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Verizon Hiring Hundreds Ahead of iPhone Launch

According to internet rumors, Verizon is supposedly hiring hundreds of call center staff through third-party hiring companies, fueling speculation that Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in the United States, is preparing to launch the iPhone according to a new report. Teleperformance and Ryla, two...

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WWDC 2011 Will Not Feature the iPhone 5

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 29-03-2011

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WWDC 2011If you recently bought tickets to the upcoming Apple 2011 Worldwide Developers Conference in hopes of seeing some exciting new hardware, then you may want to look into getting a refund. Apple recently released the dates for the event which is scheduled for Monday, June 6 through Friday, June 10, 2011. To add to that, the wording of the announcement all suggests that this year’s WWCD will be largely based around Apple software not Apple hardware.

Don’t believe me? Well then take a look at a quote from the Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing at Apple Phil Schiller. “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS. If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.” Sounds pretty clear cut if you ask me.

If you are not the aforementioned type of person and are hoping to catch a glimpse of the upcoming iPhone 5, you may not want to get your hopes up just yet either, even if Apple has used WWDC to unveil the next generation of iPhone in the past. Explicit reports are coming in from all over that this year’s event is a software event. One source even said, “If you go looking for an iPhone 5, you’re probably going to be disappointed.”

All this does, however, kind of make you wonder just what exactly Apple has in store for the iPhone 5. Some speculation concerning the iPhone 5 is that the reason for the postponement of the unveiling and release date could be because the iPhone 5 will be running on 4G LTE networks. AT&T is expected to launch their LTE networks by the middle of the year and Verizon already has their LTE networks up and running. Not to mention the fact that Wang Jianzhou, Chairman of China Mobile, said this earlier in the month, “Steve Jobs has expressed his interest in an LTE iPhone and is willing to start the development at an early date.”

Some interesting information is floating around out there but we won’t know more until Jobs and Apple release something official. All we have now is speculation and rumor.

Source: All Things Digital – No iPhone at WWDC 2011

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First iPad 2 Defects Arrive as Backlight Bleeding Issues

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 12-03-2011

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Apple iPad 2Hey, everybody! The second generation of the Apple iPad came out and guess what!? It has problems….. Yes, that’s right, the newest toy from Steve Jobs and Apple has officially launched and reports are already streaming in about problems. One of the first reported problems has to do with the backlight supposedly “bleeding”. But that isn’t the only issue. Another issue being reported by users is yellow spots appearing beneath the LCD glass.

The yellow spots seem to be reminiscent of the same problems that plagued the fresh-from-the-factory iPhone 4 devices. However, that was easily resolved as soon as the bonding agent used to hold the LCD glass in place evaporated. But this article isn’t about spots, it’s about bleeding.

There appears to be some light bleeding through from the outer edges of the LCD panel on some iPad 2 devices. It is primarily noticeable when you are watching a dark scene in a movie or using an application with a black background.

There is, however, good news. This problem can easily be fixed by adjusting the brightness of your iPad 2. However, this could also make it worse depending on which way you adjust it. Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem to be so much of a major problem as it does an inconvenience or annoyance.

The iPad 2 is barely out of the womb, so to speak, and is already facing trouble. Hopefully trouble does not resume on the device considering the hype surrounding it and the intense desire by people to get their hands on one.

What do you think? Is the iPad 2 and all its glory worth the waiting in line and the price tag? Or, if you already have an iPad 2, are you experiencing any yellow spots or bleeding from the LCD glass? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

Source: Engadget – Is your iPad2 backlight bleeding?

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FAA Approves iPad as Paper Flight Chart Substitute

Posted by Zack | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 01-03-2011

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pilotsIs there anything the iPad can’t do? Apparently not, considering it just might take the place of paper maps and flight charts. Since the invention of flight, pilots have used paper maps to navigate. Even in our advanced technological world with GPS systems and advanced avionics, pilots still hauled around nearly 20 pounds of charts and maps. But that could all be over soon as these paper maps may become a thing of the past thanks to Steve Jobs and his little toy known as the iPad.

The Federal Aviation Administration, otherwise known as the FAA, is allowing chart company Executive Jet Management to use Apple’s iPad as an approved alternative to paper charts. This authorization follows three months of hard testing and evaluation of the iPad and TC, a map app that was developed by aviation chart-maker Jeppesen.

This latest decision only applies to Executive Jet Management but does have implications for all aviation. By allowing the pilots to use the iPad as a primary source of information, the FAA is acknowledging the potential for consumer tablets to become instruments of avionics. Pilots have been impressed with the iPad since it came out, however, it could not be used in place of traditional paper charts or FAA-approved devices like more expensive, purpose-built flight bags until now. The iPad was decent as a reference but not as a pilot’s only source of information. This new FAA authorization changes that.

You would be surprised at all the things Jeppesen and Executive Jet Management went through in order to be approved by the FAA. The iPad had to go through such tests as rapid-decompression testing from as high as 51,000 feet and other tests to ensure that the device would not interfere with any critical navigation or electronic equipment. Executive Jet tested the iPad and Mobile TC in 10 different aircraft flown by 55 different pilots during 250 flights. While the tests succeeded, there was one thing on everybody’s mind, what if the iPad crashes?

Jeppesen’s Product Manager for Mobile TC app, Jeff Buhl, says that “the Apple iOS operating system and the app proved extremely stable during testing. In the unlikely event of a software crash it takes but a moment to get them running again. The recovery time for an application crashing or the OS crashing is extremely rapid.” During the FAA’s evaluation period, the iPad did not crash once. “But even if it did, it’s ready to go again in 4-6 seconds from re-launch to previous state,” Buhl says.

The FAA did, however, state that each individual operator, Executive Jet Management in this case, needs to develop specific procedures in order to deal with system or software crashes as well as other issues. Under such authorization, Executive Jet Management will require a second approved electronic device, most likely another iPad, in the cockpit as a backup.

Source: CNN – FAA approves iPads for pilots’ electronic charts

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