Palm has released webOS 1.2.1 for its Palm Pre smartphone, restoring the device’s Media Sync functionality—which allows it to sync with iTunes by masquerading as an iPod—while adding the ability to sync photos. As it has done in the past, webOS 1.2.1 achieves this by identifying itself over the USB connection as an Apple product, complete with Apple’s USB Vendor ID number. This behavior was specifically mentioned and frowned upon in a letter sent last month by the USB Implementers Forum to Palm regarding Apple using its Vendor ID to restrict syncing capability to its own products. In a statement to AllThingsD, Apple said, “As we’ve said before, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with unsupported digital media players.” Apple first blocked the Pre shortly after its July release with iTunes 8.2.1.
A lawsuit between Apple and Eight Mile Style LLC and Martin Affiliated LLC, music publisher and copyright manager for rap artist Eminem, has been settled after just five days of trials, the Associated Press reports. The suit, filed in July 2007 in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claimed Apple violated copyrights by allowing unauthorized sales of Eminem’s music. Although Aftermath Records has rights to the recordings, Eight Mile Style claimed that those rights did not allow the label to make a deal with Apple without its approval. A settlement was reached Thursday night, according to an Eight Mile Style attorney; no further details have been disclosed.
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Sumajin has introduced its new Ink case for the fifth-generation iPod nano. Made from 1.5mm-thick high quality silicone, the Ink case features an integrated, flip-down Dock Connector cover, open access to all other ports, controls, and the camera, an anti-dust coating, a boundary wall around the camera and microphone area to reduce the chance of accidentally covering it with a finger, a hole for connecting a lanyard, and grooves on the back for improved grip. Sumajin’s Ink case for the iPod nano 5G is available now in a variety of colors and sells for $15.
Electronic Arts has released FIFA 10, its latest game for the iPhone and iPod touch. The first release of the well-regarded soccer series to be released for the platform, FIFA 10 includes over 30 different leagues, 570 teams, and 12,620 players, and 20 licensed tournaments and cup competitions. Other features include six different camera angles, on-screen controls with accelerometer-based tempo control, local Wi-Fi multiplayer, a “Be a Pro” mode in which players can create their own custom characters, earning skills in competition and tracking his play over multiple seasons. FIFA 10 is available now from the App Store and sells for $10.
Noreve has introduced its new Tradition leather case for the fifth-generation iPod nano. Made from hand crafted leather, the Tradition is a vertical flip-style case, offering full access to all ports, controls, and the camera, a magnetic closure, a removable belt clip, and embossed interior lining. Noreve’s Tradition leather case for the fifth-generation iPod nano is available in a wide variety of differently-colored leathers and sells for €36 - €46, or roughly $52-$67, depending on the type of leather selected.
Joby has introduced its new Gorillamobile flexible mount for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Unlike the company’s prior Gorillamobile mount, which relies on either a suction cup of high-bond adhesive clip to hold the phone, this iPhone-specific model includes both prior mounts, a universal camera adapter, and a custom soft touch iPhone case that connects to the stand. The stand itself features three legs made up of over two dozen bendable, rotating joints that allow the mount to wrap securely around nearly any surface. Joby’s Gorillamobile for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available now and sells for $40.
OtterBox has introduced its new Commuter and Commuter TL cases for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The standard Commuter case offers a soft silicone skin which wraps completely around the phone, a custom-molded polycarbonate shell that wraps around the top, bottom, and sides, and an included screen protector, as well as open access to all ports, controls, and the camera. The case includes silicone plugs to protect all ports when not in use, and will be customizable via $30 three-packs of colored polycarbonate shells to be released soon. The Commuter case for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available in black only and sells for $35.
The Commuter TL case also uses a three-layer protection approach, with an included screen protector, a silicone skin with inner coring for added shock protection, and a vertical polycarbonate shell that clips around the top and bottom of the phone, protecting the Apple logo cut-out on the rear. It also offers full access to all ports, controls, and the camera, and includes silicone plug protectors for the ports. It is currently available in black, but will soon be available in seven different colors, and is priced at $35.
The winners of our B&W Zeppelin + Music Giveaway have just been announced. In the giveaway, two iLounge readers won a Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin iPod speaker system. Congratulations to the winners! Don’t forget to enter our Sonix3 Earphone Giveaway, our Giveaway of the Month for October.
Worldwide marketshare for the iPhone OS platform has overtaken that of Symbian OS for the first time, according to the latest AdMob Mobile Metrics report (PDF Link). The report states that iPhone OS’ worldwide operating system marketshare increased from 33% to 40% between February and August, while that of Symbian OS fell from 43% to 34%. Worldwide marketshare for BlackBerry devices slipped from 10% to 8% over the same period, while the Android OS’ share jumped from 2% to 7%. According to the report, the iPhone OS now accounts for a “substantial” share of the market in all regions except Asia and Africa, and the iPhone is the top handset in the world for mobile usage, followed by the iPod touch. The same can be said in the North American, Western European, and Oceanian markets; the iPhone is also the top handset in Eastern Europe, followed by the Nokia 6300 and iPod touch in third place, while the iPod touch tops the Latin American market, followed by the iPhone. AdMob’s Mobile Metrics Report is based on ad requests from the company’s more than 9,000 mobile sites and 3,000 applications.
iLounge is pleased to announce the Sonix3 Earphone Giveaway. In our Giveaway of the Month for October, Lenntek and iLounge are giving away 10 Sonix3 Earphones to lucky readers. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on October 31, 2009 at 11:59PM Pacific Time. Good luck!
Apple has quietly purchased mapping service Placebase and its accompanying Pushpin API, hinting that the company may be planning to use the assets should it need to replace Google Maps in several of its applications, such as the Maps application on the iPhone and iPod touch. Citing a Twitter update from the founder of openplaces.org, which used the Pushpin API in its software, along with an updated LinkedIn profile for Placebase CEO Jaron Waldman, who is now listed as part of the “Geo Team” at Apple, Computerworld reports that Apple purchased the company in July, and suggests that the company may be looking to replace Google Maps in its products in an effort to further reduce dependency on Google. Although Google Maps offers advanced features like Street View, Placebase offered a wide variety of customizations and features that integrated both public and private data sets, and the Pushpin API, which offered an easy way to layer data onto the maps. Despite the article’s strong suggestions, it is possible Apple purchased the company for reasons unrelated to its relationship with Google, such as bringing in more talent for development of more advanced map- and location-based services.