The ESRB has long rated computer and video games, and, in cooperation with CTIA – The Wireless Association, will now rate mobile games as well. When developers submit their applications to a participating storefront, they will be able to complete a multiple choice questionnaire that is designed to assess an application’s content and context with respect to its age-appropriateness. Once completed, the rating is generated within seconds and each application is given a unique code that can be reused which means this process has to be done just once for each application. While AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, U.S. Cellular…
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Another day, another patent skirmish with Samsung. The battles are heating up on two fronts, with news of a possible Samsung victory in Australia and Apple unleashing a legal salvo against the Korean foe in Germany.
On the Western front, an Australian federal court lifted a preliminary injunction imposed by a lower court banning sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 Down Under. Apple still has a chance to respond — the same court offered a stay until Friday afternoon so that Apple’s lawyers can figure out another legal maneuver to keep the iPad lookalike out of stores until after the critical holiday buying season.
Meanwhile, on the Eastern front, Apple filed a preliminary injunction request in Germany to ban sales of the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. This model of the Galaxy Tab was a revised version of the original — which was already banned in Germany — with a slightly different bezel design and relocated speaker. The 10.1N was an attempt by Samsung to squeak around Apple’s assertion that the Galaxy Tab design is just too close to that of the iPad.
The two companies meet up in a German court in Dusseldorf on December 22nd for a hearing, which means that the Samsung tablet is still ripe for consumer plucking this holiday season.
Professional photographers know that to take the best photos with the least amount of camera shake, they need to use a tripod mount and a cable release. That combination takes the movement of your body out of the equation when you’re shooting photos. Now Cycomachead over at the Macworld Mac OS X Hints forum has figured out that every iPhone running iOS 5 comes with a cable release — the headset.
You know how Apple added the ability in iOS 5 to use the volume up button (that plus sign you see in the photo above) on your iPhone as a shutter button for the Camera app? It works with the headset as well — just plug in the headset, bring up the Camera app (or third-party Camera+ app), and when you squeeze the volume up button on the headset, you’ll take a photo.
Cycomachead also notes that he can take bursts of photos more easily with the “cable release,” and that some Bluetooth headsets can also be paired and used as wireless remotes for taking photos.
For iPhoneographers, using something like a Glif to hold the iPhone steady on a tripod and then using the headset as a cable release can result in some very steady shots. If TUAW readers are able to get their Bluetooth headsets to work for wireless shooting, please let us know what model headset you’re using in the comments.
Bloomberg reports that Apple and Google have opted out of an app-rating system announced by the CTIA-The Wireless Association. The system, which was developed and will be run by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, will bring a rating system to apps, similar to what currently exists for video games. Ratings range from from appropriate for all ages to mature content intended for adults only.
Apple and Google already have review guidelines in place. Apple’s can be seen through the Developer’s site and Google’s developer site holds guidelines for the Google Apps Marketplace. In early 2010, TUAW took a look at a report weighing if the ESRB should be in the App Store, and I agree with fellow blogger Mike Schramm’s opinion that Apple’s current vetting system is more than adequate.
The Kindle Fire is proving it’s a hot seller, having knocked the 16 GB iPad from its perch as the best-selling tablet — at least on Best Buy’s website.
There are several factors playing into this: The iPad 2‘s been around for more than half a year while the Kindle Fire is still new. Unlike other Android-based tablets, the Fire is intricately linked to Amazon’s media content, making it attractive to Amazon users. Toss in a price point that’s less than half the price of the iPad 2 and the fact that it’s the holiday-shopping season, and it’s no surprise that the Fire is a hot seller. As reflected through our own experiences at TUAW, some of these new Fire owners also are iPad owners.
What these numbers do show is that the Kindle Fire is living up to its potential as a legitimate competitor for the iPad, and Apple and Amazon will most likely run neck and neck to see who has the hottest tablet for the holiday season. The gauntlet’s been thrown, and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top.
Update: To put things in perspective, however, this is a single tablet against 18 configurations of the iPad, which are coming in at #2, 3, 5, 6 and 8th spots on Best Buy’s website respectively.
Kindle Fire outsells 16 GB iPad at Best Buy (updated) originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.