Archive | May, 2010

The iPad really is a magical device [Video]

31. May 2010

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Well that sure didn’t take long. The iPad just went on sale in Japan this past Friday and it’s already being used as a prop in an incredible street performance by a 28 year old Japanese magician named Shinya. The performance is unbelievable, and though the iPad video is pre-recorded, the sleight of hands are legit [...]

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Google revamps new employee computer policy; Windows now out of the equation

31. May 2010

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While Steve Ballmer was busy taking solace in the fact that 94 out of 100 computer purchases are Windows PCs, Google updated its employee computer policy to explicitly exclude Windows machines due to security concerns. Whereas new employees were once given a choice between Linux, Windows, or Mac OS, Windows is now effectively out of [...]

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Steve Jobs to take the stage at D8 Conference tomorrow night with Kara Swisher

31. May 2010

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Forget WWDC for a moment, because Steve Jobs is set to appear onstage at the D8 conference tomorrow night for an interview with Kara Swisher of All Things D. At previous All Things Digital conferences attended by Jobs, Apple’s stalwart leader talked openly about almost anything asked by Walt Mossberg, who curiously won’t be part of the [...]

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Google tries to make YouTube as sticky as TV

31. May 2010

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The average person watches about 5 hours of TV a day. The average YouTube viewer spends about 15 minutes a day watching videos, of which that time is split up between 6 separate offerings. Google is looking for ways to keep viewers on the site for longer periods of time, and concedes that the nature [...]

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Fred Wilson changes his mind about the iPad – “I like how I feel when I am using the thing”

31. May 2010

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Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson wasn’t entirely taken aback by the iPad when he first got ahold of it, opining that it wasn’t poised to be the hit that the iPhone was. Two million iPads later, and Wilson is singing a different tune. Not only is the iPad a bonafide success, but Wilson’s personal feelings about [...]

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Wired iPad app sells 24,000 copies in first 24 hours

31. May 2010

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Maybe there is something to the iPad helping out the publishing industry after all. Wired’s NYC Bureau Chief John C Abell recently tweeted that Wired Magazine’s iPad app was downloaded over 24,000 times in the first 24 hours of its release. And with a $5 pricepoint, that translates into a healthy $84,000 after Apple takes [...]

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As Apple’s market cap passes Microsoft’s, CEO Steve Ballmer isn’t concerned

31. May 2010

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Is Microsoft’s Office and Windows empire crumbling before our very eyes? Not really, but there’s no denying that Microsoft continues to find itself flatfooted and unable to deliver anything of interest in the high-tech mobile market. So while the folks at Redmond continue to rake in cash hand over fist, the bulk of their profits [...]

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Skype update for the iPhone enables VoIP calls on AT&T’s 3G network

31. May 2010

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Skype for the iPhone is now up to par with some of the other VoIP apps on the app store with a recent update that enables Skype users to make voice calls over AT&T’s 3G network, thus protecting their precious voice minutes. It also means that iPad 3G owners can use AT&T’s monthly data plans [...]

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Apple sells two million iPads in less than 60 days

31. May 2010

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Apple today issued a press release announcing that it has now sold over two million iPads in less than two months. The iPad first went on sale here in the US on April 3, and subsequently hit stores in a select number of international countries this past weekend. “Customers around the world are experiencing the [...]

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Justice Department expands Apple probe

31. May 2010

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Throughout the 90′s and early 2000′s, Apple routinely found itself on the outside looking in. It’s marketshare was insignificant, and it was able to go about its business unabated, and unencumbered by a never-ending parade of frivolous lawsuits and Justice Department investigations. And the thing is, those two things are not necessarily mutually exclusive. In [...]

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Google hires Palm VP Matias Duarte to head up the Android User Experience team

30. May 2010

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When Palm debuted the Palm Pre at CES 2009, folks were saying that the iPhone had finally met its match. Obviously, the Palm Pre was never able to put a dent into the iPhone’s armor, and looking back, those predictions seem utterly absurd. But the reason the Pre was able to generate so much hype [...]

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Steve Jobs email: We respect and admire Adobe, we just don’t wan’t Flash on our devices

30. May 2010

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As the emails from Apple CEO Steve Jobs continue to trickle in, a MacStories reader named Josh Cheney last week emailed Apple’s big boss and asked him if he hated Adobe and their products or just their stance on Flash. The email exchange is as follows: “Do you hate Adobe and their products (Photoshop, Illustrator, [...]

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