Research In Motion's first tablet computer will launch in North America in the first quarter and cost less than $500, RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie told Bloomberg late yesterday.
Unveiling the new BlackBerry PlayBook in September, RIM was mum on the cost until now. The PlayBook's price tag sets it up to compete with Apple's iPad, which costs $499 for the least expensive 16GB Wi-Fi-only model.
The PlayBook has a 1,024x600 pixel, 7-inch display, which is smaller than the iPad's 9.7-inch screen. It includes both a front-facing and a rear-facing camera, and a 1GHz dual-core … Read more
Apple might have acquired wireless headphone maker Wi-Gear, a report from 9to5 Mac claims.
Citing an unnamed source, 9to5 Mac claims Apple bought the San Francisco-based company two months ago for an undisclosed sum. Although neither Apple nor Wi-Gear have confirmed an acquisition, it's worth noting that the Wi-Gear site, while still live on the Internet, says that the company "has ceased operations and is no longer in business." It also says that it won't "respond to any inquiries."
Wi-Gear designed wireless headphones that connected to Apple's iPod and phones via Bluetooth. They … Read more
Those who once peered into their trusty View-Masters for 3D slideshows will soon get the chance to do the same with their iPhones.
Hasbro is set to pull the curtains on a new gadget today dubbed My3D and designed to bring 3D viewing to the iPhone and iPod Touch, according to the Associated Press. Resembling a classic View-Master from Fisher-Price, the My3D from rival toymaker Hasbro will hook onto Apple devices, promising 3D games, entertainment, and virtual travelogues.
Hasbro is targeting the $30 My3D for adults as well as kids and is working directly with Apple to develop the gadget, … Read more
When you're listening to music, it's likely your earbuds are plugged into an Apple device. Making a phone call? One out of every five people buying a smartphone are choosing an iPhone. And Apple's share of consumer laptop sales jumped to 10.6 percent in the last quarter.
Now here's the big question: Does your IT department, the guys who think it's just fine that you're still using a Windows XP laptop (and P.S., stop whining about it), give a hoot about all this Apple stuff?
Apple executives hope so. The pitch the company has been making in recent months is simple: Employees are already using plenty of Apple products on their own time and like them, and the iPad is a great, lightweight tool for Web-based corporate software. If you thought this was just lip service, Apple is even now working with the decidedly old-school consultants at Unisys to approach big corporate and government customers.
If Apple can make these sorts of corporate inroads, it could be Steve Jobs' greatest trick yet, because he's got a lot going against him in the corporate market. As of the third quarter of 2010, Apple sold 1.4 million of the 40.8 million computers sold to commercial customers, according to data gathered by IDC. That's 3.6 percent of all corporate computer sales.
Blame history...and inertia. Large companies usually have a contract with a Windows-based PC seller, often a third party. Switching contractors could result in higher costs and a lot of hassle, and can also be stymied by an old-school perception among the often conservative IT outfits at large companies that Macs are "toys," and can't integrate easily with Windows-based systems. On the mobile side, corporate IT shops long ago became comfortable working with Research In Motion's Blackberry; supporting the iPhone could add new complexity and potentially more cost to their work. Many people don't even know Apple sells servers. (It does.) And the iPad? Well, you could argue the touch-screen tablet computing market didn't exist a year ago.
Andrew Kaiser, a former Apple business sales manager who hawked enterprise systems to companies of all sizes until recently, said often the biggest barriers in selling were opinions formed sometimes decades ago, before Office for Mac, before virtualization, and before Apple switched to Intel chips. "Some had no idea Apple could integrate into a Windows platform," he recalled.
Employees like Thomas Caleshu, an interactive producer for educational software maker WestEd, have seen that firsthand. Caleshu is an iPhone and Mac user outside of work, and though he said there were no technical issues in getting his company's IT guys to add his iPhone and MacBook to the network, they were definitely skeptical.
"Some of the established IT people didn't trust or believe that I could sync my calendar on my phone, and on iCal on my Mac, and in a (corporate) Web interface," he said. "I had to prove it to them." … Read more
Maybe the 7-inch iPad is dead. (Or Maybe not.) But it's worth resurrecting a discussion about the design, because it may have been much closer to product life than thought.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs' ramblings during the October 18 earnings conference call are well documented. But to recap excerpts of the homily he delivered on the sins of a 7-inch design: "Apple has done extensive user testing and we really understand this stuff...There are clear limits on how close you can place things on a touchscreen, which is why we think 10 inch is the minimum screen … Read more
Smartphones exist so that people can feel something.
Our inner lives, after all, are so numbing that we are forced to rely on our outer vestments to speak to us and to others.
While our stripes--single slim, red Prada, or three jagged Adidas, depending on your bent--can be shown by our clothes, it's our smartphones that speak by their very public presence at all times of day and night.
Please, then, peruse this artistic depiction of the image parameters of smartphone users and wonder whether you see yourself and your own feelings. This creation is the work of C-Section Comics, … Read more
After January 31, you will no longer be able to buy an Xserve, the Apple server meant for large businesses, the company said via a note posted on its site today.
Apple says it will however continue to support the hardware, including warranties and customer service.
Close watchers of the company shouldn't be too surprised about the sudden axing of the Xserve. Apple hadn't updated the hardware since April 2009, which is a long time between updates for a company that keeps its hardware on a 9-month to a year update cycle.
Mobile-app developers still cite the iPhone as their platform of choice, but Android is increasingly winning their hearts and minds, according to the results of a survey released today by Millennial Media.
Among the several hundred developers and publishers polled for Millennial Media's "State of the Apps Industry Snapshot," 30 percent said they're currently creating apps for the iPhone, the highest percentage of all mobile platforms. Though Apple's smartphone grabbed the top spot, its popularity is down a bit from last December, when 48 percent of those polled were eyeing the iPhone as their platform … Read more
For those of you befuddled as to why Apple didn't support calendars in the latest version of iPhoto, wonder no more.
Apple just today sent us a note saying that it has pushed a software update that adds calendars to iPhoto '11. There's no explanation as to why they were missing in the first place, but it's a safe bet that it just wasn't ready when Apple introduced the latest version of the photo software along with iLife '11 and two new versions of the MacBook Air on October 20.
Since iOS 4 was released in mid-June, iPhone 3G and 3GS owners have complained that the software has their phones seemingly grinding to a halt: slow keyboard response time, frozen unlock screens, and a battery that drains faster than with previous versions of the software.
Now a deeply unsatisfied customer is taking her iOS 4 complaints to court.
On Friday, San Diego resident Bianca Wofford sued Apple for violating the Consumer Legal Remedies Act, unfair business practices, and false and deceptive advertising. In the suit she claims that iOS 4 rendered her iPhone 3GS completely unusable and that Apple support … Read more