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Leaked: Apple’s New Product, A Trackpad Leaked Before WWDC

The WWDC event will start within a moment, and an Apple product gets leaked already. This product is supposed to be a trackpad with multi-touch capabilities. This trackpad can be connected to other computers, wirelessly. The picture was spotted by Engadget and it looks convincing. The device has Apple logo on it and it is supposed to connect using Bluetooth to other computers.

The prediction could be wrong but whatever it is will be cleared soon. The excitement has already begun, stay tuned to our live blog for updates.

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Acer Demonstrates The Acer LumiRead L600 eReader At The Computex

Looks like Acer wants to grab a share of the eBook reader market from Apple and Amazon. The company demonstrated the Acer LumiRead L600 e-reader at the ongoing Computex. The LumiRead L600 looks very much like theclip_image001 Amazon Kindle. The eBook reader packs in a 6-inch e-Ink display, having a resolution of 800*600. The device also has a D-pad and a 37 key QWERTY keyboard.

The device is powered by a Freescale iMX357 processor running at 532 MHz, and has 128MB of RAM. The device was kept under the glass at the ongoing Computex, so no further information is available about the device. Acer did not mention anything about the price and the launch date of the device.

In any case, the Acer LumiRead L600 e-reader has a very tough task ahead. Grabbing share from the Apple iPad, which is selling like hot cakes, is surely going to be a herculean task.

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Apple Tries To Be Open: Launches HTML5 Showcase That Doesn’t Use a Lot of HTML5

In the recent past, Apple has been vilified for acting like a big brother. Regular Techie Buzz readers are probably familiar with Apple’s battle against Flash and their stance against open technologies like Theora and WebM. Perhaps stung by the criticism, Apple has launched a new HTML5 showcase demonstrating what’s possible with Safari.

The message is loud and clear – Flash isn’t the only way to deliver rich web applications. If developers don’t want to write Apple product-specific code, they can always opt for open web standards.

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The HTML5 Technology demo gallery has some spectacular samples, which showcase video, audio, typography, transitions and more. Each and every one of these demos have Apple’s hallmark. They are simple, yet stunning enough to wow you.

Unfortunately, they also bear Apple’s other signature – a lot of half-truths. According to Opera developer, Haavard K. Moen, “The only things that are HTML5 on that page are HTML5 <audio> and <video>”.

Worse still, Apple is using browser sniffing to artificially block other browsers. So, although Chrome – another WebKit based browser, does significantly better than Safari in HTML5Test.com, it stumbles while rendering Apple’s HTML5 showcase. Opera is another browser with an impressive HTML5 support that is not allowed to render Safari’s technology demos.

It is obviously well within Apple’s rights to create stunning demos showcasing its browser’s capabilities. However, dubbing its technology demos as HTML5 and Web Standards showcase, when they are clearly not, is despicable.

Apple deserves credit for encouraging and promoting HTML5. In fact, their focus on HTML5 will probably lead to an overall faster rate of adoption among both browser makers and developers. However, as Haavard points out, Apple is also trying to use HTML5 and open, as a buzzword, to its advantage.

And yeah, if you thought Microsoft fares better, here is a hilarious take on Internet Explorer’s HTML5 Testing Center.

Update: As pointed out by Sathya, Mozilla’s Robert Sayre has responded to Apple’s HTML5 Demos in his own eloquent manner.

What You Can Expect At WWDC 2010

The Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) is just a few days away now. This year the expectations from the WWDC event are higher than before. The Gizmodo/iPhone 4G fiasco has already publicized the launch ofwwdc10_sold-out-badge the iPhone 4G/HD. This is the first time, that we have an idea of the specifications of the iPhone to be released by Apple. Apple has been known to keep its product under wraps before they officially announce it, but this time they have failed miserably. Thanks to the numerous leaks, we know that the iPhone 4G/HD will once again set the bar high so high, that other phone manufacturers will struggle to catch up. It was earlier rumoured that Steve Ballmer will be present at the WWDC event, but this news has been denied by Microsoft in a tweet.

This year, the WWDC will kick off with a keynote address from CEO Steve Jobs himself! More than 5000 developers are expected to visit the WWDC event this year. Besides the launch of the iPhone 4G/HD, we also expect a new generation of the iPod Touch from Apple. The iPod Touch prototype that leaked in Vietnam earlier this year, does indicate that the iPod touch will have a camera. Along with the two iDevices mentioned above, we also expect Apple to release a new Beta or maybe the final version of the upcoming iPhone 4 OS. Hopefully, Apple will also release the 10.6.4 update for Mac OS X. The 10.6.3 update for OS X, increased the boot-up times, and caused performance issues for many people.

According to Apple, this year the WWDC event will focus on five key technology tracks: Application Frameworks; Internet & Web; Graphics & Media; Developer Tools; and Core OS.This year, the WWDC event is being held at San Francisco. The event will start from June 7th and will continue until the 11th of June. The event will start from 10 AM local time, with a keynote from Steve Jobs. Here is the link to the special events to be held at the WWDC event. To watch the Steve Jobs keynote online, click here

Rumour: Amazon To Launch A New Improved Kindle This August

The Amazon Kindle is a very popular electronic book reader in the US. The device lacks a colour display, and Wi-Fi but has still managed to grab 60% of the U.S market share. Now rumors suggest that Amazon is preparing aclip_image001 new improved version of the Amazon Kindle. The new Kindle is expected to go on sale in the month of August. Rumors suggest that the next generation electronic reader will be thinner than its predecessor, and faster as well. Engadget also reports that the next generation Amazon Kindle will feature Wi-Fi as well.

Other new rumored feature includes improved contrast sensitivity for better text readability. Sadly, the next generation Amazon Kindle is not expected to feature either touch screen or a color screen. The Amazon Kindle is facing tough competition from the Apple iPad. Apple has already managed to sell more than 2 million iPads worldwide in less than 60 days.

Skype Application For iPhone Updated; Adds Free Skype-To-Skype Calls Via 3G

Skype has just launched a new version of the Skype application for the iPhone. The new application version is numbered v2.0, and enables free voice calls on the iPhone over the 3G network. The new Skype application nowskype works over 3G network as well, unlike the previous version that only worked using   Wi-Fi hot spots.

Skype has also made Skype-to-Skype phone calls over 3G free until the month of August. Skype-to-Skype calls made over Wi-Fi still remain free. The updated version of the application also features a better call quality indicator. The application start-up time has also been decreased. The call quality will be near CD like on the iPhone 3GS and on the 2nd generation iPod Touch.

Users can download the latest version of the Skype application from the Apple AppStore right away.

Amazon Officially Launches The Kindle Application For The iPad

The Amazon Kindle Application for Android might not be out yet, but the iPad version is officially out. Today, Amazon released the iPad version of the Kindle app in an official press release. The application is available in alliPad the countries, where the iPad is up for sale.

We’re thrilled to make Kindle for iPad available to readers around the world,” said Jay Marine, director, Amazon Kindle. “Kindle for iPad includes all the features customers love about Kindle for iPhone, including great selection and synchronization of their books across a variety of Kindle apps, along with a beautiful new user interface tailored to the look and feel of iPad. Kindle for iPad is the perfect companion for the millions of customers who already own a Kindle or Kindle DX, and a way for customers to download and enjoy books even if they don’t yet have a Kindle.”

The Kindle application for the iPad will give the users access to over thousands of book available in the Kindle Store.

The notable feature of the Kindle App for the iPad includes :

*The Kindle Application for the iPad features a page turn animation, and has an interactive and simple UI. The application has been tailor made for the large screen of the iPad.

* Synchronize bookmarks, highlights, and notes among various Kindle compatible devices

* The Kindle Application allows users to dim the iPad screen brightness, right from within the application

*The Kindle Application for the iPad features up to three different background colours for reducing the strain on the users’ eye.

Here is the link to the official press release.

iPad Goes International, Launches in Nine Countries Today

This is it, the worldwide (at-least in 9 countries) wait for Apple’s next-gen plaything, , is over. Today, 9 countries will be able to purchase the iPad in retail stores starting 8AM.

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Apple iPad goes on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on May 28, 2010. This worldwide launch will allow Apple to further increase the sales of iPad which has already sold in millions in the United States.

The International release of iPad was delayed by a month due to manufacturing issues based on the high demand for the device in US. However, everything aside, if you are in any of the above countries listed above, you can wake up and say hello to the iPad.

There are few reports which say that there are already huge lines in retail stores in Japan, which is touted as the electronic district with most users toting high end gadgets.

Will you be in a line to buy a iPad today in your country, do let us know and send us pictures of the stores you are buying the iPad in.

Access Flash Websites on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

Steve jobs is not relenting to entertain Flash on the or , he even went to the extent of saying that he had no issues with Adobe, but would not allow Flash on the iPad and iPhone.

Flash on iPhone and iPad

However, with software and hardware there will always be a workaround to things, and the same can be said about accessing Flash on an iPhone or iPad. Cloud Browse is an iPhone app which allows users to browse and access flash-enabled websites on the iPhone and iPod touch.

However, Cloud Browse does not display Flash on the iPhone or iPad directly, when you browse to a website which has flash content, Cloud Browse will process the flash content on its own servers and then display it on your device.

The flash content displayed by Cloud Browse is not as fast as the original flash objects, however, you can at-least access Flash on your device.

Watch a video of Cloud Browse in action on an iPad below.

You can download Cloud Browse for free using this iTunes link.

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iPhone Hardware Data Encryption is #fail

Apple has more than once, boasted about the hardware data encryption used on its flagship iPhone. The hardware encryption uses a 256-bit AES and is an in your face feature as it cannot be disabled by users even if they want to.

An iPhone can be connected to a PC just like any other device though the connection requires the standard methods of authentication by a passcode and an initial pairing. Further, connecting a locked iPhone to a computer is also not possible.

However, all this falls under common and conventional realms. Bernd Marienfeldt, a security officer at UK internet node LINX, has discovered something interesting treading beyond these boundaries.He saw that if he connected his iPhone to his Ubuntu based system and rebooted it, he could gain a full read/write access to all internal files and folders since Ubuntu auto-mounts the file system. This process does not even require the iPhone to be paired to that computer.

Although Apple has been informed of the matter, it is not sure if they will release a fix to this.  Apple has started investigating into the matter and is under the assumption that this is caused by a race condition between the iPhone turning on and it’s file system being identified on USB.

It is funny to see how Apple has always shunned Linux and now, the simplest of the Linux makes its state of the art defense mechanisms look completely stupid.

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Watch Steve Jobs Keynote WWDC 2010 Online

Steve Jobs will be presenting the opening keynote at on June 7, 2010. To add to that, there are some fresh rumors which say that Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer may be on stage together during the Jobs keynote.

Steve Jobs Keynote WWDC 2010

This rumor in itself will send the excitement of people to a higher level. WWDC 2010 is a key Apple event for Apple developers who develop products for Mac OS X, and the .

Over 5000 developers will be part of WWDC 2010, and the Steve Jobs keynote will be the most tuned in on by the developers at Moscone West Center in San Francisco and tech enthusiast around the world.

The Steve Jobs keynote will be opening keynote for the June 7th – June 11th WWDC 2010 conference. The conference will be available online during that period.

If you are looking to watch the Steve Jobs Keynote at WWDC 2010 Online, stay tuned while we add the links. Links to the live Steve Jobs keynote will be added on or before June 7th, 2010.

Update: Mac Rumors has a live page for streaming the events which you can visit at Mac Rumors Live. You can also catch up the action live at Engadget Live in addition to live updates from Gdgt at http://live.gdgt.com/. Mac Observer also has a live blog where they will post updates on the event, you can visit it here. You can also follow the action live on by following @macrumorslive.

We will also be live blogging the event, so stay tuned for updates at our live blogging page at http://techie-buzz.com/live.

Update: Live Streaming video is available at Ustream, click  here for video updates of WWDC 2010.

Steve Ballmer And Steve Jobs Together At WWDC 2010?

is still 10 days away, however, the rumor mongers are making this interesting. According to some rumors floating around, we might see the unthinkable happening at WWDC 2010.

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The unthinkable is two rival CEO’s Steve Jobs from Apple and Steve Ballmer from Microsoft on the same stage at WWDC 2010. The rumor started when a Wall Street analyst said that seven minutes of time has been set aside by Microsoft to talk about their Visual Studio development tools to Apple developers during Steve Jobs keynote on June 7 at WWDC 2010.

Earlier yesterday, Apple toppled Microsoft to become one of the biggest tech companies in the world. If the rumor is true we might just see some good vibes on stage between these two charismatic personalities.

So will you be excited to see Steve Ballmer and Steve Jobs on stage together, or would you prefer to see them in a mud-fight ring :-).

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Steve Jobs Says He Respects and Admires Adobe, Just Hates Flash

Steve Jobs has been very clear about why he does not allow Adobe’s Flash player on the and , however, there has been a tug of war between both Adobe and Apple over this issue.

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A recent note sent by a user called Joshua to Steve Jobs, however got a different reply. The note asked Steve Jobs:

Do you hate Adobe and their products (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc) or do you just hate their view on Flash.

In reply, Steve Jobs said:

No, I respect and admire Adobe. We just choose to not have Flash on our devices.

That’s a pretty good way to clear up things, and I am amazed that a CEO of Steve Jobs stature takes out time to answer such questions.

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Apple Crosses Microsoft’s Market Capital Value

Apple has crossed the market capital of Microsoft for the first time. On current trade rates, Apple’s market capital is valued at $227.27 billion as compared to Microsoft’s $226.96 billion.

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To view the current market situation you can visit this Apple vs Microsoft comparison page on Google Finance.

Please note, the value of the bourses keep going up and down, so you might see a different market capital while viewing the comparison. However, Apple should definitely overtake Microsoft market cap and remain stable over the next few days.

(via Venture Beat)

Buy A Mac and Get iPod Touch 8GB Free in Apple Back To School Offer

Looks like Apple is wooing students with a deal on the already discounted price they offer to them. Starting from May 25, 2010 through September 7, 2010 students will be able to buy a Mac OS based laptop and desktop and get a 2nd generation 8GB iPod Touch free.

Apple Back to School Offer

The deal is applicable to students who buy both the Mac and iPod with Apple education pricing between May 25th and September 7th. When they do this they will receive an online rebate of up-to $199, which is the price of the iPod Touch 2G 8GB version.

Students can also club this offer with other iPod classic, or iPod nano and shuffle devices to receive discounts. Full list of available iPod’s is given in the terms of conditions document on the Apple site.

Excited? Head over to the back to school campaign page on the official Apple site to learn more.