Orange plans iPad competitor, but Apple needn't worry says iSuppli


Orange has channeled some of its iPhone profits into creating products designed to compete with the iPad, but Apple needn’t worry as analysts expect it will dominate the tablet market all the way to 2012.

A French report in Les Echos tells us Orange is preparing to introduce its own tablet device at a price under half that charged by Apple for the iPad. Read more

iTunes Connect Payment site gets refined

Apple today announced an update to their iTunes Connect Payments and Financial Reporting website. The new site was re-built from scratch in order to provide developers with an easier gateway to information about their payments. The new interface is what Apple calls a “dashboard” setup and features a cleaner layout with four main tabs: Summary, Earnings, Owed, and Payments.

Summary as you can see above provides developers with a full glance at all payment information with large bar and line graphs. The earnings tab provides an in-depth look at payments per region as well as how many units were sold each month per region. The owed tab (surely a fan-favorite) shows how much money you are owed per region and the Payments tab lists which of the financial reports actually get paid to you for a certain month.

Doodle Jump goes Retina

Everyone’s favorite (okay my favorite) iOS game finally got the much needed iPhone 4 Retina Display treatment. The developers, Lima Sky, apparently couldn’t wait to get this update out the door, so only the three most popular (arguably) levels got Retina-ready graphics. The update is a free standard update, and hey, Lima Sky, where’s the iPad version?!

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Yahoo Mail goes HTML5 for iPad

Yahoo has introduced an all-new and improved HTML5-optimized version of Yahoo Mail for the iPad, delivering a faster and easier to organise solution when it did.

“If you’ve used our recently launched HTML5 mobile Web mail for iPhone you’ll feel right at home,” writes Lee Parry, product manager for Yahoo Mail. “We’ve kept all the things users love about our new mobile Web mail experience, while also optimizing for the gorgeous large screen of the iPad.”

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Apple makes us comic book stars

This is the strangest idea, Apple has filed a patent which would turn your video game play time into a comic or eBook you could edit, read and share (presumably via your iPad).

As Mr Purcher at Patently Apple puts it “At the end of the day, I see a new iLife app in the making which will associate itself with a new online Apple comic book print service.”

Maybe, the patent explains that gamers are asked to make lots of choices using customizable characters in many video games. Apple’s patent means data can be gathered while you play. This might include character information, dialogue from the videogame, and results and metrics reflecting the performance of the user in the videogame. It adds pre-made text and “boom”, you have a game as a comic.

The patent also seems capable of recording activities via a third party console or DVD player, though bear in mind — this is just a patent, not a product — yet…

For more depth on how it works, take a look here…

Devs get annoyed at patent artwork findings

Apple’s facing criticism again this morning on reports it has been filing patents including artwork that appears identical to existing apps from third party developers.

Sure, as Wil Shipley of Delicious Monster software can attest, that Apple sometimes eats its young is no great surprise, but with the firm facing opposition at all sides as the smartphone wars intensify, surely annoying its precious developer community lacks foresight?  

Not really…

As the image above, Apple’s patent includes artwork describing a ‘Where to?’ app — the image on the left is Apple’s, the one on the right is the app which is already available via the App Store. And not made by Apple. Tsk-tsk.

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App Store: Download Youtube movies directly to your iOS Device! [Updated: Pulled]

This is one of those apps that might not be in the App Store tomorrow.  MiTube lets you download MP4s(iTunes link) of YouTube videos to save on your iOS device. 

MxTube has been a Cydia app for awhile but for whatever reason Apple approved it.  Get it while you can.

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Update: Apple called the developer, the app will be down momentarily so get it while you can (No excuses)!

Update 2x: The app has been completely pulled from the App Store. Sorry to those who missed it as the app’s awesome. 

Vonage ships Facebook-loving iPhone mobile calling app

You spend endless hours on Facebook using the crappy app that hasn’t even been updated for the iPad yet, but you still spend time there, if only you could just call your friends now and then — good news — you can! Vonage today introduced the Vonage Mobile application for Facebook.

Vonage Mobile allows users to make free mobile calls to all of their Facebook friends who have the app, anywhere in the world, directly from their friends list, with a single touch.

Available for iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices, the service works over WIFi and 3G/4G networks in most countries.

The app works with a user’s existing community of Facebook friends, you just click on a friend to dial them up. You need to install the app and enter your Facebook log in to get it moving.

Overall, this seems an impressive move on the part of Vonage, marshalling the power of social networks with systems as in vogue as iPhone and Android to boost take-up of its calling services.

“The Vonage Mobile app for Facebook is a tangible example of our commitment to deliver extraordinary value and a better communications experience for individuals and their social networks, across broadband-enabled devices, around the world,” said Marc Lefar, Chief Executive Officer of Vonage Holdings Corp.

“This is just the start. In the future we will expand on this service to include a wide range of integrated voice and messaging services that change the way people communicate.”

The application can be downloaded from the Android Market in 48 countries and from the iTunes Store in 87 countries. Friends need to have the app in order that you can call them.