Siri, Apple, Mac listed as baby names in 2012

In 2012, the number of babies baptized with the name “Apple”, “Mac” and “Siri” increased, according to a global survey conducted by the website BabyCenter.

The company analyzed names of 450,000 babies born in 2012, recorded by their mothers on the site.

According to the survey, the name “Apple,” for girls, increased by 15% in 2012, while the name “Mac,” for boys, rose 12%.

The name “Siri”, which refers to the Apple’s voice assistant for phones and tablets, is up 5% on the list of girls’ names.

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Apple to approve 4G LTE for the iPhone 5, not carriers

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According to a Telecoms report, a representative at Swisscom, a Swiss carrier, said that “Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operator’s live network.”

Swisscom will offer the iPhone 5 with LTE compatibility “in due course.”

Bengt Nordstrom, founder and CEO at industry consultancy NorthStream, told the site that he was shocked when he heard about the policy.

“Apple have put themselves in the driving seat; it’s really changing the game,” he said, adding that this proved, “who is running the industry.”

The Cupertino tech giant has yet to comment on the news.

iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad 4 launch in China in December

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The Wi-Fi versions of the iPad Mini and the iPad 4 will go on sale first beginning Friday, December 7.

The iPhone 5 will hit stores in China on Friday, Dec. 14.

Apple’s press release reads:

“Apple today announced the Wi-Fi versions of iPad mini and fourth generation iPad with Retina display will be available in China on Friday, December 7, and iPhone 5 will be available on Friday, December 14. iPad mini and the new fourth generation iPad with Retina display are currently available in 42 countries, and iPhone 5 is available in 47 countries, including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.”

Customers can place orders at Apple stores to pick up the gadgets in person.

Apple is focused on the Chinese market which has brought the company 15% of their global total in fiscal 2012.

iPhone 5 popSLATE case: second screen for your new iPhone – Video

The E-ink screen of the case measures 4 inches, it uses less energy and doubles the surface on which you can view the content.

The screen is always-on and it can display photos, notes, maps, or whatever you want, by simply using this application which was specifically developed for iOS.

The case is available in black and white, it weighs less than 75 grams. The case dimensions are 5.35” x 2.56” x 0.54”.

The 4 inch E-ink ruggedized display is compatible with the new iPhone.

“In fact the screen is nearly indestructible,” the site writes.

The image can be changed anytime as popSLATE “is totally customizable.”

For more information about the iPhone 5 popSLATE case, please visit Indiegogo.

iPhone 5 unlocked models officially available on US store, starting at $649

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The 16GB version costs $649, the 32GB model is priced at $749 and the 64GB comes at $849.

The shipping time is estimated to be one week.

A statement on Apple’s site read:

“The unlocked iPhone includes all the features of iPhone but without a wireless contract commitment. You can activate and use iPhone on the supported GSM wireless network of your choice, such as AT&T in the United States. The unlocked iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 will not work with CDMA-based carriers such as Verizon Wireless or Sprint.

If you don’t want a multiyear service contract, or if you prefer to use a local carrier when traveling abroad, the unlocked iPhone is the best choice. It does not come with a micro-SIM card for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, or a nano-SIM card for iPhone 5, so you’ll need to get one from any supported GSM carrier worldwide. To start using it, simply insert the card into the slot on your iPhone and turn it on by pressing and holding the On/Off button for a few seconds. Then follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.”

Alternatively, an iPhone 5 on-contract is availble for $199.

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Jessica Simpson pregnant rumors circulate lately

According to Us Weekly, Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson are expecting.

“It definitely wasn’t planned. But yes, Jessica is pregnant again,” a source told the mag. ”She really is overjoyed!”

But when People asked the singer’s publicist about the latest pregnancy rumors, he responded: “I’m not going to comment on this speculation.”

Jessica tweeted on Thanksgiving: “I am so grateful for my new lil family! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!”

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iPhone 5 regulatory certification is approved in China ahead of rumored December release

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According to The Wall Street Journal, China Telecom and China Unicom have granted regulatory approval for the iPhones 5.

China Telecom chairman Wang Xiaochu has announced that the handset will go on sale on the carrier by early December.

Apple plans to make the iPhone 5 available in 100 countries on 240 carriers by December.

The company is focused on the Chinese market which has brought 15% of their global total in fiscal 2012.

iPhone 5 unlocked models rumored to be sold by Apple starting tonight

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According to “retail sources” cited by 9to5Mac, Apple will start selling unlocked iPhone 5s on its online store as soon as 9:00 p.m. Thursday night.

Prices are expected to be set around $649, $749 and $849 for the 16, 32 and 64GB versions, respectively.

Apple has yet to provide a start sales date.

The site also writes that Apple Stores will change its Personal Pickup program that lets customers reserve devices for pickup after 10 p.m. anytime during the day.

iPhone 5 scratches two months after its launch, with and without a case

Gizmodo’s Sam Biddle has done a test to see how well the handset was built and for how long the paint on it can resist.

The images show a comparison between an iPhone 5 kept in a case in the past 2 months and an iPhone 5 that was used without a case since it was bought two months ago.

In the case of the iPhone that didn’t have a case and was kept together with keys or other objects, the corners show slight wearing or chipping.

By contrast, the iPhone that was protected in a case looks almost as good as new.