Archive | February, 2010

Mac version of the Google “Parisian Love” Superbowl ad

28. February 2010

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Check out this solid parody of the well-received “Parisian Love” ad from Google that aired during the Super Bowl. The creator of the video notes that his effort was unfortunately inspired by real life experiences he had with a PC at work. If I was bashing a PC user…it would be myself. Everything I put [...]

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As Steve Jobs stood on stage unveiling the iPad, Amazon was frantically calling publishers

27. February 2010

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As Steve Jobs still stood on stage unveiling the iPad on January 27th, Amazon executives frantically began calling a slew of publishers looking to glean as much information as possible about the type of content deals they struck with Apple. According to a recent report in the New York Times, Amazon recently began trying to [...]

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Analyst ups Apple earnings estimates, anticipates 2.2 million iPads sold in 2010

27. February 2010

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While Palm is busy warning Wall Street about lower than expected earnings, Apple, per usual, seems to be firing on all cylinders. Last week, analyst Toni Sacconaghi raised his FY 2010 and 2011 earnings estimates for Apple to $11.67 and $13.73 respectively. Sacconaghi wrote in a note to investors revenue from the iPhone will soon [...]

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Accessory makers gear up for impending iPad launch

26. February 2010

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A number of companies have made fortunes over the past few years providing accessories for Apple’s mobile lineup of products, whether it be iPhone cases, iPod radios, or external battery packs. So it therefore should come as no surprise that accessory makers are now salivating at Apple’s potentially next big thing – the iPad. The [...]

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Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein pens letter to employees re: lackluster sales

26. February 2010

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Yesterday, Palm announced lowered earnings guidance for its upcoming 3Q results, naturally attributing dissapointing revenues to lower than expected sales and thus fewer orders from carriers. In light of Palm’s disappointing sales, Palm CEO and former Apple Executive Jon Rubenstein penned a letter to Palm employees explaining the reasons behind subpar sales of the Palm Pre [...]

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Should publishers be wary of Apple’s control over iPad content?

26. February 2010

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Given Apple’s recent removal of adult oriented apps from iTunes, should publishers interested in the iPad be worried that their content might be pulled at a moments notice? Brian X. Chen of Wired thinks so. Publishers should think twice before worshipping the iPad as the future platform for magazines and newspapers. That is, if they [...]

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Did Apple remove sex-themed apps from iTunes to protect its “brand”?

26. February 2010

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John Gruber lays down some interesting thoughts on Apple’s recent decision to instantaneously remove over 5,000 sex-themed apps from iTunes. I think what Apple was getting squeamish about wasn’t the sexy apps themselves, but the cheesiness that the sexy apps (and their prominence in best selling lists) was bestowing upon the general feel and vibe [...]

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No dividends for Apple shareholders – Jobs prefers to keep cash on hand for “big, bold” acquisitions

26. February 2010

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At today’s Apple shareholder meeting, the issue of dividends was brought to the forefront and promptly shot down. As a quick aside, Apple hasn’t payed a dividend since 1995 and it doesn’t look like they’ll be paying one anytime soon. Speaking on the matter earlier today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that Apple prefers keeping [...]

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Steve Jobs cracks wise at Apple shareholder meeting

25. February 2010

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Steve Jobs was reported to be feisty, in strong health, and in full control of Apple’s annual shareholder meeting which took place earlier today. Philip Emer DeWit comments on one particularly amusing moment: Another shareholder then asked a longwinded Q about what Apple/Jobs fears. “What keeps you awake at night?” … Jobs deadpans: “Shareholders meetings.” [...]

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Apple plans to open 25 new retail stores in China over the next 24 months

25. February 2010

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Apple’s annual shareholders meeting too place earlier today in Cupertino, with Steve Jobs and other executives fielding questions on a varying number of issues. Of particular interest are Apple’s plans to open up 25 new retail stores in China, though Ron Johnson, Apple’s Senior VP of Retail didn’t specify the timeframe for such plans. Apple’s first retail [...]

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Steve Jobs calls iTunes winner who responds with “Yeah right, who is this really?”

25. February 2010

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Per usual, Apple held a contest in honor of its 10 billionth downloaded song, with a $10,000 iTunes gift card being awarded to the lucky downloader, Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia. Sulcer was also the recipient of a personal phone call from none other than Steve Jobs, though Sulcer at first believed someone was playing a prank on him. [...]

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Palm slashes guidance, stock down nearly 16%

25. February 2010

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With Android making a strong push, and RIM and Apple still doing their thang’, Palm’s lineup of WebOS phones have seemingly been marginalized to the fringe of the smartphone market. Earlier today, Palm scaled back its earnings guidance and now expects 3Q revenue to fall somewhere in between $285 and $310 million. The street, however, [...]

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