Thursday, July 21, 2011

Entire Apple stores being faked in China

Entire Apple stores being faked in China
July 21, 2011 6:02 AM ET.

By LOUISE WATT

BEIJING (AP) - At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words "Apple Store."

And that's the clue it's fake.

China, long known for producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, software and brand name clothing, has reached a new piracy milestone — fake Apple stores.

An American who lives in Kunming in southern Yunnan province said Thursday that she and her husband stumbled on three shops masquerading as bona fide Apple stores in the city a few days ago. She took photos and posted them on her BirdAbroad blog.

The three stores are not among the authorized resellers listed on Apple Inc.'s website. The maker of the iPhone and other hit gadgets has four company stores in China — two in Beijing and two in Shanghai — and various official resellers. Apple's Beijing office declined to comment.

The proliferation of the fake stores underlines the slow progress that China's government is making in countering a culture of a rampant piracy and widespread production of bogus goods that is a major irritant in relations with trading partners.

China's Commerce Minister promised American executives earlier this year that the latest in a string of crackdowns on product piracy would deliver lasting results.

The 27-year-old blogger, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the set-up of the stores was so convincing that the employees themselves seemed to believe they worked for Apple.

"It looked like an Apple store. It had the classic Apple store winding staircase and weird upstairs sitting area. The employees were even wearing those blue T-shirts with the chunky Apple name tags around their necks," she wrote on her blog.

"But some things were just not right: the stairs were poorly made. The walls hadn't been painted properly. Apple never writes 'Apple Store' on its signs — it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit."

A worker at the fake Apple store on Zhengyi Road in Kunming, which most of the photos of the BirdAbroad blog show, told The Associated Press that they are an "Apple store" before hanging up.

The manager of an authorized reseller in Kunming, who gave only his surname, Zhang, said most customers have no idea the stores are fake.

Some of the staff in the stores "can't even operate computers properly or tell you all the functions of the mobile phone," he said.

"There are more and more of these fake stores in Kunming. Although they may sell real Apple products, some of those products were not imported through legal means. And they cost more."

Fake Apple stores are a "particularly egregious example" of brand piracy but their emergence is not surprising given the amount of product counterfeiting faced by corporations such as Apple, said Ted Dean, president of BDA China Ltd., a telecoms market research company.

He said a challenge for mobile phone companies and others selling branded products across a country as big as China is how to manage distribution, especially to smaller cities.

"And then, making sure people aren't copying it, faking it ... is absolutely a challenge," said Dean, who once saw a fake Apple phone in China that had an Apple logo — but with no bite taken out of it.

Apple said this week that China was "very key" to its record earnings and revenue in the quarter that ended in June.

Revenue was up more than 600 percent from a year earlier to $3.8 billion in the area comprising China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, said Apple's Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook, according to a transcript of a conference call on Tuesday.

"I firmly believe that we're just scratching the surface right now. I think there is an incredible opportunity for Apple there," Cook said.

The company plans to open two more Apple stores in greater China — one in Shanghai and another in Hong Kong — by the end of the year.

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Associated Press Writer Alexa Olesen contributed.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Google Adds Google+ App to AppStore, but not for iPad Yet

The official Google+ iOS app has been made available on the AppStore today. Becoming one of the fastest growing social networks in history, Google was quick to implement mobile applications to ensure capabilities from all devices.

It is exciting to see that this application is finally available after much anticipation. Android users have had an application from the start but other mobile OS users had the mobile web version only (which lacked many features). But what we found most alarming was - there's no support for the iPad or iPod touch. Not even iPad support with the 2x flavor.

Here is the startup screen on an iPhone.



It is unclear why they would leave the two devices out right off the bat. It's understandable if Google is deciding to make a separate Google+ application just for the iPad, but why not allow the 2x option until then?

Below are the current features that the Google+ iOS application has to offer:

Circles
Share things with just the right people.

Stream
Everything you've shared and everything that's shared with you (Even stuff nearby!)

Huddle
Super-fast group messaging for everyone in your circles. No more mass texts!

The Google+ application is free and available for download anytime - search Google+ on your device or in iTunes: use this link also to quickly get to the application.


The weird thing is that I couldn't search and find it in the AppStore and when I clicked on it from the below link (from an iPad), I got the following error:


Google+ - iTunes Store

Note: Here are the compatible devices for the Google+ application:

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
Requires iOS 3.1+

P.S. If you have Google+, you're welcome to add me in your circles:

Carl Brooks - Google+

If you don't have an invite, please email me at carl@. I have not seen a limitation on the invites, so I am not sure why people are not sharing.

UPDATED: For those running the iOS 5 beta, it is likely you will not be able to view your Stream using the Google+ application. After tapping the Stream Button, it promptly crashes the application.

Source(s): iTunes


By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

Mac OS X Lion Available Today From the Mac App Store

CUPERTINO, California—July 20, 2011—Apple® today announced that Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system with more than 250 new features, is available today as a download from the Mac® App Store™ for $29.99. Some of the amazing features in Lion include: new Multi-Touch® gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.

“Lion is the best version of OS X yet, and we’re thrilled that users around the world can download it starting today,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “Lion makes upgrading a Mac easier than ever before; just launch the Mac App Store, buy Lion with your iTunes account, and the download and install process will begin automatically.”

Additional new features in Lion include:

Resume, which conveniently brings your apps back exactly how you left them when you restart your Mac or quit and relaunch an app;
Auto Save, which automatically and continuously saves your documents as you work;
Versions, which automatically records the history of your document as you create it, and gives you an easy way to browse, revert and even copy and paste from previous versions; and
AirDrop, which finds nearby Macs and automatically sets up a peer-to-peer wireless connection to make transferring files quick and easy.
Pricing & Availability
Mac OS X Lion is available as an upgrade to Mac OS X version 10.6.6 Snow Leopard® from the Mac App Store for $29.99 (US). Lion is the easiest OS X upgrade and at around 4GB, it is about the size of an HD movie from the iTunes Store®. Users who do not have broadband access at home, work or school can download Lion at Apple retail stores and later this August, Lion will be made available on a USB thumb drive through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com) for $69 (US). Mac OS X Lion Server requires Lion and is available from the Mac App Store for $49.99 (US).

Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM. Lion is an upgrade and can be installed on all your authorized personal Macs. Details regarding Business and Education licensing can be found at apple.com/macosx.

The OS X Lion Up-to-Date upgrade will be available through the Mac App Store at no additional charge to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. Users must request their Up-to-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchased a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and July 20, 2011 will have until August 19, 2011 to make a request. Additional information can be found at apple.com/macosx/uptodate.

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results - All-Time Record Revenue and Earnings

iPhone Sales Grow 142 Percent; iPad Sales Grow 183 Percent

CUPERTINO, California—July 19, 2011—Apple® yesterday announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter ended June 25, 2011. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $28.57 billion and record quarterly net profit of $7.31 billion, or $7.79 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $15.70 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion, or $3.51 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 41.7 percent compared to 39.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The audio is available here.

The Company sold 20.34 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 142 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 9.25 million iPads during the quarter, a 183 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 3.95 million Macs during the quarter, a 14 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 7.54 million iPods, a 20 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

“We’re thrilled to deliver our best quarter ever, with revenue up 82 percent and profits up 125 percent,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Right now, we’re very focused and excited about bringing iOS 5 and iCloud to our users this fall.”

“We are extremely pleased with our performance which drove quarterly cash flow from operations of $11.1 billion, an increase of 131 percent year-over-year,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO. “Looking ahead to the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011, we expect revenue of about $25 billion and we expect diluted earnings per share of about $5.50.”

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q3 2011 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PDT on July 19, 2011 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq311. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue and earnings per share. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 25, 2010, its Forms 10-Q for the quarters ended December 25, 2010 and March 26, 2011, and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 25, 2011 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.


By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Dev-Team Blog - jailbreakme times 3

On Jul 8, 2011, at 12:38 PM, "bj" wrote:
> Just curious - why would I want to Jailbreak my ipad?


Jailbreaking provides options or choices for an idevice user. As far
as complications, I have seen people have complications with both a
stock iPad and Jailbroken iPad. Education is what make either
uncomplicated.

People think because Apple don't allow it, it must be bad or
complicated. There are many tweaks that make a lot of sense and make
using the iPad much simpler. Yes, you could do without them, well just
as you could do without the iPad itself - but why would you? Heck,
Apple gets most of its bright ideas right from an Jailbreak tweak or
app.

TWEAKS

Some choose to add OS tweaks like the ability to lock individual apps
with a password so prying eyes don't venture into them with
"Locktopus". Or use "IncarcerApp" to keep a child or someone trapped
in a game, movie or photo album so they can't venture out with the
home button. They might use "Sbsettings" to provide quick and easy
access to Bluetooth, wifi, brightness and other settings without
leaving an app. Others may use "DisplayOut" to display everything
they have on the screen to a PC's monitor or big screen TV. Maybe use
"DisplayRecorder" to record everything they do on the iPad to share
with others or for training. Use "Multifl0w" to show all open apps as
cards instead of a list icons that may or may not be actually running.
Use "Infiniboard" so that there app home screens scroll up and down in
addition to left and right, so that their games can literally be on
one page. Use "MultiIconMover" so they can move many apps from home
screen with easy and without frustration. Use "Tabs+" so they can have
more than 9 open tabs in Safari.

CYDIA APPLICATIONS

There are Jaibreak apps like "Poof" that makes apps not appear in the
list of apps at all, because locking someone out is different from not
letting them see that it exists. Let's say that you have an Alcohol
Anonymous (AA) app or Kamasulta (sex position) app, should anyone that
views your photos and then hit the home button have to know this too?
"MXTube" let's me download YouTube video while I am at home on Wifi
and let me watch then later when I have no Internet connection.
"iFile" let's me download and manage files on my iPad. Some people use
"Installous" so that they can try all the note-taking apps from the
App Store for free before deciding which one they want to buy. Others
use "Winterboard" because they feel it is their God given right to
customize their computers so that it is a reflection of their
personally and not a mere cookie cutter theme that looks like every
other iPad in the wild.

These are just a few of the many options that are available to
Jaillbreakers. To Jailbreak you simply go to
http://www.jailbreakme.com and hit install and BAM it is done; now you
have access to the above tweaks, apps and more.

To un-Jailbreak an iPad, you simply restore in iTunes and it is back to normal.

Don't let the naysayers sway you if you are interested, go to YouTube
and search for Jailbreak iPad or Cydia For iPad and see and learn for
yourself. Education continues to be the best tool for all of us.

Thanks,

Carl W. Brooks
iAmThereforeiPad, Founder and Chief Editor

iPad News, Reviews and How-To-Dos.
We help make your iPad experience Magical through information!
http://www.iamthereforeipad.com
IPad podcast: http://goo.gl/dpiyI

Friday, July 8, 2011

Apple's App Store Passes 15 Billion Downloads

Apple is claiming its App Store has passed 15 billion downloads, and currently boasts 425,000 apps.

Apple's App Store has passed more than 15 billion downloads, according to the company. Currently, the online storefront holds some 425,000 applications, including 100,000 native iPad applications.

Apple also claims some 200 million devices are running iOS, its mobile operating system.

That represents a considerable bar for rivals such as Hewlett-Packard and Google, which also offer application storefronts. Of those competitors, Android Market perhaps comes closest to matching Apple's capacity, with hundreds of thousands of applications available for mobile devices running Google Android. However, the number of applications for Apple's iPad greatly exceeds those optimized specifically for Android tablets.

With its soon-to-be-released Mac OS X "Lion," Apple will include a baked-in Mac App Store with access to a variety of full-screen applications for the company's laptops and desktops. It is a spiritual descendent of the App Store for iOS devices, and perhaps one of the biggest examples of how Apple's advances in mobile-device software are beginning to influence its entire product line.

Apple's upcoming iOS 5 will offer a host of improvements, many of them seemingly designed as a response to competitors such as Google Android and Research In Motion's BlackBerry franchise. Certainly the "iMessenger" conversation platform is an answer to RIM's BlackBerry Messenger. Of greater importance to some users may be Apple's iCloud service, due to ship this fall, and which will sync content and push it to various devices via the cloud. It is integrated with applications, ensuring automatic updates.

During a June 6 presentation to unveil iOS 5, iCloud and Mac OS X Lion, Apple executives claimed the company had sold more than 200 million iOS devices and occupied some 44 percent of the mobile operating system market.

For the three-month period between the end of February and the end of May, comScore estimated Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market rose from 25.2 percent to 26.6 percent. During the same period, adoption of Google's Android platform rose from 33 percent to 38.1 percent, Microsoft dipped from 7.7 percent to 5.8 percent, and Research In Motion slid from 28.9 percent to 24.7 percent. Those percentages do not include tablets, though, and thus don’t represent the totality of iOS' market effect.

Current rumors suggest the iPhone 5, Apple's next-generation smartphone, could launch sometime this fall. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty recently stated in a note to investors that the next iPhone "will begin production in mid to late August and ramp aggressively." Her information apparently came from talks with unnamed sources in Taiwan. Bloomberg also reported June 21 that the next iPhone would debut in September and include the company's faster A5 processor, along with an 8-megapixel camera.

It goes almost without saying that the device, whenever it's finally released, will have a lot of applications available for downloading.

By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

TSA Agent Caught With Passenger's iPad in His Pants; Allegedly Took $50,000 in Other Goods, Cops Say

While most Transportation Security Administration employees are busy groping people or taking naked pictures of them, the cops say one of those employees was putting fliers' electronics down his pants.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says 30-year-old Nelson Santiago stole around $50,000 worth of electronics over the past six months from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's Terminal.

Santiago -- a TSA officer since 2009 -- was caught earlier this week by a Continental Airlines employee taking an iPad out of someone's luggage and stuffing it into his pants, the cops say.

After being arrested Monday on two counts of grand theft, police say Santiago admitted to stealing computers, GPS devices, video cameras, and other electronic merchandise from luggage he was supposed to be screening.

The cops say Santiago would immediately take pictures of his new goods and upload the photos online to sell the stuff.

Santiago would typically sell the stolen goods to people before his shift was even over, police say.

BSO detectives estimate that Santiago's haul totaled $50,000 over the past six months.

The cops are looking for people whose stuff has been stolen, although they say the chances of getting the stuff back are slim.

Santiago was released from jail on bond, although police say more charges against him are pending.

According to police, Santiago no longer works with the TSA.

By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

Time Warner blocks jailbroken iPads from using streaming app

Time Warner has received some praise for their iPad app that let's you watch your paid TV subscription service on the iPad even though it has meant being sued by many content providers. Now they are pissing off a few in another group, iPad Jailbreakers.

If you happen to have a jailbroken iPad, the app isn’t going to do you much good because, as Engadget notes, Time Warner is blocking anyone who jailbreaks their iPad from using the app.

This is, of course, ridiculous. What is the point? How does a Jailbroken iPad threaten Time Warner, their app or their content? What a silly decision!

And the options are minimal. Either you can a) restore your iPad to its factory settings, or you can b) get your TV from somewhere else.

Time Warner Cable iPad App Hates Jailbreaks, Loves Gratuitous Quotes – [Engadget]


By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Apple's request for preliminary injunction denied, Amazon's Appstore Lives on!

Apple filed for a preliminary injunction last month claiming the online retailer Amazon was infringing its "App Store" trademark by calling its Android Market the "Appstore". Today, the judge denied that request and therefore denying that the Cupertino company's request to have Amazon immediately stop using the name. Apple says that Amazon's use of Appstore will cause consumer confusion and brand dilution compared to its App Store. Of course, this doesn't end the legal battle between these two tech titans, but it does mean that Amazon's Appstore can keep using its descriptive store name at least until the trial is completed in the fall or other actions are taken. Want the full breakdown of what the judge ruled? Dig into a copy of the order denying its motion in the source link below.

Reuters
Order [PDF]

By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com

Monday, July 4, 2011

iPad 2 Jailbreak Files Leaked Early

Most of you know by now that many iPad 2 owners have been waiting for Comdex’s long-awaited iPad 2 jailbreak. As the hacker was putting the finishing touches on JailbreakMe 3.0, the PDF exploit was leaked to the world. Someone publicly posted the new JailbreakMe files, and the links spread around the web like wildfire.

The original story iDB heard was that a trusted beta tester leaked the files. That would have meant Comex was betrayed by someone he trusted, adding insult to injury. We have since learned that this is not what actually happened. Here’s the real story behind the iPad 2 jailbreak leak…

20 year-old Ryan Lobbins is a computer science major from Arizona. Lobbins took to his blog yesterday to clear the air regarding his part in the leak of Comex’s exploit.

“Am I responsible for the leak? Indirectly, yes. Did I leak it intentionally? Not really, I only intended for 1 or 2 people to try the files to see if they worked. The person who leaked it was Will Sayer, and him only. He released the files, sent off the info to news sites not me.”

As it turns out, Lobbins isn’t a beta tester and never said that he was. The entire story seems to have been cooked up by the same person who posted the original links to the unfinished jailbreak.

“I was playing Star Craft with some friends reading Comex’s Twitter updates like every other person waiting for the jailbreak. This is when I had a crazy idea just to search a site he posted in a previous tweet.”

During his search, Lobbins came across Comex’s bannerbomb exploit for the Nintendo Wii which led him to believe this was Comex’s site. As he continued to pour through the directories, he came across a folder named saffron that grabbed his attention. Low and behold, it was Comex’s new JailbreakMe.

“So what would you do if you stumbled on a website that had all the data for the jailbreak people have been waiting months for? At first I wasn’t sure what to do, let alone believe I found the files. The only true indication that I found them was all the pdf files, deb files named after different iOS devices, and a php file.”

When Lobbins went to try the jailbreak on his iPad, it didn’t work. So the computer science major made copies of the files to try on other devices. He then uploaded the files to his personal site before going on vacation.

The night of July 1st, while on holiday, Ryan’s curiosity got the better of him. Here he had Comex’s new jailbreak software, which didn’t work on his iPad. He wondered if it worked at all. He got in touch with someone he had met through an iDevice forum named MultimediaWill, and sent him a link to one of the uploaded PDF files.

To his surprise, it worked. It quickly jailbroke his iPad and installed the all-too-familiar Cydia icon. According to Lobbins, Will swore up and down he wouldn’t leak the files. But judging by the mayhem that ensued yesterday morning, he was lying.

So there you have it, that’s how the infamous iPad 2 jailbreak leak unfolded. By now, most of the links to the leaked files have been removed, and the community is still holding vigilant for the real iPad 2 jailbreak.

Thoughts?

By Carl W. Brooks
Editor, iamthereforeipad.com