It's been an eventful quarter for Apple, but can it keep up its momentum? We'll find out Tuesday when Apple releases its fiscal third-quarter earnings.
Recent company news has been mixed, but certainly more positive than negative. During the quarter, which ended June 30, the company released the third-generation iPhone, the iPhone 3GS, which by all accounts, was a blockbuster. But its Mac and iPod divisions didn't experience the same kind of runaway success. Apple has had a string of successful quarters, even in the midst of the worst economic environment since the Great Depression.
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States that are low on funds are steadily inhaling the idea of taxing the sale of a substance that gets you high.
Meanwhile, as if anticipating an uptick in demand, the folks at Apple have approved a new iPhone and iPod Touch app that will allow a little more mobile access to the soothing properties of marijuana.
Your legal marijuana experience, that is.
Some states--California being in the surprising vanguard--have made the … Read more
A few tweaks of the MacBook and Apple could render the Netbook a non-issue.
At the risk of adding to the cacophony of gratuitous advice directed at Apple, the company could bypass the Netbook and go directly to the inexpensive "ultrathin" category--where Apple seems to be headed anyway with the incredibly shrinking price of the MacBook Air. In short, take the thin, aluminum unibody enclosure that is a MacBook and move it downmarket.
Ultrathins are Netbooks without the compromises. A light, small, pick-up-and-go design that has a reasonable size screen and the horsepower do to what a conventional … Read more
Episode 41 of the Digital City, where we discuss Apple's falling market share, Scott's love affair with the Game Boy Micro, and whether Alienware's $5K laptop means the death of gaming PCs.
Related links: >>Alienware M17x the fastest gaming laptop ever, but do we still need big PC gaming rigs? >>Apple drops to No. 5 in laptop sales--are cheaper MacBooks the answer? >>Retro Gadget: An ode to my Game Boy Micro
I just wrote about Baseball Slugger 3D earlier this week because it went on sale, but seriously, if you like baseball at all, this home-run derby game is worthy of the regular price of $2.99. I started playing last night using the online matchup system and didn't stop playing for over an hour. Not only is hitting home runs really satisfying, but when you play and lose against someone, you can always go for a rematch, which leads to another rematch...and so on. Then, if you really think a particular opponent is a good competitive match, you … Read more
Apple released an updated version of iMovie today, which fixes an issue with iPhone 3GS video and other stability problems.
According to Apple, the update addressed the following issues.
Fixed a problem with incorrect rotation when working with video created by iPhone 3GS Resolved instability when adding multiple beat markers in some languages Corrected an issue where iMovie could become unresponsive after using fine-tuning controls beyond the stabilized portions of a clip
The update is recommended for all users of iMovie '09. iMovie 8.0.4 can be downloaded and installed by selecting Software Update from the Apple menu on … Read more
Back in May, my crystal ball twitched with wonderment at the idea that Microsoft might be feeling a frisson of excitement that Apple had decided to make an ad in response to Redmond's "Laptop Hunters" campaign.
I suggested that Microsoft executives would be dancing with fair glee and abandon.
It seems that, for once, my crystal ball may not have been full of Bay Area fog.
Microsoft is moving into Apple's territory and is making no secret of its target.
The software giant announced plans to open its first stores this fall, with at least some of the locations likely to be right near an Apple store. The fall timing is not surprising. One would assume that Microsoft would want to have the stores open in time for Windows 7's October 22 retail launch and for the holiday selling season.
Speaking at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told people to "stay tuned" for more … Read more
Symbian, the world's dominant but seriously challenged operating system for smart phones, on Thursday announced its take on application distribution--the Symbian Horizon application-publishing platform.
Symbian compares the program, which it has hinted at before, to a book publisher or record label. It's a one-stop-shop for developers to reach a series of phone application stores--those offered by phone carriers and manufacturers--and get revenue in return. Horizon, scheduled to launch in October, will also offer assistance with technical development issues and language translation.