The Hudson Valley Renegades, a class-A Tampa Bay Rays affiliate, released a statement earlier this week confirming that it would allow Apple's iPad into its stadium. Even better, the team said that on every Monday game during the season, fans will be … Read more
The iPad is set to surpass Apple Mac computer shipments by September, while production levels for the yet-to-be-released iPhone 4G will hit 12 million by that time, according to an analyst.
"By the September quarter, iPad sales volumes should exceed Mac, which, on average, are about 3 million on a quarterly basis," said Ashok Kumar, an analyst at Rodman & Renshaw, in a phone interview Friday. Kumar said that iPad shipments will "easily" reach 4 million by the end of the September quarter.
Kumar also commented on the production ramp for the iPhone 4G. "Supply … Read more
The iPhone is No. 1 in customer satisfaction, says a new ChangeWave survey, but Motorola also has its share of happy Droid users.
Among the 1,009 smartphone owners interviewed by research firm ChangeWave, results released this week found that 77 percent of all Apple iPhone owners said they're very satisfied with their phones. Motorola came in second, with 64 percent of its smartphone users who expressed high satisfaction with their phones.
In comparison, 51 percent of HTC owners and 46 percent of RIM Blackberry buyers said they're very satisfied with their smartphones.
Among specific models, Apple fans who own the newest iPhone 3GS models were more satisfied than those who still use the older 3G. And Motorola can thank the Droid for its high level of customer satisfaction--69 percent of Droid users said they're very satisfied with their phones, while only 50 percent of those who own other Motorola phones said the same.
Of course, we know that iPhone satisfaction varies a lot between rural and urban areas and by geographic location. But ChangeWave spokesman Paul Carton says the customers surveyed were a representative sampling geographically of the U.S. and Canada. Most of those surveyed were U.S. residents, he said.
Looking at HTC's customers, 68 percent of the HTC Hero owners expressed a high degree of satisfaction, compared with 50 percent of those using a Droid Eris and 38 of those with an HTC Touch. ChangeWave was running its survey just when HTC's Droid Incredible hit the market, so it couldn't provide feedback on that new model. But the research firm promised to do a follow-up survey of Droid Incredible owners.
ChangeWave also asked about the mobile operating systems running on smartphones.… Read more
On Friday, the gadget blog posted a report of what sounds like a detailed makeover of Apple TV in its current incarnation. The new device will reportedly be based on iPhone OS 4 software, including the homegrown A4 chip; have 16GB of local flash storage; come in a much smaller casing (reportedly the size of an "iPhone without a screen"); have just a few ports; and cost $99.
With the Apple iPad's international launch on Friday, consumers worldwide gained access to Amazon.com's Kindle app and Kobo's e-reader--apparently ahead of Apple's own iBook store.
Amazon's free Kindle iPad app is now available to all countries where the iPad is offered, Amazon said. The app lets people download and read e-books from Amazon's online bookstore without need for Kindle hardware.
Meanwhile, Kobo announced Friday that it has expanded the reach of its free iPad app to Canada, the U.K., and Australia. The regional versions offer local content and merchandise, according to Kobo. … Read more
"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