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Monday, January 30, 2012

Tim Cook Responds to Factory Worker Mistreatment Allegations

Yesterday, New York Times in a lengthy article titled "iEconomy - In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad" a followup to their earlier article about "Why Apple's iPhone was made in China", attacked Apple for not doing enough to improve living conditions for workers at their suppliers factories.

The New York Times recounts an incident from May last year where an explosion in Foxconn's factory killed 2 workers.

The article goes on to quote a former Foxconn manager:

“Apple never cared about anything other than increasing product quality and decreasing production cost,”  [..]

[..] Some former Apple executives say there is an unresolved tension within the company: executives want to improve conditions within factories, but that dedication falters when it conflicts with crucial supplier relationships or the fast delivery of new products. 

Apple's CEO Tim Cook responded to the report with an internal email to Apple employees:

As a company and as individuals, we are defined by our values. Unfortunately some people are questioning Apple’s values today, and I’d like to address this with you directly. We care about every worker in our worldwide supply chain. Any accident is deeply troubling, and any issue with working conditions is cause for concern. Any suggestion that we don’t care is patently false and offensive to us. As you know better than anyone, accusations like these are contrary to our values. It’s not who we are. 

For the many hundreds of you who are based at our suppliers’ manufacturing sites around the world, or spend long stretches working there away from your families, I know you are as outraged by this as I am. For the people who aren’t as close to the supply chain, you have a right to know the facts.

You can read the entire email from Tim Cook by heading over to 9 to 5 Mac.

Earlier in the month, Apple had published their yearly Supplier Responsibility Progress Report, which details the efforts they make in improving worker and factory conditions as well as environmental standards compliance.

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Lingual: Jailbreak Tweak Brings Siri Voice Translation to iPhone 4S

As we reported earlier, Mario Hros a.k.a kexik has released a jailbreak tweak called AssistantExtensions, which seems to be the mother of all Siri jailbreak tweaks. 

The jailbreak tweak not only allows you to open apps, send tweets, enable/disable Settings toggles, control brightness, respring Springboard etc., it also provides a framework for other developers to create Siri extensions.

Lingual is the first such third-party extension for AssistantExtensions. It allows you to translate phrases or text in to over 30 languages using Siri, which can be very useful while travelling abroad.

After installing the tweak all you need to do is say something like "translate [phrase] to [language]" or "what's [phrase] in [language]" and the tweak will show you the translated text in Siri in that language.

Lingual supports the following languages: Arabic, Czech, Danish, German, French, Spanish, Estonian, Finnish, Dutch, Greek, Hebrew, Haitian, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Vietnamese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

You can check out the impressive video of Lingual in action below:

Lingual is developed by CodeThemed and is available in Cydia for free.

Now, if someone can figure out a way for Siri to say the translated text in one of those 35 languages, that would make this jailbreak tweak even better.

Still haven't jailbroken your iPhone 4S using Absinthe jailbreak? Maybe it's time to review that decision.

[via @CodeThemed]

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iPhone 5 Is Nearing Production With A Summer 2012 Launch Date?

When the iPhone 4S was initially released numerous people criticized the smartphone for not being the heavily waited upon “iPhone 5” with a larger screen, re-designed body etc. Regardless of the initial criticism of the iPhone 4S, it did not stop people from buying it, as Apple once again topped the charts this year and ended up selling 37 million iPhone 4S’ in Q1. It is no question that the iPhone 4S is a definite upgrade over the iPhone 4, but if you were hoping more significant physical changes to the device you may be in for a treat.

iPhone 5 gearing for production rumour

In a report from 9to5mac apparently the iPhone 5 (the next generation iPhone) is being geared for production. The source of this information supposedly comes from a Foxconn employee who mentioned various sample devices are currently floating around the factory. The employee goes on to saying that while there are numerous prototypes floating around, all of them have some similarities:

4+ inch display (made by LG on at least one of them)No teardrop-shaped devices as were rumored in the lead up to the iPhone 4S. Samples so far have been symmetrical in thickness. Also longer/wider.None of the sample devices have the iPhone 4/4S form factorNone of the devices are final versions

If the report is correct, and the iPhone 5 is gearing up for production, we could very likely see the iPhone 5 released in the Summer of 2012 at the WWDC. Did this article interest you? Do you have any questions or thoughts? If so leave your replies in the comments section below…

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British Heart Foundation’s PocketCPR App Provides Real-Time Feedback And Instructions on CPR Using Accelerometer

The British Heart Foundation has released a new app in the App Store called BHF PocketCPR that gives iPhone users a clear step-by-step instructions of how to give a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

In addition to this, the app makes use of iPhone's accelerometer to provide real-time feedback on the CPR so that you perform it at the correct rate and depth.

The BHF PocketCPR includes the following features:

Clear visual and audio step-by-step instructions on Hands-only CPR performance, including initial steps for the Chain of Survival.Precise metronome to pace chest compressions.Accurate ability to detect rate of actual compressions and to state visually and audibly whether to push faster or to push slower.Industry-proven technology to detect the depth of chest compressions.Audio and visual prompts to push harder or to push softer.Feature to detect when chest compressions have stopped and to prompt user to START CPR.Complete Instructions for Use.Ability to capture and email CPR compression data and accelerometer data allowing the user to record the quality of the CPR chest compression training.

You can check out the demo of the app below:

The BHF PocketCPR has been developed by Bio-Detek, a subsidiary of ZOLL Medical Corporation and seems to be a white label version of their PocketCPR app that is also available for free in the App Store with a stamp of approval from British Heart Foundation.

Bio-Detek claims that the technology used in the app is the same as that used in the ZOLL PocketCPR for actual rescue from sudden cardiac arrest.

You can download the app for free from the App Store using this direct iTunes link. It seems to be a very handy app in case of an emergency.

Hat tip to iMore's Chris Oldroyd!

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Make Siri Do Almost Anything With AssistantExtensions Cydia Tweak

We’ve already said this before and we’ll say it again. Siri is amazing and is one of the strongest reasons why anyone would want to buy the iPhone 4S. And after the release of the iPhone 4s Jailbreak, Siri has been doing things that it never could before. Take the Sireet Cydia tweak for example, it can be used to tweet with the help of Siri on your iPhone 4S.

AssistantExtension Cydia tweak

This new Cydia tweak, AssistantExtensions, gives Siri much more power than what it has now. It’s not just a tweak, but it is a framework that increases the possibilities of what can be done using Siri. The AssistanExtensions Cydia tweak is based upon MobileSubstrate and can be used to control a lot of things on your iPhone 4S. Here is a list of things that AssistantExtensions Cydia tweak can do out-of-the-box:

System commands: tweet, show tweet, launch apps, set brightness to XX %, restart springboard, generate a random number and more.Toggles: you can literally toggle on/off all the shortcuts found in SBSettings.Chat Bot: You can chat with Siri. To start, just say “Let’s chat” and wait a moment. Loading times will be improved a lot in future releases.

That’s not it. Since this is a MobileSubstrate tweak, hackers and developers can come up with their own extensions for the tweak, which means more commands. There already is a YouTube extension that shows thumbnails of search results via Siri. Another neat aspect to this tweak is that it will also have multi-lingual support in the future, in case you speak a language that Siri can’t understand.

AssistantExtensions How To

This is a serious tweak and will extend Siri’s capabilities much more. And to top it all, the AssistantExtensions tweak is available as a FREE download from the BigBoss repo. So go on, what are you waiting for?

We will have how to guides available for customizing Siri with the AssistantExentsions Cydia tweak in the near future so stay tuned. Until that time please leave any questions or thoughts in the comments section below…

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Lingual Cydia Tweak Can Translate A Word Or Phrase Using Siri Into 30 Languages [VIDEO]

We just told you about the amazing AssistantExtension Cydia tweak for the jailbroken iPhone 4S that expands the capabilities of Siri. The tweak gives the ability to developers to create awesome and useful extensions for Siri. There’s already a new extension, and it’s available to download on Cydia.

Known as Lingual, this Cydia tweak can translate over 30 languages with the help of Siri. If you wanted to know the translation for a word or phrase, just ask Siri. The Lingual Cydia tweak is a very useful tool for travelers, but of course, you will need a jailbroken iPhone 4S to do this. Or, if you were successful in making Spire work on your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, then you’re in luck too. Here’s the complete list of languages supported by this tweak:

ArabicCzech,Danish,German,Estonian,Finnish,French,Dutch,Greek,Hebrew,Haitian,Hungarian,Indonesian,Italian,Japanese,Korean,Lithuanian,Latvian,Norwegian,polish,Portuguese,Romanian,Spanish,Russian,Slovak,Slovene,Swedish,Thai,Turkish,Ukranian,Vietnamese,Simplified and Traditional Chinese

That’s a lot of languages! To activate the translation, you will have to use the phrase “translate [phrase] to [language]” or, “what’s [phrase] in [language]“ using Siri and wait for the reply. If you are interested in Lingual you will be glad to know that it is now available for download from the BigBoss repo in Cydia for FREE. Try it out and use the comments section below to give us your thoughts on this one…

Note: Please keep in mind that for this to work, you need to have the AssistantExtension Cydia tweak first installed on your device,

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Daily iJailbreak App Store Deals For January 26th, 2012

Are you looking for a deal on an App Store application for your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad? How about FREE App Store applications? Well, if you are looking for any of the above you will be glad to know that will be covering the best daily App Store application deals. If there is an application that is currently on sale, or available for FREE for a limited time you will find it in our App Store daily deals list.

App Store Daily Deals January 26th, 2012

Download My Father’s Clothes - $2.99 -> FREE

Download iLivingWill - $0.99 -> FREE

Download Udder Chaos - $0.99 -> FREE

Download GClipboard - $9.99 -> FREE

Download Destructis - $1.99 -> FREE

Download Jelly Wars - $1.99 -> FREE

Download Ultimate Metronome Pro - $0.99 -> FREE

Download ArtRage - $6.99 -> $2.99

Download SkySafari 3 – $2.99 -> FREE

Download 6 Pack Promise - $3.99 -> FREE

Download Exitium: Saviors of Vardonia - $3.99 -> FREE

Download iREC – One Touch Video Recorder – $0.99 -> FREE

Download Time Ducks - $1.99 -> $0.99

Download Mobitee Golf Assistant - $24.99 -> FREE

Download SkySafari 3 Pro - $39.99 -> $29.99

Download NLogSynth PRO - $14.99 -> $7.99

Download Meanwhile for iOS - $4.99 -> $0.99

Download Skyfire Web Browser for iPad - $4.99 -> $1.99

Download Hipstamatic - $1.99 -> $0.99

Do you not see an application that catches your interest? Search the App Store directly from to find a more well-suited app for you!

Let us know what you think of these App Store deals in the comments section below…

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