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iOS developer Readdle celebrates its 5th anniversary

A few weeks after the debut of the original iPhone in 2007, Readdle’s first product, a web service for reading documents, launched. Two of the four co-founders had previous experience in development and programming for other platforms, including mobile and web. In 2008, after the App Store opened, ReaddleDocs was Readdle’s first official App Store offering. Readdle is celebrating its fifth anniversary today, and marketing manager Denys Zhadanov said it’s much harder to for apps to break through now because of competition, big names, marketing and other factors. “Despite all that, [the] iOS platform is so huge and innovative that you can always come up with something fresh and unique.” Readdle’s enthusiasm for its products is still going strong. I was impressed by Readdle’s booth at Macworld | iWorld 2012 , where it was previewing Remarks , the company’s latest app for notetaking and PDF annotation. Readdle now spans two offices in Europe and the U.S., and its staff has grown to more than 30 people. There’s more than 5.5 million users of Readdle’s apps now, and Zhadanov said there’s several big products planned. To celebrate Readdle’s anniversary , the company is placing all of its apps on sale for the next two days. The discounts are up to 70% off the apps’ original price, so if you’ve been waiting to purchase a Readdle product, now is a good time to do so. The apps covered by the discount include the following: PDF Expert – $4.99 (normally $9.99, separate apps for iPhone and iPad) Scanner Pro – $1.99 (normally $6.99) Calendars – $1.99 (normally $6.99) ReaddleDocs – $.99 (normally $4.99, separate apps for iPhone and iPad) Remarks – $.99 (normally $4.99, iPad only) PDF Converter – $1.99 (normally $6.99, iPad only) Shakespeare Pro – $1.99 (normally $9.99) Happy anniversary to Readdle; we look forward to seeing what the firm has in store in the future. Continue reading iOS developer Readdle celebrates its 5th anniversary iOS developer Readdle celebrates its 5th anniversary originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Amazon Instant Video shows up for iPad

Amazon recently beefed up its Instant Video service by adding new movies and TV shows from Warner Brothers , MGM and Paramount . Now, the online retailer has brought this content to Apple fans with its new app for the iPad . The Amazon Instant Video app lets users stream and download content from Amazon’s Instant Video library , which has grown to include 120,000 videos. Besides watching the content via a WiFi connection, users can also download their purchased and rented videos for offline viewing. The app supports Amazon’s Season Pass service that lets you buy a season’s worth of TV episodes as well as the free content available to Amazon Prime customers. Customers with multiple devices can also take advantage of Whispersync, which lets you pick up right where you left off when you switch from your iPad to another device like a Kindle Fire, PS3, PC, Mac or connected TV/Blu-ray player. iPad owners can download the Amazon Instant Video app for free from the iOS App Store. [via 9to5Mac ] Continue reading Amazon Instant Video shows up for iPad Amazon Instant Video shows up for iPad originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Thunderbolt to Firewire cable appears, disappears on Apple Store

The long-awaited Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter made its debut on Apple’s online store this morning, but the product page appears to be appearing and disappearing at will . I wasn’t able to see the cable listing, but Erica Sadun and Dave Caolo did; as of 11am ET, it appears to be down again. Assuming it does go on sale today, the cable will cost $29.99 and apparently will ship in one to three business days. A Thunderbolt update was pushed out in June to provide compatibility with another new Thunderbolt goodie: the Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter . [hat tip 9to5Mac & The Verge ] Continue reading Thunderbolt to Firewire cable appears, disappears on Apple Store Thunderbolt to Firewire cable appears, disappears on Apple Store originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Apple’s architect of iPhone, iPad CPU leaves for AMD

When you’re the best, people want you. CPU manufacturer AMD apparently wanted the best, and they’ve lured Apple’s head chip designer Jim Keller away from the company . Keller became an Apple employee in 2008 when Apple acquired startup chipmaker PA Semi. Keller has some former history with AMD, having been the original architect of the Athlon line of processors that were popular in 2005-2006. While at PA Semi and Apple, Keller was responsible for the A4 and A5 processors that power the iPhone and iPad. Apple bought PA Semi in 2008 for US$278 million, moving to the ARM architecture for its mobile devices and shunning Intel’s Atom mobile chips in the process. The reasoning behind this move was surprisingly prescient: Apple wanted to move away from its reliance on Samsung to design and make the chips that went into the first iPhone. When he moves to AMD, Keller’s new boss will be Mark Papermaster . For a short time, Papermaster was the Apple senior vice president of iPhone engineering. He quit following the 2010 iPhone 4 “antennagate scandal” . More details follow in the official press release. Show full PR text August 01, 2012 08:00 ET Computer Architect Jim Keller Joins AMD as Chief of Processor Group Industry Veteran Architected Several Generations of Popular Apple, Broadcom and AMD Processors SUNNYVALE, CA-(Marketwire – Aug 1, 2012) – AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today that Jim Keller, 53, has joined the company as corporate vice president and chief architect of AMD’s microprocessor cores, reporting to chief technology officer and senior vice president of technology and engineering Mark Papermaster. In this role, Keller will lead AMD’s microprocessor core design efforts aligned with AMD’s ambidextrous strategy with a focus on developing both high-performance and low-power processor cores that will be the foundation of AMD’s future products. “Jim is one of the most widely respected and sought-after innovators in the industry and a very strong addition to our engineering team,” said Papermaster. “He has contributed to processing innovations that have delivered tremendous compute advances for millions of people all over the world, and we expect that his innovative spirit, low-power design expertise, creativity and drive for success will help us shape our future and fuel our growth.” Keller was most recently a director in the platform architecture group at Apple focusing on mobile products, where he architected several generations of mobile processors, including the chip families found in millions of Apple iPads, iPhones, iPods and Apple TVs. Prior to Apple, Keller was vice president of design for P.A. Semi, a fabless semiconductor design firm specializing in low-power mobile processors that was acquired by Apple in 2008. While there, he led the team responsible for building a powerful networking System on a Chip (SoC) and its integrated PowerPC processor. Keller previously worked at SiByte(R) and Broadcom as chief architect for a line of scalable, MIPS-based network processors that supported 1Gig networking interfaces, PCI and other control functions. Before Broadcom, he spent several years at AMD, playing an instrumental role on the design team responsible for the groundbreaking AMD Athlon[TM] 64 and AMD Opteron[TM] 64 processors, which featured the world’s first native x86-64 bit architecture. Keller co-authored the widely adopted HyperTransport specification, as well as the innovative x86-64 processor instruction set, which is used around the world today in hundreds of millions of desktop, notebook and server systems. Jim was a corporate consulting engineer at DEC, and architected two generations of Alpha processors during his tenure there. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. Apple’s architect of iPhone, iPad CPU leaves for AMD originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Mophie delivers the OUTRIDE for action iPhone camera work

Popular iOS accessory maker mophie is stepping outside its battery-based products and debuting a new, sports action camera mount for the iPhone 4/4S. The OUTRIDE camera system includes a durable mount, a beefy camera-centric case and software to tie it all together. The polycarbonate case and mount is waterproof and shock proof so you can take it biking, boating and skiing without missing a beat. There’s also an iPhone app that lets you create a profile and share your nail-biting adventures with your friends. The OUTRIDE system costs $130 and will be available in mid-September. [Via Engadget ] Show full PR text mophie Transforms the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 into a Dedicated Action Sports Camera with OUTRIDE Hardware, App -based Video Community Empowers Users to Ride, Record and Share Salt Lake City (Aug. 1, 2012)-Summer Outdoor Retailer-mophie[TM], leader in developing innovative solutions that allow consumers to do more with their mobile devices, today debuted its action sports camera, outride, a hardware and app solution that puts the power to record and share tricks, tracks, rides, and epic moments in the hands of action land and water sports enthusiasts, using only their iPhone. OUTRIDE eliminates the need for dedicated video or camera devices, which add bulk and can cost upwards of $300, by harnessing the existing features of the iPhone and adding the hardware and software for outstanding, all-in-one filming, editing and sharing. OUTRIDE hardware is waterproof and impact resistant and comes bundled with a variety of custom mounts to capture action shots in the surf, snow, dirt or concrete. The release of OUTRIDE incorporates several product innovations that have earned mophie credibility in the action sports community by including features such as extreme durability and portability engineered specifically to meet the needs of the lifestyle. OUTRIDE’s debut is also a clear statement that the brand is putting down roots in the category and is committed to trailblazing the development of solutions and applications that can transform the iPhone into a device that can serve many functions, eliminating the need for consumers to spend on additional, dedicated devices. “With the ever-growing action sports market, and our success in developing ruggedized products for those rough-and-tough tech users, we felt we were ready to design and develop a product that would take the iPhone and its camera capabilities to its limits,” said Ross Howe, vice president of marketing at mophie. “While the action sports community has a lot of camera and video options to choose from, they weren’t able to share their moments with the community in real time. OUTRIDE gives the action sports community these capabilities in a durable, compact, quality and cost-efficient way.” Using the iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 and OUTRIDE as an action sports camera has many advantages, including the ability to review your own footage or shots, share those moments and follow others in the community, instantly. The free OUTRIDE app, is the perfect complement to the hardware solution and is the key differentiator from other action sports cameras on the market. With the OUTRIDE app, users have instant gratification in capturing and viewing their content, as well as sharing it on the OUTRIDE community page as well as various social media networks, on the fly and in the moment. Available in mid-September, OUTRIDE bundles range from $129.95 to $149.95 at mophie.com. Key features and benefits of the outride include: Turning the iPhone into a Dedicated Sports Camera-Bundling the case, mounting system and the OUTRIDE app, gives users the option to transform their iPhone 4S or iPhone 4 into a dedicated action sports camera. Features of the OUTRIDE hardware include: High-impact, water-proof and lightweight polycarbonate housing protects the iPhone in any scenario Water-proof Modular quick-release mounting system allows recording at any angle and attachment to any surface on a variety of sports equipment Wide angle lens is optimized for recording action sports “Lights, Camera, Action!”-Whether you have a passion for surfing, motocross or skate, there is an OUTRIDE mounting kit that will fit your sport. Capture, View and Share-Free on the iTunes store, the OUTRIDE app is a place for the action sports community to search and share videos from around the globe, on-the-go: Personal Profile-Get started by uploading a profile picture and adding in your location. From the personalized profile, users can view captured videos and photos, find and follow friends, and customize categories Capture-Allows the user to shoot both vertically or horizontally View-Custom settings allows for a unique viewing experience, and provides notifications of “friends” updates Share-Community-based sharing allows users to discover new users and connect with the “mophie” community within the app and through other social networks For more information on OUTRIDE and the full suite of mophie products, please visit www.mophie.com. Mophie delivers the OUTRIDE for action iPhone camera work originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:00:00 EST. 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TUAW TV Live at 5 PM ET: Toys, Olympic apps, and speculation

As we get into the dog days of summer, there’s finally talk of an Apple event in mid-September . Well, that’s about five or six weeks away, but it’s enough to give me and my guest — Doc Rock — fodder for discussion this afternoon on TUAW TV Live. We’ll also have the regular parade of new iPhone and iPad accessories, talk about apps for getting your latest Olympic news and results, and talk about anything else that happens to come to mind. As usual, I’ll be starting the show at 5 PM EDT (2 PM PDT / 10 PM BST) sharp, and we’ll take a few minutes to chat before the demos start. To join in on the chat and watch the live streaming video, drop by TUAW about five minutes before the start time to get your instructions on how to participate. If you’re unable to join us for the show, remember that you can always subscribe to the video podcast and watch the show at your leisure in iTunes or any other favorite podcatching app. The past shows are also available on the TUAW YouTube channel . The chat is on IRC: join us on server chat1.ustream.tv, chat room #tuaw-tv. TUAW TV Live at 5 PM ET: Toys, Olympic apps, and speculation originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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New Digg iPhone app available

Just when you thought that Digg had faded into the obscure fog of irrelevancy, the company comes out with a new Digg app for iPhone (free). The app is getting a lot of buzz, perhaps just because many users have moved on to other ways of getting their top news. The new app features a “clean mobile-friendly view” that has been described by some reviewers as not providing a whole heck of a lot of content to look at. Sharing with friends via Facebook, Twitter and email is built in, as you’d expect from a modern iPhone app. If you want to read stories offline, the new Digg provides full support for saving stories. The app has support for Instapaper and Pocket and has geofencing capabilities built in; you can set your home location, and a “Paperboy” function automatically updates the app with the latest stories when you leave that location. The app comes after a reboot of the 8-year-old news site, which has re-titled itself as Digg v1 . New Digg iPhone app available originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Twelve South BackPack gets a nice update for its third birthday

When Apple accessory design shop Twelve South first got into business three years ago, its fate rode on the success of one product — the BackPack . This product consists of a shelf with tool-free clips that can be used on the “arm” of any iMac or Apple Thunderbolt (or Cinema) Display, and it’s been a hot seller since day one. Now Twelve South has given the three-year-old product a new look and new capabilities. The new BackPack (US$34.99) now adds vertical support pegs, cable management rails, and the ability to use the BackPack as a front-facing shelf. The support pegs can be used to hold a MacBook Air vertically on the back of a ThunderBolt Display or provide additional support for a vertically-standing hard disk drive. The built-in cable management rails keep cables handy — unplug a drive, computer, or peripheral, and the cable stays put for you to plug back in later. One of the biggest changes is the ability to use the BackPack as a forward-facing shelf. Up to this point, the shelves always faced away from the front of the device. Now you can use it as a place to store your iPhone, your wallet, a SecureID fob, or anything else that needs to be above the desk clutter. Of course, you can always use the shelves in their original back-facing position like I do — I have two that are used to display small art works to people who are standing at my desk. It’s nice to see a good product get an update. You can purchase the new BackPack directly from the TwelveSouth website . For more information, read our review of the original product . Twelve South BackPack gets a nice update for its third birthday originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 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 August 1, 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 August 1, 2012 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Entry Retina MacBook Pro now available with 512 GB, 768 GB drives

In a silent update to the online Apple Store , the entry-level model of the MacBook Pro with Retina display gained a few configure-to-option upgrades that can now be selected by buyers eager for the latest MacBook Pro. Initially, the entry-level Retina MacBook Pro could only get an upgrade from the standard 8 GB of RAM to 16 GB; no upgrades to faster processors or more storage than 256 GB were available without moving to the high-end model. Now Apple’s made it possible to select from the base 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Intel i7 CPU, a 2.6 GHz model (for $100 more) or a 2.7 GHz version (for an extra US$350). Even better, there are now larger storage options available for the base Retina MacBook Pro. Instead of just the 256 GB SSD, you now have the choice of a 512 GB drive for $500 more or a 768 GB monster SSD for a cool $1000. However, before you rush to the Apple online store and order your new Retina MacBook Pro you might want to wait until things settle down a bit. Some commenters at MacRumors were reporting issues with adding the new options to their shopping cart, while others couldn’t even see the new options. Continue reading Entry Retina MacBook Pro now available with 512 GB, 768 GB drives Entry Retina MacBook Pro now available with 512 GB, 768 GB drives originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 01 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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