On Monday, Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs announced his decision to take a medical leave of absence from his company.
This will be Jobs’ second departure in only two years.
“At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health,” Jobs wrote. “I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.”
Apple issued a press release on Monday to make the announcement, which states that Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook will preside over the company’s day to day operations for an indefinite period of time.
“I love Apple so much and hope to be back as soon as I can,” Jobs wrote. “In the meantime, my family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy.”
Jobs returned to Apple from his previous medical leave in June 2009 following a liver transplant. Five years prior, Jobs underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer.
Apple undoubtedly opted to make the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in light of the fact that markets are closed. NASDAQ – the market in which AAPL trades – would likely have been rocked by news of Jobs’ departure.
On Tuesday, Apple will announce its quarterly earnings.
Official photos of a couple of Samsung Android smartphones just appeared. The Galaxy Ace S5830 makes its second public appearance, while the Galaxy Suit S5670 is only now taking its first trip through Rumorland.
Samsung Galaxy Ace S5830 was initially known as Galaxy Mini, when it leaked a couple of days ago. Apart from the new name, the newly leaked low-resolution shot doesn’t reveal any new information about the handset’s specs sheet. So far we have Android 2.2 Froyo, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and an HVGA screen. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 are also confirmed, while GPS and microUSB seem like a pretty reasonable guess.
The Samsung Suit S5670 on the other hand, remains a complete enigma to us. Its model number and looks suggest mid-range functionality, so it might be the I5500 Galaxy 5 successor. Judging by the icons on the screen, the Samsung Suite S5670 is running Android 2.2 Froyo too.
It appears that Samsung will be quite busy at the MWC this year. We’ve already seen four Android smartphones, including the Galaxy S 2. Undoubtedly the Koreans will also have some Bada devices to show us and we might even see a new WP7 handset or two.
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If you haven’t been living under a rock, you probably know that this past week Verizon announced that iPhone 4 (or iPhone in general) is finally going to be available on Verizon’s network. Once the excitement wore off, I got to thinking. Actually, I started thinking this several weeks before the announcement, since the rumor mill had been reaching a fever pitch, and I was skeptical.
So as you probably know, up until now there has always been a new iPhone released every summer. That is, in the US, there has always been a new iPhone on AT&T’s GSM data network every summer. And since the GSM iPhone 4 came out on AT&T’s network last summer, it would logically follow that the iPhone 5 (or whatever Apple decides to call it) will be released for AT&T customers this summer.
But where does that leave Verizon? iPhone 4 is going to be released on Verizon’s CDMA network on Feburary 10, a full 7 months after iPhone 4 debuted on AT&T’s service. If Apple keeps their release schedule on Verizon similar to AT&T’s, that means that iPhone 5 will come to AT&T this summer, while Verizon will have to wait until February 2012 to get the iPhone 5. This makes absolutely no sense.
So here’s my wild theory, based on absolutely no real evidence.
CDMA iPhone 4 comes out on February 10 on Verizon as planned. Then, in the Spring, the white iPhone 4 will not come out, despite what Apple said last October. In June, Apple will announce a simple iPhone refresh, probably still called iPhone 4 or something. In this refreshed iPhone 4, Apple will nix the 16GB version and lower the price of the 32GB version by $100. They will also introduce a 64GB model, a first for iPhones. The A4 processors in these iPhones will also receive a minor speed boost. And finally, these new iPhones will be sporting a new hybrid CDMA/GSM cellular chip, which will make it so that the phones work on any carriers’ networks, but unfortunately will only see wide usage for a year. This is because in summer 2012, an LTE-based iPhone 5 will be released on both Verizon and AT&T.
Cydia is a replacement packaging and repository manager for the original Installer.app for the iPhone or iPod touch. It was created by Jay Freeman to replace BSD Subsystem and Installer.app.To get Cydia you need to have installer.app already.Cydia’s repositories allow the installation of software packages, most of which are available to download at no cost.Cydia also includes the Cydia Store, which offers a number of applications for sale.
Cydia itself looks similar to Installer.app but add many improvements to organization, functionality and performance of Installer.
With Cydia you can see the number of apps in each category,see details of what installing each app include such as file size and functionality added,search for apps by name,see changes to your currently installed apps and available upgrades,see details of currently installed app and easily manage them.
You can share your iPhone’s 3G connection with your laptop using MyWi, or get notified in your status bar of new mail and texts using StatusNotifier.
Cydia is not required to install APT packages; however, it is greatly encouraged by most users as it provides a much easier way to find, install, and manage packages.
In addition to offering applications to install, as of September 2009, Cydia was further improved to cache the digital signatures known as SHSH blobs used by Apple to verify restores of the iOS firmware. This gives users the benefit of being able to downgrade their firmware to a previous version by means of a replay attack.
The devices made by Apple run the iPhone OS (also known as the iOS), and the Cydia software is designed to work on any device that runs on iOS. Therefore, the best Cydia applications will work on your Apple iPhone, Apple iPod Touch and the Apple iPad as well. Here are some of the top Cydia apps that you must have, if you have managed to jailbreak your device.
One of the most popular Cydia apps around, dTunes lets you download torrents from any bit torrent trackers around the world. The downloaded content can then be played on your device, but you must be wary here because the threat of trojans and worms is very high. The music that you download via dTunes can even be transferred and synced to iTunes on your device.
Winterboard is one of the top Cydia apps that lets you download and manage many of the best Cydia themes around. This application lets you customize the appearance of your phone and makes it attractive to look at. The top Cydia themes constitute wallpapers, screensavers, a status bar, dock icons and themes for various other activities on your device.
Video Recorder 3G
This is an application that will be useful for recording videos on your iPhone. The camera and the recording rate on the device is nothing great, so the Video Recorder 3G attempts to give you a better quality on video recordings. Though it is not effective all of the time, it is a very useful application. Note that the new Apple iPhone 4 (releasing today) has a much better camera and recording rate.
The ease of controls and options that SB Settings gives you makes it one of the top Cydia apps for iPod Touch and iPhone. This applications basically contains the devices ‘Options’ menu and makes it easier for the user to toggle various options On or Off. You can now access the switch for features like Wi-fi, brightness and 3G among others very easily.
One of the major drawbacks of the iPhone is that it does not have an option to send an MMS. By downloading SwirlyMMS, one of the best Cydia apps 2010, you are giving yourself the option of sending an MMS to other phones. How Apple Inc. failed to put this feature on their phone is surprising, but the Cydia software has solved this problem as well.
Downloading so many top Cydia apps means that you need to have an easy way to manage these apps. Cydelete lets you do just that, and makes this task far simpler than what it is supposed to be. You can now manage your Cydia apps with consummate ease, and also delete them within seconds.
This is a very useful Cydia application that makes it easier for you to type on your device. It achieves this by making the keys bigger in size on the screen. There are some keys that are used more often than others, and these will appear the biggest. If you type a lot on your device, this will be a highly useful application for you.
Being one of the best Cydia apps for iPod Touch, Cyclay 3.0 improves the security features and enhancements on your device. With so many top Cydia apps being downloaded to your device, the risk of a security threat is fairly high, and the Cyclay 3.0 tries to combat this is best as possible.
Here are some more top Cydia apps that will be useful to you.
All these top Cydia apps will change the way you use your Apple device, and will prove extremely useful to you. Be aware of the dangers of jailbreaking before you go ahead and install these applications.