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Apple’s CDN reportedly goes live w/ 10x current capacity, deals in place w/ Comcast, others

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A report today from Streamingmedia.com points to evidence that Apple’s new Content Delivery Network is now live in at least the U.S. and Europe. The news follows a report in May that Apple was negotiating with ISPs in order to build out its own Content Delivery Network to move away from the third-party services it currently uses to distribute iTunes content, iCloud data, and software to customers. While the CDN isn’t yet delivering all of Apple’s content, the report notes OS X downloads are now coming from the new content delivery network and that Apple has made deals with Comcast and others to have 10x its current capacity:

In addition, Apple has interconnect deals in place with multiple ISPs, including Comcast and others, and has paid to get direct access to their networks. Doing trace routes on OS X downloads from multiple ISPs now shows them coming from directly from Apple’s CDN, as you can see with the example below.

- te-0-7-0-9-sur02.lowell.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.87.159.37)
– be-21-ar01.needham.ma.boston.comcast.net (68.85.106.45)
– he-1-12-0-0-cr01.newyork.ny.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.90.253)
– he-4-15-0-0-cr01.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.87.197)
– he-0-11-0-1-pe04.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (68.86.82.222)
– as714-2-c.ashburn.va.ibone.comcast.net (66.208.228.214)
– usqas1-vip-sx-003.aaplimg.com (17.253.0.223)

The report continues by claiming sources at ISPs say Apple has a “massive amount of capacity in place” with approximately 10x the amount of capacity it has currently.  While the OS X downloads shown above are proof Apple is already rolling out its own CDN, the company is reportedly continuing to use Akamai and Level 3′s CDN services for iTunes, iTunes Radio and App Store downloads. Streamingmedia, which has been tracking the development of Apple’s CDN over the last 12 months, notes that Apple has invested a lot in the project and achieved a surprisingly fast roll out:

It’s too early to know how much traffic will come over and when, but Apple’s already started using their own CDN much faster than I expected. The pace of their build out and amount of money they are spending on infrastructure is incredible. Based on my calculations, Apple has already put in place multiple terabits per second of capacity and by the end of this year, will have invested well more than $100M in their CDN build out..

While Apple already controls most aspects of the experience it delivers to end users, the roll out of its own CDN will allow it to increase its capacity and have more control over the infrastructure that delivers content to its users.


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Crowdfunding service Indiegogo launches iPhone app

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Crowdfunding platform Indiegogo today announced that it’s finally launching an app for iPhone and iPod touch that comes alongside a new look for the website. The app includes features for both users discovering and supporting projects and those managing Indiegogo campaigns they’ve launched:

A full list of features in the first release is below:

Supporting Indiegogo campaigns

  • Discovering new campaigns through recommendations based on past activity and preferred categories
  • Exploring and following campaign categories
  • Claiming campaign perks
  • Sharing favorite campaigns with friends

Managing Indiegogo campaigns

  • Receiving notifications each time a contribution is made to a campaign
  • Monitoring campaign comments
  • Posting campaign updates and photos
  • Thanking contributors
  • Sending custom messages to phone contacts and Facebook friends
  • Promoting campaigns on social networks

At launch the Indiegogo app is available in English, Spanish, German, and French. The app is available for free on the App Store now.


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Modbook announces $4k 15-inch pen-based OS X tablet built w/ new Retina MacBooks

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Following up the last Modbook Pro tablet the company is currently selling made from a converted mid-2012 MacBook Pro, today Modbook is back with the announcement of a 15-inch ModBook tablet that uses the new Retina MacBooks Apple just refreshed this week as its guts. For those of you unfamiliar with the company, it first started making OS X based tablets by converting Apple laptops and adding pen input capabilities as far back as 2007. 

For the new model, Modbook is turning to Kickstarter to raise funds and take preorders with the base 2.2GHz model coming in at $4000. Apart from the pen-input and some design tweaks during the conversion, the specs remain the same as Apple’s MacBooks and the company can also mod your MacBook for a cool $1999 (also an option for backers on Kickstarter). If successful raising $150k through its funding campaign, it plans to start shipping the Modbook Pro X to backers that provided their own Mac in early 2015.

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Another addition in this year’s model is an option for “rear-mounted Keybars” that provide quick keys for shortcuts. There is also detachable Keyboard Stand that is available for the tablet. The Keybars are programmable and the company imagines them being used for quick commands (think command + S for saving) with one hand while the other is occupied with the tablet’s stylus.  Both of these optional features are pictured above and will add to the base prices mentioned above, as will opting for models of the Macbook Pro other than the base 2.2GHz option. 

In case you’re wondering, the conversion process does void your warranty with Apple, but Modbook provides its own that covers all the hardware. You can learn more and preorder by backing the Kickstarter campaign here.


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Russia requests Apple provide access to source code

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Reuters reports that Russia has asked Apple to provide the government with access to the company’s source code to make sure its iOS devices and Macs aren’t used for spying. The report claims the proposal came earlier this month when an Apple executive in Russia met with the country’s Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov and others:

The suggestion that two of the world’s flagship technology companies disclose some of their most sensitive business secrets comes as the United States and Europe debate their most severe sanctions yet against Russia for its role in Ukraine… The Russian proposal was voiced last week when Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov met Apple’s general manager in Russia, Peter Engrob Nielsen, and SAP’s Russian managing director, Vyacheslav Orekhov, the Communications Ministry said in a statement.

As noted in the report, as part of the request government officials noted that it’s had a long relationship with Microsoft, which provides its source code to a third-party that in turn provides it to the country’s communications ministry.

The request for access to source code was also sent to software maker SAP, Reuters reports. “It said the proposal was designed to ensure the rights of consumers and corporate users to the privacy of their personal data, as well as for state security interests.”

Apple and SAP are yet to comment, but we’ll update here if they do.


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Russia requests Apple provide access to source code

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Reuters reports that Russia has asked Apple to provide the government with access to the company’s source code to make sure its iOS devices and Macs aren’t used for spying. The report claims the proposal came earlier this month when an Apple executive in Russia met with the country’s Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov and others:

The suggestion that two of the world’s flagship technology companies disclose some of their most sensitive business secrets comes as the United States and Europe debate their most severe sanctions yet against Russia for its role in Ukraine… The Russian proposal was voiced last week when Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov met Apple’s general manager in Russia, Peter Engrob Nielsen, and SAP’s Russian managing director, Vyacheslav Orekhov, the Communications Ministry said in a statement.

As noted in the report, as part of the request government officials noted that it’s had a long relationship with Microsoft, which provides its source code to a third-party that in turn provides it to the country’s communications ministry.

The request for access to source code was also sent to software maker SAP, Reuters reports. “It said the proposal was designed to ensure the rights of consumers and corporate users to the privacy of their personal data, as well as for state security interests.”

Apple and SAP are yet to comment, but we’ll update here if they do.


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FreedomPop brings its free voice, text & data plans to tablets including a $319 iPad mini

 

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FreedomPop, the carrier offering free and cheap data plans on Sprint’s network, today announced that it’s bringing its free voice, data, and text plans to tablet users starting with the iPad mini and Samsung Tab 3. Since LTE iPads only support data over their cellular connection, the carrier provides iPad users with Apple headsets with mics for making calls and an app that routes calls/texts through its own VoIP platform.

While there are competitors like Skype that enable VoIP calling on iPads already, FreedomPop has a couple things going for it. The company’s CEO Stephen Stokols notes that “unlike some apps, we actually provision a new unique phone number and enable voice mail, number porting, etc, on it” … 

It’s also offering iPad users the ability to take advantage of the free voice, text, and data plan that it already offers to iPhone and smartphone users. That includes 500MB of LTE data, 200 voice minutes and 500 texts – and is offered to both those purchasing a new tablet through FreedomPop and those bringing tablets over from another carrier.

“It’s also important to note, that tablets are restricted today, not only can you not make calls/texts, but apps like whatsapp or Uber that require a phone number to be associated also don’t work, these tablets will allow for this capability.”

FreedomPop is selling the devices directly to customers including the first-gen iPad mini for $319 and the Samsung Tab 3 for $199. It supports other iPads, but Stokols says it picked iPad mini for its form factor and price point. It’s worth noting that the $319 price point is a significant discount from the $429 Apple still sells the first-gen LTE iPad mini for (Apple sells refurbished models for $319, however).

The company didn’t speak much about any agreement with Apple for the new offering but did say “we are engaging apple, and are formally partnered with sprint who is supporting us.”

Update: FreedomPop confirmed the $319 iPad mini is refurbished and in “like new” condition.


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Microsoft OneNote iPhone, iPad, & Mac apps updated with new features

OneNote-for-iPhoneMicrosoft updated its OneNote apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac today with a number of highly requested features including the ability to insert files, lock and unlock protected sections, PDF printouts, and much more.

In addition, the update also includes the ability to organize notebooks by moving and reordering sections and pages, support for formatted text copied from other apps, and an option to create notebooks and save them to OneDrive for Business.

The updated Microsoft OneNote for iPhone and for iPad is available on the App Store now. A full list of what’s new is below:

What’s New in Version 2.3

•Insert Files – You asked, we listened. Now you can insert files into your notes, open them with a double-tap, and easily share them using AirDrop.
•Protected Sections – Now you can lock or unlock password-protected sections created in OneNote for Windows.
•PDF Printouts – Add a PDF printout to any notebook page, then add your own notes.
•Organize Notebooks – Now you can move and reorder sections, and move pages anywhere you want in OneNote.
•Formatted Text – Copy and paste formatted text between application – whether it’s an article from Safari or a document in Word, any content you paste into OneNote will look great!
•Creating Notebooks – Now you can create notebooks and save them to OneDrive for Business. Have multiple accounts? No problem! It’s easy to select exactly where you want to store your new notebook.

The Microsoft OneNote for Mac app gets a similar update today plus the ability to share a page from OneNote through email. 


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