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Paypal’s availability on Android phones

Posted on 15 August 2010 by Aeron M. Peterson

Paypal will soon be available on Google’s Android phones as Ebay and Google talks goes on.

With credit cards and Google’s Checkout only available payment on smartphone, app developer seems to sway away from developing apps to the said mobile device. Compare to Apple iTunes, users can easily by apps with one touch since payment information are already available.

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Paypal will soon be available on Android phones giving head to head competition with iPhones

On the other hand, Google’s Checkout isn’t popular as Paypal which has 87 million active accounts. By having Paypal, Google may attract more paying Android users.

Android only have 70,000 available apps compare to 225,000 apps available on Apple devices but integrating Paypal, Android will most likely increase app developers by making it easy to accept payments.

The said service is yet to be confirmed since Google and PayPal declined to comment on the report. Based on Bloomberg’s report, the Paypal service app will soon be available this year  said Bloomberg’s source who are still unnamed since discussions are not publicly available.

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Apple to release fix for iOS vulnerabilities

Posted on 05 August 2010 by Ian Villanueva

Apple will release soonest the fix for  iOS vulnerabilities or iPhone, iPad and other Apple gadget operating in iOS.

Security problem on iPhone or iPad was exposed yesterday by both top tech sites Gizmondo and CNET. According to the sites, the jailbreak live version can present the exploit as a simple PDF link. The link which does not require explicit user action short of clicking a link.

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Apple will release its fix for iOS security vulnerabilities

Hacker group named “comex”, an iPhone Dev Team, was first to exploit the said security problem. Jailbreak became live week after Jailbreaking legalized by the court.

Apple issued the statement on Wednesday:

“We’re aware of this reported issue, we have already developed a fix and it will be available to customers in an upcoming software update.”

German government already issued an official warning pertaining to the security threat of the jailbroke device could get. This is the second time German involved themselves, last June an official clarified personal data collection from German iPhone 4 users.

Most affected gadgets are iPhones using iOS versions 3.1.2-4.0.1., iPads using iOS 3.2-3.2.1 and iPods Touch using iOS 3.1.2.-4.0.

Minor fixes can also be found at Macstories,

Here’s some instructions from Macstories:

download this .deb file  and open it on your device using either Terminal from your Mac, or iFile on the iPhone. Just download it and place it in /var/mobile.

Also noted that it won’t fix the issue, but it’ll simply ask you if you really want to open a .PDF every single time.

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Microsoft to compete with Apple's iPad

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Microsoft to compete with Apple’s iPad

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Aeron M. Peterson

Barely three months when iPad was launched and competitors are starting to rise.
Microsoft came up with the idea of launching tablet-style computer after the company decided not to build Courier.

Courier project, dual-screen tablet-style computer tagged as secret prototype of product that special team in Microsoft has been trying to built.

Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said that company was working with software partners such as HP, Lenovo, Asus, Dell and Toshiba to develop a tablet-style computer that could rival Apple’s hugely popular iPad.

Microsoft to compete with Apple's iPad

Microsoft to compete with Apple's iPad

These what Ballmer have told to a financial analysts during the meeting at Microsoft’s headquarters Seattle.

“We have to make things happen with Windows 7 on slates,”

“It is job one urgency around here, nobody’s sleeping at the switch. We’ve got to push right now – right now – with our hardware partners. As soon as they’re ready, they’ll be shipping. We want to deliver products that people really want to buy.”

“We think about that in a competitive sense. We’ve got to make things happen, just as we had to make things happen on netbooks,” he said. “We’re doing that as we speak, working with our hardware partners, tuning Windows 7 to new slate hardware designs.”

Related to this, India already launched their prototype of iPad like tablet PC designed at a very cheap price $35.

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Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

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iPhone and smartphone’s “jailbreaking” now legal

Posted on 27 July 2010 by Ian Villanueva

Jailbreaking, a practice for enabling iPhone and the rest of the smartphone units to install unauthorized applications or simply unlocking it from a specified network provider.

Monday, court ruled the copyright being fought hard by Apple to its product iPhone. Apple claims that software modification to is already a form of copyright infringement.

For iPhone developers like Mario Ciabarra, founder of Rock Your Phone, the rules mark the first step toward opening the iPhone app market to competition and removing the “handcuffs” that Apple imposes on developers that want to reach users of the wildly popular device.

Jailbreaking practice was technically illegal but no one has been prosecuted but Apple’s strategy is to use software upgrades. By this operation, it will disable jailbroken phones, may not take advantage of software improvements and worse, warranty will be void.

Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

Jailbreaking iPhone now legal

Corynne McSherry, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco digital rights organization that pushed for the clarifications said that the rulings were “a major victory for consumers,” and “Copyright law should be supporting fair use and not getting in the way of it.”

Natalie Kerris,Apple spokesman said Monday that they are concerned about jailbreaking because the practice can make an

iPhone can be unstable and unreliable due jailbreaking which is the concern of the company, said Natalie Kerris, Apple spokesman.

“Apple’s goal has always been to ensure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone, and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience,” she said.

Aside from jailbreaking other exemptions are

• allow owners of used cell phones to break access controls on their phones in order to switch wireless carriers.

• allow people to break technical protections on video games to investigate or correct security flaws.

• allow college professors, film students, documentary filmmakers and producers of noncommercial videos to break copy-protection measures on DVDs so they can embed clips for educational purposes, criticism or commentary.

• allow computer owners to bypass the need for external security devices called dongles if the dongle no longer works and cannot be replaced.

• allow blind people to break locks on electronic books so that they can use them with read-aloud software and similar aides.

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iPhone 4 white model

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White iPhone 4 will be released “Later this year”, delayed again

Posted on 26 July 2010 by James Campero

Apple says white iPhone 4 model will be released “Later this year”. The delay could possibly make Apple amend iPhone 4 antenna problem. Initial reports says it could be on September 30 same time when iPhone 4 free bumpers ends.

In the press conference held by Apple about the antenna issues, Steve Jobs said himself that the white model iPhone 4 would be out by the end of July. However, the delay could mean that Apple is already addressing the antenna design without using the “cases” or bumper to improve its signal.

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iPhone 4 white model delayed release

A short statement from Apple:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have continued to be more challenging to manufacture than we originally expected, and as a result they will not be available until later this year. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

Engadget’s post production challenge adds up to Apple’s statement pertaining to the production issue, saying:

Specifically, the factory’s still working out the perfect combination of paint thickness and opacity—the former to ensure the next subcontractor has enough clearance for the digitizer overlay, and the latter for the absolute whiteness that Jony Ive and Co. strive for.

Apple’s reputation has been put at stake, after all it could have been address before the device was officially launched.

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iPad like tablet PC launched @ $35 in India

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iPad like tablet PC launched @ $35 in India

Posted on 24 July 2010 by Ian Villanueva

A prototype of tablet computer unveiled in India by Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for human Resource Development. [Read more]. The expected price for the said device is just $35 or about 1,500 rupees and expected to drop its price to $20 and ultimately to $10 as R&D efforts continue.

Shri Kapil Sibal demonstrated the cheapest device’s touch-screen feature also known as main feature of Apple’s iPad. The device also has solar-power option that could make it more usable in rural areas.

India, unveiled an iPad like tablet PC

India, unveiled an iPad like tablet PC . (Credit: AFP Photo/STR)

Device specs: Linux based computer, 2GB of memory, no hard drive instead a memory card, and USB ports. Features are: Web browser, multimedia player, PDF reader, Wi-Fi, and video conferencing.

The tablet computer’s motherboards was co-designed by students from several branches of the Indian Institute of Technology.

Education expert Zubin Malhotra told at Newsxlive. “This is just a prototype,” “We need to find people who will be able to manufacture these devices at these price points and continue to develop them going forward.”

From PIB press release :

A number of teams have been moving back and forth independently but constantly interacting with the HRD Ministry and improving upon design parameters and customization guidance for Indian students. The efforts of some of the teams working with those design philosophies were presented today. The aim is to reach such devices to the students of colleges and Universities and to provide these institutions a host of choices of low cost access devices around Rs. 1500/- ($35) or less in near future.

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