“Just Get Samsunged” – A new commercial by Samsung that Apple mocks

The series of Samsung’s Commercials, which will make Apple fans a little fun continues. The current video mocks under the title “Samsunged” about the missing free turn-by-turn navigation of the iPhone:

At the same time announced that the “Next Big Thing” campaign continues. You will, however, to the Super Bowl on 5 February will find their grand final spot. Presented by the high advertising costs the advertiser always very special spots. This year will cost the most expensive 30-second spot place at least 4 million U.S. dollars.

In the past year was the Volkswagen “The Force” spot to call attention to themselves. This is now at least 48 million YouTube Views:

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iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are now available without a camera – but only in Singapore


The camera of the iPhone is for many owners is indeed a practical alternative to a “real” camera, in some divisions but this feature is not welcome. After all, the iPhone can come thanks to high-resolution camera as a tool to spying operation. At least in Singapore businessmen can now also purchase an iPhone without a camera 4 or 4S.

Order is an official product from Apple at the iPhone but not camera-less. Instead, the cameras of the iPhone, according to CNET Asia will be removed from the Singapore mobile operator M1. In addition to an equivalent of just under € 30 higher price but also interested to take the loss in purchasing the Apple warranty. For just € 195, the guarantee weakens with M1 as contractor “restore”.

M1, the camera-less iPhones sold only with a two-year contract. Although technically possible, the nachtägliche distance of the camera is not offered. And even those who will remove the camera itself disappointed: the conversion of M1 is certified by the Singapore Ministry of Defense – to use a pre-requisite to the iPhone in Singapore during the current draft.

Up to 3 GB iPad textbooks are “heavyweight”

The authors so far from his Apple iBook specified storage limit for releases was 2 GB. For the iBook started with two school-book initiative can be found, however, already in the range of titles that exceed this volume. “Perason’s Biology” 1791 pages occupied with 2.77 GB.

The so far only in English available biology book from Pearson Education caused quite a stir among the first iBook title that may break free from Apple’s previous size limit, and its interactive curriculum spread over an impressive 2.77 GB. If the example set a precedent, could assiduous readers with 16-GB iPads frequent sync sessions are in the house.

The documentation to be in iTunes customer reviews for “Pearson’s Biology” falling over themselves with praise so far for the quality of the material passed, however, require the translation into more languages​​. Cult of Mac puts together a list of the top eight as iBooks available textbooks and their memory requirements.

E.O. Wilson’s Life On Earth – 965MB
McGraw Hill’s Algebra 1 – 1.09GB
Pearson’s Biology – 2.77GB
McGraw Hill’s Biology – 1.49GB
National’s Chemistry – 959MB
Pearson’s Environmental Science – 793MB
McGraw Hill’s Geometry – 1.22GB
McGraw Hill’s Physics – 1.25GB

iBooks Textbooks are exclusively for iBookstore, Apple’s own format

Meanwhile iBooks Author should have been installed on many Macs and aspiring authors should arrive no later than when exporting to Apple’s terms of use in contact: The application may only be created in the iBookstore to be sold.

Actually, it was expected, since Apple is a hardware manufacturer: Apple’s software is used to in order to sell hardware. This is especially true for an application such as iBooks Author, which is distributed free of charge. For the terms, conditions are even relatively generous, because who wants to distribute books free of charge, can do this and the title should of course be sold in other eBookstore, just not in the iBooks format. However, Apple will not provide software to create for the competition. Currently, however, does not support the other iBooks Reader format.

iBooks are basically in the ePub format, but use ePub 3 with some extensions. ePub 3 is currently supported by only a few eBook readers, even those who decided to publish a book dummy text and uses the Apple templates without interactive widgets to be reckoned with smears in the presentation. The free iBooks are not protected by DRM or encrypted, it would quickly give viewers, as well as in ePub 3 builds on Apple’s variant (X) HTML. Anyone who wishes to remain compatible with other viewers should also export a PDF.

For those that need authoring software, which are designed to work with various platforms, must wait to see what will respond Adobe or other software manufacturers to Apple. The only relevant alternative for textbook publishers who want to create interactive books is Amazon with the KF8 format (Kindle Fire 8). KF8 also uses in HTML5, but is not identical with ePub 3.

Apple’s YouTube-Video: “The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.”

Google Launches iPhone App For Its Social Network ‘Orkut’

Google yesterday released an iPhone app for its Orkut social network. Orkut received quite a bit of press attention yesterday because it was the most popular social networking in Brazil until a report by comScore yesterday suggested Facebook overtook it. According to comScore, 36.1 million Brazilians visited Facebook in December 2011 compared to the 34.4 million who visited Orkut.

Google launches its social network "Orkut" for iOS

Orkut was launched by Google in 2004 and has been particularly successful in Brazil where 60% of its total users are located. Orkut gives users the ability to “send scraps, see your friends updates, upload photos and browse your friends albums anywhere you go.”

According to the app’s descriptions, these are the features available:

  • Update your status
  • Check your scraps and messages
  • Reply to your friends birthdays
  • Check your friends updates
  • Browse your friends profiles, scraps and photos
  • Take new photos and upload them directly to your Orkut albums
  • Share your life anywhere, anytime with the people you care about

The app is free and available in English and Portuguese.

 

Report: Apple to hold iPad 3 event in early February

Apple Education Event on Thursday in New York is expected to produce only minor announcements. But already the beginning of February, Apple could invite the press again in the Yerba Buene Center for the Arts in San Francisco in order to present the new iPad. The shelves of the dealers come to the successor of the iPad 2 but only about a month later.

So at least the claim of the Japanese Mac blogs Macotakara who relies on information the Asian suppliers. The long waiting period between the announcement and publication Macotakara explained with the Chinese New Year, as some factories suspend production during the celebrations.

However, this assumption is made that would elapse between the announcement and publication of a full month. During the first iPad was delivered only two months after the keynote, Apple was able to bring the iPad 2 already after two days with the customer. macrumors.com speculated that Apple could postpone the lengthy approval procedures, so as to keep details about the new iPad under lock until the official announcement can.

iPhone 4S jailbreak demonstrated on video

Prolific iOS hacker pod2g posted a video of a jailbroken iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 to his blog. The video showing a clean reboot without a USB connection to the computer — aka, “untethered” — was made by Chronic Dev Team member DHowett, an illustrious iOS developer in his own right. Pod2g says “only a few to wait now” which is a good sign that an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is very near indeed, and about to join the untethered jailbreak released for A4 devices on December 27th.

What Pod2g said on his blog:

“My friend @DHowett made a video of an untethered 4S iPhone 4,1 running iOS 5.0.1 some days ago.”

@DHowett is a famous iOS developer and a member of the Chronic Dev Team.

Soul Calibur coming to iOS devices

The same time as console version of the new Soul Calibur V Bandai Namco Games announced this Thursday that appears to still implement the original, with control via virtual gamepads for newer iOS devices. The graphic should be at least as good as seen in 1999 on the Sega Dreamcast.

Since a press conference held in Tokyo on Saturday the trailer videos are released, with which the new part of the martial arts series for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and the first IOS version of the classic duel to be advertised.

The control of the game is realized with the touch screen, virtual gamepads come very close to traditional controllers. The title supports the ranking leaders of the Game Center, features six game modes and 19 playable characters.
According to announcement of Soul Calibur only the newer iOS devices like the iPhone 4, 4S, iPod Touch and iPad 2 will supported. The price of the app has not been announced.

Review: Temple Run for iPhone and iPod Touch

It was a long time since we have made ​​a report on an app. Now we have picked out a free app that you will like.


Temple Run is the app that is available for the iPhone & iPod Touch. In the game is about, as a researcher to escape a pack of savages. The excitement is running through the endless game of gestures and control very big.
From the app description:

“From the makers of the award-winning best-seller Harbor Master® comes the most exhilarating running game on the App Store. Test your reflexes as you race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. Swipe to turn, jump and slide to avoid obstacles, collect coins and buy power ups, and see how far you can run!”

Conclusion: The game impresses with endless fun, highly becoming to difficulty and it is free in the App Store.

Apple breaks iPhone 4S-sale in the Apple Retail Store from Peking after brawls

Before the Apple flagship store in Beijing, China, and thousands were waiting for reports, it helps to clashes between gangs of so-called scalpers. The police intervened, then from Apple said the iPhone launch in the store, which made the crowd even angrier.

Scalpers buy at launch as many copies of a coveted hardware as possible and sell them very close at a higher price. They are usually well organized and like to move as a team. Regular customers who want to use the hardware itself will, on first day of sales often difficult to wake. Furthermore, the limitation of devices per person does not help since these street traders simply pay people for waiting and buying the coveted commodity.

According to local media reports are probably 99 percent of the people on the Apple Store scalpers have been. Which is of course a good deal by paying attention to what was then led to frustration and violence. Interesting fact: One of the scalpers still had apparently quickly bought some eggs to throw at them media attention to the Apple Store. This may, however, belongs only to the professional preparation of this man, or an egg distributor has proved good business sense and set up his booth in the vicinity. There were also scuffles between the scalp well with each other and the security guards.

After all, Apple would have little upset with the cancellation of regular customers and the damage is only slight. The scalpers remain a problem, which can be combatted only difficult. This can occur even without such gangs to riots at a product launch, recently showed the start of the new Air Jordan shoes from Nike in the U.S., where the police had to intervene in several cities.