Apple starts rejecting apps that access device UDIDs

According to several developers Apple has kept their promise and is now starting to decline app submissions that access the UDID of an iDevice. According to sources this will only become more stringent in the near future. Currently Apple has two review teams actively rejecting UDID-accessing apps with all ten teams expected to follow suit in the coming weeks.
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Apps help create more than 450,000 jobs in the US

One of the biggest subjects throughout the presidential campaign for the Republican candidate has been the jobs that are leaving the United States, well according to new numbers Smartphone applications are helping the industry keep some of those jobs in country. For years, there’s been questions and speculation about just how many jobs Apple’s App Store and similar marketplaces for other mobile and web platforms have created. Well according to new numbers released by TechNet apps have created 466,000 American jobs since 2008.

Of those jobs, the highest percentage (23.8 percent) of the total are located in California. Other app hot spots include New York (6.9 percent), Washington (6.4 percent), Texas (5.4 percent) and New Jersey (4.2 percent).  These numbers include not only jobs created for iOS apps, but also those triggered by the development of apps for Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Facebook.

Perhaps the politicians should spend more time trying to figure out how to keep these jobs in the country, instead of bitching about the jobs that have already left the country.

Those interested can read the whole report here.

Young programmer gives back to hospital that saved his life


The story behind the new app released byyoung programmer Cameron Cohen is really quite remarkable.

At a mere age of 13 Cameron has already released two successful Apps, however the real story is what motivated him to write these apps and what he does with the money earned through the Apps.

When Cameron Cohen was 11 he had surgery to remove a benign tumor from his leg. Since he couldn’t play any of the sports he loved during his 9-month recovery he turned to his other big interest, computers. As he states “I began to read anything about programming that I could get my hands on. I watched Stanford University professors on iTunes, scoured the web for articles on programming and taught myself several different programming languages.”

Determined to somehow give thanks to the hospital where he had received treatment, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Cameron decided to create iSketch, a drawing app, which he sold on the App Store for just $0.99. The app became a huge success and Cohen donated $20,000 from the sales to the hospital. The money was used to purchase computers, iPads, iPods and entertainment for patients to use during their recovery.

Now at 13 Cameron has done it again with the release of his newest app, AnimalGrams, Race against the clock to unscramble words! Once again Cohen states that a significant portion of the proceeds with be donated to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

We wish Cameron the best of luck in the future.

Most popular posts of 2011!

Now that 2011 has come to an end it is time to take a look at the most popular posts of the previous year, we have had a lot of interesting Apple news to report, and these are the ones that got most views on the page!

1. iPad doesn’t follow normal product lifecycle

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Many products follow the product lifecycle and are initially accepted only by the early adopters and then slowly gain mainstream popularity, the Apple iPad however doesn’t seem to follow this pattern, according to Apple execs the iPad is a runaway hit and it’s going mainstream faster than anything they’ve seen before.

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2. Connect Apple Wireless Keyboard with a Mac.

Set up

To set up the aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard, follow these steps:

You will need:

-Apple wireless Keyboard
– Mac with bluetooth option.

Install the batteries.

Use a coin to remove the battery compartment cover.
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3. How to find your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad UDID


The other day a friend of mine asked me how he could find the UDID for his new iPhone 4. Therefore I have decided to compile this quick How-To Guide. The UDID number is a 40-digit sequence of letters and numbers, associated with every iPhone and iPod touch device, it is really easy to find if you know how to.

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4. Apple updates iMovie ’11

Earlier today Apple released an update to iMovie ’11. The update improves overall stability and fixes an issue that causes audio playback to be out of sync.

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How to connect USB drive to iPad

So far connecting a USB drive has only been possible if you jailbreak the iPad, now since we are not going to post anything on here about jail breaking the iPad here is a way you can transfer files from the USB drive to the iPad without jail breaking it first.

Apple and Google dominate smartphone market

There used to be a time where Windows Mobile and RIM’s BlackBerry dominated the smartphone market, fast forward to 2011 however and Windows Mobile’s share has dropped to a mere 3% and RIM currently only hold 10% of the market share, so what happened?

Simple, throughout the past few years Android and iOS handsets have taken over the market, currently the who giants hold a combined 82% of the market.

According to data released on Tuesday by market research firm The NPD Group, “The competitive landscape for smartphones, which has been reshaped by Apple and Google, has ultimately forced every major handset provider through a major transition,” Furthermore more Ross Rubin, executive director adds “For many of them, 2012 will be a critical year in assessing how effective their responses have been.”

BlackBerry devices comprised half of all smartphone sales in Q2 2006, but have since seen a steep decline, ending the third quarter of 2011 with just 8 percent market share.

While Nokia remains the top handset vendor in the world, it has suffered a major blow in smartphone sales during the transition from Symbian to Windows Phone, seeing a decline from a 33 percent share in 2010 to 14 percent in 2011.

During the three months ending in September, Apple held its title as America’s top smartphone maker with a 28.3 percent share followed by HTC and RIM with 20.3 percent and 17.8 percent, respectively, according to Nielsen. Android phones as a whole dominated the market, however, garnering a 42.8 percent share.

If you would like to read the whole press release it can be found here.

What do you think, will Nokia and RIM be able to regain their market share?

Apple releases 12 Days of Christmas app for European customers

Throughout the past few years Apple has a holiday promotion that gives away free music, movies or apps via their 12 Days of Christmas app. The giveaway starts December 26 and ends January 6. Each day there’s a new seasonal treat to download, and the app notifies users when the promotion goes live. If you download the app however be sure to download the offers on a daily basis, since they are well daily meaning they only last for 24 hours.

European readers with an iPhone or iPad can download the 12 Days of Christmas app from the App Store. According to AppleInsider, the app will be available to Canadian customers soon.

Apple Updates GarageBand for iOS, adds iPhone and iPod Touch Support

Apple today announced the launch of GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch, making the previous iPad-only version a universal app.“GarageBand on iPad has been a big hit and we think customers will love using it on their iPhone or iPod touch,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

“The innovative Multi-Touch interface combined with Smart Instruments makes it easy to create great sounding music, even if you’ve never studied music or played an instrument before.”

GarageBand [App Store] is available in the App Store for $4.99, with the new version 1.1 bringing iPhone and iPod touch support and several other enhancements.

What’s New in Version 1.1

- Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
– Create custom chords for Smart Instruments
– Support for 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures
– Reset song key without transposing original recordings
– Transpose songs in semitones or full octaves
– Additional quantization options for recordings including, straight, triplet and swing
– New audio export quality settings for AAC and AIFF (Uncompressed)
– Arpeggiator available in Smart Keyboard
– Adjustable velocity settings for Touch Instruments
– Numerous enhancements, including automatic fade out and improved audio import options

The update is just going live now and should be rolling out to all markets at this time.

Pricing & Availability

GarageBand 1.1 for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch is available on the App Store™ for $4.99 (US) to new users, or as a free update for existing GarageBand for iPad customers. GarageBand is a universal app that runs on iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (3rd & 4th generation).

Apple Releases Xcode 4.2 Developers Tool

Apple Releases Xcode 4.2 Free Development Tools For Mac OS X Lion & Snow Leopard
Here comes another update from Cupertino, Apple has released and update to their development tool for Mac OS X and iOS Xcode has been updated to 4.2  The new version of Xcode is now available as a free download in the Mac App Store or through the regular Apple developer website.

You can read the complete change log for this version of Xcode on Apple’s website

Thanks to 9to5mac.com for the what’s new info posted below:

What’s New in Version 4.2

- Includes SDKs for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5
– Storyboards let you design multiple iOS screens, and define the segues among them
– Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) saves you from manually managing retain/release
– iCloud entitlements are automatically enabled for Mac and iOS apps
– OpenGL ES Debugger graphically analyzes your OpenGL scene directly within the IDE
– Apple LLVM compiler supports C++11 features and the LLVM libc++ standard library
– Older iOS Simulators and device debugging symbols are downloaded on-demand

Enhancements and fixes in previous Xcode updates:

– Interface Builder support for Auto Layout and new Aqua controls such as NSPopover
– Full screen support in workspace, project, and organizer windows
– Project editor can validate and resolve out of date build settings
– Behaviors can be customized and assigned to unique key bindings
– Source control enhancements to pushing, pulling, and management of remote servers
– Assistant editor support for display of generated assembly and preprocessed output
– Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

Adobe Unveils Six New Creativity Apps for Tablets

Adobe today announced a new cloud-based initiative, with content creation for tablet devices playing an integral role in the effort. As part of that initiative, Adobe will be releasing six new tablet apps to allow users to easily and elegantly design and edit their content.


Adobe Photoshop Touch
The new tablet apps are being released for both Android tablets and the iPad, with the Android apps set to launch next month. Unfortunately for iPad users, Adobe does not yet appear to have a release date for the iOS version of the new apps for that platform, stating only the an announcement on availability is scheduled for “early 2012″.

Inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software, these stunning new apps bring professional-level creativity to millions of tablet users. The apps address multiple areas of the creative process: image editing; ideation; sketching; mood boards; website and mobile app prototyping; and presenting finished work. They are headlined by Adobe Photoshop® Touch, a groundbreaking app that brings the legendary creative and image-editing power of Photoshop to tablet devices for the first time.

Available soon as standalone apps, Adobe Touch Apps are essential components of Adobe Creative Cloud, a major new company initiative also announced today (see separate release). Adobe Creative Cloud will become a worldwide hub for creativity, where millions can access desktop and tablet applications, find essential creative services, and share their best work. Files created via Adobe Touch Apps can be shared, viewed across devices or transferred into Adobe Creative Suite software for further refinement – key features of Adobe’s vision for the Creative Cloud.

The six apps, which will carry “introductory pricing” of $9.99 each, include:

Adobe Photoshop Touch: Image editing and transformation.
– Adobe Collage: Photo importing and drawing tools for creating image collages.
– Adobe Debut: Presentation software for Creative Suite files.
– Adobe Ideas: Vector-based drawing tools. (Released for iPad last year and currently priced at $5.99.)
– Adobe Kuler: Color theme generation and exploration.
– Adobe Proto : Prototyping tools for websites and mobile apps.

Mindjet iOS apps now free, cloud service around the corner

It’s been a big week of announcements from Mindjet. The company’s flagshipWindows version of MindManager is due to be updated on September 22.

For mindmapping on iOS devices, Mindjet’s iPhone and iPad versions now have an all-new price of nada down from US$8.99 for the iPad version.

The Mac version of MindManager is now fully Lion-compatible, although if you were running it on Snow Leopard prior to upgrading your OS you’ll need to reset your preferences before updating to the latest build; instructions are here.