Archive | March, 2011

Enhanced iPad albums hope to succeed where iTunes LP failed

31. March 2011

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Launched in 2009, the intent behind iTunes LP was clear: get users to pay extra money for interactive albums that came with exclusive photos, artist interviews, videos, liner notes, and in some instances, bonus tracks. But for a variety of reasons, iTunes LP never took off. Not only was the selection of iTunes LP enhanced [...]

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Apple marketing VP Allison Johnson leaving to start new PR firm

31. March 2011

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Allison Johnson, Apple’s current worldwide marketing VP, is planning to leave the company sometime before Summer to start up a new PR and marketing firm with former Facebook PR executive Brandee Barker. Johnson has been at Apple since 2005 where she reported directly to Steve Jobs. Previously, Johnson served as a public relations manager at [...]

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Apple bearing the brunt of higher component costs from supply shortage in Japan

31. March 2011

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According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple is absorbing an increase in component cost pricing in order to ensure smooth and uninterrupted delivery of parts necessary for iPhone and iPad production. The report notes that other tablet manufacturers, however, may not be as economically free as Apple to absorb increasing part costs, a fact [...]

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Microsoft hires linguist Ronald Butters to attack Apple’s “app store” trademark claim

31. March 2011

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Apple and Microsoft’s dispute over Apple’s efforts to trademark the term app store continues to get more absurd. Microsoft is of course challenging the trademark on the grounds that the phrase app store is merely a generic designation. In one of its filings with the US Patent and Trademark Office, Apple argued that generic terms can [...]

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American Medical Association starts an App Contest

31. March 2011

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The American Medical Association has a contest “Apportunity Knocks” to submit ideas for a medical related application that could be made for actual use! They are also promoting their CPT (medical billing codes) App for iOS. The winner will get $5,000 and a trip to the AMA national convention. So if you’re in medicine start [...]

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Remember the Dell DJ?

31. March 2011

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Remember the Dell DJ, Dell’s not surprisingly unsuccessful attempt to go toe to toe with Apple in the MP3 player market? Originally released in 2003, the Dell DJ never did much of anything besides become one of the many devices to meet their maker at the hands of the Apple iPod. In typical fashion, pundits [...]

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Apple releases new developer preview of OS X Lion; iCal sports new design

31. March 2011

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Apple yesterday released a new developer preview of OS X 10.7 Lion, this one with Build 11A41. Though designated a golden master candidate, Apple still appears to be doing some noteworthy tweaking independent of fixing up bugs and erratic system behavior. For instance, 9to5Mac points us to this new iCal design sporting a leather header [...]

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Engadget editors Chris Ziegler and Joanna Stern also say bon voyage

30. March 2011

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And that makes 6. Following in the footsteps of Paul Miller, Ross Miller, Josh Topolsky and Nilay Patel, two more Engadget editors have called it quits. In a blogpost published late on Wednesday, editor Chris Ziegler announced that he was leaving what he described as his dream job. Much like the slew of previous departing [...]

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Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son offers earthquake victims iPhone replacements, offers to pay phone bills of orphans

30. March 2011

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Masayoshi Son, the founder and CEO of Softbank Capital as well as the CEO of Softbank Mobile, has made a grand gesture following the Japan disasters by offering the 1,200 people relocating to Takeo, Saga where Son is originally from, a free year of living costs (transportation and food) in addition to employment positions. But [...]

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Parks and Recreation plugs Microsoft

30. March 2011

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The most recent episode of Parks and Recreation: “Camping” included a not so subliminal Microsoft pitch. Just to make sure you get it, they included sticky notes almost exactly in the logo color pattern. If only it helped our Leslie Knope come up with a killer idea. In the real world you can’t buy a [...]

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Microsoft research and strategy officer Craig Mundie not sure the tablet market has staying power

30. March 2011

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It’s an interesting and counter-intuitive strategy. Reference a popular product that your company simply can’t compete with and question the staying power of said product. It’s an easy strategy, no doubt, and is a heck of a lot easier than actually delivering a compelling product yourself. And that’s apparently the mindset over in Redmond these [...]

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Apple patent describes graphical implementation of contact lists for the iPhone

30. March 2011

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A new patent filing unearthed by AppleInsider last week suggests that Apple is exploring ways to improve browsing through and selecting contacts on the iPhone. In a patent titled “Segmented Graphical Representations for Recommending Elements”, Apple describes a more graphically engaging way for users to navigate through their list of contacts.

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