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Redbox Instant By Verizon Launches Into Beta

Apple Wins Patent for the First iPhone, Designed by Jobs & Ive

Redbox Instant By Verizon Launches Into Beta

Redbox Instant by Verizon, the up-and-coming joint venture that's preparing to take on Netflix, is now live in Google Play and App Store.

The service won't be publicly launching until early 2013, according to a recent report from The Hollywood Reporter, however. But Redbox recently told GigaOm that a beta test would begin in December—and, apparently, it’s beginning today. The Redbox Twitter account this morning announced the launch, too. "Today is the day! We’re *gradually* rolling out access to redboxinstant.com," the tweet read, pointing users to the sign up page.

The app’s description spells out the details of what the service provides—specifically, a free trial period with a month of unlimited streaming as well as four DVD credits which can be used at a Redbox kiosk. Users can watch movies on their Android/iOS phone or tablet with the app, bookmark favorite titles, buy and rent movies (even without a subscription), and browse through Redbox's database of thousands of titles.

Also, Verizon plans web streaming, supporting the Xbox 360 and some Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players. Customers will be able to register up to five devices to access the service.

Source: TechCrunch

Apple Wins Patent for the First iPhone, Designed by Jobs & Ive

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Apple a patent for the design of the first-generation iPhone, released in 2007, and created in part by Steve Jobs and Jony Ive.

Apple on Tuesday was awarded U.S. Patent No. D672769, entitled "Electronic Device". Illustrations accompanying the design patent show Apple's first-generation iPhone, which was introduced with much fanfare by Jobs, then the company's CEO, in 2007 and went on sale in June of that same year.

The first iPhone featured a two-tone back that was mostly made of aluminum—a design element that the company would return to this year with the release of the iPhone 5 with a predominantly metal back. Apple's interim devices opted for different materials: The iPhone 3G and 3GS had plastic backs, while the iPhone 4 and 4S backs were made of glass. The basic design of the first iPhone remains very similar to this day.

Source: Apple Insider

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