There are plenty of mobile users who will say that they are an Apple or Google fanatic, very rarely will you hear that they are a fan of both. Therefore, these too mobile giants are always battling it out to be the one who sits on the Mobile Throne.
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Facebook’s release 3-weeks ago of the latest version of their iPhone app has been met with something that can only be described as a “less than enthusiastic” response. Despite being hugely popular over the years and claiming nearly 90 million downloads (about half of the total number of devices that are capable of downloading Apple apps), this version was a lemon.
The social networking giant has responded with emergency fixes that they are planning on releasing today, but as of this article the new version is still not available. That’s fine. My only question: will we see a Facebook iPad app before or after we see the iPad 3?
Apple’s latest patent application could add a whole new dimension to the exploding smartphone app market: Phone-to-Phone app sharing, with incentives. Now you will be able to get paid for forcing all your friends to download yet another version of angry birds! Plus with the extremely advanced graphics above to clearly explain how it all works, how can you not get excited!
Apple is selling refurbished iPads (Wi-Fi only) for the “special limited time price” of $429 for the 16GB, $499 for the 32GB and $599 for the 64GB. That’s up to $100 bucks off the retail price, which relatively speaking, is a fantastic deal. If you want the super fancy 3G models, well there is only a $50 discount for those. The only question we have is why did these iPads need to be refurbished so soon, are they cursed or something? Oh well, a deal’s a deal!
Apple today announced a landmark in it’s school-facing program, iTunes U, which has reached over 300 million downloads. Apple just released this statement:
In just over three years, iTunes® U downloads have topped 300 million and it has become one of the world’s most popular online educational catalogs. Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half of these institutions distribute their content publicly on the iTunes Store®. New content has just been added from universities in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico and Singapore, and iTunes users now have access to over 350,000 audio and video files from educational institutions around the globe.
Long story short… Apple made even more money. As if millions of iPhone and iPad sales weren’t enough.
Apple’s got a new product, again, but this time it’s not a computer, digital music device, or tablet, it’s… a battery charger. Yup, Apple just got into the battery game. Their new battery charger comes with 6 AA nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries.
Apple has also brought these products to market with the environment in mind. The new battery charger not only keeps you from buying and throwing away tons of toxin spewing batteries, but it also cuts off power after the batteries come to a full charge. Clever.
The charger comes with a removable AC plug so you can swap it out for other types of plugs if necessary. You can also use any AA NiMH rechargeable battery, not just the ones that come from Apple. You may never buy another battery again, or at least for the next decade, as Apple says their batteries last for 10 years and for hundreds of charges.
With all the chatter about Apple and their new iPhone recently, it can be hard to escape the noise. Bad press seems to be everywhere, from complaints about Apple lying about the white version of the new iPhone 4, to the over-reported antenna issue. Wouldn’t it be great if Apple let you decide whether you wanted to hear about it anymore?
Of course it would, and now there’s an app for that.
Ok, so maybe it’s not that easy, but this iPhone screen cap sure gets our hopes up. Maybe one day you’ll be able to exclude certain terms from your mobile entertainment experience by simply submitting a list of things you don’t want to show up. Here’s to hoping.