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Apple Job Listing for Plastics Design Engineer Hints at Innovative Designs for Future Products

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Apple today posted a new job listing for Manufacturing Design Engineer with a focus in Advanced Plastic Tooling and Process. According to the job description, Apple is looking to expand and improve its current plastics division.

    Identify, develop and launch new tooling and process capabilities in support of new Apple product developments. Areas of focus will be “non-traditional” Apple plastic processing such as thermoforming, foam molding, blow molding, etc., and their application to new Apple products. The successful candidate will have demonstrated history of bringing new process and tooling technologies through a full development cycle and launch into high volume production.

Though Apple has focused heavily on aluminum for the iPad, the iPhone, and the MacBook line for the past few years, the Cupertino-based company has continued used plastics for the Apple TV, the Airport Extreme, keyboards, and other accessories.

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is working on a low cost iPhone that will be constructed primarily of plastic. The iPhone is said to be a hybrid of the iPhone 5 and the iPod Touch, with a plastic enclosure.

A new hire specializing in plastics is unlikely to be involved in the design of the low cost iPhone, given that it is rumored to be released later this year, but the open position does support reports that Apple is focusing on novel uses of plastics for upcoming products.  by macrumors

 
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Posted by on 31/01/2013 in IT

 

Apple TV Refresh to Be Stealth Update, Will Not Affect Product Features

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An Apple spokesperson spoke to The Next Web about the new Apple TV model disclosed in FCC filings yesterday.

The company explained that the changes are strictly internal, and there won’t be any new features or other changes. The Next Web is also reporting that the new Apple TV will use Apple’s A5X processor from the third-generation iPad, and an upgraded Broadcom BCM4334 wireless chip, as was reported last night. The external size of the device will also remain the same.

    “We sometimes make component changes which require an updated model number for regulatory approval,” an Apple spokesperson told TNW. “The component changes we made don’t affect product features and Apple TV customers will continue to have the same great user experience.”

The new Apple TV will not be marketed as a new version, and it appears the only way to distinguish the old from the new is via the model number.  by macrumors

 
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RIM Launches Next-Generation BlackBerry Z10, Announces Corporate Rebranding

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Research in Motion today announced its next-generation smartphone, the Z10. RIM also announced a corporate rebranding, officially changing the name of the company to BlackBerry.
All four U.S. carriers are expected to carry the Z10, shipping in March and starting at $199 with a two-year contract. Walt Mossberg, reviewing the Z10 for the Wall Street Journal, notes that a physical keyboard-equipped Q10 model is due in April as well. He notes that in “moderate to heavy use”, the battery didn’t last as long as a charge on an iPhone 5 in similar usage, but he did have some praise for the device.

BlackBerry has always leaned heavily on its physical keyboard, and, according to Mossberg, the virtual keyboard on the Z10 shines as well:

    The Z10 keyboard is the best and fastest out-of-the-box virtual keyboard I’ve used. Master BlackBerry thumb typists might not find it as fast as the traditional physical keyboard, but, for a one-finger typist like me, it was faster and more accurate than either the native keyboards on the iPhone or Android. This is partly because it features predictive typing. It displays words that are likely to come next right above the rows of letters, and lets you flick these words upward into the text you’re composing. It learns what mistakes you typically make in hitting letters, and adjusts. And it learns words and abbreviations you frequently use, even proper names.

The company promises 70,000 apps at launch, including staples like Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, MLB, and more. Many notable apps are missing however, including Pandora, Spotify and Netflix.

The Z10 comes with a 4.2″ 1280×768 display, giving it a higher pixel density than the iPhone 5; an 8 megapixel rear camera; 16GB capacity only, but includes a card slot for storage upgrades; available in white or black; a removable battery; and LTE support, though Mossberg got extremely poor data speeds on AT&T and RIM couldn’t explain why. by macrumors

 
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Posted by on 31/01/2013 in IT

 

The Simpsons: Tapped Out App Gets Valentine’s Day Themed Update

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The Simpsons: Tapped Out game for iOS has received a Valentine’s Day themed update that brings new buildings, characters, decorations, quests, and more.
THIS GAME IS LIFE-RUININGLY FUN! Homer accidently caused a meltdown that wiped out Springfield. D’OH! Now, it’s up to you to rebuild it! From the writers of The Simpsons, tap into a city building game that lets you create your own living, breathing Springfield… for FREE.

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What’s New In This Version:
Love has come to Springfield! Send Valentines to your friends and collect Hearts to add a romantic atmosphere to your Springfield with limited time decorations. We’ve got new limited-time characters, quests, and more – check it out…
• New Buildings – Pick up some love handles a la mode at Phineas Q. Butterfat’s, capitalize on insecure relationships at Howard’s Flowers, and even lose some golf balls at Sir Putt-A-Lots.
• New Characters – Send Shauna around searching for young love, get Homer and Marge to snuggle in the Golf Castle, and send Valentines with Lisa.
• New Decorations – Sweeten up your Springfield with rose bushes, cherub topiaries, and the “I Choo-Choo-Choose You Train.”
• New Quests – Join Bart on his quest for love. Will Bart and Shauna enjoy a blossoming romance, or will Bart be left sulking in his room?
• New Event – Visit your friends’ towns, send Valentine’s Day cards, and generate limited-time Heart currency.
You can download The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store for free.

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The iOS 6.1 Jailbreak is Called ‘Evasi0n’, Official Website Launched

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The Evad3rs Dev-Team has launched an official website for the jailbreak of iOS 6.1, dubbed ‘Evasi0n’.

The official evasi0n 6.1 jailbreak: http://evasi0n.com — Check regularly for updates! #evasi0n

The new team of hackers consists of Pod2g, Planetbeing, MuscleNerd, and Pimskeks. Following the release of iOS 6.1, Planetbeing confirmed that their untethered jailbreak works with the firmware and MuscleNerd hinted that the jailbreak could be released on Sunday.

According to the new website, the team is in the process of finishing the GUI.

We are in the process of finishing the GUI. Come back soon!

A progress bar indicates the team is more than half way done the jailbreak. The next step is private beta testing. When released, the jailbreak will be compatible with all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 6.0 through 6.1 by iclarified

 
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Posted by on 31/01/2013 in IT

 

Apple Releases SMC Firmware Update for MacBooks

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Apple today released a SMC Firmware Update for the MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
This update addresses a rare issue on some Apple notebooks where a battery that has accumulated more than 1000 charge cycles may unexpectedly shut down or stop functioning.

 
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Posted by on 31/01/2013 in IT

 

Siri Eyes Free Will Be Offered on the 2013 Honda Accord, Acura RDX and ILX

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Honda has announced that it will integrate Siri into its 2013 Honda Accord and Acura RDX and ILX vehicles as a dealer installed option.
Later this year, owners with a compatible iPhone running iOS 6 can direct Siri to perform a number of specific tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. Using Eyes Free mode, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further and minimizes distractions even more by keeping your iOS device’s screen from lighting up.
“iPhone has become so integral to people’s lives that they continue to use them in their vehicles, ” said Vicki Poponi, assistant vice president of automobile product planning, American Honda. “Offering Honda and Acura owners Siri and its Eyes Free mode via Bluetooth is an incredible opportunity to provide next-generation connectivity and meet our customer’s ever-changing needs.”

 
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Posted by on 31/01/2013 in IT

 
 
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