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Apple’s Tim Cook Spotted at China Mobile’s Headquarters?

Tim Cook at China Mobile HQ

M.I.C. Gadget reports that  a reporter from a Chinese newspaper  First Financial Daily saw Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook in the lobby of China Mobile’s headquarters earlier today. The reporter was able to take a photo.

This morning, around 10, Apple COO Tim Cook is spotted in the lobby of China Mobile’s HQ, accompanied by 7-8 people. Probably Cook is talking with executives from China Mobile to discuss bilateral cooperation for the iPhone. Both China and America flags are seen in the lobby, and Cook seems to be happy.

The world’s largest mobile carrier is China Mobile  with over 600 million customers, opening a huge opportunity for Apple. Even though the iPhone is available in China, it isn’t available for customers using China Mobile. China Mobile has been interested  in offering the iPhone, but due to a different network standard (TD-SCDMA)  Apple has so far not agreed to build customized hardware capable of running on their network.

Last month, reports came out that suggested  that Apple and China Mobile were nearing an agreement for an iPhone specifically developed for the carrier’s TD-LTE 4G network. If the reporter is accurate about Tim Cook’s spotting, then significant discussions are probably occurring. Cook is currently in charge of Apple’s day-to-day operations and  would suggest that he is directly involved at the highest level.

Court Order Denies Samsung Preview of iPad 3 and iPhone 5

The lawsuits war between Apple and Samsung has been going on for a long time. Apple first filed suit against Samsung in April, claiming that the Samsung Galaxy line too closely imitated the look and feel of its iOS devices. Samsung then fired back at Apple, filing 10 different patent infringement claims against Apple over the iPhone and the iPad.

Samsung Apple LawsuitIn May, Samsung’s lawyers demanded that they wanted to see Apple’s future products because devices like the Droid Charge and Galaxy Tab 10.1  will presumably be in the market at the same time as the iPhone 5 and iPad 3, and they want to evaluate any possible similarities so they can prepare for further potential legal action from Apple. The request came after the court ordered Samsung to show prototypes of its new, already-announced devices to Apple.

As expected, the U.S. Circuit judge yesterday denied Samsung’s request to preview iPad 3 and iPhone 5. In her 11 page order, Judge Lucy Koh tried to explain in detail the reasons for which Samsung’s request was rejected.

The Court concludes that Samsung has not shown good cause to justify expedited discovery of Apple’s future products, packaging, and packaging inserts. Samsung’s motion to compel is therefore DENIED. As noted above, the Court nonetheless believes that Samsung should be entitled to parity in discovery directed at Apple’s potential  preliminary injunction motion. If Samsung had requested reasonable discovery along the lines discussed at the hearing on Apple’s motion for expedited discovery, the Court would have granted the request. However, as Samsung has not requested such discovery in this motion, the Court  cannot order it. In any case, it appears that Apple may be willing to provide such discovery without the need for Court intervention

Judge also noted that, Samsung’s claim of prejudice was undermined to some extent by evidence that Samsung has already released images and samples of its forthcoming products to the media and members of the public.” iPad 3 and iPhone 5 on the other hand are only rumours based on media reports and given iPad 2 was launched earlier this year, there is very little chance of Apple releasing iPad 3 anytime soon.

Everything was not good for Apple though. A part of judge’s order hinted that Apple may not get an injunction against Samsung unless it provides the iPhone 5 or the iPad 3 to the court for evaluation. It means, Samsung can continue to sell its mobile devices in the U.S. and is not under any pressure to reach a settlement in this case.

You can read the full order here:

Court Order Denying Motion Re iPhone 5 iPad 3

Bloomberg: iPhone 5 In September, Hi-res iPad 3?

iPhone 4 Back

A few hours ago, BGR reported that the next-generation iPhone will  offer a new form factor,  bringing a radical new case design. Now,  Bloomberg reports something completely different. According to Bloomberg, the next-gen iPhone will contain a faster processor and a better camera.

The device will include the A5 processor, the more powerful chip that Apple added to the iPad 2 earlier this year, along with an 8-megapixel camera, up from the 5-megapixel model in the iPhone 4, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public.

Bloomberg also contradicts BGR’s report by saying that the next-gen iPhone will closely resemble the iPhone 4. The next-gen iPhone is supposed to be codenamed “Telluride”.

In addition, Bloomberg has also received information about the next-gen iPad from its sources. According to their sources, Apple is testing  a new version of the iPad that has a “higher resolution screen, similar to the one now used in the iPhone 4″. They also report that the resolution of the new iPad would be “about one-third higher” than the iPad 2.

I think the information Bloomberg received regarding the next-gen iPhone could very well be true. Judging by previous Apple product announcements, it looks like the next-gen iPhone will be more of an evolutionary update than a revolutionary one.

Apple Releases Final Cut Pro X, Cuts Express Version

Apple released the newest version of their video editing suite, Final Cut Pro, this morning. The newest edition, which is number 10, includes a host of new features and updates that will make any Final Cut fan happy.

Apple Final Cut Pro X

Some of the most talked about features in the newest version of Final Cut Pro include native 64-bit support, meaning that the award-winning video editing platform can take full advantage of all the ram available in 64-bit versions of OS X. This means support for more than 4 GB of RAM.

The fans of Final Cut are also excited about the new editing system that Apple calls ‘Magnetic Timeline.’ This trackless system of editing, which resembles the system used by Adobe in their Premier software, makes the process of creating high quality edited video much simpler for the user.

While the new additions are part of the draw of upgrading to Final Cut Pro X, another major reason is to get the updated software. As with every software update release, Apple has included many bug fixes and patches with Final Cut Pro X. However, there is a rather glaring omission from Apple’s newest Final Cut release.

The major complaint from Mac users regarding the release of Final Cut Pro X is around the fact that Apple will not be releasing an Express version of the software. In the past, the steep price tag of the Final Cut suite has kept many users away from the full version, instead opting for the more reasonably priced Express version.

Apple justifies its decision by offering the Pro version of Final Cut for only $299. They say that this price is much more accessible to the average users of Final Cut. The suite can be completed by purchasing the Motion and Compression apps for $49 each. All three applications are available in the Mac App Store.

[via AppleInsider]

 

Apple Sued in India. Comes Under CCI Scanner.

Apple comes under the CCI scanner in India when a customer filed a complaint against Apple under The Competition Act 2002 (amended in 2007) stating that Apple is restricting customers from buying apple products (iPhone) by making its availability for only a selected few carriers (Airtel and Aircel). The section 4 specifically deals with Abuse of dominant position.

Apple had announced the iPhone 4 for Airtel and Aircel customers last month, while the iPad is sold through Apple store only.

The complainant has also alleged that a user can only download software from the i-store and the others are not recognised by the device,a senior CCI official said.

Apple iPhone 4

The complaint also stated that the phone could be serviced in Apple centers only, which charge high rates for servicing. The Commission will look into the matter for consideration by the end of this week, sources said.

There are a few things the CCI must consider –

First of all, Airtel and Aircel are selling “unlocked” iPhones with optional offer i.e. you’re free to use it with any service provider you choose. Second, Apple products are sold not just by Apple Stores, but by various distributors – Croma, Imagine Stores and several others.

Finally, every manufacturer voids the products warranty if the device is serviced at unauthorized centers. Apple has 3rd party centers in India which operate with Apple to help with major issues.

Well, laws can get tricky. It all depends on the interpretation of the law. Apple will sure argue and explain how they operate in India, however they will definitely have a tough time fighting the case.

Apple iPad 2 Commercial Released, Entitled “Now” [Video]

Apple has released a new iPad 2 commercial entitled “Now” that highlights more on user experience rather than hardware specs. This 30 second video clip showcases how users can use iPad to watch movies, read magazines, newspapers and video call using FaceTime.

Now, we can watch a newspaper; listen to a magazine; curl up with a movie; and see a phone call.
Now, we can take a classroom anywhere; hold an entire bookstore; and touch the stars.
Because now, there’s this.

Apple’s competitors emphasize more on technical specifications, but Apple has decided to take a different route. They are working completely on a different strategy to market their products by highlighting more on user experience. This commercial is simple and to the point, and does not amplify on technical specifications.

Another “i”, Another Dispute. Apple Sued by Publisher over iBooks Trademark

It’s just another trademark dispute Apple faces. This time it is publisher John T. Colby who filed a case against Apple for the use of the name “iBooks”.

The suit was filed by J.T. Colby and Co. in U.S. Southern District Court for New York. It indicates that Colby purchased assets of various entities in 2006 and 2007 from Byron Preiss, a New York Publisher who had published more than 1,000 books under the “ibooks” brand starting in 1999. The “ibooks” imprint was named “America’s fastest growing small publisher” by Publishers Weekly in 2004.

Colby believes that Apple using the name iBooks will devalue his products that use the same term. He claims that the use of the term infringes on his ability to use the ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebook’ trademarks.

Apple’s use of the mark ‘iBooks’ to denote the electronic library that can be accessed via its iPad tablet computer and its iPhone is likely to overwhelm the good will of plaintiffs’ ‘ibooks’ and ‘ipicturebooks’ marks and render them virtually worthless,

iBooks

United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) search reveals that Apple has a trademark of its own for iBooks (75182820), relating to “computer (hardware and) software used to support and create interactive, user-modifiable electronic booksfrom back in 1996. Apple had launched the first iBook laptop in July 1999 and was replaced by the MacBook in 2006.

This could get tricky. Both parties calim to have a trademark for the same term, “iBooks”. Apple, however, has declined to comment on this.

Last week, Apple was sued over the iCloud trademark by a phoenix-based voice over IP company called iCloud Communications.

Watch out Apple, Facebook is Gearing Up to Launch Its Mobile App Store

Back when Facebook announced its Open Graph Protocol, I wrote that Mark Zuckerberg is a helluva ambitious bloke. He doesn’t want Facebook to be just another website we use every day, he wants Facebook to become an integral and essential part of our daily lives. Open Graph enabled Facebook to weave itself into the fabric of the web, and collect huge amounts of data on our preferences and interests.

FacebookNow, if TechCrunch is to be believed, Facebook is working on a new platform aimed squarely at mobile users. The new platform, codenamed Project Spartan, will leverage HTML5 and other web technologies to deliver mobile applications and games. The initial target will be iOS devices (iPhones and iPads running Mobile Safari). However, given that it will essentially be a HTML5 based platform, it shouldn’t be too hard to extend Project Spartan to Android and other mobile platforms.

According to the report, there are about 80 outside developers currently working with Facebook on Project Spartan. Facebook will essentially act as a wrapper around these apps, and support sharing options and monetary transactions (through Facebook Credits). The app developers are expected to roll in their applications within the next couple of weeks, in preparation for the impending launch of Facebook’s app store.

Mobile app stores are blossoming and even the little known ones like Opera Mobile Store are pulling in hundreds of thousands of downloads per day. Given its huge user base and cross-platform presence, Facebook obviously believes that this is another segment it can compete in. While browser based apps have the advantage of being cross-platform, the lack of system level access (access to APIs) will also make them restricted in many ways. Facebook’s app store won’t be able to outperform or eliminate Apple’s App Store and Android’s Market. However, it doesn’t need do. Even if it succeeds in grabbing a decent percentage of users, Project Spartan will be a lucrative platform that will steal a significant amount of revenue from the likes of Apple. And of course, it will give Facebook foothold in another segment that initially seemed to have little to do with the social network.

Best iPhone Photography Apps

There are over hundreds of photography-related iPhone apps available in the iTunes app store and it’s quite hard to decide which app is the best. Here’s a list of carefully selected iPhone apps that will easily capture/edit your photos and share them with your friends.

Free Apps

Instagram

Instagram lets you take quick photos or use photos that already exist in your iPhone, apply creative filters and share it with friends on Flickr, Facebook or Twitter. You can also tag your photos with location using your foursquare account.

Instagram has over 11 different custom filters you can apply to your photos.

PicPlz

PicPlz is similar to Instagram which allows you to quickly snap photos and share it among your online friends. In competition with Instagram, PicPlz also introduced filters to add some effect to your photos. You can view a live thumbnail preview of what your photo will look like with different filters.

PicPlz iPhone App

Old Photo Pro

With Old Photo Pro you can make your photos look old as if you captured them years ago. You can manually edit the photo or let the application do all the work.

Photoshop Express

Photoshop Express app is developed by Adobe and comes with some handful of features. You can quickly edit – adjust color, crop, straighten, rotate and flip your photos and share it with your friends.

Top features:

  • Basics: Crop, Straighten, Rotate, and Flip
  • Color: Exposure, Saturation, Tint, Black and White, and Contrast
  • Filters: Sketch, Soft Focus, and Sharpen
  • Effects: Vibrant, Pop, Border, Vignette Blur, Warm Vintage, Rainbow, White Glow, and Soft Black and White
  • Borders: Rectangle, Rounded, Oval, Soft Edge, Vignette, Rough Edge, Halftone, and Film Emulsion

Picture Effect Magic

Picture Effect Magic can transform your photos into retro photo or a picture drawn by a pencil or paints, or done in a Modern Art style by tap of a button. You can add cool filters like Vertical Quad and Subtense which you cannot find on any other app.

Paid Apps:

Camera+

Camera+ shooting modes and high quality effects brings in the DSLR feeling. Camera+ has key feature like a stabilizer timer and take photos in burst mode. It has 6× higher quality zoom with ability to adjust photos by flipping, rotating and cropping it.

Camera+ lets you share your photos on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and even email.

The app is available for $0.99

Magic Shutter

Magic Shutter focuses on leaving the camera shutter open and easily take long exposure and repeated exposure photos.

Here’s a video tutorial shared by Anistar App Studio

Magic Shutter costs $2.99

ToonPAINT

ToonPAINT allows you to easily create awesome looking cartoon-paintings with your photos and give them a fun animated look. The app offers the ability to change colors by double tapping on the color splat.

ToonPaint iPhone App

It costs $1.99

Pro HDR

This app allows you to shoot an auto HDR just like the Apple built-in version, but allows you to capture 3 or more photos. Pro HDR captures images exposed for the highlights and another exposed for the shadows. It then merges the images to give you a 3- or 5-megapixel HDR image.

The app costs $1.99

360 Panorama

Panorama is very popular feature on most digital camera. This feature allows you to take multiple photos of a horizontal landscape which are later combined together to form one picture.

Its usually very difficult to capture multiple pictures and combining them together. This iPhone app makes your life easy. It automatically combines all the pictures for your and generates the final picture.

360 Panorama

It costs $0.99

TimeLapse

TimeLapse is the professional choice for automating the iPhone and iPod’s camera to help create time lapse photo sequences. It is used to create HD videos on your iPhone and store full size, GPS tagged, photos in the photo library for later downloading.

TimeLapse is available for $1.99

Here’s a example Time Lapse video

Big Brother App Removed from App Store for “Harvesting User Passwords”

Yesterday Keith had written an article on common passcodes used by iPhone users to lock their iPhone. These stats were released by an iOS developer Daniel Amitay, who developed the app Big Brother which anonymously collected passcode from users of its app.

With less than 24hours after sharing the stats, the Big Brother app was removed from the App Store. Amitay reached out to Apple to address the issue and later in the night, Apple called up Amitay and stated that the main reason why the app was removed because Apple believed that he was surreptitiously harvesting user passwords.

iPhone Passcode

Amitay states on his blog

I think I should clarify exactly what data I was referring to, and how I was obtaining it. First, these passcodes are those that are input into Big Brother, not the actual iPhone lockscreen passcodes. Second, when the app sends this data to my server, it is literally sending only that number (e.g. 1234) and nothing else. I have no way of identifying any user or device whatsoever.

Amitay also cites section B of the iTunes EULA which states:

b. Consent to Use of Data: You agree that Application Provider may collect and use technical data and related information, including but not limited to technical information about Your device, system and application software, and peripherals, that is gathered periodically to facilitate the provision of software updates, product support and other services to You (if any) related to the Licensed Application. Application Provider may use this information, as long as it is in a form that does not personally identify You, to improve its products or to provide services or technologies to you.

According to Amitay, the passcodes were collected from the Big Brother app and not from the actual iPhone lockscreen. The app does not reveal any specific password data, as its all anonymous.

Amitay noted that the caller from Apple knew nothing about his articles posted on his blog and believed that his articles was heard by word of mouth and Apple thought he was stealing passwords.

Here’s a tutorial on how you can create strong, secure and safe passcodes for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad