Wednesday, January 25, 2012



Magnus Magnetic iPad 2 stand now shipping

Posted: 25 Jan 2012 11:39 AM PST

The Magnus Magnetic Stand for the iPad 2, first announced last week, is now available for shipping. Created by the masterminds at Ten One Design – makers of the Fling Game Controller and Pogo Sketch Stylus - the gorgeous and unique stand holds the iPad 2 in place using magnets, resulting in a low-profile and aesthetically pleasing design.

Magnus is first machine-crafted from pure aluminum and then hand-finished using the latest manufacturing techniques. After that, customized magnets are installed into the base, and rubberized feet are fitted to the bottom surface.

Our designers targeted a reduced silhouette. Viewed from the side, you see only the iPad’s tilt, and a flat plate on the desk. From there, the engineering took over. Magnus may look like it’s defying gravity, but it feels like a permanent attachment. You may need two hands to separate Magnus from your iPad.

The one downside to the stand is that it only works in landscape orientation (due to location of the iPad 2′s magnets), but if you can live with that, the Magnus retails for $49.95. Basic shipping (First Class Mail) in the US starts at $4.99, and International orders will set you back another $29.99 for Fedex priority shipping. More images of the stand in various angles after the break.

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Foxconn Source: iPhone 5 ready for production

Posted: 25 Jan 2012 10:47 AM PST

According to 9to5mac, a reliable source at Foxconn in China (the same source that tipped them off regarding Apple’s plans to release the iPhone 4S instead of the 5 late last summer) has let it be known that the next iPhone (currently being called iPhone 5), is gearing up for production. It is said there are multiple sample next-gen iPhones that are floating around the factory and they all differ slightly from one another. Interestingly enough, the one thing they all have in common with each other is the 4+ inch display, which if true, means Apple will finally release an iPhone with a screen size comparable to other Android phones. In addition, the current samples so far are symmetrical in thickness (no teardrop shape that’s been rumoured previously) and longer/wider than the current iteration, though none share the form factor of the iPhone 4/4s. It’s important to remember that none of these prototypes are actually the final versions – many things can change from now until its actual release in the summer/fall of this year.


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“Inside Apple” now available on iBookstore and Amazon

Posted: 25 Jan 2012 09:22 AM PST

Adam Lashinsky’s Inside Apple: How America’s Most Admired–and Secretive–Company Really Works is now available as a hardcover or ebook download. Inside Apple brings readers behind the scenes of the world’s most valuable tech company and reveals business “secrets” that have allowed Jobs to stay one step ahead of the competition.

INSIDE APPLE reveals the secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for its products.

If Apple is Silicon Valley’s answer to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides readers with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author will introduce readers to concepts like the “DRI” (Apple’s practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives are tapped a la Skull & Bones for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).

Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era.

If you enjoyed Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, and wish to learn more about Apple’s corporate culture, Inside Apple should be on your reading wishlist. You can pick up the ebook for iDevices via iBookstore or Kindle ereaders via Amazon, both of which sell for $12.99.

iTunes Inside Apple, by Adam Lashinsky – $12.99



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10 New App Store Games To Watch [Jan. 16 - 22]

Posted: 25 Jan 2012 07:21 AM PST

Fighting game fans can rejoice this week as they get another port of a classic one on one combat fest, Soulcalibur.  The game sports 4 game play modes and a whopping 19 character roster for all your pixel pounding needs.  If you like good old fashioned platform games with stylish art and cool music then you need to check out Jazz: Trump's Journey.  Strategy junkies should enjoy Time of Heroes, a turn based strategy game that sounds like the iOS answer to the Fire Emblem series.  A universal binary and iCloud save game support mean you could play it wherever you want with whichever device you have close at hand.  Time management freaks have a unique offering in Order Up!! To Go, a game that takes the backdrop of a Diner Dash style game and puts you in the kitchen instead of on the serving floor.  Best of all the game is free, so you've got nothing to lose if you want to take a peek.

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