Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

It’s getting only tougher for struggling BlackBerry as T-Mobile, one of the top U.S. carriers, said it will no longer sell the Canadian smartphones in its stores.

The only customers who are still interested in purchasing BlackBerry are business professionals, and they do not buy their devices in stores, said David Carey, T-Mobile’s executive vice president for corporate services, according to a Reuters report.

“Keeping stock in the retail distribution system was inefficient,” Carey told Reuters.

The T-Mobile announcement is another major blow to BlackBerry’s prospects.

The Canadian phone manufacturer was once the leader in mobile, but after the launch of the Apple iPhone and smartphones that run Google’s Android platform, BlackBerry began slipping in both market share and innovation.

Now, BlackBerry is practically irrelevant in the U.S. consumer market.The company has struggled so much it put itself up for a sale. BlackBerry reached a deal this week with Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. to be bought for $4.7 billion. BlackBerry shareholders will receive $9 per share under the tentative deal.

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Carl Icahn tweeted that he and Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook would talk over dinner about the size of the company’s stock buyback. (Associated Press)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is scheduled to meet with shareholder activist Carl Icahn on Monday in New York City, according to a report.

On Thursday, CNBC reporter David Faber said he had confirmed the meeting will take place. Last month, Icahn tweeted that he planned to meet Cook for dinner to discuss Apple’s stock buyback plans.

“That planned meal, which no longer may be a meal, will take place on Monday,” Faber says.

Yes, you read that correctly. According to Faber, Icahn is more of a “late-night kinda guy” who “likes to have a couple of martinis with dinner.” And Cook, Faber discovered, is “more of an early morning guy.”

Last month, Icahn revealed that he had taken a large stake in Apple. And although the company announced a record stock buyback program earlier this year, Icahn would like to see it increased even more.

Since Icahn announced his campaign, Apple has launched its two new iPhones and new iOS 7 mobile operating system which have been big hits. However, the stock price has been mixed during the past two weeks.

The stock closed at $506.17 the day before Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. A week later, it had fallen to $450.12 as investors expressed disappointment that Apple did not introduce a cheap iPhone that many had expected.

On Thursday, in midday trading, Apple’s stock was up $5.34 or 1.11% to $486.87.

But the question on everybody’s mind is now this: What kind of alcohol might the two men consume Monday? And just what might that meal be technically called? (If there is a meal.)Watch here for the fascinating discussion on these, and other urgent topics related to Apple.

Panasonic will pull out of the smartphone market in Japan and pare its smartphone operations to outsourced production in emerging markets like India, the company’s president said.

The Japanese electronics company, which has suffered $15 billion in losses over its latest two financial years, is staking its turnaround on a transformation from a consumer gadget maker to a supplier for other businesses.

The architect of this turnaround plan, Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga, has warned he would weed out any division that fails to meet a 5 percent operating margin goal within three years.

Tsuga told Reuters in an interview that the company’s mobile division was likely to lose more than the 1.1 billion yen ($11.02 million) targeted loss for the financial year ending next March. Panasonic’s mobile division posted an 8.1 billion yen loss last year.

“It’s not acceptable for the company to be bleeding red ink like this, so we have to think about ways to develop assets that we do have in a more effective direction,” Tsuga said.

While the company is stepping back from the consumer smartphone market, it has said it is developing smartphones for business use that would be similar to its popular “Toughbook” notebook PC series.

Panasonic is one of several handset makers caught out by the meteoric rise of the two dominant smartphone makers – Apple Inc and Samsung Electronic – which have upended the traditional hierarchy of mobile players.

Microsoft this week agreed to buy Nokia’s phone business, which once dominated the global market but has slipped drastically in recent years.

Japanese consumers, once partial to highly customized feature phones made by Panasonic, NEC and Fujitsu, have since moved in large numbers to Apple’s popular iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy series.

In 2001, Panasonic was the second-largest handset maker in Japan, after NEC, with more than 19% of the market. Last year, it barely had a 7% share, far behind Apple’s 25 percent lead.

Tsuga said Panasonic did not need to manufacture and sell its own smartphones under a vertically integrated business model, but will instead use the company’s brand to sell phones made by other manufacturers as it does already in India.

The knockout blow to its business came when NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s biggest mobile carrier and a loyal distributor for Japanese-made handsets, announced it would promote only Sony’s flagship Xperia smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy during its summer campaign. NEC announced in July that it would pull out of smartphones after discussions to sell its handset business to Lenovo Group fell through, sources familiar with the matter said.

 

iPhone owners, be jealous: Android users are getting a Vine feature you can’t have.

The Vine app for Android received an update Thursday afternoon that brought it up to date with many new features that were also recently added to the iPhone version of the app.

Those features include a new look for the camera interface that lets users place grid lines; channels that users can categorize their videos into; and the ability to “revine,” where users share others’ videos with their followers — much like a retweet on Twitter.

But perhaps the most interesting new feature for Vine on Android is the addition of a quick-capture widget. That feature lets users place a second icon for Vine that looks like a video camera on the home screen of their devices. When Android users click on that icon, they will instantly go into Vine’s video recording page, rather than the default feed that users see when they open the Vine app normally.

The new quick-capture widget should make it easier for users to record video for Vine of things happening at that moment. But sadly for iPhone users, this is one feature they won’t be able to have.

Unlike Android, Apple doesn’t allow app developers to create widgets that run on its smartphone. The only widgets Apple users do have, such as the ability to quickly tweet or post a Facebook status from the Notification Center, come when Apple works directly with app makers.

For Vine to create something similar to the new quick-capture widget on Android, the Twitter-owned app would have to get creative. Vine could release a second app that opens from the recording screen, or perhaps it could let users set the recording screen as their default page when they launch the Vine app.

Regardless of whatever Vine chooses to do, Android users should feel special:  the quick-capture widget is one feature iPhone users won’t get to try.

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Apple App Store. And perhaps one of the most amazing things about this milestone is that it never would have happened if things had played out the way Steve Jobs wanted.

Just imagine if there were no iPhone apps and no App Store. Aside from creating billions of dollars in value for developers, Apps have been a cornerstone to the success of the iPhone and iPad.

The fact that the App Store does exist is a testament to a characteristic of Jobs and Apple for which neither tends to get much credit. They listen to users.

To understand why, you have to jump back to a piece of history that is often forgotten.

Today, people look at the App Store as part of some master vision cooked up by Jobs. Critics of Apple look at it as symbolic of Apple’s and Jobs’ desire to control every aspect of their technology.

But when the iPhone first landed in 2007, the company was primarily concerned that it actually work and be seen as a stable device when it got into the hands of users. So Apple did not make it possible for third parties to write apps that ran on the phone, worried that glitchy apps might ding the iPhone’s reputation.

Instead, if people wanted applications to run on the iPhone, the company said they could write so-called “Web apps,” little programs that ran inside the mobile browser.

Now, if that had become the dominant way people developed apps as Apple and Jobs expected, then most of these would be able to run on any mobile platform. You wouldn’t have to write one version for iOS, one for Android, and so on. In such a world, Apple wouldn’t have the towering advantage it currently has with the top mobile app developers.

But, of course, that’s not what happened.

What happened, almost immediately, is that people started “jailbreaking” the iPhone to install apps they had written directly onto the phone, so-called “native apps.” Apple tried its best to put a stop to this initially by updating the phones’ operating system, which would in turn wipe out apps that had been installed.

The reason developers preferred native apps was simple. Installed directly on the phone, they could run faster and include more features than a Web app that might have to be pulled across the wireless network each time you ran it. Within a few months of the iPhone’s launch, developers had created about 10,000 Web apps.

But even as it tried to limit the jailbreaking, Apple was listening to developers.

Especially persuasive were arguments from game developers, who wanted more horsepower to write richer games, and financial firms who felt native apps would offer more security.

In October 2007, Apple announced it would relent and create a way for people to write apps for the phone. The company said a Software Development Kit or SDK would be available the following year for developers.

Finally, in March 2008, Jobs gathered reporters at Apple headquarters for an iPhone Software Roadmap Event. At the announcement, Jobs said the Software Development Kit was ready and that the company would launch a store in a few months where developers could submit their apps for sale and users could find apps and download them to their iPhones.

(As a footnote, Jobs was also excited that after just eight months, the iPhone already had 28% of the U.S. smartphone marketshare compared with 41% for Research in Motion. How quaint those numbers seem now.)

Anyway, at the end of the announcement, John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins took the stage to announce that his venture firm had created a $100 million iFund to invest in companies looking to develop software for the iPhone.

On July 10, 2008, the App store opened for business. By September 2008, users had downloaded 100 million native apps.

As the fifth anniversary hits, there are now more than 900,000 apps in the store that have been downloaded 50 billion times.

All made possible by a company willing to admit it was wrong, and in the process make one of the most important pivots in recent tech history.

Apple has applied for a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan, a patent official said on Monday, signalling the iPhone maker may be moving ahead with plans for a watch-like device as gadget makers turn their attention to wearable computers  ..

The trademark application, submitted on June 3 and released on the Japan Patent Office website on June 27, would cover computers, computer peripherals and wristwatches, the official said. He said it was unknown how long the application process would require ..

An Apple spokesman in Japan could not immediately be reached for comment ..

Speculation has mounted that Apple is preparing to launch an iWatch and CEO Tim Cook told a gathering of tech and media executives a month ago that wearable products were ripe for exploration, but added he was skeptical, including about Google’s recently unveiled Glass which combines a mobile computer and eyeglasses ..

“There’s nothing that’s going to convince a kid who has never worn glasses or a band or a watch to wear one, or at least I haven’t seen it,” Cook said ..

Wearable devices are considered a potential area for hit products as smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung Electronics’s Galaxy series are losing their ability to impress consumers and investors ..

Samsung, which has leapfrogged Apple as the world’s leading smartphone maker, is also developing a wearable device similar to a wristwatch, a source with knowledge of the matter has said ..

The New York Times reported in February that Apple was experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same iOS platform as its iPhone and iPad and would be made with curved glass ..

Following the revelation that Apple had applied for ‘iWatch’ in Japan, it appears that Apple has done so in Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and Colombia as well ..

On Monday, reports emerged indicating that Cupertino giant had filed a trademark application for the ‘iWatch’ product name in Japan. Filings, spotted by various Internet users and websites, reveal that similar applications have been submitted to Intellectual property bodies in various other countries ..

According to the filing with Mexico’s Institute of Industrial Property, spotted first by 9to5Mac, Apple applied for the iWatch trademark under two categories pertaining to hardware and software of mobile devices. The application was submitted on June 3, though it was made public recently ..

Another filing with Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Office, retrieved first by MacRumors, also reveals the same iWatch trademark with the colour of the device mentioned as Black ..

Besides these, Apple has also filed for the iWatch trademark in Turkey through an attorney on June 3 and in Russia during the same time period. A trademark filing submitted on June 4th in Colombia has also been spotted by a Twitter user ..

It’s interesting to note that all filings also include a graphic with the term iWatch depicted in upper case letters ..

The move signals that Apple is indeed working on a new wearable device and wants to secure the iWatch moniker in markets across the globe, inline with its other devices that have been christened in the same manner ..

Earlier this year, Bloomberg had reported that Apple’s so-called iWatch is expected to release this year and that the project is currently being fueled by the efforts of over 100 engineers being led by Apple design chief Jony Ive himself ..

A recent report by Apple Insider, also mentioned that Apple’s smart watch is likely to debut in 2014, quoting Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities who regularly offers predictions on future Apple products ..

Recently, Hon Hai Precision Industry, the company that uses the trade name Foxconn, demonstrated a new smart watch that can be connected with the iPhone. A fews days back, Sony officially launched SmartWatch 2 , the successor to its SmartWatch ..

It’s worth mentioning that companies like Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and LG, are all said to be working on bringing their own smart watch-like devices to the market ..

Many tech experts around the world thought that iPhones were more about the brand and uxury than its features and specifications and now it has been proved! The favorite amongst the luxury lovers, Apple iPhone 5, which is also the fastest selling smartphone across the globe, is now confirmed to be the slowest one in competition with other top-tier handsets. So suggests a recently conducted Geekbench test done by Which? UK that included Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and other flagship devices. And interestingly, the Apple iPhone 5 actually scored last even below the BlackBerry Z10 ..

 

Among the 7 devices tested by Which? UK, the Samsung Galaxy S4 was clearly established as the fastest device scoring the double of what iPhone 5 scored. Are these results worth to be trusted? Well one, Apple’s iPhone 5 is the oldest device amongst the 7 devices. Two, the test is only based on the processor and the memory performance and does not include graphical performance which is particularly the specialty and strength of Apple devices particularly the iPhone 5 ..


Below are the Geekbench scores of the seven handset based on processor and memory performance:

– Samsung Galaxy S4 – 3188
– HTC One – 2798
– Sony Xperia Z – 2173
– Google Nexus 4 – 2134
– Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – 1950
– BlackBerry Z10 – 1698
– Apple iPhone 5 16GB – 1664

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We have already seen dual OS booting devices over the past couple of months, with one of the devices capable of running Android, Ubuntu or Windows 8 but how about an iPhone that runs on both Android as well as iOS ..?

Yes, that’s right US-based mobile software company, True Byod is working on a product called Red Bend Software that will enable Apple iPhone to run on dual modes i.e. Android as well as iOS ..

The company was one of the finalists of the Emerging Technology Award of the CTIA, a Wireless Association. Experts across the globe are waiting for the day when True lives up to its promise and launches the highly exciting dual OS running iPhone ..

According to True, the Red Bend software will offer the perfect balance between personal and work life, which is offered via dual person device that is clearly aimed at making two smartphones in a single hardware ..

The reason behind this magnificent creation is that with this software users might be able to separate their personal life and corporate life. According to the company, one can switch between two operating systems with just a single interchangeable button and viola, you can choose Android or iOS ..

True is already in talks with Korean smartphone giant, Samsung to try out the Red Bend software on its Galaxy S3 smartphone which could be launched by end of this year ..