Steve Jobs’ Yacht Released After Security Deposit Posted

Last week, we reported that Steve Jobs’s family yacht had been impounded due to a dispute with the French designer Philippe Starck over design fees for the ship. Starck claimed that he was to be paid €9 million for designing the yacht, while the Jobs family said that they had agreed on a rate which was 6% of the €105 million construction cost for the yacht.

Now, AFP now reports that the yacht has been freed after the Jobs family posted a security deposit to a bank account.

“The Venus is no longer impounded, we have found a solution,” Gerard Moussault, a Hague-based lawyer for the Jobs estate, told AFP.

“A security deposit was paid into a bank account, but I cannot say for how much,” Moussault said after French designer Starck last week asked Amsterdam bailiffs to seize the sleek 70-metre (230-foot) yacht.

Due to bad weather, the yacht remains in a harbor in Amsterdam due to bad weather, but the report notes that the yacht is scheduled to be transported by ship to the United States to be turned over to the Jobs family at an unspecified date.

Microsoft Releases Wordament, First iPhone Game with Xbox Live Achievements

Today, Microsoft released a game called Wordament for the iPhone. It has been a popular game on Windows Phone, but available on iOS also. Wordament was originally a side-project for two Windows Live employees that was later acquired and published by Microsoft Game Studios. The game is also the first Microsoft game to come to iOS with Xbox Achievements.

When you sign in with your free Microsoft account, you can earn up to 50 Gamerscore from our 10 achievements and you’ll have access to all of your Xbox Friends and Wordament Frenemies. If you’ve played on Windows Phone or Window 8 and jump to the iOS version, all of your player stats and friends will follow your account automatically.

Wordament is a word game that allows you to compete, real-time, with everyone else playing at the same time. The app is available for free on the App Store. [Direct Link]

Microsoft has been taking steps to adopt the iOS gaming space. Earlier this year, they released an Xbox Live App that allows you to manage your Xbox Live account, and a few iOS games.

Steve Jobs’ Yacht Impounded in $3.6 Million Dispute Over Design Fee

DutchNews.nl reports that Steve Jobs’ yacht Venus, which launched nearly two months ago, has been impounded by authorities due to a dispute with the French designer Philippe Starck over design fees for the ship.

Baliffs boarded the brand new yacht Venus last Wednesday with an Amsterdam court order and it is now literally chained to the dock, the FD said. Port service companies have been instructed not to help it to leave.

The dispute centres on a €3m unpaid bill from Starck, known for his minimalist interiors, who worked with Jobs on designing the yacht for years. His fee had been established at 6% of the cost price, Rotterdam lawyer Roeland Klaassen told the paper.

The dispute is related to the cost of building the boat, with Starck claiming that the yacht was slated to cost €150 million while the Jobs family says that it only cost €105 million. The €45 million difference means that the designer believes that he is missing out on €2.7 million ($3.57 million) in design fees.

Apple in Talks to Acquire Home Automation Company R2 Studios

According to The Wall Street JournalApple, Microsoft, and Google are all potential buyers for home automation firm R2 Studios, part of the id8 Group founded by Blake Krikorian. The company was created in 2011 by Krikorian who founded Sling Media Inc., maker of the Slingbox TV streaming device.

R2 Studios, which is developing home-media and automation technology, has remained largely mum about its plans but last year released an app that turns Android phones into touch panels for controlling heating and lighting systems wirelessly. R2 Studios also holds some patents related to controlling electronic devices and interfaces.

The status of the discussion and terms under consideration remain unclear. A deal may not happen and some talks may be preliminary.

R2 Studios is currently developing a home automation technology, but as of now does not have any products on the market besides from an Android application that can control heating and lightning systems.

The reports also says that R2 also owns some patents related to “controlling electronic devices and interfaces”, in addition to its existing app work. If Apple does plan to release a television at some point, this technology could fit along nicely.

Apple Releases iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini

Today, Apple released iOS 6.0.2 for iPhone 5 and iPad mini. The release notes for the iPhone only note that an unnamed Wi-Fi bug has been fixed.

iOS 6.0.2 Software Update

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

• Fixes a bug that could impact Wi-Fi

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

The update can be download via Software Update in Settings or through iTunes.

Apple Reportedly in Talks for Data-Sharing Deal with Foursquare

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is in early discussions with the location-based app Foursquare for a data-sharing deal. Apple SVP Eddy Cue is reportedly involved with the negotiations as he tries to improve the Maps app that hasn’t lived up to Apple’s expectations.

Apple Inc. is in early discussions to integrate local data from Foursquare Labs Inc. into its mapping application, according to people familiar with the talks, as the company continues to build an arsenal of local data to try to take on Google Inc.

Foursquare’s data would provide information regarding local businesses like restaurants, bars and more and even allows users to leave tips about businesses for future visitors. According to the report, Apple may be able to use that data in its Maps app as well. Recently, Cue has been posting Foursquare check-ins on his Twitter account.

YouTube Releases ‘Capture’ App for iOS

Today, YouTube released a new app called Capture to make it easier for users to shoot and share video. The app offers quick and easy recording, basic editing with color correction, stabilization, trimming, and music tracks, as well as the ability to share videos on YouTube, Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

Once opening Capture, users can shoot new video or use existing footage from their camera roll; from there they can apply some automatic color correction filters, trim the video, and even apply a soundtrack. The app automatically starts uploading video as soon as you’re done shooting, and it also helpfully includes a landscape lock reminder to help cut down the blight of vertically-shot videos that are being taken these days.

YouTube Capture is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Google Maps for iOS Downloaded 10M Times in First 48 Hours

Last week, Google Maps for iOS was released. Now the app, as mentioned in a Google+ blog post from Jeff Huber, has turned out to be a hit, with more than 10 million downloads just 48 hours after the app was released last Wednesday night.

We’re excited for the positive reception of Google Maps for iPhone around the world. Congratulations to the Maps Team on the recognition for the passion and hard work they poured into it, for this release and over the last 7+ years.

If you already have it – thank you, and please tell a friend. Any feedback you have is welcomed, here in G+ or in the app (just shake it).

Google Maps took the number one free app ranking on the App Store within a day of its release, and today is has a 4.5 star rating with more than 20,000 reviews.

Google Maps is a free app that can be downloaded via the App Store. [App Store]

iPhone 5’s First Weekend Sales in China Top Two Million

Today, Apple announced that the company has sold over two million iPhone 5s in China, just three days after its launch. “Customer response to iPhone 5 in China has been incredible, setting a new record with the best first weekend sales ever in China,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “China is a very important market for us and customers there cannot wait to get their hands on Apple products.”

The original iPhone 5 launch weekend occurred in September and saw over 5 million sales to the initial 9 countries including the U.S.

Google Maps for iOS Released

Today, Google has released a standalone Maps app for iOS [App Store]. It is available via the App Store for free. The new app offers a significant number of features that weren’t offered in the built-in Maps app on iOS 5 and earlier. Turn-by-turn directions are offered along with the famous Street View.

Here’s the full list of features the Google Maps app offers:

Search

  • Find addresses, places and businesses around the world with Google local search.
  • Discover places to eat, drink, shop and play, with ratings and local reviews.
  • Sign in to sync your searches, directions, and favorite places between your computer and your phone.

Directions

  • Get voice guided, turn-by-turn driving directions.
  • Find your way by train, bus, subway or walking directions.
  • Access live traffic information in cities across the world.

Street View and imagery

  • View 360-degree panoramas of places around the globe with Street View.
  • See inside more than 100,000 businesses worldwide.
  • View high resolution satellite imagery of locations around the world.

Simple and easy to use

  • An entirely new Google Maps experience on your iPhone.
  • Newly designed and streamlined interface for even easier navigation of your world.
  • Use gestures to explore the map and browse results.
The app is not optimized for the iPad yet, but can be used as an iPhone app.