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Judge sides with Samsung, denies Apple motion to expedite

Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has denied an Apple Motion to Expedite in its ongoing patent infringement case against Samsung. FOSS Patents reports that Koh specifically denied Apple’s request for to shorten the time for the briefing process with respect to its second motion for an expedited trial. As a result, the hearing to discuss the matter will be held on August 24, instead of July 21, the latter of which was Apple’s preference. The report notes that while Koh’s decision does not rule out a positive outcome for Apple in its preliminary injunction request, a decision in Apple’s favor on this particular motion would have made it more likely that the judge also believes that a preliminary injunction and expedited trial are necessary. [via MDN]

iMovie ‘11 update adds import from iMovie for iOS

Apple has released an update to iMovie ‘11 for Mac OS X adding support for opening projects imported from iMovie for iOS. Originally debuted with the launch of the iPhone 4 last year, iMovie for iOS was more recently updated to a universal app to add support for the iPad 2. Although iMovie projects could be exported via iTunes and used with the iOS version of iMovie on other devices, one significant limitation has been the inability of these project files to be imported and used in the desktop version of iMovie. In addition to adding support for iMovie for iOS project, iMovie 9.0.4 for Mac OS X also fixes issues related to audio adjustments and performance issues when working with large quantities of video clips or large iPhoto libraries. The iMovie 9.0.4 update requires iMovie ‘11 and can be downloaded directly from Apple Support or via the Mac OS X Software Update tool.

Update (07/18/2011): Apple has posted a support article detailing how to import projects from iMovie for iOS to iMovie ‘11.

Klipsch intros Mode Noise Cancelling Headphones

Klipsch has introduced its new Mode Noise Cancelling Headphones. Sporting a folding design, the Mode offers a 40mm woofer and 15mm tweeter for each ear, leather ear cups for added comfort, active noise cancelling that can run for 45 hours on a single battery, the ability to work without batteries as a normal headphone, and two detachable cloth 3.5mm cables, one of which features an inline three button remote + microphone assembly. Klipsch’s Mode Noise Cancelling Headphones will be available this fall and are available for pre-order now for $350.

ALK releases new CoPilot Live Premium, Standard apps

ALK Technologies has released a major update of its CoPilot Live series of turn-by-turn GPS navigation apps, dividing the product line into new and separate Standard and Premium versions. Completely redesigned with a more intuitive user interface, CoPilot Live Premium provides detailed street maps stored directly on the device with voice-guided turn-by-turn directions between destinations. The new app provides users with up to three different routes when available and allows users to drag routes on-screen to select their preferred roads. Users can choose to view a 3D map, 2D map or simply a list of directions and the app provides speed limit displays and warnings, lane indicator arrows and signpost information for major highway exits and interchanges.

The new version also provides more interactive features allowing users to tap on the map to navigate to or discover location-specific information about points of interest. Wikipedia and Bing Local Search have also been added to provide users with an extensive database of additional local businesses and places beyond those included in the built-in POI database. A new Walking Mode provides users with a more appropriate interface when navigating by foot with an on-screen interface and enhanced display of POIs and Wikipedia locations on the map.

The updated versions are being sold as entirely new apps rather than as a direct upgrade to CoPilot Live version 8, however the company is offering discounted pricing during the initial release of the new applications. For now at least, the company has chosen to release only the Premium versions for the iOS platform. CoPilot Live Standard is available only on Android devices and simply provides an “a la carte” approach to allow casual users to purchase individual features that are bundled in the Premium version. CoPilot Live Premium is available in separate versions for various regions including CoPilot Live Premium USA ($10) and CoPilot Live Premium Europe ($44) for the iPhone and iPod touch and CoPilot Live Premium HD USA ($15) and CoPilot Live Premium HD Europe ($44) for the iPad. Additional regional versions can be found on the ALK Technologies App Store Page. No specific North American version is available, however users of the USA version can add a map of Canada for an additional $5 via in-app purchase. Additional optional in-app purchases include one-year subscriptions to real-time traffic for $10 and live fuel prices for $5.

 

One third of iPhone owners think they’re on 4G?

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As many as a third of iPhone owners may mistakenly believe that they own a “4G” handset, according to a new survey. Retrovo’s latest Gadgetology Report found that 34 percent of iPhone owners reported that they “already own one” when asked if they were planning to purchase a 4G-capable handset this year. Notably, however, 40 percent of current iPhone owners said they will buy the next iPhone even if it doesn’t have 4G, followed by 21 percent who said they would consider it; by comparison, these numbers were eight percent and 12 percent for Android owners, and 23 percent and 18 percent for BlackBerry owners, respectively. The survey was based on a sample size of more than 1,000 people “distributed across gender, age, income and location in the United States.”

iTunes Connect maintenance to cause App Store issues?

Apple will be performing scheduled maintenance on its iTunes Connect developer portal that may leave some users unable to make purchases from the App Store. Citing an email to developers, Mac Rumors reports that the work on iTunes Connect, the developer service used to submit applications to the App Store, is scheduled for today at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Time. During this time, according to the email, any pricing changes made on the service will cause the app or apps to become unavailable for the remaining duration of the maintenance, after which it will reappear on the App Store at the new price. Notably, the email also states that customers in Mexico, the U.K., Australia, Switzerland, Japan, and Norway may not be able to purchase apps during the maintenance period. As noted in the report, a number of users reported connection issues with the App Store server last evening; it’s unclear whether the issues were related to the maintenance.

G-Form unveils Extreme Portfolio case for iPad

G-Form has unveiled its new Extreme Portfolio case for the iPad and iPad 2. Like the company’s prior Extreme Sleeve for iPad, the Extreme Portfolio case is made from the company’s RPT composite material, which is both water-resistant and said to absorb over 90 percent of the energy of an impact, while stiffening to offer further protection. Other features include selective reinforcement with polycarbonate, added RBT in the corners, an adjustable easel stand, an inside pocket for documents, and a reversible zipper. G-Form’s Extreme Portfolio case for iPad is available for pre-order now and will ship in August for $80.

China Telecom to launch iPhone by year’s end

China Telecom plans to offer the iPhone by the end of 2011, according to a new report. Citing a source close to the company, Reuters reports that the move would help China Telecom, China’s smallest carrier with 106 million subscribers, gain more high-end 3G users. “It’s expected to happen this year. China Telecom already has the required technology and it all hinges on the content of the agreement. As we all know, it’s not easy to negotiate with Apple,” said the source. A separate source indicated that the launch is expected to occur in November. In May, China Telecom Chairman Wang Xiaochu said that the company was involved in talks with Apple over carrying the iPhone, but declined to provide any further details. Apple currently offers the iPhone in China through China Unicom.

Photo of the Week: iPhone 4 in China

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This week’s featured photo is from our iPhones Around the World gallery, and shows an iPhone 4 overlooking the Great Wall of 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 featuring your favorite iPod, iPad, or iPhone and maybe your submission will be our next Photo of the Week!

PDF Converter turns documents into PDFs

Readdle has released PDF Converter, a new iPad app that allows users to easily convert documents into PDF files directly on their device. The application supports Microsoft Office and iWork document formats as well as web pages, photos and contacts. PDF Converter provides accurate conversion preserving important document elements such as proper page breaks and content formatting, producing professional-grade PDF files. Conversion is performed entirely on the iPad, providing a secure process and eliminating the need for an active Internet connection. Once installed, PDF Converter becomes available in the “Open In” menu in many other iPad applications allowing documents to quickly and easily be sent to PDF Converter. Users can also save web pages directly from Safari simply be prefixing the URL with “pdf” to reload the web page in PDF Converter. PDF Converter requires an iPad running iOS 4.3 or later and is available from the App Store for $7.

Netflix to reshuffle streaming, DVD service plans

Netflix today announced changes to its streaming and DVD-by-mail plans that will see users paying more for combined service. The company’s new DVD-only plans now start at $7.99 per month for the one DVD at a time plan, and $11.99 per month for the two DVD at a time plan. Gone is the $9.99 combined streaming + one DVD plan; users will now need to subscribe to both the $7.99 streaming plan and the $7.99 one DVD plan to receive the same service, for a combined monthly total of $15.98. The changes are effective immediately for new customers; current customers will see the new pricing structure take effect on September 1. [via Engadget]

Apple TV Bluetooth support found in iOS 5 beta

New code that would apparently allow the second-generation Apple TV to support Bluetooth connections has been found in the device’s latest beta version of iOS 5. Citing a reader tip, 9 to 5 Mac reports that users will be able to activate the device’s built-in Bluetooth support via the Settings menu, after which a standard pairing menu will appear and let users connect devices using a provided passcode. The code reprinted in the report indicates that the feature will offer support for Bluetooth keyboards. Notably, iFixit discovered a Broadcom BCM4329XKUBG 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM chip inside the second-generation Apple TV that was the same one found in the first-generation iPad. It is unclear what ramifications Bluetooth support might have for the set-top box outside of improved text entry via a Bluetooth keyboard, though Apple could allow the feature to be used for everything from improved remote controls to game controllers.

Incase debuts Snap Case for iPad 2

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Incase has debuted its new Snap Case for the iPad 2. Designed to work with Apple’s iPad Smart Cover, the Snap Case is a clear hardshell case offering open access to all ports, controls, cameras, and speakers, and a cutout on the side for connection of the Smart Cover. Incase’s Snap Case for iPad 2 is available now and sells for $35.

Photogene for iPad improves output resolution, adds new PRO features

Mobile Pond has released an update to the iPad version of Photogene, its popular photo editing and processing app. Photogene 3.1 now allows iPad 2 users to output images up to 21 megapixels (5616x4212) in size. The latest version now allows users to create new Facebook albums directly in the app, adds an intensity slider to gradient effects such as vignette and blur and provides a progress indicator when uploading photos. Several improvements and fixes have also been made to IPTC editing and exporting photos with reflections and filters. Several new features are also available to users of the Pro version, available as an upgrade via in-app purchase. Pro users can now create and reuse their own custom IPTC sets, view and filter photos based on whether or not they have been exported and view a full export log for each photo detailing where and when it was uploaded. Photogene for iPad is available from the App Store for $3. Users can purchase the “Go-Pro” upgrade from within the app for an additional $7.

Big Bucket Software releases TV Forecast HD

Big Bucket Software has released TV Forecast HD, an enhanced iPad version of its TV Forecast app for the iPhone and iPod touch. TV Forecast HD is an interactive TV guide designed to help iPad users plan their viewing schedules by providing easily accessible information on upcoming episodes. Users can add their favourite TV shows and see an at-a-glance view of both upcoming and previous episodes in either a list or presented in an on-screen calendar view. The app also provides a timeline view showing both the start time and duration of each episode and the ability to automatically adjust times to local time zones. Detailed episode information is provided for every episode in a series and configurable notifications are available to let users know when new episodes are airing. TV Forecast HD requires and iPad running iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store for $3.

Apple’s chief patent lawyer to leave the company

Richard “Chip” Lutton Junior, Apple’s chief patent counsel, will soon leave the company, according to a new report. Citing a source familiar with the situation, Reuters reports that while the reasons behind Lutton’s departure are unclear, BJ Watrous, a former deputy general counsel with Hewlett Packard, is now listed as Apple’s chief IP counsel on his own LinkedIn page. The shake-up comes at a time when Apple is embroiled in a number of legal battles against major competitors including Samsung and HTC.

Spell Nomad table sports slot for iPad

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Spell, a Dutch lifestyle product company, has announced its new Nomad side table. Featuring a modern design with a large, circular foot and either a circular or rectangular top connected by a single cylindrical pole, the Nomad is made from wood and steel, with a dedicated slot for holding an iPad or other tablet-like device, and built-in openings in the support pole and top surface for routing and connecting a charging cable. Spell’s Nomad side table will be available in four different colors and is expected to ship in September; pricing has yet to be announced.

Piano Tutor for iPad adds MIDI support

SmileyApps has added MIDI support to Piano Tutor for iPad, allowing the app to be used with a real keyboard for learning piano. Designed to teach piano sheet reading skills and allow users to practice on the go, Piano Tutor for iPad includes realistic piano sounds and provides training in both Treble and Bass modes and various key signatures. The new MIDI keyboard support allows users to connect the app to any keyboard with MIDI output via a standard MIDI to USB cable and the iPad Camera Connection Kit; users can then use the real piano keyboard to practice the in-app tutorials. Despite the name, Piano Tutor for iPad is actually a universal app that can be used on any device running iOS 4.2 or later. Due to Apple’s compatibility limitations with the iPad Camera Connection Kit, the MIDI features are supported only on the iPad. Piano Tutor for iPad is currently available from the App Store as a free download for a limited time.

Apple releases iOS 5 beta 3

Apple has released its third beta version of iOS 5. Available to paid iOS developers, the release—listed as build 9A5259f—is accompanied by matching beta versions of the iOS 5 SDK, iTunes 10.5 and Apple TV Software. It is unclear what major changes, if any, may be present in the new version. iOS 5 beta 3 is available now to paid iOS developers from the iOS Dev Center.

OmniFocus for iPad improves Forecast Mode

The Omni Group has released a minor update to OmmiFocus for iPad making improvements to Forecast mode and several other small enhancements. Forecast mode now includes a current time indicator on the calendar events timeline and provides direct access to the Quick Entry dialog. The update also addresses several issues with Forecast mode including performance problems, issues with 24-hour time settings, Calendar events timeline, and a number of localization bugs. The new version also includes fixes related to syncing with the Omni Sync server and some minor editing issues. OmniFocus for iPad is available from the App Store for $40.

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