The one thing Apple really excels at is innovation in design, and they know it. So, three years ago they sought to patent both the slide to unlock feature of the Lock screen and the letters that pop-up when you're typing on the iPhone's keyboard.
Today, those patents were finally granted. Titled "Animated graphical user interface for a display screen of portion thereof," the patent covers both features Apple sought to protect. Most smartphone manufacturers have avoided elements like these, but now Apple can officially ask for license fees from copycats.
According to mobile ad network Millenial Media, whose ads reach 81 percent of the U.S. mobile web, requests for ads on Android OS and the iPad are soaring. Since January, requests for ad spots on the Android OS have grown a total of 690 percent since January; they're now number two on the millennial network, surpassing even BlackBerry maker, RIM. Requests had also increased 47 percent in July, compared to the 23 percent in the previous month.
Requests for Apple ad spots increased 24 percent, month-over-month. The iPad in particular has grown massively--327 percent in July alone. And, Apple is still number one in terms of ad impressions, with a 55 percent share of the total. Top ad spots include games, social networking, and music.
Welcome to this week’s GameTime. This week we’ll take a look at spiritual successors, sequels and downright ripoffs. But the surprise here is that even the games with the most blatantly jacked play mechanics still shine on the iOS Devices.
Hey all you developers out there: the iOSDevCamp 2010 is coming up next week, August 20-22, at PayPal in San Jose, CA. They've only sold half their tickets, and are hoping to sell out of the rest of them by the time the conference starts (partly so they have enough food to feed everyone).
We're pretty certain this week you rushed to iTunes to download the security-patch-update-only for iOS 4, you know, the one that renders jailbreak.me unworkable. Sure you did. Since Mobile Safari handles PDF files so wonderfully in the first place (cough cough, GoodReader), you open them up all the time and needed to be safe against bad script action. Right? Right? Are those crickets or did someone switch our ringtone again?
This GameTime we looked for any excuse to play the new Madden on our iPads during work. So we wrangled up a thinly disguised Sport-centric GameTime focusing on all sorts of sport games on iOS devices. This not only allowed us to play tons of Madden, but also pick up some incredibly obscure games to make fun of. If you make it to the end, you’ll be rewarded with a pretty detailed look at EA’s brand new Madden 2011 for iPad.
Anyone that's ever had their email, Facebook or World of Warcraft account hacked knows that maintaining robust computer security is serious business. There are tons of applications out there to protect your online information, like 1Password, but significantly fewer solutions available to ensure the security of mobile platforms on an as-needed basis.
The data-mining sorts over at Patently Apple have uncovered a patent that suggests Cupertino may have a typically elegant solution for mobile hardware and software security on the way. The patent details what Apple calls an "exciter," and the possibilities for the technology are worthy of the name.
Sure you can get a whole lot of iPod, iPad, and iPhone accessories, but one of the biggest and most relaxing accessory we've seen is the AcuTouch 9500. This massage chair connects to an iOS application called HT-Connect to store your massage presets, and even download massages designed by doctors and sports stars
Earlier this year, the Apple versus Adobe slap fight over Apple's smack-talk about Flash and Adobe's retaliatory sniping fast became one of our favorite spectator sports. However, with all of the hooplah over both company's latest product launches and financial successes has made the feud moot. Fortunately, thanks to a bit of investigative reporting on the part of Wired, we've learned that the hard feelings between the two companies are still alive and well.
Recently, Wired received a communique from the Federal Trade Commision, under the Feedom of Information Act, for a 200-page complaint filed by Adobe against Apple regarding the Cupertino-based company's iOS SDK rules. You may recall that Steve Jobs, whose dislike of Flash is now near legendary, is also none too fond of third-party development tools.
Just yesterday Apple had acknowledged their awareness of the current security hole in the iOS browser. Now today, they are saying that they have a fix already prepared for the loophole, that will be a part of an upcoming update.