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Hearst iPad Publications Soon Available with Subscriptions

Hearst, the publisher behind magazines such as Esquire, Popular Mechanics and O, as well as a slew of newspapers, allegedly struck a deal with Apple in order to use the iTunes subscription model, to allow its subscribers to receive new issues as they are released, and be automatically billed.

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iOS 4.3.3 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch now Available

Last week, Apple issued a press release to address the iOS location issue, a bug that prevents GPS-enabled devices such as first and second generation iPad 3G, as well as iPhone, from purging location data stored to help them calculate their location faster.

A new version of iOS, designed to address the issue, was released today. The update, slated iOS 4.3.3, is compatible with first/second generation iPad, as well as iPhone 3GS/4, and third/fourth generation iPod touch.

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Planetary for iPad – Re-Discover your Music Library

Bloom Studio just released Planetary for iPad, an app designed to help you re-discover your music collection via an amazing – and entirely different – interface.

The app does not offer a list of songs like the vast majority of music players out there: instead, Planetary will show you a galaxy, built using the information gathered from your music library. Stars represent artists, planets represents albums, and moons represent songs.

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Intel to Build Next Generation Processor for iOS devices?

According to a new report from EETimes, Intel could soon become one of the main manufacturers of the processor used to power iPad, iPod touch and and iPhone.

Currently, the iOS devices processors are designed by Apple, but since Apple does not have any factory, it relies on Samsung and TSMC to build them. Things could change soon, as Intel is giving signs that it may start its own foundry business, in order to build non Intel-branded processors.
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iOS 4.3.3 Released Within a Couple of Weeks – Location Bug Fixed

Last week, Apple issued a press release to address the iOS location issue, a bug that prevents GPS-enabled devices such as first and second generation iPad 3G, as well as iPhone, from purging location data stored to help them calculate their location faster.

According to BGR, the update will be released within the next couple of weeks, and will also address the following items:

  • The update will no longer back up the location database to iTunes.
  • The size of the location database will be reduced.
  • The location database will be deleted entirely when Location Services are turned off.
  • Battery life improvements.
  • iPod bug fixes.

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AVPlayerHD – A Powerful Video Player for the iPad

By default, the iPad is only able to play QuickTime compatible video formats, which is great if all your content comes exclusively from iTunes, or if you have already converted all your movies to the H.264 format.

For the others, AVPlayerHD will allow you to play non-native video formats, such as DivX and Xvid, without having to deal with the painful – and slow – process of re-encoding your content library to an iPad-friendly format.

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The iPad – A 16 Year-Old Concept?

In 1994, Knight-Ridder ran a news piece about a prototype of a tablet very similar to the iPad, from looks, to features.

While the video fails to predict the advent of apps, it hits the nail on the head when it comes to publications, and the way users were expected to have access to information.

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Distimo: 75,755 iPad Apps Available, Paid Apps Sell for $5.36 on Average

According to Distimo, exactly 75,755 apps have been built or ported to the iPad since its launch on April 3, 2010 – a little lower than our own estimate of 80,000 apps.

Interestingly, and unlike the iPhone and Android, iPad apps have become more expensive over time, which can be explained by the fact that iPad apps developers seem to be shying away from in-app purchases.

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iOS 5 Hits Field Testing Stage

With WWDC 2011 around the corner, Apple seems to be working double shift to be able to offer a preview of iOS 5 soon. The new operating system, slated to be released during Fall, seems to have hit the field testing stage, as developers have started to receive crash reports from their apps running on iOS 5 powered devices.

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Location Tracking in iPad and iPhone: Just a Bug According to Apple

An article published by the Guardian about the fact that both iPad 3G and iPhone keep track of their user’s whereabouts sparked an outcry amongst iOS users. After the issue went all the way to Washington, with a slew of senators and Congressmen demanding answers from Apple, and after civil lawsuits started to pour in, the Cupertino-based company finally came out of its silence, via a press release published earlier today.

While the location tracking file was discovered some time ago, it didn’t get much coverage until the Guardian published a piece about it last week. For some unknown reason, GPS-enabled iOS devices such as 3G iPad 1/2 and iPhone save the location of their owner on a regular basis, in a file stored on the device, and saved by iTunes each time the device is plugged into a Mac or a PC.

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