Saturday, July 23, 2011

Apple Signs 10 Year Deal for Grand Central Terminal Store Approval Pending




Apple has reportedly signed a ten year deal with the MTA to open what will be the world's largest Apple store in Grand Central Terminal, according to the NYPost. The lease still needs to be approved by the MTA's financial committee on Monday and the board of directors on Wednesday; however, it's expected that the deal will be approved.

The 23,000-square-foot store will take up Grand Central's north and northeast balconies, displacing Charlie Palmer's Metrazur restaurant, according to MTA documents.

Apple will initially pay rent of $800,000 a year, nearly half a million more than Metrazur paid. After 10 years, the rent will balloon to more than $1 million annually. The company will also pay to refurbish the space.

The MTA estimates it will receive a minimum of $5 million in profits and says the deal "has the potential to bring a great new shopping destination to iconic Grand Central Terminal and significantly increase revenues for the MTA's transportation system."







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Apple Working on Voice Powered Feature for iOS 5 Called 'Assistant'?




Apple's new voice powered feature for iOS 5 will reportedly be called 'Assistant', according to 9to5Mac. The feature is said to be similar to the personal assistant app developed by Siri but use Nuance voice recognition technology and be implemented on a system wide level. Apple bought Siri in April 2010 and has reportedly signed a deal with Nuance to license its technology.

"Assistant" does not work only based off a user's voice inputs, but Apple will take information – securely – from user's devices like location, contact's information, and music metadata to formulate the best information to serve a user's request. Since Apple will be taking information such as phone contacts and location, we truly think that "Assistant" will work just like the Siri iPhone application does; but fully integrated into the operating system. We can imagine a user asking their iPhone "Assistant" to setup a movie with one of their friends. The user might say "setup movie with Mark" and based on Mark's contact info and the user's location data, will be able to offer tickets to a local theater and send Mark the information.

9to5Mac believes this speech data will be crowd-sourced using an anonymous process similar to Apple's Genius functions. They also suggest that the Assistant will be able to interpret voice input and and speak back intelligently.

The thinking is that Apple might make this feature an iPhone 5 exclusive to make the new device more enticing.







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Apple Expands App Store to 33 New Countries




Apple today announced to developers that the App Store has expanded to 33 new countries.

The new countries are:
● Algeria
● Angola
● Anguilla
● Antigua and Barbuda
● Azerbaijan
● Bahamas
● Bahrain
● Barbados
● Belarus
● Belize
● Bermuda
● Bolivia
● British Virgin Islands
● Brunei
● Cayman Islands
● Cyprus
● Dominica
● Ghana
● Grenada
● Guyana
● Iceland
● Montserrat
● Nigeria
● Oman
● St. Kitts and Nevis
● St. Lucia
● St. Vincent and The Grenadines
● Suriname
● Tanzania
● Trinidad and Tobago
● Turks and Caicos
● Uzbekistan
● Yemen



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iOS 5 Beta 4 Brings iCloud Support for Documents




iOS 5 beta 4 adds Documents to the list of services supported by iCloud, according to a 9to5Mac report.

Now, in iOS 5 beta 4, Apple is also testing and putting the final touches on their upcoming iCloud cloud-services platform. Previous iOS betas featured iTunes in the Cloud, Mail, Calendar, Reminders, and a few other features – but iOS 5 finally brings Documents in Cloud to the table.

We haven't had a chance to test the new feature but here is how Apple describes it...

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Apps make it possible to create amazing presentations, write reports, and more right from your iOS device. You don't have to manage your documents in a complicated file system or remember to save your work. Your documents are just there, stored in your apps, and ready whenever you need them. And now, your apps can store that information in iCloud. Which means you can access your documents - with your latest updates - on whichever device you happen to be using at the time. Even better, this all happens automatically, without any effort from you.
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iOS 5 will be released this fall and is only available to developers at this time.







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iOS 5 Beta 4 Over-The-Air Update Won't Work on Jailbroken Devices




The iOS 5 beta 4 over-the-air firmware update will not work on jailbroken devices, according to MuscleNerd.

The 5.0b4 OTA update won't work on JB devices due to an explicit check of /Applications..almost like a present from Apple

they check to make sure /Applications is a real directory, which it isn't in a stashed jailbreak (not sure how unionfs would act)

While this sounds like a bad thing, it may actually help in preventing accidental updates which often lead iPhone users to lose their jailbreak or unlock.








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Apple Recalls Some iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drives




Apple has announced a iMac 1TB Seagate Hard Drive Replacement Program.

Apple has determined that a very small number of Seagate 1TB hard drives used in 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac systems, may fail under certain conditions. These systems were sold between May 2011 and July 2011.

Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) will replace affected hard drives free of charge. Apple is contacting affected iMac owners who provided a valid email address during the product registration process to let them know about this program. If you have not been contacted, but think you have a 1TB Seagate hard drive, you can enter your serial number at the link below to see if it's part of this program.




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