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Apple drops prices on refurbished second-, third-gen iPads

Those of you looking to get your hands on a qualified refurbished iPad might want to check out the Apple store online. Apple has dropped prices on second- and third-generation models. The discounts apply to only the WiFi+3G and WiFi+Cellular models and not the WiFi-only models. Interested customers can now pick up a second-generation iPad WiFi+3G 16 GB for only US$349 — that’s $180 (34 percent) off the regular $529 price. The 32 GB unit costs $429 (a $200 savings), and the 64 GB is $529 ($200 off). As for the third-generation iPad WiFi+Cellular , the 16 GB is only $409 — that’s $170 (29 percent) off the regular $579 price. The 32 GB unit costs $499 (a $180 savings), and the 64 GB is $579 ($200 off). Prices on refurbed models are, as always, only good while supplies last. Apple drops prices on refurbished second-, third-gen iPads originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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ITC invalidates Motorola proximity sensor patent in suit against Apple

With all of the Samsung vs. Apple conflict in the courts, one could be forgiven for losing track of the fact that Apple has a lingering patent dispute with Google’s Motorola Mobility subsidiary as well. Bloomberg is reporting that the US International Trade Commission (ITC) recently upheld a previous court’s judgement which held that a Motorola patent asserted against Apple was invalid. The patent in question is US Patent No. 6,246,862 and encompasses functionality whereby a mobile device ignores unintended touches when in close proximity to a user’s face. This is the capability that allows touchscreen phones to avoid “cheekdialing” during a call. The pertinent patent claim reads: 1. A portable communication device comprising: a processing section to control operation of the portable communication device in response to an input signal; a user interface comprising a touch sensitive input device coupled to the processing section, the touch sensitive input device actuatable to generate the input signal; and a sensor coupled to the user interface, the sensor to disable communication of the input signal to the processing section when the portable communication device is positioned in close proximity to a user, thereby, preventing inadvertent actuation of the touch sensitive input device. The ITC agreed with Apple’s argument that the patent claim was obvious. Motorola argued, to no avail, that the patented technology was not obvious back when it was filed in 1999 due to the scarcity of touchscreen mobile devices at the time. It’s worth noting that the aforementioned patent is the last one remaining from Motorola’s initial lawsuit against Apple, filed in 2010, where it asserted a grand total of 18 patents against a slew of Apple products. Google, which acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion back in 2011 , told Bloomberg that the company was “evaluating our options.” Apple, as is typically the case, had no comment. The ITC’s ruling can be read in its entirety over here . More analysis of the court’s decision is over at FOSS Patents . ITC invalidates Motorola proximity sensor patent in suit against Apple originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Nike adds friends, leader boards to FuelBand iOS app

Nike continues to improve the now 1-year-old Nike+ FuelBand by adding new features to its iOS app . The latest version ups your motivation by letting you compare your level of fitness with your friends. The new Nike+ Friends feature has a custom leader board that pulls in information from your FuelBand-wearing friends. Another new feature in version 1.5 lets you add a photo to your fitness highlights so you can show people where you were and who you were with when you reached those milestones. The Nike FuelBand app for iOS is available for free and requires a Nike+ Fuelband. The FuelBand is available from Nike or the Apple Store for US$149. [Via The Verge ] Nike adds friends, leader boards to FuelBand iOS app originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Tweetbot update brings new media timeline and image viewer

The popular Twitter client Tweetbot has been updated to version 2.8, bringing the addition of a new “media timeline” and image viewer for the iPhone and iPad apps. Media view allows users to see photos and images that have been tweeted directly in their feeds, with the text of the Tweets neatly located above the media. The app’s image viewer has also been updated to be faster and features a redesign. In addition, tweet details such as the number of favorites and retweets have been changed to update in real time, Instagram previews have been fixed, along with the standard bug fixes that come with every update. To locate the new media view, scroll to the top of your timeline and tap the square next to the search button. The update is live now. Tweetbot update brings new media timeline and image viewer originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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The Animators Survival Kit comes to the iPad with expanded multimedia edition

Richard Williams acclaimed animation guide The Animator’s Survival Kit has come to the iPad in an affordable new iPad app . Drawn from the book and DVD series of the same name, the US$34.99 app features a complete “Expanded Edition” of The Animator’s Survival Kit, over 100 animated examples from the DVD series and new video with the author to put the app in context. The DVD box set itself retails for $959.50 . For neophyte animation enthusiasts, it’s cheaper to buy an iPad and the app than the boxset itself, though to be fair the DVDs have several more hours of content. Williams is best known for his Oscar-winning work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and the 1972 adaptation of A Christmas Carol . His “lost” opus The Thief and the Cobbler is famous for its incredible experimental animation and the director’s struggle for control over the film with the studios who produced it. The Animators Survival Kit comes to the iPad with expanded multimedia edition originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Glassdoor: Apple employees love Tim Cook

Glassdoor is a site that allows employees of various corporations to rate how they think their management is doing (while remaining anonymous), and the company has shared some info with TUAW that it says comes out of Apple’s campus in Cupertino . The site works kind of like Yelp for employees, as users can come along and leave ratings and reviews for their own company. But presumably this information came from anyone who works for Apple, not just the employees that work directly with CEO Tim Cook in California. And what’s the word? In short, they love him. Cook has never had anything less than a 92% approval rating since this time last year, and his current approval rating sits at 93% among employees leaving reviews on Glassdoor. During his time overseeing the company, Steve Jobs held a 97% approval rating, and Cook is a few points below that, but still — Apple employees think he’s doing a great job. Glassdoor also shared a few comments from users who identified as employees actually working in Cupertino, and they called Cook “a CEO who demands work before 6 a.m. everyday, and ‘accountability without control’.” Another engineer from Cupertino said that “no work/life balance is to be expected at Apple,” and that management required employees to be “reachable after work hours.” But despite those extra requirements, employees in general seem like enjoy Cook’s management. Obviously, these reviewers are all basically self-selected, and like Yelp, this is not exactly an objective look at exactly what the entire company thinks of how things are going over there. But as far as this data goes, it seems like Cook has the support of his employees, and those choosing to report from inside Apple are happy with where the company is at. Glassdoor: Apple employees love Tim Cook originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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DirecTV prepping voice search app for this summer

Help is on the way. DirecTV has been demoing a new app, due out in beta this summer, that will let you search using voice for your desired programs or movies. You can use an actor’s name, a show title, or just about anything that would identify a program. DirecTV has partnered with Nuance, the company behind Siri from Apple, for the voice recognition so the app is likely to work as least as well as Siri at recognizing your input. It’s welcome news if you are suffering “death by typing” using the DirecTV remote, or even the current DTV iOS app . As we all know, Siri isn’t perfect, but it is probably the best of breed in voice recognition. At any rate, saying things like “Show me Columbo episodes this weekend” or “Find some Bruce Willis movies” should work fine. The app works while you are away from home to set up items to record, and of course works from your comfy chair in front of the TV as well. When you are home, the search results will show up on your screen. DirecTV says the app will be in a “very wide beta” this summer with a final version coming later. Now if only Apple could only do something similar for the AppleTV… Even with the Apple Remote app, finding things to watch can be a pain. [via Engadget ] DirecTV prepping voice search app for this summer originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Daily Update for April 23, 2013

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 April 23, 2013 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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Delicious Library 3 to add recommendation engine, iOS cataloging app

Longtime TUAW readers may remember that about five years ago, one of the hot app updates we were looking forward to was Delicious Library 2 (US$34.99), the latest incarnation of a media cataloging app from developer Delicious Monster . MacRumors reports today that the next iteration of the app will be arriving in the Mac and iOS App Stores soon . When it first came out, Delicious Library seemed like magic — it used an Apple iSight camera as a barcode reader to let you inventory DVDs, CDs, books and other media. The app won Apple Design Awards in 2005 and 2007, and the bookshelf-like user interface appears to have been the inspiration for Apple’s iBooks iOS app. Delicious Monster CEO Wil Shipley told MacRumors that Delicious Library 3 will move from simply being a cataloging app to providing recommendations based on its knowledge of the products you already own. In addition, the company will offer an iOS app as well to provide a handheld “scanner” for easy walk-around cataloging. Finally, Delicious Library 3 will have a 3D cover-view interface for the eye candy that you expect from Delicious Monster. The new app should be available soon. To see what was exciting, state-of-the-art and cool at Macworld Expo 2008, check out this classic video featuring former TUAWer Scott McNulty and ” Mayor and founder of Appsterdam ” (and former Delicious Monster developer) Mike Lee talking about Delicious Library 2. Delicious Library 3 to add recommendation engine, iOS cataloging app originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Source  |  Permalink  |  Email this  |  Comments

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