mouse, enabling users to remotely control media or switch through programs on a Mac via Wi-Fi. Version 2.0 offers new tools to create and upload personalized profiles, while providing an integrated browser to view e-mails or update Facebook....

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Analysis shows advantage of iPhone LCD over Nexus One AMOLED

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/nexusonein.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Despite a number of reviews suggesting the Nexus One's AMOLED display is superior to LCDs used on most smartphones, such as the iPhone, the testing equipment company DisplayMate came to different conclusions following a series of evaluations with both devices. The report, authored by DisplayMate president Dr. Raymond Soneira, covers a variety of observations relating to color depth, image quality, brightness, contrast ration, and more....

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Ngmoco acquires Freeverse, plans free iPhone games

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/ngmoco.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />iPhone game developer ngmoco has acquired Freeverse, another leading game producer. Ngmoco CEO Neil Young also helped the company raise $25 million in series C funding, according to TechCrunch. The latest round of investment reportedly includes Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Norwest Venture Partners, and Maples Investments....

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New Rogers plan scraps data roaming fee in US

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/iphone3gs-rogers.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Rogers on Tuesday became a rarity among North American carriers by potentially eliminating roaming fees on its data plans. The North America One Rate plans treat all data usage on smartphones or modems in the US as though they were part of the customer's regular use in Canada; customers only pay for roaming if they go beyond the plan's existing transfer cap. Exact rates vary from $20 for an mail-only BlackBerry plan to $55 for a corporate 1GB plan with BlackBerry Enterprise Server features; a regular home user's 1GB plan costs $40....

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Schiller: Recent app bans based on public complaints

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/0910/philschiller.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />The recent crackdown on "overtly sexual" iPhone apps is based on a rash of complaints from the public, says Apple's senior VP of worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller. The executive claims that an "increasing number of apps containing very objectionable content" have been submitted to the App Store in the past few weeks, generating a backlash from the more easily offended....

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Public iPad demand at roughly 13 percent

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1001/ipad-2.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Approximately 13 percent of the public may be likely to buy an iPad, claims RBC Capital Markets' Mike Abramsky. The analyst cites a recent RBC/ChangeWave survey, which used a base of 3,200 people. The figure is notably higher than the initial demand for the iPhone, which was pegged at 9 percent before the 2007 launch of the device....

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The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition reaches Macs

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/sith.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Aspyr says it has released a Mac port of The Force Unleashed: Ultimate Sith Edition, a Star Wars game originally developed by LucasArts. Players assume the role of the Apprentice, a secret prodigy of Darth Vader learning the Dark Side of the Force. The character slowly discovers more about his situation as gamers complete a series of missions from a third-person perspective....

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Mac use finds growing favor in mixed enterprises

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/0909/xsan.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />About 66 percent of IT administrators from organizations mixing Macs and PCs expect their Mac populations to grow, claims a firm specializing in ways of streamlining Mac integration. The Enterprise Desktop Alliance notes that the figure is based on data from 322 administrators, each of which is from a company with over 50 servers or 100 Macs. Over 500 people in total responded to the survey....

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PocketGear acquires Handango

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/pocketgearin.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />On Tuesday, PocketGear announced it has acquired Handango, thus creating the largest cross-platform, open-source application store in the world. PocketGear itself already covered more than 2,000 mobile electronics and every main OS, while Handango offers nearly 140,000 apps for BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian and Linux platforms. The two are now nearly on par with the number of offerings in Apple's App Store....

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Apple exec slams Microsoft stores, netbooks

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/microsoftstoreopening.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple chief financial officer Tim Cook took shots at Microsoft's retail stores today in his presentation at Goldman-Sachs' Technology & Internet Conference. The executive indirectly accused Microsoft of being afraid to actually launch a real retail effort and said Apple's original plan in 2001 was a commitment to selling products to customers, not just a vehicle for an experience....

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Apple COO Tim Cook speaks about iPad CPU, company strategy

<img align='left' src='http://photos.macnn.com/news/1002/cook.jpg' border='0' width='176' height='120' />Apple COO Tim Cook on Tuesday spoke about a variety of topics, including the iPad and business strategy, during his keynote at Goldman Sachs' technology conference in San Francisco. The executive claims he has been using the iPad for six months and "can't wait" for it to begin shipping....

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Apple releases new iPhone ads, Mac cracks top 5 in France

Apple this week released two new TV advertisements touting the unique features of the iPhone, while a massive spike in French Mac sales helped the company crack the top five PC vendors last quarter.

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Scientific analysis finds iPhone LCD trumps Nexus One OLED

The LCD screen on the iPhone 3GS is far from perfect, but it's also significantly better than the much-touted AM-OLED display on the Google Nexus One, a scientific comparison of the two displays has found.

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Apple iPad demand exceeding pre-launch iPhone buzz?

A new survey has found that 13 percent of respondents are likely to buy Apple's forthcoming iPad, a number greater than the 9 percent who planned to purchase an iPhone before its launch in 2007.

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