Apple to Acquire ARM

According to a London Newspaper, Apple is going to acquire ARM. Apple is reportedly in talks with the leading company in Microprocessor Intellectual property who has supplied processors to Apple for its devices and even for the iPad.

Apple-ARM deal could mean big for the industry. ARM does not only deal with Apple but also is a supplier of microprocessors to other huge tech giants as well. The deal is rumored to be signed at 40 Billion US Dollars. Antitrust would definitely come in between and obstruct the deal from taking place.

If the deal takes place, Apple’s competitors would be left far behind because ARM even supplies chips to Sony, Microsoft, Dell and HP. This means that Apple’s competitors would have to find alternatives which would be slow and buggier.

Even this acquisition adds up to the Apple-Google fight, Apple earlier got P.A Semi which led to the development of the A4 Chip which Apple uses for the iPad. During the development some key members left the company and started a new company known as “Agnilux”. Agnilux employees include a lot of former Apple and P.A Semi members. The company (Agnilux) was acquired by Google just three days back and if this Apple-ARM deal comes true, the complete tech industry would be moved.

Through this anticipated acquisition, Apple will climb yet more higher on the ladder of performance recognition spelt out by TheAppleGoogle.

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iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 2 Out Now

Apple has released iPhone OS 4.0 beta 2 and a new SDK for all the supported devices. The current build of the OS is 8A248c. This latest Beta version would include bug fixes and would be less buggier than the previous release – Beta 1.

Currently, we haven’t noticed any big changes apart from the earlier mentioned – Bug Fixes. The new OS is shortly approaching its release date and Apple wants to make sure that its end users don’t face any serious issue with the OS. These Beta releases help Apple fix issues with the product and even help improve the product. This release is yet again for developers, so that these geniuses could develop something extraordinary for the OS and even make their Apps compatible with the new OS. Apple hopes the developers take full advantage of the OS by including Multitasking and other stuff from iPhone OS 4.0.

Jailbreaking – Is it worth it?

Jailbreaking seems to be a word which every iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad user is familiar with. Earlier, Jailbreaking used to be a notorious task and though people eagerly wanted it, they seemed to be scared of attempting it. These days even a 3rd Grader seems to be aware of the term and just wants to risk it to get the biscuit. But these days the jailbreakers have become even more proficient and have developed tools such as Blackra1n which makes Jailbreaking a ‘no big deal’. Of-course, Jailbreaking has its own pros and cons, but is it worth it?

1. Jailbreaking your iPhone OS allows you to run arbitrary code on your device .This allows you to download paid apps for free.

2. It installs a few custom based libraries to your iPhone OS which lets you increase the features of your iDevice.

3. Many of the features such as Multitasking, Folders which are now available on the iPhone OS 4.0 were available to jailbroken users quite some time back.

4. You could not upgrade your device as soon as a new firmware is released by Apple but within a week or so, the jailbreaking community usually comes up with a solution.

5. Jailbreaking does not at all slow down your device; though it adds a few additional libraries, it does not affect device performance.

6. Jailbreaking allows you to take customization on your iPhone/iPod touch to a completely new level. You could change fonts, home screen background, apply new themes and loads more.

7. While jailbreaking, there is only a 0.1% chance that you may brick your device. Though, this happens rarely.

8. Warranty does get void, but many people just restore their device back using iTunes and Apple does not even come to know about the jailbreak.

9. Recent Jailbreaking techniques don’t even add a custom firmware which leads to less chances of your device being bricked.

10. Once you jailbreak, your device is vulnerable to a lot of viruses like iKee and its variants. You need to quickly change the root password of your device.

11. After jailbreaking, many security guru’s advice you not to use online banking services from your iPhone/iPod touch.

12. And after all that, the most important thing – You finally retain freedom. You are free from Apple’s strict rules and policies.

Go ahead and evaluate your decision on whether to jailbreak or not.

iPad 3G to ship by May 7

Apple’s online Store just got updated and now they give you some more information about the iPad 3G. The iPad 3G shipments would start by May 7, 2010.

If you were not amongst the early adopters of the iPad and have made a very wise decision to go with the 3G version of the iPad, you just got lucky.

Starting from May 7, you could see every of your iPad 3G dreams come true.

iPhone OS 4.0 Jailbreak Tool Released

It has just been only a few weeks since Apple launched the preview version of iPhone OS 4.0. But the  Jailbreaking community is almost instantly back with a Jailbreak for the extremely new OS which has yet once again been Jailbroken. The iPhone Dev Team has released a jailbreak for iPhone OS 4 beta 1. If you are not a developer and have still managed to get your hands on the new OS, you could very well try this one too. Jailbreaking does have its pros and cons but this time there are a whole set of warnings included;so better be careful.

This Jailbreak unlike others is complicated and is aimed at developers and not at the general public yet. For now, this Beta release supports only Mac OS X, iPhone 3G and the 4.0 beta firmware. Eventually, if you want to have a step-by-step guide on how to Jailbreak iPhone OS 4.0 beta 1, take a look at the detailed instructions here.

Opera Mini App Review

Opera Mini, a web browser by Opera for iPhone and iPod touch has recently been approved by Apple. When Opera submitted its browser for approval to Apple, the situation seemed to be very risky as Apple usually does not allow other browsers to work on iPhone OS. Surprisingly, this time it did not seem to be the case.

Opera Mini is available for download from the App Store and is Free. It is a somewhat good alternative to Safari and looks pretty decent. When the app is launched, it gives you some details about how to use it. The home screen looks clustered and feels as if Opera has just somehow managed to fit everything in one place.

We opened TheAppleGoogle and a few other sites such as Gmail and Apple. What you would notice at first sight is that it is significantly faster. But the page display is simply horrible. The characters are absolutely unreadable. Speed Dial, a feature that offers visual display to nine of your favorite sites was good but it somehow did not manage to capture the sites which we browsed. Tabbed Browsing just appeared as Safari’s window previewer. Some sites simply failed to load on the browser and displayed only a few characters. Even after changing a few settings, the page display was abominable. The browser simply failed to render the pages properly. Though images and videos were displayed in an efficient manner and looked great.

The browser is very fast and unlike Safari, Opera Mini does not make use of the WebKit engine, instead, it loads websites via a proxy, which in turn means pages are not rendered directly on the device itself, bypassing any possible problems Apple may have with how code is seen. The browser uses Opera’s powerful servers to compress data up to 90% before sending it to your phone, so page-loads are lightning-fast. Nice work done by Opera, at least in bypassing Apple’s strict policies, but still looks like a long way to go.

Opera Mini would work on all devices running iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.

Opera Mini Approved By Apple

What the heck? Really? Yep, you heard it right. Opera Mini, a browser for iPhone and iPod touch which had been submitted to Apple for inclusion in the App Store has been approved by Apple and is now available for download from the App Store.

Apple, the one who disapproved Google’s Voice and Adobe’s Flash has apparently approved Opera Mini.

Opera App review to follow on.

Dictionary.com Brings Offline Dictionary to iPad

Dictionary.com is a great website where you could find an alphabetical list of words with information about them. It helps you find the meanings and definitions of words. It is a virtual dictionary with great features which separates it from normal dictionaries. Thesaurus and Encyclopedia are also a part of Dictionary.com.

Dictionary.com is an Ask.com service. There is an iPad app of Dictionary.com available for download from the App Store. The best part of this app is that it can be used without being connected to the internet. You could use the dictionary and thesaurus offline. It has other great features such as Word of the Day, hear audio of a word and more. The iPad App is FREE and 43.3 MB in size as the dictionary could be accessed without the Internet. Though Internet connection is not required to access most of its features, but some features such as hearing audio and Word of the Day do require you to connect your iPad to the Internet.

The huge iPad screen is well utilized by the App. It has four tabs on the bottom – Dictionary, Thesaurus, Recent and Word of the Day. Recent displays some of the recent words you searched for. It has nearly 1,000,000 words in its dictionary and more than 90,000 synonyms and antonyms in its thesaurus. For some words, it incorporates the word origin and history. It uses the iPad accelerometer perfectly; if you shake your iPad, it would show you the definition and meaning of a random word.

It is a simple app presented in a stunning user interface.

iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking to iPhone

This feature was awaited by every iPhone, iPod touch and even iPad user. Multitasking is now supported with iPhone OS 4.0. During the event, Apple Chief Executive, Steve Jobs mentioned seven tent pole features of iPhone OS 4.0, the very important being, Multitasking. Multitasking drains out the phones battery but who else other than Apple is out with a new way which would try to avoid those setbacks and present multitasking in a new and dynamic UI.

Run multiple Apps such as Mail, Plants vs Zombies , eBay and YouTube simultaneously. Now, if you need to jump from your Mail to Plants vs Zombies, you could double tap the home button and the apps would pop up from the bottom. You would view the icon of all those apps running. Tap on the desired app and you would simply jump to the app. Apple did not use the MultiFl0w interface and provides multitasking in an efficient manner.

You could now run Pandora while surfing the web via Safari. The music won’t stop playing and you could still use Safari. Continue your call on Skype while searching for great restaurants nearby or playing a game. Upload multiple pictures to Flickr and in the meantime play your favorite game.

iPhone OS 4.0 would currently be available as a developer version.

How to Browse the Web the iPad Way Without the iPad

iPad has registered mixed reactions from users. Those who didn’t get an iPad for some reason, here’s how you could emulate it on your PC/Mac using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome and make your browser feel as if you were surfing the web from your iPad.

To do this, you need to change your default User Agent. When a user agent operates, it typically identifies itself, its application type, operating system, software vendor, or software revision, by submitting a characteristic identification string to its operating peer. If you are on Mozilla Firefox,  download the “User Agent Switcher” addon.

After downloading the addon, goto Tools >> Default User Agent >> Edit User Agent >> New User Agent, then paste the following code in the user agent bar

Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; U; CPU OS 3_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/531.21.10 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0.4 Mobile/7B334b Safari/531.21.10

Now you could browse the web the iPad way without happening to own one.

If you are on Google Chrome, you could try using the User Agent Switcher for Chrome Extension or manually change the user agent.