Apple sued by a Swiss artist, for unlawfully featuring her registered photograph

It’s surely troubling times for Apple. First, the world watched Apple and Samsung lock horns with each other in the patent war courtroom drama, this time in the New York Southern District Court. And now, Apple has been sued by Sabine Liewald, a Swiss artist, for unlawfully featuring her registered photograph in their ad campaign about the Retina Display MacBook Pro.

Liewald has claimed Apple obtained this photo through her agent, Factory Downtown, without proper licensing permissions. Apple had initially requested for a high-res version of the image for layout purposes only, but went on to use the picture in their ad campaign without taking permission from the artist. This image featured prominently in the MacBook Pro ad campaigns, keynote address, and other advertising materials for this product. Since Apple used the image multiple times without taking the artist’s permission or without offering any form of compensation, Liewald is seeking damages as well in the case.

Apple is not new to legal tussles with photographers. In 2007 and in 2009, Apple was sued by Louis Psihoyos for a TV promotion that resembled one of his works, ‘1000 TVs’, closely. We wonder if Sabine Liewald will get the apology and compensation from the tech major in this case.… Read the rest

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Customize Your Email Signature In Your iPhone 5


An e-mail signature is like a piece of your identity that you send along with each e-mail. Be it your personal or professional branding, e-mail signatures look great and lets your e-mail contacts know more about say, e.g. your contact information, designation, company, etc. Today, we’re going to give you a simple step-by-step method for customizing your e-mail signatures in your new iPhone 5.

  1. Come up with a fitting e-mail signature for your e-mail account using your desktop or web-based e-mail client, including custom hyperlinks, if any.
  2. Send an e-mail from this client on to your iOS device with this new signature appended. Once you receive this e-mail on your iOS device, copy the text of the e-mail signature out of the message.
  3. Select the Settings app on your device, and go into the “Mail, Contacts, Calendar” section of the Settings.
  4. Select “Signature” under the “Mail” section on your screen. Go to the signature box corresponding to the e-mail account you wish to configure your signature for and paste the e-mail signature here.

And you’re done. Test it out by sending an e-mail from your iOS device to check if your signature appears correctly and the links work properly. You can configure customized e-mail signatures in the same manner for multiple e-mail accounts on your phone as well.… Read the rest

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Best News Apps To Have On Your iPad



The best thing about the iPad is that it quite literally is like a versatile slate in your hands – your all-in-one infotainment center, right in your palms. So when you’re on your way to work, fed up of editing the latest presentations, you can use your iPad to stay updated about all the latest happenings all around the world. It doubles up quite nicely even as a newspaper, albeit without the paper – and the best part, it’s like having a library of newspapers at your fingertips. Today, we’re going to look at some of the best news apps to have on your iPad.

Flipboard: This app is surely a must have on your iPad. The coolest feature about Flipboard is that it’s like a magazine – but an extremely customizable one at that. You pick out multiple news sources and categories that you’re interested in, and the app shows you the latest news from your selections in a magazine layout. Oh, and you can even add news stories from your favorite social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. as well.

Pulse News for iPad: Pulse News is more than just a news app. It lets you keep track of not just the latest information from news websites and sources, but even keeps you updated about latest posts on the blogs you follow, and of course, all that’s happening on your social networks too. It’s a great app to have to get to know of everything happening in your little web, and the app even lets you share interesting articles directly onto your Twitter and Facebook accounts. We especially love the mosaic layout of articles – clean, simple, and easy to read through.

NYTimes for iPad: Yes, this one’s going rather niche. For all the lovers of the NY Times, this free app gives you the latest news in the Top News section. Get yourself an online subscription to NY Times and we know this is one e-paper you would love to wake up to, and even stay addicted to throughout the rest of your day as well. It’s one of the most reputed newspapers in the world, and every news article stands for quality.… Read the rest

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The Unfortunate Case Of iPhone 5: Green Glow Appears On the Sides Of Display



Let’s call it the unfortunate case of iPhone5. The phone already marred by various flaws now has one more to add to its list. After apple map app faux paus and the purple haze, a green glow on the sides of the display in the unlock screen has come to surface. The glow generally appears when the handset wakes up from the sleep mode.

As per a report by The Guardian, “This time a green glow described as a plasma bleed from the edges of the screen is appearing on some of the new handsets. The green light is momentary, and appears on the unlock screen just after the iPhone has been “woken” from a longish sleep.”

The report adds that this was most likely a hardware issue, not a software one, as it is described as a ‘sort of warming up’ issue. It cannot be documented in a screenshot because of the short amount of time it appears.

When the users complained about the purple haze in the corners of the iphone 5 captured images Apple issued the following statement:


A purplish or other coloured flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.


Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.

Though the resolution to the problem can be hardly categorised as a fix, we would definitely like to know how this issue was not so visible with the iPhone 4S. This is ‘antennagate’, where Apple is telling users how to use the phone. It may be a great fact that Apple has opted for a sapphire crystal lens cover, which is thinner and more durable than standard glass. However, according to its release, Apple states that it offers crystal clear images, and this is not the case, unfortunately.

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The Demand Of iPhone 5 Surpasses The Sale Record Of 4S

Apple's sixth-gen iPhone 5 smartphoneDespite an array of wide criticism surfacing around Apple iPhone 5 for its flawed iOS 6 Maps and lightning port, the demand for the device has not slowed down a bit. The rising popularity clearly indicated that users consider the firm’s latest Maps app fiasco to be the least problem.

According to certain reports, the demand for the iPhone 5 has even surpassed the sale record of the company’s 4S as was reported earlier too.

According to a poll of 4,270 primarily North American consumers done by ChangeWave in September, around 31 percent of respondents were either “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to buy the iPhone 5. And a similar survey done last year indicated that 21.5 percent of respondents were interested in buying the fifth generation tablet.

As per Dr. Paul Carton, Vice President of Research, ChangeWave, “Despite the media attention surrounding both the Apple Maps issue and the Apple Lightning port issue, neither has had an impact on the massive numbers of buyers queuing up to buy the iPhone 5. Rather, the survey results show both issues hardly rank as bumps in the road.”

The iPhone 5 is Apple’s sixth-gen smartphone. Launched on Sept. 21, the device came out with no Google Maps, instead it introduced its own mapping software. The phone also marked to be the first to have a smaller connector, called Lightning because of which users had to buy adapters to use the device with legacy accessories such as car chargers and speaker systems.

As per the survey, just 6 percent considered the Lightning port a “very big problem,” while 31 percent said they felt it was “somewhat of a problem.”

Apple announced selling five million iPhone 5 devices during the first three days of its launch. Since then, the supply was short due to the slowdown of manufacturing process at its plant in Foxconn.… Read the rest

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iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3: Which Of Them Pulls More Web Traffic?

Apple iPhone 5In spite of the flawed mapping software, the iPhone 5 does not really stop to pull customers towards its sleek and stylish design. The fact that Apple managed to sell over five million devices during the first week of its launch stands witness to this fact.

And now as per a latest report by Chitika, mobile ad firm, Apple’s latest sixth-gen iPhone 5 has even surpassed the Web traffic, outdoing its rivals’ Samsung Galaxy S III in less than 18 days.

The findings by the firm Chitika were based on millions of mobile ad impressions from both the devices across the US and Canada, starting Oct. 3rd till 9th.

By Oct. 9th, the firm noted that about 56 percent of impressions were from Apple’s iPhone 5 and 44 percent from the Galaxy S III.

According to Chitika it is the record-breaking sales numbers and the devices’ 4G browsing speeds of iPhone 5 that made way to this growth. However, the news was not really good for the Korean manufacturer, who puts its Galaxy device in direct competition to the Apple’s smartphone.

The report concluded with the fact that iPhone 5 remains the most active smartphone for the users of mobile Web.

However, many analytics company such as Localytics, a mobile app analytics and marketing firm believes that the patent trial between Samsung and Apple has in turn helped boost up Samsung Galaxy’s sales. The firm reported that Galaxy S III sales surged 9 percent each week since Aug. 1.

Interestingly, Samsung also managed to get a clean chit on the sale of its Galaxy Nexus device recently, which the Cupertino Calif.-based firm had asked the US court to ban.… Read the rest

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Samsung Galaxy S3 vs. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini: Small on Size, Light on the Pocket

Samsung had hinted recently about it, and finally it’s here – the Galaxy S3 Mini. According to the company, it’s an alternative for folks looking for a compact smartphone for practical purposes. For some who found the Galaxy S3 far too big to carry around like a regular phone, Samsung decided to create something similar, albeit in a tinier package. So, is it just the screen size that got smaller in the Mini version of the Galaxy S3?

It’s a great strategic move on Samsung’s part to come up with a smaller sized Galaxy S3. The 4 inch touchscreen offers direct competition to the iPhone and is aimed at pulling people away from Apple’s offering. It looks quite similar to the Galaxy S3, but in a smaller package, and even runs on Android Jelly Bean with Samsung’s own TouchWiz user interface.

The S3 mini is powered by a mere 1GHz dual-core processor, a huge step down from its big brother. Even the RAM has been cut in half, but that’s understandable. Its battery is just 1500 mAh and the S3 Mini’s camera has a resolution of 5MP. But the biggest disappointment in the S3 Mini has got to be the 4 inch screen, and not because of its dimensions. A resolution of just 800X400 makes the Mini’s screen have a 233 ppi pixel density, as opposed to the Galaxy S3’s gorgeous 306 ppi screen.

With specs like these, we wonder if there’s anything especially charming enough about the S3 Mini or if it’s just another competitor in the over-crowded mid-priced Android smartphone range, which already has phones like the Galaxy Nexus, HTC One V and the Galaxy Ace 2. Apart from the S3 tag, we doubt if consumers would find anything fancy enough to buy the trimmed down version on offer.… Read the rest

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Another iPhone 5 Gaffe, The Aluminium Body Susceptible To Scratches

Apple's iPhone 5Consider yourself lucky if you have your iPhone 5 in hands already! Reportedly, there are still many waiting in the line who pre-ordered their iPhone 5 following days after its launch. The delay, so they say, is caused due to some issue with scratch checks on this latest smartphone, which has slowed down the production lines at Foxconn, which is Apple’s supplier of iPhones.

Following the launch of the iPhone 5, news had crammed up the web, claiming that the device was susceptible to scratches due to the aluminum used in its making. The aluminum in iPhone 5 made the device thin and light but more prone to wear and tear.

Addressing the complaints, Phil Schiller of Apple said that the scratches were normal and that users were holding it in the wrong manner. This didn’t really amuse who splurged a hefty amount to bag this latest device.

Following this, Apple told Foxconn to check the production line that caused the iPhone 5 to be shipped with scratches. And this precaution is what is slowing down the production and supply.… Read the rest

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iPhone 5 To Arrive In India On October 26th, For The Price Of Rs 44,500?

iPhone 5 coming to India Oct 16th The latest buzz around Apple suggests that the wait is finally going to be over for iPhone fans in India. Apple launched its latest iPhone 5 in the US and several other countries last month in September. Now the device is expected to hit the shelves in the Indian stores on October 26th.

Although, no official announcement has been made by Apple, yet latest rumors suggest that the Cupertino Calif.-based firm is rolling the device towards the Indian market soon.

A report by BGR India says, “Apple is preparing to launch the iPhone 5 in India on the last Friday of this month, which happens to be October 26”.

The site also indicates that Apple will distribute its latest device via Apple Stores instead of teaming up with other Indian carriers.

If rumors are to be believed, the iPhone 5 will cost around ₹44,500 for the 16GB version, same as what 4S was launched with. Apple has already slashed down the prices of iPhone 4S and 4, prior to the launch of iPhone 5.

However, online shopping sites such as eBay are selling the device in the country at a price as high as ₹1,00,000 for the 64GB model.… Read the rest

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iPhone 5 Look Alike Is Here:The Fifth-Generation iPod Touch

Apple's latest iPod Touch


For those who got the iPhone 5s, and waiting to bag the latest iPod Touch, Apple has got good news. According to a news in Gigaom, Apple has rolled out the shipping of this fifth-gen iPod Touch to all those who pre-ordered it. Latest in line, the new iPod Touch is designed with a feature that gives notifications in this updated music player.

The 4-inch screen of this revamped iPod touch gives it the iPhone 5-like look. Measuring 6mm in leanness with a weight of 88 grams, this iPod Touch makes a thin and light device. It also boasts of a 5-megapixel camera with backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, five-element lens, f/2.4 aperture, auto-focus, and LED flash. The camera also has the new scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal lens cover along with Panorama.

Running the A5 processor, the iPod Touch comes included with a dual-core chip. This upgrade as per Apple doubles the performance and boosts graphics performance by 7x. The Cupertino Calif.-based firm has offered 40 hours of music playback in this new iPod Touch, and eight hours of video playback.

Uncovered by Apple on Sept. 12th, the iPod Touch also includes Apple’s latest 8-pin dock connector, called the Lightning.

The iPod Touch can be bought in several colors including pink, yellow, blue, white and silver, black, and slate. It can be bagged at a price of $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB version.… Read the rest

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