We haven’t had an iPhone update for some time, but as iPhone 5 begins to circulate through the rumor mills, along with this tracking issue, we decided to take a look:
 iPhone Tracking Not News, Not Unique, and Not Ominous
 Visualizing what the iPhone 5 will look like
 Is Samsung’s Galaxy S Really One Big iPhone Copycat?
 IPhone Sales Help Verizon Edge Views
 Report: Apple Sending Devs Dual-Core iPhone 4S
 Two iPhone unlocking stores call it quits
 Universal iPhone Unlocking Service – Apple Might Be Behind It
 The Army Just Picked Android Over iPhone
 Police use Apple iOS tracking data for investigations
 Samsung counter sues Apple over iPhone, iPad
 Next iPhone To Be A Gamer’s Delight
iPhone Tracking Not News, Not Unique, and Not Ominous
The revelation that Apple iOS devices track your location is not really news, it’s not unique to Apple, and the information gathered doesn’t really have the ominous Big Brother implications it might suggest.
Apparently, the sky is falling. Security researchers presented findings that Apple mobile devices are gathering and storing data on your every move throughout the day, and that news has sparked a virtual panic among the media and privacy advocates.
Full story : PCWorld
Visualizing what the iPhone 5 will look like
While it is likely that the iPhone 5 won’t be coming out until this September, we are already in the peak of season as far as rumors of how the device will perform and what it will look like
Earlier this week, we saw Apple reportedly sending iPhone 5 A5 chips to game developers. That rumor came just after a Reuters report claimed that suppliers in the know said Apple was months away from coming out with the iPhone 5. (PICTURE)
Full story : Appolicious
Is Samsung’s Galaxy S Really One Big iPhone Copycat?
When Samsung released its Galaxy S smartphone last year, many reviewers were almost immediately aware of how similar the device was to Apple’s massively successful iPhone.
Everything from the phone’s exterior to its user interface seem lifted directly from the design book of Steve Jobs himself. In the case of Samsung, imitation was indeed the most sincere form of flattery. (PICTURE)
Full story : International Business Times
IPhone Sales Help Verizon Edge Views
Verizon sold 2.2 million iPhones in the first quarter, even though it didn’t start sales of its first iPhone until Feb. 11, helping its quarterly results edge analyst views.
In the quarter, Verizon Wireless added 906,000 subscribers who signed contracts, above the 888,000 expected and well ahead of the 62,000 contract subscribers added in Q1 by AT&T, which reported its results on Wednesday.
Full story : BRIAN DEAGON, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY
Report: Apple Sending Devs Dual-Core iPhone 4S
As is always the case with the release of a new iPhone, there’s plenty of rumors regarding the upcoming iPhone 5. One of this year’s most prominent rumors is that the smartphone will benefit from the addition of the A5 chip that currently appears in the iPad 2.
The dual-core A5 processor is significantly more powerful than Apple’s A4 chip, and Apple is apparently helping prepare high level game developers prepare for the iPhone 5′s arrival by sending them each a beefed up iPhone 4 to work on. This information comes via a source over at 9to5Mac that calls the rigged out iPhone 4 ‘the iPhone 4S.’
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Full story : Tom’s Guide
Two iPhone unlocking stores call it quits
If you were hoping to unlock your iPhone using one of the two solutions that came onto the scene earlier this month, you’re out of luck. Both Cut Your Sim and GSM Phone Source no longer offer their services.
The two providers promised those with an iPhone 4 a way to get a “permanent” unlock to use their device on the network of their choosing, with no need to jailbreak or worry about future software updates affecting the fix. Such functionality is especially appealing to travelers who seek to avoid paying international roaming fees to their own carrier and instead be able to swap in SIM cards from local providers.
Full story : Josh Lowensohn – news.cnet.com
Universal iPhone Unlocking Service – Apple Might Be Behind It
A unique service offering to unlock any GSM iPhone, no jailbreaks required, has suddenly shut down, leaving many customers awaiting refunds. Increased scrutiny from Apple may very well be responsible– and curiously, even the providers of the service had no idea how it worked, or why it’s all stopped.
The service worked: in just a little under a week, CutYourSim performed over 400 unlocks for customers. But now CutYourSim has suddenly canceled the service, and while they’ve begun issuing refunds, the money of an unknown number of customers who paid for an unlock is currently stuck in limbo.
Full story : John Brownlee – www.cultofmac.com
The Army Just Picked Android Over iPhone
The Army wants all soldiers to stay connected, and has chosen Android to power a new smartphone that will do everything from charting troop movements to requesting a medic.
The Android phone is being developed by MITRE, a non-profit tech engineering company. The custom smartphone system even has a very miliraty-sounding name: the “Joint Battle-Command Platform.”
Full story : The Business Insider
Police use Apple iOS tracking data for investigations
It remains unknown why Apple is recording and storing iPhone and iPad user location data — but the police seem to be using it to solve crimes.
This week, security researchers revealed that Apple’s iOS 4 mobile operating system, which runs on the highly popular iPhone and iPad devices, constantly tracks and stores users’ approximate location information without their knowledge or consent. It has now been learned that law enforcement agencies have known about the secret iOS tracking for at least the last year, and have used the data to aid criminal investigations, according to CNet.
Full story : Digitaltrends.com
Samsung counter sues Apple over iPhone, iPad
Samsung’s counter lawsuit, its first against its biggest client, comes days before it launches a new product and could jeopardize business ties between the two companies, as Apple relies on Samsung for component supplies such as chips and LCD displays.
“Apple is quite annoyed by Samsung’s fast rise in a market which it virtually created,” James Song, an analyst at Daewoo Securities, said on Friday.
Full story : Reuters
Next iPhone To Be A Gamer’s Delight
The next iPhone will be a mean, lean, gaming machine, according to 9to5Mac, who have discovered that the phone will be equipped with the speedy A5 dual-core processor.
Apple has already doled out a prototype of next iPhone, featuring the A5 chip, to a few developers working on apps that optimize the new hardware. (PICT)
Full story : Huffington Post
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