Sunday, July 17, 2011

Apple Bypasses Samsung as TSMC Starts Trial Manufacturing of A6 Processors

In a report tonight by Reuters, Taiwan-based TSMC has started trial manufacturing of the next generation A6 processors, adding fuel to reports from two weeks ago that Samsung could be losing its biggest customer. TMSC has experience with ARM architecture, making them a suitable candidate to help build on Apple’s existing A5 chip technology.
The source said on Friday that whether TSMC would get actual orders for the chips would depend on its yield rate, or the amount of chips per batch that come out with no defects.
“TSMC has got all the authorization and details ready. Whether Apple puts in a formal order will depend on the yield rate,” the source said.
If TMSC pulls through with their trial production and can prove to Apple they can become a viable replacement for Samsung, it will be massive blow to the South Korean conglomerate. Apple has invested almost $8 billion dollars in Samsung, but given their current ongoing legal battles (with Apple accusing Samsung of copying their iPhone/iPad designs).
The next generation iPhone 5 is rumoured to house the A5 processor, currently powering the iPad 2. Apple utilized the A4 chip that powered the original iPad into the iPhone 4. If history repeats itself, it’s a no-brainer the next iPhone will follow suit and employ the dual-core A5.

BonAppie: Canadian Restaurant Menus Right On Your iPhone

BonAppie recently hit the App Store and is decent app to help you decide and locate what to eat, and where. Before you think this is just another food app, think again. What makes different from UrbanSpoon or Yelp! is that BonAppie provides detailed restaurant menus for you to look at, and ability to add to a list right on your iPhone.
The app was developed in Vancouver, and a recent update introduced the service to other Canadian cities. Restaurants provide information directly to BonAppie, to ensure accuracy and detailed descriptions. Once the app grows to include more and more restaurants, it will become an indispensable tool for dining out in your city. App description below:
Ordering lunch for the office? Use BonAppie Mobile (BAM) to search restaurant menus near you. Wanting to hangout with your work buddies after a long day? Look for happy hour specials at nearby restaurants and pubs or view all current and upcoming events in your area. BonAppie Mobile is the urban warrior’s perfect sidekick – BAM.
★ Now available in select Canadian cities: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria (Bonus city: Nanaimo).★
Features include:
? Browse full restaurant menus with detailed descriptions including nutritional information and images
? Browse upcoming events and daily specials near you
? Search for menu items, events, specials, and more, all at your fingertips
? Sort and filter results however you like using district, distance, cuisine, name, price, popularity, and date.
? Share items or events you like with your friends on Facebook
? Keep track of everyone’s orders – making lunch orders at the office a breeze
? Set reminders for events directly in your calendar

Click here to download BonAppie–it’s free.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Apple Releases iOS 4.3.4 To Patch PDF Exploit

This morning Apple released iOS 4.3.4 to patch the PDF exploit used in the jailbreak tool JailbreakMe.com.
iOS 4.3.4 Software Update
Fixes security vulnerability associated with viewing malicious PDF files.
The update is available for the iPhone 3GS/4, third/fourth-generation iPod touch, and all iPad models.

Apple 2011 Q3 Earnings Conference Call Takes Place July 19th

Apple has just released a press release detailing their upcoming 2011 Q3 earnings call, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 19th at 2PM PDT/5PMP EDT:
WHAT: Apple? FY 11 Third Quarter Results Conference Call
WHERE: Via conference call. The dial-in number for press is (888) 505-4388 (toll-free) or (719) 325-2433. Please enter confirmation code 365611.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT
REBROADCAST: The conference call will be available as a continuous rebroadcast beginning Tuesday, July 19 at 5:00 p.m. PDT/8:00 p.m. EDT through Tuesday, August 2 at 5:00 p.m. PDT/8:00 p.m. EDT. The dial-in number for the rebroadcast is (888) 203-1112 (toll-free) or (719) 457-0820. Please enter confirmation code 9915940.
WEBCAST: Apple will provide live audio streaming of its FY 11 Third Quarter Results Conference Call using Apple’s industry-leading QuickTime? multimedia software. The live webcast will begin at 2:00 p.m. PDT on July 19, 2011 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq311 and will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter. The webcast is available on any iPhone?, iPad?, iPod touch? or any Mac? or PC running QuickTime 6 or QuickTime 7. QuickTime 7 is available from www.apple.com/quicktime.
According to Fortune, here is a breakdown of what Wall Street analysts and amateur analysts are predicting:

Today Apple’s stock ended at an all-time high, $364.92US/share. Any predictions on what Tuesday’s numbers will bring?

How to Become an iPhone Hipster

By Gary Ng on July 16th, 2011 5
Want to be cooler than all your friends with iPhones? Miss the feeling of holding a phone while talking? You can change all that with the POP Phone from Native Union. This French designer made accessory looks and feels like the phone handle of an old rotary phone. It contains a speaker and microphone, and is fitted with a 3.5mm jack to fit the iPhone.
If you want to be an iPhone hipster, then you need to use the POP Phone in public–just like Lenny Kravitz, spotted below in New York City’s trendy SoHo district. Why hide the gorgeous POP Phone inside, when it looks just as ‘cool’ using it outdoors in the wild?

The POP Phone retails for $29.99. If you miss the days of a strained neck due to holding a rotary phone handle between your neck and shoulders, then this is the accessory you need. Bluetooth headsets are soooo yesterday.

Don’t Have a Google Photovine Invite? Download Piictu Instead!

By Gary Ng on July 14th, 2011 0
Google has launched a new photo-sharing service called Photovine, and the app has launched only for the iPhone so far. But, knowing Google and their ways this service is invite-only at the moment, similar to what they’re doing with Google Plus (and Gmail in its early beginnings). The premise behind Photovine is sharing pictures of the same topic or category with your friends and/or strangers. Here’s the app description:
Photovine is a fun way to learn more about your friends, meet new people, and share your world like never before. It all starts with what we call a photovine: a group of photos around a single, shared caption. Start a new vine with a photo and caption of your own or add your photo/take on someone else’s vine.
Photovine is invite-only at the moment, so you’ll be asked to enter your email address after installing the app. If you haven’t already been invited to Photovine by a friend, you can visit our website at photovine.com to request an invitation.
If you don’t want to wait for an invite, and want to get a similar Photovine experience, download the free app Piictu instead, as recommended on episode 41 of The iPhone Podcast. Piictu has been out for a while and will give you a preview of what Photovine is all about. This concept of sharing pictures is pretty neat, as it brings an interactive element instead of just posting randomly like with Instagram.

What’s your favourite way to share pictures with friends?
Thanks for the email, Dave!

Cold Calc MDA: The Must-Have App for Any Commercial Airline Pilot

During my time at Apple Expo in Toronto, I met Captain R. Sulpizio, an active Canadian commercial pilot. He has developed an ingenius app to help pilots make instant calculations for the minimum descent altitude (MDA) by quickly filling in a few fields. If you’re a pilot, or one in training listen up, as the following will make sense to you. Here’s the app description:
Cold Calc MDA is designed to clearly and simply input the minimum required fields (Elevation, Charted MDA and the reported temperature) to obtain a temperature corrected MDA. Once these three variables have been entered simply touch the background to dismiss the keyboard and your results are immediately calculated for you and your HAA ( Height Above Aerodrome ) and corrected MDA are clearly displayed.
Error Checking
The app automatically checks for input errors such as:
-MDA being lower than the Elevation,
-MDA equals Elevation,
-Either Elevation and/or MDA being omitted etc.
Modifications
The temperature is input via a slider making it easy to modify the reported temperature without having to type in numbers via a keyboard. These modifications are always displayed in real time.
Once you have set-up your parameters and corrected your MDA the app can be turned off. Should a change occur at your destination airport, turning the app back on will reveal all the previous entered data so only the changes required to be made require entry.
Very Simple, Very Clean & Very Accurate
Scenario example :
You are setting up for an ILS approach. You enter the following data
Elevation : 230 ‘
Charted MDA : 442′
Airport Temperature : -17 c
The app will calculate the :
-HAA
-Correction to be applied to your MDA &
-Corrected MDA.
As you approach the field, the controller advises that the Glide Slope is u/s and the approach has now changed to a “Localizer Only” approach !
You pull out “Cold Calc MDA” app and the only change you require is the “LOC ONLY” charted MDA. You now enter the Loc Only MDA and your new Corrected MDA is immediately displayed in bold large easy to read digits.

As always, this app is not meant to be used as a primary tool, but as an aid to assist in making calculations. Do not rely on this app, as there is also a disclaimer clearly included within the app. Captain Sulpizio claims this is the only app of its kind in the entire App Store, and so far the positive reviews have indicated other pilots have enjoyed it too.
For you pilots out there, you’re in luck because Cold Calc MDA is selling at 50% off as an introductory offer. There is also a free lite version to try before you buy. Click here to download it for $2.99, and let me know what you think!