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One look at the Flint Centre, and no one would say that it is a tech event. It was touted to be Apple’s biggest keynote in a while as this was the first time Apple CEO Tim Cook was launching a new product line. So did he pass the litmus test or not? Here is a rundown of what happened at Flint Centre and how good/bad it was:

iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus 

Apple had to finally give in to the demand for big screen phones and hence it launched two new successors to the iPhone 5S. The first one is the iPhone 6 which has 4.7 inch screen whereas the second is called the iPhone 6 plus which sports a 5.5 inch screen. Both the phones are very similar in terms of features and the only thing that sets the 6 plus apart is the resolution and the camera.

The iPhone 6 has a 1334×750 resolution at 326 ppi and Digital Image Stabilization whereas the iPhone 6 Plus has a 1920×1080 resolution at 401 ppi and Optical Image Stabilization. Other specs like the A8 chip with 64-bit architecture, M8 motion processor, 8-megapixel iSight camera with 1.5µ pixels, ƒ/2.2 aperture, etc remain the same for both. Like the 5S, the 6 and 6 Plus will be available in Space Gray, Silver and Gold colours.

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Apple’s supplier company Pegatron which is based in China has been in news for quite sometime but for all the wrong reasons. Recently a fifteen year-old, Shi Zhaokun died in the factory. Apple said that the boy died from pneumonia and not from the factory’s working conditions. Pegatron has been the site of several workers deaths in recent months and has been under-reporting the long hours employees endure, according to China Labor Watch . Shi’s family believes the long working hours at the factory played a role in his death. On Monday, Yang Xiaosa, a cousin said that the last time his family contacted Shi, who had a slight cold but was feeling better and was taking medicines. A week later, Shi was found looking severely ill at the factory’s cafeteria, and was taken to a hospital, where he died. Yang said, “We wanted him to take a day off, but he said it would not be easy to.”

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With Christmas on its way there’s a good news for iPhone users. Jailbreak for iOS version 7.0.4 is now available allowing users to jailbreak their phone giving them access to download third party applications and many other things. iOS Jailbreaking is the process of removing the limitations on Apple devices running the iOS operating system through the use of software and hardware exploits. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS operating system, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.

A jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS can still use the App Store, iTunes, and other normal functions, such as making telephone calls. Restoring a device with iTunes removes the jailbreak. This is a little different than rooting an Android device, because jailbreaking is necessary if the user intends to run software not authorized by Apple and to expand the feature set limited by Apple and its App Store. Whereas on Android, apps can be installed beyond the Play Store by simply downloading the APK file or installing from a 3rd party app store. Rooting in Android gives the user deeper access to changing core features of the software. [click to continue…]

Google India’s recently concluded “Mapathon” contest has attracted quite a lot of negative criticism from the Indian Police who says that it is investigating the mapping data and the contest conducted by Google that might expose sensitive and restricted data. Indian police claim that Google violated rules in a competition that asked users to add information about their local areas for its online map services after a government agency raised security concerns.

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Chhaya Sharma, deputy commissioner of police, New Delhi, said that a complaint has been received from Survey of India which has been forwarded to the cybercell for further action. Survey of India is India;s national survey and mapping agency.

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Apple and Motorola have been fighting it out in the German court to settle out various patent infringement cases against each other. In the latest development, a German Federal Patent Court ruled Apple’s “Slide To Unlock” patent as invalid. The patent under consideration was European Patent EP1964022 for “unlocking a device by performing gestures on an unlock image”. After a day long court session, the German court invalidated the patent even after Apple’s attempt to save the patent’s validity by presenting 14 proposed claim amendments. The German court noted that Apple’s patent claim does not meet with the requirements set by the European patent law and the swiping gesture is just an enhancement to previous art.

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Android and Samsung might be dominating globally, but US still seems to be a stronghold for Apple that Samsung is failing to break. Samsung has been spending high amount of money market its products in the US and capture the top spot last year but still failed to make it despite its efforts, there were repots earlier suggesting that Samsung is planning to increase its marketing spending up by 4 times in US in an effort to further push its smartphone sales in the US. The recent reports from ComScore suggest that the overall sales of smartphones in the US moved up by 8% this quarter and recorded 133.7 million handsets being owned currently. Out of all the handsets in use right now Apple’s iPhone currently occupies 38.9% up by 3.9% compared to last quarter’s 35%.

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In yesterday’s launch of Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg was quite keen on stressing about the openness of Android OS as a whole that made it possible to develop Facebook home that allows to make some deep system level customisations. When asked about the possibility of extending Facebook Home to iOS users, Zuckerberg was quite non-committal saying that the experience of Google’s Android platform cannot be seen anywhere else. When questioned about iOS users to get to use Facebook Home, Zuckerberg had positive views about Apple as such saying that they had a great experience with Apple so far but he assured that unless and until some kind of partnership happens with Apple they cant extended something like Facebook Home to iOS users.

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Last week we reported about the progress of Apple music streaming service, iRadio, being delayed because of pricing issues between record labels and Apple. It was reported that Apple was willing to pay a mere 6 cents per 100 songs to the record labels as compared to the industry standards of 21 cents per 100 songs. Even reputed services like Pandora and Spotify pay as high as 31 cents per 100 songs currently which is way higher than what Apple has been offering to the record labels to sign a contractual agreement. Apple’s main reasoning was its advantage over rivals of having millions of users already using iTunes and iOS platforms who will also migrate to its music streaming service when launched. But a report that emerged on Tuesday claims that Apple has almost done a deal with two major record labels that would accelerate its launch plan for iRadio service.

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Initial budget estimate for Apple’s mega spaceship campus was estimated at $3 billion which is a huge budget as such, but recent reports suggest Apple to have shot the budget up by 66% to a whooping $5 billion current estimate for its project which is almost 30% higher than the World Trade Center complex currently being build at New York. Apple’s move seems to be irking the investors who are already worried about Apple’s continuously collapsing stock.  The spaceship campus, Apple’s late CEO Steve Job’s dream project, was presented to the Cupertino City Council back in June 2011 which was Steve Job’s last public appearance. The build will be built in a 176 acre land area and will have a floor space of 2.8 million square feet accommodating 12,000 employees.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice, tasked with combating drug smuggling and use within the United States, that at times would need to intercept mobile communications to gather valuable data. But recent report from CNET suggest that Apple’s iMessage service is turning out to be a big pain to crack and intercept as iMessage’s encryption are not vulnerable to existing methods used by the DEA. Apple’s terms include a clause to share their iMessage details with governing agencies to comply with law enforcement is deemed necessary as does any other tech company like Google or Facebook. But as of now the laws only state backdoor access to be provided to agencies like DEA by all telecom operators and Apple not being a telecom operator is exempted from it.

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