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Apple make the first iOops with the iPhone 5, describe it as the world thinnest smartphone when it's not

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2012 5:26 am

Apple can do one thing other companies can't, talk facts and when marketed well enough, they become truth. Well, Paul Schiller, Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing describes the iPhone 5 as the "world's thinnest smartphone".

 

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Schiller said this during Apple's press conference yesterday, but research firm Strategy Analytics actually points out that Apple are completely wrong. There are smartphones on the market that are thinner than the iPhone 5.

 

Apple's iPhone 5 is 7.6mm thick, but Motorola trots along with three smartphones that all measure in at just 7.1mm: the Motorola RAZR XT909, the Motorola DROID RAZR and the Motorola RAZR XT910. Looks like Apple have some explaining to do.

AT&T to let you keep your unlimited data plan on the new iPhone 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 13, 2012 4:24 am

AT&T have just come out as the good guys today, where they've issued a press release announcing that you can keep your grandfathered unlimited data plan, even if you move over to the new iPhone, or upgrade using its subsidized pricing.

 

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AT&T's Ralph de la Vega talked about the iPhone and its upgrade process:

 

We offer customers the flexibility to keep the iPhone data plans they already have or choose any of our individual or new Mobile Share plans. We're proud that more customers choose AT&T for iPhone than any other U.S. carrier and look forward to making iPhone 5 the newest addition to our lineup.

 

That's pretty great of AT&T to do this, considering the new iPhone sports LTE connectivity for super-fast Internet access. Now, remember that unlimited with AT&T's unlimited plan only goes up to a point, which is 5GB. Once you reach 5GB you'll be throttled until your next billing cycle.

Chrome for Android updated, includes tweaks and better sandboxing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 13, 2012 3:22 am

Chrome for Android has finally been updated, not long after the iOS-based version received its much-awaited release. Chrome for Android includes improved sandboxing technology for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

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This will keep your Jelly Bean-based device safer from malicious websites, thanks to the OS' user ID isolation technology. It also integrates location preferences with system level Google apps settings, adds playback controls to YouTube videos when played in fullscreen, and fixes destined for third-party input method editors (IMEs).

 

There's a few miscellaneous bug fixes and security issues closed, so if you're rocking an Android device, you should check the Play Store right now if you don't have automatic updating enabled.

Apple's new iPhone 5 sports nano-SIM - your SIM need not apply

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 13, 2012 2:25 am

Apple's iPhone 5 has been filling all tech sites with news, wet pants, and dreams all across the world, and now we have confirmed news that Apple's new iPhone requires a nano-SIM. If you thought the micro-SIM was an annoying move, get ready for yet another change.

 

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The nano-SIm standard was an Apple-designed change, and the company will now be relying on even smaller SIM cards for GSM, HSPA and LTE networks. Apple have said that there's no going back either, so holding onto your current micro-SIM won't help you at all.

Apple's Ping to no long ping back after September 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:40 am

Apple are shutting down their music-powered social network, Ping. Apple have announced that they will be no longer accepting new members, and they "thank you for your interest in Ping". This interest just wasn't enough to keep the doors open on Ping.

 

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There's not much else to talk about regarding Ping, as it was nice and short. Ping is shutting down on September 30, and will no longer be available, directly from Apple's site.

HTC, Samsung burst out of the gate - suing Apple over the iPhone 5's use of LTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 13, 2012 1:21 am

Apple's new iPhone 5 is only a few hours old, with no consumers actually laying their hands on one just yet, the legal battles have begun. Samsung did threaten Apple that they would "immediately sue" the company if they used 4G LTE connectivity, and according to an industry source the Korean Times are reporting:

 

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Samsung Electronics has decided to take immediate legal action against the Cupertino-based Apple. Countries in Europe and even the United States ― Apple's home-turf ― are our primary targets.

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iPhone 5 gets hands-on

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2012 8:14 pm

Engadget has gone hands-on with the newly announced iPhone 5 and has shared their thoughts about the new device. Of course, the new device's technical specifications have been kept under wraps, at least regarding the new A6 processor. We're not sure exactly what the details are on it, but Engadget says you can notice the difference.

 

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They liken it to the difference between the 4 and 4S or the 3G and 3GS. Incredibly, the new phone is both taller and lighter, an impressive feat. The iPhone 4S wasn't exactly heavy, but Engadget says this new one is noticeably lighter. However, there is something to say to having a bit of weight to the device--it makes it feel higher quality, to some degree.

 

Of course, since Apple only stretched the screen along the vertical, the grip to hold the phone is nearly the same as the 4S, so adjusting should come naturally. And, as Apple bragged, Engadget agrees the new screen looks great. It may not make the 4S look terrible, but it definitely is an industry leading panel.

Apple announces updated iPods

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 12, 2012 6:39 pm

iPod nano gets large display, nice controls, and new dock connector. It looks basically like a mini phone:

 

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It comes in at 38% thinner, the thinnest nano ever created. The device features physical controls along the side, a 2.5-inch multi-touch screen and comes in 7 colors. The nano also gets video again, as well as an FM tuner. Fitness and pedometer are built right in, along with built-in Bluetooth. Apple is also bragging it has the longest battery life of any nano.

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Poll Results - Are you going to buy or upgrade to Windows 8?

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 12, 2012 6:22 pm

Our latest poll had 4,000 people who answered, Are you going to buy or upgrade to Windows 8?

 

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I have to say these results were fairly interesting. Only 20% of TweakTown readers are sure they will upgrade to or buy Windows 8 when it is released later this year.

 

18% said no, they will not and a massive 54% seem happy with Windows 7 and don't intend on upgrading. Finishing it up 5% said they won't consider Windows and 3% said they were Apple computer users.

 

For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we ask you... Battle! Apple vs. Samsung... Which is best? Let us know! Go here to vote!

Apple introduces new version of iTunes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 12, 2012 6:15 pm

iTunes is now featuring an edge-to-edge design. Clicking on albums results in an expansion like folders on iOS. Inside that album is a feature called 'in the store' which shows top songs and albums.

 

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Artists can now share photos through iTunes. Currently playing now shows what's coming next, a cool feature, albeit a bit unneeded.

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