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24Jun/11Off

iOS 5 Beta 2 Now Available To Developers

Apple has just posted its second private beta for the upcoming iOS 5. The major update was first unveiled back at WWDC 2011 and promises a slew of much requested new features including a revamped notifications system and tight integration with the new iCloud. The final release of iOS 5 is expected for this fall.

The second beta for iOS 5 is available only to registered iOS developers and has been released along with the a second beta for iTunes 10.5. The update iTunes is important for testing the new wireless syncing via the iCloud. There are a total of nine distributions of iOS beta build number 9A5248D, which includes three for the iPad 2 (WiFi-only, GSM, CDMA), one for the original iPad, two for the iPhone 4 (GSM and CDMA), one for the iPhone 3GS, and two for the iPod Touch third and fourth generations.

To fully test the new iCloud wireless syncing, developers will need to have the iTunes 10.5 update along with the pre-release version of Lion or the most recently available Mac OS X 10.6.8 update. However, it’s noted that once the iOS 5 beta 2 is installed, developers cannot downgrade back to earlier versions. They can only upgrade to later betas or the final version, which may all be delivered over-the-air.

[via iPodNN]


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24Jun/11Off

Web Version of Android Market Updated with More Detailed Rating Breakdown

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The rating system for the Android Market is its single greatest strength and also, its greatest weakness. Most of the time you’re relying on ratings of the illiterate and uninformed to see if and app is worthy to download. “Y THIS APP NO WORK FOR RAZR!?!? 1 STAR 4 U!” (sigh)

Well, our good friends over at AndroidPolice discovered today that the web version of the Android Market has slightly upgraded their ratings system to show a nifty little breakdown chart of an app’s ratings by star (not unlike Amazon.com). Still missing is a view of comments based on star rating but maybe they’ll add that at a later time. So jump on the Android Market from your web browser to check it out!

[Via AP]


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24Jun/11Off

Facebook Now Updated To 1.6 In The Android Market – New Features

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The always hit-or-miss Facebook app for Android has been updated in the Android Market this time bringing yet another new set of features. Why these features were ever left out of the app in the first place is another topic for another time. New for this update: improved stalking with access to pages, video uploading (’bout time) and miscellaneous improvements to the news/friend feed. Now, if you’ll excuse me. I have some creepin’ to do..

Feel like trollin’ my Facebook? Hit me up here and add me as a friend!

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24Jun/11Off

Wireless Charging Battery Cover Now Available for the HTC Thunderbolt at Verizon

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If you’re one of those types that likes to wow your friends with your high tech gear or if you feel the need to upgrade your life with the “convenience” of wireless charging, the official HTC wireless charging battery cover is now available for Thunderbolt users. At only $30 it may seem reasonably priced but once you factor in the necessary Wireless Charging Pad for $70 (that has been in Verizon stores since April), you may start thinking twice about that purchase.

Call me a fuddy duddy but I’ll save the $100, buy 4 generic batteries from China ($8) and stick to some good ol’ fashioned wired charging for now. That is, until my rap career takes off and I can afford “tech bling” like this.

[Via Droid-Life]


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24Jun/11Off

iOS 5 Beta 2 ready for download

iOS 5 beta 2 is now available for download from Apple's developer site. If you are a paid ($99/year) dev, you can sign in with your developer credentials to gain access to this beta.

The beta is, as always, released under the terms of Apple's NDA. For that reason, enhancements, APIs and features are not listed within this post.

TUAW's iOS 5 coverage -- researched and written by our non-NDA staffers -- is available here.

Happy developing everyone! Thanks, everyone who tipped us.

TUAW - The Unofficial Apple WeblogiOS 5 Beta 2 ready for download originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 24 Jun 2011 18:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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24Jun/11Off

Amazon Slashes Prices On Atrix, Infuse, And Revolution

Amazon has done it again. They’ve slashed prices generously as only they have been known to do, and this time it’s for the Motorola Atrix 4G, the Samsung Infuse 4G, and the LG Revolution. If you’ve been pining for one of these powerful 4G LTE smartphones, now’s the time take action. Amazon is dropping prices to as low as $0.01!

Amazon has dropped pricing to $89.99 for the Samsung Infuse 4G, which currently retails from the AT&T website for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The Infuse is a 4G HSPA+ device introduced for the AT&T network back in May. It’s the largest yet thinnest device on the network sporting a whopping 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.3-megapixel front camera, 8-megapixel back camera, and a 1.2GHz Hummingbird processor. Make sure to check out our hands-on with the device as well as the full review before you head over to Amazon to scoop it up.

Pricing is now $99.99 on Amazon for the LG Revolution, which currently goes for $249.99 with a two-year contract on Verizon’s website. The LG Revolution was the first device capable of running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It features a 4.3-inch display with a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 1.3-megapixel front camera, and 5-megapixel back camera. Check out our full review of the device before you head over to it’s Amazon page.

Most drastic of all, however, is Amazon dropping the Motorola Atrix 4G to just $0.01 while it still costs $99.99 from the AT&T website. The Atrix is the oldest of the bunch, launching back in February. It features a 4-inch qHD display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processsor, VGA front camera, and 5-megapixel back camera. Also, be sure to check out our full review before heading to its Amazon page.

- Thanks Doug!


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24Jun/11Off

Apple AirPlay And Thunderbolt Priced Too High For Widespread Support

It seems like Apple may be pricing itself into a corner, at least with its proprietary AirPlay and Thunderbolt technologies. Reports today revealed that Apple’s licensing fees for the two technologies are prohibitively expensive. The prices are said to be too high for either technology to see mainstream adoption in the near future.

AirPlay is a proprietary Apple wireless streaming technology that can stream audio as well as video content wirelessly between Apple devices. Currently, Apple is only licensing out the audio streaming portion of the technology, which can add as much as $100 to the price of an audio system.

The Thunderbolt technology developed in partnership with Intel allows for high-speed bi-directional data transfer rates of up to 10Gbps. It’s said to be 12 times faster than FireWire 800 and 20 times faster than USB 2.0. The price for the required hardware for licensees is said to cost as much as a low-end hard drive. An upcoming Thunderbolt-enabled third-party device is the LaCie Little Big Disk, which we got our hands-on, but have not yet confirmed pricing.

Apple may see exclusivity as a competitive advantage, but it creates frustration for customers by forcing them to use only a specific ecosystem of products. This could also give rivals such as Google an opportunity to take an open approach that would make their alternative a better option and eventually the more widespread standard.

[via Electronista]


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Apple AirPlay And Thunderbolt Priced Too High For Widespread Support is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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24Jun/11Off

Motorola Droid 3 To Arrive At Best Buy July 13?

The Motorola Droid 3 was previewed earlier this month when a video tutorial leaked revealing its 8-megapixel camera, 1080p HD support, and slide-out QWERTY. But other than that, the handset has remained under the radar with a slew of other Motorola devices recently making their debut, including the Triumph and the Photon. But details on the Droid 3 are surfacing again now that a leaked screenshot reveals a potential release date.

DroidAttic obtained a screenshot from Best Buy’s inventory screen that shows the device to be in-stock on July 13. No official announcements have been made yet, but thanks to a leak back in May, we know that the Droid 3 will likely have a 4-inch qHD screen that’s a nice step up from the 3.7-inch screen of its predecessor the Droid 2. It’s not clear yet which processor the Droid 3 will use, but it could be either the NVIDIA Tegra 2 or the Texas Instruments’ OMAP 4430 dual-core processor. Also noted was that the slide-out QWERTY would have a fifth row of dedicated number keys.

The Droid 3 will arrive with 4G LTE support on Verizon’s network. Another Motorola device we’re anxious to see with a more definite release date is the Droid Bionic, which has been met with delays due to unspecified changes and enhancements.

[via Android Community]


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Motorola Droid 3 To Arrive At Best Buy July 13? is written by Rue Liu & originally posted on SlashGear.
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24Jun/11Off

Xbox To Support Free-To-Play Games Soon

Microsoft may be getting ready to offer “free-to-play” games on its Xbox platform soon. These are games that are, well, free to play but rely on micro-transactions from in-game purchases of virtual items or premium upgrades. According to several sources familiar with the situation, developers are being contacted by Microsoft to discuss new entries into this type of format.

Free-to-play games are gaining in popularity. So much so in Asia that Activision has recently announced a free-to-play version of Call of Duty specifically created for the Chinese market. And more recently, Ghost Recon Online has also gone free-to-play. This comes at a time where the lines between console games and casual social games are beginning to blend.

Leading in the free-to-play social games arena is Zynga, which has seen huge success with this method of gaming monetization. And with Microsoft poising Xbox LIVE as their main games and media platform in their ecosystem of phones, PCs, and game consoles, this transition to free-to-play with micro-transactions seems logical. It’s believed that Microsoft will build the micro-transaction support based on their existing Microsoft Points system, where players use points to buy in-game items and content.

[via Develop]


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24Jun/11Off

Skype For iPad App Demo Video Leaks

It’s strange to think that Apple debuted the iPad 2 with a front-facing camera for video calling all the way back in March and we still do not have a Skype app optimized for the tablet. The most current Skype iOS app is compatible but does not take advantage of the larger screen. This may be about to change. If reports of a leaked video this morning are true, then Skype may be on the verge of launching an app specifically for the iPad.

According to reports, Skype may have accidentally posted a video this morning demoing a new update that’s optimized for the iPad. The video was quickly pulled, but not before someone got a screenshot of it published under the Skype account. RazorianFly was then able to get a screen recorded copy of the video from one of their readers and has re-posted the video as shown below.


[Above: purported screenshot of the original post from Skype]

Although the production quality of the video seems questionable at some parts, the interface that’s been revealed seems very promising. Some of the features that can be gleaned from the video include full-screen video calling, the ability to swap cameras mid-call, and integrated messaging that layers over your video call. It also appears that the app will work while using either WiFi or 3G, although 3G could mean additional charges from your carrier.

Do note that the screen-captured video below is missing audio. So, what do you think? Does it look legit? And if so, how do you like the new Skype for iPad interface?

[via 9to5 Mac]


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