Angry Birds crashing into PSP, PS3 this week

The Angry Birds, and their hated egg-stealing pigs, are coming to the PlayStation Network this week, according to Sony's official PlayStation blog, which means they're also coming to the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 consoles.

The insanely popular game--which is currently available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, had been said to be heading to consoles, and it seemed like a no-brainer to send them there.

Rovio's title will be downloadable for the PSP and likely the PS3, as most (but not all) of the "mini" games work on both. No word on pricing … Read more

Will Apple release a TV by end of 2012?

Apple may have some big plans for 2011, but one analyst believes the company may be saving one of its biggest announcements for 2012--a television.

Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray senior research analyst, said in a research note today that he believes Apple will enter the TV set market by the end of next year. If Munster is right, that gives Apple two years to design and manufacture the television.

"While Apple's commitment to the living room remains a 'hobby,' we continue to believe the company will enter the TV market with a full focus, as an all-in-one … Read more

iPad arrives in the House of Representatives

Apple's iPad may soon have a new home: the U.S. House of Representatives.

The floor of the House of Representatives is a technology-free zone. Traditionalists have argued that having tech devices of any kind in the chamber could be highly disruptive, especially with so many members in the House at the same time.

However, recently Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) took his iPad to the Speaker's podium and, in doing so, may have changed the course of history in the House.

In an interview with iPadDailyNews on Thursday, Cuellar explained his thoughts on using the iPad.

"If … Read more

European standards groups agree on micro-USB

Two European standardization bodies have agreed to make micro-USB the standard interface port for smartphones in Europe.

Though Apple currently uses its proprietary 30-pin dock connector for transferring data and charging its iPhone, iPad, and iPods, CEN-CENELEC and ETSI announced yesterday they have agreed that an adapter is suitable for compliance.

The commission "made available the harmonized standards needed for the manufacture of data-enabled mobile phones compatible with a new common charger. This is the most recent development in the process toward a global common mobile phone charger initiated by the European Commission."

Apple, along with mobile phone … Read more

Skype for iPhone adds two-way video calling

The word you're looking for is "finally." As in, "Oh look, Skype has finally stepped up to the competition by adding two-way video chatting to its VoIP iPhone app!" Indeed, this anticipated addition is one for which Skype-watchers and users have been thirsting since Fring's two-way video calling app nosed into the iPhone app store this past July, following Apple's introduction of its own Face Time video chatting software. But more on that later.

What iPhone users worldwide first need to know is that starting today, an update to the free Skype for … Read more

Apple's iPad 2 rumored to have USB port

With the bulk of the holiday shopping buzz dying down, rumors of Apple's new iPad 2 have sprung to life. The most recent rumor, courtesy of the Mobile Review blog editor-in-chief Eldar Murtazin, says the iPad 2 will include a USB port.

The tweet, discovered by AppleInsider, reads:

"Talked with colleague which working with some ODM vendors connected with Apple. He is research guy. According to his sources iPad2 will have usb port."

AppleInsider reports that Murtazin is a trusted insider with good sources and the news of the integrated USB could be the result of a … Read more

Could Apple ship 65 million iPads next year?

Some of the companies that manufacture parts for Apple's iPad are anticipating the company may ship 65 million of the tablet devices in 2011, according to an article in today's DigiTimes.

That number far outstrips current market estimates of about 45 million. As recently as this past summer, 25 million iPads in a year was considered a staggering number.

The estimates come via LG Display and Samsung, two of the companies that Apple has enlisted to build the display technology for the iPad. Looking at the 65 million figure as well as the fact that LG shipped 1.… Read more

Potential solution for podcasts not playing in iOS

A few months ago, we described a problem some people were having with iOS devices not being able to play podcasts. When attempting to download various podcasts from the iTunes store, the system will display an error stating the "podcast name cannot be played on this iPhone/iPod/iPad."

In the past people found that resetting the device does not help, and when downloading the podcasts in iTunes, they then sync to the iOS device without error. This suggests one problem might be with the way the iOS devices are managing their connections with the podcast sources, and … Read more

Apple sued over privacy in iPhone, iPad apps

Apple is being sued for allegedly letting mobile apps on the iPhone and iPad send personal information to ad networks without the consent of users.

Jonathan Lalo, who filed the lawsuit on Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., alleges that Apple's iPhones and iPads let ad networks track which applications people download, how often they're used, and for how long, according to a Bloomberg article published today.

Specifically, the suit alleges that the ad networks are able to trace an iPhone or iPad using the unique device identifier, or UDID, which is a number … Read more

Rumor: Apple prepping three iPad 2 versions

Apple is working on three versions of the iPad 2, DigiTimes reported today.

Citing an unnamed source, DigiTimes claims one model of Apple's next tablet will feature Wi-Fi only, while another will provide UMTS connectivity and Wi-Fi. The third model would apparently boast CDMA access, along with Wi-Fi connectivity. UMTS, or Universal Mobile Telecommunications System, is a 3G technology used by AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States. Verizon and Sprint use CDMA, or code division multiple access, for 3G.

DigiTimes' sources claim that about two-thirds of Apple's iPad shipments feature 3G connectivity, which may be … Read more