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3 years ago

Steve Jobs: RIM will have to change to catch up with iPhone, iPad

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Steve Jobs: RIM will have to change to catch up with iPhone, iPad

During Apple's Q4 2010 conference call today, surprise attendee Steve Jobs took it to RIM, their BlackBerry link, and upcoming PlayBook tablet saying they'll have to fundamentally re-invent themselves to catch up.

Highlights, paraphrased:

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3 years ago

Steve Jobs: Google uses "open" as a smokescreen for "fragmented".

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Steve Jobs: Google uses "open" as a smokescreen for "fragmented".

Making a surprise appearance during Apple's Q4 2010 conference call today, Steve Jobs tore into Google on the issue of openness. Jobs basically said Google uses openness as a smokescreen for fragmented, while Apple prefers an integrated software/hardware business model.

Apple makes devices that just work, Jobs said, while Google expects the customers to be systems integrators and figure out multiple different hardware and now even app stores as Verizon, Amazon, and Vodafone start rolling their own markets. For developers, considering everything from testing to selling, it becomes a mess.

Some highlights, paraphrased:

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3 years ago

Apple Q4 financial results conference call [Live updates!]

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Apple Q4 financial results conference call [Live updates!]

Apple is set to announce its Q4 financial results today at 5pm ET, 2pm PT. The conference call usually provides a wealth of information about iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad sales, so we'll be listening intently, posting highlights, and giving you our very best color and commentary to go along with it.

If you want to listen along with us, the call will be broadcast on Apple.com.

Commentary starts after the break!

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3 years ago

$20.34 billion, 14.1 million iPhones, 4.19 million iPads, 9.05 million iPods in Q4 2010

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$20.34 billion, 14.1 million iPhones, 4.19 million iPads, 9.05 million iPods in Q4 2010

Apple has just announced their Q4 2010 earnings, stated at $20.34 billion and including $20.34 billion, 14.1 million iPhones, 4.19 million iPads, 9.05 million.

“We are blown away to report over $20 billion in revenue and over $4 billion in after-tax earnings—both all-time records for Apple,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone sales of 14.1 million were up 91 percent year-over-year, handily beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter. We still have a few surprises left for the remainder of this calendar year.”

Those numbers represent a nuclear level boom, even by Apple standards. Now about those surprises...?

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3 years ago

Dad and Son Send iPhone To Space!

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Dad and Son Send iPhone To Space!

A Brooklyn father/son team decided to do a little science experiment involving an iPhone, an HD camera, a weather balloon, and a takeout box.  Their goal was to capture footage of space.  And they did.  Space and our atmosphere can be pretty harsh, so they put hand warmers on the interior of the ramped up takeout box to insulate the iPhone and camera from the unbelievably cold temperatures and 150 mph winds.

The helium balloon made the journey upwards and made it about 19 miles (100,000 feet) before finally popping due to the low pressure.  You can hear some audio interference as well (partly due to the iPhone trying to acquire a GPS signal).  After popping, the device made its journey back towards the Earth at an amazing 150 mph even with a parachute attached!

They'd attached a note inside offering a reward for whoever found it to return it, but surprisingly, they caught a GPS signal and found the package in a tree about 30 miles away from the original launch site.  Hit the jump for an awesome video showing the black sky above the atmosphere!

[Brooklyn Space Program via NY Mag]

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3 years ago

3G Unrestrictor updated to Bring FaceTime over 3G back to iOS 4.1! [Jailbreak]

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3G Unrestrictor updated to Bring FaceTime over 3G back to iOS 4.1! [Jailbreak]

FaceTime over 3G was one of the most popular reasons to Jailbreak, yet with the rush to upgrade to iOS 4.1 now that both Limera1n and Greenpois0n Jailbreaks have been released, users quickly found out that it no longer worked.

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3 years ago

Quantas Airways to offer in-flight iPads

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Quantas Airways to offer in-flight iPads

Quantas Airways Ltd. has announced they will soon be offering up iPads on its Jetstar flights to try and persuade customers to choose them over competing airlines in the Australia and Asian markets. After a successful trial period, customers will receive an iPad on domestic as well as long-haul Jetstar flights. A Jetstar spokesman said:

We're in the final stages of putting in place what would be a broader roll out across the network. We're in ongoing discussion with the manufacturer around a more integrated network proposition."

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3 years ago

iPad vs iPhone "Tweet It" in Michael Jackson parody [Monday fun video]

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iPad vs iPhone "Tweet It" in Michael Jackson parody [Monday fun video]

From the prodigy tech/hip hop online group Paintless Nights comes the iPhone vs. iPad in Tweet It, another great fun-loving video featuring Apple's iconic and much-loved phone and tablet devices duking it out MJ style.

These are they same guys (and gals) that brought us I'm on a Mac (I'm on a Boat spoof) and The New Dork - Entrepreneur State of Mind, two parody-style videos featuring both Apple products and Social Media -- both also being hilarious, and highly recommended if you're looking for a quick jolt of entertainment before you get a pile of work on your desk to get started on.

The video goes right along with Michael Jackson's hit song Beat It music video -- depicting two gangs going head to head Brooklyn style -- from Thriller, one of the greatest albums of all time. Hey, we all know how much everyone hates Mondays, right? Well here's a little something to throw into today's stress-inducing routine that'll help you start this week out with a bang!

Video after the break!

[Paintless Nights, Mashable]

by Andrew Wray

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3 years ago

iPad makes Apple the #1 PC maker in the US?

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iPad makes Apple the #1 PC maker in the US?

As we wait on Apple's Q4 earnings report later today, it's interesting to look at the graphic above and see just what a profound effect iPad sales have had, and are likely increasingly to have, on the US PC market. Deutsche Bank's Chris Whitmore:

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3 years ago

If Apple made multi-color iPhones, which color would you buy?

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If Apple made multi-color iPhones, which color would you buy?

If Apple made multi-color iPhones, which color would you buy?customer surveys

While we're still waiting on the white iPhone 4, and avoiding the annual holiday (PRODUCT) red iPhone rumors, we got to wondering -- if Apple did produce multi-color, "nanochromatic" versions of iPhone, which color would you buy?

Would you stick with black or would you crazy with color? Would you prefer Apple back the color into the iPhone or do you prefer being able to get different colored cases to switch things up all on your own?

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