Apple announces iPhone 5 preorders top 2 million in first 24 hours
By AppleInsider Staff
Preorders of the iPhone 5 surpassed 2 million in its first 24 hours of availability, more than doubling last year’s record set by the iPhone 4S, Apple announced on Monday.
Demand for the iPhone 5 exceeds supply, though Apple said the “majority of preorders” will be delivered to customers on Sept. 21. New orders are scheduled to arrive in October.
“iPhone 5 preorders have shattered the previous record held by iPhone 4S and the customer response to iPhone 5 has been phenomenal,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “iPhone 5 is the best iPhone yet, the most beautiful product we’ve ever made, and we hope customers love it as much as we do.”
Twitter brings big header photos to personal profiles, redesigns iPad app
Twitter has just updated its iPad app with some big design changes, including removal of the sliding panels in older versions, and a focus on user profiles. The biggest change is with user profiles, which have been updated to include larger Facebook-style header photos. The header photos are visible on the web and across Twitter’s apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android — the company says you can check out a couple of examples courtesy of Ryan Seacrest and Al Roker. All users can upload a header photo now on Twitter.com in the Design section of the Settings page.
Twitter has also updated its iPhone, iPad, and Android apps to integrate Twitter’s photo streams. Users can now see photo streams appear below people’s most recent tweets, and it’s now easier to load full-screen views of links and photos by tapping their thumbnails. Twitter says it has built the iPad version “from the ground up,” removing the sliding panel UI and adding web features like in-line tweet expansion.
Twitter says the new profiles will “help you get to know people better through their pictures,” and that the original background photo option will still be available on the web. Twitter’s updated apps are available now on its download page.
Amped Wireless adds a dual-band access point to its range of super-strength networking gear
Amped Wireless has a single-minded purpose of eliminating blackspots in your WiFi coverage with a range of routers, adapters and repeaters to pump out 600mW of internet where you need it most. Now that it’s done adding dual-band technology to its lineup of products, it’s busting out a similarly-equipped access point that promises to add a further 7,500 square feet of coverage to your home. Capable of automatically setting itself up on your home (or office) network, it’s packing the same USB port for storage that its recently revamped brothers have seen. It’ll be available at the end of September for $170, and you can find a high-powered collection of words and punctuation arranged in the form of a press release included after the break.
New Fitbits can sync with iPhones, Androids via Bluetooth 4.0
The little fitness gadgets just got more tech-friendly.
The Fitbit One largely boasts many of the same features as the old Fitbit—it can track your steps in a day like a pedometer, track the number of floors you have climbed on the stairs, and even track your sleep cycles (useful for people like me who sleep poorly and want to see their sleep data). But now, the Fitbit One can also slowly wake you up from sleep. It has a “silent alarm” that vibrates in order to gently wake you up, similar to some other sleep gadgets already on the market. The idea is that you will feel more well-rested when woken up slowly as opposed to being jarred awake by an alarm clock, and there’s the added benefit that the vibrations on your Fitbit won’t wake up any sleeping mates who might be nearby.
More importantly, the Fitbit One now has Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities and can be used to sync directly with certain smartphones. According to the company, Fitbit One can sync its data with the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and third-generation iPad. Compatibility with “certain Android smartphones” coming soon. The mobile apps for iOS and Android have also been updated to show activity charts and leaderboards, just like the Fitbit website. Fitbit One is the same price as the old Fitbit at $99.95.
The second new product appears to be geared toward a more generalized demographic. For $59.95, the Fitbit Zip is more like a “Fitbit Lite”—it tracks your steps and distance, but not floors or sleep cycles, and it doesn’t have the ability to wake you up. It does, however, also have Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities and can wirelessly sync with the same mobile devices as the Fitbit One, so you can use the data with the Fitbit apps or website immediately. Unlike the Fitbit One (or even the old Fitbit), Fitbit Zip does not have a rechargeable battery—the company says it has a 4-6 month battery life and can easily be replaced when needed.
The Fitbit Zip is available starting Tuesday, September 17, while the Fitbit One is available in “mid-October.” Sounds like it’s about time to drop your old Fitbit into a toilet and “accidentally” flush, right?
Nestle Embeds GPS in Candy for Real-Life ‘Golden Ticket’ Contest
Nestlé‘s We Will Find You promotion in the UK is like a real-world Willy Wonka competition, with six of the brand’s chocolate bars leading to a great prize.
They look like normal bars but are fitted with GPS trackers. When the lucky person opens his or her wrapper, it will activate and notify the prize team, who will then locate the winner within 24 hours to deliver a check for 10,000 British Pounds. This unique promotion involves the KitKat 4 Finger, KitKat Chunky, Aero Peppermint Medium and Yorkie Milk chocolate bars.
“We believe this promotion will particularly appeal to men, attracting them to the chocolate singles category and thus driving incremental sales,” said Graham Walker, Nestlé UK’s trade communications manager.
Nestlé is also running a two-week outdoor campaign to support this promotion, with 3,000 posters fitted with NFC and QR touchpoints. These will direct smartphones to a mobile landing page offering the chance to enter a secondary competition with 2,000 prizes. The page also informs people how many of the six GPS-fitted bars are still to be found.
Geek This Week:
Aaron: Put iOS 6 on my iPhone last week (thanks Luke!) and I’m enjoying it.
-Got my survey from Pebble to choose my color and confirm shipping address.
Gozer: Borderlands 2, Double Dragon Neon, Mark of the Ninja
The Geek’s Choice: WiFi enabled light bulb
Featured Segment: Wii U
Nintendo’s Full Wii U Press Release:
Nintendo today revealed full details about how the new Wii U™ home console and its groundbreaking touch-screen Wii U GamePad controller can revolutionize not only video game play but also the way people find and watch TV and video content. The new HD system will offer entirely new ways for consumers to play games and enjoy their favorite programming when it launches in the Americas on Nov. 18.
During the launch window, more than 50 games will be available for Wii U, which will be offered in two different colors and configurations. The Basic Set will be offered in white at a suggested retail price of $299.99, while the Deluxe Set, which includes higher storage capacity, additional accessories and the new Nintendo Land™ video game, will be offered in black at a suggested retail price of $349.99.
At a special Wii U preview event in New York, Nintendo also unveiled Nintendo TVii, an application that will let Wii U owners in the United States and Canada find, watch and engage with their favorite video entertainment in fun new ways. Using the GamePad controller, Nintendo TVii lets viewers seamlessly explore available video content from a variety of sources – including live TV, their TiVo DVR and video-on-demand services such as Netflix – all in one easy-to-use interface.
Additionally, Nintendo shared new information about dozens of games on the way for Wii U, including Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros.™ U, LEGO® City: Undercover, BAYONETTA 2, The Wonderful 101™, Capcom’s Monster Hunter™ 3 Ultimate and Activision’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops II.
New Super Mario Bros. U offers unprecedented ways for friends and families to play together and explore Mario’s world using the GamePad. Nintendo Land, which will be available as a standalone game or included with the Wii U Deluxe Set, is a virtual theme park featuring a lineup of 12 playable attractions based on Nintendo’s greatest game worlds, including The Legend of Zelda™, Metroid™, Mario™, Animal Crossing™ and Donkey Kong™. As an added bonus for consumers, a Chase McCain LEGO minifigure will come as a special pre-order bonus for those who pre-order a copy of LEGO City: Undercover at participating retailers while supplies last. All of these games will instantly immerse players in a variety of new game-play experiences that are available only on Wii U.
The Wii U Basic Set includes a white Wii U console with 8 GB of internal storage, one white GamePad controller, AC adapters for both the console and controller, a sensor bar and an HDMI® cable. In the Wii U Deluxe Set, components are black. This bundle includes all elements from the Basic Set, as well as the Nintendo Land game, increased console storage capacity of 32 GB, a console stand, GamePad charging cradle and a stand that allows users to place the GamePad vertically on a table. Consumers who purchase the Deluxe Set also will be enrolled in the Deluxe Digital Promotion, which lets Wii U owners receive points for each digital download and redeem those points for future downloadable content from the Nintendo eShop. The promotion is currently planned through 2014.
Both configurations offer a wealth of one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences, including an online gaming community called Miiverse™ and the new Nintendo TVii application. Using the touch screen on the GamePad controller, Nintendo TVii users will be able to browse programming from sources they subscribe to, including cable and satellite channels, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and even their recorded TiVo shows – all from a single starting point.
The selection of third-party games on the way for Wii U will include some of the industry’s biggest names and most beloved franchises. Activision is set to bring several of its leading properties to Wii U during the launch window, including Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants™ and TRANSFORMERS PRIME™. Other third-party games coming soon to Wii U include Assassin’s Creed® III, ZombiU™, Rayman Legends® and Just Dance® 4 from Ubisoft, Madden NFL 13 and Mass Effect™ 3 from Electronic Arts, Scribblenauts™ Unlimited and Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two from Disney Interactive.
“The integrated second screen of the GamePad creates new possibilities for how games can be played, and further reflects the innovation Nintendo has poured into the Wii U,” said Eric Hirshberg, Activision Publishing’s CEO. “We’re excited for our fans to experience the biggest franchises, like Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Skylanders Giants and Transformers Prime, in new ways made possible on Wii U.”
Feedback & Items of Note:
Hope all is well! Just catching up on some your episodes as I crazy busy recently.
I have a problem that you might be able to help with. I have the iPhone 3G and i keep going into photos and within there is the photo library with 500 pictures plus a copy of it called my pictures with same pictures. Forums have not been much help. Any ideas to remove the folders I don’t need?
As always love the show
Aaron: If you’re on Windows, check where the photos are coming from. Could be a duplicate folder on your hard drive. Another option is to see what iTunes is using to sync. Maybe it’s a sync setting?
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