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Photo of the week: iPhone in China

This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an original iPhone overlooking the Yangtze River from a trail on the Tiger Leaping Gorge in southwestern China. To share your photos and to be considered for our Photo of the Week, you simply need to submit your own photo to one of our galleries. So get out there, take some pictures with your iPod or iPhone, and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

Dual Electronics outs GPS Battery Cradle for iPod touch

Dual Electronics has introduced its new GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle for the iPod touch. The combination battery pack and GPS add-on offers a built-in GPS receiver, a rechargeable battery, an amplified speaker, audio output, and a mini-USB port for charging. Also included in the package is an adjustable windshield mount and Dual’s NavAtlas turn-by-turn navigation app with TTS technology and up-to-date U.S. and Canadian maps from Navteq. Dual’s GPS Navigation & Battery Cradle for iPod touch will be available later this month and will sell for $180.

Orange: 30,000+ iPhones sold on launch day in UK

Conor Maples, a communications employee with Orange UK, has revealed via a Twitter update that the company has sold more than 30,000 iPhones on launch day. “Orange UK had sold more than 30k iPhones,smashing what we believe is the previously published first day sales records for a phone in the UK,” the posting reads. As Mac Rumors notes, it is unclear what previous first-day sales records Orange is referring to, as O2 is not believed to have revealed specific sales numbers for its launch of the original iPhone in November 2007. Orange is the second carrier to offer the iPhone in the UK behind O2; Vodafone has announced plans to begin offering the handset early next year.

Sparkz launches Mini Projector for iPod, iPhone

Sparkz has introduced its new Mini Projector for the iPod and iPhone. Sporting a white, round design, the Mini Projector features a 3M projector and focus adjustment wheel on the front, control buttons, A/V and VGA inputs, a headphone jack, and power input on the rear, and a universal iPod/iPhone dock on the top. It also offers built-in stereo speakers, a lithium-polymer battery good for 2.5 hours of operation, resolution of up to 1024x768, a maximum brightness of 15 lumens, and an included tripod for stable mounting. The Sparkz Mini Projector for iPod and iPhone is available now and sells for $495.

Caze unveils Zero 5 UltraThin case for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Caze has introduced its new Zero 5 UltraThin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Made from translucent polycarbonate, the Zero 5 offers a maximum thickness of just 0.5mm, open access to all ports and controls, and partial protection for the iPhone’s chrome bezel. In addition, the case includes both mirror and anti-smudge screen protectors and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Available in black (smoke) or clear, Caze’s Zero 5 UltraThin case for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS is available now and sells for $20.

Shazam music ID service expands with Encore app

Shazam, a popular music identification service for the iPhone and iPod touch, is splitting its single app into two separate applications. The free Shazam application will now limit new users to five song IDs per month; current users will retain the ability to tag as many songs as they like. For users looking for a more comprehensive identification solution, the company’s new Shazam Encore application offers faster, unlimited tags, the ability to add location data to tags, the ability to search Shazam’s music charts—based on other user’s requests—and the service’s music database, a new drive and tag mode that will continuously monitor and tag new songs playing over a car’s stereo while charging, the ability to store music info when offline for later identification, and more. Shazam Encore is available now and sells for $5.

Thunk rolls out Appstand for iPhone 3G, 3GS

Thunk has introduced its new Appstand accessory for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Appstand is a unique stand for the iPhone that places the device in the center of a mat and frame combination, in effect turning the iPhone into a digital picture frame. Users have full access to all ports and controls while their devices are in the frame; other features include interchangeable Appmats, a spring-loaded stand offering four distinct viewing angles, and a clip for optional cord storage. Thunk’s Appstand for iPhone 3G and 3GS is available for pre-order now and is expected to begin shipping on December 1 for $20.

Gigaware debuts HD Radio controller for iPhone

Gigaware has introduced its new In-Line Control with HD Radio for iPhone and iPod touch. The Dock-connecting controller features a remote control setup similar to that of Apple’s prior iPod Radio Remote, as well as an HD Radio tuner, iTunes Tagging support, the ability to show song information on the iPhone’s or iPod touch’s display. The In-Line Control requires iBiquity Digital’s free HD Radio app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and is available now exclusively from RadioShack for $80.

Google acquires AdMob for $750 million

Google has signed an agreement to acquire mobile advertising firm AdMob for $750 million. Founded in 2006, AdMob has become a leading provider of mobile advertisements on both the iPhone and Android platforms, across both web-based properties and within applications. According to a statement from Google, it believes the acquisition will enhance the company’s “existing expertise and technology in mobile advertising, while also giving advertisers and publishers more choice in this growing new area.” A letter from AdMob founder and CEO Omar Hamoui regarding the acquisition is available online.

Verizon continues ad attacks on AT&T, iPhone

Verizon is continuing to attack both AT&T and the iPhone with another new wave of TV advertisements. The most scathing spot, “Misfit Toys,” is based off the fictional Island of Misfit Toys as seen in the 1964 stop-animation holiday TV special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and sees an iPhone-like device arrive on the island to questions of why it was there when it can “download apps and browse the web,” with an AT&T 3G coverage map appearing above its head to explain the situation. Continue reading to view all three ads in embedded form.

Bowers & Wilkins teases P5 headphones

Bowers & Wilkins has posted a preview page for its upcoming P5 Mobile Hi-Fi Headphones for the iPod and iPhone. Although details on the new personal listening device are few, the preview page does reveal that the P5s will feature a natural sound signature, a closed-back design with rigid metal faceplates and sealed earpads made from New Zealand sheep’s leather, passive noise isolation, and an in-line iPod- and iPhone-compatible remote and microphone box. Bowers & Wilkins P5 headphones for the iPod and iPhone will be released in January 2010; pricing has yet to be announced.

iFrogz intros MyFrogz custom cases for iPhone

iFrogz has announced the launch of its new MyFrogz line of customizable Luxe cases for iPhone. Available in AT&T stores nationwide, MyFrogz’ packaging includes a customization code for use with the free MyFrogz app or on iFrogz’ MyFrogz website, as well as a clear protective case for use until the customized case arrives. Customers can create unique case designs by choosing from more than 20 color options for both the top and bottom pieces, and from options such as a classic metallic or semi-transparent “frost” finishes. Once a case has been created, the case is made and shipped immediately, normally arriving at the customer’s address in less than one week. MyFrogz customizable Luxe cases are available now from AT&T stores across the U.S. and sell for $35.

RadioShack to carry iPhone 3G, 3GS

RadioShack has announced that it will begin to offer the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS in a limited number of stores later this month. The phones will initially be available only at select company-owned stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth and New York City metropolitan areas; the company says it expects to roll out the iPhone in stores nationwide next year.

New iPhone worm ‘Rickrolls’ jailbroken devices

A new iPhone worm first spotted in Australia is spreading amongst jailbroken devices, changing their backgrounds to a picture of “Never Gonna Give You Up” singer Rick Astley. Similar to the harmless extortion message sent out by a Dutch hacker to users of jailbroken iPhones on T-Mobile Netherlands last week, this new worm attacks devices which have been jailbroken and had SSH activated without the owners changing the default password. Comments found within the worm’s code say, “People are stupid and this is to prove it so… [setting the SSH password] is not thats [sic] hard guys… But hey who cares its only your bank details at stake.” Apple has often mentioned security issues as a reason why it is opposed to users jailbreaking their devices.

Apple TV 3.0.1 fixes disappearing content bug

  • November 9, 2009

Apple has released Apple TV Software 3.0.1, the latest software update for its set-top box. Unusually, Apple sent out an e-mail to Apple TV customers informing them of the update, and telling them that if they have installed software 3.0, that they should “immediately update” to version 3.0.1 to prevent “content from temporarily disappearing until it is resynced.” The disappearing content problem is also mentioned in an Apple support document linked within the e-mail. It is unclear what other changes might have been made in the update; Apple TV Software 3.0.1 is available now via the Update Software option in the device’s General settings menu.

Apple launches Reserve and Pick Up retail service

  • November 6, 2009
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Apple has launched a new Reserve and Pick Up service ahead of the holiday shopping season that allows customers to reserve products online for pick up in one of Apple’s retail stores. Included in the service are all models of iPod, and most Mac computers; curiously missing from the reservation system is the Apple TV, while the iPhone link simply pops up a message promoting the iPhone Gift Card. All iPods and laptops are also available for gift wrapping. No charge is applied at the time of reservation; instead, customers must pay in the store when picking their items up between December 15 and 24.

Apple patent points to simplified data sharing

  • November 6, 2009
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A new Apple patent application published this week suggests the company is working on a system of simplified data transfer between devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch, Mac computers, and Apple TV. The application covers a variety of transfer methods, including local Wi-Fi, cellular, and near-field networks, and also mentions the use of online data storage services that could serve as an intermediary between devices. In addition, the system would allow for simple transfer not only of individual files, but also of content with applications, allowing the user to pick up exactly where they left off on the other device. Notably, the illustrations accompanying the patent show two new iPhone/iPod touch applications, one called “Grab & Go” that would presumably be used to quick file transfers, and another called “Revisit,” which would give users access to recent browser history, searches, media, files, and more. As with all Apple patents, this filing does not necessarily represent any future product release from Apple, but offers evidence of the company’s research in this area; continue reading for images from the application.

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Apple rolling out updated iTunes LP/Extras files

Apple has begun sending out emails to customers who purchased iTunes LP or iTunes Extras content prior to the release of Apple TV Software 3.0, informing them that updated files are now available. As Apple revealed in a Support document last week, the new Apple TV software requires updated iTunes LP and iTunes Extras files to work properly. The emails states, “We have updated the iTunes LP that was included with [Album title and artist] so that it can now be viewed on Apple TV in addition to your Mac or PC.” The email includes a direct “Check for Available Downloads” link, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to do so manually. It also notes that the updated files will automatically replace currently existing versions, and that the new files must be synced with the Apple TV.

Apple seeking new iPhone security manager

Apple has posted a new job listing on its website seeking an “iPhone OS Platform Security Manager,” suggesting the company is looking to further secure its mobile operating system. The job description says the company is ” looking for a talented and inspired manager to lead a team focused on the platform security of iPhone OS. The team is responsible for secure booting and installation of the OS, partitioning and hardening of security domains within the OS, cryptographic services, and risk analysis of security threats.” Responsibilities of the position will include “setting the roadmap for the iPhone OS platform security with an emphasis on hardware support and trusted computing methods,” “creating and promoting a development environment that encourages innovation and sets high standards for quality and productivity,” and “driving a methodology for proactively finding security vulnerabilities.”

While the iPhone OS has yet to be the target of a widespread virus or other malicious attack, hackers have been able to consistently jailbreak each new release, allowing for the installation of unsupported applications and modifications, potentially making the devices more vulnerable to attacks, as seen in a harmless extortion scheme earlier this week. In addition, other potential vulnerabilities have been found and demonstrated at hacking conferences, although Apple has normally adressed these with subsequent software updates. It is unclear whether this position, whether it be a new job or an attempt to fill a now-vacated position, would be charged with blocking jailbreakers or simply focusing on other security concerns. [via The Industry Standard]

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