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Teen Sells White iPhones, Pushpins App Saves Money at Grocery Store, New iPad Magazines, and More

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Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2010.11.22

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Teen Orders White iPhone 4 Parts, Makes $130,000

Fast Company's Austin Carr reports:

"For 17-year-old Fei Lam, the months of anticipation (and overhyped announcements like today's) were too much to wait for Apple's much-rumored white iPhone 4. Rather than be delayed by Steve Jobs' penchant for suspense, Lam, a high school senior from Queens, decided to give fans what they wanted - and made more than $130,000 in the process....

"After arranging orders for parts to make a white iPhone 4 conversion kit, Lam created WhiteiPhone4Now.com, which offers the parts for between $135 and $279...."

Don't Buy an iPad for Christmas

The Next Web's Brad McCarty notes that while the Xbox 360 (likely because of Kinect) and the iPad are set to rule this year's Christmas shopping lists, and with the American pseudo-holiday of Black Friday just around the corner, many people are planning holiday purchases, but he advises: "don't buy an iPad."

Not that McCarty doesn't like iPads, but he observes that the currently-available model is very likely going to be old news in the not-so-distant future, now a bit long-in-the-tooth having been released in April of 2010, and contending that you can bet that we'll see a refreshed iPad sooner rather then later with an enhanced feature set and possibly a lower price, and iOS 4.2's release is imminent as well, all making an Apple Gift Card a more sensible placeholder as a gift until the new iPad debuts.

Good advice. I'm guessing early in Q1 2011.

RIM PlayBook Has Faster Web Browsing than iPad

AppleInsider's Katie Marsal reports:

"Research in Motion has offered a hands-on glimpse at its forthcoming 7-inch touchscreen tablet, the PlayBook, in a new video that shows the device offers Adobe Flash and has superior Web browsing speed to Apple's iPad."

"Of course, the iPad has already been on the market since April, while RIM's PlayBook will not go on sale until early 2011. Apple is expected to announce its next-generation iPad about the same time."

Editor's note: The PlayBook has a 1 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 CPU vs. the iPad's 1 GHz single-core A4 CPU and four times as much system memory, as well as a lower resolution screen (1024 x 600 vs. 1024 x 768 for the iPad). Both of these factors will help it display Web content more quickly. Of course, if the 2011 iPad has a dual-core A4, that will bring it to power parity. (For more comparison info, see BlackBerry PlayBook vs. iPad vs. Galaxy Tab vs. Streak on Engadget.) dk

Weak Samsung Galaxy Tab Sales, Production Halved?

InformationWeek's Eric Zeman reports that at least one analyst is bucking the bullish predictions and believes that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is already faltering in the market, citing Rodman & Renshaw's Ashok Kumar in a recent report to clients observing that "Poor sell through of Galaxy [Tab] has caused Samsung to dramatically revise down production volumes."

Apps & Services

Free Pushpins App Helps Shoppers Earn Rewards and Save Money at Over 2,000 US Grocers

PR: Pushpins, Inc. has announced the launch of its flagship mobile coupon and rewards app on the App Store. The free app, called Pushpins, delivers instant coupons and rewards to shoppers when they use their iPhone or iPod touch to scan UPC barcodes at the grocery store. Pushpins is currently supported in more than 2,000 stores nationwide, including Safeway, ShopRite, Vons, Pavilions, Dominick's, Randalls, Carrs, Genuardi's, and Tom Thumb.

When using the app, users 'check in' to their local grocery store and begin scanning their favorite products. Pushpins instantly returns a list of coupons for those and related products, which customers can automatically add to their store-issued savings or rewards club card. At checkout, the customer simply swipes her store club card, and the savings are instantly deducted from the total and appear on the receipt.

A short video is viewable at http://www.pushpinsapp.com/howtouse. The video shows how a real customer uses Pushpins to save money on groceries.

"Pushpins are just like the coupons you used to clip, but now we make it as simple as a scan and a swipe to instantly save money on your favorite products," says Jason Gurwin, CEO and cofounder of Pushpins. "The best part is that Pushpins users get real savings from their very first day and every single time they shop."

Using Pushpins is a quick and easy way to save hundreds of dollars a year on your groceries.

Additionally, Pushpins partnered with Coupons.com, the leader in digital coupons, to ensure consumers get all of the best coupons available. The app is simple to use, and children can also enjoy scanning products - helping out Mom or Dad while keeping themselves entertained at the grocery store. Pushpins easily links to users' Twitter and Facebook accounts, allowing shoppers to instantly share savings with friends. The social platform allows shoppers to accumulate points the more they use the app so they can compete with their friends to see who's the savviest shopper. The top savers can earn additional rewards and prizes.

Available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

O, The Oprah Magazine, iPad Edition

PR: The first-ever iPad edition of O, The Oprah Magazine provides inspiration and information to help you "live your best life," as Oprah puts it, while incorporating the exciting new interactive features available only on a touch screen device.

O, The Oprah MagazineThis taste of the December issue includes:

  • Oprah personally unveiling the issue, plus an animated cover.
  • Exclusive video of Oprah kicking back and chatting with her good friend director, playwright, and actor Tyler Perry.
  • Huge O List holiday gift guide, featuring picks from Oprah, Nate Berkus, Dr. Oz, and more, with items shown in 360°.
  • One tap to enter the "12-Day Holiday Give-O-Way" sweepstakes. The prize: everything in the gift guide - and more.
  • "Favorites" function to create a personal gift list that you can email to friends and family.
  • Online purchasing option for gifts and books.
  • Excerpts from our top ten books of the year.
  • Detailed slideshow demonstrating how to make decorative boxes for edible gifts.

Price: $3.99

Better Homes and Gardens Magazine Launches Celebrate the Holidays iPad App

PR: Better Homes and Gardens Magazine recently announced the launch of its first ever iPad application, Celebrate The Holidays with Better Homes and Gardens, now available for purchase on iTunes for $3.99. The Celebrate app is designed to be a one-stop party inspiration source for anyone seeking festive and innovative ideas for the upcoming holiday season.

Resolute Digital, a full-service digital marketing agency, together with Better Homes and Gardens, developed the app. "We noticed that a lot of apps feature only one aspect of party planning. We wanted to create something really useful throughout the entirety of the holiday season," explained Managing Partner Jarod Caporino.

With Celebrate, users will have access to an array of unforgettable recipes and menus, fun decorating ideas, inventive special touches, party specific playlists, and more. The application contains 19 fantastic party ideas themed around Autumn, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The parties cover a wide range of occasions, from formal sit-down dinners to outdoor bonfires, sledding parties, tailgate gatherings, and much more. The Celebrate app will guide users through planning the ultimate party from start to finish.

Features include:

  • More than 500 vivid images showing beautiful details of each event
  • More than 100 special, no-fail recipes
  • Instructional how-to advice for preparing menus and decorations
  • Suggested iTunes music playlists customized for each party
  • Easy ways to share recipes, party images, and planning tips via email, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Themed games and activities for children

Party ideas for additional holidays will be available for future purchase.

Better Homes and Gardens serves and connects women who are passionate about their homes and the lives they create there. BHG inspires her to dream and gives her the confidence to move from dreaming to doing.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Delivers Martha Stewart Living on iPad

PR: Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced that Martha Stewart Living's debut digital publication was delivered using tools from the recently announced Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The result, a special 20th anniversary digital issue of Martha Stewart Living, subtitled "Boundless Beauty," is now available for the iPad through the Apple App Store. Ms. Stewart plugged the new digital ezine on ABC's "The View" as a special guest celebrating Whoopi Goldberg's birthday.

Martha Stewart Living Magazine for iPadCreated with Adobe's digital publishing technology, Martha Stewart Living's edition for the iPad re-imagines for the digital age one of the world's most recognized mass-market consumer lifestyle titles. Featuring all original content, the app brings together the inspiring ideas, practical "how-to" information and beautiful photography that distinguish the Martha Stewart Living brand. Innovative functionality includes scrolling recipes, slide shows, videos, audio, animation, panoramas, access to Martha's Twitter feed and more, to create an immersive, cinematic experience.

Adobe's pioneering work with publishers, including Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Condé Nast, helped Adobe define a new set of hosted publishing services and tools that comprise the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. Built on the foundation of Adobe Creative Suite® and Adobe InDesign® CS5 software, the Digital Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models and support for deep analytics reporting. As other devices come to market, publishers can use Adobe's tools and workflows to create and distribute digital publications across multiple devices and platforms.

Kevin Lynch, chief technology officer, Adobe says: "Our work with the talented design team at Martha Stewart Living has resulted in an experience that combines the best aspects of the print magazine with the unique interactivity that is only possible through digital technology. Through Adobe technology, communicators like Martha Stewart can make the transition from print to digital while preserving and even enhancing the fine imagery and design fidelity that their readers have grown to love and expect."

Gael Towey, chief creative and editorial director, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia comments:

"The launch of our new digital magazine is an exciting moment for us. Our app is the culmination of a tremendous creative effort as we worked closely with Adobe to push the limits of what is possible on the new tablet devices."

The Digital Publishing Suite is expected to be available in Q2 2011 and offers both a Professional and Enterprise Edition. Pricing for the Professional Edition is expected to be US$699 per month plus a per-issue fee, which scales with publisher volume. The Professional Edition price allows publishers to access the Digital Publishing Suite and create applications for all of their titles and publications. The Enterprise Edition is a custom, multiyear platform agreement that includes access to APIs for integration of backend publishing services such as subscription management, print fulfillment and ecommerce. Adobe also offers professional services to support enterprise level custom engagements.

Professional publishers that would like to deploy and sell commercial applications prior to general availability of the Digital Publishing Suite are invited to join the Adobe Digital Magazine Publishing Prerelease Program at http://www.adobe.com/beta.

A preview release of the add-on digital publishing technologies for InDesign CS5 is available on Adobe Labs at http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/digitalpublishing

Free ExxonMobil Station Locator App Helps Customers Find Fuel

PR: ExxonMobil has introduced the "Exxon Mobil Fuel Finder" iPhone and iPod touch application, which provides drivers with real-time maps, driving directions and station information for more than 10,000 Exxon and Mobil retail locations across the continental United States.

"We are very excited to bring our customers the first mobile app from Exxon Mobil, using technology to allow customers to more easily and more efficiently find a station - no matter where they are," says Ben Soraci, US retail sales director for Exxon Mobil Fuels Marketing.

Exxon Mobil Fuel Finder is a mobile version of its popular online station locator, available since January 2001, at exxonmobilstations.com. The application relies on GPS technology to identify a user's location and then highlights nearby Exxon and Mobil stations on an interactive Google map. An advanced filtering feature distinguishes stations by hours, fuel sold, pay at the pump, convenience store, Speedpass, car wash and service bay. This feature will allow customers to seek out specific services prior to their arrival.

The application also includes an "Our Gasoline" section where users can learn how Exxon and Mobil fuel helps clean up intake valves and keeps vital engine parts, like fuel injectors, clean.

"This app is another way, of many, that Exxon Mobil strives to provide useful information to customers," says Soraci. "Through our next campaign, for example, we're featuring consumer energy efficiency messages at stations. While people are filling up, they can read energy efficiency suggestions, tips I use for my own car."

The Exxon Mobil Fuel Finder is a free application available for download on the App Store.

Exxon Mobil plans to introduce an application for Android in the coming months.

YouVersion Releases iPad Edition of Free Bible App

PR: iPhone and now iPad users as well can download the free YouVersion app and enjoy regular time with the Bible, right when and where you happen to be.

Along with the original iPhone version, YouVersion now offers a free Bible app for the iPad. With the iPad's bigger screen and bigger fonts, you can sit back comfortably, choose your favorite translation, bookmark meaningful verses, and view contributions from others.

With the Bible app, you can access your bookmarks, community contributions, and reading plans no matter where you are.

Features

  • 41 different translations in 22 languages (including Spanish, German, French, Chinese, and more)
  • Easy navigation - Jump to a verse quickly by typing the reference in the search box.
  • Reading Plans - Choose from 20+ reading plans for daily selections to keep you on track when you're on the go.
  • Community - Learn from others by checking out recent contributions. Just tap the number next to the verse.
  • Quick search - Search the entire Bible for a word, phrase, or verse, and get your results in seconds.

Compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch, requires 2.0 update.

Jourist Verlags Releases Battle of Britain Aircraft 1.1 for iOS

Battle of Britain Aircraft for iOSPR: To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Jourist Verlags GmbH has announced the release of Battle of Britain Aircraft 1.1 for the iPad, iPhone or iPod touch: the British, German and Italian aircraft that fought in the 1940 Battle of Britain in one app on your iPhone or iPad.

Battle of Britain Aircraft is a guide to all the aircraft from both sides that officially took part in the 1940 Battle of Britain: fighters, bombers and even rescue aircraft, in the service of both the Axis and Allied nations. The Battle of Britain prevented Hitler from invading the United Kingdom by denying any German invasion fleet air cover from the Luftwaffe. The aircraft featured include the famous Supermarine Spitfire, Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, Heinkel He 111, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and FIAT CR 42.

Each of the aircraft featured in Battle of Britain Aircraft is illustrated with the aid of a superb side-view colour artwork, showing where possible the actual colour scheme worn in the Battle of Britain. Each artwork is accompanied by a detailed specifications table giving dimensions, powerplant, armament, performance and weights (with all measurements in imperial and metric), plus accompanying text that summarises the design, development and service history of each type.

Feature Highlights:

  • All the aircraft that fought in the 1940 Battle of Britain are featured, each one illustrated by a full-colour artwork
  • Full dimensions, weights, armament and powerplant details provided for each aircraft, all measurements given in imperial and metric
  • Each aircraft's development history and career in full
  • Most of the aircrafts' colour schemes shown depict their actual Battle of Britain camouflage and markings

Device Requirements:

  • iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
  • iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • 4.4 MB

Battle of Britain Aircraft 1.1 is only $0.99 (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Reference category. Review copies are available upon request. If you like this app, why not try Aircraft of World War II and other military apps from Jourist?

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Zipbuds: Fashionable, Tangle-Resistant Earbuds

ZipbudsPR: Digital Group Audio (DGA), founded by two lifelong friends and best known for "Perfecting Portable Sound introduces consumers to their new best buds. Today, DGA launches Zipbuds, its second product in a lineup of innovative, high-quality audio/video portable electronics. Tired of incessant earbud tangling, DGA created Zipbuds, the first earbud system to incorporate tangle-resistant, zipper-integrated, braided nylon cabling. Featuring unrivaled sound quality and a secure and comfortable fit, these ultralight, ultra-flexible earbuds blaze a bold new path where no earbud has gone before.

Zipbuds"At DGA, we don't take innovation lightly," said Erik Groset, president of DGA. "As the first audio company to release portable speakers designed specifically to operate with the iPhone, Google Nexus One, Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus, we knew we had our work cut out for us when we entered the earbuds market. We are so proud to introduce Zipbuds to consumers worldwide. From quality and function, to design and originality, there is nothing on the market today that rivals Zipbuds."

ZipbudsZipbuds are the perfect earbud system for on-the-go listening, whether exercising at the gym, studying, road tripping, laying out at the pool, or traveling. Zipbuds come in a variety of colors, including black, blue with white, pink with white, black with blue and black with pink (MSRP: $39.99). Zipbuds are available worldwide on the Zipbuds website and Amazon. Follow Zipbuds on Twitter, and for more information about Digital Group Audio, Zipbuds and Livespeakr, visit the Digital Group Audio homepage.

Retro Fashion Meets Modern Technology with iPod nano Watch Strap

PR: Griffin Technology Inc. has unveiled Slap for iPod nano (6th generation), a decidedly 80s twist on a very modern piece of technology. The wearable case takes full advantage of the return in popularity of the wristwatch, and of the new iPod nano's timepiece functionality, in a fun, fashionable, and protective package.

Griffin Slap for iPod nano"Anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s remembers the slap bracelet," said Melissa Lapsley, head of User Research at Griffin. "Fashion trends are cyclical, as seen by the return of New Wave fashion and new wristwatch trends. Slap for iPod nano is an opportunity to take something nostalgic and do something fun and unique with it."

Griffin's Slap case crosses a wristwatch and a silicone skin to create a unique, fun way to keep your iPod nano (6th generation) close at hand. Slap's flexible, spring-steel band is wrapped in soft silicone. Snap Slap open, then snap Slap shut around your wrist; it comfortably self-adjusts to your exact size. Your iPod is surrounded by a frame of thick silicone that guards against bumps and jolts. Slap protects the dock connector and volume controls, but leaves the headphone port open so you can plug in and listen any time. And speaking of time, you can use your Slap-enclosed iPod nano as a wristwatch; just press the Sleep/Wake button through the frame to check the time or control iTunes.

Slap complements your iPod nano with a rainbow of available colors: red, purple, blue, green, black, orange, yellow, and pink. In any color, your iPod nano and our Slap case work together to create what may be the most useful and entertaining wristwatch ever.

Slap for iPod nano, $24.99, will soon be available for the 2010 holiday season at major retailers everywhere, and online.

InnoPocket iPad Stand On the Go

PR: Effortlessly use your iPad anywhere with the stand that holds your iPad vertically or horizontally for presentation, video and photos sharing.

Ergonomically incline your iPad at a comfortable angle for keyboard use.

PolymerZip pocket stand simplistic style compliments your beautiful iPad and enables handsfree iPad use. The stand is as minimal as it is strong.

Durable polymer makes it a firm stand for your device that won't be a load to your bag or backpack.

Available in fashion forward colors to match your style.

Features

  • Pocket size
  • Multi-angles video stand
  • Hold tablet PC both horizontally or vertically
  • Ideal typing stand
  • Fit with all cases
  • Four colors at your choice

MSRP: $14.99

Protection

Speck Offers Season's Greetings with Limited Edition Holiday-Themed iPhone CandyShell Cases

PR: Speck is getting into the holiday spirit with a series of unique CandyShell cases available only during the holidays at AT&T stores, wireless.att.com, and SpeckProducts.com. What was Speck's inspiration for these cases? Well the big guy in red, of course! Speck was able to get an exclusive interview with the master toy tinker himself.

Speck's holiday-themed CandyShell iPhone cases"I was asleep in my bed when there arose such a clatter and so I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter," said Santa Claus. "Mrs. Claus dropped her iPhone in haste. So I knew this Christmas she needed a Speck CandyShell case™.

The elves at Speck quickly got to work to create the perfect seasonal case to prevent future bumps and scratches. Sweet like Mrs. Claus, the CandyShell is a one-of-a-kind single-piece patent-pending design featuring a hard shell case with soft, rubberized interior lining and button covers. Available in four festive designs, including Mistletoe Green Santa and CherryIce Blue Snowman for iPhone 4 and Mistletoe Green Santa and Poinsettia Red Snowman for iPhone 3G/3GS, the cases feature jolly ol' Saint Nick or chilly, silly Frosty the Snowman.

Mr. Claus would not comment on exactly how he makes it around the world in such a short amount of time but his rep disclosed that his iPhone is an important part of his job. He also revealed that his Speck CandyShell case has saved the day in several chimney mishaps.

Visit an AT&T store, wireless.att.com, or SpeckProducts.com to outfit your iPhone in true holiday-style this year for $29.99 MSRP while they last.

Speck Collaborates with Burton Snowboards on New 'Fitted X Burton' Line of 4G iPod touch Cases

PR: Speck and Burton Snowboards today unveiled their first collaboration, the Fitted x Burton limited edition line of cases for the new iPod touch 4th generation. Each custom fabric-wrapped case features patterns from Burton's 2011 outerwear collection.

"So many of the Burton crew use Apple products, so it's been really cool to work with Speck on an Apple accessory," stated Greg Dacyshyn, Chief Creative Officer, Burton Snowboards. "Both Burton and Apple are all about innovation, and we can't wait to see our outerwear textures and prints popping up on these cases this holiday season."

Printed on soft fabric that's seamlessly fused to Speck's popular hard-shell Fitted protective case, these limited-edition Burton offerings are designed to complement the impressive capabilities and display of the iPod touch. The fabric-wrapped exterior of Speck's road-tested Fitted case increases in-hand comfort and the soft-touch coated, raised front bezel design helps protect the iPod face and touch screen when placed face down. Fitted x Burton cases are available in True Black Buffalo Print, Lumber Print, and Toile Print for a MSRP of $39.95.

"Few brands on the planet better fuse together style and function than Burton," said Rusty Everett, Executive Vice President of Sales for Speck. "Their dedication to snowboarding and to creating industry-leading products has always been a big inspiration to us. This project pushed Speck to a new level."

For more information, please visit speckproducts.com, store.apple.com/us, and Apple Stores.

Speck Adds More Than a Dozen All-New 4G iPod touch Case Choices Just in Time for the Holidays

PR: There's no doubt the newest generation iPod touch is at the top of wish lists everywhere this holiday season. Just in time for the big shopping crunch, Speck has introduces more than a dozen new iPod touch 4th generation cases to help stylize and protect each and every one. For more images of the exclusive new cases, please visit:

Among Speck's new cases for iPod touch 4th generation include:

  • Three new CandyShell designs, including PixieStick Pink/Blue, Jokers Wild Purple/Green and Cha-Cha Aqua/Orange. A one-of-a-kind single-piece patent-pending design. The CandyShell consists of a one-piece hard shell case with soft, rubberized interior lining and button covers. It's the standard in both style and shock absorbing protection. $34.95 MSRP
  • Four new fabric-wrapped Fitted patterns including ArtFlag Tangy, RadPlaid Tangy, RadPlaid Concrete and DamaskDrip Tangy. Original, genuine fabric patterns and designs give your iPod a fabulous tailored look. This form-fit fabric-wrapped two-piece hard shell case protects from scratches and scuffs and is soft-touch finished for a comfortable grip. $29.95 MSRP
  • The award-winning PixelSkin HD adds Lemon Yellow to its rainbow of colors. This rubbery matte finish case and its extra-grippy grid texture provides unmatched pixel insulation for serious protection from bumps and drops. $29.95 MSRP
  • On the ever-popular GeoMetric, two new colors are introduced to the line including Blueberry and Mango. A flexible and slim protective case with triangular contrasting-textured facets. The unique texture provides a better grip with its perfectly contoured form-fit design. $29.95 MSRP
  • And finally, as announced earlier this week, the just released Speck Fitted x Burton case designs including Lumber Lighter, Toile and Painted Buffalo arrive in stores today. Each custom fabric-wrapped case features patterns from Burton's 2011 outerwear collection. $39.95 MSRP

Enjoy free US ground shipping on all orders for a limited time at speckproducts.com.

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