Rovi, which was formerly known as Macrovision before the company officially changed its name in 2009, provides TV guide listings to hardware vendors. The company's technology allows users to sift through programming, find shows, and record programs to a DVR.
Exact details of Rovi's deal with Apple are unknown, but analysts at Piper Jaffray believe the licensed services will be making their way to the Apple TV and eventually, an all-in-one Apple television.
Apple will begin selling the Wi-Fi-enabled iPhone 4 in China on Saturday, the company announced today.
A 16GB model will sell for about $743 and the 32GB version for about $892 without a contract at all Apple Stores in China. The phone will also be available through telecom carrier China Unicom with a two-year contract at prices that Apple did not detail.
Apple announced earlier this week that it would begin selling the Wi-Fi-only iPad in China on Friday with the same features as the current version of the iPad available elsewhere around the world. However, Apple did not immediately … Read more
First, let's state up front that Netbooks are here to stay. A tidy 70 million Netbooks have shipped to date and they're only getting better: vastly improved battery life and now--finally--dual-core Atom processors, give the Netbook a needed boost in performance.
That said, these tiny laptops received their first dose of real competition from the smaller, lighter iPad earlier this year, one of the reasons the category's growth is trending downward, as Gartner explained in a paragraph devoted to the iPad's cannibalization of Netbooks in a press release back in July.
But the iPad is also overdue for a response from rivals. Like the Netbook, it has had a computing category--in this case, consumer tablets--pretty much unto itself so far. That will change later this year and in 2011 when a wave of new tablets breaks.
Other obvious upsides include Flash compatibility (which I still miss on my iPad), a dual-core Atom processor--as I said above, the new, highly integrated Atom design has much better battery life--and last but not least a decent apps store:… Read more
When a new ad for Newsday's iPhone and iPad app emerged recently, many laughed. Even though, to some discerning eyes, it was obvious what was going to happen at the end of the commercial.
The iPad would get smashed.
Still, millions seemed to find it amusing, though among that number there might not be any lawyers for Apple. According to Network World, it may well be that Apple insisted the ad be ceased and desisted.
Indeed, Network World says it received an e-mail from someone who claimed to work at Newsday that read: "Newsday got a cease and … Read more
It turns out that Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn may have been exaggerating a bit when he said the iPad was cutting into notebook sales at Best Buy by "as much as 50 percent."
That one quote was buried in a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this week, but it has received a lot of attention because, well, if true, that's astounding. Now Best Buy has been forced to put out a kinda-sorta correction saying he might have been overstating things. He comes short of saying he was misquoted, but he certainly implies that in a … Read more
Update at 3:55 p.m. PDT: Best Buy issued a statement Friday afternoon saying that the rate at which CEO Brian Dunn said the iPad is cannibalizing notebook sales was "grossly exaggerated." You can read more details about Best Buy's latest statement in our story here.
Has the iPad affected consumer demand for Netbooks and notebooks? According to comments by Best Buy's chief executive, Apple's popular tablet is chopping away at laptop sales.
Apple is finally selling its 27-inch LED Cinema Display.
The compay's latest LED display, which was announced in July, boasts 2560x1440 resolution, a 178-degree viewing angle, and a built-in MagSafe charger. The device connects to computers via a Mini DisplayPort. Apple has also thrown in three USB 2.0 ports on the back.
The 27-inch display includes Apple's iSight camera, a microphone, and a 2.1 speaker system built-in. It sports the familiar Apple aluminum finish and an end-to-end black bezel around the screen.
Apple's 27-inch display replaces both the 24- and 30-inch models.
Attention iPad owners pining for Flash-based games you enjoy playing on your PC: a start-up called iSwifter is launching technology today it says provides a way to tap into those games hosted on the Net.
Running a wire from your wrist to your ear so you can use the Nano as a music player--which is sort of the point--rather than just a timepiece with a short battery life is inelegant. Keynote comments notwithstanding, Steve Jobs would not approve.
Not the hardware, mind you, which remains the same. It's just that the screen orientation lock, which currently keeps the iPad from reorienting itself based on how you're holding it when switched on, is now a volume mute switch, CNET has learned. This is the same functionality found on every iteration of the iPhone, though not on the iPod Touch or the iPad, which would simply raise of lower the … Read more