Apple Rejecting Apps That Access an iOS Device’s UDID

Apple is now bringing the hammer down on applications that access a devices UDID, or “Unique Device Identifier”, due to privacy concerns. Last year, Apple told developers to phase out the use of UDIDs, but coming up with an alternative identification system can be difficult work. The biggest abuser of UDIDs are ad networks, which use the data to push targeted ads to users. (more…)

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Retina Graphics in Mountain Lion Hint at Pixel Dense Macs

Ars Technica has discovered more high resolution graphics sneaking around in Mountain Lion, hinting that Apple plans to create Retina display Macs in the not-so-distant future. Last year, HiDPI settings were found buried within System Preferences, so the addition of HD graphics support the growing rumors.  (more…)

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Legal Loop: Apple Gave Ample Warning Before Suing Samsung

 

According to case documents in a legal dispute between Apple and Samsung, the Cupertino suits gave their competitors numerous warnings that they were infringing on patents before being actually suing. In various meetings way back in the Summer of 2010, Apple demonstrated the infringement to Samsung and attempted to negotiate a deal that would avoid the need for legal action.

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Netflix for iPad Updated With Retina Support

Netflix has updated their iPad application with Retina-ready graphics and bug fixes for VoiceOver, AirPlay, and more. According to the service’s Twitter feed, HD video is on the way, but you’ll have to stay tuned until the next major update before enjoying high quality movies on your new tablet.

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Zynga Buys Creators of ‘Draw Something’ for $200 Million

According to AllThingsD, Zynga has bought OMGPOP, the creators of the hugely popular iOS game ‘Draw Something‘. The game became an instant success after it was released on the App Store last month, and has already topped over 25 million users. For those of you who haven’t been keeping up with the Top 25, Draw Something is a Pictionary-like game where users work together to guess each other’s doodles. The purchase may seem hasty, considering the short lifespan of the company, but Zynga is very well known for cashing in on the current trends.

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Apple Addresses iPad Heat Issues

Apple has contacted Jim Dalrymple from The Loop to respond to the reported iPad 3 heating issues that have become today’s hot topic. Some users have complained that their new tablet gets significantly hotter than the last-generation model, but Apple has assured customers that the device operates “well within our thermal specifications“. Like most PR messages, this is intentionally vague, but we expect that the increase in temperature is completely normal considering what’s new under the hood.

“The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”

Of course, if your device is seriously scorching, contact AppleCare to get it checked out. As with any new product release, there is a slim possibility that a few units have actual defects.

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Sparrow Push: Enable Push Notifications in Sparrow [Cydia]

The developer behind the 3G Unrestrictor app has released a new jailbreak tweak which unofficially enables push notifications in Sparrow for iOS. The mobile version of the excellent mail client recently launched for the iPhone, but due to Apple’s restrictive App Store policies, the development team was unable to include push notifications. Being notified of new messages in a timely fashion is an essential part of a mail client, so this tweak gives Sparrow the killer feature it needs to best the default iOS mail app.

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‘This American Life’ Retracts Fabricated Story on Apple Suppliers

Public radio program This American Life has retracted a story on the working conditions in Apple’s China factories. The story, called “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” is an excerpt from Mike Daisey’s one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” where he describes meeting factory workers who have been exposed to poor working conditions… (more…)

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Mountain Lion Developer Preview 2 Seeded

Apple has released the second Mountain Lion developer preview, bringing with it a number of known issues for devs to focus testing on. The first sneak peak of Mountain Lion showed us Apple’s plans to bring iOS-like apps and features to the desktop, including a unified Notification Center, iCloud-backed Reminders and Notes, and more.

If you want to live on the bleeding edge you’ll need a Mac Developer account to download the preview, but users who want to stick with Lion until 10.8 becomes more stable can still try out Messages, which allows you to send texts to other iPhone users for free.

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