Despite earlier rumors, it does not appear Apple is selling unlocked iPhones.
Apple blog 9to5Mac reported earlier Monday that it heard Apple stores would start selling iPhones at their full price, meaning without carrier subsidy. The iPhone 3GS is listed at $499 for the 8GB model, $599 for 16GB, and $699 for 32GB.
This was interpreted as Apple selling unlocked phones, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Instead it appears Apple stores will sell anyone an iPhone at full price without having to sign up for or show proof of an AT&T service contract, but … Read more
Few outside of Apple have seen an iPad in person, but that hasn't stopped a rush of preorders for the touch-screen tablet device.
Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that Apple has "sold hundreds of thousands" of iPads since the device went on presale March 12. If this keeps up, Apple could end up selling more iPads in the first three months than original iPhones sold the first three months after its debut, according to those sources.
It's unclear if that means actual sales only, or if that includes reservations for in-store pickups of the … Read more
iGroups would let friend groups attending an event to stay in touch and share information in real time. If that sounds familiar it's because similar geolocation apps that accomplish the same thing are popping up more frequently--apps like Foursquare, Gowalla, Whrrl, Loopt, and others. According to the patent, iGroups is a bit different underneath, … Read more
Apple board member Jerome B. (Jerry) York has died, Apple announced Thursday.
York, 71, was hospitalized Tuesday night after suffering a massive cerebral hemorrhage.
He sat on Apple's board for 13 years, and was also the chairman, president, and CEO of Harwinton Capital. Previously he held the position of CFO at both IBM and Chrysler.
"Jerry joined Apple's Board in 1997 when most doubted the company's future. He has been a pillar of financial and business expertise and insight on our Board for over a dozen years," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in a … Read more
The good news about the 3D TVs coming out this spring and summer is that they'll come packed with two pairs of 3D lenses. The bad news? Those plastic glasses work only with the brand of TV with which they're shipped.
That means that if you buy a Panasonic 3D TV, you can't use the accompanying lenses with your neighbor's Sony 3D TV, should you want to get together to watch the World Cup in 3D this summer. That's because each TV brand has a sensor that picks up a signal from the corresponding brand of glasses.
If that seems backwards, it's because it is. But it's also the sign of a new technology that hasn't yet worked out all of its kinks. Thankfully, the burgeoning 3D industry knows that this is a shortcoming and is concocting a fix.
One company that makes 3D eyewear, XpanD, has staked its claim to be the vendor of choice for brand-agnostic 3D glasses. The company has been manufacturing 3D glasses for movie theaters in Europe and Asia for years, and it is now moving to make the glasses work for people's homes as well.
XpanD has been contracted to produce the lenses that will ship with Panasonic and Vizio's 3D sets, but the company is also aiming more broadly: to be the provider of one pair of glasses that people buy once and use everywhere. XpanD's glasses will be available for between $125 and $150, starting June 1 at retailers such as Best Buy and Sears.
"The goal of the glasses is to work with every (size of) 3D display, from laptops to cinema," said Ami Dror, XpanD's chief strategy officer.… Read more
Most 3D TVs will come with two pairs of glasses. What they won't come with are extra pairs for the rest of the family or friends you want to have over to watch a 3D movie, or even the World Cup this summer.
And as it stands now, unless you own the same brand as a friend, you can't trade glasses or lend them out. And you have to use the model that comes with your TV. For those who want options that's where XpanD, a longtime manufacturer of 3D glasses for movie theaters, comes in.
Dell has accused five Asian firms that make liquid crystal display panels of illegally colluding on prices.
The world's third largest PC maker filed a complaint against Hitachi, Sharp, Toshiba, HannStar, and Seiko in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Friday, according to a Reuters report. Damages sought by Dell have not yet been determined.
Dell is only the latest major buyer of LCD panels to allege price-fixing by several of the industry's largest suppliers. In October, AT&T, which purchases LCD panels for its cell phones, accused LG, Samsung, and AU Optronics of price … Read more
The Korean electronics company said at a technology forum in Singapore Monday that it will sell a slate-like device starting in the second half of this year, according to a report in APC Magazine. Samsung's slate will be intended for the consumer market, though details like size, operating system, and other tech specifications were not revealed.
iPhone and iPod Touch owners could breathe a sigh of relief when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad.
Apple's highly anticipated tablet computer would not, after all, require purchasing all new applications. Instead, everything in the App Store would automatically work on the iPad. As Jobs explained, tapping one button on the iPad screen transforms apps made for the 3.1-inch iPhone/iPod Touch screen to a snugger fit on the 9.7-inch iPad.
Simple, right? For the iPad owner, sure. But the iPad means bigger changes for the people who create these apps. Though the iPad has been dismissed … Read more