People have been waiting a long time to jailbreak their new iPad and other devices running iOS 5.1.1. With the Apple tablet, jailbreaking is not a popular choice, but then there are always some for whom to be on the other side of law is fun. For this exclusive group, the combined efforts of the Chronic Dev team and the iPhone Dev Teams have come up with the Absinthe 2.0 jailbreaking tool that promises to give users unrestricted acces to any device running iOS 5.1.1. What this means is that even the new iPad 3, along with iPod and iPhone is within its ambit.Of iOS jailbreaking tools, while there are and will be many to choose from, Absinthe 2.0′s claim to fame is being the easiest of them all so far. In fact, it can be pulled off in 5 easy steps. All users will have to do is plug in an USB cable and press a button. However, the programmers recommend backing up all data and then deleting everything from the iPad’s memory. They claim this will speed up the jailbreaking process. Also, users can always fall back on the restored data just in case anything goes wrong.The Absinthe 2.0 is not applicable to iPad 2.4 or iPad 2 based on 32nm chips. You also don’t want to upgrade to 5.1.1 via the iPad’s Wireless Updater. You have to make sure you have the 5.1.1 version pulled directly via iTunes. The coders have stated a version of Absinthe 2.0 that will be able to jailbreak iPad 2.4 will be released later in the year. Until then, happy jailbreaking with the other models of iPad.
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Ars Technica reports that Apple has made a 31-page filing (PDF) regarding the Department of Justice’s antitrust proceedings against it and publishers Macmillan and Penguin, the only two of the “agency five” not to settle. Apple’s filing is abou…
Apple has just launched a new program in its iOS App Store to give a free app every week. The company obviously has seen some of the success that Amazon and Google has garnered by offering a free app every day!The first free app for this week is ‘Cut the Rope – Experiments’. This app normally costs a paltry .99 for the iPhone version and $1.99 for the iPad version. You can now get this app for free all week long!Amazon has been offering their daily free app for about a year now and has seen critical success with it and has helped solidify their Android App Store as a force to be reckoned with. When Google launched their revised Google Play market, they began to offer daily free apps and massive deals on eBooks and Games. Apple is obviously late to the party on offering free apps but I find it an interesting coincidence that when the new iPad Jailbreak came out today, the company launched their free app initiative.Apple has also scrapped their “Staff Favorites” section and created a new category called “Editors Picks.” This terminology basically falls inline with most other app stores and builds some consistency across various platforms and services.[ad#After Post 3]
Gizmodo has a list of “10 gadgets you’d be a fool to buy right now” (that it reprinted from Laptop Mag but thankfully de-slideshow-ified)—devices that are soon to be replaced by something better. Weirdly enough, you can read e-books on all but …
I just finished reading U.S. District Judge Denise Cote’s 56-page opinion and order in the eBooks class action lawsuit filed against Apple and five Defendant Publishers. Click here for the PDF. Some of it is writing only a legal beagle could follow, but surprisingly long sections read like a novel or a well-written Harvard Business [...]
Three of the five publishers named in the class-action lawsuit and the Department of Justice investigation and suit against Apple and Penguin, Macmillan, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins have already settled out of court with the DoJ, but today the judge on the case took another of those three publishers out of the class-action suit.Simon & Schuster made a deal following HarperCollins and Hachette’s lead. Agreements have been reached with the attorneys general from the states involved in the suit and Judge Denise Cote took Simon & Schuster out of the proceedings. Those states that originated the legal workings were originally only sixteen, but more states joined in the complaints and soon brought the number to twenty-nine.The terms of the settlements have not been disclosed and the publishers certainly aren’t talking, but some estimates claim that the alleged price fixing cost the reading consumers approximately $250 million, an amount that the lawsuits are hoping to come close to recovering.So far, the only holdouts in these proceedings are Apple, Penguin Group, and Macmillan. Those three claim there was no wrongdoing and that the ebook industry’s switch to an agency model for pricing rather than the previously existing wholesale model was purely the result of the evolution of the industry. The plaintiffs, however, argue that there were secret meetings and deals made so that the defendants could edge out Amazon’s 90% share of the ebook market; since the switch to agency pricing, Amazon’s control of the market has dropped to sixty percent.[ad#After Post 3]
[caption id="attachment_41993" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Photo courtesy of tablet-news.com"][/caption]In the ongoing legal battle with Apple, one that has even been taken up by the U.S. Department of Justice, the first major motion of the proceedings was handed down today and ultimately denied. Apple filed a motion to dismiss that class-action suit brought by Seattle-based law firm Hagens Berman, but that motion was denied by Judge Denise Cote.Apple’s motion was essentially filed on the grounds that the plaintiffs didn’t have evidence of their misconduct when they allegedly conspired with five of the Big Six publishers to set ebook prices artificially high. The lawsuit claims that this was done with the specific intent of forcing Amazon’s hand and causing the online retailer to raise the prices of its ebooks.This ruling is in regard only to the civil suit filed on behalf of consumers. The DoJ has its own investigations and proceedings underway, as do several state governments. Three of the publishers named in the case have already signed deals with those states.According to Judge Cote’s decision, Apple’s motion was denied under the Sherman Act; this ruling specifically addresses the alleged collusion that stemmed from Apple and the publishers working together to set the prices on ebooks. Due to the fact that parties involved in secret collaborations rarely put everything in writing, then inferences are allowed based on the actions and outcomes.“We look forward to uncovering additional evidence in the discovery phase of this litigation,” said Berman in a press release about the motion today. “We litigated this case because we strongly believe that consumers were harmed by Apple and the publishers’ tactics and we will not settle without an effective plan to repay consumers for their losses.”The purpose of the class-action suit is to recover some of the estimated $250 million that consumers overpaid following the supposed secret dealings between Apple and the publishers.“Fortunately for the publishers, Apple was also terrified of Amazon’s pricing and the popularity of its Kindle device,” said Berman. “Rather than compete on merit, price and convenience, we intend to prove that the cabal simply tried to game the system.”[showhide type='pressrelease']Judge Rules in Favor of E-book Consumers in Civil Price-fixing CaseFederal judge rejects Apple and publishers’ attempt to dismiss caseNew York – Today a United States District Court judge flatly denied court petitions by several of the nation’s largest book publishers and Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) to dismiss a nationwide class-action lawsuit that accuses the companies of conspiring to illegally fix the prices of e-books.The 56-page ruling, issued by Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, is the first substantive ruling in the litigation. It denies the companies’ motion to dismiss the case, allowing the civil litigation to move forward.The case was originally filed on Aug. 9, 2011, and seeks to represent purchasers of e-books who the complaint says were forced to pay tens of millions of dollars more for their favorite titles because of a price-fixing scheme organized by the e-book publishers and Apple.“We thought that Judge Cote’s ruling was spot on, especially when she noted that we’ve gone above and beyond in illustrating the legitimacy of our case,” said Steve Berman, lead counsel representing consumers in the nationwide class action and managing partner of Hagens Berman, a consumer-rights law firm. “We are eager to push forward with the case.”In April, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New York making very similar allegations to the civil case and citing much of the same evidence. It describes Apple and the publishers actively conspiring to wrestle control of the e-book market from Amazon while artificially driving up prices for consumers.Unlike the criminal actions filed by the DOJ and the states, Hagens Berman’s case was filed without discovery. “We look forward to uncovering additional evidence in the discovery phase of this litigation,” said Berman. “We litigated this case because we strongly believe that consumers were harmed by Apple and the publishers’ tactics and we will not settle without an effective plan to repay consumers for their losses.”According to the class-action suit, the publishers believed that Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle e-reader device and the company’s discounted pricing for e-books would increase the adoption of e-books and permanently set consumer expectations for lower prices, even for other e-reader devices.“Fortunately for the publishers, Apple was also terrified of Amazon’s pricing and the popularity of its Kindle device,” said Berman. “Rather than compete on merit, price and convenience, we intend to prove that the cabal simply tried to game the system.”The case seeks to compensate e-book purchasers for losses incurred as a result of the alleged price-fixing scheme.You can learn more about this case by visiting www.hbsslaw.com/ebooks. The ruling is available here.About Hagens BermanSeattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP represents consumers, whistleblowers, investors, workers and others in complex and class-action litigation. The firm has offices in ten cities and has been named to the National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List five times. Founded in 1993, HBSS continues to successfully fight for consumer rights in large, complex litigation against large corporations. More about the law firm and its successes can be found at www.hbsslaw.com. Visit the firm’s class-action law blog at www.classactionlawtoday.com.Contact: Mark Firmani, Firmani + Associates Inc., 206.443.9357 or firstname.lastname@example.org.[/showhide][ad#After Post Add]
You wouldn’t think that you would find page-flipping on tablets. But many e-reading apps have it. iBooks has a page-turn animation, which it actually lifted (along with its wooden bookshelf display) from the iPhone e-reader “Classics”. Instapaper…
When Steve Jobs had ruled out a 7 inch sized iPad, there were plenty of tablets in the 7 inch segment. Though none had gone on to make sales history compared to the iPad. After Amazon’s Kindle Fire became so popular, however, Apple has been prompted to re-think its stand so far as a 7 inch iPad is concerned. The idea of a smaller iPad with a 7 inch display has been doing the rounds for quite some time now, and it appears that it might become a reality after all. Experts are guessing it could reach markets by October.While this is welcome news, the biggest surprise with the smaller iPad is that it is still expected to come with the retina display, which happens to be the biggest USP of the new iPad 3. What this means is that with 2048 x 1536 pixels crammed into a 7 inch frame, a pixel density of around 326 ppi will endow the new iPad with almost the same clarity as the iPhone 4S. That said, the best thing with the new iPad could still be its price, which is likely to be around the $200 – $250 mark.Apple’s intentions are extremely clear, it simply does not want any room for its competitors and the above mentioned price point is vital for that strategy. Lately there have been a lot of tablet or e-reader/tablet hybrids entering that price bracket. These include the B&N Nook Color, Kindle Fire, the Kobo Vox, and many others. These devices settled down around the $200 price bracket, allowing Apple and others the premium segment. Now with Apple seemingly readying a 7 inch iPad, the budget tablet segment could become non-existent the way all other MP3 players went extinct after the advent of the iPod.Sources with imore also claim everything else with the new iPad will be just the same as the 9.7 inch version, which means Apple might have a killer device up its sleeve. Bad news for all other tablets.[ad#After Post Add]
Hold on tight to your Wi-Fi only tablet devices for they’re likely to be relegated to the annals of history. Or so believes AT&T executive Glenn Lurie, who is of the opinion that the usual practice of offering a Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G enabled tablet models to consumers might soon be a thing of past. With prices of cellular radios coming down in recent times (it has gone below $30) it won’t make much of a sense for tablet makers to have two separate tablets per model line-up. So far, tablet devices with 3G or 4G modems built-in are a little more expensive, which adds to the popularity of the Wi-Fi only versions.Such a move will also turn out to be beneficial for tablet makers as they won’t be required to maintain two separate tablet line-ups based on the connectivity aspect of the device. This will save them money and energy on logistics and marketing. However, while cost of a 3G modem will add only about $30 to the tablet’s cost, it can be $60 to $70 in the case of 4G LTE connectivity.AT&T is citing the success it has achieved with the Pantech Element tablet that offers both Wi-Fi and 4G and costs $399. The tablet is already sold out and AT&T is claiming they are already planning a few more similar launches. This will serve as a win-win situation for both the tablet makers and the consumers, and no one should be complaining.
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