iExit helps you find what’s just off the freeway + MORE iPhone News 10/18/2012

Here’s the latest update on the Apple iPhone and the smartphone market. Hope you enjoy this iPhone article round up from these leading news sites.
Did The EPEAT Environmental Registry Cave On Apple's Retina MacBook Pro?

Just three months after Apple’s public relations snafu that saw the company mysteriously leave the computer industry’s EPEAT environmental standards program and then come back again under a cloud of shame, it turns out the Mac/iPhone maker had little to worry about. All of the products Apple submitted to the registry, including the Retina MacBook Pro at the heart of the original controversy, have now qualified for EPEAT status anyway.
That development, though, has gotten a lot of folks angry, including environmental organization Greenpeace and noted repair site iFixit…

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Klout adds Passbook support and perks
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Klout adds Passbook support and perks

The social app Klout has updated its iPhone app, with a few surprising features. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Klout. It’s gotten a little bit of a reputation for being spammy, and I think the way it rates influence is more or less meaningless. However, there’s one feature of the new app that I think is very interesting, and that’s Passbook integration. Yes, the Klout app will now show up in Passbook, and contains a “Klout card” that shows off the user’s name, photo and Klout score. Klout says that showing this card to various people or businesses could have benefits down the road…

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Cadillac ATS Delivers American Automotive Innovation

In January, The New York Times wondered aloud why Apple did not make the iPhone in America. The story heaped a torrent of commentary and scrutiny on Silicon Valley’s most valuable company. Whether you think manufacturing in the U.S. is right or not for Apple, Cadillac is proving that American-made technology can compete with the best.
The new Cadillac ATS was designed to be a luxury car world-beater – a tall order that required catching up to the likes of BMW’s 3-series and Mercedes’ C-class…

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Daily iPhone App: Rune Raiders charges into turn-based combat

Rune Raiders isn’t a new app — it came out a little while ago and has been updated a few times (and you can actually play a version of it online in Flash). But I was looking through the App Store for a few good turn-based games recently, and Rune Raiders has been stealing more and more of my playtime. It is indeed a game you play by turns, where you control a small party of square-shaped soldiers, who move upwards on a grid-based battlefield, fighting a series of enemies who are also represented by tiles…

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iExit helps you find what's just off the freeway

iExit is a universal, US$0.99 app for iPhone and iPad designed to help you find what you need while on the US interstate system. There are plenty of apps with similar features, but there are a few things that put iExit above the norm.

Mike Rose mentioned the app in his piece on summer road trip apps, but I’m going to take a deep dive into iExit.

The app has two modes. The on-the-road view provides information on what’s ahead, from campgrounds to restaurants to ice cream shops to hotels. You can filter these results, having the app display only gas stations that dispense diesel fuel for example, or just look for the nearest Wendy’s…

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Man Falls for Siri in Charming New Love Story

From the author of parody children’s book Goodnight iPad comes a charming new love story about a man who falls for Siri, the woman inside his iPhone.
Siri & Me: A Modern Love Story (Blue Rider Press) by David Milgrim follows a blogger named Dave, who — like many of us — spends the majority of his day in cyberspace. He’s developed a special infinity for voice-command software Siri, noting that she’s easier to talk to than any girl he’s ever met. Well, most of the time…
“I love you, Siri,” Dave says…

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Verizon sold 651,000 iPhone 5 in dying days of Q3Verizon has quietly confirmed its iPhone 5 sales performance in Q3 2012, with over 650,000 of the latest Apple smartphones sold up until the end of September. Speaking on the carrier’s financial results call, CFO Fran Shammo broke down the “6.8m smartphones sold” stat Verizon initially shared into Android and iPhone, with 3.4m of the former and 3.1m of the latter activated in the three month period.

However, Shammo also gave the percentage of iPhones that were LTE-compatible – 21-percent – and since there’s only one such version, the newest iPhone 5, that doesn’t make the math too hard…

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Verizon activated 3.1 million iPhones in Q3 2012

Verizon announced its quarterly earnings today and confirmed that it sold 3.1 million iPhones in Q3 2012. This is up from the 2.7 million units that the carrier sold in the previous quarter and up from the 2 million the carrier sold in the same quarter last year.

During its earnings conference call, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo also said that 21 percent of the iPhones sold in the quarter were compatible the carrier’s 4G LTE network. We can interpret this to mean that Verizon sold 651,000 iPhone 5 handsets in the week between when the iPhone went on sale and the quarter closed…

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Australia’s Woolworths drops RIM for iPhones
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Australia's Woolworths drops RIM for iPhones
Australian supermarket chain Woolworths is dropping the BlackBerry handsets used by employees in many of its more than 800 locations in favor of iPhones. The company is in the process of gathering the staff’s remaining 550 BlackBerrys, which will then be replaced by iPhone 5s. Australian wireless provider Optus inked the deal with Woolworths.

The change is part of a larger shift in the company to rely on Apple’s hardware for its mobile needs. After Woolworths distributed nearly 900 iPads to store managers during a recent conference in Sydney, productivity reportedly went up considerably…

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