iOS Devices ▪ May 26, 2011

You know you’re in trouble when people write an app with sole purpose of pinging your content network to tell users whether or not it’s up. Touche. Clearly Sony should have released such an app as part of their damage control process. It’s surprising that the idea for the PSN Status app took so long to dislodge. Image iTunes were busted and went down for a month…

I assure you that Apple fans and haters would fall over each other creating a similar app within the first 24 hours of the incident. Not a PlayStation 3 owner? How about i360Emu, a free app for your iPhone and iPod touch (depicted below) that emulates the famous Red Ring of Death which appears when your XBox 360 fails? I know, it’s been a slow news day.

via Touch Arcade

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iOS Devices ▪ May 25, 2011

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If Square gave these things away for free, everyone would take home 6 of them. A minimal charge insures that people who get these will actually use them.
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Citrix, Online, a division of Citrix Systems Inc. which provides remote-connectivity and online collaboration solutions, is jumping on the iPad bandwagon with the news that it will soon release a free iPad app which they claim will be the “first iPad application designed for real-time, remote support.” Dubbed GoToManage, the program will enable support for single location or multiple sites. Why’s that a big deal?

Well, if you’re an IT administrator, you will have the luxury to work anywhere at any time and thereby assist dispersed workforce of your company even while away. That will no doubt come in handy when you lazy on a Sunday afternoon, sunbath on the beach or enjoy cocktails on your summer holiday. GoToManage for the iPad will be the first iPad application designed for real-time, remote support. Those eager to find out more can register their interest and Citrix will notify them when the program becomes available for download.

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With Russia from love. Russian tourist Alex Shumilov camped outside New York’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store to be the first to buy an iPad 2. Image credit: PCMag.com

Fierce competitors Apple and Samsung are once again in each other’s cross-hair as iPhone 4 and Galaxy S II smartphones hit the 1.2 billion people market of India this coming Friday, May 27. According to Business Line, Indian carrier Aircel will sell the 16GB iPhone 4 for 34,500 Indian rupees, or about $760 American dollars (40,900 rupees for the 32GB model, or about $900).

Ouch! Those are exorbitant prices to charge in the country with 41.6 percent of the total population living below the international poverty line of $ 1.25 a day. Aircel in its defense will introduce a new pricing model where buyers “will have the opportunity to recover hundred per cent of their upfront iPhone cost in monthly credits on their service plan over 24 months”.

Meanwhile, iPad 2 will also land on store shelves in Russia and Ukraine on Friday. Retailers in Russia, which has population of 142 million, are tipping “unprecedented demand” for the sough-after tablet. Several major electronics retailers should sell the gizmo, including MediaMarkt, Beliy Veter Cifrovoi, M.Video, ION, Technosila, Eldorado, z-Store and Re:Store which has Nokia, Lego and Apple products in its offering.

“Following unprecedented demand from customers in Germany, Denmark and Norway, where the first batch of iPad 2 was sold inside three days, we are expecting all iPad 2’s to be sold even faster in Russia”, said Re:Store’s PR director Ludmila Semushina. The device won’t come cheap, though…

UPDATE : iPad 2 arrives in Brazil on Friday, too, per our tipster. That’s another 200 million people market to you. Another tipster pinged us, telling: “iPad 2 also hits Chilean market, Ripley.cl is already selling the idevice, other stores will do so on Friday at 00:00” Number 3 says Ipad 2 arrives in Argentina this friday to Garbarino and Maxim stores, and don’t forget Taiwan.

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iOS Devices ▪ May 24, 2011

Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes (which has a a hit-and-miss record in the Apple rumors business) is out today with the news that Largan Precision might become the principal supplier of eight-megapixel lens modules for a fifth-generation iPhone:

Taiwan-based Largan Precision currently sees 8-megapixel phone-use lens modules account for nearly 10% of its total lens module shipment volume, but it may see 8-megapixel modules replace 5-megapixel ones to become the mainstream for smartphones in the third quarter of 2011 due to possible orders from Apple, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

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Opera Software has updated the Opera Mini web browser with iPad support this morning. Having spent some time with the app, MacStories praised visual tabs allowing you to switch between multiple pages by tapping their previews, smooth UI animations, background loading of tabs and a handy menu with rich bookmarks, history, settings and sharing options with Facebook and Twitter social integration and My Opera support.

The updated browser also includes the souped up interface with the iPhone 4 Retina Display support. Grab it now, Opera Mini is a universal binary available free on the App Store. When Opera Mini debuted on the iPhone last March, it came down in history as the first major iOS browser from a third-party, following a change of heart from Apple’s previous policy of prohibiting any web browser on the handset other than its own.

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