May 072010
 

We knew it was coming end of May, now we have a date: May 28th and up for pre-order on May 10th. That’s when the iPad will hit Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. It lands in Austria, Belgium, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand and Singapore in July.

Update: Tax-inclusive pricing is out. Très cher! Oh, and Orange UK has fessed up to pricing details for the iPad 3G + WiFi.

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May 072010
 

iPhone 3G Shown Running Android

After hacking the first-gen iPhone to run Android,David Wang has uploaded a video proving he can do the same magic trick with the iPhone 3G. What’s the bet he’ll try his hand on the iPhone 3GS next?

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May 072010
 

See, a guitar made up of phones isn’t just about the music. It’s about bringing people together. And by “people” I mean mobile operating systems. Presenting two Android and WinMo devices and an iPod Touch, united to play Cracklin Rosie.

More information on the project, from the artist himself:

I decided to create the same mobile app – a small piano/drum sequencer thing – on 3 mobile platforms: Android, Windows Mobile and iPhone OS. As a developer I didn’t quite succeed: audio latency is a b*tch and building the app from the same source proved to be possible but unusable, so I ended up writing it three times: in java for android, in C# for windows mobile and in Objective-C for iPhone… To play them all at once I just taped them on a piece of wood together with a battery powered speaker. Add lots of audio cables and TADAAA: a very playable guitar shaped instrument that makes a hell of a noise… I added Pocket Stompbox, a virtual amp with lots of great real time effects and of course the FANTASTIC iShred app from Frontierdesign.

Terrific! Can it play Party In the USA? [YouTube via Buzzfeed]

May 072010
 

Looks like settlement negotiations in the various Nokia / Apple patent lawsuits aren’t going too well — Espoo’s just hit Cupertino with a second federal patent lawsuit, this time alleging the iPad 3G and iPhone infringe five patents related to “enhanced speech and data transmission, using positioning data in applications and innovations in antenna configurations that improve performance and save space, allowing smaller and more compact devices.” Interestingly, Nokia’s filed this one in the Western District of Wisconsin, a so-called “rocket docket” that’s well-known for bringing patent cases to settlement or trial in just over a year. That means we could see some real movement in this dispute within our lifetimes, but we’re not holding our breath for a definitive conclusion — by our count, Apple and Nokia now have some five pending legal actions between them, including one that’s been placed on hold pending an ITC decision. Anyone want to bet how long it takes for Apple to add another countersuit to the mix?

May 062010
 

COMING SOON: MOBILE PAYMENTS ON THE APPLE IPHONE

NEW YORK, May 4 — Visa Inc. and DeviceFidelity, Inc. are working to allow Apple iPhone(TM) users to make payments by simply waving their iPhone in front of a contactless payment terminal. The new technology, developed by DeviceFidelity and certified by Apple, combines a protective iPhone case with a secure memory card that hosts Visa?s contactless payment application, called Visa payWave. The technology will work for both iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G devices.

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May 062010
 

Tired of the dropped calls on AT&T’s network? Waiting for Apple to unveil the Verizon iPhone, which it is working on at the WorldWide Developer Conference 2010 Keynote address on June 7? Then Broadpoint AmTech research analyst Brian Marshall has some bad news for you.

According to him you might have to wait longer as AT&T may have extended its iPhone exclusivity in the US by an additional six months.

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May 062010
 

Gaming on the iPad just got better. SNES4iPhone, the popular SNES emulator for jailbroken iPhones now works seamlessly on the iPad as well. The SNES emulator is available on Cydia Store for users who have jailbroken their iPad.

Noting that the emulator was built keeping the iPhone resolution in mind, ZodTTD, the developer of the SNES4iPhone emulator says that the app has now been modified to resolve issues with scaling.

ZodTTD writes:

“I just got my iPad and the first thing I did was install a build of snes4iphone made specifically for non-jailbroken iDevices. This is the video of the first test. I have 2x scale enabled on the iPad to make it full screen, and I enabled smooth scaling in the emulator. I’m playing Super Mario Kart on my iPad and it looks, sounds, and plays great! This is going to be amazing.”
According to initial reviews, the SNES emulator works very well on the iPad with seamless integration with a WiiMote to control the characters. Here is a video demo of the emulator in action:

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May 052010
 

Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch says Flash works just fine on the Apple iPhone, thank you very much — and he thinks that’s exactly why Apple keeps on denying it access. Speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, he explained his belief that by eliminating Flash, Cupertino is forcing developers to build apps natively for iPhone OS rather than one of Adobe’s cross-platform solutions, and thus creating a “walled garden” of applications that users must flock to an iDevice to be able to use.

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May 052010
 

Installous, Hackulous’ application for the iPhone, iPod, and iPad which lets you browse for and install cracked apps straight on your device, is getting a major facelift. In previous announcements we discussed our plans, including native app installation, API polls, announcements, concurrent/multiple downloads and installation tasks, native interface for browsing, and graphical improvements.
We’re pleased to announce the release of Installous 3.0.1. It’s the first public release of Installous 3, which was previously only available to our Advancements users (after donations) during its beta testing phase.

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May 052010
 

iphone-camera-icon

While some are exploring the outward functionality of the latest beta of iPhone OS 4, others are slowly picking apart the underlying architecture and mining clues about the potential hardware and functionality of the upcoming iPhone. The most recent discovery teases us with 720p HD recording which is revealed in the following two video presets:

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