Apple developers have started receiving a beta of OS X 10.8.1, the first update to Mountain Lion since its release on July 25. While the release note accompanying the update lists no known issues, Apple does ask developers to focus testing on several areas -- including Wi-Fi and audio when connected to an Apple Thunderbolt Display, a noise issue tested extensively by MacNN last month. The new build is number 12B13 and is 38.5MB in size.
Friday's events in the Apple vs. Samsung trial in Judge Lucy Koh's courtroom in San Francisco today included two University of Toronto professors, an MIT marketing professor and two market research experts as Apple begins to wrap up its case against Samsung, clearing the way for Samsung to present its own charges next week. A presentation entered into evidence showed that Apple had warned Samsung it was infringing in 2010, and proposed a license of $30 per phone and $40 per tablet.
Google is set to become more aggressive against sites hosting allegedpirated material. From next week, the search engine will start to factor in the number of valid copyright notices it receives against a site, penalizing those with high numbers by placing them lower in search results. The ranking will "help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily," according to a post in the company's blog post.
Earlier today, Samsung attorneys filed a motion in the Apple versus Samsing patent trial in the District Court of the Northern District of California to "label joint exhibit devices in a manner not obscuring trade dress." Apple is the curator of the joint exhibits, most of which are Samsung-developed smartphones. The devices have large stickers affixed to the backs, labeling the devices as trial exhibits, but not obscuring any branding or device model identification.
A previously unannounced black variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III appears to be on the way, as a picture of the device has popped up on Samsung\'s Facebook page. The device has also -- as Android Police found out -- shown up in a product listing for the retailer Carphone Warehouse. Samsung has already released a
In another Samsung misstep, an attorney for Samsung-hired Quinn Emanuel has admitted that she wasn't yet allowed to practice law in the court district where an Apple vs. Samsung trial is being held. Susan Estrich, a law professor and Fox New analyst, was questioned early Thursday about her compliance with court regulations on attorney appearances and qualifications, and had until the close of business that day to accept or refute the court's records on her qualifications. She has since applied for and been accepted to practice before the court.
The New York Police Department and Microsoft have constructed a supercomputer to help fight crime. Costing between $30 and $40 million to create, the Domain Awareness System (DAS) uses a combination of CCTV, license plate readers, police reports, and live incident reports to track criminals and help protect the city from potential threats such as terrorist attacks.
A team at Disney Research has created a new wearable tactile technology that effectively changes the sensation felt when touching physical objects, using electricity. Revel can add artificial tactile sensations to almost any surface or object, without having to use the motors and actuators currently employed by touchscreen haptic feedback found in phones and tablets, and force feedback rumbling found in game controllers.
Sprint may be preparing to give away a 7-inch tablet with the purchase of a new or renewal smartphone contract. TechnoBuffalo has uncovered a flier that says the carrier will unveil a new offer; one wherein customers will receive a ZTE Optik along with the purchase of a new smartphone on a two-year contract. Customers taking advantage of the offer won\'t just be signing up for a smartphone contract, though; the carrier will require that they activate a new contract with the Optik as well.
A leaked image suggests the Kinect 2 will work with improved depth-of-field and use more movement data than before. The image surfaced on a Twitter feed run by @superDaE, apparently showing perceived depth as seen from the sensor. The two subjects viewed appear to have a higher level of detail than the current version of the Kinect is capable of producing, suggesting the system will measure movements with higher degree of accuracy.
Adding to prior evidence that a 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is in the offing, a new model of the high-resolution MacBook has shown up in another set of online benchmarks. As Mac Rumors details, the new model bears many of the same specs as the model spotted earlier this year, but with a few key differences. Apple has been thought to have a 13-inch version of its MacBook line of notebooks in the works for some time, and the computers are expected to ship later this year.
French website Nowherelse.fr has uncovered what are said to be some of the first photos of the actual plug for Apple\'s new dock connector format. In the past, only images of matching ports on next-generation iPhone parts have been leaked. The plug is smaller than the current Apple format for portable devices, and in fact much narrower than a regular USB plug, closer to micro- or mini-USB. The images are believed to have been found on a Chinese-language site.
The days of speaker docks like the Pure Contour 100i are probably numbered, even if they\'ll continue to be made for a while. In an age of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it makes less and less sense to limit people to the devices a specific connector format might support. Still, quality non-wireless docks exist, and they\'re especially handy for people who want to charge their devices and listen to them at the same time. We\'ll judge if the 100i is a worthwhile entry into the field.
Verizon Wireless once again claimed the top spot among US carriers in terms of customer loyalty. The company reported today that its second quarter churn rate was 0.84 percent. Verizon edged out the unnamed second place finisher, which tallied a 0.97 percent churn rate. Third and fourth place carriers saw churn rates of 1.79 and 2.1 percent. Churn measures the percentage of customers who leave their wireless providers in a given period. Verizon\'s churn figures represent only wireless customers with postpaid contracts.
The thread titled "First time purchase, Macbook Pro Retina Display" was started by one Fresh-Faced Recruit who is trying to make sure they get exactly what they are looking for. Earlier today one Forum Regular was trying to figure out if there would be a noticeable performance increase if they upgraded to a quad-core iMac from a Mac mini, join in here.
At Apple's online store today save on a variety of refurbished iPads, iPods and more. Current generation iPad models start at $449 for the refurb. 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi, retina display, 5MP iSight camera, and Bluetooth 4.0. Or for $100 more, $549, is the refurb. 32GB iPad with the same features. If you are looking to cut cost more the refurb. 16GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 3G is only $399 after a $130 price cut.
Automattic has released a major update for its iOS WordPress app, introducing an all new UI with a navigational sidebar. Graphics and colors within the interface have also been updated, and sliding panels have been added to the iPad\'s interface. The update also introduces support for Post Formats, landscape support throughout the app, new WordPress.com stats, and a simple post preview feature for the iPad. The update is available as a free download in the App Store.
RED\'s teased 6K resolution Dragon sensor is exceeding the company\'s expectations after internal testing, CEO Jim Jannard revealed on the official forums. He promises the sensor will be \"the cleanest\" ever seen and will be the resolution and dynamic range king. At ISO 2000, Jannard said, the images produced look better than the company\'s current MX sensor at ISO 800.
The international variants of the quad-core HTC One X will begin being sent out over the air later on this Friday. The phone shipped with Android 4.0, but the detail update still unlocks some new features and functions in the device. HTC\'s Sense skin will also get some changes, including the multitasking button getting menu functionality.
Today\'s deals from DealNN include discounted Mac Pros, USB Flash drives, and more. Apple\'s online store this week is offering $630 off the refurbished 2.8GHz Mac Pro, with 3GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive, 18x SuperDrive, and quad-core Intel Xeon processor. Currently featured at DealNN, the Mac Pro has now dropped to $1,869 in price, and includes free ground delivery.
Lenovo is rumored to be partnering with NVIDIA (sub.req.) for the first time on an ARM-based Windows RT tablet, according to the Wall Street Journal. The news follows the unveiling this week of its full Windows 8 ThinkPad tablet that will run on an Intel Atom processor. The Chinese PC maker, now the second largest in the world, is set to join Asus in using an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor to power and Windows RT tablet.
Samsung has published a white paper (pdf) outlining the technical details and product highlights of its next-generation mobile processor. The new Exynos 5 Dualseries of mobile processors will be clocked at 1.7GHz and have been manufactured on Samsung\'s 32nm process using its High-K Metal Gate method. Underpinning the design is ARM\'s Cortex A-15 architecture, which will pit Samsung\'s latest chip directly against Qualcomm\'s Snapdragon S4 \'Krait\' processors.
The high-stakes Apple versus Samsung court battle taking place in the Northern District of California has seen highly confidential sales figures (pdf) for the US market released. Although Apple, unlike Samsung, has always reported actual units sold on to end-users, these have only ever been global sales figures that have never been broken down by region. Samsung has tended to avoid revealing actual sales figures in favor of units shipped with the new court documents revealing the sometimes large discrepancy between shipments against actual units sold on to end-users.
One of the factors that kept an LTE "4G" radio out of the iPhone 4S was the compromise of the battery-draining next-generation cellular data transceiver. As many "4G" phone owners know, the advanced technology requires a lot of power, even when not in active use. Purported next-iPhone batteries seen in photos and sporting slightly higher specifications than existing iPhone batteries may, if accurate, suggest that Apple has overcome the LTE issue with a modest compromise.
Mirroring global trends, PC market analyst firm Gartner reports that PC shipments in western Europe declined 2.4 percent in the second quarter of 2012 over the same period in 2011. Mobile PC shipments grew four percent, while desktop workstation shipments declined 12.8 percent. The professional PC market declined 5.3 percent, with 0.4 percent growth in the consumer PC market.
Some internal configuration files that reveal a list of Macs that support flash drive or USB booting in Mountain Lion may have inadvertently tipped Apple's hand on future iMac and Mac Pro configurations. A report by AppleInsider also indicates that the as-yet-unannounced models could be the first desktops in nearly 20 years that don't include a built-in optical drive, a long-desired Apple engineering goal. The configuration files with the new model numbers are seen inside Boot Camp Assistant.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE