Lion DiskMaker is an application for OS X 10.6 and 10.7 machines that can be used to create a bootable USB drive to install Lion on your computer. If you’ve ever used Unetbootin, the concept is very similar. To install, just plug your drive in, make sure you have Lion downloaded from the App Store to ~/Applications (Macs with Lion preinstalled, such as the new MacBook Air, will not work), and run the utility. If you upgraded from 10.6 to 10.7 the Lion image is deleted automatically, so you’ll have to (more…)
The company has yet to announce any pricing or availability times, but when Lootiful‘s Gameboy Case is released for the iPad 2, I would imagine that it will sell very quickly. The snap-on, retro style case mimics the look of Nintendo’s classic Gameboy handheld device, and definitely brings about nostalgic memories for those who remember using this Gameboy (myself, included). The case snaps onto the back of the iPad 2 and doesn’t actually have any real functionality, but it will surely turn heads when you’re in public. Pre-orders are currently being accepted for the iPhone 4 edition at $17.99 each. It’s “friggin’ sweet!”
It looks like Apple’s supply chain has finally caught up to the extremely high demand for the iPad 2. Apple has slowly lowered their shipping estimates on the tablet from several weeks to just a few days, and now to just 24 hours or less as of this morning. The speedier shipping times can currently only be confirmed on the U.S. and Canadian online Apple Stores, but it’s likely that the “within 24 hours” estimate will be rolled out across other international stores soon.
Right on cue, Skype has released a native video chat client for the iPad. The app is still rolling out to all countries, and it is listed in the App Store as a separate, iPad-specific application. Video calling works over WiFi and 3G, and has all the cross platform support you expect from the service—unlike Apple’s own FaceTime, which only works with devices from Cupertino.
Facebook should be making their not-so-top secret iPad app official in the next few weeks, and it’s very possible that they will integrate Skype on mobile to go hand in hand with their recent chat redesign.
A report from All Things D claims that the next generation iPhone will be released in October, not September, as many eager customers have anticipated. For years, Apple has held an iPod-themed event in September, and it was expected that the iPhone 5 would join the group since it was not released as expected in July. Sources say that the device will be released “later in the month, rather than earlier“, so users looking to upgrade will have some waiting to do. There is no word on the reason for the “delay”, but it’s possible that component shortages (or even lawsuits) are to blame. The iPhone is notoriously difficult to manufacture, and the iPhone 5 will likely be no different.
Sources with knowledge of the situation say reports claiming AT&T has blacked out employee vacations during the last two weeks of September in preparation for the retail debut of the next iPhone are misinformed.
Both Radio Shack and Target have begun to drop the price of the iPhone 4 in anticipation of the release of its successor, which is due to be released this Fall. Target has discounted the handset by $50 on a 2-year contract, and Radio is offering $100 credit for the trade-in of a previous iPhone model on top of a $30 price reduction, bringing the device to just $69 on contract. The iPhone 4 is still the usual $199 through Verizon and AT&T, but the carriers may decide to lower the price when a firm launch date for the iPhone 5 is set.
Apple has just launched their web version of the soon-to-come iCloud over at iCloud.com. The site is only available for developers until its official launch, which is this fall. So far things are looking great and the interface, part of which can be seen above, is very appealing – using a look very much like the iPad’s. Check after the break for some screenshots of the new interface, originally posted at 9to5mac.
If you have ever mistakenly deleted a text message on your iPhone, there’s a solution for you—if you’re willing to pay. If you have a jailbroken iPhone, Undelete SMS is a tweak available in Cydia that can recover your lost text messages and display them in plain text. The tweak, which is $7 under the BigBoss repository, isn’t guaranteed to work and is only recommended for actively used iPhones that have not been restored within a recent period of time. The only thing to mull over prior to purchasing this tweak is whether or not your deleted text messages are worth paying a hefty seven dollars to retrieve. (more…)
An unspecified number of employees at Foxconn, a large manufacturer of Apple products in Taiwan, might be losing their jobs to robots—up to one million of them—over the next three years. Unfortunately, to become more competitive, several workers at Foxconn will face unemployment by 2014.
The transition to robotic labor will help combat rising labor expenses and improve efficiency, said Terry Gou, founder and chairman of the company, late Friday. The company currently has 10,000 robots and the number will be increased to 300,000 next year and 1 million in three years, according to Gou. The company currently employs 1.2 million people.
Forbes has run an interesting article that reveals renowned iPhone hacker comex‘s real identity: Nicholas Allegra, a 19-year-old college student from Chappaqua, New York. Allegra, a tall, shaggy-haired teenager, has been on leave from Brown University since last winter in hopes of finding an internship. In his spare time, living with his parents, Allegra has been focused on finding exploits in Apple’s iOS software, which he releases to the public in the form of the JailbreakMe in-browser jailbreaking tool for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
“It feels like editing an English paper,” Allegra says simply, his voice croaking as if he just woke up, though we’re speaking at 9:30 pm. “You just go through and look for errors. I don’t know why I seem to be so effective at it.”