"Five hundred dollars? ... That is the most expensive phone in the world. And it doesn't appeal to business because it doesn't have a keyboard." --Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on the iPhone, January 2007
Who was it, again, who said Apple's iPhone "doesn't appeal to business because it doesn't have a keyboard"?
Because the device clearly does appeal to business. In fact, quite a few of the iPhones sold today are purchased by business users, according to Ron Spears, chief of AT&T's Business Solutions unit.
So that rumor about Steve Ballmer appearing at WWDC? It was wrong.
Wall Street analyst Trip Chowdhry lit up the Internet rumor machine Thursday morning with a report to his investors that Apple had set aside seven minutes for Microsoft to talk up its Visual Studio software to developers during Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote speech on June 7. Microsoft got wind of the rumor and put the official kibosh on it Thursday via Twitter.
"Steve Ballmer not speaking at Apple Dev Conf. Nor appearing on Dancing with the Stars. Nor riding in the Belmont. Just FYI," … Read more
Through Cloud Browse, you can connect your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to a remote computer running in one of AlwaysOn's data centers. Instead of surfing sites directly, you control your own browsing session on the remote PC, which can pull up just about any Web site content, including Flash. Those pages are then streamed to your iPhone.
The Cloud Browse app works pretty much the same as other mobile browsers such as Safari and Opera. You swipe and tap your finger to move around the screen, select a keyboard icon to type a URL or other text, and tap on a page icon to open up more than one page at a time.
Like many app developers, AlwaysOn offers both a free and paid version of the app.
The free version naturally comes with certain limitations. You're stuck viewing videos at a slow frame rate--a way for the company to cut down on bandwidth costs. Only a certain number of free users are allowed to connect at one time, so you may not get access if the remote PC is too busy. Free users can also get bumped off if a paying customer needs to jump on board.
A premium or paid account grants you a full 30 frames per second of video streaming and 1GB of storage to save bookmarks and other data. The service also tries to direct you to the closest data center to beef up performance. A premium account is currently available as an invitation-only beta but should open to the public soon, according to the company. An article about Cloud Browse in USAToday says that a paid account would run $9.99 a month.… Read more
WebKit got its start from the open-source KHTML engine for the KDE project's Konqueror browser. (KDE is a user interface software that puts a nicer graphical face on Linux.) Apple brought the project to a wider audience with the Safari browser for Mac OS X, and now Google is doing the same with its Chrome and Android browsers, both also based on WebKit.
Today's addition to the crazy Apple rumor file: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might appear on stage with Apple CEO Steve Jobs at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
That's what Wall Street analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research said in a note to investors. According to Chowdhry, seven minutes have been set aside for Microsoft to talk up its Visual Studio development tools to Apple developers during Jobs' June 7 keynote speech.
It would certainly be a big deal for Microsoft to come to what is Apple's biggest annual media event, though it wouldn't be unprecedented. … Read more
After a spate of suicides at Hon Hai Industries' Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China, three of the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer's largest clients have said they're organizing their own investigations into the conditions of the factory.
"We are saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn," Apple said in a statement Wednesday to Bloomberg. "Apple is deeply committed to ensuring that conditions throughout our supply chain are safe and workers are treated with respect and dignity. We are in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously.&… Read more
Apple has long been the little guy in the Mac vs. PC debate, but that's no longer the case.
As of trading near the end of the day on Wednesday, Apple has passed Microsoft in terms of market capitalization, with a value of roughly $222 billion--about $3 billion ahead of Microsoft. Apple had been flirting with the milestone for days and had already passed Microsoft by another measure--a valuation known as enterprise value, which adds in debt and other factors.
The fact that Apple, not Microsoft, is the more valuable franchise represents a remarkable turn of events in … Read more
Wearables are largely aimed at the person who just wants to maintain a good weight, sleep enough, and maybe get in a little cardio. CNET's Brian Cooley tells you why 2014 could be the breakout year for wearable tech.