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Griffin teams with Col. Littleton on new cases

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Griffin Technology, in collaboration with Col. Littleton, has announced its new Griffin + Col. Littleton collection of cases for the iPad and iPhone. The collection includes the No. 21 Portfolio for iPad, the horizontal No. 2 Clutch for iPad, the vertical No. 5 Pocket for iPad, the play-through No. 1 Docker for iPad, the saddle bag-inspired No. 36 Trekker for iPad, the No. 42 Courier Bag with space for both a laptop and an iPad, and the No. 50 Wallet for iPhone, a front pocket wallet with space for an iPhone. All of the new Griffin + Col. Littleton cases are handmade from dry-milled brown American steer hide, edge-stitched for extra reinforcement, and are available now at prices ranging from $80 to $703.

Apple hiring away RIM enterprise sales staffers

Apple has added five former employees of BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) to its enterprise sales team according to a new report. Citing multiple LinkedIn accounts, Dow jones Newswires reports that five members of RIM’s enterprise sales team have left the company to join Apple, including Geoff Perfect, a five-year RIM employee who served as Head of Strategic Sales and left the company for Apple in April 2009; Perfect now serves as Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales. Four other former RIM employees now hold positions as iPhone and/or iPad sales representatives in New England, New York City, and Canada. Apple confirmed that all five are now working in enterprise sales at the company, but declined to offer any specifics as to their positions.

China Unicom claims more than 1 million iPhone users

China Unicom, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in China, has claimed that it now has over one million iPhone users under contract. Citing a client note from Deutsche Bank which quoted China Unicom directly, Fortune reports that 73% of Unicom’s iPhone users are also users of the company’s largest competitor, China Mobile, a stat gleaned from the company’s standard procedure of asking for customers’ current numbers when signing them up for a new plan. According to the report, 35-38% of those users on both networks say they plan to continue using both carriers for another six months; the average iPhone user provides 260 yuan (roughly $39) to China Mobile, compared to 134 yuan for regular 3G users and 39.8 yuan for customers who stick with the company’s 2G network.

Sling Media releases SlingPlayer for iPad

Sling Media has released an iPad version of its Slingbox client for iOS devices. SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad allows users to stream TV and other video content to their iPad from select Slingbox devices using a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. Users can view and control video content via the SlingPlayer app and Slingbox from sources such as cable, satellite and IPTV set-top boxes and DVRs, TiVO, Apple TV and even home security cameras. Slingbox Pro-HD users can also stream digital over-the-air broadcasts. SlingPlayer Mobile for iPad follows the release of SlingPlayer for iPhone ($30) earlier this year with a redesigned iPad-native interface including a revamped programming guide and a recent channels feature. Slingbox for iPad is sold separately from the iPhone version and is available from the App Store for $30. The SlingPlayer applications for iOS require a Slingbox Solo or Pro-HD and are not compatible with older Slingbox devices.

CoreMIDI apps begin appearing for iOS 4.2

Following Monday’s release of iOS 4.2 Apple has now begun to approve third-party applications that provide support for its new CoreMIDI functionality. CoreMIDI allows applications to send and receive Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) commands directly from an iOS device without requiring specialized third-party hardware. Developers can instead use a standard set of API calls to communicate with external MIDI devices through the Dock Connector using Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit to interface with MIDI devices over USB or interface with wireless MIDI transceivers over Wi-Fi. The new CoreMIDI technology provides a simpler way for developers to leverage the iPad and other iOS devices in a wide variety of professional studio applications ranging from digital music composition to complex lighting control. Luminair for iPad ($130) by Synthe FX is among the first such professional-grade MIDI applications to be released with the new CoreMIDI functionality, transforming the iPad into an advanced yet intuitive multitouch console for lighting designers.

iSkin rolls out new cases for iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G

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iSkin has rolled out several new cases for the iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch. The Solo FX for iPhone 4 is a soft polymer case featuring a slide-in design, Microban antimicrobial protection, a circular pattern on the rear, and open or push-through access to all buttons, ports, and cameras. It is available in five colors and sells for $35. The Solo vu for iPhone 4 is a hybrid clear polycarbonate and soft-polymer case featuring an open-top, slide-in design, Microban protection, art deco-inspired scoring on the rear of the case, front and rear face protection, and access to all ports, controls, and cameras; it is available in three colors and is priced at $40.

iSkin’s Pebble for the iPod touch 4G is a slim, form-fitting case featuring raised transparent pebble shapes on the back, a matte finish, an integrated dock connector cover, push-through protection for the volume and sleep/wake buttons, open access to all other ports, controls, and cameras, and Microban protection; it comes in five colors and sells for $35. Finally, the Touch Duo for iPod touch 4G is a silicone case featuring a hard plastic face shield, open access to all ports, controls, and cameras, Microban protection, and a removable belt clip that also functions as a stand; it is available in four colors and sells for $40.

iTunes: More than 450K Beatles albums sold in first week

The iTunes Store saw worldwide sales of more than 450,000 Beatles albums in the group’s first week of availability. Citing internal sales figures from Apple, Billboard reports that more than 2 million individual songs by The Beatles were sold during the period; Abbey Road was the top-selling Beatles album in the U.S., while the top selling song was “Here Comes the Sun,” one of five songs chosen by Apple for use in its promotional TV advertisements. Notably, it is unclear whether the total album figure counts the band’s career-spanning Box Set as one or multiple albums, as the $149 set is currently listed at number 50 on the U.S. iTunes Store’s Top Albums chart.

Nintendo to exhibit at 2011 CES after lengthy absence

The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that Nintendo will be among the gaming exhibitors at the 2011 International CES. As noted by Engadget, the company will be making its first appearance at the event in 16 years, and will likely be showing off its upcoming 3DS handheld gaming console. Nintendo has been facing increasing competition in the handheld gaming market from smartphone platforms such as Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, and last month posted its first interim net loss in seven years. Due to the iPod touch and iPhone, the company has noted that Apple is its biggest competitor now, surpassing even Microsoft, with which it has done battle in the television-dependent console game market since the release of the original Xbox.

News Corp. to announce iPad newspaper at Apple event?

A pair of new reports suggest that News Corp, headed by Rupert Murdoch, will announce a new tablet-based newspaper at an upcoming Apple event. The Guardian reports that the new paper, called the Daily, is a collaboration between Apple and News Corp and has been under development in New York for several months. The report goes on to state that the paper will cost 99 cents per week, and will be able to be delivered automatically to an iPad using a new subscription plan from Apple.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball, in linking to the aforementioned report, suggests that the initiative will launch with a press event, with Murdoch—and possibly other newspaper and magazine executives—joining Steve Jobs on stage. In addition, Gruber states that he’d heard December 9th as possible date for the event, but notes that this is a Thursday, an unusual day for Apple to hold a press event. Gruber goes on to state that based on information from sources outside Apple, the event will not be for a central “iNews” or “Newsstand” app from Apple, but will instead be for a new recurring subscription billing option for apps, paid through the user’s iTunes account. He also states that the News Corp developers working on the new Daily app have been given “preliminary documentation on the new subscription billing APIs from Apple.”

Apple TV users report video issues with Sony, Philips TVs

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A number of second-generation Apple TV users are reporting video discoloration issues. According to a lengthy Apple Discussions thread dating back to the beginning of October, the issues appear to be isolated to select models of Sony and Philips TVs, even those which worked fine for months or years when connected to a first-generation Apple TV. Many users suggest the problem lies within the HDMI “handshake” process, and may or may not be related to HDCP copy protection. Based on the most recent comments, the Apple TV 4.1 software update does not fix the problem, even though users have reported that Apple Support is aware of the issue. [via MacStories]

New Potato unveils TuneLink Auto for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

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New Potato Technologies has unveiled its new TuneLink Auto for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. TuneLink Auto is an in-car accessory featuring a traditional charging stem with a fast-charging USB port and an auxiliary output for connection to a vehicle’s AUX port. Notably, the TuneLink Auto also features a Bluetooth transceiver and built-in FM transmitter, allowing it to receive streaming auto from any A2DP-capable iOS device, and send the audio to the vehicle’s stereo via direct AUX connection or over FM. The TuneLink Auto hardware is controlled via a free app, and the device also supports automatic switching of incoming calls to an existing hands-free Bluetooth accessory, switching back to audio playback when the call is ended. New Potato’s TuneLink Auto for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch is available now and sells for $100.

Apple to hold special Black Friday shopping event

  • November 23, 2010
  • Apple

Apple has begun emailing past customers of its retail and online stores, notifying them of a special one-day Apple shopping event this Friday, November 26. According to the notice, Apple’s retail stores will open at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, while customers visiting the online store will have all day to place an order. In the past, Apple has offered modest sales on select products during such events; last year, it offered a discount of $101 on all MacBook Pro laptop computers as well as $31 discount on 32GB iPod touch models.

Apple updates iWork for iPad suite

Apple has updated its three iWork apps for the iPad: Pages, Numbers and Keynote to add support for iOS 4.2. The updates add wireless printing via AirPrint and support for iOS 4.2 multitasking and Numbers also adds a print preview feature to allow users to adjust how a sheet will print across multiple pages. The PDF export from Numbers will also respect any pagination settings created in the print preview. Numbers users can also now enter formulas using a keyboard and the predictive function selector. Keynote 1.3 adds an enhanced presenter display that now allows users to see the current slide, the next slide or their notes when connected to an external display. Keynote users can also now import and add presenter notes to slides from within the app. The update also improves reliability when importing and exporting iWork for Mac and Microsoft Office documents, fixes issues related to WebDAV and adds additional localizations for Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish and Traditional Chinese. Pages, Numbers and Keynote are sold individually from the App Store for $10 each.

Orange, T-Mobile to offer subsidized iPads in U.K.

  • November 22, 2010
  • iPad

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Orange and T-Mobile plan to offer the iPad 3G on a subsidized basis in the U.K., according to a new report. Engadget has reposted a press release from Orange, which says it will “offer new purchase options for iPad users, including more affordable prices when purchased with a data service plan, for iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G models in the coming months.” The report notes that T-Mobile is expected to make a similar announcement soon, and claims that a price tag of £200 (roughly $320) has been rumored, in conjunction with a two-year data plan. It’s unclear when the two companies will actually begin rolling out the new offerings.

Second-gen Apple TV updated to 4.1

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Apple has released a software update for the second-generation Apple TV bringing the device’s software up to version 4.1. Notably, the update includes support for AirPlay streaming from a device running iOS 4.2 or from a Mac or PC running iTunes 10 to the Apple TV. In addition, it adds support for VoiceOver spoken menus; the feature can be turned on via a setting in the Accessibility menu, and reads both the names of menu items and metadata, including episode descriptions of TV shows. Apple TV software 4.1 is available now via the Update Software menu item in the device’s General settings menu.

Apple releases iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

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As expected, Apple has released iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. The anticipated update, announced during Apple’s September iPod event, brings iOS 4 features such as multitasking and folders to the iPad for the first time, while also adding new features like AirPlay wireless media streaming and AirPrint wireless printing to the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Notably, the software update requires iTunes 10.1, and is available now for the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPod touch via the Update feature in iTunes.

KT to launch iPad in Korea on Nov. 30

  • November 22, 2010
  • iPad

Korean iPhone carrier KT has announced that it will launch the iPad on November 30. The Korea Times reports that KT will offer all six models of the iPad, but that iPad 3G models will be available on a subsidized basis, with the 16GB 3G model selling for the equivalent of $345 with a two-year contract for 2GB of data per month. KT said it has received 60,000 pre-orders in the past week; it expects to sell 200,000 iPads this year.

Apple to offer free Find My iPhone to some users

Apple has announced that alongside today’s release of iOS 4.2, users of the iPad, iPhone 4, and fourth-generation iPod touch will receive free Find My iPhone service. Previously limited to users who have a paid MobileMe account, Find My iPhone lets users locate missing devices, have them display messages or play sounds, and remotely wipe or lock lost devices. For users that don’t have a MobileMe account, the feature will use their standard Apple IDs instead. Apple is expected to release iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch later today.

iOS 4.2 for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch coming later today

Apple has announced that it will release iOS 4.2 for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch later today. Announced during Apple’s September media event, the update will bring previously iPhone- and iPod touch-exclusive features like multitasking and a unified Mail inbox to the iPad, and will also add new features like AirPlay streaming and AirPrint wireless printing to all three devices. Apple is expected to release iOS 4.2 around 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Still time to enter the XtremeMac Luna SST Giveaway

If you haven’t yet entered our XtremeMac Luna SST Giveaway, there’s still time to do so. In our Giveaway of the Month for November, iLounge and XtremeMac are giving away six Luna SST Alarm Clocks for the iPod and iPhone. To enter, simply fill out and submit the form on the giveaway page—the giveaway will end on November 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Good luck!

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