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3 years ago

WSJ: Apple making Verizon-compatible iPhone by year's end, newly designed iPhone 5 for 2011

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WSJ: Apple making Verizon-compatible iPhone by year's end, newly designed iPhone 5 for 2011

None other than the Wall Street Journal, and the notoriously well-informed Yukari Iwatani Kane, is saying Apple will have a Verizon-compatible iPhone ready by the end of 2010, which means if a deal can be worked out, Verizon could be carrying it by early 2011 (as numerous previous rumors have suggested).

The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T Inc. but would be based on an alternative wireless technology called CDMA used by Verizon, these people said. The phone, for which Qualcomm Inc. is providing a key chip, is expected to be released in the first quarter of next year, according to the same people.

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3 years ago

Smartphone market-share vs profit-share visualized

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Smartphone market-share vs profit-share visualized

Interesting visualization of smartphone market-share vs profit-share and how it's changed from 2007 to 2010. Also interesting how survey results use terms like Android vs. iPhone while the actual business metrics always seem to break down by manufacturer (notice it's Apple, not iPhone or iOS above, and no Android is mentioned, though Moto, Sammy, et al are front and center).

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3 years ago

Seidio Inno Dock Jr. for iPhone 4 -- accessory review

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Seidio Inno Dock Jr. for iPhone 4 -- accessory review

The Seidio Inno Dock Jr. for iPhone 4 is just the dock you have been waiting for. Or it is if, like me, you have grumbled and cursed multiple times when having to remove my favorite Case-Mate Chrome case in order to change my iPhone. What makes the Seidio Inno Dock Jr. so much better?

Read on after the break to find out!

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3 years ago

Steve Jobs attends California transplant bill signing

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Steve Jobs attends California transplant bill signing

Steve Jobs attended a the ceremony to honor the signing of California SB 1395, a bill that simplifies organ donation status and creates the nation's first kidney donor registry. Steve Jobs, who had liver transplant last year while on leave of absence from Apple, has been a strong proponent for better donor support ever since.

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3 years ago

Sony Google TV vs Apple TV remotes

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Sony Google TV vs Apple TV remotes

Sony's Google TV remote (left) as compared to Apple TV's remote (right) help make manifest just how different these products will be, and they're just two of the competitors poised to battle it out for next generation rights to your living room this holiday season.

Since Google's UI will be more search based and Apple's is more browsing based, is it right tool for right job? Or will we all be using our Android and iOS devices to control our fancy TV boxes anyway, so who cares what default hardware remote ships in the box?

More buttons than a NASA console or fewer than a classic iPod, which do you prefer?

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3 years ago

iPad magically solves crimes on NCIS

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iPad magically solves crimes on NCIS

iPad showed up on the hit CBS show NCIS tonight, helping out with the forensics work, though sporting a red hot skin case rather than the traditional lab jacket.

NCIS has a long history of using iPhones going back to the original, and so many shows have iPhones these days there's no way we can post them all, but iPad sightings have been far less common to date.

Is this a sign that's about to change? Has the TV iPad onslaught begun?

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3 years ago

New iPhone 4 ad focuses on Every great thing about Retina Display

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New iPhone 4 ad focuses on Every great thing about Retina Display

Apple has just posted a new iPhone 4 commercial, this one called "Every" and focused on the 960x640 Retina Display.

Calling it the highest resolution phone screen ever, it shows zooming in on a photo of a child's freckled face, the Pixar(!) movie Up, the calligraphic logo-type of the New York Times, highlighting in iBooks, the official Twitter for iPhone app, CoverFlow in the iPod app, Epic's amazing Unreal engine, and a home video.

It also confirms Apple has gone full circle from focusing on features for the original iPhone 2G, to focusing on apps for iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS, to once again focusing on features for iPhone 4 like FaceTime and now Retina Display. It makes sense as competition first caught up to (and exceeded) features of previous models and are now beginning to catch up on apps. Reframing around the brief window of feature advantage iPhone 4 enjoys and adding in a big fat helping of emotional resonance will solidify the already iconic Apple brand in customers' minds.

The only question is, as Retina Displays and video calling becomes the norm, what's the next differentiator for Apple? AirPlay?

UPDATE: Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac checked out the Twitter IDs shown off in the video, and sure enough, the accounts are real. The people on the other hand... we doubt it.

Video after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Mobile App for iPhone adds Google Goggles support

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Google Mobile App for iPhone adds Google Goggles support

Google Mobile App for iPhone has just added Google Goggles support. Goggles is the awesomely named camera-search based service that debuted on Android and lets you find information about something just by taking a picture of it.

In the new version of Google Mobile App just tap on the camera button to search using Goggles. Goggles will analyze the image and highlight the objects it recognizes -- just click on them to find out more.

You can see how it works in the video after the break. It's totally Star Trek, but it's also still a work in progress according to Google:

Computer vision is a hard problem and Google Goggles is still a Labs product. It works well for things such as landmarks, logos and the covers of books, DVDs and games. However, it doesn’t yet work for some things you might want to try like animals, plants or food.

Get it, it's hot.

[iTunes link via Google Mobile Blog]

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3 years ago

UPDATED: Apple TV (2010) bug lets you watch iTunes rentals for 30 days?

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UPDATED: Apple TV (2010) bug lets you watch iTunes rentals for 30 days?

Rent a movie from iTunes on Windows or Mac and stream it to your new Apple TV (2010) and it never starts Hollywood's 24h-48h countdown, which means you have 30 days to enjoy them as much as you want. Here's the steps as MacRumors outlines them:

We've successfully tested this procedure on latest iTunes (thanks to forum user TheBritishBloke), and it works (at least in the short term as the new Apple TV hasn't been out for 30 days):

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3 years ago

iPad poised to become 4th largest consumer electronic category?

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iPad poised to become 4th largest consumer electronic category?

People are buying iPads so fast it's poised to pass gaming platforms and cell phones to become the 4th largest consumer electronic category according to analysts with Bernstein.

I'm a little confused on how a single device like iPad can be a category, so maybe they mean it will be akin to how iPod is dominant and has come to be synonymous with MP3 player. So for the purpIf that proves to be accurate it will be quite the achievement for a device many predicted would be a flop, much larger companies tried to establish as a product category for decades before, and until competition arrives next year is pretty much carrying the entire form factor on its black glass and aluminum shoulders.

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