iPad still top tablet in China despite rivals

Apple's iPad continues to reign as the top-selling tablet in China while rival Android devices from Motorola, Lenovo, and Asus struggle to gain a sizeable presence in the country's market, according to a Beijing-based research firm.

A total of 1.4 million tablets were sold in China during the second quarter, with 74 percent of those sales for Apple's iPad devices, according to Analysys International.

Apple's iPad 2, which went on sale in China in May, made up 53 percent of total tablet sales. About half of those sales came from official channels, while the rest came from unauthorized resellers, said Sun Peilin, an analyst with Analysys International.

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Apple releases iOS 4.3.5 to fix certificate validation

iOS 5’s on-device delta updates can’t come soon enough. Just a week and a half after releasing iOS 4.3.4, Apple has dropped iOS 4.3.5. Apple says that the new update fixes a security vulnerability with certificate validation.

The recently released iOS 4.3.4 focused on patching PDF vulnerabilities that some folks were using to jailbreak their devices, but could be exploited for more nefarious means, too.

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Law firm rallies AT&T customers to block T-Mobile merger

Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from Network World.

Law firm Bursor & Fisher wants AT&T customers to help it stop the AT&T-T-Mobile merger and is using the prospect of a $10,000 arbitration payment to bring people onboard.

The firm has set up a website, fightthemerger.com, aimed at recruiting AT&T customers whom the firm claims will be adversely affected by the proposed merger. The firm claims that it has already initiated “dozens” of arbitrations on behalf of clients and it says that if its arbitration efforts are successful, “we may be able to seek a $10,000 payment for every one of our customers.”

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iOS e-readers remove store links to comply with Apple rules

Several prominent iOS-based e-reading apps received updates on Monday that removed one small, but important feature: To comply with Apple's latest policies on selling app content outside of the standard in-app purchasing API, the Kindle, Kobo, Google, and Nook apps all dropped in-app links to their Web-based ebook stores. And at least one significant e-reader has disappeared from the store entirely.

Specifically, the apps now comply with Apple's App Store requirement for purchasing external content:

Apps can read or play approved content (specifically magazines, newspapers, books, audio, music, and video) that is subscribed to or purchased outside of the app, as long as there is no button or external link in the app to purchase the approved content. (emphasis added)

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Air Penguin for iPhone

Produce an avian-themed iPhone game, and you can expect people to let fly with the Angry Birds comparisons. That would be unfair to Air Penguin, a $1 game for the iPhone and iPod touch from Gamevil. Yes, the game features birds—penguins, to be precise—and they do seem a little bit miffed about the polar ice caps melting (Perturbed Penguins?). But this is an entirely different kind of casual offering for the iPhone, a scrolling platform game instead of a physics-based puzzler.

Air Penguin also goes for a completely different control scheme. Instead of on-screen buttons or touch controls, Air Penguin relies entirely on the iPhone’s built-in accelerometer to control the action. It’s this feature that will either delight iPhone gamers or have them angrily pressing down on the Air Penguin logo so that they can remove the game from their devices.

I Was Not Aware There Would Be Sharks: it’s hard enough to get your Air Penguin from one ice floe to the next. You also have to contend with obstacles like penguin-eating sharks.

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T-Mobile begins offering iPhone-friendly micro-SIM cards

For the first time ever in the U.S., T-Mobile is now offering an official micro-SIM card. That’s the precise type of SIM you’d need if you wanted to use, say, an unlocked iPhone 4 on T-Mobile’s network.

Previously, using an unlocked iPhone 4 with T-Mobile required that you break out some sharp tools—or at least a SIM cutter. Now that T-Mobile’s selling ready-made micro-SIM cards, however, such physical hackery will become a thing of the past, perhaps easing the way for consumers looking for an alternative to AT&T (the Verizon-compatible iPhone 4 doesn’t use a SIM card and thus can’t be used on T-Mobile’s network). Apple began selling an official unlocked verison of the iPhone 4 last month; before that, unlocking could only be performed by first jailbreaking your iPhone.

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Lodsys takes aim at Angry Birds, The Sims, Atari, and more

If you thought those birds were angry before, hooboy. Lodsys—the company suing iOS, Mac, and Android developers for patent infringement—has added several major mobile gaming companies to that patent lawsuit, including Angry Birds developer Rovio. Also knocked over by Lodsys’s latest legal slingshot: Electronic Arts (for The Sims 3 for iPhone), Atari (for Atari’s Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad), Square Enix (for Big Hit Baseball for iPhone and iPad), and Take-Two Interactive (for 2K Sports NHL 2K11 for iPhone).

As Florian Müller reports, that brings the total number of defendants from Lodys’s initial patent lawsuit to 11; the original suit targeted seven developers, Lodsys has now added the five additional defendants listed above, and Vietnamese developer Wulven Games has been dropped from the suit.

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