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Rumor: "iNewspaper" Coming?

murdochWord came about today that Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp, and Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, will reportedly reveal a new digital “newspaper” to be named the Daily at the end of the month.  Murdoch feels that the joint project has the potential to be a “game changer.”

According to The Guardian, the project has been secretly under development in New York for awhile, and is said to be the world’s first “newspaper” which would be designed exclusively for tablet-style computers like the iPad.  The launch for the project is being planned for early next year.

The intent of the project is to combine “a tabloid sensibility with a broadsheet intelligence,” revealing Murdoch’s aim to get the newspaper world beyond the print realm.

Various reports say that there will be no “print edition” or “web edition”; the innovation would be developed with help from Apple engineers, and it would be able to dispatch the “paper” out automatically to an iPad or any other comparable devices.

As there would be no printing or distribution costs, the primarily US-focused publication would cost about 99 cents a week.

The “newspaper” would be run out of the 26th floor of the News Corp offices in New York, where reportedly 100 journalists have been already hired, such as Pete Picton, an online editor from the Sun, as one of the three managing editors.  The editor hasn’t yet been announced, but prognosticators are pointing to Jesse Angelo, the current managing editor of the New York Post.

Murdoch supposedly thought of the project idea after having studied a survey which suggested that readers were spending more of their time on their iPads than say, being on the internet, where usually unfocused surfing is more prevalent.

“Obviously, Steve Jobs sees this as a significant revenue stream for Apple in the future,” said Roger Fidler, head of digital publishing at the Donald W Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Jobs apparently has some love for Murdoch too according to Women’s Wear Daily.  “When the project is announced, don’t be surprised if you see Steve Jobs onstage with Rupert Murdoch, welcoming the Daily to the app world.”

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Rumor: Updates A Plenty Coming This Week?


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Tuesdays can be kind of bland during the workweek.  Monday just happened, and we’re not quite to Wednesday yet.  So if your Tuesday was a little on the “so-so” side, hopefully the newest rumor will perk you up a bit.  Word is that Apple could be releasing Mac OS X 10.6.5 AND iTunes 10.1 via Software Update tomorrow!  Feeling a little bit better, but still need more?  How about iOS 4.2 coming out on Friday?  That’s more like it!

But always erring on the side of caution, the report is coming from a “source working close with AT&T,” and carrier reps aren’t always the greatest source for tidbits of information, so take it how you want:

According to our source, 10.6.5 completed the certification stage a few hours ago and iTunes was ready 3 weeks ago – likely after the release of beta 2 to developers.

Most know that the golden master version of iOS 4.2 was handed out to developers last week, but apparently a public release has had to go on hold for Apple to put the finishing touches to Mac OS X 10.6.5, which is needed to be able to give support to certain functions of AirPrint on iOS 4.2.  iTunes 10.1 is also needed to support AirPlay streaming capabilities.  With that, logic would point to Mac OS X 10.6.5 and iTunes 10.1 making their appearance just about before or along with iOS 4.2.

Just in case said rumors do come to fruition, we’ll certainly keep you posted!

via MacRumors

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Rumor Has It that Apple May Offer Unbundled iWork and iLife Applications

While iLife and iWork come stocked with powerful applications that are easy to use, sometimes it seems sort of pointless to install an application like GarageBand if you’ve absolutely no interest in editing audio, or iMovie if you don’t usually take video.

Fortunately, this rumor will please those who purchase Apple’s software suites and often find themselves omitting one of two applications from their hard drive. Several MacRumors readers have pointed out that Apple’s promotional materials for the upcoming Mac App Store hint that it’ll be possible to buy each of the applications in the iLife and iWork suite individually. If you look closely as the screenshot, it looks like iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie could be offered individually for .99, while Pages, Keynote and Numbers could fetch .99 each.

Apple followed this model when it released the iWork suite for iPad, so it’s certainly no surprise that it would follow the trend in the release of its App Store for the Mac.

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Rumor: Mac OS X 10.7 to Gain iOS Interface Elements

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Everyone is expecting at least a glimpse at the next Mac OS X 10.7 at Wednesday’s “Back to the Mac” event held at Apple’s Cupertino campus — and a new report claims that at least some of the traditional Mac OS X user interface elements may now get merged with iOS.

AppleInsider is reporting
that the next Mac OS X 10.7, presumably codenamed “Lion,” will be getting a user interface polish, borrowing iOS interface elements such as scroll bars and scrolling behavior. According to the usual “sources familiar with the matter,” details of the interface refresh have already surfaced and the “iOS influence is visible in the new OS user interface,” claims a MacStories report.

“Apple took some elements from iOS and applied them to OS X, trying to blend everything nicely,” the report continues. It’s important to note, however, that the information is unverified, and that MacStories “has no track record with insider information.”

Apparently, the biggest UI revision for Mac OS X 10.7 comes with the removal of the current Aqua scroll bars in favor of the “more minimal look” of iOS scroll bars and scrolling behavior. “The scroll bars may also adopt ‘rubber band’ elastic scrolling from iOS devices and a native ‘pull to refresh’ feature,” AppleInsider claims.

Also targeted for an overhaul is Mac OS X QuickLook, with the user interface switching from black to white in 10.7 and including support for popovers in the Spotlight menu, according to MacStories’ Federico Viticci.

Speculation is likely to continue, at least until 10am PST on Wednesday, October 20 when Steve Jobs is expected to take the stage and put the focus back on the Mac platform after a busy year with iOS devices. Stay tuned for our liveblog and full coverage!

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Rumor: Apple Plans Proprietary SSD Storage for New 11.6-Inch MacBook Air

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As the work week winds down and speculation swirls about Wednesday’s “Back to the Mac” event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, a new rumor has surfaced with at least one possibility on the hardware front.

MacRumors is reporting that Apple is hard at work on a new MacBook Air to be unveiled at the media event coming next Wednesday, October 20. According to AppleInsider, reports dating back several months point to a smaller display — 11.6 inch versus the current 13.3 inch, seen at left in the product mockup above. The product refresh may already be in manufacturing, suggesting it may be available immediately after the announcement on Wednesday.

The biggest piece of news in this rumor claims that Apple may finally be taking a bold step in skipping a traditional hard drive and even current solid state drive technology by employing a proprietary “SSD Card” — essentially embedded storage similar to that used in today’s iPhone, iPod and iPad.

“According to this person, the new models will do away with existing options for a conventional hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) in favor something described as an ‘SSD Card’ that lacks a traditional drive enclosure and more closely resembles a stick of RAM, yet is not easily user-replaceable,” the AppleInsider report reveals.

“If accurate, AppleInsider believes the component may be a proprietary SSD drive alternative designed by Apple to be integrated in Macs in a similar manner to the way flash memory is embedded in iPods, iPhones and iPads. This approach would be less expensive than a standard package intended to fit the shape of conventional HD devices, allowing the company to drive down costs and pass the savings on to the consumer.”

A flash-only MacBook Air would have other benefits to the consumer besides cost, not the least of which are much faster boot and wake times, and as impossible as it might seem, an even thinner MacBook Air design.

CNET believes such a computer would be priced “significantly lower” than the current ,499 entry-level price for the MacBook Air, which has kept the laptop from living up to its sales potential. Their sources also claim the new model will keep the current Intel Core 2 Duo processor and feature extended battery life over the existing model.

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Rumor: Apple Still Considering Music Streaming Subscriptions

When Apple purchased music streaming service LaLa this past spring, the company’s faithful followers held our breath in the hopes of something great waiting a-tiptoe in the wings. turning red in the face, we knew in our hearts that Steve Jobs was going to let us in on ‘one more thing’ at an upcoming Keynote. Yes, streaming iTunes subscriptions would soon be upon us. Apple bought out LaLa in order to utilize their exisiting technology! In no time at all, we’d be enjoying our entire music collection everywhere we went, all served up from the coulds perhaps even from our MobileMe accounts. Life was looking pretty sweet.

We’re no longer holding our breath. Keynotes have come and gone. No announcment surrounding the introduction of a streaming service has been made. As we stand near the cusp of 2011, are we any closer to seeing our musical content on-the-hoof dreams come true? If the New York Post has their facts straight, we can tell you this: Maybe.

According to The Post, Apple’s iTunes czar Eddy Cue has been making the rounds of late, talking to a number of the company’s major music partners. Rumor has it that Cue is working to hash out an understanding with the company’s music partners that would allow for Apple to introduce a streaming music service similar to the one already being enjoyed by Spotify users. One of the Post’s sources have claimed that the service could cost subscribers between and per month.

Let’s hope that The Post’s unnamed sources end up being right.


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Rumor: Civilization V Will Soon Be Available To Mac Gamers

Civilization isn’t so much a game franchise as it is a force of nature. Throughout the game’s various iterations and updates, the the turn-based strategy phenomenon has maintained a reputation for instantly enthralling players, causing millions of hours of sleepless nights, poor time management, the alienation of loved ones and some pretty serious cases of numb-bum.

Given the carnage that Civilization can cause in the lives of people’s lives, you’d think that Mac users, a normally enlightened, productive bunch, would want nothing to do with the latest version of the game, Civilization V. You’d do well to think again: When the game became available to eager PC-based empire builders in mid-September, great sorrow washed over Apple gamers when it became clear that for the time being, a Mac version of the game wouldn’t be available. Quietly weeping, we turned to our Boot Camp partitions to get our game on. Fortunately, the pain and embarrassment of being forced to boot into Windows to play Sid Meier’s latest offering will soon be coming to an end, as Firaxis Games/2K Games has announced that Civilization V will soon be available as an OS X application.

According to MacRumors, a reliable source has commented on the fact that Mac gamers won’t be left out of the Civilization V party for much longer. While there’s still no word on timing or pricing, a rumor, at this point, is better than nothing. For those of our readers who have already purchased the game for Windows, don’t fret–as you most likely noticed when installing it onto your system, Civilization V requires a Steam account in order to complete the software’s registration process. It’s a very good bet that as soon as a version of the game becomes available for OS X, it’ll be made available to early PC adopters for at no cost.


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Rumor: Apple Testing Out Touchscreen Macs


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The past couple years, Apple has really seemed to embrace the themes of touchscreen technology.  Rumors out of DigiTimes say that the company is now testing a new touchscreen all-in-one iMac desktop computer. 

The report says that the new hardware would maintain a size of 20 inches on up.
“The new iMac is rumored to have a good vertical and horizontal viewing angle, and its projected capacitive touch panel will adopt a one-glass solution, which integrates the touch sensor and cover glass, to reduce thickness and weight,” said the report.

It also noted that most touch panels are constructed by placing a sensor over the panel, and are then covered with glass.  But that method becomes costly, complex, and can result in a dimmer screen.

The report also noted that Sintek Photronics “has a good chance” of becoming a supplier for the new iMacs.  No estimated release date had been given yet.

via AppleInsider

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Rumor: Google Planning Music Store Of Their Own?


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Perhaps it’s a bit of a case of “iTunes 10 Envy”?  Hot off the release of the new version of iTunes, a new rumor out today is that Google is working on negotiating with music labels to try and secure licensing for a music download store as well as a “digital song locker.”

Google Vice President of Engineering Andy Rubin, the guy behind Android mobile OS, has been holding meetings with label honchos to try and sell an in-development online music store, according to Reuters.  The hope is that Google can launch the service by Christmas say sources.

Execs are said to be pretty keen on Google trying to compete with iTunes.  The report says that while the labels are “grateful” about what Apple has done for digital music sales,  the labels are also worried about Apple’s increased share.  Currently, the iTunes Music Store makes up 70 percent of all digital music sales here in the U.S.

“Finally here’s an entity with the reach, resources and wherewithal to take on iTunes as a formidable competitor by tying it into search and Android mobile platform,” according to one label exec.  “What you’ll have is a very powerful player in the market that’s good for the music business.”

According to another exec, “we’re cautiously optimistic because Google has great scale and reach but doesn’t have a track record in selling stuff.”

What do you think readers?  Would a little competition between Google and Apple be good for the music industry?  Or not so much?  Feel free to leave comments below!

via AppleInsider

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Rumor: Apple Preparing 99 Cent iTunes "Rent-A-Show"?

The rumor merry-go-round with Apple’s foray into television continues to churn.  The latest has Apple possibly being in far along talks with News Corp. to give iTunes consumers the chance to rent TV shows for 99 cents, as well as being in talks with other companies, according to Bloomberg.

The news comes from three people said to be familiar with the talks.  How would it work?  The story goes that viewers would get the chance to rent programs from News Corp. owned Fox for 48 hours of viewing capabilities.  CBS Corp., NBC Universal as well as Walt Disney Co. are also thinking about getting in on the deal as well.

The thinking is that the deals would give users access to TV’s most watched programs, while at the same time, doing a bit of cross promotion, with the appeal of the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.  As Apple continues to strive to make iTunes one of the largest retailers of all music and mobile applications, one can’t help but wonder how companies like Netflix Inc., Inc. and Hulu LLC, might happen to feel about it.

“This is a smart move by everyone,” stated David Bank, an RBC Capital Markets analyst.  “Something like this a la carte rental service is an incremental opportunity.”

Show episodes would roll into Apple’s rental service within 24 hours upon their air date and would also be commercial-free.  Apple is also planning on holding a San Francisco event on September 7th, which ironically, is also two weeks ahead of the next prime-time TV season, probably unveiling the service as well as a refreshed line of devices, two of the sources said.

It’s also being said that FOX and ABC are closer to an agreement than CBS and NBC, who may not partake in the September 7th event.  But should an agreement be reached, CBS and NBC would add on programming.

“This takes Apple out of the position of making consumers decide to either buy or not view,” noted analyst Michael Gartenberg, with tech research firm Altimeter Group.  “It makes Apple much more competitive with services like Hulu.”

Source: News