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The Engadget Show is live, here at 6:00 PM ET!

Hey kids, it's that time again! We're kicking off the year right with an action-packed edition of the Engadget Show. The first episode of 2012 is going to be a doozy. We're going to take you through the coolest gadgets of CES and Apple's bid to transform the textbook industry. We'll also be taking a close up look at the latest camera from Red and the new MakerBot Replicator. Plus we've music from Brooklyn's Ducky and all kinds of surprises. We'll be live tonight at 6PM ET, and you can join us at this very URL - so keep your browser locked to this spot.Continue reading The Engadget Show is live, here at 6:00 PM ET!

January 20, 2012 11:35 p.m., Engadget, Permalink

Ericsson, ZTE shake hands, drop patent infringement lawsuits

Back in April, Ericsson and ZTE filed patent infringement lawsuits against each other, with each party claiming that its 4G / WCDMA / GSM technology had been illegally appropriated. Today, though, the two have apparently decided to bury the hatchet, and

January 20, 2012 11:20 pm, Engadget, Permalink

Listen to the Engadget Mobile Podcast, live at 5:15 PM ET!

We've recovered from the grueling week of CES sort of. As you probably already know, technology doesn't seem to take time off after the big show, and neither do we. Plenty of news has been making the rounds since our star-studded vidcast last week (and by star-studded, we mean Sean Cooper and some nifty handsets, at the same time), so Myriam Joire and Brad Molen are taking to the mics to discuss it, rant about it and - in some rare cases - praise it. So tune in live to join in the online chat and listen to some grade-A mobile talk. January 20, 2012 5:15 PM EST

January 20, 2012 11:20 pm, Engadget, Permalink

M1 begins offering camera-free iPhone 4, 4S

M1, a cellphone operator in Singapore, is now offering a selection of iPhone 4 and 4S handsets that have had both of their cameras removed. This process was necessary in order for army personnel to keep the phones while on base. The modification voids Apple's original warranty, though one from a third party is offered for S $ 321 (about $ 252). It will reportedly have similar warranty terms and coverage to Apple.

1/20/2012 11:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

January 20, 2012 11:00 pm

Kingston launches new family of high performance SSDs, doesn't care if you're a business or a consumer

Kingston's turning its SSD solutions up to eleven on its new SSDNow family of products. The SSDNow V + 200 is a solid state drive toting SATA 3.0 SandForce SF-2281, capable of up to 535 MB / s read speeds and 480 MB / s writing speeds. Regardless of whether it's for your office or home rig, Kingston reckons it's got your storage needs covered, offering up the V + 200 in 60GB, 90GB, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB sizes. The 2.5-inch drives arrive with self-encryption as standard, alongside a three-year warranty with support - something that's getting increasingly rare. The full

January 20, 2012 10:50 p.m., Engadget, Permalink

Carl Icahn smells blood in LightSquared's spectrum, descends to feed on its carrion

Oh, the twisted web that continues to weave itself around LightSquared. After incurring a seemingly endless parade of regulatory and industry obstacles, the Philip Falcone-backed network is now facing yet another potential hurdle. Except this time, it's taken the shape of investor Carl Icahn: a business magnate notorious for swooping in on downtrodden companies (see: Time Warner) and seizing control. And it

January 20, 2012 10:35 p.m., Engadget, Permalink

Review: Adonit Writer 2 Plus for iPad 2

Most iPad keyboard cases are either leather or faux leather folios, usually with a somewhat ill-fitting frame that holds the tablet on the right while a rubber or plastic keyboard sits on the opposite side. The original Writer was different that it has a hard plastic frame to hold the iPad, a nice but obviously plastic fabric covering the outside, and a scissor action keyboard inside with comparatively great tactile feedback. Because the keyboard ...

January 20, 2012 10:20 p.m., iPodlounge, permalink

Tutorial: Untethered Jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with Greenpois0n Absinthe

With the jailbreak software “greenpois0n Absinthe” released today, iPhone 4S and iPad 2 can be jailbreaked for the first time and even “untethered”. Untethered in this case means that the jailbroken device does not have to be connected to a computer to start it. Below are instructions for jailbreaking iPhone 4S and iPad 2 with greenpois0n Absinthe

January 20, 2012 10:05 pm, BENM.AT, Permalink

Apple cleared on one of seven Samsung patents in Germany

A German judge presiding over one of Samsung's seven patent infringement cases against Apple ruled in favor of the Cupertino company. The patent infringement case involves one of several 3G / UMTS patents held by the Korean manufacturer. The ruling did not give the reason why the judge rejected Samsung's argument. According to FOSS Patents, the judge either believes Apple did not infringe on the patent or that Samsung exhausted its patent right and Apple, by default, has a license. The reason behind this decision could affect the outcome of Samsung's remaining claims. If Samsung has exhausted its rights to this patent, it could also see its other 3G / UMTS-ba

January 20, 2012 10:05 pm, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Permalink

LG X3 supposedly leaks, to challenge HTC Edge as first quad-core phone?

Your next tablet is going to rock a quad-core chip, so why not stuff that same silicon into your next phone too? Per PocketNow, that's apparently what LG has up its sleeve with the forthcoming X3. Evidently, the four-core Tegra 3 device will also tote a 1280 x 720 4.7-inch display, 16GB of storage, Ice Cream Sandwich and NFC all in a svelte 9mm package. The whispers didn't stop there, of course, indicating it'l

January 20, 2012 10:05 p.m., Engadget, Permalink

First looks: Luxa2 Carbon Camber + Lille for iPhone 4 / 4S

Luxa2 showed off a handful of its iPhone 4 / 4S cases at the 2012 International CES, and of the bunch, Carbon Camber ($ 53) and Lille ($ 25) both stuck out. The first is a hard plastic case that's reinforced with real carbon fiber under a raised layer of clear plastic - an interesting change from the numerous faux carbon fiber cases we've seen in the past. Instead of a flat back, this case has a raised rear surface to provide a more comfortable grip. ...

January 20, 2012 10:05 p.m., iPodlounge, Permalink

January 20, 2012 10:00 pm

ITU puts LTE-Advanced, WiMAX 2 under IMT-Advanced standard

The International Telecommunication Union this week gave a label to a whole class of future 4G standards. Both LTE-Advanced and WiMAX 2 (WirelessMAN-Advanced) will be classed as IMT-Advanced. While the actual speeds of the standards vary, the ITU is promising "at least 100 times faster" performance than 3G and to get the higher speeds using less wireless bandwidth.

1/20/2012 9:50 pm, MacNN, Permalink

First looks: Luxa2 BT-X3 Bluetooth headphones

Though we quickly reached the conclusion that Luxa2's just-debuted BT-X3 Bluetooth Headphones ($ 100) are an OEM design - we saw cosmetically near-identical versions over at Supertooth's 2012 CES booth - these small, on-ear wireless headphones may appeal to some users regardless of their origins. Made with a mix of black plastic and chrome accents, BT-X3 uses Bluetooth 2.1 technology for stereo wireless audio streaming and monaural wireless calling, ...

January 20th, 2012 9:50 pm, iPodlounge, Permalink

Forum roundup: current topics from the forums.

Yesterday in the MacNN forums Fresh-Faced Recruit CaptainKirk asks if there is another way to install OS9 in the thread titled "how to reinstall OS9 on Graphite iMac DV SE 400?" One forum goer with a new MacBook Pro is having some trouble with AirPlay and hopes other members have some advice, read more here.

1/20/2012 9:35 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Olympus teases with leaked image of OM-D camera, saves the best for last?

Some would say that "one picture is worth a thousand words," but all we're visualizing here are a few camera-driven buttons and a small portion of Olympus branding. Though, 43 Rumors is claiming that this is indeed the soon-to-be new addition to the OM series, which is expected to get unveiled next month. Olympus is no rookie in the Micro Four Thirds game, so it shouldn't come as a surprise for the rumored specs to be a decent upgrade in comparison to its PEN shooters. Allegedly, the rig may sport a magnesium ch

January 20, 2012 9:20 pm, Engadget, Permalink

Daily iPhone App: Async Corp

Async Corp. is about as charming as a puzzle game gets. There are a few flaws with it (most notably that the game does a terrible job of actually telling you how to play, but I'll fix that in a second), but it's just so cute and so charmingly devised that it's hard to put down. The idea is that you've got two grids of colored blocks next to each other, and it's your job (in an almost literal sense, as the game's premise casts you as a worker at a fictional corporation) to "pass packets" back and forth by touching one grid and then the other. The trick is that you can only pass packets when they combine up into a rectangular box of four or more, at which point they create cute little boxes with faces on them, which can then be tapped away for poin

January 20, 2012 9:05 pm, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Permalink

Briefly: Magnus iPad 2 stand, Typinator gains scripting

Ten One Design has announced the launch of the Magnus, a new magnetic stand for the iPad 2. Constructed from a single piece of aluminum, the stand takes advantage of the iPad 2's built-in magnets and holds the device securely in the landscape orientation. While not designed for use with iPad cases, the stand will still work with thin protective skins. The Magnus can be ordered for $ 50 through the company's online store, and will begin shipping next week.

1/20/2012 9:05 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple refurbs: Macs for $ 1000 or less.

At Apple's online store today there is a wide selection of refurbished Macs for $ 1000 or less. At the low end of the pricing scale is the refurb. Mac mini with a 2.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now only $ 519. For a little more, $ 699, is the refurb. Mac mini with a 2.5GHz Intel Dual-Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive.

1/20/2012 9:05 pm, MacNN, Permalink

January 20, 2012 9:00 pm

Intel does the executive shuffle

Time to update your Intel executive playing cards. The chipmaker is doing some serious reshuffling high up in its ranks. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that SVP Brian Krzanich and EVP Dadi Perlmutter will be taking on the roles of chief operating officer and chief product officer, respectively. The big moves come on the heels of some positive looking financial results. The Journal suggests that the decision may be part of the company's attempt to line up a successor for current Intel CEO, Paul Otellini.

January 20, 2012 8:50 pm, Engadget, Permalink

Apple: Samsung Galaxy Nexus copies slide-to-unlock method

Apple in the same Mannheim Regional Court that just tossed one Samsung patent claim has argued that the Galaxy Nexus is violating a utility model, or a quick-to-establish but short reach legal claim. The iPhone designer alleged on Friday that the Android 4.0 leader violated a slide-to-unlock motion from iOS that was given the utility model status in Germany in 2006. Apple argued that it couldn't use the model until now as other phones, even ones years old, were too new for the claim.

1/20/2012 8:50 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 available

After months of work, Pod2g, the iPhone Dev Team and the Chronic Dev Team released the untethered jailbreak for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4S. The jailbreak tool, Absinthe, is compatible with the iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0 or 5.0.1 (9A405 and 9A406) and the iPad 2 Wifi / GSM / CDMA running iOS 5.0.1. The jailbreak tool is available for Mac owners and can be downloaded from greenpois0n's website. A Windows version is in the works. Once you have Absinthe, the jailbreak process should take about 15-20 minutes, but it could take longer as greenpois0n is swamped. If you have any problems, you can hop onto IRC ad connect with the experts at # greenpois0n on

January 20, 2012 8:35 pm, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Permalink

IRL: The CES 2012 Edition, featuring AirDrop, a new MBP and Crumpler

Welcome to IRL, an ongoing feature where we talk about the gadgets, apps and toys we're using in real life and take a second look at products that already got the formal review treatment. We came, we saw, we collapsed. After seven days in Vegas and 700-plus posts, we'd love nothing more than to catch up on The Daily Show, eat something other than In-N-Out Burger and bask in what we hope will be a slow news week. Alas, though, the show must go on, and so must our gadget ramblings. And what better place to start than with the gear we dragged to CES? You'd think, like m

January 20, 2012 8:35 pm, Engadget, Permalink

Samsung: 1 in 10 Koreans owns a Galaxy S II

Samsung on Thursday said it had reached a local milestone at over five million Galaxy S II phones shipped to South Korea. The figure came nine months after its release and helped give Samsung 53 percent share of the smartphone market in its home country. With a total population of nearly 49 million as of a 2010 estimate, the tally would theoretically put the dual-core Android phone in the hands of a tenth of the entire South Korean population.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Real-time: Apple's NYC education event

Apple is starting its New York City education event. The company is expected to introduce a new system to ease publishing textbooks and is rumored to be updating Pages and iBooks, including a possible Mac-native iBooks app. Check our real-time coverage for updates as they appear, starting from 10AM Eastern.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Rumors put Pages '12, iBooks 2, book rentals at Apple event

Apple could announce Pages '12, an iBooks 2.0, and textbooks rentals at this morning's education event in New York City, claims ZDNet's Jason O'Grady in a Twitter post. The writer cites only a "little birdie" for the information but also mentions that iBooks 2.0 could include a version for Lion, and that all three products will be announced by Roger Rosner, Apple's VP in charge of iWork.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple reveals iBooks 2, iBooks Author at NYC education event

(Updated with iBooks Author availability) Presenting at today's education event in New York City, Apple has introduced iBooks 2, a major update of the company's reading app. A strong emphasis of the app is on textbooks, which can include things like movies, animations , and interactive elements, such as the ability to zoom into cell structures in a biology book. Books now also support elements like indexes, glossaries, review questions, and turning highlights or glossary items into study cards. Titles can be read in a new fullscreen mode,

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

iTunes U becomes a dedicated app, handles complete courses

Complementing its introduction of iBooks 2, Apple has also announced a separate iTunes U app. While superficially resembling iBooks, the title is capable of presenting complete online courses, including syllabi, reading material, media, and interactive content. Teachers can update courses with bulletins, such as new assignments, which trigger notifications for students. When an assignment is done, a student can mark it as complete.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

iTunes 10.5.3 adds support for iBooks textbooks

Following its announcements of iBooks 2 and the iTunes U app, Apple has released iTunes 10.5.3. The update is a relatively minor one, explicitly intended to support the new interactive textbooks made possible by iBooks 2. It may also provide a backend for iTunes U, since the latter app supports buying and downloading online course material.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Nike + FuelBand tracks steps, calories, NikeFuel metrics

Nike + has just introduced its latest product, the FuelBand. It pairs with a dedicated iOS app to measure a wearer's daily activity levels, returning metrics such as time, calories burned, steps taken and a newly created NikeFuel. The wristband can display these on its own display composed of 100 white LEDs, but the iOS app makes them easier to understand and allows them to be stored. An airplane mode is present, and the band will store metrics until it can offload them to the website or iOS device. All navigation is done through a single button on the wristband.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Hands-on: iBooks 2 and how it takes on Amazon, Kno

Apple committed iOS to education in a big way at its event by launching iBooks 2. We've taken a look at Apple's first dip into a full digital textbook platform and come back fairly impressed. Read ahead for more details and what this might mean for Amazon, Kno, and others hoping to get into e-books for schools.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

iBooks Author FAQ shows publishing, technical limits [u]

(Updated with iTunes Connect info) In tandem with the announcement of iBooks Author, Apple has published a support document illustrating some details. The company notes, for instance, that while books can be published to the iBookstore as free or paid titles, they can also be exported as separate PDF, text, or iBooks files for distribution elsewhere, though only for free. Selling on the iBookstore requires registration, and a copy of iTunes Producer; submitting to iTunes U requires an iTunes U website.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

EU to rule on Google-Motorola merger February 13

The European Commission on Thursday set a February 13 deadline for its decision on whether or not it will approve Google's acquisition of Motorola. The fixed date came after Google brought forward documents requested during a temporary freeze of its approval process. EC staff haven't given clues as how they might rule and are likely to remain silent on their opinion until the ruling.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Twitter buys Summify news service

Summify confirmed Thursday that it had been bought by Twitter. The move will give Twitter access to aggregated news from users' Twitter feeds, which Summify streamlined in daily e-mail. It warned that the service would gradually ramp down before being closed as the team moves to San Francisco.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple posts videos from NYC education event [u]

(Updated with event stream) Apple has released the promotional video played at today's press event in New York City. The clip primarily pushes Apple's new textbook format, and the use of iPads in education. It also complains about the state of modern education, though, suggesting that Apple technology will help spark kids' interest in learning.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Hands-on: iTunes U app

Apple as part of many education introductions Thursday put out iTunes U as a self-contained app (App Store). The title turns what was once ultimately a glorified podcast section and turns it into a system that can be used for full, active courses. We're taking a look at an app to see how well it works in practice.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple updates Brother printer drivers to 2.8.1

Apple last night released a driver update for Brother printers, v2.8.1. As with most such updates, Apple isn't identifying exact changes; the code does, however, include the latest Brother printing and scanning software. The download requires OS X 10.6.1 or later, and measures 149.61MB, making it comparatively small for a printer update package.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Microsoft joins Apple in backing same-sex marriage

Microsoft took a rare socially-oriented political stand on Thursday with a statement endorsing Washington state legislation that would clear same-sex marriage. The Windows developer was joining a handful of other companies in the state, including Nike and RealNetworks, in saying Senate Bill 6239 and HB 2516 would be positive for the state as a whole. General Counsel Brad Smith argued that Microsoft needed a "workforce that is as diverse as our customers" and that the company would be at a disadvantage if it excluded same-sex couples that wanted to marry.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Microsoft posts record revenue, but Windows drops 6% [U]

(Update on PC decline reasons) Microsoft on Thursday revealed record results that masked underlying problems with its core Windows business. It generated $ 20.5 billion in revenue in the fall, a five percent increase from the same season a year earlier. Most of the increases came from its server business and the Xbox-related Entertainment & Devices group, each of which grew their own revenue by 11 percent and 15 percent.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple exporting store-within-a-store concept to Harrods?

Apple is planning to bring its store-within-a-store concept to the Harrods department store in London, England, sources within the latter company are said to claim. The store is a significant tourist attraction in the city, thanks to its unique architecture and size. Harrods spans 5 acres, with about 1 million square feet of show floor space.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Android up to 250m devices as Google misses overall targets

Google while discussing its latest results revealed that there had been a total of 250 million Android devices activated in the platform's history. It had activated 50 million new devices since the start of the fall. Android Market had itself added another billion in app downloads in just over a month since reaching 10 billion.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Genius DX-ECO mouse uses capacitor to recharge in minutes

Taiwanese computer peripherals maker Genius has just released its DX-ECO BlueEye Mouse. The mouse centers on a recharge time of just three minutes and will allow the mouse to last a whole day thanks to its use of a capacitor rather than a traditional battery. The gold capacitor has a quoted life of 100,000 recharges.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Behringer intros three mixers that integrate the iPad

Just ahead of the NAMM show, Behringer has introduced three new Xenyx-series mixers that are meant to integrate Apple's iPad into the process. The small format mixers all sport an iPad dock that allows for two-way communication between the mixer and iPad. They have a stereo USB audio interface that connects to a Windows or Mac OS X computer for recording as well.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

iBooks 2 code holds iPad 3-friendly 2X resolution graphics

A quick search of the assets for iBooks 2 has all but cemented the likelihood of a 2048x1536 iPad 3 display. Along with including iPhone and regular iPad sizes for its individual images, the new app includes "[email protected] x" artwork for the book cover, BGR noted. Other assets also mention "2x," although Apple sometimes doesn't need to mention which device the resolution is for.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Zeal Optics intro 1080p, 8MP iON ski goggles

Snow sports accessory maker Zeal Optics has expanded its sports google line with the debut of the iON Google, a visor that also includes a 1080p HD camera that can capture video and sound, or 8MP still images. The camera features a 170-degree wide angle, fixed "infinity" focus and automatic light-level adjustment, storing its media on a micro-SD card. It also has an in-goggle viewfinder.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

IHS iSuppli guesses Windows Phone to pass iPhone by 2015

IHS iSuppli made an optimistic estimate late Wednesday that Windows Phone would overtake the iPhone in market share by 2015. It saw Nokia's switch to Windows Phones like the Lumia 900 as a catalyst, taking Windows Phone from just 1.9 percent in 2011 to nine percent in 2012 and 16.7 percent in 2015. At that rate, it would just be ahead of Apple, which researchers thought would have 16.7 percent.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Time Warner Cable's TV streaming reaches iPhone

Time Warner Cable answered a frequent call for its TV streaming by making its TWC TV app universal (App Store). iPhone and iPod touch users can now stream live shows like their iPad counterparts. They also get an optimized version of the program guide as well as DVR and remote controls.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Briefly: iDrive updates iOS app, RingO line gains Flex Mount

iDrive has launched a new version of its mobile app that allows users to access an online storage account and share files while on the go. The dedicated iOS app has been updated with native iPad support, and now allows users to backup contacts, photos, videos and more over a WiFi or 3G connection. In addition, several enhancements have been made to improve performance. A free 5GB account is offered to all customers, while 150GB and 500GB plans are available for $ 5 and $ 15 per month respectively. Alternatively, business plans range from 50GB up to 1TB with priority cu

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Numark intros iDJ pro controller for iPads running Djay

Numark has introduced a new DJ controller, the iDJ Pro, that is designed to work with an iPad running Algoriddim's Djay app. The brushed-aluminum housing integrates a 30-pin dock connector, placing the iPad flat between a traditional dual-platter configuration.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple wins patents for Siri, non-rectangular batteries, more

Apple has been awarded a patent for its implementation of Siri, crediting original Siri inventor Thomas Gruber and others with the technology, which covers both its original format and its current Apple-enhanced incarnation. The company was also granted two patents related to battery technology, including a certification on non-rectangular battery shapes that may herald future devices. There's also a hint that Apple has quietly bought another company.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Akai intros MPC Fly pad controller for iPad 2

Akai has introduced the MPC Fly, a compact music production center designed specifically for the iPad 2. The tablet connects to a dock connector within the hinged case, enabling users to take advantage of buttons, including 16 backlit pads and several other controls, while working with Akai's MPC app on the iPad's touchscreen display.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

DSPanel adds Mac, Linux, Unix support to BI program

DSPanel has utilized Java to create multi-platform native versions of its Performance Canvas Studio for Mac OS X, Linux and Unix as well as its original Windows platform. The suite is the company's flagship product for business intelligence (BI) correlation of various data sources and is also accessible on mobile devices via the web. The program is "multi-tenant" meaning databases can be set up to serve multiple clients, organizations or users to access the data.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

MakeMusic to release Finale Notepad, iPad viewer soon

Music software company MakeMusic kicked off its NAMM industry trade show presence with a pair of announcements: in February, the company will make an as-yet-untitled iPad viewer app available for its Finale sheet-music users that will let them view print and play electronic sheet music. It also announced an improved 2012 version of its Finale NotePad.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

RedPad aims to be $ 1,600 anti-iPad for Chinese government

A Chinese company has tried to create the antithesis of the iPad for China in what may be unintentional irony. The RedPad Number One, as described in Wall Street Journal anecdotes, would have the same 9.7-inch screen, dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, and even an iOS-like app tray but would be an Android 3.2 tablet tailored to the Communist Party. Its 9,999 yuan price, equivalent to $ 1,584, was supposedly to load it with government-related apps, such as checking for accredited journalists or reading supposedly private updates on officials from People's Daily or the micr

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Follow-up: Google stock falls in after-hours trading

Google reported solid earnings, record Android numbers and 25 percent year-over-year growth on Thursday but failed to satisfy analysts and investors, who noted that growth was slower than previous quarters and that its average "cost per click" (CPC ) price had gone down for the first time in two years. Though the stock initially rose on the increased revenues, later analysis of the results triggered a sharp fall-off that saw the company lose nine percent in after-hours trading.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

SubRosaSoft updates MacForensicsLab to v4, more Mac native

Software maker SubRosaSoft is now offering the latest version of its Mac-based forensic analysis tool, MacForensicsLab 4.0. The company says it has re-written the app to take full advantage of built-in Mac OS X technologies such as Core Data, redesigned main window navigation, improved its bookmark management and auditing function and now offers a new search function. The new version now requires a USB authorization device to work.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple wins latest skirmish as Samsung 3G claim tossed

Apple has won the latest skirmish in its ongoing patent war with Samsung that is currently being waged across 10 countries, according to Reuters. A German court in Mannheim has dismissed Samsungís claim that Apple was infringing on its 3G wireless patents. Samsung responded by saying that the ruling only covers one patent and that the German court has yet to hand down its decision on two additional 3G-related patents.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Jailbreak inbound for A5-based iPhone 4S and iPad 2

The iPhone Dev Team have announced that they are close to releasing the Corona A5 jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. The team says that it has overcome the technical hurdles associated with the underlying technique and that all that remains is bug fixes before a general release is made available. The release will work on iPhone 4Sí running iOS 5.0 (9A334), 5.0.1 (9A405) and 5.0.1 (9A406), as well as the iPad 2 running iOS 5.01 (9A405).

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Verizon may launch Voice over LTE in early 2013

Verizon may roll out Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) in early 2013. Citing industry sources, Light Reading Mobile claims that Verizonís VoLTE service will go live nationwide next year and that it has been successfully trialing an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) -based app in two markets. Verizon had originally hoped to launch the service in 2012, although if it begins its roll out before the end of the year, it may be in limited markets.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Amazon Kindle Fire orders reportedly cut in half to 3m

Amazon's hot sales of the Kindle Fire during the holidays may not have been sustainable if industry rumors are accurate. Part suppliers to Digitimes Friday that, after shipping six million of the Android tablets in the fall, orders were now down to three million for the winter. The drop was "in line" with anticipation of a post-holiday drop, the insiders claimed, although such a decline would still be steep.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Public evidence shows Apple, Adobe had no-poaching pact

Newly publicized evidence in the wake of an agreement to stop no-poaching deals among Silicon Valley technology companies has shown that several firms did ultimately have deals but stopped short of colluding on a larger level. Although short on details of the supposed Apple-Google agreement, an e-mail message from Adobe Senior VP of human resources Theresa Townsley confirmed that Adobe and Apple had an informal rule against hiring each other's staff. At least in 2005, Adobe chief Bruce Chizen and Apple's Steve Jobs had blocked attempts to get each other's staff.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

iPhone gets CDMA-2000 network access license in China

China Telecom has taken a step closer to getting the iPhone for the first time, the Wall Street Journal reports. An unspecified iPhone model has just received a CDMA-2000 network access license from China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center, clearing another hurdle for sale. Telecom operates a CDMA network, but the only mainland Chinese iPhone carrier at the moment is China Unicom, which like most iPhone carriers worldwide is GSM-based.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Vevo may jump to Facebook, posts song-matching iPhone app

Music video provider Vevo might shift its library from YouTube to Facebook if leaks are accurate. The service is believed in "very preliminary" talks that would see Facebook host the content and split ad revenue, CNET understood. The two sides had met "at least twice" and as recently as within two weeks.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

DealNN roundup: refurb. 2.7GHz iMac, drops to $ 1249

Today's deals from DealNN include discounted iMacs, monitors, and more. Apple's online store this week is offering price breaks on a wide range of refurbished iMacs, one of which is the refurb. 2.7GHz iMac with a quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 21.5-inch widescreen display, 4GB of RAM, and 1TB hard drive. Currently featured at DealNN, this particular iMac has now dropped $ 250 in price and can be purchased for only $ 1249.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

PIPA, SOPA bills postponed after protests

Both Congress and the Senate have delayed votes on their joint controversial Senate majority leader Harry Reid has stated that he decided to at least delay the vote on the controversial Protect IP Act (PIPA). He explained it as a reaction to "recent events," a euphemism for the widescale protests that turned numerous Senators against the bill.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Apple Stores coming to India, government official hints

Apple could open retail stores in India following a change in local ownership rules, says a senior official with the country's Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion. Apple has been in talks with the department for "some time," according to local business publication Mint, and is allegedly eager to retry the Indian market after having failed to make headway in 2006. Under previous rules, single-brand retailers like Apple would have had to have had at least a 49 percent domestic investment; now they can claim full ownership.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Touchtv pseudo-TV arrives on iPad, gets LG deal

Startup firm SkyGrid has formally rolled out a platform for on-demand streaming of major TV networks. Touchtv, launching first on the iPad (free, App Store), includes TV from the four major broadcast networks as well as Discovery, ESPN, and others. Viewers make personalized channel listings in a format meant to partly replicate traditional TV.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

UBS calls for just 12 million iPads in Apple Q1 results

UBS analyst Maynard Um is calling for 30 million iPhones in Apple's fiscal Q1 results - set to be announced January 24th - but just 12 million iPads, according to Barron's. The publication notes that Um's figure sits below Wall Street consensus, which is roughly 13 to 14 million units. iPad estimates have been coming down though, Barron's adds.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Intel sees big executive shuffle as PC leads move up, across

Intel on Friday shook up its executive structure at both technical and formal levels. To reward Dadi Perlmutter's responsibility for the chip architecture group, he would be promoted to the spot of chief product officer to take up responsibilities given by newly full-time executive chairman Andy Bryant. He would still head up architecture, but would take on a wider responsibility.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Raspberry Pi tweaked to run Apple AirPlay

The sub- $ 40 Raspberry Pi single-board computer has now been shown to be able to support Apple's AirPlay wireless media streaming thanks to a tweak. The ARM-based, Debian Linux-running system can stream from an iPad to a connected HDTV, as shown in the video below. While there was a bit of a delay before it started, the YouTube video otherwise played back without a hitch on the big screen.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Absinthe wireless jailbreak for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 goes live

The promised iPhone 4S and iPad 2 untethered jailbreak has been posed as of Friday. Absinthe lets Mac users crack iOS 5 on the modern Apple hardware to run Cydia as well as other unsigned apps. Demand is such that the main host, greenpois0n, is currently having trouble; Chronic Dev Team contributor Josh Hill warned that the jailbreak might not run at first, since it's dependent on reaching the greenpois0n site.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

McGraw-Hill in textbook talks with Apple since at least June

Prior to yesterday's textbook announcement, McGraw-Hill had been in talks with Apple since at least June, an AllThingsD interview reveals. "Sitting and listening to all of this, I wish Steve Jobs was here," says McGraw-Hill CEO Terry McGraw. "I was with him in June this past year, and we were talking about some of the benchmarks, and some of the things that we were trying to do together. He should be here. He probably is. This was his vision, this was his idea, and it all had to do with the iPad. "

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

'Samsunged' Galaxy S II ad presages Super Bowl spot

Samsung has resumed its ads jabbing iPhone 4S waiters with a new spot as part of what should ultimately lead to a Super Bowl promo. The 30-second clip shows more iPhone queues, this time at night, and touts the Galaxy S II's advantage of having Google Maps Navigation. When asked how much he paid for the app, the Android phone owner says he "just has it" for free.

1/20/2012 8:20 pm, MacNN, Permalink

Ask TUAW: How do I setup a Mac with both an SSD and a regular hard drive?

Reader Mark R. Friedman wrote in to ask about setting up a Mac Pro with an SSD in the second optical drive, keeping the / Users folder on another drive; he wasn't sure how to do it. Macworld just discussed one method, using the built-in home folder path controls in System Preferences. The magic begins with right-clicking or Control-clicking the user name in the Users preference pane, which allows you to access the Advanced Options that control where the home folder lives o

January 20, 2012 8:05 pm, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Permalink

Adafruit Flora lets you wear your open-source love on your sleeve

Let's face it, not every occasion calls for pulsating cufflinks, so Adafruit is offering up a little more diversity in its wearable line with Flora, an open-source electronics platform that you can wear on your person. The 1.75-inch board is not quite available for sale, but it's currently being put through some real-world testing. The platform features built-in USB support and will offer up modules for Bluetooth, GPS, OLED and a bunch more. No word on an exact date, though Adafruit has a page you can visit to sign up for shipping notifications, which h

January 20, 2012 8:05 pm, Engadget, Permalink

January 20, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Daily update for January 20, 2012

It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requires Flash) or the non-Flash link below. To subscribe to the podcast for daily listening through iTunes, click here.

January 20, 2012 7:50 pm, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, Permalink

Korg unveils two new Kaoss family members, brings anarchy to your pocket

Two K-words we're almost always pleased to hear: Korg and Kaoss. Good, then, that the former has decided to make more of the latter - the mini Kaoss Pad 2, and Kaossilator 2, to be precise. Both new editions will slip in your pocket, and are dominated by that all-important X-Y pad. The mini Kaoss Pad 2 is all about effects, packing 100 programs, three memory slots, and MP3 playback (with pitch adjust). The traditional flanger, filter, delay, and reverb ear candy are also joined by looper, vinyl break, and ducking

January 20, 2012 7:50 p.m., Engadget, Permalink

First untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S & iPad 2

In cooperation with the iOS jailbreaker pod2g, the Chronic Dev Team has provided a tool with which an untethered jailbreak can be performed on an iPhone 4S and an iPad of the second generation. SoftwareWindows Phone: ZTE Tania comes to Europe

January 20, 2012 7:50 pm,, Permalink

greenpois0n: iPhone 4S jailbreak available

The first untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 has been available for download for a few minutes. Greenpois0n “Absinthe 0.1.2-1” enables the non-wired jailbreak of iOS 5.0 (9A334), iOS 5.0.1 (9A405) and iOS 5.0.1 (9A406) on all devices with an Apple A5 chip.

January 20, 2012 7:35 pm, BENM.AT, Permalink

The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are now also available without a camera

For many owners, the iPhone's camera is a practical alternative to a "real" camera, but in some business areas this function is not at all welcomed. After all, thanks to the high-resolution camera, the iPhone can also be used as a spy tool.

1/20/2012 7:35 pm, Maclife, Permalink

LED lamp from Ikea pimped up

Equipped with an AVR microprocessor and a Bluetooth interface, the cheap mood light turns into fine RGB light that can be remotely controlled via an Android app.

January 20, 2012 7:20 pm, Heise, Permalink

US Senate postpones vote on censorship law

After the violent Internet protests on Wednesday, the majority leader in the US Senate decided to postpone the vote planned for Tuesday on a controversial copyright law.

January 20th, 2012 7:20 pm, Heise