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All Articles by Joseph Keller

Despite some issues, demand for the iPhone 5 is at an all-time high

Despite problems with Maps and complaints about the new Lightning connector, there is increased demand for the iPhone 5 than the iPhone 4S this time last year, a new survey finds. Conducted by 451 Research and ChangeWave Research, the survey of 4,270 primarily North American consumers, the survey shows that despite the attention given to these issues by the press, they barely seem to concern customers. In all, 32% of those surveyed said that they were likely to get the iPhone 5, up from 22.5% for the 4S a year ago. Of those unlikely to buy the phone, 61% responded that their current phone was good enough.

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Apple may say goodbye to Samsung for quad-core chips

Apple may be changing chip manufacturers as it moves towards quad-core processors in its iOS devices over the next couple of years. While Samsung has produced the chipsets for most iOS devices so far, including the Apple-designed A6 found in the iPhone 5, it may not be the direction Apple will head in the future.

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Apple snags veteran chip designer Jim Mergard from Samsung

Jim Mergard, a 16-year veteran of chip maker AMD, has left his position at Samsung for a job at Apple. Mergard was formerly a vice president and chief engineer at AMD before he left for Samsung, and he is known for his work on both desktop processors as well as systems on chips, or SoCs, like those found in iOS devices.

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Sprint in talks with Japan's Softbank, may sell stake in company

Sprint has disclosed that they're in talks with Softbank, Japan’s third-largest mobile carrier, about Softbank potentially acquiring of a large stake in Sprint. In a statement this morning, Sprint announced that the talks primarily regard a “substantial investment” in Sprint by Softbank, and a potential transaction could change who controls Sprint. Such a move would give Softbank an instant national foothold in the United States, and help Sprint financially. They would not be the first internationl carrier to come to the U.S. either. Vodafone, the second-largest carrier in the world, owns a large stake in Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile is famously owned by Deutsche Telekom.

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Eric Schmidt talks Apple, Maps, patents, and says the Android-iOS platform fight is "defining"

Eric Schmidt, the former Apple board member, Google CEO, and current Google Executive Chairman, has once again given his thoughts on the current relationship between Google and Apple, including patents Apple’s current mapping woes.

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Passbook scores double-digit play for Major League Baseball

Passbook is helping Major League Baseball transition away from traditional physical tickets to digital ones. In in an initial test run with four teams in the final two weeks of the season, Passbook was used for 12% of electronic tickets, which account for over two thirds of all ticket sales. While the convenience of Passbook has delighted fans, it also seems to have struck a chord with the league as a whole. Though Passbook itself doesn’t hold personal information, the apps that feed Passbook, in this case, the MLB iPhone app, do. Using the app, teams and parks can more specifically target advertising, or make specific offers to loyal fans.

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Microsoft Office once again reportedly on its way to iOS

Microsoft Office may finally be making its way to iOS. Yes. Again. This time the rumors come courtesy of a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team, as well as Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek.

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iPad mini rumored to be wi-fi only, iPad 3 mark II rumored to be international LTE friendly

The iPad mini may debut as a Wi-Fi only device, and the iPad 3 revision iMore revealed back in August may be compatible with International LTE frequencies, just like the iPhone 5.

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They don't come in Happy Meals, but Virginia Beach McDonald's is testing out iPads at the table

The newest McDonald’s in Virginia Beach, Va., has mounted iPads to their tables so customers can enjoy some magical and revolutionary fun while they feast on fast food. Hugh Fard, the owner of the Viriginia Beach establishment, came by the idea from a French company that has implemented a similar feature in 20 of their own locations across Europe.

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New York Times explores patents of mass destruction, once again focuses on Apple and misses the broader story

Patents, the weaponizing of patents in particular, and the weaponizing of patents by Apple in particular is the latest in the the New York Times' curious iEconomy series. This, the 7th installment, is penned by Charles Duhigg and Steve Lohr, and once again, rather than explore the real problems with patent litigation, the Times instead chooses focus on Apple and its lawsuits against Android partners. They once again focus on Apple to the detriment of the real, pervasive problem.

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Sprint might try to woo MetroPCS away from T-Mobile

Sprint may soon make an offer to acquire MetroPCS. This comes after Wednesday’s announcement by Deutsche Telekom of their intention to acquire MetroPCS for the purpose of merging it with T-Mobile USA. At this moment, Sprint is still weighing its options in making an offer. A merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS would hamper Sprint's efforts to play a larger role in the consolidation of the wireless industry.

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Apple retail employees reportedly taking to the streets to help fix iOS 6 Maps

Apple may be turning to its retail employees to improve its new Maps app for iOS 6. Retail store employees are being asked to, on a volunteer basis, examine the mapping data for their area and submit corrections and improvements to Apple. Stores participating in the initiative will give 40 hours of staff time per week, which will be distributed across several employees.

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After failing to merge with AT&T, T-Mobile USA now in talks to acquire MetroPCS

MetroPCS is in talks with Deutsche Telekom to merge with T-Mobile USA. While no agreement has been reached, the two companies are in ongoing discussions. This acquisition would add a potential 9 million subscribers to T-Mobile USA's user base.

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New York Times flirts with HTML5 web app for iPad

The New York Times has released an experimental HTML5 web app designed for the iPad. The app is available to those with access to either the tablet-only or all digital offerings from the Times. The New York Times web app provides the same news content as the native app, while at the same time offering some unique features.

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Apple announces conference call date for Q4 2012 earnings

Apple has announced that they will be holding their financial results conference call for Q4 on Thursday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET. This will be the first earnings call with the iPhone 5 sales numbers in them. The iPhone 5 sold 5 million units in its first weekend. It was on sale for a little over a week before the end of the quarter, so it will be interesting to see how much total sales are influenced by such a small window.

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