Thursday, March 22, 2012

Angry Birds Space Now Available For Download

Fans of the Angry Birds franchise, take notice: the disgruntled feathery creatures have conquered space, and they’re out to show those dastardly pigs a lesson.

The latest installment of this megapopular game, Angry Birds Space, is now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, as well as the Mac and PC.

The new version brings several important changes, most importantly gravity, which will allow players to use nearby planets to perform trick shots on unsuspecting pigs.
The game has 60 levels, with more content available through in-app purchases (only in the iOS version for now). The game includes hidden goodies and secret levels, and Rovio promises regular free updates for the future.
Owners of Apple’s new iPad will be glad to know that the game supports the new Retina display as well.
You can download the iPhone version here and iPad version here.
The Mac version is also available in the Mac App Store, and the PC version is available from Rovio.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Reuters Report: The Next iPhone Will Use 4.6-inch Display

Reuters relays rumors from a South Korean newspaper which claimed that the next iPhone will have a larger display:
Apple has decided on the bigger 4.6-inch display for its next iPhone and started placing orders to its suppliers, the Maeil Business Newspaper said, quoting an unnamed industry source.
The 4.6-inch screen would be a lot larger than the previous rumors. There have been persistent rumors that the next generation iPhone would have a large 4" screen.

A 4.6-inch screen is even harder to believe, and would place the new iPhone amongst the latest screen sizes available on a smartphone. Here is the comparison shot between the 4.65" screen of the Galaxy Nexus and the iPhone 4S which has a 3.5" screen.

TheVerge Comparison between Galaxy Nexus (4.65") and iPhone 4S (3.5")

Still, its hard to dismiss the talk of a larger 4" iPhone screen completely. Back in November, iLounge first reported that the 3rd generation iPad would be approximately 0.7 mm thicker than the iPad 2. As it turns out, they were on the mark with the actual new iPad being 0.6 mm thicker than the previous design. The same source that provided that information had this to say about the next generation iPhone:
Our source says that the next-generation iPhone will not look like the teardrop-shaped version that was widely rumored for release in 2011. We’ve been told that the device will have a 4-inch display and will be 8mm longer than before, with a metal casing (probably aluminum). It is on track to be introduced in summer of 2012, and is still in the engineering phase, not early production. We suspect that poor battery life doomed the prior prototype version, and that this one is being built with LTE-ready battery drain in mind.

Macrumors' Previous "iPhone 5" mockup based on leaked case designs

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(via Macrumors)

'Draw Something' Maker OMGPOP Is Bought By Zynga for $200 Million

iPhone Screenshot 2

Social game-maker Zynga has agreed to acquire OMGPOP, the development house behind the incredibly popular "Draw Something". The price is reported to be $180 million plus $30 million in employee retention payments, according to Peter Kafka at All Things D, though Zynga isn't confirming that number.
OMGPOP brings to Zynga an incredible team of industry veterans and a community of highly engaged players. It’s a great industry example of creating games around the ethos of giving people a place to play, meet and make friends. OMGPOP’s existing mobile and platform games will not change. We fully support what they’ve built to date, and we’re going to work hard to give Draw Something and all of their games the resources and tools they need to grow and flourish. 

Dan Porter has built an amazing team and culture at OMGPop, and I can’t wait to see what that team builds next. We think we can amplify their efforts, and we’re going to work together to make sure that more players love more of their games, both in the current stable of titles, and new IP we’ll see in the future.
Draw Something has shot to the top of the App Store charts since it was released six weeks ago. It has been download over 35 million times. Last week alone, Draw Something recorded more than 1 billion drawings.

Draw Something is available as a universal app. Free version is an ad-supported and a $0.99 is an ad-free version.


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(via Macrumors)

iPhoto For iOS Has Already Been Downloaded Over 1 Million Times

Apple announced iPhoto for iOS 5.1 at the iPad event on Mach 7th, and since then (about 2 weeks) the app has already been downloaded over 1 million unique customers. The app is priced at $5, so that means Apple has made $5 million since launch day.

Jim Dalrymple of The Loop just confirm the news:
Apple told me today that its newest iOS app, iPhoto, hit 1 million users in less than 10 days after its release. It’s important to note that figure is users, not downloads. It’s quite possible that one user downloaded the app multiple times, but Apple isn’t counting those, only the unique users.
You can download the app here. It is $4.99 and once you buy it you can re-download onto your iPhone, iPod or iPad as many time as you want.

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(via Cult of Mac)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

5 Reasons Why The New iPad Runs Hotter Than The Old Ones

CNET interviewed Raymond Soneira, President of DisplatMate Technologies, regarding the problems of the heat that comes from the new iPad. He offered a few reasons why:

  1. Twice the LEDs: That means more heat coming from more LEDs. This is especially a problem at full brightness. 
  2. 2.5X the power needed: The brightness efficiency is lower because the new iPad has more pixels (which means more transistors) compared to the iPad 2. More pixels and transistors take up more space, meaning less opportunity for light to pass. "So they basically have to blast light through the LCD to make it come out." Soneira adds: "I measured the LED power at maximum brightness--it's two and a half times greater than on the iPad 2." 
  1. Battery generates more juice: The battery has to push out more power. This makes the battery warmer. 
  2. Traditional LCD technology: Sharp's power-efficient IGZO technology was not ready for the new iPad. That forced Apple to use traditional--and less power efficient--amorphous silicon tech. 
The iPad's new A5X chip with quad-core graphics may be another factor to a warmer iPad. The new chip is faster and larger, which typically leads to more heat.

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Download These Beautiful Retina Wallpapers for Your New iPad

Graphic designer, Simon C Page (via Cult of Mac) has put together 6 gorgeous wallpapers that has been optimized for the Retina display on the new iPad. Each wallpapers is 2048x2048 pixels and 264 dpi. Here are six of them:

You can see more of his work on his website.

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Rovio Releases A New Trailer For Angry Birds Space

Rovio the developer behind the Angry Birds games just released the trailer for the next chapter of this popular game series: Angry Birds Space


The game will be available to download on March 22nd on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.

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The New iPad Runs Hotter Than Its Predecessor (via Engadget) took a thermal image with an infrared camera to confirm many of the new iPad users suggests, the new iPad is running a little hot. After run GLBenchmark for 5 minutes, the hottest point was measured.

The hottest point on the new iPad was the lower right corner which measured a temperature of 33.6° C (or 92.5° F). The iPad 2, meanwhile, topped out at 28.3° C (or 82.9° F). The difference between the two was 5° C (or ~10° F

Later, Apple has release a statement to the Loop regarding the heat complaints:
The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications,” Apple representative Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.” 
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Apple: New iPad Tops Three Million!

Today Apple posted the press release on its website that it has sold over three million iPad in the first weekend alone! According to Cult of Mac, that is actually three times as many as last year!
 CUPERTINO, California―March 19, 2012―Apple® today announced it has sold three million of its incredible new iPad®, since its launch on Friday, March 16. The new iPad features a stunning new Retina™ display, Apple’s new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel iSight® camera with advanced optics for capturing amazing photos and 1080p HD video, and still delivers the same all-day 10 hour battery life* while remaining amazingly thin and light. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G supports ultrafast 4G LTE networks in the US and Canada, and fast networks around the world including those based on HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA.**

“The new iPad is a blockbuster with three million sold―the strongest iPad launch yet,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers are loving the incredible new features of iPad, including the stunning Retina display, and we can't wait to get it into the hands of even more customers around the world this Friday.”

The new iPad is already available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands and will be available in 24 more countries starting at 8:00 a.m. local time on Friday, March 23 through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macau, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

The new iPad Wi-Fi models are available in black or white for a suggested retail price of $499 (US) for the 16GB model, $599 (US) for the 32GB model, $699 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad Wi-Fi + 4G for either AT&T or Verizon is available for a suggested retail price of $629 (US) for the 16GB model, $729 (US) for the 32GB model and $829 (US) for the 64GB model. iPad is sold in the US through the Apple Online Store (, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Additionally, the incredible iPad 2 is now offered at a more affordable price of $399 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and just $529 (US) for the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model.

*Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

**4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the U.S. and on Bell, Rogers, and Telus networks in Canada. Data plans sold separately.

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The New iPad: Retina Display, 4G LTE, 5MP iSight Camera and A5X Chip

Apple has announced the next generation iPad, which they call it "The new iPad." Surprisingly, there is no special number or letters indicate its generation (iPad 3, iPad HD, etc.) It's just "iPad" The device comes with stunning Retina Display, 5 megapixel iSight camera, 4G LTE, and the new A5X processor. Some of its new features after the jump!

Retina Display

The new Retina Display has four times more pixel than its predecessor, 2048x1536 resolution with the total of 3.1 millions pixel and 264 ppi. It will certainly be one of the new iPad's key selling point. This display actually has million more pixel than HD 1080p TV!

New 5MP iSight Camera

The camera has the fully upgrade. The new iPad comes with 5 megapixel camera that has advanced optics, same as in iPhone 4S. It can record HD video in full 1080p and also automatically stabilizes the video.

New A5X Chip

The new iPad is powered by the upgraded dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics. Apple also claims that the new iPad will still have the "legendary 10-hour battery". And I believe this is the reason why the new iPad is slightly thicker than iPad 2 (about half-millimeter).


With “ultrafast 4G LTE”, the new iPad can browse the web, stream different forms of media and download content faster than every before! The 4G LTE version is also capable of operating on GSM/UMTS networks across the world (including HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA). In ideal conditions, users will experience download speeds of up to 73 Mbps over LTE and up to 21.1 Mbps over HSPA+


With the dictation, iPad user can search the web, take notes, write text and email easier than ever before. Unfortunately, there is still no Siri assistance on the new iPad, but we still have next year.

With these awesome new features, the new iPad still holds the same prices. For Wifi only, $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB; Wifi + 4G, $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB. Apple also announced that it will reduce the price of 16GB iPad for $100, so iPad's prices are $399 for Wifi only model and $529 for Wifi + 3G model.

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