December 16, 2011

Siri now lets users access the entire Best Buy product catalog

As noted by RazorianFly, Siri can now help users retrieve the best deals for consumer electronics and gadgets sold at Best Buy. How does she handle this, you might ask? Well, Siri gets some of its answers from the acclaimed answer-engine Wolfram|Alpha. Wolfram Research announced yesterday they are leveraging data from Best Buy’s public application […]

November 17, 2011

Update: We’ve run this by a few developers who’ve seen this before.  Their take is that it is code copied from desktop OS X and may not be indicative of new features. Basically, Apple has a general messaging framework. This framework covers text chat and video conferencing. FaceTime, iChat, and iMessage apps are all based on this framework, furthermore some code references will spill over between apps. The image above is simply a list of the Apple software built on top of this chat framework.

We already know of code strings suggesting that the iMessage messaging service between iOS devices could be supported in iChat on Mac OS X, allowing people who own an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to exchange instant messages with Mac owners.

Now another developer named John Heaton found some hooks in the iOS code, pictured above, indicating an iChat-like service in iOS or at least suggesting additional instant messaging services. As you can see from the above screenshot, code strings mention a variety of instant messaging services such as iMessage, FaceTime, Jabber and AIM. Even though iChat is not directly referenced, the discovery is intriguing nonetheless.

iOS currently supports iMessage via the iMessage app and FaceTime video calling through the phone app. Even though dozens of third-party IM apps exist on the App Store for AIM and Jabber connectivity, Apple is yet to formally support those in iOS software. In addition Apple’s recent trademark filings indicate the company could be working to eventually integrate FaceTime, iMessage and iChat into a unified messaging solution on both the Mac and iOS devices. expand full story

August 24, 2011

Apple sent out an email to devs earlier today announcing a new tool available via that will allow you to “retrieve your daily and weekly reports” from the iTunes Connect Sales and Trends module. The Java-based script runs on all operating systems running Java 1.6 and up.

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Sylvania HomeKit Light Strip

July 18, 2011

You must be quite puzzled with the no-show for native Skype and Facebook apps, in addition to Google+ for iPhone. Indeed, Google as long as three weeks ago said a native Google+ app had been sent to Apple for review. Skype created a confusion by posting a teaser video some 25 days ago, soon removed by the company and re-uploaded by RazorianFly. The clip demonstrates what appears to be Skype video calling running natively on an iPad. As of today, neither program is to be found on the App Store, creating valid suspicious that Apple has been intentionally delaying those particular submissions for competitive reasons – and we know from Steve Jobs public remarks that Apple approves 95 percent of the apps within seven days. Skype is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft and they recently announced video calling integration with Facebook.

9to5Mac reached out to Google seeking clarification about Google+ for iPhone. A spokesperson responded that the search giant has “nothing further to add on our end about the Google+ iPhone app”. The spokesperson added the software is “still coming soon”. Asked if Skype for iPad was still in the process of being reviewed by Apple and whether the company anticipated a launch soon, a Skype representative would only say that “the current version of Skype for iPhone works on the iPad”. They also removed the broken link, telling 9to5Mac it led to the existing Skype for iPhone app even though the URL had the “ipad-for-skype” part in it. Also, as you can see in the above screenshot, the Skype homepage lists “iPad” as one of the platform choices under the Get Skype link. Apple did not respond to our email inquiries about the state of Skype for iPad and Google+ for iPhone apps.

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June 24, 2011

We’re not exactly sure what’s going on here, but Skype apparently posted a promotional video for an official iPad application this morning. The video has been deleted (if it ever existed) but it looks like the real thing, based on a purported  re-upload by RazorianFly. If legit, Skype for iPad looks amazing, has video calling, 3G and WiFi support, and an easy to navigate interface with animations and clean graphics. Real or fake?

Update: A Skype executive confirmed it’s legit to TUAW.

Try your luck below…

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June 23, 2011

Unofficial widgets for jailbroken iOS 5 devices: SpringPrefs (left) and Music Center (right)

The Apple patent win for the original iPhone interface has generated a lot of buzz, also causing quite a turmoil among industry watchers for fears that the California-based gadget maker would sue rivals that dare implement capacitive multitouch interfaces. That patent, however, also holds interesting clues hidden from plain sight that point to third-party widgets for the iOS 5 Notification Center. RazorianFly explains:

As seen above, Apple specifically mentions “User-Created Widget(s)” as well as something called the“Widget Creator Module”. Apple’s market-blowing patent describes the possible user-creation of such widgets, which could, (theoretically), run on devices such as the iPhone, and iPad.

With patent clues and iOS 5 hooks in place, all Apple needs to do is enable some public APIs to allow for the creation and installation of third-party widgets in the iOS 5 Notification Center…

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May 23, 2011

Version 2.0 of the Square app has the new virtual shelves feature on iPads

Square, a mobile payment startup founded and led by Twitter’s CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, has issued a new version of their iOS app with three interesting features. Certainly the most visible change is the new-look interface which looks particularly business on iPad. The main idea here is to be able to showcase products to your prospective customers on an iPad’s gorgeous 9.7-inch display. You can set up your products on virtual shelves any way you like, add your own graphics, write the accompanying description and so forth.

Another nice-to-have and more screenies below the fold.

The iPhone interface is also slightly subdued for a more professional look

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March 10, 2011

iPad 2s have been spotted in Walmart display cases today, a day before sales begin, according to eagle-eyed Walmart shoppers. The image comes via RazorianFly and according to another customer who spotted an iPad 2 at their Walmart, the purchase would not go through… bummer.

Stopped by electronics section while picking up some coffee for the wife this afternoon. Of course, they had the 1st gen iPads available at the $100 markdown price, but I was surprised to find the new models on the same shelf. Black only (at my rural walmart.) I didn’t check to see all the models available, but they definitely had the 16 and 32g in both Wifi and 3G varieties. They may have had more. They only had a few out. Sorry, I didn’t count them.

I asked to buy one. The nice lady behind the electronics counter opened the case, pulled the 16gWifi out for me, and began to ring me up. I was really excited. BUT, the system notified her that she couldn’t sell them yet. She (mis)informed me that if I came back after midnight tonight I could get one. We’ll see.

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February 11, 2011

iPhoneDownloadBlog points to an upcoming jailbreak-only tweak, which promises turn-by-turn voice navigation for the native iPhone Google Maps application. The tweak is said to be “coming soon” to Cydia with no specific launch of pricing information being available at this time. Turn-by-turn voice navigation in iPhone Google Maps has long been a popular feature request, and hopefully Apple brings it natively in future iOS upgrades. (via RazorianFly)

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January 6, 2011

COMPUTERWORLD: We’ll see the reality in a few hours, but there’s already some insight into what to expect from Apple’s new Mac App Store when it opens at 12 (noon) Eastern today. Critically, it’s likely we’ll see iOS developers port their apps at App Store prices, while existing Mac developers attempt to maintain classic pricing levels. (Image above is the holding page, thx to RFly.)

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January 5, 2011

RazorianFly got a leaked screenshot out of the Mac App Store of Twitter for Mac. This is essentially Tweetie 2 but rebranded by Twitter. We assume Twitter for Mac will be free and it looks pretty neat. It has native retweeting support, realtime updates, and drag and drop tweets. Look out for it tomorrow on the Mac App Store.

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We’re all agog waiting on the introduction of the Mac App Store tomorrow (Jan 6). It seems likely to eclipse the CES clamor. Now we have this tiny nugget to share: You’ll be able to review Mac Apps just like you review iOS apps.

Sure, we know this isn’t a massive surprise: stop and think about it and it makes perfect sense that you’ll be able to put virtual pen to paper to leave others with your impressions of those Mac Apps you love or loathe. expand full story

December 29, 2010

If the leaked Skype mobile video help pages weren’t enough, Skype now has a full blown teaser page demonstrating a bunch of mobile video examples.  Enough! Give us the goods already.

via Razorian.

October 30, 2010

We already know Parallels has their own iPad remote desktop app and today RazorianFly reports that VMWare has one of their own in the works. The iPad app is called ‘VMWare View Client’ and will be available sometime in early 2011. Above is a hands-on video of the application by VMWare’s CTO.

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August 28, 2010

Since the iPad’s initial launch on April 3rd and the 3G iPad’s launch on April 30th, customer demand for the product was exceptional and even beat Apple’s expectations. Up until a couple weeks ago the shipping times for all iPad models stood at 7-10 business days until recently changing to 3-5 business days. Up until yesterday the iPads shipping time read 1-3 business days and finally today iPads are said to ship “within 24 hours.”

This begs the question, are Apple’s initial production issues due to very high demand finally over?, Or is customer demand just down overall? So far Apple has sold well over 3.2 million units and announced the 3 million mark back on June 22nd. Let us know what you think in the comments.

via RazorianFly

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August 9, 2010

This morning a White iPhone 4 was supposedly leaked into the wild in China. It gained buzz on some major websites but we still had a hunch this had to be a fake. Our biggest reason has to be that it was found in a black iPhone 4 box. Think about that for a second… It sort of makes you think of a DIY black to white conversion kit as the black iPhone obviously comes in that black box. 

But that’s hardly it. Our good friend Ryan Bates from Mobiture pointed out to us that the black to white DIY kits leave out the diffuser from the LED flash, as well as the silver lining. So we had a look. We first headed to to get a genuine picture of the white iPhone 4s camera flash:


We then compared that to the LED camera flash from the leaked pictures of this morning. We then realized that the picture from has the silver lining around the flash, and the picture from this morning does not. We then went a step forward and found a picture of a user’s DIY kit. This kit does not include that official silver lining either, therefore the “leak” from this morning is likely fake, most likely the product of a DIY kit. 


And hey, if you don’t like black you can always pick up one of these sweet-looking skins. 

July 27, 2010

Supposedly picked up at some “recycling place” in California, this appears to be another “next-gen” iPod touch in the wild. It looks the same as the ones we see almost bi/tri-monthly with the iPod touch 2nd and 3rd generation design, camera, and hundreds of scratches. 

The device is said to still be in working condition, and it is apparently running iOS 3.1.3. There is no front-facing camera and there does not appear to be a higher-resolution display, faster processor chip, or a camera application. This seems to definitely be a third-gen prototype, but hey.. who knows? We’ll update with more once we get. 

via RazorianFly

July 25, 2010

Some users are today reporting shipment notifications for their free Apple iPhone 4 bumper.  That is good!  Others, who’ve ordered third party bumpers, are reporting ship dates as late as October (below), which is after Apple is ending its free bumper giveaway.  That’s not good.


via RazorianFly.

July 9, 2010

Throughout the day numerous reports were released that indicated the iOS application, “NDrive” had been pulled from the App Store. Applications being removed from the App Store is not a common thing but is something that happens often enough for sites like this to be created. 


What got everyone so interested in this removal was not the fact of why or that the app from a renowned company, but the means of removal. People all over the internet have claimed that as the app was removed from the App Store, it was also removed from their iTunes library and from their iOS mobile devices

As you are probably thinking right now, that sounds a lot like the notorious application “kill-switch” Apple has been known to have at their disposal. After research on today’s app removal and polls on twitter were conducted, we have come to the conclusion that Apple’s kill-switch was not been activated. Apple, in fact, did not pull the application from user’s mobile devices or computers. This seems to initially have started as a rumor and then it spread like wildfire. People probably could not find the app for a moment in their collection so they threw up tweets, just fueling the rumors…

Please read on after the break:

As Arnold Kim and RazorianFly point out, several readers still have the application on their devices. Because of this evidence, Apple did not use the kill-switch. If the total annihilation of the app was put into play, the app would no longer be in any pockets or iTunes libraries.

To even pack in more substantial confirmation of the “switch” not being used, the makers of NDrive offer the following statement:

July 2, 2010

RazorianFly has teamed up RFLYGD to create a monthly iPhone 4 wallpaper series. The first wallpaper in the collection, Folzi, caught our attention so we wanted to let you guys know about it. 


Click here to download for iPhone 4.

Next month, the designers will unleash the collection’s second wallpaper, Klarion. Here’s an exclusive preview:


Click here to download for iPhone 4.

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