Those ugly patent battles appear to be taking a toll on another front, according to a new report claiming that Apple is shifting its memory purchases away from longtime favorite (and current patent litigation foe) Samsung, who currently holds a 40 percent share of the global DRAM market -- but maybe not for long.
As rumors swirl that Netflix is planning to go beyond North America, Hulu beats them to the punch by launching in Japan, although the service is following the Netflix playbook on at least one front, with higher prices. Meanwhile, a new update to the existing iOS app allows HDMI output on the iPad 2 -- as long as you’re down with standard definition, that is.
Reports indicate that Apple is including a new early earthquake warning notification option for iOS 5 users in Japan.
When activated, the feature will establish an always-on connection to Japan's earthquake early warning system, a nationwide online system launched in 2007 that detects tremors, calculates an earthquake’s epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country.
The unthinkable has happened. An affiliate of Nintendo has confirmed that they are currently developing a Pokemon-based app for the iPhone. Those adorable pocket monsters will be available on the Japanese App Store this Summer. Is this an innocuous move by Nintendo to make a few extra bucks? Or does it signal something more meaningful?
Yesterday's revelation that PopCap would be debuting a new version of Plants vs Zombies exclusively in China was a bit of a surprise to us. Just a day later we're now getting word that PopCap will also be debuting a completely new service in Japan next.
If the current crop of Android-based tablets have been unable to dethrone the iPad, perhaps Sony will succeed where others have failed. That’s the logic behind a pair of tablets launched at a media event in Japan overnight, although you’ll have to wait for the leaves to start falling to get one.
Kairosoft is a bit of a favorite around here at Mac|Life. Their first amazing cult-hit iOS game, Game Dev Story has earned its right as a permanent fixture on several of our iPhones. Kairosoft has now officially announced the Japanese release of Pocket School Story 2, though it's still unclear as to whether the game will be released in North America.
The highly celebrated casual games develop PopCap has announced today that for 48 hours, beginning Saturday at 12:01 AM PDT, all of their iOS games will be on sale. The proceeds of the sale will be donated to the Red Cross for Japan's tsunami relief fund. The sale ends at midnight on Sunday March 20. For the duration of the sale, all of their iPhone games will be reduced to 99 cents and iPad games will be $1.99.
Following a report earlier this week that Japanese Apple Store locations had served as a means of communication for many in the beleaguered country after last week’s earthquake and tsunami comes word that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has pledged his company’s assistance with employees there.
While no one wants to see tragedy on the scale of what happened last week in Japan, it’s heartening to see how people can come together in the wake of such events, with Apple’s retail stores in the country helping offer solace.