Apple iPad On Target Stores From Oct 3 – Up To 5% Discount Until Oct 17

So the earlier rumors were true after all. As we had noted in our article earlier this month, Apple is indeed expanding the retail availability of the iPad to Target. In the latest announcement, Target – the Minneapolis based retailer  has announced that the tablet device from Apple shall be hitting their retail shelves starting […]

So the earlier rumors were true after all. As we had noted in our article earlier this month, Apple is indeed expanding the retail availability of the iPad to Target. In the latest announcement, Target – the Minneapolis based retailer  has announced that the tablet device from Apple shall be hitting their retail shelves starting October 3. All six models of the iPad shall be available for purchase and the prices of these units are likely to stay the same. However, if you do own a Target credit card, you are eligible to earn a 5% discount on the purchase of iPad until October 17.

Target has noted that their offering shall be extremely valuable for customers whose locations are not serviced by an Apple Store. However, Target won’t have it easy considering that Best Buy shall be expanding their iPad offering to all retail locations starting next week.

Game Center For iPhone 3G Now Ported

When Steve Jobs unveiled the new Game Center on iOS 4.1, he was quick to point out that the gaming features will not be available for older iPhone models like the iPhone 3G. Now as disappointing as that sounds, here is some good news if you own a jailbroken iPhone 3G. Apple’s new Game Center […]

When Steve Jobs unveiled the new Game Center on iOS 4.1, he was quick to point out that the gaming features will not be available for older iPhone models like the iPhone 3G. Now as disappointing as that sounds, here is some good news if you own a jailbroken iPhone 3G. Apple’s new Game Center for iOS 4.1 has just been ported to the iPhone 3G model.

“The process involves modification of some .plist files found in the original GameCenter.ipa file for iPhone 3GS, and then SSH’ing this modified file on to jailbroken iPhone 3G running iOS 4.1. Since modifying .ipa files breaks Apple’s DRM, I cant share the exact instructions, or the modified file with you.”

We hear that the Game Center works seamlessly on the older iPhone model as well and hence it is surprising why Apple decided to not include this functionality on iPhone 3G. Well, on second thoughts and to be honest, it’s not very surprising considering that Apple is known to disincentivize people owning older iPhone models to retain their handsets in favor of newer handsets.

[via RedmondPie ]

Sn0wbreeze 2.0 Windows Jailbreak For iOS 4.1 On iPhone 3GS/3G & iPod Touch 2G Released

We have had tools to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 3G/3GS as well as iPod Touch 2G for a few days now. As I had written earlier this week, the new Redsn0w jailbreak for iOS 4.1 does not work on Windows and is only supported on the Mac OS X operating system. If you are […]

We have had tools to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 3G/3GS as well as iPod Touch 2G for a few days now. As I had written earlier this week, the new Redsn0w jailbreak for iOS 4.1 does not work on Windows and is only supported on the Mac OS X operating system. If you are a Windows user who did not have a chance to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch, well the wait is probably over.

Sn0wbreeze 2.0, another jailbreak solution from iH8Sn0w is released that gives Windows users the tools to effect a jailbreak on their iPhone or iPod Touch. The latest release makes use of a custom firmware that retains the baseband and is hence useful if you also want to unlock your iPhone with Ultrasn0w.

The file is close to 14MB and can be downloaded by clicking here.

iWork Apps For iPad Get File Transfer Support

Apple has released a new version of their iWork apps – Numbers, Pages and Keynote that bring with a number of new features including the very important ability to transfer files to and from remote locations. With this new version 1.2 of these applications, users may transfer files to remote servers using MobileMe, iTunes or […]

Apple has released a new version of their iWork apps – Numbers, Pages and Keynote that bring with a number of new features including the very important ability to transfer files to and from remote locations. With this new version 1.2 of these applications, users may transfer files to remote servers using MobileMe, iTunes or WebDAV.

In addition to this, the latest version of these apps will also bring with them the ability to export files in a Microsoft Office compatible format. If you are a regular user of these applications, you may be aware that the Pages app on iPad already came with the ability to export files in MS-Word format. The new version will thus also allow users to export Numbers documents in MS-Excel and Keynote files in MS-PowerPoint formats. These applications are also noted to now import documents in these Microsoft Office compatible formats quicker and more reliably.

Check out the Apple App Store for the latest versions of these applications.

Watch AVI & QuickTime Movies On iPad With VLC Media Player App

Apple has been acting pretty benevolent in recent times with a modified App Store policy. The company has now approved the VLC Media Player app for iPad that will let users watch movie files that are not compatible with the iTunes format on their iPad. A month back, this may have been unthinkable. But ever […]

Apple has been acting pretty benevolent in recent times with a modified App Store policy. The company has now approved the VLC Media Player app for iPad that will let users watch movie files that are not compatible with the iTunes format on their iPad. A month back, this may have been unthinkable. But ever since Apple made a move to get friendlier with the app developer community, things appear to have changed.

But this is no voluntary benevolence. Speculations are that Apple may be acting to protect itself from the prying eyes of the government who have been accusing Apple of being too closed for healthy competition. Another speculation is that Apple is trying to win back developers that it seems to be losing to the Android platform that has been growing in popularity over the past one year.

Either way, this is happy news for users. Check out the free VLC media player app on the App Store by clicking here.

Napster App For iPhone Launched

Napster – the popular music streaming service has finally arrived on the iPhone. The new Napster app is available for download on the iPhone and iPod Touch and will give users access to close to 10 million songs on demand. The application itself is free to download though you will have to be a paid […]

Napster – the popular music streaming service has finally arrived on the iPhone. The new Napster app is available for download on the iPhone and iPod Touch and will give users access to close to 10 million songs on demand. The application itself is free to download though you will have to be a paid subscriber to receive access to the music files. The subscription costs amount to $10 a month.

The application does a lot of things besides simply streaming music. Users can save songs and albums on the local storage in order to access them offline later. Additionally, users may also create playlists, bookmark and play favorites, automix songs, etc.

This is a very valuable addition to the App Store since it effectively brings a Zune Pass like music subscription service to the iOS platform. Check out the app by clicking here.

Amazon Movie Rental Business May Get Boost With LoveFilm Acquisition

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the largest online retailer is learned to be negotiating with UK based DVD rental company, LoveFilm for a possible acquisition. According to reports on the Sunday Times, Amazon has made an offer that values the British company at close to 200 million Pounds ($313 million). As of now, this is still a speculation […]

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), the largest online retailer is learned to be negotiating with UK based DVD rental company, LoveFilm for a possible acquisition. According to reports on the Sunday Times, Amazon has made an offer that values the British company at close to 200 million Pounds ($313 million).

As of now, this is still a speculation since neither of the parties have confirmed the rumors. However, the possibility is not too far-fetched either. Amazon already holds close to 42% of the stakes in LoveFilm after the company’s European rental operations were merged with LoveFilm back in 2008.

London-based LoveFilm was established in 2002 and today operates in several European countries. The company is privately held and posted revenues of close to $150 million in 2009. The company handles close to 65,000 unique DVD titles in UK alone and has over one million registered members in UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany.

White iPhone 4 Launch Date Rumors Surface Again

By now, many of you may have already given up on your hope to lay hands on a white iPhone 4. After all the hype and hoopla during launch, the white iPhone today is more or less forgotten. While the device was earlier speculated to have been delayed just by a few weeks, Apple later […]

By now, many of you may have already given up on your hope to lay hands on a white iPhone 4. After all the hype and hoopla during launch, the white iPhone today is more or less forgotten. While the device was earlier speculated to have been delayed just by a few weeks, Apple later confirmed that the phone will be available not until later this year.

We are just three months away from new year and so there are doubts over Apple’s launch plans. However, in a recent email exchange, Steve Jobs has purportedly indicated that the phone may be available by Christmas. While the authenticity of this email is questionable, this is what the Apple customer wrote in his email

“I want the white one but Apple said it won’t be available until later this year. I know you must be asked this question hundreds of times a day but do you think we can expect to get the white iphone for xmas?
I hope you can answer. Thank you Steve.”

And Steve is reported to have replied,

“Christmas is later this year.”

So there you go. Even though we are not sure if this is genuine, the launch of a white-colored model for the Christmas season does make sense and we hope it turns out to be true.

Google Voice Apps For iPhone Are Back On App Store

Earlier this month, Apple announced that they were easing their restrictions on third party applications. Cupertino soon followed it up by making the App Store review guidelines public thus bringing the much needed transparency to the App Store system. Now following these moves, Google Voice apps – one of the segments that was banned last […]

Earlier this month, Apple announced that they were easing their restrictions on third party applications. Cupertino soon followed it up by making the App Store review guidelines public thus bringing the much needed transparency to the App Store system.

Now following these moves, Google Voice apps – one of the segments that was banned last year following Apple’s growing enmity with Google – are making a comeback to the App Store. One of the first apps to be made available is GV Connect – a Google Voice based application that allows users to send text messages, make calls and voicemails. Another popular application, GV Mobile is learned to be stuck at the approval stage still, though indications are that the application should soon make its way to the App Store.

You can check out GV Connect on the App Store by clicking here.

RIM Q2 Results Beat Analyst Expectations

Research In Motion (NASDAQ : RIMM) has had a fantastic second quarter that beats Wall Street expectations. The company has reported earnings growth of 68% for the quarter ending August 28. The net income generated in the period was $796.7 million that is significantly above the $475.6 million made during the same period last year. […]

Research In Motion (NASDAQ : RIMM) has had a fantastic second quarter that beats Wall Street expectations. The company has reported earnings growth of 68% for the quarter ending August 28. The net income generated in the period was $796.7 million that is significantly above the $475.6 million made during the same period last year. In terms of revenue, the company made $4.62 billion that is a 31% jump over Q2 2009.

In comparison, analysts expected revenues to stay close to $4.49 billion which equates to earnings of $1.36 per share. The current earnings per share is $1.46 per share.

Apparently, the strong performance has come despite the moderate reception to RIM’s latest Blackberry Torch smartphone. The touchscreen phone was launched in early August and has only been available on the AT&T network and so has not had great bearing on the results. Consequently, the performance of RIM underlines the overall growth of the company and not something that has been influenced by the fluke success of any particular model.