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Amazon Updates Kindle App For iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Amazon released version 2.9 of its Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on Wednesday. The update brings access to more than 400 magazines to iPad users via Amazon's Kindle Store. Customers can buy single issues or subscribe to publications like Martha Stewart Living, Food Network Magazine, Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health. You can also read and highlight print replica textbooks and access PDFs through the new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address.

Amazon Kindle App

"Email PDFs & other documents to your new Send-to-Kindle e-mail address and we deliver them to your device. The documents are automatically archived in the Amazon Cloud and available for re-download on your iOS or supported Kindle devices. You can also read PDFs from Mail, Safari, or by transferring them from iTunes."

Will Apple Rename the iPad in China?

Collectors of all things Apple could have a new product to seek out soon, if a recent court decision in China sticks. Apple has lost its bid to prove itself the owner of the iPad trademark in China, after a decision favoring local company Proview Company. Proview registered the iPad name in the EU, several countries and China in the year 2000.

iPad trademark battle China

The company sold its international rights to the iPad name for $55k in 2006 to a company named IP Application Development (IPAD). IPAD turned out to be Apple, and Apple has claimed the deal included rights to the Chinese trademark as well. Since then, Proview has sued Apple to the tune of $1.6 billion for using the iPad trademark in China.

Stop Comparing the Kindle Fire to the iPad 2

A recent report by Retrevo already has some tech bloggers crowning the Amazon Kindle Fire as the new king of tablets. The survey showed that 44 percent of new tablet buyers would consider the Kindle Fire over the iPad 2.

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The Kindle Fire's $200 price tag and 16,000 apps is what sets it apart from other so-called "iPad killers" of the past. Retrevo points to the iPad's age, and size as another reason some consumers are considering going with Android this holiday season. The Kindle Fire will be available just in time for the holidays, and right when the iPad 2 is starting to seem old. But Apple doesn't seem to be worried and they probably shouldn't be.

Siri's Just as Useless on the iPad as it's on the iPhone 4

It's already been proven Siri can be ported to an iPhone 4. Meaning there is no technical reason for it to be exclusive to the iPhone 4S. This also means it should work with the iPad or iPad 2, but is it really worth it?

Apple Voice Assistant

A hacker known as Jackoplane did manage to add the voice assistant to a jailbroken iPad, but just like the iPhone 4, it isn't set up to communicate with the Apple servers. According to the jailbreaking community, any iOS device should be able to disguise itself as an iPhone 4S, and trick the servers into communicating with it. The voice assistant could also be set up to query Google, but as of right now it's pretty useless.

Facebook to Announce iPad App the Same Day as iPhone 5

October 4th is the day new Apple CEO Tim Cook will announce the next generation iPhone(s) and the Facebook iPad app! While I'm sure some people are looking forward to the new app, it's hardly as exciting as the iPhone 5. Especially since it was already leaked in July.

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Engineer Jeff Verkoeyen said he left Facebook for Google because they have been sitting on the app since May. Apple and Facebook have had a strained relationship in the past, but things seem to be getting better between to two, since they both have a common goal to defeat Google. This is probably why Mark Zuckerberg has finally decided to release the app, and announce the revamped version of the Facebook iPhone app at the upcoming Apple media event.

Amazon To Announce New Tablet September 28?

Amazon sent out invites to a press conference in N.Y.C. on September 28th. We assume the media event is being held to announce their new and improved Kindle type tablet. This new device is Android's last hope to compete with the iPad.

The 7-inch tablet is rumored to look like the BlackBerry PlayBook and to feature a backlit color capacitive screen. The press has been quick to crown many devices "iPad Killers" in the past, but Amazon hopes to succeed where the others failed, by offering deeply integrated services like the Kindle app and the Amazon Cloud Player for a cheaper price. They're also rolling out a skinned version of Android to distance themselves from Google.

Amazon tablet

The HP TouchPad fire sale proved people will ignore the iPad if the price is right. Amazon has the weapons to offer plenty of material like movies, books and music, but the question is can they deliver a decent slate for such a cheap price?

Warning: Do Not Buy Your iPad At McDonalds!

Friendly warning: The iPad is not one of the items available on the McDonalds' value menu. Ashley McDowell, from Spartanburg, S.C. learned this the hard way after she bought a wooden iPad from a man with a gold tooth. McDowell was tempted by the man who was offering a discounted iPad for $300 in a McDonalds' parking lot, but unfortunately she wasn't carrying $300 that day. Not wanting to lose the sale, the thoughtful salesman offered her a generous discount and sold her the device for what she had in her pocket -- $180. Since he was so nice, McDowell didn't check the box before making the deal of a lifetime, when she returned home she discovered that she had bought a piece of wood decorated with a Best Buy ad and the Apple logo. Maybe she can sell it on eBay as an early prototype. I've heard the iPad was originally supposed to come with a Best Buy circular glued to it.

Don't start laughing yet, because two women were duped into buying $250 worth of paper in the same city.

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Samsung Uses the Stanley Kubrick Defense in Apple Lawsuit

Did Samsung really use Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, as a defense in their intellectual property battle with Apple?

According to Foss Patents, Samsung submitted a screen grab of the Kubrick film that depicts two astronauts using tablet computers while eating lunch. Samsung claims the photo proves that prior art for the general design of the iPad existed before Apple.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Samsung explains:

"Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey." In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table's surface), and a thin form factor."

Google Brings Catalog Shopping to the iPad

I always thought catalogs were invented so men could keep softcore porn around without their girlfriends or wives noticing, but Google seems to think people use them for shopping.

iPad catalogs

Google has teamed up with a number of brands like Pottery Barn, Saks Fifth Avenue and Williams-Sonoma, to offer catalog shopping on the iPad. The name says it all, the Google Catalogs app allows iPad owners to peruse store catalogs. You can watch videos, bookmark interesting products and send birthday hints to your family and friends.

When Will the iPad 3 be Available?

The Apple rumor mill has spun so far out of control that I'm preparing myself for a complete fanboy meltdown soon. Especially if the latest rumors turn out to be true. Several sources (mostly unreliable) are reporting that the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 won't be available until 2012.

The most realistic sounding report, pertaining to A6 processors, comes from the Taiwan Economic News. The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. is purportedly testing the next-generation processor, and it won't be completed until early 2012. If the TEN is correct, and assuming the iPad 3 will run the A6, this means the iPad 3 won't be available until the middle of 2012.

Apple iPad 3 cheaper

Other less reliable rumors claim that Apple will release all their next-generation devices in March of 2012. Various sources have reported that Apple will announce a new affordable iPhone in September, and launch the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 in 2012. This is somewhat believable since many believe Apple plans to tap into the mid-range mobile phone market this year. Why not release a cheaper iPhone for the holidays, and draw out the wait for the iPhone 5?

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