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Analyst Predicts Apple ‘iAnywhere’ Platform Will Turn Your iPhone Into a Desktop Computer

JP Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz says Apple may be preparing to release a platform he dubs ‘iAnywhere’ that would let you dock your iOS device into a display turning it into a full blown desktop computer.

“While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer,” Moskowitz said. “In our view, this category would be a leapfrog event, potentially jumpstarting iPhone and iPad growth as well as peripherals and cloud-based software and services sales.”

It’s said that Apple could introduce ‘iAnywhere’ within 12 to 18 months.

What do you think about this concept? Would you want to be able to connect your iDevice to a new cinema display and have it function similar to a Mac? Let us know in the comments.

[via CNET]

Apple keeps its options open with patent for iBeacon- & NFC-compatible secure payment system…

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While it seems likely that Apple is intending to eventually establish iBeacon as a wireless electronic wallet system, rather than the existing NFC system commonly used in parts of Europe and Asia, apatent filing published today incorporates both protocols. It also allows for other forms of Bluetooth payment.

The secure payment system Apple describes would work in much the same way as the chip-and-PIN cards which are well-established in Europe. Instead of transmitting your actual card details to the payment terminal, the card details are used to generate an encrypted code which is sent instead. The terminal is able to validate the code and identify the account without ever having access to the card details themselves.

As we always note with patent stories, Apple patents huge numbers of things, most of which never make it into products. But while Apple is adopting its usual wait-and-see policy where new technologies are concerned, the question of using iPhones for payment is almost certainly when andhow rather than if.

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Google Chrome for all iOS devices has been updated to 29.0.1547.11

Google Now for iOS

Google has finally come out with Google Now for the iOS platform.

WIth the latest release of Google Search, version 3.0, Google was able to ‘push’ this great feature, that has been available for Android users for awhile, to iOS users allowing them access to this Siri rivial.

Google Now provides updates to the information that is important to you. You can turn ‘cards’ or categories ON or OFF at your pleasure. The Google Now cards available are:

Weather
Traffic
Next Appointment
Flights
Gmail
Travel
Public Transit
Places
Sports
Public Alerts
Movies
Stocks
News Updates
Photo Spots
Birthdays

Don’t have the app yet? iOS users visit the App Store on your device or click here http://goo.gl/vXVzF

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The Race to a Billion: Android Predicted to Reach 1 Billion Users well Before iOS

The Race to a Billion: Android Predicted to Reach 1 Billion Users well Before iOS

With 2013 in full swing, Horace Dediu of Aysmco takes another look at which platforms are leading the pack in the race to a billion. While Horace includes a plethora of platforms, we’ll take a close look at the two we’re most concerned about: Android and iOS.

A quick glance at the Platform Adoption Ramps and you’ll notice Android has managed to surpass iOS in total user base and is on the path to reach 1 billion users well before iOS. These are compelling numbers when compared to the multitude of other platforms that have not only been around longer than Android, but have failed to even come close to the billion mark.

Facebook has already managed to cross the finish line, however, Horace points out that the slopes of both Android and iOS point towards an eventual overtake in overall ecosystem size.

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Are you on a Mac or PC and want the app search box from ChromeOS? See below…

via François Beaufort – Yesterday 1:59 AM (edited)  –  Public  ( On Google+)

Here’s a command line that you could use with Google Chrome to quickly search through all your apps and more.
It’s really easy to do it:
– Create a shortcut which points to chrome.exe –show-app-list
– Click on the shortcut and enjoy searching your chrome apps, history, bookmarks, etc.

Starbucks Adds Passbook Support to Its iPhone App

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Starbucks has added Passbook support to its iPhone app [App Store], as perhaps the highest profile app to embrace the feature. Starbucks customers can use its app to store gift cards and use QR codes on the phone to quickly pay for food and drinks without needing cash or credit cards. Additionally, the company keeps track of purchases for its rewards program.

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Notification in iOS 6 beta hints at iBooks for Apple TV

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An error message displayed in the latest beta of iOS 6 for Apple TV suggests that support for iBooks may be coming to Apple’s set-top box.

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Apple iOS 6 Maps cuts Google’s exclusive lock on directions, opens door to third party apps

The new Maps in iOS 6 introduces new turn by turn navigation for drivers and walkers, but opens up transit and other specialized directions to third parties, cutting Apple’s exclusive partnership with Google for all other types of directions for the first time.

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Apple’s Passbook strategy ignores NFC technology to power iOS 6 retail apps

Apple’s new Passbook feature in iOS 6 isn’t just a coupon app; it’s a framework that enables retailers to develop smart apps for transactions, without relying on new Near Field Communications (NFC) hardware to do so.

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Apple rolls out updated iWork with iCloud document sync, Retina display support

Alongside OS X Mountain Lion release, Apple has unleashed an updated version of iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) that takes advantage of the company’s latest hardware and software technologies. The new version of iWork – which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – has been completely enhanced to work perfectly with the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display.

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New Google Earth 3D cities not as detailed as Apple iOS 6 Maps

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A side-by-side comparison of Google’s newly-refreshed Google Earth for iOS appears to yield inferior results when compared to the beta version of Apple’s upcoming iOS 6 Maps app.

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Apple wants to create iPhone-based automated homes

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A new, extensive patent application details how a new iPhone model with a near-field communications chip could serve as the connected centerpiece of an automated digitally connected home.

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Apple patent filing points to Google Glass-like heads-up display tech

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A patent application Apple filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday points to the company’s continued interest in creating high-resolution display technology suitable for near-eye applications like those seen in Google’s Project Glass.

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Court Rules Against Apple’s Bid To Transfer Kodak Patent Case Out Of Bankruptcy Court

Court Rules Against Apple’s Bid To Transfer Kodak Patent Case Out Of Bankruptcy Court

US District Judge George Daniels denied Apple’s proposal to move the patent dispute with Eastman Kodak Company out of bankruptcy court and into his own District Court today. If Apple had been granted the proposal, it could have been tough going for Kodak’s plans to actually sell the technology.

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Apple’s London Stores to Distribute iPhone and iPad Olympic Pins

With the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics set for tomorrow in London, Apple is preparing to offer an extra bonus to some customers visiting its stores in the area during the roughly two-week event. The company has produced a series of four lapel pins commemorating the London Olympics, displaying the flag of the United Kingdom in place of the screen of both black and white iPhones and iPads.

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Inside Steve Wozniak’s Amazing $25,000 Gadget Bag

By Thomas Quintana Posted in Apple Tagged

Nano-SIM Cards Stockpiled In Advance of iPhone 5 Launch [Report]

Less is more? Really?

AT&T Set to Charge for FaceTime Over 3G?

Sparrow for Mac Gets Retina Support and Mountain Lion Ready

Sparrow for Mac Gets Retina Support and Mountain Lion Ready

The story behind how Apple’s iCloud data center got built

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Twitter’s new client for iOS, Android: Users aren’t the only content partners

Pandora iOS App Gets UI Refresh in New Update, Reduced Battery Usage

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion Golden Master to Developers, Xcode 4.4

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Apple’s Sandboxing Deadline Has Arrived For Mac App Store Developers

Apple’s Sandboxing Deadline Has Arrived For Mac App Store Developers
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New iPhone to debut with Dual-Band 40nm BCM4334 Broadcom Wi-Fi, significant power savings and Wi-Fi Direct/iOS AirDrop

Jailbreaking iPhones Made This Student $50,000

Can jailbreaking iOS devices become a real business with an actual annual profit? Apparently, yes. And even if we wouldn’t recommend basing your monthly income entirely on the process of hacking phones and installing apps Apple doesn’t approve, $50,000 a year doesn’t sound that bad.

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Want To Get a Job at the Apple Store? Here’s What the Interview Process Looks Like

Want To Get a Job at the Apple Store? Here’s What the Interview Process Looks Like

For some people, getting the chance to work for Apple seems like one of the coolest jobs on the planet. Being surrounded by everything Apple. Super discounts on iMacs. Talking to customers about how incredibly magical the products are. If that all sounds awesome to you then go ahead and disregard the fact that it’s easier to get into Harvard than to get hired by Apple. Here is Cult of Mac’s first-hand look at how the Apple hiring process plays out.
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Apple Orders 12 Petabytes (That’s 12 Million Gigabytes) For iTunes Store Video

After all the theories surrounding Apple’s new data center in North Carolina, and the rumors surfaced in the past months pinpointing a complete revamp of iOS and MobileMe with extensive cloud features, here comes an interesting tidbit suggesting that Apple is looking to improve capacity of the iTunes Store by ordering 12 petabytes of storage from Isilon Systems.

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