Archive | July, 2009

Apple not planning to offer “iTunes for e-books”

31. July 2009

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With rumors of an Apple tablet picking up momentum by the week, many have been quick to proclaim that the as of yet unreleased tablet will be a Kindle killer, with some speculation focusing on whether or not Apple might even launch an iTunes store for e-books. With the iPhone app store already heavily populated [...]

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Apple issues iTunes update to address iPhone SMS security flaw

31. July 2009

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At the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas this past week, researchers Collin Mulliner and Charlie Miller revealed that they could remotely take over any iPhone with a simple text message comprised of a single character.  Rebooting the phone would in most cases solve the problem, but it wouldn’t take a hacker long [...]

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Why Microsoft and Steve Ballmer just don’t get it

31. July 2009

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At a Microsoft Financial Analyst meeting yesterday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer demonstrated, yet again, that he still doesn’t get, or perhaps is unwilling to admit, why people are ditching PC’s and flocking to the Mac in droves. While looking out into a sea of reporters and analysts, Ballmer noticed the number of computers sporting an [...]

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Rob Enderle was bullish on MSFT stock hours before Microsoft reported its worst quarter in 23 years

30. July 2009

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Last week, Microsoft reported disappointing earnings, missed 4Q analyst estimates, and saw their profits fall by a staggering 29%. A few hours earlier, everyone’s favorite “analyst”, Rob Enderle, appeared on CNBC and was particularly bullish about Microsoft’s financial prospects. “I’m expecting some really good news in terms of outlook for [Microsoft]. They just released their [...]

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Foxconn suicide raises issue of Chinese counterfeits

30. July 2009

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It’s been about a week since a Foxconn employee committed suicide after losing a fourth generation iPhone prototype he was responsible for.  Since then, a number of issues have been raised about Apple’s prevailing culture of secrecy and the working conditions of Chinese employees who help manufacture Apple products. The missing iPhone that was at [...]

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Ryan Block disputes WSJ article re: Apple attending CES

30. July 2009

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Yesterday, Ben Charny of the Wall Street Journal wrote that Apple would make an official appearance at CES 2010, with the basis of his scoop being a conversation from a  journalist dinner he attended with Gary Shapiro, the head of the trade organization that puts on CES.  Charney, however, did not directly source his information, [...]

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Photo of Steve Jobs leaving Apple Campus

30. July 2009

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TMZ published a photo yesterday of Steve Jobs leaving Apple headquarters.  Gizmodo thinks that he’s walking with famed Apple designer Jonathan Ive, but we’re not so sure about that.  In any event, this is the first public photo of Jobs in a long time, and as luck would have it, the photo was taken with [...]

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Apple plans to attend CES 2010, Jobs invited to deliver keynote

29. July 2009

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After months of speculation, it appears that Apple will officially be in attendance at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a move made possible by Apple’s announcement last January that it would no longer attend the Macworld Expo, which historically takes place during the same week as CES. According to a report in the WSJ, [...]

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A look back at un-released Apple prototypes [Photo]

29. July 2009

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A new book from designer Harmut Esslinger of Frog Design gives us a small glimpse into Apple’s design process via photos and stories of Apple prototypes that never made it to market.  Frog Design, in case you’re unaware, is a design company that was instrumental in churning out designs for number of popular Apple products [...]

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Microsoft to open first retail stores in California and Arizona

29. July 2009

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Microsoft announced yesterday that it’s retail initiative to roll out a number of Microsoft Retail Stores will begin in Scottsdale, Arizona and Mission Viejo, California sometime this fall.  The shoopping area chosen in Mission Viejo is already home to an Apple Store while the Scottsdale location is not.  According to Microsoft spokeswoman Kim Stocks, the [...]

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New “flying apps” display at Apple Store in Palo Alto [video]

29. July 2009

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TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid stumbled upon this pretty cool window display at a flagship Apple Store in Palo Alto recently.  Check it out.. Now wouldn’t it be funny if someone came out with a similar display for apps available on the Palm Pre?

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New ARM processor from Samsung clocks in at 1GHz

29. July 2009

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Earlier this week, Samsung unveiled a new iPhone grade ARM processor with a clock output of 1Ghz, a marked improvement over the current iPhone 3GS processor which can potentially run at 833Mhz, but which has been scaled back to run at 633Mhz due to heat and power considerations. Samsung notes that the new Cortex-A8 chip, [...]

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