Items tagged with iPod

As was the case with every iOS release before it, Apple is promising some fairly major enhancements and new features with iOS 6. iOS 5 was a major release in its own right, bringing Siri -- a voice-controlled assistant -- to the mix and yet again raising the bar in mobile operating systems. It also introduced a drop-down Notification shade, similar to that which was already a part of Android. But a year has come and gone, and at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this past week, the veil was removed from iOS 6. The beta version actually became available for devs... Read more...
AOC announced the new Aire iPlay monitor with a built-in iPod/iPhone docking station. This 23-inch monitor is 12.9 mm-thin and features Full HD 1080p resolution, a 50,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio and 2 ms response time. With the built-in 30-pin docking station, iPhone and iPod users can play video, audio, and photos directly from their devices using AOC's plug-and-play technology. The base of the monitor houses both the integrated dock as well as speakers with SRS Sound. The AOC Aire iPlay (e2343Fi) is available for $279.99. AOC Unleashes the Aire iPlay, the First Monitor with Built-in iPod/iPhone... Read more...
It's the hot new thing, don'tcha know? Reading magazines on a tablet -- paper is so last year. And now, Google is joining the ranks of Flipboard, Hearst, Amazon, etc. with a new initiative called Google Currents. For now, it's a US-only product, but it's a really impressive one. It's available for both Android and iOS, and it'll work on both tablets and phones. It's a free app that's graphically-heavy, and it supports offline viewing to boot. Naturally, Google+ integration is alive and well, allowing for easy sharing so long as you're linking up with Google's Facebook rival. There's a video here... Read more...
A couple weeks ago, Google released a dedicated Gmail application for iOS. After discovering the app had a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, Google removed it from the App Store. Now, the bug has been fixed and the app has returned to the App Store. With the Gmail app, you can be alerted of new messages with push notifications and sounds, search your entire inbox, organize your mail, and much more. The app supports any iOS 4+ device. Gmail app for iOS available in the App Store (again) Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | 9:45 AM, Posted by Matthew Izatt, Product Manager Two... Read more...
Apple seems to have the worst luck with batteries lately. In addition to battery drain issues plaguing iOS device owners who updated to iOS 5, Apple says it has determined that, in very rare cases, the battery in your first generation iPod nano could overheat and pose a safety risk. "This issue has been traced to a single battery supplier that produced batteries with a manufacturing defect," Apple said in a statement. "While the possibility of an incident is rare, the likelihood increases as the battery ages." Affected iPod nano devices were all sold between September 2005 and December 2006, and... Read more...
Apple's lawsuits against Samsung and HTC have drawn commentary that the company might be attempting to litigate its competitors out of the market rather than relying on the free market to decide who had superior products. The new, authorized Steve Jobs biography, however, paints the company's legal actions in a different light. Jobs is famous for his blunt commentary—he once declared "We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash," and "We don’t want to reduce the reliability and security of our iPhones, iPods and iPads by adding Flash," but his anger over Android... Read more...
Thought that Motorola only made phones? Think again! The company's also invested in set-top boxes, and now, apparently they're also after the iPod nano market. Motorola Mobility has just unveiled the MOTOACTV, a fusion of music and fitness. It's billed as a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player in one. Sync MOTOACTV with your PC, so you can check out the music you perform to best or track your workouts over extended time periods, set goals and even create workout competitions with your friends via the MOTOACTV Web Portal. And MOTOACTV features a touch-screen display... Read more...
Yesterday's Apple keynote was primarily about the iPhone. No surprise there, given that the event was called "Let's Talk iPhone." But Apple still took the opportunity to introduce new features and new prices to the iPod touch and iPod nano lines. Now, the iPod touch will be available in both black and white starting at just $199, and they'll both support the company's new iOS 5 and iCloud services. The new iPod nano is available today starting at just $129 and features a redesigned user interface, 16 new digital clock faces and improved built-in fitness features; both models are available in silver,... Read more...
And just like that, on the eve of Apple's iPhone 5 event, the Zune was no more. Microsoft's valiant effort into the world of portable media players seemed to have a snowball's chance in summer at making it, even from the start. Despite a huge marketing effort and a name like Microsoft, trying to crush the iPod, or even match it, seems to be a fool's game at this point. Years back, an astute SanDisk CEO uttered that you "can't out-iPod the iPod." He tried. SanDisk attempted to come out with a wide range of PMPs, none of which reached even a small amount of the success garnered by the iPod. But Microsoft,... Read more...
With Vonage cranking out their own VoIP app, Apple's FaceTime in the mix and a whole host of third-party players gaining momentum by the day, Skype has a heck of a lot of competitors nipping at their heels. To that end, the company has just launched Skype WiFi (formerly known as Skype Access), and it's coming to iOS. It's available right now from the App Store, and can run on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (running iOS 4.1 or above with multitasking) at over 1 million WiFi hotspots around the world, including hotels, airports, train stations, convention centers, bars and restaurants. The app only charges... Read more...
W3 Innovations, the parent company of prominent iOS app developer Broken Thumb Apps, has today settled with the Federal Trade Commission over collection of children's personal data through its iPhone and iPod Touch applications. W3 and its subsidiary Broken Thumb Apps, which is responsible for games like Emily's Dress Up, Truth or Dare, and Zombie Duck Hunt, had allegedly "collected, maintained, and/or disclosed personal information" entered into its various child-targeted applications, according to the FTC. The complaint claims that the company collected and maintained a list of... Read more...
Apple's a huge target. No question about it. And patent trolls have a thing for going after monumental companies -- companies that they know will simply settle out if really put to the fire. We aren't making any accusations against Personal Audio, but after winning $8 million in a case against Apple related to playlists, the company is hitting back with a new lawsuit that now includes newer products. The original suit was filed in 2009, long before most of today's hottest Apple devices were on the market, and now they seem to be after yet another round of dough. They're returning to the same well... Read more...
Up until now, Samsung has handled all of Apple's CPU manufacturing needs, including the A4 and A5 processor. New rumors, however, suggest that TSMC has been tapped for the company's next-generation A6. Apple hasn't committed to actually purchasing chips at this point, but has handed the Taiwanese foundry what it needs to test product yields. Reuters quotes an unidentified source as saying: "TSMC has got all the authorisation and details ready. Whether Apple puts in a formal order will depend on the yield rate."   TSMC has refused to formally comment on the issue but the number of semiconductor... Read more...
iPad case, anyone? How about one with a built-in solar panel? It's possible to have the both of those with Element5's newest product, the Mini L Solarbag. It's a Swiss-made case that'll hold your iPad, iPad 2 or any other iOS device with a Dock Connector. There's also a bit of room for accessories and peripherals, and there's a solar panel on the outside as well as a power connector on the inside that allows customers to juice up their gadgets with the sun, and then have that energy passed along to the device inside. The company's not making it clear how much energy is being converted here, nor... Read more...
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