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Apple Announces 12 Days Of Free Apps for Christmas! *Only For Europe & Canada

Gearing up for the holiday season, Apple has continued its annual tradition when it launched its 12 Days of Christmas app in preparation for its annual holiday promotion offering free songs, music videos, apps and books to residents of parts of Europe and Canada.

The 12 Days of Christmas offers are not available to U.S.-based customers, however, the app is available in the U.K. App Store and is reported to be on its way to the Canada App Store soon. A few select countries in Europe are also scheduled to participate in the promotion.

The 12 days will be from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6, with new gifts available each day. Apple has made it an yearly affair for several years now.

Gifts from last year’s 12 Days of Christmas deals in Canada included “some episodes of The Big Bang Theory, a Christmas music sampler EP, a best-selling book by a Canadian author, some episodes of Mad Men, an iTunes Live EP from Bedouin Soundclash, music videos and songs from Kings of Leon and Johnny Reid, the movie One Week and two apps, Diner Dash and Fishing Kings,” MacNN notes.

People who are ineligible for the 12 Days promotion need not be sad because, they have been invited to visit the iTunes page on Apple’s website on Boxing Day (Dec. 26) to receive a special gift for their computers.

 

Source: AppleInsider

Apple Suggested Alternate Designs to Samsung For it’s Galaxy Smartphones and Tabs

All of us know about the heating battle between Apple and Samsung with Apple seeking ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab due to similar designing of their tablet to the Apple’s highly popular iPad which is currently a leader in the tablet marketshare.

Recently public versions of legal briefs were released and as spotted earlier by TheVerge, Apple suggested some alternative designs for Samsung Galaxy Tab to clearly distinguish between the two rival tablets and to avoid any further controversy with their phones and tablet design.

Here’s what Apple suggested for the alternate smartphone design for Samsung smartphones:

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FieldFolio Case : Give your iPad 2 a Hardbound Book-like Look!

The FieldFolio case for iPad 2 is an innovative case that’s inspired by classic cloth-bound notebooks. It’s manufactured by hand from recycled board and cotton-blend bookbinding linens, and traditionally bound just like a real book.

But instead of paper inside it, you’ll find a custom-fit cradle that holds your iPad.

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[Rumor] Apple To Launch 4G Enabled iPhone & iPad Next Year

In the latest report regarding Apple’s future adoption of LTE/4G for its mobile devices. As reported  by Macotakara on Wednesday, Japane’s Nikkei Business reported that carrier NTT DoCoMo is in talks to release an LTE-capable iPad in the summer of 2012. That would be followed by a new 4G LTE iPhone in the autumn, or one year after the iPhone 4S launched.Executives from NTT DoCoMo reportedly visited Apple in the U.S. this month and met with CEO Tim Cook. Apparently, Apple is looking to release a 4G iPad next year, if this report is to be believed.

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Sony and Hitachi to Supply 4″ LCD for the iPhone 5 [Rumor]

We have been hearing a lot of rumors about upcoming iDevices line up for next year from Apple, so the rumors are already floating around the iPad Mini and the newly redesigned iPhone the iPhone 5. Just a while back we reported the news of Sharp providing the LCDs for the next iPad.

Now according to a Japanese site, Hitach Displays Ltd. and Sony Mobile Display Corporation have already started shipping 4″ LCD panels to Apple, though the device which is intended to use these panels is yet unknown,but the device is expected to hit the shores in 2012. This reports comes after what we reported earlier today about Sharp making displays for the next generation of iPad, if history is any indication we already know that Apple is known for sourcing their hardware components from various manufacturers.

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Sharp To Supply Apple With LCD Screens For iPad 3

According to a recent report from Wall Street Journal  Apple has asked Sharp to supply the LCD displays for the next version of the iPad. This new iPad is expected to launch early next year, with dates from all the way to the beginning of the year to March being floated around. This new iPad is rumored to include a Retina Display – the super clear screen technology that was pioneered in the iPhone 4, as well as a faster processor. Earlier this year, reports claimed that Apple struck a billion dollar deal with Sharp to supply displays for Apple products.

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Apple Discards Big Fish Game’s Monthly Subscription for Unlimited Games From App Store

After reporting last night of the first monthly subscription based app to be permitted by Apple,  Bloomberg reports Apple has removed Big Fish Games‘ subscription based game from the App Store. Big Fish Games was reported last night to be the first to make available a game that offered a subscription model inside, a feature that was originally exclusive to news apps.

After last night’s report that the game was able to receive this new subscription feature, there was much speculation that this app wasn’t actually offering subscription.

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Apple Offers Monthly Subscription based Model for Streaming Unlimited Games

 

For the first time, Apple will offer video game publishers to give their games to iPad users via a subscription model, a revenue and purchasing model previously available only to digital publications. Bloomberg reports:

Big Fish Games, a Seattle-based game publisher, won approval from Apple to become the first to offer users access to dozens of titles for $6.99 a month. Until now, games have only been available one at a time, requiring users to download individual applications.

Apparently, a user who gets hold of a Big Fish Games subscription will be able to play unlimited games that the publisher makes available through a dedicated app. The only issue is, Games will be streamed to users iPad from Big Fish’s data centers, requiring the user to have Wi-Fi access to play. As always, Apple will still collect a 30% cut of revenues.

When it comes to the process of Big Fish convincing Apple of the model, the company’s founder Paul Thelen had this to say:

“It took longer than usual to be approved… they needed to be convinced there’s a reason to charge customers every month.”