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Apple Store Currently Down
Apple Store Down

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Historically, when the Apple Store website goes down, a new Apple product is launched.

The message on the website currently reads “We’ll be back.  We’re busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon.”

There have been rumors of a new Apple MacBook or the Nest Learning Thermostat being releases soon.

The message seems to be crooked as well on the site as well.  Maybe it’s a hint of what’s too come?

Apple Store Down
Historically, when the Apple Store website goes down, a new Apple product is launched.

The message on the website currently reads “We’ll be back.  We’re busy updating the Apple Store for you and will be back soon.”

There have been rumors of a new Apple MacBook or the Nest Learning Thermostat being releases soon.

The message seems to be crooked as well on the site as well.  Maybe it’s a hint of what’s too come?

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Apple secures rights to iPhone5.com domain name
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Apple has won it’s dispute with the owners of iPhone5.com. To get the domain transferred Apple had to take its case to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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The domain was registered in 2008 and operated as a online bulletin board. Its owners stated that it was “not endorsed, sponsored, nor otherwise affiliated with Apple” and was “for the sole purpose of entertainment and knowledge.”

The dispute doesn’t confirm that Apple will name its next-generation smartphone ‘iPhone 5′, the company is probably acting to stop people from profiting from its trademarks.

iphone5.com

Apple has won it’s dispute with the owners of iPhone5.com. To get the domain transferred Apple had to take its case to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

iphone wipo iphone 5

The domain was registered in 2008 and operated as a online bulletin board. Its owners stated that it was “not endorsed, sponsored, nor otherwise affiliated with Apple” and was “for the sole purpose of entertainment and knowledge.”

The dispute doesn’t confirm that Apple will name its next-generation smartphone ‘iPhone 5′, the company is probably acting to stop people from profiting from its trademarks.

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Apple iTV Rumors & Expectations
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There have been rumors for the last few months that Apple is working on a television for your home. The primary question I have is how will the Apple TV be revolutionary? For it to be successful in the TV space, they need to come with something that fundamentally changes the way we use our televisions and consume content.

Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou recently said, “Foxconn is making preparations for an Apple TV.” Rumor has it that the iTV will be Siri-enabled, and feature face time calling and an aluminum construction.

Apple won’t just launch an aluminum LCD TV. They will want to… think differently.

Apple TV - iTV rumors

Getting rid of cable and satellite companies

Does anyone really like the big ugly box sitting under their TV? If Apple can find a way to include DVR functionality into the iTV and bypass the standard cable and satellite boxes that we all hate, it would be huge. I see absolutely no way that Apple is going is going to allow a user experience that involves turning on your slick, aluminum Apple TV and having is boot into an ugly, 5 year old Comcast guide. Not going to happen. The question remains, will cable companies allow Apple to control the user experience of consuming content? It would be similar to the control Apple has over the mobile phone companies. If they do agree to it, Apple will be paying a hefty fee.

Pay for only the programs you want to watch

Similar to what you do now with iTunes and the current Apple TV, I’m sure that bite-size content consumption and purchasing will be part of this rollout. Want to only have a TV so that you can watch Dexter? Well you’ll no doubt be able to do that with the iTV. I know lots of people who have the current Apple TV for this reason alone. Even if you can create your own monthly cable bill, I would like to see the ability to get entire channels as well. How nice would it be to get NBA, FOX, HBO, Showtime and that’s it? I want the ability to blow up the cable and satellite companies concept of packages. Maybe this is exactly the kick in the pants that content creators and TV  networks need to start creating good content again.

Second screen technology and it’s role in the iTV

Second screen has been booming lately. If you watched this year’s Superbowl then you know that there almost wasn’t a commercial that aired that didn’t prompt you to pull out your smartphone and scan a QR code, pull a web page, or join in the fun at a micro-site. We’re going to continue to see more of this because that’s how we watch TV these days. Most of the time when I’m watching I either have my laptop, tablet, or phone out.  Disney and ESPN are both on board with pushing this technology. Sean Bratches the network’s executive vice president of affiliate and advertising sales, said today in an interview, “We’re a platform-agnostic content company.”. “To the extent that in the future there’s an opportunity with Apple to authenticate through the pay-TV food chain as we’re doing with Microsoft, that’s something that we will participate in.”

Imagine a world where you’re watching an NBA playoff game on ESPN and on your iPad you have multiple cameras showing what’s going on during a timeout, what the coach is telling his team during halftime, the ability to flip to other games, or even control which camera angle your iTV is displaying. That future is coming.

Social media integration

If you’re anything like me and my friends and co-workers, we’re always talking about the newest shows at the water cooler. Well, in my case it’s a coffee pot. What if you could actually see a summary of what your friends had watched recently, and they could rate and recommend things to you through their televisions? My hope is that the iTV will include Facebook and Twitter integration and plugins. Why wait for the water cooler? If you enjoyed a TV show, you should be able to tell people about from your iTV when it’s over or even while you’re watching it.

Games, apps and more games

Lastly, Apple should be looking to take a chunk out of the gaming market. Traditionally dominated by consoles, we’re seeing a huge shift in the way people game. Look for the iTV to be able to upscale an iPad game to full 1080p HD. Imagine watching seeing your games in full HD on your iTV and controlling them with your iPad or iPhone from the couch.

Of course, these are all just rumors. I’m sure that whatever Apple has planned will blow us all away. What do you think Apple has up it’s sleeve?

There have been rumors for the last few months that Apple is working on a television for your home. The primary question I have is how will the Apple TV be revolutionary? For it to be successful in the TV space, they need to come with something that fundamentally changes the way we use our televisions and consume content.

Foxconn’s Chairman Terry Gou recently said, “Foxconn is making preparations for an Apple TV.” Rumor has it that the iTV will be Siri-enabled, and feature face time calling and an aluminum construction.

Apple won’t just launch an aluminum LCD TV. They will want to… think differently.

Apple TV - iTV rumors

Getting rid of cable and satellite companies

Does anyone really like the big ugly box sitting under their TV? If Apple can find a way to include DVR functionality into the iTV and bypass the standard cable and satellite boxes that we all hate, it would be huge. I see absolutely no way that Apple is going is going to allow a user experience that involves turning on your slick, aluminum Apple TV and having is boot into an ugly, 5 year old Comcast guide. Not going to happen. The question remains, will cable companies allow Apple to control the user experience of consuming content? It would be similar to the control Apple has over the mobile phone companies. If they do agree to it, Apple will be paying a hefty fee.

Pay for only the programs you want to watch

Similar to what you do now with iTunes and the current Apple TV, I’m sure that bite-size content consumption and purchasing will be part of this rollout. Want to only have a TV so that you can watch Dexter? Well you’ll no doubt be able to do that with the iTV. I know lots of people who have the current Apple TV for this reason alone. Even if you can create your own monthly cable bill, I would like to see the ability to get entire channels as well. How nice would it be to get NBA, FOX, HBO, Showtime and that’s it? I want the ability to blow up the cable and satellite companies concept of packages. Maybe this is exactly the kick in the pants that content creators and TV  networks need to start creating good content again.

Second screen technology and it’s role in the iTV

Second screen has been booming lately. If you watched this year’s Superbowl then you know that there almost wasn’t a commercial that aired that didn’t prompt you to pull out your smartphone and scan a QR code, pull a web page, or join in the fun at a micro-site. We’re going to continue to see more of this because that’s how we watch TV these days. Most of the time when I’m watching I either have my laptop, tablet, or phone out.  Disney and ESPN are both on board with pushing this technology. Sean Bratches the network’s executive vice president of affiliate and advertising sales, said today in an interview, “We’re a platform-agnostic content company.”. “To the extent that in the future there’s an opportunity with Apple to authenticate through the pay-TV food chain as we’re doing with Microsoft, that’s something that we will participate in.”

Imagine a world where you’re watching an NBA playoff game on ESPN and on your iPad you have multiple cameras showing what’s going on during a timeout, what the coach is telling his team during halftime, the ability to flip to other games, or even control which camera angle your iTV is displaying. That future is coming.

Social media integration

If you’re anything like me and my friends and co-workers, we’re always talking about the newest shows at the water cooler. Well, in my case it’s a coffee pot. What if you could actually see a summary of what your friends had watched recently, and they could rate and recommend things to you through their televisions? My hope is that the iTV will include Facebook and Twitter integration and plugins. Why wait for the water cooler? If you enjoyed a TV show, you should be able to tell people about from your iTV when it’s over or even while you’re watching it.

Games, apps and more games

Lastly, Apple should be looking to take a chunk out of the gaming market. Traditionally dominated by consoles, we’re seeing a huge shift in the way people game. Look for the iTV to be able to upscale an iPad game to full 1080p HD. Imagine watching seeing your games in full HD on your iTV and controlling them with your iPad or iPhone from the couch.

Of course, these are all just rumors. I’m sure that whatever Apple has planned will blow us all away. What do you think Apple has up it’s sleeve?

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iPads Tops Wish-List With Kids
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BUSINESS A survey conducted in October by the company Nielsen has announced Apple’s iPad tablet is the top desired gift for 31 percent of American kids aged from 6 to 12. This puts it in top position for holiday wish list presents for the coming season.

There was a tie for second place favorite between Apple’s iPod Touch and a desktop computer. Both of these products were chosen by 29 percent of children in the same demographic. That puts two Apple products in the top three most wanted gifts.

Forth place on the most wanted gift for kids list went to the Nintendo DS, which received 25 percent in the Nielson survey.

There was a three-way tie for the fifth most popular gift space. This tie was shared by Sony’s PlayStation 3, a mobile phone, and any Smartphone (excl. iPhone). Each of these products received 21 percent popularity.

The final four products to make it into the top ten, with 20 percent each, were a television, an Apple iPhone, and the Nintendo 3DS which has yet to be released for sale.

Sadly e-readers came in last with only 17 percents of children saying they would like one.

The results varied slightly in the teen bracket group (13 to 18 year olds). In this group computers, either Mac or PC, were the favored product of the year with 20 percent of teens saying they wanted one.

Only slightly less popular, at 19 percent, were a television and a (non-iPhone) Smartphone.

An iPad received 18 percent popularity rating, whilst a Smartphone other than iPhone received 17 percent of the vote. The e-reader received slightly better ratings by teens, receiving 15 percent. Also with 15 percent saying they wanted it was the Nintendo Wii.

The PlayStation 3 and iPhone rounded up the last of the top ten for teens with 13 percent each. Sony will be unhappy to note that their product, the Sony PlayStation Portable, only received 5 percent of interest. This brought it in to last place.

The survey taken by Nielsen posted similar results to a survey undertaken by Duracell Toy Report. The Toy Report discovered that amongst youths aged 5 to 16 almost 40 percent wanted an iTouch, iPad, or iPhone during this holiday period.

BUSINESS A survey conducted in October by the company Nielsen has announced Apple’s iPad tablet is the top desired gift for 31 percent of American kids aged from 6 to 12. This puts it in top position for holiday wish list presents for the coming season.

There was a tie for second place favorite between Apple’s iPod Touch and a desktop computer. Both of these products were chosen by 29 percent of children in the same demographic. That puts two Apple products in the top three most wanted gifts.

Forth place on the most wanted gift for kids list went to the Nintendo DS, which received 25 percent in the Nielson survey.

There was a three-way tie for the fifth most popular gift space. This tie was shared by Sony’s PlayStation 3, a mobile phone, and any Smartphone (excl. iPhone). Each of these products received 21 percent popularity.

The final four products to make it into the top ten, with 20 percent each, were a television, an Apple iPhone, and the Nintendo 3DS which has yet to be released for sale.

Sadly e-readers came in last with only 17 percents of children saying they would like one.

The results varied slightly in the teen bracket group (13 to 18 year olds). In this group computers, either Mac or PC, were the favored product of the year with 20 percent of teens saying they wanted one.

Only slightly less popular, at 19 percent, were a television and a (non-iPhone) Smartphone.

An iPad received 18 percent popularity rating, whilst a Smartphone other than iPhone received 17 percent of the vote. The e-reader received slightly better ratings by teens, receiving 15 percent. Also with 15 percent saying they wanted it was the Nintendo Wii.

The PlayStation 3 and iPhone rounded up the last of the top ten for teens with 13 percent each. Sony will be unhappy to note that their product, the Sony PlayStation Portable, only received 5 percent of interest. This brought it in to last place.

The survey taken by Nielsen posted similar results to a survey undertaken by Duracell Toy Report. The Toy Report discovered that amongst youths aged 5 to 16 almost 40 percent wanted an iTouch, iPad, or iPhone during this holiday period.

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iOS 4.2 Milestone Update From Apple Unifies iPad, iPhone And iPod Touch
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APPLE Apple has released an update for their iOS 4, which represents a major milestone for the product and the company. The iOS 4 was released five months ago to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 4. The Apple update watchers were excited when upgrade 4.1 released Apple’s latest version of Apple TV. Now the Apple 4.2 update has connected all Apple platforms iPhone, iTouch and iPad together, at last. Now all three of these platforms contain the same features. This marks a significant move to unify their products by Apple.

The iPad has previously been running on the iOS 3.2.2, noticeably lacking some valuable features of the iPhone. iPad stands to see the biggest improvements from the introduction of the 4.2 update. However, the iPad is not the only Apple platform, which will see benefits from the update. And the update also includes some new features, which will be available on all Apple devices, including the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. It will also work on all generations of every iTouch bar the first.

The 4.2 update will tweak the operating system of the iPad so that it gives a higher, smoother level of performance, more on par with it’s iPhone cousins.

The iPad will also receive third-party multitasking, drag-and-drop application organization, threaded email messages, fast-app switching, face/place photo tagging, and wireless application distribution. These additions are regarded by some as overdue and will be welcomed by iPad users. It might also encourage more people to buy this product now that its performance is up to scratch with other Apple products.

Although the iPad already had VPN protocols the 4.2 update will enable SSL VPN, an asset for business clients who want to securely connect to their office. Unified email will also improve business users’ experience. And there are internal management features that allow he iPads to be better secured.

Due to the iPad’s larger size there are some features of the 4.2 update that only pertain to it. The iPad will get a brightness slider in the multitasking bar. There is also the option to select photo size settings in Mail messages.

APPLE Apple has released an update for their iOS 4, which represents a major milestone for the product and the company. The iOS 4 was released five months ago to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 4. The Apple update watchers were excited when upgrade 4.1 released Apple’s latest version of Apple TV. Now the Apple 4.2 update has connected all Apple platforms iPhone, iTouch and iPad together, at last. Now all three of these platforms contain the same features. This marks a significant move to unify their products by Apple.

The iPad has previously been running on the iOS 3.2.2, noticeably lacking some valuable features of the iPhone. iPad stands to see the biggest improvements from the introduction of the 4.2 update. However, the iPad is not the only Apple platform, which will see benefits from the update. And the update also includes some new features, which will be available on all Apple devices, including the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. It will also work on all generations of every iTouch bar the first.

The 4.2 update will tweak the operating system of the iPad so that it gives a higher, smoother level of performance, more on par with it’s iPhone cousins.

The iPad will also receive third-party multitasking, drag-and-drop application organization, threaded email messages, fast-app switching, face/place photo tagging, and wireless application distribution. These additions are regarded by some as overdue and will be welcomed by iPad users. It might also encourage more people to buy this product now that its performance is up to scratch with other Apple products.

Although the iPad already had VPN protocols the 4.2 update will enable SSL VPN, an asset for business clients who want to securely connect to their office. Unified email will also improve business users’ experience. And there are internal management features that allow he iPads to be better secured.

Due to the iPad’s larger size there are some features of the 4.2 update that only pertain to it. The iPad will get a brightness slider in the multitasking bar. There is also the option to select photo size settings in Mail messages.

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“Find My iPhone” From Apple Now Free
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APPLE “Find my iPhone”, a service offered by Apple for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription service. Apple announced on Monday that users will be able to locate their lost iOS device at no extra cost.

The “Find My” functionality, which will be released on Monday, is built into the new operating system for mobile phones, iOS 4.2, and the service is currently free to any iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad user.

In the past, Find My iPhone was only accessible to iOS users who had a MobileMe membership, which costs $99.00 per year. The use of a free application from the App Store was also required.

MobileMe users can set up the function on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch which can be accessed in “Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.” Then choose the Settings application, select “Add Account”; “MobileMe” can then be chosen from the account menu. Users will then be prompted to enter their Apple ID and password. This is the same account used in an iTunes Store; or, to download content or applications from the App Store.

The account will then be verified through e-mail. Once the user has replied to the verification email then he or she should return to Settings in MobileMe which will show a switch allowing users to turn on the free “Find My Phone” feature.

Sign onto me.com from any computer to test the setup. The location of the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will be shown on a map. The device owner can also set a passcode lock or display a message on his or her device.

An error message discovered in the iOS 4.2.1 beta which was issued to developers referenced a “free MobileMe service”. While it has not been confirmed, this has led to rumors that Apple will make some of the MobileMe features free to basic users at some point in the future.

Since 2008, Apple has offered a free 60-day trial of MobileMe. Subscriptions are $99.00 per year and include mail, calendars, contacts, and photos. Find My iPhone is now free and does not require a subscription to MobileMe.

APPLE “Find my iPhone”, a service offered by Apple for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, is now free to use without a MobileMe subscription service. Apple announced on Monday that users will be able to locate their lost iOS device at no extra cost.

The “Find My” functionality, which will be released on Monday, is built into the new operating system for mobile phones, iOS 4.2, and the service is currently free to any iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad user.

In the past, Find My iPhone was only accessible to iOS users who had a MobileMe membership, which costs $99.00 per year. The use of a free application from the App Store was also required.

MobileMe users can set up the function on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch which can be accessed in “Mail, Contacts, and Calendars.” Then choose the Settings application, select “Add Account”; “MobileMe” can then be chosen from the account menu. Users will then be prompted to enter their Apple ID and password. This is the same account used in an iTunes Store; or, to download content or applications from the App Store.

The account will then be verified through e-mail. Once the user has replied to the verification email then he or she should return to Settings in MobileMe which will show a switch allowing users to turn on the free “Find My Phone” feature.

Sign onto me.com from any computer to test the setup. The location of the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch will be shown on a map. The device owner can also set a passcode lock or display a message on his or her device.

An error message discovered in the iOS 4.2.1 beta which was issued to developers referenced a “free MobileMe service”. While it has not been confirmed, this has led to rumors that Apple will make some of the MobileMe features free to basic users at some point in the future.

Since 2008, Apple has offered a free 60-day trial of MobileMe. Subscriptions are $99.00 per year and include mail, calendars, contacts, and photos. Find My iPhone is now free and does not require a subscription to MobileMe.

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New iPad Thinner And 3G Capable
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APPLE According to recent media reports, early next year, technology super giant Apple is planning the launch of a next generation iPad that is thinner and can run on worldwide cellular networks, good news for many users.

Reportedly the newest version of the iPad will have a Qualcomm chip that allows them to use both CDMA and GSM cellular networks that way the tablet style computers will be able to run the internet via 3G. This is a move that will make it possible for the iPad to run on all four of the major US cellular networks as well as networks in both Asia and Europe, giving users a much wider choice of carriers, cost and service plans.

Brian Blair an analyst for Wedge Partners told The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital website: “Recent checks suggest Apple is going to be ratcheting down production of the existing iPad over the next two months in anticipation of ramping up a new World iPad that is powered by Qualcomm and will run on both GSM- and CDMA-based networks around the world.” Business people will be able to use their iPads much more conveniently than ever before.

According to his recent Qualcomm channel checks Blair said that Apple will be manufacturing about 48 million of the new iPads for this coming year and that the tablets will be much thinner than current models due to the adaptation of the manufacturing process used for its unibody MacBooks which use a single piece of metal.

Although Apple never comments on its future products, Ezrz Gottheil a analyst from Technology Business Research commented to Information Weekly that the report does have some merit, when you consider that Apple has long avoided producing more versions of its iPhone to run on other networks. Currently, in the United States the iPhone will only run on the AT&T network and has since it came out in 2007. It is however rumored that a Version Wireless version is almost completed.

“It certainly makes sense for Apple to produce a run-anywhere product, Apple always wants a definitive, single product,” said Gotthiel.

APPLE According to recent media reports, early next year, technology super giant Apple is planning the launch of a next generation iPad that is thinner and can run on worldwide cellular networks, good news for many users.

Reportedly the newest version of the iPad will have a Qualcomm chip that allows them to use both CDMA and GSM cellular networks that way the tablet style computers will be able to run the internet via 3G. This is a move that will make it possible for the iPad to run on all four of the major US cellular networks as well as networks in both Asia and Europe, giving users a much wider choice of carriers, cost and service plans.

Brian Blair an analyst for Wedge Partners told The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital website: “Recent checks suggest Apple is going to be ratcheting down production of the existing iPad over the next two months in anticipation of ramping up a new World iPad that is powered by Qualcomm and will run on both GSM- and CDMA-based networks around the world.” Business people will be able to use their iPads much more conveniently than ever before.

According to his recent Qualcomm channel checks Blair said that Apple will be manufacturing about 48 million of the new iPads for this coming year and that the tablets will be much thinner than current models due to the adaptation of the manufacturing process used for its unibody MacBooks which use a single piece of metal.

Although Apple never comments on its future products, Ezrz Gottheil a analyst from Technology Business Research commented to Information Weekly that the report does have some merit, when you consider that Apple has long avoided producing more versions of its iPhone to run on other networks. Currently, in the United States the iPhone will only run on the AT&T network and has since it came out in 2007. It is however rumored that a Version Wireless version is almost completed.

“It certainly makes sense for Apple to produce a run-anywhere product, Apple always wants a definitive, single product,” said Gotthiel.

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Any Beatles Fans out There? You Can Now Get it on iTunes.
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ENTERTAINMENT It’s a good day for Beatles fans today as iTunes announces that the entire Beatles catalog is now available for download.

This news comes one day after Apple posted this message on their homepage: “Tomorrow is just another day.  That you’ll never forget.”  Most thought it was the release of the iOS 4.2.

iTunes members can download the entire discography for $149 or each individual album for $12.99

Who’s going to be walking down Abby Road?

ENTERTAINMENT It’s a good day for Beatles fans today as iTunes announces that the entire Beatles catalog is now available for download.

This news comes one day after Apple posted this message on their homepage: “Tomorrow is just another day.  That you’ll never forget.”  Most thought it was the release of the iOS 4.2.

iTunes members can download the entire discography for $149 or each individual album for $12.99

Who’s going to be walking down Abby Road?

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Facebook iPhone App Adds More Privacy Settings and Other Fixes
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MOBILE Facebook has finally added more privacy and account setting to the newest iPhone App, 3.3.2, released today.  It has also finally fixed the photo uploading option as well.

iPhone users can click on ‘Account” in the left corner to view these new privacy settings.  User’s will also notice the ‘Facebook Help Center‘ that has been added as well.  By clicking on this option, users will be directed to the web version of the settings, rather than a new setting within the app.

The photo uploader has been an issue with the Facebook app for some time now.  It has not been allowing users from uploading photo’s to user specified albums.  This should fix this issue, according to Facebook.

Have you downloaded the newest version yet?  Tell us what you think.

MOBILE Facebook has finally added more privacy and account setting to the newest iPhone App, 3.3.2, released today.  It has also finally fixed the photo uploading option as well.

iPhone users can click on ‘Account” in the left corner to view these new privacy settings.  User’s will also notice the ‘Facebook Help Center‘ that has been added as well.  By clicking on this option, users will be directed to the web version of the settings, rather than a new setting within the app.

The photo uploader has been an issue with the Facebook app for some time now.  It has not been allowing users from uploading photo’s to user specified albums.  This should fix this issue, according to Facebook.

Have you downloaded the newest version yet?  Tell us what you think.

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Another Multi-Touch Tablet Coming Soon
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GADGETS Tablet fans rejoice! Soon you’ll have another multi-touch tablet option, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Currently being released in Europe with expected U.S. arrival in the next few weeks, the Galaxy Tab is being hailed by experts as the first real rival to Apple’s enormously popular iPad.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab uses the Google Android operating system and when it becomes available, will be sold by wireless giants, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. AT&T will also carry the Tab, but only through the holiday season.

Tab pricing is equivalent to the iPad with carriers charging $400 with a cellular data contract and $600 for data capability but no contract. Although the Tab will offer several month-to-month contracts, it does not make cellular phone calls.

Android versus Apple, how do they compare? Although the Tab is smaller, only half the size of the iPad, testers still found the 7-inch screen easy to read. They also enjoyed the lighter weight and more compact size.

Power: PCWorld reports the Galaxy Tab comes equipped with the Android 2.2 operating system, allowing it, “full-featured multi-tasking” including email, web browsing, social networking, and music. The Tab offers internal storage, as well as 32GB of expandable storage. Currently iPad is limited to internal space only. Apple wins at battery life, however, with the iPad lasting up to five hours longer.

Perks: What does the Tab have that the iPad does not? Two count them, two cameras including a 3.2-megapixel camera in the back and 1.3-megapixels in front so the user can video-chat to their heart’s content. Don’t get too chatty though. The iPad touts up to 10 hours of video playback while the Galaxy Tab only lasts about 7 hours.
The ability to run web applications in Adobe Flash Software is another nice treat.

One interesting perk some people might find about the Tab software is the ability to roam where Apple has forbidden its iPad users to roam. Apple has been known to keep a pretty heavy hand on their apps through restrictions, banning and censorship.

Overall, testers found the Samsung Galaxy Tab to be a worthy rival of the iPad. A gadget tester with the Wall Street Journal offered this final thought, “The Tab is attractive, versatile and competitively priced, though monthly cell fees can add up. It’s different enough from the iPad, yet good enough to give consumers a real choice.”

GADGETS Tablet fans rejoice! Soon you’ll have another multi-touch tablet option, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Currently being released in Europe with expected U.S. arrival in the next few weeks, the Galaxy Tab is being hailed by experts as the first real rival to Apple’s enormously popular iPad.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab uses the Google Android operating system and when it becomes available, will be sold by wireless giants, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. AT&T will also carry the Tab, but only through the holiday season.

Tab pricing is equivalent to the iPad with carriers charging $400 with a cellular data contract and $600 for data capability but no contract. Although the Tab will offer several month-to-month contracts, it does not make cellular phone calls.

Android versus Apple, how do they compare? Although the Tab is smaller, only half the size of the iPad, testers still found the 7-inch screen easy to read. They also enjoyed the lighter weight and more compact size.

Power: PCWorld reports the Galaxy Tab comes equipped with the Android 2.2 operating system, allowing it, “full-featured multi-tasking” including email, web browsing, social networking, and music. The Tab offers internal storage, as well as 32GB of expandable storage. Currently iPad is limited to internal space only. Apple wins at battery life, however, with the iPad lasting up to five hours longer.

Perks: What does the Tab have that the iPad does not? Two count them, two cameras including a 3.2-megapixel camera in the back and 1.3-megapixels in front so the user can video-chat to their heart’s content. Don’t get too chatty though. The iPad touts up to 10 hours of video playback while the Galaxy Tab only lasts about 7 hours.
The ability to run web applications in Adobe Flash Software is another nice treat.

One interesting perk some people might find about the Tab software is the ability to roam where Apple has forbidden its iPad users to roam. Apple has been known to keep a pretty heavy hand on their apps through restrictions, banning and censorship.

Overall, testers found the Samsung Galaxy Tab to be a worthy rival of the iPad. A gadget tester with the Wall Street Journal offered this final thought, “The Tab is attractive, versatile and competitively priced, though monthly cell fees can add up. It’s different enough from the iPad, yet good enough to give consumers a real choice.”

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