Weekly News Roundup – 1 February 2013

On February 1, 2013

Once again the week is coming to an end and that means it’s time for a roundup of the past weeks news!

Evernote Hello 2.0 for iPhone is Here: Remember Everything About the People You Meet –  Today, we’re excited to launch the all new, completely redesigned and quite magical Evernote Hello 2.0. Get Evernote Hello for iOS from the App Store.

iOS 6.1 wins over 22 percent of iOS users, says report – Released on Monday, Apple’s latest OS update was downloaded by 21.8 percent of iOS users within just 36 hours. Among the iOS users tracked by Onswipe, 24 percent were iPhone owners and 21 percent iPad owners.

Apple Denied Bid On Reviving Samsung Galaxy Nexus Sales Ban – The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a bid from Apple today to review and reconsider the sales ban, originally granted and then reversed, on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phones. While this type of reconsideration, called an en banc review, is rare, it makes sense that Apple (as well as Samsung) would ask for everything it possibly could in this still-hot case.

Apple buys 18 ‘axis-based’ user interface patents from Canadian holding company – Apple last year bought a number of patents from Maya-Systems Inc. that cover an “intuitive way to display any virtual content in a superior manner.”

Apple has become the #1 mobile phone vendor in the United States for the first time ever – According to research firm Strategy Analytics, Apple overtook Samsung to become the number one phone vendor in the US. The report shows that Apple sold 17.7 million iPhones in the quarter against 16.8 million for Samsung and 4.7 million from #3 LG.

iTunes Leads The Race In Online Video On Demand  – Apple has been the tech industry’s pioneer for abandoning physical media, and iTunes is a testament to the success of digital downloads. According to a new report from the NPD Group, iTunes dominates its competitors in terms of online video on demand.

Apple says new Apple TV isn’t redesigned, just features minor tweaks – Despite details from a new FCC filing suggesting an updated Apple TV would feature a smaller form factor, Apple has indicated that the slightly tweaked hardware will look and function just like the current model.

‘Temple Run 2’ hits 50M downloads to become fastest growing mobile game ever – After debuting less than two weeks ago as an exclusive to the iOS App Store, “Temple Run 2” reached the 50 million download mark on Thursday, smashing the previous record set by “Angry Birds Space” in 2012.

Apple to discontinue Mac Pro in Europe March 1st over new regulatory standards – As of March 1, 2013, Apple will no longer sell Mac Pro in EU, EU candidate and EFTA countries because these systems are not compliant with Amendment 1 of regulation IEC 60950-1, Second Edition which becomes effective on this date.

HBO Coming To The Apple TV Later This Year [Report]  – Apple and HBO are reportedly in negotiations to make the premium channel a dedicated app on the Apple TV, like Netflix and Hulu Plus. The experience would be like that of the HBO Go app that currently exists in the iOS App Store.