Archive | June, 2012

What say you on the iPhone, Steve Ballmer?

29. June 2012

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Five years ago today, Apple introduced the iPhone and completely changed the smartphone landscape forever. The iPhone’s place as a revolutionary product is secure and undisputed, but looking back, not everyone thought it had much of a chance. To wit, this now famous video of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer quickly dismissing the iPhone’s chances for [...]

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The Verge reviews the Nexus 7

29. June 2012

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So Google earlier this week announced the Google Nexus 7, a homegrown Android tablet developed in conjunction with Asus. Priced at only $199 the Nexus 7 is a surefire Kindle Fire competitor and may even attract some folks who are hesitant about laying down extra cash for the iPad. So how does the Nexus 7 [...]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops – coming to the Mac this Fall

29. June 2012

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Aspyr announced as much with a press release: The Biggest First-person Action Series of All Time Returns to the Mac Call of Duty: Black Ops will take you behind enemy lines as a member of an elite special forces unit engaging in covert warfare, classified operations, and explosive conflicts across the globe. With access to [...]

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Adios MobileMe!

29. June 2012

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CNET reports: Come Sunday, Apple will make good on a year-old promise: MobileMe, its paid cloud sync and storage service, will go dark. That means files that users have stored on the service — as well as the sites they have published through Apple’s iWeb software — are going to disappear as well. MobileMe users [...]

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Bertrand Serlet joins mystery startup

29. June 2012

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Business Insider reports that Bertrand Serlet, formerly of NeXT and Apple, is covertly working on a new startup involving cloud computing. And the name of this stealth startup is called Upthere. Job postings for design engineers started popping up towards the end of 2011, by which point the company described itself as being an early [...]

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Apple Senior VP of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield retires

29. June 2012

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Apple’s press release on the matter reads: Apple today announced that Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Engineering, will retire and the role will be transitioned to Dan Riccio, Apple’s vice president of iPad Hardware Engineering, over several months. The entire hardware engineering team will continue to report to Mansfield until his departure. [...]

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Apple prepping iTunes changes including spotify-style features.

28. June 2012

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Bloomberg reports that Apple is planning a major overhaul of iTunes in an effort to more closely integrate its iCloud service to enable users to better manage their media content files. Apple will unveil the changes by year’s end, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The company [...]

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Apple launches new Podcasts app

27. June 2012

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Looks like podcasts are getting some dedicated love from Apple. Yesterday, Apple released a standalone podcasts app in the iOS App Store aptly titled “Podcasts.” As you might expect, the app is free to download and checks in at a more than reasonable 8.8 MB. Apple describes the apps new features thusly: Enjoy all of [...]

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Apple granted preliminary injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet

27. June 2012

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All Things D reports that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a huge victory for Apple as it continues its legal efforts to battle what it deems to be flagrant copying of its iOS products by Samsung. US District Judge Lucy Koh explained in her ruling: “Although Samsung [...]

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Foxconn CEO says iPhone 5 will shame the Samsung Galaxy S III

21. June 2012

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Well here’s some intriguing news for the day. Focus Taiwan reports: Gou said he has made it a lifetime goal to defeat Samsung — “a company with a track record of snitching on its competitors.”… He was referring to Samsung’s action in 2010 of snitching on four Taiwanese companies in an investigation by the European [...]

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Apple retail employees getting a nice little pay hike

21. June 2012

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Dow Jones reports: Apple has begun raising the wages of its retail store employees by as much as a quarter of their wages following an internal review period earlier this year. Employees began learning of the raises in face-to-face meetings with managers last week, according to three Apple employees in various regions across the U.S. [...]

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About the iPhone’s new mini dock connector

21. June 2012

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So long 30 pin dock connector! TechCrunch reports: Although the form factor and actual size are still unknown, TechCrunch has independently verified that Apple is working on adding a 19-pin port, replacing the current 30-pin port, to the new iPhone. It is a move that will surely send shocks through the iPhone accessory ecosystem.

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