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Flipboard app launched for Android

After enjoying almost two years of exclusivity on iOS, popular social reader Flipboard has made its way to Android handsets . The Android version of the app first debuted on the Samsung Galaxy S III and is now available in the Google Play Store . Customers will be able to install the software on the Kindle Fire and the Nook from Barnes & Noble as well. Evan Doll, of-founder of Flipboard and former Apple employee, told the New York Times that “They [Apple] would love for us to be iOS exclusive from now until the end of time, but we’re trying to reach as big an audience as we can.” Flipboard isn’t the first iOS exclusive company to make the jump to Android. Well-known iOS developers Instragram and Smule also recently launched apps for the Android platform. Flipboard app launched for Android originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Rumor Roundup, Episode 10: Google, start your photocopiers

With WWDC only recently ended and Apple’s next event presumably months off, the Apple rumor cycle has hit the trough in its perpetually wavelike motion. Microsoft’s Surface tablet pre-nouncement dominated tech headlines all week and Google’s I/O conference starts tomorrow , so there was barely enough room to shovel in the usual B.S. about the next iPhone or an Apple-branded HDTV. But that doesn’t mean some people didn’t try. Foxconn rumored to begin receiving Apple television LCDs in Q3 2012 (AppleInsider) Asian news outlet! Analyst! Wonder Twin powers activate! Form of: B.S. rumor! Two sources of Apple rumors combine to give us the same old line about an Apple HDTV coming out later this year. The fact that this has been going on since 2010 doesn’t appear to deter people from donning sandwich boards saying “The Apple HDTV is nigh!” and roaming through Times Square mumbling about LCD suppliers. China Mobile support likely to make Apple’s next iPhone a ‘true world phone’ (AppleInsider) Some analyst claims the next iPhone will be compatible with China Mobile’s 3G network. Ignore the fact that analysts the world over were making the same claim about the iPhone 4S last year. *Jedi hand wave* The analysts are right this time. Really. At least one person reading this right now is about to shout something like, “It’s not a true world phone if it doesn’t support T-Mobile in the US!” Keep hope alive, random T-Mobile enthusiast. iPhone 5 case image leaks confirm final design? (MobileFun) Hey, it’s our old friend, the case image leak! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen one of these, what with the iPhone 4S turning out to be virtually identical to the iPhone 4 and the iPad (3) almost the same as the iPad 2. We’re supposed to believe these “leaked” images depict the overall design of the next iPhone, because some case manufacturer who reads the same rumor blogs as everyone else drew some mockups based on designs that have already been floating around for weeks. Case manufacturers are a terrible source for information on next-gen Apple devices. They have a vested stake in getting the design right ahead of time — those who have cases ready for a new iPhone as soon as it launches stand to profit handsomely — but they are also able to turn on a dime and adapt to a new design relatively quickly. The last time one of these companies got it right was several months before the iPad 2 launched, and that was almost a year and a half ago. Confirmed: The New iPhone Will Have A 19-Pin “Mini” Connector (TechCrunch) TechCrunch “independently verified” that the next iPhone’s dock connector will be changing to a smaller version. Unfortunately, if I’m reading the story correctly, TechCrunch “verified” this with case and accessory manufacturers — none of whom have any legitimate idea what they’re talking about several months away from the device’s launch. Hon Hai: Apple’s iPhone 5 to put Samsung’s Galaxy III to Shame (Patently Apple) Foxconn’s chairman supposedly got loose-lipped about a forthcoming Apple product — again! Only this time it wasn’t the mythical Apple HDTV. This time, a man whose multi-billion dollar business is completely dependent upon not irritating Apple by talking about unreleased products told people the next iPhone “will put Samsung’s Galaxy III to shame.” Personally, I don’t see how this is possible. Samsung’s ads clearly state the Galaxy III is designed for humans. This implies the iPhone isn’t, and since everyone reading this is a human (except you, X’lzborkg), by process of syllogism it’s clear the Galaxy III is superior to anything Apple could design. Because all of you using iPhones are sheep , get it? Haha, oh Samsung. You got us good that time. Predicting the next Mac desktops (Marco Arment) iOS developer Marco Arment did some thoughtful analysis about forthcoming Mac desktops and predicted iMac updates with Retina Displays would come in October or November. “Multiple sources” corrected him, saying that while the next iMacs are coming out in the fall, they won’t have Retina Displays. From there, it was like watching hyenas pile on a zebra; “iMac refresh won’t have Retina Display,” the rumor blogs crowed from the rooftops one by one. And there was much (the opposite of) rejoicing. If you follow the money trail, this won’t come as a shock. Apple’s portables have financially outperformed its desktops for years, so the company has more incentive to put cutting-edge features into the products people actually want to buy in the first place. Here’s my shot in the dark, completely uninformed guess for how the Retina Display rollout is going to happen: 13-inch MacBook Air (next refresh, early to mid-2013) 13-inch MacBook Pro (next refresh) 11-inch MacBook Air (next refresh, or maybe two refreshes from now) iMac (after all of the above get Retina Displays) Thunderbolt Display (six months after the iMac) Feel free to correct me if you know better. And pass it on throughout the rumor blogs while you’re at it, because that’s more fun than playing “telephone” ever was. Google, Apple Tighten Grip on Smartphone Market (Wall Street Journal) This had to be my favorite rumor of the week, because it somehow managed to make Google look even more “Me too! Me too!” than Microsoft for a change. “People familiar with the matter” claim that Google will soon launch its own tablet, developed in concert with Asustek. The “low-priced” tablet is supposed to “dent the market share of Apple’s iPad” according to these sources. Well… good luck. And good job finally realizing your existing tablet strategy was the modern equivalent of the Soviets’ Buran space shuttle : an inferior copy of an existing device, never destined for human use and consigned to collect dust in a far-flung warehouse. Quick tip for the launch, Google: let people actually use the device after your onstage song-and-dance routine. Because although there are people out there who hate Apple with a fire so white-hot that it burns away every trace of logic, and there are disreputable outlets that happily employ them, those of us still capable of rational thought are liable to call shenanigans if your product announcement doesn’t actually show the product in action . Between Microsoft launching its own tablet and now Google, you have to wonder where that leaves guys like Dell, Acer, and Samsung. Poor Samsung! With three major players to choose from, how’s it going to decide whose designs it’s going to copy? [Android enthusiasts, please direct flames to null@tuaw.com. --Ed] Rumor Roundup, Episode 10: Google, start your photocopiers originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Servicing MacBook Pro with Retina display requires special classes and test

It’s no secret that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is a difficult machine to service . Now it turns out that Mac Geniuses and technicians at Apple-Authorized Service Providers need to take two special classes and pass an exam to be qualified to service the device . As noted in a post on 512 Pixels, there are two self-guided online courses that are prerequisites to grabbing your pentalobe screwdriver and popping open the Retina MacBook Pro. The first is a general “MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012) self-paced training course”, while the second “Embedded Battery Safety self-paced training course” deals with the glued-in battery pack in the device. The post includes a link to a take-apart guide for the newest MacBook Pro, which states that the non-removable battery is not a replaceable part, and that the entire top case assembly needs to be replaced to service a faulty battery. That guide also shows the location of ten Liquid Contact Indicators that are built into the Retina MBP; damage due to liquids isn’t covered by the Apple warranty or AppleCare, and it appears that Apple’s going to be very sure that your device hasn’t gone for a swim before offering to repair it. Servicing MacBook Pro with Retina display requires special classes and test originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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iOS 6 Beta 2 available over-the-air

Apple has just pushed out iOS 6 beta 2 for over-the-air updates. The new beta is expected to deliver updates and bug fixes for developers testing the new operating system. You can find more information at Apple’s developer site . iOS 6 Beta 2 available over-the-air originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Cricket prepaid iPhone sales begin today

Today is the day that prepaid wireless carrier Cricket starts selling the iPhone without a contract. According to a CNET report , customers were lining up to buy the 8 GB iPhone 4 and the 16 GB iPhone 4S which were available for US$399 and $499, respectively. The phones include a $55 monthly plan that gives each customer unlimited calling, unlimited text messaging and 2.3 GB of data. The two iPhones can be purchased online and from company-owned stores and select third-party dealers. [Via Engadget ] Cricket prepaid iPhone sales begin today originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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JuiceBuddy is a pocket-sized iPhone charger

With a name like JuiceBuddy , you might expect this product to be the ” world’s smallest juicer ” of late-night TV fame. Instead, JuiceBuddy is a tiny US$24.95 AC adapter that easily fits onto a keychain so you have a way to power your iPhone or iPod touch anywhere there’s an outlet. The tiny charger comes with a pop-off keychain attachment so you can charge your iPhone at a moment’s notice. Just flip out the prongs, plug the JuiceBuddy into the wall outlet, pop off the cap, and slide the iPhone on for charging. If you need to charge something that uses a regular USB cable, don’t worry — removing the key chain attachment reveals a standard USB 2.0 port. The JuiceBuddy comes in four colors: White, Red, Polished Aluminum, and Black. I definitely need one of these to keep my mophie juice pack reserve charged up and to give it some company on my keychain. JuiceBuddy is a pocket-sized iPhone charger originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily Update for June 25, 2012

It’s the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You’ll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what’s happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today’s Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here . No Flash? Click here to listen . Subscribe via RSS Daily Update for June 25, 2012 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 14:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Kindle Fire transforms into a Mac Plus and Newton MessagePad

Last year when the Amazon Kindle Fire first hit the market, I bought one for US$199 to do research for a book. Since the book was published, I haven’t touched the Fire at all — until now. Based on a story I posted the other day about running an old version of the Mac OS on a Nook Simple Touch , I decided I just had to try getting Mac OS running on the Kindle Fire. I’m happy to say that the experiment was a success, and that I now have a 14 ounce equivalent of a Mac Plus running old-school apps like HyperCard and MacWrite. Later on in this post I’ll also talk about how my cohort Erica Sadun found a way to turn the Kindle Fire into a Newton MessagePad. Loading the Emulator The experiment I’m about to describe uses the Mini vMac emulator for Android , a free and easily available app. You will not need to root your Kindle Fire to get this to work! If you want to emulate a color Mac, you’ll want to root the Kindle Fire, get the Google Play app store running on it, and then purchase Mini vMac II ($1.99). You also need a Mac ROM image and disk images of old Mac System Software. Mini vMac isn’t available in the Amazon App Store, so you’ll need to download it from the link above, and then sideload it onto the Kindle Fire. How do you sideload an app? Easy. Once you’ve downloaded the .apk file, plug your Kindle Fire into your Mac with the USB to micro-USB cable and wait for it to mount. When it’s visible on your desktop, you can double-click the Kindle to see what’s in there. I created a folder on the Kindle named “Apps” and did a drag and drop of the Mini vMac application file into it. Next, I ran AndroXPlorer (free) to find the app file and install it onto the Kindle. There are more hints about sideloading of apps in Erica Sadun’s Kindle Fire Sparks: Adding Third-Party Content to your Kindle Fire . Loading the ROM and System Files At this point, nothing much will happen if you try to run Mini vMac. You need a system ROM image, and in this case I was able to search around and find one. Since Apple still owns the ROMs, you must legally own the computer that you’re trying to emulate (koff). Sure, I just happen to have a Mac Plus sitting next to my desk… I’m sure that there’s an old Mac archive (hint) that might have the droids that you’re looking for. Once you’ve legally acquired that ROM image, you’re one step closer to booting your Kindle Mac. The file needs to be named vMac.ROM and placed into a folder named minivmac, and that folder needs to be dropped onto your Kindle Fire as well. If you launch Mini vMac at this point, you’ll be welcomed with the familiar “ding” startup tone of the earliest Macs and what you used to see on those Macs when there was no startup disk — a floppy disk icon with a flashing question mark on it. The next step is load a version of the Mac operating system onto the device. The trick here is to find disk images of any System Software up to version 7.5.5 that is in .img or .dsk format. Unfortunately, a lot of the images out there are in .toast format, and although it’s easy in OS X to open those .toast files and see what’s inside, I can’t figure out a way to save them onto a .dsk or .img file. Looking around, I was able to find a copy of System 7.0.1 that was in the proper format, so I loaded the .dsk files into my minivmac folder and then started up Mini vMac. When running, a tap on the Kindle menu button brings up a few other buttons, one of which is Insert Disk. I used the Insert Disk button to create a new disk onto which I wanted to save the operating system and other files. By default, a 20 MB disk is created. Next, I had to go through the 21st-Century equivalent of swapping floppies. I “inserted” the Install 1 “floppy” and was rewarded with the familiar “Welcome to Macintosh” start screen as the emulated machine booted. The installer loaded, and to install the operating system, I ended up doing a lot of “floppy swaps” as the installer asked for one disk, read information from it, then wrote to the 20 MB disk I had created. At one point, I thought the installation had failed when I repeatedly had to swap disks as the Symbol font was being loaded, but perseverance paid off and the installation was successfully completed. Operating the emulated Mac At this point, I had the equivalent of a Mac Plus with no software. What’s great about the emulator is that it uses the screen taps as mouse clicks and there’s also a virtual Mac keyboard that appears when needed or called up. You can reset the device or interrupt it; my suggestion for shutting down the Mac is to use the Finder’s Shut Down menu item to put everything away neatly. When the system prompt asks if you wish to restart the Mac, you can safely return to the Kindle Fire’s home screen. Now it was time to search around for some software. Fortunately, there are some good archives available online that have plenty of old Mac apps. As I hinted about earlier, there’s the Old Mac Archive or you can go to the Macintosh Garden or System 6 Hell for your retro software fix. Apple is even in on the act, with an Older Software List that includes everything from drivers, old Claris apps, and tons of drivers. The emulated Mac Plus is speedy! I am amazed at how quickly it loads everything, and it works quite well with most of the old apps. The only negative I can find right now is that there’s no easy way to transfer files directly from my iMac to the Mini vMac folder on the Kindle Fire, since Mini vMac really only wants to see .dsk or .img formatted files. If the files aren’t in either format, they won’t load. My solution to the latter error is quite simple; I’m installing the Basilisk II classic Mac emulator on my iMac simply for the reason of running apps that can be used to create the .dsk and .img files that Mini vMac desires. I found that my fingers are a bit too big to use the emulators very well, so I’ve taken to using a Adonit Jot Pro stylus (US$29.99) as a way to get more accuracy. Was this entire exercise worth the effort? Hell, yeah! It’s fun to boot up the old Mac on the Kindle Fire and play with some of those old apps that I remember from the mid-80s. The speed of the emulator makes it a joy to work with, and at least I’m not flipping floppy disks in and out of the drive to load software. As I was playing with the Kindle Fire Mac emulation, my publishing partner Erica Sadun started looking around and found another emulator that’s in the works — Einstein , an emulation of the Apple Newton MessagePad. Einstein on the Kindle Fire Erica found out that there was an Android 2.2 version of Einstein available for download, so she quickly got it up and running. Running Einstein on the Kindle Fire requires the Einstein .apk file (the actual Android application), a Newton ROM image, and the Einstein.rex ROM extension file. While I was writing up this post, Erica got the Newton emulator running and then sent me the necessary files over Dropbox. To me, the fact that the emulator runs so slowly on modern devices is a testament to the Newton MessagePad design team. They were able to get the Newton OS and pretty darned good handwriting recognition (at least later devices) running on quite antique equipment 20 years ago, and it was very responsive. Having a vintage working Newton MessagePad 2100 means that I really don’t need to run Einstein, but it’s good to see that someone appreciates the history of this groundbreaking device and operating system enough to create this incredible emulator. I did install the Lion version of the emulator, which works much faster on my iMac. If you’ve ever wondered why Newton owners were so upset when Apple killed the product in 1998, I suggest that you load Einstein onto your Mac and give the emulator a try. When you consider the state of PDAs and personal computers at the time, you’ll appreciate just how far ahead of its time the Newton MessagePad was. So, what’s the point, Steve? While some of you might see the attraction in setting up a new device to emulate some equipment and software that is now a piece of history, others are probably shaking their heads and asking “why?”. For an older guy like me, part of it is just the sheer fun of being able to re-live the days of 20 to 28 years ago when the monochrome screen and startup beep of the old Macs were something new and state-of-the-art. It’s the fun of seeing applications that you loved (or hated) again, and seeing just how crude those applications were compared to what we have now. I’d love to hear from others who have successfully used apps like Mini vMac, Einstein, Basilisk II, and Sheep Shaver to emulate an old Apple device on a new piece of equipment. Leave your comments below. Kindle Fire transforms into a Mac Plus and Newton MessagePad originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Flipboard enters content deal with the New York TImes

The New York Times announced today that it is bringing its subscription content to the popular social reader app Flipboard . Starting Thursday, June 28, subscribers to The New York Times will be able to read full articles, browse image galleries and watch videos using the Flipboard app. This is the first time all the NYT’s content is available through a third-party service. Previously, the publication only made a part of its content available outside its own digital subscriptions. Denise F. Warren, general manager of The New York Times ‘s Web site, told Brian X. Chen of NYT’s Bits blog that “We realized that we have an opportunity to enable this kind of access for paying subscribers, and we thought it was something we ought to try and see how users react to it.” This is a worthy addition to Flipboard, which already pulls down content from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Reader and other social news sources. This also is the second big news story for Flipboard in the recent weeks. After a two-year exclusive stint on iOS, the app debuted on Android last week. Flipboard enters content deal with the New York TImes originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Improve your Safari YouTube watching experience

In recent months, have you noticed your Safari-based YouTube watching experience degrade further and further? Are you hopping into Chrome or FireFox just so you can see NyanCats fly? TUAW reader Tim has uncovered a reason this might be happening. He writes, “The last few months, I’ve been ticked off at YouTube because it seems like every video I tried to play would keep reloading over and over and the page wouldn’t load. I tried resetting Safari, reloading Flash, ( ugh ), etc, etc, etc. Things would work fine on other browsers, but not Safari.” After doing some legwork, he discovered that Google has deployed a HTML5 video test into its user base. That this option is automatically enabled for many users. To check whether you’ve been included, visit this Youtube page and scroll down towards the bottom. If you see the evil green checkmark, click the blue “Leave the HTML5 trial.” Instantly, you gain 50 karma points and often your video just starts working properly. Tim adds, “Just thought you guys might want to reshare this one. I’m doing my good deed for the day.” We agree. Thanks, Tim! Improve your Safari YouTube watching experience originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 25 Jun 2012 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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