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Stem debuts iZon app-controlled Room Monitor

Stem Innovation has debuted its new iZon Remote Room Monitor. The iZon is an audio and video capable room monitor that works in conjunction with the company’s Stem:Connect app to allow streaming of live video and audio to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. According to the company, setup takes ten minutes or less, and features include the ability to stream via Wi-Fi, 3G, or EDGE anywhere there’s connectivity, audio and noise detection with the ability to receive push notifications when movement is detected, and the ability to record video directly to YouTube. Stem Innovation’s iZon Remote Room Monitor is available now and sells for $130.

iPhone 5 to sport metal back, sub 4-inch screen

The iPhone 5 will sport a metal back and a screen less than four inches in size, according to a new report. Citing sources from panel suppliers, DigiTimes reports that despite recent rumors of the handset featuring a 4.2-inch panel, it will instead feature a screen that’s either the same 3.5-inches as the current model or 3.7-inches, with a thinner bezel to make the screen look larger. The report also claims that the rear of the phone will be changed to metal from the iPhone 4’s current glass design, although no specifics were offered as to what type of metal might be used. [via BGR]

Purported next-gen iPhone back, logic board appear


More photos of purported next-generation iPhone parts have appeared online, showing a supposed logic board, back plate, camera module, and more. Among the photos posted by MacPost are a white back plate, similar in design to that of the iPhone 4 but with an N94 marking—a prior report indicated that N94 is the codename for the fifth-generation iPhone, and that the handset would include an A5 processor. Other photos in the same post claim to show the next-generation iPhone’s power flex cable, “buzzer,” audio flex cable, battery, and rear camera lens.

Another group of photos posted by AppleLeaks again shows a supposed battery, but also shows what the site claims to be is a logic board for the next-generation iPhone, prominently featuring a rectangular main chip, consistent with the shape of the A5 processor found in the iPad 2, and quite different from the square A4 chip found in the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and original iPad. [via Mac Rumors]

Apple pulls 99-cent TV show rentals from iTunes

Apple has pulled, at least temporarily, all of its 99-cent TV show rentals from the iTunes Store. The option to rent individual TV episodes from participating networks has disappeared from both the second-generation Apple TV and the iTunes Store on the Mac and PC, and, as noted by AppleInsider, Apple has also removed a support document entitled “iTunes Store: How to rent TV shows” from the web, as well as all mention of 99-cent TV show rentals from the Apple TV product page. Apple earlier this month enabled streaming of previously-purchased TV shows directly from the Apple TV, paving the way for such a move; it is also possible that lack of network support for the rental initiative led to its demise.

OfficeTime releases iOS time tracking app

OfficeTime Software has released an iOS version of its popular desktop time and expense tracking app. Aimed at consultants, freelancers, attorneys and other professionals who need to track their time for billing purposes, OfficeTime for iOS is designed to balance features and ease of use, making it simple and intuitive to enter time and expenses. The application includes support for multiple timers, easy switching between tasks and continuing timing in the background while using other iOS applications.

Advanced features include one-touch report generation by project or time period, tracking billable hours against fixed cost estimates and contracts and exporting reports and data to Microsoft Excel and Apple Numbers. OfficeTime for iOS can also synchronize data with OfficeTime for Mac and Windows including support for aggregating data from multiple iOS devices for team reporting and billing. OfficeTime for iOS is a universal app and is available from the App Store for $8. A free version is also available which provides limited projects and categories and excludes data export and desktop synchronization capabilities.

PopCap releases Peggle HD for iPad

PopCap games has released the long awaited iPad version of its highly acclaimed Peggle arcade puzzle game. Optimized for the larger iPad display, Peggle HD provides the same basic game play and features from the iPhone and iPod touch version, where players must clear pegs from the board by launching a ball into the playing field and hitting the pegs either directly or rebounding off other objects. Four different game styles are available: the classic campaign-style Adventure mode, Quick Play, two-player Duel mode and Challenge mode. Players can train with the usual ten Peggle Masters to learn special magical skills for different levels and progress through 55 levels and 40 Grand Master Challenges. Peggle HD is available from the App Store for $3.

Electronic Arts releases Spy Mouse

Electronic Arts has released spy Mouse, a new adventure game developed by Firemint. Building on the intuitive line-drawing mechanics found in the company’s acclaimed Flight Control game, Spy Mouse puts the player in the role of a wily mouse, Agent Squeak where they undertake a series of adventures to serve the needs of mice everywhere. Players draw lines to navigate Squeak through a maze, picking up cheese and other power-ups and avoiding enemies and obstacles such as cats. The game provides 70 different levels across six unique worlds along with numerous gadgets, gizmos, power-ups and secret areas. Spy Mouse is available from the App Store for $1.

Steve Jobs Resigns: The Apple Accessory Industry Reacts

This week’s resignation announcement from Apple CEO Steve Jobs came as a shock to many, despite his widely-publicized medical leave. While many people have registered their opinions on Jobs as a man and as a CEO, we decided to take a fresh approach and ask some prominent members of the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac ecosystems what their feelings were about the end of the Jobs era.

“Steve Jobs is a pioneer whose unsurpassed vision has established Apple as a world-class company, and has truly impacted the way we experience the world we live in.  Due to his extraordinary success millions of jobs have been created, a true blessing for his legacy. The exceptional team that he has built will carry Apple’s success well into the future.” - Ezra S. Ashkenazi, President and CEO, iHome

“While Steve Jobs’ resignation announcement came as a surprise to the industry, we believe his decision was well calculated and in the best interest of the company and its shareholders. In his new position, I expect Steve to remain an integral and inspirational part of Apple and the products it creates. Steve Jobs over the years has redefined Apple and has set the company on a path that is poised for continued success and innovation. We wish Steve the best of health and look forward to many more years of his inspiration.” - Andrew Ackloo, President and CEO, iSkin

“Steve Jobs and Apple have done something that no company has ever been able to do; weave itself into the very fabric of society on a global scale. He has been an inspiration to me and my team. We look at Apple both as a standard in which to be measured from a business prospective as well as a cultural one.  Apple has raised the bar in business both in product innovation as well as social responsibility.  We at Incipio wish Mr. Jobs the best in his new role and welcome Mr.Cook into his new position as CEO. We are eager to continue our focus on Apple accessories.” - Andy Fathollahi, CEO of Incipio

“We are very pleased to hear that Steve Jobs will be continuing on as chairman of the Board and wish his successor the best at continuing to lead an incredible organization that has helped changed the way people live. We’re looking forward with excitement as Apple continues on their path of making technology so easy to use for everyone, the “one more thing” that Apple always has in store.  We look forward to a bright future of working with Apple and will never stop thinking of how we can elegantly make the experience of using one of their products even better.” - Nils Gustafsson and Erich Huang, Co-Founders, Just Mobile

“Steve Jobs’ resignation announcement affects me on several different levels. Personally, there is no person on the planet, other than friends and family, that has affected my life more than Steve Jobs. Professionally, Steve and Apple are not only the ‘target’ of Twelve South’s product efforts, they ‘inspired’ the creation of the company in the first place. Many people can say this, but without Steve Jobs, my life would be radically different than it is right now. For that, I will always be eternally grateful.” - Andrew Green, Founder, Twelve South

We’ll continue to add to this article as additional reactions come in.

G5 releases Virtual City Playground HD

G5 Entertainment has released Virtual City Playground HD, a sequel to the company’s popular city-building game introduced last fall. Virtual City Playground is an expanded version of the previous game adding 87 new quests, over 90 new buildings and landmarks and Facebook and Game Center integration. Players can build their own open-ended city in a see sandbox mode with no predefined goals or take on any of the optional scenarios for more challenges.

Virtual City HD also incorporates a new freemium model with In-App Purchases that can be used to buy in-game currency, city credits and invest points to progress more quickly in the game and access additional content. Game Center integration allows users to post high scores and achievements and users can also share their achievements on Facebook to earn invest points. G5 Entertainment also plans to release additional regular free updates to offer more content, game mechanics and improved social integration. Virtual City Playground HD is available from the App Store as a free download.

Apple working on next-gen video delivery service

Apple is working on a new video delivery service, according to a new report. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working on new technology to deliver video to televisions, and has also been discussing whether to try to launch a subscription TV service. While it fails to offer any more specific information, the report as a whole takes a look at the broader challenge facing new Apple CEO Tim Cook as he tries to negotiate deals with new media partners in the video and publishing fields, an area where his predecessor Steve Jobs was highly proficient.

JailbreakMe founder to intern at Apple

Comex, founder of the browser-based jailbreak tool JailbreakMe and major figure in the jailbreak community, has announced that he will soon be starting an internship with Apple. “It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored,” he wrote in a Twitter update. “So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.” It’s unclear what type of position the coder might hold with Apple, but given his background, it seems likely that his expertise may be used to discover and plug vulnerabilities in iOS and in mobile Safari in particular. [via 9to5Mac]

Supposed ‘iPhone 4S’ casing appears online

Images of a part that appears to be a casing for a revision of the iPhone 4 have appeared online. Mac Rumors, which received the images from iPatchiPods, reports that the casing looks much like that of the iPhone 4, but with a few noticeable differences. Most notably are two antenna breaks at the bottom of the casing—setting it apart from similar parts for both the GSM and CDMA versions of the iPhone 4—which may suggest that this new handset will offer GSM and CDMA connectivity, although that has yet to be determined. In addition, the mute and volume controls are on the same side, as seen on the iPhone 4 and unlike the holes on recent supposed iPhone 5 cases, and the bottom portion of the frame lacks a defined area for the Home button, as was seen in the corresponding parts on the iPhone 4. While the report states that iPatchiPods believes this casing is intended for a revision of the iPhone 4, it remains a possibility that it is simply a piece for a well-made clone, or for a never-to-be-released Apple prototype.

SousChef goes universal, adds Dropbox support

Acacia Tree Software has released a major update to SousChef adding support for the iPhone and iPod touch along with the ability to sync information between the Mac and iOS versions using Dropbox. SousChef 2.0 is now a universal app bringing all of the features of the former iPad-only version to iPhone and iPod touch users, including the ability to store and share recipes, build grocery lists and search for new recipes online. Both versions now also benefit from integration with Dropbox allowing recipes to be shared between devices running either SousChef for iOS or SousChef for Mac. SousChef requires iOS 4.2 or later and is available from the App Store for $5.

Square Enix adds character voices to Chaos Rings

Square Enix has released updates to Chaos Rings and Chaos Rings Omega adding Japanese character voices to the games. The original Chaos Rings is an immersive story-based RPG where players choose a pair of characters and fight for their lives in a series of tournaments in the Ark Arena while Chaos Rings Omega is a prequel set 10,000 years earlier laying the foundation for the main Chaos Rings story. When released earlier this year, Square Enix had announced that it would be providing free updates to Chaos Rings Omega to deliver new features such as voice acting and new bosses. Chaos Rings and Chaos Rings Omega are each available from the App Store in separate device-specific versions for the iPhone/iPod touch and the iPad with prices ranging from $7 for the iPHone and iPod touch version of Chaos Rings to $11 for the iPad version of Chaos Rings Omega.

Evernote Peek adds new featured notebooks, more languages

Evernote has released a major update to Evernote Peek for the iPad 2 adding several new featured notebooks, support for additional languages and improved notebook organization. New notebooks in Evernote Peek 2.0 include quizzes by Martha Stewart covering food, weddings, nutrition, gardening and more along with San Francisco trivia by 7 x 7 Magazine and new study guides for math test preparation by Magoosh, vocabulary prep by Membean and language learning by Brainscape. The latest version also adds improved notebook organization features using stacks to group personal notebooks, shared notebooks, and related materials and adds support for a total of fourteen languages. Evernote Peek is available from the App Store as a free download.

Steve Jobs biography to include resignation details

The upcoming biography of Steve Jobs entitled “Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson” will include details of Jobs’ resignation from Apple, according to a new report. Tracey Guest, a spokesperson for the book’s publisher Simon & Schuster, told PCMag that the book will include details of yesterday’s announcement from Jobs’ point of view. The book will be the first such biography to receive Jobs’ approval and cooperation, and author Issacson “speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on the final chapter of the book,” according to Guest. “Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson” is scheduled for release on November 21.

Jobs to be ‘active’ Chairman at Apple, remain on Disney board

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs plans to play an active role in Apple’s future from his position as Chairman of the Board, according to a new report. Citing a person close to the former CEO, Bloomberg reports that Jobs was at Apple’s headquarters for a full work day yesterday, and attended a regularly scheduled board meeting, at which he told the board of his intention to be an active chairman. According to the same report, Jobs then held an emotional meeting with his executive team; his resignation is said not to be indicative of a sudden downturn in his health. In a separate report, Bloomberg cites a person with knowledge of the matter in claiming that Jobs will remain on the board of directors at Walt Disney Co., a position he has held since the company’s acquisition of Pixar Animation Studio in 2006.

Tim Cook to Apple employees: ‘Apple is not going to change’

Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook has sent out an email to the company’s employees, reassuring them of the company’s future as it moves on without co-founder Steve Jobs as chief executive. Ars Technica has published the full email, which it received from a trusted source, and which is reprinted below.


I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of the most innovative company in the world. Joining Apple was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to work for Apple and Steve for over 13 years. I share Steve’s optimism for Apple’s bright future.

Steve has been an incredible leader and mentor to me, as well as to the entire executive team and our amazing employees. We are really looking forward to Steve’s ongoing guidance and inspiration as our Chairman.

I want you to be confident that Apple is not going to change. I cherish and celebrate Apple’s unique principles and values. Steve built a company and culture that is unlike any other in the world and we are going to stay true to that—it is in our DNA. We are going to continue to make the best products in the world that delight our customers and make our employees incredibly proud of what they do.

I love Apple and I am looking forward to diving into my new role. All of the incredible support from the Board, the executive team and many of you has been inspiring. I am confident our best years lie ahead of us and that together we will continue to make Apple the magical place that it is.


Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO, replaced by Cook

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has resigned his post as the company’s CEO according to an Apple press release posted on the company’s website this evening. Jobs will be replaced as CEO by current Apple COO Tim Cook, who has been running the company during Jobs’ extended medical leave, which began in January. Jobs will remain involved with the company as the Chairman of the Board; Cook will also join the board as a Director.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple’s Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Below is a letter penned by Jobs to Apple’s board and the community.

“To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


Google Places adds filtering and review support

Google has released an update to Google Places, its location-based search app for the iPhone and iPod touch adding improvements to filtering and reading user reviews. In Google Places 1.2 users can now filter search results more effectively to find what they are looking for including the ability to search based on open hours for business locations. The update also adds the ability to read full reviews and load additional reviews within the app as well as numerous other bug fixes and tweaks to improve performance and stability. Google Places 1.2 is available from the App Store as a free download.

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