Normally available in many regions around the world, news apps created by The New York Times are no longer offered through Apple’s App Store in China at the insistence of the country’s authorities, The Times reports.According to Apple, the authorities’ request was more of a formality, since The New York Times app was already barred from showing content to most Chinese folks. The move takes down the newspaper’s English- and Chinese-language apps in China, though apps from The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other international publications are still available.“For some time now the New York Times app has not been permitted to display content to most users in China and we have been informed that the app is in violation of local regulations,” Apple spokesperson Fred Sainz said. “As a result, the app must be taken down off the China App Store. When this situation changes, the App Store will once again offer the New … [Read more...] about Apple removes The New York Times’ apps from the App Store in China
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Ubisoft has really had an easy time in showing off Assassin’s Creed 3 to the public. Not only is the game a long-awaited step past the “Ezio Auditore” mythology that the three most recent console entries explored, it’s also packed to the brim with new content of the sort that hasn’t been seen in the series before. The world got its first look at the game all the way back in March, and yet Ubi was still able to surprise fans months later at E3 with the reveal of the game’s naval combat . We didn’t even know the story went to the Caribbean! The bulk of new hero Connor’s story unfolds in colonial and post-colonial America, before, during, and after the Revolutionary War. The wilderness, realized in the game as the capital-F Frontier, is a huge expanse of east coast countryside that sits squarely between the game’s two main cities, Boston and New York. We’ve seen Boston already (see the video below for a walkthrough of Boston with commentary), a bustling metropolis for the period and … [Read more...] about Assassin’s Creed 3’s creative director talks about burning New York City to the ground, and the end of Desmond
For iPhone 5 fans, September 12 was not the end of the long wait before Apple finally announced the official details and specs of its latest smartphone. Instead, the even longer wait has just begun. Die-hard customers have already formed a line outside of the Apple flagship store in New York City on 5th Avenue, hoping to be one of the first in the nation to get their hands on the shiny new Apple toy. It was a gloomy Tuesday afternoon, four days before the iPhone 5 is slated for release, but fans have all come prepared with fold out chairs, rain coats, windbreakers, snacks, and of course, their iPads and MacBooks in hand. The line didn’t stretch very far — just from the front of the Apple Store entrance to the corner of the same block with approximately 10 to 15 people in line. I stopped by yesterday to speak to some of the more committed fans, but found a different guy at the very front of the than what CNET has reported . Perhaps he was sitting in place of Hazem Sayed who was … [Read more...] about The iPhone 5 wait continues: Lines begin forming at New York Apple Store [UPDATED]
Two computer stores in New York that have reportedly been selling fake Apple products have agreed to a deal which will see them hand over any fake goods to the Cupertino company. The proposal was submitted to a federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday and concerned two stores in Queens – Apple Story and FunZone. Once the agreement has been approved by the court, the stores will have five days to hand over all the fake goods. The deal stipulates that “the parties shall work together to identify the documents and things to deliver,” so the image of Apple employees digging through the stores’ dark and dusty stockrooms with flashlights in hand may not be too far-fetched. According to the computer giant’s original court filing on the matter last month, representatives from Apple went along to Apple Story and Fun Zone on more than one occasion and bought a variety of fake Apple items. These included iPhone cases and headsets bearing the Apple logo. Apple prohibits the selling of unauthorized … [Read more...] about Apple reaches deal with New York stores selling fake goods
Apple has sent out invitations for a media event to be held in New York City on January 19. But banish from your mind images of CEO Tim Cook strutting around a stage holding aloft the iPad 2 successor or iPhone 5—the tagline on the invitation reads, “Join us for an education announcement in the Big Apple.” According to ApppleInsider, the event is rumored to involve the announcement of improvements to the iBooks platform, possibly connected to education and digital book publishing. The launch of some piece of new hardware is not expected. Unnamed sources have told All Things Digital’s John Paczkowski that the Cupertino company will be using the event “to talk about a textbook initiative” that could be “related to iBooks in education, presumably with some sort of tie-in to iTunes U.” iTunes U is part of Apple’s iTunes store and features more than 150,000 free educational media files from universities and cultural institutions around the world. However, All Things Digital also … [Read more...] about Apple to hold event in New York on Jan 19, hardware launch not expected
In late July, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a new initiative to renew focus on the city’s startup scene. Saying he wants New York to reclaim its title as “the technology capital of the United States – and the world,” he announced the city will be providing some serious funding toward any institution or organization that creates a top-shelf science and engineering school on Roosevelt Island, Governor’s Island, or the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Bloomberg wants to steal some of the west coast’s thunder, as well he should: The Silicon Valley venture capital environment could not be hotter right now – for better or worse. We’ve all heard concerns about the influx of wildly overvalued startups and the tech bubble they’re creating. Whatever the warning signs, no one can blame Bloomberg for wanting to revitalize the city’s tech startup environment. Digital innovation is the economic future, and can secure the interest and investments of some very important people. But can investing … [Read more...] about Silicon Valley vs. Silicon Alley: Can New York compete with the best of the west?
The Apple tablet rumors had a bit of a dry spell this weekend—surprisingly we don’t have as much to report from the past few days—but we hope Monday has more gossip for us to gab about. Being in the news industry, we chide ourselves when hoping for gossip, but when it comes to Apple that’s the best we can do. The tight-lipped tech company keeps its latest devices and innovations under-wraps, producing and promoting very few products within a year’s time. Reporting on actual “Apple news” is kind of like seeing a solar eclipse—you’re lucky if it happens twice a year—so the tech world is left to fend for themselves in the Apple rumor game, hoping that some piece of gritty gossip makes its way over the wire.What is the rumor today, you ask: Well it appears the New York Times may be entwined in an exclusive content deal with Apple’s new tablet PC device. CNET reported today that the newspaper will be announcing that … [Read more...] about Latest Apple Tablet Rumors: New York Times and iSlate Partnership?
The Manhattan District Attorney has announced indictments against 27 people connected with a cybercrime gang dubbed “S3,” who have used compromised bank accounts to purchase Apple products from around the United States, transport them back to New York, and sell them for profit. The charges cover 57 counts in what the district attorney is classing two separate conspiracies: 48 counts in the first that ran from June 2008 through December 2010, and nine more on a second conspiracy (run by a gang member who went solo) that ran from September to December 2010.Raids conducted earlier this week netted some $300,000 in cash, gear to make fake credit cards, along with firearms and ammunition.“This case demonstrates the dangers of organized computer crime,” said Manhattan District Attorney Vance. “Today, we have effectively dismantled a significant criminal operation that preyed upon innocent victims around the world. By working with our partners in law … [Read more...] about New York indicts 27 in Apple cybercrime ring
The fight against fake news is causing social networking sites and news aggregators to take a look in the mirror and develop practices to keep their users better informed. That means properly vetting stories and conducting rigorous fact-checking. Tech firms that used to simply link users to content are now tasked with curating it as well. According to Politico, Apple is ramping up its efforts in the crusade by hiring a big name.The iPhone maker has added Lauren Kern, formerly of New York Magazine, to its team. Kern will serve as Apple’s first Editor-in-Chief, in a move that demonstrates an interest in bolstering the Cupertino, California-based company’s news service. Although Apple doesn’t produce original journalistic content, it does hand-pick stories to promote, so it can be assumed Kern will factor heavily in that decision making.Kern previously served as executive editor at New York Media, and before that deputy editor at the New York Times Magazine.Today’s … [Read more...] about Apple hires New York Magazine executive editor to aid war on fake news
With every iPhone launch comes fans waiting outside Apple stores in New York, and it was no different for the iPhone 5, which went on sale Friday. Apple's iPhone 5 -- Today's Global Release in Real-Time The iPhone 5, which Apple touts as the "thinnest, lightest and fastest" smartphone ever, has a larger 4-inch screen and LTE capabilities. Some new controversial features include Apple's own mapping service, which replaces Google's popular mapping service, and a smaller five-pin connector called Lightning that replaces the older 30-pin adapter. Existing accessories relying on the 30-pin connector will not fit into the new phone, and users will have to buy an adapter from Apple to connect accessories. With a two-year contract, the smartphone is US$199 with 16GB of storage, $299 for a 32GB model and $399 for a 64GB model. Slideshow: Apple's Early iPhone Prototypes Slideshow: A Look Back at the First iPhone Debut DayThe smartphone was introduced last week, and Apple this week said … [Read more...] about New York Apple Stores Get Crowds for iPhone 5 Launch