Looks like you can’t teach a new iPad old Smart Covers. Elsewhere, HP shareholders want to know why everything it can do Apple can do better, BlackBerry lets the homefront slip through its fingers, and the iPhone might soon get all the G’s. The remainders for Thursday, March 22, 2012 will sleep when they’re dead.
iPad 3 Smart Cover Sleep/Wake Feature Not Working (Mark’s Hangout)
It seems that some Smart Covers, as well as some third-party cases with embedded magnets, aren’t playing nicely with the new iPad’s built-in magnets. The answer? Looks like Apple slightly tweaked the magnets in the new tablets, requiring a cover with a specific polarity. Man, I knew if I kept suggesting “reverse the polarity” as an answer that it would eventually pay off.
HP shareholders question why company isn’t more like Apple (AppleInsider)
A) Insistence that printers are the future.
B) Repeated poor business decisions.
C) Not making enough money.
D) HP stands for “Harry Potter,” right?
E) All of the above.
Things are looking grim for RIM: Even Canadian companies are forgoing the Canadian-made BlackBerry for the iPhone. Fortunately, the increasingly anachronistic smartphone can still count Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as a user…that should make one heck of an ad campaign.
Platform Versions (Android Developers)
You may have heard that Android is a fragmented platform, but it really kicks in when you see it in visual form, thanks to this graph from Google. Only 1.2 percent of users are on the latest version, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.3), while the bulk of Android users are still on Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3-2.3.7)—that’s a whopping 61.5 percent. Maybe they need to make the version codenames even more enticing: May I suggest Android 5.0 Jello Shots?
Colorado Woman’s iPhone 4 Combusts (Mashable)
And you thought the new iPad gets hot. One woman claimed her iPhone 4 spontaneously combusted inches from her head while she slept. That’s called planned obsolescence, people.
iOS 5.1 confirms that Apple is working on a 4G capable iPhone (iDownloadBlog)
One blog digs up “evidence” of a forthcoming 4G iPhone by, as usual, scouring system files in the latest iOS release. I don’t know what the big deal is: I’ve already got 4G on my iPhone.
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