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16Jun/11Off

Gameloft starts the Father’s Day app sales

I suspect we'll see quite a few app sales pop up over this upcoming Father's Day weekend, partly because any holiday these days tends to attract a few lowered prices in the App Store, and partly because there will likely be a few lucky dads out there picking up a new iPhone or iPad 2 for their parenting trouble. Gameloft's the first company with a slew of sales on, including Final Fantasy ripoff Eternal Legacy, NFL 2011, Real Soccer 2011, WoW ripoff Order and Chaos Online, and Spider-man: Total Mayhem, all for the low, low price of just US 99 cents.

Gameloft also has a Twitter contest going on, but it requires a pretty gnarly retweet, so you'll have to decide if a $10 iTunes card is worth spamming all of your followers. Or do what I do, and keep a separate Twitter account just for silly RT contests like this one.

So congrats to all those dads out there -- just think, all of the diapers and whining and crying were completely worth it, because this weekend you get to pick up Eternal Legacy for just a buck. And stay tuned, we'll probably see a few more sales heading on into this weekend.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogGameloft starts the Father's Day app sales originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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16Jun/11Off

Apps, accessories and more for Father’s Day

It's close to Father's Day here in the US. Hopefully you've got the perfect gift planned. Perhaps you splurged on the ideal man cave, or you went less extreme and bought an iPhone, iPad or new Mac for the awesome father in your life. If, however, you're still scrambling for gift ideas, here are a few of our suggestions.

iPhone

There are several apps and accessories geared toward outdoor sports. The GPS Kit iPhone App (US$19.99) was just featured in Time Magazine and has a number of excellent outdoor uses, especially if dad's into hiking, biking or geocaching. Bikers can pair it with an iPhone bike mount such as this one from Bracketron ($39.95).

For the golfer, pair a golf bag mount with Golfscape GPS Rangefinder (currently on sale for $9.99). Golfscape just won an Apple Design Award and allows you to view distances on more than 37,000 golf courses around the world. You can see the distance to the front, center and back of the green and up to 40 mapped targets per hole. The golf bag mount ($29.95) is coming soon, so you'll have to give dad an I.O.U. for that part of the gift.

If you're got a new father on your list (or know a busy parent), pzizz sleep is now a very affordable $5.99. Our own Dave Caolo swears by it. "Software like pzizz can let you take a restful nap that you know you'll wake from in a timely manner," he said. "That's important (re: bus pickups). Short naps can be effective stress relievers and re-energizers. pzizz is a tool that helps you achieve that." There is also pzizz energizer to provide said energy boost.

iPad

My father-in-law, like my husband, prefers to stay at home as much as he can. And while the women in their lives can coax them out shopping, both would probably prefer one of the many catalog apps that have sprung up for the iPad. We reviewed Catalog Spree and Catalogue for iPad recently, and both are worth adding to see which one your father prefers.

For car lovers, Ferrari has released several official cases for iOS devices. Only one is in the Ferrari store at the moment, costing a little more than $93.

In the retro gaming world, ThinkGeek has both the $99.99 iCade arcade cabinet or the just-released iPad Arcade Stick ($24.99 for one, $39.99 for two.)

Mac and others

You can't go wrong with a good digital photo frame, and we like The Kodak Pulse frame, which allows you to add photos to the frame wirelessly. The 7-inch model is currently going for under $100 on Amazon.

To spruce up a suit or tux, try a pair of these open-source electronic cufflinks. iCufflinks from Adafruit ($128.99) look like a Mac's startup button and pulsate with a soft light for up to 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Feral Interactive Ltd. just brought Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga to the Mac App Store for $29.99, for dads who are gamers. Civilization V: Campaign Edition from Aspyr Media is also available for $49.99.

If you're still stumped for ideas, check out our past recommendations for that extra spark! Of course, you can never go wrong with an iTunes gift card, which are sold pretty much everywhere.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogApps, accessories and more for Father's Day originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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16Jun/11Off

Apple faces trademark infringement lawsuit over the use of iBooks

Apple is facing yet another trademark infringement lawsuit. This time the company must defend its use of the term iBooks. Apple is being sued by New York publisher John T. Colby who bought Byron Preiss Visual Productions and Ibooks, Inc during a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy proceeding back in 2006. These assets became available when founder Byron Preiss died unexpectedly in a car crash.

Ibooks, Inc began selling books in September 1999 and sold over a thousand books under the Ibooks name. Colby claims Apple's use of the term will render his company's use Ibooks and Ipicturebooks brand virtually worthless. He also points out that, though, Apple owns the trademark for ibook and sold iBook computers, the Cupertino company never used the term in book sales until the iPad debuted in early 2010.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogApple faces trademark infringement lawsuit over the use of iBooks originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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16Jun/11Off

BlackBerry PlayBook 4G Delayed Until Fall

In the midst of the negative news from RIM’s quarterly earnings report, it’s been revealed that the BlackBerry PlayBook will not be getting a 4G version until fall. The Wi-Fi version of the tablet was launched back in April with the plan of having a 4G version launch sometime this summer.

Ever since the lukewarm reception to the PlayBook after launch, carriers have been hesitant about picking up the device. RIM had publicly stated that Verizon would be one of the carriers to pick up the device which elicited a statement from the carrier that they were still “undecided.” Later reports indicated that the WiMAX carrier would pick up the PlayBook for its 4G network, but instead slotted it in as a 3G tablet.

However, the news of the delay was not officially announced, but simply mentioned in passing by RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis when he talked about how excited he was to be launching the 4G PlayBook models this fall. Additionally, it was mentioned that the new BlackBerry 9900 and 9930 smartphones would also be delayed, with a new release estimated for end of August.

[via BGR]


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16Jun/11Off

Panasonic Toughbook Android Tablet Announced

Panasonic’s Toughbook line of products have long been known for their rugged exteriors and enterprise security. Today, the company announced a Toughbook Android tablet, which could very well be the world’s first rugged tablet device. Panasonic believes the tablet will appeal to a wide variety of users including “mission critical government personnel, highly mobile field forces, SMB’s looking for a competitive edge, security conscious IT managers and bottom-line focused CFOs.”

The Toughbook tablet wont be the thinnest or prettiest tablet you’ll see. For that, there’s the good old iPad 2 and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This rugged tablet is built to withstand harsh conditions in the field such as on construction sites or for military deployment and comes with built-in enterprise-level security.

It features a 10.1-inch XGA (1024 x 768) touchscreen display that’s matte for easy viewing in daylight. It also comes with an active stylus, GPS, and optional 3G/4G connectivity. Other details and specs have not been disclosed yet and its not certain which version of Android it will be running. However, the tablet is scheduled for a release during the fourth quarter of this year.

[via Unwired View]


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16Jun/11Off

RIM Shipped 500,000 BlackBerry PlayBooks In Q1, Announcing Layoffs

Research In Motion (RIM) has just announced its first quarter results and things are not looking good. The company’s net income for the quarter was $695 million, which is down from the $934 million of the previous quarter as well as down from the $769 million of the same quarter last year. RIM is quickly losing ground with the poor performance of its PlayBook tablet and the fierce competition.

Android and iOS devices are certainly the stars of the market right now, with each quickly encroaching on the areas that made that differentiated the BlackBerry. Both sides are stepping up security and enterprise offerings, with Apple most recently unveiling a new iMessage service that looks to be a BBM killer. Their PlayBook tablet being rushed and half-baked when launched also didn’t help.

RIM reported that 13.2 million BlackBerrys and 500,000 units of the PlayBook were shipped in the first quarter. But those numbers are shipment figures and not actual sales numbers, which could be much lower. As a result, the company is also announcing layoffs.

A 4G WiMAX version for the PlayBook has been expected, but has not shown up. Instead a 3G version was recently quietly offered up. Also rumored, is a 10-inch version of the tablet to hit in time for the holiday season this year.

[via TheLoop]


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16Jun/11Off

Nokia E6 Shows Up On Amazon For Pre-Orders

The Nokia E6 may be one of the last of its breed, before Nokia starts pumping out Windows Phone 7.1 Mango devices. The Nokia E6 runs Symbian Anna OS with lots of Ovi-branded apps and is perhaps Nokia’s attempt to continue the legacy of its much-loved QWERTY smartphones. The device has been talked about for some time and has now popped up on Amazon for pre-orders.

The specs were officially announced back in April, showing that the Nokia E6 will feature a 2.46-inch VGA touchscreen display that offers four times the pixels (326ppi) than earlier E series handsets. It will also come with an 8-megapixel camera with HD support. Battery life is rated for 14.8 hours with a standby time of 31 days.

On Amazon, the E6 is listed for pre-orders at $446 and will come unlocked. However, shipments for the device won’t start until another one to two months. You can check out the page here for yourself. And make sure to check out our hands-on with the device.

[via Engadget]


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16Jun/11Off

Apple’s “Find My iPhone” Features Revealed In Patent Application

Apple’s Find My iPhone app may soon be getting some upgrades in security and sophistication. According to a recent patent application, the company is planning some new features for the app that will give users much more control over what happens when their iPhone gets lost or stolen.

The patent application was dug up by Patently Apple this morning and reveals more proactive security features. You will be able to selectively protect files instead of locking the entire phone and you can scramble your sensitive data instead of wiping your entire handset. This way, if you retrieve your handset, you can simply unscramble it instead of losing all your data.

Also, a new remote recording feature uses your iPhone’s mic to record audio of the thief and their surroundings and you can use a remote messaging feature to warn them that you are recording or tracking their location. These are certainly some nice new features to have for protecting your iPhone, but given it’s only a patent application at this point, there’s no knowing whether and when they will actually be available.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi Gets Official Video

Earlier today, it was announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi version will be going on sale nationwide starting tomorrow. The 10.1-inch tablet will be sporting Android 3.1 Honeycomb and be the lightest and thinnest tablet in the market to date. For this occassion, Samsung has released an official info video for the tablet, which we’ve included after the cut.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 has been available at the Best Buy Union Square Store in NYC since June 8th, but tomorrow it will hit all the major retailers including other Best Buy stores and online store, Fry’s Electronics, Amazon, Micro Center, Tiger Direct, and Newegg.

The Wi-Fi version will come in both 16GB and 32GB models. The 16GB model is priced at $499 while the 32GB model is priced at $599. You can check out our review of the Limited Edition model that was given away at Google I/O. Also note, that we will be giving away one of the Limited Edition tablets with an announcement tomorrow.

[via Android Community]


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16Jun/11Off

Are DVRs Good or Bad for Us?

As someone who have been covering the technology industry for years, I sometimes get caught up in the idea that everyone sees the same value in tech as I do. I believe that when a new product launches, the average person loves it as much as I do. And when a device I love has been updated, I fully expect to see the same level of excitement from my friends that I feel after hearing the news.

But as of late, I’ve learned the hard way that my love for technology is in no way universal. In fact, some of my closest friends and family members will look at something so appealing to me and find it to be boring or unnecessary.

That was the case over the weekend when I had an interesting chat with a friend. We were talking about some of the television shows we enjoy watching, and I mentioned that my DVR is packed with past episodes of shows I need to catch up on. I told my friend that I’d like nothing more than to have a couple DVRs connected to my television, so I could catch everything I’m interested in.

My friend, however, saw things much differently. He told me that he doesn’t have a DVR in the home, and as far as he’s concerned, there’s no reason to have one.

"By using a DVR, he said, I’m investing more time in watching television than I should"

As you might expect, I was taken aback. DVRs have become integral to my entertainment life. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to watch half of the shows I enjoy now, and I would argue that I would have less time available to me to engage in other activities, such as work, exercise, and gaming.

But my friend sees things differently. He said that by using a DVR, I’m investing more time in watching television than I should. And he argued that our reliance upon DVRs to help us get through shows quicker by skipping commercials could hurt us in the long-run by forcing programs to bring more commercials into epsiodes.

Admittedly, I understood where he was coming from. And I can appreciate that DVRs, in some cases, can contribute to more television viewership than less, but I see no reason to not have a DVR in the home. Sure, it could do some harm, but can’t it also do some good? After all, if you simply couldn’t make it home to watch an important show, having a DVR as your backup makes great sense.

But as with anything else in this industry, there are some who see value in the addition of tech in the home, and there are others who don’t. My friend says that DVRs are unnecessary, and when one considers their actual value to our daily lives, they don’t even justify the $10 or so we pay our cable providers each month to have one.

And, he said, don’t forget that services like Hulu and Netflix are out there to help us catch up on a series that we might have missed.

Though I won’t agree with my friend, he makes some interesting points that serve as a solid jumping-off point for a discussion on DVRs: are they really necessary? Are they causing more harm than good in our lives?

Let us know how you feel about DVRs in the comments below.


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