Apple’s iPad Release Date

The newest product of Apple Inc. which has been anticipated by all will be officially released on April 3, 2010 in the United States. The Wi-Fi models would be released on the 4th and the Wi-Fi and 3G combination would be on the later part of the month. Customers can start pre-ordering the iPad on Apple’s online store on March 12.

This newest product of Apple Inc. has provided the missing link between the small smartphone and the bulky laptop computers. Apple CEO Steve Jobs said in a Friday post on the company’s Web site “We’re excited for customers to get their hands on this magical and revolutionary product and connect with their apps and content in a more intimate, intuitive and fun way than ever before.”

Prices start at $499 for the 16-gigabyte version, $599 for the 32-gig version and $699 for the 64, Jobs said at the company’s glitzy announcement in San Francisco, California. It would be made available to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the UK on the late part of April.

R.I.P Steve Jobs; Apple Founder Dies At 56

Techy Savvies are but in mourn at this very moment as the person behind one of the most successful inventions in the world of technology now rests in peace. Steve Jobs, Apple Inc’s co-founder who has been struggling against pancreatic cancer finally gave up the fight against it and has let go of the world.

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.… Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful—that’s what matters to me. -Steve Jobs

Jobs spent his entire life creating wonderful things for everyone to enjoy. Apple wouldn’t be Apple if not because of him and losing him would really make a big difference. “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built and this spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple,” said the company in a statement.

In the past few months, Jobs seemed to have known that his life couldn’t hold on that long. He filed an indefinite leave last January and gave up his role as CEO last August 24 of this year because he knew that he isn’t capable of the job anymore. A man who truly knows his limits and because of what he did, there has been a smooth transition of office in the company that he truly loves.

His family released a statement saying, “Steve died peacefully surrounded by his family. We are grateful for the support and kindness of those who share our feelings for Steve. “We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief”

To Steve Jobs, Your great work would always be remembered. Thank you for everything.

iPhone Secretely Recording Your Whereabouts

iPhoneTwo security researchers, Pete Warden and Alasdair Allan, have discovered that Apple iPhones track its location through longitude and latitude, including date and time, and record this information to a secret file. This file is copied to the user’s computer when the devices are synchronized.

Similar behavior has not been found on any other phone, including those running Google Android. Only the iPhone and 3G-enabled Apple devices like the iPad where found to do this. It was also observed that the file is copied to a new device when the old one is replaced but there is no evidence about it being sent to Apple.

You can read about the researcher’s account of the discovery at O’Reilly’s Radar site. They also have a FAQ and a downloadable utility to enable users’ to check what location data is kept in their phones.

While it is known that mobile network operators do have records about their subscribers’ locations, this data is collected from their end and not by the users’ phones. This information maybe made available to law enforcement but only through a court order. The iPhone, however, can make it available to anyone.

This raises privacy concerns since one’s location can be considered personal and even sensitive. Further, users are not being informed about the data collection nor are given any control or option.

Voicing his concern, Privacy International’s director, Simon Davis, said that it’s “a worrying discovery” and that Apple is not taking its users’ privacy seriously as indicated by the presence of the file.

Apple’s terms and conditions for iTunes do include statements regarding location-based services. It states that: “Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.”

Apple declined to comment on why it is recording user’s locations or whether the function can be deactivated.

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Countdown to Christmas – Holiday Puzzles: The new interactive puzzle app for iPad

Countdown to Christmas – Holiday Puzzles is the newest interactive puzzle app for iPad by Twigsbury.
This awesome new app is an interactive puzzle application with illustrations by the Kersten Brothers Studio.

Featuring illustrations by the Kersten Brothers Studio, stroll through Santa’s Village to open rib-tickling picture puzzles. When complete, the puzzles become interactive scenes with animations and sounds that bring them to life. The app includes custom recordings of 12 classic holiday melodies.

This is really an awesome app specially for kids who loves to solve puzzles.

With Countdown to Christmas – Holiday Puzzles you stroll through Santa’s Village to open rib-tickling picture puzzles. When complete, the puzzles become interactive scenes with animations and sounds that bring them to life.

I am truly proud of Countdown to Christmas – Holiday Puzzles” said Brian Tharp, Co-founder of Twigsbury. “I am particularly pleased with how it grabs and holds kid’s attention. They get so immersed in the puzzles and have great fun exploring the completed pictures. You can also change the difficulty level of each puzzle, making it fun for kids of all ages.

The app includes custom recordings of 12 classic holiday melodies. “The music is quaint and festive.” said Brian. “I love hearing my daughters hum along as they puzzle away. And, perhaps more importantly, I don’t get unnerved after listening my kids play it for an hour.”

This app requires iOS 3.2 or later and at least 107 MB available storage.

You can buy CTC HP 1.0 for only $1.99 USD and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.

Visit Twigsbury online for more Countdown to Christmas – Holiday Puzzles information, including videos and screenshots of the application.

Advance Merry Christmas everyone!

Apple Announcement on November 16: About iTunes, iOS 4.2 Release?

There’s a lot of buzz in Apple’s website as of now. If you visited, there’s a message that says: “Tomorrow is just another day. That you’ll never forget. Check back here tomorrow for an exciting announcement from iTunes” with four different time zones from California, New York, London, and Tokyo as shown below:

What could be this announcement? Apparently, Apple users have been waiting for the release of iOS 4.2 for quite some time right now including its version on iPad. The same goes with their iPhone on Verizon announcement. If you can remember, the release of iOS 4.2 was already expected last week but unfortunately, it was postponed because of  a ‘bug’ found related to the Wi-Fi connection  in the iPad.

Steve Jobs will take the center stage later as he make another Apple announcement. Aside from the iOS 4.2 release, speculations are ongoing about a cloud service that will be implemented over iTunes. This is in relation to Apple’s acquisition of streaming music service Lala last year. Since there have been no announcements made yet ever since their acquisition of Lala, perhaps this November 16 announcement has something to do with a streaming content at iTunes.

These are just some of the speculations. We will know later if these topics will be included. Synchronize your time as we wait for Steve Jobs’ announcement later.

Packing Pro Travel App Invades iPad

The famous travel app Packing has now invaded iPad. The 5.0 update includes a full iPad-optimized support. The update is free for all existing customers along with improved performance. iPad owners could enjoy the iPad-specific enhancements include a full-screen layout redesign, iPad-specialized controls and management, an iPad-sized keyboard for easier text entry, and native resolution text & graphics and a lot more.

The travel app Packing Pro has ranked #6 in the Travel section of the US iTunes App Store, #2 in Australia and #1 in Canada for more than a year now and has been recognized by National Geographic & American Express’ Travel + Leisure fro being one of the best travel apps for the iPhone.

The travel app comes with several useful features which has been the helping friend of so many iPhone users. It comes with an extensive, customizable catalog, several handy sample lists that can be used as templates, and unlimited, 100% customizable packing lists. has listed the following functions that you could enjoy in the app:

> multi-item selection for speedy list building
> collapsable categories with running item tallies
> numerous packing list sorting & display options
> weight and value totals
> send to email
> import / export to other Packing apps and devices
> recovery of deleted lists and categories
> extensive in-app instructions and feedback options
> multi-tasking, fast-app-switching support

The updated version comes with a 3 new features aside from what has been listed above. These include a powerful Smart Search tool, and full landscape orientation and keyboard support on the iPhone/iPod touch. It also allows the users to have a full control on the look of the app with all the themes, layout, font, colors; twice as many sample lists, a double-sized Master Catalog, and an Expert packing list that can help you create a customized list.

Such things present in an app is worth every penny that you’ll be spending. It doesn’t cost that much though because its price is now 27% reduced in all iPhone App Store for only US$ 2.99. The basic version (Packing) sells for only US$ 0.99, 50% off its full price.

What are you waiting for? If you own an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, better try this app now and see for yourself what this thing has been offering.

BatchOutput Server 4.5.6 for Adobe InDesign released by Zevrix Solutions

Today, Zevrix Solutions announced the release of BatchOutput Server 4.5.6, an important update to its powerful output workflow automation solution made exclusively for InDesign by Adobe. This software automates InDesign output by processing files from hotfolders.

For those who don’t know, BatchOutput Server offloads printing and exporting to PDF and PostScript to a central system leaving operator workstations free from the output process.

The workflow setup process is very easy. The first step involves installing the Server product on a stand-alone Macintosh system that has InDesign installed. After starting the Server application, one sets up workflows for various output needs, which are linked to their own hotfolders on the network.

Other useful server options include exporting as single pages, appending file names with variable info, links auto-update, error handling, and email notification.

Under the workflow, production artists and prepress operators simply submit InDesign files to hotfolders that reside on the network. BatchOutput Server automatically outputs the files from its dedicated station using hotfolder settings, and will auto-activate document fonts as well.

Operator workstations will never again be tied up by the output process. The workflow also ensures that correct output settings will be always used.

Version 4.5.6 improves handling of long queues and addresses an issue which could cause an error when processing queues over fifty-six files long.

Other improvements include file counters in processing tables, better handling of hotfolders that are missing, more precise reporting of processing time, and a number of interface enhancements.

This update is strongly recommended for all BatchOutput Server users.

BatchOutput Server 4.5.6 can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for $699.95 USD. This software is also available for purchase from authorized resellers across the globe.

You can also try BatchOutput Server for free. users who already purchased a license before can download this latest version of BatchOutput Server for free.

BatchOutput Server is a Universal Binary, runs on Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.6 and works with Adobe InDesign CS2-CS5.

You can download BatchOutput Server 4.5.6 here. If you have no license yet, you can purchase it here. Visit the official BatchOutput Server page here to know more about it.

Awareness! The Life-Saving iOS App announced and released!

Essency announced the release and immediate availability of Awareness! The Headphone App 1.1 for iOS today. Awareness allows users to listen to their music with complete peace of mind, knowing that important sounds like warnings, shouts, sirens, alarms or conversations, will never be missed. It is a unique new class of functional headphone app.

Awareness uses the built-in microphone on the iPhone and iPod touch to make headphones better and more practical to use.

Users can hear whats going on around them, while they’re listening to music and they can set precisely the amount and type of external sound they want delivered into their headphone mix.

With increasing numbers of people using in-ear and closed headphones, there are serious safety issues caused by their isolation from the world around them. This leads to recent headlines like, the teen killed by car while wearing headphones, headphone wearing jogger killed by plane, and the teacher killed by tram while listening to headphones. With Awareness, these problems will be solved.

Awareness! will allow users to listen to their music at whatever volume they choose but, able to remain fully aware of your surroundings. It’s the essential app for music listening pedestrians, drivers, cyclists and bikers who need audio awareness for safety’s sake.

Buy Awareness! now for only $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). This app is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.

If you’re interested to buy this incredibly awesome new app for iOS, you can purchase and download Awareness here.

Ping on iTunes 10, Apple’s Social Network

Ping on iTunes 10, Apple’s Social Network – One of the topics discussed by Steve Jobs in the recent Apple announcement at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco California is about the developments on the newest version of iTunes, the iTunes 10 with its newest feature, Apple’s Ping.

Ping is the iTunes-only social network that allows users to follow and unfollow friends much like that of Twitter and share information about music purchases, preferences and concerts. Each participating music artist has a ping profile and fans can easily follow them through it to get updated on their latest songs, concerts, etc.

With the introduction of Ping, Apple is moving towards the trend of social media and social networking in general. It will allow Apple to be more interconnected with its existing users to share music information, and ultimately drive more music sales through iTunes via recommendations. However, Ping’s limitation currently is that posts to Ping won’t appear on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter or vice-versa which will likely limit Ping’s perceived utility, sustained usage, and reach. As an Apple user, what do you think of Ping?

Apple Manager Alleged for $1 Million Kickback

Apple’s global manager Paul Shin Devine was arrested for alleged $1M in kickbacks. He has been using his position at Apple to acquire various bits of confidential information about the company and eventually sell this information to more than a half-dozen Apple suppliers thus getting huge payments for this. Suppliers would then be able to better position themselves to bid for and receive Apple contracts.

He is now currently facing twenty-three counts of a federal grand jury indictment. In addition to that, a separate civil suit was files against him by Apple for accepting more than $1 million in bribes and kickbacks from countries including China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore. Another person involved who receive the same charges is Andrew Ang of Singapore who has been his partner in doing such thing. Devine has opened foreign bank accounts in his wife’s name to disguise payments.

Apple’s spokesperson released a statement saying: “Apple is committed to the highest ethical standards in the way we do business. We have zero tolerance for dishonest behavior inside or outside the company.”

The US Marshals held Devine in custody who awaits a 1:30 p.m. court appearance this coming Monday in the U.S. Northern District Court in San Jose.

All other companies involved in the indictment were not yet named but they were believed to be part of the in supplying materials for Apple’s iPods and iPhones.