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Apple Media Event All But Confirmed for Mid-September, iPhone Launch Likely [Updated]

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Following a report from iMore earlier today claiming that Apple will hold a media event to introduce the next-generation iPhone and the “iPad mini” on September 12 ahead of September 21 availability for the new iPhone, AllThingsD reports that it has confirmed an Apple media event will be taking place that week. While the report’s sources have apparently not confirmed the topic of the event or the exact date, it certainly appears to corroborate iMore’s claims.

Apple hasn’t yet officially announced the fall event at which it is expected to debut the next iteration of the iPhone, but it’s definitely planning one.

iMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event for Wednesday, September 12, and now we’ve confirmed it as well. Sources tell AllThingsD that Apple is currently planning an event for that week. And while we haven’t yet confirmed its focus, history suggests it will indeed be the new iPhone.
AllThingsD has been very accurate in the past regarding Apple rumors, and has on several occasions been the first to reveal dates for Apple media events, lending significant weight to this report’s support of the September 12 date from iMore.

The report goes on to note that Apple’s latest quarterly report has revealed a massive increase in component prepayments, signaling that the company is moving full speed ahead on preparing its supply chain for production on the next iPhone and perhaps other devices such as the iPad mini.

Update: The Verge has also “confirmed” the September 12 date with its own sources.

The rumor cycle this time around for the next iPhone has been a bit unusual — multiple leaks have all depicted the exact same components — but it looks like we’ll be seeing what Apple has up its sleeves come Wednesday, September 12th. Our own sources have confirmed that date, and multiple websites have similar reports as well.
Update: The Loop’s Jim Dalrymple also weighs in on the September 12 date:

Yep.

source: macrumors

 
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Posted by on 31/07/2012 in IT

 

Watch This iPhone Thief Get Taken Down By New Yorkers

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A thief who attempted a snatch an iPhone from a woman in Manhattan got more than he bargained for when bystanders chased him down to make a citizens arrest.
Erika Silva, 23, was surfing the Internet outside her lower Manhattan office when Noah Udell blindsided her and attempted to make off with her iPhone. The two struggled for the phone but he snatched it and pushed her away.
Brian Hester and Chase Bunn were on a smoke break when they witnessed the attempted robbery.
“She was screaming, ‘Help!’ ” Hester told The Post. “They were wrestling. He snatched the phone and pushed her.”

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Hester and Bunn took off after the man. “My coffee went everywhere, and my phone fell out of my pocket,” Hester said. Bunn grabbed Udell first but hurt his knee in the process. Hester then knocked the suspect to the ground becoming slightly dazed himself in the fall.
A crowd began to gather with one man pinning Udell down with a foot to the throat. As Hester tried to hold off the angry bystanders, Udell jumped up and again began to flee.
Hester chased him down a second time, this time holding the crook until police arrived.
“I was like, ‘I don’t have all day to be chasing you,’ ” Hester said. “Thieves need to know, ‘You’re not going to get away with this in broad daylight.'”
Take a look at the video below for real footage of the incident.

 
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Posted by on 31/07/2012 in IT

 

Djay for Mac Gets Updated With Retina Display Support

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Djay, a popular DJ application for OS X, has been updated to support the Retina Display MacBook Pro.
djay transforms your Mac into a full-fledged DJ system, allowing you to mix your iTunes music library on a hyper-realistic turntable interface. Perform live, record mixes on-the-go, or enable Automix mode and let djay mix your favorite playlist automatically. With unprecedented ease-of-use and innovative features like Harmonic Match™, djay takes DJing to the next level and offers a unique experience for beginners and professionals alike.

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FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS:
✔ Seamless iTunes integration
✔ Easy-to-use drag and drop interface
✔ Automix mode
✔ Harmonic Match™ (Key detection and matching)
✔ BPM Sync: automatic beat and tempo matching
✔ Mix Recording
✔ Sampler (with built-in sound pack)

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✔ Pre-cueing with headphones
✔ Live Microphone
✔ Audio FX: Flanger, Phaser, Echo, Gate, Bit Crusher, Filter (High Pass, Low Pass)
✔ Beat-matched Looping
✔ Multiple Cue Points
✔ Key Lock / Pitch Shifting
✔ Auto-Gain (automatic volume normalization)
✔ Visual waveforms
✔ High-quality scratching
✔ Mixer, tempo, and EQ controls
✔ Song history (with export to iTunes + PDF)

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✔ iCloud integration
✔ Multi-Touch trackpad control
✔ MIDI learn
✔ Support for external audio interfaces and controllers (USB, Firewire, MIDI)
✔ Support for all major audio formats including MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF (restricted support for DRM protected songs)
✔ Fully optimized for OS X Lion
★ Update: Added compatibility with iTunes Match:
To play tracks from iTunes Match with djay, please first download them with iTunes by clicking the track’s cloud icon, then choose Refresh in djay’s Library menu.
What’s New In This Version:
✔ Fully optimized for Retina display
✔ Improved compatibility with AirPlay on OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
✔ Fixed playlist folders not being shown in djay Remote app
You can purchase djay from the App Store for $9.99.

 
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Posted by on 31/07/2012 in IT

 

Steve Jobs Nearly Leaked the Original iPhone to a Fedex Delivery Man

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Steve Jobs nearly leaked the original iPhone when he walked out of his home to sign for a Fedex package with iPhone in hand, a former Apple employee tells Business Insider.

We had a problem with the WiFi on an early build of the iPhone. Steve had this house that was just a no man’s land for WiFi, with thick walls. It finally got to the point where we were fried and panicky because MacWorld was coming up, so we decided to go and debug at Steve’s house.
When we got there, Steve was sitting in his car in the driveway rocking out to some really loud music. The car was off, he was just listening. When we he saw us, he turned off the music, popped out of the car, and said, “Hey guys!” We went into his house and started debugging the problem. Then all of the sudden, this crazy ass medieval buzzer starts going off and startles us, and even startled Steve. He quickly figured out it was coming from the pedestrian gate on the other side of his house.
Up walks the happiest FedEx guy you have ever seen, coming up to the door. It’s not Steve’s normal guy, which is why he was surprised. So Steve goes out to meet him because he has to sign for this package, but he’s got the iPhone in one of his hands. Steve just walks out casually, drops the phone behind his back, signs the package, and the FedEx dude marches off.
Now you have to understand, when we carried the phones to his house, we carried them in these Pelican lock boxes. These phones were never to leave Apple’s campus, and Steve just casually throws it behind his back. That was the first time I saw someone casually come close to seeing the iPhone before it was announced, and he didn’t even know it. If the FedEx guy had just tilted his head, he would have seen it.

It this case Apple was successful in keeping the device a secret; unfortunately, it wasn’t so lucky with the iPhone 4 when an employee accidentally left unreleased device in a bar.

 
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Posted by on 31/07/2012 in IT

 

AllThingsD Confirms Apple Event for September 12th

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AllThingsD says it’s confirmed with sources that Apple will hold an event on September 12th at which the company will likely unveil the new iPhone.
iMore was first to report that the company has scheduled a special event for Wednesday, September 12, and now we’ve confirmed it as well. Sources tell AllThingsD that Apple is currently planning an event for that week. And while we haven’t yet confirmed its focus, history suggests it will indeed be the new iPhone.

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The site which is part of the WSJ Network has been very accurate with its predictions in the past. They also note that according to Apple’s latest 10-Q filing, prepayment for inventory components rose $1.15 billion sequentially in the June quarter, reaching 12.6% of total sales, the highest level its been at in four years. This would suggest Apple has major updates ahead.

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Posted by on 31/07/2012 in IT

 

Jonathan Ive: ‘Our Goal Isn’t to Make Money’

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Jonathan Ive, Apple SVP of Industrial Design, says the company’s goal isn’t to make money, but to make good products. He made these comments speaking at the British Embassy’s Creative Summit, reports Wired.
“We are really pleased with our revenues but our goal isn’t to make money. It sounds a little flippant, but it’s the truth. Our goal and what makes us excited is to make great products. If we are successful people will like them and if we are operationally competent, we will make money,” he said.
Ive notes that when Steve Jobs returned to Apple “his observation was that the products weren’t good enough” and “his resolve was to make better products.” Previous attempts to save the company from bankruptcy had focused on cost savings and revenue generation.
“I refute that design is important. Design is a prerequisite. Good design — innovation — is really hard,” said Ive. “We say no to a lot of things that we want to do and are intrigued by so that we only work on a manageable amount of products and can invest an incredible amount of care on each of them.”

 
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Posted by on 31/07/2012 in IT

 

Samsung Objects to ‘Gratuitous Images’ of Steve Jobs in Apple Trial Presentation

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Samsung filed an objection to Apple’s use of Steve Jobs photos in its opening presentation for trial, reports FOSS Patents.
Samsung objected to the images of Steve Jobs appearing in Slide Nos. 6, 7, 12, 16, and 29 of the opening presentation.
According to the company, “[t]hese gratuitous images have no evidentiary value and have been asserted in order to turn the trial into the popularity contest that the Court prohibited.” Samsung then quoted the ruling which said: “Evidence related to Steve Jobs will generally be excluded unless it is specifically relevant to the IP rights at issue in the case, although the Court will make that determination on a case-by-case basis.”
Late last night Judge Koh dismissed Samsung’s objections ruling that the use of Steve Jobs images is “relevant to Apple’s iPhone design patent and trade dress claims and is not unduly prejudicial”.

 
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Posted by on 31/07/2012 in IT

 
 
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