06 November 2012

Apple's Tablet Dominance Coming to an End?

Is Apple's Tablet Dominance Coming to an End?
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Major vendors of tablets powered by Google Inc. 's Android operating system gained market shares in the same quarter. Samsung's share increased to 18.4% – the largest-ever market share for a vendor other than Apple – from 9.4% in the second quarter.

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Microsoft, Apple Tablets Have Most Profit Margins
ABC News
Microsoft, Apple Tablets Have Most Profit Margins. LOS ANGELES November 6, 2012 (AP).Microsoft and Apple are garnering the highest profit margins for their tablets, followed by Googleand then Amazon, according to research firm IHS. Microsoft Corp.

Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel for Mac
Any change would be a blow to Intel, the world's largest processor maker, which has already been hurt by a stagnating market for computers running Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows software and its failure to gain a foothold in mobile gadgets. A move by ...

Google Maps losing market share in China
Summary: Google sees its mobile map app market share fall sharply from 17.5 percent to 9 percent in the third quarter, mainly due to competition from local providers and Apple's launch of its Maps app. Ellyne Phneah. By Ellyne Phneah | November 6, 2012 ...

Apple loses the snark, keeps it simple with new Samsung apology
Los Angeles Times
What we'll call the "snarky notice" chapter of Apple and Samsung's patent battle began Oct. 18 when the high court justice of England told Apple it had to place a simple statement on its website laying out the court's ruling that Samsung had not copied ...

A Top Android Executive Admits Google Bought Motorola For The Patents (GOOG)
San Francisco Chronicle
Maybe Google will eventually use Motorola to create mobile devices with deeply integrated hardware and software, the way Apple always does and the way Microsoft has started to do with the Surface. But right now, everything Google is saying and doing ...

Apple paid less than 2% in taxes on overseas earnings
Los Angeles Times
So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Apple, the world's most valuable company, paid an income tax rate of only 1.9% on its earnings outside the country in its latest fiscal year, according to a regulatory filing. Apple paid $713 million in ...

Will Apple's silicon be good enough for a Mac?
So, there's no assurance that when, for example, a future Apple chip appears it will offer the performance-per-watt (i.e., being fast while not too power-hungry) that would allow Apple to remain competitive with Intel-based mobile computers. And here ...

Apple's iPad Lineup Gets More Complex - NYTimes.com
Apple has long promoted the simplicity of its products -- the hardware design, the software interface, the names, the packaging. But with the addition of ... He said Google faced a tougher challenge, because different Android tablets could run different software, depending on which manufacturer made the tablet and which version of the operating system it shipped with. With all that said, the ...AllThingsD. Two More Teardowns Look Inside Microsoft Surface and Amazon Kindle Fire HD ...
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Why Apple could be getting closer to building its own Mac chips ...
By Erica Ogg
The report says that Apple is looking to use its own chips, like the ARM-based ones that power iOS devices, for future laptops and eventually get all of its devices on the same chip architecture. ...processor was less compatible with popular PC software because the big names didn't want to change the functions in their software so it worked for the Mac OS and processor and since the Mac wasn't popular for non tech people every software was build for Intel and Microsoft OS (Windows).

Apple Reportedly Looking Into Switching From Intel To In-House ...
By Darrell Etherington
Apple is reportedly looking into ways to replace its Intel processors in Macs with new chips based on the designs it uses for its iOS-based devices. ... But unlike Microsoft, Apple is taking the long-view approach to that unification of platforms. ... And 4th Generation iPads In 3 Days · Google's Nexus Strategy In A Nutshell: Cheap Mobile Internet Everywhere · IDC: Android OEMs, iPad Mini Rumors Slowed iPad Sales In Q3: Apple 50.4%, Samsung 18.4%, Amazon 9%, Asus 8.6% Tablet ...

Apple Considering Switch From Intel To Own Processors In Macs
By Matthew Panzarino
Apple is 'exploring' moving away from Intel processors for its Macs. ... Such a shift would be difficult and isn't imminent, though it would allow Apple to further distinguish its laptops and desktops from competitors that run Intel's (INTC) chips and Microsoft's Windows software. The concerns came to a head in late 2011. Apple was working on thinner versions of its ... Q3: Apple Drops to 50.4% in Tablets, Samsung at 18.4%, Amazon at 9.0% · An activist of the organization "Anonymo ...
The Next Web

Some Google sources think there will never be a Google Maps app ...
By Mel Martin
Doubts have surfaced about the possibility of a dedicated Google Maps app on iOS. That wouldn't be good news for people struggling with Apple Maps on their iOS devices. In an article by our esteemed Michael Grothaus in the Guardian ...
TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Curiosity Rover Maps More Of Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover has "sniffed" the atmosphere on its journey across Mars' Gale Crater, an important step in getting a better understanding of the Martian atmosphere. The rover's Sample Analysis at Mars instruments analyzed atmospheric samples taken ...

Steve Ballmer: Big data's a big need for Microsoft – and Israel can help
Steve Ballmer: Big data's a big need for Microsoft – and Israel can help. Summary: On a visit to Israel, the Microsoft CEO discussed Israel's 'remarkable' technology scene and how he's counting on the country to provide the machine learning leadership the ...


iPad Mini Carries $188 Manufacturing Cost: IHS
The iPad mini's touch screen is the most expensive component of the tablet, but Apple is saving money by using the A5 processor, a teardown analysis finds. Now that Apple's long-awaited iPad mini tablet is out in the market, analysts are eagerly putting the ...


ARM-based Macs seen as 'inevitable,' but Apple unlikely to switch anytime soon
Apple Insider
ARM-based Macs seen as 'inevitable,' but Apple unlikely to switch anytime soon. By Neil Hughes. It's "inevitable" that Apple will merge its Mac and iOS devices at some point, but such a change is not expected to happen for years, in the eyes of one industry ...

Apple Insider

Halo 4 might be the start of an even better trilogy
Passing the baton from developer Bungie to 343 Industries, Halo 4 is an attempt to reboot the groundbreaking first-person-shooter franchise with a brand new trilogy of games. Does Halo 4 reinvent the series or is just an attempt to exploit its loyal followers?

Amazon eyes Netflix, Hulu with $7.99-per-month Prime plan
After a one-month free trial, Amazon customers can now sign up for Prime for $7.99 per month. Amazon previously only offered Prime subscriptions at $79 per year. That deal, which saves folks about 20 percent compared to the month-to-month deal, is still ...

Microsoft Surface RT tablet reserves nearly half its storage for Windows, Office ...
One of the competitive advantages Microsoft's Surface RT tablet seemed to have over the full-sized iPad is that it offered twice as much storage as the same base $499 price point -- 32GB versus 16GB. But it turns out that advantage isn't quite as striking as it...


Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM
Microsoft is reported to be retiring its popular messaging client in favour of Skype. Long-time Microsoft watcher Tom Warren writes here that the Windows Live Messenger service is to be wound up in the coming months and folded into Skype.

US elections: are Google results biased?
TG Daily
Try searching for 'Medicare' in Google, then opening another browser tab and searching first for 'Obama' and then for 'Medicare' again. Notice any difference? Then try repeating the procedure with 'Romney' instead of 'Obama'. The Wall Street Journal has ...

TG Daily

iPhone 5 unlocked US prices placed on Apple website by accident
A unlocked iPhone 5 will cost $649 in America, according to listings popping up on Apple's own website which seem to have made it on there by accident. There are no official results for unlocked iPhone 5s on Apple's site, but a search for "unlocked iPhone 5" ...

Belkin flaunts non-Apple Lightning add-ons
Belkin has announced a couple of iOS accessories for Apple's new lightning connecter, the first third-party products from a name brand to do so. The company's 'Car Charger for Lightning' and 'Charge + Sync Dock' are available for pre-order from tomorrow, ...

Staples to add Amazon Lockers to US stores
If you like to shop on Amazon.com for gifts or unmentionable items, and you don't want them to be delivered to your home some areas have Amazon lockers as an alternative. The Amazon Locker service is exactly what it sounds like, a locker unit placed in ...


Bigfoot Hunter to use blimp to search for the fabled animal
Over the last several years there have been multiple new breeds of animals discovered that no human had ever laid eyes on. That most certainly means that there are other animal species out there that no human has ever seen, and some scientists count the...


Foursquare adds ratings, and it's about more than stars
Mobile Burn
While most location-based apps offer user ratings that focus on stars, Foursquare has devised a new rating system that it believes provides a more accurate picture of which places are worth visiting. Rather than use a system "where every place gets 3.5 stars," ...

Taking on Google News
Sydney Morning Herald
They say you should never take on people who spill ink by the barrel, but your odds are better when you traffic in terabytes of data. In the United States, Google and big media went at it for several years over Google News and Google won, taking its argument ...

EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive
Marine biologists previously only knew the spade-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon traversii) from a few old bones: but then, not one but two of the rare cetaceans, a mother and her male calf, got stranded. Even when they did show up, researchers first ...

Apple suit over Motorola patents dismissed
Chicago Tribune
Apple's lawsuit against Google's Motorola Mobility unit over alleged patent abuse was thrown out on Monday just hours before trial, a setback for the iPhone maker in its efforts to gain leverage in the smartphone patent wars. The two rivals were set to square ...

Canon 24-70mm F4 IS USM and 35mm F2 IS USM EF lenses announced
The Canon EF 24-70mm F4 L IS USM. (Credit: Canon USA). The camera manufacturer has just unveiled, the EF 24-70mm F4 L IS USM and the EF 35mm F2 IS USM, two new image-stabilized lenses for its EOS dSLR lineup. Both lenses will utilize...


Presidential Election 2012: Environmentalists Weigh In
Huffington Post
The 2012 presidential election bring to a close a frustrating campaign season for environmentalists. Green groups have been outspoken in their disappointment over the "climate silence" permeating the debates, and recently expressed concern over ...

Twitter Improves DMCA Policy: Alerts Public To 'Removed' Tweets
Twitter Improves DMCA Policy: Alerts Public To 'Removed' Tweets. from the a-step-up dept. For years, we've criticized Twitter's DMCA policy, in which it completely disappears tweets that are subject to DMCA takedown notices it receives. The company, as ...

Verizon Wireless Free Calls & Bill Credits in NY & NJ
Wireless and Mobile News
verizon wireless charging station Verizon Wireless Free Calls & Bill Credits in NY & NJ Verizon Wireless reports that 98.1% of its cell sites are in service in the areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Company has made progress in restoring service ton ...

Facebook starts to ingest Instagram: Users revealed to web
Previously confined to smartphone apps, the photo-furtling social network Instagram is now shifting to the web with all users automatically getting web profiles in the next week. Instagram announced web profiles today and surprise surprise the format of the ...

Former GameStop vice president pleads guilty to mail fraud after taking $2 ...
Dallas Morning News (blog)
GameStop Corp.'s former corporate communications vice president Chris Olivera has been indicted for funneling almost $2 million of the retail chain's money into his own bank account through a corporation he set up in Nevada. According to a federal ...

A Creepy October in the Arctic
Mother Jones
View from the 05 Deck on USCG icebreaker Healy on 15 October 2012: Julia WhittyThis was the view at sunrise from the 05 deck five levels above the main deck of the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy three weeks ago. (For more about this science cruise check ...

Elite classic video games remake seeking backers
BBC News
Classic video game Elite is getting a 21st Century makeover. David Braben, one of the creators of the original, is seeking £1.25m ($2m) via Kickstarter to fund the updated version. Called Elite: Dangerous it will involve the same mix of interstellar travel, trading,...

BBC News

Samsung Ativ Smart PC, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 coming to AT&T stores Nov. 9
TechRadar UK
Samsung Ativ Smart PC, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 coming to AT&T stores Nov. 9. Get $100 with a Galaxy smartphone purchase. By Michael Rougeau November 5th 2012. Comments. Tweet. Samsung Ativ Smart PC, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 coming to AT&T stores Nov. 9 ...

Renault, Caterham to set up new sports vehicles JV
Automotive Business Review
French carmaker Renault and British racing-car company Caterham have partnered to set up a new joint venture (JV) for developing and producing future sports vehicles. The future vehicles built by the new JV will be marketed under the Alpine brand at ...

Facebook's iOS App Gets Multi-Photo Sharing, Gifts, Slide-Out Chat Buddy List ...
Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently a writer for TechCrunch. Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook, where he covered Facebook product changes, privacy, the Ads ...

Many Hacks Claimed, Few Confirmed on Anon's Day of Mayhem
Many Hacks Claimed, Few Confirmed on Anon's Day of Mayhem. Many Hacks Claimed, Few Confirmed on Anon's Day of Mayhem. By Richard Adhikari TechNewsWorld 11/06/12 5:00 AM PT. If true, Anonymous' claim to have compromised information from ...

Cockatoo seen making tools for first time
TG Daily
A captive cockatoo has been observed spontaneously making tools to get at food - the first time any type of parrot's been seen to do this. Goffin's cockatoos have never been known to use tools in the wild. But Figaro, who lives near Vienna, has been spotted ...

TG Daily

Borderlands 2 mascot re-opens his trap for Claptrap season 2
PC Gamer Magazine
In good/bad news, Borderlands' beloved/behated mascot Claptrap has been given another webseries, where he's free to spout his mildly amusing/mildly annoying jokes with none of that shooting or looting business standing in his way. Episode 1 of season ...

The Priceless Social Gaming Data That Lies At The Heart Of Peter Molyneux's ...
Curiosity has arrived. It might be labelled as a game, but I'd pigeonhole Peter Molyneux's latest application as an art installation, as well as an data gathering experiment on multiplayer mobile gaming in 2012. You might recall Molyneux from complex ...

Android 4.2 core apps and Google Wallet APKs released for pimping your ...
Android 4.2 core apps and Google Wallet APKs released for pimping your Galaxy Nexus. If you just can't wait for the official Jelly Bean 4.2 update to land on your Galaxy Nexus, you can at least do a pretty good job of faking it. Last week saw the camera and ...

Climate change threatens Indian monsoon
TG Daily
The Indian monsoon - on which more than a billion people depend for food crops - could fail frequently and catastrophically over the next 200 years as a result of global warming. The researchers define monsoon failure as a drop of between 40 and 70 ...

TG Daily

THQ Signals Cash Crunch; Games Delayed
Wall Street Journal
By IAN SHERR. SAN FRANCISCO—THQ Inc. said it has hired a bank to help it evaluate strategic financing options after it announced delays for its games and a loss equal to more than half of the cash left in its coffers. THQ said it was delaying the release of ...

Apple unlikely to approve Google Maps app for iOS, report says
Apple unlikely to approve Google Maps app for iOS, report says. People at Google who are working on the dedicated application say they are "not optimistic" that Apple will approve the software for iOS, according to the Guardian. Don Reisinger ...

Space Shuttle Atlantis Rolls to Retirement
National Geographic
Kennedy Space Center said goodbye to their final departing space shuttle orbiter on Friday, though Atlantis only had to travel 9.8 miles (15.8 km) to her new home just off-site in the process. “It's bitter-sweet seeing her go,” said one NASA employee, “but at ...

Pandora (P) Bites that Hand that Feeds; Takes Up Lawsuit Against Major Artist ...
StreetInsider.com (subscription) (blog)
Pandora (NYSE: P) shares are ticking lower early Tuesday morning amid reports that it has taken up a lawsuit against the very source (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers--ASCAP) that represents composers and songwriters, also known as what provides content to Pandora. The New York Post says that ...

It's a bird, it's a plane, no ... it's the space station
Los Angeles Times
You get sales alerts, Twitter alerts, sports alerts and Facebook alerts. Now you can also get an alert when the International Space Station is visible overhead thanks to NASA's new Web app Spot the Station. The International Space Station's orbit 200 miles ...

All-New 2014 Maserati Quattroporte Officially Revealed, will Premiere at Detroit ...
Carscoop (blog)
Maserati has yanked the covers off the all-new, sixth generation Quattroporte luxury sports sedan prior to its first public appearance at the upcoming 2013 North American Auto Show (NAIA) in Detroit in mid-January and before sales begin later in the same ...

Carscoop (blog)

Sony Reader E-Book App Finally Returns to iOS
PC Magazine
Sony Reader users can finally access their e-book content on iOS devices with the Monday return of the Reader app in the App Store. Those with a Sony Reader device or account can now access Sony e-books via an iDevice for what Sony called "an easy, ...

Is Dragonborn the Shivering Isles DLC Skyrim fans crave?
For many, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion served as an introduction to DLC. Bethesda had its misses (horse armor anyone?) but it also some hits, one of which being the beyond excellent Shivering Isles expansion. Shivering Isles wowed Oblivion players when ...


Verizon will begin shutting down its app store in 2013
Verizon Wireless has announced plans to begin closing down its app store starting in January. Presently, Verizon's marketplace is available on BlackBerry and compatible Android phones. The shutdown process will begin early next year, and is expected to...


Get Battlefield 1942 free in celebration of BF3 milestones
Battlefield 1942 is now free to download on PC as publisher EA celebrates its 10-year anniversary and the Battlefield 3 Premium service having passed 2 million users. Battlefield 3 Screenshot The 10-year-old classic can be grabbed for free exclusively via ...

GTA 5 Pre-Orders Kick Off , New Trailer Soon
Action Trip
Pre-orders are starting for Grand Theft Auto V. Here's the official word from Rockstar: "Starting today, Grand Theft Auto V is officially available for pre-order everywhere. For those of you that might prefer online retail to the more traditional brick and mortar, ...

Action Trip

Is Apple iPhone loyalty on the downslide?
Is Apple losing its touch? A new survey by Strategy Analytics suggests that Apple loyalty might be on the downslide compared to last year. In 2011 a survey revealed that an impressive 93 percent of U.S. Apple iPhone users had plans to buy another Apple...


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