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New Yahoo Messenger app will bring cross platform video chat to iPhone

The new chat client would bring video conferencing to the iPhone directly though the app, and for the first time, it would allow users to video chat PC to iPhone, and not simply iPhone to iPhone via FaceTime.

Yahoo will also be releasing the app for Android devices and will soon be available on the Android Market.

The Yahoo Messenger app uses the same technology as its desktop counterpart to connect for a video chat, meaning users would be able to video chat across different platforms as long as the Yahoo app is supported.

Mobile users would even be able to video conference with Android users, Windows users, Linux users, and Mac users, among others.

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Apple removes previously approved BitTorrent app from App Store

Days ago, Apple approved the first BitTorrent capable application to run on iOS devices after the app simply slipped through Apple’s rigorous App Store approval process.

Apple has now pulled the app from the App Store, under the grounds that “Apps that enable illegal file sharing” are not permitted to run on iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

The application did more than just manage BitTorrent downloads, it also offered free image and video uploading and sharing, alogn with the BitTorrent capabilities.

The application has now been removed from the App Store and is no longer listed.

Apple has traditionally been very strict in terms of what type of applications can run on their devices.

The company argues this approach makes its iOS devices more secure and provides a superior user experience by keeping certain applications such as adult apps away from children.

The strict guidelines also protect top businesses of Apple, such as its iTunes music store that millions of people use to purchase music on their devices.

Blocking peer-to-peer applications helps to ensure fewer people pirate music, at least directly from their mobile device.

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Apple rolls out new major Remote app upgrade for iPhone, iPad

apple-remoteApple has released its first major update of its Remote app, which allows users to control their iTunes and Apple TV directly from their iPhone, iPod, and iPad iOS powered devices in a sleek user interface with the help of their wireless home network.

The latest update brings many new features to the free app, which is available now on iTunes, such as new Retina high-resolution support, and a new interface for the iPad to better utilize the larger display.

Directly from an iOS device, a new feature called Home Sharing allows users stream songs and other media directly from their iTunes library to their home theater (or AirPlay speakers), with the complete media library being accessible from the iOS device.

Although the app allows users to start streaming media to their Apple TV, which could be a convenient feature, the app does not allow you to stream the media directly to your iOS device.

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Apple iPhone could come to Verizon in 2011 with new LTE network

Apple’s popular iPhone smartphone has been sold exclusively through the telecom AT&T in the U.S. since the very first generation of the device that launched about five years ago.

Five years later, the latest iPhone 4 is still only available on the AT&T network in the United States, but that could change as soon as next summer.

Apple has not built an iPhone that supports the CDMA network standard, the same standard used by the biggest telecom in the United States, Verizon.

Verizon chief executive Mr. Seidenberg told investors today that his company had no plans to launch Apple’s iPhone 4 in the near future, but expressed his favor of carrying the iPhone in the future.

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Apple acquisition hints facial recognition coming to iPhone

iphotoApple’s latest acquisition hints the company could integrate new facial recognition technologies in the Photos application found on iOS devices.

Apple has acquired the facial-recognition firm, Polar Rose, with the details of the acquisition being kept strictly confidential.

Polar Rose offers software developers access face detection technology that is compatible with various platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and even server-side applications. The company also developed software that allowed users to tag, detect, manage, and search for Facebook (including other social networks) friends in Flickr photos.

Polar Rose said in a written statement that as its software became more popular, corporations wanted to license the proprietary algorithms, hence the company now says it would entirely focus on licensing its proprietary software, as it is more profitable.

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Windows Live iPhone app updated with better Facebook integration

Microsoft has made a significant update to its Windows Live Messenger application for the iPhone, bringing the app to version 1.1.

The update includes a number of new features; such as improved social networking capabilities by allowing you to better integrate your Facebook account directly with the app.

Integrating the app with your Facebook account allows you use Facebook chat directly and view updates from friends. However, the native Facebook app for the iPhone is far more comprehensive and already offers Facebook chat.

Additionally, you cannot integrate Facebook with the app directly from your iPhone. You must go to the Services section by logging into your Windows Live profile from your computer.

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New Adobe tool allows developers to make a single app for different platforms

adobe-airA new Adobe tool in Adobe Air could revolutionize the way developers produce applications.

Developers are able to build a single code-base for a single application, and utilize the tool to essentially convert the application to run on multiple operating systems (including mobile operating systems) that support Adobe Flash. No additional code needs to be changed to support the different platforms.

Adobe says the tool is the first of its kind, and no other technology currently allows developers to maintain the same code-base without any modifications to the initial code to run on a variety of platforms.

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Apple to end iPhone 4 bumper case program

Apple’s hugely successful next-generation iPhone 4 was a huge success (1.7-million units sold in first three-days) for the company given overwhelming demand for the product that propelled the iPhone to become the number one product launch for Apple.

However, the iPhone 4 did have one significant defect: antenna attenuation was caused if the device was held tightly (some would argue even lightly) from the bottom left corner of the phone.

Apple held a special press conference to address the defect following intensifying criticism, saying only a small percentage of devices was affected.

More specifically, Apple said less than 1-percent of all manufactured iPhone 4 devices had the defect, and only 0.55-percent of all the consumers who purchased the phone had directly called Apple Care about the issue. Additionally, the company said only 1.7-percent returned their iPhone 4 for a full refund, versus a 6-percent return rate for the iPhone 3GS model.

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Gartner forecasts Android to overtake RIM’s BlackBerry this year

The influential business IT market research and analysis firm, Gartner, published a report today about mobile cell phone sales, predicting Ontario’s Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of the popular enterprise centric smartphone, would lose its spot as the second largest phone maker this year.

Gartner noted intensifying competition from Google’s Android mobile operating system, and Apple’s iPhone.

Google Android is expected to edge RIM out of the second spot as more handsets are expected to ship with Google’s OS.

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Apple changes app store rules, to become more open and transparent

Apple has long been restrictive with what apps get approved in its iOS app store found on the iPhone and iPad.

Since 2008, when Apple firstly opened the doors to the App Store, the company has yet to publish a governing list of rules to help developers better understand on what grounds the company rejects or approves applications – until today: Apple said it would publish a list of governing policies to help developers better understand the approval process.

Apple previously decided to allow developers to only use the computer programming language Objective-C, including C++, effectively blocking other programming platforms like JavaScript, and Adobe’s hugely popular Flash platform.

In a recent blog post, Apple chief executive Mr. Jobs, expressed his views specifically about Flash, essentially claiming the proprietary Flash platform is dated and not suited for mobile devices, instead opting towards the open source HTML5 standard.

The direction of Apple not only initiated an anti-trust investigation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), but also forced Adobe to announce the company would cancel all plans to develop for the iPhone and iPad.

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