Apple Introduces Recycling Program

Apple is now working with WeRecycle and PowerON to accept clunker Macs and iDevices in exchange for an Apple Gift Card. Of course, since Apple is, in part, doing you a favor, don’t expect to go on a all-white shopping spree, but it’s a fine deal if you have a few obsolete products lying around and are hesitant to sell them on a certain unnamed eAuction site.

Old iPods can also be returned in exchange for 10% off a newer model.

Turn that iPhone, iPad, or computer — Mac or PC — you’re not using anymore into something brand new. Send it to us and we’ll determine if it qualifies for reuse. If it does, that means your device has monetary value that we’ll apply to an Apple Gift Card, which you can use for purchases at any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store. If your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC doesn’t qualify for reuse, we’ll recycle it responsibly at no cost to you.

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Facebook Releases “Messenger” for Android

Facebook has released a new standalone application built solely for messenging contacts through the social network. The app supports location data, group chats and transcript archiving. Naturally, Messenger automatically imports your Facebook address book for contacting friends through SMS as well as regular chat.

Facebook’s native Android app is pretty horrendous, so Messenger should ease the mobile experience for users who are just trying to chat.

Messenger is available through the Android Market.

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Accessory Review: The Joy Factory Tournez C-Clamp Mount

“The Joy Factory offers lifestyle-driven digital companion accessories.” Their philosophy is to create “an elite class of digital companion products that bridge today’s complex technology and elicit a joyful experience for the consumer.”

At a first quick glance, this iPad 2 mount appears to be your everyday, generic stand. On the contrary, you really shouldn’t be naming this mount as an everyday stand, since the majority of it is made out of high quality carbon fiber, metals, and plastics. I’m not so sure if a bullet would make this thing flinch.

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Three New Apple Stores Opening Their Doors This Saturday [Updated: Five Stores!]

Apple continues to dramatically increase their number of brick-and-mortar stores, and they’ll be adding an additional three new stores to the list this weekend. Grand opening celebrations are expected to take place at three new Apple stores in Florence, Italy; Cheltenham, Australia; and Waterloo, Canada on Saturday. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is also home to the headquarters of Research In Motion, the makers of the BlackBerry.

Apple now operates over 330 retail stores worldwide and brought in over $3.5 billion in revenue from these stores in the past fiscal quarter. The company’s first retail store opened its doors in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia in May 2001, and recently celebrated its tenth anniversary.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that two other Apple Stores will also celebrate their grand openings on Saturday. Anchorage, Alaska will be home to the state’s first Apple Store, while a new store will also open its doors in Murray, Utah.

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Boxee for iPad Released

Boxee, the very social HTPC frontend (and set-top-box), now has an app available for the iPad. The app, available for free on the App Store, allows users to stream content from their computer running the Boxee media manager to an iPad, as well as beam videos from the tablet to a Boxee box.

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Redsn0w Updated to 0.9.8b5 with iOS5 Beta 5 Support

The Dev-Team has updated redsn0w with support for the latest iOS beta. Keep in mind that the jailbreak is tethered, so it’s a good idea to hang back at iOS 4.3 if you want to retain your wireless freedom. There is currently no ETA for an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak, but it will likely be released only when iOS 5 is publicly available this Fall.

Update #5: redsn0w has been updated to 0.9.8b5, adding support for Apple’s new iOS5 beta5 (point it directly at the beta5 IPSW). Please use this only if you’re a jailbreak app developer with a legit Apple dev account, and remember it’s a tethered jailbreak for now!

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Apple Releases Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple has released a utility to create a Lion recovery partition on a flash or external drive. This makes tools such as Lion DiskMaker obsolete, since Lion can even be installed on a fresh disk using the recovery utility—eliminating the need to first install Snow Leopard on the target machine. The tool is perfect for users who want to start from scratch with minium hassle, or for those with borked machines that need to be repaired.

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Touch-Friendly Version of Chromium OS Shown Off on Video

As if Google doesn’t have enough fragmentation of its operating systems at the moment, a developer by the name of Francois Beaufor has leaked a video of a touch-optimized version of Chromium OS (viewable after the break). Chromium OS is the open-source version of Google’s Chrome OS, which has recently been shipped on various notebooks. The touch-friendly version of Chrome OS has yet to make it in to a finished product of any sort, though if it ever does, it would be a direct competitor to Android 3.x Honeycomb, which is also optimized for larger-screen devices. (more…)

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Apple TV 2 Gets HTML5 Game via Jailbreak

The Apple TV 2 has been jailbroken for some time now, but progress has been slow in the app department. Users suspected that a jailbreak would open the doors to an entire App Store’s worth of possibilities, but we have yet to see any major support for games. But, an HTML5 blackjack game has emerged from the primordial ooze, once again giving us hope that maybe the Apple TV could be used for more than just video. The game is still pretty rough, but it proves that it is possible to bring games to the tiny device. We’re unlikely to see iOS-quality games anytime soon, but it’s a small step forward that could lead to something much more exciting.

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Application Review: Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed

Professional racing on the track meets the paint grinding, fast-paced, wreck-seeking arcade gameplay. This is the basis behind the Need for Speed: Shift game. Due to the success in this game, Electronics Arts decided to bring the game into its second installment. In the newest version of this game, they attempt to improve on the flaws in the previous version while upgrading everything else that was good about it. Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed offers gamers gripping gameplay, good graphics, ample audio, excellent replay, and a big bang for your buck.
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